The Bates Student

Endometriosis? Ever Heard of it?

Julia Raboy

March 6, 2019

If you know at least ten people with a uterus, odds are you also know someone with endometriosis. Endometriosis is perhaps the most common disease you’ve never heard of. Affecting at least ten percent of the female-bodied population, endometriosis is defined as the growth of tissue similar to that ...

How To Come Back from Blackface: You Can’t

Ashka Jhaveri

March 6, 2019

An article from the BBC states that “Skeletons seem to be making a mass exodus from public figures closets of late.” These skeletons must be pushed into the light and faced with the wrath of the public for what they are: a racist exercises of power and white supremacy. As blackface begins to dom...

The Politics of Arrogance: A psychological take on STEM majors

March 6, 2019

As a politics and psychology double major, I at times receive scrutiny from STEM majors about how I’m “wasting my money” and how I’m unemployable because, apparently, the only thing people in the arts and humanities do is “sit around a classroom and theorize about books.” This couldn’t be furt...

Wealth Tax: When The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

February 13, 2019

Upon returning to Bates in the fall of 2018, I found an email from Professor Engel sitting in my inbox. “Dear politics majors,” it read, “the department is hosting a welcome back reception in the Muskie Archives Garden. Besides getting a chance to have ice cream with us, you can meet some facul...

Between the Scenes of Satire

February 13, 2019

In the first years of the Trump Presidency, late-night comedians and TV shows often make headlines for mocking the president and his ragtag administration of wannabe autocrats. In one corner you have Alec Baldwin’s cruddy impression of Trump lamenting the Mueller investigation with the rest of the Sa...

“And We Must Do Better”

Madeline Clark, contributing writer; additional editing by Tricia Crimmins

February 13, 2019

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Disclaimer: The ambiguity of this article is designed to keep the identities of those mentioned protected. However, because the article clearly indicates that my perpetrator was someone I’ve dated, I want to make undeniably explicit that this person does not and ha...

A Psychological Critique of Disney Romance

February 13, 2019

Princesses, hands-down, have to be some of the most iconic additions to the Disney franchise. We remember them for their long, luscious hair, their hourglass figures, and their gorgeous smiles. We also remember how these lovely women ended up with the men of their dreams and lived out their happily...

Military Service Knows No Gender

January 30, 2019

From the Kavanaugh scandal to the growing appreciation movement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to the court’s most recent ruling in favor of the transgender military ban, there is never a dull moment in the nation’s highest court. On Tuesday, January 22nd, the Supreme Court agreed with a 5-4 major...

Identity and Belonging in College

January 30, 2019

“Congratulations! On behalf of the President, Faculty, and Board of trustees of Bates College, we are pleased to offer you admission to the Bates Class of 2022.” For many students, opening the email or letter admitting them to college grants them permission to finally take a breath, and promises ...

Unapologetically,Unconvincing Appropriation

January 30, 2019

I didn’t understand cultural appropriation until I found myself staring directly in the eye. The first few times I probably just ignored it, or maybe I didn’t even recognize it for the fear of being the creepy brown girl, sticking her nose in other people’s business. I let it go because I don...

The Mainstream Media Madness

January 30, 2019

The mainstream media in recent times has been described as out of touch, biased, and a factory for producing fake news. In this tumultuous era of politics, these labels fracture the sanctity of the “Fourth Branch of Government,” whose duty is indispensable. The media is supposed to be the watcher on th...

Longest Shutdown in History: All for Nothing?

January 30, 2019

When I was settling upon my article topic on a late Thursday night, the most protracted partial government shutdown in US history appeared nowhere near resolution. Besides racking up at least $6 billion in cost to the economy, the 35-day showdown between President Trump and the Democrat-controlled Hou...

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