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#OscarsSoWhite: The faces behind the nominations

While the world is constantly taking steps of progress in the right direction for racial equality, the Academy Awards seems to be stuck in the past of white male supremacy. Annually, the Academy is criticized for the lack of diversity in its nominations, and this year is no exception. With the astounding deficiency in racial heterogeneity amongst those nominated, let us contemplate the source of such uniformity: the 6028 voting members of the Academy.

In order to be considered for membership to the Academy, one must be a film artist with “at least two feature film credits of caliber” or have at least one Academy Award nomination. However, a survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times in 2012 found that 93 percent of Academy members were white and 76 percent were male, whereas only 2 percent of members were black and Latino, respectively.

The average age of an Academy member was 62.

When looking at this old boys club, it is not hard to see why thousands of viewers have pledged to boycott the Oscars this year. The Academy did induct about 400 new members over the past two years in an attempt to shake up these numbers, but these additions only altered the diversity of Academy membership slightly. While this lack of variation in membership is a scandal in itself, the absence of equality is truly disheartening. When the majority of modern day white people only vote for other modern day white people, it is a scary day to be in the twenty-first century. Film-artists are accepted to be members of the Academy only by other members, which should put a stop to inequality in the first place. Yet for years, the 93 percent white member rate has been retained. On top of this, these 93 percent white voices are given the power to decide nominations for arguably the most important cinematic award in the world, and again they are choosing white supremacy.

Black actors this year that had been considered shoe-ins were shockingly neglected by the Academy: Will Smith in Concussion, Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight, Tessa Thompson in Creed, and Jason Mitchell in Straight Outta Compton. Jada Pinkett-Smith has openly stated that she and Will Smith will not be attending the Oscars. The Smiths have been criticized for this move, with press accusing them of being petty and bitter about their lack of nominations. In a response with Entertainment Weekly, Jada Pinkett-Smith stated how “This whole Oscar controversy isn’t really about the Oscars. Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is so that we can use it in all sectors of our community, right now, especially with African-American people.”

On the same day that the Smiths revealed their boycott, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, an African American, made the first statement on the matter in the name of the Academy. Boone Isaacs congratulated all of the nominees, but also announced that she was “both heartbroken and frustrated by the lack of inclusion.” Boone Isaacs stated that Academy would, in the future, evaluate its member application process, which we can only hope will include some serious soul searching on the part of the current members.

A head full of Coldplay: An album that will leave listeners feeling wonderful

On December 4, 2015, the British rock band, Coldplay, released its seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams. Though generally consistent with the band’s signature sound, some tracks stand out due to both their musical traits and lyrical subjects.

The album begins with the mystical opening of the title track, with their classic drums and bass guitar slowly creeping in as the vocals start up. The song progresses to use some synths into the chorus, a unique sound reminiscent of the band’s album Mylo Xyloto. The bridge of the song is composed of the lead guitar repeating the song’s melody, with vocals and drums slowly building into a crescendo during the chorus.

“Birds,” the second track on the album, takes advantage of a unique and sparse rhyming scheme to enhance the meaning of the chorus. While verses include no strong rhymes, the refrain involves simple rhyming and strategic breaks to keep the listener engaged. This song, full of strong drums and Coldplay’s staple lead guitar, ends suddenly with the word “cool,” surprising listeners.

The following song, “Hymn for the Weekend,” begins with a bird song and animal noises until Beyoncé’s voice slowly breaks the natural atmosphere. Her guest appearance in this song is a pleasant surprise; the album didn’t advertise its guest artists. Her familiar voice adds a sense of what most college students’ weekends are like; we are often “feeling drunk and high” as the song suggests. This track discusses the experiences of alcohol and drug use, behaviors that typically occur on the weekends and thus justifying the track’s title.

The fourth song is a departure from its party-like precedent. “Everglow” is a sweet song describing how a departed friend gives the lead singer the feeling of “everglow” through unending love and support. The track ends with the sincere verse, “So if you love someone, you should let them know / oh the light that you gave me will everglow.”

The more upbeat “Adventure of a Lifetime” follows with catchy beats and lyrics. This track was released as a single before the December 4th release date.  The track can stand alone as a strong party anthem or as a part of the album, giving listeners variety.

