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Lana del Rey’s newest album is less dialed back than “Chemtrails over the Country Club” and is the closest peak yet to her best album “Norman Fucking Rockwell.”

“Blue Banisters” Has Nothing on “NFR!,” but It Tops “Chemtrails”

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor November 17, 2021

On Oct. 22, Lana Del Rey released her second studio album of the year, “Blue Banisters.” Overall, it’s less dialed back than her previous album, “Chemtrails over the Country Club,” but it lacks...

An Ode to Taylor Swift

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor November 17, 2021

Taylor Swift is someone who needs no introduction. A household name, she is one of the most successful and well-known artists of our time. My generation has grown up with her, experiencing each and every...

The Robinson Players presented their annual one acts festival this past weekend, featuring four plays directed by students.

Robinson Players One-Act Festival Is a Success

Maple Buescher, Contributing Writer November 10, 2021

This past weekend, the Bates College Robinson Players brought a joyful celebration of student theater to the stage in the form of their annual One-Act Festival. The festival, which ran from Nov. 5 to 7...

Netflix’s “Maid” stars Margaret Qualley as Alex, a single mother fleeing her emotionally abusive husband who finds work as a maid. The show explores domestic violence and the cycle of poverty in a rewrite of traditional “underdog” formulas.

Netflix’s “Maid” and the Catch-22 of American Poverty

Anastasia Fowler, Contributing Writer November 10, 2021

Trigger warning: mention of domestic violence and abuse. The underdog story is a powerful one. An archetypal use of pathos, the underdog story succeeds as audiences empathize and identify with struggling...

The Bates Student spoke with the administration, BESO Organizing Committee, and union-eligible employees to learn more about their positions on the labor organizing.

The Top 10 Over and Underrated Items in Commons

Robby Haynos, Assistant Arts & Leisure Editor November 10, 2021

Commons is as full of hits as it is full of misses. We all know what’s good. Chicken nuggets. Vegan Pad Thai. Sundae Sunday. But everyone can use some more stuff to be excited about. Venture out of your...

The newest edition of the Far Cry franchise involves working to free Yara from the clutches of authoritarian dictator Anton Castillo, voiced by Giancarlo Esposito (back).

Sometimes, the Same Is a Good Thing: A Far Cry 6 Review

Robby Haynos, Assistant Arts & Leisure Editor November 3, 2021

In the era of COVID-19, I feel like life switches up on me every six seconds or so. It’s exhausting. One minute I’m lying on the beach in flip flops and no mask, next thing I know I’m being tested...

Professor of French Kirk Read, guest artist Destini Stewart and Jenna Perry ‘25 perform from Kirsten Greenidge’s “Luck of the Irish,” directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Cliff Odle.

Odle’s “Luck of the Irish” Brings a Different Black Story to the Stage

Olivia Dimond, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor November 3, 2021

Last Thursday, Assistant Professor of Theater Cliff Odle made his Bates College directorial debut with “Luck of the Irish” by Kirsten Greenidge. The show, which ran from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, follows...

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when Alec Baldwin’s gun misfired on the set of “Rust.”

Baldwin, Batwoman and Barely-Avoided Strikes: Hollywood’s Bad Week

Olivia Dimond, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor October 26, 2021

The death on the set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” might be the first you’ve heard of it, but it hasn’t been a great week for film and television. When I sat down to write this article, it was just...

Timothée Chalamet (Paul, left) shows off his impressive acting skills in the box scene, where Paul is confronted with his deepest darkest fears.

“Dune”: Don’t Expect To Be Satisfied, but Prepare To Be Dazzled

Anastasia Fowler, Contributing Writer October 26, 2021

Since the announcement of its production, the immeasurable hype for “Dune” has been unreal. With strong source material, an accomplished director and a star-studded cast, “Dune” has easily been...

Literary Arts Live is a monthly reading series sponsored by the English department.

Corinna Vallianatos Brings “Origin Stories” to Literary Arts Live

Olivia Dimond, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor October 13, 2021

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the English department hosted their next installment of Literary Arts Live, a monthly series featuring writers reading and discussing their work. This month’s session was moderated...

In “Squid Game,” 456 competitors, all in dire financial straits, compete in a series of children’s games in order to win 45.6 billion won (equivalent to over $35 million USD).

“Squid Game” Will Defeat Netflix Records While Winning Over Your Heart

Anastasia Fowler, Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

“Squid Game,” Netflix’s latest entry from South Korea, has taken the world by storm. I genuinely do not know how the Earth will stay on its axis with the international reaction to “Squid Game.”...

Tina Thai Express can be found at the corner of College and Sabattus, just a short walk from campus.

Don’t Forget About Tina: Tina Thai Review

Robby Haynos, Assistant Arts & Leisure Editor October 6, 2021

You know that Sunoco on the corner of College and Sabattus, next to the Cupcakery and Pure Thai? Have you ever noticed that the sign of that gas station always says things like “Curry Puffs, $1.50, Pad...

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