The Bates Student

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Day: November 15, 2017 (Page 1 of 3)

Women’s Cross Country Dominates at DIII Regionals Meet

Women’s cross country runners get ready to take off. JAY BURNS/BATES COLLEGE .

Women’s cross country runners get ready to take off. JAY BURNS/BATES COLLEGE
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This Saturday, November 11, the women’s cross country team competed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Meet in Gorham, Maine on the Gorham Country Club golf course, the home course for the University of Southern Maine. Out of 56 teams, Bates finished in an impressive fifth place, thanks to an outstanding team effort from the seven competing runners. Their team total was 150 points, and since cross country races are won with the fewest points, their score was 33 points better than the sixth place score of Amherst College (183), and 17 points better than their total from last year’s Regional Meet (167), showing some solid team improvement this year.

Leading the Bobcats on this six kilometer course was senior captain Katherine Cook ‘18, who finished in fourth place overall with a time of 20:44.7, which gained her the title of All-New England, since her place was in the top 35. When asked about her performance, Cook actually opted to talk about her team instead: “This is one of the most talented and supportive teams I’ve ever been on, and I just feel so privileged to have been a part of that.” Her great race reflects the positive cross country experiences she has had all season.

Cook was not alone on her team in earning an All-New England title: Ayden Eickhoff ‘19 placed 29th with a time of 22:11.8, while Abby Hamilton ‘21 nabbed the 35th spot by racing 22:16.6. Rounding off the top five were Katie Barker ‘19 in 41st at time 22:23.9 and Olivia LaMarche ‘20 in 45th with 22:25.6. As shown by their times, the Bates runners used a pack strategy, determined to try to stay close to their fellow racers and motivate each other to keep pushing together. Also contributing to the team effort and spirit were the Bates displacers, or the 6th and 7th finishers on the team. Sarah Rothmann ‘19 placed 57th at 22:35.5, and senior captain Mary Szatkowski ‘18 placed 92nd at 23:16.2. All Bates racers finished in the top 100 in this large race of 393 runners.

The conditions were less than ideal, with wind-chill causing the temperature to feel like it was in the low twenties. However, the wind and cold were not going to stand in the way of these determined Bobcats. “We were mentally prepared for the cold coming into it, and so we were able to tough it out during the race,” says Barker.

The cold also failed to keep Bates spectators away, who came to support the team in their race. Parents, students, alumni, and even dogs represented the Bates spirit and cheered on the runners as they gave their all out on the course.

One of the most impressive parts of the race was the topography, which was far hillier than most golf course races are. The racers fought valiantly against the difficult terrain, working off each other to navigate and endure the twists and hills. This course was a challenge, but it was one that these Bates runners were ready to face. Rothmann states, “The course was really fair, and because we have trained at Pineland, we were prepared for any hill that would come. We worked really well together and that let our team perform competitively.”

Unfortunately, the fifth place finish did not result in the team moving on to compete at the National Championships, yet this Regional meet was still an inspiring end to an exceptional season. Also, Cook’s fourth place finish has gained her an individual spot in the National Meet, and the team will continue supporting her in this effort that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Elsah, Ill.

 

Bates Is a Family Tradition

I arrive on campus and see the tremendous changes from when I lived at 97 Bardwell Street, now the home of a faculty member. I used to run up the street to visit my grandparents, Louis and Sadie Brackett Costello, at 45 Campus Avenue, which is now a parking lot. It brings back memories of my grandparents, my childhood, and Bates.

I remember looking over to the campus from my grandparent’s fabulous front porch. I watched gatherings for graduations and homecoming weekend, but for me, across the street to the campus seemed a world of its own. Little did I know that I would grow to appreciate my grandfather’s deep love for and involvement with Bates; little did I know that I would one day be a student and Bates alumna, and come to love Bates myself.

Louis Costello and Sadie Bracket met at Bates when they entered the class of 1898. Louis was from Wells and Sadie from Phillips, ME. They began their newspaper careers at Bates by working for The Student.

