Club Directory by Alphabet
The clubs below are recognized as active for the 2020-21 academic year by Bates College Student Government. Don’t see your club on this list? Contact Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Advisor: Anita Charles
Africana Club celebrates the African continent in its entirety. We provide a forum for discussing the political, social, and cultural landscape of Africa. Although we strive to create a medium for African students to connect, Africana is open to students of all backgrounds who are interested in engaging in this dialogue.
We urge members to network with one another, grow strong ties within the community, and uplift each other. Through our annual fashion show, we seek to reclaim the African narrative that is often misrepresented in the mainstream by showcasing African culture and talent. We recognize the diversity of experiences within Africa and aspire to shed light on them. Most importantly at Africana, we pride ourselves on the strength of our community, and our mission to uplift one another.
Advisor: Patrick Otim
Amandla! Black Student Union
As a student organization, Amandla! Black Student Union 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.
Advisor: James Reese
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
American Sign Language Club
ASL club seeks to give students the opportunity to learn American Sign Language and engage with the deaf community. We work with an instructor as well as online resources to learn and practice signing with other members.
Advisor: Stephanie Wade
The “Bates Anime Club” is a club that is focused on introducing anime to novice anime watchers and allowing proficient and advanced watchers to an anime they have never seen. The purpose of the Bates Anime Club is to introduce the Bates community to various anime each week.
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.
The badminton club is a very relaxed gathering once a week for any and all who would like to play badminton. No experience or equipment is required and all skill groups are welcome! If you have never touched a racket before we are happy to show you how to play. If you are a badminton pro we would love to play against you. No matter who you are, there is a spot in the badminton club for you!
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, rumba, swing), smooth (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz), and a bit of standard (international Waltz, International Viennese waltz, Quickstep). In normal times, the ballroom team focuses on social dancing and preparing students to compete at the inter-collegiate competitions. Interested students usually attend three to four competitions a year. Although the pandemic is restricting our ability to practice “normally,” we still plan to meet as a team.
The team will practice twice a week:
Virtually on Mondays from 8:30-10pm (Check out our group bio on Bates Engage for Zoom Link)
In person on Wednesdays from 9-10pm
Virtually, we plan to video call and learn choreography together! In person, we plan to socially distance, but keep up the activity we love with fine tuning technique and creating/playing silly dance games! If you think you might be interested you can stop by practice anytime to just try it out, join our listserv, or email email@example.com with questions! No prior experience required to join the team, all are welcome!
For more information check out our website at http://abacus.bates.edu/
Advisor: John Blanchette
Storage: Chase Hall 207
The Bates Arts Society is a place for artists and art enthusiasts to create things together. Our goal is to provide the space and resources for students who want to learn about new artistic media, explore old artistic media, or make art-related events on campus. We have exclusive access to a dark room and a budget allocated specifically for students interested in artistic residencies. Students of any major and experience are more than welcome to join!
Office: Art Commons (Downstairs in Chase Hall)
Darkroom: Chase Hall 218
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. We build locally. Our goal is to allow Bates students to have 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. 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 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. 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 Immigrant Engagement is a student run club designed to bring the Bates community more directly in relationship with the Immigrant and Refugee community. Our main focus is partnering with the community to prepare individuals for naturalization and passing the civics exam. We work weekly at MEIRS, the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, teaching English and civics. Aspirations also include campus engagement on immigration issues and awareness.
Bates Musicians’ Union (BMU)
The Bates Musicians’ 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/Storage: Chase Hall 127
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: Judy Marden
Storage: E-Room by the loading dock behind Chase Hall
The purpose of Bates ReHarvest is to build a robust group of dedicated gleaners that come from within the Bates community who will be able to help in gleaning efforts within Androscoggin County and potentially beyond. It needs to exist at Bates because there is a large portion of students interested in food systems, sustainability, community engagement, and minimizing food insecurity. Furthermore, the gleaning movement in the greater Lewiston-Auburn is growing rapidly and soon going to a need a reliable base of gleaners. This club will offer students a chance to interact with local food providers, gleaning organizations, and emergency food providers. Through this experience, students will have a more in-depth understanding of local food systems and will have played an active role in minimizing food waste. Through these experiences, students will have a deeper appreciation for local food system, sustainability and will put more thought towards sustainable consumption practices.
