Why weren’t all of you at the Mix It Up retreat?

Last semester, I wrote an opinion piece titled “Nobody Cares,” regarding the lack of motivation and involvement that students demonstrate on a regular basis. There was the idea, at that time, that things would get better: we were at the end of the year after all, and people were likely too absorbed in their studies or a little burned out […]

by Megan Lasher· · 0 comments · Opinion

Civilly engaging Ms. Talbot-Ross

Civility, as defined by my trusty friend Google, is “the formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.”  Now, being civil can be equated with many things, one of those being a participation in civic engagement. In a recent panel that the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement hosted surrounding civility in American Politics, the discussion turned toward […]

by Kiernan Somers· · 0 comments · Opinion

Security’s fostering of mistrust

It would be safe to say that a new security policy, permitting security to patrol the halls of dorms without having been explicitly called in to do so, has raised some controversy in the Colby community. I first became aware of the policy during an overcrowded dorm meeting the week classes began. It was mentioned in passing among slew of […]

by Brandon Blackburn· · 0 comments · Opinion

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson: racist or realist?

As every informed observer of national sports issues has heard, Bruce Levenson, owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, has found himself at the center of a racial controversy just months after the Donald Sterling debacle that left the NBA reeling.  This new round of public outcry was catalyzed by the release of an internal email sent by Levenson to many […]

by Ryan Hoffman· · 0 comments · Opinion

Colby has a drinking problem

This past Saturday night, my girlfriend and I decided to try something that we’ve seldom done before: go out completely sober. This wasn’t our original intention, but our day had dictated it. After touring four Portland craft breweries as well as gorging ourselves on the opulent delicacies of Duckfat, the thought of finishing our day with cans of Bud Light […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Opinion

A succinct, sassy tale of Foss’s ultimate betrayal

Anyone who knows me reasonably well is aware that I have a very special relationship with Diet Coke.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m addicted—I could stop anytime, I just don’t want to—but dependent is definitely a fair description.  Over the course of my freshman, sophomore, and junior years, I enjoyed unlimited quantities of Diet Coke in […]

by Emily Berner· · 0 comments · Opinion

My father’s commentary on 9/11

As we all know, last week we commemorated the 13th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. While I’m sure the more senior individuals of our community remember the day most vividly, the explosions and mayhem that flooded my family’s TV remain some of my most prominent childhood memories. Oddly enough, at the time, I thought the day’s impact would be […]

by Jake Bleich· · 0 comments · Opinion

Wait… Colby has a career center?

As my friends will attest, I have a few loves in life: books, poetry, dance, and makeup. I realize that last one may have thrown you for a loop, but hear me out. I love all things literary. I actually enjoy grammar (I know, weird). A sentence full of assonance makes me more excited than the news that Chance the […]

by Elise Ozarowski· · 0 comments · Opinion

An alumnus’ petition to President David A. Greene

By Alan Taylor ‘77 Professor of History at the University of Virginia Dear President Greene: Please allow me, as an alum (class of 1977) to congratulate you as the new president of a college that has been essential to my personal and professional development. I have remained engaged with Colby in a variety of ways since my graduation. In 1984-1985 I […]

by Alan Taylor· · 3 comments · Opinion

Draughts and cheese: scorned soulmates

When you hear that cheese will be served at a gathering, an almost Pavlovian response erupts from the crowd as they ask if there will be wine as well. I guess all those black and white photos of wine and cheese parties have permanently permeated into our culture. However, the truth is putting the two stalwarts of the hors d’oeuvre […]

by Jon Eichholz· · 0 comments · Opinion