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Quarantined Students Recount Confusing and Frustrating Process

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

September 9, 2020

All student names in this article have been changed to protect the identity of the student who tested positive.  On the morning of Friday, Aug. 28, Stella and Annabel woke to a knock at their door and a voice asking them to answer the phone. Annabel received a call from Health Services informin...

Ninety-four students test negative for COVID-19 in first round of testing

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

August 24, 2020

After a long, uncertain summer, the first wave of students moved into Bates this weekend.   Students were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday morning and received their results 23 and a half hours later, on Monday. All of the 94 students tested negative, according to Bates’ COVID-19 dashboard. The firs...

August 13 student Q&A highlights

Vanessa Paolella, Editor in Chief

August 13, 2020

Below are some of the highlights from the student Q&A held on Aug. 13. The Bates Student encourages students who want more information on these topics to check out the fall 2020 section of the website, watch the recording of the video online or email the administrators noted below. Move-In - Molly Newton '11, Assistant Dean of Studen...

Bates Solidarity Petition Demands A Safer Reopening Plan

Bates Solidarity Petition Demands A Safer Reopening Plan

Georgina Scoville, Design Editor

August 7, 2020

In the past several weeks, an Instagram account named Bates Solidarity has begun to regularly appear on student social media feeds. The group regularly posts anonymous statements regarding the institution’s fall plans; some point out the health and safety risks that Bates employees will be subject...

Bates Provides more Details on Move-in during Live Q&A

Ellie Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

July 30, 2020

On Thursday, various Bates College staff members hosted a third webinar for new and returning students. This live stream was meant to update students on new policies and to answer questions regarding the upcoming Fall semester .  Chief Communications Officer Sean Findlen ’99 began the live stream by rem...

Students Reconsider In-person Classes after Reading Required Waivers

Christina Leonard and Eleanor Boyle

July 30, 2020

Returning students will be required to sign waivers disclosing the risk factors of returning to campus and acknowledge public health guidelines limiting social interactions if they wish to live on campus this fall.  In these forms, Bates states it will test students immediately at arrival, three to fo...

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...

Detailing the NCAA’s “Resocialization of Sport” and What It Means for Fall Sports at Bates

Detailing the NCAA’s “Resocialization of Sport” and What It Means for Fall Sports at Bates

Jackson Elkins, Managing Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

The NCAA released a memo on May 1 entitled “Core Principles of Resocialization of Sport” which laid out nine core principles of resocialization of college sports, as well as a three phase plan to serve as guidelines for colleges as they consider the fall athletic season. The core principles recognize ...

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...

Still Unbroken: Acknowledging African-American Community Leaders during COVID-19

Miles Nabritt and Roy Matthews

May 9, 2020

During this incredibly difficult time, we feel that it is important to think and reflect on how much the Coronavirus has impacted our community. Not only has the ongoing pandemic affected the lives of college students but millions of people around the world. Especially for those from low-income famil...

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...

Virtual Senior Thesis Binding

Virtual Senior Thesis Binding

Jack McLarnon, Staff Cartoonist & Writer

April 3, 2020

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