Organizations A-Z

See our descriptive list of most of the student organizations and clubs available to all students at Bates College. If you’re interested in a group, visit their booth at the Activities Fair in the fall, look for posters announcing their early meetings, or check the listings in the Bates Today, the daily campus newsletter. Feel free to attend an organization’s meetings; they’re always looking for members. If you have an interest which is not met by one of these organization or if you need extra assistance getting in touch with any of this organizations, stop by the Office of Campus Life in Chase Hall 108.

Last updated August 2014. Bates student club/ org. officers, please update your club. org.’s information at any point by contacting Qiu Fogarty, Assistant Director of Campus Life.


2B.E.A.T.S. is the only club on Bates Campus that covers Hip-Hop style dancing. We are centered around learning the different forms of Hip-Hop dancing, the culture behind it, and just having fun bustin’ a move. Open to anyone, regardless of experience, who is willing to teach, choreograph, learn, or just have some fun doing Hip-Hop! Those who choose to will also be able to perform throughout the academic year. There will be opportunities to hold classes for both the Bates and Lewiston/Auburn communities and to take master classes with professionals. So come join 2B.E.A.T.S. because everyone has a little Beyoncé in them! Contact: Praneet Kang

AASIA (Asian-American Students’ in Action) is an organization for students who are interested in exploring, discussing, and partaking in Asian-American culture in a warm, inclusive environment. We achieve this by bringing together students who identify as Asian-American and students who have a curiosity about the culture to foster awareness of the histories, peoples, and cultures on campus. AASIA regularly hosts cooking nights for the Bates community to enjoy  communal dinners with authentic Asian cooking, provocative discussion nights where we delve into difficult dialogues and cultural celebration events such as an annual mid-Autumn and Lunar New Year festival. We also attend conferences and symposiums throughout the year to connect to other students with similar platforms and interests. AASIA serves as a resource for anyone in the Bates community interested in talking about topics that affect Asian-American communities (immigration, assimilation, inter-racial children post-war periods, adoption) and for students interested in Asian-American identity. Contact: Michelle Pham or Francis Cheng

ACTIVE MINDS works to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote a positive, supportive culture on the Bates campus. Through discussions, speakers, film viewings, events, and more we hope to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness with concrete information and an ongoing inclusive dialogue. We have weekly meetings to discuss the mental health issues facing our community and how to best address them. Contact: Max Silverman

The BATES AERODYNAMICS AND ENERGY CLUB, exists for the purpose of providing our members in the Bates Community opportunities to experience various remote control models including cars, helicopters, and airplanes. We have a RC helicopter, called MJX F645, and are going to purchase more models this semester. Our goal is to introduce our members to the physics and engineering and translating the idea into reality while operating and improving their performance. Moreover, we are going to purchase parts of models, such as engines, wings, and fuselages, and build indigenous and flagship RC products at Bates college. However, the most important advantage of the club is that you will have so much fun with RC products! Contact: Young Min Cha

AFRICANA CLUB: The purpose of the Africana club is to celebrate the African continent and its people. We achieve this by fostering an awareness of the peoples, histories, and cultures of Africa on the Bates campus. Furthermore, the club creates a platform on which all students in the Bates campus interested in Africa can interact with each other closely and also share their thoughts, and experiences with the Bates community at large.  Similarly, Africana club brings together students who want to study abroad in Africa and those who have been or lived there. The club also develops an avenue for connecting its members with Bates alumni who have interests and/or connections with the African continent.  Contact:  Phathutshedzo Rambau or Neema Kafwimi

AMANDLA!: As a student organization, Amandla! celebrates and promotes the rich culture and history of various communities within the African diaspora. As part of our mission, we celebrate the melting pot of diverse backgrounds and experiences through intellectual discussion and artistic expression. The club holds yearly academic conferences, dinners, and spoken word events for the Bates community members to engage in the discussion of issues pertinent to the students of color on campus. We also attend events (i.e. symposiums and conferences) outside of Bates College where members can network and connect with students of color from other colleges and universities. Through organizing events and programs that raise cultural and political awareness of Black people on campus, Amandla! hopes to ignite racial tolerance and social change in our communities.Contact: Jamilia Davis or Shannon Griffin

The ANIME CLUB meets once a week on Sundays to watch episodes of Japanese anime series or movies. The meetings typically last for an hour to two hours and are a great way to learn about anime and take a study break.  In the past, we’ve watched series such as Cowboy Bebop, Baccano, and FLCL, and movies by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, among others. Contact: Chris Pelz

The BATES ARTS SOCIETY’S goal is to produce and exhibit quality films for the Bates College community in a collaborative, creative, and diligent setting. Members or community filmmakers can take advantage of the club’s extensive resources during the production of films such as the use of our writing staff or film-editing members. Those seeking to find a platform where a wider audience can view their films are also welcome to submit their films to our organization, where we will display their movies on our website. We are dedicated to providing the Bates community with an entertainment and creative outlet with support throughout the process. Contact Julian Bardin 

ASTRONOMY CLUB is a group of amateur astronomers who are excited to explain the mechanics of the sky.  We live for those spontaneous stargazing sessions on the way to Commons or back from sports practice, from the end of Frye St. to the top of Mt. David.  The club coordinates events ranging from rooftop telescope viewings and planetarium shows, to lecturers from visiting professors and space-related professionals.  We also host overnight and weekend trips to various observatories around New England as well as less light-polluted areas (orchards, state parks, etc.) so that we can see the full beauty of our celestial sphere.  All Bates Astronomy Club events are open to everyone. Contact: Dana Cohen-Kaplan and Javier Morales

The Bates Authors Guild (BAG) is a collaborative that serves all Bates creative writers. We hold weekly meetings and readings, as well as workshops for writers seeking to get peer feedback on their work. We welcome all writers and readers in all genres of creativity, be it poetry, prose, slam, or whatever! We also collaborate with Language Arts Live, the Art House, and SEED in order to foster a vibrant and booming community of Bates writers. Every year we put out a small anthology of our club member’s best work to showcase student talent as an alternative to SEED. Come and join the Guild! Visit our Facebook pageContact: Barbara VanDerburg or Nicole Danser

BADMINTON CLUB meets weekly on Saturdays 3-4 pm in the Gray Cage. The club offers an opportunity for Bates students to play badminton in a relaxed setting on campus. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. We’ll teach you how to play or challenge you to a game. It’s a great way to have fun on the weekend! Contact: Watasit Chindakawee

The Bates College BAHÁ’Í ASSOCIATION promotes the unity of mankind and the principles of the Bahá’í Faith such as the need for equal rights and privileges for men and women of all backgrounds, the harmony of science and religion, and the unfettered search after truth.  The Association, open to all members of the College community and their families, aims to foster understanding, love, and fellowship in the Bates community through lectures and other public meetings, social gatherings, and service projects. Contact: Brett Emmons 

The Bates BALLROOM TEAM is open to anyone who would like to learn how to ballroom dance. All levels of experience are welcome and no partner is necessary. The team practices rhythm (cha cha, rhumba, swing) and smooth (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz). The team practices two to three times a week, focusing on preparing students to compete at the inter-collegiate competitions. We attend about five competitions a year. We also go to ballroom social dances in Portland, bring in professional ballroom dancers for workshops, and host small social dances on campus. The team also sponsors a beginner class once a week for 1.5 hours, for which PE credit can be earned. For more information see: or visit our Facebook Page! Contact: Regan Radulski

