The Bates Student

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Day: January 18, 2017 (Page 2 of 2)

USA Inc.

Donald Trump: President-elect, chairman and president of The Trump Organization, producer of the Apprentice, and apparently, spokesperson for conservative retail companies. After anti-Trump organization, #GrabYourWallet, called for the boycott of Maine-based outdoor equipment retailer, L.L.Bean, Trump turned to Twitter (as he is wont to do) and voiced his support for the company, urging his supporters to buy their goods: “Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine.” To clarify, L.L.Bean, as a company does not support Trump (or any political candidate publicly for that matter) and it was Linda Bean, granddaughter and member of the company’s board of directors, who donated $60,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC (an illegal amount of money for an individual contribution, but that’s beside the point), not the company, itself.

Not only has this been a huge topic of discussion nationwide, but particularly in Maine, where L.L.Bean has special significance. However, I don’t think the discussion should be focused solely on whether or not anyone should be boycotting L.L.Bean. First, corporations, despite legal definitions, are not individuals and we probably shouldn’t judge the morality of an entire company based on the fact that one member of its leadership supported Trump. If we did that, pretty much every business would up for boycott. L.L.Bean provides jobs to 5,000 employees, donates extensively to outdoor education and conservationist programs, and has demonstrated concern for worker safety and labor rights. In other words, if we are going to be vilifying individual businesses, there are bigger fish to fry than L.L.Bean. What I’m more concerned about is the fact that our future president is promoting a business on his social media account. Like most advertising, it’s manipulative at its basest and in this case, downright inappropriate.

Like I said before, I’m not calling for the boycott of L.L.Bean. I honestly think it’s otiose in the grand scheme of our political climate. Even if L.L.Bean removed Linda from its board of directors, what would that really accomplish? However, I think it is unethical for a politician to be showing favoritism to a business simply because it potentially supports their agenda. What’s next, Trump tweeting at his followers to sign up for Jenny Craig’s weight loss program simply because she endorsed him? Our president should not be selling us products. In a society already saturated with consumerist propaganda, do we need to be further exploited by our government?

 

The right to know

For 425 consecutive days, 25-year old Instagram gym-rat Devin Cunningham ate at least one daily meal at Chipotle. The rules of his challenge were simple enough: eat Chipotle every day. However, his journey was not without the occasional hiccup. When going on trips or holidays, Cunningham often had to remember to buy extra meals the day before, in case he would be heading somewhere that did not have Chipotle. Then there was the E. coli outbreak in late 2015 which was linked to Chipotle. As a result of this scare, Chipotle temporarily closed all of its locations in the US. When these closings were announced, Cunningham frantically raced from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver twice to purchase a week’s supply of Chipotle meals. Yet despite these “speedbumps,” Cunningham succeeded in his challenge and spent over a year on a Chipotle diet.

Needless to say, Cunningham’s Chipotle challenge turned some heads. A self-styled fitness aficionado and aspiring body builder, Cunningham has claimed that that the gym “is his life.” Chipotle, however, is not traditionally known for being gym-food. The Mexican-style chain restaurant specializes in tacos and burritos, foods which are calorie dense, often with high fat contents.

For instance, at Chipotle, a single chicken burrito with brown rice, beans, vegetables, and cheese is almost 1000 calories, with around 31.5 grams of fat. This amount is, of course, compounded if customers decide to add sour cream or guacamole. Adding these condiments, as well as a side of chips, puts the meal at around 1800 calories, well over half of the 2200-2400 calories most men need every day. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Cunningham received many messages admonishing him to abandon his challenge or risk getting sick or fat.

Yet despite the naysayers, Cunningham was able to complete the challenge without illness and successfully reduced his body fat by approximately 4%. He posted progress on his Instagram, which gained several thousand followers in the process.

How did he achieve his fitness goal, eating what was ostensibly junk food? The attitude implied by such a question is, in so many words, precisely the ignorant outlook Cunningham was trying to correct by undertaking this challenge in the first place. There is a large amount of mysticism surrounding food and dieting. Folktales, myths, and clichés rule a domain which is actually very well understood within scientific circles. Cunningham was trying to show that dietary and nutritional goals succeed for predictable and physiological reasons.

For the goal of weight loss, the crucial metric of significant is caloric balance. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not necessary to abandon luxury foods to lose weight, so long as one maintains a calorie deficit. The food in question is largely irrelevant: a calorie of spinach is not superior to a calorie of Big Mac in this regard (again, specifically for the goal of weight loss). One might just as well compare the weight of a ton of feathers to a ton of bricks.

