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Monday, April 14th, 2008
3:29 am - Confessional
wilderbowl http://www.batesconfessional.com

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Friday, February 29th, 2008
4:53 pm - What do you think of Bates?


ByStudents, a new, entirely student-written guide to America’s top colleges, wants to hear what you think about Bates. After all, you're the ones who go here. No one knows your school better than you do.

Do you love it? Hate it? Something you wish you could change?

Go to http://bystudents.com/bates, fill out our survey and tell the world what Bates is actually like. Your review may get published in the forthcoming series of guidebooks, and many more will be featured on the website. All reviews are encouraged: positive, negative, blah. We want to hear whatever it is you have to say. The more information we get, the better we can represent Bates.

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
3:51 pm - help?
iiiii99 hello everyone, i would be applying for bates for the coming regular application. i havent had the chance to visit bates in person (i've been stalking the website if that counts). but i'd like to hear from you guys. about the place, about the people, how is it like there?? how do you wake up feeling everyday being in bates? do you love school? how motivated will you be to get involved in varsity sports/clubs/activities?

and most importantly,
what's the one thing to-die-for in bates!

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
10:03 pm - Help?

Hi. I'm visiting Bates shortly and would like to sit in on a class. My problem is that I can't find an online course schedule. The only one I have been able to access is the old(?) short term schedule.

If anyone can tell me where I could find a schedule, I'd really appreciate it.



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Monday, July 31st, 2006
11:01 pm

I'm a high schooler just starting the college process. I had some questions about Bates, and although this community doesn't seem very active, I was hoping someone could help me...

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Thanks in advance if you can answer any of these.

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Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
11:16 am - Classes

Hey Batesies, anyone alive out there?

I was wondering if we can add-drop classes right now, or if we have to wait until the fall to do that.

Also, any new Bates kids here? If so, welcome!

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Friday, February 3rd, 2006
12:43 pm - Transfer Visit

Hey all,

I'm currently a freshman at Rutgers University and am looking to transfer to Bates in the fall. I feel like I know alot about the academics of the school but I want to get a feel for the social scene as well. My friend and I were planning on driving up to Maine next weekend to visit, but at the last minute our contact there has told us he will be out of town. I was wondering if there's anyone who would be willing to sort of show us around for a night, friday or saturday, just so that we could see what the vibe there is like outside of normal school hours. We can likely get lodging for ourselves, we're just looking for a Bates docent...


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Saturday, December 31st, 2005
9:40 pm - prospie/transfer

I don't know if this community is dead or not, but I would really like to know more about Bates and my chances of getting in so I'm going to take my chances with posting this.
I'm applying as a fall transfer from a community college in central Texas. I have fallen in love with Bates so far. To my friends it doesn't make much sense. I've never even seen snow or the ocean and they don't understand why I would want to go all the way across the country to get a degree in sociology and art(my emphasis would be in photography and painting, if possible) when I could stay in Texas in get one for 1/3 of the cost of a Bates education.
There are so many little things about Bates that really excite me and make it worth the cost in comparison to going to a state school here, but I'm worried that I won't get in. I have a 3.5 gpa and am the entertainment editor on my college's newspaper and head of the kite flying society. I am involved in a good number of outside extracurricular activities; I'm in a band in which I sing and play the autoharp(I'm pretty musical, I also play the harp(I've have since I was five), piano, and am just starting out on the viola.) I also help manage a band that is embarking on a national tour on Monday(nerve wracking, let me tell you!) My first language is German, though I rarely use it now. I'm in the fencing society at Baylor University in my town and was happy to learn that Bates has a fencing club. I volunteer at a local no-kill shelter and at Planned Parenthood(though I haven't been volunteering for very long.) I also work at an insurance company. I work really hard and stay busy w9th the things that I love and am passionate about. My test scores were not stellar and I am relieved that Bates doesn't require them. I really want to go to a small school where people are passionate, but at the same time laid back. I want to go to school somewhere that is beautiful all year long and gives me an edge when it comes to applying to grad school.
Do you think Bates would be a good fit for me?
my aim is kiddo is whack
if you would feel better talking to me about Bates person to person.

current mood: anxious

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Sunday, October 30th, 2005
6:32 pm - Int'l Prospie

Hey, everybody. Unsure if this LJ is active, but wondering about Bates and its atmosphere.

