Opinion

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
The Early Bird Charm

The Early Bird Charm

It may seem illogical to pay for breakfast outside of Colby when you can eat for free right on campus. However, when it comes to places like Early Bird restaurant, the $8 you spend pays for more than just a plate of banana chocolate chip pancakes and a cup of coffee. When you pay for breakfast at Early Bird, you […]

by Andrew Egger· · 0 comments · Opinion
International Student: Label or Identity?

International Student: Label or Identity?

On Sept. 16 a group of 32 students and two faculty members visited Camp Tracy in Oakland, Maine for an overnight stay as part of the Mix It Up Retreat organised by Colby’s International Club. The theme for this year’s retreat was ‘Pop the Bubble’. The fact that it was organized by Colby’s International Club naturally attracted more international students […]

by Himanshu Bhurtel· · 2 comments · Opinion
Our house, our rules: a defense of off-campus living

Our house, our rules: a defense of off-campus living

Many Colby students are familiar with the anxiety and drama that housing stirs up towards the end of every year. An increase of students results in an increase of stress when looking for a place to live on campus. We all have our preferences. We know the places we want to live and the places that we would rather cut […]

Is the hard alcohol ban responsible for excessive binge drinking?

Is the hard alcohol ban responsible for excessive binge drinking?

After 13 transports so far this school year due to over intoxication, Colby as a community is forced to assess its drinking culture. What are we doing wrong? Where can we improve? How are people hitting such high levels of intoxication? Binge drinking is definitely the source of these transports, and it feels as though it’s becoming more and more […]

by Merrill Read· · 1 comment · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion