Colby Magazine Colby Online Stories about alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Colby, as well as a class notes section. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:14:47 EDT en Copyright 2014 Colby College (Colby College) (Colby College) Colby Magazine Colby Online After 40 Years, Time to Reflect Athletics;,Athletics:Men\'s Basketball Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>In a wide-ranging conversation with Colby editor Gerry Boyle '78, Dick Whitmore looks back on his life with Colby basketball</p> Icons and How We Remember History Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:34:48 EDT (Colby College) <p>What is the defining image of climate change?</p> Slow-footed, Penalty-prone&mdash;But Something in Common with Bill Russell Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>A biographer explains how Colby soccer helped him understand a great athlete</p> Q&A: Jestina Mukoko Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>The 2010 Oak Human Rights Fellow on her abduction in Zimbabwe, its lasting effects, and the mission of the Zimbabwe Peace Project</p> Amy Weston '10 Chases Her Star Academics:Physics and Astronomy,Academics:Womens Gender and Sexuality Studies,Class Year:Class of 2010,Inspired:Learning Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Gender Studies major and astronomy minor finds NASA the perfect fit</p> Opportunity Calls Academics:Government,Class Year:Class of 2008,Class Year:Class of 1973,Inspired:Learning,Inspired:Lives Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Christina Feng '08 taps Barclays head Robert E. Diamond '73 to bring finance to the classroom</p> Record NCAA Run for Women's Lacrosse Athletics;,Athletics:Women\'s Lacrosse,Class Year:Class of 2009 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:32:00 EDT (Colby College) Mules make DIII quarterfinals before falling to top-ranked Hamilton Three Nominated as Alumni Trustees Alumni;,Awards/Recognition:Alumni,Class Year:Class of 2004,Class Year:Class of 1997,Class Year:Class of 1985 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:18:48 EDT (Colby College) Causey, James, Woodfork nominated as alumni trustees Maine Outdoors Meets Urban Chic Academics:Economics,Class Year:Class of 1987,Inspired:Lives,Inspired:Maine Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Chris Vickers '87, vice president of L.L.Bean Signature, leads revamping of L.L.Bean's iconic style</p> The Public Side of a Private Person Academics:Economics,Class Year:Class of 2002,Inspired:Lives Tue, 02 Mar 2010 11:20:02 EST (Colby College) CIA agent Elizabeth Hanson '02, killed in Afghanistan, was complex, passionate, "the shadow in the picture." <br /><br /> Promoting Poly-rhythms Academics:Music,Campus Life:Student Activities,Class Year:Class of 2010,Class Year:Class of 2009 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 08:41:18 EST (Colby College) African drummers pre-release two songs At Colby Bookstore, No Sweat Students; Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:29:39 EST (Colby College) Vendors who want to sell their goods through the Colby Bookstore have to provide more than a decent product. They have to demonstrate their commitment to fair labor practices.If a company is unwilling to make that pledge through a stated code of conduct, or if the code the vendor supplies doesn&rsquo;t meet Colby&rsquo;s criteria for sweatshop-free manufacturing, there&rsquo;s no deal. Said Bookstore Director Barbara Shutt, &ldquo;They can&rsquo;t have the order if they don&rsquo;t.&rdquo;The Colby Bookstore&rsquo;s anti-sweatshop initiative, begun a decade ago, advocates fair labor practices in the production of merchandise, with a policy that declares, &ldquo;We believe that any products bearing the Colby name or logo should be manufactured with the same values and commitment to human and environmental rights that we have at Colby.&rdquo;The policy often results in the purchase of more American-made products, since the United States federally regulates labor by instituting a minimum wage and worker protection laws, unlike many countries. While it may be cheaper to carry products assembled in sweatshops, price isn&rsquo;t a deciding factor, Shutt said: &ldquo;You can definitely get cheaper, but we prefer to carry a lot of products made in the U.S.A.&rdquo; By maintaining the Colby Bookstore&rsquo;s efforts to sell sweat-free products, Shutt reminds companies that consumers are interested in products&rsquo; supply chains. &ldquo;It helps [vendors] to realize we do care,&rdquo; she said. Shutt noted that the sweat-free initiative at the Colby Bookstore predated current students&rsquo; interest in labor conditions. &ldquo;We were out there before students became pretty heavily interested at Colby,&rdquo; she said.Through student clubs such as Amnesty International, the Environmental Coalition, and the League of Progressive Voters, students are voicing their interest in where products come from. &ldquo;The fact that the bookstore is sweat-free allows students to become more socially conscious consumers,&rdquo; said Amelia Swinton &rsquo;10, an officer of Colby&rsquo;s chapter of Amnesty International. &ldquo;Access to sweat-free Colby apparel is something that Colby as an institution has been progressive in providing for students.