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Day: September 21, 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Activism in the studio: Sean Dorsey’s two weeks of wisdom

Dorsey leads his cast into new movement material. DREW PERLMUTTER/THE BATES STUDENT

The cast has been learning multiple lifts during the rehearsal process. DREW PERLMUTTER/THE BATES STUDENT

Dancers in Dorsey’s cast learn a lift in rehearsal. DREW PERLMUTTER/THE BATES SUDENT

“Bootylicious” blasts on the stereo. Dancers stretch and chatter quietly amongst themselves. Finally, the man of the hour comes in and calls the rehearsal into order.

Who is this man? Sean Dorsey, a charismatic and lighthearted choreographer come to Bates to share his lovely energy with the Bates’ Repertory Styles and Repertory Dance and Performance courses.

Dorsey, a transgender San Francisco native, has nationally toured his emotional and tender works. Most recently of these are three pieces on the history of gay and transgender individuals throughout the past century. Now at Bates for a whirlwind two weeks, he is setting a portion of one of these pieces on students, “THE MISSING GENERATION.” The title refers to a whole generation of gay and transgender individuals lost to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

“I chose to set some of ‘THE MISSING GENERATION’ on the students because some of my goals for the project include to educate younger people about the early AIDS epidemic. Most young people have no idea that during the 1980s, when HIV first appeared, that we didn’t even know it was a virus or how it was spread for over FOUR years!”

As a part of creating this piece, Dorsey interviewed members of the gay and transgender communities and conducted research to learn more about their experiences during the epidemic. He found harrowing tales of hope, grief and perseverance, and used the interview audio clips as part of the sound score for the piece.

As one of his goals, Dorsey hopes to create accessible modern dance pieces that are relevant to an uninformed observer. To achieve this, he uses individual narratives from the LGBT community and theatrical dance choreography to tell a story that all audiences can relate to. From his experiences touring the piece to historically conservative areas, Dorsey recalls incredible conversations he inspired with community members surprised and moved by the stories his work told.

Dorsey was not always a dancer. Before taking his first ballet class in his twenties, he was an activist first and foremost. He derives much of his subject matter from those early days, and encourages activism with his works. In his words, “In this era of social media, sharing posts on Facebook and hitting ‘like’ is a good start to contributing toward social change — but we can’t stop there. We have to get off our phones, meet together, take to the street and take actual action.”

At Bates, Dorsey’s positive energy and experience are not taken for granted; his piece is one of the more coveted pieces in which to be cast. Back in the studio, laughter erupts after rehearsing a complicated phrase with the up-tempo music. Dorsey responds with positive feedback and encouragement, and then continues to add on more material. As he demonstrates, he comments that “this movement was not made by a 40 year old!” and giggles resound as the group descends to a crouched position.

When the group practices the whole piece to the sound score, Dorsey’s musicality and attention to detail shine through. The movement, though simple, is perfectly timed and matches the frantic mood of the music. Jerky shrugs and pedestrian shapes make the piece more relatable, thus elevating its impact on the audience.

Dorsey’s relationship with Bates is only growing stronger; two years ago, Bates Dance Festival Director Laura Faure co-commissioned his work “THE MISSING GENERATION.” Now back to teach modern technique and set a portion of a piece for the second time, Dorsey proclaims, “I absolutely love it here! The dance department has an exceptional culture of openness, inquiry, curiosity and radical inclusion. Their staff are extraordinary.”

Luckily for Bates, Dorsey is already planning his next visit. The way he uses personal accounts of historically ignored populations has propelled him to world recognition and exclusive fellowships, and Bates dancers are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.

Don’t forget to see Bates dancers perform a section of “The Missing Generation” in the Back to Bates and Fall Dance Concerts!

 

“What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been:” Dead & Company review

On June 26, 2016, Citi Field, located in New York City, was transformed from a baseball stadium to a sea of tie-dye, courtesy of the performance given by Dead & Company. If you have ever heard of the legendary Grateful Dead, then the Dead & Company concert was the place for you.

