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Lady Liberty Besieged

“This is not respectful discourse or a debate about free speech. These are not ideas that can be fairly debated, it is not ‘representative’ of the other side to give a platform to such dangerous ideologies. There is not a potential for an equal exchange of ideas.” So rang the despotic chant at Middlebury College,

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Art thesis recap

Doing a studio art thesis is quite a controversy on campus. The only written component of the studio art thesis is a W2 second semester senior year, and the insanely complex (no sarcasm) artist statement. It seems like everyone believes you’re not actually doing hard work. Everyone looks down on you because you’re not doing

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The Student interview young author Scott Laudati

  Scott Laudati, grandson of Nancy Norton-Taylor ‘50, is a poet and fiction writer whose first novel, Play the Devil, was recently published by Kuboa Press. The Bates Student asked Laudati about his career as a young writer and his thoughts on art and the creative process.   What were you doing in Canada? I

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The real challenge of requirements

During my college search, academic requirements played an important part in my decision-making. I didn’t want to attend a college, like Georgetown, at which I would be locked into the requirements of a core curriculum. But I felt intimidated by schools with completely open curricula, like Brown, at which I would have absolute freedom in

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Gala Review

Gala Review: Ahh, Gala… What a wonderful way to end the horrific month of March. A Bates favorite by many of my friends, Gala is the classiest event on the Bates social calendar. As my last Gala came to an end last weekend, I decided to do a quick review for anyone who missed the

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Beastly Narrative

On March 17th, the new Disney remake of the classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson was released in theaters.  For those of you unfamiliar with the story (there can’t be that many of you), “Beauty and the Beast” is the story of an intelligent, beautiful (hence the character’s name “Belle”) young woman who

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The truth is more important now than ever

Modern advertisements seldom move me. Even ads that are lauded for their meaning seem to reveal latent capitalistic motives or flowery platitudes when stripped down to their bare elements. But last week, during the Oscars, The New York Times aired an advertisement that made me think. In this deceptively-minimalist advertisement, their first in over a

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Tomi Lahren goes pro-choice

The woman all of your Facebook friends love to hate just announced via Twitter that she’s pro-choice.  Tomi Lahren has been the butt of many jokes and aggressive rants.  Lahren, a host on conservative online news site “The Blaze”, has had multiple videos go viral for her angry commentary on political issues such as Colin

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