Colby Magazine Stories about alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Colby, as well as a class notes section. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:59:55 EDT en Copyright 2014 Colby College (Colby College) (Colby College) Colby Magazine Changing the Face of Science Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Shamika Murray &rsquo;14 was a high-achieving science student from a big public high school in Philadelphia. But soon after arriving on Mayflower Hill she learned that Colby academics were at a whole new level. &ldquo;I had a really tough freshman year,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Academically, I wasn&rsquo;t ready for the workload. It was nothing like my high school. I probably only made it through because of CAPS.&rdquo; &ldquo;What Colby has done I believe is extraordinary to a great degree. It may even be revolutionary.&rdquo; &ndash; Charles Terrell &rsquo;70 CAPS scholars Alaba Sotayo &rsquo;14 and Benji Benjamin &rsquo;14 work in the laboratory in the Arey Life Sciences Building during Jan Plan. Science Faculty Finds a Solution Charles Terrell &rsquo;70 spent his career working to &ldquo;change the face of medicine to reflect the face of America.&rdquo; A Colby trustee who formerly worked in minority recruitment at Boston University Medical School and the Association of American Medical Colleges, Terrell says the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) is, in fact, changing the face of science. &ldquo;What Colby has done I believe is extraordinary to a great degree,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It may even be revolutionary.&rdquo; The formidable task is to change the climate in the sciences in American higher education, which Terrell says is often not welcoming to students from underrepresented groups. Many of those African-American, Latino, and Native American students have been prepared in school systems where science resources are inadequate. &ldquo;On top of being college-ready, being able and prepared to work in the sciences is yet another hurdle for underrepresented groups,&rdquo; Terrell said. Even for those who excel in high school, challenges remain, he said, with stereotypes that tell them they won&rsquo;t succeed and few role models to show otherwise. Colby&rsquo;s science faculty has come up with a solution, he said, with professors committing time and energy to solving a problem that many institutions have addressed with far less success. &ldquo;To find the kind of faculty openness that the Colby science faculty is providing is absolutely unheard of,&rdquo; Terrell said. A Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences scholar, Murray spoke from Australia, where she was spending a semester abroad last fall. The psychology-neuroscience major does laboratory research at Colby on addiction and plans to go to graduate school in psychology. But Murray remembers vividly the nervous student of four years ago&mdash;and now makes sure to dispense advice to younger CAPS scholars. &ldquo;I tell them, &lsquo;This is going to get better. You&rsquo;re going to get used to this. It&rsquo;s okay,&rsquo;&rdquo; Murray said. It&rsquo;s been more than okay for participants in CAPS, which for the past four years has given selected students from underrepresented groups a jump start in the sciences&mdash;and now is seeing its first class approach graduation. Crafted by Colby faculty members and funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the program is aimed at keeping students like Murray in the laboratory, which in the past they&rsquo;d fled in droves. Often underprepared in math skills, many struggled in science gateway courses, especially chemistry. And when they looked around and saw few minority students in their science classrooms, they felt they didn\'t belong and left. No more. CAPS, says codirector Andrea Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, &ldquo;has been the most successful diversity initiative Colby has ever tried.&rdquo; The intent is to remove obstacles that have historically kept minority students from succeeding in sciences, especially rigorous study in chemistry and biology. &ldquo;This is a national problem,&rdquo; said Charles Terrell &rsquo;70, whose career was spent working to increase diversity in the nation&rsquo;s medical schools (see sidebar). Colby, by all accounts, has found a fix. The summer before their first year, CAPS scholars come to Mayflower Hill for six weeks of work in the classroom and the laboratory. Once classes begin, CAPS students have a ready-made group of science-leaning friends, connections to faculty, and enough momentum to carry them through the most difficult stages of the science majors. Grant funds are available for summer research jobs on campus or off. &ldquo;I had come in knowing I was going to do chemistry, and this whole process, this support system, helped me stick with it,&rdquo; said Courtney McIntosh-Peters &rsquo;14. &ldquo;I just kept going. Head down.