He told his friend Charlie that “Sadie is the brightest and most prominent of the ’98 girls.” After working closely together for two years, Louis confessed his love. Sadie told him she would “entertain that idea,” and their love blossomed. Louis was the Business Manager his junior and senior year, as well as class of ’98 Student Council President. He roomed in Parker Hall.

Sadie was a contributing writer and board member. They were very active members of their class and their love for the school and participation in its activities continued for the rest of their lives.

Louis and Sadie were married in 1900 and very soon after became involved with the Lewiston Daily Sun. Louis was the Business manager and Sadie was the Women’s Editorial Writer. They had two children, Russell and Louise. Sadie continued to write for the paper for many years. Louis would eventually own and run the paper until his death in 1959. Louis was elected to the Bates Board of Trustees in 1916 and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law from Bates in 1952.

My name is Jane Costello Wellehan ’60. My Dad, Russell H. Costello ’28, attended Bates for two years before transferring to MIT in Boston. Even though my parents lived down the street, I lived on campus when I transferred from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart my sophomore year. I felt it was the only way to really experience the school. My interest as an alumna is in the Bates College Museum of Art. We didn’t have a museum building when I was there, so I was very excited when Bates built it.

The class of ’60 was the first class to live in what is now known as Page Hall but we called it “Smurd” — I don’t know why. We were the first class to jump into “The Puddle” and the last class to have The Mayoralty Campaign, a great tradition at Bates during Winter Carnival. The event got too rowdy, so it was stopped by the powers that be. The Blue Goose was a hangout for our class and I hear it is still a hangout now! Dancing to the jukebox and listening to the Platters was a favorite Saturday night event.

Although I graduated from Bates with an English Degree, the classes that stayed with me and fed my soul were the two-year, four semester required courses of Cultural Heritage, which awakened my love for ancient cultures and religions, art and architecture. I loved studying Comparative Religions, too.

Two of my granddaughters, Bridget Ruff ’18 and Amelia Damboise ’21 are taking classes in some of the same buildings and walking on the same paths their great-great-grandparents did over 120 years ago! What an incredible tradition. Louis and Sadie would be proud of the articles that Bridget has written for The Student — harking back to when she sat in her room and wrote her own articles.

So much has changed at Bates, and yet at its core, much remains the same. Sadie and Louis fell in love with Bates and each other as their minds were exposed to new ideas and professors, just as I was, and my two granddaughters have been and will be. From my little corner of Campus Ave and Bardwell Street, my love for Bates and what I learned there enriched my life.

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A Bates student relaxes in their turn of the twentieth century Parker Hall room. JANE WELLEHAN ’60/COURTESY PHOTO

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Sadie Bracket ’1898. JANE WELLEHAN ’60/COURTESY PHOTO

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Louis Costello ’1898 receives his Honorary Doctorate of Law from Bates’ President Charles Phillips in 1952. JANE WELLEHAN ’60/COURTESY PHOTO

 

SAAC Raises Money for Hurricane Relief, Future Goals Include Mindfulness Projects and Field Day

Varsity, club, and intramural sports are a tremendous aspect of a student-athlete’s experience at Bates. Although participating in competitions and attending regular practices are a significant part of these athletics programs, as student athletes, it is also important to always consider one’s role in the classroom and the community. To help with this, Bates, along with every other schools in the NESCAC conference, has a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 of American Red Cross accepts $1,311.14 check from SAAC on November 10, 2017. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan ’10 of American Red Cross accepts $1,311.14 check from SAAC on November 10, 2017. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

According to its mission statement, “SAAC promotes and maintains among the Bates College student-athletes good sportsmanship, academic excellence, and involvement in the campus and local community….SAAC representatives meet directly with the Director of Athletics and the SAAC Advisor on a regular basis and through that interaction, positively impact the general administration of the athletics program to the benefit of the intercollegiate sports participants.”

