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Anonymous: For Jews, Wisdom has Always been Central

November 15, 2018

I was initially asked to write a long piece for the Student reflecting on this event as a Jew. I encouraged Bates Hillel to submit individual reflections. For me, representing the Jewish experience at Bates through a singular lens feeds into the harmful concept of Semitic-sameness. In our faith and culture,...

Anonymous: Unacceptable Silence in the Wake of the Tree of Life

November 15, 2018

Something terrible happened in my 100’s-level politics class. Going over news stories from the weekend, the professor asked for a student to give the headline, the impact, and how we felt about it. Silence followed. In a class of 40, no one stuck their neck out to give voice to what happened. The students...

White Colonial Amnesia

November 7, 2018

This administration, and the American people at large, have time and again shown that they hate immigrants of color. Trump’s administration has boisterously supported banning refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and, more recently, Honduras and Central America. The president recently announce...

The President’s Threat to Immigrant Dreams

Ashka Jhaveri

November 7, 2018

President Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship because it is, as he aggressively stated at a rally, a "crazy, lunatic policy." What he calls crazy, many families call hope. The 14th Amendment has been part of our Constitution since 1868 and has since promised citizenship to all those who...

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...

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