Articles by: Michaela Morris

First creative writing open mic held in pub

Poetry readings, pizza, appetizers, and good conversation graced the English department’s first creative writing gathering and open mic night, hosted this past Monday, May 1, in Colby’s Blue-Light Pub. While ExPRESS poetry often hosts open mic nights in the Mary Low Coffee house, the sponsoring of an open mic night by the English department where students present their own work […]

Review: Late, a Cowboy Song

Last Friday, April 21, faculty, students, and admitted students crowded into Runnals Theater to watch the opening night of Late, A Cowboy Song. The performance traces the lives of Crick and Mary, a couple in Pittsburgh who have supposedly been in love since age eight, but have struggled with their relationship recently. Crick appears alarmingly possessive over Mary, and Mary […]

(Re)Introducing WMHB, Colby’s popular radio station

On the ground floor of Bob’s, down a hallway and past a bulletin board littered with radio stickers, lives Colby’s on-campus radio broadcasting office. WHMB, headed by Sam LeFeber ’17, airs a variety of student-run shows all week. Programs range from talk shows and “epic banter” to hour-long classic rock jam sessions. Sometimes, if there is a big event on […]

Getting to know Chuck Ferguson, Colby’s bookbinder

Getting to know Chuck Ferguson, Colby’s bookbinder

In the basement of Lorimer Chapel, down a brightly-lit hallway, there is a small, little-known room designated “The Russell Hitchcock Book Bindery.” Scrolls of fabric line the back walls. Shelves containing jars of paste sit above a bright red backing press. Tools—scissors, saws, hammers—are hung carefully on corkboards on the left side of the room, and a large work table […]

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Book review: Queen of the Night

Book review: Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is a haunting, beautiful depiction of love, sex, theater and royalty in 1890s Europe. Published in February 2016, the text traces the life of Lillet Bern, an orphaned girl from the midwest of America with a beautiful voice — so beautiful, in fact, that her mother claimed the vanity in her voice to […]

Dance group Vuvuzela speaks about musical roots, hometowns, and recent performance

Dance group Vuvuzela speaks about musical roots, hometowns, and recent performance

Many Colby groups bring together a community of members celebrating the same thing. For Vuvuzela,  celebrating home and cultural traditions is an essential factor that bonds the members, as they collaborate to create beautiful performances to share with the Colby community. For Sandra Ntare ’18, co-president of Colby’s dance group Vuvuzela, membership in the dance troop is an important part […]

Colby food supplier discusses sustainability and local challenges

Colby food supplier discusses sustainability and local challenges

After instituting a new dining services partnership with the Bon Appetit Management Company, the College has begun to receive many locally-sourced ingredients. Among the sourcers is Maine Grains, based in Skowhegan. Echo: What is a general overview of Maine Grains and its products? Amber Lanke: Maine Grains opened in September 2012. We specialize in sourcing locally grown organic grains to […]

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Original musical Lost With You draws full house despite snowstorm

Original musical Lost With You draws full house despite snowstorm

Last Thursday night, in the raging snowstorm, the musical Lost With You drew a large crowd to Runnals Theater. There was a full house. The play, an original piece by students Katie Monteleone ’18, Joshua Lutian ’18, and Ben Brougham ’18, spanned nearly an hour long and through song, dialogue, and dance enacted the heartwarming (and heartbreaking) lives of a […]

Student creators of original musical discuss creative process and Janplan production

Student creators of original musical discuss creative process and Janplan production

In the summer of 2015, Katie Monteleone `18 had an idea: she wanted to write a musical about a girl who owned a lemonade stand. Nearly 18 months later, Monteleone’s idea has taken shape and snowballed into something much, much larger than she initially imagined. The original musical, Lost With You, is the culmination of collaborations between professors, students, and […]