The Bates Student

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Robbie Montanaro ‘19 and Emma Patterson ‘19: Two senior athletes reflect on their athletic career and experience at Bates

Senior year of college is full of ‘lasts’—last first day, last 80’s, last fall break—and for Bates athletes, also a last game. It is inevitable, but that does not mean that after four years they are anywhere near prepared. The athletes at Bates, just by applying, have made a commitment to both their sport and their academics. And while Bates celebrates its students’ academic achievements with senior thesis, final athletic contests often slip by. In order to break down these final senior moments, I spoke with Robbie Montanaro ’19 and Emma Patterson ’19, of men’s soccer and women’s field hockey respectively.

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Ice Hockey Overcomes Broken Ice Rink

As the both the days and nights start to dip below freezing, and the first snowflakes of the season start to stick, it means that winter is fast approaching. And with winter comes the start of hockey season.

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Talia Regenstein ‘19 on Post Athletics Life

Athletics is a very large part of the Bates community. Tour guides jokingly tell potential students that you could throw a ball in Commons and someone from one of the 30+ varsity teams will be there to catch it. Indeed, over half of Bates students are varsity athletes, and another 10-20 percent are club or intramural athletes.

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A New Wave in Off-Campus Activity

When you think of the surf lifestyle, the Northeast—and Maine—probably is not the first thing you think of. However, surfing at Bates has a substantial following and is only growing.

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How to Naviagate Bates Athletics

The college admissions process can by scary enough, even without the added stress of trying to make a team. For about half of the incoming class of 2022 however, this was a reality. While some were worrying about test scores, gpa and the common app; others tacked on maintaining their plus/minus, fastest time, or number of goals in a season. Why do they choose to do this you ask? I sat down with a few first-year athletes to answer just that.

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Frisbee Teams Fight Rainy and Cold Short Term Weather

The weather forecasts might have finally climbed above 50, but it seems to me that Bates is about to experience another cold front.

Coldfront, the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team is the unofficial spring varsity sport. So far this year the A team has a record of 18-1, winning a bid to Nationals in a few weeks in Rockford, Illinois. They also won sectionals, came second at regionals and won the New England Open. Arguably, they’ve been the team with the most wins this season.

But beyond their athletic accomplishments, Coldfront also has a team dynamic unlike any other.

First of all, there are no cuts. In the fall, both A and B teams practice, socialize, and play together, forming a broad community that isn’t separated by skill. Teams are determined in the spring, and even then each player has the choice to try out for either A or B. This promotes leadership, unity and a bond that you can actually see. Upon sitting down with a table of frisbee players this week, the closeness of the team was very clear to me. I couldn’t differentiate between who plays for which team. Yet even if you aren’t on the frisbee team, it’s hard not to take notice.

Frisbee grabs your attention all over campus. First at the activity fair, covered in glitter and tutu’s — what one member properly called “ridiculous flair” — throwing around a frisbee and blasting music. Then on Garc on Friday afternoons, yelling so loud I can hear them from the Puddle. This flair is the culmination of the personalities of everyone on the team; quiet, loud, first-year or senior, cat or dog lover. It is a representation of the culture of the team, and reminds everyone to have fun and not take things too seriously. And that seems to have worked out in their favor.

“I have played high level soccer all my life, and yet have never been on a team that is so competitive,” says Annie Boyer ‘21.

If you didn’t already believe me, here are some more examples.

There is always something going on for the team. Whether it be some of the best themed parties you’ve ever seen, apple picking at Wallingford’s Fruit House, pasta dinners or simply making a ruckus in commons, these girls are genuinely friends.

“It’s been an incredible experience to be a part of such an inclusive and supportive team, especially as a first year and I’m really looking forward to seeing this program continue to grow throughout my time at Bates,” says Liz Casey ‘21, who plays on the A team.

Jamie Siegart ‘21,  who plays on the B team couldn’t agree more.

“My favorite part of Coldfront is that we are one big family, regardless of if you are on A or B team” Siegart says. “Everyone seriously cares about each other and wants you to be the best player that you can be. You can come onto the team with no prior frisbee experience at all and are welcomed with open arms and smiling faces. Joining frisbee was the best decision I’ve made thus far at Bates.”

Although a club level sport, they are led by confident and extraordinary captains at both team levels. But above everything else, the succeed because everyone on the team cares.