BATES COLLEGE TELEVISION (BCTV) is back on the air! In the past five years, the club has collected a talented group of students interested in the many aspects of television and film production. This important communication venue and learning platform has been successfully providing the campus with Bates Cribs, the Puddle Jump, and several cutting edge stories such as the H1N1 Epidemic and the Gender Neutral Housing Policy. If there’s a story, we’ll be there!Visit our Facebook page! Contact: Mark Charest or Tomisha Edwards

Bollywood Team The Bates Bollywood Team is focused on introducing Bollywood dancing, a unique and exciting culture of dancing inspired by the huge film industry, to the Bates campus and nearby community. We provide numerous workshops for Bates students and community members, and have performances throughout the year which are open to any student regardless of their dancing background. In this way, we hope to foster an energized and open dancing space, while sharing a cultural experience. Contact: Ramya Ghantasala

BRIDGES FOR PEACE seeks to challenge the perceived dichotomy between ‘Islam’ and the ‘West.’ Weekly meetings bring students and professors together to analyze misconceptions surrounding Islam and the Middle East and to investigate the social and political contexts from which they are derived. Contact: Natacha Danon

BATES BUDDIES  in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, seeks to provide mentorship to children in Lewiston’s elementary schools through one-on-one mentoring and after-school activities. Student volunteers go to the schools weekly for lunch/recess and to lead after-school clubs for grades 2-5. The Bates Buddies and Little Buddies interact in a fun and enriching environment, so please email if interested! Contact: James Jhun or Camden Bock

BATES BUILDS / HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:Our mission as a Bates College club and a chapter of Habitat for Humanity is to establish an avenue for Bates students to make a lasting, visible impact in the lives of those in need of decent, affordable shelter in the Lewiston/Auburn community and abroad. We build locally and abroad. Our goal is to allow Bates students many opportunities to constructively interact with the Lewiston/Auburn community and communities across New England. At the end of each trip, there should be a visible difference in the project and in the lives of the partnering families and students.We put on weekly fundraisers with the Habitat Waffle Haus or with other creative means. Our Larger fundraisers include an international dodgeball tournament and a haunted house. The goal of these fundraisers is to provide awareness for our cause, have fun, and raise funds for build trips in the process. Check out our website for more information!( Adriane Spiro

CARIBBEAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (CSA) -The fundamental goals of the CSA is to celebrate Caribbean culture and to foster greater awareness of issues related to the Caribbean among members of the Bates College community. The aim of the CSA is to empower Caribbean students to create a sense of unity among themselves, but to also promote connections with their fellow students at Bates College and with the surrounding community. Contact: Kenisha Allen-Daley or Cira Puentes 

CATHOLIC STUDENT COMMUNITY is the Roman Catholic affiliated organization at Bates College.  The group works alongside the College’s Catholic Chaplain in organizing weekly Saturday Mass and other spiritual activities such as prayer/discussion meetings and dinner meetings.  The group is also active in the Lewiston community, volunteering with local churches and charitable organizations. Visit our Facebook pageContact: Kathleen Morrill

‘CATS AGAINST CANCER has a primary goal of uniting the Bates community in the fight against cancer, while reducing cancer incidences and mortality through education and support. Our largest event is Relay For Life, an annual fundraising walk-a-thon held during Short Term. Bates ‘CAC holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year for various cancer foundations, collaborates with the Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center, provides a Grief Group to support those in the Bates community affected by cancer in various ways, and works to increase awareness and knowledge in the Bates community about healthy habits related to cancer. In joining ‘CAC, you are provided the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of those both within the Bates community and beyond. Visit our Facebook pageContact: Sophie Pellegrini or Allie Skaperdas

The Chase Hall Committee is the primary, student-run, programming board on campus. Working with a traditionally large budget, the club plans, publicizes, and runs a variety of events over the course of the year and into Short Term. Events usually include a major music concert, a comedy series, the Halloween and 80′s Dances, Big Prize BINGO, Block Party (a free music and activities event during short term), the coordination of the nation’s 2nd oldest Winter Carnival, and other various fun, diverse acts. This is a great way to interact with the student body, learn event planning and marketing skills, as well as get your voice heard in the booking of campus entertainment. Visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @BatesCHC or check out the Student Activities pageContact: Jocelyn Hoye or Miranda Shapiro

Chess Club is a club for chess enthusiasts, casual players, and beginners alike. Meeting weekly in Chase Hall, Chess Club provides an atmosphere for everything from friendly games to more advanced studying of theory. Everyone is welcome at Chess Club! Contact: Juergen Kritschgau

Bates Circus Arts Club aims to bring the newly flourishing art form of circus to Bates College. We explore different areas of circus including, but not limited to, juggling, aerial silk, aerial hoop, unicycling, acrobatics, tumbling, and poi spinning. Through weekly meetings, we will work on strength, flexibility, and other circus skills in a relaxed but focused setting tailored to the interest of club members. In the future, we will bring in outside instructors to further our skills. Ultimately, the club will strive to support every member’s individual aspirations and goals. Contact: Ali Haymes

The BATES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is a large and diverse family of students. We strive to grow in love for God and God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and to come to a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and of God’s purposes in the world.  There are many small groups that meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, and prayer. Current small groups within “BCF” are… Justified Liturgical Dance Group, the Spanish Bible Study, and Evening Prayer.  There are also larger weekly meetings – Worship Wednesdays – for everyone to gather together for worship, sharing and planning.  The Fellowship hosts many events throughout the year. Many of them are service opportunities on campus or in the Lewiston community and others are just fun times for the campus to gather and share His Love. Our activities are always open to the entire Bates community – students, faculty and staff.  BCF is associated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.Contact: Alyssa Morgosh or Caroline Kern

The Christian Science Organization aims to support and encourage a spiritually engaged community at Bates College. It serves as a spiritual resource for all by creating a forum for prayer and discovery with the guidance of Christian Science stories and writings. Contact: Olivia Krishnaswami

COMPETITIVE SKI TEAM: Come join the fastest club on campus – the Competitive Ski Team!  Founded in 2005 as an alternative to the D-1 racing team on campus, this club is open to both Alpine and Nordic racers of all levels and all experience, as long as you want to go fast!  We offer dry-land training and on-snow instruction throughout the year.  We also spend the winter racing against other great colleges in New England.  It’s a great opportunity for former ski racers who want to continue in college or for those who have never tried the sport before. Contact: Julia Savage

Come be a part of a cricket revolution at Bates! CRICKET is more than a sport, its a belief, its a religion! The 2nd most popular sport in the world, Cricket is gaining popularity and interest fast at Bates. Using similar techniques as baseball, it is hugely popular in Pakistan, India, Srilanka, the UK and Australia. Over the last decade, cricket has witnessed a dramatic gain in popularity in  the US, Canada, UAE, Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya and Malysia. Come learn about this growing global sport followed passionately by millions. Everybody is welcome, prior experience is preferred, not required though. Contact: Raja Junaid Jahangir

The Bates College CROSSTONES is Bates’ oldest co-ed a cappella group.  The Crosstones have always been known for their down-to-earth nature, humor, and energy, and have been performing everything from pop to classic rock both internationally and locally since 1996. Previous tours have taken them around New England, over to the West Coast, and even all the way up to Canada! Recently featured on the BOCA (Best of College A Cappella) 2012 compilation CD, the Crosstones strive for musical excellence and have a good time doing it. Auditions are held every fall, so be on the lookout for announcements! For more information, please check out our website at Contact: Bobby Lankin

