The Bates Student

President Clayton Spencer Voices Her Vision for 2018-19 and Beyond

President Clayton Spencer dicusses her goals for Bates during the 2019-19 academic year. 
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Sarah Rothmann, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

September is always a hectic month at Bates College. New and returning students are settling into their dorms, classes, sports, and clubs. Faculty and staff are prepping for courses and campus events. Ultimately, everybody is transitioning from the relaxing summer months to a bustling start to the fall...

PLOTting for a Sustainable Future

PLOTting for a  Sustainable Future

Margy Schueler, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018

Chances are, if you’ve visited the vegan or salad bar in Commons since classes have started, you’ve been fortunate enough to sample produce from the newly instated Bates Garden. Located just west of campus off Russell Street, it’s a quick walk to the 1.6-acre plot. In one year, the garden has gone...

Foreign Language T.A. Spotlight: Alina Popova

Popova adjusts to Bates life while teaching. 
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Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

September 19, 2018

Last year, The Student ran a column highlighting the invaluable work done by foreign language teaching assistants. This week I spoke to Alina Popova, the new teaching assistant for the Russian department. When learning a difficult language like Russian, students stress the importance of a teaching...

Commons Napkin Board Artist Eludes All

Commons Napkin Board Artist Eludes All

Abigail Kany, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018

If you’ve ever found yourself shuffling through the dish return line amidst the post-12 o’clock lunch rush—AKA the great exeunt of Commons—you’ve probably entertained yourself by reading the fresh and quirky “Napkin Board” along the wall. Cheryl Lacey, head of dining operations at the...

There’s Something About Rom Coms

Professor Rubin discusses the role of sexual violence in Romantic Comedies.
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Christina Perrone, Editor in Chief

September 19, 2018

On Wednesday Sept. 13, 2018, Professors Sue Langdon of the Psychology Department and Josh Rubin of the Anthropology Department held a lunch discussion centering on gender roles and sexual violence in romantic comedies, or “rom coms.” The discussion is the first in a year-long grant series of monthly...

Mock Campaigns Kick Off at Bates

Mock Campaigns Kick Off at Bates

Georgina Scoville, Design Editor

September 19, 2018

At noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, students approached Commons to find it transformed. A podium, an American flag, and a golden retriever replaced the typical spattering of penny boards and scooters. Max Gardner ‘20 stood at the center of the display, announcing his intention to run as a Democratic candidate...

80s: Do the Right Thing

One of several “80s” items left behind on Saturday Sept. 15. 
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Christopher Hassan, Managing Forum Editor

September 19, 2018

Since the moment I stepped on campus as a first-year, the 80s dance was instantly infamous amongst current students. “80s Weekend” is, for many first-years, the first big initiation into the party life at Bates. We all can recount our AESOP leaders making small talk during our trips and hyping up...

Kaepernick and Capitalism

Kaepernick and Capitalism

Eben Cook, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018

For those who have somehow missed the headlines from the past couple of weeks, Nike’s new campaign honoring its 30th anniversary of their slogan — “Just Do It” — features Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback infamous for kneeling during the national anthem in order to protest racism,...

The Power of Separation

“IF YOU WANT TO BE YOURSELF, EAT HERE.”
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Kyle Larry, Managing Forum Editor

September 19, 2018

“The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.” This quote by Dorothy Day highlights how, legally, people have the ability to be in the same space with people who come from backgrounds different from their own. However, due to societal hierarchies, not everyone has...

Republicanism Under Trump

Republicanism Under Trump

Nick Morgoshia, Assistant Forum Editor

September 19, 2018

With President Trump in office, it does not get better until it gets worse. Every time we find ourselves thinking the apogee of indecency, hotheadedness, and disregard for the truth has been reached, Mr. Trump rises to the challenge and proves us wrong. While the mainstream GOP leaders would certainly...

Ted Burns on His Album “Atlantic”

Ted Burns on His Album “Atlantic”

Tricia Crimmins, Managing Arts Editor

September 19, 2018

On Friday Sept. 12, I had a chance to chat with Ted Burns ‘19 who released his most recent album, “Atlantic,” this past summer. Burns makes music under the name “Short Shorts,” his musical persona. Burns explained his motivations for creating Atlantic, his creative process, and what he plans...

My INDOMITABLE Spirit

Anonymous, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018

There I was at the podium, ready to present as the first speaker in my state wide debate championship. But this debate was not just about a 10 minute moment in time; this journey totally challenged my perception of myself and how I viewed the world around me. It lit a fire that has been burning down...

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