“My interactions with the SAAC have been extremely positive,” Jason Fein, Bates’ new Athletic Director, says. “We had a great first meeting where we talked about the direction of the program and the committee. I believe that we need to empower our students to affect positive change in our community. As the administrators, we are here to support their vision for the committee and their ideas for fundraisers, charity events, and building activities are excellent.”

Bates has two SAAC Advisors, Rebecca Woods, head coach for the Nordic Ski program, and Alison Montgomery, head coach for women’s basketball. Woods and Montgomery facilitate SAAC meetings for the student athlete group members once a month at 7 a.m. in Commons.

For Bates, members of the SAAC include: Avery MacMullen ’20, Daniel Trulli ’19, Holland Doyle ’20, James Bullock ’20, Leo Lukens ’20, Margaret Silverman ’18, Maxwell Hummel ’19, Olivia Amdur ’19, Robert Flynn ’18, Shelbie McCormack ’19, Srishti Sunil ’18, and Walter Washington ’19.

Speaking about her role as a SAAC group member, Oliva Amdur says, “I represent both men’s and women’s soccer, and if there is any information that needs to be relayed from the students themselves or from the other way around I am the person that they go through. The goal is to really get students more involved and interested in athletics and bring awareness to all aspects of student life including academics, athletics, and community engagement.”

Margaret Silverman and Maxwell Hummel represent Bates at the NESCAC conference. At their first meeting, it was established that hurricane relief was a NESCAC wide initiative and therefore, all group members went back to their respective schools and worked with their committee to decide the best possible way to raise money and awareness. Bates’ SAAC committee decided to have a campus wide fundraiser that lasted over three days, starting Thursday November 2 and lasting until Saturday November 4 and will donate all money to the American Red Cross.

Bates’ SAAC impressively raised $1,311.14 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund and presented this organization a check Friday, November 10. Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan ’10, a six-time All-American track and field athlete for Bates, accepted the check on behalf of Red Cross.

“The Hurricane Relief Fundraiser for the Red Cross completely exceeded our expectations,” Robert Flynn, men’s track and field representative, says. “We wanted to raise as much money as possible, and given the short timeframe, we were able to raise over $1,300 for those in need.”

“We raised money for a great cause and we activated the committee on using new ideas to improve on an old model. The use of Venmo probably tripled or quadrupled the amount we were able to raise in a matter of 48 hours and the folks from the Red Cross were thrilled to partner with us and want to make it an ongoing relationship,” Fein adds.

At their last meeting, SAAC talked about field day, which is a huge planning process for the committee, while also coming up with some plans to help support mental health among the Bates community.

“I think one of the biggest things that the members of the SAAC spoke to, and that they found, NESCAC wide, is that there are a ton of resources, surrounding mental health, that many students do not know about,” Montgomery says. “As SAAC we really just want to make sure everybody knows about these resources and really normalize different struggles with mental health. We want to eliminate stigma and present mental health as a spectrum that everybody is on in some way and at different times in our lives.”

“Without giving too much away, SAAC is looking forward to several events during the winter semester and during short term. Some of these events include a sports recognition event, a mental health awareness campaign, and Field Day. Field day is one of our biggest events for SAAC, and this year the event could look completely different than in years past. There are many adjustments that are being discussed, but probably one of the biggest is the change of date to a Friday afternoon. This would allow more Bates students to participate and for more structure for the schools,” Flynn says.

Additionally, the SAAC representatives spend a lot time communicating with the new athletic director, Jason Fein and have had a lot of discussions about trying to ramp up student excitement for athletics in order to, in Fein’s words, “raise awareness of the hard work that student athletes put in each and every day and help the committee spread that to the rest of the campus.”

“This will hopefully translate into better relations with all of our campus constituents and more engaging and well attended athletics events,” Feins says. A huge part of this includes coming up with new ways to advertise the athletic competitions to the Bates community, as well as incentivizing people to want to come support Bates through fun giveaways.

