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Thinking About More Than Just the Students

Skye Brown, Assistant Forum Editor

March 25, 2020

I got the notification during my 9:30 chemistry lecture. My professor had just put us into groups at the boards and he asked us to solve a problem. I couldn’t even focus on what the problem was, because I saw one person after another pulling out their phones, showing them to others around them and...

What Happened to the OIE?

Skye Brown, Assistant Forum Editor

March 11, 2020

“We have to fight for space for us to exist” - Topher Castaneda ‘20 “We have to pull our weight, it is not enough to have our presence in the classes at Bates, we need to be present in everything” - Bates Student “There is a history of where Bates treat the faculty members as valued...

“Hello, Bates, It’s Me… Remember?”

Skye Brown, Assistant Forum Editor

February 5, 2020

After the state of Maine and Bates recognized Indigenous People’s Day, I believed the conversation was going to continue...it didn’t. Months later, the event just became another post on Bates’s social media and was shelved away. After much dust has settled on the importance of that day, the issues...

A Brief History Lesson: Stop Whitewashing Chai

November 20, 2019

Located on Frye Street and in the Ross House lies the unspoken treasure of Bates: Le Ronj. The Ronj, established in 1997, is a student-run coffeehouse dedicated to satisfying the caffeine needs of Bates’ students, faculty, and any wandering stranger. You can expect after you walk in, to be greeted ...

Spooky or Offensive? The True Horror is Culturally Appropriated Halloween Costumes

November 6, 2019

Spooky season! Carving pumpkins, sipping the seasonal coffee flavors, and putting on a costume as someone other than yourself. It seems that on one night of the year, people can dress up however they want, and no one can have an opinion about it…wrong! In regards to how open people are about wearin...

Respecting, Recognizing, and Restoring Indigenous Rights

October 23, 2019

What does it mean to be a modern, indigenous person today? How am I supposed to dress, act, speak, even breathe like a Native? These thoughts have lingered on my mind for as long as I can remember and were especially highlighted on Monday, Oct. 14. Holding sorrow, anger, and violence but also pride, h...

Bobkittens Taking Their First Steps in the World

September 18, 2019

This section is meant to illustrate the transition of college through a first-year’s eye. This perspective is unapologetically truthful, funny, serious, brutal, hysterical, happy, all of which are common to feel in college at one point or another. Whether that be navigating Commons during peak hours, ...

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