The key is information. As long as one is reasonably informed about the number of calories they are eating and the energy they are expending, it is very hard to be surprised by the results of their diet. If, however, you have no clue what your calorie consumption is, things may get dicey. One hardly needs to imagine how difficult it would have been for Cunningham to achieve his body goal without the robust nutritional guide available on Chipotle’s website.

Weight loss is not the only nutritional goal which requires information. Many athletes track their macronutrients to achieve an efficient body composition. Some people are tremendously underweight or anemic and thus need to make sure they are getting enough calories or iron respectively. For others, nutritional goals might include avoiding allergens or incorporating more fiber and vitamins into their diets. All these goals and more require us to know what we are eating.

It is clear, then, that to make completely informed nutritional choices, people need access to detailed and comprehensive information about the food that they consume every day. This was possible, Cunningham demonstrated, at Chipotle.

Yet it is not possible at Bates. Bates is a school lauded for its excellent tasting and nutritious dining program and for having one of the best vegan bars in the country. We as a school have implemented a myriad of fitness programs and sponsored outdoor activities (for both faculty and students); we fund dozens of varsity, club and intermural sports options; and we force our students to obtain PE credit for graduation. Yet despite this apparent emphasis on healthy eating and an active lifestyle, Bates Dining does not post nutritional information for its food.

I maintain that Bates Dining has an obligation to disclose this information. How can such a praised dining hall like Commons be lacking such an integral component which is available at hundreds of other colleges and universities across the country, let alone thousands of Chipotles, McDonalds, and Taco Bells the world over? Moreover, how can Bates students make the best decisions about their body and lifestyle if they are kept completely in the dark about the nutritional content of their food?

So why does Bates Dining not publish such information? The answer will shock and anger you. When asked on the “napkin board,” why calorie and nutritional information has not ever been posted, Bates Dining responded thusly:

“Because studies have shown that posting calorie and nutritional information on dishes can be detrimental to those who are struggling with food and body image issues we have chosen not to post this information. If you are interested in checking the ingredients in a recipe, the recipes are available at the stations during meals.”

Did you catch that? Bates Dining has “chosen” not to post calorie and nutritional information. The word “choice” confirms that our current blindness is not an incidental or administrational accident, but instead a deliberate policy of nutritional ignorance. And the reason? To spare the hurt feelings of those members of our community who most need this information.

First off, I challenge Bates Dining to produce any study which “shows” that nutritional information is damaging or suggests hiding nutritional information as a university policy. Even if there exists one such study (which I doubt), it would be disingenuous to behave as though such a study proves any kind of medical consensus on the effects of nutritional information. To the contrary, it seems obvious that denying nutritional information to those with body image issues is akin to denying information about the risks of alcohol to alcoholics. It is doing no kindness to those with these issues, but instead purposely limits their understanding of what they could be doing to their bodies. The potential harm that such a withholding could have is self-evident, and thus the current position of Bates Dining on this matter should be far beneath our contempt.

Furthermore, even if it could be proven that nutritional information is harmful to certain groups of people, this would still not be a good enough reason to withhold the information. Nutritional information need not be conspicuous or ostentatious (though it should be!). As long as it were available in a discreet page online, the nutritionally conscious could still access it while Bates Dining maintains its veil of ignorance over students they judge as too delicate to know the truth.

Solving this problem would not need to be a one-way street either. Students could help in this process by either donating our time or money. On the technological front, savvy students could help integrate with apps like “MyFitnessPal” and “Lose it!” which would make tracking nutritional goals a breeze. Better yet, this is a great opportunity for students and the administration to collaborate on a comprehensive Bates App which could show nutritional information in addition to Bates news, student articles, surveys, and upcoming events! The possibilities for students to use this deficit for constructive purposes are endless.

But the status quo is a disgrace, and it deserves an answer now. I encourage any concerned party to send emails to both the office of the president (president@bates.edu) and Vice President of Dining Christine Schwartz to let them know you want nutritional information posted for Bates students (cschwart@bates.edu). Ask them to please explain the response given at the napkin board found at this url: http://www.bates.edu/dining/napkin/nutritional-info/. Furthermore, use the following link to sign a petition and show the administration that you care and want access to this information NOW: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/we-want-nutritional-information-at-bates-now. Delicious or not, Bates students have a right to know what is in our food.