The Bates DANCE CLUB aims to connect more Bates students, faculty, staff, and members of the Lewiston-Auburn community with the world of dance. Specifically, we want members of the Bates community to experience styles of dance not offered through the college. Our club gives students a way to maintain or discover a love of dance in a way which is not dependent upon being a dance minor or a member of the Modern Dance Company. Based on input from Bates students and academic departments, we bring guest artists to campus to give workshops, performances, and lectures throughout the year. We also take advantage of performances going on in Lewiston, Portland, and Boston; and invite anyone interested to contribute to a student run/choreographed show put on during short term. Any and all levels of experience are welcome; the club environment is very laid back and friendly; we are always looking for people who like to dance! Visit our Facebook pageContact: Mary Anne Bodnar or Talia Mason

The Bates College DEANSMEN are a 12-14 voice, all-male a cappella group that has been entertaining the college community and beyond since 1957. Our repertoire is nothing short of dynamic, ranging from the traditional to the new. In our signature tuxedos, we happily sing at local charity events, as well as at other colleges and high schools. In the past, the Deansmen have performed for the Boston Celtics, George Bush, Sr., and Rockapella as well as on both Maine and Icelandic television. The group is known for maintaining a high musical quality while also delivering a powerful, entertaining, and occasionally hilarious performance. Auditions for the Deansmen are held during the first week of the Fall Semester. We hope to see you there! Contact: Ned Donaldson

BROOKS QUIMBY DEBATE COUNCIL: 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! Contact: Matt Summers 

Bates DEMOCRATS are concerned students and citizens who tend to vote for Democrats, and are politically active and aware.  We sponsor speakers, work on election campaigns, host forums and debates on campus, and engage in discussions on hot political topics.  In joining us, you can have an impact on the world beyond Bates. Visit our Facebook pageContact: Olivia Jacobs

DER DEUTSCHE KULB (German Club) meets frequently and celebrates the exciting cultures of Germany and other german speaking nations. We host film nights, game nights, seasonal and holiday parties, attend German Table, and inform our members of german departmental events. We have so much fun and always welcome new members (even if you don’t speak German)! Contact: Fiona Frick

The Bates DHARMA SOCIETY is an on-campus group that holds meditation sessions and organizes retreats, both on and off campus. We offer 20-minute-long meditation sessions every day Monday-Friday at 4.10pm usually in the Chapel. These sittings are open to absolutely everyone–beginners, advanced practitioners, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. We also offer 1-hour-long meditation sessions on Sundays at 4pm. These sittings are recommended for people who have had some exposure to meditation even if they are not advanced practitioners. Once a month, we hold meditation retreats either on campus for about 3 hours or off campus (usually in Shortridge) for an entire day. The Dharma Society is a non-religious group and is open to people of all faiths, creeds, backgrounds, etc. People with no experience are encouraged to join–that’s how everyone gets started! Come for one sitting and discover the power of meditation to help you relax and find inner peace. Contact: Joseph Marques

Enter the DISCORDIANS. We host everything from the fall Leaf Jump to Magic: the Gathering tournaments to the campus-wide Humans vs. Zombies game in the spring. If you want to learn to play Dungeons & Dragons, watch a movie while sipping a delicious smoothie, or duel your friends with foam swords on the quad, come to one of our awesome events! The Discordians are committed to offering chem-free activities open to all students. We’re always happy to welcome new members! Visit our facebook page. Contact: Sidney Parham

DJ SOCIETY DJ-Society is the larger society of DJs on Bates campus. In addition, providing music for every, and any scene on campus from academic to social ventures. We are a grassroots organization with a focus on serving students. This is a great opportunity for new or experienced DJs and event planners to contribute to, and be the faces behind Bates’ largest and most memorable events. If you love music, event managing, or simply want to have a great time, DJ Society is for you!Contact: Seba Miranda-Martinez or Jake Barbato

The EDUCATION CLUB is dedicated to raising awareness of educational movements through weekly discussions, forums, filed trips, and community based initiatives. The club is intended to provide a space where Bates students may discuss non-traditional approaches to classroom or academic learning that have produced tangible results in communities throughout Maine, including Lewiston. The topic invariably attracts education students, but most club members join simply because they share an interest in educational issues and movements. The club is a great opportunity for anyone intrigued or concerned about what goes on in our schools to take part in holistic discussions about unique and ambitious approaches to how kids and adolescents learn, and what they should be learning. Contact: Erica Veazey or Alexandra LeFevre

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 EMT’s 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. Contact: Sarah Burkey 

ENERGY ACTION MOVEMENT (BEAM): BEAM is a community of students dedicated to taking direct action to address the issue of climate change and energy stability, both on the Bates campus and beyond, through direct action, discussion, and campus-wide events. As a part of the international youth climate movement, we regularly partake in on-campus, nation-wide, and global campaigns to promote progressive climate legislation, climate justice, the development of renewable energy sources and the growth of green jobs. BEAM gatherings and actions foster a strong sense of activism on the Bates campus. There is no time to wait for someone else to solve this problem – the responsibility is ours and we are rising to the challenge! Contact: Jordan Becker

The Bates ENTREPRENEURS CLUB provides a creatively stimulating atmosphere for students to come together and discuss entrepreneurship.  It is an informal environment geared toward bouncing ideas off each other in regards to what a successful start up would look like, primarily within the framework of a college campus.  In addition, we also congregate once a week in order to help educate each other about what the raw fundamental components are that make up the entrepreneurial lifestyle.  Being an entrepreneur is about fostering healthy relationships with people and coming together to fuse ideas.  This is precisely what we do on a weekly basis during our meetings.  We are a team of driven individuals that think creatively about what we can do to ultimately change the world around us for the better in order to enrich the lives of people who surround us.  The goal for the 2012/2013 academic year is to not only produce successful start ups/ventures, but to also bring guest speakers in and educate us and the students of Bates College what entrepreneurs actually do.  The second function of our club is acting as somewhat of a venture capital firm.  In other words, students not affiliated with our club may bring their start up ideas forth in hope for financial backing.  This has happened in the past and has proven to be quite successful with the proper analysis which is executed by club members. Contact: Mike Mulach or Sophie Sheng

The ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION focuses on improving environmental awareness and responsibility at Bates and in the Lewiston-Auburn community.  We work towards these goals with many different approaches, including awareness campaigns of environmental issues and campaigning for changes to local or regional environmental policy. Recently we’ve been taking on more artistic approaches including recycled sculptures and water consciousness reminders posted in showers.  It is important to note that EC is run by its members, and this means  that new issues are always welcome. We are always looking forward to  meeting new people passionate as we are about the environment. Come to  a meeting and inform other members of your ideas; before you know it a new campaign will be kicking off! Contact Becky Culp or Lara Gowan

The Bates EQUESTRIAN TEAM is a club sport open to anyone who is interested in riding or learning to ride. The Bates Equestrian Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Zone 1 Region 2. We have two seasons, fall and spring, with about four horse shows a season. IHSA shows make it possible for students without horses to show in college. At a show, riders are randomly assigned a horse from the host barn and are judged on their equitation, (traditional hunt seat). There are classes open for all abilities so anyone is welcome to show with the team. If you are interested, please visit our website or Facebook pageContact: Carolyn Attenborough or Katie Kirwin or Hannah Kiesler

