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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, […]

Colby’s master plan: investigating the campus’ long term design

Colby’s master plan: investigating the campus’ long term design

Colby is in the news. Big news, too; the renaming of President Greene’s house to honor a former slave and custodian at Colby named Samuel Osborne recently made the front page of the Boston Globe. The Dare Northward campaign’s goal of $750 million is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by any liberal arts college, and has been widely […]

Stranger Things: The juxtaposition of the Two Colbys

Stranger Things: The juxtaposition of the Two Colbys

In the September faculty meeting, Provost Margaret McFadden made a brief reference to the existence of ‘the Two Colbys, a term that faculty at the meeting seemed familiar with. Following interviews with faculty and administrators, the Echo has discovered that this concept, little known among students, has been pervasive in faculty conversations for many years. Most  students are not familiar […]

Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

In an American political climate where outspoken politicians continue to generate headlines on a national level, Maine Governor Paul LePage has often garnered widespread media attention. Although his name recognition now extends beyond Maine’s borders, LePage got his start much closer to home and laid the foundation for a lasting legacy in Waterville by serving on city council for two […]

College defends progress against claims of campus inaccessibility

College defends progress against claims of campus inaccessibility

An estimated 34.2 million people in the United States have a disability that results in a functional limitation, including 6.5 million people who use a cane, walker, or crutches to assist with mobility, and 2.2 million people who depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks. Members of the Colby College community by and large are not confronted with these statistics, […]

The College announces $750 million comprehensive campaign

The College announces $750 million comprehensive campaign

Colby recently announced an ambitious, comprehensive campaign called “Dare Northward.” The campaign has already raised over $383 million and has a six-year goal of $750 million, making it the largest pursued fund in liberal arts history. “It’s a singular moment for Colby,” along with all liberal arts institutions, said College President David A. Greene in an interview with The Echo. […]

Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Old Town resident Michelle Cossar was about to watch her nephew’s football team play at Waterville High School when she snapped the photo that has since caused a firestorm. Before the game, the Star Spangled Banner played, as it had played many times before. But this time, a team of Oakland based roofers working nearby—Dwayne Harrison, Danny Thyng, and James […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local
New off campus housing policy

New off campus housing policy

In an email sent to students and faculty on Sunday, the College announced that all student housing, beginning in the 2018-19 academic year all student housing, , would be owned and controlled by the College. The notice, sent by Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94, the Dean of the College, said that students “shared the need to strengthen the residential experience of students […]

Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Dressed in a green polka dot nightgown, 20 month old Ayla Reynolds snuggled drowsily into bed at her paternal grandmother’s Waterville home on a cold December night. Her adventurous nature had caused a fall while with her father three weeks’ prior, resulting in the soft splint she wore on her left arm. Knowing of her niece’s rambunctious personality, aunt Elisha DiPietro cracked the door open to make sure Ayla had indeed gone to sleep nearly two hours after her 8:00 p.m. bed time. The toddler’s favorite doll peeped out under the covers; except for her breathing, everything was still. According to Ayla’s father, who was staying with his daughter in his mother’s Waterville home that night, this was all that happened in the late hours of December 16th, 2011. But that doesn’t explain why nearly a cup full of the young girl’s blood was recovered on his bedroom floor.

by Louisa Goldman· · 3 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local