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Happy Endings

May 1, 2019

Can you believe that it’s the end of the school year? I know that I sure can’t! I don’t think I only speak for myself when I say that I didn’t think I would make it to the end. After much reflection on the events that occurred this year, I have come to the conclusion that… wait for it… ...

The Art of Saying Goodbye

May 1, 2019

Conclusions have never been easy for me to read or write. I reach the final chapter of any story and I need to pause and wait until I am ready to soak in the final page. When I reach the final paragraph of an essay, my laptop’s cursor blinks for days before I am able to finish tying my prose together...

The Paradox of Presentism

May 1, 2019

Physics teaches us that a myriad of factors – causal loops and the grandfather paradox, to name just two – render the possibility of travelling back in time obsolete. It teaches us that the future is born out of the past, and that it is unlikely that our kind will ever be able to journey through...

Abolish Bates (Sort of….)

May 1, 2019

In the last week, many of you have no doubt heard of some troubling news: Bates’ annual cost of attendance (including tuition, room, and board) has gone up to more than $71,000 a year. This situates us comfortably among the most expensive private universities in the country, right next to schools s...

India at the Polls

May 1, 2019

From April 11 to May 23, over 900 million eligible voters, roughly three times the population of the United States, will cast their ballots to elect the lower house of the Indian Parliament as part of the world’s largest expression of democratic rule. India’s firebrand and Hindu nationalist Prime...

Being Jewish at Bates

Julia Raboy

May 1, 2019

When I began my college search, my mom and I spent countless hours scouring websites like College Confidential and Niche, as most high school students do. My mother and I, however, were not searching for which potential schools had programs that piqued my interest, were the right size, or in an op...

Lost Amidst an Electronic Smokescreen

Lost Amidst an Electronic Smokescreen

April 3, 2019

For a quick author’s disclaimer, this article is a prime example of self-plagiarism: I originally submitted this essay for a French class. Imagine this: it’s a Friday night, you’re dressed to impress with all your friends making your way down to a dorm pre-game. But despite the comradery an...

Stand with Israel, and Criticize it Too

Stand with Israel, and Criticize it Too

April 3, 2019

When Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) suggested that taking a pro-Israeli stance smacked of foreign allegiance, an army of politicians from across the aisle leaped to condemn her poorly phrased and flagrantly insensitive remarks. And rightfully so. In a world where the ghost of anti-Semitism knows no boundaries, it...

In Whom Do We Trust?

In Whom Do We Trust?

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

April 3, 2019

Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. For a lot of people in this country, experiencing the presidential leadership of Donald Trump has been less than inspiring and wholesome. From his aggressive political rallies to his confrontational rhetoric on national television to everything that he s...

A Love Letter to the Left Behind “NARPs”

April 3, 2019

I am not an athlete, and I am not a member of the Outing Club. This puts me in a weird position here at Bates, a small school with a plethora of sports teams and outdoorsy groups: where do I fit in? When I first arrived at Bates, I felt lonely almost immediately. Pretty much everyone in my First...

Interracial Relationships: It’s Complicated

April 3, 2019

By now, I am confident that everyone has seen Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Outside of the film insinuating that being in an interracial relationship could lead you to imminent death with your organs being implanted into white people, it was a realistic take on how controversial engaging in an interrac...

Our Lick It

March 20, 2019

The experiences of queer students at Bates are multifaceted, diverse, and vibrant. They work in every field of study and organization on campus. Our community dresses from high couture queens to thrift shop sissies. Queer students express their sexualities and identities in a myriad of ways through ...

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