Fall 2005 Contents

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Searching for the Ivory Bill

Searching for the Ivory Bill
Sara Barker and a team of researchers find conclusive evidence that brings the ivory-billed woodpecker back from 'extinction'.


Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind
It's midnight in London. A student on the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin program there can't find a taxi. She calls her mother back in the States to see if she can fix the problem.


Playing the Field

Playing the Field
An explosion in the number of potential athletic recruits
has coaches searching for ability,and intangibles


From the Ashes

From the Ashes
On 9/11 Andrew Rice lost a brother and found a greater purpose.


Reaching the World

Reaching the World
Capital campaign kicks off with emphasis on ensuring Colby experience is accessible to all qualified students



From the Hill

A Tale of Vichy France

Jonathan Weiss plumbs the life of the enigmatic Irène Némirovsky

Bullish on Colby

Joe Boulos succeeds Jim Crawford as Board of Trustees chair; sustains initiatives and momentum

From Nick Jans, a ,Grizzly MazeŠ Indeed

On October 5, 2003, Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend were eaten by a grizzly bear or bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park.

On Big Questions and a Century of Einstein

Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity 100 years ago, and the anniversary has been noted with fanfare around the world. Colby asked Professor Robert Bluhm, an authority on Einstein, to reflect on Einstein's contribution to physics and our world.

On Postings and Other, Sometimes Uncivil, Discourse

Colby's first-year class assembles to hear a few words from the president.

Sad Sacks, Big Hearts

In Stephanie Doyon's new novel, greatness wears a shabby cloak

Torture Chronicles

Oak Human Rights fellow Dr. Frances Lovemore documents violence and torture in Zimbabwe.

Q&A: Professor Catherine Bevier

Professor Catherine Bevier on sunfish, frogs, and a biologist's need to keep asking questions



Jane Wallace Lamb '47

flower power

Ted Swartz '68

finding the spark

Jil Eaton '71

needle work

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

%FromtheEditor%right% The sky was flawlessly blue this morning, the view from the steps of Miller Library to the east reaching halfway to Belfast. With first classes still a day off, the campus was quiet, with a few early-risers crossing the academic quad. I stood for a minute taking in the morning, then went to write about another morning, half a world away but with a direct line to Mayflower Hill.

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  • image Ruani (Ru) S. Freeman (�,From the Ashes,�Š P. 20) is a freelance writer and social activist living in Waterville. She directs the Maine-based Sahana Project (www.sahanaproject.org), a post-tsunami relief effort focused on her native Sri Lanka.

    imageDavid Treadwell (�,Ties That Bind,�Š P. 10) is a freelance writer who lives in Brunswick. He specializes in writing institutional materials for select colleges and has had articles published in the alumni magazines of Bowdoin, Connecticut College, and
    Brown University.

    image Alison Jones Webb �‰81 (�,Torture Chronicles,�Š P. 36) is a freelance writer and president and owner of Webb Management Services, a consulting firm that provides project management, advocacy, grant writing, research, and other services to nonprofit organizations in Maine.