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The Dark and Other Love Stories: Exquisite Heartbreak

The Greeks had four main words for love: eros, agape, philia, and storge. Each word has a different connotation: sexual love, love of a divine figure, love of a friend, and familial love.  Our own and sometimes crass English language does not make such distinctions in diction.

In her collection of short stories, The Dark and Other Love Stories, Deborah Willis takes her readers through a heart-wrenching gauntlet of tales demonstrating many types of love. Through candid writing, melodic word choice, and overarching themes to which anyone can relate, Willis reels you into her stories and will not let you go until the last page is turned.

She starts her collection with the title story, “The Dark.” This tale revolves around the philia kind of love, friendship. She takes the reader to a summer camp where two thirteen-year-old girls, Andrea and Jess, are best friends. They form a lightning quick bond, one day deciding to be best friends for the summer, sneaking out after lights out to look at the horses or go skinny dipping in the lake.

One night, the girls meet a duo of older boys; Andrea goes with them while Jess elects to stay behind. After that night, the reader notices a change in the dynamic between the two girls. Jess notes, “[o]-ur friendship didn’t end … The next summer, we were again in the same cabin, but we each made a new best friend. The summer after that, we got boyfriends.” That night with the boys in the row boat brought about a tangible divergence in the girls’ experience and their philia love. This one instance changed the love they felt for each other and made it different, or maybe broke it entirely.

Another story, “Hard Currency,” tells of the plight of a Russian-American writer who makes one last pilgrimage to Moscow to visit his deceased grandmother’s apartment. Now, this man is not quite sympathetic enough to warrant full-fledged pity. He is a successful writer with a Pulitzer Prize in his collection, but he buys a prostitute for his last evening in Moscow.

Putting that aside, the reader feels the depth of love, that storge, he felt for his grandmother. “Can a boy be in love with his grandmother’s words? …Yes, it is possible. A boy can be in love with his grandmother’s stories, with his grandmother herself, in her apartment off Moskovskaya, eight floors up.”

With this line, I stopped short. This highly accomplished, world traveling, semi-sleazy man still craves the peace and security his grandmother’s presence gave him. He craves that precious and fleeting love that grandparents give unconditionally to their grandchildren but expires once that generation is gone. We learn that his grandmother was not perfect – she did immoral things to get through the Stalin era. However, storge is strong enough to wash the unsightly things away and leave a warm feeling behind.

My favorite story Willis creates is also the one I think is the most heartbreaking. “Last One to Leave” tells about Sydney, the strong, independent journalist and how she falls in love with Havryil, a Holocaust survivor. Sydney is a reporter at a local newspaper and Havryil is a man working in the nearby lumber yard who lives alone in a cabin he made himself in the woods. She goes to interview him, they meet, and they fall in love. Don’t worry, it gets better than that.

These two share a special kind of eros that transcends the horrors Havryil saw in the camps. They prove to each other that love between two married people in a quiet corner of the world can be enough. The chapter ends, with this melancholy note: “She’s mostly stopped speaking now. Not because she couldn’t bear it – he’d shown her that loss can be borne – but because there was no one, now, to talk to.” If a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?  Does love only exist when you have someone around to hear you say the words?

Willis is able to create characters that closely mirror humans. Too often, writers create characters who are all one thing: either too moral to the point of extreme martyrdom or too wicked to the point of unredeemable evil.  But in her stories, we get real characters.  These paper and ink people are complex and they feel a myriad of different emotions just like flesh and blood people do. But that means that Willis’ characters can break your heart just the same. Pick up this collection, but be careful with your heart.

Slavery in the New England Colonies

On Thursday, October 5, Bates held its annual Andrews Lecture in the Muskie Archives. This year, Wendy Warren, an assistant professor of History at Princeton University and the recent author of New England Bound, came to deliver a speech on slavery in the New England colonies.

