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“I think we need to start by questioning why we are lacking in diversity. Why is Bates not an attractive institution to more Black staff and Black students? Starting to form an answer to that question and then fixing the problems pointed out by the question can get us going in the right direction.”

“Iola”: A Conversation With Kara Neal on Diversity

Joseph Vann, Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

Let’s all be honest with ourselves. The diversity at Bates is extremely lacking. I won’t criticize the institution too much for its “lack of Black,” as I like to put it, since we are in Maine,...

The chalk outside of Commons is just one of numerous places that messages of support for BESO can be found around campus.

Students Stand in Solidarity With the Bates Educators & Staff Organization

The following letter was written by Friends of the Bates Educators & Staff Organization. Contributors to this letter include Wilder Geier ’22, Tasha Kaluzynski ’22, Lily Ritch ’25, Quinn Kieselowsky...

“The quietness and small size of the Arcade allows for a more consistent and socially protective space, since your table and its numbers are not on public display.” The Arcade provides a different physical, and aesthetic, space for students to dine.

Exploring the Arcade

Najá Crockett, Managing Features Editor October 6, 2021

Walking into Commons is likely the most consistent action in my life. I enter and walk towards the area I usually sit in and find a friend to eat with. This experience is distinct for everyone, as different...

COVID-19 Campus Guidelines: Are They Inconsistent?

Ilana Zeilinger, Assistant Features Editor September 22, 2021

Hello! The Features Section is starting “The ‘Cat Corner,” a weekly column expressing students’ perspectives on campus culture and Bates life. Articles can be between 150 and 400 words and may...

A New Features Column: The ‘Cat Corner

Najá Crockett and Ilana Zeilinger September 22, 2021

Hello! The Features Section is starting “The ‘Cat Corner,” a weekly column expressing students’ perspectives on campus culture and Bates life. Articles can be between 150 and 400 words and should...

Single Fee Increases for 2021-2022 School Year

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor September 13, 2021

From academic year 2020-2021 to academic year 2021-2022, Bates’ comprehensive single fee rose 2.98%. The single fee this year is $75,720.  Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer...

COVID-19 Stories: A Collection of Covid Experiences at Bates

Elizabeth LaCroix, Managing News Editor May 24, 2021

In partnership with Cats v. Covid, The Student conducted a series of confidential interviews with students who contracted COVID-19 while living at Bates. Together they serve as a memoir of life at Bates...

ArtVan: A Community-Based Non-profit in the Time of COVID-19

ArtVan: A Community-Based Non-profit in the Time of COVID-19

Fiona Cohen, Assistant Features Editor May 12, 2021

ArtVan is a nonprofit based in Maine that provides local youth with art therapy. Jamie Silvestri founded the organization in 2004. Silvestri is currently the Executive Director and Art Therapist for the...

Bates Students Fundraise for Indian COVID-19 Relief

Bates Students Fundraise for Indian COVID-19 Relief

Ellie Wolfe, Managing Sports Editor May 12, 2021

Sanika Shah ‘22 let out a sigh of exhaustion about three minutes into our scheduled Zoom interview. It had been a long day, she said, with lots of meetings and classes. On top of that, her mind, and...

83% Of Students Received the Pfizer Vaccine

83% Of Students Received the Pfizer Vaccine

Elizabeth LaCroix and Sacha Feldberg May 12, 2021

Bates students are getting the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, following in step with the rest of the nation as it continues to move towards a post-pandemic world.  “To me, it didn't...

“All the efforts involving interculturality really starts in the residential experience. We come to study here, but we also live here. So it’s important to our overall well-being.” -  Marcos Pacheco Soto 24

Theme House Seeks to Advocate, Support International & First-Gen Students

Amelia Keleher, Managing News Editor May 12, 2021

“Activism takes energy,” first-year Marcos Pacheco Soto shared with The Student. “And the lack of support structures is a barrier to sharing experiences, feeling supported, and advocating for change.” Kush...

Bates College Student Government (BCSG) Co-Presidents Kush Sharma and Marcos Pacheco Soto co-led the Campus Safety Summer Working Group.

Meet BCSG Co-Presidents Kush Sharma and Marcos Pacheco Soto

Christina Leonard, Digital Editor May 12, 2021

The Bates Student sat down with newly-elected Bates College Student Government (BCSG) Co-Presidents Kush Sharma ‘23 and Marcos Pacheco Soto ‘24 to learn more about the pair, the election (and re-election)...

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