&rdquo;While labor conditions are the most pressing concern in evaluating the bookstore&rsquo;s products, students and parents shopping in the bookstore in recent years may have noticed an increasing &ldquo;green&rdquo; selection as well. &ldquo;With regard to the environmentally friendly products, we look for more and more recycled goods,&rdquo; explained Shutt.All of the bags used by the bookstore have a post-consumer component and use water-based inks, Shutt explained. Additionally, the bookstore hopes to become active in a New England-based recycling program for the plastic bags. Schutt instructs cashiers to prompt more-thoughtful consumer practices with regard to plastic bag usage. &ldquo;What we are trying to say now is, &lsquo;Do you need a bag today?&rsquo; and most people, after they think about it will say, &lsquo;No.&rsquo;&rdquo; When Shutt explores product options, she is drawn to creative innovations. For example Shutt switched the classic Colby travel mug for something that essentially looks the same but is lighter, thus reducing Colby&rsquo;s carbon footprint from shipping. Similarly, one can now buy pencils and pens which, including the products themselves and their packaging, are composed of 40 to 70 percent recycled materials. &ldquo;I look for people doing things smarter,&rdquo; Shutt said. Prepping for the NFL -- on Mayflower Hill Academics:Classics,Academics:English,Athletics;,Athletics:Football,Class Year:Class of 1993 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:41:17 EST (Colby College) Eric DeCosta &rsquo;93 entered Colby with a strong r&eacute;sum&eacute; as a running back from eastern Massachusetts. He left after four years as a solid Division III linebacker. But DeCosta also came away from Colby with a strong interest in Greek literature&mdash;thanks to his degree in English and classic civilization&mdash;and a sense that he could succeed in whatever field he entered.&ldquo;Colby taught me confidence,&rdquo; said DeCosta, now director of player personnel for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. &ldquo;The toughest thing I ever have ever done was daily going to class at Colby and being around smart kids and brilliant professors. That was a challenge to me. &ldquo;I learned to think on my feet, with public-speaking classes and being in pressure situations. They prepared me for what I wanted to do in life. Colby prepared me to do anything. Given the opportunity, I felt I would be successful.&rdquo;That confidence was built on the football field as well.Colby Football Coach Ed Mestieri remembers DeCosta as an under-sized but determined linebacker, a very bright player who quickly absorbed the team playbook and strategies. &ldquo;He had an intuitive ability for the game that has no bounds to size and speed,&rdquo; Mestieri said. &ldquo;He was tough. He was really tough.&rdquo;Early on DeCosta confided that he wanted to work in the NFL, his coach recalled. &ldquo;I had time to sit him down and explained the work ethic that was required and the time commitment that was required. You work until the job is done. I really laid it out for him. He helped out in the office after his senior year, anything he could do.&rdquo;&ldquo;I felt if someone would bring me in, I could make an impact and show what I could do,&rdquo; said DeCosta. &ldquo;The biggest challenge was getting [into the NFL]. Colby is not a football institution. It is not Oklahoma. I did not play in the NFL. I did not play Division I. I felt I had to get some NFL experience on my r&eacute;sum&eacute;.&rdquo;Mestieri played at Springfield College under then-assistant coach Charley Casserly, who went on to become general manager of the Washington Redskins. Thanks to Mestieri and the Colby staff, DeCosta garnered a graduate fellowship at Trinity College and parlayed that to an internship with the Redskins in 1995. It was his foot in the door.&ldquo;He was a hard-working guy with a lot of enthusiasm,&rdquo; Casserly said of DeCosta. &ldquo;He was intense about getting his work done. All of the things you see now, you saw the potential back then. He has done a terrific job [in Baltimore]. He has had a hand in their success.&rdquo;If Casserly were hiring a general manager, he would consider DeCosta &ldquo;the number-one candidate.&rdquo;DeCosta landed his first full-time job in the NFL with the Ravens in 1996 in the scouting department. After leading the team&rsquo;s scouting department for six years, he was promoted to director of player personnel in January 2009. He&rsquo;s been with the Ravens for 13 years, a long time by NFL standards. And he&rsquo;s happily settled into his life outside of football, at home in Baltimore County with his wife, Lacie, a former All-America lacrosse player at Randolph-Macon College, and their son and daughter.But his NFL goals do not stop here.&ldquo;I do want to be a general manager,&rdquo; said DeCosta, who still scouts at least one college game during fall weekends and sometimes two per week. &ldquo;I am not in a rush to be a general manager. I want to make sure that when I get the opportunity I&rsquo;m ready to succeed. Some guys have so much ambition they will take a job before they are ready, and they fail. Just because you are a good scout doesn&rsquo;t mean you will be a good general manager.