“This is her first book,” began Professor Joseph Hall of Bates, “but what a book! It has won The Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Social History Prize, it has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a finalist for the Berkshire Conference Book Prize and also a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Prize…”

Warren started her talk with an account from 1638 in Massachusetts: “a young English man named John Johnson embarked on a tour of New England, on a sort of fact-finding mission for potential investors back home in England. He was a young man on what we might now call a gap year,” to which the audience giggled.

In the account, Samuel Maverick, a wealthy New England colonist, had a female African slave who was formerly a queen in her country. She came to Johnson one morning grievingly singing in her native tongue. When Johnson came to Mr. Maverick to ask what the matter was with her, Maverick explained that he wanted to create a “breed of negroes” and had her raped by another slave.

“So people often want to know how I came to write this book,” said Warren, “and the answer to that is because of this woman, I started the project for a more humanistic and moral reason, because I had read about a woman who was grieved, who was upset, and alone and scared, and it can be hard to read about people like that as an historian and not upset yourself. And so I decided that I would try to understand why she was in Boston and why nobody knew who she was.”

Indeed, characters came and disappeared in the archives. Warren never found out what happened to Samuel Maverick’s slave woman, as she was never mentioned again. Her story as a slave in New England is part of a collective of stories of uprooted peoples in colonial America. It has been estimated that as many as two thousand enslaved Africans lived in the New England Colony by 1720.

“So what did enslaved people do in New England?” asked Warren. “Bizarrely, they did the same labor as English colonists in the seventeenth century. I find it quite startling that this system could take someone from a home in West Africa, uproot them, violently transport them to the Caribbean and then to New England, and then place them to work doing the most mundane tasks…they ran warehouses, they were apprentices to cobblers, they baked, they farmed. They also did the work of colonization: they cleared land, they participated in military battles, they made way for English settlement. They were, we might say, coerced colonists caught in a violent process of abduction and exploitation.”

Another prominent case in Warren’s book was the case of John Juan in the New Haven Colony. Juan wanted to leave New England for New York to join his countrymen once his master, his master’s wife, and his own wife died in the same year. In order to leave, he had to sell the land and house that his master had given to him, but no one wanted to buy it and urged him to live in that home for the rest of his days.

“But next we come to the almost direct words of an enslaved man who had spent, by this point, more than thirty years in New Haven,” said Warren near the end of her talk. “Juan said, ‘if he should be sick, nobody would comfort him and therefore, he would sell it and go to his country folks.’”

“What can be said about such a human desire, so heartbreaking, so familiar, so similar to the grief felt by so many uprooted people who found themselves marooned in strange environments surrounded by strange people,” concluded Warren. “An old man, Juan looked around New Haven and saw no community, underscoring the loneliness a slave could feel in New England and the psychic toll that isolation can take.”

Ultimately, as has been seen with so many other annals of American history lately, Warren’s work is about recognizing past injustices and giving them a human face.

To My Policy Makers: Use Your Words

Dear Policy Makers,

My mother taught me a very important lesson that I would like to pass along to you: use your words. If you find yourself in a difficult situation or come across someone whom you just cannot get to do something you want, talk it out with them. We must use words to express our desires, to air our grievances, and most importantly to solve our problems. How can we know what someone else wants without asking? How can we hope to solve a problem without the most basic necessity: understanding the other player?

On the international stage when major players are in the game, using your words becomes less simple and can devolve entirely. But luckily for modern politics in the United States, we have trained diplomats, courtesy of the State Department, whose entire job is to talk on our behalf to other countries. Or at least, this is what they do in theory.

The President of the United States tweeted on October 1, “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”

For those of you who don’t know, “Little Rocket Man” is how Donald Trump refers to Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of the reclusive North Korean regime, who has in his hand a nuclear weapon. This statement President Trump makes flies in the face of my mother’s wise words. Without negotiations – diplomacy and conversation – lasting peace becomes harder and harder to achieve. The President just blasted to his 40.1 million followers that he does not care for diplomacy. But here is the kicker—he doesn’t offer an alternative better than Rex Tillerson’s current strategy.

