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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 […]

A brave new bark: what if animals spoke?

Imagine a normal morning at Colby College. We wake up, get dressed, and leave our dorms for breakfast and classes. As we begin walking, we notice the same squirrels that we see on campus every day. As always, our feelings towards the squirrels are an enigma; they are comforting yet confusing, entertaining yet concerning, comical yet strangely terrifying. But today, […]

Why Hillary’s emails matter

Last Wednesday night during the democratic debate, Bernie Sanders complained that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.” This statement was met with rapturous applause from the democratic audience and a maniacal grin from Clinton. To many, this was the moment where Clinton finally put this issue to bed, for the email scandal and its related investigations […]

by Ian Mansfield· · 2 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion

Those who puke shouldn’t have to juke medical care

“I honestly don’t think I’d call security unless I was, like, sure you were dying.” It may have only been two-seconds of eavesdropping as I passed a group of first-year girls while hiking up to the apartments, but this sentiment is hardly a lone occurrence. Over the past three years, I’ve written multiple pieces about my distaste of the College’s […]

A pie in review: Bob’s pumpkin

Desire. Passion. Ecstasy. My mind races as I tear away the crust from the Bob’s pumpkin pie to reveal delicate mounds of succulent filling. I moisten my lips and raise the crust to my face to breathe in its spicy aroma but can’t stop myself from nibbling on its tender ridges. Flakes of buttery bliss flutter to the floor as […]

by Ben Brougham· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
I wish Teach For America didn’t exist – and that’s exactly why I’m joining them

I wish Teach For America didn’t exist – and that’s exactly why I’m joining them

Throughout the past three years at Colby, I’ve wavered in my deliberations about Teach For America (TFA), the non-profit organization that recruits college graduates who have demonstrated leadership, academic excellence, and cultural understanding to teach in underserved communities across the nation. In recent years, TFA’s model has been subject to many sweeping, inferential criticisms, particularly on elite college campuses and […]

by Dylan Alles· · 1 comment · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion