The Bates Student

We’re Not Invinsible: Living with STDs

March 20, 2019

As Bates continues on after Sex Week, it’s important to be aware of how you’re conducting yourself sexually. This is a topic that carries such a heavy stigmatism that I’ve chosen to write this article anonymously. If that in and of itself doesn’t already touch upon how detrimental these disea...

Anonymous: Our Jewish Ahava

November 15, 2018

On October 27, the Jewish community lost 11 of our own. In mourning the tragedy that took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, it’s more important than ever that we understand what it means to be Jewish and what makes the Jewish connection so strong.  It’s natural to assume that religion...

Anonymous: Where are the Jewish Allies at Bates?

November 15, 2018

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting, I found myself shocked, saddened, and angry. Not solely by the event itself, but by the lack of reaction from the non-Jewish community at Bates. Talking to my Jewish friends, they expressed similar sentiments; it was only fellow Jews who were talking about...

Anonymous: For Jews, Wisdom has Always been Central

November 15, 2018

I was initially asked to write a long piece for the Student reflecting on this event as a Jew. I encouraged Bates Hillel to submit individual reflections. For me, representing the Jewish experience at Bates through a singular lens feeds into the harmful concept of Semitic-sameness. In our faith and culture,...

Anonymous: Unacceptable Silence in the Wake of the Tree of Life

November 15, 2018

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...

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