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Get out there and travel

Bates students stop by the Off-Campus Study Office to talk about abroad options. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

Bates students stop by the Off-Campus Study Office to talk about abroad options.
JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

Of the many learning and growing opportunities accessible to Bates students during their four years on campus, the option to spend a semester away is perhaps one of the most valuable and sought after. For students who wish to experience a semester in a new place, or for those who are simply exhausted by the never-ending Maine winter, the Off-Campus Study Office provides a range of study abroad programs that aim to include all class years.

The Off-Campus Study Office provides three opportunities for Bates students to venture off-campus for studies and travels. While most students are familiar with the traditional semester abroad, which either occurs during the fall or spring semester of junior year, there are also opportunities through the Bates Fall Semester Abroad program and various short-term courses for students to spend time away from campus.

The Bates Off-Campus Study Office works to include all class years in the range of programs they provide. The Bates Fall Semester Abroad, unbeknownst to many students, is actually open to first-years, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Should students be enticed by the opportunity, first-year’s may spend their first semester at Bates abroad with other Bates students and professors. The Bates Fall Semester Abroad also fulfills the General Education Concentration (GEC) academic requirement, eliminating the tedious need to fulfill a GEC at a later point.

“The Bates FSA has many perks that are not normally found in a traditional study abroad experience”, says Marina Dickson ‘17 who spent her sophomore fall semester in Vienna, Austria.  “You get to spend time with Bates professors whose quality of teaching is better than what you find in most abroad academic programs”, Dickson added.

In addition, students who wish to experience off-campus study but may be reluctant to spend a whole semester away from campus may be enticed by the various short-term courses with off-campus study components. These off-campus study programs are designed to allow students to remain on campus for a few weeks of short-term, while also traveling domestically and/or internationally to gain learning experience pertinent to their respective short-term course.

Through inclusion of these three off-campus study opportunities, the Bates Off-Campus Study Office has worked to include as many Bates students as possible in their off-campus study program. Statistics provided by the Off-Campus Study Office highlight the success that these programs are having in reaching students.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Bates Off-Campus Study office received 334 application in February 2016. Of the 334 applications submitted, 285 students studied off-campus during Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semesters, and the complete academic year. In addition, 60% of the Class of 2018 studied off-campus for a semester of the academic year.

It is evident then that efforts from the Off-Campus Study Office to include programs that target as many Bates students as possible have been successful. The opportunity to study abroad is paramount in taking advantage of all the opportunities Bates students have to formulate a well-rounded and worldly education. Students interested in off-campus study opportunities are encouraged to reach out to the helpful faculty at the Off-Campus Study Office.

 

Lewiston-Auburn ranking

A small business blog titled “HeroPay” run by CEO Hiro Taylor, recently “analyzed data from 358 cities and conducted a survey of 150 small business owners countrywide to compile a list of the Best cities to start a business in 2017.” The blog featured the city of Lewiston-Auburn, which ranks as number 235 out of 358.

Taylor believes that “entrepreneurs are the backbones of many communities across the country. The businesses they start have the potential to create widespread value and benefit millions of people. The environments they work in has a major influence on their success.” The point of the survey was to “understand the changing landscape of America — and help the entrepreneurial community make informed decisions… Through [the] study [they] analyzed data from 358 cities, synthesizing local data across 10,000 points focusing on 17 metrics.  Business activity, quality of life, labor costs, and taxes were some of the key metrics driving the study.”

On the HeroPay website he further states that “in addition to the data analysis, our researchers surveyed 150 small business owners distributed throughout the country to help understand what aspects are important to small businesses.  The survey explored how small business owners are thinking in 2017 and how they plan to operate their businesses in the coming year. Some of the key questions addressed how companies are thinking about labor costs, revenue, and taxes.”

