The Bates Student

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

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...

Tracking COVID-19 in the NESCAC

Graph from the Sept. 22 update of COVID-19 cases displaying the number of new cases reported and the total daily tests in the NESCAC.

Elizabeth LaCroix, Assistant News Editor

September 22, 2020

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Andrew Kennedy began tracking COVID cases throughout the NESCAC with a team of two seniors, Jillian Serrano ‘21 and Wuyue Zhou ‘21, when college campuses reopened this fall. As Bates students began to arrive on campus, Kennedy and his team recorded a...

Hook-Up Culture During COVID-19

Yuri Kim/The Bates Student

Georgina Scoville, Design Editor

September 22, 2020

One of the hallmarks of college campuses is “hook-up culture,” or the tendency of students to enter into sexual relationships with their peers. Oftentimes, these relationships defy the new norms set by COVID-19 protocols: they require entering different dorms, close contact, and expanding social b...

The First-Years’ Take: COVID Edition

The First-Years’ Take: COVID Edition

Brianna Gadaleta

September 22, 2020

Imagine starting off your college career standing in a grab n’ go lunch line, knowing that your Zoom class starts in ten minutes and you are in need of a quiet study place to take notes on your lecture. While upperclassmen are able to understand the differences in college life, the first-years are getti...

“Can You Hear Me OK?” First Person Narrative of Remote Therapy

Yuri Kim/The Bates Student

Lucy Sherman

September 22, 2020

My name is lucy sherman and i see a therapist. I go to therapy for an hour, once a week (sometimes for an extra 15 minutes if needed). My therapist’s name is liza and she is from los angeles (where i am from). She wears cute outfits and sometimes, i feel like we have an unspoken face-off over the c...

Life at the Hampton Inn

A student single in the Hampton Inn

Sophie Mackin and Georgina Scoville

September 16, 2020

Students in the summer housing lottery, primarily juniors whose study abroad plans were cancelled due to Covid-19, waited all summer to find out where they would be living this semester. On Aug. 13, these students received an email titled “Summer Placement Assignment,” and to their surprise, abo...

Acknowledging its “Problematic Past,” BOC Strives to Expand Access and Inclusion

Bates Outing Club Members celebrated the centennial of the club earlier this year.

Eleanor Boyle, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor

September 8, 2020

The Bates Outing Club (BOC) is deeply ingrained within Bates' history. It began in 1920 and is one of the oldest outing clubs in the United States as well as the oldest outing club for a co-ed institution. It is tasked with running several Bates traditions such as Bates AESOP and the Bates Winter Carn...

Rise in Cost of Attendance Evokes Renewed Concern Among Students

Lane Hall houses Bates administrative offices

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

September 8, 2020

As anxiety and economic uncertainty spike among students for the fall semester, many have expressed concern about Bates’ latest rise in fees. While the rate of increase is lower than in recent years, some students are worried they will be paying more for a diminished Bates experience.  More tha...

The new normal of moving in: A first-person perspective

The new normal of moving in: A first-person perspective

Evan Ma

August 23, 2020

Ever since leaving campus in March, it seems like every aspect of life has changed in some way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even looking back at things we used to do is startling in the new world we are living in. As the day I had been anticipating for months grew close, I already began to ...

Talk Like a Batesie

Samuel Poulos, Assistant Features Editor

August 23, 2020

With a new environment often comes a new lexicon to familiarize yourself with. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to talk like a true, seasoned Batesie! 1. Commons Crush - Noun Being attracted to a stranger in Commons. Possible Usage: “The worst part of quarantine is not getting to see my Commons...

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