Women’s Basketball beats Hamilton, loses to Middlebury on road trip

Since Hamilton College officially joined the NESCAC in all sports in 2011, Bates teams have had to make the dreaded trek to from Lewiston to Clinton, New York. A 400 mile drive, Google maps says that the trip should take a little more than 6 hours. The team broke up the travel by driving to Springfield, MA on Thursday night, and then finishing the drive to Hamilton College the next day. After playing a night game, the team left Hamilton at 8:30 on Saturday to drive to Middlebury for another game starting at 3 pm. Overall, senior co-captain, Allie Coppola ‘17 estimates that the team spent about 17 hours traveling.

However, something about these long drives must be therapeutic for Coppola, because the forward was balling over the weekend. In a 60-44 win against Hamilton, Coppola recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds.  She followed this up with another impressive performance of 12 rebounds and a career high 27 points on an efficient 10-17 shooting in a loss against Middlebury.

“Allie has a great mindset and has really come to play since the semester break.” Coach Allison Montgomery wrote in an email. “She is playing with confidence and determination and is leading our team.” Coppola has now compiled four consecutive double-doubles, and is 0.2 rebounds away from averaging a double-double for the season. She ranks first in the NESCAC in rebounds per game, and fifth in points per game.

Although Coppola was dominant at times on offense, it was really the defense that propelled the Garnet and White to their victory against Hamilton. Nina Davenport ‘18, normally known for her ability on offensive side of the ball, had three steals. Coach Montgomery noted that Bernadette Connors ‘18 was also a standout, grabbing many rebounds and getting in the passing lanes for steals and deflections. In total, the Bobcats only gave up 44 points, including just 6 points in the fourth quarter.

Against Middlebury, it was the first and third quarters that hurt the Bobcats. They were outscored by 10 and 13 points respectively in the quarters. Despite Coppola’s performance, the team was unable to climb out of the early hole. Connors ‘17 filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Women’s basketball is now 2-2 in NESCAC play and 5-10 overall , which certainly does not rule out a birth in the conference tournament. Games against Connecticut and Wesleyan next weekend will be very important and telling of the team’s outlook for the remainder of the season. However, both Coppola and Montgomery relayed the sentiment that the team is sticking with a one game at a time mindset.

Sankofa

Sankofa is a word from the Twi language spoken by the Ashanti people of Ghana that translates to English as “return and fetch it,” but also referring to a much longer proverb: it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten. The word can also be expressed as a glyph within the Ashanti Adinkra tradition of symbol-making as a stylized heart or as a bird in forward motion, reaching behind with an egg held in its beak. These signifiers all refer to the idea of return and recollection, reflection on the past as to learn for the future. Sankofa means that whatever has been lost or forgotten or left can be revived and brought to light; from bringing past to present one can learn to advance armed with knowledge and knowing. Sankofa, in all its forms and manifestations, exists currently in the United States as an important symbol of African-American introspection and the shared name of organizations across America meant to bring enlightenment of black culture.

Our very own chapter presents Testimonies in Melanin Magic, a multimedia exploration of the wake of African diaspora, here and abroad. The show is a collection of performances, both live and recorded, taking shape as spoken word, acted skit, a capella, dance and documentary. The show winds through about twelve vignettes focusing on the many facets of black living. Live skits confront the nuances and challenges faced by the African-American community, ranging from hair to hate. A student dance samples the many forms of Afro inspired music, styling and dance. Between segments, an unseen narrator reflects on the pieces while introducing commentary and thought into the show. The whole thing reads as wholly conscious, all aware of the good and bad known to black men and women worldwide. You, as an audience member, are given a real glimpse into lives not your own, lives very different and far.

As much as Bates brings the show to life, a sizable portion of the content is recorded and imported. Some of the show’s high points do not belong to the students or performers or anybody in the room, but to the distant creators of the visual works (these are several small documentary pieces and poetry readings). It’s an odd feeling. These pieces are fine and bring attention to the issues meant to be exposed, but at the price of outsourcing. But again, it is better to have than to have not.

