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Voices from MLK Day: ‘We are finished sitting quietly, insisting on the possibility of change’

Friday, January 21, 2022 11:44 am

Five speakers on MLK Day at Bates, Maine-based thinkers, practitioners, and activists, offered personal narratives and insights that vividly captured the day's theme, "What I Mean When I Say: Decolonization and Liberation."

Sociologist Ken Kolb ’98: Well-intentioned efforts to fix food deserts are ‘flawed’ and miss the point

Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:44 am

Access to better food is championed by the foodie movement, says Furman University sociology professor Ken Kolb '98, but "there's really no evidence that increasing access will actually change the way people eat."

Bates announces MLK Day 2022 events

Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:05 pm

It's a term you may have heard — "decolonization" — without fully grasping its meaning or relevance. If that's true for you, then welcome to Bates' 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance.

Spied: 11 curiosities in a Bates student’s circa 1908 dorm room

Monday, January 10, 2022 12:00 pm

Click the garnet buttons of this interactive photograph to learn what we spied in the Parker Hall room of George French, Class of 1908.

19 items in the Bates library’s lost and found on Dec. 6, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:34 pm

It’s finals week, and we think students are foregoing routine tasks like...

Read real cases of the Spanish Inquisition on a unique Bates website

Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:21 pm

Read real cases of the Spanish Inquisition, and see images of original documents, including the inquisition a Mexican silversmith accused of wearing unsensible shoes.

“We’re at the Bates Garden and we’re doing something different this year, which is just cultivating a third of the garden with butternut squash and cherry tomatoes. The rest we’re just leaving to cover crop so we’ve planted oats and peas, and that will keep the weeds down amd also put a lot of organic material back into the soil.What we’ve also done differently is we’ve let a lot of stuff become wildflowers, and it’s really neat. It’s the most insect life I think I’ve ever seen in the garden. So we’re thinking about doing that going forward.The butternut squash we’re growing because it basically takes care of itself. Aaprt from Hermione, whose been volunteering every weekin the garden, we don’t have any paid student gardeners this year.This year we’ll probably send the cherry tomatoes to dining. A lot of the squash we’re going to send to St. Mary’s Food Bank.”Tom Twist, Sustainability ManagerFacility Servicesν “It’s just cool spending time with Tom and gardening. Quarantining can be kind of isolating so it’s nice to be out here and do some physical work, something that’s physical in the garden. And it’s nice to see them grow that fast. And we’ve got berries down there as well: strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. And apple trees.”Environmental studies major Hermione Zhou '21 of Shenzhen, ChinaTom says: “The blackberries are wild. Everything else we put in.” And they’ll be picking them too!
How’s Bates doing in sustainability? The answer is Gold

Friday, November 19, 2021 9:13 am

One of 10 "Top Performer"s in the country, Bates earned a Gold rating for excellence in sustainability performance from an international benchmarking organization.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans PlazaBrittany provided the following program outline:Welcoming Remarks: BrittanyOpening Prayer: BrittanyTaps: Julie Jesurum ’22, a biochemistry major from Weston, Mass., plays on trumpetPoem for Safety- Tyler Shambaugh '22Invitation to lay a stoneBegin ritual by laying a stone for each branch in the armed forces*Moment of Silence*Poem for Peace- Frances White '22Benediction-Raymond
Veterans Day: poetry, taps, and a poignant ritual at Veterans Plaza

Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:23 pm

A poignant observance at Veterans Plaza offered a simple ritual that "people can interact with throughout Veterans Day," says the Rev. Brittany Longsdorf.

In an effort spearheaded by Bates Democrats, Bates Republicans, and the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates students led a bipartisan effort to get out the vote. Volunteers led walking groups from Commons on the hour and every 15 minutes during peak times to the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.In red blazer, Maya Seshan '20 , president of Bates Democrats, of Wilton, Conn.
Bates gains national recognition for student voting turnout

Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:18 pm

With 85 percent of eligible students heading to the polls in 2020, Bates was recognized for having one of the highest voting rates in the nation.

Slideshow: Students’ dazzling Trashion Show outfits — and a professor

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:21 pm

Introducing the creative teams of the 2021 Trashion Show, including a Bates professor modeling COVID lounge wear made from face coverings.

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