Articles by: Claire Borecki

Maintaining perspective – and humor – during the coronavirus outbreak

Maintaining perspective – and humor – during the coronavirus outbreak

In the past week, COVID-19 has been the top subject of conversation at the College. You can not be in a food line at Dana, pass a group on the first (or even second) floor of Miller, or walk into a classroom without hearing news and rumors about the virus’s spread. As cases across the country – and the world […]

Let’s Get Ready! Free SAT prep engages local Waterville students

Let’s Get Ready! Free SAT prep engages local Waterville students

Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., Diamond begins to fill with high school students. 50 to 80 students from area high schools come together for a unique program.  The students are loud and energetic; they greet each other and high-five their instructors (who are all Colby students) before eventually separating into small classes in Diamond and Lovejoy. All of the […]

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Craig Bystrynski `83: journalists and documentary maker

Craig Bystrynski `83: journalists and documentary maker

Craig Bystrynski `83 has always liked hiring liberal arts graduates. “They have a really broad understanding and perspective, more than someone coming out of journalism school,” he said. “They might need to learn specific skills in the beginning, but in the end the result is really good.” Bystrynski, former Editor-in-Chief of the Echo, has spent his career fitting his own description […]

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A Conversation with Colby Republicans

A Conversation with Colby Republicans

Two members of the Colby Republicans sat down with the Echo to discuss their perspectives, hopes, thoughts, and anxieties about former governor Paul LePage’s visit to campus, as well as the club’s plans for the future. Meredith Allen `21 of Dover, Massachusetts, is studying economics and data science. On campus she is the co-president of Colby Republicans, an officer and […]

Colby Votes works to increase participation in local elections

Colby Votes works to increase participation in local elections

A number of Colby students this year are working on the NESCAC Votes initiative, its purpose is to create higher voter registration and turnout rates in future elections. An added incentive is competition between other NESCAC schools. The program only began at the College this academic year, but it has been running at a number of other schools like Bates, […]

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A Conversation with JJ Jackson, Interim Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Conversation with JJ Jackson, Interim Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This academic year the College welcomed Interim Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (DEI) JJ Jackson. As the college continues its search for a permanent DEI Dean, JJ Jackson brings 38 years of experience in higher education to investigating the best recommendations for the College’s future. The Echo sat down with her to find out what’s up her sleeve for […]

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A Look Back at The Colby Outing Club

A Look Back at The Colby Outing Club

The Colby Outing Club would like you to wear your seatbelt. Or at least they did in the 1980s. Tucked away in Miller Library’s Special Collections room at the College are a handful of Outing Club logs, ranging mostly from the 1970s-1990s. The logs reveal the recent history of one of the College’s oldest, most prominent, and wide-reaching organizations.  Back […]

Students react to recent accessibility improvements

Students react to recent accessibility improvements

Last names were omitted at interviewees’ request In the College’s renovation of Olin Science Center’s basement (bright colored chairs, anyone?) Kate McLaughlin, the College’s Associate Director of Student Access and Disability Services, walked into a lecture hall to meet a panel of students who had volunteered that night to explain their accommodations and disabilities at a wellness seminar. One of […]

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Colby’s master plan: investigating the campus’ long term design

Colby’s master plan: investigating the campus’ long term design

Colby is in the news. Big news, too; the renaming of President Greene’s house to honor a former slave and custodian at Colby named Samuel Osborne recently made the front page of the Boston Globe. The Dare Northward campaign’s goal of $750 million is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by any liberal arts college, and has been widely […]

The Echo files: discovering the real places faculty and staff eat lunch

The Echo files: discovering the real places faculty and staff eat lunch

One actvity that captivates college students and faculty alike is eating. Students are picnicking on Johnson Pond when the sun is out, or guiltily opening a granola bar on the third floor of Miller at some ungodly time of night. At 12P.M. in Dana (on the dot), the line seems to stretch almost out the door. The same can be […]