Stories from 2024
What It Took: A childhood hobby creates community, a fun honors thesis, and me time for Grace Acton ’24

Friday, March 1, 2024 1:00 pm

At high risk for COVID, Grace Acton arrived at Bates during the height of the pandemic. By embracing a childhood hobby of sewing, she found mentors, community, and academic fulfillment.

Recalling when venerable Alumni Gym had a 6-foot growth spurt

Friday, March 1, 2024 12:47 pm

On the eve of Bates hosting two rounds of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, we look back to when the Bobcats earned the right to host the first-ever home NCAA tourney game, but had to hit the road — because Alumni Gym was 6 feet too short.

Slideshow: Leap year’s here, so let’s leap back 20 years

Friday, March 1, 2024 12:42 pm

Photographs taken on leap day from 2024 back to 2004.

Campus Construction Update: Feb. 28, 2024

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:39 am

Campus Construction Update returns with a look at Bates’ latest student residence — a former convent now being renovated for an August reopening.

From Lake Andrews to 17th-century Japan, two student-built boats now part of TV series Shōgun

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 4:41 am

Two traditional Japanese river boats, hand-crafted by Bates students and launched into Lake Andrews five years ago, are part of the historical re-creation of feudal Japan for the TV adaptation of Shōgun, which debuted this week on FX.

Picture Story: Puddle Jump 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:42 pm

Enjoy this immersive (but not submersive!) photo coverage of the Puddle Jump, plus read historical newspaper accounts of our enduring enchantment with jumping into icy cold water in the winter.

Bates in the News: Feb. 15, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024 4:40 pm

A Bates love story in the pages of The New York Times, an alumna's take on Super Bowl LVIII, and Puddle Jump photographs circle the world.

What’s in a Lewiston Name: Gile

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 2:54 pm

Older alumni might recall Mount Gile in Auburn as a recreation spot, a ski slope, a destination on the annual Stanton Ride, and where a stone monument marks a 19th-century tragedy.

Bates named a Fulbright Student ‘Top Producer’ for 13th straight year in 2023-24

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 9:30 am

For the 13th straight year, Bates College has been named a “Top Producer” of Fulbright Student awards in 2023-24, based on seven Fulbright offers made to graduating Bates seniors and alumni last spring.

Thanks Guv! Another Bates Winter Carnival torch-lighting in the books

Friday, February 9, 2024 2:58 pm

Bates Winter Carnival fun? State of Maine State approved! This afternoon, Maine Gov. Janet Mills continued a grand Bates tradition by lighting a torch to help celebrate Winter Carnival at Bates.

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