&rdquo;DeCosta is not the only Colby graduate in the front office of the Ravens. Mark Azevedo &rsquo;04, a former tight end with a degree in American studies and a minor in administrative science, spent his fifth season with the Ravens in 2009 as a pro scout. He won the Paul &ldquo;Ginger&rdquo; Frazier award after his senior year at Colby. Azevedo said Colby was an ideal place for him to learn about the game.Said Mestieri of Colby, &ldquo;This is the kind of place where you may not play in the NFL, but you may go to work there.&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>David Driver has covered college and pro sports for 20 years and is the former sports editor of the daily </em>Baltimore Examiner<em>. He can be reached through his Web site at</em> Helping Students Dress for Success Academics:Career Center,Campus Life;,Campus Life:Student Government,Students; Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:29:52 EST (Colby College) SGA is launching the Colby Clothes Closet to help students get access to clothes they may need. Metamorphoses: Myth and Colby Academics;,Academics:Classics,Academics:Theater and Dance,Inspired:Learning,Students; Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) What do Greek myths, swimming pools, weather, and Harry Potter have in common? Each is part of The Metamorphoses Project, a campus-wide web of events exploring the broader theme of mythological narrative through history and contemporary life, according to faculty organizers. Through classes, museum exhibits, and performances, students and area residents are discovering how myths operate in and through the various disciplines of a liberal arts environment. <strong>Videos from Metamorphoses</strong> Eurydice Sea Battle The Kingfisher Song The project continues through the fall semester and spans the campus, from the Colby College Museum of Art to Strider Theater and back to science, humanities, and interdisciplinary classrooms. Project-related courses range from Religious Responses to Harry Potter to Weather, Climate, and Society, in which students discuss the cultural roots of weather and climate engineering. Offerings include: A course in the Classics Department, taught by Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor Kerill O&rsquo;Neill, will produce a guide to the art museum&rsquo;s exhibit Myth and Metamorphosis, featuring artwork from the Colby and Bowdoin museum collections. The exhibition will then open to the public through January. The museum&rsquo;s outreach program will offer tours to area schoolchildren throughout the duration of the Metamorphoses Project. Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing has prepared, in conjunction with local teachers, lesson plans on mythology for use by K-12 teachers. Across campus, an enormous pool was built on Strider Theater&rsquo;s stage as the setting for Ovid&rsquo;s Greek myths as told in Mary Zimmermann&rsquo;s play Metamorphoses. The Theater and Dance Department&rsquo;s November production of Metamorphoses will bring to life a collection of gods and goddesses, some infamous denizens of the underworld, even a psychiatrist providing analysis for Apollo&rsquo;s son, Phaeton. During the show, the lobby of the Runnals Building will itself metamorphose into a gallery featuring student photography on the theme of myth in the 21st century and new works by Maggie Libby &rsquo;81, visual resources curator for Colby&rsquo;s libraries. The Hidden World, curated by Kendyl Sullivan &rsquo;11, will explore student definitions of myth through the camera lens. Libby&rsquo;s New Works on paper surveys stories of Midas, Orpheus, disappearance, and love. The artwork will remain on display through the end of the project in December. There is more about specific Metamorphoses Project events at the News and Events Web page. Same College, Different Person Students; Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:41:31 EDT (Colby College) Each student has reasons for choosing Colby. For Zoe Hermann '13, it was more than just two older brothers leading the way. Six Months Out Academics:Career Center,Alumni;,Class Year;,Class Year:Class of 2009,Inspired:Lives,Students; Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:32:32 EDT (Colby College) Last year's graduates share as their lives unfold Small World Thu, 07 May 2009 13:58:52 EDT (Colby College) Christie Shu '09 is bound for Kazakhstan as her cultural exchange <br /> mission continues Making Connections Academics:Career Center,Alumni; Thu, 07 May 2009 13:36:46 EDT (Colby College) Colby bond crosses generations, forges careers "I'm going to Colby" Academics:Education,Campus Life:Off-Campus,Civic Engagement;,Inspired:Maine,Multicultural;,Students; Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:12:35 EDT (Colby College) Native American students get taste of college from spring break program From the Ground Up International; Tue, 21 Apr 2009 13:55:52 EDT (Colby College) Costa Rica community-service assignment begins alum's financial career Colby and the Ballroom Blitz Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:24:39 EDT (Colby College) Mention ballroom dancing and most people think sequined costumes and &ldquo;Dancing with the Stars.