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Information for International Students regarding ICE Guidelines and Travel

Eleanor Boyle, Managing Arts & Leisure Editor

July 11, 2020

FAQ from Bates about ICE guidelines issued on July 6, 2020   The information below was compiled from Dean Reese's information session with international students on July 8, 2020.   Academics  Bates is using a hybrid system. F-1 international students attending Bates will rem...

Administration Expands on June 30 Announcement in Student Q&A

Ellie Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

July 7, 2020

On July 7, Bates College hosted its second returning students webinar, which featured deans and heads of different departments, to answer questions about what the fall and winter semesters will look like. This live stream came after the college announced its plans for returning, published on June...

Fall 2020 FAQ

Fall 2020 FAQ

Ellie Wolfe, Georgina Scoville, and Eleanor Boyle

July 2, 2020

You have questions about Fall 2020 - So do we. We're working on getting answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on our Instagram. As we receive new answers, we'll add them below. In the mean time, if you have a question that's not answered here, DM us on Instagram or comment below.  ...

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...

Lewiston Farmers & Emergency Food Providers React to COVID-19

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

Amelia Keleher, Managing News Editor

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...

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, Editor in Chief

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...

What does COVID-19 mean for our incarcerated population?

Sophie Mackin, Copy Editor

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...

Bates Virologist Lori Banks Addresses Common COVID-19 Misconceptions

Assistant Professor of Biology Lori Banks joined the Bates Community in the fall of 2019.

Elizabeth LaCroix, Assistant News Editor

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,...

How to Survive Quarantine: A Parody

Sam Poulos

March 27, 2020

We all know the preventative measures we need to take in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus—wash your hands, social distancing, etc. But what about quarantine? Many of us are back at home with our families, intruding into the empty nests of our parents. How will we survive being cooped...

Coronavirus? Like the beer?

Roy Mathews

March 27, 2020

I was recently reminded to look for the comedically-dark silver lining in this pandemic after watching an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants” (judge me, please). Sandy Cheeks, everyone's favorite undersea squirrel, remarked that, “stupidity isn’t a virus, but it sure is spreading like one!” ...

Student, Faculty Concerns Prompt Pass/Fail Option

Madeline Polkinghorn, Managing 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 ...

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