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“Puppet” Instagram Accounts Provoke Outrage

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Dominique Marley Frideger and Charlotte Olivia Karlsen

May 15, 2020

On May 13, an Instagram account was created called @batesfortrump. It claims to be a page made up of “Bates students working to support the re-election of @donaldjtrump.” Since the page’s creation, members of the Bates community have been challenging its content. These students encountered ...

Bates to Announce Plans for the Fall by June 30

Bates to Announce Plans for the Fall by June 30

Vanessa Paolella and Eleanor Boyle

May 10, 2020

In a letter sent to students on Friday, President Clayton Spencer wrote that Bates intends to announce its plans for the 2020-21 academic year by the end of June. This is in line with other NESCAC institutions which have promised to disclose their plans between mid to late June.   She indicated...

Economic Uncertainty of Bates Amidst COVID-19

Economic Uncertainty of Bates Amidst COVID-19

Georgina Scoville and Eleanor Boyle

April 22, 2020

Stay-at-home orders across the country are attempting to help flatten the curve of COVID-19; however, these continuous stay at home orders have led to drastic economic repercussions. Various economists have charted different examples of this fallout, such as a rapid increase in unemployment rates, highly u...

Students Push for Representation on Newly-formed Fall Planning and Finance Committees

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing News Editor

April 22, 2020

On April 14, 2020 President Clayton Spencer announced that the College would institute two ad-hoc committees as part of its larger institutional response to COVID-19. These committees include a Fall Planning committee, co-chaired by Associate Professor of Politics Senam Aslan and Vice President for Ca...

“Bringing Bates to You” Helps Bridge the Gap to Prospective and Admitted Students

Vanessa Paolella and Jackson Elkins

April 22, 2020

While much about the next few months is uncertain, we can be sure that regardless as to whether classes are still online by then or not, there will be a new school year come September. With every new school year comes a new first-year class, and this year’s, the Class of 2024, faces an unprecedented...

Lewiston Farmers & Emergency Food Providers React to COVID-19

New Roots farmers Seynab Ali, Batula Ismail, and Abdi and Mohammed Abukar.

Amelia Keleher, Contributing Writer

April 21, 2020

Nationwide, farmers have been forced to let their crops go to waste because of the sharp reduction in demand following restaurant closures, while others have chosen to give their crops away for free rather than watch them rot. Meanwhile, 95% of food banks across the country are struggling to meet the increase in demand as food insecurity grows alongside risin...

Sex Therapist Answers COVID-19 Intimacy Questions

Georgina Scoville, Assistant News Editor & Layout Editor

April 13, 2020

Several weeks ago, The Student had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Wiessner, a local sex therapist. Wiessner is a clinical social worker, certified sex therapist, sex educator, workshop creator, and sexual health innovator in Maine; also important to note is that she is one of only five sex the...

Interview with Maine Oncologist Dr. G. Richard Polkinghorn

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing News Editor

April 13, 2020

With the emergence of the novel coronavirus, we have learned much about the selfless and valiant efforts of frontline medical professionals in the fields of emergency medicine and primary care. What we have discussed less, however, are the ways in which physicians in other fields have been affected by th...

How to Keep Calm and Carry On: An Interview with Bates CAPS Psychologist Jessica Mayo

Christina Perrone, Editor in Chief

April 13, 2020

During these times of uncertainty it is hard to stay motivated and positive. Many seniors, myself included, are not only disheartened by the abrupt end COVID-19 has brought to their college career, but are also worried about life after Bates as they enter into an increasingly dismal job market.  In sear...

Commencement and Reunion Weekend Cancelled amid COVID-19 Concerns

Class of 2019 Marshals Katharine Gaillard and Michael Driscal Jr. lead the procession of newly graduated seniors at Commencement last year.

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

President-elect Perla Figuereo ’21 (right) and Vice President -elect Lebanos Mengistu ’21 (left).

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...

What does COVID-19 mean for our incarcerated population?

Sophie Mackin, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Today, we are all grappling with the effects of COVID-19 as well as the fear and anxiety that come with it. However, many of us are able to take steps to protect ourselves and can retreat to our homes with our families. What about those who do not have the privilege of social distancing? What about t...

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