Articles by: Catherine Dunn

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I’m a senior, so excuse me if I’m a bit verklempt

With less than two weeks left of the school year, I’m starting to get nostalgic. It was inevitable. I’m a senior, and graduation is just a couple of research papers away. I see the accepted students in the Spa and it takes me back to when I was just starting out. For about a week straight, I’ve had a Proustian […]

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Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

After the University of California, Berkeley disinvited conservative firebrand Ann Coulter from her scheduled speaking engagement over fears of violent protests, the blogosphere was alight with hundreds of think pieces. Was Berkeley violating Coulter’s First Amendment rights? Were the administration’s actions justified? Was Coulter smart to call its bluff and announce she’d be speaking anyway? The opinions were endless. I’m […]

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Vice President Joe Biden gestures after donning a pair of sunglasses as he delivers the Class Day Address at Yale University, Sunday, May 17, 2015, in New Haven, Conn. Biden urged graduating students to question the judgment of others, but not their motives to build consensus. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Why is Biden so beloved: A millenial’s perspective

When Joe Biden was announced as Colby’s commencement speaker, the response was jubilation. Everyone I encountered, student and faculty alike, expressed excitement regarding the selection. From my friend squealing, “Are you serious?” to my professors’ more measured, but equally fond appraisals, positive reactions were unanimous. This is no easy feat in today’s political climate. The unanimity is even more surprising […]

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I’ve learned all I need to, thanks

I’ve learned all I need to, thanks

I am in a classroom filled with books. Long books, short books, pamphlets, academic journals. Were I to stay in this room for a while, six months maybe, I could read them all. This would make me smarter, better informed, better at reading, better at writing. A better person? Probably. But I have my doubts. Knowledge is power, they say, […]

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Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Exploited by taxes, incensed by foreign policy blunders, and ruled by officials thousands of miles away, a group of individuals came together to demand independence. I speak, of course, of the “Calexit” initiative. Many Californians—nearly one in three, according to a recent Reuters poll—are in favor of withdrawing from the United States and forming their own country. When advocates of […]

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Should the drinking age be lowered?

While thinking about Doghead, I was reminded of a joke I heard a few years ago: “Sometimes I think it should be illegal for me to drink. Then I remember, it is illegal for me to drink.” It is funny, yes, but it also highlights the uneasy relationship the drinking age has with the real world. The vast majority of […]

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Mr. Campbell

Mr. Campbell

Mr. Campbell made me laugh. I laughed despite my best intentions, biting my tongue, resentful, sitting in the back row with my arms crossed. He began class with a Bible verse. It was a Catholic school, and that’s how all classes started.  “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: […]

Deconstructing the ‘liberal, alt-left, radical mainstream media’

The other day, I discovered the most delightful phrase. I was watching interviews with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who’s become known for his aggressive attitude towards the press. When Melissa McCarthy satirized him as spraying a water gun at a reporter, it was an exaggeration—but only just. The interview I watched was of Sean Hannity talking to Spicer […]

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The $64,000 question: How to increase access without blowing the budget

The $64,000 question: How to increase access without blowing the budget

More Colby students come from families in the top one percent of income than from the bottom 60 percent, according to a recent New York Times article. There are 38 colleges where this is also the case, but Colby stands out as having a particularly disproportionate ratio. Twenty-one percent of Colby students come from the top one percent while only […]

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Against certainty

Against certainty

By now, you might have seen the video in which a CNN anchor asks a group of Trump supporters about voter fraud—specifically, their belief that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the past election. The evidence they cite is spurious and unconvincing. The anchor, Alisyn Camerota, challenges them with a tight smile, frustration evident in her voice. She even slaps […]

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