“The program is driven more by people on the team than by the school so we can define and create what we want as a team and as a culture,” says Adair Andre ‘18.

Input is important, every members opinion matters, and that shows through the time they spend together (as well as team meetings, strategy conversations, surveys).

I could go on and on, but I suggest you see for yourself and keep up with Coldfront’s success at Nationals the week of May 19.

Why a Canadian Team Needs to Win the Stanley Cup

I know, I know, at this point you’ve probably scoffed and switched to reading a different article, but hear me out.

When you think of Hockey, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? A toothless Hoser in a tattered Canadiens jersey just playing a little pond hockey with some Timmies and an ice cold Molson.

Personally, I can name 20 of my high school classmates that fit that bill.

Yes, there it is: I am Canadian. But I assure you that, just because our money looks like it came straight out of a game of Monopoly, doesn’t mean I can’t give my two cents (pay no attention to the fact that Canada also no longer has pennies…). All jokes aside, while Canada is often synonymous with Hockey, no Canadian team has won a Stanley Cup in 23 years.

In 2016, not a single Canadian team made the playoffs.

The Montreal Canadians have won the most Stanley Cups in history (24), but haven’t made it past the first round of playoffs in the last three years, and haven’t won a cup since 1993. It’s still too soon for me to talk about the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Bruins in 2011, or as my Grade Six teacher called it at the time, “The Choke of the Century.” The Flames have missed out on a playoff bid for two of the last three years, and up until 2014 hadn’t won a playoff game in ten years. Edmonton had high hopes when they acquired Connor McDavid, now the youngest captain in NHL history, but, last year, made the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. Ottawa has had such a bad year that the owner threatened to move the team. The Jets haven’t been much different, only making two playoff appearances since relocating in 2011, with this year marking their first playoff series win in franchise history. And with the Leafs’ tough loss to the Bruins last Wednesday, the city of Toronto will mark its 50th year without winning a Stanley Cup.

So why does Canada — the country which is credited with inventing the sport — consistently have such a hard time reaching a post-season series? I could go on about that for pages and pages. But as nice as it would be to finally get a win in what essentially is Canada’s national sport, there is another reason why this is Canada’s year.

I was sitting in the Den watching the pre-game report on last Wednesday’s Bruins – Maple Leafs game seven, and I saw on the b-roll a sign that said, “Toronto Strong.” In the wake of the attack by a man who plowed into a crowd killing 10 and injuring 14 two days before, Toronto really needed a win. They fought hard, and it was a fair game, the Leafs were simply outplayed. But after what feels like a never ending series of mass deaths in Canada in the last few weeks, Canadians need something to place their faith in again. The entire National Hockey League, and the entire country, has united in their support for the Humboldt Broncos, the SJHL team that was involved in a 16 fatality crash earlier this month. But it is the neighboring province’s Winnipeg Jets that have become a symbol of the strength and resilience for which hockey players are known. The same could be said for plenty of other teams; e.g. the Tampa Bay Lightning in the wake of the Parkland Shooting. But in a league that has come to rely so much on young prospects, overshadowed by the fact that 10 young players with dreams of winning a Cup will never get there, maybe the Winnipeg Jets can restore the Canadian faith and win it for the Humboldt Broncos.


Men’s Lax Dominates Endicott College

It was an outstanding week for Bates’ men’s lacrosse team. Coming off a tough loss versus Williams, the Bobcats headed into a non-conference matchup versus the Endicott College Gulls with redemption on their mind.

The Gulls came out strong, putting four goals up, before senior captain Clarke Jones ’18 netted a goal with two minutes left in the first quarter off an assist from Brendan Mullally ’20. Endicott responded a minute later, putting the Gulls up 5-1 at the end of the first. The Bobcats would not go down without a fight, scoring in the second at 14:07 by way of senior captain Burke Smith ’18, and again a minute later by Matt Chlastawa ’20.

Halfway through the second, Bates had tied it up, thanks to goals by Matt Kelleher ’19 and Jones. It was scoreless for another four minutes. Then, Chlastawa found Jones for a nice goal to put Bates ahead by one. Less than thirty seconds later, Peyton Weatherbie ’21 scored his first career goal off an assist by Sean Clark ’20, bringing Bates up 7-5.

