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A cappella groups sparkle like the snow at Winter Carnival concert

In the midst of the aptly-timed snow during Thursday’s Winter Carnival activities, Batesies gathered in Alumni Gym to attend the all-group a cappella concert. “It’s always been a part of Winter Carnival as far as I can remember,” said senior Merimander Caroline Cook, “But I remember once in my freshman year when it was in […]

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Book Review: Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos

The Polaroid is a cultural artifact widely referenced in popular media and music. Established in 1937, the Polaroid revolutionized the world of photography by making film accessible to the masses. When the digital wave came in, Polaroid refused to go digital, wanting to retain its original essence. Instant: The Story of Polaroid tracks the transformation […]

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Q&A with the Man-Ops

Throughout the first semester, The Bates Student interviewed many a cappella groups throughout campus.  This week, the fun-loving guys at the Manic Optimists sat down to share their thoughts about performing and working as a group. The Bates Student: When were the Manic Optimists founded, and what’s the story behind the name? Robert Charpie: There […]

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A love song for humanity: “The Thinking Heart” at Schaeffer Theatre

From the real-life stories of Elie Wiesel’s Night and Anne Franks’s diary, many accounts of World War II feature real-life survivors of the Holocaust who fought against enslavement in the concentration camps. The heroine of “The Thinking Heart,” however, made the unusual decision to enter the camps by choice. “The Thinking Heart: A Performance in […]

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Les Misérables: A Broadway legend hits the silver screen

Towards the end of Les Misérables, a heart broken Maurice (Eddie Redmayne) revisits the massacred apartment that once acted as congregating place for him and his revolutionary friends. He speaks a truth that encompasses the director Tom Hooper’s vision in creating this production of Les Mis; “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.” It’s true, […]