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Divestment is safe and ethical

I write in response to Alex Daugherty’s October 9th op-ed piece, calling attention to its misleading claims and lack of evidence. Daugherty argued that BEAM (Bates Energy Action Movement), through its fossil fuel divestment campaign, is willing to hurt Bates’ endowment, compromise financial aid, and decrease alumni donations to the college. Both claims are glaringly incorrect. However, BEAM believes strongly in divestment and is willing to have a conversation about it. We are not bound by rigid ideology and want to include the Bates community in this discussion. So, we recognize this response as a golden opportunity to do so.

Unfortunately, some claims looked more like personal attacks on BEAM by the Editor-in-Chief of The Bates Student. Some highlights: BEAM is making Bates students “political pawns” in their game, and those students pushing for divestment are “slacktivists.”

Our “game” is not one of politics. We do not take this issue lightly, and hope to educate and appeal to the ethical sensibility that we know the Bates community has. BEAM is not composed of “slacktivists” – we use online petitions because they are free and easy. BEAM has also organized lectures, protests and workshops, is committed to campus sustainability, has collaborated with a wide variety of other clubs, and has met with Bates’ trustees. We have marched on Washington – twice.

The first substantive issue raised by Alex concerns our latest effort to pressure the Board of Trustees into divestment. We created a petition for Bates alumni to sign which acts as a pledge to withhold their donations until the Board commits to taking steps toward eventual divestment from fossil fuels. Alumni are an integral part of the Bates community and clearly deserve to be part of this conversation. Even before our divestment campaign began, several alumni voiced their refusal to donate until the endowment is divested from fossil fuels. BEAM is only giving these alumni a vehicle to express their dismay with the status quo. Colleges who have already divested from fossil fuels have all seen a significant increase in donations. I cannot see it being any different here at Bates.

Why are we targeting the fossil fuel industry? Some say that “they are just businesses doing business.” But, they are companies that wreck the planet, and their business is pollution and corruption. Furthermore, these companies use their considerable financial and political power to block environmental regulation, score government subsidies, thwart renewables and limit consumer choice. They are writing government policies and fundamentally distorting our democracy. Any industry whose economic interests are aligned with destroying the planet must not be this untouchable.

Divestment, as we propose it, would have our $216 million endowment divested from coal companies in two years, and from the remaining top 200 dirtiest fossil fuel companies in five years. The overall goal of this divestment movement is to change the public and political dialogue, not stock prices. According to a University of Oxford study released last week, “[t]his movement is growing faster than any previous divestment campaign and could cause significant damage to coal, oil and gas companies…having major financial consequences.”

Divestment will start to politically bankrupt these fossil fuel companies, and make their job of dominating the planet’s politics that much harder. Bates needs to sever its ties to this sector and make these companies moral pariahs, similar to how the public has treated tobacco companies.

Alex boldly assumed that divestment would hurt the endowment, thus lowering financial aid and diversity on campus. The evidence – something completely missing from Alex’s piece – is not on his side. According to a Trustee report, only a miniscule portion of the endowment is invested in fossil fuels. Clearly, divestment would not place our endowment in peril. Furthermore, returns on coal-industry investments diminished over the last year, making this sector a dangerous investment. Over 100 coal plants have been shut down in the past two years. Last month, a large Scandinavian asset manager divested $74 billion from all coal companies citing both moral and economic reasons.

Coal isn’t alone in its high risk. A premier Norwegian Pension Fund recently divested from all fossil fuels, stating that “[a]s the stated climate goals become reality, these resources are worthless financially.” The implementation of serious limits on carbon emissions are being considered for the next global climate summit, which would make fossil fuels very risky investments for anyone, including Bates College.

Other companies are divesting for purely financial reasons. A recent article in Forbes magazine notes the impressive success of many renewable stocks in the past year. “Renewable energy – solar, wind and biomass projects – are evaluated strictly on their merits as cash generating assets.”

Financial management experts have supported divestment. A study by a premier Canadian investment manager – Phillips, Hager, and North – affirms the economic viability of divesting. An Aperio Group study found that divestment poses only a .0044% risk to a typical endowment, which amounts to nothing when considering the ups and downs of the stock market.