FAT CATS The Bates College COMPETITIVE EATING CLUB,  formed in 2011, is the 2nd collegiate competitive eating club in the country and is known on campus as the FatCats. The club hosts and attends various eating competitions as well as challenges throughout the Northeast. One of the major functions of the club is to grill food for Bates Students. The Pig Roast is hosted every short term by the FatCats, with hot dogs for lunch and a 300+ pound pig served fore dinner. Check us out on Facebook Contact: Will Patton

The FENCING CLUB began a few years ago as a small club to teach the rudiments of fencing.  We have grown to teach beginning fencing, group lessons in all three weapons, free fencing for all levels, and to field competitive teams against collegiate clubs and varsity teams.  We also satisfy your phys ed requirement. Contact: Nick Pray

BATES CLUB FIELD HOCKEY is a competitive traveling club team that provides an opportunity for Bates students to play field hockey at the non-varsity level. We welcome all levels by fostering the skills of advanced players and teaching beginners the rules and techniques necessary for competition. We play in the fall and pick up our sticks again after the snow melts in the spring. We compete against other New England collegiate club teams and participate in regional tournaments too. Contact: Sarah Stanley

FILMBOARD: Every weekend the Filmboard presents a newly released, pre-dvd feature film to the Bates Community.  Special programming includes independent films, drive-in movies and movie poster raffles.  We provide consistent non-alcoholic weekend entertainment to the entire campus for only one dollar.  Members help select and show films.  New faces are always welcome!Visit our Facebook page!Contact: Kai Payne or Charley Kenyon 

BATES FISHING CLUB The purpose of the BFC is to establish a fishing community on campus that will provide students, faculty and alumni a new and exciting avenue to enjoy a region so rich in water resources. The Club will serve as a medium through which fellow fishermen can discuss fishing, acquire information about the sport, plan future endeavors and promote conservation and sustainability. This BFC will be a springboard for people to learn what the local waters offer and to experience places in the area that the average student or faculty member may not otherwise have a chance to enjoy. Spin and fly-fishing tactics will be taught as well fly tying and water ecology of the area. Although the Club will inevitably encompass many of the sport’s infinite avenues, initial efforts will be to create an opportunity for non-fishers to get involved and gain a basic understanding of the sport. The main focus will be to give students a legitimate network of students to go fishing with and the means and guidance by which to go fishing. Contact: Nick Ford

The Freewill Folk Society promotes folk culture on campus through music and dance. Students and community members come to Bates once a month for a contradance, which is a deformalized version of the dance you’ve seen in any Jane-Austen-novel-made-film. These events are open to the public and there is no experience required, so anyone can come and have a good time. We usually dance to traditional music (fiddles, guitars, mandolins), but we also introduce other forms of music for our techno contra, which is a hybrid between traditional dance and modern music. The Freewill Folk Society also hosts the annual Community Folk Festival, a weekend of concerts, contradances, and workshops with attendees from throughout Maine and New England. Whether you’re a musician, a dancer, or an appreciator of one or both, you have a place in this community tradition. We look forward to seeing you! Visit our Facebook pageContact: Hannah Otten

The Golf Club is dedicated to fostering and sharing an enthusiasm for the sport of golf among students and other members of the Bates Community. As part of our mission, we hope to establish a rich tradition in providing an entertaining environment in which members can discover and hone their golfing abilities. We hold frequent golfing outings, providing balls and clubs if needed. No prior experience in golf is necessary. Contact: Connor Cerniglia

Bates Gospelaires – “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” (Psalms 100:1) Our mission is to sing praises unto the Lord and fully rejoice in it. We feel that our mission will bring hope, positivity, respect, optimism and, most importantly, love for our fellow brothers & sisters through the songs and its’ messages; not only within the Bates college community, but throughout the greater Maine community and beyond. Anyone can join! No matter the age, color, or background, our goal is to also spread light on a style of praise music that is not is not generally practiced here at Bates; Gospel Music! Though widely accepted as a traditionally African-American musical style, our organization will provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and practice an art form which, in turn, will foster self-confidence and give an understanding and appreciation for other cultures and their musical background.  ONE GOAL, ONE PASSION, ONE VOICE…Bates Gospel Choir! Contact: Calvin Reedy 

The Bates College “Hedge Fun’d” offers economically and financially interested students with the opportunity to both learn about electronic trading and to compete in intercollegiate trading tournaments internationally.  We provide students with the hands on learning experience of a trading interface that resembles real transactional software used by financial groups and organizations.  In our meetings we will cover a variety of relevant financial trading concepts and work on simulated trading cases. In tournaments, trading teams are assessed based on their success in the situational cases. The cases simulate all kinds of market scenarios for risk and opportunities with a focus on relevant investment, portfolio, or risk management objectives. Contact: Jacob Brand

HELICASE is the student biology club which provides support, unity, and inspiration for the exploration of biology both inside and outside of the classroom. We enhance communication between students and the department by functioning as an official liaison and sponsoring several student-faculty mixers throughout the year. Helicase provides guidance to students about which natural science major will satisfy their interests best and which courses, regardless of their major, will help them explore their love of biology. Through fieldtrips and other fun activities we expose students to the resources that surround them in the Bates and greater Maine community, and hope to foster an appreciation of biology both on and off campus. We encourage non-biology majors to join! Contact: Nick Pray or Kathleen Morrill

Bates HILLEL is an entirely student-run club designed for Jewish students and others interested in Judaism. Hillel offers weekly Shabbat dinners in the Intercultural House, casual Friday evening services, and celebrates all major Jewish holidays. All are welcome to attend Hillel events and programs.Contact: Eliza Kaplan or Shoshana Foster

Bates WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY The Bates College Women’s Club Ice Hockey team is a competitive club ice hockey program with a season that runs from November to February. With daily practices and games every weekend, we are a team that emphasizes dedication, teamwork, and competition. We uphold the values of committed student athletes, while also incorporating a fun atmosphere both on and off the ice. Although we are a serious club team, we are open to athletes of all skill levels. We practice four days a week and play games on the weekends, with home games at Underhill Arena, located right on the Bates College Campus. We occasionally travel throughout New England competing against other collegiate club teams. Team is mostly student-run but led by a coach on the ice for practices and games. Contact: Katrina Buchta, Mackenzie MacRae or Emily McIlvaine

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: Open to all students, the men’s ice hockey team practices five days a week and plays around 20 games a season, extending from November to February. The men’s team is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), which is the largest and most competitive club hockey organization in the nation and offers an annual national tournament for top qualifying teams. The club plays on campus at Underhill Arena and travels throughout the northeast competing against other colleges and universities within the league and participates in regional playoffs. The team is student run but is led on-ice by experienced coaches. The men’s team is led by Tom LeBlonde, who played collegiate hockey and is now a history teacher at Lewiston High School. Visit our website!  Contact: Jamie Peterson or Matt Silverman or Brad Rutkin

