Jay Burns

As the editorial director for the Bates Communications Office, Jay guides Bates Magazine and BatesNews.

Stories by Jay Burns
Seven inventive door stops on move-in day for the Class of 2026

Friday, September 23, 2022 1:56 pm

Since Bates doors aren't made to be propped open, students have to be inventive on Propped Door Day — err, move-in day.

Video: Why this Canadian Football League kicker was practicing on Garcelon Field

Friday, September 2, 2022 2:35 pm

A kicker for the CFL's Saskatchewan Rough Riders explains what he's doing at Garcelon Field on an August day.

Welcome, and welcome back, to BatesNews for 2022–23

Friday, August 26, 2022 3:07 pm

A special welcome to parents, students, and families of the incoming Class of 2026, who are receiving BatesNews for the first time.

A “fruit-full” summer internship can look like…Eli Boesch-Dining ’23 is an environmental studies major from Concord, N.H., and he’s working as a Purposeful Work summer intern at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, Maine.Part of his @mofga job looks a little like this: thinning fruit in the apple trees, of which the orchard is home to over 340 varieties.Under the watchful eye of Laura Sieger, MOFGA’s orchard coordinator, Boesch-Dining determines which unripe fruits to cut from the branches, which helps alleviate pest problems like apple maggots and apple tree borers, and helps the tree determine which fruits should get more auxin, a phytohormone for fruit development.“This is only my second or third day thinning apples, so I'm by no means an expert,” says Boesch-Dining. “I think leaving one every eight inches or so is what we do.”
Bates has talent: Facts, trends, and mad skills of the Class of 2026

Friday, August 26, 2022 1:09 pm

Need your car cleaned up? Some seafood? A game of chess? We've got a first-year Bates student for you.

Bates College announces faculty cohort-hire initiative in climate and the environment

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 11:58 am

Focusing on climate and the environment, Bates will make five tenure-track appointments in the coming two years. “Bates is taking advantage of this unique moment in a creative, interesting, and forward-looking way,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Malcolm Hill. 

‘The spirit of John’: Lewiston and Auburn dedicate the John T. Jenkins ’74 Memorial Bridge

Friday, July 1, 2022 4:08 pm

A big gathering of friends, family, colleagues, and admirers gathered to remember John Jenkins and to dedicate the span as the John T. Jenkins Memorial Bridge. 

From Bates History: Pin, picture, fob, and trophy

Friday, June 24, 2022 4:03 pm

Here are a few items from the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library and elsewhere.

What’s in a Name: Montello

Friday, June 17, 2022 4:12 pm

A residential area just north of campus, Montello is the name of a street, a rise of land familiar to generations of Bates joggers, and once home to two commercial mineral springs.

Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970(Camilo J. Vergara, Camilo J. Vergara Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington https://www.loc.gov/item/2014648661/.
A 50th Reunion alumnus recalls a seminal Short Term trip to East Harlem in 1970

Friday, June 10, 2022 10:03 am

Mac Herrling '72 recalls one of the first off-campus Short Term courses,  which traveled to East Harlem under a young religion professor, Garvey MacLean '57, to explore the possibilities of Love in Action.

‘Be someone who builds trust,’ Dr. Nirav Shah tells seniors at 156th Bates College Commencement

Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:09 pm

“We treat those with different beliefs not just as incorrect, but as ignorant," said Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and a luminary in the state’s COVID-19 response. "Don't do that," he told the seniors. Instead, "be someone who builds trust."

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