Jay Burns

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

Stories by Jay Burns
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As Bates-hosted C3 summit starts, Crystal Williams speaks to the imperative to diversify faculty at U.S. colleges

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 5:57 pm

When students learn from faculty who are from many backgrounds, it "opens all students to the idea of possibility — both for themselves and for others," Williams says.

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Join the Great Bates-Bowdoin Football Fantasy Pool (2015 edition)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:09 pm

Join the fun on CBB Championship day with the Great Bates-Bowdoin Football Fantasy Pool. Football knowledge optional!

For the legions of students who have worked for her in the College Store, Sarah Potter '77 and her staff have helped to give a sense of normalcy amid their intense, day-to-day academic lives. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Retirement of Sarah Potter ’77, bookstore director who also teaches virtues ‘hard work and thoughtfulness’

Friday, October 23, 2015 10:33 am

Sarah Potter '77, who retires Oct. 30 after 35 years as director of the College Store, provided a "sense of normalcy" for the legions and generations of student workers in the store.

Commons during lunch.

Thomas Sacchetti '16 of Princeton, N.J, a physics and math major who loves hot sauce on his chicken sandwich, He is wearing a shirt representing his favorite soccer team while studying abroad in Madrid.

Theriault speaks with Sean Lovett '18 of Groveland, Mass., at the Bobcat Bar where Lovett has chosen Alabama white barbecue and shepherd's pie.
Seven dining lessons from seven years of ‘new’ Bates Commons

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 5:10 pm

By opening the "new" Commons seven years ago, Bates leveraged traditional qualities of community, sustainability, and excellence in its dining operation.

Robbins ’11 is lead author of landmark paper on asexual coming-out experience

Friday, October 16, 2015 11:46 am

What started as a way for Nicolette Robbins ’11 to spend her final Short Term has become groundbreaking research on what it’s like to come out as an asexual person.

Tim Whiton '09 won the Sugarloaf Uphill Climb in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
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Bates in the News: Oct. 16, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015 10:07 am

Media stories include Bates items about changing federal financial aid guidelines and Deflategate, redux.

Bates' Golf practices early Thursday evening at Martindale Country Club in Auburn.
‘Bobcast’ showcases the voices of Bobcat athletics

Friday, October 9, 2015 1:35 pm

Golfer Brad Rutkin '17 and field hockey player Shannon Beaton '16 talk about the sporting life at Bates, plus an interview with longtime ski coach Bob Flynn. A new offering, a new podcast can be heard each Tuesday in the Sports Update email newsletter.

Back to Bates Weekend on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, 3025.

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Deconstructing the Declaration: What We Can Learn from the Declaration of Independence
The Common Reading for the Class of 2019 and the college community was Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. The goal of the Common Reading project is to inspire close reading, deep thinking, and spirited discussion about the largest-order questions of our time. In this year’s annual Faculty Symposium, three faculty members from different disciplines talk about the Declaration and how they approach this brief but definitive text from the perspectives of classics, rhetoric, and politics. They offer a view into students’ classroom experience and their own scholarship, with time for discussion and questions.

Moderator: Matthew Auer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Margaret Imber, Associate Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies and Co-Director of the Faculty Commons for Learning and Teaching

Hope and History
The Declaration is a living document whose meaning unfolds over time, which presents a conundrum. Such an interpretation offers historians great difficulty. On the other hand, such an interpretation offers citizens great promise.

Charles Nero, Professor of Rhetoric

Do Black Lives Matter in the Declaration of Independence?
Whose declaration is it? How are identity and ownership defined? Who is the “equal” in equal? Can the Declaration belong to everyone?

Stephen Engel, Associate Professor and Chair of Politics

Can the Tension Between Liberty and Equality Be Resolved?
How does the Declaration inform the struggle in political systems between liberty and equality, individual and community, and our current-day understanding of individuals, society, and governance?

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Slideshow: Back to Bates weekend debuts with ‘force, spirit, and Bobcat zen’

Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:12 pm

Back to Bates, the name of the newly combined parents weekend and alumni homecoming, was a big, three-day bash.

Michael Lieber '92 shows off his Deflatiots gear at Back to Bates on Oct. 3 as he hangs out with Ira Waldman '73. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College).
Bates in the News: Oct. 9, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:57 pm

Media stories include items about alumni with Deflategate perspectives on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

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‘Unexpected’ Arctic night life found by Bates biologist Will Ambrose and fellow researchers

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:21 pm

The Arctic's long polar night does not slow down the marine ecosystem — a finding that has sobering consequences for how we think about the seasons in this era of climate change.

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