Articles by: Jonathan Stempel

Colby students win trophies at hackathon

Colby students win trophies at hackathon

Two Colby teams attended the 3rd annual CBB hackathon, and two teams came back to Waterville with trophies. The hackathon, which took place over a sleepless 36-hour-weekend in February, was hosted by Bowdoin College and sponsored by several companies including L.L. Bean, Adaptive Designs INC, and Raizlabs. The competition welcomes both “first-time” hackers and experienced programmers. Students can build anything […]

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Boulos donation to help fund athletic complex

Boulos donation to help fund athletic complex

Long-time benefactors of Colby, Sheri and Joe Boulos ’68, have committed $10 Million to support the construction of the new athletic center on campus. The gift will continue their tradition of supporting Colby Athletics, as the couple previously donated to name the Boulos Family Fitness Center in the current facility. Joe Boulos is the founder of The Boulos Company, a […]

Students participate in JanPlan technology challenge

Over JanPlan, CGI Group, formerly Collaborative Consulting, presented an open technical question, challenging students to solve it in exchange for a summer internship with the company. The question prompted students to optimize the existing system for sending and receiving academic transcripts. Students then presented their solutions in a pitch at the end of JanPlan. One team, comprised of Austin Nantkes […]

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Global Task Force findings

Last Wednesday, President Greene issued a response to the Global Task Force Report. Published in May 2016, the Report made numerous recommendations for the purpose of “strengthening, enhancing, and revolutionizing Colby’s global profile, reach, engagements, and partnerships.” In his response, Greene referenced the importance of such a report given the current state of politics: “As many here and abroad seek […]

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Review of Bon Appétit

Review of Bon Appétit

In September, The Echo commissioned an online poll which asked returning students how they felt about the changes to dining services under the direction of Bon Appétit. In December, The Echo reached out to the same group of students in a follow-up poll. 57% of respondents felt that the food quality has improved under Bon Appétit’s management, representing a drop […]

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Young Americans for Liberty, free speech and beach balls

Who was responsible for the lifesize beachball in the Spa this week? Well, it was the campus Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) who created the display to promote free speech, raise awareness of the school’s harassment policy and to advocate for the adoption of the University of Chicago’s free speech principles. The “Chicago Principles” were outlined in in several statements […]

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Crowd at concert causes backlash from community

Crowd at concert causes backlash from community

On Saturday night, Colby College’s Student Planning Board (SPB) hosted a concert in the Alfond Athletic Center fieldhouse starring pop sensation Kesha with a special appearance from rising Australian star Grace. It was one of the largest events ever hosted on campus, with thousands of tickets sold. The Facebook event created by SPB had over 2,400 individuals invited and over […]

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Seeing stars: Astronomy  Department gifted telescope

Seeing stars: Astronomy Department gifted telescope

Last Friday, Colby College became home to the largest operational viewing telescope in New England. The Young Observatory, a regional record-breaking .7 meter telescope, is four times more powerful than its predecessor the Collins Observatory. The Young Observatory, made possible by a gift from the Young family, will provide Colby students with pioneering research opportunities that were previously unattainable. Dale […]

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Some Colby students at the caucus on Sunday.

My journey to moderation in politics

I have always been a person who asks questions. In kindergarten, I dared to ask one of my peers how she could be so firm in her belief in the literal truth of the Bible. She was retelling the story of Moses parting the Red Sea when I interrupted her and questioned her faith. “How do you know?” I asked […]

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Bon Appétit revamps food options on campus

Bon Appétit revamps food options on campus

On June 31st, dining hall employees prepared their last meal under the management of Sodexo Inc – the College’s long time dining services partner. This came after the College’s decision in April to choose the Bon Appétit Management Company as the new dining services provider. In a statement issued by Executive Assistant Rose Meunier, the College outlined its vision for […]