The clubs below are recognized by BCSG. Other organizations on campus that accept student members include Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB), the Village Club Series (VCS), BCSG, Bates student bands, Bates music ensembles and club sports teams governed by the Department of Athletics.
You may view the full list of student club contacts, advisors, and storage spaces here.
Last updated: October 2016
Active Minds works to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote a positive, supportive culture on the Bates campus. Through discussions, speakers, film viewings, events, and more we hope to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness with concrete information and an ongoing inclusive dialogue. We have weekly meetings to discuss the mental health issues facing our community and how to best address them.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Anita Charles
The purpose of the Africana club is to celebrate the African continent and its people. We achieve this by fostering an awareness of the peoples, histories, and cultures of Africa on the Bates campus. Furthermore, the club creates a platform on which all students in the Bates campus interested in Africa can interact with each other closely and also share their thoughts, and experiences with the Bates community at large. Similarly, Africana club brings together students who want to study abroad in Africa and those who have been or lived there. The club also develops an avenue for connecting its members with Bates alumni who have interests and/or connections with the African continent. Most importantly in Africana, we pride ourselves as a family, and we use one another as a source and as a helping hand.
As a student organization, Amandla! celebrates and promotes the rich culture and history of various communities within the African diaspora. As part of our mission, we celebrate the melting pot of diverse backgrounds and experiences through intellectual discussion and artistic expression. The club holds yearly academic conferences, dinners, and spoken word events for the Bates community members to engage in the discussion of issues pertinent to the students of color on campus. We also attend events (i.e. symposiums and conferences) outside of Bates College where members can network and connect with students of color from other colleges and universities. Through organizing events and programs that raise cultural and political awareness of Black people on campus, Amandla! hopes to ignite racial tolerance and social change in our communities.
Staff Advisor: James Reese
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
Anime Club meets once a week on Sundays to watch episodes of Japanese anime series or movies. The meetings typically last for an hour to two hours and are a great way to learn about anime and take a study break. In the past, we’ve watched series such as Cowboy Bebop, Baccano, and FLCL, and movies by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, among others.
Asian-American Students in Action (AASIA)
AASIA (Asian-American Students in Action) is an organization for students who are interested in exploring, discussing, and partaking in Asian-American culture in a warm, inclusive environment. We achieve this by bringing together students who identify as Asian-American and students who have a curiosity about the culture to foster awareness of the histories, peoples, and cultures on campus. AASIA regularly hosts cooking nights for the Bates community to enjoy communal dinners with authentic Asian cooking, provocative discussion nights where we delve into difficult dialogues and cultural celebration events such as an annual mid-Autumn and Lunar New Year festival. We also attend conferences and symposiums throughout the year to connect to other students with similar platforms and interests. AASIA serves as a resource for anyone in the Bates community interested in talking about topics that affect Asian-American communities (immigration, assimilation, inter-racial children post-war periods, adoption) and for students interested in Asian-American identity.
Aerodynamics and Energy Club
Aerodynamics and Energy Club exists for the purpose of providing our members in the Bates Community opportunities to experience various remote control models including cars, helicopters, and airplanes. We have a RC helicopter, called MJX F645, and are going to purchase more models this semester. Our goal is to introduce our members to the physics and engineering and translating the idea into reality while operating and improving their performance. Moreover, we are going to purchase parts of models, such as engines, wings, and fuselages, and build indigenous and flagship RC products at Bates college. However, the most important advantage of the club is that you will have so much fun with RC products!
Astronomy Club is a group of amateur astronomers who are excited to explain the mechanics of the sky. We live for those spontaneous stargazing sessions on the way to Commons or back from sports practice, from the end of Frye St. to the top of Mt. David. The club coordinates events ranging from rooftop telescope viewings and planetarium shows, to lecturers from visiting professors and space-related professionals. We also host overnight and weekend trips to various observatories around New England as well as less light-polluted areas (orchards, state parks, etc.) so that we can see the full beauty of our celestial sphere. All Bates Astronomy Club events are open to everyone.
Badminton Club meets weekly in the Gray Cage. The club offers an opportunity for Bates students to play badminton in a relaxed setting on campus. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. We’ll teach you how to play or challenge you to a game. It’s a great way to have fun on the weekend!
The Bates College BAHÁ’Í Association promotes the unity of mankind and the principles of the Bahá’í Faith such as the need for equal rights and privileges for men and women of all backgrounds, the harmony of science and religion, and the unfettered search after truth. The Association, open to all members of the College community and their families, aims to foster understanding, love, and fellowship in the Bates community through lectures and other public meetings, social gatherings, and service projects.
The Bates Ballroom Team is open to anyone who would like to learn how to ballroom dance. All levels of experience are welcome and no partner is necessary. The team practices rhythm (cha cha, rhumba, swing) and smooth (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz). The team practices two to three times a week, focusing on social dancing and/or preparing students to compete at the inter-collegiate competitions. Interested students attend about five competitions a year. We also go to ballroom social dances in Portland, bring in professional ballroom dancers for workshops, and host small social dances on campus. The team also sponsors a beginner class once a week for 1.5 hours, for which PE credit can be earned. For more information see: batesballroom.wordpress.com, http://abacus.bates.edu/people/orgs/ballroom/ or visit our Facebook Page!
Storage: Chase Hall 207
Bates Arts Society
Bates Arts Society is a creative showcase for your work – photographs, sculptures, science research videos, poetry, music, dance, painting, design, architecture, any creative work – to display to the Bates community everywhere. By submitting your work, you help create and strengthen a cohesive creative and artistic community that bridges barriers both socially and academically.
Office: Art Commons (Downstairs in Chase Hall)
The Bates Authors Guild (BAG) is a collaborative that serves all Bates creative writers. We hold weekly meetings and readings, as well as workshops for writers seeking to get peer feedback on their work. We welcome all writers and readers in all genres of creativity, be it poetry, prose, slam, or whatever! We also collaborate with Language Arts Live, the Art House, and SEED in order to foster a vibrant and booming community of Bates writers. Every year we put out a small anthology of our club member’s best work to showcase student talent as an alternative to SEED. Come and join the Guild! Visit our Facebook Page!
Bates Buddies in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, seeks to provide mentorship to children in Lewiston’s elementary schools through one-on-one mentoring and after-school activities. Student volunteers go to the schools weekly for lunch/recess and to lead after-school clubs for grades 2-5. The Bates Buddies and Little Buddies interact in a fun and enriching environment, so please email if interested!
Bates Builds/Habitat for Humanity’s mission as a Bates College club and a chapter of Habitat for Humanity is to establish an avenue for Bates students to make a lasting, visible impact in the lives of those in need of decent, affordable shelter in the Lewiston/Auburn community and abroad. We build locally and abroad. Our goal is to allow Bates students many opportunities to constructively interact with the Lewiston/Auburn community and communities across New England. At the end of each trip, there should be a visible difference in the project and in the lives of the partnering families and students.We put on weekly fundraisers with the Habitat Waffle Haus or with other creative means. Our Larger fundraisers include an international dodgeball tournament and a haunted house. The goal of these fundraisers is to provide awareness for our cause, have fun, and raise funds for build trips in the process. Check out our website for more information!
