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Abolish Bates (Sort of….)

In the last week, many of you have no doubt heard of some troubling news: Bates’ annual cost of attendance (including tuition, room, and board) has gone up to more than $71,000 a year. This situates us comfortably among the most expensive private universities in the country, right next to schools several times our population […]

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India at the Polls

From April 11 to May 23, over 900 million eligible voters, roughly three times the population of the United States, will cast their ballots to elect the lower house of the Indian Parliament as part of the world’s largest expression of democratic rule. India’s firebrand and Hindu nationalist Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seeks a second […]

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Being Jewish at Bates

When I began my college search, my mom and I spent countless hours scouring websites like College Confidential and Niche, as most high school students do. My mother and I, however, were not searching for which potential schools had programs that piqued my interest, were the right size, or in an optimal location, but rather […]

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Lost Amidst an Electronic Smokescreen

For a quick author’s disclaimer, this article is a prime example of self-plagiarism: I originally submitted this essay for a French class. Imagine this: it’s a Friday night, you’re dressed to impress with all your friends making your way down to a dorm pre-game. But despite the comradery and fashion choices, something is missing; you […]

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In Whom Do We Trust?

Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. For a lot of people in this country, experiencing the presidential leadership of Donald Trump has been less than inspiring and wholesome. From his aggressive political rallies to his confrontational rhetoric on national television to everything that he symbolizes, Donald Trump has been involved in controversy from […]

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Our Lick It

The experiences of queer students at Bates are multifaceted, diverse, and vibrant. They work in every field of study and organization on campus. Our community dresses from high couture queens to thrift shop sissies. Queer students express their sexualities and identities in a myriad of ways through differing layers of privilege. My experience as a […]

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Bye, Bye Shane Bouchard!

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 messages, Bouchard called elderly […]