&rdquo; And while CAPS students kept their heads in their books, the numbers went up. In the 25-year period leading up to CAPS there were just 43 African-American and Latino/Latina science majors, Tilden said. This year alone there are 86 science majors among African-American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students at Colby. The science grade point average for students of color before CAPS was 1.8. The science GPA for current students of color is 2.7 and climbing. Pre-CAPS, &ldquo;students were just not feeling that they belonged in the sciences,&rdquo; Tilden said. &ldquo;And when they did start to struggle, as nearly all first-year students do, instead of coming to us for help, they felt more or less alone and isolated.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s no longer the case, and the results were evident with the first class. &ldquo;It was really successful right from the start,&rdquo; said Associate Professor of Chemistry and program codirector Jeffrey Katz. CAPS 1, as the first group is called, began with 13 students. One student withdrew for personal reasons. Of the remaining, 10 have majored in a science (including a religious studies double major), one in sociology, and another in human development&mdash;and several said CAPS has been the key to their academic and general success. &ldquo;I think it gave me a good running start and the foundation I needed to get to that next level,&rdquo; said Kristen Robinson &rsquo;14, a chemistry-biochemistry and religious studies double major who is weighing a career in public health or pharmacy. Not only do CAPS scholars have faculty mentors and a solid group of science-oriented friends, but they are go-to students for others who are looking for tips on how to cope. Murray advises non-CAPS students to find what she has: a solid support system of students and professors. &ldquo;You can always come talk to them,&rdquo; she said. That plan worked for the CAPS 1 group, still close four years after their first summer on campus. &ldquo;We know we can depend on each other,&rdquo; Robinson said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like a little family.&rdquo; Added Ebunoluwa &ldquo;Benji&rdquo; Benjamin &rsquo;14, &ldquo;Everyone struggles at Colby &hellip; and it takes time to find your niche. We had each other to lean on.&rdquo; The group still eats dinner together, meets for lunch, studies together in the science buildings. According to Tilden, they&rsquo;ve drawn other students to them. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s international students. It&rsquo;s students of color who were not in CAPS. You see students working together in ways that we&rsquo;ve always wanted to see our students do.&rdquo; If students do leave the sciences, it isn&rsquo;t because they don&rsquo;t feel welcome or comfortable, she said. &ldquo;They just found something they loved more.&rdquo; Most have found a niche in science, though. For Benjamin, it&rsquo;s microbiology and public health, which she studies with Professor Frank Fekete. Benjamin, who is from New Jersey and studied in Cork, Ireland, said she sorely missed her CAPS 1 friends and science professors when she was abroad. &ldquo;Relationships I&rsquo;ve built with people in CAPS,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;are something I&rsquo;ll cherish for the rest of my life.&rdquo; Colby Donor Funds CAPS for Five More Years The CAPS 1 scholars&rsquo; experience will be available for incoming students, thanks to a private donor who has funded the program as the HHMI grant has ended. This news was embraced by present CAPS program participants, including seniors and juniors who actually discussed sharing some of their internship and research funding if it would help the program continue. Their generous gesture, which proved unnecessary, said a lot about CAPS participation. &ldquo;Other students,&rdquo; said Ebunoluwa &ldquo;Benji&rdquo; Benjamin &rsquo;14, &ldquo;will experience the same joy that my CAPS students bring to me.&rdquo; Anonymous Alum Funds Nonprofit Course for Local Causes Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Tom Morrione &rsquo;65 thought he might have shot himself in the foot. For three years, Morrione, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, had taught a popular seminar, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy, in which students write grants for area nonprofits and donate $10,000 to the nonprofit(s) deemed most deserving. The success of the course at Colby, which was funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, endowed by Doris Buffet, landed Morrione on the foundation&rsquo;s academic advisory team. One of his recommendations: that after three years colleges fund the course themselves. &ldquo;Somebody who is doing well with it ought to be able to find funding elsewhere,&rdquo; Morrione said. In Colby&rsquo;s case, the funding found the course. &ldquo;I had &hellip; noticed [in <em>Colby</em> magazine] the interesting course my old Colby Professor Tom Morrione had put together on philanthropy, focused on writing proposals to fund worthy charities,&rdquo; the alumnus wrote in an e-mail, asking to remain anonymous. &ldquo;When I saw Tom I let him know that I would be happy to support the funding of awards to the charities.