Opinion

The battle with the invisible hand of advertising

As Silicon Valley continues to boom and new devices and apps pop up by the minute, it is becoming increasingly challenging to live in America and avoid mass media.  Whether it is at home watching NBC, buying toilet paper on Amazon, or on a mobile device watching YouTube videos of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, advertising seems to be inescapably all […]

by Camilla di Galoma· · 0 comments · Opinion

In response to “Mind the Gap: gender disparity in Heights”

Upon reading the article “Mind the Gap: gender disparity in Heights,” published in the Echo, we could not help but feel angered and offended by many of the ideas posited in the article. As current Heights residents, we very much agree with many ideas put forward by the author. Heights, as a college residence, is lacking in a number of […]

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The importance of college radio shows

The importance of college radio shows

The radio might seem quaint, something only old people in Waterville listen to. Rightfully so – most people these days listen to music online with programs like Spotify and Apple Music, making the radio seems like an outdated place to look for new music. Still, college radio has uses beyond just music. College radio is the ideal local broadcasting because […]

by Amya Bhalla· · 0 comments · Opinion

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, […]

On the Outside Looking In: The Musings of a Low-Income Student

On the Outside Looking In: The Musings of a Low-Income Student

I suppose it’s a bit cliché to say that I feel like more of an outsider at Colby than I do anywhere else, but what term other than “outsider” (or perhaps “imposter”) could be used to describe a working-class individual at an elite liberal arts college with at $60,000 plus tuition? That’s more than twice my family’s annual income. Back […]

by Tamar Cimenian· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
The hidden meaning behind the Colby sweatshirt

The hidden meaning behind the Colby sweatshirt

Wikipedia describes school spirit as  “the sense of identity and community shared by members of an educational institution.” Even without this definition, however, I knew about school spirit in U.S. colleges even before I boarded my airplane to start my freshman year at Colby. When I first began to consider writing an article about the first year experience, school spirit […]

by Himanshu Bhurtel· · 0 comments · Opinion
How to get away with addressing social issues

How to get away with addressing social issues

In early October, How To Get Away With Murder, another one of Shonda Rhimes’s brilliant series, aired the second episode of Season Four titled “I’m Not Her.” The episode exemplifies a multifaceted approach to addressing an array of social issues such as mass incarceration and police brutality. In the episode the main character, a high-profile African-American lawyer named Annalise Keating, […]

by Camilla di Galoma· · 0 comments · Opinion
Questioning Colby’s True North

Questioning Colby’s True North

David A. Greene has been here as long as I have been here, and he and his administration have continuously and thoughtfully announced initiative after initiative that will fundamentally change what occurs on Mayflower Hill. Most recently, Dare Northward made local news headlines as the largest campaign fund in the history of liberal arts institutions. Are students upset by this? […]

by Will Walkey· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
What’s up with Heights?

What’s up with Heights?

Have you ever seen a tour heading up to The Heights to give prospective students a look at dorm life? That’s right, you haven’t.  Apropos of Jamie Schwartz ’18 in her article, “Colby’s Dorm Crisis,” I wanted to draw attention to the fact that the College seems to be content with allocating limited funds to the upkeep and repair of […]

by Nick McElroy· · 0 comments · Opinion
Sharon Corwin, Professor of Art; Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art and Chief Curator gives her insights on the College’s place in fostering debate around art-related topics in paper and around campus.

Art that inspires debate

Socially conscious art plays an important role in our culture. It can ask us to face injustices, inequalities, and common histories. There are many examples of public artworks that take on pressing societal concerns, and Nina Oleynik ’18 gives us a compelling one in her Sept. 28 Op-Ed in the Echo that looks at Kara Walker’s powerful sculpture A Subtlety, […]

by Sharon Corwin· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion