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The Bates Student

The Voice of Bates College Since 1873

The Bates Student

The Voice of Bates College Since 1873

The Bates Student

Letter from the Editor

Ellie Wolfe, Editor-in-Chief September 21, 2022

Dear Reader, I am so excited to share The Bates Student’s first newsletter of the year with you! I started writing for The Student when I was a first year, and though for the first two years I was...

Marvel is Propaganda: We Need To Be Aware of It

Marvel is Propaganda: We Need To Be Aware of It

Gale Park, Contributing Writer September 21, 2022

On Monday night (Sept. 12), a friend showed up at my door, visibly upset. Her distress was understandable when I asked her what was wrong and she showed me Disney’s latest announcement: Israeli superhero,...

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Bruce Poliquin in 2017, left, and Jared Golden in 2018, right, in Maine. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 that hes going to try to win back his old seat from Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. (AP Photos/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Rural America: Democrats Just Don’t Care

Gabriel Coffey, Managing Forum Editor September 21, 2022

Russian writer Fyodor Dostovesky wrote “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” Well, the last sixish years of American politics have felt as such, and yet, as I sit here...

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Why Should We Learn Foreign Languages?

Willa Wang, Assistant Forum Editor September 21, 2022

How many languages can you hear at Bates? You might see students gathered at the language tables in the Commons. Your friends hurry on their way to language classes at noon, or maybe hear others chatting...

The Role of Affirmative Action at PWIs

Ollie Rhee, Contributing Writer April 13, 2022

It has reached the fateful time of the year at which wide-eyed high school students anxiously refresh their college application portals and flood your Instagram feed with cheery, albeit annoying, stories...

New Ghost Gun Laws and ATF Nominee Bring Hope Amid Slow Progress on Gun Violence Prevention

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor April 13, 2022

When President Biden took office, I was excited to see what would come of his campaign promises regarding gun violence prevention, specifically his goals of banning assault weapons and expanding background...

Dared to Dream: Ketanji Brown Jackson Is an Inspiration to Women of Color Across America

Aanika Patel, Assistant News Editor April 13, 2022

April 7, 2022, marks one of the largest days in history — a day that is, arguably, even bigger than the inauguration of the first Black and Asian American woman as the vice president of the United States...

Free Laundry on Campus?

Willa Wang, Assistant Forum Editor April 6, 2022

I received a laundry card on the first day of my first-year orientation. It’s from a company called CSC ServiceWorks, and the card reads, “Treat this as cash — Do not throw away!” That day, my...

“In the Mood” for Gala: A Much Anticipated Occasion

Anna Greenspan, Contributing Writer April 6, 2022

On Saturday night, like a good number of us, I attended Gala. I had the best time. It had been three years since my first — and, until now, only — Gala. It’s a tradition that goes back decades....

Republican Senators Use Judge Jackson’s Confirmation Hearings to Attack Progressive Ideologies

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor April 6, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court is historic, but her confirmation hearings were unfortunately upstaged by Republican senators’ ridiculous attempts to attack various progressive...

100 Years Later: How Does It End?

Noah Forman, Digital Editor March 23, 2022

When she was just 14 years old, my great-grandmother walked barefoot through the woods of Ukraine until she reached Poland. Now, exactly 100 years later, the people of Ukraine are walking the identical...

How the PRO Act Would Change the Labor Landscape: A Familiar Example

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor March 23, 2022

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) of 2021 would broaden the definition of employee, codify the legality of broad bargaining units, repeal all right-to-work laws, create harsher punishments...

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