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
Have a seat: How Bates students are finding their favorite outdoor spots

Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:15 pm

With outdoors being the place to be during a beautiful time of year, Bates has busted out the outdoor furniture in a big way. And students love it.

Bates in the News: Sept. 10, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:32 pm

Wired and The Guardian turn to Bates people for insights into troubling issues, plus Jason Castro explains how a mouse can smell without using its nose.

Ariel Abonizio ’20 creates virtual-reality tours for Museum L-A

Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:13 pm

With a Purposeful Work internship available to graduating seniors this year, Abonizio worked with high-end multimedia gear to create VR tours of two major exhibitions, one on the history of child labor in Maine, the other about the Androscoggin River.

Bates campus on the morning of July 16, 2020.Ladd Library.
Here we go: Bates welcomes Class of 2024 in ‘a team effort’

Monday, August 24, 2020 10:57 am

Bates' effort to bring the campus back to life hits a milestone on Aug. 25, the first of three move-in days for all students, including the Class of 2024.

Underhill Arena, where the college will test members of the Bates community for COVID-19, in the process of being set up on Aug. 17, 2020.Posing for portraits is Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletic Performance Nick Cooke, who Is running the testing center. He and President Clayton Spencer with Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Josh McIntosh take a tour of the facility which is almost but not entirely set up. Testing for employees begins on Aug. 18, 2020.
This is a test: How (and why) Bates will test students for COVID-19 this semester

Thursday, August 20, 2020 5:04 pm

You take a driving test to drive legally. You take the bar exam to be a lawyer. But why, exactly, will Bates test 1,700 students twice weekly for COVID-19 this fall?

Welcome to, and back to, BatesNews for 2020–21

Friday, August 14, 2020 10:47 am

Welcome to the first edition of BatesNews for 2020–21, and a special...

"Living and working in the Lewiston community has taught me a lot about what it really means to invest in the place one calls home because I’ve had the opportunity to work so closely with individuals who have committed themselves to connecting community members to food, land, and each other.”—Religious studies major Anna Maheu ’21 of New York City, photographed on Campus Avenue with the Good Food Bus, a mobile market that brings locally sourced produce to various neighborhoods.Maheu’s Harward Summer Civic Fellowship with the Nutrition Center is funded through the Harward Center for Community Partnerships @harwardcenter.A food security organization for food insecure and otherwise vulnerable families, the Nutrition Center’s integrated programs include urban community gardens, children’s gardening and cooking programs, cooking and nutrition education programs, youth leadership programs, food access initiatives, and a food pantry.Maheu’s work this summer consists of supporting the Nutrition Centers various gardens throughout Lewiston-Auburn, maintaining educational gardens, assisting the food pantry in its efforts to adapt to COVID-19 through food deliveries, and the Good Food Bus.Maheu’s hands-on experience, coupled with support provided by the Nutrition Center’s staff members, has provided her with a “ground-level look at the myriad ways that food justice and access is pursued,” she says, and “has reaffirmed how fundamental food and soil are to the lives we live, the power structures we must work against, and the relationships we cultivate.”Thanks to the Nutrition Center, she also has had the chance to grow much of her own food this summer. “I will take these sustaining and sustainable capacities with me into my life after Bates.”
Say What? Bates quotes from here and there: Aug. 13, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:36 pm

A new addition to BatesNews, "Say What?" is an occasional roundup of what Bates folks are saying about this and that.

Leigh Campbell ’64, beloved Bates financial aid director with empathy and expertise, dies at age 79

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:48 am

As the college's longtime financial aid director, Campbell "showed students the path forward when they felt stuck, and instilled hope and confidence when there was fear and uncertainty.”

Donald Lent, artist, teacher, and mentor who built the visual arts program at Bates College, dies at age 86

Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:13 am

The architect of the college's studio art program, Lent mentored and instilled "a sense of possibilities" in generations of Bates art students.

‘We got you. We got each other:’ Words of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a millennial professor

Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:01 am

Take it from millennials and a multitude of Black authors, writes English professor Therí A. Pickens: Class of 2020, you are not alone.

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