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Faculty task force proposes new system for distribution requirements

Faculty task force proposes new system for distribution requirements

In the 2016 school year, a group of Colby faculty members put forth a motion to establish a task force. This task force would reevaluate and potentially redesign student distribution requirements. The current model has been around for over 20 years at Colby and certain faculty, including Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty Russell Johnson, felt that a change was […]

by Bia Malaspina· · 0 comments · News
College and firm briefed students on potential future housing

College and firm briefed students on potential future housing

In the past two weeks, Colby has played host to an architectural firm investigating the current residential arrangement in order to suggest possible improvements. In an email to the student body, the Office of Campus Life urged students to make their voices heard at a meeting with these architects. “Do you have thoughts on your residence hall experience? How can […]

by Conall Butchart· · 0 comments · News
Prospect of COVID-19 threatens spring break and beyond

Prospect of COVID-19 threatens spring break and beyond

Student Response The Echo sent out a survey on the night of March 10 asking students for their opinions on how the College should approach maintaining health and safety in the face of COVID-19.  Over 345 students responded by 11:30 p.m. on March 10. Of students sampled in the survey, 48% of respondents feel that Colby should not shut down. […]

New furniture to be installed in Dana dining hall over spring break

New furniture to be installed in Dana dining hall over spring break

Students who frequently eat in Dana may have been shocked to find that the beloved booths were removed from the dining hall this past January and replaced with sets of small tables and chairs. This temporary layout will remain in the dining hall until spring break, when Dana will install brand new furniture throughout the space. The Echo spoke with […]

by Bia Malaspina· · 0 comments · News, Side Feature
Colby chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby pushes for voters’ recognition of climate policy

Colby chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby pushes for voters’ recognition of climate policy

On March 3, both the Waterville and Colby communities converged on the Elm, an event center, to vote in the Democratic primary and on the vaccine law referendum. The Portland Press Herald reported surging voter turnout across Maine, and in Waterville particularly. Some concerned citizens used this primary as an opportunity to highlight their concerns about climate change and about […]

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Colby students headed to the polls on Super Tuesday

Colby students headed to the polls on Super Tuesday

Colby students joined thousands of Americans to vote on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. Super Tuesday is the biggest voting day of the Democratic primaries, determining the allocation of 1,344, or 34%, of the Democratic Party’s delegates. A total of 14 states voted for their preferred candidate: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, […]

Heights suites moved to application based process for room draw

Heights suites moved to application based process for room draw

In an attempt to change the culture of Heights dormitory, Heights suites are now application based.  Jess Manno, director of Campus Life, explained in an interview with the Echo what the impetus behind this new process was. “[The new application system] came about because of turnover in residence life and the staffing area, as the person who used to be […]

by Mady Hand· · 0 comments · News, Side Feature
Incidents of dorm vandalism rise in residence halls

Incidents of dorm vandalism rise in residence halls

The Colby Student Handbook does not define the term “vandalism.” It does however state the following: “Vandalism and reckless damage to facilities and property are very serious concerns for the College and the well-being of our community.”  In a recent interview with the Echo, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Campus Planning Mina Amundsen shared some of the various forms […]

by Bia Malaspina· · 0 comments · News
Computer Science department receives prestigious grant from National Science Foundation

Computer Science department receives prestigious grant from National Science Foundation

The Colby Computer Science department recently received a $344,671 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help the College explore the idea of “computing across the curriculum.” For the particular grant Colby received, the area of focus was Computing in Undergraduate Education (CUE), specifically expanding the range of computer science into other disciplines. Other institutions awarded the same grant […]

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Colby quarantines students traveling from mainland China

Colby quarantines students traveling from mainland China

The number of cases of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, have been continuously increasing in China since January.  Originating in the city of Wuhan, cases have been found throughout both China and the United States. In late January, the World Health Organization declared the virus a world health emergency, prompting the US to suspend travel and recommend a period of […]