Endicott responded quickly with one more. However, another from Mullally sealed the second quarter up, with Bates sitting at eight to Endicott’s six after being down by four at the end of the last quarter. The Bobcats never trailed again for the remainder of the game.

The teams traded goals all the way through the third, but the Bobcats never relented. Jones put a pair on the board with eleven minutes left. The Gulls fought for two more at nine minutes left, but Kelleher responded a minute later off of Chlastawa. Endicott didn’t score for the rest of the game. Jack Scribner ’21 put another one up with five minutes left, and Chlastawa threw in one more for good measure. The Bobcats took the win with a final score of 15-10.

“After last Saturday’s loss, the team knew that we weren’t going to be given anything, especially in a conference like the NESCAC,” says Peyton Weatherbie ‘21. “That is why Tuesday’s game was important for us. It was important for us to get back to our fundamentals and get back in the win column. Now that out of conference play is over, we know that every game is a playoff game, and we are excited to take advantage of every chance we get to show other teams in our conference what we can do.”

That proved to be sound advice, as the Bobcats dominated in an away game versus the Hamilton College Continentals. Bates came exploding out of the gate, winning the face off and scoring the first goal of the match within the first minute by Curtis Knapton ’20. Bates scored two more before a response from the Continentals, an unassisted goal from senior captain Jones, and then one more from Chlastawa assisted by Parker Strong ’18.

Jones and Chlastawa are currently tied at the top of the conference with 33 goals, with Chlastawa topping the NESCAC with 59 points and Jones at a close second with 47 points. Bates responded to Hamilton’s only tally of the game with two more shots by Mullally and Chlastawa at 3:42, just shy of the last minute of the game.

The Continentals pulled out one more with just 26 seconds to go in the first quarter. The second quarter was completely dominated by the Bobcats, with Jones scoring back-to-back goals in the twelfth minute. Add to that one more by Knapton, Scribner’s first of the game and another for Chlastawa, and the score was 10-2 at halftime. Hamilton came back in the game after the break, putting up four goals and leaving Bates scoreless up until nearly the fifth minute. Jones and Chlastawa teamed up for one, which Hamilton quickly retaliated. The duo quickly put up two more to close out the third, first by Jones unassisted, then a buzzer beater by Chlastawa fed by Jones.

Bates extended their lead in the fourth to seal the deal, outscoring Hamilton 6-2, with goals from Dahnique Brown-Jones ’19, a pair by Mullally, one more from Chlastawa/Jones, one from Andrew Small ’19, and the first career goal by James Gruver ’21.

“It was a really fun and exciting game. Getting another NESCAC win means a lot to everybody on the team and is something we will absolutely build off of. I think we all are excited to keep proving what we are capable of this season and are working hard to keep moving forward,” says Drew Collins ’20.


An Interview with a Bates Alumnae: Abigail Abbott ’17

Sure, it’s posted on the face of every Bates brochure; job outcomes after graduation from Bates College are near perfect. A staggering 99.5% of the class of 2017 reported being settled. But do we actually see this affect back on campus? In my experience, yes. I sat down with Abigail Abbott ’17, an Education Fellow at the Bates Museum to discuss just that.

Bates Student (BS): First, could you tell me a little about your position and how you came to land in it?

Abby Abbott (AA): As an Education Fellow at the Museum, I work with Anthony Shostak who is the Education Curator, and I help him with all the educational programming that we do here at the museum. I help him with all the outreach to local K-12 schools, for example at Auburn Middle School we go in and do week-long printmaking workshops, and we’ll also offer workshops throughout the school year here at Bates. That’s one part of my job, and then I also work on reaching out to Bates students. I am trying to figure out ways to get students more involved with and more aware of the Museum. We have done things like holding a paint night or printmaking workshops, in hopes that it will sort of ‘spread the word’ about what we offer here and how the Museum works for Bates students. I also manage the Museum’s Instagram account, and we will have professors bring in their classes to look at works from our permanent collection. There are many different facets to this position and things that I am kind of tapping into.

I came across this job…I think I might have seen it when I was applying for different positions my senior year. I figured it would be a good fit for me, a good post-Bates job (even though I’m still here), something to kind of transition from being a student to learning about the arts and learning about education and other jobs within a museum, and it has been very helpful thinking of what I want to do long-term.

BS: So when you came to Bates, what was your thinking for your career path?

