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Bates in the News

Below is a sampling of news stories about Bates and Bates alumni.
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Friday

May 1, 2009
10:18 am

Lumina's leader sets lofty goals for fund's role in policy debates

A major profile in the The Chronicle of Higher Education portrays Jamie Merisotis ’86, president of the Lumina Foundation for Education, as a U.S. higher education policy leader whose “big goal” has caught the attention of the Obama White House.

Wednesday

April 29, 2009
9:39 am

Rejection: Some colleges do it better than others

Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger samples college rejection letters and declares that Bates beats out Stanford for the “toughest” such missive. The Bates letter, she writes, “delivers a more direct, and perhaps more honest, message: ‘The deans were obliged to select from among candidates who clearly could do sound work at Bates.’” Dean of Admissions Wylie Mitchell tells Shellenbarger that brevity is the best way to show respect for rejected applicants.

Tuesday

April 28, 2009
9:44 am

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout reflects on writing

Maine Public Broadcasting reporter Tom Porter interviews Elizabeth Strout ’77, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive…

Sunday

April 26, 2009
9:50 am

On same-sex marriage, look to Iowa

Writing in the Lewiston Sun Journal, Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Sargent joins the discussion of a proposed same-sex marriage…

Monday

April 20, 2009
5:21 pm

Elizabeth Strout ’77 wins Pulitzer for fiction

The 2009 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. Elizabeth Strout ’77 has received the 2009 award for fiction for “Olive Kitteridge.” Read one of the first stories on her award, in the Los Angeles Times.

Sunday

April 19, 2009
9:55 am

Fire chief comes to rescue of a fan in need

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.”

Thursday

April 9, 2009
9:59 am

Health care should be federalized

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.”

Friday

March 27, 2009
12:39 pm

Meanings and metrics

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.

Thursday

March 26, 2009
10:07 am

Wilderness protection bill gets Congress' OK

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.

Wednesday

March 25, 2009
12:22 pm

A trip to an ER, then back to the pool

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.