“Fun” features Tove Lo during the second verse and chorus; her twangy sound contributes to the song’s retrospective lyrics. “Kaleidoscope,” the seventh track, begins with a departure from the ‘classic’ Coldplay sound of the earlier pieces, as it prominently features a classical piano throughout the opening. This evolves into husky spoken word accompanied by piano and light xylophone.

After this short piece, the group is back to the album’s signature sound of prominent guitar melodies backed up by drums in “Army of One.” This song highlights the ends one lover will go to reach the other; the synths and floating vocals convince listeners that the singer is completely enamored by the desired lover. Listed as “Army of One,” the song also contains the hidden song, “X Marks the Spot,” a more serious  piece with heavy drums and low synths.

The ninth track is one of the purest songs the band has produced. “Amazing Day,” a reflection on time spent with a friend, puts forth a simple message: you don’t always have to write songs about very tangible things—songs about a great afternoon doing nothing are also extremely interesting to listen to.  This song is my favorite due to its calm drums and accessible message. As a college student, I don’t hear much music about relaxing with someone who makes me feel wonderful, so this song was a refreshing reminder that not every soundbite has to have aggressive percussion and an uncertain meaning. “Color Spectrum,” a short esoteric piece, is reminiscent of the first track on the album, though it quickly diverges with the soft spoken word and a strong xylophone-sounding instrument.

The album closes with “Up&Up,” an uplifting song about “getting it together.” This track uses soft musical accompaniment, with its simple percussion and calm guitar and bass, to emphasize the lyrics and chorus. The song hits its stride after the bridge as a community of voices sings to create a sense of togetherness and support through the chorus. The song ends with Coldplay’s lead singing the lyrics, “Don’t ever give up.”

“Up&Up” presents a hopeful end to a wonderful album that inspires listeners to push harder, enjoy calmness, and relish in wonderful friendships. This is an excellent album that all Coldplay fans are bound to enjoy.

Men’s basketball loses NESCAC road contests

Junior Marcus Delpeche throws down a dunk. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Junior Marcus Delpeche throws down a dunk.
(Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

The road has not been a kind place for Bates basketball this season. After a disappointing weekend against Connecticut College and Wesleyan, the Bobcats are 1-5 in road matchups. At 9-9 overall and eighth in the NESCAC with a 2-4 conference record, the team is in dire need of some performances where all elements of their game, from three-point accuracy, to free throws, to defensive intensity, are at peak level.

Friday night’s 73-62 defeat to Connecticut College was a microcosm of this season; moments of great play came before an offensive onslaught from the opposition in the second half, and an inability to fully recover from their earlier lapses. On this occasion, Bates led 28-23, but the Camels’ offense dominated after the break, scoring 50 points on 57.7% shooting after halftime. Senior Mike Boornazian topped the Bobcats with 15 points, spot on his season average of 14.9 points per game, which is good for seventh in the NESCAC. Sophomore point guard Shawn Strickland posted 12 points and seven assists. Strickland has distributed the ball well for the Bobcats this season; he’s sixth in the conference with 3.9 assists per game, plus he has a decent 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Wesleyan didn’t wait until the second half to catch fire; from the opening tip, the Cardinals were lethal from long range, nailing 13 of 23 three-point attempts. Despite an even second half that Bates actually edged 41-40, the Bobcats never managed to significantly cut into Wesleyan’s 42-26 halftime advantage. Malcolm Delpeche, who is fifth in the NESCAC in blocks per game (1.2) and ninth in rebounds (7.1), had a strong game, hauling nine rebounds and notching 11 points. Boornazian again led the team with 19 points, although 12 came from the free throw line.

Bates has the week off heading into a crucial game at Tufts on Saturday. Then, after a non-conference tilt versus UMaine Farmington on Tuesday, the Bobcats’ six-game stretch on the road will be finally, mercifully over.

Men’s hockey drops two to Saint Anselm and SNHU

It was an eventful past weekend for the men’s hockey team as they had two crucial games against Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University. Unfortunately, the squad dropped a nail biter to Saint A’s and a decision to SNHU.

In the first game, it was a back and forth battle between the ’Cats and the Hawks that saw up-tempo play right from the start. The Hawks impressive offense came out firing on all cylinders, which resulted in an early goal for the visiting team. Things were also chippy on both sides, as seven combined penalties were called in the first period, three of which were given to Bates.

