Winter 2006 Contents

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A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home
First-generation college students face obstacles but find their own ways to thrive


Accepting the Call

Accepting the Call
Colbians choose government as the best route to public service


Of the People

Of the People
For many alumni, government careers offer the best opportunity to serve


Open Mic

Open Mic
"Blogosphere" boom launches Pundit Review hosts into global talk radio



From the Hill

Acting Locally

Jacqueline Dupont can't ignore challenges in Colby's own backyard

Digging It

Colby volleyball is host for,and wins,New England D-III championship

Faces of Katrina

AP Correspondent Matt Apuzzo chronicles courageous efforts to return to "normal"

Gossip Girl

Writer Cecily Von Ziegesar has served up Manhattan teens; now she's eyeing college

Growing Boys

Tappan, teens reconsider what it really means to be a man

Past to Present

Admissions' Denise Walden discovers an illustrious ancestor among Colby alumni

You Are Where You Eat

Disparate dining-hall cultures reflected in clientele and menu

The Last Page: Being a Liberal

I retired in August 2004, with two presentations at literature meetings in Liverpool providing a satisfying punctuation, then returned to volunteer for the effort to change the administration in Washington.



Jay Gallagher '69

power of the pen

Camilla Oberg '89

boom town

matt logan '97

back in time

Sarah Barclay '03

agent of change

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

Working at a place like Colby, you often cross paths with students who are remarkable in one way or another. These are the students you wish everyone could meet.
Well, meet Nick Currey �‰09. As inspiring young people go, he�‰s a doozy.

%cmp04a%right%Currey first came to Colby as a high school junior from Ridgewood, N.J. An Eagle Scout and skier, baseball player and poet, he fell in love with
Mayflower Hill. Colby liked him, too.

On the eve of his departure for his first semester in Dijon, France, Currey complained of an odd lump on his side.... Read more »



  • imageMatt Apuzzo �‰00 (�,Faces of Katrina�Š) covers criminal justice for The Associated Press in Connecticut, where he was a member of an investigative team covering corruption in Gov. John Rowland�‰s office. He previously covered drug trafficking for the The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., and got his start at the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

    image Mackenzie Dawson Parks �‰99 (�,Gossip Girl�Š) is a freelance writer and editor for the New York Post. She also has written for Parenting, Psychology Today, Los Angeles Confidential, and For the Bride magazines. She lives on Manhattan�‰s Upper West Side.

    image Douglas Rooks �‰76 (�,Of the People�Š) is a journalist and freelance writer. He is the former editor of Maine Times and editorial-page editor of the Kennebec Journal in Augusta.

    imageNeha Sud �‰05 (�,Acting Locally�Š) is enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Journalism and Media, at the Danish School of Journalism, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Wales. She is specialising in war correspondence. She is a former editorial assistant at Colby.