Articles by: James Burnett

Bobs employees voice concerns on dining hall work conditions

Bobs employees voice concerns on dining hall work conditions

A wide array of student activist organizations, like the Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity and the Four Winds Native American Alliance, play important roles in protecting and advocating for the rights of certain groups at Colby. One group on campus, however, seems to be lacking an advocacy organization—Colby’s dining hall staff. Colby used to have an active group […]

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Colby’s Chronic Illness Support Group lobbies administration

Colby’s Chronic Illness Support Group lobbies administration

In the last few weeks, students in Colby’s Chronic Illness Support Group have actively lobbied the administration to increase resources and accessibility for disabled students. Members of the group met with Director of the Pugh Center Dwayne D. Paul, the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Betty Sasaki, Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae, and the General Manager of […]

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Local Exploration: Wolfe’s Neck State Park

Local Exploration: Wolfe’s Neck State Park

If you are interested in a day trip with a pleasant hike, stunning views of Maine’s rocky coast, and delicious food, look no further than Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freehold, ME. Wolfe’s Neck is located an hour away from Colby’s campus, but is undoubtedly worth the drive. The park—which is open daily all year round from 9:00 a.m. to […]

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Deans discuss Pugh Center Banner Removal

After a week of inquiry, the administration finally found the Spa’s “NO RACISTS, NO HOMOPHOBES, NO RAPISTS, NO AGEISTS…” banner in a club room and subsequently issued a work order for the banner to be put back up. The banner—which belongs to the Women of Color Alliance and Feminist Alliance—had previously been taken down from its position hanging  over the […]

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Connecting with an ex-mule: dropout turned trucker delights audience with new autobiography

Connecting with an ex-mule: dropout turned trucker delights audience with new autobiography

driver turned author Finn Murphy regret dropping out of Colby after three years here? Not one bit: “for me at the time, I had taken as much as I was willing to take. It was the right decision in terms of my life. I’ve never looked back from that.” After dropping out, Murphy covered more than a million miles as […]

Bursting the Colby bubble

Bursting the Colby bubble

Looking to go on a short hike with a beautiful view of mountains and lakes? Colby is lucky to be located a sheer 20 minutes away from the Belgrade Lakes region. This region—which consists of the area surrounding North and East Pond, Salmon Lake, McGrath Pond, Long Pond, Great Pond, and Messalonskee Lake— has three hikes that offer optimal views […]

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Colby College A Cappella: It’s Nothing but Treble!

If you are a fan of quality singing that is unhindered by instruments, you’re in luck here at Colby. Our tour guides proudly announce to prospective students that the college has eight a cappella groups who perform music ranging from contemporary rock to Christmas carols. These eight groups—the Blue Lights, Colby Eight, Colbyettes, EVE, Mayflower Chill, Mediocre, Megalomaniacs, and Sirens—each […]

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Dining hall changes positively received by students

When walking into the dining halls for the first time this semester, returning students were greeted with a variety of changes, including Robert Hall’s new taqueria, Dana’s performance bowls, and Foss’s cook-to-order global station. Marietta A. Lamarre, the general manager of the school’s dining services, explained that Bon Appétit’s main strategy is to always switch things up: “We don’t want the students to get bored,” she said.

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An Appeal to Humanity: Environmentalists Take Note

An Appeal to Humanity: Environmentalists Take Note

Supporters of sustainable and responsible environmental policy should stop talking about nature and start talking about humans. This statement may seem paradoxical; after all, countless studies have established that nature and humanity are intricately linked, and that human activity is contributing to the degradation of our forests, oceans, soil, and wildlife. However, despite years of discussing the tremendous impacts 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)

Health care reform: Trump’s ticking time bomb

After President Trump’s joint-address to Congress—at which he gave a rough outline of a replacement for Obamacare—Trump told reporters, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman dryly noted that Trump’s remark drew “incredulous reactions from the approximately 100 percent of people who knew that health care could be so complicated.” Due to the scope of health […]

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