Bates Classics Society
Bates Classics Society is for anyone interested in talking about Classical studies in a very casual setting. You can be a CMS major or you could’ve only taken one class in the department but we are hear to geek out about anything from Plato to the Hellenic Period.
Bates Christian Fellowship (BCF)
Bates Christian Fellowship is a large and diverse family of students. We strive to grow in love for God and God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and to come to a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and of God’s purposes in the world. There are many small groups that meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, and prayer. Current small groups within “BCF” are… Justified Liturgical Dance Group, the Spanish Bible Study, and Evening Prayer. There are also larger weekly meetings – Worship Wednesdays – for everyone to gather together for worship, sharing and planning. The Fellowship hosts many events throughout the year. Many of them are service opportunities on campus or in the Lewiston community and others are just fun times for the campus to gather and share His Love. Our activities are always open to the entire Bates community – students, faculty and staff. BCF is associated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Office: Chase Hall 216
Bates College Comedy Club
We are the Bates College Comedy Club. If you haven’t heard of us, that’s probably because we just popped into existence once you checked the school website. But since you now know of us; time to learn about us. We like cracking jokes, playing pranks, watching comedies, scheming and other funny things. You like funny things? You think you’re funny? Join the club.
Bates College Television is back on the air! In the past five years, the club has collected a talented group of students interested in the many aspects of television and film production. This important communication venue and learning platform has been successfully providing the campus with Bates Cribs, the Puddle Jump, and several cutting edge stories such as the H1N1 Epidemic and the Gender Neutral Housing Policy. If there’s a story, we’ll be there! Visit our Facebook Page.
The Bates College Cycling Club was created to provide organized group rides as well as opportunities for racing in the ECCC division of Collegiate Cycling.
Bates Figure Skating Club (BFSC) provides students with the opportunity to skate recreationally and competitively as desired. Figure skaters of all levels and interests are welcome. With daily public ice and weekly BFSC ice time skaters may work on individual skills or prepare for upcoming events in an welcoming environment. Competitions include those of the USFSA Intercollegiate Figure Skating Program where students will represent Bates and compete as part of a team.
The purpose of the BFC is to establish a fishing community on campus that will provide students, faculty and alumni a new and exciting avenue to enjoy a region so rich in water resources. The Club will serve as a medium through which fellow fishermen can discuss fishing, acquire information about the sport, plan future endeavors and promote conservation and sustainability. This BFC will be a springboard for people to learn what the local waters offer and to experience places in the area that the average student or faculty member may not otherwise have a chance to enjoy. Spin and fly-fishing tactics will be taught as well fly tying and water ecology of the area. Although the Club will inevitably encompass many of the sport’s infinite avenues, initial efforts will be to create an opportunity for non-fishers to get involved and gain a basic understanding of the sport. The main focus will be to give students a legitimate network of students to go fishing with and the means and guidance by which to go fishing.
Bates Freestyle Skiing
Bates Freestyle Ski Team (BFST) is a club that allows for kids in the Bates community to come together to share their love and interest of freestyle skiing. The club is welcome to all abilities of skiing, whether one is a gaper ready to turn park rat or a seasoned pro, the goal is that we all push each other and ourselves to get better while spreading the stoke further into the Bates Community! If you are looking for a fun way to make it through the Maine winter’s and want to get pitted, come stop by and learn what it is all about!
Bates Grappling Club
Description coming soon!
Bates Micro Loan Program
Bates Micro Loan Program club was established to provide students with the opportunities to take out a short-term loan to purchase necessities and to aid in the process of putting down summer down payments for internship housing. We also provide extensive business experience and operations opportunities for members involved in the process to see how loans are made and repaid. The goal is to ensure that everyone on campus has equal access to the same academic and social opportunity on campus regardless of economic background.
The Bates Musician’s Union represents an inclusive community of bands, musical artists, sound technicians, and performers coming together to organize and host live music events for Bates College and venues in the surrounding community. We are an independent resource from the Music Department that provides sound equipment, instruments, and rehearsal space to musicians who wish to form bands and further explore their instruments.
Office: Chase Hall 127, Bates Musicians Union
Key Access: Andrew Freeman, Ayesha Sharma, Ben Cuba, Claire Coleman, Declan Chu, Divyamaan Sahoo, Nicolas Lambert, Louise Marks, Matt Bodwell, Patrick Nelson, Porter Harrast, Rush Milam, Sacha Zabotin, Teddy Rube, Zach Kinsella
The Bates Outing Club was founded in 1920 and is among the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country and the first at a private college to include both men and women from the beginning. Every member of the Bates College community is technically a member of the club. Its administration is set up into officers, directors, and a Council composed of active members. The directors are largely responsible for the administrative aspects of the club while the officers run the outing activities. The organization offers year-round trips throughout New England for hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, surfing, and kayaking and many more. Every year the club hosts activities including two Clambakes, Winter Carnival and a hike up Katahdin, each of which remain popular campus-wide events. The club has strong participation from every class year and remains one of the most popular clubs on campus.
Storage: E-Room by the loading dock behind Chase Hall
The Bates Review is an online literary and artistic magazine (www.thebatesreview.com), which features exceptional talent and gives an opportunity for members of the Bates community to publish their work. We aim to provide a platform for an artistic and literary dialogue, but also to connect current students, alumni, and parents. Submissions are open to anyone but we are a selective magazine, aiming to publish a diverse, high-quality portfolio. There will be three online publications (Fall, Winter and Spring). For more information visit our website! Send submissions or contact us here!
Bates Spinning is a club that holds three indoor spinning classes per week, giving students a new and exciting way to exercise and sweat out their stress!
The Bates Student has been the College’s entirely student-run newspaper since 1873. We publish once a week while school is in session, excluding finals. Sections include news and features, forum (opinion), sports and arts & living. We are always seeking talented writers, editors, photographers, cartoonists, layout designers, Web designers and business and distribution managers. See an online version of our publication. Check out our student-run blog, Commonsense, which allows for student-run work to be posted quickly.
Staff Advisor: Kim Trauceniek
Offices: Chase Hall 223 & 224
The Bobcat Consulting Club is a student-run organization that focuses on bridging the gap between a Liberal Arts Education and a career in Consulting. The BCC introduces students to consulting through educational presentations and exercises as well as provides opportunities for students to apply these learned skills. As an organization, we pride ourselves in building upon Bates’ mission of civic engagement by providing voluntary services to nonprofits in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
Bobcat Ventures provides a space where entrepreneurship can thrive. Through workshops, lectures, and trips we seek to provide students with resources and mentorship to help them formulate ideas into business models. We envision a Bates where students can identify and develop innovative solutions to problems in our community. The highlight of Bobcat Ventures is Bates’ own entrepreneurship competition, where students vie for up to $10,000 worth of prizes. By hosting this competition, we hope to build a bridge between our liberal arts education with the expanding industry of entrepreneurship in order to put theory into application.
The Bates Bollywood Team is focused on introducing Bollywood dancing, a unique and exciting culture of dancing inspired by the huge film industry, to the Bates campus and nearby community. We provide numerous workshops for Bates students and community members, and have performances throughout the year which are open to any student regardless of their dancing background. In this way, we hope to foster an energized and open dancing space, while sharing a cultural experience.