&rdquo; I am one of those people, but I also think of the Winslow High School Raiders. Alexandra Desaulniers &#39;11 (center in white) rehearses cha-cha choreography for the Allegria performance.Last fall my dance partner from the Colby Ballroom Dance Team, Corey Martin &rsquo;10, asked for my help teaching ballroom to students from his high school alma mater. I was happy to oblige, hoping at best for a handful of semi-enthusiastic students. What I found was a group of almost 100 high schoolers eager and willing to learn traditional ballroom dance. Who knew? As a freshman at Colby, I hit the floor with my feet flying and joined the Ballroom Dance Team. I quickly picked up American and international styles from dance instructor Bruce Olson &rsquo;76 of Blue Wave Studio on Main Street and traveled on weekends to Boston and as far away as Connecticut for competitions. As a native Mainer from Rockland, I was excited to finally find at Colby an opportunity to dance. Never did I dream that the dances I enjoyed as a college sophomore were being learned and loved by high school students in a small town just across the Kennebec River. Winslow might on the surface seem to be a typical small central Maine town; it was home for many years to a thriving paper mill&mdash;now shut down&mdash;and is steeped in tradition and a deep love of athletics. In high school sports&mdash;basketball, hockey, football&mdash;the Black Raiders are formidable. However, spending every Saturday in January and February dancing with 97 students at Winslow High School showed me a whole other side of town. Selena Demchak, a French language teacher at Winslow High School, started the dance and music program Allegria in 1998 as a way to incorporate literature she taught in the classroom with dance and music styles she could teach after school. The idea, she said, was to give her students &ldquo;a richer experience.&rdquo; And has she ever. Allegria, the Spanish word for joy, has brought that and much more to a group of dedicated students, their teachers (including me), and their audiences for the past 11 years. After dancing ballroom styles competitively at the collegiate level for the past two years, I have enjoyed seeing the joy and fresh spirit the high school students bring to their performance. It has reminded me why I choose to dedicate my time to dancing and teaching, whether at Winslow High or at social dances in Page Commons. &ldquo;Dancing is fun,&rdquo; said Dianna Wendell, a sophomore at Winslow High. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why I do it,&rdquo; Fun, yes. Hard work, too. Small groups of students rehearse 10 to 12 different styles of dance, learning choreography for one dance each hour for seven hours on Saturdays. Remember that many of these students juggle three seasons of team sports, part-time jobs, and homework and are still able to find the time to organize the production from the ground-up. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re a big sports town, and there are a lot of other things we can do, so it&rsquo;s sometimes tough to get especially the guys out here to dance,&rdquo; one student said. &ldquo;But when we get the group together, it&rsquo;s always great.&rdquo; The students&rsquo; two months of dedication culminated in March with an evening performance for parents, friends, and locals. On the program: waltz, tango, swing, even an Irish step dance performed by tappers and an Indian-inspired group dance. Who says soccer players can&rsquo;t cha cha? Corey Martin &#39;10 teaches swing lifts to two Winslow High students as Alexandra Desaulniers &#39;11, right, spots the high flyer during a rehearsal for Allegria, a ballroom dance show.While sports remain &ldquo;who we are,&rdquo; according to Winslow High School&rsquo;s main athletics Web page, Allegria and ballroom dancing have sparked interest in some of the most unlikely places. At a rehearsal one Saturday, I noticed a youngster watching his older sister learning the waltz. As I took him for a spin around the cafeteria floor that doubles as the group&rsquo;s practice space, I could tell he was eager to learn as much as possible. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to be in high school so I can be in Allegria,&rdquo; he said. And after the waltz, he took a bow, following the lead of the guys in the high school group. One small boy; one big dose of inspiration. The students&rsquo; enthusiasm, along with a small cup of Tim Horton&rsquo;s coffee, was more than enough to make me want to wake up at 7 a.m. on my only day off during a busy spring semester and help these students remember to keep their elbows up and shoulders down, to lead with their toes and bend at the knees&mdash;and most importantly to have fun doing something that they very clearly love. Epilogue: <em>After two months of Saturdays, I had the chance to see the final product of all the hard work. I was completely blown away. Even after watching the students learn new steps, master their choreography, and organize the production for an audience of over 300 family, school and community members, I was amazed at how the dances and the music melded into a truly wonderful show. Whether clapping along with the rest of the audience to the beats in hustle and a Bollywood dance or feeling chills when watching the flawless and heart-felt waltz, I was humbled to know that I had the opportunity to work with these students. I will definitely remember the experience, and can&rsquo;t wait to work with them next year.