Winter 2008 Contents

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The Making of a President

The Making of a President
Candidates lean on Colbians in bids for the White House


The Art of Theft

The Art of Theft
Noah Charney '02 has fashioned a multimedia career from the work of those who steal paintings.


Tracking the Forest People

Tracking the Forest People
In the rainforests of Borneo, Erin Vogel '95 studies a group of orangutans in hopes of protecting this dwindling species.


The Diplomat

The Diplomat
Ambassador Patrick Duddy '72 looks for common ground with Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez.



From the Hill

A New Beginning

Orientation moves in academic direction

"Hill 'n the 'Ville"

Students and city business groups collaborate on groundbreaking downtown festival

Q&A: Kate Vasconi ‰09

New Yorker Kate Vasconi on 9/11, her firefighting family, and classics as preparation for sports marketing

Reality Check

Economic forecasts by Michael Donihue's students have real-world value

The Devil‰s Work

Erika Mailman transports readers to a world where good is evil, evil is good

The Write Stuff for a Tough Business

Colby Eight Mark 60 Harmonious Years

Recent Releases


Nordic skier Fred Bailey is sequestered in northern Maine in his quest to be one of the best

Q&A: Eric Rosengren

Boston Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren on the subprime mortgage crisis and the economic future

Last Page: No Shortage of Material

By Leslie Robinson '85



Deborah Gassner '87

drawn to design

Harris Eisenstadt '98

different drummer

Tom Rogers '04

flight school

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

This story really began a year ago when Qiamuddin Amiry ’09, a student from Kabul, was lying on his bed in Coburn Hall. “I was thinking of how things are going in Afghanistan. I was thinking, ‘What are you doing? You got this scholarship. You’re the privileged one. What is your contribution?’”

Amiry came to Colby from the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong through a Davis United World College scholarship. A former translator for British special forces and child carpet weaver, he is a member of the Hazara ethnic group, the least... Read more »



  • Allen Lessels P'08
    Allen Lessels P'08
    ALLEN LESSELS P’08 (“The Making of a President”) is a New Hampshire-based journalist. He covers University of New Hampshire athletics for the New Hampshire Union Leader and writes for various other publications, including People, Places & Plants, a gardening magazine published in Maine.
    Adrianna Nordin Manan '07
    Adrianna Nordin Manan '07
    ADRIANA NORDIN MANAN ’07 (“Tracking the Forest People”) spent last summer as a researcher for Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. McArthur Professor of Sociology, before returning home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is looking for a job combining critical analysis, writing, and interaction with people across various levels of society.
    David McKay Wilson '76
    David McKay Wilson '76
    DAVID MCKAY WILSON ’76 (“The Diplomat”) is a New York-based journalist who writes regularly for college magazines including those at Dartmouth, Penn, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Duke, and Colby. He writes for The New York Times and is at work on a television project.