Finding The After Party

BY JESS ALEXIS It’s Friday night and you’re ready to slip on your converse to make moves in the basement on an off campus house. But, wait! Silver car with red words darted on the vehicle spelling out “Security.” That one off campus house party is over–and so is your Friday night. “I will be pissed off and annoyed at how parties end early,” says freshman Hannah Romney while reminiscing about the nightlife of the school year. Bates, like many other colleges in America, need parties to destress from the…

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Dynamics of The Ear: Practicum in Music Production, Recording, and Mixing

BY HOPE LOGAN “I love all kinds of music” says Will Bolduc ‘17 who has been a musician forever taking guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, “bass kind of, and I have a drum kit.” Bolduc took part in a Practicum Short Term class: Music Production, Recording, and Mixing taught by Jonathan Wyman, a music producer and mixer. The first three weeks of the course were spent learning about microphones and acoustics and “what goes into a production and mixing a song” articulates Bolduc. “We listened to a ton of music and…

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Short Term: Future Filmmakers

BY JESS ALEXIS You will see him longboarding on campus holding his black camera capturing everything he sees in such little time. Owen Warren, a Freshman, decided to take his passion to the class room this short term. The practitioner taught course, “Film Making and the Creative Process,” led Warren to explore his interests in film with a hands on experience. “It was very collaborative and everyone did their own thing. We all had different styles which made it special.” The students spent time outside class working on individual projects…

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Students Make Waves in Chem 107 Redesign

Here at Bates, the sciences can be a pretty hard shell to crack into. Young students interested in pursuing a degree in subjects like Biology, Chemistry, or Physics must begin with large introductory courses which are occasionally designed to weed out students who might not be passionate enough about the subject matter. If the size and difficulty of the class wasn’t enough, some courses face additional challenges. Chemistry 107, the introductory course in the chemistry department, focuses heavily on quantum particles which often exist on the sub-atomic level. Because of…

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Shaping the next generation of filmmakers

BY JULIA MONGEAU Tables with MacBook computers lined the walls of a classroom in Pettengill Hall. Scripts were neatly lined on the table and mock movie posters covered the chalk board. The students in Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s Short Term course, “Filmmaking: The Creative Process”, spent these past five weeks experiencing the trials and tribulations of the filmmaking process, from coming up with a story to producing a short film. “I didn’t realize how much goes into filmmaking,” senior Julia Savage said. Savage learned that there is a very specific timeline…

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Lois Masson ‘16: Brand Culture Building with Peter Byssche

INTERVIEW BY ALYSSA CONNORS “It was one of my favorite courses at Bates,” says Lois Masson ‘16 of the Short Term class, Brand Culture Building. “It wasn’t just theory based, there was so much practical, useful information that I really think will help my career.” What is Brand Culture Building? According to Masson, brands sum up a product and affect every part of that product’s sales. Often, consumers forget that brands are built, they don’t just appear as an intrinsic part of the product. The first three weeks of his…

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Short Term Classes Inspire Career Choices

BY ANIKA BECKER This semester, a select number of students learned how to create a successful mix tape. In the music production: recording and mixing short term class, taught by John Wyman, students analyzed why certain albums are popular and what choices production companies make in order to generate these popular albums. Once students had a solid base of understanding for stylistic choices and business decisions made by the artist, they began to create their own tracks. Students met with a band Wyman works with regularly and saw first hand…

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Global Impact

BY GERALD NELSON – Yesterday I spoke with Caroline Depew, a sophomore, about her experience in her class Reenvisioning Global Health. Depew and her team of two other classmates redesigned the course to look at health problems from a different angle. “All of us had previously taken the course last semester so we were able to work together to redesign it so that it was more organized.” Instead of looking solely at countries they now put their focus on concepts to show the global connections of all issues. Depew recalled…

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Pat Sheils: Disclosure

BY CAROL HARDING “I’ve been filming videos on my own for a few years now, but I’d never had the opportunity to take a class on filmmaking until this year,” says first year Pat Sheils. Over short term, Sheils took a practitioner taught course called: Filmmaking, the Creative Process, taught by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, a successful writer and editor of multiple feature films. Sheils is a Politics major from Portland, Maine. So, for him, “this class was the perfect opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and take something…

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Senior Puddle Jump: The Best or Worst of Bates?

BY HOPE LOGAN It’s 6 o’clock on a Monday and a peculiar sight is found. Underclassmen and even a custodial worker wait anxiously, phones at the ready, to capture the spectacle of the seniors trekking into The Puddle. The sound of them comes first, their shouts echo over campus. Soon our seniors arrive in full force and colorful costumes abound. Smurfs, spongebob characters, and water guns blaze into our little Lake Andrew with shouts and screams of the Class of 2016. Opinions of the tradition of seniors jumping into the…

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