Jay Burns

Jay is editor of Bates Magazine, editorial director for select Advancement and President’s Office projects and editor of BatesNews.

Stories by Jay Burns
Associate Professor of Politics Stephen Engel places his hand over his heart as the Manic Optimists sing the national anthem in Memorial Commons. Dressed as a Supreme Court justice, Engel swore in the new U.S. president, Gabriel Nott '17, who then delivered his vision for America in his inaugural address. It was all the culmination of the mock presidential election for the course “Presidential Campaign Rhetoric." (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Bates in the News: April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:59 pm

Newsmakers talk about rural education (it's not only about white Americans) and the Senate and the filibuster; plus two alumni innovators in the financial world.

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Student’s social-enterprise pitch wins $9K Bobcat Ventures competition

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:28 am

The pitch grew from a summer job: helping a Lewiston nonprofit make some money growing and selling products made from medicinal herbs and flowers.

Economics professor Michael Murray works with students in his econometrics course on April 3 during the final week of classes. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Economist Michael Murray wins 2017 Kroepsch Award for Excellence in Teaching

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:06 am

The real-world power of economist Michael Murray’s teaching is on display everywhere his former students go. Here's an example.

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Stories, photos, video from Mount David Summit 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017 8:22 am

Enjoy this look back at the 2017 Mount David Summit, the college's premiere showcase of student research and academic work.

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Bates wins 2017 North American Women’s Debating Championship

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:34 pm

The Bates debate team of Abby Westberry ’19 of Readfield, Maine, and...

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What do we know about Bates’ first Irish-born graduate?

Friday, March 17, 2017 12:22 pm

Dennis Joseph Callahan, Class of 1876, was born in Bishopstown, Ireland, on Christmas Day in 1852.

At the 2016 banquet for seniors who earned honors in their majors, Professor of Sociology Emily Kane introduces the guest speaker, Bridget Harr '07, Kane's former student and current colleague in the sociology department. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
What I Mean When I Say: Emily Kane and ‘Agency’

Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:57 am

For Professor of Sociology Emily Kane, the word "agency" frequently describes not a place but a state of being.

Surrounded by scaffolding and newly clad in siding to match the adjacent Cutten Maintenance Center, the Renewable Fuel Oil tank is shown on Jan. 19, 2017. (Doug Hubley/Bates College)
Bates in the News: March 10, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:51 pm

The media explain why pot is legal in Maine yet illegal at colleges like Bates, and why Bates is a case study of why a biofuel company might expand to Maine.

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A five-snowstorm week at Bates? Snow problem! Just take a look

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:43 pm

Here are some scenes and sounds from campus as winter delivered a one-two-three-four-five punch.

Students do pre-computer information retrieval, circa 1974, using the library's card catalog. (Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library)
Microsoft’s Susan Dumais ’75: New technology can come from old ideas

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:24 pm

Some ideas that work today, like voice recognition, have a long history of not working, says Dumais, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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