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Alfond Foundation, Colby, partner to invest $20 million into Downtown Waterville

Alfond Foundation, Colby, partner to invest $20 million into Downtown Waterville

At the annual Harvest at the Square Festival, Gregory W. Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and Colby President David A. Greene announced that the two organizations will be establishing a $20 million fund for the revitalization of Downtown Waterville. The Harold Alfond Foundation was established in 1950 and invests in projects in Maine. The Foundation has a long […]

Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

Colby plans boutique hotel on revered downtown site

The College is starting to put together its planned vision of a revitalized downtown Waterville. Numerous buildings on Main Street, including the former Elks Building at 13-15 Appleton Street, have already been razed and will serve as parking for future Colby needs. Meanwhile, the northeast corner of The Concourse, will be the location of a new downtown student dormitory. The […]

Seeing stars: Astronomy  Department gifted telescope

Seeing stars: Astronomy Department gifted telescope

Last Friday, Colby College became home to the largest operational viewing telescope in New England. The Young Observatory, a regional record-breaking .7 meter telescope, is four times more powerful than its predecessor the Collins Observatory. The Young Observatory, made possible by a gift from the Young family, will provide Colby students with pioneering research opportunities that were previously unattainable. Dale […]

by Jonathan Stempel· · 0 comments · News, Side Feature
Exclusive with The Novel Ideas

Exclusive with The Novel Ideas

This Friday night Colby will host the Massachusetts-based band The Novel Ideas. The group has played at Colby in the past, as part of the Friday Night Live concert series organized by SPB and during the Spring Loudness Festival in 2015. Self-identifying as a country-folk quintet, The Novel Ideas favor smooth and flowing melodies with gorgeous harmonies and jaunting (and […]

Hathaway Center up for sale

Hathaway Center up for sale

The Hathaway Center, home to some Colby College faculty, staff, and student has recently been put up for sale. The building has 67 high-end apartments and 120,000 square feet of office and retail space. A few years ago, the former shirt factory was transformed into an apartment and retail complex on Water Street in an attempt to jumpstart revitalization efforts […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Local, Side Feature
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2016: Where candidates stand in Maine

The Colby Echo previously reported on disgruntled Todd Michaud’s stolen Trump campaign signs. However, this energetic Trump support is likely not evidence of changing political allegiances in Waterville. President Obama carried 80% of Waterville voters in 2008, and FiveThirtyEight shows that Clinton will likely take the city. But the story is not the same in all of Maine, and a […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local
Colby receives grant from the Mellon Foundation

Colby receives grant from the Mellon Foundation

Colby recently received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of a campus-wide multidisciplinary initiative in environmental humanities. Founded in 1969, according to their website (mellon.org), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to “strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being […]

Colby moves up in numerous national rankings

Colby moves up in numerous national rankings

The value of the Colby College education is greater now than ever. The Class of 2020 was one of the most competitive and diverse applicant pools in the history of the college. For the past two years, high school and transfer applicant interest in the College has greatly increased. This past year, 9,833 students applied for a spot in the […]

by Anh Uong· · 1 comment · News, Side Feature
Environmental Studies majors talk summer internships

Environmental Studies majors talk summer internships

The experiences Colby students have over the summer vary greatly.  For some, it is a time of relaxation, for others a time of work.  For a select group of Environmental Studies (ES) majors, it means getting a precious opportunity to intern for an environmental organization.  That is because of the Environmental Studies stipend program, where ES majors submit applications for […]

by Drew Ladner· · 0 comments · Features, Headline Article
Bon Appétit revamps food options on campus

Bon Appétit revamps food options on campus

On June 31st, dining hall employees prepared their last meal under the management of Sodexo Inc – the College’s long time dining services partner. This came after the College’s decision in April to choose the Bon Appétit Management Company as the new dining services provider. In a statement issued by Executive Assistant Rose Meunier, the College outlined its vision for […]