Non-BCSG Student Organizations
There are several organizations that are not recognized by BCSG but still maintain healthy membership and make meaningful contributions to the campus community.
Bates Club Sports are competitive student organizations, recognized and overseen by Bates Athletics and formed by students motivated by a common interest. These programs are run by the students themselves with support from Bates Athletics staff and student employees that make up the Club Sport Organization (CSO). More information about Club Sports in general can be found on the athletics website.
American Enterprise Institute Executive Council
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC is one of the nation’s most distinguished public policy research organizations. As a member of AEI’s executive council program, we aim to promote substantive conversations about public policy on campus by hosting events and activities throughout the year. Examples include: lectures and discussions with AEI scholars or Bates professors; private dinners with scholars, business professionals, or government officials; student debates; reading groups; and film and debate viewings. Our members attend exclusive gatherings for public policy discussion and leadership training at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and other locations around the country. We also help students publish op-eds in national publications and explore career opportunities in the world of public policy.
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.
Advisor: Marisa Melnick
Storage: E-Room by the loading dock behind Chase Hall
The Bates Student
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.
Advisor: Kim Trauceniek
Office: Chase Hall 224
Bates Club Sailing Team
The Club Sailing Team at Bates is open to everyone, regardless of ability. Come learn how to sail or hone your racing abilities! We practice at the lovely Taylor Pond Yacht Club in nearby Auburn in the Fall and Spring on Monday-Thursday with Friday afternoon being a travel day to regattas. In a given season, we sail at anywhere from 15-20 regattas in 8 weeks across 7 states and two countries. We’re a fully-student run team (with an amazing volunteer head coach!) focused on teaching new sailors and developing our skills to compete in the most energetic conference of College Sailing. Learn more about the team with the social media links above or by going to linktr.ee/batessailing. Reach out to us through the website or any of the other platforms above!
Bates College Alpine Competitive Ski Club
If you love to ski and want to join an amazing community that shares that passion and knows how to have a good time, come out and join Bates College Alpine Competitive Club Ski. Whether you are an experienced racer or have never even gotten near a gate, there is a place for you on our team. We will get *everyone* race ready come our competition season! We train at Lost Valley, only a 15-minute drive from campus, and get out to Sunday River and Sugarloaf often in the winter months. Don’t worry if you do not have the necessary equipment, we’ve got you covered! To keep in touch and learn more about the club, check out our Instagram: @batesclubskiing
Bates College Equestrian Team
The Bates Equestrian Team was founded in 1995 and competes in traditional hunt seat with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Zone 1, Region 2. The team practices year round and competes in intercollegiate horse shows in the fall and spring. In accordance with the IHSA mission, the intercollegiate program attempts to eliminate the expenses of students owning horses and allow more students to compete. The theory behind this structure is to equalize the variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. There are classes available for all abilities ranging from walk/trot classes to Open Division for more experienced riders, so all members are encouraged to show with the team!
Bates Forté Chapter
We are an inclusive community of students – who love to connect over genuine experiences and meaningful workshops that build up personal and professional skills and apply them through community-engaged projects in downtown Lewiston. Even though the pandemic prevents us from “meeting” each other, we are still so excited to remain connected through zoom calls for a very inclusive speaker series, zoom in alumni to lead workshops and connect, and also work remotely with some amazing partners in Lewiston to not only learn, but also apply several skills in low-commitment/high-fulfilment hands-on projects! Together, we hope to use the Liberal Arts education in its full value to prove that no matter what you study, you can still pursue your dream career in business or leadership roles! During this time especially, we are a space for everyone to reflect and find support in each other through our shared experience as students, job-seekers and just individuals with unique stories and purpose as we bond and grow through these experiences. Our mission is all about building the values of leadership, empowering skills, and sharing experiences across borders to build resilience and genuine connection. No matter your interest in business, gender or identity, if you are interested in meeting a warm community of individuals and leaders from across USA and Bates, we invite you to join on board the Bates Forté Chapter!
(Forté is a consortium of universities, graduate schools and companies across USA which aims to empower women in the workplace by exploring the world of business and the tools to help women break the glass ceiling. But we are for ALL students (not just women!) to join in the community that aims to bridge gaps, learn skills and share experiences through cross-experiential fellowship, since we can only bridge gaps if we do it together! Through an institutional partnership with Bates, we now have access to a range of online resources, mentorship and career development opportunities to find support and boost our personal and professional journey at Bates!)
