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Bobcat339: Bates Molecule Could Treat Cancer

November 20, 2019

Built in 1965, Dana Chemistry Hall is one of the older buildings on the Bates College campus. Don’t let the aged exterior deceive you, though: the students and professors working inside Dana are producing cutting edge ideas and scientific creations. One recent exemplar of this pioneering work was the...

“Problematic Faves” Talk Balances Morality and Hollywood

Claire Kissane

November 20, 2019

Recent developments in popular culture have forced us to reckon with the moral failures of once beloved figures such as Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, and Bill Cosby. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Bates hosted a talk with Erich Hatala Matthes, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College to discuss the ...

Africans in Academia: A Faculty Discussion

November 20, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 15 the Bates African Club produced a roundtable discussion entitled “Africans in Academia”, which hosted Professors Patrick Otim and Abraham Asfaw as speakers. The professors discussed their journeys into he academy as East African scholars. Otim, who is an Assistant Professor a...

Penobscot Nation Ambassador Speaks to Bates

November 20, 2019

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the basement of Pettengill Hall, members of the Bates community gathered to hear a talk from Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation Ambassador. While it was not the first time Dana has visited Bates, (she previously spoke at a decolonizing workshop at the College last year) her ...

Juan Poveda: The New Spanish Foreign Language Learning Associate

November 6, 2019

As of this fall, Juan Poveda is the newest Foreign Language Learning Associate in the Spanish department. I am a freshman student,” he says with a laugh when we sat down to have our conversation. His job as a Language Associate puts him in charge of the Spanish 201 and 202 Discussion sections, as...

Annual Zerby Lecture Brings Popular Culinary Historian

November 6, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the annual Rayborn Lindley Zerby Lectureship on Contemporary Religious Thought, sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Office of Intercultural Education, brought culinary historian and independent scholar Michael Twitty to campus. The lectureship is offered annually out of ...

What Happened to Digital and Computational Studies?

What Happened to Digital and Computational Studies?

Georgina Scoville, Assistant News Editor & Layout Editor

November 6, 2019

The Digital and Computational Studies (DCS) program has frequently been clouded by student discontent. Despite being established as an interdisciplinary program in the 2015-16 school year, there has yet to be a creation of a minor or major. In fact, only two courses listed under the program were offere...

Bates Democrats’ Conversation with Betsy Sweet

Bates Democrats’ Conversation with Betsy Sweet

November 6, 2019

Betsy Sweet, Sen. Susan Collins's potential opponent in the 2020 election talked policy and personal beliefs at BatesJames MacDonald/ The Bates Student On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Bates Democrats hosted a conversation with Betsy Sweet, a candidate running against United States Senator from Maine, Susan...

Are We Running Our Own Show?

November 6, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 24 Professor John M. Doris delivered a Philosophy lecture arguing against the notion that humans are free agents when it comes to moral decision making. Doris hails from Cornell University, where he works as a professor at both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and M...

Reviving Homework Help at the Lewiston Public Library

November 6, 2019

Bates College partners with the Lewiston Public Library to host tutoring sessions every Monday through Thursday after school. The program is specifically geared towards the high school-aged refugee population in the Lewiston area, but is open to all high school students. Often, the kids seeking help ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Elizabeth Strout ‘77 Returns to Bates

October 23, 2019

Photo Credits: Phyllis Graber Jensen/ Bates College On Tuesday Oct. 22, Elizabeth Strout ’77 returned to Bates to talk about her latest book: Olive, Again. That evening, fans poured into Olin Concert Hall, buzzing with anticipation. Upon entering, each attendant received a free, signed copy of Strout’s ...

Nicholas Eaton ‘20 Shares Visions for Fall Concert

October 23, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 16, Bates will welcome rapper and songwriter Bryce Vine to headline its annual Fall Concert, supported by rock band Manwolves. I spoke with Nicholas Eaton ‘20, Fall Concert co-director for the Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB), to discuss his vision for the event and the proce...

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