The stack of manila folders was placed on a table in Colby’s Special Collections, each folder labeled with an alum’s name and class year. Affixed to some of the class years was the letter n, lower case. This denotes a nongrad. In this group many didn’t live to see commencement.
These are the casualties of World War II, including students who left Mayflower Hill to be transformed into soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. Each was a story so mesmerizing that I found myself poring... Read more »
Regarding Professor Cal Mackenzie’s photo essay, (“Vietnam: Then and Now,” winter 2013 Colby), I remember asking Cal something along the lines of “What was Vietnam like?” during my senior year in 1978, and was struck by his response: “It’s a beautiful country with too many holes.”
Of course, he meant bomb craters. We never discussed much more about his Vietnam experience, although I recall an anecdote or two about the incomprehensible bureaucracy of the Army. Like so many young men, he went to fight a war he did not support,... Read more »
Kayla Lewkowicz ’14 ("Let’s Get Dinner Sometime") is from Hopkinton, Mass. In addition to being a contributing writer for InsideColby, the admissions online publication, Lewkowicz is a member of the varsity swim and track teams. She also can be found walking backwards on campus as a tour guide.
Mira Ptacin("Paradox or Paragon") is a creative nonfiction author and bestselling ghostwriter. She’s the founder of the Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series & Storytelling Collective, and she leads the writing program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She resides on Peaks Island, Maine.