&rdquo; The class attracts students from a variety of disciplines, he said. &ldquo;Environmental studies, government, economics,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re coming from all over the place.&rdquo; Typically Morrione turns away as many students as he can take&mdash;an indication of great interest in nonprofits on the part of Colby students, he said. &ldquo;Students have come back and told me that when they had job interviews, one of the things that comes up is this course,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They ... send a copy of the grant that they wrote and describe the course. It&rsquo;s been exceptionally helpful.&rdquo; &nbsp;Morrione hopes the donation leads to the course being offered long into the future, he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not going to be here forever.&rdquo;&nbsp; Q&A with David A. Greene, Colby's 20th President Academics;,Faculty;,Office of the President;,Students; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) David A. Greene, who has worked in leadership roles at Brown University, Smith College, and the University of Chicago, will take office at Colby July 1. He will be joined on Mayflower Hill by his wife and three children. David A. Greene, currently executive vice president at the University of Chicago, will take office as Colby&rsquo;s 20th president on July 1, 2014. On Sept. 10 Greene attended a reception at Colby along with his wife, Carolyn, daughters Madeline, 15, and Nora, 13, and son Declan, 12. During his first visit as president-elect, Greene sat down with <em>Colby</em> to talk about his vision for the College. <strong>What drew you to Colby? </strong>When I started looking at Colby I saw all of the things that make a college absolutely great&mdash;a first-rate faculty, a staff that was fully committed to the College, a student body from around the world that was talented and held great promise. And then I also saw more. I saw a place that took community seriously and always wanted to be better. And that to me was so exciting. It was in part about what Colby is now, what Colby has been for its last 200 years, but it was also about what Colby can be in its future. <strong>What can it be in its future? </strong>A small handful of places sit at the very top of the pyramid in higher education around the world&mdash;places that are revered for the quality of their education and for the quality of the scholarship of their faculty. Colby has all of that in abundance, and it has more. I hope Colby can really step out, take a leadership role among U.S. higher education institutions&mdash;among global higher education institutions&mdash;and set a path forward for what the absolute best liberal arts colleges in the world can do. Watch a video Q&amp;A to learn more about David Greene\'s background and accomplishments &gt; <strong>Where do you see the best liberal arts colleges going?</strong> Colleges like Colby are going to need to think about themselves as being, in a very direct way, deeply engaged with the wider world. The nature of partnerships between liberal arts colleges and other organizations is likely to change over time, and the opportunities that we provide to students will need to be fully global in every way&mdash;intellectually, but also in terms of the opportunities students have for work or graduate study after Colby.&nbsp; <strong>How do you explain the staying power of colleges like Colby?</strong> These are places that have core values, core principles that inform everything that happens. At the same time they&rsquo;re not static institutions. New fields develop, new buildings come online. These places become more global, more integrated overall. These are all changes that are happening, and Colby has been well positioned to address these changes when they come up. I hope Colby will continue to be a place that does that and in fact will be the place that leads. <strong>Can you talk a little about your leadership style?