Dead & Company is essentially a revival band of Grateful Dead and consists of three original Dead members (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) and three new members (John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti). Together, they bring to life the sensational and, for some, nostalgic songs from the 70’s. Mayer, known to most of us, pioneered the creation of Dead & Company and is now the lead singer.

Mayer, inspired to pursue this project because of his love and respect for the enchanting music of the Grateful Dead, invited original member Weir to come play a live studio performance with him and from there, Dead & Company was born. Dead & Company toured all throughout early summer and each show had its own specialized set list consisting exclusively of Grateful Dead songs.

The Grateful Dead’s repertoire is enormous, yet every song entirely has its own character and story. Something that made the original Grateful Dead so special was their remarkable ability to improvise lines and lines of guitar jamming for their audiences, which Dead & Company pulled off flawlessly as well.

If there could be one word to sum up the music of the Grateful Dead, it would be bliss. From the concert environment to the people you meet and see around, it seems as though everyone is on the same page. There are no worries when listening to the music of the Grateful Dead, especially live. The vibrations just fill the air. People in every corner were dancing and grooving to the beat of the tunes. Everything from the lyrics to the instrumentals seemed to put people in a trance during which they emitted only vibes of love and happiness.

Some of the songs from the June 26 set list included “Box of Rain,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “I Know You Rider” and “Truckin’,” which contains the iconic signature line of the Grateful Dead: “what a long strange trip it’s been.” When that line echoed throughout the stadium, everyone sang along as loudly as they could. To witness this musical unison among fans across this vast stadium shows that the music of the Dead is deeper than simply the same chords played over and over again.

By the conclusion of this show something was for certain: everyone was at ease and full. The music is a constant reminder about the beauty of life; it allows one to stop and feel the rhythm, which can make even the stiffest of folks loosen up. You can listen to the music of the Dead on their original studio recorded albums or you can choose from a plethora of recorded live shows. It is really fun to compare the same song across the ages to see what the original Grateful Dead did differently which makes them exciting, unique and inspiring. They show that changing things up a little keeps life exciting. This is something we can all learn from in terms of changing up our normal routines by trying to do things we do every day in a different way. I definitely felt inspired, calm and collected after leaving the show and will always be a fan of the Grateful Dead. If Dead & Company are in your area, do yourself a favor and go experience the magic that is the music of the Grateful Dead.

 

Students concerned about assault

A little over a week ago, Bates students had received an alarming email, which detailed an assault that had taken place on campus. It discussed the nature of the attack and the subsequent arrest of the anonymous perpetrator. The email, which caused many students to worry, has Bates students talking about the safety of our campus and the procedures put in place to stop sexual assault.

Students have expressed concern with an ever-present atmosphere of sexual assault and rape in the Bates and Lewiston/Auburn community.

“I definitely wouldn’t walk alone after hearing that. It freaked me out,” Augy Silver ‘18 said. “Saturday night, we were walking by [55 Campus Ave.] and one of our teammates was walking alone. We said, “Oh she can’t walk alone.” We ran after her. Even if an assault like that may not happen again, I’m definitely more vigilant after the incident.”

In order to prevent on-campus attacks and protect students, Bates College Security has implemented procedures to keep to teach students about safety and provide resources for victims of attacks.

“At orientation and throughout the year, much of the programming by the [Dean of Students] and TIX office goes into steps all can to take to minimize and reduce the likelihood of any type of assault,” Director of Security and Campus Safety said. “Physical actions include the institution of e-access control, limits to public access to all buildings on campus, significant lighting upgrades around campus and buildings, emergency phones throughout campus and in buildings, students reminded by policy to not walk or run alone at night or in remote places, and close coordination and cooperation with the LPD, etc. when an incident takes place. Most importantly, if something does transpire, we take a very close look at bit to see what if anything we can learn from it and do better.”

According to the Bates Security Clery Act Crime Statistics Annual Report, from 2011-2014 there have been 34 reported cases of either rape or forcible fondling, 8 reported cases of stalking, and 5 reported cases of dating violence that have occurred on campus. However, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center has found that only 10% of cases of sexual assault are reported.

Some students feel as though the sexual assault and fondling have become a normalized facet of social life at Bates. Many female students feel that they have to expect some level of sexual aggravation when walking into a party.