AA: I did a lot of back and forth. When I first came to Bates I knew that I loved art, and then I took a few education classes and I really loved that, so I was thinking about ways to merge the two, but then I was also a psych major, and that also came into play. I was starting to lean more towards doing research about well-being and then I realized that art was my passion and I really enjoyed sharing that with other people, whether that was through teaching or producing my own art. I wanted to be in a position that allowed me to explore different opportunities in both fields. I am still struggling with figuring out what path I want to go down, but you never know what opportunities will arise so you just have to be open minded.

BS: Ok now a couple fun questions, what was your favorite class that you took as a student here?

AA: Oooh that’s tough there are so many! I have two favorites. One that led me down the route of education was “Perspectives on Education” with Mara (Prof. Mara Tieken), she’s an incredible teacher, and I learned a lot from her. The other one would be, I’m forgetting the exact name of it, but it is with Professor David Cummiskey, Philosophy of Health I think. That one was incredible because you learned about how different cultures approach health care and it’s so different from everything I was studying in art.

BS: Okay two more favorites, favorite work of art and favorite thing in Commons?

AA: Oh my gosh, I have so many. I feel like it always changes for me. A consistent favorite is Edgar Degas, some of his pastels are just incredible. The artist that I am working on an exhibition for right now, Dahlov Ipcar, is amazing too. She has these incredible paintings with geometric patterns and animals that she basically painted from her imagination. Commons…just everything. One of my favorite desserts is the chocolate no bake cookies — so good. I also love the nuggets that they do. Oh and I miss the omelet bar, I wish I could have that back in my life!






Men’s Lax Goes Viral

This week proved to be rather eventful for the men’s lacrosse team.

Coming in hot off a NESCAC win last Saturday, the Bobcats took to the field on Tuesday, March 20, in a non-conference matchup against Keene State.

The ‘Cats established a lead early on, ending the first quarter up 4-1. Curtis Knapton ‘20 got Bates up on the board first, followed by one from Clarke Jones ‘18, and then two later in the quarter from Max Breschi ‘18 and Jack Scribner ‘18.

The second quarter started off with a bang, when Matt Chlastawa ‘20 scored three times in the first five minutes. He rounded off the game with seven goals and three assists, but the action really got started in the third quarter. Brendan Mullally ‘20 showed up with a hat trick in the third, but it was one goal in particular that garnered attention. With a nice behind-the-back feed from Chlastawa, Mullally pulled off an amazing behind-the-back goal. So amazing in fact, that the play made the SportsCenter top ten of the week, topping up the list at number one.

“I saw the #sctop10 on the Bates Instagram, but I wasn’t expecting to make it, much less number one. It’s just a testament to Aaron Morse and all the hard work he has done for the marketing of Bates Athletics,” says Chlastawa. “I didn’t believe it at first, and it was cool to see a Bates highlight along with two other lacrosse highlights. I think it’s great for Bates as well as the lacrosse community as a whole.”

Bates finished off the game with five goals scored in the last quarter, including the final 21st by Devin Russell ’21, the first of his career. “It was great to see the team really come together and start to play towards our potential. The atmosphere was electric,” Russell says.

That electric atmosphere continued on Saturday, March 24, when the ‘Cats met the Williams College Ephs at home to an energetic crowd. However, a filled home stadium wasn’t enough to push the team to a win, with the Eph’s coming out on top 17-8. The Ephs set the precedent early on in the first, but the Bobcats fought hard and, after essentially matching Williams point for point, managed to tie it up by the end of the second quarter. Even though Bates put up 44 shots, Williams matched exactly that and took off in the second half of the game. The Ephs put two on the board in the first two minutes of play in the third, and never trailed after that. Bates put up two more goals, one in each of the last two quarters, scored by Clarke Jones ‘18 and Curtis Knapton ‘20 respectively. The Ephs sealed the deal in the fourth, scoring five goals in response to Knapton. Despite the loss, senior captain Clarke Jones put up four goals, and goalie Rob Strain ‘20 put up an impressive wall to a barrage of tough shots from the Ephs.

“Tuesday was a great team win. We had 14 members of the team tally points, so it was really nice to see representation from a large portion of the squad,” says Will Haskell ‘21. “It was an unfortunate loss on Saturday, but it does show us that we do have a lot to learn, and that the NESCAC is a hard conference and not always to expect a win, but it was amazing to see the turnout. It always adds more energy to the game.”


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