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Dance at Bates: Where Does it Fit In?

Dance at Bates: Where Does it Fit In?

Julia Bisson, Assistant Sports Editor

October 14, 2020

The dance community at Bates has straddled the worlds of academics, athletics, and clubs for years. It’s hard to identify exactly where dance lies among those worlds, making it something of an outlier from many Bates communities. That lack of belonging is especially prevalent this year due to the ...

What Happens When Athletes are Quarantined? 

Ilana Zeilinger

October 14, 2020

Daily life for student-athletes at Bates normally consists of regularly scheduled physical-activity and socialization with their teammates and coaches; however, all of that is jeopardized when student-athletes are quarantined.  When multiple first-year members of both the women’s and men's cross coun...

Bates Suspends Athletic Practices Friday Due to COVID-19 Violations

Bates Suspends Athletic Practices Friday Due to COVID-19 Violations

Jackson Elkins, Managing Sports Editor

October 7, 2020

In a surprise decision, the Bates Athletic Department decided to suspend afternoon practices last Friday. According to an email sent to coaches around noon, there was no reason specified for the suspension other than a general violation of Bates’ public health guidelines. No information was provided at ...

Bates Cross Country Virtual Alumni Meet Goes Off Without a Hitch

Paul Hammond ’82 and Albert Waitt ’83 relaxing pre-race. Hammond has raced every Alumni Meet except for one since his graduation.

Jackson Elkins, Managing Sports Editor

September 30, 2020

Now in its forty-ninth consecutive year, the Bates cross country Alumni Meet has been a staple of both the men’s and women’s teams for decades. However, like most aspects of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments had to be made in order for the race to forge ahead. In a normal year, the...

Peder Bakken ‘21: ‘Backbone of Bates Soccer’

Peder Bakken has endured his fair share of hardships during his career, but remains committed to building a winning culture within the Bates Men’s Soccer program.

Ilana Zeilinger

September 30, 2020

Captain Peder Bakken ’21 has been an integral part of the Bates men’s soccer team ever since he stepped onto the field in 2016. Despite losing the opportunity to showcase what would have likely been an All-American final season, Bakken is committed to leading and supporting his team.  Bakken has been ...

Bryson DeChambeau Wins the US Open, Signaling a New Era in Golf

Bryson DeChambeau Wins the US Open, Signaling a New Era in Golf

Jack Howard

September 22, 2020

In the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Professional Golf Association tour golfer Bryson DeChambeau fired a final round sixty-three en route to a fourth place finish. The tournament marked the end of Bryson's 2019 season campaign, but he was already looking ahead to his 2020 season. After his f...

Sports Medicine Adjusts to New COVID-19 Protocols

Approximately ten people can use the physical training room at a time

Ilana Zeilinger

September 22, 2020

Due to the pandemic, campus life at Bates is not what it once was – this has resulted in major changes for not just social and academic life, but athletic life as well. Sports Medicine is a major facet of athletics at Bates and has also been forced to adjust to the new rules.  The Sports Medicine...

New Merrill Fitness Center – A Change for the Better?

Katherine Meritosis/The Bates Student

Julia Bisson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

This year, Davis Fitness Center was relocated to the indoor track in Merrill Gymnasium to space out the equipment and make room for the testing center in Underhill Arena. At first glance, the lifting equipment that looms on the left end of the track looks like a temporary fix. However, this relocation a...

Fall Athletes Return to Practice after Months of Anticipation

Katherine Mersiotis The Bates Student

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

September 16, 2020

When students were sent home in March, few thought the pandemic would last through the summer, much fewer impact athletics in the fall. Now, after six uneasy months and the cancellation of competition during the fall sports season, student-athletes are back with their teams.  Due to the pandemic...

Finding COVID Friendly Fitness at Bates

Julia Bisson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 9, 2020

This year, campus will look different than last year. While the lines outside of Commons for the chicken nuggets are not new and outdoor spaces have become the new Commons, the most obvious difference is everyone wearing masks.  With classes now well underway, Bates is beginning to fall into more of a r...

College Sailors Address Diversity and Inclusion

College Sailors Address Diversity and Inclusion

Sophie Mackin, Copy Editor

September 8, 2020

This summer challenged all of us to do our part in order to dismantle the longstanding structures of racism that pervade our everyday lives in this country. In the world of sports, many professional athletes have been using their platforms to be voices for change, and recently, several NBA, WNBA, ML...

Checking in on College Athletics: What’s Happening?

Jackson Elkins, Managing Sports Editor

September 8, 2020

August has come and gone, and despite all the backlash, scrutiny, and uproar, some version of college athletics is somehow forging ahead. The first major Division I football game of the fall, Navy vs. Brigham Young University (BYU), took place without fans present on Sept. 7th, ending in a blowout 55-3 B...

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