I have a question for you President Trump: if you don’t want Secretary of State Tillerson to talk with the countries with which we don’t agree, what would you like him to do?

Let me lay out an alternative to the diplomacy I was talking about earlier. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the United States spends $596 billion on its military, the most out of every country in the world. China, who spends the second most, trails behind the United States by $381 billion. Fantastic. Good for us. We have a lot of money to make a lot of firepower that will we probably have to use if people stop talking to each other, if people start thinking diplomacy is not worth the hassle.

We need to engage in talks with people, especially those we do not like or understand. I have laid out a checklist I think is helpful. Step one: invite the opposing party to the table. Step two: make it known that you want to talk. Step three (and I think the most important of all): make it known that you want to listen. Step four: actually get to the table and start talking. A good talker is vital, but a good listener is the essential next step. We can only have productive conversations if the party sitting on the other side of the table feels heard.   

What would the world look like without conversations and diplomacy? Would the weapons that come out of that humungous military budget be the only language in which policy makers are fluent? I hope, for my sanity and the world’s safety, that is not the case.

Managing Emotional Space in Academia

Though this could certainly appear to be a philosophical question, I am personally more concerned about it in regards to emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships. How do I advocate for myself or express frustration towards cultural norms that ignore my existence while still recognizing the relative ubiquity of cis-centrism? I usually feel too guilty to voice my frustration when a person of more intimate status makes an invalidating mistake that I would have likely moved on from had it been a bystander acting more egregiously. My proverbial bicycle wheels spin in place and I’m left in a passive posture.

In order to grapple with this tension, I usually communicate in either artistic and academic spheres. Somehow I believe I can represent my thoughts and ideas without them necessarily being directly associated if I were to simply state “blank is my opinion.” Yet, this sort of ventriloquizing can at times feel like a roundabout and counterproductive means of discourse. The term “ace” refers to a person who identifies within the, admittedly large, spectrum of asexuality, whereas allosexuality with refer to the opposite. The phrase ace-alienation refers to the often isolating feeling that comes around discussions of allocentric sexuality. This is a feeling I have become all too accustomed to, where even though there may be few egregious slurs directed at asexuality, sex and sexual relationships are regularly described as the central type of transformative experience. Though no-one necessarily intends harm, I still am constantly reminded of the onerous concept of asexuality as not real and a “mental health disorder.” Given these societal norms, I am worried about the denial of my existence. And even if my identity is respected, I don’t want to be pigeonholed into a spokesperson role.

I’m often left talking on behalf, but certainly not in place, of other, potentially parallel, concerns from groups in which I am not a direct concern. This often runs the risk of misrepresenting or taking up unnecessary amounts of space. For example, though it’s often good to unpack what people say, having an extensive discussion about a micro-aggression while both parties are present can be a spotlighting and alienating experience. But no one speaking to a micro aggression, can cause a feeling of betrayal. It becomes something like a state of flux, where it’s difficult to really know the best course of action–a state of unproductive retroactive passivity.

Suffice it to say, balancing appropriate self-awareness and assertion often remains a daunting task, but it shouldn’t become a shield for apathy or self-silencing. Making space and taking space are not mutually exclusive or in a zero sum game. The way I go about sharing my experiences and thoughts can build confidence in others to do the same, and vice-versa.

The concern I posed at the beginning may have been a tad disingenuous. Long term emotional well-being has less to do with holding individuals culpable or not in my own insular circle, and more to do with constructing positive space built upon a mix of healthy supportive behavior and honest criticism (which, again, are not actually mutually exclusive).

For the sake of not just moving goal posts, I’d like to offer some suggestions. Though it is often difficult to know the precise inner workings of college systems, and the consequences of any specific action, voicing frustration to administrative forces is almost always preferable to silence. Similarly, when receiving criticism along lines of our own privilege, we ought not get overly defensive and expect eloquent explanations. Though college is an academic space, parsing emotions and intellectual coherence tends to preference the ideas of people who have less emotional energy tied up in cultural pressures.