“One of our goals is definitely to have the student athletes feel like they control their own destiny in some way, and that they have the support of this office in that journey,” Fein adds. “We are here to advise and support as students work their way through this 4 year journey, not to direct them in every aspect of everything they do. I want them to know that when they have a great idea and a way to execute it, we will be there to support them just the way that we support them in their pursuits of excellence on the fields of play.”

 

Taking No Waste November by Storm

November is a magical month. Leaves fall to the ground, providing a lovely crunch with each step. Morning walks to Commons are characterized by cool air and bright sunlight. And as Thanksgiving break quickly approaches, Bates students, staff, and faculty alike are delighted.

But November offers us more than just exquisite weather and some much-needed time off. It also provides us with an opportunity to examine what we waste and why we waste it. So, in honor of No Waste November, I took to Commons to ask Bates students how and why they reduce their food waste.

Beanie O’Shea ’18 said that she takes her time choosing what to eat at meals; that way, she can be sure she wants to eat everything she puts on her plate. “I take a lot of laps before deciding. A lot,” she said. “I also use smaller plates, so I can’t fit as much.” According to O’Shea ’18, reducing our individual food waste helps us to be aware of how lucky we are.

“At Bates, we’re very fortunate with what we can have access to in terms of food. [Reducing food waste] is one of the things we can do to address not only environmental issues, but also to address our privilege and to really think about what it means to have access to so much,” she said.

Bryce O’Brien ’20 and Celia Feal-Staub ’20 take multiple trips to get food in Commons rather than filling their entire plates on the first go. “You can always go up for more,” O’Brien ’20 tells.

According to O’Brien ’20, sustainable habits can have positive economic impacts in the long term. “If students were consistent in cutting down on food waste, Bates would adjust the menu sizes and save a lot of money,” he said.

For Feal-Staub ’20, reducing food waste is about using individual actions to affect collective change. She said that “if every individual person reduces their own food waste in Commons, Commons would then know better how much food to make at each meal. This would mean that Commons as a dining hall would make less food, which would make a bigger impact than any individual person.”

Maya Chessen ’21 says that she cuts back on wasted food by testing out new foods in Commons before she serves herself large portions. “If I don’t know what something is or if I’ll like it, I’ll take a really small amount, so if I don’t want it I don’t throw out too much,” Chessen ’21 states.

According to Chessen ’21, extra food that isn’t composted is wasted, and subsequently hurts our planet. “It’s really important to reduce waste, not only because it’s bad for Bates financially, but because it has really negative environmental impacts too,” she said.

Whether you choose to do laps before serving yourself, take multiple trips up to food stations, or start with small portions of new foods, your actions in Commons can have positive and important impacts. Reducing food waste doesn’t have to be hard. If every Bates student wasted just one ounce less per meal, Commons could save approximately $46,000 annually. That’s just two fewer chicken nuggets, three fewer French fries, or a third less of a slice of pizza. So, during this No Waste November, consider cutting back on your food waste using simple strategies that can and will have complex, sweeping impacts.

 

Lil Yachty and Chaos in the Gray Cage

A DJ’s thumping bass blares throughout the Gray Cage, I am gently swaying with the pulsating crowd; communication with friends becomes a game of lip-reading. Where am I? The Gray Cage before Bates’ Fall Concert performance, Lil Yachty.

As many of you know, this past weekend our campus hosted the 21-year-old rapper Miles Parks McCollum, famously known as Lil Yachty. Rocketed to fame after singing or featuring in songs such as “One Night,” “iSpy,” and “Broccoli,” Lil Yachty is best-known for his self-named style of “bubblegum trap.” Indeed, his tracks show the influence of the percussive musical staples found in trap music paired with sounds from animated children’s shows and gaming consoles, thus aptly fitting his style. His lyrics vary, often including references to drugs and sex; these themes are consistent with the trap style, though Lil Yachty also sings positive songs without explicit lyrics.

