Winter 2011 Contents
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With Colbians leading the way, girl-empowering Hardy Girls Healthy Women sparks a national movement
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Behind the scenes, White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is invaluable to the president
From the Hill
Historian Elizabeth Leonard discusses her new book about America's Buffalo Soldiers
Bigelow collaboration takes students out of the classroom and out to sea
For Nick Tucker, study of AIDS and children is more than academic
Oak Institute events include student panel, Zimbabwean feast, African rock star
Dan Vassallo '07 wins Philadelphia Marathon outright
Editorial & Opinion
Occasionally Colby brings news of the passing of someone who had such an impact that our standard obituary notice is insufficient. This magazine reports two such deaths: former President Robert E.L. Strider II and Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies Charles W. Bassett. In different ways, Strider and Bassett shaped the Colby experience.
I knew both men when I was a student, but not well. I took a couple of Bassett courses and enjoyed them and him immensely. I knew President Strider as an imposing figure, a paternal president who, it seemed in my time, didn’t... Read more »
A junior reflects on the Colby Cares About Kids experience
Fireflies Illuminate Humanity of the Sciences
I just gotta write to comment on, for me, the lift and lilt of Blair Braverman’s essay “A Map of Here” (Last Page, fall 2010 Colby). Braverman’s poetic prose treats a favorite denizen of my nights, the firefly, with a finely balanced mixture of narrative and image, fact and impression. I was reminded by Braverman’s essay, as I was by the article on the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences, that penetrating analysis hinges on personal identification with the subject. The two, objectivity and subjectivity, forge ahead together, making even the sciences a deeply human pursuit... Read more »
Laura Meader (“The Girls Are Alright”) is a staff writer for Colby. She’s also a serious gardener and is a yoga instructor at the College. In warmer months she commutes to Colby by bicycle from her home in Fairfield, Maine.
David McKay Wilson ’76 (“Obama’s Right Hand”) is a New York-based journalist who writes regularly for magazines at colleges around the country, including Colby, Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and others.
Margie Weiner ’12 (“At Colby, A Special Boy”) is a science, technology, and society major with minors in environmental education and Jewish studies. She recently studied child-headed households in post-conflict Uganda.