Stories from December 2008
New York Times "Vows" profiles Stacia Zukroff '91

Sunday, December 7, 2008 11:51 am

On Nov. 15, at the Highland Center, an Appalachian Mountain Club lodge...

Donated houses benefit Valley foundation

Saturday, December 6, 2008 12:00 pm

Harold Yudkin '33 died in 2004, but his sense of philanthropy is still being felt in Derby, Conn., where he lived, practiced law and was a commercial developer for many years. Two homes that Yudkin and his widow, Selma, owned in Derby are being donated to the Valley Community Foundation, which will sell them to establish a fund in their names.

Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 5, 2008 3:21 pm

And the “fruit of the forest” pies that my father purchases through some sort of mystery pie-drive at the March of Dimes. I feel as though they should be selling folic acid candies or something, not necessarily pie but fruit of the forest has become a family staple for us. The name is the most mysterious part of this pie, forget that it came from the March of Dimes. What exactly are fruits of the forest? My personal hypothesis is that the pie is comprised of apples and raspberries and such and that whoever was in charge of these pie titles just liked the alliteration. I mean, we buy it. I’d buy it for the ingenious alliteration, who cares if it makes sense or not?

On Being Raised Buddhist

Friday, December 5, 2008 3:08 pm

Oh Buddhism, you complicate my life in so many ways but you also make it easy to write off bad things that happen. Chalk it up to karma. That spider was obviously some evil-doer in its past life, hence why it got killed by my Raid handling mother. Same with the black fly. However, it gets more complicated when you start to think about human beings. Could the starving people of this world really all have racked up bad karma in their past lives? I don’t buy it. That’s a question I constantly ponder. I hope I’ll come find some sort of satisfactory answer to that question someday. Maybe lying on the side of the road looking like road kill like my fake fur stole. Sigh.

Slideshow: Mao Jacket sculpture arrives in style on Alumni Walk

Friday, December 5, 2008 12:00 pm

Following its autumn-long appearance on Park Avenue in Manhattan, a 10-foot eponymous Mao jacket was installed on Bates' own busy thoroughfare, Alumni Walk, on Dec. 5.

Moreno Vega inaugurates Afro-Latino/a speaker series

Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:50 am

A talk by Marta Moreno Vega, an expert in expressions of the ancient Yoruba religion in the African diaspora, inaugurates the Arturo Schomburg Afro-Latino Speaker Series at Bates.

Authority on Yoruba influence inaugurates Schomburg Speaker Series

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 2:25 pm

An expert in expressions of the ancient Yoruba religion in the African diaspora offers a lecture at Bates at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Benjamin Mays Center, 95 Russell St. The speaker is Marta Moreno Vega, who teaches Afro-Caribbean religions and Afro Latino/a studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Open to the public at no cost, the lecture inaugurates the Arturo Schomburg Afro-Latino Speaker Series, presented by the Multicultural Affairs office at Bates. For more information, please call 207-786-8376. Bates debaters rank 16th at Cambridge University tournament

Glazer concert spans 18th, 20th centuries

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:01 am

In a Friday evening concert, Frank Glazer -- one of Maine's foremost pianists and an artist at residence at Bates -- performs music by composers spanning three centuries.

Chinese, Indonesian dramas conclude Global Lens films

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 3:30 pm

The Global Lens 2008 film series, a touring program of narrative feature films from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, concludes at Bates College this week with 7 p.m. screenings of the Chinese drama Luxury Car on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and the Indonesian film Opera Jawa on Thursday, Dec. 4, both in Room 105, Olin Arts Center.

First Snow!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 3:16 pm

We got our first significant snowfall here at Bates on Sunday. It had snowed a few times earlier in the season but we never got any accumulation… until now. Snow makes me think of skiing, skating, and good winter times. As always, Bates looks great with a fresh coat of snow.

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