The process of bringing Lil Yachty campus began last spring when the Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB) sent out their general interest survey regarding artists to bring for the fall concert. According to the CHPB co-presidents, over 700 Bates students proclaimed their interest in Lil Yachty. The organization had since worked diligently to bring the up-and-coming rapper to campus. Some of you may be wondering why a rap artist came to Maine; I have no answer to this, other than that CHPB must have been very convincing in their attempts to adhere to students’ wishes.

The concert experience was similar to any other large concert: metal detector wands, security scanning QR codes, and long lines for restrooms. Tickets and event emails indicated that Lil Yachty would start his set around 9p.m., however, at exactly 11:04p.m. the artist finally took to the stage.

The set itself was exactly what students expected; Lil Yachty sang through some hits such as “Minnesota,” “iSpy,” “One Night,” “Broccoli,” and “Peek A Boo.” Some of his stage crew or sound mixers seemed a little distracted, and my taller friend noted that one of them was on his phone. Regardless, Lil Yachty’s energy kept the performance going strong.

Interspersed throughout his set, he tried to get students and attendees to form circles, presumably for dancing. He would pause between songs and call for the crowded mosh pit before the stage to spread out into a large circle. I was standing towards the back, so I did not ever see his goal come to fruition. What I did experience was an uncoordinated, drunken push away from the stage followed by several people shoving back towards the front each time Lil Yachty attempted to make his circles work. Towards the end of the concert, he gave up; maybe he finally figured out that drunk college students are not very good at following directions.

The set ended at around midnight, however, the fun continued for all concert goers with a Bates ID or friend with a Bates ID; Memorial Commons hosted 50 or so pizzas (including gluten-free pizza) and a DJ until 2:00a.m. Exhausted from trying to resist the rowdiness of the concert crowd and content with my concert-going experience, I grabbed a few slices before heading home for the night.

Looking back, I had a wonderful time Saturday night. This fall concert was a success in the books; even though I graduate this spring, I know that Bates will bring another student-centered performance to campus next fall.

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Lil Yachty performs in the Grey Cage. JAMES MACDONALD/THE BATES STUDENT

The Real World after Liberal Arts in Finance

Getting a job after college is something most competent seniors can manage. Getting a good job after college, however, can prove far more challenging.

I will begin with my sophomore year experience of interviewing. I knew very little of the job world but, as a young economics major, I knew I wanted to enter the finance world. Learning that a sophomore year internship is hard to come by, I decided the best route was to email everyone my parents knew in the finance world. I ended up using a personal connection through my brother’s ex-girlfriend’s dad. And yes, I know, it was a convoluted way to find a job. But he worked for UBS Financial Services in a Wealth Management office. Fancy words for managing wealthy people’s money and making money on fees. You might think, “great — a foot in the door at UBS, you will now have a long career there.” False.

My junior year, I decided that I wanted to do investment banking (IB). I taught myself finance and networked all summer. I interviewed at UBS IB, Barclays IB, and a few smaller shops. I was asked bizarre questions, none having to do with finance. I will list a few to give you a taste of what you can be prepared to answer if you decide to interview for an investment banking position: “How many lawn mowers are sold in the U.S. each year?” (Fidelity AM), “You are walking in the woods, and see two paths, one paved, one not. Which do you choose and why?” (UBS IB), “Square root of 456.” (Citi S&T), “If I gave you the dollar amount for each numerical value on a die. And I rolled it once. How much would you pay me to play that game and why?” (Goldman IB).

But each time I received the “I regret to inform you,” call. I decided that maybe my liberal arts degree and UBS internship was not enough for the big jobs. Or, maybe my personality sucked. But, either way, I moved on, looking for the next thing. I found a connection at Fidelity in an Audit department. And yes, I know what you are thinking — Audit sounds boring. But Fidelity sounds exciting. I accepted, and all summer I worked on trying to figure out where I can work senior year. I have since interviewed at Citi for Sales and Trading, denied, and most recently Goldman Sachs investment banking.