Bates Spits is a club dedicated to exchanging stories and changing narratives through spoken word, slam, and performance poetry. The purpose of the club is to provide a safe space, intimate and energetic community, and an creative outlet of expression for all students, especially BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. We hope to use creative writing, collaborative performance, and verbal communication as a platform for healing, connecting, and advocating..
The Bollywood Dance 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.
Our organization exists for the purpose of celebrating the Caribbean and its people. We are primarily an organization that seeks to both enrich the Bates experience of our members by increasing the integration of Caribbean students within the Bates community and to foster lifelong relationships through cultural programming aimed at building community between the two. We hope to illustrate the power in difference by allowing any student to join and learn as well.
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.
The Bates Chemical Society is a chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). We strive to acquaint students with ACS, aid in the choice of a career or graduate school, and spark curiosity and passion for chemistry in Bates and the greater Lewiston community. We provide Bates and Lewiston high school students with interesting educational opportunities in the form of speakers, films, tours, demos and, seminars. We serve as a social and educational organization that unites people through the field of chemistry.
Chinese Language and Culture Club
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.
Advisor: Shuhui Yang
The Circus Club brings 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, walking on stilts, diabolo, and other skills. Through weekly meetings, we work on strength, flexibility, and technique in a relaxed, low-pressure setting tailored to the interest of club members. Circus Club is open to everyone of all levels of experience (many of our members have no prior circus experience at all), and we are happy to help anyone learn the arts of circus!
Advisor: Carol Dilley
We are a group of students interested in classics and the ancient world! We meet biweekly to discuss different topics, help each other with our work, show films, go on trips to museums such as the MFA, and bring in fascinating speakers!
Club Med 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. Club Med sponsors discussions by people versed in the various fields of interest to assist club members in their choices of health professions. Club Med 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.
Advisor: Karen Daigler
Bates Club Soccer is for all who wish to play soccer throughout the school year. Club Soccer is between a high school varsity level and a collegiate level. We practice twice a week in the fall, playing a few games against the likes of Bowdoin and Colby, among others, and we have pick up sessions about every weekend open to all. Come play the beautiful game and get some exercise by joining Club Soccer!
Our main goal in Club Squash is to promote both the physical development of Bates students and the growth of Squash in general. We hope to grant access to the numerous benefits of playing squash to individuals regardless of socioeconomic background.
Bates Club Volleyball mixes fun and competitive elements during practices to train competitive members and teach the sport to all newcomers. We aim to provide a fun yet intense environment for people to learn and improve skills through drills and scrimmages during our practices. Club volleyball is a great place to compete and meet new people! If you are interested in joining or have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The purpose of the Coding Club is to provide a supportive environment for all students interested in computer science to expand their knowledge and practice their skills, no matter their existing knowledge or skill level. Through activities such as coding workshops and coding challenges, students can explore their curiosity, build upon what they may be learning in DCS courses, or be introduced to coding for the first time. The club also endeavors to educate the student body on the many applications of code, including the different ways coding can be utilized in their career paths and daily lives.
Bates 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
College Guild At Bates
College Guild is a non-profit organisation based out of Brunswick, Maine that provides free correspondence-based educational materials to incarcerated individuals. The Bates chapter allows the college community to engage with prisoners’ work by encouraging constructive criticism and empathy in education. By signing up, you will receive a unit of student-prisoner work per week.
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
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!
The Bates College Crosstones, established in 1996, are Bates’ oldest co-ed a cappella group. They are best known for their close-knit nature, high energy, sense of humor, and powerful sound. The Crosstones perform both locally and internationally, and their repertoire is expansive, ranging from contemporary pop to classic rock. Previous tours have taken them up and down New England, over to the West Coast, and all the way up to Canada. The Crosstones have a number of musical accomplishments, including features on the 2012 “Best of College A Cappella” CD and the TV show “Sing That Thing.” Their third and most recent album, entitled “Between What We Share”, released in December of 2019 and can be found on all major music distribution sites! The Crosstones strive for musical excellence and have a blast doing so! Auditions are held every fall, so be on the lookout for announcements. The ‘Tones are always eager to add new faces to their family in order to create unforgettable music and memories.
Advisor: John Corrie
Cultural Explorations in Maine
Cultural Explorations of Maine will introduce Bates students to the diverse cultural and rich historical roots that exist in Maine. Through service, trips, food, music and more members will learn about the unique cultural traditions that make up the state of Maine.
The purpose of Bates Dance Club is to create an all-inclusive community of dancers that fosters exploration in an informal, but supportive environment. It serves as a way for students with both a general interest in dance as an extracurricular activity and a more specific interest in choreography and performance to have a platform for pursuing those passions. Bates Dance Club is an all-encompassing entity that is dedicated to the exploration of multiple dance styles at various levels of commitment and intensity, depending on the goals set by its members. Overall, the club provides a place for experimentation for dance enthusiasts, integrating and connecting Bates dancers on campus and with the greater New England dance community.
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!
Advisor: John Corrie
The Discordians are a chem-free, community-oriented ‘gaming and gathering’ club. We host everything from Magic: the Gathering tournaments to snow decorating competitions to the campus-wide Humans vs. Zombies game in the spring.
Do you want to learn to play Dungeons & Dragons or Settlers of Catan? Bake an obscure British dessert? Watch movies or anime or Twitch with some ice cream and waffles? Play any of the board games in our extensive closet? Or just find some lunch buddies? Come to one of our awesome events!
We are committed to offering chem-free activities open to all students. We’re always excited to welcome new members!
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
Earth to Bates is a club committed to engaging Bates students and the greater community of Lewiston-Auburn in the exploration and discovery of the earth sciences. We provide ways to communicate the importance of the earth sciences through field trips and interactive classroom visits in Lewiston-Auburn. We also provide a system of support and networking for the students within the Bates Earth and Climate Studies Department in order to learn about undergraduate research opportunities, graduate school, and job opportunities. Some of our past activities have included a trip to Mount Apatite to explore the geology there, presentations from club members, and a viewing of the movie The Core! Anyone who doesn’t know anything about geology, anyone who is is interested in learning more about geology, or anyone who plans to be an Earth and Climate Studies Major is welcome!
Environmental Coalition works to improve environmental awareness and responsibility at Bates and across Maine. We host events, engage in local politics, attend protests and rallies, and work with other organizations in Maine. Recently, we have joined the FridaysForFuture movement, helped make Bates carbon neutral, and are now focusing on national youth movements. All are welcome regardless of experience or knowledge; if you want to help, we want you with us!
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!
Storage: Chase Hall 101
Advisor: Dr. Noelle Chaddock
Figure Skating Club 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 club 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.
Filmboard provides showings of films for Bates and the larger community. Films are shown for free! Filmboard’s objective is to offer social viewing experiences, including some 21+, Campus Life sponsored events. Additionally, working with other clubs on campus allows for a diverse range of film screenings and discussions after film screenings. Members help select and show films. New faces are always welcome!
Advisor: Nick Dressler
The purpose of this club is to promote the enjoyment of fishing to all interested. To serve as a medium through which fellow fishermen can discuss fishing, acquire information about the sport, and plan fishing endeavors. The main focus will be to organize fishing activities throughout the northeast.
The Garden Club strives to engage all students in learning about gardening, as well as actually gardening. We welcome all people, regardless of experience or abilities, and encourage ecojustice and sustainability.
Advisor: Tom Twist
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!
Helicase Biology Club
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!
Advisor: Greg Anderson
High Altitude Ballooning Club
We are a group of students who are working together to send High Altitude Balloons (HAB) to the edge of space.
