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“Bringing Bates to You” Helps Bridge the Gap to Prospective and Admitted Students

Vanessa Paolella and Jackson Elkins

April 22, 2020

While much about the next few months is uncertain, we can be sure that regardless as to whether classes are still online by then or not, there will be a new school year come September. With every new school year comes a new first-year class, and this year’s, the Class of 2024, faces an unprecedented...

Commencement and Reunion Weekend Cancelled amid COVID-19 Concerns

Class of 2019 Marshals Katharine Gaillard and Michael Driscal Jr. lead the procession of newly graduated seniors at Commencement last year.

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

April 6, 2020

Bates officially announced the cancellation of both Commencement and Reunion Weekend today as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in the U.S. While this move is not unexpected, it is a disappointment for the seniors, parents and alumni who were still holding out hope.   Graduation was planned to be held May 31 and Reunion, June 12-14. Instead, President Clayto...

Perla Figuereo ’21 Makes BCSG History as the First Woman of Color Elected President

President-elect Perla Figuereo ’21 (right) and Vice President -elect Lebanos Mengistu ’21 (left).

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

April 3, 2020

The Bates College Student Government (BCSG) released the results of the 50th BCSG election last week, naming Perla Figuereo ’21 and Lebanos Mengistu ’21 as the next President and Vice President of the 2020-21 assembly. The Bates Student has confirmed that Figuereo will be the first woman of color to...

Fulbright Program Suspended as Bates Alums Scramble to Return Home

Fulbright Program Suspended as Bates Alums Scramble to Return Home

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

March 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated two weeks ago, daily life in America and in many countries around the world abruptly changed. In a matter of days, sporting events were cancelled, colleges and universities closed, and stringent travel bans put into place. As challenging as these changes may have ...

Jack Allard ‘16 in Critical Condition during Battle with COVID-19

Jack Allard ‘16 in Critical Condition during Battle with COVID-19

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

March 23, 2020

Last Updated: March 26, 1:25 p.m. UPDATE [3-26-20]: Jack has been flown to the hospital at UPenn. His oxygen levels continue to rise, and when his liver function is within a normal range, he will be able to begin treatment. 2016 Bates alum and two-time All-American lacrosse athlete Jac...

Student Government Updates

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

February 26, 2020

The Bates College Student Government (BCSG) has continued to pursue new initiatives and organize events for the benefit of the student body into the second part of the academic year. Below is a brief summary of BCSG’s activities during the first half of the winter semester. Upcoming Elections General...

Water Outage Interrupts Everyday Routines

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

February 26, 2020

Last Monday, an unexpected water outage in numerous buildings on campus surprised members of the Bates community. The shutdown, running from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 24, occurred as the Water and Sewage division of Lewiston Public Works (LPW) replaced a broken water main along Central Ave....

Athlete Spotlight: Cal Schrupp ‘23

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

February 26, 2020

This year, Bates Ski led off the season with a strong start, finishing sixth out of 15 teams at the Harvard Carnival, eighth out of 15 at the UVM carnival and seventh out of 15 at the Colby Carnival. First-years have been paramount to the success of the Nordic teams during the 2020 season, especially...

Hedge Closure Disrupts Campus Life

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

February 5, 2020

An isolated sprinkler malfunction in the basement of Hedge Hall resulted in the closure of the academic building for ten days, beginning Jan. 19. Professors, events and classes were displaced while the water damage was assessed and repairs were made. This incident occurred the day before the MLK obse...

Bates College Student Government Asks the Hard Questions on Tuition Hikes

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

January 22, 2020

Last Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Bates College Student Government (BCSG) welcomed Bates Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer Geoffrey Swift to their first meeting of the winter semester to discuss the bane of Bates–the rising cost of tuition. While this is an issue affecting j...

Nordic Skiing Begins Season on the Right Foot at Harvard Carnival

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

January 22, 2020

On Jan. 17-18 the Bates Nor- dic Ski teams kicked off the competitive season with the Harvard Carnival held in Craftsbury, Vt. The Bobcats placed sixth out of 15 teams with a combined Nordic and Alpine score of 420 points. The Harvard Carnival was originally supposed to take place at the Dublin XC S...

New Coach, New Courts, New Season: Bates Squash crushes Vassar, leaves with split results at Bowdoin

November 20, 2019

The Men’s and Women’s Squash teams opened the 2019-20 season this past week with mixed results; the women won against both Bowdoin (7-2) and Vassar (9-0), however the men lost a tight match at Bowdoin (5-4), dropping their previously held 29-match winning streak against the Polar Bears. The next d...

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