All boiled down, stepping away from these large names. Each firm wants you to have your life story in line with working at their firm. They want a pledge of loyalty. Each subsequent interview I improved, but never understood how I could tell them 100 percent this is the role I want. Liberal arts schools place you in a bubble of the world. But, if someone hasn’t, I will be the first in telling you that the world is not accommodative of your needs. It is about everyone else’s needs. My advice to anyone beginning college: start earlier than you think is reasonable, and don’t take anything personally. Even getting a final round of Goldman means you are in the four percent of applications they receive each year. And, most importantly, when you get your rejection letter, put it up on the wall, and move on to the next one. I urge you to beat the number I currently have. And, my advice to employers: don’t ask questions like, “write me a sentence with every letter in the alphabet,” (UBS IB). Instead, get to know the next generation of your firm. After receiving an offer from Goldman, I have learned that every rejection makes you better.

 

Colombia’s Future Told through Journalism

Photojournalist Christian Escobar Mora came to Bates on November 9 to present his work covering the nation of Colombia’s five decade-long internal conflict. Escobar Mora was born in the capital, Bogota, and has been published in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.

The Colombian conflict is anything but simple. It has involved indigenous people, farmers who grow coca plants, left-wing guerrilla groups, right-wing paramilitary groups, and the Colombian military and government.

“I really think that it’s important, as a photojournalist, that I can talk with people about the conflict in Colombia. Today in the morning, an older woman asked me, ‘Why do you come back to Colombia if it has all this conflict?’” Escobar Mora responded, “‘Because of my wife, because of my country, and because it is the most important thing for me to talk about the conflict and show the conflict to people who think the war is at an end.’”

“In 2012,” he continued, “Colombia was in the midst of a very deep conflict. After the 1990s when all the drug cartels lead by Pablo Escobar were upturned, towns and cities were continually attacked by all kinds of groups. There was a lot of poverty, a lot of need.” He then showed a photo of a woman with an ectopic pregnancy. The hospital took 70 days to come to her aid, and while waiting, she died.

“FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, this year is 53 years old. It is the oldest guerrilla group in Latin America,” continued Escobar Mora flipping the photo slide. “This is a house damaged by a car bomb by the FARC, one and a half hours from my house.” During their reign, FARC used car bombs, cylinder bombs, and other kinds of homemade explosives on the civilian population.

Some of the key players in the Colombian conflict are the farmers, according to Escobar Mora: “Coca leaf growers are regular farmers who have regular farms. There are places in Colombia where you don’t pay with pesos or dollars, you pay with coca grams. So if you want a cup of coffee, you ask how many grams [of coca].”

A huge part of the conflict is that no one can tell if someone else is indigenous, a guerrilla, a paramilitary member, or in the army. “To the army, I’m a guerilla soldier, for the guerrillas I am a soldier, to the indigenous people I’m either a soldier or a guerilla soldier, and to my girlfriend, I’m perfect,” joked Escobar Mora.

The police and military are supposed to protect people in the town and surrounding areas, but in situations involving cocaine, those lines are so thin that the authorities and the outlaws are basically indistinguishable. Once the Colombian army changed their uniform, the guerrillas soon after put on the same attire, causing countless casualties due to confusion. According to Escobar Mora, “you can buy military uniforms in stores and no one will ask you if you are member of the military.”

Next, Escobar Mora showed a slide of a woman whose house was burning behind her. The army had told Escobar Mora that they had burnt her house because they saw a guerrilla walk passed it. “Whenever the military comes to town, the FARC comes in with their homemade weapons to attack and end up killing civilians accidentally,” he elaborated.

The root of the conflict stems down to territorial disputes; farmers encroach the land of the indigenous people to grow drugs such as coca and marijuana. “So the indigenous people say that the farmers own all the land and the farmers accuse the indigenous people that they have all the land and don’t use most of it. The indigenous people don’t like the farmers or the black people. The farmers like neither the indigenous people nor the black people. The black people don’t like the indigenous people or the farmers. The state doesn’t like anybody.”

