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Dr. Who at the WHO?

Roy Matthews, Assistant Forum Editor

April 13, 2020

Where in the world is the World Health Organization (WHO)? Surely the organization that was instrumental in stopping the spread of Ebola virus across Africa would react swiftly against COVID-19 with its thousands of highly skilled doctors, physicians, and nurses. One would think that the WHO is led by th...

Coronavirus? Like the beer?

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

March 27, 2020

I was recently reminded to look for the comedically-dark silver lining in this pandemic after watching an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants” (judge me, please). Sandy Cheeks, everyone's favorite undersea squirrel, remarked that, “stupidity isn’t a virus, but it sure is spreading like one!” ...

Pete Intrigues Exhausted Voters

November 20, 2019

With the 2020 Elections right around the corner, the Democratic primary is heating up. Lesser known candidates like Tim Ryan and Seth Moulton have dropped out, while other candidates like Kamala Harris focus their resources on Iowa to keep their campaigns afloat. We’ve seen everything from Medicar...

A Coward’s Retreat

November 6, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would pull U.S. troops out of northeast Syria, the previous epicenter of Islamic State’s (IS) extremist caliphate that managed to take over large portions of Syria and Iraq. The U.S. military stressed long ago that IS was not “defe...

Maine’s Bane: Internet Access

October 23, 2019

As college students, we all have a substantial investment in the internet. From everything from finishing that paper exactly two minutes before the submission tab closes on Lyceum to blasting Lizzo on Spotify at 1:00am on Saturday nights. The internet has made our large and diverse world so much smaller, ...

Stop Throwing The South Under The Bus

October 2, 2019

I completely understand. Many people, faculty and students have no love for the right in American politics today. After all, I will be the first to tell you that we deserve whatever is coming in 2020. However, there’s been a troubling hyperbole being pushed inside a classroom here at Bates that I wi...

Beto Hands NRA Biggest Win This Year

September 18, 2019

Last week’s Democratic Debates in Houston, Texas saw several of the candidates strive to show how they were different from one another on anything from healthcare to gun control. One former congressman from Texas, Beto O’Rourke had the strongest and most quotable statement of the night. When a...

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