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A Call for BCB Transparency

A Call for BCB Transparency

Danielle Fournier

April 4, 2018

The Budgets & Clubs Board (BCB) is the governing body for all club funding on campus. There are currently 94 active clubs and the great majority receive funding through BCB. The ten members of BCB are students selected through an interview process by the Committee Selection Board. I served as BCB...

Understanding Marlon Bundo

Understanding Marlon Bundo

Sarah McCarthy

March 28, 2018

On March 19, Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, released a children’s book she wrote, and her mother illustrated entitled Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President. The book outlines a day in the life of the Pence Family rabbit who is cleverly named Marlon Bundo. In ...

Are You a Racist? – Part Two

Are You a Racist? – Part Two

Kyle Larry, Managing Forum Editor

March 21, 2018

In my previous article, "Are You a Racist?" I explored the definition of racism. I highlighted the difference between prejudice and racism, with prejudice being strictly hatred, while racism is both hatred and having systematic power. Furthermore, I parsed the popular debate of whether people of color c...

AESOP and the Outing Club are Made of White Privilege

March 14, 2018

It comes as no surprise to most Bates students that our ‘beloved’ AESOP orientation trips are led by an overwhelmingly white organization. Whiteness is central to this path to entry to our college; to have an identity dissociated from a ‘hip,’ outdoorsy norm rooted in a Northeastern white unde...

More Than Dessert: How Wedding Cakes Could Redefine Free Speech

More Than Dessert: How Wedding Cakes Could Redefine Free Speech

Nick Morgoshia

March 14, 2018

Few things stir the American blood as much as the First Amendment. Almost as old as the U.S. Constitution itself, the First Amendment vouchsafes our continued existence as a marketplace of ideas by barring Congress from "abridging the freedom of speech, press, peaceful assembly, and religion." Throughout hi...

“Overlooked” and Correcting Past Injustices

“Overlooked” and Correcting Past Injustices

Sarah McCarthy

March 14, 2018

On March 8, 2018, The New York Times unraveled a new series of obituaries dedicated to important figures from the past for whom they had neglected to publish an obituary when their natural lives came to an end. The Times acknowledges that the majority of the obituaries they have published and continu...

Critiquing Trump’s Hasty Regard for Policy

Critiquing Trump's Hasty Regard for Policy

Sarah McCarthy

March 7, 2018

In a meeting with important representatives of both the American aluminum and steel industries this past Thursday, March 1, President Trump announced he would be levying harsh tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, some products may see up to a 25% tax tacked on. This announcement came suddenly and...

Are You a Racist?

Are You a Racist?

February 14, 2018

"Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Blacks folks don’t have that choice." In Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, she illustrates how white privilege is like a shield for white people when it comes to oppression, because their white skin grants them opportunitie...

Responding to the State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union

Sarah McCarthy

February 7, 2018

Last Tuesday, President Trump delivered his 2018 State of the Union address. In this speech he highlighted the need for unity in the government, immigration reform, veteran benefits, investments in infrastructure, and the threat of North Korea, oh and the reopening of Guantanamo Bay. Throughout the speec...

Tax Breaks for Amazon Represent Dangerous Trend

Tax Breaks for Amazon Represent Dangerous Trend

February 6, 2018

When we think of Amazon, most of us picture buying something from the internet and going to pick it up a few days later at Post and Print. But Amazon has expanded far beyond the realm of a simple internet retailer. It has become a corporate giant on the level of Facebook, Google, and Apple. It has become...

Banning The New Jim Crow in Prisons Stirs Unrest

Banning The New Jim Crow in Prisons Stirs Unrest

Sarah McCarthy

January 31, 2018

Freedom of information and the ability to advance oneself socially are two pillars that defined the founding the United States. The idea of The American Dream depends on a citizen’s ability to take advantage of the resources of the nation in order to build a better life for their children. Censorship of...

Are Tide Pods a Delightful Snack or a Detergent?

Are Tide Pods a Delightful Snack or a Detergent?

Sarah McCarthy

January 24, 2018

Lately, it seems every two months or so, the social media world embraces a new viral challenge. Some of you may remember the cinnamon challenge from way back when or, more recently, the water bottle flip or the mannequin challenge, but few seem to have infiltrated the college world as deeply as the Tide P...

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