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My College Experience Is Almost Over, but COVID-19 Is Sticking Around

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor January 18, 2022

My final semester at Bates has officially begun, and the more I remind myself of that, the more surreal it feels. Just as life at Bates was starting to feel settled and close to normal again, the omicron...

Balancing Mental and Public Health

Alexi Knight, Staff Writer January 18, 2022

If you were on campus at any point last school year, you know how tough it was to make the best of the pandemic-related public health guidelines. It wasn’t easy to sit through Zoom classes, suffer through...

Putting Athletics Over the Arts

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor January 18, 2022

When I decided to go to Bates, one thing that really drew me in was the complete and utter lack of school spirit. I personally hate school spirit. I love that we don’t care!  A lack of school spirit...

Professor Keith Taylor—Administration Made the Wrong Call

Alexi Knight, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

Over the summer, I got an email from the registrar saying a course I had signed up for, the Anthropocene with Professor Raj Saha, had been cancelled. To be honest, I had planned on dropping the course....

My Kidneys Hate Me, But My Professors Don’t: The Value of Flexible Professors

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor December 8, 2021

Obviously, we owe a lot to modern medicine. Still, sometimes, the way our medical system works makes me want to swallow knives.  A few years ago, I started being plagued by chronic infections affecting...

Why Does FYS Matter?

Why Does FYS Matter?

Willa Wang, Contributing Writer December 1, 2021

In the first class of my first year seminar, we read a chapter from "Teaching Critical Thinking" written by bell hooks. The chapter says that most students enter college classrooms “dreading thinking”,...

An Ode to Taylor Swift

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor November 17, 2021

Taylor Swift is someone who needs no introduction. A household name, she is one of the most successful and well-known artists of our time. My generation has grown up with her, experiencing each and every...

TikTok, Doom Scrolling, and Digital Self Harm—Protect Yourself

Sadie Basila, Managing Forum Editor November 10, 2021

Everyone knows that most social media sites track your activity and use your data to target content toward you. In some ways this can be helpful, like when Youtube recommends videos they know you’ll...

My Mentor Was Arrested for Treason

Maggie Nespole, Contributing Writer November 10, 2021

Yes, you read the title correctly. My mentor is currently sitting in jail, awaiting her trial date. She’s accused of being a co-conspirator on espionage related charges. Allegedly, she and her husband...

CRT, Stem and Fox News

Alexi Knight, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

A few weeks ago, someone sent me a clip of Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld poking fun at the proposals made to amend education regarding race, white supremacy and colonialism here at Bates. Conservative media...

What if: Lessons from Cardiac Concerns

Maggie Nespole, Contributing Writer November 3, 2021

I wish I could tell you that I am a healthy person. When I began to have disordered eating tendencies, I decided to reach out to CAPS and Health Services to get help. I had begun to feel confident and...

Dreaded Daylight Savings

Dreaded Daylight Savings

Sophie Mackin, Assistant Forum Editor November 3, 2021

It’s impossible to ignore how early darkness falls these days. Most nights, before I even head to Commons, it’s already completely dark outside. Unfortunately, daylight savings is right around the...

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