Remember James "Bo" Justus '96 (Nashville, Tenn.),
who escaped a speeding ticket on I-95 by showing a state trooper a harp in his
trunk? The officer, who sarcastically alleged that Colby students thought they
were "a bunch of angels," didn't believe Bo when he said he had a harp and
offered to let him go if it was true. It was. Well, Bo was in London on the
Colby program this past spring. He got to missing his harp and went to a London
music store to rent one. While he was there he ran into the organizers of the
International Folk Harp Festival, being held in Edinburgh, Scotland. He
accepted their invitation to participate and finished eighth of 125 in the
Ben Jorgensen '92, who took the temporary assignment this year as
director of student activities, has been given the job on a continuing basis.
Credited with bringing Colby's COOT program up to snuff, Ben has tackled the
job this year vigorously, bringing high praise from both students and peers.
Colby this year received 474 applications from international students
representing 87 countries, of whom 104 were offered admission. Of that number,
as many as 37 are expected to enroll. They will arrive under the flags of
Argentina, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, France, Hungary,
India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, South Korea,
Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.
Two geology majors, Matthew O'Connell '96 (Brookfield,
Mass.) and John Baptiste '97 (Mendon, Mass.), were selected as
summer research interns at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia
University, one of the world's premier geologic research institutions. Only one
other Colby student, Heather Hall '90, has ever been chosen.
Another geo major, Chris Dawkins '97 (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), was
awarded an internship at the Center for High Pressure Research at Stony Brook,
another nationally competitive program.
Holistic Belief and Aristotelian Akrasia (sic), a paper by Senior
Scholar Caleb Mason (Bethesda, Md.), was one of two sharing the first
prize at the recent New England Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held at
Tufts University. . . . Michael Doogue '97
(Braintree, Mass.), a physics major, has been selected as a New England
Colleges Fund (NECF) Scholar. . . . President Bill
Cotter received an honorary doctor of laws degree at Westbrook College
during the commencement season.
While it is well known that Samuel Francis Smith, professor of
modern languages at Colby from 1834 to 1841, was the author of the anthem
"America," few have known of Colby's tie to the "Pledge of Allegiance,"
inspired by James Upham of the Class of 1860. As 1892 approached, Upham,
who had become an editor of Youth's Companion, was determined to
rekindle national pride for the Columbian Exposition that would commemorate the
400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the Americas. Upham and fellow editor
Francis Bellamy lobbied President Benjamin Harrison and the
Congress for the national Columbus Day holiday and were put in charge of
developing a special program for schoolchildren. At Upham's behest, Bellamy
wrote the "Pledge of Allegiance" for the children to read on the first Columbus Day, October 12, 1892.
To Name a Few
Miriam Bennett, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology emerita, was
selected by her alma mater, Carleton College, to receive the 1995 Alumni Award
for Distinguished Achievement. The award recognizes her extraordinary career as
a teacher and research scholar, including two decades as a respected member of
the Colby faculty. . . . Arnie Yasinski has been
elected chair of the board of the Mid-Maine Medical Center.
Lest we invite future capers, we probably shouldn't mention that the
mule statue was given zebra stripes one night during Senior Week. Moose antlers
would have been easier to remove. . . . This year's
Commencement class marshal was James Porter of Waterville. Jim is the
ninth valedictorian from the state of Maine in the past 11
years. . . . Stu-A President Bryan Raffetto
'95 (Hingham, Mass.) and Devin Colman '98 (North Oaks,
Minn.) won a special prize offered by trustee Alida Camp by giving a new
name to Colby's student non-alcoholic programs--MOOSE CAFE (More
Opportunities of Superior Entertainment with Colby Alcohol Free
Environment). Never mind that the "of" should be "for". Alida did not like
the non-alcoholic label; it was too negative, she said, and altogether
boring. . . . Colby's dining service, Sodexho, has made a
$175,000 contribution to the College for kitchen improvements and the purchase
of new dining hall furnishings. . . . Trustees have set a goal
of having all of the residence halls hard wired for computers by September
'96. . . . H.P. Cum-mings Construction Company was the low
bidder and is the contractor for the new Olin Science Building, already on the
rise and slated for completion by the fall of '96.
Hi Ho Silver
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has
notified Colby Managing Editor Kevin Cool that Colby has won a
Silver Medal for periodical staff writ-ing. Magazine pieces by Cool, Sally
Baker and Steve Collins '74 were judged among entries from 43
other colleges nationwide. One gold, two silvers and a bronze medal were