BEAM students also depend on financial aid in order to attend Bates. Obviously, our administration should prioritize financial aid so that even if returns were slightly impacted, it wouldn’t and shouldn’t be the one thing cut. Bates does not need to choose between diversity and divestment, and such claims seem like an attempt to divide the student body on divestment. We must also consider that tuition has crept up relentlessly while Bates has been invested in fossil fuels. Dare we say that moving towards new investments and social paradigms would make education more affordable for all?

The college endowment is something out-of-sight to students and alumni, but its effects spread to every corner of the globe, both financially and morally. It is a lasting legacy of alumni philanthropy and generosity, and should therefore reflect the values that Bates has instilled in us all. Would divestment not show the “stewardship for the wider world” as the college mission statement reads?

Bates was founded by abolitionists and is described as “a school for coming times.” It is only logical to think that Bates would take a strong stand on the most pertinent issue of the time – the move toward sustainability and environmental responsibility. If slavery is wrong, is it wrong to make a profit from it? If Apartheid is wrong, is it wrong to make a profit from it? Bates College has already answered yes to these questions. So, if it is wrong to wreck the planet, is it wrong to make a profit on it? Three hundred colleges and universities have a divestment movement on campus. Six colleges and eighteen cities have already divested. When it comes to facing global climate change, Bates can still be a leader.

BEAM is not the extremist in this situation. We are not radical. The top 200 dirtiest fossil fuel companies are the extremists of our generation; they value obscene profits and luxury over a healthy environment and a stable climate. When future generations look back to this critical point in history, will Bates’ reputation as a moral leader hold strong? If so, then we must act now.

I would like to finish with a peace offering to Alex. It is clear to me that you are a persuasive writer and intelligent individual who has taken on the role of the naysayer. Rather than attack us, unprovoked, I implore you to raise the level of discourse. Come to a meeting. Debate us, with facts and logic, instead of hyperbole and condescension. Any movement requires its critics: we are not perfect, do not have all the answers, and we need all the help we can get in order to make progress. Alex, come over from your editorial desk, roll up your sleeves, and help us.

Nash lecture captures the imagination

Scott Nash is a storyteller. His artistic career has taken him through the many mediums of illustration and children’s stories, from television to authoring books where the main protagonist is a swashbuckling blue jay.

“The idea of pirate birds sounded natural to me,” Nash explained. Nash has received an Emmy for his work and has held positions working for a wide range of prominent companies and academic institutions, from Nickelodeon to Harvard University. He is the founder and chair of the illustration department at the Maine College of Art (MECA).

Nash’s lecture was a story about stories. He wove parts of his artwork into anecdotes from a life time of creative imagination. Nash and his wife settled on Peaks

Island in Maine, where, he claims, they met a surprisingly vibrant artistic community. The island’s bohemian appeal immediately attracted Nash’s artistic sensibilities and many of the island’s traditions have subsequently become a source of inspiration for some of his children’s stories.

After about the age of eleven, most us probably consider ourselves all grown up and too old for “kid’s stories.” But Nash finds an enduring spark of meaning in these often wildly fantastical narratives. “[I] embrace the idea of nonsense,” explains Nash. “I like the surreal quality [in children’s media].” One of Nash’s books, Saturday Night at the

Dinosaur Stomp, is just one example of the forays into the realm of the fantastic that are available to those who are brave enough to leave behind preconceived ideas of logic and reality and embrace the scintillating fringe of fiction.

Nash’s lecture provided an eye opening insight into the multifarious applications of a talent for illustrative storytelling. In addition to designing the logo for Nickelodeon,

Nash has collaborated on instructional fire safety videos for children that feature goofy, nonhuman “uh-ohs” (cartoon characters who teach kids about safety). Crafting the artistic impulse of narrative to suit the needs of a client opens the door to the discovery of a whole range of practical applications for artwork. Nash’s illustrations can provide whimsical escapades into the nonsensical, enchanting worlds from our childhoods, but his work also can serve significant educational purposes. So, if anyone has ever told you that majoring in AVC or pursuing Studio Art was not a practical career move, gently suggest otherwise. After Nash’s lecture, the evidence is on your side!