The difference in the game was the power play. Although Bates had four chances to convert, they failed to do so, while the Hawks took advantage on one of their three to take the early lead. Saint A’s Tommy Royer had two shots on net early while senior Nile Rabb had two shots for the ’Cats as well. Bobcat goalie Ben Berger ‘18 made 12 stops, with the offense putting eight shots on the Hawks net.

For the rest of the game, Saint Anselm extended their lead on another Royer goal that came off a power play where he broke through the Bobcat defense from a clearance. Bates went down fighting, however, as they had multiple chances on net, highlighted by a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Overall, for the game, Saint A’s had 21 shots on net to Bates’ 15.

The following day brought a much tougher outing against an incredibly physical Southern New Hampshire squad. SNHU’s offensive attack was in full swing as they scored an eye-popping 10 goals. The same Bobcat defensive solidity was not entirely there, as it was the day before, and SNHU’s lightning quick attack took advantage. The Bobcats were able to score one goal eventually, but it was not enough.

The ‘Cats will seek quick redemption against Southern New Hampshire again, however, as they travel to the school on the 27th.

Women’s basketball splits weekend slate

Following a defeat to No. 24 nationally ranked Connecticut College, Bates women’s basketball earned a gritty 59-53 victory over Wesleyan on Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium to record their second NESCAC win of the season.

The Bobcats fell behind early in their matchup against Connecticut College, trailing 35-15 by halftime. Though Bates responded well and got as close as 50-47, the Camels shut the Bobcats down in the fourth quarter to seal the win. For the game, Bates shot only 31% (18-58). Junior guard Bernadette Connors led the team with 17 points.

Despite making an identical number of field goals in Saturday’s contest with Wesleyan, Bates managed a victory thanks to their stellar defensive effort and clutch play. The three-point shot was a critical weapon for Bates, with freshman Madeline Foote, sophomores Lyse Henshaw, Nina Davenport, Emily Freedland, and senior Chelsea Nason all connected from long range.

Connors was integral as well, scoring ten points, collecting nine rebounds, and distributing four assists. Davenport added a game-high 19 points, which helped the Bobcats to victory despite being outscored 32-14 in the paint, and outrebounded 43-36.

Bates concludes their five-game home series this Saturday versus the Tufts Jumbos at 3:00 PM. If they can add another win to their triumphs over Hamilton and Wesleyan, they’ll finish the homestand with a winning record. At the moment, the team is eighth in the NESCAC standings, so the next few games will be crucial to their hopes of qualifying for the NESCAC tournament and making a postseason run in their first year under head coach Alison Montgomery.

Snow time for ableist policies

When our friends who chose schools in more temperate climates are walking around in flannels and jackets in mid-January and we Batesies are piling on our fifth wool sweater, it’s hard not to feel bitter. This weekend, however, was a different story. Winter storm Jonas pummeled those south of us with feet of snow while we watched from sunny (albeit freezing) Maine. I’m sure your Facebook news feed was as clogged with snowman selfies, sledding videos, and statuses about classes being canceled as mine was. And, like me, I’m sure all these posts elicited some eye rolls—but, really, it was nice to see your friends appreciating what you go through every year in Maine. Except they got to miss class, and that almost never happens at Bates.

In all honesty, this doesn’t really have a huge impact on my life. Sure, it would be nice to wake up one morning and see fresh snow out my window and be content with the knowledge that I do not have to walk in it, but I enjoy my classes and I enjoy walking in the snow. Even if those things weren’t the case, I am able-bodied and capable of getting to class safely. However, not everyone on this campus is, and for professors and the administration to assume otherwise is extremely ableist.

In a way, the Bates community prides itself on its ability to put up with harsh winter conditions—so much so that it’s almost a running joke on campus. A slideshow on the Bates College website during January 2015’s blizzard highlights professors who held classes despite the whiteout conditions. Interviews with students feature them smiling under layers of scarves and coats, braving the storm to make it to class or to go skiing, while one photo shows the swim team posing in bathing suits with snow falling heavily around them. The article embodies the brawny outdoorsman spirit that seems to be expected of Bates students and anyone who withstands Maine’s winters. This image is so prevalent that it’s become an expectation. Instead of it being an eccentricity to wear shorts in the winter, snowshoe to class, or even just be talented enough to stay stable on slick sidewalks, it’s the norm.

