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“Hello, Bates, It’s Me… Remember?”

After the state of Maine and Bates recognized Indigenous People’s Day, I believed the conversation was going to continue…it didn’t. Months later, the event just became another post on Bates’s social media and was shelved away. After much dust has settled on the importance of that day, the issues surrounding indigenous people and their communities […]

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A Hot Take on Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, I wanted to take this time to assess the feeling the Bates community has towards the holiday. Although I sampled a small population of Bates students, I think their responses to the question, “what does Valentine’s Day mean to you”, raised some concerns that I know many people resonant with. […]

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A Country in Crisis: China Plagued With Coronavirus

There has been the Bubonic plague, there has been the Spanish Flue, there has been Ebola, but now were are faced with a new, threatening global epidemic: the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus first surfaced in Wuhan, China where an estimated 426 people have already died according to the World Health Organization as of Jan. 3. The […]

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Remembering Kobe’s Cool

I’ve felt, to varying degrees, painfully uncool my entire life. There is perhaps no period in one’s life where being uncool feels as painfully acute as it does in middle school. A modern rendering of Dante’s Inferno could be easily substituted for a simple description of the seventh grade. In middle school, I decided that […]

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Diversity in the Democratic Presidential Election

The 2020 presidential election has been on people’s minds since the last election four years ago. The Democratic hopefuls began as the most diverse group in history in terms of race and gender, yet by the Jan. 14 debate, it was an all-white stage. Though this could be for many reasons, it is important to […]

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Jump-start January

New Year. New me. A typical saying that is easier said than done. Fulfilling a New Year’s resolution is no easy task. The process of developing new habits involves improvements, setbacks, frustrations, and more. Oftentimes, people relapse into the same routines as before because that is where they feel most comfortable. And that is okay! […]

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Letter to the Editor: Bates Employees Deserve At Least $15 an Hour

As you may have heard, Bowdoin College has recently raised their starting wage to $17 an hour for all employees. It is long overdue that Bates also raise our wages for both students and staff to a minimum of $15 an hour. Those who clean our dorms and dishes, cook our food and keep our […]

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Second Chance Semester

Google searches containing the words “adjusting back”, “second semester”, and “homesickness” returns a series of articles providing advice for college students struggling to return to college after a sluggish winter break. Weirdly enough, the majority of articles are targeted towards first years (or, more accurately, the concerned mothers of first years). Barely stated is the […]