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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 […]

Colby needs a real Arabic program

Colby needs a real Arabic program

I think it’s safe to say that the Middle East plays a large role in both global politics and economics. As someone who studies the Middle East substantially, maybe I’m a little bit biased, but I’ll stand by that statement. And once again, as someone who studies the Middle East pretty extensively, I feel cheated by Colby for impeding the […]

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One nation, under Islamaphobia

One nation, under Islamaphobia

“One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” When I reached high school, I stopped reciting the pledge of allegiance. It made me uncomfortable, and I could never figure out why until now. It’s not true. Here’s the thing: this country does not give freedom or ascribe equality to all its members. The U.S. was built on […]

Tragedy in Paris: now what?

Tragedy in Paris: now what?

Friday night, November 13, I made a quiche at my friend Hayley’s apartment. We sipped red wine and listened to jazz music. We ate overlooking the most breathtaking view of Paris, with a front row seat to the Eiffel tower. We decided to call it an early night, and I left for the metro at about 9:30 p.m. It was […]

Cultural mockery: an open letter to that kid

What follows here is a true account of how a happy Halloween turned into a crappy one. So let’s start from the beginning, the day before. So…it’s Hallows Eve and, like every other day before a festive holiday at college that requires some kind of dressing up, I have nothing. I scavenged through my “costume chest” with no luck. No […]

Finding meaning in the age of delayed adulthood

Finding meaning in the age of delayed adulthood

For long stretches towards the end of high school, I imagined myself at a stoplight, waiting for my life to begin. Nothing I did seemed to matter: the papers I wrote were read, graded, and forgotten instantly; the friendships I fostered arose from proximity rather than love, and I could feel them fading with every passing week; and my job […]

Political theater: why Hillary’s emails are a non-issue

Political theater: why Hillary’s emails are a non-issue

Over the past few months, the 2016 presidential race appears more akin to political theater then politics. We have Bernie Sanders, the underdog, taking on the Clinton political machine with his special brand of democratic socialism. On the other side, there’s firebrand Donald Trump, whose mix of nationalism and pure pompousness have propelled him to the front of the Republican […]