INTERNATIONAL CLUB – “The International Club provides the Bates community with an opportunity to take part in a large variety of activities that aim to promote and encourage cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Such activities include the annual International Dinner (featuring foods from around the world), trips during the mid-semester breaks, several International parties, and our International Fair and Festival when students represent their countries in a variety of ways, ranging from fashion, to music, to dancing, to pictures, movies, and souvenirs. These activities serve as an opportunity for international students to represent themselves, their countries, cultures, and traditions. Just as importantly, with our activities, we aim to create interaction that offers all students, from within the United States and from outside, the insight on various world issues; young ambitious people who share the same desire for knowledge, exploration, and education. We also serve to support the International students in their transition process from one part of the world to another. We welcome all members of the Bates Community as members of the International Club, or participants in its activities.”  Contact: Niccolo Bigagli

The Bates College INVESTMENT CLUB manages a real ~$100,000 portfolio on behalf of the college, in support of student financial aid. The club’s portfolio yielded a return of 9% in the academic year 2012-2013! Weekly meetings are held to teach the basic investment analysis, learn about the financial markets and vote on specific investment proposals. No prior knowledge or investment experience is required, and students from all majors are welcome. Joining the club is highly recommended for those who may be considering finance as a possible career as well as those who want to learn about managing their own money. Contact:

J STREET U consists of members of the Bates College Community who stand for and are working towards peace, security and social justice in Israel, the future state of Palestine and across the Middle East. As supporters of Israel, we are firmly committed to protecting the future of the state as a Jewish democratic homeland. We believe the fates of a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state are intertwined. The peace and security of both peoples is achievable only through a negotiated, two-state solution. Contact: Adina Brin

The KNIT WITS is Bates’ only knitting club, not that you’d need more than one.  The main focus of the group is knitting, but the crocheting population is growing!  The group participates in a range of activities including charity work, yarn-bombing, to just stitching and chatting.  We encourage all those who are professional grannies/interested in knitting/would like to learn to knit/just like hanging out with some awesome people to join us! Contact: Adriane Spiro 

MEN’S CLUB LACROSSE: The Bates Men’s Club Lacrosse team has greatly increased in size and popularity since its first season in 2006. Club Lacrosse is a great option for anyone interested in experiencing the game of lacrosse at a college level regardless of skill or experience. Competition consists mostly of other schools throughout New England. Contact:

LATINOS UNIDOS is organized as a threshold of diversity. The club seeks to create opportunities for the Latino students of Bates College and facilitates a place to embrace their culture while continuing to learn about the new environment around them. Latinos Unidos is active both on the Lewiston and national level through community service.  The entire Bates community, whether Latino or not, are invited to all meetings and activities. At Latinos Unidos, our main goal is to inform the Bates community about the beauty and richness of countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean and further explain the relationship of these countries with the United States at the national and Bates level. Additionally, in order to include non-Spanish speaking members, all meetings are held in English.Contact: Kevin Tejada or Yessenia Saucedo

The Bates Law and Politics Club promotes academic, nonpartisan understanding of law, politics, both domestic and international, political theory, international relations, and current events by providing a forum for students to teach each other what they know, explore each others’ interests, and promote further understanding of these issues in the Bates community.  As a club, we read and discuss articles from political journals, law reviews, and newspapers, host occasional public events such as panel discussions and presentations that non-members can attend. Contact: Allen Sumrall 

MANIC OPTIMISTS: What do you get when you put 13 guys who love to sing alone with a piano? You’ll have to see for yourself to find out, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be manically optimistic about it! The Manic Optimists are Bates’ newest all-male a cappella group, performing a wide variety of current hits and classic favorites. We perform constantly throughout the year, at Bates, at other schools, and anywhere else they’ll have us, from the Boston Common to Sugarloaf ski resort and beyond! So what do you say? Do you have what it takes to be a ManOp? Audition this fall and find out! Visit our Facebook page or our website!  Contact: Robert Charpie

MASTERPIECE THEATRE CLUB is devoted to PBS Masterpiece Theatre programming, which airs BBC period dramas on American television.  This is a club where students can come see their favorite Victorian novel or Shakespearean play brought to life.  Students can gather and celebrate period dramas they already know and love, as well as marvel at new adaptations.  The Masterpiece Theatre Club presents a formidable combination; it is the opportunity to take a break in the workday, while at the same time stimulating the mind by broadening exposure to classic works of literature, their themes, and their historical context through film. Contact: Lydia O’Brien

MEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE (MASV) is a discussion and action based group that closely examines and critiques traditional masculinity on campus and in media. Via weekly group discussion and planning meetings, film screenings, and other open events and rallies, we promote the important message that men can be active agents of change regarding social justice issues, particularly in the context of ending sexual violence. We collaborate with other culture-changing organizations on campus, each of which offers an important voice and perspective on how to go about discussing important and related questions of masculinity, privilege, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and class. The group is a reminder to the campus that there are indeed men at Bates that are actively committed to ending violence of all kinds. Visit our Facebook pageContact Cody Tracey or Tommy Graziano 

Established in 1958, MERIMANDERS  is the only all-female a cappella group at Bates College. In addition to singing at various Bates events and holding our own concerts each semester, we organize joint concerts with groups from other schools! We love to travel to different places in the Maine/New England community to sing at restaurants, fundraisers, parties, and many other awesome venues. Tryouts are held at the beginning of each academic year. Come audition, we’d love to hear you sing!  Contact: Max Pendergast

The BATES MICRO LOAN PROGRAM club was established to provide students with the opportunities to take out a short-term loan to purchase necessities and to aid in the process of putting down summer down payments for internship housing. We also provide extensive business experience and operations opportunities for members involved in the process to see how loans are made and repaid. The goal is to ensure that everyone on campus has equal access to the same academic and social opportunity on campus regardless of economic background.Contact Michelle Pham

MIRROR (THE YEARBOOK): 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. Stop in and see us in Chase Hall, Room 215. Contact:

MOCK TRIAL TEAM: MOCK TRIAL: Our five year old team is both competitive, and a lot of fun. We spend a few months preparing a trial, including writing opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examinations. We annually attend the regional competitive tournament at Yale, where we compete against other New England colleges and universities. Two years ago, we were only one win from moving on to the national competition. Mock Trial presents a great experience to bond with a group of Batesies, while engaging in a challenging and extremely fun activity. If you’re interested in law, public speaking, or acting, then Mock Trial is a great place to hone those skills. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a politics major or pre-law. No experience is necessary to join! Contact: Taylor Stone

What is Model UN? MODEL UNITED NATIONS (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. I still did not get what Model UN is? Model UN is a great opportunity for you to practice your speaking and lobbying skills, make new friends both on and out of campus and simply have a ton of fun while learning more about the current issues pressing the international community. More so: you basically get to be a UN Diplomat for a weekend!! How awesome is that?! Model UN at Bates? The current Model UN club is a young one: it’s “date of birth” being the fall semester of the 2008-2009 academic year. During this first year we participated in the Harvard National Model UN conference. Since the Model UN club’s rebirth we have participated in conferences at Harvard, Brown, and McGill University, where some of our delegates have received best delegate award and an honorable mention. As an expanding club we plan on participating in at least two conferences next year and organize an event on campus. So we need a lot of support. Conclusion: No matter what your experience is you are always more than welcome to join us in our meetings and have a good time. Contact: Kevin Williams

MUSHAHADA ASSOCIATION (Muslim Students’ Association) is an association of the Muslim students and students interested in the Islamic faith at Bates.  Mushahada is an Arabic word and means vision.  The club aims at providing appropriate space for religious observances, and increasing awareness of Islam as a religion on the college campus through organizing a diverse range of activities, which also act as a platform for interaction between Muslim students on the campus and the college community as a whole. Contact: Ghulam Awais Rana or Nizamuddin Ahmady