Debate and Bates are practically synonymous. Today, as one of the world’s premier debating societies, we compete domestically against other teams in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, and participate in a number of international debating events, such as the World Universities Debating Championships. Debate is a great way to develop your mind, compete successfully against the top schools in the country, travel around the country and the world, and have a lot of fun. No prior experience is necessary; some of our best debaters started while at Bates. Visit our Facebook Page! Come join us!
Fac/Staff Advisor: Jan Hovden
Practice Space: Pettigrew 309
The fundamental goals of the CSA are to celebrate Caribbean culture and to foster greater awareness of issues related to the Caribbean among members of the Bates College community. The aim of the CSA is to empower Caribbean students to create a sense of unity among themselves, but to also promote connections with their fellow students at Bates College and with the surrounding community.
The Catholic Student Community is the Roman Catholic affiliated organization at Bates College. The group works alongside the College’s Catholic Chaplain in organizing weekly Saturday Mass and other spiritual activities such as prayer/discussion meetings and dinner meetings. The group is also active in the Lewiston community, volunteering with local churches and charitable organizations.
Office: Chase Hall 216
‘Cats Against Cancer has a primary goal of uniting the Bates community in the fight against cancer, while reducing cancer incidences and mortality through education and support. We run several events such as Right Care Action week, The Dempsey Challenge, and monthly awareness initiatives. Additionally, Bates ‘CAC holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year for various cancer foundations, collaborates with the Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center, and works to increase awareness and knowledge in the Bates community about healthy habits related to cancer prevention. In joining ‘CAC, you are provided the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of those both within the Bates community and beyond.
Chess Club is a club for chess enthusiasts, casual players, and beginners alike. Meeting weekly in Chase Hall, Chess Club provides an atmosphere for everything from friendly games to more advanced studying of theory. Everyone is welcome at Chess Club!
Storage: Chase Hall 207
The Chinese Language and Culture Club is a Chinese-speaking environment providing members and students with opportunities to appreciate Chinese culture and language through club events. The club helps Chinese speakers improve language skills by offering highly immersive language environments through Chinese movies and Chinese Table. The club also offers cultural events such as Chinese calligraphy workshops, Chinese cuisine dinner, a Chinese customs show and events related to traditional Chinese festivals. The club serves as an inclusive platform to invite all students to partake in enriching the Chinese language and cultural experience around Bates and have fun at the same time.
Christian Science Organization
The Christian Science Organization aims to support and encourage a spiritually engaged community at Bates College. It serves as a spiritual resource for all by creating a forum for prayer and discovery with the guidance of Christian Science stories and writings.
Inactive in the 2015-16 academic year.
Bates Circus Arts aims to bring the newly flourishing art form of circus to Bates College. We explore different areas of circus, primarily aerials (such as silks and aerial hoop) and juggling, in addition to acrobatics, unicycling, diablo and other skills. Through weekly meetings, we work on strength, flexibility, and technique in a relaxed but focused setting tailored to the interest of club members. We also try to bring in at least one outside instructor per semester to enhance the circus learning experience. Circus club is open to everyone of all levels of experience and we are happy to help anyone with a passion learn the art of circus!
Club Field Hockey is a competitive traveling club team that provides an opportunity for Bates students to play field hockey at the non-varsity level. We welcome all levels by fostering the skills of advanced players and teaching beginners the rules and techniques necessary for competition. We play in the fall and pick up our sticks again after the snow melts in the spring. We compete against other New England collegiate club teams and participate in regional tournaments too.
ClubMed is an organization there to provide an avenue for all members of the Bates Community who are interested in health professions. It gives students the opportunity to learn more about their field of interest and other health professions available today. The club functions as a support network for people interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and all other facets of the health sciences. ClubMed sponsors discussions by people versed in the various fields of interest to assist club members in their choices of health professions. ClubMed also holds weekly meetings to help students decide on classes, get help with applying for internships and jobs, learn about health related issues in the media, destress, and see informative movies regarding health sciences. The club is there as a support group for all students going through the grueling process of preparing and building a resume for graduate school in health sciences.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Karen Daigler
Club soccer is for all who wish to to play more soccer at a higher level soccer then the intramural leagues. This includes two practices a week at night as well as several games with surrounding club teams (i.e. Bowdoin, Colby, etc). All are welcome.
The Bates Volleyball Club is a competitive team that competes against schools from all around New England. We are a club sport that is open to anyone who is willing to play. We compete against such schools as Bowdoin, Colby, University of Maine, Brown, Williams and many others.
Storage: Gray Cage Locker
Competitive Ski Team
Come join the fastest club on campus – the Competitive Ski Team! Founded in 2005 as an alternative to the D-1 racing team on campus, this club is open to both Alpine and Nordic racers of all levels and all experience, as long as you want to go fast! We offer dry-land training and on-snow instruction throughout the year. We also spend the winter racing against other great colleges in New England. It’s a great opportunity for former ski racers who want to continue in college or for those who have never tried the sport before.
Storage: Chase Hall G13 and Card Access Loading Dock
Come be a member of the Bates cooking club! Here, we allow students who wish to cook or want to learn to cook an opportunity to do so. By facilitating a safe environment in form of a dinner table, members will not only build relationships but also enjoy the experience of learning a new skill. We intend to connect to different cultures through different dishes. In doing so, we encourage any students with little to no experience to join!
Come be a part of a cricket revolution at Bates! Cricket is more than a sport, it’s a belief, it’s a religion! The 2nd most popular sport in the world, Cricket is gaining popularity and interest fast at Bates. Using similar techniques as baseball, it is hugely popular in Pakistan, India, Srilanka, the UK and Australia. Over the last decade, cricket has witnessed a dramatic gain in popularity in the US, Canada, UAE, Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya and Malysia. Come learn about this growing global sport followed passionately by millions. Everybody is welcome, prior experience is preferred, not required.
The Bates College Crosstones is Bates’ oldest co-ed a cappella group. The Crosstones have always been known for their down-to-earth nature, humor, and energy, and have been performing everything from pop to classic rock both internationally and locally since 1996. Previous tours have taken them around New England, over to the West Coast, and even all the way up to Canada! Recently featured on the BOCA (Best of College A Cappella) 2012 compilation CD, the Crosstones strive for musical excellence and have a good time doing it. Auditions are held every fall, so be on the lookout for announcements!
Dance Club aims to connect more Bates students, faculty, staff, and members of the Lewiston-Auburn community with the world of dance. Specifically, we want members of the Bates community to experience styles of dance not offered through the college. Our club gives students a way to maintain or discover a love of dance in a way which is not dependent upon being a dance minor or a member of the Modern Dance Company. Based on input from Bates students and academic departments, we bring guest artists to campus to give workshops, performances, and lectures throughout the year. We also take advantage of performances going on in Lewiston, Portland, and Boston; and invite anyone interested to contribute to a student run/choreographed show put on during short term. Any and all levels of experience are welcome; the club environment is very laid back and friendly; we are always looking for people who like to dance! Visit our Facebook Page!
