The Bates Student

“Change is the Name of the Game”: Many Leave, some Stay at the Hampton Inn 

Exterior of the Hampton Inn

Ellie Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

September 22, 2020

One of the biggest changes implemented at Bates this semester has been the addition of new, off-campus living. Faced with the task of providing housing to juniors who planned on studying abroad this fall, Bates Residence Life has looked to the Hampton Inn to house students.  Bates decided to partner with the Hampton In...

BatesConnect: Linking Bates-created Resources with Local Educators

BatesConnect: Linking Bates-created Resources with Local Educators

Noah Dumont

September 22, 2020

Looking for the positives of a pandemic can be a difficult task, but the recent introduction of BatesConnect is a clear gem.  BatesConnect is an online platform created through a collaboration between the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew Mountcastle, and B...

Junior Advisers Adjust to New Guidelines and Limitations

Ellie Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

September 15, 2020

One of the most important parts of the first-year experience at Bates is fostering a close bond with first-year centers — a process that is encouraged and cultivated by a Junior Advisor (JA). Although the first-year experience this year is different, JAs are working especially hard to foster a safe a...

A Resource For all Students: Bates Health Services Adopts new COVID-19 Protocols for the 2020 School Year

A Resource For all Students: Bates Health Services Adopts new COVID-19 Protocols for the 2020 School Year

Elizabeth LaCroix, Assistant News Editor

September 15, 2020

Many aspects of Bates campus life have changed this year, but Bates Health Services remains a resource for all students.  Health Services provides all of the same general medical services as last year in addition to caring for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.  “We still perform STI and UTI...

Students are back on Campus, yet some Staff Remain Concerned

Students are back on Campus, yet some Staff Remain Concerned

Amelia Keleher, Managing News Editor

September 9, 2020

Across the United States, colleges have reversed their reopening plans or sent students home after experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in the first weeks of the semester. Despite concerns expressed by faculty and staff –– including a petition to revise the college’s reopening plans –– Bates m...

Quarantined Students Recount Confusing and Frustrating Process

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

September 9, 2020

All student names in this article have been changed to protect the identity of the student who tested positive.  On the morning of Friday, Aug. 28, Stella and Annabel woke to a knock at their door and a voice asking them to answer the phone. Annabel received a call from Health Services informin...

Domestic students, science majors elected fewer classes pass fail in winter 2020

Domestic students, science majors elected fewer classes pass fail in winter 2020

Vanessa Paolella and Alexander Brovender

August 31, 2020

On May 18, The Bates Student emailed a survey regarding the elective pass/fail grading system to all students registered for the 2020 winter semester.  This grading system was instituted after students departed from campus in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students were given the option to el...

After changes to Title IX, Bates reaffirms commitment to students affected by sexual violence

Sadie Basila, Copy Editor

August 31, 2020

On May 6, the U.S Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (DoE)  published new Title IX regulations regarding sexual misconduct cases on college campuses, which resulted in Bates’ new Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti Harassment Policy published on Aug. 14.   The Title IX changes specifically pertain to the reporting process for sexual v...

Police report no evidence for off-campus parties

Eleanor Boyle, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor

August 28, 2020

On Aug. 25, Senior Associate Dean of Students Carl Steidel emailed students residing off campus about reports from “a number of neighbors regarding loud student gatherings at off-campus houses.” However, there is no evidence that students have actually hosted partied or large gatherings.  Accor...

Commons Shifts to Grab-and-Go Model for Fall Semester

Marks have been added to the floor in Commons to indicate one-way flow students should follow.

Elizabeth LaCroix, Assistant News Editor

August 25, 2020

On Aug. 12, Dining Services announced that Bates will implement a new dining procedure called the Dash program. The Dash program is designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 through a “grab-and-go” styled dining. Students will pick up all of their meals at either Commons or Gray Cage and are expe...

Ninety-four students test negative for COVID-19 in first round of testing

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

August 24, 2020

After a long, uncertain summer, the first wave of students moved into Bates this weekend.   Students were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday morning and received their results 23 and a half hours later, on Monday. All of the 94 students tested negative, according to Bates’ COVID-19 dashboard. The firs...

August 13 student Q&A highlights

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

August 13, 2020

Below are some of the highlights from the student Q&A held on Aug. 13. The Bates Student encourages students who want more information on these topics to check out the fall 2020 section of the website, watch the recording of the video online or email the administrators noted below. Move-In - Molly Newton '11, Assistant Dean of Studen...

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