Winter 2012 Contents
Wounded in Afghanistan, Capt. Erik Quist ’99, USMC, works to rejoin his "brothers"
Phenomenal Facebook following has Marilé Borden '94 contemplating the future of Moms Who Need Wine
For monologist Mike Daisey '96, the death of Steve Jobs was another defining moment in a remarkable career
From the Hill
Colby and KIPP charter schools form partnership
A bold experiment in 1962, Jan Plan remains a "defining characteristic" of Colby
Annie Chen ’12 got a grant to do a paralegal internship in New York
Service Above Self
Editorial & Opinion
It seemed an unlikely place for a convergence of coincidental Colby connections, but that’s what happened on Fourth Floor East, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, AKA “the Wounded Warriors Floor.”
As described in the feature story, “The Road From Marja” this unit at the Bethesda, Md., hospital is where the most critically wounded U.S. combat personnel are treated. Last August Captain Erik Quist ’99, USMC, arrived there after being severely wounded in Afghanistan. His room was packed with medical equipment and festooned with a... Read more »
A Tabloid Fellowship?
While reading the admiring article on alumnus and press baron Kevin Convey’s arguably scalawag empire (“Ink In His Veins,” fall 2011 Colby), I found my natural satisfaction on reading about a fellow grad who’s found the tenacity and ingenuity to achieve his vision mingled with a strange unease. As near as I can define that unease it consisted of wondering if Mr. Convey, in gratitude for his recognition by Colby, should offer us money for a fellowship modeled after, say, the Oak Fellowship, but in this case to hire a tabloid crusader or maybe a visiting poet of tabloid “haiku,” whether we would find... Read more »
Lucy Dotson ’13J (“Love Story”), is from New York City and majors in English with a concentration in creative writing and minors in studio art. She will be working on her senior honors thesis, a collection of poetry, during the 2012 spring semester.
Neil Genzlinger (“The Apple of His Ire”) is a television critic at the New York Times. Before going to the Times in 1994 he worked at the Washington Post, the Hartford Courant, and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel. He and his wife, Donna Dee ’78, live in New Jersey.
Pat Sims (Q&A, Gregory White Smith ’73 and Van Gogh) is a Maine-based freelance writer. She is also an editor for the literary journal Conjunctions. She received a master’s degree from Columbia journalism school. She lives in Waterville.