Nash incorporated anecdotes from his childhood to illustrate the sources of his creative process. Most of us can probably say that we had a favorite stuffed animal, a secret hideout, or an imaginary world that we adored as children, which we will always remember and reflect on when — by comparison — being an adult can sometimes feel overwhelming. Nash fondly recounted the story of his favorite stuffed animal: a friendly

Bugs Bunny. The audience by turns listened attentively and laughed as the story made a warm and familiar connection to some thirty different archives of memory in the room.

Anecdotal narrative is an avenue for communication and shared symbolic power.

There is a refreshing joy in the viability of the mediums and processes of storytelling and art making. Nash’s enthusiasm expressed this through the story of his passion for illustration. Naturally, Nash used a slide show of images to accompany his lecture.

When a children’s book illustration up on the screen, Nash turned affectionately to look at it. “I don’t know what this says about me, but this makes me happy,” he said.

The title of the lecture, “Scratched and Hatched,” carries its own significance for

Nash, whose regularly sits down to draw in his moleskin sketch books. Just as some people write outlines for essays or write notes to help guide their ideas, Nash sees drawing as a way to develop ideas. The quick drawings in these sketch books look similar to what you might find absently drawn in the margins of your notebook from class. It is an expressive impulse not unfamiliar to many people to let their minds wander into the translational zone between thought and image. From these, Nash draws fresh inspiration for his future work. In this way, image literally shapes the creative process of telling stories, and drawing becomes a twin sibling to the written word. After all, seen from the right perspective, writing is a specialized system of drawings and drawing can be a way of writing.

Lewiston Farmer’s Market: Local, fresh, and sustainable

Walking around Lewiston and Auburn, the first thing that comes to mind is not exactly fresh veggies and homemade products. However, nestled in the weekly Lewiston Farmer’s Market, this is exactly what you will find; a blend of homegrown vegetables, artisan soaps, handmade jewelry, and even fresh butchered meat. There might even be some bluegrass music to keep you company.

The Lewiston Farmer’s Market has been around since 2006. The market started from St. Mary’s Nutrition Center as an attempt to create viable options for a community that was at a higher risk for health problems than the surrounding areas. It also has a connection with the community gardens as a foundation for what is being sold.  It originated in Kennedy Park but later was moved to a different location closer to the Androscoggin. The market consists of up to 25 local vendors including those from Sabattus, Auburn, and our very own Lewiston. Some marketers are farmers selling their homegrown produce, while others range in anything from fresh lemonade to handmade jewelry. But not just anyone is allowed to come sell their makings. “There are all sorts of bylines about what you are allowed to sell… what is considered local” says Rebecca Dugan, one organizer of the market. The intent is to ‘keep it in the community’ and promote not only healthy living but also a sustainable source of local, fresh products.

One of the main themes of the market is accessibility. The market seeks to make healthy food accessible to all those who live in the community. Unlike most markets, credit cards and food stamps are accepted and used frequently, thus making the market an acceptable trade for grocery store shopping instead of a more luxury-based choice.  Says another organizer of the market, Tina Guenette, they “try to get a grant every year from Wholesome Way” so that EBT and WIC benefits can be used. For every dollar spent, 50 cents in ‘market dollars’ are given back to the purchaser (for up to ten dollars a week) in an attempt to grant accessibility to the community as well as sustainability to the program. It gives all people the opportunity to buy more locally and fresh, as well as stretch their dollars. The program attempts to cater to the community as well as keep the resources grounded in the local sphere.

While the season for the Summer Market ended mid-October, the Winter Market will soon open. It occurs the third Thursday of November—the 21st—and goes monthly through April, every third Thursday of each given month. It is held at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates St. and is part of an initiative to get healthy food out into the community. Since the market is held in the wintertime, you will not see as much vividly green lettuce or as many rosy red tomatoes, but root vegetables like carrots and potatoes as well as house-made food is abundant and ready to eat. At the Winter Markets, you will see more products like jams, jellies, cheeses, baked goods, and even seafood. Despite the cold, long Maine winter, a taste of spring, summer, and fall is still present at the Market. So the next time you have a craving for homemade food or an itching for some home-grown veggies, don’t make that default Shaw’s run. Local, fresh, delicious food is right at your fingertips at the Lewiston Winter Market. Our community offers us some great resources for delicious and local food—why not make the most of it?

Women’s soccer defeats UNE, Husson

Bates women’s soccer has had an up and down back half of its schedule, convincingly winning home games against the University of New England and Husson, but falling to Middlebury and Williams.