</em> Time for Progress to Pass Racism By Wed, 04 Mar 2009 11:29:10 EST (Colby College) Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Multicultural Programs Joseph Atkins has a very memorable couple of days Students Hope to Help with Grant-writing Skills Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:06:27 EST (Colby College) Lauren Sterling of the Maine Governor&#39;s Children&#39;s Cabinet talks to students at a grant writing workshop.Though they received no academic credit for meeting two evenings each week, 22 students completed a Jan Plan enrichment series on how to research and write grant proposals for nonprofit and community-based organizations. They ended the course with a group dinner in Dana and with new tools to have a positive impact in their communities. Through presentations by local and state nonprofit coordinators and directors, workshops gave students a sense of what it takes to research and write successful grant proposals for nonprofit and community-based organizations. Students said the presentations offered them new options for civic engagement, whether in their hometowns or at Colby and in Waterville. &ldquo;There is so much happening in Waterville. It would be great to help there,&rdquo; said Jena Hershkowitz &rsquo;12, after the final session. She said that working for a nonprofit in New York this past summer showed her how difficult it can be to find someone with experience in this area. &ldquo;Now if they need a grant writer, I know I can help.&rdquo; At the final workshop, Program Director of the Maine Governor&rsquo;s Children&rsquo;s Cabinet Lauren Sterling gave students a look at her work helping at-risk children and teens through state and through local nonprofit initiatives. Other professional presentations included Janet Henry of the Maine Philanthropy Association, Jeff Smith of, Christina Foster and Mari Jones of the Maine Philanthropy Center, Cherie Galyean of the Maine Community Foundation, Manny Gimond, Colby geographic information systems and quantitative analysis specialist, and Sandy Maisel, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Each spoke about experiences researching and writing grants including the initiatives they have been able to support through successful proposals. Two seniors imagined the impact the course will have in their futures. Katie-Elyse Turner &rsquo;09 and Brian Wadugu &rsquo;09 agreed that, as they look to graduation and full-time careers, grant writing is an important skill to have. &ldquo;It came at just the right time,&rdquo; said Wadugu. The course offered &ldquo;real-world skills&rdquo; that Turner noted would be very marketable as she&nbsp; plans to pursue a career in public health. Both said their interest in learning a valuable skill convinced them to enroll even though the course carried no academic credit. The idea for the Jan Plan workshop series was a collaboration between Community Outreach Coordinator Marnie Terhune and Associate Dean of Students Barbara Moore, Moore considers grant writing an essential skill from a career perspective, while Terhune sees the potential for students to give something back to their communities.This Jan Plan course, in which 30 students participated, was the first of its kind at Colby. &ldquo;For a first-time effort, I&rsquo;m pretty pleased,&rdquo; Terhune said. She noted that, although students came to the course with varied backgrounds, they learned skills that can make an impact in various pursuits. Terhune is proposing a more in-depth series of workshops for next Jan Plan. She said she hopes the next course, held in conjunction with the Career Center, the Goldfarb Center, Colby 360, and Colby Cares About Kids, will let students continue learning to research and write grants while collaborating directly with local nonprofits and contributing to the greater Waterville community.<em></em> Inaugural Leader Academics;,Academics:Government,Class Year:Class of 1999,Inspired;,Inspired:Lives Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:38:38 EST (Colby College) Emmett Beliveau '99 manages the details I'll Never be a Crocodile Thu, 08 Jan 2009 15:33:12 EST (Colby College) Emily Goodnow '09J loves Mali, but... Audio: Times Change, People Change, Diapers Change Thu, 08 Jan 2009 11:12:38 EST (Colby College) /*{{{ general playlist settings, light gray */ div.playlist { float:left; } div.playlist, div.clips { width:290px; } div.clips a { display:block; background-color:#fefeff; padding:12px 15px; height:66px; width:450px; font-size:12px; border:1px outset #ccc; text-decoration:none; color:#000; } div.clips a.first { border-top-width:1px; } div.clips a.playing, div.clips a.paused, div.clips a.progress { background-color:#f9f9fa; border:0; } div.clips a.progress { opacity:0.6; } div.clips a.paused { background-position:0 0; } div.clips a span { display:block; font-size:11px; color:#000; } div.clips a em { font-style:italics; font-size:11px } div.clips a:hover { background-color:#f9f9fa; } div.clips a.playing:hover, div.clips a.paused:hover, div.clips a.progress:hover { background-color:transparent !important; } /*}}}*/ /*{{{ petrol colored */ div.clips.petrol a { background-color:#193947; color:#fff; border:1px outset #193947; } div.clips.petrol a.playing, div.clips.petrol a.paused, div.clips.petrol a.progress { background:url( no-repeat 0px -69px; border:0; } div.clips.petrol