It shouldn’t be, though. Having this prevailing perception that everyone is able to face winter the same way makes it much harder for those who can’t to speak up. If everyone seems to be making it to class easily, one might feel inadequate if physical limitations keep him or her from doing so. They might fear that their professor won’t take them seriously if they say they don’t feel safe walking to class when everyone else was able to get there without injury. This results in a double-bind situation: either attempt to attend class and risk getting gravely hurt or miss class and risk being penalized for circumstances beyond your control. Disabilities are frequently invisible, which means they are all too easily ignored and rarely spoken about. Regardless, no one should have to prove their disability in order to receive accommodation or to ensure their own safety.

As more severe winter weather approaches, I urge professors to adopt a snow policy that allows students to stay home if they feel they cannot safely trek through ice and snowbanks. Many professors already do this, and I’m sure all professors would be understanding if a student came forward. However, it’s important for our community to realize that what may be an inconvenience for one person could be an insurmountable challenge for someone else and to create policies that recognize differences in ability.  This should be something the administration makes a point to enforce. Instead of patting ourselves on the back for the fact that we can scale snow drifts in sub-zero temperatures, we should take pride in the fact that Bates is a place of compassionate people—one that is more than capable of showing courtesy to those members of our community that need accommodations.

Kansas Senate calls for female dress code

Kansas State Senator Mitch Holmes recently imposed an 11-point dress code for anyone wishing to testify on a bill, all of which, unsurprisingly, apply only to women’s attire. When prompted, he explained that no restrictions on men were included because men needed no instruction on how to look professional, reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.

This kind of unilateral paternal instruction is abhorrent yet not uncommon, as girls are ridiculed and sent home from school on a regular basis across the country and women are disproportionally targeted in the workplace for “inappropriate” clothing.

Republican Senator Vicki Schmidt brings up a good point by asking, “Who’s going to define low-cut?” This points to the incredible subjectivity involved in what actually constitutes “inappropriate,” so to speak. But, of course, appropriateness is subject to change with time, as the scandalousness of ankles and wrists finally found their way into modernity. Yet this didn’t mark the end of obscure fashion policing, and more importantly, the double standards involved with these cases.

While women are perpetually objectified, sanitized, and fetishized for aspects of their bodies, the same parts are then publicly shamed when not sexualized for the consumption of men. In particular, the controversy of the double standard with regards to breast exposure has gained traction, as the Free the Nipple campaign points out censorship and scrutiny for displays of breastfeeding yet a familiar complacency in the sexualization of female breasts.

The fact of the matter is that Senator Holmes’ remarks are hardly surprising. Instead, they’re all expected in this climate of one-sided ridicule and shaming, as the all too familiar rhetoric pours out of old men legislating women’s bodies. And to add insult to injury, Holmes pins the responsibility not on the individuals who perpetuate this culture, namely the men in charge who are legislating and demanding action, but rather on women, expecting them to change their behavior.

This train of logic is extremely important to follow closely, even if it is inevitably headed back in time. The responsibility has been shifted from the men to the women, as Senator Holmes claims that “…we’re really looking for you to be addressing the issue rather than trying to distract or bring eyes to yourself.” This response perfectly captures the depiction of women’s choice of clothing as being the instigator of the tension, as opposed to the immature minds and generally sexist ways in which the responsibility of men to behave better falls entirely upon women.

Even after receiving bipartisan criticism from female senators, Holmes and his coterie do not appear to be interested in changing their prescription of discriminatory senatorial modesty. And despite being the chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, it appears as though the senator has entirely failed to fully understand that telling women to compromise their decisions and expression for the poor behavior of men doesn’t solve anything. Instead, it only propagates archaic and nonsensical decrees against women while the legislating men fail to even acknowledge their own wrongdoing, never mind actually taking steps to rectify it and begin crafting a society that represents the progressive and egalitarian values expected from a supposedly just and enabling country.

An inside look at the AESOP planning process

This past Wednesday, January 20th, students applied to lead trips for the Class of 2020 during next year’s Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program (AESOP). The AESOP coordinators, all students, are now gearing up for the difficult decision process.

