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Hedge Closure Disrupts Campus Life

An isolated sprinkler malfunction in the basement of Hedge Hall resulted in the closure of the academic building for ten days, beginning Jan. 19. Professors, events and classes were displaced while the water damage was assessed and repairs were made. This incident occurred the day before the MLK observance at Bates. Events scheduled to occur […]

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Health and Safety for Old Frye Street Houses

Recent chemical lab tests have determined that some houses on Frye Street have lead paint layered into their walls. The houses with definite presences of lead in the exterior paint are Chase, Frye, Hacker, Herrick, Mitchell, Moulton, Pierce, Whittier, and Wilson. No interior paint was found to have a significant amount of lead. Future tests […]

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New Forté Chapter At Bates Welcomes More Women Leaders

“What do you think of when I say the word business?” asked Adama Diaby ‘22 to a group of Bates women on Wednesday, January 29th. “Is it a bunch of white men sitting around in suits? If that’s it, that’s okay, but we are here to change that.” Led by Diaby and her fellow student […]

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The Ins and Outs of Indigenous Archaeology

Learning about the career and accomplishments of Bates professor, Dr. Kristen Barnett, and sensing her passion, it’s hard to believe that she didn’t always know that she wanted to be an anthropologist. Dr. Barnett, who received her PhD in cultural heritage and archaeology from the University of Montana, admits that this was, in fact, the […]

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New STI Testing Kits on Campus

A new method for testing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been distributed around campus. You can find paper bags containing these kits in Commons, Merrill Gymnasium, the OIE, and residence halls. “This is a way to make STI screening more available and accessible to students outside of Health Services hours and recognizing some of the […]

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Does Bates Deserve a Land Acknowledgement?

At Bates, there is a question about the efficacy and ethicality of including a land acknowledgement at events and to open ceremonies. According to Northwestern University, a land acknowledgement is defined as “a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous […]

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Behind the Scenes of Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is a week long series of iconic Bates events, but many students have never stopped to consider what goes into planning the festivities. Classic events like Puddle Jump are paired with fun winter activities like Snowman Building and Rail Jam to create a week full of stress-relieving and seasonal activities for the whole […]

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Bates College Student Government Asks the Hard Questions on Tuition Hikes

Last Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Bates College Student Government (BCSG) welcomed Bates Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer Geoffrey Swift to their first meeting of the winter semester to discuss the bane of Bates–the rising cost of tuition. While this is an issue affecting just about every institution of higher education, few colleges […]

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Bobcats Adjust Back to College Life, Hibernation Comes to a Close

Vehicles pour into student parking, suitcases roll through the halls, and the occasional snowman is constructed on the quad. You guessed it: the Bates College student body has returned to campus from the winter break. After a refreshing month with friends, family, and holiday cheer, most students scurry back to campus with excitement and wonder. […]