</strong> I believe deeply in the values of shared governance. There are so many people who have a legitimate stake in this college&mdash;the faculty, students, alumni, staff, and the board all have such an important ownership role. Bringing people together to consider the best direction for Colby, the best decisions we can make for Colby&mdash;that takes a real process. The best way to get there is to bring many different voices to the table, to have a full diversity of perspectives, and to be able to argue, to challenge one another, and to really get to the essence of Colby and what it&rsquo;s about and where it&rsquo;s going. The Bridge to Colby Wasn't Burned Alumni;,Class Year:Class of 1989 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) In the spring of 1986 my classmates Dan Sullivan and Lawrence Collins and I burned down a bridge (sort of) in West Germany, got arrested for it, then skipped the country before the police could confiscate our passports. We had no other choice, really, since we didn&rsquo;t enjoy diplomatic immunity despite our status as ambassadors. Ambassadors of Colby College. At least that&rsquo;s what our German professor, Hubert Kueter, had told us we were as he led us off on that semester abroad to Lubeck. His point, however, wasn&rsquo;t that we were going to enjoy special privileges overseas, but that we had better behave.&nbsp; So we were surprised by Herr Kueter&rsquo;s response after our arrest under his watch: He chuckled. Then he said something like, &ldquo;You did what?&rdquo; That was it. No admonishment, no letters to our parents, no report back to Colby. It would take me more than 25 years to understand his amused and, dare I say, decidedly un-German reaction.&nbsp; Fast forward to this past summer. Sullivan, Collins, and I rented vacation cabins on a lake outside Jefferson, Maine, with our families. On our list of things to do of course was visit Colby. I hadn&rsquo;t been back since 1990. Just before my family and I left home in Barcelona for Maine, an old friend, Jen Jarvis McLin &rsquo;92, sent me a photo of her and a remarkably familiar old fellow seated together at a wedding. &ldquo;Recognize this face?&rdquo; she wrote. It was easy; Hubert Kueter had hardly changed. I got in touch by e-mail, and we agreed to meet on campus.&nbsp; We arrived early. What a homecoming. I&rsquo;d read about all the changes, but it was essentially the same place. The memories came flooding back. Our two oldest kids, 7 and 9 years old, kept saying things like, &ldquo;And they let you live here?&rdquo; and &ldquo;You could have sleep-overs?&rdquo; And best of all, &ldquo;I could come here?&rdquo;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s what I wanted to hear. I wanted the place to impress them, to leave a mark as it&rsquo;s left its mark on me. One day, then, they might just decide to set out for Waterville themselves. We passed the library and the chapel with its little hill we used to sled down on dining-hall trays. We tried to get into Butler dorm but needed a security code. That was new. Behind, Johnson Pond. &ldquo;Can you swim in it?&rdquo; the kids asked. &ldquo;Er, technically, no.&rdquo; Finally we met up with Herr Kueter and his wonderful wife, Nancy Brooks. It was just like old times. Hubert, retired now, even brought the chuckle. We invited them out to Jefferson for a sunset barbeque. Nancy brought her harp and Hubert a present for his three former students: copies of his memoir, <em>My Tainted Blood</em>.&nbsp; In his dedication he wrote how that semester in Lubeck had been one of the highlights of his career&mdash;despite our misadventure. Or maybe because of it? When I got back home and started reading, things began to make sense. Hubert, it turns out, survived World War II as a young boy on his cunning, his willingness to bend the rules and take risks, and his openness to adventure. He was an expert scavenger, a sometimes-thief, and a really lucky treasure hunter. Everything he did he did to keep his family safe. By some miracle it worked. He and his mother escaped countless perils and made it to America. A lifetime later his phone rings. It&rsquo;s the German police. Three of his students, taking a break from studying German language and grammar, have just been arrested. For what? For converting parts of a swimmer&rsquo;s bridge into firewood at an American-style beach party on the nearby Baltic coast. Something about our rule-bending&mdash;although NOT motivated by a desire to save anyone from harm, but to stay warm&mdash;must have nevertheless touched that impish nerve of his, cultivated during his early years of hardship. He chuckled again, recounting it all as our kids listened in and the sun set over the lake.&nbsp; And I realized that this, at last, was my homecoming. The one I&rsquo;d been missing every year, without fail, for two and a half decades. It came without the capital H, and not over the official weekend, but what did it matter? I was with old friends and teachers, savoring what we once learned together. What we&rsquo;d learned from each other. And marveling at where it had led us since.