Opinion

On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

Late afternoon on a busy Wednesday I got a message from the producer of the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News.  She wanted me on with Tucker Carlson in a few hours, live, to talk about the free speech controversy at Berkeley, where a planned talk by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter was canceled due to security concerns.  When I heard […]

Is summer break the cause of Colby’s problems?

Is summer break the cause of Colby’s problems?

As an anthropology student at Colby, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how Colby’s social problems manifest themselves over time and across the campus. This year, in my research off-campus, a Mainer prompted me to think about how living together with a bunch of twenty-somethings might be different than just living in any small community. The first problem […]

by Nicolas Ramirez· · 0 comments · Opinion
Colby defeats Bowdoin, wins Dorm Electricity Competition

Colby defeats Bowdoin, wins Dorm Electricity Competition

Not only did we beat Bowdoin, Colby as a whole saved 13.06% of our electrical load from the baseline, or 18,677 kWh during the 2017 Dorm Electricity Competition. That’s enough energy to power the entire campus for three  days, or about $2,300 worth of electricity. The winners overall winners are: Taylor, who had a 41% reduction in electricity consumption from […]

by Maddie Partridge· · 0 comments · Opinion

To the class of 2021

(Inspired by the many, many lectures from my Dad, Fred J. Manigat.) College is undeniably one of the most drastic culture and overall lifestyle changes a young person will have to endure. As a senior in high school with college only a few months away, you’re so excited to finally be free and independent and move on to the next […]

by Charlee Manigat· · 0 comments · 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