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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
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