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Colby College Quietly Divested from Fossil Fuels

Colby College Quietly Divested from Fossil Fuels

In September of 2015, Colby College quietly divested its direct holdings from fossil fuels.  This is a huge step for Colby as a leader in the fight against climate change, and we want to thank the college for this decision to make their direct holdings fossil free, but there’s a slight problem. You would have thought that a prestigious institution […]

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 […]

The Fall of the Cool President

The Fall of the Cool President

In the past few elections, voters elected presidents who projected coolness (Clinton and Obama) or swagger, which George W. Bush had in spades. We saw them play the saxophone at Arsenio Hall, shoot hoops with Michael Jordan, and throw out the first pitch—a strike—in front of sold out Yankee Stadium crowd a month after 9/11. Of the six presidents before […]

Denouncing the Demagogue, Aloud and Together

Denouncing the Demagogue, Aloud and Together

Last night, President Greene emphasized his commitment to an inclusive, diverse, safe, supportive community at Colby where all students can learn and grow without fear. He emphasized that students perpetrating violence or participating in exclusionary organizations will incur severe consequences, and he urged students to trust the college’s reporting process. Some students I spoke with later were disappointed the address […]

Doghead: is it culturally appropriate?

Doghead: is it culturally appropriate?

Last week, a fellow NESCAC made headlines in newspapers ranging from the Washington Post to the UK’s The Independent. Several Bowdoin students came under fire after pictures were taken showing students wearing sombreros at a “tequila party.” In the aftermath, Bowdoin’s President sent a school wide email urging students to create a more inclusive environment. Though he did not speak […]

Trump: the art of the nomination

Trump: the art of the nomination

Like most people, my first thought when Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the presidency was that I should really stock up on popcorn. I thought it would be a short-lived, yet incredibly entertaining, break from the relative normalcy of the political election process. It turns out I was half-right. Trump’s foray into politics has been anything but short. In […]

The Echo submits to administrative censorship

The Echo submits to administrative censorship

President Greene’s State of the College address was delivered confidently, succinctly, and to great reception. In essence, it seemed to be a proud reflection on his presidency thus far at Colby. But, just moments prior, his administration took a step that greatly undermined that image: they censored the Echo. Even worse, our own newspaper took no initiative to stand up […]

Stretched too thin

With the implementation of Mental Health Narratives, student organizations like Student Health on Campus (SHOC) and Active Minds, and the improvements in counseling services, Colby has made great strides in mental health awareness. However, on the spectrum of mental illness, eating disorders are often forgotten. We live in a country where food and body image are ubiquitous in the media […]

Stretched too thin

Stretched too thin

With the implementation of the Mental Health Narratives, student organizations like Student Health on Campus (SHOC) and Active Minds, and the improvements in counseling services, Colby has made great strides in mental health awareness. However, on the spectrum of mental illness, eating disorders are often forgotten. We live in a country where food and body image are ubiquitous in the […]

Spread the wealth: we need women on our bills

Spread the wealth: we need women on our bills

In the first episode of the critically-acclaimed series The Wire, a trio of drug dealers discover that they’ve been given counterfeit money—more accurately, a piece of paper stained with coffee and bearing a hastily drawn portrait of Alexander Hamilton. The leader, D’Angelo becomes irate. “This look like money? Money be green! Money feel like money!” Another dealer defends, “It’s got […]