Advisor: Rajarshi Saha
Ho’okipa Hawaii Club
The Bates Ho’okipa Hawaii Club is an all-inclusive and diverse Ohana (family) of students here at Bates. At the BHHC, we aim to create a warm and welcoming environment for all individuals at Bates College and strive to immerse ourselves in the culture of Hawaii through various gatherings, potlucks and community engaged events. The Bates Ho’okipa Hawaii Club meets regularly to discuss and learn about Hawaiian culture as well as how we can use Hawaiian values that we cherish, to engage and bring Aloha (love and compassion) to the community of Bates College and even Lewiston-Auburn. We pride ourselves in “Ho’okipa” (hospitality) as we seek to create a close-knit group of individuals that continue to branch out to society.
Indian Classical Dance Club
The purpose of this club is to provide a platform for students of Indian classical dance to freely express their art and share their talents with Bates College and the larger community, as well as for beginners to have a safe judgment-free space to learn more about Indian classical dance and an Indian classical dance form of their choosing. We plan on putting on live performances for the community for performers to showcase all their hard work. We also plan on competing in Indian classical dance competitions.
Where are you from? And why does it matter? Whether we realize it or not, culture influences everything from our concept of success to how many times a day we brush our teeth. The International Club is a student organization that explores the implications of culture in our daily lives. We host a variety of different activities ranging from weekly informal gatherings, to informal dinners where students can share food inspired by recipes from their home countries, to formal dinners discussing intercultural concepts, to talent shows, to the annual International Dinner and more. The club aims to create a space where we can openly talk about cultural differences, share our unique traditions and celebrate diversity. [Fun fact: We are the second largest club on campus (after the Outing Club), with members ranging from Costa Rica to Croatia to Pakistan.] All students from around the world are welcome. Come join the party! Sign up!
Advisor: James Reese
The Bates College Investment Club manages a real $125,000 portfolio on behalf of the college, in support of student financial aid. Our members learn about asset management, markets, stocks and bonds, as well as financial modeling.
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.
Advisor: Geoff Swift
The Jewish Student Union is the entirely student run club on campus for Jewish life. We seek to create a tight knit community that meets weekly for casual shabbat dinners. We celebrate all major Jewish holidays and participate in programs with the local synagogue, Temple Shalom, in Auburn. All members of the Bates community are welcome and encouraged to attend JSU events and programs. Check out our Facebook page!
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
The Knit Wits is Bates’ only club dedicated to the art of knitting. While the main focus of the group is knitting, we also welcome those who love to crochet or craft of any kind. We hold events, yarn-bomb, and have weekly meetings where we get together to knit, talk, and have fun together. We usually meet in the Fireplace Lounge, where we can sit by the fire and get comfortable in the cozy chairs while knitting. The Knit Wits club is home to fun people who come together for the love of crafting. We encourage all those want to learn how to knit or crochet, as well as those who are already experts, to join us!
Storage: The Ronj
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.
Advisor: Julisa De Los Santos
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
Leading Women of Tomorrow is a bipartisan club dedicated to encouraging more young female identifying students to pursue careers in politics and public service!
Advisor: Clarisa Perez-Armendariz
The Bates Legal Society is a student run organization designed to promote the understanding of the legal profession, the law and of government operations, to provide its members with opportunities to explore employment options within the law, to foster an understanding of the law school application process, and to indoctrinate its members and the Bates community with the tools to succeed in graduate school and beyond.
Advisor: Peter Osborne
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!
Advisor: John Corrie
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.”
The MENA Club’s mission is to create and foster a supportive, authentic, and accepting community for all Arabs in Bates student body, providing them with the opportunity to enjoy sharing their beliefs, culture, and voice on all academic, social, and political matters. We strive to achieve a sense of belonging and an ease of transition onto campus without outside pressures or expectations. Its goal is to assist its members to navigate their individual Arab identities in the student body as a united an encouraging group.
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!
Advisor: John Corrie
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!
