The Bates Student

“I don’t get it”

Yuri Kim

September 23, 2020

Poulos: ‘RBG always reminds me of my mom’

Samuel Poulos, Assistant Features Editor

September 23, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Millions of online remembrances, a movie, and several clips from Saturday Night Live have all been rightly made to honor the titan on the bench. I can neither better attest to her moral fiber than a family member, nor better explain her impact a...

VIDEO: Forum Focus Episode 2, Diversity and Inclusion

Miles Nabritt, Skye Brown, and Roy Mathews

September 22, 2020

Listen to Forum editors Roy, Skye, and Miles talk about the impact that diversity and inclusion have at Bates and within society. They each talk about their opinions and experiences when it comes to diversity, allyship, and their voice when it comes to being a minority in predominantly exclusive spaces.

Bites on my Body

Sam Jean-Francois

September 22, 2020

Dear Bates,  I want you to tell me how I taste. How I taste when you cannibalize me. When you turn my body into flesh, mind into profit, (I)mage into proof. I want you to tell me how I taste after you eat away at my energy and leave bones on my plate. When your bites turn my trauma into worksh...

The Middle East’s New Reality

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

September 22, 2020

Thanks to the genius of our president, or more likely thanks to his ability to get out of his own way, two peace deals were signed at the White House this week that normalized relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab states. The last time Israel normalized relations with an Arab state was with Jor...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Pioneer, Advocate, and Accomplished Justice

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

September 22, 2020

This past Friday we had to deal with the passing of another global icon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was not just a Supreme Court justice; she was a champion of feminism and civil rights, a revered intellectual, and a symbol of equality. Ginsburg was known for accomplishing many historical feats in her ti...

Ranked choice voting and its critics: Is extremism bad?

Sadie Basila, Copy Editor

September 16, 2020

The Sept.1 issue of The Bates Student included a piece titled “One Person One Vote: The Case against Ranked Choice Voting.” The arguments included in this Forum piece rely on incorrect mathematics and assumptions about electoral politics and global political events, and in some ways, failed to accou...

Central Planning Revived at Commons

Central Planning Revived at Commons

Roy Mathews, Managing Forum Editor

September 16, 2020

Have you ever been so hungry that you just turn into a jerk? Regardless of whether you’re an athlete who has just finished practice, a library marathoner who hasn’t seen the sky in a couple of hours, or just your average student with a high metabolism, you know that Commons answers when your tummy...

As Student Diversity Rises, Faculty Representation Lags Behind

Skye Brown, Assistant Forum Editor

September 16, 2020

“We value people who look different, we don’t value those who think different[ly].”  This is a direct quote from Professor Kristen Barnett who is an American Studies professor at Bates. The point Professor Barnett makes is echoed in Dr. Sara Ahmed’s book “On being Included: Racism and Di...

“Defund” the Military, Fund Diplomacy 

Gabriel Coffey

September 16, 2020

Calls to “defund the police” have echoed throughout the United States this summer. This is a great and worthy cause. Yet, what about doing the same to the military? What about cutting funding and reallocating resources for the very institution that has destabilized a myriad of countries and kille...

In Defense of the Class of 2024

In Defense of the Class of 2024

Joey McGarry

September 16, 2020

The Class of 2024 has been handed a bad reputation, and it's not difficult to discern why. In any given year, the freshmen’s titular “fresh-ness” is the easy butt-end of any joke. Wandering around campus with our lanyards and dorm keys, searching for our first-year seminar, we understand we look ...

The Diversity of the Bates Bubble Is a Lie

Mei Kane

September 9, 2020

Liberal arts colleges like Bates market themselves as bubbles tucked away from the outside world of racism and bigotry. They highlight the small size of their student bodies and advertise to prospective students by arguing that the close-knit nature of their communities allow students to befriend peer...

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