Some of the statistics they came up with are as follows: the unemployment rate is 2.2%; the median household income is $50,338; percentage foreign born is 3.6%; the ratio of household value to 12 month income is 2.2x; the combined state and local sales tax rate is 5.50%; the percentage below the poverty level is 10.6%; the mean to commute to work is 24 minutes; the percentage of the workforce with a bachelor’s degree or higher is 21.1%; the monthly owner housing costs (median) is $1,266; the real estate taxes (median) are $2,536; the median gross rent for a one bedroom apartment is $511; firms per 100 employable people is 2.4; new establishments +/- rate per 100 is .3; the percentage of firms started in the past year is 5.4%; the percentage of total metro employment from start-ups is 1.7%; the total index score of the city is .46.

In addition to featuring Lewiston, Taylor conducted the economic research on 358 other cities in the United States. If you are looking to compare and contrast your city with Lewiston, go to https://www.heropay.com/academy/best-cities-start-business/.

 

Trekking for women’s empowerment

On Monday, February 6th, India native Thinlas Chorol, an entrepreneur and advocate for women’s rights, visited Bates to present her work. The talk was entitled “Women in Ladakh, India: Observations and Reflections.”

Chorol began her presentation with information on Ladakh, the mountainous region in Northern India in which she resides, where the population is about 250,000 and many of the inhabitants are Buddhists or those of Tibetan descent. She emphasized that Ladakh is “very different from other parts of India,” in terms of such factors as culture, climate, and religion.

Chorol grew up in a remote village in Ladakh and from a young age, her dream was to become a trekking guide: someone who leads other people on expeditions through mountains. However, this is a field dominated by men, and thus, she was rejected at first. Nevertheless, despite her initial setbacks, Chorol was determined to realize her dream and she ultimately became a guide.

However, her journey did not stop there. Chorol wanted to encourage other women to become guides as well and thus founded the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company–an organization completely owned and operated by Ladakhi women. These women guide anyone through the mountains from individuals to families to student groups.

The company specializes in organizing “homestay treks.” Aside from the cross-cultural exchanges that this experience fosters, the homes in which one stays are always run by women, as men seek employment outside of the home or even outside of the villages in which they reside. Thus, local, rural women are able to earn income and thus have more freedom independent of their husbands. In the words of Chorol, she “helps the women achieve the same status as the men.”

Chorol goes on to discuss the gender roles that have historically been perpetuated in Ladakh and throughout other parts of India–an aspect of Indian culture she is focused on combatting.

For a long time, girls were not allowed to attend school because they were “needed” to help out at home. Only boys went to school in order to become income-generating husbands in the future. Although now mandatory schooling for girls in rural areas has been instituted, many do not graduate. They instead get married or have children at young ages and many do not have job opportunities, whether they want them or not, outside of farming, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of their children.

Outside of the limited opportunities for women, Chorol also discussed other gender inequalities. Ladakhi women are not allowed to plough fields, to enter certain monasteries, or to become village leaders. Chorol added that if a women is sexually harassed, she tends not to report the incidents, as it is the norm to wrongfully blame the women involved.

Chorol further explains that Ladakhi women are reluctant to empower themselves through involvement in politics, as they already have a large number of responsibilities and in the past election, not one of the few women who ran were elected as representatives.

To combat some of these issues, Chorol founded the Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network in 2012. The Network helps women suffering from sexual violence or domestic abuse, and any other issue they may be struggling with. The organization is currently working on 3 or 4 court cases and has already created the holiday, Women’s Day. Chorol’s future plans include educating Ladakhi women about their rights as well as leading sexual education classes.

When asked about opposition to her women’s empowerment movement and educational initiatives, she replied that there has not been much. Although it may seem very unequal in terms of gender, Chorol emphasizes that Ladakh is more progressive than other parts of India.

For example, in Ladakh there is no dowry system–the custom of the bride’s family giving goods, property or money to the groom’s family in exchange for her hand in marriage. Furthermore, In Ladakh, when females are born, the birth is as equally celebrated as births of males are. This is not necessarily the case elsewhere. The sole act of opposition to her movements that Chorol mentioned was when posters advertising the Women’s Welfare Network that she had put up in a local market, were removed.