a.paused { background-position:0 0; } div.clips.petrol a span { color:#aaa; } div.clips.petrol a em { color:#FCA29A; font-weight:bold; } div.clips.petrol a:hover { background-color:#274D58; } div.clips.petrol a.playing:hover, div.clips.petrol a.paused:hover, div.clips.petrol a.progress:hover { background-color:transparent !important; } /*}}}*/ /*{{{ low version */ div.clips.low a { height:31px; } div.clips.low a.playing, div.clips.low a.paused, div.clips.low a.progress { background-image:url(; background-position:0 -55px; } div.clips.low a.paused { background-position:0 0; } /*}}}*/ /*{{{ go buttons */ a.go { display:block; width:18px; height:18px; background:url( no-repeat; margin:5px 0 5px 105px; cursor:pointer; } a.go:hover, a.go.down:hover { background-position:0px -18px; } a.go.down { background-image:url(; } div.petrol a.go { background-image:url(; } div.petrol a.go.down { background-image:url(; } /*}}}*/ Martin &ldquo;Moxie&rdquo; Connelly &rsquo;08 seeks advice from Gerry Hadden &rsquo;89 after they recognize an odd parallel track in their lives: the one Moxie imagines sounds an awful lot like the one Gerry is living. 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From Brown to Blue Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:28:35 EDT (Colby College) Jon Thompson talks about his plans for the men's lacrosse team with Jac Coyne '94 Eben Dorros '96 | Mission Statement Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:17:45 EDT (Colby College) He started a small, independent film festival; now his work is having a big, global impact Was There Once Life on Mars? Fri, 30 May 2008 11:11:34 EDT (Colby College) Scott Murchie's team of scientists helps uncover the secrets of the red planet<br /> Unprecedented Success for Women's Lacrosse Thu, 29 May 2008 11:45:35 EDT (Colby College) Teamwork and trust lead to a historic season for the 2008 women's lacrosse team Pulling Nails Is Not Yet the Beginning: Telling the Katrina Story Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:45:55 EDT (Colby College) This is Nico Porot's reflection on a month spent working with a reconstruction team in New Orleans for Jan Plan this year. The work is still going on; the stories are innumerable and all are compelling. Excerpt From <i>I'm Looking Through You</i> a memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:17:59 EDT (Colby College) Read a Review Q&amp;A with Jenny Boylan Listen to Boylan talk about her former teacher Edward Albee <em>My sister&rsquo;s wedding gown hung from a hook in the hallway at the bottom of the third-floor stairs. </em> <em>It was a good dress. My aunt Nora had stitched the whole thing together herself, using the same basic skills she employed in the creation of kittygirls, although to a somewhat different end. My sister, apparently, was now a kittywoman.</em> <em>I grabbed the dress on my way up the stairs, reached the third floor, closed the door to my room, and stepped in. It was a good fit. I spun around. The lace swirled against my ankles.</em> <em>Sausage, asleep on my bed, raised her mournful head. <em>Oh for God&rsquo;s sake</em>, said the dog. </em>You&rsquo;re absolutely pathetic. You know that, right? <em>I headed out into the bathroom where the Hunts&rsquo; monkey used to live. The dress made a rustling sound as I walked. In the mirror on the back of the door I saw the reflection of a young woman with long blond hair.</em> <em>It was dispiriting, being the kind of person who had to behave in such a manner. But then again, Lydia was done with the dress. Was it so wrong that it get a second wearing, from a girl who would surely never have a wedding dress of her own? I looked good, as I stared at myself in the mirror; stranger than that, I looked normal. It was hard to believe it was me.</em> <em>After a few moments, though, the feeling of sadness trumped the sensation of wonder. After all, it wasn&rsquo;t my sister&rsquo;s dress, or for that matter, her life that I wanted. It was my own.</em> <em>I rustled back into my bedroom and took a slug off of a bottle of Jack Daniel&rsquo;s that stood upon the dresser. I remembered the look of wild abandon on my sister&rsquo;s eye as she danced, one last time, to the Grateful Dead. I thought about Grammie, sitting there by herself as the band played &ldquo;Stardust.&rdquo; Then I sat down in my red swivel chair and picked up the concertina. It had all come to this in the end.</em> Good-bye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square! <em>At that moment, from over my head, I heard the sound of footsteps.</em> <em>I looked up at the ceiling, took another slug of Jack Daniel&rsquo;s. I walked back out into the hallway, still wearing the wedding gown, and stood beneath the trapdoor in the middle of the hallway that led up to the attic. A string attached to the trapdoor dangled down.</em> <em>All right, you bastards, I thought. Let&rsquo;s talk.</em> <em>I pulled on the string, and the trapdoor yawned open. I pulled down on a wooden ladder attached to the door. Its legs straddled the hooked rug on the floor. Above me now was a vast black space. The sound of footsteps stopped.</em> <em>I got a flashlight from my room, then slowly climbed the ladder that led up into the darkness.