Hosting the UNE Nor’easters on October 10th for their “Garnet Game,” the Bobcats put on a defensive clinic while generating enough offense to produce a 2-0 victory. Sophomore forward Lily Peterson scored the first goal for Bates in the 23rd minute on a beautiful cross from first-year back Hannah Graves.

The majority of the game was marked by tough defensive play, as the Bobcats limited UNE to just one shot on goal, which senior goaltender Annabel Schmelz saved to complete the shutout.

The Bobcats added an insurance goal in the 80th minute, as senior forward Kara Stefaniak rocketed a cross from the left corner to an open Graves, who notched her first collegiate goal.

On October 19th, Bates hosted the Middlebury Panthers in a defensive struggle. The Bobcats played well, but ultimately fell 1-0 as the offense struggled to establish itself. Peterson appeared to score a goal for Bates halfway through the match but the referee ruled that she was offside, nullifying the score.

Schmelz turned in an impressive performance, recording nine saves, but Middlebury was able to score its lone goal on a rebound in front of the net.

Offensive challenges continued to be the main issues for Bates, however the October 22nd matchup against Husson looked to be a good opportunity for the Bobcats to create some fireworks.

The Bobcats completely dominated this game against Husson in all aspects, tallying an astounding 18 shots on goal, and came away with a 4-0 win. Sophomore forward Dakota Donovan scored the first goal for Bates, railing in a shot off the left post on a pass from Peterson. Bates would then score three goals in five minutes, as sophomore Karen Lockhart headed in a ball to put Bates up 2-0 before senior Julia Rafferty scored twice in a four-minute span.

This past Saturday, the Bobcats headed down south for a NESCAC rivalry game against the William Ephs as Bates hoped to snag a win to make a final playoff push. Bates needed a victory in order to sneak into the 8th and final playoff spot, but unfortunately the team lost 3-0. The pressure was immense and the Cats knew they had to perform well. “The only thing to fear is fear itself,” as sophomore Nikki Brill put it.  The game was defined by the first ten minuetes of each half, as the Lady Bobcats were outscored in those combined twenty minuetes 3-0.

Six different players figured in the scoring for the Lady Ephs who tallied twice in a 10-minute span in both the first half and in the second half. The Williams player blasted a shot, which Schmelz got a piece of, but she could not keep the ball out of the net. The Bobcats kept the Ephs off the board for the remainder of the first half and for the first 10 minutes of the second period until the Ephs netted the game’s second goal in the 57th minute. Again, the shot would ricochet off of Schmelz before hitting the net.

In the 66th minute, a Williams forward provided the final tally as she headed a cross from the right flank into the net. The Lady Bobcats almost struck back multiple times as Rafferty rifled a shot off of the top frame in the fourth minute, but only five more shots were registered in the game. Schmelz recorded nine saves in the match while the Williams goalie posted three saves in the shutout.

Bates is currently in last place in the NESCAC with a 1-7-1 record, but a win in their regular season finale coupled with some results from other teams could see the Bobcats vault all the way up to 8th place. The top eight teams in the NESCAC qualify for the conference playoffs.

Bates concludes its regular season against Colby on Wednesday at 3 p.m. on Russell St. Field.

Bates Rowing takes on the Head of the Charles Regatta, wins CBB’s

Over the October break, the men’s and women’s rowing team spent their weekend competing in the 49th annual Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The field consisted of 25 different boats, with the women’s team coming in 5th place overall to wrap up an intense weekend of racing. The men also had a strong showing, finishing 14th overall out of 40 boats in the Men’s Collegiate Eights division.

The overall winner of the women’s race was Grand Valley State. They were able to secure the victory with a fleet time of 17.46.761, good enough to place them above the NESCAC’s own Trinity (second), and Wesleyan (fourth). Bates’ varsity eight boat crossed the finish line with a time of 18.32.805 in fifth place, leading the pack for the Bobcats with an impressive display of seamanship. The women outpaced NESCAC foes Williams, Middlebury, Colby, and Hamilton.

The men finished with a time of 16:07.39, which was just under a minute behind the overall winner of the Head of the Charles, Drexel, which had an impressive time of 15:22. However, Bates did beat out NESCAC foes Williams, Colby, and Trinity.

