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
The Scooter Squad manifesto

The Scooter Squad manifesto

Sleek, elegant, stylish, modern. These are the words I would use to describe my blue Razor Mark-A kick scooter. I call her Sheila. She has been with me since the beginning of sophomore year and is, by far, the greatest under-$30 purchase I have ever made. She is truly the prime example of the perfect blend of functionality and style. […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Time for another revolution? Calexit in context

Exploited by taxes, incensed by foreign policy blunders, and ruled by officials thousands of miles away, a group of individuals came together to demand independence. I speak, of course, of the “Calexit” initiative. Many Californians—nearly one in three, according to a recent Reuters poll—are in favor of withdrawing from the United States and forming their own country. When advocates of […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 4 comments · Opinion
Trump vs. Trump on Syria

Trump vs. Trump on Syria

Trump has swindled America. After running on a campaign of Syrian non-interventionism, Russian cooperation, and anti-Clinton foreign provocation, Trump has dumped his voter base in favor of the neoconservative warmongers. Last Thursday, without the approval of Congress, President Trump ordered the launch of scores of Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian Airfield. This marks the first time America has directly targeted […]

by Ryan Hara· · 0 comments · Opinion
The case for a longer spring break

The case for a longer spring break

Spring break tends to be everyone’s favorite time away from overwhelming school responsibilities. After all, it is the last one we get before everyone’s real favorite break: summer. Colby’s spring break is only a week, similar to that of other schools’. However, some schools have two weeks off. Considering how hard Colby students work in addition to our infamously short […]

by Charlee Manigat· · 0 comments · Opinion

Health care fail: dodged a bullet

The American Health Care Act’s failure was a victory for the American people. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP’s answer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare, would have lead to 24 million Americans losing coverage. Other analyses revealed more flaws in its policy as well as GOP […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Opinion
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