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I “Dreamed a Dream” of a Better Les Miserables

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Nerissa Brobbey

January 23, 2013

Last week a fine critique was done praising the film version of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Miserables. I had seen the film the week before and I had a more mixed impression of it. In summary, without giving anything away, Les Miserables is a story that stays true to its own title; a tale of misery, loss, injustice, and poverty. It follows the life of prison...

Operation Pillar of Defense: A Normal Lifestyle for Israelis?

Natalie Shribman

January 23, 2013

Some might say Israel is in a constant state of danger and that a lifestyle of war and bombs is somewhat normal for the people who live there. This was definitely the attitude of many Israelis during the recent conflict between Palestinians and Israelis two months ago when I was living there as a full-time student. On November 14, the chief of the Gaza military wing of Hamas...

The Misperception of Marriage

The Misperception of Marriage

Nerissa Brobbey

January 16, 2013

Marriage is the official declaration of the love between a couple, an indication of settling down and a safe time to bear and raise children. As much as the romance aspect of marriage is true for many I believe there is an overall misconception about the purpose of marriage. There is a less romantic side t...

Wanted: Effective U.S. Gun Policy

Wanted: Effective U.S. Gun Policy

Curtis Rheingold

January 16, 2013

Six months after the mass shooting in Aurora, CO, and a month removed from the Newtown, CT, massacre, the Obama administration is finally considering legislation to improve federal gun control laws in the United States. A task force led by Vice President Joe Biden has been discussing options such as i...

On Compromise

On Compromise

Scott Olehnik

January 16, 2013

With Congress’s approval rating hovering just around 14 percent, I think it is safe to say that what many people would like to see in the new session of Congress is compromise. However, compromise is often problematic, and, as Paul Krugman said in a recent New York Times article, "implying a symmetr...

Romney’s social policy represents a step backward for America

Romney’s social policy represents a step backward for America

Amy Schmidt

November 7, 2012

In recent weeks leading up to the presidential election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been trying to gain support from women voters. While both candidates float the same general statements about increasing opportunities and support for women in the workforce, Romney’s record reveals a de...

A Balanced Approach

A Balanced Approach

David Weinman

November 7, 2012

Whoever takes the oath on January 20 will face the daunting challenge of stabilizing the unsustainable levels of debt that our nation continues to accumulate. During the last four years, the debt has increased by six trillion dollars. The growing costs of entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security...

It happens here, too. Bates needs to change the way we deal with sexual assault.

It happens here, too. Bates needs to change the way we deal with sexual assault.

Caroline Richards and Rachel Baumann

November 7, 2012

Judging from the number of students at NESCAC colleges who have come forward following former Amherst student Angie Epifano’s account in the Amherst Student of the horrifying details of her rape and the college’s inappropriate response and lack of support, one might say that it would not be surpr...

President Clayton Spencer’s Speech Signals a Promising Future for Bates

President Clayton Spencer's Speech Signals a Promising Future for Bates

Curtis Rheingold

November 7, 2012

To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect from President Spencer’s inauguration ceremony. It was taking place in the middle of a Friday afternoon (a time when people were probably either in class or getting ready to start the weekend), and was located in Merrill gymnasium – a building ...

Dress nice, make ‘em look twice

Dress nice, make ‘em look twice

Catherine Tuttle

October 31, 2012

Women Advocacy Group’s soiree and reactions to sexual assault controversy at Amherst This past Saturday evening, the Bates Women’s Advocacy Group held their first-ever Soiree, held from 8-11pm in the Little Room in Chase. It was advertised as a “classy and elegant evening” and expectations were sur...

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