The men were lead into action by senior captain Hank Schless along with one of the largest freshmen class in recent history.  Women’s rower Taylor Kniffin was available for comment after the race, “I’d say that it was a successful weekend overall,” remarked Kniffin. “The 1v had an eventful race and battled tough and windy conditions to finish top 5, while the 2v held its own against a lot of D1 schools despite a tough start to the race. It was the first year that our two eights had competed in separate events, which led to a really exciting weekend because we were all able to watch and support our teammates’ races,” she concluded.

With a strong showing at the Head of Charles, the men’s group used this momentum. Schless noted it would help the team “to accelerate into the CBB race with Colby and Bowdoin.”

Since the Bates team performed well at the Head of the Charles, their performance the following week at the CBB scrimmage was icing on the cake. On a beautiful Saturday up in Sydney, Maine, (Colby’s home course) the Bates rowers ended their fall season winning every single race in both the men’s and women’s meets. The winning boat finished with an astounding time of 13:02, a full 20 seconds ahead of Bates and Bowdoin.

“We swept across every category,” said Schless. “Everyone from the first varsity eight all the way to the freshman eight had fantastic performances,” he added.

Both teams will now look ahead to their jam-packed spring season, and the women will look to defend their second place national ranking.

The CBB was the perfect ending to a great Bates rowing season, and the team should be successful this spring.

Dog Songs: Oliver outlines love of canines

Renowned poet Mary Oliver’s newest collection of illustrated poems, Dog Songs, explores our humanity and the interconnectedness of the world through the medium of her canine companions, gently suggesting and enlightening through natural nuances in a way that illustrates her capacity as a master storyteller and teacher.

As the title suggests, Oliver’s collection praises the contributions of man’s best friend, sometimes merely observing but at other times leading readers to some knowledge she herself has learned from her dogs.  Some poems like “Conversations,” “How a Lot of Us Become Friends,” and “Time Passes” personify Oliver’s dogs as the chief players, putting words in their mouths to humanize her canine friends.

As anyone can tell by this recurring pattern, the collection really is written by a dog lover for dog lovers, but this doesn’t mean it can’t or doesn’t express very universal, optimistic, and worthwhile themes of the human experience.  Despite what one might think concerning how human-like dogs actually are, Oliver’s observations of the natural world and the “tame” world of 21st century America featured in poems like “If You Are Holding This Book” and “Ropes” can strike a chord with anyone.  Through her ceaseless coexistence alongside the world of the dog, Oliver drives home a very human message in every poem in the collection.

“These are interesting.  They sort of remind me of T.S. Eliot’s poems about cats,” said first-year Duncan Reehl. “Pretty much just in that they’re about house pets, but they’re similarly interesting.”

Regardless of the poems’ main subjects, Dog Songs meticulously chronicles Oliver’s own life, with each dog acting as a sort of chapter.  The book is formatted in a way that groups all the poems about a specific dog together, laying out a timeline of the poet’s life and revealing her philosophical thoughts across a lifetime.  Pensive and playful illustrations also accompany each dog, adding substance and image to already vivacious and detailed poetry.  To briefly ignore Oliver’s writing itself, Dog Songs is capable of lightening moods just from seeing John Burgoyne’s illustrations.

What many might find best about Dog Songs though is its accessibility.  As a collection of both Oliver’s past and previously unpublished work, Dog Songs boasts a menagerie of brief, simple (but not simplistic) poems that won’t take more than a minute to read through.  There are no potently abstract concepts, only natural phenomenon we all experience as we go through life.

But for the avid poetry reader who wants more than just a few short stanzas, Oliver also augments the 121-page collection with several relatively lengthy poems that seek to explore a more subconscious, metaphysical question.  Of course, everything ties in together, so it all can be taken as a reader wants.

Though a few poems might sound weakly constructed or perhaps slightly superficial, readers have to keep in mind that the collection is intrinsically a philosophical work written by a poet who views the world in her own unique way.  For those who can’t agree to such terms as readers, Dog Songs might not be the best choice of a read.  “They’re thoughtful poems with an interesting theme, but not for people who don’t like dogs,” said first-year Leah Sturman.

