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The Voice of Bates College Since 1873

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The Voice of Bates College Since 1873

The Bates Student

Maine, although cold, has a special beauty in the winter, too.

Memories of Professor Pamela Ann Johnson

Trinity Poon, Managing News Editor February 14, 2024

Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture Pamela Ann Johnson died at age 65 on Jan. 8. News of Professor Johnson’s passing was shared with the Bates community via an email sent on Jan. 15 from President...

What’s Fizzin’? The Bubblings Beneath the New Social Media App On Campus

What’s Fizzin’? The Bubblings Beneath the New Social Media App On Campus

Max Olson, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Sarah didn't initially notice anything strange about the contract she was about to sign for her new job with the college social media app Fizz. Her responsibilities and salary seemed fairly straightforward....

Bert the Advice Bobcat: Friend or Foe?

Nicola Lynch-Collier and Sydney Schuster February 13, 2024

If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of the eleven Bert posters scattered across campus over the past few days, then you may have some questions. Who is Bert? What is Bert? Well, we’re here to tell...

Google Maps: most hills are marked with arrows. Not pictured: hills on Frye St. 

Anything but Mt. David on a Tray: Tradition Alternatives

Hadley Blodgett, Assistant Arts & Leisure Editor February 13, 2024

You might’ve chosen Bates for its relatively flat campus (compared to Colby’s “hill”) but low and behold, we have our own mountains. With every surface covered in ice or slippery snow this past...

Students puddle jumping in 1992.

‘Twas the Friday of Winter Carnival…

Sarah Lieber, Contributing Writer February 8, 2024

No Bates tradition is quite as iconic as Newman Day. It is a day of drinking, puddle jumping, and school spirit, as the student body comes together to celebrate Winter Carnival. The holiday is named...

A supermarket in Brazil

Only in Brazil: Discoveries in a Foreign Supermarket

Luciana Zaiet, Staff Writer January 31, 2024

One of my favorite things about traveling abroad are the supermarkets: How does a country translate packages for foods and snacks we commonly see in America? What do they have for sale that you can’t...

Patrick Berbon 26 featured in Commons holding a sumo orange.

The Sumo Rustler Strikes Again

Patrick Berbon, Staff Writer January 31, 2024

Bates College was abuzz this past week as rumors circulated about a controversial and elaborate napkin board post in Commons. A napkin poster known only as the Sumo Rustler published a 788-word proposal...

 Lake Andrews and the Olin Arts Center.

Dear Masturbating Man, Please Stop

Catalina Passino, Managing Features Editor January 31, 2024

Please be advised that the following story has references to sexual harassment. When I work in the pottery studio at night, I keep the shades open to watch the people passing by. Sometimes there are...

A Peek Behind the Radio: The Mysteries of WRBC

A Peek Behind the Radio: The Mysteries of WRBC

Miles Kaufman, Contributing Writer December 14, 2023

WRBC: four airwavy letters known across campus — and Lewiston — for their provision of a friendly voice to brighten your day, a ‘companion unobtrusive.’ The radio station here at Bates is a magical...

What is Your Favorite Course at Bates?

What is Your Favorite Course at Bates?

Willa Wang, Managing Forum Editor December 14, 2023

Early December is always the season for course registration. As one of the most important components of your college life, the courses you take determine how you live through a semester to a great extent:...

William Butler 26 answered 12 questions in 12 hours. Courtesy William Butler.

12 Questions in 12 Hours with William Butler

Patrick Berbon, Staff Writer December 14, 2023

In this article, I will be asking 12 questions to William Butler (sophomore, philosophy major, education minor) over the course of 12 hours, one per hour (roughly) starting bright and early at 9:00 a.m....

Petition Your Heart Out: A Guide to Writing the Perfect Petition

Petition Your Heart Out: A Guide to Writing the Perfect Petition

Catalina Passino, Managing Features Editor December 14, 2023

The course registration at Bates is peculiar – some students despise it, and some love it. At other institutions, seniority or number of credits completed play more of a role when deciding who gets into...

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