Our latest in an occasional roundup of quotable quotes about cooking demonstrations, ice skating, paper couture, and ducks.

This clue appeared on Jan. 9, 2024, episode of Jeopardy!

“What is Maine?”

— April Marquet, a digital production artist from Oakland, Calif., offering the correct response to this Jeopardy! clue on Jan. 9: “Bates, Beal, and Bowdoin are colleges in this state that does not begin with B.”

Women's Basketball Head Coach Alison Montgomery
Women’s Basketball Head Coach Alison Montgomery

“I loved going to those camps and being surrounded by strong, talented women who were making a really big impact in college athletics.”

— Alison Montgomery, head coach of women’s basketball, telling the Bates Bobcast podcast about attending Maine summer basketball camps as a girl in the late 1990s and learning from people like fellow Mainer Adrienne Shibles ’91, who was starting her 29-year head coaching career and is now an associate director of athletics at Bates (and whose daughter plays for Montgomery).

** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, OCT. 14 ** William Pope L. crawls Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Portland, Maine as part of an exhibit by the artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art. During his career, Pope has eaten copies of the Wall Street Journal while sitting on a Boston street corner, and handed out money while chained to a bank in New York wearing only his underwear. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
The artist William Pope.L performs a crawl on Oct. 5, 2002, in Portland, Maine. Pope.L died on Dec. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

“Today people often want art to have a clear and even redemptive political message, but Pope.L gave us neither. He had a brilliant capacity to distill difficult, even horrifying truths about American society into strange and challenging work. It can be truculent, or funny, or both, but it’s never easy.”

— Scott Rothkopf, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, speaking to The New York Times about the art of the late William Pope.L, a member of the Bates faculty from 1990 to 2012, who died Dec. 23, 2023, at age 68.

Monday, Jan. 15 9–10:30am | The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Keynote speaker and presenter Bryant Terry is an award-winning chef, food justice activist, and critically acclaimed author. Welcoming Remarks Tyler Harper, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies President’s Welcome Garry W. Jenkins, President of Bates College Introduction of Keynote Speaker Phoebe Stern ‘24 (shown in several photos with her mother) Keynote Address Bryant Terry Closing James Reese, Associate Dean for International Student Programs Location: Gomes Chapel
Bryant Terry, this year’s MLK Day speaker. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

“Start with the visceral to ignite the cerebral and end with the political.”

— Author, award-winning chef, and food justice advocate Bryant Terry, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker, explaining the source of his food activism and how, for him, activism needs to start at the human level.

“If you can boil a pot of water, you can make this dish.”

— MLK Day keynote speaker Bryant Terry, as he began a cooking demonstration, preparing a recipe from one of his cookbooks, as part of his keynote presentation.

“The idea that you would go to a school like Bates and take a cooking class feels foreign to people. I think that’s rooted in classism: Traditionally, people who make the food didn’t or don’t always go to college. But cooking is a serious art form, and there’s something about cooking and baking that empowers students.”

— Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Tyler Harper, offering one reason he led a bread-making workshop on MLK Day at Bates that included discussions about environmental justice and African American baking.

Erin Reed ’08, executive director of the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston, works in the organization’s food bank on Nov. 30, 2023, after which she relocates into the center’s shelter while on her computer. Shown with her mentor and retired ED Kim Wetlauffer ’80.
Erin Reed ’08 is the executive director of the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

“The reality is no one else will do this. No one else will cook lunch for the community every day, no one else will do paperwork to get kids out of refugee camps. What we do is not fun or easy, but we can’t just walk away.”

— Erin Reed ’08, executive director of Trinity Jubilee in Lewiston, on the organization’s imperative to serve the most vulnerable in the community.

Annie Menden ’26 of Helena, Mont., models the Trashion outfit designed by Ashley Taylor ’27. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

“I sew a lot and I feel like paper looks cool when it’s folded in a certain way. And I like to read and write a lot. So I thought incorporating words and stories into my garment would be cool.”

— Ashley Taylor ’27 of Lexington, Mass., on using newspapers and magazines as the “fabric” for the outfit she created for the 2023 Trashion Show.

Billy Selmon ’15.

“Not only was he a fantastic person, but he was one of the best captains we could ever ask for. We were able to put our full trust into Bill. And if he said, ‘OK guys, we’ve got to go hard today. Guys, we’ve got to focus on defense,’ whatever he said we took that word as gospel.”

— Mike Boornazian ’16 recalling his friend and Bates basketball teammate Billy Selmon ’15, who died Jan. 28, 2023, after emergency surgery.

“I’m just hanging out, watching ducks.”

— Kai Anderson ’27 of Poland, Maine, while gathering visual data for an assignment for “Lab-Based Biological Inquiry: Wildlife Sampling and Identification,” taught by Assistant Professor of Biology Eric LaFlore. He counted 40 to 60 mallard ducks, 11 domestic dogs, and four American crows.

For a Q&A with student employee Alex Provasnik '25 of Arlington, Va., on cooking with chemistry in the glaze kitchen. She is a double major in art and visual culture and chemistry, shown in the glaze kitchen and with the kilns with Lecturer in Art and Visual Culture Susan Dewsnap.
Alex Provasknik ’25 is a student worker in the ceramic studio in the Olin Arts Center. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

“I really love cooking food for people and serving it in dishes that I have made.” 

— Alex Provasnik ’25 of Arlington, Va., who works as an assistant in the Olin Arts Center ceramic studio, talking about why bowls are the favorite things she’s made during her own studio time. (She also loves her mugs.)

“We’d been talking about skating all week, and that morning our schedules all magically lined up so we could get out on the ice. I figured I’d bring out my camera to get some shots of the biggest thing to happen in hockey since the Miracle on Ice.”

— Mac Gaither ’24 of Palo Alto, Calif., describing the simple joy of pond hockey on Lake Andrews.

“In that hour, we happened to see something that was surprising. It was kind of like, ‘Huh, that’s weird.’”

— Associate Professor of Physics Aleksandar Diamond-Stanic, recalling the moment in 2022 when he and fellow researchers noticed an unusually high amount of compressed gas from an ancient starburst formation, and observation that led researchers, including Diamond-Stanic, to an explanation of a cosmic phenomenon known as “odd radio circles.”