 

Valuing Alternate Forms of Engagement

Have you ever seen the viral social media post that says “#policychange for America?” It is a handwritten image with a line through “pray,” replacing it instead with “policy change.” I understand where this post is coming from for most people–we are sick of inactivity in politics, and many of us are especially tired of people of immense privilege being the main culprits of this inaction. However, I worry about our vocalizations of this frustration turning into derisions of spirituality and emotionality, inside and outside of political spaces. Both spirituality and emotionality can be important modes for healing, especially for some of the most marginalized people in the United States–people of color, and femmes. So, perhaps instead of cancelling out the possibility for people to engage in rituals, prayer, or emotional catharsis, those of us who disagree with the way in which people engage solely with these facets of action can encourage the practice of both, or multiple forms that benefit ourselves and the wider world.

I am wary of fixations on one form of political action not only for reasons of erasure, but because of the possible side-effects of this erasure. When insinuating that certain forms of action, such as community and personal care, are utterly useless, we overlook the ways that these policies impact us individually and collectively, and erase the factors that contribute to the creation of such policies. To use the above example, derisions of all prayer, or alternate forms of spiritual healing, neglect its importance for community-building, and for healing from the traumas that result from structural and cultural violence.

Another example of the aspects of political action that many of us frame as less important than policy change is micro aggressions. People from all ends of the political spectrum ridicule people who place value on micro aggressions. But, writer and social worker Aisha Mirza, who produced the viral Buzzfeed essay entitled “White Women Drive Me Crazy,” often discusses how acknowledging micro aggressions is a vital practice to healing from oppression. Micro aggressions, as I define them, are instances that reproduce structural violence and harm through stereotyping, projecting ignorance or normalizing unequal power dynamics. So, really, micro aggressions are just the little workers who keep a grand system of structural inequality intact; and, of course, we pay less attention to them because we think that they are so minor that they are effectively irrelevant (i.e. there are bigger things to worry about!). Whether this is informed by Western prioritizations of the explicit, measurable truths over subjectivity, or it is a symptom of patriarchy, is unclear.

 What is clearer is that policy, while central to the shaping of the ways in which people live their lives, sometimes fails to capture and validate the complexity of human subjectivity–the depth of our struggles. For that reason, it is important for us to hold culture change and healing spaces with importance along with policy change. For some of the most vulnerable people in society, a combination of engagement with confronting and healing from structural violence is a part of the process of moving forward. I believe this starts with recognizing the ways in which oppression operates in multiple ways: emotionally, socially, culturally and spiritually. In summation of these reflections, Twitter user @radicalamy remarks, “sorry, but the solution to mass violence is much more complicated than ‘gun control’ laws that are mainly enforced on people of color;” “there will be no reduction in mass violence in the US/world until we deal with root causes: white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy, etc.” I absolutely agree.

 

Battle of the Bridges

Lewiston and Auburn are famous as the great “twin cities” of Maine, often going under the name LA for shorthand. However, on the ballot this November. 7, there will be a referendum question on whether Lewiston and Auburn should legally merge to become one city under one government. The measure, if passed, would cause changes in the tax environment, municipal government, and (as some argue) the culture of these two cities. This proposal has unsurprisingly generated much controversy throughout the area, and on Tuesday, October 4, I had the chance to witness this controversy in action at a debate at the Gendron Franco Center on Cedar Street.

The cathedral was packed as Lewiston and Auburn residents flocked to see Kristy Phinney of the One LA campaign and Matthew Leonard of the Coalition to Oppose Lewiston-Auburn Consolidation (COLAC) debate each other on the merits of merging or staying separate.  If you would like more information on both campaigns, visit their websites at http://www.colacmaine.org/ and http://www.onelanow.com/.

