Articles by: Ryan Hara

A conversation on free speech and the Middlebury incident

A conversation on free speech and the Middlebury incident

The following transcribes a discussion between two Colby students regarding the campus protests of Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopolous. Ian Liphart ’18 (IL): Hey dude, did you hear about the protest of Charles Murray at Middlebury last Thursday? Ryan Hara ’18 (RH): Yeah. It’s scary man. Incidents like that are becoming more and more common across the country. Like you […]

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Hawaiian in a snowstorm

Hawaiian in a snowstorm

Since I’m from Hawaii, whenever I meet someone new, they always seem to ask me the same exact question: “Why did you choose to come to Maine?” I usually offer up a snarky reply such as,  “I find negative degree weather relaxing,” or “I really like sitting on planes for 12+ hours.” But it was during the blizzard this week, […]

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Berkeley burning and the growing culture of violence

This past week, the University of California Berkeley was to host the controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. The event never took place. Yiannopoulos had to be smuggled off campus by security as the campus was swarmed by a hoard of angry and violent protesters. Windows were destroyed, cars were vandalized, and property was set on fire causing an estimated $100,000 in […]

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In defense of patriotism

In defense of patriotism

No one foresaw the results of the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s victory is the stuff of legend and will surely be talked about for decades to come. As a result, it is no surprise that those who didn’t anticipate it have reacted negatively. To watch a candidate who you have supported lose in such incredible fashion is certainly not easy. […]

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Question 1: The case for legalizing marijuana

Question 1: The case for legalizing marijuana

Ronald Reagan once said during a speech on the War on Drugs, “Marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States.” Now, although many scientific studies have come forward showing this to be blatantly untrue, the sensationalized fear of marijuana from the beginning years of the War on Drugs is […]

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Three’s a party

Three’s a party

If you’re a freethinking individual who may be drawn to a candidate without a D or an R in front of their name this year, then you’ll likely have heard the common naysayers who try to guilt you into voting against your interests to further their own political agendas. To you I say: don’t let them. If you really want […]

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The echo chamber at Colby

The echo chamber at Colby

The previous edition of the Echo reported that the Class of 2020 is going to be the most diverse group of students in the College’s history. This is indeed an impressive achievement; however, the Administration doesn’t want to stop there. President Greene has also pushed for the diversification of incoming professors. Creating a diverse campus with regards to economic, social, […]

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Why the frik frak do you wanna ban our Yik Yak?

Why the frik frak do you wanna ban our Yik Yak?

In February 2016, a group of protesters petitioned the president of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) to not let conservative editor of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, speak on their campus. The president caved to their demands and canceled the event. However, Shapiro threatened to come to the university anyway. After all, the event had gone through all of […]