The Bates Student

Interview with Maine Oncologist Dr. G. Richard Polkinghorn

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

April 13, 2020

With the emergence of the novel coronavirus, we have learned much about the selfless and valiant efforts of frontline medical professionals in the fields of emergency medicine and primary care. What we have discussed less, however, are the ways in which physicians in other fields have been affected by th...

Student, Faculty Concerns Prompt Pass/Fail Option

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 25th, Bates has moved to implement an optional pass/fail policy for the remainder of the winter semester as a means of adjusting academic expectations in response to the emergence of COVID-19 and remote learning. The policy, which was communicated by Dean of the Faculty Malcolm ...

“NESCAC Champs”: Nobody Wins

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

When I was in the first grade, I got sick with what everyone – including my pediatrician – thought was a bad cold. I was told to drink eight Dixie Cups worth of Gatorade a day, but weeks passed and I became virtually incapicated by severe flu-like symptoms. One day, I woke up with – unbeknownst...

Is Bates Ready for COVID-19?

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is caused by the severe acute respiratory system coronavirus 2, has stoked panic into the globe’s social fabrics, political systems, and markets. The disease, first recorded in Wuhan, China, may cause severe respiratory distress and has been shown to b...

Coding Club Aims to Fill in Curriculum Gaps

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

February 26, 2020

Bates Coding Club – which stands today at only two months old – was born out of necessity. The club, which appeals to programmers and non-programmers alike through weekly all-level coding sessions, aims to provide Bates students a survey-level knowledge of coding that, its co-presidents Kenza Nad...

Remembering Kobe’s Cool

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

February 5, 2020

I’ve felt, to varying degrees, painfully uncool my entire life. There is perhaps no period in one’s life where being uncool feels as painfully acute as it does in middle school. A modern rendering of Dante’s Inferno could be easily substituted for a simple description of the seventh grade. In ...

Annual MLK Debate Sparks Deep Reflection

James Macdonald/ Bates Student

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

January 22, 2020

As part of its lengthy program of events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Bates College hosts its annual Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mays Debate comprised of students from its own debate team and those from Morehouse College, the alma mater of King himself. The debate connects the two institutions together t...

Africans in Academia: A Faculty Discussion

November 20, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 15 the Bates African Club produced a roundtable discussion entitled “Africans in Academia”, which hosted Professors Patrick Otim and Abraham Asfaw as speakers. The professors discussed their journeys into he academy as East African scholars. Otim, who is an Assistant Professor a...

Nicholas Eaton ‘20 Shares Visions for Fall Concert

October 23, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 16, Bates will welcome rapper and songwriter Bryce Vine to headline its annual Fall Concert, supported by rock band Manwolves. I spoke with Nicholas Eaton ‘20, Fall Concert co-director for the Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB), to discuss his vision for the event and the proce...

Cory Booker In Portland, Greets The Student

September 18, 2019

Full Disclosure: Polkinghorn gained access to this event through a family donation. This article does not endorse any particular candidate. On Saturday, September 7, United States senator from New Jersey and presidential candidate Cory Booker departed from the usual New Hampshire and Iowa circuits to p...

Students Present Their Work at the Mount David Summit

Students Present Their Work at the Mount David Summit

April 3, 2019

The annual Mount David Summit allows Bates students—particularly seniors who have completed their theses—to present research, academic, and artistic work to the Bates community at large. This Friday, Pettengill was teeming with students, parents, and faculty members trying to catch a glance at the n...

Moore ‘21 on Writing a Philosophy Book

March 20, 2019

On any given summer night at roughly 1:00 in the morning, you are apt to find Shane Moore ‘21 at the Portland Denny’s typing furiously on his computer. At this establishment, says Shane, is where he and his high school friend Gus wrote a sizeable portion of their six month long project—a 325 pa...

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