Thinlas Chorol has accomplished much in only her 35 years of life and continues to combat gender inequality and to fight for the women of Ladakh, one trek at a time.

 

Republicans speak out

Amidst the hype of the 51st Super Bowl on Sunday night, where the New England Patriots won by 34-28, it is important to remain focused on the politics that are affecting all of us. Given the new policies that President Trump is implementing, it is important to understand the point of view of the Republicans.

Molly Ryan ’17, the President of the Republican Party at Bates, shared some of her thoughts on Trump’s presidency thus far. It is critical to note that she is not speaking on behalf of all the Republicans at Bates; rather she is sharing her personal opinion.

Mariam Hayrapetyan: What is the agenda of the Republican Party at Bates right now?

Molly Ryan: The Bates Republicans’ mission this semester is to foster a bipartisan dialogue on campus, and to more importantly ensure that conservative voices are respectfully heard. We are currently in the process of putting together a couple of events with the goal of exposing the Bates campus to intelligent, moderate Republicans, while also facilitating conversations around partisan issues. We want people on the Bates campus to know that contrary to popular belief, Republicans do exist here, even if many of us are afraid to speak up due to our minority status on campus.  

MH: How do you feel about Trump’s appointees?

MR: Personally, I have issues with some of them, while I think others are perfectly qualified. Unfortunately presidents have a great amount of power when selecting their nominees, which I think is difficult for the public to understand. I think what we all must remember is that federal agency heads are not dictators, and states have a lot of power over many of their federal programs.

MH: It appears that the news sources are portraying Trump in negative ways and many are disappointed with him. As the Republican Party President, can you say a few things to dispel the notion that things are truly terrible?

MR: Obviously no one is going to deny that Trump has instituted some fairly radical policies in his first couple of weeks. However, I really push the general public – but more specifically, Bates students- to still give him an opportunity to govern. Every president deserves a chance and sometimes I think the media’s portrayal of Trump makes it extremely hard for him to be given any chance at all.

MH: What are your views on the immigration ban?

MR: I agree with the many federal court decisions that have ruled it unconstitutional.

If you are interested in attending the Republican Party meetings or are interested in learning more about what they do, contact Molly Ryan (mryan5@bates.edu).

 

Green means intervene

Students explain what Green Dot means to them. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

Students explain what Green Dot means to them. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

As colleges and universities throughout the nation have worked in recent years to implement measures that mitigate potential for sexual assault and misconduct on campuses, Bates College, along with 500 other institutions nationwide, has led the charge through its dedicated involvement in the Green Dot program. In 2015, Bates College joined the Green Dot program in order to train students, faculty, and staff on effective violence prevention measures that ultimately work to reduce occurrences of sexual violence and assault by educating members of our community on useful intervention measures.

The Green Dot program, created roughly ten years ago, was founded by clinical psychologist Dorothy Edwards, who believed that the key to lowering incidents of sexual violence on college campus was to reframe the dialogue to engage populations that were traditionally excluded, such as male students and members of the faculty and staff. By creating a program that preaches intervention techniques to every social and administrative group on campus, the Green Dot program works to educate communities with practical and useful preventative techniques. The ultimate goal is to reach the point where every individual and social group on a college campus is versed in Green Dot intervention and prevention techniques.

According to the Green Dot webpage, “Green Dot, etc. is an organization built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. We believe current research across disciplines, in combination with lessons learned from history, provides nearly all of the necessary puzzle pieces to create a successful model of violence prevention.”

Currently over 400 students at Bates have been trained under the Green Dot program, excluding alumni. In addition, 34 faculty members and 188 staff members have also dedicated time to mastering the violence prevention measures central to the mission of the Green Dot program. Blake Reilly, Director of Residential Life here on campus, has worked tirelessly along with the Campus Life department to spearhead the Green Dot campaign at Bates, hoping to include individuals from all corners of the Bates community in the campaign against sexual violence.