“I think that it’s so normalized. For example, Bardwell basement is constantly being described as “a rapey place” but that language becomes so embedded in our day-to-day conversations,” Lisa Slivken ‘18 said. “I think we’ve become comfortable with being uncomfortable and we’ve accepted this reality. You expect that someone might come up to you at 80s and you won’t necessarily think twice about it.”

Some students, however, feel as though the email may have scared freshman into a partially unrealistic view of Bates and the outer community.

“It was bad timing coming off the first weekend of school. All the freshman had just gone through orientation where they talk about how Lewiston is very safe, 7th lowest crime rate in the state of Maine. And to see that email, it was probably more shocking and worrisome for them,” Sophie Olmsted ‘18 said. “However, I think it was awesome that they said that they caught the guy and that he was arrested. They gave us specifics. They didn’t just say we got the guy. They specified and said that he was arrested. I think that was important that they included that as well. In some ways, that was more reassuring for me.”

The undeniable reality is that sexual assault is present on all college campuses, including Bates’. The procedures put into place have been created to make Bates a safer and more understanding environment. The administration and security office understand that this issue is very important and their procedures have helped reduce sexual violence. If you or a friend ever feels unsafe at Bates, please don’t hesitate to contact 911 or security at 207-786-6111.

 

Continued success for the BCDC

In today’s hyper-competitive professional world, undergraduate students constantly feel the pressure to obtain summer internships in order to gain professional experience and boost their resume for the frightening day when they apply for post-graduate jobs. There are resources here at Bates that students may use to their advantage in securing summer internships and making them more desirable and competitive candidates in the professional world.

For students who may not be familiar with the Bates Career Development Center or their initiative, the Purposeful Work initiative aims to guide students towards Bates-specific internships that work in conjunction with core employers, and provides funding for unpaid or low-paid internships. The BCDC has invested considerable time and resources into establishing a network of core-employers that offer Bates-specific internships.

“The core employer network is intentionally diverse to align with the wide array of students’ interests. We grew from 46 core employers in 2015 to 68 core employers in 2016. Core employers prioritize hiring Bates students into their paid internships. Examples of 2016 core employers: Owl Cybersecurity in Denver, a congressional office in Washington D.C., Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, and LMCG Investments in Boston – to name just a few”, says Christina Patrick of the Bates Career Development Center.

This year marks the third year of the BCDC’s installation of the Purposeful Work Initiative, which provides current Bates students with a trajectory for their four years at Bates and works to prepare them academically and professionally for the postgraduate world. As first-years, the BCDC urges students to understand the academic and social climate of Bates, and explore interests across varied academic and extracurricular landscapes. As sophomores, the Purposeful Work Program provides opportunities for students to start thinking about interests professionally through job shadows offered by the Purposeful Work Program and the BCDC during the academic year, and summer internships offered and funded through the Purposeful Work Internship Program. During junior year, the BCDC encourages students to apply their knowledge gained from job shadows and internships during their sophomore year to narrow their professional interests. This allows students to explore internship options between their junior and senior year that reflect what they may aspire to do professionally in the rapidly approaching postgraduate arena. Senior year is meant to be the culmination of the multifaceted academic and professional experiences students have fostered in their four years at Bates; a time when students should be actively engaged in pursuing careers or employment opportunities in fields or industries they have found interest in during their experiences at Bates. By following this four step recipe, Bates students are provided with an academic and pre-professional education that prepares them for life after Bates.

The Purposeful Work Initiative has been extremely successful as indicated by the increasing numbers of students who participate in the program each year. For example, student participation in the Purposeful Work Initiative increased in 2016 from the previous year. According to Christina Patrick in the BCDC, “in the first year of the program (summer 2015), 197 students became eligible. This past year, year two of the program (summer 2016), 398 students became eligible.”

Similarly, of the 197 students that became eligible in 2015, 97 students ended up completing a Purposeful Work Internship. In 2016, 119 students held positions that were considered Purposeful Work Internships. Interestingly, 53% were juniors, 36% sophomores, and 10% first years, a statistic that validates the BCDC’s claim that they are encouraging students of all class years to obtain summer internships.

