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Abolish Bates (Sort of….)

May 1, 2019

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 s...

Lost Amidst an Electronic Smokescreen

Lost Amidst an Electronic Smokescreen

April 3, 2019

For a quick author’s disclaimer, this article is a prime example of self-plagiarism: I originally submitted this essay for a French class. Imagine this: it’s a Friday night, you’re dressed to impress with all your friends making your way down to a dorm pre-game. But despite the comradery an...

Our Lick It

March 20, 2019

The experiences of queer students at Bates are multifaceted, diverse, and vibrant. They work in every field of study and organization on campus. Our community dresses from high couture queens to thrift shop sissies. Queer students express their sexualities and identities in a myriad of ways through ...

Between the Scenes of Satire

February 13, 2019

In the first years of the Trump Presidency, late-night comedians and TV shows often make headlines for mocking the president and his ragtag administration of wannabe autocrats. In one corner you have Alec Baldwin’s cruddy impression of Trump lamenting the Mueller investigation with the rest of the Sa...

Acceptance, Not Tolerance

January 30, 2019

“Political polarization” is often used as shorthand for the worsening state of politics in the United States. It’s simply assumed to be negative in connotation and in real life. Well, it isn’t. Politics is not a race towards bipartisanship; it is about survival and justice, and there are many inst...

A Thesis Critiquing… Thesis

January 16, 2019

As is a mandatory right-of-passage for all seniors, I completed my senior thesis for my Politics major last December. Since deliberating in February 2018, I had gone through several iterations of my thesis question, read at least several hundred pages of articles and books, and ended up with sixty-six...

Roses Need to Start Sprouting

November 28, 2018

This past Midterm cycle, Democrats made massive gains all across the country. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Sharice Davids; all Democrats, all women of color, with Omar being Muslim and Davids being queer, all notably further to the left than Democrats of years past. Eve...

White Colonial Amnesia

November 7, 2018

This administration, and the American people at large, have time and again shown that they hate immigrants of color. Trump’s administration has boisterously supported banning refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and, more recently, Honduras and Central America. The president recently announce...

Pondering Free Speech at Bates

Pondering Free Speech at Bates

November 8, 2017

Across the country students, professors, pundits, and politicians are arguing what does and what does not to constitute free speech, as well as what official stances universities should take on the matter. Bates College, however, is not shying away from these tense yet important topics. On Wednesday Novembe...

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