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C.T.E. and Cutoff Dates: Inside the NFL Settlement

C.T.E. and Cutoff Dates: Inside the NFL Settlement

Sarah McCarthy

January 17, 2018

Imagine this: your loved one experiences a rapid mental and physical decline, raking up doctors bills and draining family funds, and suffers an untimely death, which allows doctors to make a groundbreaking discovery, but you are forced to deliver pizzas to make ends meet. This is the story of Garrett...

The Trump-Bannon Feud Becomes the Battle for the Republican Party

The Trump-Bannon Feud Becomes the Battle for the Republican Party

January 17, 2018

On July 31, 2017, John F. Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as the White House Chief of Staff. In the days that followed, Kelly ushered in the Administration’s first major leadership reshuffle. Estranged Republicans, disenchanted with the trajectory of the party under Trump, were simmering with hope yet...

Shane Bouchard for Mayor

Nick Morgoshia

December 11, 2017

The Bates Republicans are proud to endorse Shane Bouchard ahead of Lewiston’s mayoral runoff on December 12. We — as conservatives, Lewiston residents, and Americans — are fortunate to have a man of Mr. Bouchard’s experience, unwavering commitment, and exemplary integrity working towards a bet...

The Royal Engagement

The Royal Engagement

Sarah McCarthy

December 11, 2017

On Monday, November 27, Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. After noting the fact that Harry designed the engagement ring himself and even asked his fiancè’s parents for their blessing, it is important to understand what their engagement means in the larger so...

LePage vs. Medicaid Expansion

LePage vs. Medicaid Expansion

Sarah McCarthy

November 15, 2017

Last Tuesday, Maine voters overwhelmingly approved Medicaid expansion in the state. It is estimated that, as a result of the passing of this referendum, over 80,000 additional Mainers will qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The health law allows states to decide whether or not to ...

On Bates Parking Tickets

On Bates Parking Tickets

Sarah McCarthy

November 8, 2017

With the ongoing changes occurring with Lewiston City ordinances, parking on campus has become more of a hassle than it already was. Due to the overnight parking ban, students are no longer permitted to park their cars overnight on Bardwell Street, Campus Avenue, College Street, Central Avenue, Davi...

Saudi Arabia and North Korea: Following a Similar Pattern

Saudi Arabia and North Korea: Following a Similar Pattern

November 8, 2017

We all have perceptions of Saudi Arabia; it’s most widely known for its oil tycoons, prohibiting women from driving, and having thousands of royal princes. We also know, limitedly, about the power struggles that go on behind the scenes in the family court. One of only four active absolute monarchies in...

The Case for Free Birth Control

The Case for Free Birth Control

Sarah McCarthy

November 1, 2017

In 2009, the Affordable Care Act reformed the American health care system. With its passage came a provision that all insurers had to cover co-pay free birth control of all types for all women with medical insurance. For many women, co-pay free birth control allowed them to choose when and if they w...

Boko Haram, 18 brave girls and the power of lending a hand

Boko Haram, 18 brave girls and the power of lending a hand

Sarah McCarthy

November 1, 2017

Northeastern Nigeria has long been plagued by the presence of Boko Haram and the violence and terror that they have inflicted on Nigerian citizens in this region. Boko Haram is a militant group that was formed as a result of the poverty and corruption that have long plagued Nigeria. The former Nigerian ...

Catalonia Wants Independence, Right?

Catalonia Wants Independence, Right?

November 1, 2017

Well, it happened. Catalonia declared independence from Spain. We, as Americans, as people whose founding fathers declared independence from our own overlords, should be happy, supportive even. Based on our own track record of saying we support freedom and democracy, the United States should be clamoring ...

Letter to the Bates Community

Letter to the Bates Community

October 11, 2017

My Fellow Bates Students, Today marks over a month since Student Government has been in full force, working hard to transform itself into a more student-facing organization. This necessary rebuild comes with a host of diligent effort and, to be completely honest, a lot of trial and error. We are livi...

The Second Ammendment and Gun Control

The Second Ammendment and Gun Control

Sarah McCarthy

October 11, 2017

In the wake of yet another tragic mass shooting, it’s time to finally put aside our differences and take a look into the ways in which we as a nation can protect our fellow citizens. This is a charge that must be inspired by and for the people, and carried out by those we elect to represent our ba...

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