“The main goal is to create a culture that does not tolerance violence,” says Reilly. Reilly’s approach to tackling sexual assault and violence through the Green Dot program is one that relies heavily upon inclusion in the program from the masses.

While the Green Dot program has already reached many members of the Bates community, Reilly and others involved in the Green Dot program wish to encourage students to exhibit leadership and expand the program in the coming years. “While organization of Green Dot will stay within the administration, we would love to create a program for students to become facilitators,” Reilly says.

Currently there are seven facilitators (staff and faculty members) on campus that are the individuals with the proper training and authority to conduct Green Dot training seminars. In the coming years, it is hoped that students may become facilitators, ultimately working to increase student leadership in the Green Dot program.

In the meantime, members of the Green Dot program are continuing to find ways to include as many members of the Bates community as possible. Exemplary of these efforts is the men’s basketball team, of which every player underwent Green Dot training in order to understand measures of violence prevention, but also act as a role model for other athletic groups on campus. The men’s basketball team recently collaborated with Connecticut College in hosting a Green Dot sponsored basketball game in Alumni Gymnasium. In addition, the Bates men’s and women’s squash team have also volunteered time to undergo Green Dot training.

As Bates College works to eliminate the risk of sexual violence and assault on campus, the Green Dot program will remain vital to these efforts. It is important that the Green Dot program continues to grow on campus, targeting and reaching as many individuals and social groups on campus as possible. Students interested in undergoing the Green Dot training program may find more information at http://www.bates.edu/campus/greendot/cats/.

Student government recap

BCSG discusses campus issues. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

BCSG discusses campus issues.
JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

The Bates Student Government held their weekly Sunday meeting — open to all students — to discuss future goals and plans that will benefit the Bates community. The Student Government is attempting to improve relations between the security office and students through organized events. Given the success of the first event, which occurred in the fall of 2016, there is the incentive to organize a more interactive discussion with a friendly atmosphere so that students cease viewing security with animosity. It is further important to understand that security is required to report underage drinking, for it is their job; however, students are less likely to experience any consequences if they are respectful towards security. With the first event attracting about 24 students, security is rather excited for these events and would like to see more students attending.

The Student Government addressed the Health Center concerns that have been on students’ minds since September. Before the Student Government takes initiative on fixing the problems associated with the Health Center, such as waiting hours for a simple procedures or lacking walk-in hours, they must receive concrete details about what is working and what is not, and compare the old Health Center to the current one.

The issue of parking bans was introduced and will be discussed further with the committee responsible, which is headed by Griffin Golden ‘19. If a student’s car does not have a Bates College parking permit, then the only parking option is Downtown Lewiston, which is inconvenient for most students who are unable to park in the visitor parking lots or on the streets. The meeting concluded with the decision to speak to numerous clubs to see how the recent Presidential election has affected their mission and their future actions.

It is highly encouraged that students attend the Student Government meetings which happen every Sunday at 7pm in Hedge 106, for the President, Adedire Fakorede ’18 and Vice-President, Tyler Post ’18 want full transparency. Further, it gives students the opportunity to voice their concerns.

 

The new era of President Donald Trump

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Students gather in the Fireplace Lounge in Commons to watch the inauguration. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

On Friday the 20th, while students were getting ready to jump into the freezing puddle as part of the Bates tradition, Donald Trump was inaugurated into office as the 45th President of the United States. His inaugural address was attended by 900,000 people, a rather large number when compared to President Obama’s 2009 inauguration speech which attracted 1.8 million people, while his second attracted a number closer to President Trump’s with 1 million people (How Many People Attended Trump’s Inauguration vs. Obama’s?, Heavy)

He began the speech by saying thanks to President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The rest of the 17-minute speech outlined once more the changes he wants to bring to this nation and its people. President Donald Trump stated that he wants to “transfer power from Washington. D.C. and [give] it back to [us], the American people” (Inaugural Address: Trump’s full speech, CNN).