The MSA is an association of students seeking a spiritual, social, and cultural community that strengthens bonds among members & allies. The club aims at providing appropriate spaces for religious observances and increasing awareness of the Islamic faith on the college campus through celebrations, discussions, and other diverse events. We network with both the Lewiston muslim community and other muslim student associations in the NESCAC.
Advisor: Ali Akhtar
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
OutFront acts as the club representing the LGBTQ+ community on campus. OutFront strives to promote understanding, activism, and community through discussions, events, and collaborations with other clubs. It is a queer space, so allies are welcome and simultaneously encouraged to remember this and be aware of the space they are taking up. Events this year will include Coming Out Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and more. We value all suggestions for events and for making the club more inclusive.
Advisors: Erica Rand
The Philosophy Forum is a space for discussion of deep topics of interest to the Forum’s members. The Forum aims to serve as a relaxed, informal context for students of all majors to come together and examine interesting issues from a philosophical perspective.
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.
The Bates Real Estate Club introduces Bates students to the business of real estate by providing a fundamental understanding of all aspects of the industry. Our club helps connect students with alumni and professionals to establish meaningful relationships. Our meetings discuss the various professions and material that relate to real estate. We invite guest speakers, prepare lessons, and talk about market news pertaining to the industry.
The Reproductive Justice Alliance organizes events on our campus and in the Lewiston community to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom; in addition to raising public awareness about reproductive health and justice, educating young people about sexual health, and creating lasting change in those communities. This unique network acknowledges and supports the dynamic perspectives and intersectional framework that young people are using to connect reproductive health to other issue like civil rights, immigration, the environment, and identity politics.
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 (http://www.batesrobplayers.
Advisor: Katalin Vecsey
Storage: Chase Hall 203A
Run Club is designed to be a setting that fosters non competitive group runs. Many people at Bates are interested in running for fun, exercise, and meeting new people. Run Club is a platform for Bates community members to do all those things! Bates has competitive teams like cross country and track which feature running, but the Run Club will not focus on races, competitions or times. Instead, Run Club will support its members in reaching their own individual goals. There are two group runs a week; one short run (between 2-3 miles) and one long run (between 4-8 miles). All runs will be held rain or shine. At each run, there are runners for all paces and runners of all paces are encouraged to attend. Additionally, Rub Club will host group events for the Bates and Lewiston Community. These may include races or group destination runs.
“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 co-sponsored events such as dinners, cooking classes, film series, 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. Also, everything is still possible even when remote!
What is the purpose/goal of your club?
To promote Asian and Asian-American awareness, identity, and fellowship on the Bates campus as well as in the greater community.
What can a student expect of activities/engagement/etc.?
Sangai Asia has held and co-sponsored events such as dinners, cooking classes, film series, and lectures focusing on Asian and Asian- American identity and cultures.
What do you want first-years to know about your club?
We are a super friendly and welcoming club on campus. Whether you’re from Lewiston, Maine or Mars, you are more than welcome to join us in celebrating Asian culture! Sangai Asia does a lot of outreach with other groups and organizations so you will be well connected to the people and resources of Bates College!
Do you have a special event of the year that is important to your club?
Sangai Asia 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.
Shred Club seeks to promote, expand and support the shredding community on Bates Campus and within the greater Lewiston-Auburn community. Shred club is a hub for all things SHRED (skating, surfing and freestyle skiing). A great way to explore the many rip-able and grind-able corners of Maine, hidden surf spots and urban ski rails, Shred Club is the only club worth your time. All forms of shredding are welcome and encouraged. Join shred club to put together trips and a community around the culture of Shred.
Snaggletooth is Bates’ only literary arts magazine. We plan to publish our first issue at the end of the 2018 short term. At snaggletooth, we aim to create a community of writers and artists through publishing print issues annually, hosting open workshops, and public readings, as well as publishing work online. We welcome everyone to get involved and submit creative writing and visual art, regardless of experience! Check out our website: snaggletoothmagazine.com. Virtual issue coming soon!
