Professor Michael Murray

economics

Bates Faculty

 My fall break was excellent. I was able to relax, reunite with some of my friends and catch up on some work. When it was time for me to return to Bates, I began to search for individuals who could provide me with a ride back to campus. I immediately contacted some students at Bates and many of them were not available to pick me up. I became somewhat worried and I eventually resolved that I would have to pay for a shuttle to drive me from the airport to Bates.

 But an interesting thing happened. I noticed a man on the plane with me who I believed was a professor at Bates. I had never met this man before, but I certainly recognized him. I said to myself, “hey I know this may be odd, but maybe I should ask him if he teaches at Bates and whether or not he could give me a ride to campus.”  So, I approached him and asked him if he taught at Bates. He said yes and I of course identified myself. His name was Michael Murray and he taught in the Economics Department. Once I learned that he was a professor of economics I finally realized where I met him. I recalled spending long nights in Pettengill Hall (where the Economics Department is housed) and seeing him there sometimes in the evenings while studying. I then asked him if he could give me a ride and he surprisingly said YES. Thank God.

 On our way back to campus we had a great conversation on politics, Bates, his decision to become an economics professor and community work. Professor Murray has been teaching at Bates for 24 years. Before teaching at Bates he taught at large universities. He noted he was compelled to teach at Bates because he loves interacting with students in smaller learning communities. He values getting to know students personally. This is something he found much more difficult to do at a larger university.  I also learned that his son founded a community organization in Philadelphia that I’m familiar with called the Empowerment Group.

Professor Murray represents the character of Bates very well. Faculty, staff and administrators at Bates are always willing to assist students in times of need. This small act of kindness certainly provides a good representation of the quality of professors we have at Bates.

 Thank you Professor Murray!

Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

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Published in: on October 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

2009 Freedom Summer Conference

anthony meI attended the 2009 Freedom Summer Conference in Oxford, Ohio. The conference supported my academic interests.

This academic year, I’m writing a year long  thesis in African American Studies that will examine the meaning behind whether Blacks shifted in support of two prevailing schools of thoughts: Black Integrationist and Black Nationalist social justice philosophies during the period of 1954-1968.  Several participants at this conference worked with leaders/organizers of both Black Integrationist and Black Nationalist social justice philosophies and tactics.  At this conference I received an opportunity to converse with those involved with Black Integrationist and Black Nationalist social justice philosophies during the period of my proposed study. Specifically, at the conference, I spoke with members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The conference inspired me to continue my commitment to community service and activism. Conference presenters and activists were extremely helpful in advising me on my thesis topic. They were able to provide me with personal testimonies on their experiences with the movement that I could not receive from any textbook.

I truly appreciate the support of Bates College’s Multicultural Center, the program in African American Studies and Affirmative Action Office for providing me with funding to make the trip possible.

Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

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Parents and Family Weekend

Bates Family and Friends Weekend

Bates Family and Friends Weekend

This past weekend,  parents, grandparents, siblings and friends were invited to share in the Bates experience with their children. They sat in classrooms, ate dinner in New Commons, cheered on the Bates Bobcats at sporting events and attended several arts and cultural events. Supposedly, there was a parents social as well, that students were not invited to.  Who knows what goes down when our parents get together…

During parents weekend the Bates Acapella groups typically get together to perform for the Bates community. Here are the Bates Deansmen performing one my favorite songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xokS61o7WCg

O and the Bates modern dance company had a concert and thats was terrific. There was a packed house for the performance on Saturday and Sunday. I couldn’t take photos because it would’ve been distracting to the dancers.

Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

Published in: on October 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sunday Chapel Service

Admissions Officer Marylyn Scott preaches a sermon on "Being a Closet Christian" in the Chapel

Admissions Officer Marylyn Scott preaches a sermon on "Being a Closet Christian" in the Chapel

Each week there is a protestant chapel service at Bates. It runs for about an hour. The service includes scripture reading, prayer, a gospel choir performance, and sometimes the Chapel is treated to a praise dance performance. One Sunday, we even had a huge dinner after service called “Sunday Dinner,” which reminded me of the good Sunday dinner I get back at home.

 Marylyn Scott, Director of Multicultural Recruitment at Bates preached this past Sunday (October 4th, 2009) in the Bates Chapel on the subject “Being a Closet Christian.” In the sermon, she described her undergraduate experience at a large public university and how the institution’s social environment could have very well distracted her from being a responsible and dedicated Christian. Marylyn emphasized that in college, students should not lose themselves and let go of their moral principles. She noted that we must stand strong in our purpose and continue to live our Christian lifestyles.

Who would’ve known that an admissions officer could actually preach like a televangelist and inspire people to become better Christians? This encourages me to learn what other hidden talents Bates admissions officers have!! I guess I should not be that surprised because at Bates we see faculty, administrators and staff interacting with students in ways that many would never imagine could happen in college. Sometimes they counsel students, have dinner together and even chat about serious and not so serious topics. That’s Bates for Ya.  

Marylyn Scott, job well done!

 Yours in the struggle, I am

 Brother Phillips

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