He went on to say that he strongly believes in buying American products and hiring American workers to complete the job. President Trump is open to seeking friendships with other nations and aligning with them; however, he believes that it is critical for America and other nations to put their interests firsts, for he does not want to impose the American ways on foreign countries. In the last part of his speech he emphasized the importance of fighting Radical Islamic Terrorism.

Listening to President Trump’s speech inspired me to contact Politics Professor John Baughman who believed that the speech had “an unusually negative tone” because “Ordinarily a new president places much greater rhetorical weight on unifying the country and providing hope and vision for a new beginning.” Baughman believes that “, the specificity of his critiques in contrast to the vagueness of his vision expressed in the speech suggested to me that he still had much more sense of what he wanted to change than how he wanted to change it.  Even where he did provide specificity, such as in a plan for robust rebuilding of our infrastructure, and undertaking that would take many billions of federal dollars, it is in contrast to the budget plan his team has articulated elsewhere.”

On that point that President Trump is seeking friendship with other countries, Professor Baughman stated that “…a certain degree of nationalism is not uncommon for an inaugural speech.  After all, it is one of the few shared civic rituals we have, celebrating a peaceful transfer of power, and that comes with a healthy dose of national pride.  What makes his speech stand out is its full-throated endorsement of a protectionist foreign policy, such as when he says, ‘Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.’ The position he takes seems to be that other countries need us more than we need them, and that we can use that bargaining leverage to obtain better deals, whether it’s our contributions to NATO and the UN or trade deals like NAFTA.  To an extent that’s true, but in my view he hasn’t fully accounted for the unintended consequences of using the heavy bargaining leverage of the US in this way. “

The idea that President Trump can eradicate Radical Islamic Terrorism seemed impossible to Professor Baughman who does not believe that “there is anyone actually involved with the issue who would ever claim that it is something which could be “eradicated,” and especially not in the relatively short time horizon of a presidential term. There are several worrying aspects to the fact that this is such a point of focus for him, but I will name only one here.  The dangers we face as a country and as individuals do not reduce to this thing he calls “Radical Islamic Terrorism,” and a single-minded focus on that will leave us vulnerable to others.”

It is important to educate ourselves on President Trump’s agenda, so as to form a coherent understanding and opinion of his policies, whether you support him or not.

 

School of Steel Pan

Arguably Bates’ most hidden gem, the Steel Pan Orchestra now features 16 students who come together for three hours on Thursday nights to give their hearts to the steel pan. After slowly building momentum and gaining popularity over the past few years, the Steel Pan Orchestra is ready to take over Bates College this semester.

Originating in Trinidad and Tobago (and standing as the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago) steelpans are one of those easy-to-learn but hard-to-master instruments. For the Bates band, no previous experience is required. It is as if you are playing the drums, but the drum is made of steel and there are spots on the drums that make a specific note. And just like drums, there are different kinds that play different styles.

For steelpan, there is the tenor, double second, guitar, bass, tenor bass, cellos, and many others that big bands use. This semester the band has 16 members, more of the different kinds of steel drums will be used. The higher register drums, the tenors and the double seconds, are used for the melody while the lower register drums, the guitars, cellos, and basses, are used more for background loops.

Imagine Paul Rudd mixed with Jack Black from School of Rock and you will get Duncan Hardy, the unflappable leader of the Bates Steel Pan Orchestra and a guru in the world of steel pans. Duncan took over the orchestra a two years ago, completely changing the course of Steel Pan at Bates. Sure, playing steelpan is very fun, but playing steelpan for Duncan is next level. Duncan is a profession steel pannist, even traveling all the way to Trinidad and Tobago to compete in the World Steel Pan Festival! Currently, he is the band director of Sister Steel, a band he formed with friends from his high school. He is a pretty big deal in the steel pan world as he is the director of the New England Steel Pan Festival this year.