The debate was moderated by Matt Shaw of Uplift LA, an affiliate group of the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce dedicated to community engagement and economic growth. Shaw told me the public debates on the merger that Uplift LA has been hosting for several weeks “are vital for community members to have their voices, values and opinions heard. If forums are not made available, it will negate the opportunities that the public should be given to have their concerns understood.”

In giving her opening remarks, Phinney described how One LA has “taken input from a diversity of work groups and compiled data into an 80 page report that convinced [her] that this merger is the right thing for our communities.” According to Phinney, this merger will “act as a catalyst to launch us into the future, to convince people to come and stay in our cities.” Her main arguments were that the combined economies and governments would add more value to residents’ tax dollars, attract a wider workforce, expand resources, and maintain local heritage while building new identities.

Leonard followed in his opening statement by expressing admiration for One LA’s hard work, but maintained that the merger is a “bad idea that’s been floating around for decades and has never proven to be worth the time.” Leonard’s main arguments centered around the cost the citizens of both cities would bare, most notably having to pay back pre-existing and future debt that would be generated by a merger. He also criticized certain statistics promoted by One LA, such as how they allegedly understate how much property taxes would be negatively impacted by a merger.

Shaw then proceeded to ask the two debaters a series of questions, such as how will the merger/no merger affects current and future businesses, along with how merging or not merging ameliorate poverty in our cities. Leonard suggested that LA needs to join Maine in being “Vacationland” by investing in a visitors/tourism bureau and that Lewiston-Auburn already work together constantly with joint economies and governmental bodies; meaning a merger would not really change much. Phinney stated that consolidated savings and stable tax rates were paramount to creating better education systems in the cities, leading to more efficient governing and a thriving economy of hardworking young people.

There were brief pauses throughout the debate when audience members could participate in SMS polls about the state of LA and what they thought about the merger debate. Questions included which city audience members resided in and if they thought that they have been given enough information on the referendum. The room was evenly divided between Lewiston and Auburn residents, the majority of whom felt that both campaigns have been very informative on their stances.

In the end, each debater ended on an optimistic note that called for unity. “You have all heard a lot of noise and there have been divisive feelings,” said Leonard, “and I hope we can all come together on November 8 after voting down this merger on November 7.” Phinney concluded by saying that, with a merger, “the opportunities are endless. I cannot think of any other pair of cities with the guts to do something like this. I truly believe in this community.”

Let us hope that, regardless of the referendum decision, LA will move into the prosperous future for which both sides are striving.

Women’s Soccer Loses to Conn. College, Wins Against Elms College, and Optimistic About Playoff Potential

Through the first month of the fall season, the Bates women’s soccer team has had five wins, two losses, and one tie. They beat Maine Maritime, Hamilton College, University of New England, Wesleyan University, and Thomas College. Their sole tie was with Williams College, and their only two losses were to Babson University and Trinity College. As far as the first half of a season can go, this was a great start. Ainsley Jamieson ’18 says, “I think the work rate and intensity have been really good thus far.” This helps explains the early success that the team has had.

However, so far this October, the Bobcats have lost two NESCAC games to Bowdoin and Connecticut College, with the second loss coming this past Saturday Oct. 7. Fortunately, they bounced back and defeated Elms College on Sunday Oct. 8.

On Saturday at Connecticut College, a school that is ranked 16th nationally, the Bobcats were outshot 27-5 and 12-2 in shots on goal. Although the shot totals were not great for the team, one bright spot was Captain Sarah McCarthy ’18’s nine saves. Ultimately, the great goalie plays were not enough as the team lost the contest 3-0. Although this was not the outcome they were looking for, Connecticut College is nationally ranked and was not expected to be an easy opponent.

Putting the loss behind them, the team was able to bounce back on Sunday when playing Elms College, winning the contest 3-0. The three goals were scored by Sarah Gutch ’19, Riley Turcotte ’20, and Elizabeth Bennett ’21. This was an important win for the team to help right the ship and get back on track to winning games after a tough spell of three straight losses. The Bobcats looked good in this game, tallying 19 shots to Elms’ 8, which included 6 on goal for Bates versus only 3 for Elms.

