BatesNews: January 2013
In this issue:
Spotlighting a less-known aspect of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, MLK Day at Bates explored issues of financial inequality and debt. Coverage includes a story about the experiences of athletes outside the lines, an audio slide show featuring the voices of MLK Day, and a summary of the keynote address by Anthea Butler, who says that rhetoric around poverty in America tells us that “helping people [is] a bad word.”
Unfurled from the Alumni Gym rafters at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Saturday, the new Bobcat takes its design cue from an outpouring of opinion collected during last fall’s alumni survey. Give us confident and distinguished, you said, and hold the whimsy!
Bates researchers discovered that two campus vaccine clinics held during the 2009 swine flu outbreak actually led to a surge in flu cases. That curious fact (and it had nothing to do with the clinics themselves) is explained in a recent scholarly article by Bates epidemiologist Karen Palin and mathematician Meredith Greer in the Journal of American College Health.
Produced by the Bates Communications Office and featuring 19 Bobcat student-athletes, the Bobcat contribution to the national You Can Play video campaign celebrates Bates’ historic commitment to inclusion and its contemporary leadership in LGBT inclusion in college athletics, says President Clayton Spencer, the first college president to participate in a You Can Play video.
From his appointment as dean of admission in 1978 to his retirement in 2012, Bill Hiss ’66 was a college leader whose good works made it abundantly clear to alumni, parents and friends that Bates was loved and well-cared for. See a slide show from Hiss’ retirement celebration.
Victoria Lowe ’12, a double major in dance and American cultural studies, discusses her Short Term experience with “Tour, Teach, Perform” in Lewiston-Auburn last spring and her goal of advancing arts education.
The college’s multifaith chaplain since 2006, Blaine-Wallace was praised by President Spencer for the “extraordinary energy, imagination and sensitivity of his service to Bates,” adding that he has “counseled and mentored us as individuals; brought us together in times of both celebration and sorrow; and encouraged our community to pursue the goal of greater social justice through religious, spiritual and cultural attentiveness.”
On the heels of President Spencer’s prediction in her inaugural address that “success will go to the institutions that engage most robustly and effectively with the forces that are reshaping our world,” specifically the forces changing scholarship and knowledge creation, Bates announced a four-year initiative to foster innovative approaches to teaching and research in the humanities, supported by a recent $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Hop aboard a multicopter for a new perspective on the Bates campus and environs.
On the evening of Jan. 9, Bates Outing Club moved their longtime headquarters from Alumni Gym into newly renovated space in Chase Hall. In true can-do BOC spirit, they chose to execute the move mostly themselves.
The New York Times calls the Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day blog, brainchild of Caroline Baumman ’87, one of the coolest new things in the design world. The Sun Journal checks in with Bates’ newest professor and her zebrafish. The magazine International Educator cites a Bates course on the Rwandan genocide as a model for teaching such painful and difficult social-justice topics.