One thing I really like about Bates is that it seems to be VERY friendly towards GLBT people (read about the professor helping transexuals find a voice), and I find this welcoming.

Are there any specific community service opportunities Batesies really love or are welcoming? Is the food as wonderful as the website seems to suggest?

I also wonder how the religious groups at Bates interact. Does anybody here know about the Muslim Association? They have no link/website on their own on the Bates website.

Also wondering how welcoming Bates is towards International students, (Malaysian, but currently living in Romania). I know they have an office and a multicultural club, but is there interaction between americans and intels or are the intels a mostly tight-knit group?

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
1:49 pm


Ok, I'm needy again.

Any educators (in any way) in the field of marine biology willing to give a talk on a marine bio related topic?
I'm setting up a speaker series for a college marine bio club and so far we have one grad student coming in to talk about his final paper on sea weed, 1 professor talking about ascidians and sexual reproduction, and one on the skeletal structure of deep sea creatures.

This would be an undergrad college level speaker series, we can give travel compensation (depending), food and if you have to stay overnight if you let us find a place for you to stay we can cover that too. And depending on how much all of that costs we may be able to give another small compensation.

If you're a college student and you need somewhere to give a lecture or such on your thesis, or you're a teacher wanting to give some students more insight into the world of marine bio and related fields, someone who has worked as a marine animal vet, in an aquarium or your someone else with appropriate knowledge and you're even slightly interested in doing this please contact me.

And if you just know someone who may be interested pass along the info? This would be at Unity College in Maine.

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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
12:38 am - Hmm?

Hey all,
could anyone fill me in about the Bates internet rules? My brother, an alum, was telling me today about how Bates has been cracking down on downloaders lately. This is unpleasant news, to say the least. He told me it doesn't matter whether the downloads are legal or not... if they're large files, you can get booted. Can anyone elaborate or point me to some site that has this info? Thanks!

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
6:37 pm
cantstealmysun Hey, All the first-years got their housing assignments this week and I'm excited to say that I'm in Clason. However, we can't access the floorplans yet because they would give us our usernames until we get to campus. So I was wondering if one of you fine upperclassmen could get these plans and send them to me so I can see how close my room is to the other rooms and everything.
thanks a bunch
Bates '09

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
10:00 am

This makes me even more happy seeing as the interim president for my school had this forwarded to the student and faculty listserv!


  The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence (CPHV) is launching a statewide study to obtain information on the extent and impact of discrimination against members of Maine 's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. Maine citizens and lawmakers have, for many years now, debated adding sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination laws.  However, there has been a lack of hard data about the pervasiveness and seriousness of discrimination.  This study is a way to supply that crucial data. CPHV intends to collect this critical data by interviewing scores of GLBT individuals across the state; from York to Aroostook County .

  This information is so critical because of the many Mainers who believe GLBT individuals should be treated fairly, but do not believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a real problem.  By conducting this study, CPHV hopes to provide Maine with a realistic understanding of anti-GLBT discrimination.  In light of the upcoming November referendum, this project is of even greater importance.

  We are currently interviewing individuals and intend to finalize data collection by mid-September. Through personal stories and experiences, we expect to gain a deeper understanding of both the extent and impact of discrimination in Maine .

  However, only with your assistance can we succeed in this much needed study. 

  We are looking for names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of individuals who have experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 


§          E-mail or call us to set up an interview.  These interviews will likely last between ½ hour to an hour, depending on the nature of your experiences.

§          Provide us with names and contact information of individuals who you believe would be willing to be interviewed.  Note:   We will be using your name as a referral source. 

§          Pass along this e-mail to friends, loved ones, organizations, congregations, etc. who may be interested in participating in outreach or interviews.

  All interviews are voluntary and confidential. No names or identifying information will be used in materials or efforts resulting from this study or shared outside of our organization unless explicitly agreed to by the participant.  Interviews can be conducted by phone if necessary. 

  Thank you for your time and consideration.

  GLBT Project Staff

The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence



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Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7:28 pm - What are parents for?

Has anyone here ever been on one of the canoe AESOPS? My dad, for whatever cruel reason, has taken it upon himself to tell me never-ending horror stories about the difficulties and trials and dangers of wilderness canoeing, and it's starting to freak me out o_O. I keep telling myself it can't be that bad, that I live on a lake and have been canoeing plenty of times and that Bates wouldn't send off their first years to three days of suffering as their first impression of college-life, but I think it would help if I heard it from someone who actually went, haha!

Also, I guess I'll ask the obligatory question: anything I should keep in mind/shouldn't forget to buy when I go shopping for my dorm room?

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005
1:18 pm - Courses?

Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a great summer!

First years register for courses tomorrow, and I have a tentative schedule... I wonder if anyone could let me know if any of these courses set off alarms with them, as in I should stay far, far away.

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Thanks thanks thanks thanks!

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
11:40 am - Should I be worried?

Hey everyone,
While perusing my Bates packet today, I noticed a bright orange sheet that says "EVERYTHING DUE JUNE 24th," then I looked at the calender and saw that today is June 21st. Considering that I have not yet scheduled my physical or my shots... well, it seems basically impossible to get that stuff in my June 24th. My parents are scheduling stuff today (hopefully) but still... I was wondering if anyone here turned their medical stuff in late or if I'm really screwed. What will they do?

edit: I'm also facing the whole buying-a-computer-for-college dilemma. I've been a PC user my whole life, but I'm seriously considering getting a powerbook. Is one better than the other at Bates?


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Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
4:12 pm - Drinking?

Can someone tell me if the drinking/partying at Bates is really as bad as people say it is? Are there any dorms that are really substance-free and relatively quiet? I don't mind some partying, but from everything I've been reading about Bates, that's all it is. I'm planning on visiting in either September or October, but I'd like to hear from you all what you think.

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
2:07 pm - shameless promotion


hah this is pretty cheesy so bear with me:

This Monday at 9 PM at the Ronj we are doing an hour of standup comedy and music. I (mike barnett) will open up with some songs sung and played on my guitar followed by some unbelieable standup comedic talent (and trust me folks, they are truly funny). First up will be Jon Horwitz. Next up will be Ben Holt. Then Ian Fontaine. And finally Chris Carry. This will be an awesome time. So i repeat, Monday Night at 9 come to the Ronj and listen to some good music (i hope) and get some cheap laughs (its free). Hope to see you there! tell your friends!

current mood: artistic

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005
7:16 pm - More AESOP Questions

Hey everyone, sorry I keep spamming your friends list! I'd like to get my AESOP forms back soon though, and I have a question. I'd really like to go on one of the canoe trips, but my mom was all "Ariane, it's level 3" because she knows I've always been more of the indoors-y type. I think I can handle it, because I live on a lake and have been canoeing forever, but I was wondering if you guys have any input. Is this dreaded level 3 really so bad? The descriptions in the pamphlet aren't very helpful.

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
3:40 pm
cantstealmysun Hey everybody,
I was recently looking over the courses for next year online even though I can't register for a while, and I had a few questions. Are there any intro classes or First year seminars that you recommend I take or stay away from? Profs to take or avoid?
Also, I am interested in taking an art class possibly cermaics but I haven't really had any art classes in high school. Will I be expected to know a lot of stuff already? Will the people in the class all be really advanced?
Also, any suggestions for AESOP trips for people that have been camping and canoeing a little before but haven't and aren't interested in backpacking? I'm looking for a good trip that does a little bit of everything.
Bates 09!

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