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Frank Malinoski '76, M.D. gets involved in Iraqi inspections.

The Supreme Scoop
Eighteen months ago President Bro Adams wrote in Colby magazine, "The increasingly noisy public debate over the role of affirmative action in higher education took a decisive turn this year [2001] in two separate court cases involving the University of Michigan. In light of the nature of those cases and the opinions they produced, it now seems almost certain that the U.S. Supreme Court will once again address the matter." He was right. The Supreme Court announced in December that it would take up two cases involving the use of race-conscious admissions policies at Michigan's law school and chief undergraduate college. See Bro's analysis online (

Off The Hill and Off Broadway
Dick Sewell (theater and dance) is gathering no moss since his retirement send-off at Strider last year. His adaptation of the old German classic Nathan The Wise played Oct. 15 through Nov. 24 at the Pearl Theater in New York City. Sewell's version of the Gotthold Lessing play "is made tragically relevant by current politics," as it features "Muslims, Christians and Jews struggling for tolerance and understanding in a Jerusalem under siege," he says.

Habitat for Humanity
Scott Guay (biology) is the new president of the Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and the organization is getting some traction of late, building on the foundation (so to speak) laid by Keith (biology) and Shandra Johnson before they moved away. With a house lot lined up in Waterville, the group is in fund-raising mode before hammers can swing. Student volunteers Elyssa Ford '03 and Traci Speed '03 were pictured in a recent Sentinel photo with Scott. Traci is on the local affiliate's board of directors as are Tim Christensen (biology), Jim Webb (history) and David Jones (admissions). In fact, Traci's seat is reserved for a Colby student, recognizing students' contributions in the past and going forward.


He Got the Boot
Director of Admissions Steve Thomas often gets interviewed about college application do's and don't's, and one of his anecdotes made the lead of a Portland Press Herald story November 18. He recalled receiving a papier mache boot. "It was life-size, with her application inside it," he said. The story revealed Steve's mixed feelings about such showmanship. A grand gesture may be attention-grabbing, but it can plant a seed of doubt about the rest of the application, Thomas told the reporter. "If you're trying hard to come up with something that has no application to a talent that would be helpful in college, then it really doesn't make any sense to send it," he advised would-be applicants.

Government faculty stayed busy during this fall with election commentary in newspapers and electronic media across the country and beyond. Sandy Maisel (government) gets the global reach award, broadcasting from London, where he's teaching at the CBB-London Center. He did BBC World News and a live interview on CNN World with Jim Clancy asking questions from Atlanta. In the former he had to draw a freehand map of the U.S. to make his point; in the latter he put in plugs for political analysts Amy Walter '91 and Stu Rothenberg '70. Tony Corrado (government) gets the stamina award. Through Election Day he had done 77 media interviews in this election cycle. He was on the radio again the next morning and has handled a spate of calls now that soft-money rules have changed, including one from USA Today (search for "Corrado" at

A feature story in the Dec. 2 Chicago Tribune titled "Northeast colleges foster global flavor" prominently featured Colby and philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis, benefactor of the Davis-UWC Scholars program. Referring to increases in the numbers of international students at colleges and Davis's financial support for them, President William Adams told The Trib: "This really is a sea change for first-tier liberal arts colleges." Davis, who currently is spending $7 million a year on the scholarships, said: "I think we are at a crossroads in history, and I can't think of a better way to spend money." Read more about the Davis-UWC scholars in the article "A Global Forum" in the fall Colby magazine, online,

Big Feet, Big Story
The last Mayflower Hill sighting of Eric Hansen '97 was at the tail end of his senior year, when he was camped out by the flagpole with a manifesto he had written on ways to improve Colby. Hansen is still writing. The November Outside magazine included his autobiographical (though not always first-person) account of a picaresque quest to be the first person to descend Mt. Kilimanjaro on Kneissl "Big Foot" ski boards. The author's credit on the piece says he is "a former associate editor of Outside." Our online alumni directory has him as a Boulder, Colo., resident who lists his occupation as "surfer."

Fools If You Missed This
The audience ate up Power and Wig's dinner theater staging of Neil Simon's delightfully inane comedy Fools November 16 in Page Commons. Equally deserving of a big hand for their presentations Sunday night were the Colby Eight (all 12 of them) for their renditions of Beach Boys' songs and "Paper Doll" and Dining Services for the edible fare. (Vegetarians extolled the smoked mozzarella ravioli with tomato basil sauce.) Bravo, folks. This is a menu for success. The play, about a town whose inhabitants suffer a 200-year-old curse that makes them all comically stupid, was directed by theater and dance major Holly Brown '04, who foresees more dinner theater to come here on the hill.

The Other Senior Seminar
In November 60 to 70 students got to mix and mingle with 28 members of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute's Senior Seminar group, which came to campus to meet students and Cal Mackenzie (government). Mackenzie talked to the group about problems with the government's ethics policies and asked in exchange that members of the group talk to classes and meet one-on-one to offer career advice to students. The group included James Moore '76, recently the State Department's public affairs officer in Quito, four rising ambassadors and five members of the armed forces who will soon move up to general or admiral.


Dark Days
Students, alumni and healthcare providers talk depression and
the ways they address it at Colby.

Peace in Phnom Penh
Jim Cousins '75 has found refuge, rejuvination in the still-rebuilding Cambodian capital.

A Liberal Arts Resume
What did successful alumni in the business world study at Colby?

8 Mile High
With Eminem on his client list, entertainment lawyer Randall Cutler '91 is all about hip hop.

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