The Bates MUSICIAN’S UNION exists to provide aspiring musicians and bands at Bates with the space and equipment they need to practice and perform their material.  The club supports campus bands with a rehearsal space, practice equipment, and live sound equipment for shows.  Additionally, it creates a supportive environment where musicians can learn from each other, form new groups, and put together events. Contact: Dana Cohen-Kaplan or Teddy Rube or Rush Milam

NORTHFIELD is a non-audition, non-traditional acapella group that welcomes all singers on campus and draws from a variety of music traditions, including shape note singing, Appalachian folk music, and cultural music from around the world. As common among such vocal groups, we learn many of our pieces from each other and directly from other singers with similar interests. A core part of Northfield involves welcoming in a variety of singers at all experience levels so that we can teach and learn from one another, regardless of our backgrounds.  Northfield was founded as a singing group open to all, meant to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about cultural music.  Contact: Mckenzie Bailey or Kayla Bailey

OUTfront serves the entire Bates College community by sounding out fundamental issues of sexuality and gender. As both a student-run support group and a political organization, we facilitate education and discussion of gender and sexuality issues while working to change intolerant and discriminating attitudes. OUTfront cooperates with other student organizations toward the greater goal of social justice for all within, and beyond, the College. Contact: Rachel Marks or Jason DeFelice

The BATES OUTING CLUB was founded in 1920 and is among the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country and the first at a private college to include both men and women from the beginning. Every member of the Bates College community is technically a member of the club. Its administration is set up into officers, directors, and a Council composed of active members. The directors are largely responsible for the administrative aspects of the club while the officers run the outing activities. The organization offers year-round trips throughout New England for hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, surfing, and kayaking and many more.  Every year the club hosts activities including two Clambakes, Winter Carnival and a hike up Katahdin, each of which remain popular campus-wide events. The club has strong participation from every class year and remains one of the most popular clubs on campus. Contact: Alex Weissman

The Bates Paintball Club has become a popular new club among Bates students.  Our club is most popular to those who have never tried paintball before, or have not played in years. Safety is our top priority. Participants will inevitably have fun playing on either the Speed-Ball or Woods-Ball courses.   Markers and masks are provided free of charge by the club. The Paintball Club hosts outings only ten minutes away.  Outings occur in the early fall and during the spring (typically during Short Term). Contact:

The Philosophy Forum is for students who are habitually questioning. The purpose of the club is to take the love of learning that all Batesies share, and push it to the next level. Our weekly meetings are opportunities for students to discuss the ‘bigger picture’, to explore existential questions and other profound thoughts, and to entertain others’ views as if they were ones own. We aim to expand not only our understanding of the human experience, but also our curiosity, our humility, and our ability to listen. Our ‘Open Forum’ series is a place where students join with professors, community members, and guest speakers to discuss deep topics of mutual interest. Though the group was founded by philosophy majors, people of all majors are welcome. Contact: Joseph Marques 

The Bates College PHOTO CLUB provides a forum for sharing work, ideas, and opinions about photography through critique and discussion.  Whether you shoot in color or b&w, digital or film, the Photo Club is open to anyone with an interest in the subject.  Never taken photos before? Not a problem. We provide access and tutorials for the club darkroom where students can develop and print black and white film, and we also provide discounted film. The Photo Club also publishes a semesterly photo publication, Blonde Magazine. Contact:  Sophia Pellegrini 

The PHYSICS SOCIETY’s purpose is to advance and spread knowledge of physics to interested members of the Bates community. We sponsor seminars, video viewings covering all areas of physics, science related trips, and a weekly physics lunch (an informal gathering of physics students, professors, and guest lecturers). Contact: 

The Bates PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVE provides students with an opportunity to engage in public health outreach both on the Bates campus and in the surrounding area. Students will experience the social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of public health through designing health education outreach programs and implementing these programs in the community. Contact:  Tara Patel or Patrick Tolosky

Bates College  REPUBLICANS, a chapter of the Maine College Republicans and the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is a political organization that promotes conservative values on the Bates campus and helps elect Republican candidates at the local, state and national levels of government. Club members host prominent speakers, engage in grassroots activism on behalf of Republican candidates, sponsor school-wide debates, and generally heighten political awareness at Bates. The club has a strong belief in the benefits of a strong two-party government and recognizes that every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. Contact: McKayla Girardin

The Bates Review is an online literary and artistic magazine, which features exceptional talent and gives an opportunity for members of the Bates community to publish their work. We aim to provide a platform for an artistic and literary dialogue, but also to connect current students, alumni, and parents. Submissions are open to anyone but we are a selective magazine, aiming to publish a diverse, high-quality portfolio. There will be three online publications (Fall, Winter and Spring). There will also be a continuous stream of artistic material published either through social-media outlets, on a blog format, or both. For more information: Submissions and contact:

The ROBINSON PLAYERS is the one and only Bates College student theater organization. We produce between six and ten shows a year, typically including 1-2 festivals of one-acts, a main stage production centered around the theme of human rights (past productions have included The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, and 8 The Play), a main-stage musical or comedy, and a  production (typically a musical) that we perform for local elementary school students during short term – the ever-popular “Stages for all Ages.” Rob Players productions range in size from one-man shows to casts of over fifty students, faculty, and staff!  We also host other events throughout the year (ex. Cast Parties, Oscar Night, Glee! Night, Murder Mystery Dinners), trips to off-campus theater events in Portland and Boston, theater workshops (technical theater, acting, vocal warm-ups, stage combat, etc.), and guest speakers. Join the Rob Players for your theatrical amusement! Visit and for more information. Contact: Max Pendergast

The Bates RUGBY CLUB (M) competes in the fall, playing rivals Colby, Bowdoin, Maine-Farmington in the New England Rugby Football Union’s (NERFU) DIII North–Maine division.  We practice Monday through Friday and have games on Saturday.  Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be of gargantuan size to play rugby.  We need people players of various body types to play the all of the positions.  Do not worry about having previous experience as almost all collegiate rugby players do not have previous experience.  Rugby is an intense game requiring you to push your body and your mind to the limit.  The rush of playing rugby is unlike any other you will have ever experienced.  We look forward to seeing you on the pitch.  Contact: or Contact: 

RUGBY CLUB (W) -The Women’s Rugby Team is a competitive DIII team that engages in a competitive fall season as well as an unofficial spring season. The team was founded in the 1970s and has been a tough competitor in leagues since then. There’s no experience necessary, and the team is composed of a variety of athletic abilities ranging from previous Bates Varsity athletes to members who never participated in sports before joining rugby! Visit our website Mara Woollard 

The Bates SAILING CLUB is a student-run and organized club sport.  We maintain 12 FJs and practice out of Taylor Pond Yacht Club in Auburn, which is approximately 10 minutes from campus. On Mondays, team members run a learn to sail program that is open to the Bates community. The remaining weekday afternoons are dedicated to competitive racing practice. The team also competes in intercollegiate races throughout New England on the weekends as part of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).  There are racing events for all skill levels, and there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY to join the club.  Just bring enthusiasm and a desire to learn and have fun!  Participation in the club fulfills Bates College Physical Education requirements. Please visit for more information! Contact: Sam Wells or John Cappetta or Katlyn Flyn

