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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, Contributing Writer

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, Assistant 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, Assistant 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, Assistant News Editor & Layout 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...

Two Public Health Emergencies: COVID-19 and Gun Violence

Sophie Mackin, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

While staying inside and social distancing are helping to keep us safe from COVID-19, these measures unfortunately put some people at an increased risk of experiencing gun violence and/or domestic violence.  The number of gunshot victims has not dwindled in the face of the pandemic.  Hospitals acro...

How the Midwest is Dealing with COVID-19

April 13, 2020

As of April 11, 2020 there have been almost 500,00 confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to the CDC website as well as over 18,00 deaths. In the state of Indiana where my brother, Trevor Boyle, works as an ER nurse there have been over 7,00 positive cases and over 300 deaths according to the Indiana...

Leftists and Liberals: You can oppose both Biden and Trump

William Hibbitts

April 13, 2020

Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the presidential race, and the Democratic Party ideologues are out in force chiding leftists by saying that a refusal to vote for Joe Biden is a function of privilege and an avowal of support for Donald Trump. Such statements attempt to strike at the conscience of lef...

Governor’s Responses to Corona as Fonts

Governor’s Responses to Corona as Fonts

Samuel Poulos, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Andrew Cuomo, New York: Times New Roman This dude is clearly a dom. Throughout this crisis, he’s been the one telling it like it is not only to the people of New York, but of the entire country. He was the first governor to publicly confront the national issue, and currently manages the global ep...

What does COVID-19 mean for our incarcerated population?

Sophie Mackin, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Today, we are all grappling with the effects of COVID-19 as well as the fear and anxiety that come with it. However, many of us are able to take steps to protect ourselves and can retreat to our homes with our families. What about those who do not have the privilege of social distancing? What about t...

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