Despite the lack of success in the first few games of October, the team still strongly believes in their ability to be successful. Emma Goff ’18 says, “I would say that the team atmosphere this year is better than it ever has been. From the first person on the roster to the last, everyone has 100% bought in to the success of the team. This has made a huge positive impact on our season.” Because of this atmosphere, the Bobcats are ready to continue their season through October with their eyes on NESCAC playoffs. They do not believe this to be unachievable.

At 6-4-1, the Bobcats are not out of playoff contention. In order to make these playoff goals a reality, Jamieson says, “Going into the second half of the season we can’t let our intensity decrease.” This is especially true because the last four games of the season, all in the month of October, come against NESCAC opponents. Due to the highly competitive nature of the conference, none of these games will be easy contests. All are home games, which should benefit the team, but the opponents are Tufts, Amherst, Middlebury, and Colby. Jamieson ’20 says, “I have confidence in every member on the team this year and I think we have the potential to do big things.” With this attitude and the success of the team thus far, the Bobcats have their eyes set on playoffs and will continue to play hard to make that a reality.

MADDY SMITH/THE BATES STUDENT

MADDY SMITH/THE BATES STUDENT

Student Government Pushes for Free Meals in Commons

Bates has long provided its students with a tremendously unique dining program; the single dining hall setup allows students to connect in a centralized location, while unlimited swipes encourages students to enter and leave Commons as frequently as they desire with no financial recourse. Now, Student Government is making moves for an even more comprehensive meal plan – one that would allow students free meals over scheduled school breaks.

Currently, all meals are included under the universal meal plan during the regularly scheduled school year, as well as fall recess (October 18-22). During all other breaks, students have to pay for individual meals at a reduced rate, in cash or simply charge it to their account.

I spoke with Student Government President, Walter Washington ’19, who is determined to reform this current policy. “As the school increases its endowment and does a better job of recruiting people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and international students,” starts Washington, “that’s going to result in us having more students who can’t go home either because of cost or distance.” Because of this increasing shift in demographic, Washington and his fellow members of Student Government find it imperative that the Bates administration make a concerted effort to increase dining accessibility for students who may have food security issues during the holidays. Washington has encountered some pushback from the administration, who cited concerns with general costs.

Walter, though, is optimistic about the prospects of making meals free. “[The administration] is realizing more and more that Student Government is different, and we’re not just taking ‘no’ as much as we used to,” says Washington. “If you’re going to say no, we want to know why and where that money is going, and for you to be transparent. At the end of the day, the administration is responsible for giving us the best possible product they can. And if this is something that works toward the betterment of that product, I think we should receive it as students.”

Student Government’s next plan of action will be to conduct conversations with the school’s treasurer, Geoffrey Swift, as well as Christine Schwartz and Cheryl Lacey, who serve respectively as Assistant Vice President of Dining and Director of Dining.

I talked to Schwartz and Lacey as well, who wanted to emphasize the liberal nature of Bates’ existing universal meal plan, as well as cost-free options that Commons already provides, including the six free guest passes entitled to all students and the Mug Club. The “Mug Club” encourages students to scan their Bates mugs 40 times to get a free meal, making it so that each student could get a total of 15 free meals. Still, there are 101 possible meals over breaks that Commons could cover – 69 for which Commons is actually open, and only nine of which are covered under the board plan.

Schwartz has not yet met with Washington in person, and while she hopes to meet the needs of food insecure students as well, she expresses some reservations about the feasibility of entirely free meals during breaks. “I can tell you from our perspective,” she remarks, “it would be hard for us to absorb any additional costs, unless we’re talking about changing services [such as the current unlimited meal plan].” Nevertheless, Lacey and Schwartz “look forward to future talks with Walter to see what is his vision is and how we can support it.” The three of them will have their first formal, in-person meeting this week. New developments on Student Government’s efforts will be covered as they progress.

