Articles by: Bia Malaspina

Faculty task force proposes new system for distribution requirements

Faculty task force proposes new system for distribution requirements

In the 2016 school year, a group of Colby faculty members put forth a motion to establish a task force. This task force would reevaluate and potentially redesign student distribution requirements. The current model has been around for over 20 years at Colby and certain faculty, including Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty Russell Johnson, felt that a change was […]

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New furniture to be installed in Dana dining hall over spring break

New furniture to be installed in Dana dining hall over spring break

Students who frequently eat in Dana may have been shocked to find that the beloved booths were removed from the dining hall this past January and replaced with sets of small tables and chairs. This temporary layout will remain in the dining hall until spring break, when Dana will install brand new furniture throughout the space. The Echo spoke with […]

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Incidents of dorm vandalism rise in residence halls

Incidents of dorm vandalism rise in residence halls

The Colby Student Handbook does not define the term “vandalism.” It does however state the following: “Vandalism and reckless damage to facilities and property are very serious concerns for the College and the well-being of our community.”  In a recent interview with the Echo, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Campus Planning Mina Amundsen shared some of the various forms […]

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Colby quarantines students traveling from mainland China

Colby quarantines students traveling from mainland China

The number of cases of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, have been continuously increasing in China since January.  Originating in the city of Wuhan, cases have been found throughout both China and the United States. In late January, the World Health Organization declared the virus a world health emergency, prompting the US to suspend travel and recommend a period of […]

CCAK receives donation to fund new mentor training and education

CCAK receives donation to fund new mentor training and education

Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK), a volunteer initiative that connects Colby students with elementary students in the greater Waterville area, recently received a donation from the Borman family to enhance mentor training and education. CCAK is by far the most popular volunteering experience amongst Colby students. This year alone, the program has 272 returning mentors and 108 new mentors.  In […]

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Colby Student Government Association votes to recognize Indigenous People’s Day in response to Isgro

Colby Student Government Association votes to recognize Indigenous People’s Day in response to Isgro

In response to the Mayoral Proclamation put forth by Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, the Student Government Association (SGA) voted unanimously to pass a statement in support of Indigenous People’s Day. The mayor’s statement declared Oct. 14 as Columbus Day, directly opposing legislation signed by Governor Janet Mills, which officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Maine. Isgro’s proclamation […]

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Deer shot and killed in downtown Waterville

Deer shot and killed in downtown Waterville

On Oct. 26, many students heading to the Alfond Commons were shocked to find an injured deer running toward the side of the building. Students on the shuttle and around Main Street witnessed the bleeding deer repeatedly run into the outer walls of the apartments. Mira DiSilvestro `21, a resident of the downtown apartments and witness of the incident described […]

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Faculty to vote on freedom of expression policies

Faculty to vote on freedom of expression policies

In the fall of 2017, President David Greene established a Presidential Task Force on Freedom of Expression and Inquiry to review and revise the College’s current policies regarding freedom of expression. The formation of the task force was largely motivated by various incidents concerning freedom of speech at colleges around the country. The task force met each week over the […]

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Cross Country members work together to keep coach

Cross Country members work together to keep coach

In late July, members of the college’s cross-country team received an email from the administration that Jared Beers `01 would no longer be serving as their coach for the winter and spring track seasons. Instead, Beers would hold an administrative position in which he would not interact with or train students. Almost immediately, over 20 students replied to this email […]

Lovejoy award honors journalists who sacrificed their lives in 2018

Lovejoy award honors journalists who sacrificed their lives in 2018

Each year, the College awards the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award to a journalist for making courageous contributions to journalism. This year, however, the College decided to give the award to journalists around the world who were killed in 2018. The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs held several events last week in conjunction with the award ceremony, including the screening of […]