When President Santos was re-elected in 2014, he started a strong campaign to initiate the peace process that came into effect in 2016. During the talks, some guerrilla leaders were killed and FARC continued to kill indigenous people. Eventually, FARC ordered a unilateral cease fire to celebrate the Christmas season.

However, Escobar Mora worries that the conflict is not over, as other guerrilla groups like the ELN (National Liberation Army) have recently sprung up. For now, no one knows what the future will hold.

 

Intramural Sports Offer an Array of Athletic Opportunities for Students

Speaking about maintaining his health through his participation in intramural basketball, Brian Daly ’18 says, “I do it to make up for all the drinking.” Ayden Eickhoff ’19 says, “I enjoy playing intramural sports because they create friendly competition in a low-stakes environment.” Whatever the reason, there are plenty of intramural sports to take part in at Bates. They all are competitive but do not expect players to have great skill, and they create a welcoming and fun atmosphere rather than focusing solely on winning and competition. Eickhoff says, “Because of that environment, the focus is not as much on winning as it is on having a good time.”

Bates offers a variety of intramural options, ranging from basketball in the fall and winter to softball in the spring. Whatever you enjoy playing, there is probably an opportunity to do it. For example, there did not used to be an intramural soccer team at Bates. Eickhoff speaks to this, saying, “Some friends on the track team made an IM soccer team during short term my first year at Bates. I have stuck with it every season ever since!” Students can join teams that already exist or create their own if sports they want to play are not currently available. It creates an environment in which anyone can participate, regardless of skill or experience.

The combination of the variety of available sports and the attitude of players to welcome anyone creates an inclusive atmosphere for prospective players. Eickhoff says, “There are so many different sports offered so something is bound to align with your skills. You don’t have to be an ‘athlete’ to make a positive difference on a team.” With this kind of attitude from the players, Eickhoff encourages everyone to try something out: “Do it!” she says. “It’s a great study break and there are no participation requirements if you end up really not enjoying it.”

Players can make it what they want it to be, without feeling pressured to do anything more. For some athletes, this means competing while for others it simply means having fun and being active. As Sean Lovett ’18 says, “I do it to make sure I don’t become obese.” Many players talk about remaining active even though they don’t play a competitive sport anymore. Many others cite the ability to enjoy getting away from the classroom and their studies for a while in order to do something different, even if it is not a sport they have played in the past. Being able to take some time to do something new is exciting and fun, and provides a new way to meet people and engage with different parts of the Bates experience. Whatever your reason, intramural athletes encourage everyone to try something out and join a sport. You never know what you might end up really enjoying.

 

LePage vs. Medicaid Expansion

Last Tuesday, Maine voters overwhelmingly approved Medicaid expansion in the state. It is estimated that, as a result of the passing of this referendum, over 80,000 additional Mainers will qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The health law allows states to decide whether or not to give Medicaid eligibility to any citizen with an income of up to 138 percent of the poverty level. Although Maine is not the first state to expand eligibility for this program, it is the first state in which this referendum was passed by the voters. Advocacy groups argued that expansion would not only allow for greater coverage, but would also revive infrastructure in rural parts of the state and even create new jobs. Even despite the astounding support for the referendum, and its passing by voters, Maine Governor Paul LePage continues to vehemently oppose health care expansion.

According to an article in The New York Times, before the vote had even occurred, LePage said the expansion would burden taxpayers. He described it as a form of welfare. LePage also argued in an audio address that ‘free’ healthcare is actually very expensive, but someone else pays for it. Before the issue was brought to the voters, LePage had vetoed Medicaid expansion bills five times. He claims that the expansion would cost $63 million (an estimate created by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services) and refuses to look into or even consider the estimate that was conducted by the state’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review, which is independent, and was put in place to advise the Maine legislature.

Since the passing of this referendum, LePage has continuously vowed to not enact the expansion. He is firmly against allowing impoverished people to have access to health care because they are “able-bodied.” The one problem is, he doesn’t actually have the authority to veto or block the bill, the most he could do would be to slow down its implementation. If the bill were to be stopped, it would have to be done by the Maine Congress, who are unlikely to interfere based on their past support of health care reform. The cornerstone of LePage’s argument against expansion is that it is fiscally irresponsible and will be detrimental for the state’s budget. As a tea party Republican, he stated that he would not raise taxes in order to fund this bill and has urged members of the Maine legislature to find large sums of money to make this possible.

LePage has reached his term limit. He only has one year left in office. Still, he should listen to what the people of his state want. Other prominent members of the Maine legislature have urged him to pass the bill, even the Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau. Thibodeau argued that the people have shown what they want and now it is up to the legislature to find and make the means to allow more Mainers access to health care. Part of what makes democracy, especially local democracy, so powerful is the voice of the average citizen. If LePage does not listen to what the people of his state clearly want, he not only has failed to serve his constituents, but has also fundamentally violated the legislative process our nation was founded upon.

 

Dear Sustainable Abigail…

Dear Sustainable Abigail,

 

I live on the third floor of a house on Frye Street and, up until recently, I’ve really loved living there. But with the changing weather and the heat being turned on, my room has become a horribly hot place to spend time in. I know that opening my window wastes energy, but if I don’t open it then it’s so hot I can’t bear to spend any time in there (not to mention I’d be far too uncomfortable to sleep!). Nonetheless, I really do try to do my part when it comes to sustainability, so I feel pretty guilty about having to leave my window open. Is there anything I can do to resolve this issue? Or is it a no-win situation?

-Hot and bothered

 

Dear Hot and bothered,

 

I too have lived in many rooms on campus that get unbearably hot during the heating season, and I know how uncomfortable it can be. I also know how frustrating it can be to feel like the only option is to waste a lot energy and open a window. Fortunately, there actually is a solution to this common dilemma! A service that a lot of Bates students don’t know about is the Bates Facility Services’ work order request process. It’s very simple: by submitting a form online to https://www.bates.edu/facility/customer-services/work-orders/ or by calling this number 207-786-6449 and describing your concerns, someone from Facility Services will come by and help you out. In regards to heating, sometimes the system itself just needs a mend, and by alerting Facility Services to the issue it can be fixed in no time! I know what you might be thinking, “Abigail, that sounds like a lot of effort when the window solution is easy and helps me just the same.” Yes, this is true, opening a window can obviously cool down a hot room. However, it is also incredibly wasteful. In the winter, windows lose more heat per square foot of area than any other service in the home (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/egee102/node/2017), and that’s why they are closed! By opening windows during the heating season, the hot air is escaping and the cold air is coming in (how much of each is dependent on the size of the opening, the weather outside, and ultimately the flow rate of the air). Yet, the heating system is still running to attempt to keep the room at the warmer temperature, and so it is now working harder to counteract the cold air. Of course, this is not news to you: the open window is a direct waste of natural gas, oil, electricity–whatever energy system is behind the heating, (on Frye Street, that would be renewable fuel oil). But now you have the tools to avoid this wasteful behavior!

It is really important to think about how your every action impacts sustainability, and it’s great that you reached out with this very common issue. Seeing how it is super easy to put in a work order request, and how quickly the heating issue will be resolved, it’s a great service to utilize and tell your friends about! This is especially important as we approach Thanksgiving break, for it would be a shame to have windows left open when no one is even in the rooms. We can work together to not overheat and still stay sustainable by utilizing the work order request line and encouraging others to use it too. Thanks for reaching out!

-Sustainable Abigail

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Who is Sustainable Abigail? She is a sustainability advocate at your service! If you’re worried about recycling, have ideas about addressing food waste, or concerns about your role promoting sustainability on campus, Abigail is a great resource to turn to. Whatever your sustainable inquiries may be, Abigail is ready to address them all! Simply write to her by either filling out the Google form found in Bates Today or by writing your concern on a piece of paper and placing it into her question envelope in Commons. Any question is valid and appreciated and will stay anonymous, so don’t hesitate to ask!

 

 

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