Ultimately, the student body’s opinion is the most important in this conversation. I connected with Tony Zhong ’21 of Beijing, China, who had a measured outlook on the debate. Zhong, who will be staying on campus during Thanksgiving, remarked that it makes sense “to charge for meals when most of the students won’t be here. Still, it would be nice if meals were free!” Zhong also appreciated the current meal system. “If I had to choose, I would rather have the unlimited meal plan and pay for meals over Thanksgiving.”

Drink Lewiston Local, Drink Bear Bones

Maine has hundreds of local breweries, and even more when including nano breweries. However, on a day where the weather is nice and no one wants to drive (no designated driver) Bear Bones in downtown Lewiston is a great brewery to try for those of us twenty one plus.

The walk from the Bates campus goes by in a flash, especially on the way home with a belly full of beer. It is located right next to Orchid, which is a fun place to go to dinner before stopping in to Bear Bones for a pint, or two or three.

  Bear Bones is an independent local nano brewery on Lisbon street downtown. One of their focuses for their business is to source ingredients locally and to brew sustainable, high-quality craft beer. This is a common trend for new breweries, especially here in Lewiston.

Every brewery needs their own thing, a niche where they can stand out. For Bear Bones, their hook is that they brew everything right in their backroom. Located close to the bathroom, this brew room is easily visible to any patron who needs to relieve themselves; anyone can take a self-guided tour through the oak barrels.

The vibe of the space is local, hipster, and close-knit. There is a dart board and some other fun games to play while sipping some brews. Their beers include both nitro brews and the classic CO2 brews as well, which is how the majority of the beers found off college campuses are brewed.

  We took the trip down to Bear Bones this past Saturday evening to listen to some fellow Batesies perform some nice mellow music. The mood was relaxed and the drinks were flowing. The ambiance was happy and calm. I was playing darts in the corner while sipping my stout and listening to the beautiful talented voices of Alisa Amador ’18 and Nate D’Angelo sing.

I got a pint of Picea which is their seasonal winter dry stout brew. It was a source of inner warmth on a cold night. It was dark, very full in fragrance, and strong-bodied stout that hit the spot after a nice dinner out with friends.

All of their brews stray from the traditional IPA or stouts. They are very unique, and differ in taste. It’s either a “love” reaction or a “distaste” reaction. When I tried the Old Smokey beer, the bartender warned me of the love vs. hate preference. It is a pale ale that tastes like the BBQ rub that goes on a nice burger got dumped into the beer barrel when it shouldn’t have. I clearly was of the distaste school, however the pal I was with when we were tasting loved the brew. Like the bartender warned us, it is a hit or miss brew.

The Old Smokey and the Double C.R.E.A.M. brews are their more popular. The latter was more up my ally. This brew was inspired by the traditional Bourbon taste and is brewed in a similar style. The final taste is oakey and strong – very different from traditional ales. It was an initial surprise to my tastebuds but a very enjoyable drink none the less.

   The overall Bear Bones experience is a fun atmosphere for any off-campus excursion. The drinks are unique and the space is relaxed and fun. I definitely recommend that any 21+ Bobcats who are looking to get off campus but not venture far from campus: visit Bear Bones to have some fun and drink Maine brews created right here in Lewiston!

