Winter 2011 Contents

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Features

The Girls Are All Right

The Girls Are All Right

With Colbians leading the way, girl-empowering Hardy Girls Healthy Women sparks a national movement

 

Obama's Right Hand

Obama\'s Right Hand

Behind the scenes, White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse is invaluable to the president

 

Thank You, Professor Bassett

Thank You, Professor Bassett

Former “toads” bid farewell to their beloved teacher and mentor.

 

 

From the Hill

Q&A: Elizabeth Leonard

Q&A: Elizabeth Leonard

Historian Elizabeth Leonard discusses her new book about America's Buffalo Soldiers

Oceans Away

Oceans Away

Bigelow collaboration takes students out of the classroom and out to sea

Close to Home

Close to Home

For Nick Tucker, study of AIDS and children is more than academic

Celebrating Zimbabwe in Maine

Celebrating Zimbabwe in Maine

Oak Institute events include student panel, Zimbabwean feast, African rock star

SPORTS

Big Win for Vassallo

Big Win for Vassallo

Dan Vassallo '07 wins Philadelphia Marathon outright

 

MEDIA

Hands Off That Thermostat

Hands Off That Thermostat

James Fleming explores the checkered history of attempts to “fix the sky”

A Thriller of a Picture

A Thriller of a Picture

Noah Charney '02 on the Ghent Altarpiece

The Sweet Smell of Success

The Sweet Smell of Success

Tilar Mazzeo's latest foray into cultural history

Alumni

Spotlight

Marcia M. Gomez '79

Care Package

Craig Jude '99

Bar None

Hande Barutcuoglu '05

Animal Planet

Alumni Class Notes

 
 
 
 

Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

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 »

Opinion

He's a Boy and, Yes, He's Special

He's a Boy and, Yes, He's Special

A junior reflects on the Colby Cares About Kids experience

Letters

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 »


 

Contributors

  • meader
    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.

     

     

     

     

     

    wilson
    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.

     

     

     

     

     

    weiner
    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.