The contents might not be universally acclaimed, but for some- especially for a “dog person”- the poems are a magical looking glass into one’s inner thoughts, the world’s inner workings, and of course, the inspirational fervor behind man’s best friend.

Should professors “dumb down” lectures?

While browsing the official Bates Facebook page a few days ago, I stumbled upon a photo of a professor using the “cheeseburger” metaphor to teach essay writing strategies. The photo prompted a spirited discussion on Facebook about what kinds of methods professors should take to educate students.

Some of the commenters on the Facebook page felt that the “cheeseburger” metaphor of using different components of a burger to explain essay structure was an example of “dumbing down” curricula.

I contend that is simply not the case. Using basic metaphors that may have been first introduced during middle school can be a powerful reminder to students of what is expected in a college essay and how to present ideas in a logical, coherent narrative.

Professors can use various tools to engage students, and metaphors are a strong way of getting students to remember vital academic processes, whether it is writing an essay or understanding complex academic arguments.

Disparaging certain professors and students for using “middle school” ideas is unproductive and does not speak to the high level of education that Bates provides its students. Unpacking high-level arguments in rudimentary ways are a great way to engage students and make sure they walk out of class actually learning something.

One of the arguments against rudimentary instruction is that classes at the university level were not taught that way in the past. However, if a professor discusses rational choice theory in an erudite fashion that the average first-year student can’t understand, where is the educational value in that?

Bates has changed the structure of many of its classes over the past few decades, evolving from large lecture-style classes to more seminar or discussion-based formats. These newer formats of classes encourage students to be actively engaged with the material through discussion and group work rather than observing a professor talking for 80 minutes.

When students are more involved in the discussion and trajectory of the class, there will inevitably be a sacrifice of some academic “purity” in exchange for greater student participation.

I can’t see any argument where eliminating accessible metaphors like the cheeseburger from an academic environment has any advantage to students.

In the business world, employees are expected to think on their feet and actively engage in meetings, interactions with clients, and working on projects with coworkers. We don’t simply graduate from Bates and work in an environment where we watch the company president talk for eight hours a day. Ideal employees should communicate in ways that are accessible and clear to their peers and more discussion in an academic setting certainly helps in a professional setting.

The philosophical goals of Bates also promote accessible teaching. Bates is a community where students seek to learn from each other and don’t compete for grades. If a professor can only connect with two or three students in the class with high-level jargon, then it is up to the professor to teach in a way that benefits all students.

Bates’ diversity also encourages professors to be accessible. International students and students from different backgrounds may understand certain concepts in vastly different ways. Bates should encourage its professors to teach in a way that all students can understand and not just students with a strong background in the subject area from high school.

Obviously, 300-level seminars should be taught at a different pace than 100-level introductory classes, but the rationale does not change.

Bates should continue to promote teaching strategies that engage all students and encourage them to think critically about the class material.

Even if a cheeseburger metaphor might appear “middle school” on the surface, it does not mean that professors are “dumbing down” to teach undergrad students.

For the most part, Bates professors do a good job connecting with their students and should continue to prioritize that connection over high-level discussions that engage few students.

Field hockey improves play over home stretch

Bates field hockey made tremendous strides throughout the back half of the season, culminating with a win over Babson in the “Garnet Game” and playing two hard-fought games against Middlebury and Williams. After enduring a tough stretch of games where they were blown out and held scoreless in the beginning of the season, Bates’ offense finally showed some life later on and laid the groundwork for more successful seasons.

“The last few games have been a great way to finish our season,” explained senior midfielder Bridget Meedzan, “it’s bittersweet because we won’t be in the postseason this year. However, everyone has shown up and put their strongest foot forward for the common goal.”

Playing against the Babson Beavers in their “Garnet Game”, the Bobcats put together a dominating performance, coming away with a 4-1 victory. The Beavers had won six of their last seven games, but the Bobcats showed them that NESCAC field hockey is much better than other conferences.

Senior co-captain and forward Polly Merck got Bates on the scoreboard seven minutes into the game when she scored on a penalty shot, lifting the ball into the top shelf of the net.

A few minutes later, sophomore goaltender Cristina Vega allowed her only goal of the afternoon, as Babson scored on a sharply executed cross to tie the score at one apiece.

