Articles by: Catherine Dunn

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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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hindsight: What to make of Trump’s rise

Throughout the election cycle, political pundits have searched far and wide for reasons that might explain the popularity of Donald Trump. They analyze it sociologically, citing the anxieties of many of his supporters left behind in the globalized age. They point to the historical precedent of anti-immigrant sentiment, from the Know-Nothing Party to the Immigration Restriction League. They write of […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Media bias and journalistic integrity

The other day, I came across a CNN article entitled “Trump, skeptical of mail-in balloting, encourages voting more than once if necessary.” My first thought was that the article must be wrong. Donald Trump is a lot of things, but he’s not stupid. He wouldn’t tell his supporters to break the law. I was sure that the article took something […]

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Should Maine raise its minimum wage?

Should Maine raise its minimum wage?

This November, Maine voters will have a chance to decide whether to increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. This is an important decision with far-reaching implications. On the one hand, raising the minimum wage would bring relief to the many individuals struggling to make it on their current salaries. On the other hand, it might […]

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Denali: an open letter to the President

Denali: an open letter to the President

Dear President Obama, On August 30, you endorsed an order that restored the name of our country’s tallest peak to what the Alaskan natives have been calling it for centuries: Mount Denali. I think this was a wonderful gesture. While William McKinley was a good president and deserves our recognition, it doesn’t make sense to honor him with a mountain […]

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Finding meaning in the age of delayed adulthood

Finding meaning in the age of delayed adulthood

For long stretches towards the end of high school, I imagined myself at a stoplight, waiting for my life to begin. Nothing I did seemed to matter: the papers I wrote were read, graded, and forgotten instantly; the friendships I fostered arose from proximity rather than love, and I could feel them fading with every passing week; and my job […]