The Purposeful Work Program offers an impressive range of opportunity in an array of professional industries. According to statistics obtained from the BCDC, the most common industries this summer were healthcare (22), nonprofit (16), science research and development (12), and education (11). It important to also note that not all of these internship opportunities are limited to the companies within the United States. There are internships offered throughout Europe as well as Asia, and there is even a subset of the Purposeful Work Initiative called “Bates In Asia” that offers a handful of internships throughout Asia.

It seems that the BCDC and the Purposeful Work Initiative continues to be a helpful and guiding resource for students who want to expose themselves to professional experiences while pursuing an undergraduate degree. For students who wish to start this process, they may make an appointment on the BCDC’s website at http://www.bates.edu/career/.

 

Bobcat Football preview: What to look out for

Even though the Bobcat’s record was not great last season there is a lot of potential and promise about this season. A lot of key guys who were young gunners are now seasoned veterans, which bodes well for them as up and coming players. This also shows that the depth of the team is not a problem, and Coach Harriman can get experimental with players at different positions if need be.

One of the things the team wants to emphasize this season coming off of last year is how to turn margin of error into margin of victory. Four of their eight games were decided by 12 points or less. There is a lot of parity in the conference, which is why the team really wants to harp on the little things — like knowing the situation in a game or where to be positioned on the field. These things will ultimately decide how well the Bobcats do in the tough NESCAC this season.

For the Bobcats to see success they have to do a better job in the red zone offensively and defensively, something that hurt them last year in critical moments in games.

One of the biggest questions for the team this year is the quarterback spot. Patrick Dugan ‘16 is a big loss, so it will interesting to see how the season unfolds with Sandy Plashkes ‘19 taking over. He should be pretty comfortable behind center with a veteran line that has captain James Fagan ‘17, three-year starter Mitch Hildreth ‘17, and Sean Lovett ‘18 anchoring the trenches.

Regarding the skill positions on offense, Bates is deep and boasts good returning players like Noah Stebbins ‘18 and up and comer Marcus Ross ‘19, who came onto the scene late last season as a first year.

As for the defensive unit, most of the starters are returning so the defense should not miss a beat. Mark Upton ‘17 will be the leader of the unit. A team captain this year, Upton started all eight games last year at middle linebacker. The engineer of this defense, he was second in the NESCAC in total tackles with 71 averaging nine a game. He has led the conference in forced fumbles for two years straight, and led the Bobcats in sacks and tackles for loss last year as well. He was also named to New England Football Writers division III All-New England team and won the Stephen B. Ritter Academic Award (top-10 cumulative grade point average). Very active on the ball, expect Mark to raise his level of play again this year as he takes on the gridiron in one last season.

Upton will be joined by classmates Brandon Williams ‘17, who led team with six total takeaways last year and Sam Francis ‘17, who ranked third on the team with 49 total tackles last year, in anchoring the defense.

Ultimately, it will be this team’s performance on the field that will demonstrate the work and preparation they have put in. The team starts their season away against Trinity September 24.

 

Fall Sports 2016; stock up or stock down?

Each year it is the pleasure of the sports section’s editorial staff here at The Student to gauge the ‘stock’ of Bates’ athletic teams. Below is our expert analysis of whether this year’s fall teams have stock that is ‘up’, ‘down’ or ‘even’, as well as predictions for the year.

Volleyball

The volleyball team had an exciting year in 2015, qualifying for the NESCAC conference championship for the first time since 2008. This season, a return to the postseason is a serious possibility once again.

This year’s team has a quartet of returning seniors. Hitters Chandler McGrath ‘17, Maggie Paulich ‘17 and Nicole Peraica ‘17, and setter Hannah Tardie ‘17 all will look to aid second year coach Melissa DeRan in their pursuit of another conference championship. McGrath was fourth in the NESCAC last year with 286 kills, and will be the team’s go to player on offense, while incomers Gabi Eustache ‘20, defensive specialist, and Taylor Stafford-Smith ‘20, hitter, will make immediate contributions on the court.

This year’s team will repeat last season’s showing, and squeak into the postseason as the seventh or eighth seed, but do not expect a cinderella run.