&nbsp; Later I put our little ones to bed. In their eyes a thousand questions. What was this strange life their dad had once lived? Mission accomplished, I thought. They&rsquo;ll never forget Colby now.&nbsp; But just to make sure, I bought them each a Colby sweatshirt. &nbsp; <em>Gerry Hadden &rsquo;89 is a writer and reporter living in Barcelona, Spain. He covers European issues for PRI&rsquo;s </em>The World<em>, the CBC, and others. His memoir, </em>Never the Hope Itself<em>, was published in 2011.&nbsp;</em> Concussion Study Expands to Include Alumni Alumni;,Faculty; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Concussions among National Football League players led to a $765-million settlement earlier this year and have fueled dialogue about head injury. The takeaway&mdash;that concussions can cause lifelong problems and lead to degenerative brain disease&mdash;has left some with nagging questions about the effects of concussions in less severe cases.&nbsp; A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital are embarking on research to determine the effects of less frequent and/or severe concussions. And for that they&rsquo;ve asked for the help of the Maine Concussion Management Institute (MCMI)&mdash;a Colby initiative run by the College&rsquo;s medical director and biology research scientist Paul Berkner.&nbsp; When Berkner started MCMI within the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement in 2009, he wanted to get better tools for tracking concussions into the hands of high school coaches. Now, with 89 schools involved in that program, a new project is being planned that will tap into Colby&rsquo;s alumni community.&nbsp; &ldquo;The goal for this project is to survey our alumni and look at their quality of life as compared to their self-reported concussion history,&rdquo; Berkner said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re asking, &lsquo;does the concussion history in college affect quality of life in middle age?&rsquo;&rdquo; To answer that question, Berkner and his interdisciplinary faculty research team and nine students have teamed up with two of the most prominent researchers in the field of concussion study&mdash;Rebekah Mannix and Bill Meehan of Harvard and Boston Children&rsquo;s. Together, they&rsquo;re inviting alumni of several NESCAC schools including Colby, Williams, and Wesleyan to take an online survey that asks respondents whether they played sports in college and if they experienced any concussions to determine whether certain injury patterns are associated with any long-term difference in neurologic quality of life. They think the answers may be surprising. Mannix, for one, hypothesizes that the known positive effects of playing sports&mdash;better physical and mental health, namely&mdash;will for most alumni outweigh the rare instance of concussion. Concussions in professional athletes can have serious long-term effects, but the experience for most NESCAC graduates is likely different, she says. &ldquo;My thinking is that it is, like all things, a dose response effect,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;If you get whammed in the head a hundred times in your career that&rsquo;s a different person than someone who sustains one concussion in a division three athletic endeavor.&rdquo; Berkner said he&rsquo;s hoping as many Colby alumni as possible will take the survey. Combined with the responses from other participating NESCAC schools, strong participation could provide enough data for a definitive conclusion that allows Colbians&mdash;both those working on the MCMI project and the alumni who take the survey&mdash;to address a significant healthcare question being asked across the country. Alumni can take the survey at All Colby alumni are invited to participate, including those who did not participate in athletics at Colby and have never experienced a concussion. 1,000 Miles Alone Across the Arctic Class Year:Class of 2010,Class Year:Class of 2009 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Superhiker Kristin Gates '10 takes wolves, high water, and tainted food in stride</p> Roisman Edits Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy Academics;,Academics:Classics,Faculty; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Three-volume, million-word tome is first comprehensive reference.</p> Contributors Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>Pat Sims</strong> (&ldquo;Bridging Jewish Communities&rdquo;) is a Maine-based freelance writer. In addition to contributing regularly to <em>Colby</em>, she has been an editor for Bard College&rsquo;s literary journal <em>Conjunctions</em> since 1994.