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Why I’m Voting for Joe Biden

Why I’m Voting for Joe Biden

Najá Crockett, Managing Features Editor

October 21, 2020

I often wrestle with the idea of whether or not participating in a system is, in some way, legitimizing it. I feel that we live in a totalized political climate, where those in power dictate that the only legitimate form of resistance or aggression is to vote out the folks we don’t want in office. Thes...

Forum Focus Episode 3: Free Speech And Civic Engagement

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

October 21, 2020

Skye, Roy, and Miles are back with Episode 3 of Forum Focus where they talk about Free Speech within college and how they have participated in civic engagement in face of stereotypes and other social challenges. https://youtu.be/L-Bw-ZLMtyY

Winter in a Plague: Bates Community Must Manage Expectations

Winter in a Plague: Bates Community Must Manage Expectations

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing Editor

October 21, 2020

On-campus instruction at Bates has been – if measured by the number of positive cases – an objective success, particularly in relation to its peers such as Trinity, who have seen disastrous levels of COVID-19 transmission. However, the winter semester will bring its own unique set of challenges that will fundamentally alter life on campus....

Which Republican Senator are You? A Quiz.

Samuel Poulos, Assistant Features Editor

October 21, 2020

Tally up your score and see which senatorial member of the GOP you are. What’s your idea of the perfect date? A. Defunding Planned Parenthood (1 point) B. Telling your significant other they look hot, and then making clear your belief that climate change is a natural part of the earth’s cycle and t...

The NESCAC High

The NESCAC High

Yuri Kim

October 14, 2020

The Gender Dynamics Of Debate And Politics

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

October 14, 2020

“Mr. Vice President, I am speaking.”  A week after watching the Vice-Presidential debate, I want to take the time to recount some of the important takeaways from the exchanges between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. Following Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s heated and contro...

Xi’s Reach: Propaganda and Self-Censorship on Campus

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

October 14, 2020

Here in the United States, we lack an official government mouthpiece; a publication solely dedicated to trumpeting the governments every action. Fortunately, China’s Xinhua News, China Daily, People’s Daily, and China Global Television Network all trumpet their government’s successes around the ...

Knowing When to Cut the Mic

Screenshot from CSPAN Livestream

Jem Costello

October 14, 2020

As the country enters the final three weeks before the long-awaited general election, where  President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden will compete for the presidency, many have turned their attention to the presidential debates. As of Oct. 11, there has been one presidential debat...

A Liberal Bastion Of Inequality: Income Disparity At Bates

Gabriel Coffey

October 14, 2020

It is oftentimes far easier to condemn than to commend. With that being said, it is also easier in times of calamity to run to one’s corner instead of facing tumult head-on. The latter truism is often compounded when the problem faced is self-induced, but promulgated as otherwise. This makes cri...

Now I am Angry: Bates’ Problematic and Hidden Past

Now I am Angry: Bates’ Problematic and Hidden Past

Skye Brown, Assistant Forum Editor

October 7, 2020

After writing my last article, my fatigue has shifted into an outrage. Now I am angry. Bates, as an institution, you are the problem. In addition to pressuring the BIPOC community on campus to shed their identity and morph into the nonwhite category, Bates has also cannibalized the BIPOC students and used deficit models that focus on their trauma. In referring ...

Voter Suppression: A Real Issue We Should All Care About

Katherine Merisotis, Photographer

October 7, 2020

Seventy-three million Americans witnessed the disgraceful presidential debate that sent waves of frustration through Americans' heads due to distrust of the United States democratic system. Every presidential election year there are a series of debates between the two nominees; the presidential deba...

No Really, What is Anarchism?

Eric Fleischmann

October 7, 2020

The terms ‘anarchist’ and ‘anarchism’ are returning to the center stage of political lingo in the twenty-first century. To quote my own article on Center for a Stateless Society: “President Donald Trump has repeatedly attempted to associate Black Lives Matter with anarchists and anarchism. He has tweeted su...

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