As the year ticks to a close, here’s a countdown of the 15 most-viewed BatesNews stories of 2023.

They are ranked by page views but we’ve also included the average time readers spent viewing the stories.

15: ‘They’re problem solvers’: Facts, figures, talents, and tidbits about the Class of 2027

News about new Bobcats always engages Bates readers. This post, introducing the 509-member Class of 2027, shared facts, figures, and examples of the ideas, experiences, talents, and enthusiasm the new students will bring to campus with them. 

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Images of Opening Day for the Class of 2027 at Bates College on Aug. 31, 2023.
Longtime student dean James Reese (right), who joined the Student Affairs team in 1977, greets Benny Bogyo ’27 of Redwood City, Calif., the son of Becky Allen Bogyo ’94 (left) and Matt Bogyo ’93 on Opening Day for the Class of 2027, Aug. 31, 2023. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
14: Reflections from a Fulbright alumna as Bates announces seven new Fulbright student offers for 2023-24

The announcement of a new cohort of Fulbright U.S. Student offers is a perennial Bates favorite. 

This year, the news was paired with a story about Kelsey Schober ’16, who came to Bates from a rural town in Alaska as a first-generation college student. She remembers hearing the word “Fulbright” tossed around at Bates and thinking “that’s only for straight-A students. That’s for students from prestigious universities.” 

Nearly a decade later, Schober knows better — thanks in large part to her own Fulbright Student award and experience that funded her master’s studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. There, she researched the relationship between natural resource policy and climate change in the Arctic.

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A new Fulbright Student award winner in 2023 is Imti Hassan ‘23 of Portland, Maine, shown during her 2021–22 year abroad in Seoul, South Korea, visiting a historic area known as Suwon. (Courtesy of Imti Hassan ’23)
13: Bates College announces goal to add eight new permanent faculty positions 

Faculty are at the heart of the Bates experience, so it’s no surprise that a story about the college’s plans to add eight new permanent faculty positions garnered attention.

The new tenure-track positions are in addition to seven endowed professorships funded as part of the college’s recently completed Bates Campaign. Expanding the faculty “is a matter of central importance to the strength and vitality of our academic program,” said Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Malcolm Hill.

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12: Keep it real as Bates’ record-setting admission season hits the home stretch 

This BatesNews story described an admitted student day in April, when nearly 250 newly admitted students and their families traveled to Bates to learn more about the college.

The process by which the new class goes from many interested students to around 500 matriculants is called the “funnel.” This year, 8,937 prospective students — the highest number ever — applied to join the Bates College Class of 2027. Of those, 1,100 were offered admission.

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Admitted Students Reception on April 3, 2023, on Historic Quad, Alumni Walk, Gomes Chapel, and the Olin Arts Center, with Clayton Spence, Leigh Weisenburger, and JakubKazecki teaching a master class on Experience Berlin! Literature, Film, and Urban Landscape in Hathorn 100.
Admitted students and family members follow a student Admission tour guide down Alumni Walk on April 3, 2023, during the first of two campus visit days last spring. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
11: Meet Johnny ‘Walk-On’: the Bobcat football player who never played in high school 

Before coming to Bates, Johnny Walker ‘24 had never played tackle football. At Bates, he planned to play club rugby. During Orientation, he was talking with a classmate who was a football player, who said, “Dude, just come out and play football.” And that’s how Johnny Walker became Johnny “Walk-on.”

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Defensive football player Johnny Walker of Brooklyn, N.Y., poses for a portrait on Garcelon Field on Sept. 22, 2023. #21 Johnny Walker CB 6' 0" Senior
Before coming to Bates, Johnny Walker ‘24 had never played tackle football. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
10: 12 Bates ‘CatFacts’ about Jimmy Carter, Jimi Hendrix, Julia Child, and more 

Bates News debuted a new feature in 2023 known as “CatFacts,” an occasional selection of trivia, anecdotes, and information.

The idea was born during this year’s Great Day livestream, when Bates News editor Jay Burns shared a few interesting facts about Bates with viewers, ranging from the location of the first baseball field (next to Rand Hall) to Benjamin E. Mays’ friendship with former President Jimmy Carter.

