Non-BCSG Student Organizations
There are several organizations that are not recognized by BCSG but still maintain healthy membership and make meaningful contributions to the campus community.
A’s B4 LMS/Bates
A’s B4 is a mentoring program that was established in New Bedford, MA, and was brought to Bates in the fall of 2017. It partners with local students at Lewiston Middle School, particularly those interested in athletics, and pushes the idea A’s B4 through the regular involvement and attendance of Bates Students in the Lewiston Middle School community, outside of classroom settings (Friday Lunches, School Functions, Athletic Events, etc.) The idea of A’s B4 is that A’s (academics, “A” grades) are more important than sports, and other extracurriculars, and come B4 those things.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Matt Golden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bates Dance Club
Bates Dance Club is dedicated to bringing together the dance community at Bates and in Maine. There are opportunities to attend performances throughout New England, participate in workshops (no experience required!), and perform in the Annual Short Term Variety Show. Working in close collaboration with the students, faculty, and staff of the Bates Theater and Dance Department, Bates Dance Club aims to provide high-quality dance experiences to the Bates community in a low pressure, fun environment.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Claire Sickinger, email@example.com.
The Bates Student has been the College’s entirely student-run newspaper since 1873. We publish once a week while school is in session, excluding finals. Sections include news and features, forum (opinion), sports and arts & living. We are always seeking talented writers, editors, photographers, cartoonists, layout designers, Web designers and business and distribution managers. See an online version of our publication. Check out our student-run blog, Commonsense, which allows for student-run work to be posted quickly.
Advisor: Kim Trauceniek
Office: Chase Hall 224
Bates Women’s Water Polo Club
The Women’s Water Polo club competes against other colleges across New England in the spring season. We accept anyone, no prior experience in water polo needed. We are a club that balances having fun, learning water polo and competing to win at all our matches. Scratch them up cats!
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Ashley Kulesza, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobcat Ventures is a Bates College student organization dedicated to entrepreneurship. The organization provides a platform where student-led entrepreneurship can flourish, and hosts the annual Bobcat Ventures Pitch Competition!
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Shanina van Gent, email@example.com
Debate and Bates are practically synonymous. Today, as one of the world’s premier debating societies, we compete domestically against other teams in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, and participate in a number of international debating events, such as the World Universities Debating Championships. Debate is a great way to develop your mind, compete successfully against the top schools in the country, travel around the country and the world, and have a lot of fun. No prior experience is necessary; some of our best debaters started while at Bates. Visit our Facebook Page! Come join us!
Advisor: Jan Hovden
Practice Space: Pettigrew 300
The Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB) is the student-led source of major campus events. CHPB oversees and plans all-campus events and programs geared to meet the eclectic interests of Bates students and create an inclusive community. We plan a range of events for the academic year, some of which include 80s Weekend, 90s Weekend, Winter Carnival, Big Prize Bingo, and the annual Fall Concert.
Advisor: Nick Dressler
College Guild at Bates
College Guild is a non-profit organization based in Brunswick, ME that provides correspondence-based educational materials to incarcerated individuals. The CG chapter at Bates empowers students as volunteer readers of prisoners’ work, and aims to be part of larger discussions surrounding the state of the criminal justice system in the United States.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Cristopher Hernandez Sifontes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned Students of Color
The Concerned Students of Color at Bates College is a group of students of color and allies who have been organizing since 2015 to advocate, push for, and demand solutions to the issues that students of color face at Bates. The movement was inspired by the annual C3 Consortium Diversity in Academia Summit that was held at Bates in 2015 and the national collegiate concerned student movement that was started at the University of Missouri (#ConcernedStudent1950).
Bates Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a Maine licensed EMS service that provides emergency care to the Bates College community. All members are volunteers that have completed the Emergency Medical Technician course and the service is entirely student run. Bates EMTs volunteer their time to be on call and are ready to respond to any campus emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whenever school is in session. While on call, EMT’s carry radios to communicate with other crew members and Bates Security. Bates EMS not only provides medical care to those in need, but offer lectures and training sessions to keep their EMT skills proficient. They also sponsor blood drives for the college and hold information sessions in residences at the beginning of the year to give information about the service and campus safety.
The Francophone Club is an opportunity to meet and speak with other Francophone students. It’s open to non-French speakers and anyone who wants to come and discuss about Francophone related topics. Past meetings have included interactive cooking demonstrations of French cuisine while listening to French music. We are non-committment but we highly encourage attending French Table that’s held every week which is a great way to meet other students! With a local French influence in the Lewiston and Auburn area, future meetings include community engaged activities, discussions about current events in Francophone countries, and celebrations of French culture. The Francophone Club is offered through the French and Francophone Department.
Advisor: Alexandre Dauge-Roth
Maine Green Glean Machine
We are introducing and promoting gleaning efforts happening around Maine, especially in Androscoggin County. We aim to recruit volunteers who are going to take part in gleaning extra produce from farms and sending them to emergency food providers, primarily working with Androscoggin Gleaners.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Hermione Zhou email@example.com.
If you have yearbook experience, if you have no yearbook experience, if you like to write, take photos, or design, we think we have the place for you! The Mirror awaits your ideas. Even the least experienced person can make major contributions. We capture fragments of your wonderful Bates experience. Be part of the Bates history by joining the Mirror. Contact us here!
Note: Yearbooks are finalized in early fall and are sent out to graduated seniors between October and November following graduation.
Office: Chase Hall 215
The Spanish Club is meant as an outlet for the students of Bates who would like to practice their Spanish language skills in a comfortable, fun, and informal way. We host activities such as Spanish movie showings, encouraging discussions about Spanish literature and current events, making classic Spanish food, listening to Spanish music and even going to local Spanish events. The club does not intend to exclude anyone, however we do host our meetings in Spanish.
Stillpoint is a student group that draws from the vital stream of Christian spirituality to cultivate wonder and foster spiritual exploration through arts-based spiritual practices. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5:30 in the Multifaith Chaplaincy Common Room. The 2nd Sunday we will gather for a homecooked meal and discussion. The 4th Sunday will include a spiritual arts practice, such as painting, collage, or journaling. We are an inclusive community and are excited to meet each person who wants to explore their faith in a new and unique way.
Follow us on Facebook at Stillpoint at Bates College and Instagram at Stillpoint_at_Bates.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Ruth van Kampen, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taekwondo/Martial Arts Club
The Taekwondo/Martial Arts Club is an opportunity for students with any level of taekwondo or martial arts experience (or no experience at all) to learn and practice taekwondo, which is a Korean martial art, and possibly other martial arts. Participation in the Club offers not only knowledge of the martial art itself, but self-defense experience and a great way to stay in shape!
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Benjamin Klafter, email@example.com.