Fac/ Staff Advisor: Carol Dilley
Deansmen are a 12-14 voice, all-male a cappella group that has been entertaining the college community and beyond since 1957. Our repertoire is nothing short of dynamic, ranging from the traditional to the new. In our signature tuxedos, we happily sing at local charity events, as well as at other colleges and high schools. In the past, the Deansmen have performed for the Boston Celtics, George Bush, Sr., and Rockapella as well as on both Maine and Icelandic television. The group is known for maintaining a high musical quality while also delivering a powerful, entertaining, and occasionally hilarious performance. Auditions for the Deansmen are held during the first week of the Fall Semester. We hope to see you there!
Fac/ Staff Advisor: John Corrie
Storage: Chase Hall 212
Democrats are concerned students and citizens who tend to vote for Democrats, and are politically active and aware. We sponsor speakers, work on election campaigns, host forums and debates on campus, and engage in discussions on hot political topics. In joining us, you can have an impact on the world beyond Bates. Visit our Facebook Page!
Storage: Chase Hall 203 Cabinet B
Der Deutsche Klub (German Club)
The German Club is there to improve our understanding of German culture and to share those customs with the rest of the Bates community. The club aims to provide a diverse set of activities that invite everyone to revel in the fun!
Dharma Society is a meditation club. We hold meditation sessions Monday-Friday at 4:15 in Gomes Chapel. Once or twice per semester we have an all day retreat either on campus or at Shortridge. Dharma Society is open to people of all faiths, creeds, backgrounds, etc. People with no experience are encouraged to join–that’s how everyone gets started! Come for one sitting and discover the power of meditation to help you relax and find inner peace.
We host everything from the fall Leaf Jump to Magic: the Gathering tournaments to the campus-wide Humans vs. Zombies game in the spring. If you want to learn to play Dungeons & Dragons, watch a movie while sipping a delicious smoothie, or duel your friends with foam swords on the quad, come to one of our awesome events! The Discordians are committed to offering chem-free activities open to all students. We’re always happy to welcome new members! Visit our Facebook Page.
Storage: Chase Hall 203B
DJ Society is the larger society of DJs on Bates campus. In addition, providing music for every, and any scene on campus from academic to social ventures. We are a grassroots organization with a focus on serving students. This is a great opportunity for new or experienced DJs and event planners to contribute to, and be the faces behind Bates’ largest and most memorable events. If you love music, event managing, or simply want to have a great time, DJ Society is for you!
Storage: Chase Hall 212
Dynasty Step Team, created in 2009, is an inclusive, co-ed dance group which specializes in stepping. Stepping is a electric and exciting dance with African-American roots that is often seen in HBCU sororities and fraternities. Dynasty’s goals are to create a sense of community within the group, spread awareness and appreciation regarding this historical dance style and lastly, to perform awesome step shows for Bates!
The Education Club is dedicated to raising awareness of educational movements through weekly discussions, forums, field trips, and community based initiatives. The club’s intention is to provide a space where Bates students may discuss non-traditional approaches to classroom or academic learning that have produced tangible results in communities throughout Maine, including Lewiston. The topic invariably attracts education students, but most club members join simply because they share an interest in educational issues and campaigns. This club is a great opportunity for anyone intrigued or concerned about what goes on in our schools to take part in holistic discussions about unique and ambitious approaches to how kids and adolescents learn, and what they should be learning.
Bates Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a Maine licensed EMS service that provides emergency care to the Bates College community. All members are volunteers that have completed the Emergency Medical Technician course and the service is entirely student run. Bates EMTs volunteer their time to be on call and are ready to respond to any campus emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whenever school is in session. While on call, EMT’s carry radios to communicate with other crew members and Bates Security. Bates EMS not only provides medical care to those in need, but offer lectures and training sessions to keep their EMT skills proficient. They also sponsor blood drives for the college and hold information sessions in residences at the beginning of the year to give information about the service and campus safety.
Office: Chase Hall 217
Storage: Chase Hall 203 – Cabinet C
The Bates Entrepreneurs Club provides a creatively stimulating atmosphere for students to come together and discuss entrepreneurship. It is an informal environment geared toward bouncing ideas off each other in regards to what a successful start up would look like, primarily within the framework of a college campus. In addition, we also congregate once a week in order to help educate each other about what the raw fundamental components are that make up the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Being an entrepreneur is about fostering healthy relationships with people and coming together to fuse ideas. This is precisely what we do on a weekly basis during our meetings. We are a team of driven individuals that think creatively about what we can do to ultimately change the world around us for the better in order to enrich the lives of people who surround us. The second function of our club is acting as somewhat of a venture capital firm. In other words, students not affiliated with our club may bring their start up ideas forth in hope for financial backing. This has happened in the past and has proven to be quite successful with the proper analysis which is executed by club members.
Environmental Coalition focuses on improving environmental awareness and responsibility at Bates and in the Lewiston-Auburn community. We work towards these goals with many different approaches, including awareness campaigns of environmental issues and campaigning for changes to local or regional environmental policy. Recently we’ve been taking on more artistic approaches including recycled sculptures and water consciousness reminders posted in showers. It is important to note that EC is run by its members, and this means that new issues are always welcome. We are always looking forward to meeting new people passionate as we are about the environment. Come to a meeting and inform other members of your ideas; before you know it a new campaign will be kicking off!
This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.
The Bates Equestrian Team is a club sport open to anyone who is interested in riding or learning to ride. The Bates Equestrian Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Zone 1, Region 2. IHSA shows make it possible for students without horses to show in college. At a show, riders are randomly assigned a horse from the host barn and are judged on their equitation on the flat and over fences. Practice is weekly throughout the year and all abilities are welcome and encouraged to show with the team. If you are interested, please visit our Facebook Page.
The Bates College Competitive Eating Club, formed in 2011, is the 2nd collegiate competitive eating club in the country and is known on campus as the FatCats. The club hosts and attends various eating competitions as well as challenges throughout the Northeast. One of the major functions of the club is to grill food for Bates Students. The Pig Roast is hosted every short term by the FatCats, with hot dogs for lunch and a 300+ pound pig served for dinner. Check us out on Facebook!
Feminist Collective is an intersectional, inclusive, and polyphonic feminist organization that is open to all genders and gender non-conforming people. It advocates for, and carries out, initiatives promoting the well-being and equality of women-identifying, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals on the Bates campus and beyond. We foster discussion, awareness, and activism around local, national, and international issues of gender, sex, and sexuality. A primary intention of the organization is to create a safe, liberated, and empowering environment in which local residents, students, faculty, and staff can meet outside of academic settings to exchange ideas and build communities. We want to spark and encourage campus discourse on feminist issues, and help facilitate the empowerment of woman-identifying and gender-queer individuals! We hold bi-monthly meetings during which we discuss things like the word “feminism” and its various connotations and historical derivations; porn; the intersections between gender and other categories of identity such as race, class, ability, and appearance; the gender binary; Communism, etc. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come to our meetings and events – we do not expect any prior knowledge or any one type of opinion – in fact, as long as everyone is genuinely interested in dialogue, we very much want a heterogeneity of thought, personality, and politics!
Office: Chase Hall 204
This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.
The Fencing Club began a few years ago as a small club to teach the rudiments of fencing. We have grown to teach beginning fencing, group lessons in all three weapons, free fencing for all levels, and to field competitive teams against collegiate clubs and varsity teams. We also satisfy your phys ed requirement.