The show is indeed an exploration. A look into the artistic manifestations of the African diaspora. The show presents itself as aware, in the most painful way. The whole thing begins with an exposé of the danger of living in America. The most repugnant memories of brutality and violence in this country are refreshed with a dark, silent video. The student performers walk onto stage, in voiceless recognition and solidarity, fists raised. So sets the tone of the performance: knowing, wincing, angry. Despite it all, the fear and algesia, light shines through. Humor and energy sparkle in the hollow darkness. Energy does not leave. Happiness does not either. The idea of Sankofa lives freely and brightly, reminding one and all, that there are lessons in the past and life (precious, gracious life) in the future.

 

The ‘typical’ girl next door

Verena Wappel: Ok, so my name is Verena. What can I say, I don’t know. I’m from Austria, I grew up in a landscape very east of Austria, so on the Hungarian border, but I’ve lived in Vienna for the last 5 years, so yeah that’s where I’m from. I’m from the countryside, but also a little bit of a city girl, I guess.

William Ebert: What was your childhood like growing up?

VW: My childhood? Good, I liked it. It was very effective very safe, I was very grateful that my parents always took care of me and, I don’t know, being healthy, and dedication was always very important to them, so that was fine. Wasn’t that exciting though, I guess. I grew up in a village with 300 hundred inhabitants. We are not an independent community, we are with another town, and then we are 2 thousand people. The capital from our district was about 10 kilometers away and of course you go there for shopping or school or other things, but that’s not a city, that’s 8 thousand people. We travelled a lot though. My father likes to go by car to places, so we drove all the way to Denmark or Finland, Sweden, 5 people in the car, so much fun. We drove to England when I was 11 and it took us 25 hours. 5 people in a car. I was eleven so my sisters were 9 and 13, especially my 13-year-old sister was not interested in it. And when I became older, I decided to travel by myself.

WE: What was one of your most memorable experience growing up as an adolescent in Austria?

VW: A day I remember very well was my 17th birthday, so Easter depends on the moon and sometimes my birthday is at Easter. And I loved it, and so the Saturday of Easter, the day before Easter Sunday, we have a tradition. We have a huge bonfire and the tradition also says that on the Friday before Easter Sunday we go from house to house and we steal the wood. It is actually kind of allowed. We are allowed to take a certain amount per house, our mayor allowed us to, but still it is a little exciting. And we start when it is dark and we have a good time and it is really fun to steal the wood, and then the next day we prepare the bonfire, we prepare, um the bar and the music and everything, and then in the evening we have our event. The whole town comes to party, drink and whatever and with that money we go to Croatia. So I really liked that celebration, it is a lot of fun, and on my 17th, it was that Saturday and it was really nice, and I worked in a bar, I had my shift but then I was done so also the day after my birthday, it is my sister’s birthday, and the day after her, it is my best friend’s birthday, so we all celebrated together. And my boyfriends these days, told me that he loved me on that day. We broke up two weeks afterwards, but I really enjoyed that day. I really enjoyed the party and the tradition and yeah. I got nice presents.

WE: What made you go into teaching?

VW: So my house school was focused on business because when I was younger I thought, I don’t want to study, I want to work directly after high school. My parents somehow almost forced me to finish high school. I really didn’t want to. And um, at the time I finished I was old enough to realize that I want to study. I was 19 when I went to the school of teacher’s education in Vienna and at first I studied for elementary school teaching and there was also in the 5th term of study, I went to the Netherlands and so I came back and I had my 6th term and then I didn’t get a job right away; they did not need teachers for an elementary school and in the Netherlands I taught in an elementary school so in the Netherlands the elementary school is from 4 to 12 years old so the students are that age and I taught English and some German and it was just awesome to teach English and German to 11 and 12 year old ones but in Austria, elementary school is from 6 to 10 so when I came back, I decide to go for secondary school and with that qualification as well now I can teach in elementary school from 6-10 or in secondary school from 10-14. And um yeah and so last year I taught in a secondary school from 10-14 and I taught English and arts and I loved it and um, yeah my students in Ireland were the same age and that’s really fun with the 13 14 year old ones . And now I am here at Bates and I teach German to much older students, but sometimes they are just as childish. Sometimes they are.

WE: How did you end up at Bates?

VW: So I was actually placed here. I wanted to go abroad and I wanted to go to an English speaking country so my options were applying for Fulbright in the states or World-Wide Teaching and I could have gone to either England or Scotland, but at that point I thought, I’ve been to England, Ireland, and Scotland so why not go to the States? So um yeah, I applied for Fulbright and then I got the offer at Bates and it was either, take it or deny it but um you won’t get another offer and that was actually the first time I had heard about Maine, so I started watching documentaries and I loved it and I watch many videos on YouTube, like one girl explaining 280 and the basement and whatever and I just watch whatever videos on YouTube I could find and of the snowstorm and um, I think it was the basketball team celebrating after they won and I took the offer and now I’m here.