The application process began with a general information session, followed by an online application asking applicants about their extracurricular activities, leadership and outdoor experience—what kind of trip do they want to lead? Following fifteen-minute interviews held in the red room at the Ronj, decisions will be made by the Head Coordinators and the Assistant Coordinators (who are poised to take over for the Class of 2021’s AESOP). Two coordinators currently studying abroad this semester, Audrey Puleio and Jamo Karsten, will also give their input before accepted applicants will be notified.

John Fletcher, a first-year, recently submitted his application to lead a trip. His enthusiasm rings true when stating his goal: “to give incoming first-year students a taste of what the Bates community is really like!”

Accepted co-leaders will be notified of their trip placements sometime in late February or early March.

The trip selection process is always very difficult. According to Nathan Diplock, one of AESOP’s three Head Coordinators, “we have yet to have a year where we would feel comfortable giving almost all applicants a trip.” Typically around 100 pairs apply to lead AESOP trips and this year 54 trips are scheduled.

In order to be a trip leader, students must be on campus early on the week of August 22nd for a “leadership week.” Applicants cannot be Junior Advisors (JAs), as their training would coincide with this week, nor can they be graduating seniors.

Don’t consider yourself outdoorsy? No problem! All necessary skills are taught during leadership week; everyone is Wilderness First Aid trained by the end. Also included in leadership week is a diversity dialogue, a risk management talk, and a Title IX discussion (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex).

AESOP trips vary greatly. The majority of the trips are actually “front country” trips, or base camping, which involve short, beginner day hikes or relaxing on a beach to try your hand at surfing. Leaders also frequently lead community service, art, and farm-based trips in order to appeal to a wider audience of incoming students. The only criteria is that all students, except certain fall athletes, be off-campus for three days and two nights; it need not be a typical “outdoorsy” trip.

For Emily Dean, a first-year who participated in a backpacking trip this fall, AESOP gave her “a group of people that even if I don’t hang out with them, I can still nod to them when I see them around campus. The familiar faces make me feel more a part of a community here.” Her leaders were crucial in making her experience a good one.

To Diplock, being able to “make decisions as a unified pair” is key to a successful trip, as is remembering that “trip leaders are ‘leading’ students who will become their peers at Bates.” The activity is not as important as getting to know each other and forming lasting relationships that will be maintained throughout each student’s time at Bates.

Anna Setzer, another first-year, also has fond recollections of her base camping trip. Being from North Carolina, she explains, “AESOP allowed me to see some of Maine’s stunning landscapes and also gave me the opportunity to meet people I wouldn’t have met through my classes.”

Another crucial aspect of AESOP is that it is, and always has been, as much for students as it is by students. Upperclassmen plan every aspect of every trip year after year, coordinating activities and learning their trail maps. Although time-consuming for the coordinators, it is “an excellent example of what our team of Bates students is capable of accomplishing,” Diplock said.

Student Government looks toward a more productive semester

With the start of the new semester, the Bates College Student Government leadership sets an ambitious agenda after a semester of adjustment to their new structure.

This past Sunday’s meeting focused on introducing new people who have taken on new positions in the Student Government. Currently, the Organizational Review Board Committee (ORB) has welcomed a new chair, Paul Jordan, who will be holding interviews on Thursday the 28th to fill the three seats on the Committee. Only after the three people have been chosen will the Committee form their constitution. The ORB’s job is to review prospective clubs and decide whether or not they should be confirmed as official clubs. This usually consists of evaluating proposed club constitutions and objectives on campus.

The Student Government’s Secretary, Katharine Gaillard, is working on starting a new committee that will revolve around publicity. The goal of the committee will be to organize meetings, send emails in the Bates Today and help to spread news about all meetings so that the students can connect more intimately with Student Government.

Another new committee in the works is the Academic Affairs Council, which retains some functions of the pre-existing Educational Policy Committee though is all together new this semester. Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life Kim Trauceniek is working with the Dean of Faculty’s Office and the Committee on Faculty Governance to facilitate more student input in academic matters.

In an effort to attract more people, senior Nicole Bermudez proposed that the members of the Student Government table in Commons to answer questions and inform the students of their current plans and the things they have achieved thus far.

