After another journalist was murdered in Juarez, the inability of the press to cover U.S.-Mexico border violence was front-page international news last week—just as the most intrepid reporter on that beat, Alfredo Corchado, was set to receive the Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. Corchado, of the Dallas Morning News, has been threatened with death and worse for his efforts (see the American Journalism Review profile. The convocation was Sunday, Sept. 26, followed by a panel discussion Monday featuring Corchado and Angela Kocherga of Belo News, who was featured on the NewsHour last week. Event details are online.
Two insideColby staffers are abroad this semester, and they're sharing their experiences on insideColby.com. Podcaster Emily Fleming '12 is sending audio journals from Kenya, and already she has explored tribal singing and dancing and interviewed a rural farmer—her host father. Writer Hannah DeAngelis '12, who was excited as she planned to depart but confessed to being "terrified" in an iC essay, will be blogging about her transition to life in Senegal.
Nine Colby students had grants for summer work and study projects throughout Asia, thanks mainly to the Freeman Foundation. From curating museum exhibits to working in embassies and at nonprofits supporting migrant workers, opportunities for students spanned China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Cambodia. A new East Asian Studies Department website lists Freeman Foundation grants, the first John Roderick '36 Fund recipient, and firsthand reports from students who benefitted.
Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon will receive the C Club Person of the Year award at the C Club's Colby Night celebration Oct. 22 during Family Homecoming Weekend for her work as faculty liaison to the football team. Gordon also received the Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award during Reunion Weekend 2010 for her invaluable contributions to alumni programs. She was recently appointed to the Maine Judicial Responsibility and Disability Committee, which investigates complaints of misconduct against Maine judges. Read more about Gordon's role as faculty liaison to the football team in the Winter 2007-08 C Club Newsletter.
There's a new version of www.colby.edu designed just for mobile devices. The mobile website serves up the information and content that people on the go are most likely to need. Those pages are automatically formatted for the device being used and are customized for a smartphone's small screen. Among a longer list of customized pages are dining menus, calendars, directions to campus, directories, and athletics news and results. More »
Elly Bookman '09 won the 2010 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem "Another Thing I'd Rather Not Know About Myself," and her poem is featured on the back cover of the September/October 2010 American Poetry Review. "It's very unusual," said Adrian Blevins (English), who noted that most poets never make the feature page of the APR and that those who do usually make it much later in their careers. Elly also won Colby's Katherine Rogers Murray Prize for Original Poetry as a sophomore. She is entering her first year in the M.F.A. program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of Government Cal Mackenzie, an expert on the presidential appointments process, was called as an expert witness for the defense in the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana. Mackenzie was on Capitol Hill last week to testify in proceedings. As part of his confirmation process in 1994, Porteous was asked the standard question whether he knew of any past conduct that would bring him, or President Bill Clinton, who nominated him, embarrassment. Mackenzie testified that "it would set a bad precedent to remove a judge for answers to such a vague and subjective question" and that "he knew of no nominee who ever answered the embarrassment question yes, and yet no one has ever officially been sanctioned -- let alone faced removal from office -- for a no response." More at nola.com.
A hole in one! Not a bad outing for a first-year student's first weekend playing varsity golf. Steve Carroll '14 aced the lucky 13th hole at the Waterville Country Club, a 228-yarder. "That makes you remember why you put up with the frustration of the game," he told the Colby Echo. Billy Pettengill '11 had an ace a week later in the state tourney, as the coed golf team got off to a strong start. Soccer teams are both winning, football opens this Saturday at Trinity, and all schedules and scores are online.
President Adams and the Colby Board of Trustees cordially invite alumni, families, and friends to a victory celebration in Boston for the Reaching the World Campaign Wednesday, Oct. 6. Hosts Ann Marie Connolly P'07 and Bill Oates Jr. '65 will welcome you to the Plaza Ballroom of the Seaport Hotel in South Boston, where an hors d'oeuvres reception and presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. will recognize all donors to the campaign. More than 275 people already have registered. The RSVP deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 1. Register online.