The South Asian Student Association (formerly Desi) is a union for students of South Asian descent that will also offer educational and festive opportunities for the community, such as religious celebrations like Diwali and Holi, Bollywood movie screenings, and other cultural events. Derived from the Sanskrit deśa (देश), meaning “land” or “country,” Desi is a modern term used to describe the peoples and cultures of the Indian subcontinent. The goal of this club is to allow Desi students to celebrate their cultural identity, share their struggles, and bring awareness to the traditions of a region that makes up more than ⅕ of the world’s population, but whose culture is largely appropriated and underrepresented on this campus. The colorful and flavorful culture of South Asia has touched almost all parts of the world, and it will now do the same at Bates!
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 a tutorial, and join the movement!!
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 Sunshine Society is a club dedicated to spreading positivity and kind deeds around campus, as well as encouraging community among Batesies!! The Sunshine Society promotes and facilitates random acts of kindness as well. We have chalked up the Library Quad with motivational messages (fit with Lizzo lyrics), hosted tables in Commons where students can make goodie bags during finals, as well as passing out Love Cards (a project we focused on in the 2019-20 academic year).
Sunshine Society is a very mellow/non-committal type of club, is you’re able to make two or twenty meetings we are happy to have you aboard! Getting added to our email list is completely non-binding, you’ll just receive our weekly/biweekly emails with updates and meeting notifications.
We are a down-to-earth bunch with a lot of energy, help us bring a glow to campus! 🙂
Taiko are stick percussion instruments originating from Japan. They have been used historically in festivals, military, theater, ceremonies, and more. Modern Taiko performances focus on elements such as form, technical rhythm, choreography, and vocalizations. Bates Taiko Club meets once a week for lessons. We practice with drums of multiple shapes and sizes! In the past, Taiko Club 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.
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 Instagram or visit our Facebook page!
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a movement of individuals dedicated to supporting the United Nations. We are dedicated to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing Americans (and everyone else!) to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations and its agencies, as well as promoting constructive United States leadership in that system, and achieving the goals set forth in the UN Charter. The Bates College Chapter is part of that network and offers independent mentoring, leadership, and global policy discussion opportunities.
Advisor: Elizabeth Eames
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. This year we will be holding game night every Friday, and we are offering our Discord server as a means to find other Bates students with similar gaming interests so that we can stay connected despite the difficult times that have come about as of late.
Advisor: Nick Dressler
Storage: Chase Hall 214
The purpose of our organization is to teach safe and proper technique in all aspects of competitive lifting. Our club focuses on the sports of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding. We seek out members with prior weight training experience in hopes that they can compete in local meets. We strive to be an inclusive group that helps people who may feel intimidated by lifting weights in a competitive manner regardless of gender, body type, or current fitness level.
Empowering, encouraging, motivating and highlighting Women of Color at Bates to foster community and inclusion! We confront issues of racism, sexism, classism while also recognizing the positive impacts that women of color have and continue to make. Throughout the year, we organize events around these issues and positive inspirations of women of color. Regular events include: discussions, film screenings and group socials.
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education
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!
Office: WRBC and Production Studio – OCS Basement, 31 Frye St.
Request Line: 207.777.7915
Business Line: 207.777.7916
Office Line: 207.777.7532
Bates Yoga Kula is a student run organization that provides participants the opportunity to practice a variety of styles of yoga and meditation, aiming to teach skills in both mindfulness and healthy living.
Advisor: Jonathan Furbush
2B.E.A.T.S is a hip-hop dance group made up of a group of individuals from a broad range of dance backgrounds united in our passion and love of dance. Rehearsals are once or twice every week depending on dancers’ schedules and performances. We aim to perform at Bates’ major events and dancers who choose to perform can expect extra rehearsals and a faster pace class environment. We wish to create a positive, supportive, and safe community where anyone, regardless of experience can teach, choreograph, or have fun learning Hip-Hop. There will be opportunities to hold classes for both the Bates and Lewiston/Auburn communities and to take master classes with professionals. Come join 2B.E.A.T.S. and let’s put some swag in the Bates community!