Articles by: Brandon Blackburn

Safe spaces and the power of argument

Safe spaces and the power of argument

I argue with people a lot. Case in point: I argue with people enough to willingly write in the Opinions section of a newspaper. But truth be told, I dislike the large majority of these arguments because there is nothing to be gained from them, no lesson to be learned—they simply digress into a frustrating “tit for tat” Monty Python-esque […]

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New College subcommittee refines academic honesty policies

New College subcommittee refines academic honesty policies

A new college committee redefined the academic honesty policy, aiming to make it an intrinsic part of the College community.

Visting Prof. Peterson directs The Servant of Two Masters

April 16 will mark the opening night for the upcoming performance of Carlo Goldini’s The Servant of Two Masters. The play focuses on the cunning servant Truffaldino who attempts to play the other characters off one another as each tries to navigate his or her particular set of troubles. The performance is being directed by a visiting professor, Faculty Fellow […]

Illegal immigration, history

The topic of immigration remains a prevalent one in the United States, but oftentimes discussions about it are often restricted only to present-day immigration and relations with Mexico. In her talk at Colby on April 8, Assistant Professor of History at Kingsborough Community College Libby Garland challenged that trend. The history of illegal immigration, she explained, is often-overlooked, but it […]

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The Colby Café: Discussion, community, sustainability

On the counter in the Mary Low Coffee house sit the following items: a scale, a white ceramic coffee dripper, a piece of glassware that resembles a beaker, an electric kettle containing water heated to 201 degrees Fahrenheit, seven different types of coffee varying in region of bean origin and type of roast, a conical burr grinder, a burlap sack. […]

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Matt Proto discusses past experiences and plans for Colby

Matt Proto discusses past experiences and plans for Colby

Echo: What are your initial impressions of Colby and of Maine in general? Matt Proto: It is clear that Colby’s community is one of its most defining features. From President Greene’s enthusiastic leadership to faculty who value working with dynamic students to alumni who are making a positive impact, the strong sense of community permeates throughout the College. Colby’s commitment […]

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SHOUT week line-up

Enter nearly any campus building and you’ll see one. Glance through the General Announcements or eavesdrop on a conversation in Pulver and there will be one. In fact, you would have to hide themselves in their room and possibly shut the blinds not to see one. Whether they are hanging as posters all around campus or flooding inboxes with reminders, […]

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COC offers spring break trips

COC offers spring break trips

March 19 marks the beginning of spring break, and, for many students, this time off is an occasion to relax.  Some students will head home, catch up with family and friends, and watch Netflix. But for some students, the absence of the dull roar of classes allows the call of the wild to enunciate itself better, and, as a result, […]

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A chat with the director for the upcoming show “Orlando”

A chat with the director for the upcoming show “Orlando”

Silks hang languidly from the beams above Strider Theater and pool in varying shades of cream about the stage. Actors mill about donning Elizabethan ruffs and corsets. Assistant Theater and Dance Professor Todd Coulter jumps up on stage and calls for everyone to circle up. “It’s going to be a good, long schlep today,” he says as he runs the […]

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The scary reality of horror movies

Michael Meyers is murdering Annie Brackett. He is strangling her from behind in her car and she is screaming. And now she is straining forward to honk her car horn, trying to call for help. But to no avail; Michael Meyers is too strong. He is dragging her towards him and cutting her throat with his knife. She keels over […]

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