Monthly Archives: November 2010

Harvest Dinner 2010!

Hey all. Wednesday night’s Harvest Dinner lived up to its usual expectations. The meal was delicious. Some of the food (in no particular order): Turkey, pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed vegetables, seafood bisque, cheeses, fruits, rolls, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce… and that’s not including desserts. The post-meal treats included cake, a plethora of pies and two chocolate fountains (with fruit + marshmallows for dipping). As you can probably tell, I’m a little bit obsessed with the food aspect of Harvest Dinner.

The meal itself is really about so much more, though. There is a raffle with prizes, a live band and decorations. More importantly, it’s an event that bring the whole Bates community together. It’s not just students at the meal, it’s the staff, the professors and their families. It is one of those meals where you have a better appreciation for Bates’ small size.

The fact that basically the whole school comes together to share good food and music is comforting. It makes the workload feel a little lighter, the deadlines feel a bit further away and the stresses feel a little less overwhelming. Now it’s on to a week of Thanksgiving break. A time to rest up and catch up on a little work. I will leave you with a few pictures I snapped during the meal. I apologize for the bad quality, I didn’t have my camera on me so I had to rely on my cell phone camera. Until next time… Happy Thanksgiving!

(Live Band!)

(Ice cream cake shaped like a car for ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ Themed Meal)

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Around Lewiston…

Hey all. Tonight is Harvest Dinner. I’m heading there in less than an hour, and am beyond excited. Check out my blog about Harvest Dinner from my first year at Bates. Clearly, the novelty has not worn off on me.

I will be sure to post pictures from the event in the next couple days, but I wanted to post something before I head to the delicious feast. Below you’ll find a few photos I took around Lewiston and campus. Be on the lookout for more pictures in the future! Until next time…

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Burning down a dorm room, well, sort of.

Hey all. A couple days ago, Bates celebrated Fire Safety Day. Jim Guzilian, Bates’ Environmental Health and Safety expert helped organize the event. He’s another Bates employee whose work often goes unnoticed, but is absolutely crucial to the Bates community. Every month, each dorm has a fire drill and he’s always there to give advice in the event an evacuation is necessary. Fire Safety Day was the result of his hard work to keep Bates students well-informed about the dangers of fire.

During the day, drawstring bags that read ‘Bates College Safety First’ were handed out along with t-shirts, battery-powered candles (real candles are not allowed in Bates dorm rooms) and other free handouts. The main attraction, however, was, as described by the Bates website, “a live burn demonstration of a simulated fully decorated residence hall room”.

The “simulated dorm room” had a bed, lamp, desk, papers, clothes, and pretty much everything else that’s in a normal dorm room. With a large crowd at a safe distant and firefighters close at hand, the dorm was set on fire and fully ablaze in just a few minutes. The large student crowd oooo-ed and ahhhh-ed as the fake room burned up. Hopefully, the demonstration was a good lesson for all Batesies!

As promised here’s the video of the event that I shot from a short distance away. Until next time…

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