Stock: Even

Field Hockey

In 2014, the Bates field hockey team finished their conference schedule a flat 0-10. But last year, the team’s stock was on the rise, finishing 3-7 in conference while recording signature victories away at Wesleyan and Colby. This mark helped the team qualify for the conference tournament for the first time since 2010.

Much of this improvement can be attributed to the leadership of head coach Danielle Ryder, who is beginning her fourth season this fall as the field hockey coach at Bates. Often, when coaches reach their fourth and fifth years at a program one sees a tipping point in terms of team culture and success. That is the window when a coaches recruits become upper-class players and begin to lead and perform in the way the head coach recruited them to do so.

In the case of Ryder’s team this year, her roster is made up completely of her own recruits as there are no seniors on the roster. Look for this year’s team to continue their upward trend, tallying four-plus wins in conference and making a run in the postseason.

Stock: Up

Men’s Soccer

Each year, the NESCAC features some of the highest quality Division III soccer in the country. The last two men’s Division III national champions (Tufts in 2014, Amherst in 2015) have both come from the NESCAC. It is against this level of competition that the Bates men’s soccer team, year in and year out, match up against.

During the 2015 season, the men’s soccer team put together their first winning season in recent memory. Finishing 7-5-3, the team went undefeated in their out of conference matchups, a perfect 5-0. Last year’s team was anchored by goalkeeper Sam Polito ‘16, who led the NESCAC with 94 saves in conference and recorded seven shutouts on the year, and captain Noah Riskind ‘16 who stabilized the backline in front of Polito.

The 2016 edition of the Bates Men’s soccer team is returning three time team golden boot award winner Peabo Knoth ‘17, who has 17 career goals for the Bobcats entering the 2016 season, last year’s most-improved player and team captain Luke Mcnabb ‘17, and defender Jack Martell ‘17, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. The team will look to Robbie Montanaro ‘19 to replace Polito in goal, and incoming striker Eric Opoku ‘20 to complement Knoth up front. That being said, This year’s team will finish with a worse overall record than last year, but will sneak into the final eight of the NESCAC standings for a berth in the conference tournament for the first time since 2010.

Stock: Even

Women’s Soccer

Last year, the women’s soccer team qualified for the NESCAC conference tournament for the first time since 2010, finishing the season with an impressive 4-3-3 conference mark, good enough for fifth place. They dropped their quarterfinal matchup with Trinity, but the team finished the season 7-6-3 overall, and head coach Kelsy Ross received NESCAC coach of the year honors.

A repeat performance is possible for this year’s team, but their grueling NESCAC schedule won’t do them any favors as six of their ten conference matchups are on the road. They will have to rely on steadfast leadership from captains Erin Shea ‘17 and Allison Hill ‘17. “We really want the team to continue off our success from last season. NESCAC playoffs are always our primary goal of the season and anything beyond that is bonus,” said Hill in an email.

This year’s team graduated just six seniors, and are returning 2nd team all-NESCAC players in Hill and Olivia Amdur ‘19, but will be challenged by their road schedule, and will just miss the top eight in the NESCAC.

Stock: Down

Men’s Cross Country

Allen Sumrall ‘16 traveled to Wisconsin last fall to compete in the NCAA Division III championships. Finishing 31st out of 278 runners, Sumrall became the 14th All-American in Bates cross country history. This star runner will be sorely missed on the 2016 team. However, the good news is that the team will return five players from last year’s top seven, including captains Joe Doyle ‘17, Evan Ferguson-Hull ‘17 and Mike Horowicz ‘17. And do not sleep on James Jones ‘20; the first year has already made a big splash as a newcomer with a pair of top five finishes.

After losing to Colby in their first meet, Bates came in first out of four teams in the super XC shootout this past weekend. The field included the number 18 ranked team in the country, Tufts. Jones lead the way for the Bobcats, finishing in fourth place overall.

Men’s Cross Country will certainly feel the absence of Sumrall, but with most of their top seven back, the addition of Jones, and a promising result at the Super XC Shootout, the team may be able to make it back to the NCAA championship meet.