&nbsp; <strong>Gerry Hadden &rsquo;89</strong> (&ldquo;The Bridge to Colby Wasn\'t Burned&rdquo;) is a writer and reporter living in Barcelona, Spain. He covers Europe for PRI&rsquo;s <em>The World</em>. His memoir, <em>Never the Hope Itself</em>, was published in 2011. <strong>Kayla Lewkowicz &rsquo;14 </strong>(&ldquo;Rowing with the World\'s Best&rdquo;) is from Hopkinton, Mass. In addition to contributing to <em>Colby</em>, she is a member of the varsity swim and track teams and an admissions tour guide. Recent Releases Alumni;,Faculty; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>The Kingdom of Golf in America</em></strong> <strong><em> The Kingdom of Golf in America</em></strong><strong>By Richard J. \"Pete\" Moss (history emeritus)</strong><strong>University of Nebraska Press (2013)</strong> Starting in 1915, Charles Beach and a few friends launched a golf club called Olympia Fields outside Chicago. Just nine holes on flat farmland. The initiation fee was $60 and annual dues were $25. By 1929 Olympia Fields had four 18-hole courses. It had a clubhouse with a dining room for 800, men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s locker rooms, a swimming pool, a laundry, a tailoring and valet service, a small hospital, an ice-making plant, a dance pavilion, a hotel with 80 rooms, and a dormitory for 300 employees. It had 4,000 members and 1,400 registered caddies. In 1927 dollars, it was appraised at $3.5 million. There were other private clubs like it around the country. Olympia Fields was the embodiment of what Richard J. &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Moss, emeritus Gibson Professor of History, calls &ldquo;the Golden Age of American golf,&rdquo; from the 1890s through 1930. Moss&rsquo;s latest book, <em>The Kingdom of Golf in America</em>, is a page-turner for those who share his devotion to the sport. He has a deep bag of facts, anecdotes, colorful personalities, and personal opinions, the package of which contains sound ideas for another book or two. (He previously published <em>Golf and the American Country Club</em> and <em>Eden in the Pines: A History of Pinehurst Village</em>.) Treatments of racism, gender inequality, and the influence of the game on presidential politics rarely surface in most golf literature, but Moss doesn&rsquo;t flinch in examining the dark side of the first two and the convoluted nature of the last. The caddy system and state and regional player organizations spurred early development of some black golfers and the trickle upward of women players. Tiger Woods may be the most successful golfer, but few blacks have been successful on the PGA tour, and African-American women still are not a force in the way Asian women are. Corporate sponsorship and big television deals seriously favor the men&rsquo;s game. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, in the role of Charles Beach, is creating a chain of ever-longer, harder, and more expensive courses from Scotland to California. Moss is not in favor of such things. Turn off the water, he says. Brown up the courses. Return the game to what it once was. <em>&mdash;Bob Moorehead</em> <em></em> <strong><em>Acoustronika</em></strong> <strong><em> Acoustronika (CD)</em></strong><strong>Lawrence Collins &rsquo;89</strong><strong>(2013)</strong> Collins, who was born in France and brought up in France, England, India, and the United States, is based in Bordeaux. A guitarist, singer, and composer, he formed the Lawrence Collins Band more than 15 years ago and now plays more than 100 shows a year, mostly in France. <em>Acoustronika</em> is his 10th album. It blends acoustic rock, electro, reggae, jazz, and funk. Think Dave Matthews with a distinctive world-music/techno influence.&nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>Midnight in Mexico</em></strong> <strong><em> Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter&rsquo;s Journey through a Country&rsquo;s Descent into Darkness</em></strong><strong>Alfredo Corchado, LL.D. &rsquo;10</strong><strong>Penguin Press HC (2013)</strong> &ldquo;Fear is a survival skill,&rdquo; Corchado said in Lorimer Chapel when he won the 2010 Lovejoy Award for his fearless coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border for the <em>Dallas Morning News</em>. Drug cartel death threats against Corchado cited at the Lovejoy Convocation also figure prominently in his book, which explores his complicated relationship with the country where he was born. <em>Midnight in Mexico</em>, praised widely in popular press reviews this summer, succeeds in part because Corchado transcends the dispassionate voice he learned as a journalist. Nowhere is this more affecting than when he drives his parents back to their hometown in Laredo to pay their respects at the grave of a sister who died there as an infant. Confrontations on the highway with cops that can&rsquo;t be trusted and cartel caravans cast ominous shadows over Corchado&rsquo;s errand to confront a very dark passage in his own history. <em>&mdash;Stephen Collins &rsquo;74</em> <em></em> <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>Self-Storage</em></strong> &nbsp; <strong><em>Self-Storage</em></strong><strong>Rebecca Hoogs &rsquo;97</strong><strong>Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2013)</strong> This is Hoogs&rsquo;s first full-length book of poetry, and it&rsquo;s deceptively powerful, with everyday images interwoven with bits of history, archaeology, and all of it spun into the thread of the things we think when no one is reading our thoughts. There are poems that call it like it was or could have been, right from the get-go. Like &ldquo;Woodwinds.