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Stop Discrediting Bernie Sanders’ Minority Supporters

Naja Crockett

November 20, 2019

Ever since the 2016 Democratic primary election cycle that mainly involved Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, there has been an unsettling narrative perpetrated by Sanders’ political adversaries within the Democratic Party. This narrative generalized Sanders’ supporters and characterized many ...

Spooky or Offensive? The True Horror is Culturally Appropriated Halloween Costumes

November 6, 2019

Spooky season! Carving pumpkins, sipping the seasonal coffee flavors, and putting on a costume as someone other than yourself. It seems that on one night of the year, people can dress up however they want, and no one can have an opinion about it…wrong! In regards to how open people are about wearin...

A Coward’s Retreat

November 6, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would pull U.S. troops out of northeast Syria, the previous epicenter of Islamic State’s (IS) extremist caliphate that managed to take over large portions of Syria and Iraq. The U.S. military stressed long ago that IS was not “defe...

The Body Toxicity at Bates

November 6, 2019

I’m not a calculating person. Since coming to Bates, however, I’ve learned how to be one. The body toxic culture here at Bates has led me to deliberate over everything I chose to wear or eat. I’ll put on a shirt in the morning, look in the mirror, and ask myself if I really feel like listeni...

Stop Dominating Space: White Party Culture and Exclusion Across Campus

November 6, 2019

The first thing you probably see as you swipe into Commons is the long “POC (people of color) table” which lays itself out in front of a room full of white students. Both lower-class and upper class students of color retreat to this table during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they also retreat t...

The Myth of Self-Segregation

November 6, 2019

“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 from backgrounds different from their own; however, due to societal hierarchies not everyone has the ab...

Den Delivery: The Hero Bates Needs

November 6, 2019

The dining options at Bates are great. Commons provides diverse food options, gourmet meals, and is consistently ranked as one of the best cafeterias in the country. The Den has mozzarella sticks! But on those nights when it’s too late to swipe into Commons and too cold to walk to the Den, Bobcat...

“Bernie or Bust” Batesies Aren’t Being as Bold as They Believe

October 24, 2019

Many Bates students I speak with are at least passively supporting Bernie Sanders' candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. Unfortunately, most of those students barely seem to know the names of the other candidates running. At the same time, my peers try to argue for Sanders' camp...

Where It’s Easy to Get Hard Copies

October 23, 2019

If there’s one thing they left out of the Bates tour, it’s the unreliable, bordering on malevolent, nature of the school printers. Despite the convenience of needing only your I.D. card to print anywhere, you’ll go to three or four printers sometimes before finding one that works. Between...

Maine’s Bane: Internet Access

October 23, 2019

As college students, we all have a substantial investment in the internet. From everything from finishing that paper exactly two minutes before the submission tab closes on Lyceum to blasting Lizzo on Spotify at 1:00am on Saturday nights. The internet has made our large and diverse world so much smaller, ...

Respecting, Recognizing, and Restoring Indigenous Rights

October 23, 2019

What does it mean to be a modern, indigenous person today? How am I supposed to dress, act, speak, even breathe like a Native? These thoughts have lingered on my mind for as long as I can remember and were especially highlighted on Monday, Oct. 14. Holding sorrow, anger, and violence but also pride, h...

Why The Word “Woke” Needs To Be Put To Rest

October 23, 2019

One of the most problematic parts about attending a liberal arts school is the arbitrary manner in which the term “woke” is used. People use the term in their everyday language because it’s one of those buzzwords that indicates a person is “down for the cause.” But, in my opinion, I believ...

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