Commencement and Reunion Weekend Cancelled amid COVID-19 Concerns

Commencement and Reunion Weekend Cancelled amid COVID-19 Concerns

Vanessa Paolella, Managing Editor

April 6, 2020

Bates officially announced the cancellation of both Commencement and Reunion Weekend today as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in the U.S. While this move is not unexpected, it is a disappointment for the seniors, parents and alumni who were still holding out hope.   Graduation was planned to be held May 31 and Reunion, June 12-14. Instead, President Clayto...

Perla Figuereo ’21 Makes BCSG History as the First Woman of Color Elected President

Perla Figuereo ’21 Makes BCSG History as the First Woman of Color Elected President

Vanessa Paolella, Managing Editor

April 3, 2020

The Bates College Student Government (BCSG) released the results of the 50th BCSG election last week, naming Perla Figuereo ’21 and Lebanos Mengistu ’21 as the next President and Vice President of the 2020-21 assembly. The Bates Student has confirmed that Figuereo will be the first woman of color to...

Bates Virologist Lori Banks Addresses Common COVID-19 Misconceptions

Bates Virologist Lori Banks Addresses Common COVID-19 Misconceptions

Elizabeth LaCroix, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and our new favorite activity—social distancing—most of our social lives are now confined to social media and the internet. These same platforms, however, make it a lot harder to find reliable resources that are not riddled with fake news about coronavirus. Fortunately,...

Student, Faculty Concerns Prompt Pass/Fail Option

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing News Editor

March 27, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 25th, Bates has moved to implement an optional pass/fail policy for the remainder of the winter semester as a means of adjusting academic expectations in response to the emergence of COVID-19 and remote learning. The policy, which was communicated by Dean of the Faculty Malcolm ...

“Suite Life” on Campus During COVID-19: Student Perspectives

“Suite Life” on Campus During COVID-19: Student Perspectives

Amelia Keleher, Contributing Writer

March 27, 2020

It’s been one week since March 17, the final day for the vast majority of Bates students to depart campus for national and international destinations. Following President Spencer’s announcement on Friday, March 13 that Bates would transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, most s...

Bates Econ Professors Assess the Coronavirus Impact

Georgina Scoville, Assistant News Editor & Layout Editor

March 27, 2020

Amidst the recent economic fallout due to coronavirus, The Student interviewed Professors Shea and Yung of the Bates Economics department. The pair answered questions regarding their analysis of the virus’s economic impact, and how Bates students can be best prepared for a possible recession. ...

Fulbright Program Suspended as Bates Alums Scramble to Return Home

Fulbright Program Suspended as Bates Alums Scramble to Return Home

Vanessa Paolella, Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated two weeks ago, daily life in America and in many countries around the world abruptly changed. In a matter of days, sporting events were cancelled, colleges and universities closed, and stringent travel bans put into place. As challenging as these changes may have ...

A Bobcat’s Guide to Online Learning in the Time of Social Distancing

Christina Perrone, Editor in Chief

March 27, 2020

Up until a few weeks ago, an online campus at Bates was an unheard of prospect. Now, with the outbreak of COVID-19, faculty and students are left with the difficult challenge of finding a virtual alternative to face-to-face interaction. Obviously, with online learning comes the added challenge of accom...

Jack Allard ‘16 in Critical Condition during Battle with COVID-19

Jack Allard ‘16 in Critical Condition during Battle with COVID-19

Vanessa Paolella, Managing Editor

March 23, 2020

Last Updated: March 26, 1:25 p.m. UPDATE [3-26-20]: Jack has been flown to the hospital at UPenn. His oxygen levels continue to rise, and when his liver function is within a normal range, he will be able to begin treatment. 2016 Bates alum and two-time All-American lacrosse athlete Jac...

Coronavirus Concerns Explode across the NESCAC : A Timeline

March 11, 2020

As of now, Bates is the last NESCAC college planning to remain in session as the Coronavirus pandemic progresses. Although the college indicated that it plans to complete the winter semester as scheduled, uncertainty and confusion about the future of athletics, finances, performances, events and sho...

OMT Offers Opportunities for Wellness

Elizabeth LaCroix, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

This January, Bates Health Services has started a transition towards a different kind of healthcare: one that incorporates osteopathic manipulative medicine. This is a non-traditional type of medicine where Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.’s) manipulate the musculoskeletal system in order to relieve var...

Bates Students Abroad Feel the Impact of COVID-19

Eleanor Vance, Contributing Writer

March 11, 2020

Preparing to study abroad is daunting, to say the least. As students apply to exchange programs, they commonly worry about how they’ll adjust to a foreign country, if they’ll make friends easily, and how their coursework will compare to their classes at home.What they probably don’t imagine ha...