If you have any questions, concerns or just want to connect, feel free to reach out at email@example.com ! We are always listening, and ready to chat!
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Follow us on social media: https://www.instagram.com/bates_forte_chapter/
Bates Men’s Water Polo
Bates Men’s Water Polo is a competitive club team that plays against other schools around the Northeast. We compete in the fall, with our season running from early September to the end of October. We have been to Club Nationals every year since 2017, finishing first in our conference and top 5 at Nationals. Although we are competitive and do our best to win, we focus on having a good time, learning and enjoying water polo, and building a strong team community. No prior experience required!
Bates Men’s Ice Hockey Club
The purpose of the Bates Men’s Ice Hockey Club is to provide opportunities for the campus community to learn about and appreciate everything the sport of Ice Hockey has to offer.
We always look to create an inclusive and welcoming community and encourage student participation regardless of skill level. Each season, we as a team, look to compete at a high level and pursue the New England Club Hockey Championship.
Participation in Club Ice Hockey will grant students opportunities to give back to the local community through community service,
provide opportunities for leadership development as well as provide social opportunities for those interested in Ice Hockey.
Bates Women’s Club Ice Hockey
The Bates College Women’s Club Ice Hockey team is a competitive club program with a season that runs from October to March. With daily practices and games almost every weekend, we are a team that emphasizes dedication, teamwork, and competition. We uphold the values of committed student athletes, while also incorporating a fun atmosphere both on and off the ice. Although we are a serious, competitive club program, the team is open to athletes of all skill levels. We practice four days a week and play our games on the weekends, with home games at Underhill Arena, located right on the Bates College Campus. We frequently travel throughout New England competing against other collegiate club teams and strive to qualify for the IWCHL playoffs at the end of the season.
Bates Women’s Club Lacrosse
Our team is looking for players of all levels. There are lots of new members this past year, many of whom have received leadership positions on the team. During both the fall and winter semester 2018-2019 we played against the University of Vermont and University of New Hampshire at the University of Vermont campus. Although our spring season was cut short, our team continues to work together through Zoom workouts. We can all say that we enjoy being a part of this club as it has given us a new group of friends that they can connect with through lacrosse. We are excited for the next season and watching our team grow and of course work hard!
Bates Women’s Water Polo Club
The Women’s Water Polo club competes against other colleges across New England in the spring season. We accept anyone, no prior experience in water polo needed. We are a club that balances having fun, learning water polo and competing to win at all our matches. Scratch them up cats!
Bobcat Ventures is a Bates College student organization dedicated to entrepreneurship. The organization provides a platform where student-led entrepreneurship can flourish, and hosts the annual Bobcat Ventures Pitch Competition! For more information, or if you want to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooks Quimby Debate Council
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!
Advisor: Jan Hovden
Practice Space: Pettigrew 300
Campus Activities & Traditions (CAT)
Campus Activities & Traditions (CAT) is the student-led programming board, and source of major campus events. CAT oversees and plans all-campus events and programs geared to meet the eclectic interests of Bates students and create an inclusive community.
Advisor: Jen Haugen
Club basketball is a place to come play organized pickup basketball! If you love to hoop, come on by!
Cold Front (Women’s Ultimate Frisbee)
Cold Front was born in 2005 when Lynne Lewis and Becky Gilden gathered women to participate in an independent women’s ultimate team. We are now an incredible team of about ~50 athletic people who take the sport of ultimate frisbee seriously and love to have fun while playing and learning! In the fall, we hold practices five days a week, in addition to organizing and attending fun and competitive tournaments. We have co-ed scrimmages with Orange Whip on Fridays and attend a few tournaments with them as well! Our time with O-whip doesn’t end in the fall, though. In the winter, we get together and play in an indoor ultimate league every Sunday throughout January and February. The winter is our competitive season. Tryouts are held in early February to select a team that travels to regional and national competitions, while a second team competes in more local competitions. We practice in preparation for tournaments and the postseason of conferences, regionals, and nationals. In the spring of 2016, Cold Front made it all the way to the big dance for the first time in Bates Ultimate history. In 2017, Cold Front made it to nattys again and came in 10th. Now they are the two-time reigning runner-ups (2018 and 2019 second-place finish). No experience is necessary to join our team. We love to educate anyone who wants to learn about the great game of ultimate. Most of our players join the team never having touched a disc before. Therefore, there is a wide range of skill on our team, from very experienced, National-level players, to those who have never played before. We like playing ultimate, making up nicknames, wearing flair, and having a lot of fun, so come join our team!