SALAAM NAMASTE is an organization seeking to promote awareness of South Asian culture at Bates College. With its vibrant culture, bubbling spirit and teeming knowledge, South Asia is a growing attraction in the world and has proven to be of much interest to students from America and the other countries represented at Bates. Founded on the enthusiasm of South Asian students at Bates yearning to share their heritage with their fellow students, this club truly enriches Bates’ multicultural life by organizing cultural events from South Asia such as “Holi” (The World’s Biggest Water Fight) and “Diwali” (The Festival of Lights) and hosting South Asian cooking nights and Bollywood movie nights.” Contact: Myriam Kelly or Raja Junaid Jahangir

SANGAI ASIA: “Sangai” means “togetherness” in Nepalese, which is a founding purpose of this club.   Sangai Asia was created to promote Asian and Asian-American awareness, identity, and fellowship on the Bates campus as well as in the greater community.  Sangai Asia has held and cosponsored events such as dinners, cooking classes, film series, annual fireworks displays, and lectures focusing on Asian and Asian- American identity and cultures.  In addition, Sangai Asia also produces the annual “Asian Performance Night,” which typically features an outside professional performance group, and highlights the diverse Asian cultural backgrounds of its members and Bates students through the performing arts. Contact: Tam Pham or Amanda Pierog 

SANKOFA is a student led cultural organization which seeks to explore the vibrant cultures of the African Diaspora through music, dance, poetry and prose. Students explore the meaning of “Blackness” by reflecting on personal experiences; researching and identifying historical and contemporary events that continue to influence the development of people who claim Black and/or African heritage. The goals of Sankof include fostering social and political awareness about issues that affect communities and individuals claiming African ancestry; embracing numerous cultural differences found throughout the African Diaspora; in addition to community building beyond campus borders and barriers. The group is open to students, faculty, staff as well as members of the Lewiston community. Contact: Olivier Brilliant or Annakay Wright

SEED Magazine is a provocative, inspiring, and visually stimulating student run publication that features prose, poetry, photography, painting, and drawing by Bates students. Distributed once a semester SEED works to expose the artistic and eclectic talents of the Bates College student body.Contact: Jack Kay or Nicole Danser or Erika Schmidt

Shred Club seeks to promote, expand and assist the shredding community on Bates Campus and within the greater Lewiston-Auburn community. A great way to explore the many rip-able and grind-able corners of Maine, Shred Club is the only club worth your time. All forms of shredding are welcome and encouraged, from skateboarding to steetluge, to surfing to tow in big wave kayaking. Contact:  George Merrill

SLACKLINE CLUB: What is slacklining you ask? Well let me enlighten me you oh so curious Batesie. Slacklining is everything you’ve ever desired in life. It is the will to do the impossible. The power to impress all those who ogle at you while balanced precariously on the line. It is walking the line between achievement and failure. Put quite simply, slacklining is awesome and ineffable. If your curiosity has been peaked, which it should have been by now if you are at all an interesting person, you should, nay, must, come to a slackline club meeting. We welcome all ability levels, from those who call themselves experts to those who have just read this blurb and are realizing that I have told you absolutely nothing concrete about slacklining and want to know what it really is. So come, join us as we balance our way into the Bates history books as we have already started to do. All are welcome. All should come. We are the Bates College Slackline Club, and we are ready for you. Contact: Toby Myers or Bobby Haran

The purpose of Slow Food Bates is to spread knowledge of the value and importance of local food through partnerships with community farms, including the Bates College Garden, and local small-food producers. We foster connections with the community through visits to local farms and businesses. To further promote the value and importance of the integrity of food, including the food we consume at Bates, members work in the Bates College garden, the produce of which directly supplies Commons, maintaining beds during the growing season, and overseeing small-scale herb and micro-green production. Contact Mia Taggart or Dani Klein

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. Visit our Facebook Page to find out more. Contact Hannah Beinecke or Audrey Grauer

The BATES SPORTSMEN’S CLUB hosts target and competitive shooting outings as well as on campus social events for people interested in the shooting sports. Whether you are an expert marksman or new to the sport, all are welcome. Safety is our number one priority and all new members are required to attend a safety class prior to participating in club outings. We look forward to seeing you on the range! Contact: Sam Glasgow 

The STRANGE BEDFELLOWS is the one and only improvisational comedy group at Bates. They perform both short-form as well as long-form improv and continually explore and experiment with different types of long-form improv structures. The Bedfellows perform bimonthly at different venues all over campus as well as at venues in Lewiston such as She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s. They also perform at other colleges such as Skidmore College for the annual National College Comedy Festival that Skidmore hosts every year. The Bedfellows bring professional improv and sketch comedy groups to Bates, who in the past, have included The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and The Late Night Players. The main goal of The Strange Bedfellows is to bring laughter to the Bates community and the surrounding areas of
Lewiston and Auburn using the increasingly popular art form of improvisational comedy as a tool and a medium. Auditions for The Strange Bedfellows are held once a year at the beginning of every fall semester and are open to everyone– experience not necessary! Contact: Gunnar Manchester or John Goodman

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. Visit to see an online version of our publication. Check out our student-run blog, Commonsense, which allows for student-run work to be posted quickly. Contact Keenan Brent fmi on Commonsense. Contact: Alex Daugherty

The  BATES COLLEGE STUDENT GOVERNMENT The Representative Assembly is Bates’ student government. The R.A. is both a forum for students to voice opinions on important campus issues and a liaison between the student body and the administration. The R.A. selects students to serve on student-faculty committees and allocates funds to Bates’ recognized student organizations, while also financially supporting numerous activities and initiatives on campus through both the allocations process and its co-sponsorship fund.  More information about the Bates College Student Government is available at Alyssa Morgosh

STUDENTS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN PALESTINE is a pro-Palestinian student group at Bates committed to a just peace: an end to the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, and equal rights for people of all faiths and ethnicities in the region. Our goals are to serve as a resource for students on issues pertaining to Palestine, to foster understanding of the Palestinian narrative, to advocate for Palestinian rights, and to participate in initiatives aimed at combating oppression and racism. The club’s activities will include attending national solidarity conferences, hosting guest lectures and film showings, and spearheading boycott and divestment initiatives. Contact: Robin Jones

BATES SUB AQUA brings together students, faculty, and staff who share a common interest in the underwater world and activities which explore it, such as SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and freediving. It promotes awareness of marine conservation, protection of water resources, and maritime history, as well as any other underwater-related cause. Contact: Connor Ventling or Ben Gilmore

SUNSHINE SOCIETY: The purpose of the Sunshine Society is to make Bates an even happier, friendlier and more exciting place. The club encourages community among Batesies. The Sunshine Society promotes and facilitates random acts of kindness on campus that increase daily happiness. By “random acts of kindness” we are referring to events, activities and contests that will help to spread community and happiness across the Bates campus.  Contact: Whitney Paine

Sustainable Athletes is a student run club founded in 2012 that’s mission is to raise awareness about the ecological impacts of sports at Bates. It is clear that sports are highly valued in today’s society, through this gateway we work to help make Bates athletics more sustainable while engaging the wider Bates community. Some of our initiatives to date have been working with coaches to promote the use of reusable water bottles, encouraging greener choices such as recycling and shorter showers with posters seen around campus, and researching our laundry detergent distributor to confirm that we are using biodegradable, environmentally friendly detergents. Meetings are held Monday nights at 8 in the Fireplace Lounge. This club is open to everyone in the Bates community, not just athletes! Come to our meetings and keep your eyes peeled for new environmentally friendly water bottles with our logo on them!Contact: Hallie Grossman or Laurel Fiddler