Sophomore midfielder Shannon Beaton and junior forward Caroline Falcone quickly responded for the Bobcats, as Beaton scored on a feed from sophomore Danielle Pierce minutes before Falcone crushed a one-timer to give Bates a 3-1 lead. Beaton added one more insurance goal with eight seconds left on a long feed from Falcone, and the Bobcats came away with a 4-1 victory.

Meedzan commented on the Bobcats’ shooting prowess, saying “

The forwards are incredibly skilled shooters – they have great off ball movement, making it incredibly easy for the midfield to find them in the through space.”

In their final home game of the season played during October break, the Bobcats showed resilience and determination in the face of a potent Middlebury Panthers team. The Panthers were on the attack from the beginning and scored the first two goals of the game. Bobcat defender and co-captain Lexie Carter responded for the Bobcats, scoring on an assist from junior midfielder Jill Conway to close the gap to 2-1 right before halftime.

Middlebury would extend the lead to 3-1 just after the half, but Falcone displayed true grit in cutting the lead to 3-2 on an unassisted goal. Though the Bobcats would ultimately fall 4-2, they turned in a very spirited performance, and senior goaltender Becca Otley amassed an impressive 16 saves on the day.

Otley would again put forth an impressive effort the next week, as the Bobcats travelled to Williamstown, Massachusetts to play the Williams Ephs. Bates gave one of their best defensive efforts of the year, as they held the Ephs to just one goal for the entire game. Otley would total 19 saves, fending off an imposing cannonade of shots all game.

Unfortunately, Bates was unable to establish their offense, and although Beaton tallied all five shots on goal, and the Bobcats fell 1-0.

Bates is currently 4-9 overall on the season and 1-8 in the NESCAC, which features the second, third, and fourth ranked teams in the country.

Though Bates did not quite have the results it desired, there are clearly a lot of good things going on with the team to build on. The Bobcats final game will be at Colby on Wednesday, where Meedzan said the team will look to end the season on a positive note. “

Williams was a tough battle and Colby will be as well, but if we maintain the mentality we’ve had in these past games, I believe our season closer will be a success.”

Injury-depleted football shocked by Colby for third straight loss

After beginning the year 2-1, the Bobcats seemed to be on their way to having potentially their greatest season yet. However, a rash of devastating injuries have all but derailed their season, as Bates’ opportunities for success (a term that is hard to define in the NESCAC) are dwindling after three consecutive losses to Wesleyan, Middlebury, and Colby.

Bates’ offense seems to be the source of the team’s struggles, as the Bobcats have tallied a disappointing total of 27 points over the three-game stretch. Again, key injuries have hampered the Bobcats tremendously, as sophomore starting quarterback Patrick Dugan was lost for the year after just three weeks. Bates has also lost starting players on the defensive line, in the line-backing core, and in the secondary.

On October 12th, Bates travelled to Connecticut to play a borderline-NFL caliber Wesleyan Cardinals team. The Bobcats actually managed to score first against the vaunted Cardinals, who lead the NESCAC with an average of 36 points scored per game and an astonishing average of 8.3 points allowed per game. After taking a 7-0 lead on junior quarterback Matt Cannone’s 3-yard run, Bates surrendered 35 unanswered points to an offense that seemed simply unstoppable. The Bobcats’ offense was unable to muster any more points after the first drive, and Wesleyan prevailed 35-7.

The next week on October 19th, Bates hosted the Middlebury Panthers in front of a sparse October break crowd. The Bobcats performed admirably in this game against a much more human Middlebury team, and carried a 17-14 lead into the half.

Cannone again sparked Bates’ offense with a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and totaled 80 yards rushing on the day. The other Bobcat touchdown on the day came on a 6-yard pass from freshman quarterback Nick LaSpada to junior wideout Mike Tomaino just before halftime. Also playing well was sophomore running back Ivan Reese, who filled in for usual starter Ryan Curit, rushing for 101 yards on 21 attempts.

On defense, Bates was fairly successful in limiting a potent Middlebury passing attack. Senior safety and co-captain Andrew Kukesh (moved to linebacker due to injuries) led the team with 9 solo tackles, while junior cornerback Ryan Newson generated an interception in the first quarter.

However, the Bobcats were unable to score in the second half, as Middlebury adjusted well to the triple-option attack, and the Bobcats fell 28-17 for their second consecutive loss.