Stock: Even

Women’s Cross Country

Women’s Cross Country ended their 2015 season with a disappointing 12th place finish at NCAA Regionals. The team now has a chip on their shoulder and a bad taste in their mouth heading into the 2016 campaign. Coach Hartshorn explained in an email that she is confident the team will fare better at this year’s regionals, and she has good reason to believe this. The team returns top runners, Jessica Wilson ‘17 and Katherine Cook ‘18 who are poised to frequent the top of the leaderboard for most of the season. Other returners include Molly Chisholm ‘17, Mary Szatkowski ‘17, and Sarah Rothmann ‘19.

The team opened their season with a dominating 80-30 win in the annual wave race against Colby. Wilson Paced the Senior/Sophomore race with a 14:41 finish. Cook and Szatkowski tied for first in the Freshmen/Junior race with identical times of 15:36.

The Bobcats followed this performance with a second place finish at the Super XC Shootout. Wilson and Cook finished first and second respectively, but Tufts’ (first place) dense pack proved to make the difference.

Assuming the team continues to perform up to their potential, Women’s Cross Country will place in the top ten at regionals and earn an NCAA championship bid.

Stock: Up

Golf

Here’s the bad news: The Bates men’s Golf team finished in 20th out of 22 teams in last year’s New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships. The good news is that there is nowhere to go but up, especially after losing zero players to graduation.

Matt Marcus ‘18, Alex Stekler ‘17, and Brad Rutkin ‘18 are poised to lead the way for the underdog Bobcats. Marcus tied for sixth place at the Maine State Championship this past weekend, earning All-State honors. Keep your eyes out for Joey Sallerson ‘19. Sallerson had a tough time adjusting to the college level last season, but he is definitely someone who has the potential for a breakout season. In his first official tournament as a Bobcat at the Maine state championships, Sallerson finished in 14th place with a 156. Andrew Garcia-Bou ‘20 is also a newcomer that will add to the group.

This year’s team will certainly make a jump from last season, but still has a way to go before being able to compete with the top teams in New England.

Stock: Up

Football

Bates football finished last season with a 14-0 loss, concluding their season with a 2-6 record. However, the Bobcats were able to capture the 2015 CBB title by defeating both Bowdoin and Colby.

The 2016 season begins September 24 against Trinity College. Linebacker Mark Upton ‘16, who received first team All-NESCAC honors last season, headlines the defense along with Defensive Back Trevor Lyons ‘16.

On the offensive side of the ball, Peter Boyer ‘19 will get the start at running back against Trinity. Boyer’s classmate, Sandy Plashkes ‘19, will play quarterback. Marcus Ross ‘19, Brian Daley ‘18, and Frank Williams ‘18 look to be Plashkes’ favorite targets this season. The team should finish with an identical 2-6 record.

Stock: Even

 

New beginnings, starting with breakfast

Bates students gather on the Library Quad to watch The Breakfast Club before 80’s. DREW PERLMUTTER/THE BATES STUDENT

Last Friday, September 16, dozens of students gathered on the Library Quad to watch The Breakfast Club together for the kickoff of 80s Weekend events. The showing, put together by Filmboard and the Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB, previously the Chase Hall Committee), surpassed the expectations of those putting it on.

According to Alexandra Gwillim ’18, the treasurer of Filmboard, roughly 50 people were in attendance—a huge success considering that it is the first time the two groups have collaborated in their event planning.

For Filmboard, a new school year marks a new direction. In keeping with their tradition, Filmboard plans to continue having $1 screenings of popular films on the weekends. However, as they were one of the many Bates clubs to take a heavy budget cut, losing over 50% of their funds in just one year, they needed to get creative. Using this as an opportunity for growth, Filmboard has many plans to become more involved in the Bates community, starting off with their collaboration with other large clubs on campus. Not only will their collaboration ease budget worries, but it will also help them create more relationships on campus, allowing for larger events logistically and helping to become better known within the community. While they are open to collaboration with any club interested in screening a movie, they are especially excited to work in closer relation with the CHPB, another group that is undergoing transformation this semester.

