Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bates Arts Crawl

Hey all. I wanted to let you all know about a great new event that Bates started that will hopefully become an annual tradition: The Bates Arts Crawl.

The Bates Arts Crawl was actually more a series of events rather than one lone function. The Arts Crawl consisted of a number of dances, poetry readings, musical performances, presentations, exhibits and concerts that displayed all that Bates has to offer in terms of the arts. Students, faculty and staff roamed or ‘crawled’ from building to building, finding different performances, presentations and exhibits at each location. Those who participated in the Arts Crawl could pick up a map at Commons (the dining hall) or at any of the three main venues. This map listed all the important information about the crawl, including times and places for each event.

The Arts Crawl was not just confined to the indoors. Snow sculptures, students reciting poetry in trees, and mini-acapella concerts were just part of the outdoor experience. Appetizers and drinks were served up at three separate locations for those who wanted a bite to eat after traversing the campus during the event.

The Bates Arts Crawl lasted two hours and was very well-attended. Hopefully it becomes an annual tradition. The events came on the heals of Bates’ first ever Arts Summit, so it seems that the arts scene on campus is getting larger by the day.

Click here to check out the custom map from Bates’ first Arts Crawl. Read more about it here.

Until next time…


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Winter Carnival!

Hey all. This past week, Batesies celebrated Winter Carnival. Winter Carnival is more-or-less a week-long extravaganza that celebrates the awesomeness of winter. There are indoor and outdoor events throughout the week as Bates students, faculty and staff come together to unite in our love of the cold and snowy weather.

The events this year included laser tag, family fun and inflatables (jumping around in a moon bounce is still fun when you are 22-years old), big prize bingo (prizes included an ipad, ihome, digital camera, etc.), performances from the school a capella groups, a free concert from up-and-coming rapper Tayyib Ali, a late night breakfast (who doesn’t love pancakes, bacon and eggs at midnight on a cold night?), a 90s dance and, of course, the infamous Bates Puddle Jump (a hole is cut in the thick ice of the campus lake and Batesies jump into the freezing water).

I went to almost all of the events this year. I figured it was my last chance to experience a Bates Winter Carnival and I had to make the most of it. I did not partake in the Puddle Jump this year as I did sophomore year. I figured once was enough.

Check out this video of the puddle jump from last year:

The Lewiston Sun Journal, the local newspaper, also covered this year’s Puddle Jump. Read about it, see pictures and watch a video here.

Here’s a video of Tayyib Ali, the rapper who came to Bates. His concert was a lot of fun. He’s only 18-years old, but he sure knew how to get a college campus rocking:

Finally, here are some photos of me and my friends skating on the lake a few days before the Puddle Jump:

No one celebrates winter quite like Bates students. Until next time…

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Bates in the news…

Hey all. Bates was recently featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education for the college’s use of “swing deans.” Carmita L. McCoy and Michael M. Martinez, the two Bates deans who participate in the program, act as “swing deans” by swapping positions each year. Ms. McCoy and Mr. Martinez transition between associate dean for multicultural enrollment and associate dean for student transition. Trading jobs annually allows these deans to follow each new class of students through recruitment, admissions and the students’ first year of college. Read The Chronicle of Higher Education article here.

The “swing dean” concept fits perfectly with the ideals of the college and I think it’s a great that Bates tries to foster a relationship between dean and student that continues after the admissions process. Click this link to learn more about the “swing deans” at Bates.

Other than pictures of the deans, I couldn’t think of an appropriate way to illustrate this blog. That’s why I decided to go with the far more entertaining picture of swing dancers. Get it? Swing dance… swing dean? Alright, time to end this blog post. Until next time…


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Cats, blizzards and winter break…

Hey all. Happy New Year! Break is quickly coming to an end, so I’m trying to take lessons from my cat (see above) on the proper ways to catch up on rest. She doesn’t give a lot of verbal clues, mostly leading by example, but her dedication to napping anytime and anywhere for extended periods of time is truly inspiring.

In all seriousness, I definitely have a busy semester ahead of me and am hoping that this restful break will provide me with the energy I need to start the final chapter of my Bates career off right. The weather has certainly given me a good excuse to stay indoors and rest up. Last week, I hunkered down like many East Coast folks when the so-called “Holiday Blizzard” dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on NY. You can’t fully appreciate the magnitude of the storm from these pictures but hopefully they give you some idea of the epic winter blast:










Besides catching up on rest, I’ve had plenty to keep me busy this break. Family gatherings, meeting up with friends, thesis research, and volunteer work have all kept my schedule full. One more week and it’s back up to Bates. I’m looking forward to it. Until next time… Happy New Year to you all!

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