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Islamophobia is Racism

Islamophobia is Racism
October 3, 2018

Despite what my last name would suggest, my only connection to any Islamic identity is my Albanian grandfather. And even if I was Muslim, you would never assume so since I am just an average-looking white...

The Obama-Trump Foreign Policy: Two Sides to the Same Coin

The Obama-Trump Foreign Policy: Two Sides to the Same Coin
October 3, 2018

After loading up on a daily dose of Trumpian bile, revisiting President Obama’s speeches, social media posts, and interviews is a breath of fresh air. Of particular resonance is the idea that Obama’s...

The Continuation of the Crisis in Myanmar

The Continuation of the Crisis in Myanmar
October 3, 2018

One of the many international crises in recent years has been the ongoing devastation in Myanmar. Specifically, we have seen the presence of an authoritarian junta using ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya...

We’re Here, We’re Queer

We’re Here, We’re Queer
October 3, 2018

“The closet does have a benefit. It provides safety. Which at times is important. But remember, as long as you are in there, two other things will be too. Fear and shame.” This quote by Anthony Venn-Brown,...

80s: Do the Right Thing

One of several “80s” items left behind on Saturday Sept. 15. 
CHRISTOPHER HASSAN/THE BATES STUDENT
September 19, 2018

Since the moment I stepped on campus as a first-year, the 80s dance was instantly infamous amongst current students. “80s Weekend” is, for many first-years, the first big initiation into the party...

Kaepernick and Capitalism

Kaepernick and Capitalism
September 19, 2018

For those who have somehow missed the headlines from the past couple of weeks, Nike’s new campaign honoring its 30th anniversary of their slogan — “Just Do It” — features Colin Kaepernick, a...

The Power of Separation

“IF YOU WANT TO BE YOURSELF, EAT HERE.”
CHRISTOPHER HASSAN/THE BATES STUDENT
September 19, 2018

“The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.” This quote by Dorothy Day highlights how, legally, people have the ability to be in the same space with people who come...

Republicanism Under Trump

Republicanism Under Trump
September 19, 2018

With President Trump in office, it does not get better until it gets worse. Every time we find ourselves thinking the apogee of indecency, hotheadedness, and disregard for the truth has been reached, Mr....

A Stutterer No Longer, on Paper at Least

May 2, 2018

When does a secret become a secret? Is it when someone whispers into another person’s ear and begs them not to tell? Or maybe it happens more gradually, merely a result of choosing not to talk about...

Understanding the Importance of Opinions

Understanding the Importance of Opinions
May 2, 2018

When I began working for the forum section in the fall of this past year, I didn’t know what to expect. What would I write on? Who else would contribute to the section? Did my articles really matter...

All Walks of Life Are More Important than What Meets the Eye

All Walks of Life Are More Important than What Meets the Eye
May 2, 2018

The Guardian reports that President Trump stated " I believe in clean air. I believe in crystal- clear, beautiful… I believe in just having good cleanliness in all. Now, with that being said, if somebody...

Fake News, Real Consequences

Fake News, Real Consequences
May 2, 2018

  In an impassioned address to a joint meeting of Congress last week, French President Emmanuel Macron railed against "the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational...

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