Editor Pick Opinion

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Political correctness is (mostly) correct

Before I move into the heart of my opinion this week, I’d like to thank you all. Over the past three years, I’ve published an opinion piece in the Echo nearly every week. It’s become a ritual that I savor, not just because it makes me feel like a minor political pundit or some kind of anti-administration activist. I value […]

Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

Kasich-Cruz alliance: ill-conceived Hail Mary

The tumultuous #NeverTrump movement received some much needed rejuvenation this past week when the Donald’s remaining adversaries, “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz and John “1 in 38” Kasich, announced a combined effort to deny Trump the Republican nomination. The plan consists of each campaign shuttering their campaigns in states that lean toward the other candidate—Kasich is now focusing on Oregon and New […]

Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Last month at Emory University, a message in favor of Donald Trump led to wide­scale student protests. The message, which read “Trump 2016,” offended students to such a degree that Emory is seeking disciplinary or legal action against the offender. In a similar fashion on April 15, students from the University of Delaware chapter of Young Americans for Liberty were […]

Apology culture erodes institutions

Apology culture erodes institutions

Please note that I do not have the authority to speak on behalf of the editorial staff. The following piece reflects my own opinions, just as every opinion article has always reflected the views of the writer and not the Echo. At times I present undisclosed or privileged information, not to abuse the standing of my position, but to bring […]

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 […]