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Reflections on speech and protest at Colby

Reflections on speech and protest at Colby

I admit to being conflicted. Following the ugly events at Berkeley and Middlebury, I am certain about only two things: a) members of the Colby community need to talk more openly about speech (including speech that is hateful and speech that is protest) before a similar crapstorm erupts here, and b) we need to find a reasonable middle ground between […]

by Walter Hatch· · 0 comments · Opinion
The temple of the invisible hand

The temple of the invisible hand

If you haven’t taken many economics courses, you may be under the impression that economics is all about money. It’s true that money (in the form of prices, incomes, etc.) is easy to measure and appears a lot in economic discussions, but it is not the main point of economics. Economics is about decision-making and well-being. Of course, humans being […]

by Mirco Dinelli· · 0 comments · Opinion
Breaking Down Barriers: The Oak Student Committee’s spring manifesto

Breaking Down Barriers: The Oak Student Committee’s spring manifesto

Last spring, the presidential election loomed over us as we explored the systemic violences we saw emerge from the bricks that hold together the college we call home. This fall, the election shook those same bricks and brought our attention from Mayflower Hill to Capitol Hill. Now, this spring, we as the Oak Student Committee want to unite those two […]

by Oak Student Committee· · 0 comments · Opinion

Should the drinking age be lowered?

While thinking about Doghead, I was reminded of a joke I heard a few years ago: “Sometimes I think it should be illegal for me to drink. Then I remember, it is illegal for me to drink.” It is funny, yes, but it also highlights the uneasy relationship the drinking age has with the real world. The vast majority of […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
A conversation on free speech and the Middlebury incident

A conversation on free speech and the Middlebury incident

The following transcribes a discussion between two Colby students regarding the campus protests of Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopolous. Ian Liphart ’18 (IL): Hey dude, did you hear about the protest of Charles Murray at Middlebury last Thursday? Ryan Hara ’18 (RH): Yeah. It’s scary man. Incidents like that are becoming more and more common across the country. Like you […]

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

Health care reform: Trump’s ticking time bomb

After President Trump’s joint-address to Congress—at which he gave a rough outline of a replacement for Obamacare—Trump told reporters, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman dryly noted that Trump’s remark drew “incredulous reactions from the approximately 100 percent of people who knew that health care could be so complicated.” Due to the scope of health […]

by James Burnett· · 0 comments · Opinion
Is a Colby education worth the high price tag?

Is a Colby education worth the high price tag?

With $64,000 a year, you could eat lunch and dinner at the Gramercy Tavern every day. You could go on 280 private helicopter tours of NYC. You could give away 178 season passes to Sugarloaf or attend the broadway musical Hamilton 128 times. You could also donate 213 irrigation pumps to families in need of clean water or 24,000 mosquito […]

by Sarah Backstrand· · 0 comments · Opinion
Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, many commentators focused on how Trump was able to seem more “presidential.” However, that commentators saw this speech as stable and on-topic does not reflect a shift in Trump’s approach to leadership, but rather the extent to which the bar for acting “presidential” has been lowered. In […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Opinion
Open Letter: How Much is too Much

Open Letter: How Much is too Much

Colby, We need a reality check.   We have a lot to celebrate this spring, but over the past two weeks, we’ve seen an incredible amount of vandalism done to this community, both tangible and intangible. From the seven broken exit signs in the Apartments and four (+) in Miller street, it’s not hard to miss that some of us […]

by John Kensinger· · 0 comments · Opinion
A continuation of dialogue on politics and education

A continuation of dialogue on politics and education

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for these civil discussions and towards the Echo for offering a vehicle for wider distribution. As Mr. Hanlon stated, these ongoing debates are key to challenging our own ideas and allowing the growth of rational political thought in this nation. These are trying times of political upheaval on both sides, and these […]

by Mike T. Wincek· · 0 comments · Opinion