The TeleGraham

Bates College through the eyes of a junior returning from abroad


Interviews started this week to become a leader for AESOP. This is a big deal around here. If you are an AESOP leader than you get to come back to Bates early, move in, have fun meeting old friends during leadership training, and then take out a bunch of freshmen on a camping trip.

Every year a lot of people apply to become an AESOP leader. Everyone has great memories from freshman year and their AESOP experience, and everyone knows that some of the best times to be at Bates is during those first few days of leaderhsip training. Becoming an AESOP leader is competative but filling out all the applications is worth it.

One of my favorite memories from college was during freshman orientation during my sophomore year. All the AESOP leaders had a few days of nothing to do after they had finished their camping trips. One beautiful day, some of my friends took me to the beach and taught me how to surf. We were all really bad but the waves were fantastic. At the end of the day we were just body surfing and dunking each other and when it was all over we picked up some burritos from our favorite Mexican joint.

August is a great time to be in Maine, there is an amazing atmosphere on campus, and everything feels right with the world.



March 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on AESOP

Better than Christmas

After staying up all night, I walked into Commons, ate a bowl of Coco-Puffs with a cup of coffee, and then crawled over to the library and began writing a paper. That’s the kind of dedication that it takes to survive WRBC’s Trivia Night. It’s a student run event that goes all night, starting with over twenty teams, and by the dawn of the next day only around 6 are left standing.

Freshman year I played Trivia Night with a bunch of kids I had never met and still to this day they are some of my best friends at Bates. Sophomore year, and now junior year, I worked in the radio station answering phones and acting as a judge. Personally, I think the people in the station might be having the most fun of anyone.

I wont explain how the whole game works. But simply, trivia questions are asked over the radio station airwaves and teams have to call in answers. There are also other more physical challenges thrown in and things quickly get out of hand and the whole night usually ends up a mess. Last year, I saw someone attempt to eat a can of mayo. This year I saw two half-naked Ted Kennedy look alikes fight each other in the snow.

Since freshman year, my buddies and I have always said, “Trivia Night… it’s better than Christmas.”


Me in the station

Here’s us in the station, playing tunes on the air, asking questions, and drinking lots of Red Bull.



Yup, that’s me at 6am in the radio station taking a nap before the big finale at 7am in Commons.

March 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Better than Christmas