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The Self-Destruction Of American Politics

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

November 7, 2018

Is the United States broken? Has our country finally succumbed to hatred and animosity? Just over the past two weeks, there has been a nationwide occurrence of pipe bombs that were targeted at several influential Democrats, liberal celebrities, and organizations who have been disdainful of Donald Tr...

Undocumented Immigration is Cheating

November 7, 2018

On October 2, a few dozen Bates students from Professor Longaker’s Social Movements in Latin America class congregated near Commons to stake out a claim for themselves in the nationwide immigration debate. While the rally was ostensibly organized in opposition to President Trump’s family separation ...

The Power of Religion in American Government

November 7, 2018

Even though American politics has separated the state from the church, it would be naive to think that religion isn’t still embedded in American politics. Considering the overwhelming number of people that simultaneously identify with a political party and a religious practice, as well as the issues being ...

How to Elect a Fascist in Simple Steps

November 7, 2018

Last Sunday, Brazil democratically elected Jair Bolsonaro for President. Bolsonaro became internationally known for his hate speech, xenophobia, sexism, and racism. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that someone who defends that women should make less money than men could have 56% of valid vote...

When Hate Hits Home

November 7, 2018

Last Saturday morning, I got a wakeup call that I was not prepared for. I received a notification on my phone that there was a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, just a few blocks away from my house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had to call my mother to make sure that she was alright and that she...

Who is Security Really For?

Who is Security Really For?

Kyle Larry, Managing Forum Editor

October 24, 2018

On Oct. 12, 2018, the Bates Community organized a panel with security personnel to address the toxic relationship between students of color and security. The crux of the issue is security approached the students in John Bertram Hall in an unruly manner by violating their personal space and shouting ...

Don’t Vote in Lewiston, Unless…

Don’t Vote in Lewiston, Unless...

Christopher Hassan, Managing Forum Editor

October 24, 2018

Full disclaimer for those wondering: yes, I am registered to vote in Lewiston, and yes, I will almost definitely be voting in this city come November 6, 2018. For those of you who know me well, this article may come as a surprise. I’ve spent each year at Bates lunging towards people entering Comm...

Our Referendum

Our Referendum

Ashka Khaveri, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2018

While most people like to believe that a majority of students on this campus are doing their civic duty to participate in democracy, the reality is not so ideal. In the 2016 Presidential Election, according to the NSLV Campus Report, 755 Batesies voted, and 1,231 people registered out of the 1,734 people...

“Fempowering” the Midterms

Miles Nabritt, Managing Forum Editor

October 24, 2018

As we head to the ever important 2018 midterm elections in a few weeks, we need to discuss the sensitive topic of gender equality. Gender equality is not just some topic that can be scoffed at and taken lightly. Gender equality is something to witness and be exposed to in everyday life in which peopl...

Women Will Win: Biting Back in the 2018 Midterms

Women Will Win: Biting Back in the 2018 Midterms

Julia Raboy, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2018

With the American government composed of sex offenders, eyes are turned towards women as we approach the 2018 midterm elections. If Kavanaugh’s appointment validated anything for American women, it’s that there is still so much work to be done. Read More »...

Ranked-Choice Voting: A Dangerous Experiment

Ranked-Choice Voting: A Dangerous Experiment

Nick Morgoshia, Assistant Forum Editor

October 24, 2018

The 2018 midterms will be a time of many firsts for members of our community. For the freshly minted eighteen-year-olds, November 6 marks the inaugural day in their long, exciting journey as American voters. For the seasoned ballot-casters among us, this is the first opportunity to partake in a referendum o...

It’s Too Soon for Civil War

It’s Too Soon for Civil War

Georgina Scoville, Design Editor

October 24, 2018

I am willing to bet you haven’t heard of Josh Gottheimer or Clarke Tucker, Democratic nominees for the House who are labelled as moderates. I’m even more willing to bet that you have heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Read More »...

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