Filmboard provides showings of new films and documentaries for Bates and the larger community. Films are shown for only $1 and we occasionally provide snacks. Filmboard’s objective is to offer an alcohol-free event. Additionally, working with other clubs on campus allows for a diverse range of film screenings and great discussions. Members help select and show films. New faces are always welcome!
The Francophone Club is an opportunity to meet and speak with other Francophone students. It’s open to non-French speakers and anyone who wants to come and discuss about Francophone related topics. Past meetings have included interactive cooking demonstrations of French cuisine while listening to French music. We are non-committment but we highly encourage attending French Table that’s held every week which is a great way to meet other students! With a local French influence in the Lewiston and Auburn area, future meetings include community engaged activities, discussions about current events in Francophone countries, and celebrations of French culture. The Francophone Club is offered through the French and Francophone Department.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Alexandre Dauge-Roth
The Freewill Folk Society promotes folk culture on campus through music and dance. Students and community members come to Bates once a month for a contradance, which is a deformalized version of the dance you’ve seen in any Jane-Austen-novel-made-film. These events are open to the public and there is no experience required, so anyone can come and have a good time. We usually dance to traditional music (fiddles, guitars, mandolins), but we also introduce other forms of music for our techno contra, which is a hybrid between traditional dance and modern music. The Freewill Folk Society also hosts the annual Community Folk Festival, a weekend of concerts, contradances, and workshops with attendees from throughout Maine and New England. Whether you’re a musician, a dancer, or an appreciator of one or both, you have a place in this community tradition. We look forward to seeing you! Visit our Facebook Page!
Der Deutsche Kulb (German Club) meets frequently and celebrates the exciting cultures of Germany and other german speaking nations. We host film nights, game nights, seasonal and holiday parties, attend German Table, and inform our members of german departmental events. We have so much fun and always welcome new members (even if you don’t speak German)!
Fac/Staff Advisor: Jakub Kazecki
The Golf Club is dedicated to fostering and sharing an enthusiasm for the sport of golf among students and other members of the Bates Community. As part of our mission, we hope to establish a rich tradition in providing an entertaining environment in which members can discover and hone their golfing abilities. We hold frequent golfing outings, providing balls and clubs if needed. No prior experience in golf is necessary.
Bates Gospelaires – “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” (Psalms 100:1) Our mission is to sing praises unto the Lord and fully rejoice in it. We feel that our mission will bring hope, positivity, respect, optimism and, most importantly, love for our fellow brothers & sisters through the songs and its’ messages; not only within the Bates college community, but throughout the greater Maine community and beyond. Anyone can join! No matter the age, color, or background, our goal is to also spread light on a style of praise music that is not is not generally practiced here at Bates; Gospel Music! Though widely accepted as a traditionally African-American musical style, our organization will provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and practice an art form which, in turn, will foster self-confidence and give an understanding and appreciation for other cultures and their musical background. One Goal, One Passion, One Voice … Bates Gospel Choir!
The Bates College “Hedge Fun’d” offers economically and financially interested students with the opportunity to both learn about electronic trading and to compete in intercollegiate trading tournaments internationally. We provide students with the hands on learning experience of a trading interface that resembles real transactional software used by financial groups and organizations. In our meetings we will cover a variety of relevant financial trading concepts and work on simulated trading cases. In tournaments, trading teams are assessed based on their success in the situational cases. The cases simulate all kinds of market scenarios for risk and opportunities with a focus on relevant investment, portfolio, or risk management objectives.
Helicase is the student biology club which provides support, unity, and inspiration for the exploration of biology both inside and outside of the classroom. We enhance communication between students and the department by functioning as an official liaison and sponsoring several student-faculty mixers throughout the year. Helicase provides guidance to students about which natural science major will satisfy their interests best and which courses, regardless of their major, will help them explore their love of biology. Through fieldtrips and other fun activities we expose students to the resources that surround them in the Bates and greater Maine community, and hope to foster an appreciation of biology both on and off campus. We encourage non-biology majors to join!
Bates Hillel is an entirely student-run club designed for Jewish students and others interested in Judaism. Hillel offers weekly Shabbat dinners in the Office of Intercultural Education, casual Friday evening services, celebrates all major Jewish holidays, and participate in programs with Temple Shalom in Auburn. All members of the Bates community are welcome to attend Hillel events and programs.
The International Club provides the Bates community with an opportunity to take part in a large variety of activities that aim to promote and encourage cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Such activities include the annual International Dinner (featuring foods from around the world), trips during the mid-semester breaks, several International parties, and our International Fair and Festival when students represent their countries in a variety of ways, ranging from fashion, to music, to dancing, to pictures, movies, and souvenirs. These activities serve as an opportunity for international students to represent themselves, their countries, cultures, and traditions. Just as importantly, with our activities, we aim to create interaction that offers all students, from within the United States and from outside, the insight on various world issues; young ambitious people who share the same desire for knowledge, exploration, and education. We also serve to support the International students in their transition process from one part of the world to another. We welcome all members of the Bates Community as members of the International Club, or participants in its activities.
Staff Advisor: James Reese
The Bates College Investment Club manages a real ~$100,000 portfolio on behalf of the college, in support of student financial aid. The club’s portfolio yielded a return of 9% in the academic year 2012-2013! Weekly meetings are held to teach the basic investment analysis, learn about the financial markets and vote on specific investment proposals. No prior knowledge or investment experience is required, and students from all majors are welcome. Joining the club is highly recommended for those who may be considering finance as a possible career as well as those who want to learn about managing their own money.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Geoff Swift
J Street U consists of members of the Bates College Community who stand for and are working towards peace, security and social justice in Israel, the future state of Palestine and across the Middle East. As supporters of Israel, we are firmly committed to protecting the future of the state as a Jewish democratic homeland. We believe the fates of a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state are intertwined. The peace and security of both peoples is achievable only through a negotiated, two-state solution.
The Knit Wits is Bates’ only knitting club, not that you’d need more than one. The main focus of the group is knitting, but the crocheting population is growing! The group participates in a range of activities including charity work, yarn-bombing, to just stitching and chatting. We encourage all those who are professional grannies/interested in knitting/would like to learn to knit/just like hanging out with some awesome people to join us!
Latinos Unidos is a student organization that celebrates diversity. The club offers the opportunity to Bates Students who identify as Hispanic or Latino to come together and learn more about their rich culture, however, the club’s main goal is to facilitate a welcoming place for the entire Bates community, whether Latino or not, to embrace and discover more about Latin American culture, a culture that many here at Bates are part of. We do not only seek to connect (or reconnect) members of the Bates community with the richness of countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, but also hope to explore the relationship that Latin American countries have with the United States, at a national and Bates level. We achieve these goals through discussions, community engagement, dances, academic conferences, Enlaces (Want to know what it is? Yes? Then join our club!), and food! To guarantee an inclusive environment for non-Spanish speaking members, all meetings are held in English.
Staff Advisor: James Reese
Law and Politics Club
The Bates Law and Politics Club promotes academic and nonpartisan understanding of law, politics, both domestic and international, political theory, international relations, and current events by providing a forum for students to teach each other what they know, explore each others’ interests, and promote further understanding of these issues in the Bates community. As a club, we read and discuss articles from political journals, law reviews, and newspapers, host occasional public events such as panel discussions and presentations that non-members can attend. We also run the Tribunal, an online publication consisting of student-written political pieces.