The members also welcomed a new Treasurer who discussed some of the financial problems and the current budget, which stands at $31,000, with $11,000 earmarked for the Senior Week. Typically, the Student Government has more money allotted to them; however, they can still work with the allocated funds for this year.

One of the budgetary issues concerns the Bates Outing Club (BOC), which is being audited by the BCSG Treasurer given the theft and losses of their equipment. The BOC Treasurer will have to do an inventory check by February 1st and the club will face the appropriate penalty if their inventory falls below audit standards.

The Student Government wants to implement new rules regarding the pass/fail regulations, where students will have six weeks to change their class to a pass/fail instead of two. Bermudez gave an update and informed the council that it will be a long process that will involve two meetings, a month apart. At first the idea will have to be presented to all the faculty members during the first meeting; they will then make their decision during the second meeting.

The members of the Student Government will be on a leadership development and strategizing retreat on February 13th that will be both interactive and educational. The retreat is an effort to foster camaraderie and teach essential skills for the success of the organization. There will also be multiple workshops available to the members in the future.

Sunday’s gathering was solely a staff meeting; however, there will be  a Town Hall meeting in the near future. Students are encouraged to attend if they have questions or are interested in becoming involved with the Student Government’s plans.

Skiing takes on the Colby Carnival

The Bates Nordic and alpine skiing teams had a fruitful trip to Sugarloaf Mountain for the Colby Carnival this weekend, showcasing the depth and potential they possess.

The first event of the Carnival took place on Friday, as the men’s and women’s alpine teams competed in the giant slalom. For the Bates men, several first-year skiers starred. Max Lash’s combined time of 2:06.72 earned him 35th place out of 63 total competitors, while fellow first-year Michael Cooper was slightly more than a second behind Lash, finishing in 2:07.96 and 44th place. Senior captain Tanner Dirstine came in 46th, meaning that Bates ended in 11th place out of 13 teams.

On the women’s side, upperclassmen came to the fore. Junior Kelsey Chenoweth placed 13th out of 55 competitors, and sophomores Sierra Ryder (16th) and Hannah Johnson (19th) also finished in the top 20. Based on the trio’s strong runs, Bates’ women finished fifth in the 13-school competition.

After a night’s rest, the same core group for the Bobcats had another great day, this time in the not-so-giant slalom. Chenoweth was 12th of 55 racers with a combined time of 1:35.85, while Ryder placed 13th and Johnson 15th. Ultimately, that performance positioned the women’s alpine squad in fourth place out of 13 teams. The men also placed two skiers, with Cooper finishing 23rd of 65 racers and senior captain Chris Bradbury 44th.

For the Nordic teams, the 15-kilometer race and the freestyle sprint relays were the order of business for the weekend. Both teams were sixth of 13 schools in the 15-kilometer event based on contributions from many members, not just one standout. In a 92-competitor race, the Bates women had five skiers in the top 30, as senior captain Gracie Wright (12th) led the way, followed by juniors Laurel Fiddler (19th) and Sadie James (22nd), sophomore Halie Lange (26th), and senior Britta Clark (30th). Senior Corky Harrer crossed the line first for the men in 22nd out of 85 racers, with sophomore Parker McDonald in 25th and junior captain Max Millslagle in 31st also turning in impressive performances.

Ties don’t happen very frequently in a sport with miniscule margins like skiing, but Bates was involved in two ties during the final event of the Carnival on Sunday, the freestyle sprint relay. Incredibly, both the men (tied for fifth) and the women (tied for fourth) finished with identical scores to Middlebury. The duos of Wright and Clark, senior Helen Sudkamp-Walker and Lange, and juniors Fiddler and James came in seventh, eighth, and ninth respectively in the 45-pair field. The men’s pair of Millslagle and McDonald finished 15th, and their teammates junior Nathan Moreau and Harrer were 17th.

Overall, the combined Nordic and alpine teams placed seventh out of 16 teams, right behind Middlebury, Colby, and Williams, and ahead of Bowdoin in 11th. The alpine team will stay busy, competing in the University of Vermont Carnival this weekend, while the Nordic squad has a week off before they travel to Stowe, Vermont for the Nordic portion of the Carnival on February 6 and 7.

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