Opinion

Security Corner with Bob Williams: Running Safety

Security Corner with Bob Williams: Running Safety

Every week, Colby Director of Security Robert Williams writes about a security issue that may affect the student population. Now that the new academic year has started and students are back, many are taking advantage of the nice weather and running outside.  To ensure everyone makes it back safely from their run I want to remind you of the running […]

by Robert Williams· · 0 comments · Opinion
Maine’s new “Hands Free” law: necessary or impractical?

Maine’s new “Hands Free” law: necessary or impractical?

As a driver in Maine, I will admit I was annoyed when I heard about the new law put into effect on Sept. 19. I was peeved that I would not be able to switch my playlist on my five hour drive home. I was mad that I would have to buy a ten dollar phone mount that blocks my […]

by Grace Dodig· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
A Freshman’s perspective on COOT

A Freshman’s perspective on COOT

In my hometown, we’re told that the summer spent between senior year of high school and freshman year of college is supposed to be the most stress-free time of your entire life, where your responsibilities are minimal, and relaxation is the priority. What I wasn’t told was that trying to relax and enjoy summer is made incredibly difficult by compounding […]

by Sean Fischer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
The battle with the invisible hand of advertising

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”

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 […]

by admin· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Opinion, Opinion
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

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