Steelpans can be used to play almost any song. A popular song is “Under the Sea”, but Bates’ band is not that basic. Even Nick Jonas has caught on to the steelpan trend, using steelpan in his song “Close”. Last year, the band played “Africa” by Toto to rave reviews. The band also regularly plays a song known as “AFC” (it has a real name, but is solely referred to as “AFC” because of the first three notes to the song) and more traditional steelpan songs from Trinidad and Tobago.

The next concert will February 3rd for the Bates Art Crawl. That performance will feature the smaller group of students who were in the band last semester. The end of the semester performance will be on April 7th, featuring all 16 band members. It will be unlike anything at Bates – or anything anywhere.

The students in the band range from musicians who love music so much they need more of it in their lives to those eager to try something new and unique. The three-hour rehearsals can be tough: it is a lot of standing, but it is a great bonding experience. The rewarding feeling of putting on the Hawaiian shirt right before going on stage makes it all worth it. The band might even participate in the New England Steel Pan Festival this year. With all the talent that the band holds, there is no limit to where they can go. Not all superheroes wear capes, but all steel pannists wear Hawaiian shirts and are superheroes.

 

Bates commemorates MLK Jr. Day

On Monday the 16th, Bates cancelled all classes in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and offered students multiple workshops, talks, and performances with the theme “Reparations.” The activities began with a discussion entitled “Reparations 101” and a Keynote speaker, Khalil Gibran Muhammad who is an educator and author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.”

There were multiple workshops offered during the day with different and diverse topics; one such workshop was entitled “Addressing the Earliest Educational Injustices: How Unconscious Bias Feeds the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline” and was led by Christopher Northrop, Clinical Professor at the University of Maine School of Law; Caroline Wilshusen, Associate Dean for Admissions at the law school; and De’Anna Mills, Juris Doctor candidate at the law school. The focus of this particular talk was on explicit and implicit bias in schools across the country. There were multiple videos shown of educators in elementary, middle, and high school settings using racial slurs when speaking to African-Americans and mentally and physically abusing them.

At the second part of the workshop, videos of school resource officers—police officers who work in schools to enforce certain behavior—were shown. There was an instance where a police handcuffed an African-American boy with ADHD; however, handcuffs are not to be used on small children. In another instance the police officer used physical force on three middle school girls. The videos were followed by questions and comments from the audience who shared their personal stories in the United States schooling system, thus normalizing the actions of the teachers and police officers because they themselves have experienced it.

The majority of workshops were led by educators and professionals outside of the Bates community, thus giving the students more insight about systemic racism. The debate regarding the “Motion: This house believes the state should exclusively focus on rectifying current inequalities to the exclusion of compensating for historical injustices,” was led by students Tessa Holtzman ’17 and Zoe Seaman-Grant ’17 who argued for and against reparations to the African-American community. With interesting insights and point, it was clear that each side had done extensive research. A point was made that reparations would not solve anything, for the African-American community would not invest in their own community. It was argued that the government should start programs and fund education, retrain their police officers, and reform the prisons. An opposing point was made that the government has failed with programming in the past and that the African-American community knows what is best for them.

The events concluded with a Hip-Hop Dance Workshop, which focused on the culture and movement of hip-hop dance and performance of Sankofa presents Testimonies of Melanin Magic.

 

New year, old ways for the Bates Men’s Basketball Team

Bates started off their winter break schedule on the right foot with a 68-58 win over Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Marcus Delpeche ‘17 led the team with 15 points and added three blocked shots to his stat line. His twin brother, Malcolm Delpeche ‘17, and guard Quin Leary ‘17 each put up 11 points. The Bobcats had one of their best shooting performances from beyond the arc, shooting 44%. They also had a season low in turnovers with just six.

The Bobcats continued their good play at the NYU’s Men’s Basketball Classic in New York City. They went undefeated in the two-day tournament, taking down Farmingdale State and Framingham State, respectively. The first game took place Dec. 29th. Marcus dominated, tallying 27 points and 17 rebounds, and brother Malcolm followed with a near double-double of 14 points and nine rebounds. Fellow senior Jerome Darling ‘17 gave the team a boost with his 15 points and a career high eight assists. The Bobcats finished with the most points in a half (60) since 2015 and the most points in a game (111) since 2013. They also broke a tournament record for most points in a game.

The next day, the Bobcats finished the tournament undefeated with a great defensive performance against Framingham State, winning 69-40. The Delpeche twins continued to have the juice, with Malcolm dropping a career-high 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five blocks, while Marcus added a double-double to the mix. The Bobcats never trailed during the game and held their opponents to 32% shooting and 40 points allowed — the lowest Bates has held an opponent to since a 2012 win over University of New England. Both of the twins earned an “all-classic” spot at the tournament due to their outstanding play.

Bates kept the hot streak going in the new year with a win at Brandeis 73-66 on January 3. Darling put up a career-high 20 points to lead the team and added four assists. The game was a tight one, with nine different lead changes. The Bobcats did not pull away until around 15 minutes left in the second half. The first years stepped up this game as Jeff Spellman ‘20 and Nick Gilpin ‘20 tallied 13 and six points, respectively. This was a big win for the ‘cats before going into NESCAC play against rival Colby on January on 6th.

In their conference opener, The Bobcats were able to exact revenge after their non-conference loss to Colby back on December 10. Malcolm led the team with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots, and three assists. Everybody was firing on all cylinders, from Darling’s game-high 16 points to Justin Zukowski’s ‘18 11 points from off the bench, the Bobcats shot 48.4% from the field. They never trailed, and when Colby cut the deficit to seven points twice in the second half, the Bobcats pulled away again. Big shots from Max Eaton ‘17 and Darling sealed the deal and gave the Bobcats their first NESCAC win.

The hot hand was still sizzling on January 7 when Bates travelled to Bowdoin to beat them 64-59 to give the Bobcats their first 2-0 start in the NESCAC since 2006. Led by first year Tom Coyne ‘20, who scored a career-high 23 points, the Bobcats got a statement win over the Polar Bears. This game was intense from tip-off with 11 ties and eight lead changes, and had a score of 31-30 in favor of Bates at the half. The Bobcats went on a quick 5-0 run to start the second half. Bowdoin responded with an 8-2 run, tying things up at 38 on a Tim Ahn three-pointer with 16:09 to go in the game. Bowdoin then took the lead with a go-ahead Ahn three and went up 43-40 with the help of a Jack Simonds jumper with 13:58 left. Malcolm threw down a slam dunk to cut the deficit to one, but Bowdoin responded with an 8-0 run, giving them their largest lead of the game at 51-42. That is when Coyne took the game into his own hands. He went on a personal 9-0 run to solidify the Bobcat’s win. This win at Brunswick was the first one since 2011 and put their record at 11-3. The last time they were 11-3 they went on to their first NCAA tournament appearance in the 2014-2015 season.

The Bobcats then moved to 3-0 in NESCAC play with a win over Hamilton on January 13. The Delpeche twins continued their dual dominance, both putting up double-doubles. Spellman would provide plenty of support off the bench with his 16 points to give the team an 83-78 victory at home in front of a large crowd at Alumni Gymnasium.

The seven game win streak would end this Saturday, as 15th ranked Middlebury came into Alumni and handed Bates a 79-71 loss. Middlebury dominated the glass, out rebounding the Bobcats 45-31, leading to 21 second chance points for the Panthers whereas Bates only grabbed seven second chance points. The Panther’s Jake Brown led all scorers with 24 points. Spellman would continue his personal hot streak with a team-high 14 points off the bench and Malcolm added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Bobcats never led in the game and got as close as 11 points with 11:35 left but the Panthers refused to let up and put the game away right after.

With a 3-1 conference mark so far this season, tied for second place in the NESCAC, the Bobcats will look for a quick turnaround, as two more NESCAC matchups with Connecticut College and Wesleyan will be played at home this weekend.

 

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