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Room checks: An invasion of privacy

Room checks: An invasion of privacy

The year is 2019. What few rights to privacy that were once enjoyed are now, tragically, no more.  Corporations worldwide have been gradually expanding upon their accumulation and manipulation of user analytics. There is now an unspoken tradeoff that comes along with using their services: users consent to allow their own information to be included in already-massive compilations of data. […]

Ban on themed parties: Helpful or hypocritical?

Ban on themed parties: Helpful or hypocritical?

Colby has always had a strong drinking culture.  There’s no denying it—not with the omnipresence of beer cans strewn around after a weekend’s worth of parties and the operation of an on-campus pub at the heart of the Spa.  Recently, however, the College administration has installed a ban on themed parties across campus and downtown. Colby should reevaluate its stance […]

Campus dining: Does it need to be changed?

Campus dining: Does it need to be changed?

Colby’s on-site dining service provider Bon Appétit has a history of being very accommodating and open to changes. Bon Appétit maintains an open forum of reviews, suggestions, compliments and complaints, each posted on bulletin boards in every dining halls on campus.  These have been very positive overall, and what few criticisms were submitted have mostly been addressed. In 2017, Roberts […]

Security Corner: Drinking on and off campus

Security Corner: Drinking on and off campus

Every week, Colby Director of Security Robert Williams writes about a security issue that may affect the student population.  So you’re hanging out behind Alfond Commons waiting for the shuttle, finishing off the beer that you took with you from the party you just left. This scene is becoming way too familiar and technically this is against the law.  This […]

The Echo View: Leaders should be held accountable

The Echo View: Leaders should be held accountable

By, The Colby Echo staff On Oct. 1, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro (R) announced his intention to declare Oct. 14 Columbus Day once more. This move was in response to Maine Governor Janet Mills’s (D) April signing of a law that changed Maine’s recognition of Columbus to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Isgro’s official Mayoral Proclamation describes Columbus as having “inspired countless others to […]

Maine’s new “Hands Free” law: necessary or impractical?

Maine’s new “Hands Free” law: necessary or impractical?

As a driver in Maine, I will admit I was annoyed when I heard about the new law put into effect on Sept. 19. I was peeved that I would not be able to switch my playlist on my five hour drive home. I was mad that I would have to buy a ten dollar phone mount that blocks my […]

by Grace Dodig· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
A Freshman’s perspective on COOT

A Freshman’s perspective on COOT

In my hometown, we’re told that the summer spent between senior year of high school and freshman year of college is supposed to be the most stress-free time of your entire life, where your responsibilities are minimal, and relaxation is the priority. What I wasn’t told was that trying to relax and enjoy summer is made incredibly difficult by compounding […]

by Sean Fischer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
In response to “Mind the Gap: gender disparity in Heights”

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 […]

by admin· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
Editorial: calling for student engagement in campus discourse

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