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Grammys Congratulate Progressive Sound for Some but not Others

At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Billie Eilish won Album, Record and Song of the Year on top of winning Best New Artist, and she’s just 18 years old. This historic accomplishment is the first in nearly four decades, and she is the first ever woman to do so. This is a huge win for […]

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Sangai Asia Night

Bates’ Sangai Asia Night is, to put it bluntly, so much fun and incredibly lovely. This event, which happens every year during the winter semester, celebrates Asian cultures through student performances. The performances range from dance performances, to poetry readings, to musical pieces. As the writer of this article, this was my first time attending […]

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Meet the Bates Arts Festival Coordinators

One of the hallmark projects of the Bates Arts Collaborative, a faculty committee, was the Bates Arts Crawl, a campus-wide celebration of the visual, literary, and performing arts at Bates. The last Arts Crawl occurred in the winter semester of 2018. However, last fall the committee decided to find a new way to bring that […]

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Self Care: Bachelor Edition

ABC’s “The Bachelor” airs as an opportunity for viewing routines and moments of non-academic group “activity.” This season is full of your weekly dose of reality television drama, and provides an excuse to spend time with the people who surround you.   As campus becomes less populated by the question, “how was your break,” we […]

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Bates Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This month I would like to feature one of our most popular made from scratch cookies. We serve over 1200 of these delicious delights and yes … they are vegan. I would like to start by dispelling the most common myths, rumors and biases I hear about vegan foods. At the top of this list […]

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The Rise of Tik Tok: Trends, Controversies, and What Bates Students Think

If you are like me and decided to download Tik Tok, chances are you have lost MANY hours scrolling through the popular video-sharing app since then. I commonly hear from my friends that they downloaded Tik Tok as a joke or out of temporary curiosity and have now become thoroughly invested in the app, checking […]

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The Benefits of Meditating in College!

Meditation is a practice that has become increasingly popular in mainstream culture due to its extraordinary health benefits. Throughout the middle ages, meditation became popular as a religious tradition. It became popular in western culture in the late 1900s, when medical researchers such as Dr. Hubert Benson, a professor at Harvard Medical School, studied meditation […]

A Bates peace pipe found in Muskie Archives
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Uncovering a Historic Bates Tradition: The Pipe Orations

Non-Native (and predominantly white) Americans have a long history of appropriating Native culture. Despite hundreds of years of destruction of Native peoples and assimilation into white settler culture, white Americans have held a fascination towards Indigenous traditions.  From the foundations of many American summer camps and scouting troops, to movies like Pocahontas and Dances with […]