Articles by: Kiernan Somers

The Superhero

The kid who would be Gray Bullet—the superhero that saved Manhattan in June of last year—was having a hard go of it, to say the least. I was, too. The Holiday Bash was approaching with alarming rapidity and, as seniors, it was expected we land dates, no matter how ugly, lest we be labeled weirdos or worse. It didn’t exactly […]

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Class of 2021 shatters previous admission records

Class of 2021 shatters previous admission records

The Colby College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid received a record high number of applicants for the Class of 2021, leading to a 16 percent acceptance rate, the lowest in school history. The College received 11,190 applications, a 14 percent surge from applications for the Class of 2020. The College has aggressively pursued prospective students from across the country […]

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College closes ahead of Winter Storm Orson

Colby has canceled classes and has closed the College ahead of Winter Storm Orson. The storm is expected to drop over two feet of snow on campus and in the surrounding area. This is just the fifth time since 1952 that Colby has closed due to snow. According to a press release from the College, all non-essential staff have been dismissed […]

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Miller Library’s Future

Miller Library’s Future

le renovations since 2013 and further renovations and improvements were recommended as part of a comprehensive report released on Tuesday. The report, produced by the Library Planning Group, was informed by the group’s own research and research done by Gensler, an architectural consulting firm. In an email to students, faculty, and staff, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Lori Kletzer, released […]

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Colby Museum of Art from outside perspective

Colby joins top 20 in world for large donations

The Colby College Museum of Art has received a transformative gift from Peter and Paula Lunder, valued at over $100 million, that will add almost 1,150 pieces of art to the museum’s collection. The gift will also launch the Lunder Institute for American Art, a global research center dedicated to scholarly and creative exchange across disciplines. With this gift, Colby […]

Walkout against Trump

Walkout against Trump

Over 300 students gathered in Pulver Pavilion last Thursday to protest the election and to take a stand against hate, bigotry and injustice. Students marched from Pulver to Miller Library where they gathered in a show of solidarity and support for undocumented students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Following the election of the Donald Trump, a polarizing and […]

Colby, Alfond partner to invest $20M in Waterville

Colby, Alfond partner to invest $20M in Waterville

Waterville is in the midst of a renaissance. Millions of dollars are pouring into the ghost of a once thriving industrial community with the hopes of stimulating its ailing economy. “In two years, it’s going to be a different street,” said Brian Clark, Vice President of Planning for the College. At the annual Harvest at the Square Festival last week […]

Alfond Foundation, Colby, partner to invest $20 million into Downtown Waterville

Alfond Foundation, Colby, partner to invest $20 million into Downtown Waterville

At the annual Harvest at the Square Festival, Gregory W. Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and Colby President David A. Greene announced that the two organizations will be establishing a $20 million fund for the revitalization of Downtown Waterville. The Harold Alfond Foundation was established in 1950 and invests in projects in Maine. The Foundation has a long […]

Demolition has already begun on 13-15 Appleton Street.

Kiernan Somers | The Colby Echo

Colby begins demolition of buildings downtown

In an effort to jumpstart the economy of Central Maine, Colby has poured millions of dollars into downtown Waterville over the past year. Since 2015, the College has purchased five properties. College administrators have voiced their desire to develop a boutique hotel, a student dormitory, and to improve retail and office spaces in downtown Waterville as part of the ongoing […]

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Architectural rendering of the Spa, courtesy of Bon Appétit.

Administration announces new food provider

The Palo Alto, CA based on-site restaurant company, Bon Appétit Management Company, was recently announced as the new dining services provider for Colby. The announcement ended a longstanding agreement with current dining service provider, Sodexo. Bon Appétit was selected by a special advisory group which included students, faculty, and administrators. Bon Appétit was founded in 1987 with the mission of […]