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Tuesday

August 28, 2007
11:20 am

Fabled AESOP trips build first-year solidarity

Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program (AESOP) sends small groups of students hiking, camping, climbing, kayaking and canoeing across northern New England with the aim of helping the newbies make personal connections before classes start. This year’s 80 leaders, working in pairs, will bring more than 250 first-years to destinations from Isle au Haut to Baxter State Park to Vermont’s Long Trail.

Wednesday

August 25, 2004
9:31 am

AESOP provides fabulous adventure for new students

Organized and run by students, the Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program — commonly known by its acronym, AESOP — puts Bates first-years, guided by older peers, onto hiking trails and into kayaks.

Friday

August 30, 2002
4:21 pm

Class of 2006 arrives at Bates College

On August’s last Wednesday, a handwritten cloth banner hangs above the entrance to a big brick 1960s-era residence hall at Bates College. In bold purple, green and orange on the white cloth, veteran Bates students offer a welcome greeting to their first-year counterparts: “We’re psyched you’re here.”

Friday

August 31, 2001
2:38 pm

Class of 2005 arrives at Bates

The trickle of arrivals would become a steady stream by Sept. 1, as all members of the 583-person Class of 2005, Bates’ largest-ever incoming group, arrived to kick-off their first — and the College’s 147th year — with orientation, a week designed to create an immediate sense of community between new students and Bates.

Thursday

August 21, 1997
1:26 pm

Lanesboro student leads Bates' AESOP orientation

Two-hundred and thirty-six incoming students — half the class of 2001 at Bates College — will first face physical rigors, while hiking, rock climbing, canoing, backpacking or mountain biking in the Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program (AESOP) orientation. Dan Voisin, a Bates senior from Lanesboro, Mass., is overseeing the preorientation program, including transportation, food and gear procurement as well as training the 52 student-trip leaders.