What do you get when you put 13 guys who love to sing alone with a piano? You’ll have to see for yourself to find out, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be manically optimistic about it! The Manic Optimists are Bates’ newest all-male a cappella group, performing a wide variety of current hits and classic favorites. We perform constantly throughout the year, at Bates, at other schools, and anywhere else they’ll have us, from the Boston Common to Sugarloaf ski resort and beyond! So what do you say? Do you have what it takes to be a ManOp? Audition this fall and find out! Visit our Facebook Page or our website!
Fac/Staff Advisor: John Corrie
Masterpiece Theatre Club is devoted to PBS Masterpiece Theatre programming, which airs BBC period dramas on American television. This is a club where students can come see their favorite Victorian novel or Shakespearean play brought to life. Students can gather and celebrate period dramas they already know and love, as well as marvel at new adaptations. The Masterpiece Theatre Club presents a formidable combination; it is the opportunity to take a break in the workday, while at the same time stimulating the mind by broadening exposure to classic works of literature, their themes, and their historical context through film.
Men of color group within the Bates community that fosters personal growth in achieving our collective magnum opus while upholding a wholehearted standard of ownership to be the best well-rounded and socially conscious and active men we can be.
– “iron sharpens Iron”
Men’s Club Lacrosse
The Bates Men’s Club Lacrosse team has greatly increased in size and popularity since its first season in 2006. Club Lacrosse is a great option for anyone interested in experiencing the game of lacrosse at a college level regardless of skill or experience. Competition consists mostly of other schools throughout New England.
Inactive in the 2015-16 academic year.
This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.
YEAHHHH WHIP!!!! Bates College’s Mens Ultimate Frisbee Team, the legendary Orange Whip is a club team committed to the sport and spirit of Ultimate. Practices consist of drills, scrimmaging, conditioning and games, and are held throughout the school year. We are a team that plays with intensity while always managing to have a great time. In the fall season we play in as many tournaments as we can, often with our sister team, Cold Front. In the past we have traveled as far as Montreal and Rhode Island. In the winter, we up the intensity with conditioning, weight room workouts, and an indoor (co-ed) 4 v. 4 league. Spring makes way for Men’s USA Ultimate Sectionals, Regionals, and Nationals. In 2015-2016, we hope to continue to work hard and build on the success of previous years. We welcome any level of commitment or experience. We’re fun guys, we swear. Check out our website or Flickr if you don’t believe us. Contact us here!
Established in 1958, Merimanders is the only all-female a cappella group at Bates College. In addition to singing at various Bates events and holding our own concerts each semester, we organize joint concerts with groups from other schools! We love to travel to different places in the Maine/New England community to sing at restaurants, fundraisers, parties, and many other awesome venues. Tryouts are held at the beginning of each academic year. Come audition, we’d love to hear you sing!
If you have yearbook experience, if you have no yearbook experience, if you like to write, take photos, or design, we think we have the place for you! The Mirror awaits your ideas. Even the least experienced person can make major contributions. We capture fragments of your wonderful Bates experience. Be part of the Bates history by joining the Mirror. Contact us here!
Office: Chase Hall 215
Our five year old team is both competitive, and a lot of fun. We spend a few months preparing a trial, including writing opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examinations. We annually attend the regional competitive tournament at Yale, where we compete against other New England colleges and universities. Two years ago, we were only one win from moving on to the national competition. Mock Trial presents a great experience to bond with a group of Batesies, while engaging in a challenging and extremely fun activity. If you’re interested in law, public speaking, or acting, then Mock Trial is a great place to hone those skills. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a politics major or pre-law. No experience is necessary to join!
Model United Nations
Are you interested in debate? Do you have a passion for international issues? Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in international relations and diplomacy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining Bates’ Model UN. What is Model UN? Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. If you were part of a Model UN club in high school, great! If not, no problem. No prior Model UN experience is necessary and all are welcome! In recent years, our club has had great success participating in conferences at Harvard, Brown, and McGill University, and we would like to keep that success going with some fresh new faces!
Mushahada Association (Muslim Students’ Association) is an association of the Muslim students and students interested in the Islamic faith at Bates. Mushahada is an Arabic word and means vision. The club aims at providing appropriate space for religious observances, and increasing awareness of Islam as a religion on the college campus through organizing a diverse range of activities, which also act as a platform for interaction between Muslim students on the campus and the college community as a whole.
Northfield is a non-audition, non-traditional acapella group that welcomes all singers on campus and draws from a variety of music traditions, including shape note singing, Appalachian folk music, and cultural music from around the world. As common among such vocal groups, we learn many of our pieces from each other and directly from other singers with similar interests. A core part of Northfield involves welcoming in a variety of singers at all experience levels so that we can teach and learn from one another, regardless of our backgrounds. Northfield was founded as a singing group open to all, meant to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about cultural music.
OUTfront strives to promote understanding, awareness, and activism on campus around gender and sexual diversity through discussion, campus-wide events, and the collaboration with SPARQ!, Active Allies, and various other campus and community resources. OUTfront welcomes all students who are interested in learning, exploring, and celebrating gender and sexual diversity. Regular events include: Coming Out Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Pride Week, Lick It, and Dragapalooza.
The Bates Paintball Club has become a popular new club among Bates students. Our club is most popular to those who have never tried paintball before, or have not played in years. Safety is our top priority. Participants will inevitably have fun playing on either the Speed-Ball or Woods-Ball courses. Markers and masks are provided free of charge by the club. The Paintball Club hosts outings only ten minutes away. Outings occur in the early fall and during the spring (typically during Short Term).
The Philosophy Forum is for students who are habitually questioning. The purpose of the club is to take the love of learning that all Batesies share, and push it to the next level. Our weekly meetings are opportunities for students to discuss the ‘bigger picture’, to explore existential questions and other profound thoughts, and to entertain others’ views as if they were ones own. We aim to expand not only our understanding of the human experience, but also our curiosity, our humility, and our ability to listen. Our ‘Open Forum’ series is a place where students join with professors, community members, and guest speakers to discuss deep topics of mutual interest. Though the group was founded by philosophy majors, people of all majors are welcome.
The Bates College Photo Club provides a forum for sharing work, ideas, and opinions about photography through critique and discussion. Whether you shoot in color, B&W, digital or film, the Photo Club is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. We provide access for the club darkroom where students can develop and print black and white film, and are open to ideas for group activities or projects. The Photo Club also publishes a photo magazine of aggregated student submissions.
Alumni Advisor: Sophia Pelligrini
Office/ Dark Room: Chase Hall, Room 218
The Physics Society’s purpose is to advance and spread knowledge of physics to interested members of the Bates community. We sponsor seminars, video viewings covering all areas of physics, science related trips, and a weekly physics lunch (an informal gathering of physics students, professors, and guest lecturers).
Inactive in the 2015-16 academic year.
Protect Our Breasts
Protect Our Breasts is a national non-profit, aimed at educating college-aged individuals about endocrine-disrupting chemicals in their everyday care products and other exposure sources.
The Bates Public Health Initiative provides students with an opportunity to engage in public health outreach both on the Bates campus and in the community. Students will experience the social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of public health through designing and implementing health education and outreach programs.
ReMasc, formerly Men Against Sexual Violence (MASV), is a discussion and action-based group that closely examines and critiques traditional masculinity on campus and in media. Via weekly group discussion and planning meetings, film screenings, and other open events and rallies, we promote the important message that men can be active agents of change regarding social justice issues, particularly in the context of ending sexual violence. We collaborate with other culture-changing organizations on campus, each of which offers an important voice and perspective on how to go about discussing important and related questions of masculinity, privilege, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and class. The group is a reminder to the campus that there are indeed men at Bates that are actively committed to ending violence of all kinds. We are open to members of all gender identities. Visit our Facebook page and find out more about us on our website!
Staff Advisor: Blake Reilly
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
Bates College Republicans, a chapter of the Maine College Republicans and the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is a political organization that promotes conservative values on the Bates campus and helps elect Republican candidates at the local, state and national levels of government. Club members host prominent speakers, engage in grassroots activism on behalf of Republican candidates, sponsor school-wide debates, and generally heighten political awareness at Bates. The club has a strong belief in the benefits of a strong two-party government and recognizes that every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
Storage: Chase Hall 203 Cabinet A
The Robinson Players is the one and only Bates College student theater organization. We produce many student run theatrical shows a year. In the past we have done one-acts festivals, main stage production, main-stage musicals, and a production (typically a musical) that we perform for local elementary school students during short term – the ever-popular “Stages for all Ages.” Rob Players productions range in size from one-man shows to casts of over fifty students, faculty, and staff! We also host other events throughout the year (ex. Cast Parties, Oscar Night, Murder Mystery Dinners), and trips to off-campus theater events. Join the Rob Players for your theatrical amusement! Visit our website and Facebook Page for more information.
Fac/ Staff Advisor: Katalin Vecsey
Storage: Chase Hall 203A
Salaam Namaste is an organization seeking to promote awareness of South Asian culture at Bates College. With its vibrant culture, bubbling spirit and teeming knowledge, South Asia is a growing attraction in the world and has proven to be of much interest to students from America and the other countries represented at Bates. Founded on the enthusiasm of South Asian students at Bates yearning to share their heritage with their fellow students, this club truly enriches Bates’ multicultural life by organizing cultural events from South Asia such as “Holi” (The World’s Biggest Water Fight) and “Diwali” (The Festival of Lights) and hosting South Asian cooking nights and Bollywood movie nights.
“Sangai” means “togetherness” in Nepalese, which is a founding purpose of this club. Sangai Asia was created to promote Asian and Asian-American awareness, identity, and fellowship on the Bates campus as well as in the greater community. Sangai Asia has held and cosponsored events such as dinners, cooking classes, film series, annual fireworks displays, and lectures focusing on Asian and Asian- American identity and cultures. In addition, Sangai Asia also produces the annual “Asian Performance Night,” which typically features an outside professional performance group, and highlights the diverse Asian cultural backgrounds of its members and Bates students through the performing arts.
Sankofa is a student led cultural organization which seeks to explore the vibrant cultures of the African Diaspora through music, dance, poetry and prose. Students explore the meaning of “Blackness” by reflecting on personal experiences; researching and identifying historical and contemporary events that continue to influence the development of people who claim Black and/or African heritage. The goals of Sankof include fostering social and political awareness about issues that affect communities and individuals claiming African ancestry; embracing numerous cultural differences found throughout the African Diaspora; in addition to community building beyond campus borders and barriers. The group is open to students, faculty, staff as well as members of the Lewiston community.
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
SEED Magazine is a provocative, inspiring, and visually stimulating student run publication that features prose, poetry, photography, painting, and drawing by Bates students. Distributed once a semester SEED works to expose the artistic and eclectic talents of the Bates College student body.
The Sexual Violence Awareness Club is dedicated to raising awareness, prompting conversation, and inspiring action on issues surrounding sexual violence. It is eager to include as many different types of people, teams, and clubs into our dialogue and our events; we believe sexual violence is a subject that affects individuals in varying ways. Our bi-monthly meetings feature discussion questions and organizing. In Short Term 2016 the Club organized and ran an “Art Expose”, that featured dance, poetry, song, and art which helped to raise awareness surrounding the struggles of sexual violence. Our goals for the 2016-17 year are to create more events like the Art Expose, increase the amount of dynamic, safe conversations on controversial subjects inside and outside the club, and potentially bring in speakers to Bates.
Shred Club seeks to promote, expand and assist the shredding community on Bates Campus and within the greater Lewiston-Auburn community. A great way to explore the many rip-able and grind-able corners of Maine, Shred Club is the only club worth your time. All forms of shredding are welcome and encouraged, from skateboarding to steetluge, to surfing to tow in big wave kayaking.
What is slacklining you ask? Well let me enlighten me you oh so curious Batesie. Slacklining is everything you’ve ever desired in life. It is the will to do the impossible. The power to impress all those who ogle at you while balanced precariously on the line. It is walking the line between achievement and failure. Put quite simply, slacklining is awesome and ineffable. If your curiosity has been peaked, which it should have been by now if you are at all an interesting person, you should, nay, must, come to a slackline club meeting. We welcome all ability levels, from those who call themselves experts to those who have just read this blurb and are realizing that I have told you absolutely nothing concrete about slacklining and want to know what it really is. So come, join us as we balance our way into the Bates history books as we have already started to do. All are welcome. All should come. We are the Bates College Slackline Club, and we are ready for you.
The purpose of Slow Food Bates is to spread knowledge of the value and importance of local food through partnerships with community farms, including the Bates College Garden, and local small-food producers. We foster connections with the community through visits to local farms and businesses. To further promote the value and importance of the integrity of food, including the food we consume at Bates, members work in the Bates College garden, the produce of which directly supplies Commons, maintaining beds during the growing season, and overseeing small-scale herb and micro-green production.
Inactive for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Spanish Club is meant as an outlet for the students of Bates who would like to practice their Spanish language skills in a comfortable, fun, and informal way. We host activities such as Spanish movie showings, encouraging discussions about Spanish literature and current events, making classic Spanish food, listening to Spanish music and even going to local Spanish events. The club does not intend to exclude anyone, however we do host our meetings in Spanish.
The Special Olympics Club is a club that connects the Bates community with individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics. We plan and participate in a number of volunteer events for Special Olympics throughout the school year.
The Bates College Spikeball Club is dedicated to bringing the Bates community together around the game of Spikeball. Spikeball is a game that is often described as a mixture of 4-square and beach volleyball. Intrigued? The game also is played 360 degrees around a miniature trampoline. Now I know you are hooked. The Spikeball Club plays weekly, hosts on-campus tournaments, and sends contingents of Bates spikeballers out to tournaments in the wider New-England Region. The club is open to absolutely everybody. Check out our Facebook page, a tutorial, and join the movement!!
The Bates Sportsmen’s Club is dedicated to providing opportunities for Bates students to engage and participate in the shooting and fishing sports. We aim to create an environment where students are involved in fun and safe outings regardless of skill level and experience.