WE: What do you think of the states?

VW: That’s um, a very broad question, um what do I think? So in general, I like it. I think every experience is a good experience. And I really have good experiences here. I can’t say that I love it. I really love Austria though. I know it is not perfect but it is really awesome. Also seeing California, Nevada, Arizona, then coming to Maine and New England is very different. I prefer New England, it is very familiar to Austria, so the landscape, the weather, and it could be just the same. There are fewer mountains, but where I grew up there were only a few hills so it could be just the same. That could be here as well. We have better water quality though. I hate your tap water. In Vienna it is delicious, it is freshly out of the source in the mountains and it’s 40 thousand years old and with all these minerals and so on, it is delicious, you don’t have to change it. And we can be very lucky about that, most Austrians don’t appreciate it enough. They don’t appreciate many things enough.

WE: What are your plans after Bates?

VW: I will continue travelling until my visa tells me to leave and then I will have free for a few months so I will continue working in Vienna and I will start with the next school year in Vienna. But I want to see all of the world. As much as possible at least.

WE: Any final thoughts?

VW: No I don’t know what I said there is nothing you have to know about me, I am more the typical girl from next door, nothing interesting.

 

The happiest two hours of the year

Happiness in movie form is La La Land. As we march towards uncertainty this week, there are some alternative programing: jump in a puddle, re-watch Barack Obama surprise Joe Biden, or spend two hours watching Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sing, dance, and be adorable in different spots of Los Angeles.

The film starts with an opening musical number set in a gridlock on a L.A. freeway and never stops. The songs are grand and amazing, each capturing a different aspect of the L.A. life. “Another Day of Sun” shows the upbeat, cheerful side of L.A as well as the traffic. “Someone in the Crowd” has Stone’s character and her friends dressing up for a fancy Hollywood party and trying to get themselves noticed. “City of Stars” is a bittersweet song about dreaming while “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” is the hopeful counterpart about how you should never stop chasing your dreams. Even the instrumental pieces capture the romance of L.A.

Not since Grand Theft Auto V has a fictional piece made Los Angeles look so beautiful. The film turns L.A. into a character of its own, showing the fame and class of Hollywood, the wistfulness of the Griffith Observatory, and the plain fun of underground jazz clubs. It would not be surprising if the city started to use La La Land as its official tourism video. Even sitting in traffic looks like fun. Though the fun part of the movie is, at times, you cannot tell what time period the movie is set in. It has a great vintage feel to it, even when you can tell you are in the present day.

La La Land is also not your typical romantic comedy. Aside from the music, it does not have all the clichés that most rom-coms have. And along the way there are some twists and turns that keep you on your feet.

The film puts a big emphasis on the fact that Gosling’s character is out to “save jazz.” Yet, jazz is actually more relevant currently than in the past decade or so. Musicians like Kendrick Lamar and A Tribe Called Quest have incorporated jazz into their recent albums, setting off a new era for the music genre. While Gosling’s obsession with jazz may border on absurd, Gosling has enough charm to make it endearing.

Both Stone and Gosling are amazing which is good for a movie that essentially has only two roles. First of all, Emma Stone can do everything. She has so much charisma, a great voice, and even good dancing skills. Ryan Gosling is a surprisingly good piano player and tap-dancer. While he does not have the voice of an angel, somehow the songs are actually better for it. John Legend and J.K. Simmons both have small roles in the film, with Legend basically playing a version of himself and Simmons being funny as always. It is hard to imagine the film working with any other two actors. They are what make the movie so romantic and so funny.

While not giving away any spoilers, the ending can be viewed in two ways. Nonetheless, it won’t stop the movie from immediately putting you in a good mood unlike movies like Manchester by the Sea. Hopefully La La Land will bring back the movie musical because they are just so much fun to watch! It’s like floating on a cloud for two hours.

 

Men’s swim team undefeated, poised with women for historic conference meet

Bates’ men’s and women’s swim and dive teams continued their near perfect 2016-2017 season last weekend, effectively dispatching their in-state rivals, Bowdoin and Colby, in two separate dual meets, and claimed the CBB championship for the third year in a row. The men’s team has been perfect this season, winning all six of their dual meets, and finishing first in the Maine State Meet back in December. The lone blemish on the women’s record came two weekends ago at Middlebury where they lost by a score of 160-140.

