Something terrible happened in my 100’s-level politics class. Going over news stories from the weekend, the professor asked for a student to give the headline, the impact, and how we felt about it. Silence followed. In a class of 40, no one stuck their neck out to give voice to what happened. The students in the class knew what happened, but collectively made a decision towards silence. This scenario is what allows for the rhetoric which invites violence to continue– when the educated choose not to speak out. If willed ignorance is what happens in a politics class which demands discussion, then silence is what rules outside of class. This is not an issue that Jewish students must speak out against– Pittsburgh is not a Jewish lesson to learn. It’s the burden of our community to break that silence, and that is not happening now.
Upon returning to Bates in the fall of 2018, I found an email from Professor Engel sitting in my inbox. “Dear politics majors,” it read, “the department is hosting a welcome back reception in the Muskie Archives Garden. Besides getting a chance to have ice cream with us, you can meet some faculty new to […]
The 2018 midterms will be a time of many firsts for members of our community. For the freshly minted eighteen-year-olds, November 6 marks the inaugural day in their long, exciting journey as American voters. For the seasoned ballot-casters among us, this is the first opportunity to partake in a referendum on Trump’s presidency.
In the last week, many of you have no doubt heard of some troubling news: Bates’ annual cost of attendance (including tuition, room, and board) has gone up to more than $71,000 a year. This situates us comfortably among the most expensive private universities in the country, right next to schools several times our population […]