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Turning Points

In 1969, Roy Farnsworth and students map out a field trip around Lake Superior, part of the geology professor’s then-innovative Short Term course. The photograph, courtesy of the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, is funky and the hats are groovy. Yet Short Term, unveiled in 1966, was supposed to be square, man, a way for students to take extra courses and hustle through Bates in three years. But the initial no-frills, classroom-based courses like “Elements of Art” and “Introduction to the New Testament” quickly gave way to the faculty’s better ideas about what a warm-weather term should be. On page 5, read about the ups and downs of Short Term at age 40. Photograph courtesy of the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library


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