The Bates Student

Virtual Club Fair

Virtual Club Fair

Katherine Merisotis, Photographer

August 23, 2020

Check out video introductions to more than thirty Bates clubs organized by theme. Interested in any of these clubs? Email the contact(s) listed next to the name! Assorted Competitive Alpine Ski Club (0:22) - Amanda Becker Yoga Kula (0:55) - Elene Chamberlin  Run Club (1:45) - Margy Schueler Clu...

Bates Campus Map

Bates Campus Map

Max Devon, Assistant Design Editor

August 21, 2020

Commons: Our beloved dining hall! Alumni Gymnasium: Built in 1926, this intimate athletic facility hosts the mens' and womens' basketball teams.  Gray Cage: In normal years, this building is the location for many student events, such as the Club Fair and Halloween Dance. This year, the Gra...


Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

August 20, 2020

In the past few years, I've come across many remarkable articles in past issues of The Bates Student. Some of these articles tell of momentous events: the creation of new majors, celebrations of great achievements, and proud deeds of activism. In 2012, we welcomed a new president; now in 2020, Batsies ex...

Beyond Capitalism: Hermione Zhou on Land Justice & Community Organizing

Hermione Zhou (‘21) works in the Bates Garden alongside Tom Twist (Sustainability Manager at Bates College).

Amelia Keleher, Managing News Editor

August 10, 2020

This article was originally written for Slow Food USA and published on This is an edited version.  “Why do people do that? Why do they waste so much of our Earth’s resources?” Hermione Zhou ‘21 wondered in middle school, after learning that in the past 50 years, approxima...

Club Spotlight: Badminton Club

Club Spotlight: Badminton Club

March 14, 2018

Every few weeks The Bates Student covers one club out of the nearly one hundred clubs on campus. This week, we’re covering the Badminton Club which meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Gray Cage. Though club meetings are casual and always welcome to new players, the club’s members are looking ...

Ice Climbing Is the Hidden Jem of Winter Sports

Sydney Beres ‘18 watches her Sam Reiss ‘18 advance the ball.  JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

February 14, 2018

Ice-climbing is the type of Bates Outing Club (BOC) activity that has the potential to arouse tremendous fear amongst students. I can not speak for everybody but the thought of being suspended upwards of 30 feet, let alone 80 feet in the air when it is five degrees outside sounds intense but also ver...

Foreign Language Spotlight: Katrin Laschober

Foreign Language Spotlight: Katrin Laschober

January 31, 2018

This past Thursday, I chatted with Katrin Laschober, the visiting TA in the German Department at Bates. Laschober is teaching German 102: Introduction to German Language and Culture II this semester. She is from Austria and speaks both German and English, and this is her first time teaching in America....

Foreign Language Spotlight: Khouloud Gargouri

Foreign Language Spotlight: Khouloud Gargouri

January 24, 2018

This week, I had a chance to sit down with Khouloud Gargouri and ask her a few questions about her background in French, her home country of Tunisia, and how the French language functions in the cultural landscape of Tunisia. Gargouri is a Teaching Assistant in the French and Francophone studies departm...

Bates investigations: fact-checking legends of a tunnel deep in Bates’ labyrinthine libraries

Bates investigations: fact-checking legends of a tunnel deep in Bates’ labyrinthine libraries

Teddy Rube

March 30, 2016

At Bates, myths about secret underground tunnels abound. Perhaps because it’s so darn cold to walk anywhere in the winter. Many are theorized to exist: Lane Hall to PGill. Lane Hall to Hathorn. Nash House to the Barn. Commons to your dorm (only dreamed of). Bardwell’s basement to Lewiston Variety. Yell...

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