</em> <em>The old rafters in the attic slanted in every direction, and sharp nail points from the roof jutted out at me from every angle. I shone my flashlight around. The floor was covered with an ancient granular insulation, like Styrofoam peanuts. There were a few old pieces of furniture up there as well&mdash;an old-fashioned wardrobe of the Hunts&rsquo;, as well as my grandfather&rsquo;s pipe rack, and the pipes still in it.</em> <em>In another corner was a trunk that had belonged to my mysterious uncle Sean, the shaman of the family. He&rsquo;d spent his whole life traveling around on freight trains, moving between the twin poles of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and Treasure Island, California, a tiny speck of land beneath the Oakland Bay Bridge. We&rsquo;d wound up with his trunk after he died onboard a train just outside of Salt Lake City. It contained his books&mdash;the poetry of Emily Dickinson; the philosophy of Carl Jung and Carlos Castaneda&mdash;as well as the unfinished manuscript of his life&rsquo;s work, a poem called </em>Goldenrod<em>.</em> <em>I&rsquo;d read the first page of Uncle Sean&rsquo;s book, before Ziggy put the trunk up in the attic. It started like this:</em> Review: <i>I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted</i> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:10:52 EDT (Colby College) Q&amp;A with Jenny Boylan Read an Excerpt Listen to Boylan talk about her former teacher Edward Albee At a dinner party in Waterville in the 1990s, English Professor Jenny Boylan told a story about her peripatetic Uncle Sean, who traveled around the country by freight train, descending on relatives at unpredictable times. Uncle Sean never announced his visits, Jenny explained, but the family knew that he would be arriving soon because he always sent ahead his trunk of books. Novelist Richard Russo, also on the Colby faculty then and known as a fabulous storyteller himself, asked Jenny if she planned to use the story. &ldquo;Because if you&rsquo;re not,&rdquo; Russo said. &ldquo;I want it.&rdquo; &nbsp; In those years, Boylan was traveling through her own life as Professor James Boylan, the author of several comic novels and a collection of short stories, an entertaining, hard-working teacher in Colby&rsquo;s Creative Writing Program. Hidden behind the jokester and storyteller, though, and unsuspected by family, friends, and colleagues, was a profoundly female sensibility. Boylan is transgendered, and her first memoir, the bestselling <em>She&rsquo;s Not There: A Life in Two Genders</em>, which catapulted her to celebrity status in 2003, explored the transformation she undertook while in her 40s, leaving &ldquo;the world of men&rdquo; to find herself &ldquo;washed up on the shore of womanhood.&rdquo; In her recently published second memoir, <em>I&rsquo;m Looking Through You: Growing up Haunted: A Memoir</em> she relates the funny, tragic history of this dichotomy, when she was growing up as a boy outside of Philadelphia, going to an all-boys&rsquo; school, and then to Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The memoir arrives rather like Uncle Sean&rsquo;s trunk (which, indeed, makes an appearance in these pages). Like the trunk, <em>I&rsquo;m Looking Through You</em> is full of eclectic stories&mdash;ghost stories, coming-of-age stories, family stories, zany adventures and escapes, snatches of lyrics&mdash;with a large cast of eccentric and sympathetic characters. They include a fortune-telling, turbaned grandmother; a reserved, piano-playing banker father; a team of inept but sincere ghostbusters; various prankster friends; a loyal wife, mother, and sons; a dog named &ldquo;Sausage&rdquo; and the cat &ldquo;baBOING!&rdquo; In an author&rsquo;s note, Boylan tells her readers to expect a story that contains invention. (&ldquo;Just because it never happened doesn&rsquo;t mean I can&rsquo;t remember it,&rdquo; she explains to her childhood friend Doober.) Characters are not composite, but time has been shifted, some incidents made up, and dialogue created where memory failed. Such works appear (to this reader anyway) to be best read not for historical accuracy but as a variant of autobiographical fiction. Where fiction takes the material of the writer&rsquo;s life and disguises it to get at deeper truths, here, in fictionalized memoir, the lived life gives the book its structure, rather like the branches of a tree on which the writer hangs real and imagined events to enhance the story and to reveal its truths. And there are revelations here in abundance. At times <em>I&rsquo;m Looking Through You</em> appears to careen from incident to incident, wild and fast paced, closer in spirit to a sitcom than to serious nonfiction. But woven into its humorous incidents and dialog are terribly poignant, and&mdash;to use Boylan&rsquo;s word&mdash;truly haunting insights. For her, to grow up transgendered was to feel translucent, lacking solidity, rather like the ghosts who haunt her family&rsquo;s appropriately named &ldquo;Coffin House.&rdquo; Throughout the memoir she asks this question: If we&rsquo;re not seen as who we are, how can we be loved and desired? And even the longed-for transformation, giving her a body in which she feels content and &ldquo;against all odds&rdquo; solid, leaves troubling questions: How can she reconcile the woman she&rsquo;s become with the boy she was? How can she become whole? Toward the end of the book, her spouse suggests that people heal themselves by telling stories, weaving &ldquo;the narrative of their lives backwards and forwards.