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In response to “Mind the Gap: gender disparity in Heights”

Upon reading the article “Mind the Gap: gender disparity in Heights,” published in the Echo, we could not help but feel angered and offended by many of the ideas posited in the article. As current Heights residents, we very much agree with many ideas put forward by the author. Heights, as a college residence, is lacking in a number of […]

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Editorial: calling for student engagement in campus discourse

As the first semester comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on this year’s landscape at Colby, and argue for more dialogue and questioning from the student body. While the Echo is far from a perfect newspaper, it consistently provides space every week for student and faculty opinions, a space often underutilized by this community. When the space fills, […]

On the Outside Looking In: The Musings of a Low-Income Student

On the Outside Looking In: The Musings of a Low-Income Student

I suppose it’s a bit cliché to say that I feel like more of an outsider at Colby than I do anywhere else, but what term other than “outsider” (or perhaps “imposter”) could be used to describe a working-class individual at an elite liberal arts college with at $60,000 plus tuition? That’s more than twice my family’s annual income. Back […]

by Tamar Cimenian· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
Questioning Colby’s True North

Questioning Colby’s True North

David A. Greene has been here as long as I have been here, and he and his administration have continuously and thoughtfully announced initiative after initiative that will fundamentally change what occurs on Mayflower Hill. Most recently, Dare Northward made local news headlines as the largest campaign fund in the history of liberal arts institutions. Are students upset by this? […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
Sharon Corwin, Professor of Art; Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art and Chief Curator gives her insights on the College’s place in fostering debate around art-related topics in paper and around campus.

Art that inspires debate

Socially conscious art plays an important role in our culture. It can ask us to face injustices, inequalities, and common histories. There are many examples of public artworks that take on pressing societal concerns, and Nina Oleynik ’18 gives us a compelling one in her Sept. 28 Op-Ed in the Echo that looks at Kara Walker’s powerful sculpture A Subtlety, […]

by Sharon Corwin· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
Our house, our rules: a defense of off-campus living

Our house, our rules: a defense of off-campus living

Many Colby students are familiar with the anxiety and drama that housing stirs up towards the end of every year. An increase of students results in an increase of stress when looking for a place to live on campus. We all have our preferences. We know the places we want to live and the places that we would rather cut […]

Is the hard alcohol ban responsible for excessive binge drinking?

Is the hard alcohol ban responsible for excessive binge drinking?

After 13 transports so far this school year due to over intoxication, Colby as a community is forced to assess its drinking culture. What are we doing wrong? Where can we improve? How are people hitting such high levels of intoxication? Binge drinking is definitely the source of these transports, and it feels as though it’s becoming more and more […]

by Merrill Read· · 1 comment · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
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 […]

by James Burnett· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
It’s Not All Fine: Commuter Parking in Crisis

It’s Not All Fine: Commuter Parking in Crisis

As more students than ever before have arrived at Colby, some students have expressed dismay at the lack of parking on campus. This morning, I spent 20 minutes driving around the Mary Low and Bobs parking lots looking for a single space, a familiar experience for many of the students living off-campus this year. As most of us know, Colby […]

by Natalie Oakes· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

Late afternoon on a busy Wednesday I got a message from the producer of the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News.  She wanted me on with Tucker Carlson in a few hours, live, to talk about the free speech controversy at Berkeley, where a planned talk by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter was canceled due to security concerns.  When I heard […]