&rdquo;&nbsp; First chair, first clarinet&mdash;I had no choice but to lead a section of uglies./The blonds all played the flute, silver tips in a hollow-boned flutter at the feeder./I kept my mouth against the reed,/the lick of the wood, the bamboo buzz./And while they perfected the head tilt/trill&mdash;the purse and kiss&mdash;we plowed/through Souza&rsquo;s oompas.&rdquo; This is just a piece of the poem, which follows full disclosure with a question, turns the poem into a mirror, and demands the reader look at the image full in the face.&nbsp; A former student of Colby professors Peter Harris and Ira Sadoff, among others, Hoogs leads us back through places we know we&rsquo;ve been but somehow missed the signposts that she adroitly arranges, playing language, hitting just the right&mdash;but delightfully unexpected&mdash;note.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp; &mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> Letters Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>On the Vietnam War, Setting the Record Straight&mdash;Again</strong> <em>Colby </em>and the College should probably be praised for the willingness to revisit, through republishing parts of a letter I wrote in October 1987, the troublesome lapse of institutional memory about Colby men killed in action in the Vietnam War that was manifested through Colby&rsquo;s collaboration with that year&rsquo;s commencement speaker. To help him make his somewhat valid point about the unevenness of privilege and sacrifice in the late 1960s, journalist Mike Barnicle had been incompletely and incorrectly told that there had been no such casualties from Colby. There are some institutions of higher education where all that followed would have been strategically skipped in an alumni magazine review of college history. That Colby is not one of those is commendable. That stated, it is unfortunate that, in revisiting those events of 25 years ago, an incorrect and incomplete picture was once again provided. At the time that I wrote my admittedly angry letter, I was aware of three men from Colby who had been Vietnam casualties&mdash;Les Dickinson, Dave Barnes, and Mike Ransom. All had attended Colby for part of the time that I was there&mdash;1965-1968. As the events that led to the June 1988 dedication of the Korean and Vietnam War Memorial in the center of the campus unfolded, however, I became aware of another man who had attended Colby in 1958-59 and who had then accepted an appointment to West Point&mdash;James Hunter Shotwell. The <em>Colby</em> article that I was privileged to write in connection with the subsequent memorial dedication documented the journeys that all four took from Mayflower Hill to Southeast Asia. In the course of preparing that article, I was able to speak about Hunter Shotwell with his brother-in-law, Bruce Barker &rsquo;66 and his uncle, the late Colonel James Hunter Drum (West Point &rsquo;37). What I heard from them and what I later learned by reading things like a lengthy specific excerpt about him in Al Santoli&rsquo;s Vietnam chronicle, <em>Everything We Had</em>, made me realize anew what kinds of tragic losses were sustained in that war.&nbsp; So now comes another appeal to set the record straight. The portrait photos accompanying the letter excerpt that you published left Hunter Shotwell out. That is particularly ironic since a picture of him in his Green Beret and Ranger tab was used to introduce the aforementioned article in the spring 1988 edition of <em>Colby</em>. The captions below the photos that were published this year also mistakenly indicated that Dickinson, Barnes, and Ransom were from Colby&rsquo;s Class of 1968. Actually, only Dave Barnes was from that class; Mike Ransom entered with the Class of 1966 and Les Dickinson with the Class of 1967. All four men were<strong> </strong>killed in 1968. I suggest that you republish all four pictures with the correct information and that you provide internet links or other references so that interested alumni can read about the citations for bravery written about Dave Barnes, the anti-war crusades of Mike Ransom&rsquo;s mother, the sense of duty shown by Hunter Shotwell, and the outpouring of campus grief occasioned by the news of Les Dickinson&rsquo;s death. I&rsquo;m also tempted to suggest, after all this and in the aftermath of Professor G. