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A perpetual teacher

Hello, I’m from China my name is Qi. My major is teaching Chinese as foreign languages, well, so then why did I come here? Well, what do I need to say again haha? William Ebert: Tell me about yourself. Qi Zhu: Um, so I was born in Jiangsu, China. it is really near Shanghai. Um,

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New coffee in Commons

Commons has recently changed their coffee provider to Seacoast Coffee Company. The process of selecting coffee was collaborative, for Commons workers organized three coffee tastings for students and staff—there were two during lunch and one during dinner. It was hard to miss the coffee tasting, for there were large posters by the entrance and the

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We couldn’t do anything but enjoy our stay

There are three things a Batesie must do before graduation: jump into the Puddle in February, climb Mount David, and complete a thesis. The first two tasks are relatively easy and short. A person could accomplish the former in under five seconds and the latter in fifteen. But thesis is different. Surmounting that last hurdle

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Summer funding opportunities

Unbelievably, second semester is quickly approaching the home stretch. It is an exciting but stressful time with Short Term and summer just out-of-reach behind impending finals. While it is important to stay focused on the present semester, it is also necessary to look ahead and plan for summer. Often, everyone is so worried about what

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Winning and losing in politics

On Monday night, Jamal Smith ‘03 gave a talk to students about what it is like to work in politics. Smith is a positive force of energy and his excitement is contagious. However, if there is one trait that defines Smith, it is persistence. He graduated from Bates in only three years and continued to

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Commons cups get eco-friendly makeover

  Bates Dining Services has announced that starting this Short Term, there will be no more paper cups in Commons. The 7.5 ounce plastic cold beverage cups will be replaced with 12 ounce cups, reusable 12 ounce hot-beverage mugs will be made available for in-Commons use, and each student will be given a mug for

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Teach for America

Teach for America is a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting undergraduate students to devote two years after college to teaching impoverished children. The reality of the American education system is that “children in extreme poverty are half as likely to graduate from high school and one-tenth as likely to graduate from college as students from

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Diversity and inclusion, with ardor and devotion

This winter, The New York Times published a list of 38 colleges in America that have a higher percentage of students from the top one percent than the bottom 60 percent of income distribution. Bates ranked number 17. Understandably, the Times article conflagrated on social media; the day after the statistics were released, both my

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Bates sees the light, Moonlight that is

Chiron: in Greek mythology he is the famed tutor responsible for teaching some of the great heroes, from Achilles to Hercules, Theseus to Jason. But the Bates campus learned on Wednesday, March 1 that Chiron could also refer to the protagonist in Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award winning film, Moonlight. Jointly put on by Filmboard and

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“The moral imperative of revolt”

Few have been as politically active as Chris Hedges, an accomplished Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and ordained Presbyterian minister. Bates invited the author to campus on the Tuesday before February Break to talk about his recent book, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt , and about how we have reached this predicament in our country.

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