TAIKO CLUB: Taiko are stick percussion instruments originated from Japan. Bates Taiko Club meets once a week for official Taiko drumming lesson from instructor and additional meetings for practice purposes among members. In the past, Taiko Club has performed in Sangai Asian Night, International Club Coffee House and CBB Japan Fair. We also organized cultural activities for members such as watching Taiko performances in Boston.  Contact: Chris Pelz

TakeNote is a dashing co-ed a cappella group founded in 2008. Our repertoire consists of an eclectic blend of classics and current hits, ranging from pop to folk to rap. We perform at all of the major concerts on campus as well as the community. Intrigued? Come audition! We’re always looking for new members to join in on the fun. Also check out our website at or visit our Facebook pageContact: Colin McIntire

The TECH CLUB offers students a place to learn and develop skills related to computers and electronics such as programming and robotics. Join to learn HTML, Javascript, C++, Python, or any other programming language you can think of. Engage in electronic prototyping with open source Arduino circuit boards. Even the sky is not the limit when it comes to learning about the most recent technology and putting that knowledge into practice. In an ever increasing technological world, it is crucial to have an outlet for learning and experimenting with technological skills. Become a member of the Programming and Electronics Club to join a small but growing number of students interested in pursuing personal and group projects. In our first semester as a club, we developed Bates Connect, an iPhone app for Bates students to have quick access to daily campus life information. Learn iOS programming to continue development of this app for the benefit of your peers. The 2014/2015 academic year promises to bring more exciting projects to the table. Contact Tim Chamberlin or Khoi Tuan Nguyen

The BATES TRIATHLON CLUB is for YOU! Who doesn’t enjoy swimming, biking, or running? Never heard of or done a triathlon? Come check this club out! We are focused on bringing those who are interested, but necessarily experienced, in triathlons of any distance together to train hard and have lots of fun! Also, as an official USAT recognized club team, you can keep racing for Bates even after you graduate! Check us out on Facebook: Bates Triathlon Club. Contact: Mitchell Rider or Connor Ventling 

YEAHHHH WHIP!!!! BATES COLLEGE’S MENS ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM, the legendary Orange Whip is a club team committed to the sport and spirit of Ultimate. Practices consist of drills, scrimmaging, conditioning and games, and are held throughout the school year. We are a team that plays with intensity while always managing to have a great time. In the fall season we play in as many tournaments as we can, often with our sister team, Cold Front. In the past we have traveled as far as Montreal and Rhode Island. In the winter, we up the intensity with conditioning, weight room workouts, and an indoor (co-ed) 4 v. 4 league. Spring makes way for Men’s USA Ultimate Sectionals, Regionals, and Nationals. In 2014-2015, we hope to continue to work hard and build on the success of previous years. We welcome any level of commitment or experience. We’re fun guys, we swear. Check out our websiteTwitter, or Flickr if you don’t believe us. Contact: Peter Krieg or Sean Murphy or Dylan Lopez or

Cold Front, Bates’ WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM – What do a weather pattern, a stellar group of ladies, and a flat flying object all have in common? COLD FRONT is Bates’ very own women’s ultimate team! We are a fun-loving, athletic, club team who are always looking for more people to toss a disc with. We hold practices 5x/wk, in addition to organizing and attending lots of fun and competitive tournaments as well as extra activities involving discs and love. No experience is necessary to join our awesome team, and we will happily educate anyone in the great game of ultimate. So what are you waiting for?! Come say hello, join our list serve, or better yet strike up a conversation over tofu nuggets and Italian Almond Cookies in commons! We like playing ultimate, making up silly names, and having fun. Contact: Jocelyn Hoye or Katie Polio

The Bates VOLLEYBALL CLUB is a competitive team that competes against schools from all around New England.  We compete in the New England College Volleyball League.  We are a club sport that is open to anyone who is willing to play.  We compete against such schools as Bowdoin, Colby, University of Maine, Brown, Williams and many others. Contact: Seba Martinez-Miranda or Felix Xie

WATER POLO CLUB (M) is a club here at Bates that has seen great success in the many years it has been around. From back to the mid to late 90’s when the club was winning the division title, to present day where the club has continued to play competitively in one of the fastest growing regions of water polo on the east coast. All tournaments are held right here in New England as we play against other club teams in the North Atlantic Conference of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. Once apart of this club you will learn the game, get in shape, and most importantly have fun. No experience with the game is necessary at all, and we welcome anyone who wants to play one of the toughest and most exciting games in the sporting world. As our motto says, “There may not be any horses in the pool, but there are plenty of stallions.” Contact: Alex Smachlo, Tynan Daly

WATERPOLO CLUB (W): Women’s Water Polo is a growing club sport here at Bates.  We are a spring aquatic sport that competes against various teams in the North Atlantic Division. There is no prior water polo experience needed to play with us but some swimming is helpful.  We welcome all who want to come join us in the spring for a fun and active time! Visit our website: Contact: Sarah BouchardHannah Siegel or Caroline Holme

Bates College Women in Leadership provides undergraduate women with the opportunity to elevate themselves both personally and professionally. This new club aims to bridge the gap between academic and professional life for undergraduate women. Each semester we strive to offer a variety of programs for our members and visitors geared towards career-oriented guidance from peers, alumni, and faculty. Contact: Fiona Frick

The WOMEN OF COLOR club celebrates the rich and diverse experiences of women of color, as well as confronts issues of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and other forms of prejudice that affect women of color in a comfortable and safe setting. Through the year we organize events around these issues as well as around important events such as National Women’s Month to raise awareness of our unique experiences to others on campus. Contact: Jessica Clergeau or Courtney Parsons 

WOMEN’S ADVOCACY GROUP is a student-run organization that promotes awareness, discussion, and activism around gender issues on a local, national, and international level. The group is intended to serve as a safe and comfortable space for women as well as students of other genders on campus to: exchange ideas, meet with peers and professors outside of an academic setting, encourage dialogue between Batesies on subjects related to gender, listen to guest speakers, organize programming, and facilitate action to raise campus awareness of and around gender issues. The group’s activities are meant to foster an atmosphere free of discrimination and violence on campus. We hold weekly meetings to discuss ideas and plan events. Meetings are open to the entire Bates community. New members–of any gender–are always welcome! Visit our Facebook page! Contact: Mackenzie Bailey or Kayla Bailey

WRBC is Bates’ own fully licensed radio station broadcasting since 1958 at 91.5 FM. Currently ranked as 12th in the Princeton Review’s list of Best College Radio Stations, WRBC features live radio programming of all genres and styles 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, by students, faculty, and community DJs. We also host concerts and events on campus throughout the school year, including our famed Trivia Night. Recent musicians we have hosted include Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Yeasayer, and Crystal Castles. Listen online from anywhere in the world through at and find out what we are all about! Contact: Lauren Piccirillo

The Bates YOGA KULA is an organization that hosts free yoga classes open to all Bates students, faculty, and staff. Kula means “community” in Sanskrit, which reflects the organization’s intention to promote the practice of yoga and foster community around it. It hosts weekly classes in various yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kripalu. The Bates Yoga Kula classes can also be used to earn physical education credit. If you are interested in learning more about the Kula check out our Facebook page! Namaste! Contact: Rachel Ryan