With hopes that the 80’s classic on the Quad would get the ball rolling for both the Filmboard and the CHPB, The Breakfast Club was chosen for many reasons. One is that it is truly a classic. The second, and stronger, reason is that it reflects the values of the diverse Bates community by showing that no matter how different situations are for different people, everybody can relate and find something in common. Even clubs that may not have similar missions can connect on how they would like to accomplish their goals. For example, Filmboard and CHPB, with their common goal of hosting events tailored towards the interests of the Bates community and providing chem-free event options, have started a new collaboration.

Along with their hopes of growing their audience base via partnerships, Filmboard is beginning to focus on the quality of their events instead of the quantity. In past years, the group would host five movie showings a weekend, every weekend. This year, they intend to have fewer showings, tentatively two per film, and to really emphasize the experience of the student viewer at each event. The Breakfast Club showing, for example, included free popcorn, candy and soda pop and students at the previous weekend’s Deadpool screening were treated to free pizza.

With these new goals in mind, the upcoming semester for Filmboard is looking exciting and promising. The next event they are planning—for the weekend of September 30—is a showing of another classic, Napoleon Dynamite, with free tater tots. Already looking forward to Halloween, they are working towards collaborating with the Robinson Players to host an interactive showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. More events on the horizon include a showing of The Revenant—the film that won Leonardo Dicaprio and Oscar—and a Holiday party, with a classic Christmas film and other fun holiday-themed activities.

With a shrinking budget does not come dwindled hopes for Filmboard. Though some may see this as a setback, the club is taking their work in strides and coming into the new year even stronger, using this as an opportunity to grow rather than fade. With lots of new events and free food on the horizon, students should like the Bates College Filmboard page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the club’s events.

 

The goals and aims of the Concerned Students of Color at Bates

On Thursday the 15th, the Concerned Students of Color at Bates, held their first open meeting and discussed some of the goals for this year, as well as reviewed the accomplishment of last year. First organized by Jalen Baker in November 2015, this organized group of students’ mission “is to air and address issues and concerns with the institutions and overall community that is Bates College. [They] work with administration, faculty, and students to create solutions for these issues.”

This year, the student group will be submitting a review of the OIE because it is “currently under ‘external review’ (being audited by a third party to documenting the programming, work, and resources that are of the Office of Intercultural Education, similar to what academics go through).” Therefore, “the submission is the final reporting document from the third party on their conclusions and recommendations for the OIE.”

The main goal of reviewing the OIE is to “see how the OIE stacks up to similar diversity centers at institutions across the country, and to have a chance to document whether or not the OIE is helping students of color as best as it can, as well as if it was achieving its mission. The review started over the summer and will probably continue over this fall semester.”

Within the group are action teams, “Academic Affairs,” “Breaks,” “Books,” “Financial Aid,” “OIE,” and “access to food during breaks (wages),” who “currently work with administration to create sustainable solutions to the issues we are addressing.” For example, some of the things the “Financial Aid” action team will be doing is making the financial aid letter clear for families by indicating the amount one can take out in loans and the interest one will have to pay; while, the “Breaks” action team will be focusing on providing students with a meal plan during holidays, as well as having transportation that will take students to the grocery store and such. Further, the “Books” action team will work to find other resources for students, thus helping them avoid paying the high prices on books.

This year, the students will be working with the “administration on issues in the working groups, and includ[ing] more people into the discussion.” It was stated during the initial meeting that the group would like to encourage more people to join, which they will be doing by “being open to anyone to come join our efforts and updating the Bates community about what we are doing.”

The Concerned Students of Color at Bates will be working to have about thirty-to-fifty core members, who will also be part of the action teams. The first big meeting will take place on September 24th, which will re-establish the action groups and outline a more concrete plan for the upcoming year. For those interested to learn more about the club, read the article published in The Bates Student on May 11th, which also addresses some of the frustrations and concerns of the group.

