The Bates Student

Working with Financial Services: A Roadblock for First Generation and Low-Income Students

Alexi Knight, Contributing Writer September 22, 2021

When I started applying to college, I had no idea what I was doing. I had always assumed I’d probably go to a local community college or state university; these were all that seemed affordable. When...

Life as a Member of the Class of 2024: Suffermore Year?

Willa Wang, Contributing Writer September 22, 2021

Due to the global pandemic, most of the students from the class of 2024 went to “Zoom University” last year. They didn’t know how it feels to be in the classroom, talk to professors in-person, or...

My Friends Are Red Dots

Anonymous September 22, 2021

Warning: this piece contains mentions of sexual violence and assault. I have written and rewritten this piece a few times now, and still can’t seem to find the right words to convey what I am thinking...

Social Commentary at The Met Gala

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor September 22, 2021

Because I regard myself as both a pillar of campus fashion and a judgemental political mind, I am very well suited to the task of evaluating ideologically inspired looks from the Met Gala. And if you’ve...

The FBI and Larry Nassar: An Entire System of Abuse

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor September 22, 2021

Larry Nassar, a name that evokes visceral disgust – for me, just typing it out and probably for you, just reading it. “The impact of this man's abuse will never be over," Olympic gymnast Simone Biles...

Deconstructing Resilience: Notes On The Notion of Trauma

Skye Brown, Assistant News Editor September 13, 2021

Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.  When I see activism efforts addressing the work of colonialism and white supremacy plaguing the marginalized identities and...

Return of Social Life

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor September 12, 2021

As a junior, I’ve never experienced a full year of “normal” Bates, meaning about three quarters of the students here haven’t either. I thought I remembered what it was like to go out, be in an...

Afghanistan: Does The Buck Stop With Joe Biden?

Gabriel Coffey, Copy Editor September 12, 2021

When speaking on the war in Afghanistan, American Journalist Maureen Dowd said that “Afghanistan is more than the graveyard of empires, it is the mother of vicious cycles.” Perhaps an oversimplification...

An Admission on Tuition

Eben Cook, Contributing Writer September 12, 2021

Let me start by saying that I have zero background in economics and am thus unqualified to accurately project the fate of private colleges and universities with skyrocketing tuition fees. In light of this,...

Texas Heartbeat Bill: Irrelevant and Unreasonable

Maple Buescher, Contributing Writer September 12, 2021

This article needs very little preamble: it centers on the Texas Heartbeat Bill, which is near-ubiquitous in the political sphere after a week of nonstop coverage. It has been hailed as humanitarian and...

Vanessa Paolella 21 was the editor in chief of The Student for the 2020-21 year.

Updates on The Student and a Final Message from Editor in Chief Vanessa Paolella ’21

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief May 26, 2021

  To the Bates College community,   This is the final Bates Student newsletter for the 2020-21 academic year, and my last as editor in chief. As this year comes to a close, I would like...

Letter to the Editor: Anti-Zionist Graffiti is inherently Antisemitic

Michael Lieber '92 May 24, 2021

As someone who chose to attend Bates primarily because of its tradition of egalitarianism, I am deeply troubled by the antisemitic graffiti on campus recently. In my years at Bates and in all the years...

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