On Friday, here at Bates’ own Tarbell Pool, the women narrowly defeated Bowdoin by a score of 154-145, while the men’s team won handily by 38 points, 163-125. In Bates’ lone home meet of the season, newcomer to the team Monica Sears ‘20 did not disappoint. Sears glided her way to a new pool record in the 1,000-yard freestyle, completing the marathon event in 10:36.31. She finished just one tenth of a second ahead of the previous record time, much to the delight of her teammates and a formidable home crowd. Riley Ewing ‘18 starred for the men, winning both the 50-yard and 100-yard backstroke events. For the Bobcats, this marked their third consecutive dual-meet victory over the Polar Bears. This meet was Bowdoin’s first official dual meet of the season.

After a quick turnaround, both teams made the trek up I-95 to Waterville on Saturday to cap off their doubleheader weekend against the Mules. Colby was outmatched by both teams, as the Bates men and women won convincingly 163-125 and 182.5-93.5, respectively. Each teams’ sound effort gave Bates their 7th consecutive dual-meet victory over Colby. Ewing starred in the backstroke again, winning the 100 and 200 yard races, while All-American Sara Daher ‘17 took care of business in the 100 butterfly. The impressive CBB sweep for both the men and women is particularly impressive on the men’s side, considering they are not fielding any divers on their roster this season, and have to compensate for lost points each meet.

Despite this setback, in backstroker Ewing’s view it was the team’s depth that keyed them to victory in both meets this weekend. “There were a lot of events this past weekend where we were scoring three men in the top four spots. As important as it was to win events, we needed the second, third and fourth finishes in order to gain back points lost on diving,” he commented. “That’s where I was truly impressed with the team collectively. Our distance swimmers are faster than ever, the number of sprint freestylers we have is ridiculous and our strokers are always solid.”

Back to back meets like these are also crucial preparation for the upcoming NESCAC and NCAA meets. “Our focus of the season is always on championship meets, which includes NESCAC’s and NCAA’s,” said Daher. “These were not only great confidence boosters for the program, but also important training exercises. Having back-to-back meets the past two weekends allows us to physically get a feel for a three-day conference championship meet at the end of the season.”

Both teams are approaching a well deserved weekend off, before diving back into the pool at the WPI Invitational in Worcester, MA on January 29, their final meet before NESCAC championships. With their impressive performances so far this season, both teams are poised for historic showings at the upcoming conference meet in February. The men should have no problem finishing above fifth in the conference for the first time in program history, while the women are set for a battle with Middlebury for the conference crown. Remarked Ewing, “The best thing we can do going into this last phase of the season is to keep spirits high and to keep cheering for each other. We identify as a wolf pack, and we are ready to hunt.”

 

New way to get funding

Are you looking to fund a community service opportunity, an event during a Bates break, or a weekend program? If so, the Student Funding Hub website was launched on January 9th to assist in making these kinds of programs realities.

Nicholas Dressler, the Assistant Director of Campus Life, has been instrumental in getting this program off the ground. Since filling the position in June 2016, he has both directly and indirectly advised student clubs and organizations on campus, including the Bates College Student Government and the Chase Hall Programming Board.

He created the Student Funding Hub based on student feedback. Students have said that finding funding for their student club and organization-led programming is very difficult. Now, every funding source is in one spot, organized into sections according to the idea a student has.

The ideas available for funding that students can apply for include additional club funding, on-campus programs during Bates’ breaks, student club-led events, community engagement and service programs, ideas for making Bates more sustainable and “green,” late-night weekend programs, and fun and safe events for students 21 and older at which alcohol is served.

The criteria to apply is different for every source and is dependent on what kind of program a student wants to fund. Who determines whether an idea will receive funding or not also varies among sources. All information is listed clearly on the website. Dressler exclaims, “The sky’s the limit! The website was put together to not only be a resource for funding sources, but also to stoke creativity. Depending on the idea, [students] may be able to apply for multiple funding sources if the idea meets each source’s criteria!”

Dressler also adds that “a good rule of thumb is to apply no later than two weeks prior to your intended event or program date — the more time you have in advance of your event, the better, as it allows for an application to be properly reviewed by the entity providing the fund.”

For more information or to apply for funding, the Student Funding Hub is available at http://www.bates.edu/campus/funding.

 

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