Protest as Pedagogy: Social Movements in Latin America Class tries experiential learning

On October 2, a gaggle of loud Bates students could be heard cheering for immigrant rights and hoisting up posters outside of Commons. The content of the protest — given the fact that the news cycle that Tuesday was almost exclusively centered around Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination — seemed like a slightly abrupt […]


Finding Silence

Coming onto a college campus amongst the lively, energetic environment of orientation, the experience of freshmen is unlike any other. Everyone is excited to introduce themselves and make friends; orientation is marked with a substantial increase in the number of times eye contact turns into small talk.


Who is Security Really For?

On Oct. 12, 2018, the Bates Community organized a panel with security personnel to address the toxic relationship between students of color and security. The crux of the issue is security approached the students in John Bertram Hall in an unruly manner by violating their personal space and shouting profanities such as “f*** you” when […]


Calling for a Calling-In Culture: Bates reflects on Kavanaugh appointment

On October 5, Senator Susan Collins voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, a vote that ultimately decided his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Two days before her decision, Collins received an open letter signed by faculty, administration, and staff members of higher education institutions around Maine: 84 of the signatories were from Bates.


Tara Ellard ‘22 of Women’s Cross Country Discusses Her Experience as a Stand-Out First Year Runner

As a first-year, I have only been on the women’s cross country team for a little over two months, but it didn’t take me any time at all to realize what a talented, strong group of women they are. Their stellar results will speak for themselves, but what they won’t show you is how much […]


Don’t Vote in Lewiston, Unless…

Full disclaimer for those wondering: yes, I am registered to vote in Lewiston, and yes, I will almost definitely be voting in this city come November 6, 2018. For those of you who know me well, this article may come as a surprise. I’ve spent each year at Bates lunging towards people entering Commons to […]


Climate Change on Maine Gulf Coast

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared its next climate assessment and Brett Kavanaugh edged closer to the Supreme Court, conservationists in Maine came together on October 3 to celebrate the positives in what has been a difficult year for environmental protection.


Our Referendum

While most people like to believe that a majority of students on this campus are doing their civic duty to participate in democracy, the reality is not so ideal. In the 2016 Presidential Election, according to the NSLV Campus Report, 755 Batesies voted, and 1,231 people registered out of the 1,734 people who were eligible […]