Bates hoped that a visit to Colby last Saturday would provide a foundation for a strong finish to the season, but the day proved disastrous for the Bobcats, who fell 21-3. Kukesh summed up the game by saying, “Obviously it was a tough loss, you never want to lose to your rivals, but Colby just executed more plays than us on both sides of the ball.”

Colby managed to break off a long 49-yard touchdown run on their first drive of the game, taking advantage of a Bates defense that was missing the majority of its opening-day starters. The Bobcats nearly responded after a 41-yard pass from LaSpada to Curit put Bates on the goal line, but Colby forced a short field goal from senior Charlie Donahue for the only Bates score of the game.

The offense simply could not establish a rhythm and suffered from untimely drive-killing penalties throughout the game. There were some bright spots, as LaSpada threw the ball well, tallying 176 yards on 14 completions, but he was also picked off twice. Curit also played well with 120 yards from scrimmage, but was unable to find the end zone.

“Fortunately, we still have two more games to turn this season around and end on a positive note,” explained Kukesh. “It’s going to be imperative that we learn from these mistakes and get back to the mentality we had in the earlier part of the season.”

Bates can still salvage its season with wins over Bowdoin and Hamilton, which should be very winnable games. If Bowdoin beats Colby when those teams play then Bates will even have a chance to earn a tie for the CBB trophy.

This weekend, the Bobcats will host Bowdoin for their final home game in what promises to be a hard-fought game. Kukesh expressed determination in his comments about the game, saying, “Bowdoin is another rivalry game so I’m sure they’ll be amped up for the game, so we need to make sure we come out and match their intensity and execute the way we know we can.”

Green is the new black: EcoReps kick-start Green Certification program

PrintWhat’s the hot trend this fall semester at Bates? Going green!

The EcoReps and the Office of Sustainability are launching a new initiative this fall in order to continue the College’s effort to practice more sustainable lifestyles: The Green Certification program.

What does it mean to be Green Certified?  “The Green Certification program is a new program that certifies Batesies for having a ‘green’ dorm room,” says junior Becky Culp, an EcoRep and member of the Green Certification Team.

The goal of the initiative is to have more students living sustainably on campus and to make sustainable living a social norm for the student body. As members of a College known as a leader in sustainability, Bates students can always look for ways to improve their habits to be more environmentally conscious.

“As a campus community, Bates is extremely environmentally connected and conscious,” says Julie Rosenbach, the Manager of Sustainability Initiatives. Bates is indeed a national leader in sustainability and looks to continue this trend.

The idea for the Green Certification initiative first arose when faculty members from the Human Resource Department asked Rosenbach how they could be more sustainable on campus. The initiative quickly spread to other Bates departments and offices and has now reached the students, and the EcoReps most notably.

The EcoReps will now certify individual dorm or suite rooms, academic departments, and even student teams as “Green,” a quasi-competitive title that comes with benefits and “bragging rights,” according to the Sustainability web page. The certification process involves filling out an application checklist, which can be found on the same web page. Students must check off twenty-two of the twenty-six tasks on the application, which they would then send to an EcoRep. In the case of a dorm room or suite, an EcoRep would then come to inspect the room.

Once certified, the room would receive cool “Green Certified” swag, including patches, stickers, and door decals.

“I expect the door clings, stickers, and patches to bring visibility to students, faculty, and staff in the Bates community who are environmentally conscious,” says Rosenbach.

While becoming more sustainable often seems like a chore, this initiative will challenge students to think about their habitual actions, such as the length of their showers or how they get around Lewiston.

I recently completed the Green Certification application, and as my roommate and I went through the list we were surprised by how accessible the items are. The sustainable actions are quite simple to adapt into everyday living. Tasks include knowing what can be recycled, turning laptops off at night, and drinking from reusable water bottles. It also made us think about our daily actions and how small changes can really help us live more sustainably on- and off-campus. We are now more aware of our actions and working towards being more environmentally conscious.

Look out for newsletters, tweets, posters and announce emails teaching you how to get Green Certified. It’s a simple process with a great reward, patches and stickers aside. Becoming Green Certified will help Bates continue to lead by example and to improve our sustainable practices. Wear those patches proudly, and become part of a trend that is about to take Bates College by storm.

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