Jay Burns

Jay is editor of Bates Magazine, editorial director for select Advancement and President’s Office projects and editor of BatesNews.

Archive of Stories by Jay Burns
In 1948, this “display of livestock” won 
best costume for the Class of 1903. The sign holder, Class President Alexander Maerz, is next to classmates George Ramsdell, a longtime Bates math professor, and Carl Sawyer. Ralph Johnson, right, wrangled the sheep for the class.
Photograph courtesy of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives 
and Special Collections Library
The Alumni Parade, our tradition of ‘universal enthusiasm and great merriment,’ turns 100 years young

Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:50 am

The centerpiece of the 1914 Reunion was the first-ever Alumni Parade, a “historico-humorous parade of classes about the field.”

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Video: The shoes fit for Bates seniors and faculty at Commencement

Sunday, May 25, 2014 1:38 pm

Bates seniors and professors (and the Commencement piper) explain what their choice of shoewear says about the sole of the college.

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Video: The Bobcat’s 1997 waterskiing trek across Lake Andrews and into college lore

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:33 am

When the Bobcat (Stu Abelson '97) waterskied across Lake Andrews 17 years ago today, ABC News was there to cover the story. Take a look!

“If the course is ever going to appeal to students who are less comfortable with statistics, I need to understand the student experience,” says Professor of Psychology Amy Douglas. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Gloom and misery begone? Statistics gets a major makeover from a student-professor team

Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:00 pm

The bane of many social science majors, statistics will be taught far differently next year, thanks to a student-faculty team led by Professor of Psychology Amy Douglass.

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From the Galapagos, images and words from biology students and faculty

Friday, May 16, 2014 11:52 am

Short Term blog coverage from one of the world’s most extraordinary places to study ecology and evolutionary biology.

Otis (left) and Juno (right) flank Bates Equestrian Club members Katie Kirwin '15, Carolyn Attenborough '15 and Hannah Kiesler '16.
Equestrians Kirwin ’15 and Kiesler ’16 ride to top-10 finish at Nationals

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:00 am

“For both of them to place in the top 10 at Nationals is an amazing accomplishment,” says coach Ginger Klingenstein-Albert.

Students and faculty, including geology professor Bev Johnson, install research equipment on the Sprague Marsh at Bates-Morse Mountain on April 22, 2014. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)
Video: Visiting the Sprague Marsh to measure sea level change

Friday, May 2, 2014 9:00 am

Geology faculty and students head to Bates-Morse Mountain to place measurement rods deep in the marsh.

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Microsoft’s Susan Dumais ’75 is a big reason why, computer-wise, you find what you seek

Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:58 am

Dumais' contributions have touched how we find, use and make sense of information from our computers and the Internet.

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Debaters Blackburn and Stewart bring home national championship

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:00 pm

In the storied history of Bates debate, the victory is believed to be the first national title by a Bates varsity team.

An image from the 2009 Bates visit to Rwanda for the course "Learning with the Orphans of the Rwanda Genocide."
20 years after it began, three perspectives on the genocide in Rwanda

Friday, April 18, 2014 1:31 pm

Perspectives look at the past, present and future of Rwanda.

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