Bates in the News
Longtime Press Herald sports columnist Steve Solloway tells how Jane Brown Karpoe ’49 turned to her local Raymond, Maine, fire department to find some fellow Red Sox fans to accompany her to a recent game at Fenway Park for which she had four excellent tickets. Solloway also interviews Jane’s daughter, Kelly Karpoe ’78, who recalls how the family spent summers on Moose Pond, nearby in Bridgton. ”We didn’t get good television reception,” Kelly says. “So my dad would turn on his old Navy radio when the Red Sox played and turn up the volume because of all the static.”
A letter in the Portland Press Herald by Dr. John Radebaugh ’48 of Falmouth, Maine, supports a federal single-payer health reform bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The proposed legislation will “cover all of the 46 million Americans who lack coverage by eliminating deductibles and restoring free choice of physician.”
Inside Higher Ed, an online news and opinion site devoted to college and university issues, published a provocative essay by David Scobey, director of the College’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships, who argued that the humanities should embrace calls for assessments of how well students are taught.
A Los Angeles Times news story about new federal legislation protecting more than 2 million acres in nine states, including more than 700,000 acres in California, quotes Sam Goldman ’03, California wilderness coordinator at the Wilderness Society. “We’re ecstatic,” he says, summing up the response of conservationists.
The Portland Press Herald chronicled the high drama surrounding senior diver Kelsey Lamdin’s final performance at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the University of Minnesota in March. During a warmup dive, she struck the board. Head and hands bleeding, she departed for a hospital, where she got stitched up (without anesthesia) and returned to compete.
The New York Daily News gave staff writer Matt Gagne ’04 an assignment he’s been training for since his Bates days: Cover the NCAA men’s basketball tournament from a sports bar in Manhattan. With a couple of friends, including a chum from Bates, Gagne watched the first-round games from the ESPN Zone in Times Square.
The Boston Herald noted the hiring of Buddy Schultz ’81 as head coach of the Lobsters, the Boston entry in the professional World Team Tennis league. “I had a partiality to Bud,” Lobsters CEO Bahar Uttam told the Herald, “because he’s local, he’s got the experience, he’s been out on the (pro) circuit and appreciates what it takes for people who are on the circuit to get excited about what it means to be on the team.”
The Hartford Courant published a feature obituary for George Stewart ’46, a resident of East Hartford who died Feb. 22. The story noted that Stewart was “an active volunteer in community organizations and president of a local bank [who] seemed to know everyone and over the decades had been involved in nearly every town activity.”
The Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið took note of dance band FM Belfast’s tour of the U.S., including a stop at Bates College that was sponsored by WRBC-FM. Besides offering a concert, the Icelandic band participated in a discussion about the recession in their homeland.
Bryan McNulty, director of Communications and Media Relations at Bates, was quoted in a Bloomberg.com story about colleges offering new, three-year programs to students looking to save money.
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