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TikToking Lives Away: Malware, China and Genocide

TikToking Lives Away: Malware, China and Genocide

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

August 4, 2020

Ever since the demise of the popular video sharing app Vine in December of 2016, many have craved the next big video sharing app. Enter TikTok, an app launched by ByteDance, a Beijing based internet technology company founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012. TikTok’s explosive popularity has led Yiming to become the ninth richest man in China, as monthly users as of ...

In Defense of the International Experience

Muhammad Hamza Kalim

August 1, 2020

My decision to write this piece was motivated mostly by some complaints I have begun to observe through Instagram about the international experience in the NESCACs. In the light of Black Lives Matter, the tides have shifted and we have initiated important discussions about systematic  problems. Some...

The Constitution Belongs to Everyone: the 2nd Amendment and Race

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

July 17, 2020

Ever since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, concerned Americans have purchased 8.3 million guns since late June. Handguns have outpaced shotguns by a two-to-one margin, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Estimates from NSSF showed that 40 percent of sales came from first-time buyers and that 40 percent of first-time b...

Say Our Names: Injustice against Black Women

Christen Fields

July 17, 2020

Many people in black community have been deceiving themselves. Right now, America is in one of the most sensitive time periods that it has ever been in. The wrongful killing of George Floyd has brought uproars and protests to the streets of American cities in an attempt to bring police brutality and r...

From Bates And Beyond: Reflections On Race, Identity, and Change

From Bates And Beyond: Reflections On Race, Identity, and Change

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

June 29, 2020

I can’t breathe. This is a phrase that has resonated throughout the world over the past few weeks. I can’t breathe. These three words have so much meaning. These words mean more than just a cry for help or an act of desperation. "I can’t breathe" represents a generation of black ...

Still Unbroken: Acknowledging African-American Community Leaders during COVID-19

Miles Nabritt and Roy Matthews

May 9, 2020

During this incredibly difficult time, we feel that it is important to think and reflect on how much the Coronavirus has impacted our community. Not only has the ongoing pandemic affected the lives of college students but millions of people around the world. Especially for those from low-income famil...

“When you start wishing you could mute the people you’re quarantined with…”

“When you start wishing you could mute the people you’re quarantined with...”

Amelia Keleher, Managing News Editor

May 9, 2020

By now, most of us have probably experienced the awkward five seconds of continuous goodbyes while everyone struggles to find the “leave meeting” button at the end of class. Whether learning from home, from a nearly-deserted campus, or from other remote environments, online learning has brought wit...

Walking Across the Stage: Grieving Graduation, 2020

Walking Across the Stage: Grieving Graduation, 2020

Sukanya Shukla

April 19, 2020

On April 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm, Bates college decided to cancel our in-person graduation. When I read President Spencer’s email, I was heartbroken as were most, if not all of my friends. Soon after, I got a text from a distant relative asking me about my health. Since the news about graduation being...

Financial Crisis At Hand

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

April 14, 2020

As we are all dealing with social distancing and remote learning, what we tend to forget is how people across the country and across the world are dealing with the coronavirus crisis. Even though we are fortunate enough to be college students benefiting from a great education, there are millions of people ar...

The Guy In The White House: The Importance of Great Leadership

Alexandria Onuoha

April 14, 2020

Many of us are saddened, overwhelmed, and uncomfortable with the media's explicit headlines and jarring statistics about COVID-19. In contrast, we are lucky to have social media influencers and a few political leaders who attempt to channel these harsh times into activism and awareness. Furthermore, it ...

Dr. Who at the WHO?

Roy Matthews, Managing Forum Editor

April 13, 2020

Where in the world is the World Health Organization (WHO)? Surely the organization that was instrumental in stopping the spread of Ebola virus across Africa would react swiftly against COVID-19 with its thousands of highly skilled doctors, physicians, and nurses. One would think that the WHO is led by th...

The Case for Universal Pass/Fail

Georgina Scoville, Design Editor

April 13, 2020

On March 26th, Bates joined many of its peer institutions in adopting pass/fail grading for the winter semester. The College also waived many of its ordinary restrictions regarding pass/fail courses; for example, students can elect to pass/fail any of their classes, regardless of whether or not they...

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