The Bates Student

Whose Perspective?: A Critique of The Bates Student Reporting

October 2, 2019

The article “Bates Perspective on Hong Kong” (which I will refer to as “Perspective”), featured in the last issue of The Bates Student, raises critical concerns about objectivity and integrity through biased rhetoric which overgeneralized, misinformed, and misrepresented its subject matter. By ...

Impeachment: A Moral and Political Imperative

October 2, 2019

The President of the United States must be impeached. This is not something I say lightly; impeachment is perhaps Congress’ most significant and carefully considered power, implemented only twice in the nation’s history. But after the latest revelations about Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with...

My Razor, My Choice

October 2, 2019

Some of my fondest memories from sleep away camp were the bi-weekly shaving parties my friends and I threw. We filled a bucket with water, brought razors and shaving cream outside to the bunk’s concrete porch, and blasted “Call Me Maybe” as we shaved the nonexistent hair off our legs. These...

Privilege vs Power

October 2, 2019

One of the main takeaways I gathered from the Kiese Laymon speech on Sept. 26 was this idea of “luck,” and how White people assume that the only reason a Black person could be successful is by ‘luck.” In their minds, it would be absurd for a Black person to attain success by means of an earnest ...

Stop Throwing The South Under The Bus

October 2, 2019

I completely understand. Many people, faculty and students have no love for the right in American politics today. After all, I will be the first to tell you that we deserve whatever is coming in 2020. However, there’s been a troubling hyperbole being pushed inside a classroom here at Bates that I wi...

Bobkittens Taking Their First Steps in the World

September 18, 2019

This section is meant to illustrate the transition of college through a first-year’s eye. This perspective is unapologetically truthful, funny, serious, brutal, hysterical, happy, all of which are common to feel in college at one point or another. Whether that be navigating Commons during peak hours, ...

Beto Hands NRA Biggest Win This Year

September 18, 2019

Last week’s Democratic Debates in Houston, Texas saw several of the candidates strive to show how they were different from one another on anything from healthcare to gun control. One former congressman from Texas, Beto O’Rourke had the strongest and most quotable statement of the night. When a...

Leave Your Stereotypes at the Door

September 18, 2019

Imagine this! An eighteen-year-old, gay, African American male from the Southside of Chicago leaves his hometown to seek out what he was led to believe a “better education.” The only problem is that this education comes with a price: he has to overcome preconceived notions people have about him b...

The Art of Saying “Hi”

September 18, 2019

For first-years, it’s now been three weeks of “what’s your name”, “where are you from”, and “where do you do live”. Yet nine days of orientation, four days of AESOP, and eight days of classes are still not enough to shake off these semi-awkward and semi-superficial introductory conversati...

Returning to New Beginnings

September 18, 2019

My freshman year experience at Bates was truly a unique one. It went by both incredibly slowly, and too quickly to recall. Much of my first-year experience at Bates consisted of learning and assimilating to the culture that my new educational environment was based around. Being a student of color at a...

Making Space for Introverts at Bates

Austin Dumont

May 7, 2019

When you have to stand up in front of the entire class and present, do you feel your stomach drop? Does visiting your professor’s office hours make you cringe? What about being at a party or a dance? Do you find these events to be anxiety-inducing beforehand, even if you have a good time in the end?...

Democrats in Division

Eben Cook

May 1, 2019

In the countless politically-charged articles that graze my social media timelines daily, no word meets my eyes more than “polarizing.” Normally, the opinionated authors of these articles use this word to assess the evolving relationship between the Democrat and Republican Parties. But frankly, i...

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