 

Kim’s (Praise in nine parts)

The Latin phrase alma mater translates to “kind/nourishing mother” and does not, in specificity, refer to one’s university or college of attendance. The phrase was simply an epithet for the maternal gods of the Roman Empire and was often attributed to Ceres, she of agriculture and good harvest. It’s first known appearance in English was in 1600 when an English printer began to use the motto on a seal for the Cambridge press. It was first used in context as “one’s university” beginning in 1710 and has remained in our lexicon as such these three-hundred odd years despite its true definition having skewed off course. Recall its untampered definition, however, as an acclaim for maternal virtue, as praise for the provider. So who is our provider? Who nourishes these mouths and bodies? Who is our alma mater? I believe her to be Kim, owner and namesake of Kim’s Kitchen, of 88 Russell.

O muse! Sing in me and through me tell of that eternal woman, as constant as the eastborne wind, unmovable as the western ranges. Sing of she that rolls grain and seabound flesh, she who feeds from her tender heart, like the pelican, we her young. Sing of she who holds the cans and the cartons, but gives freely. She who stays coursed, a bark untossed, untempered in the tempest. She whose eyes do see but do not judge. She is just, she is righteous, she is good.

Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry masses yearning to eat cheap, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, your red-eyed, your dry-mouthed, your spirited and spiritless to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Laudemus (Latin: Let us praise):

A moment of pause for the $3.99 ten-piece California roll, may it reign forever and ever. A moment of pause for the half-off day-old sushi. A moment of pause for the six flavors of Arizona stocked. A moment of pause for Andre brand champagne.

In a fit of rapture and panic, I ran the half-mile from Frye to Kim’s for a veggie roll, minutes before closing time. At my arrival, Kim informed me that she had extended her hours to midnight for us and in that moment I felt real maternal love, matribus amant.

Kim’s is situated at the eastern ridge of our campus and as the sun rises and opens a new day, Kim’s hours begin.

I can’t remember the other guy’s name. I feel really bad because he’s just as nice and always tries to make conversation. It might be Charlie but I can’t ask him because I’ve seen him so many times. He might know my name. Where’s the respect in that? On the topic of names, I don’t think I know Kim’s last name. I like the mononym. It makes her mythical. Hamlet. Achilles. Kim. I should still know it though. I feel bad. I am flawed. I am imperfect. Kim is not.

All of these feelings are mostly sincere (bar the mock epic). Kim’s is a constant that does not disappoint or startle. I think we care about Kim and Kim cares about us. She is our mother.

Inspirations: The Odyssey’s invocation, inscription at base of Statue of Liberty

 

Women’s Soccer drops two NESCAC matchups

This past week, women’s soccer faced Bowdoin and Tufts away and lost both, moving them to a tough 0-3 record in NESCAC play. The Polar Bears scored early in the game on a well-placed long ball from Morgan Gallagher. After the early goal, the teams battled hard and fairly evenly until late in the second half when Bowdoin scored twice quickly before time expired. Bates keeper Sarah McCarthy ‘18 had nine saves in the loss. Bowdoin outshot Bates 18-8.

After the loss, captain Erin Shea ‘17 commented, “We had a very tough loss versus Bowdoin earlier this week. We lost 3-0 on their home field, which is never a good feeling. We definitely are taking the loss against Bowdoin and also Hamilton last Saturday as learning experiences. We know we cannot afford to lose any more games to beatable teams.”

In their second game of the week, the Bobcats visited the undefeated Jumbos and fell 5-2 despite playing with great passion. Bates went down 3-0 in the first half. In the second half, Tufts opened up the scoring to go up 4-0 before Bates got on the board in the 61st minute when Olivia Amdur ‘19 found the back of the net. Tufts answered back for their fifth goal of the game. Bates got the last goal of the match when Brigid Quinn ‘18 scored off an assist from Hannah Behringer ‘18. Kyla Rabb ‘17 believes the team will get back on track shortly. “We are a team with a lot of skill and looking to use that skill to find the result we want after a difficult first few games. The NESCAC is a tough conference but we are a competitive team looking to get back on top and finish what we started last year.”

The women’s team will look to right the ship this weekend with two home conference games against Wesleyan and Williams. Shea noted that “The NESCAC outcomes after each weekend play are never what you expect, so we are hoping to start causing some upsets in the upcoming weeks. We have a very hard schedule this season and it will be a test to our team character but I have a faith in this program and have faith in our ability as a team.”

 

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