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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 […]

Some Colby students at the caucus on Sunday.

My journey to moderation in politics

I have always been a person who asks questions. In kindergarten, I dared to ask one of my peers how she could be so firm in her belief in the literal truth of the Bible. She was retelling the story of Moses parting the Red Sea when I interrupted her and questioned her faith. “How do you know?” I asked […]

by Jonathan Stempel· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
A festival featuring Mumford & Sons drew a large crowd in 2012. Couresy of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Obama’s millenial legacy

As President Barack Obama rounds the final stretch of his presidential tenure, political scientists and historians are beginning to question the legacy he leaves behind. Much of this debate is focused on Obama’s most symbolic and controversial actions, such as his implementation of the Affordable Care Act and his expansion of executive power. While much ink is shed about these […]

by James Burnett· · 1 comment · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion