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Corona Culture: Masks have Become an Expression of Style

Corona Culture: Masks have Become an Expression of Style

Fiona Cohen, Assistant Features Editor

October 21, 2020

​I spent a lot of hours of my COVID-19 summer working a job in retail. Following New Jersey state guidelines, the small women’s boutique was able to open on June 15 after a three-month closure. We sold the expected summer clothing items, but quickly received an unexpected item to add to the floor: face ...

New Assistant Dean Steven Parker Strives to Broaden Reach of OIE 

New Assistant Dean Steven Parker Strives to Broaden Reach of OIE 

Samuel Poulos, Assistant Features Editor

October 14, 2020

Steven D. Parker is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education, and last week, was kind enough to talk to me about the Office and his role in it.  According to Parker, the Bates Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) went through a metamorphosis recently. In July, a brand new staf...

Checking in with WRBC

Checking in with WRBC

Fiona Cohen, Assistant Features Editor

October 14, 2020

Note: Fiona Cohen is a DJ for WRBC 91.5 FM. Life on the Bates College campus is very different than it used to be. Many clubs and organizations are struggling to find their place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this is not the case with WRBC, the radio station on campus. The WRBC board has ta...

Corona Culture Column #2: Harder to Hear, Easier to Talk: Small Talk in the Age of Corona

Samuel Poulos, Assistant Features Editor

October 14, 2020

If there’s one positive thing you can say about the coronavirus, it’s that small talk is a lot easier now. You don’t really have to think about what you have in common with the person you’re chatting with anymore. We used to have to try and find TV shows, movies, or other such points of commona...

Scallywag Squirrels, or, a Desperate Attempt to Observe Others 

Little guy holding something invisible, potentially a microscopic sized version of our beloved 19th hole?

Sadie Basila, Copy Editor

October 7, 2020

Though there has, in the past few years, been talk of serious (like, hard alcohol serious) disciplinary action resulting from picking up a nice campus duck, the silence on squirrels is deafening.  Nobody expects us to engage with the bountiful number of squirrels on campus. For one, it’s usually c...

Running in Lewiston: Political Signs are more than just Decorations

Running in Lewiston: Political Signs are more than just Decorations

Fiona Cohen, Assistant Features Editor

October 7, 2020

I have my routine down pat: first, I run past 280, then through the intersection of College St. and Russell St., beyond Pettingill Park, and it’s then that I enter the flat suburban stretches of Lewiston. To the casual observer, this generic suburb is no different than any other. There are neat rows ...

EASY EATS Offers Alternative to Commons

EASY EATS Offers Alternative to Commons

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

October 7, 2020

COVID-19 has revolutionized the food service industry and has made delivery one of the nation’s most utilized means of dining. Because of the pandemic, stock prices of food delivery businesses like UberEats and DoorDash have soared, and many restaurants have permanently altered their dining models to accommodate for fully remote service.  While Comm...

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Adapts to Distanced Learning

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Adapts to Distanced Learning

Najá Crockett, Managing Features Editor

September 30, 2020

COVID-19 has necessitated a drastic change in how educational models are constructed in order to stop its spread; various departments have been forced to come up with new and creative ways to deliver on the significant material of the class, while keeping all parties safe from an outbreak. This has hit ...

Corona Culture Column: The Importance of Face-to-Face Connection

Najá Crockett, Managing Features Editor

September 30, 2020

Hello, I’m Najá, the Managing Editor for the Features section of The Bates Student. This column is meant to express the first-person narratives of college students attending an in-person school during the pandemic. And in this submission I plan to do just that. Seeing my professor’s face on Zoom f...

What Will COVID Mean for Graduation Rates?

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

September 23, 2020

With COVID-19 radically altering the state of higher education as we know it, graduation and retention rates at colleges and universities have become the subject of greater inquiry. Some colleges’ graduation rates have already decreased in the midst of COVID, and this trend is expected by many to continue throughout the course of the pandemic. The Bates Student spoke with Tom McGuinness, Dir...

The Future of Off-Campus Study following COVID-19

Fiona Cohen, Assistant Features Editor

September 23, 2020

"I talked to my Spanish professor, and she said that it's really up in the air at the moment, so we'll just have to figure things out. Hopefully, by next year I'll be able to travel."  These are the words of Maya Castiblanco '23. With plans to be a psychology major and a Spanish minor, she had alway...

Collins? Gideon? What do Students Think?

Collins? Gideon? What do Students Think?

Sacha Feldberg, Contributing Writer

September 22, 2020

Ever since the day that you’ve come back to campus, you have probably had a variety of conversations— some memorable, some less so. Perhaps you have already commented on the absolute perfection of the apple crisp and banana chocolate chip muffins from Commons. Or maybe you’ve talked about how smart...

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