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.
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.
Bates Dance Marathon
The Bates Dance Marathon is a year long fundraiser that benefits the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine. Students have from September to March to raise as much money as they can through an online donation platform. This ends in a 4 hour event with DJs, inflatables, contests and prize giveaways, student performances, lots of food, and most importantly, no sitting! Last year our event had over 250 students registered, had 2 families who were helped by the hospital attend, and raised over $19,500 for the hospital. Everything we do is for the kids!
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 lovely Taylor Pond in nearby Auburn, and compete all around New England. We are fully student run! Follow us @BatesSailing on Instagram, like us at facebook.com/batessailing, and look for regatta updates and more on batessailing.tumblr.com. Shoot us a message on any of those platforms as well.
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
Forté is a national organization comprising business leaders and students in several industries and campuses across USA. It is an organisation driven towards empowering leadership roles for women and female-identifying students by providing professional tools and connections to help them thrive in the world outside campus. The Bates Forté Chapter is an organisation that runs a year-long campaign comprising workshops, speaker-series and community-engaged projects that benefit both participating students and the surrounding Lewiston-Auburn community. Over the year, we build up 2 core projects, where students apply a combination of practical and soft skills to create measurable impacts and outcomes. We launched in 2020 and our first event was a speaker series entitled “Resilience Stories” attended by 100+ students and faculty! Our mission is all about building equitable leadership, community-impact and resilience!
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 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
Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB)
The Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB) is the student-led source of major campus events. CHPB oversees and plans all-campus events and programs geared to meet the eclectic interests of Bates students and create an inclusive community. We plan a range of events for the academic year, some of which include 80s Weekend, 90s Weekend, Winter Carnival, Big Prize Bingo, and the annual Fall Concert.
Advisor: Jen Haugen
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! Mohdis and Chase Baker joined the Cold Front family as our coaches in 2016 and have helped the team grow in skill and spirit. Moh is a Bates grad (extra points if you know her nickname!). The couple played during their time in college and continue to in their post-grad years. 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. We select a competitive team of about 21 players. 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). While a competitive team is chosen in early February, our B team practices and competes through the rest of the year. 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
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.
UNA-USA Bates College
UNA-USA Bates College is the first official United Nations Association of the USA at Bates, and just the second in Maine! Part of a nationwide grassroots advocacy movement, UNA-USA Bates College aims to hold events, lectures and panels to inform those interested about the importance of the United Nations, and urge the US government to continue to fund it in full.