&rdquo; It occurs to Jenny that the sense of humor for which &ldquo;Jim&rdquo; was so well known was &ldquo;what I needed to survive,&rdquo; and that she might yet be saved by &ldquo;the transformative powers of blarney.&rdquo; In <em>I&rsquo;m Looking Through You</em> she draws on that same zany humor and talent for invention to relate what, in the end, is a haunting tale of a woman&rsquo;s struggle to become herself. Haunted Hearts Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:30:56 EDT (Colby College) Jennifer Finney Boylan (English) on her new novel <span style="font-style: normal;">I'm Looking Through You</span>, and what it's like to open doors for transgendered people through the power of writing. Boylan on Albee Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:32:23 EDT (Colby College) Novelist and memoirist Jenny Boylan, professor of English, had a memorable exchange with her former teacher and mentor, the playwright Edward Albee, when Albee spoke at Colby in November 2006. Hear Boylan speak with Gerry Boyle about the gift that teachers pass on to their students. Hubert Kueter's <i>My Tainted Blood</i> Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:22:02 EDT (Colby College) Listen to Hubert Kueter, retired Colby German professor, read an excerpt from his newly released memoir, <i>My Tainted Blood</i>. Colby Eight 60th Anniversary Concert Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:58:20 EST (Colby College) Watch select video clips from the Colby Eight 60th anniversary concert, performed in Lorimer Chapel on November 10, 2007.You must have QuickTime installed in order to watch this video. Harold Alfond in the News Mon, 17 Dec 2007 11:12:52 EST (Colby College) Harold Alfond, Donor and Shoe Factory Owner, Dies at 93<em>The New York Times</em>, November 17, 2007Harold Alfond Obituary<em>Morning Sentinel</em>Harold Alfond, philanthropist and Dexter Shoe founder, dies at 93<em>Boston Globe</em> (Associated Press), November 16, 2007 Constructed in Primetime Mon, 17 Dec 2007 11:10:13 EST (Colby College) Brittany Ray &#39;93 and her family have a new house on the Maine coast and recently spent a week at Disneyworld. A class notes item? Not quite.Ray, her husband Ron Smith, and their two children moved into their new home in the Down East town of Milbridge&mdash;courtesy of the television show &quot;Extreme Makeover: Home Edition&quot; and legions of local volunteers.Ty Pennington, the show&#39;s exuberant host, unveiled the new house in September after crews had razed the couple&#39;s former home: a family homestead that, in addition to being in poor condition, was purportedly haunted.The show selects a deserving family for each episode, replacing their house with a brand new home built in a week. The Ray-Smiths, whose 8-year-old son is autistic, were nominated by friends. Both teachers (Ray was the 2007 Maine Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work at Narraguagus High School in Harrington), they faced mounting home-repair costs, medical bills, and school loans.The television producers marshaled contractors from throughout the area, with more than 600 people taking part in the whirlwind effort. While the event prompted a lively debate in the on-line Bangor Daily News, with some saying there were more deserving families in the region, many rallied around the Ray-Smiths&mdash;in both word and deed.At a press conference outside their new house, Ron Smith said the story was really about the community. Ray said she was overwhelmed by the support the family received. &quot;We&#39;re just really blessed to be a part of this state,&quot; she said. Leading by Example Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:03:23 EST (Colby College) Mother hen? Camp counselor? However you put it, Katie McCabe &rsquo;08 is the leader for a young Colby women&#39;s basketball team-both on and off the court. The veteran center is a mentor for younger players as the team builds for the future. Read the <em>Morning Sentinel&#39;s</em> account of McCabe&#39;s role in her final season. Profile in Courage Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:01:52 EST (Colby College) Oak Fellow Nancy Sanchez knows how dangerous it is to be a human rights activist in Colombia. She&#39;s lost colleagues to political killings, and has worried that her work may expose her family to peril as well. But none of that deters her. Read more about her work and the political situation that drives it in this <em>Morning Sentinel</em> feature story.&nbsp; Reality Check Wed, 05 Dec 2007 08:56:22 EST (Colby College) Economic forecasts by Michael Donihue's students have real-world value An Evening With Jane Austen Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:05:28 EDT (Colby College) Assistant Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo had never tried to combine literature and community service, much less throw a Jane Austen-era costume party. But the idea was a hit from the beginning, sending students from Austen's novels to the Waterville Public Library, where the class staged an authentic 19th-century gala that drew Austen fans from as far away as Portland. Read coverage from the Maine Sunday telegram.