Opinion

Blackbox algorithms: the modern-day Plato’s cave

Blackbox algorithms: the modern-day Plato’s cave

The internet world in which we currently live is perfect. As social media users, we wield an immense amount of power to completely tailor who we are in our ability to pick and choose what we want the world to see of us. Our Facebooks, Twitters, Instagrams, Soundclouds, etc. essentially become highlight reels—presentations of perfected characters and personas we have […]

by Caroline Ferguson· · 0 comments · Opinion
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I’m a senior, so excuse me if I’m a bit verklempt

With less than two weeks left of the school year, I’m starting to get nostalgic. It was inevitable. I’m a senior, and graduation is just a couple of research papers away. I see the accepted students in the Spa and it takes me back to when I was just starting out. For about a week straight, I’ve had a Proustian […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

After the University of California, Berkeley disinvited conservative firebrand Ann Coulter from her scheduled speaking engagement over fears of violent protests, the blogosphere was alight with hundreds of think pieces. Was Berkeley violating Coulter’s First Amendment rights? Were the administration’s actions justified? Was Coulter smart to call its bluff and announce she’d be speaking anyway? The opinions were endless. I’m […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
The pros and cons of Colby’s isolated setting

The pros and cons of Colby’s isolated setting

Colby College is known in the world of higher education for its rigorous academics, sports, and prestige. Students come from all around the world for a liberal arts experience complete with  the tools and knowledge to lead them to a successful career and life. It is famous for its professors, philanthropy, and incredible community of caring and intellectual students. It […]

by Amy Tournas· · 0 comments · Opinion
Vice President Joe Biden gestures after donning a pair of sunglasses as he delivers the Class Day Address at Yale University, Sunday, May 17, 2015, in New Haven, Conn. Biden urged graduating students to question the judgment of others, but not their motives to build consensus. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Why is Biden so beloved: A millenial’s perspective

When Joe Biden was announced as Colby’s commencement speaker, the response was jubilation. Everyone I encountered, student and faculty alike, expressed excitement regarding the selection. From my friend squealing, “Are you serious?” to my professors’ more measured, but equally fond appraisals, positive reactions were unanimous. This is no easy feat in today’s political climate. The unanimity is even more surprising […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
I’ve learned all I need to, thanks

I’ve learned all I need to, thanks

I am in a classroom filled with books. Long books, short books, pamphlets, academic journals. Were I to stay in this room for a while, six months maybe, I could read them all. This would make me smarter, better informed, better at reading, better at writing. A better person? Probably. But I have my doubts. Knowledge is power, they say, […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
The Scooter Squad manifesto

The Scooter Squad manifesto

Sleek, elegant, stylish, modern. These are the words I would use to describe my blue Razor Mark-A kick scooter. I call her Sheila. She has been with me since the beginning of sophomore year and is, by far, the greatest under-$30 purchase I have ever made. She is truly the prime example of the perfect blend of functionality and style. […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Exploited by taxes, incensed by foreign policy blunders, and ruled by officials thousands of miles away, a group of individuals came together to demand independence. I speak, of course, of the “Calexit” initiative. Many Californians—nearly one in three, according to a recent Reuters poll—are in favor of withdrawing from the United States and forming their own country. When advocates of […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 4 comments · Opinion
Trump vs. Trump on Syria

Trump vs. Trump on Syria

Trump has swindled America. After running on a campaign of Syrian non-interventionism, Russian cooperation, and anti-Clinton foreign provocation, Trump has dumped his voter base in favor of the neoconservative warmongers. Last Thursday, without the approval of Congress, President Trump ordered the launch of scores of Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian Airfield. This marks the first time America has directly targeted […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
The case for a longer spring break

The case for a longer spring break

Spring break tends to be everyone’s favorite time away from overwhelming school responsibilities. After all, it is the last one we get before everyone’s real favorite break: summer. Colby’s spring break is only a week, similar to that of other schools’. However, some schools have two weeks off. Considering how hard Colby students work in addition to our infamously short […]

by Charlee Manigat· · 0 comments · Opinion