Concerned Students of Color
The Concerned Students of Color at Bates College is a group of students of color and allies who have been organizing since 2015 to advocate, push for, and demand solutions to the issues that students of color face at Bates. The movement was inspired by the annual C3 Consortium Diversity in Academia Summit that was held at Bates in 2015 and the national collegiate concerned student movement that was started at the University of Missouri (#ConcernedStudent1950).
The Discomfort Zone
Our club seeks to help people step out of their comfort zones in whatever way they feel necessary. We plan to propose challenges in our meetings that members may perform between gatherings and then provide a space for them to share their experiences with one another in order to further arouse motivation and inspire reflection over the multitude of ways that people can step out of their comfort zone and conquer their fears. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Conor Fay, email@example.com.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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.
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.
Advisor: Alexandre Dauge-Roth
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee (Orange Whip)
Orange Whip, the Bates Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, is a fun and competitive team who play ultimate fall, winter, and spring. We hold practices, go to tournaments, and play other schools in the DIII college division. In the fall, we welcome and teach new players how to play, and when winter rolls along we have tryouts for the A-team for the competitive spring season. All frisbee experience is welcome, most of our members start fresh to the sport and learn over their time at Bates. We also work closely with the women’s team, Cold Front, with mixed practices and a mixed tournament or two. Come join this great group if you’ve always wanted to try ultimate, or have been playing for years. All players find something to enjoy, whether it be fun, friends, or a way to stimulate that competitive spirit.
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 Dean Kim Trauceniek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Yearbooks are finalized in early fall and are sent out to graduated seniors between October and November following graduation.
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.
Stillpoint is a student group that draws from the vital stream of Christian spirituality to cultivate wonder and foster spiritual exploration through arts-based spiritual practices. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5:30 in the Multifaith Chaplaincy Common Room. The 2nd Sunday we will gather for a homecooked meal and discussion. The 4th Sunday will include a spiritual arts practice, such as painting, collage, or journaling. We are an inclusive community and are excited to meet each person who wants to explore their faith in a new and unique way.
Follow us on Facebook at Stillpoint at Bates College and Instagram at Stillpoint_at_Bates.
Students Demand Action
Students Demand Action is affiliated with Every Town for Gun Safety and works to push common sense gun legislation in the state of Maine and Beyond.
Student Museum Group
The Student Museum Group (SMG) is an organization comprised of dedicated students with a passion for academic and cultural enrichment through the arts. They understand the value of having the Bates College Museum of Art on campus and wish to take advantage of its presence. In part, they serve as a student advocacy board that helps organize upcoming events for the school year. They also serve as ambassadors between the museum staff and the student body. They bring a diverse range of skills to the museum which include but are not limited to marketing, event planning, graphic design, content development, and educational programming.
The Surfrider Foundation strides to protect our oceans and beaches through community activism. Contact James Calhoon at email@example.com.
The Taekwondo/Martial Arts Club
The Taekwondo/Martial Arts Club is an opportunity for students with any level of taekwondo or martial arts experience (or no experience at all) to learn and practice taekwondo, which is a Korean martial art, and possibly other martial arts. Participation in the Club offers not only knowledge of the martial art itself, but self-defense experience and a great way to stay in shape!
If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please reach out to Benjamin Klafter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taiko are drums originating in Japan, and developed into a group ensemble performance practice by Japanese-American and other Asian-American communities throughout North America. Taiko performances focus on elements such as form, technical rhythm, choreography, and vocalizations. In the past, Taiko has performed in Sangai Asia Night, International Club Coffee House, and CBB Japan Fair. We have also organized cultural activities for members such as watching Taiko performances in Boston. No previous experience required, and open to all members of the Bates community.