The Strange Bedfellows is the one and only improvisational comedy group at Bates, and the third best thing about Bates College according to CollegeProwler.com. They perform both short-form as well as long-form improv and continually explore and experiment with different types of long-form improv structures. The Bedfellows perform bimonthly at different venues all over campus as well as at venues in Lewiston such as She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s. They also perform at other colleges such as Skidmore College for the annual National College Comedy Festival that Skidmore hosts every year. The Bedfellows bring professional improv and sketch comedy groups to Bates, who in the past, have included The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and The Late Night Players. The main goal of The Strange Bedfellows is to bring laughter to the Bates community and the surrounding areas of Lewiston and Auburn using the increasingly popular art form of improvisational comedy as a tool and a medium. Auditions for The Strange Bedfellows are held once a year at the beginning of every fall semester and are open to everyone– experience not necessary!
The Student Support Network’s purpose is to provide a group of trained peer advocates to help students by offering confidential one-on-one meetings. The Student Support Network consists of trained peer-advocates, who conduct these meetings. Trainings are held at the beginning of each semester. These individual meetings offer a safe space where students can speak their minds to an empathetic peer. While the college experience can be overwhelming, not everyone feels comfortable seeking professional help and we seek to offer another form of support. In no way does the Student Support Network attempt to diagnose students or take the place of Health Services or other professional resources. This group exists to serve the student body through peer-to-peer conversation and support. The Student Support Network works alongside with Active Minds to form the Mental Health Alliance, a group of students committed to removing the stigma attached to mental illness.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Hannah Weiss
Students for Justice and Peace in Palestine is a pro-Palestinian student group at Bates committed to a just peace: an end to the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, and equal rights for people of all faiths and ethnicities in the region. Our goals are to serve as a resource for students on issues pertaining to Palestine, to foster understanding of the Palestinian narrative, to advocate for Palestinian rights, and to participate in initiatives aimed at combating oppression and racism. The club’s activities will include attending national solidarity conferences, hosting guest lectures and film showings, and spearheading boycott and divestment initiatives.
Bates Sub Aqua brings together students, faculty, and staff who share a common interest in the underwater world and activities which explore it, such as SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and freediving. It promotes awareness of marine conservation, protection of water resources, and maritime history, as well as any other underwater-related cause.
Office: Chase Hall 212
The purpose of the Sunshine Society is to make Bates an even happier, friendlier and more exciting place. The club encourages community among Batesies. The Sunshine Society promotes and facilitates random acts of kindness on campus that increase daily happiness. By “random acts of kindness” we are referring to events, activities and contests that will help to spread community and happiness across the Bates campus.
Taiko are stick percussion instruments originated from Japan. Bates Taiko Club meets once a week for official Taiko drumming lesson from instructor and additional meetings for practice purposes among members. In the past, Taiko Club has performed in Sangai Asian Night, International Club Coffee House and CBB Japan Fair. We also organized cultural activities for members such as watching Taiko performances in Boston.
Storage: Chase Hall 212
TakeNote is a dashing co-ed a cappella group founded in 2008. Our repertoire consists of an eclectic blend of classics and current hits, ranging from pop to folk to rap. We perform at all of the major concerts on campus as well as the community. We have also toured around New England and up to Montreal. Intrigued? Come audition! We’re always looking for new members to join in on the fun. Also check out our website www.BatesTakeNote.com or visit our Facebook page!
Storage: Chase Hall 207
The Bates Triathlon Club is for YOU! Who doesn’t enjoy swimming, biking, or running? Never heard of or done a triathlon? Come check this club out! We are focused on bringing those who are interested, but necessarily experienced, in triathlons of any distance together to train hard and have lots of fun! Also, as an official USAT recognized club team, you can keep racing for Bates even after you graduate!
The goal of our club is provide an environment for students who enjoy playing video games either casually or competitively. We will cater to both those who want to relax and play games for fun and those who wish to hone their skills with competitive games. We will consistently host game tournaments for the entire Bates campus and meet once a week during Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
The purpose of our organization is to teach safe, and proper form and technique in all aspects of weightlifting. We also will focus on specific techniques in the sports of Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. We will also provide members with information concerning goal setting, diet and nutrition, and aesthetic bodybuilding. The club’s goal is to bring members to compete in weightlifting competitions as well. We want to help people who may feel intimidated or scared of lifting weights, regardless of body type, fitness level, or gender.
Bates College Women in Leadership provides undergraduate women with the opportunity to elevate themselves both personally and professionally. This new club aims to bridge the gap between academic and professional life for undergraduate women. Each semester we strive to offer a variety of programs for our members and visitors geared towards career-oriented guidance from peers, alumni, and faculty.
The Women of Color Club celebrates the rich and diverse experiences of women of color, as well as confronts issues of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and other forms of prejudice that affect women of color in a comfortable and safe setting. Through the year we organize events around these issues as well as around important events such as National Women’s Month to raise awareness of our unique experiences to others on campus.
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
Women’s Club Lacrosse
Club Lacrosse is a great option for anyone interested in experiencing the game of lacrosse at a college level regardless of skill or experience. Competition consists mostly of other schools throughout New England.
This club sport is co-governed by the Bates College Department of Athletics.
Cold Front, Bates’ Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team – What do a weather pattern, a stellar group of ladies, and a flat flying object all have in common? COLD FRONT is Bates’ very own women’s ultimate team! We are a fun-loving, athletic, club team who are always looking for more people to toss a disc with. We hold practices 5x/wk, in addition to organizing and attending lots of fun and competitive tournaments as well as extra activities involving discs and love. No experience is necessary to join our awesome team, and we will happily educate anyone in the great game of ultimate. So what are you waiting for?! Come say hello, join our list serve, or better yet strike up a conversation over tofu nuggets and Italian Almond Cookies in commons! We like playing ultimate, making up silly names, and having fun.
Fac/Staff Advisor: Lynne Lewis
WRBC is Bates’ own fully licensed radio station broadcasting since 1958 at 91.5 FM. Frequently ranked on the Princeton Review’s list of Best College Radio Stations, WRBC features live radio programming of all genres and styles 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, by students, faculty, and community DJs. We also host concerts and events on campus throughout the school year, including our famed Trivia Night. Recent musicians we have hosted include Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Yeasayer, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, and Moon Hooch. Listen online from anywhere in the world through at www.wrbcradio.com and find out what we are all about!
The Bates Yoga Kula is an organization that hosts free yoga classes open to all Bates students, faculty, and staff. Kula means “community” in Sanskrit, which reflects the organization’s intention to promote the practice of yoga and foster community around it. It hosts weekly classes in various yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kripalu. The Bates Yoga Kula classes can also be used to earn physical education credit. If you are interested in learning more about the Kula check out our Facebook Page! Namaste!
2B.E.A.T.S. is the only club on Bates Campus that covers Hip-Hop style dancing. We are centered around learning the different forms of Hip-Hop dancing, the culture behind it, and just having fun bustin’ a move. Open to anyone, regardless of experience, who is willing to teach, choreograph, learn, or just have some fun doing Hip-Hop! Those who choose to will also be able to perform throughout the academic year. There will be opportunities to hold classes for both the Bates and Lewiston/Auburn communities and to take master classes with professionals. So come join 2B.E.A.T.S. because everyone has a little Beyoncé in them!