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Bye, Bye Shane Bouchard!

March 20, 2019

CW: Racism On Friday, March 8th the Mayor of Lewiston, Shane Bouchard, resigned amid a scandal arising from racist text messages he sent to his mistress, as well as allegations of having a hand in leaking mayoral election opponent Ben Chin’s emails to the Maine Examiner in 2017. In the text m...

We’re Not Invinsible: Living with STDs

March 20, 2019

As Bates continues on after Sex Week, it’s important to be aware of how you’re conducting yourself sexually. This is a topic that carries such a heavy stigmatism that I’ve chosen to write this article anonymously. If that in and of itself doesn’t already touch upon how detrimental these disea...

Surviving March Madness

March 20, 2019

If you were to go around and ask a dozen of random Bates student what is the hardest month in the school year, I guarantee you that most of them would say March. Between the weather rapidly changing from a snowy nightmare to a sunny paradise, and professors handing out assignments with a very short timel...

H.R.1: the Anti- Pluralist Manifesto

March 20, 2019

Imagine waking up in an America where H.R. 1: For the People Act of 2019 is the law of the land. Washington, D.C. is a full-fledged state of the Union (so what that the city was profoundly dependent on the federal government and the statehood has given its residents an unfair influence over national...

Mental Health: The Persistence of a Major Problem

March 20, 2019

I have many friends on this campus who talk about how March is the hardest month at Bates, and rightly so. Coming back from February recess, it is a non-stop effort to get to short term and the warmth of April. March is a month of long nights in the library, late hours at practice, and spending much more ...

OUR Revolution Has Begun

Michael Morgan

March 6, 2019

The revolutionary senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, has launched his bid for the presidency, vowing to transform our country. As a former presidential hopeful, Bernie is seasoned in the game, possesses an extensive support network, and is shaking up our concept of the “mainstream” as we know it. Bernie...

My Proposed Curriculum

March 6, 2019

It is that time of the year again. As March brings unwarranted hopes for a warm respite from Maine’s record-setting winter temperatures, the Registrar’s Office reminds us to sign up for fall classes. I always enjoy crafting my course schedule. But there is more to the process than casually lingering...

Endometriosis? Ever Heard of it?

Julia Raboy

March 6, 2019

If you know at least ten people with a uterus, odds are you also know someone with endometriosis. Endometriosis is perhaps the most common disease you’ve never heard of. Affecting at least ten percent of the female-bodied population, endometriosis is defined as the growth of tissue similar to that ...

The Pain is Still Here

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

March 6, 2019

Yes, it’s March, and to many, this may seem outdated, but I want to discuss the importance of Black History Month and the continuation of racism. I have been thinking a lot about how racism is still influential in today’s society despite the valiant efforts of the historical Civil Rights and the Bl...

How To Come Back from Blackface: You Can’t

Ashka Jhaveri

March 6, 2019

An article from the BBC states that “Skeletons seem to be making a mass exodus from public figures closets of late.” These skeletons must be pushed into the light and faced with the wrath of the public for what they are: a racist exercises of power and white supremacy. As blackface begins to dom...

The Politics of Arrogance: A psychological take on STEM majors

March 6, 2019

As a politics and psychology double major, I at times receive scrutiny from STEM majors about how I’m “wasting my money” and how I’m unemployable because, apparently, the only thing people in the arts and humanities do is “sit around a classroom and theorize about books.” This couldn’t be furt...

Wealth Tax: When The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

February 13, 2019

Upon returning to Bates in the fall of 2018, I found an email from Professor Engel sitting in my inbox. “Dear politics majors,” it read, “the department is hosting a welcome back reception in the Muskie Archives Garden. Besides getting a chance to have ice cream with us, you can meet some facul...

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