Gleanings from Earl Smith's campus newsletter, FYI, including faculty accolades, stolen photographs, comments on coffee exports and pigs on the loose.
Porker on the Lam
With the encouragement of a wireless electric fence, Pedro, the pet pig belonging to President Bro and his wife, Cathy, seemed content to browse the backyard of the President's House. That is, until the students arrived the first week of September and the sweet smells emanating from Dana Hall kitchen made a small jolt worth a trip to check it out. Security officers spoiled his fun and he's back taking the leavings from under the bird feeder.
And the Winner Is . . .
Jim McIntyre (German) will receive one of nine national certificates of merit (and a cash award) from the American Association of Teachers of German at an awards luncheon in Washington in November. The AATG and the Goethe-Institut have presented these awards since 1978 to honor "outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S."
No Women Upstairs
An anonymous 1988 grad has returned a framed photo purloined from the Cotter (then Student) Union and used to decorate his various apartments around the country ever since. The photo is labeled "LCA Open House, 1951." That would be Lambda Chi Alpha, now Treworgy. It shows two men and a woman in the fraternity lounge. A sign in the background says: "No Women Allowed Upstairs."
Meehan Gets a Hit
Jim Meehan (economics) is quoted in the August 9 San Antonio Express-News talking about one of his subspecialties-the economics of baseball. In a story about the future of the sport Meehan acknowledges the likelihood of labor strikes but discounts the long-term impact. "'People always come back after strikes; baseball always seems to recover nicely,' said Jim Mecham [sic], a professor of economics at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After the last strike, people said they wouldn't go to games, and maybe they didn't for a year or a year and a half. But they come back.'" At least they spelled "Colby" right.
On the Bean
John Talbot (sociology) is becoming a favorite media source for stories about coffee. An expert on coffee and tea commodities markets, Talbot was quoted in the Hartford Courant, Philadelphia Tribune and Associated Press reports in July that U.S. foreign policy is partly to blame for a crisis in coffee-producing nations. Farmers in Kenya take home about a penny per pound on coffee that retails in America for $12.99, the articles reported.
First Place Display
Barb Shutt and Colby's Seaverns Bookstore took first place in a national competition sponsored by Random House/Knopf's "The Borzoi Reader" for a window display of the Sibley Guide to Birds. Many will share in the prize-a fall visit from author Richard Sibley, who will appear at the bookstore.