Articles by: Jake Bleich

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Before I move into the heart of my opinion this week, I’d like to thank you all. Over the past three years, I’ve published an opinion piece in the Echo nearly every week. It’s become a ritual that I savor, not just because it makes me feel like a minor political pundit or some kind of anti-administration activist. I value […]

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye receives 2016 Brody Award

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye receives 2016 Brody Award

At a time when many candidates are running for government by running against it and political parties have devolved into gridlock and divisiveness, it is rare to see a government official fighting for the people instead of political points. Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court is no stranger to being an anomaly. As the first Asian-Filipina […]

by Jake Bleich· · 2 comments · News
Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

The tumultuous #NeverTrump movement received some much needed rejuvenation this past week when the Donald’s remaining adversaries, “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz and John “1 in 38” Kasich, announced a combined effort to deny Trump the Republican nomination. The plan consists of each campaign shuttering their campaigns in states that lean toward the other candidate—Kasich is now focusing on Oregon and New […]

An evening with Diane Seuss

Pulitzer Prize finalist, Diane Seuss, visited Colby to read from her award-winning poetry collection, Four-Legged Girl.

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
Students, faculty listen in to experiences of violence on campus

Students, faculty listen in to experiences of violence on campus

“You will not know what it feels like until it happens to you…but I hope you can try,” said Mattie Wyndham ’19, as she recounted her experiences to members of the Colby community gathered to listen to the experiences detailed by ten different students. Sponsored by the Oak Student Committee—of the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights—the […]

Registration hurts abiding students

Registration hurts abiding students

This past Friday, a group of students in Heights were listening to music and playing a quiet game of beer die when they heard a knock on their door. When they yelled for the person to come in, they were surprised to see a Colby security guard walk into their common room. In an email sent to students living in […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Opinion
Two wrongs do not make a right

Two wrongs do not make a right

A week ago, we at the Echo released our annual joke issue. Less than 24 hours—at roughly 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning—we pulled the issue from the racks. Most people reading this know why we pulled the issue, but for those uninformed, the Echo made the mistake of printing the name of a student in the satirical article “Women’s Rugby […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Opinion
A selection of the Dancing Elephant's finest dishes!

Dancing Elephant: a new Colby favorite in Fairfield

I clearly remember the day that I learned that Fairfield’s beloved Kennebec Café closed. My girlfriend Elise and I had woken up on a Sunday morning, still drowsy from the previous night’s festivities and decided to go to our favorite breakfast spot, purveyors of decadent donuts and coma-inducing eggs benedict. So, when we walked up to the front door and […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Local
Letter from the Editor: 3/10/16

Letter from the Editor: 3/10/16

Loyal Readers, As journalists, our natural instinct is to look for facts. But in the case of this weekend’s bus incident, we do not yet know exactly what happened. Unfortunately, we may never know. What we do know, however, are these truths: race continues to be an issue at Colby. Violence, in any form and in any capacity, continues to […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Editorial, Opinion
Doghead: is it culturally appropriate?

Doghead: is it culturally appropriate?

Last week, a fellow NESCAC made headlines in newspapers ranging from the Washington Post to the UK’s The Independent. Several Bowdoin students came under fire after pictures were taken showing students wearing sombreros at a “tequila party.” In the aftermath, Bowdoin’s President sent a school wide email urging students to create a more inclusive environment. Though he did not speak […]