The Bates Student

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...

Letter to the Editor: Ranked Choice Voting Unlikely to Fracture Two-Party System

Martin Montgomery

September 1, 2020

In response to One Person One Vote: The Case Against Ranked Choice Voting: To add a few remarks on ranked choice voting from someone who has looked at the mathematics behind various voting systems: The author seems to have Duverger’s Law in mind when writing “With a field now open to more candid...

Letter to the Editor: Tenuous Connection between TikTok and Uighurs

Letian Ge

August 9, 2020

I am a Bates class of 2017 graduate, and as you might already figure from my name, I am a Chinese. I believe that this article reflects a dangerous trend of anti-sino racism hidden under the mask of national security concern and human right outrage, which is currently prevalent in the U.S., unfortuna...

Letter to the Editor: Bates Employees Deserve At Least $15 an Hour

Ryan Lizanecz

January 22, 2020

As you may have heard, Bowdoin College has recently raised their starting wage to $17 an hour for all employees. It is long overdue that Bates also raise our wages for both students and staff to a minimum of $15 an hour. Those who clean our dorms and dishes, cook our food and keep our campus beautif...

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