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9: Slideshow: meet 18 Bates students deep into their summer work experiences 

Each summer, Bates students fan out across the world with Bates internships, many funded by the college’s Center for Purposeful Work. 

This story shared photographic and text profiles of 18 students who spent the summer working in Bates labs, the Lewiston community, and immigrant rights — even at a tuna tournament in service to marine biology research.

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Uche Anyanwu ’25 of Brooklyn, musically known as Uche the Chomp Man, takes a break on July 29, 2023, at his Purposeful Work internship at the nonprofit Building Beats in Brooklyn. (Peter Senzamici ’10 for Bates College)
8: Announcing the 27th annual Bates College summer book list 

Another perennial favorite is the college’s annual reading list, Good Reads: The Bates College Non-Required Reading List for Leisure Moments.

This year’s edition was the 27th and, as always, brought together the readers — and their bookshelves — from the broader Bates community, including current and retired staff and faculty as well as Bates alumni.

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7. Picture Story: ‘Excited and proud’ to be Back to Bates

When a big Bates event comes around, it’s often shared with readers through a “Picture Story,” an immersive display of awesome images created by Bates photographers Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo, as well as the student photographers they mentor.

Three Photo Stories produced in 2023 — focusing on Back to Bates, the Puddle Jump, and President Garry W. Jenkins’ first visit to Bates — were fan favorites, including this one about Bates’ alumni and family weekend.

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6. Puddle Jump 2023

It was a win-win for Bates students on Feb. 10: They got to dress up in costumes and immerse themselves in the Puddle. And viewers got to immerse themselves in Phyllis Graber Jensen’s photography of the annual wackiness.

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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College
We’d love to say that it took great daring to leap into Lake Andrews for the 2023 Puddle Jump, but the 52-degree afternoon lent a spring break vibe to the whole affair. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
5. “Picture Story: Sometimes…dreams come true

President-elect Garry W. Jenkins and his husband, Jon Lee, got to know Bates folks and the Bates campus during their first official visit, March 6–7, culminating in Jenkins’ first remarks to his new community.

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4: Bates recognized for national Fulbright success in 2022-2023

For the first time, Bates gained distinction in two areas of Fulbright success when it was named a national “Top Producer” of Fulbright awards for both student and faculty.

Bates joined just four other U.S. undergraduate institutions in achieving the dual honor: Kenyon, Lafayette, and Oberlin colleges and the University of Richmond.

Bates has been named a Top Producer of Fulbright Student Awards for 12 straight years.

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3: FAQ: What to expect at the inauguration of Bates College President Garry W. Jenkins 

This Bates News story anticipated a long-planned, joyous occasion — that did not happen. The scheduled inauguration of Garry W. Jenkins on Oct. 27 was postponed following the Lewiston shootings of Oct. 25 that took the lives of 18 members of the greater Lewiston community.

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Founder Oren Cheney was the first Bates president, holding the position from 1864 to 1894. Garry W. Jenkins is the college’s ninth president. (Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library / Phyllis Graber Jensen)
2: Bates responds to Supreme Court’s ruling on race-conscious college admissions 

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that race-based affirmative action programs in college admissions processes are unconstitutional, outgoing President Clayton Spencer and incoming President Garry W. Jenkins collaborated on this statement.

“The Court fails to acknowledge the role of race in American history and contemporary social structures,” the statement said, in part. “It also undervalues the crucial role that higher education plays in building a healthy and informed democracy and providing individuals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to fulfill their human potential. Bates will comply with the law. Yet, the Court’s ruling does not change who we are and what we value.”

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1: Announcing the next Bates President: Garry W. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Law School Dean and Professor 

When President Clayton Spencer announced her intention to step down, we knew that the next major Bates announcement would be the person who would be Spencer’s successor. 

The heavily-anticipated announcement came on March 1: Garry W. Jenkins would be Bates’ ninth president, news that garnered much, and well-deserved, attention. 

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