Sarah McCarthy ‘18: Bates Star Goalkeeper and Avid Film Student

Whether she is on the field saving goals for her soccer team or analyzing films for her senior thesis, Sarah McCarthy ‘18 always puts forth her best effort and is eager to better her academic and athletic abilities.
McCarthy, a Rhetoric major with a concentration in Screen Studies, was recruited for the women’s soccer team her senior year of high school. Even after having played soccer since the seventh grade, coming in as a first-year from Rockville-Centre, New York, McCarthy admits that she was definitely a little timid and had trouble adjusting from her high school and club programs to Bates’ team. Nonetheless, McCarthy, was unexpectedly thrown into a starting role as a first-year, forcing her to immediately break free from her shell. Since her first season as a starting player, McCarthy has flourished as both an athlete and a student.
“McCarthy has become an incredibly vocal leader amongst her teammates,” says head coach Kelsey Ross. “She understands the x’s and o’s of the game and has become a coach on the field which is invaluable in the game of soccer. She isn’t afraid to challenge her teammates – which can be uncomfortable – and that’s a testament to her leadership maturity over the years.”
“Throughout high school I had always loved making a great save. Now, just getting to know my teammates better and having more time to work with Coach Ross, I feel like I have a great relationship with Bates’ team,” McCarthy says. “A big goal for my fellow seniors and I is to just keeping building a solid team dynamic because it is helpful when everybody really wants to work hard for each other. That is what I really appreciated and thrived on as a first-year.”
During her first season on the team, McCarthy started in nine games and made 46 saves. By her sophomore year, she started in goal during all sixteen matches and placed first in the NESCAC in saves with an impressive grand total of 98. Those 98 saves included three shutouts and six wins. Last year, she also started all fifteen games in goal and placed fourth in the NESCAC in saves with a total of 75.
Now a senior captain for the 2017 season, for the first time in her goalkeeping career at Bates, McCarthy has already been named “Bobcat of the Week” and “NESCAC Player of the Week”. These titles were well earned after her tremendous job in goal during the games against Wesleyan University and Williams College on Saturday Sep. 23 and Sunday Sep. 24. During the game against Wesleyan she made a career high of 17 saves and against Williams she did not let in a single goal, marking her third shutout of the season and eighth of her career.
“[McCarthy] has created a standard of intensity in our training and games that separates on versus off-field relationships with her teammates,” Coach Ross says. “On the field she’s the first teammate to get on someone. Off the field she is far more likely to be joking. She’s worked to have quality relationships with her teammates off the field so that is well received by people.”
“I definitely think there is always a little bit of jitter about not want to let the team down,” McCarthy admits. “As goalkeeper for this team my main focus is that I want the opportunity to let all of my teammates shine. To accomplish this, my job is to keep us in the game.”
Off the field, McCarthy can be found watching and writing about films for her senior thesis. After taking a course on race and mid-century media her first year at Bates, she decided that film and television were areas of study that she was passionate about and wanted to pursue further by majoring in Rhetoric with a focus on Screen Studies. McCarthy continued on to take Professor Jon Cavallero’s “Film Theory” and “Constructions of Italian-American Masculinities” courses. She is now working with Professor Cavallero for her senior thesis, studying how 9/11 has shaped representations of Arab-American and Middle Eastern characters in film. She will be focusing on two films: The Siege (1998) and Day of the Falcon (2011).
“Before coming to Bates, I had never really considered the impact that film had on people and how different representations can actually shape people’s ideas,” she says. “Taking these courses I realized how impactful the media is for everyday citizens and I really want to study that further.”
McCarthy translates her leadership abilities and strong work-ethic as a senior-captain and starting soccer goal to her thesis work with Professor Cavallero.
“Jon is really supportive of me as a student and an athlete,” McCarthy says. “During one of our early thesis meetings, the whole department was there and one of the professors came in and was like ‘Hey Bobcat of the Week!’ Then, Jon came in and was like ‘No, it is actually NESCAC Player of the Week, too.’ It was really great.”
“Sarah is such a dedicated and hard-working student,” Cavallaro says. “She has already submitted a couple of chapters for her thesis and I am looking forward to seeing how her thinking evolves throughout the course of the semester.”
After graduation, McCarthy hopes to get a job as a Production Assistant or some sort of Writer’s Assistant. The Director’s Guild Training Program is also on her radar as a potential possibility. Regardless of where she ends up in the film and television industry, she will also be playing soccer recreationally or maybe even coaching part-time.
McCarthy’s next game is Saturday Oct. 7 at Connecticut College. Even if you are unable to make this game, be sure to follow this talented goalkeeper’s season because she is clearly a student-athlete not to be missed. _DSC7561

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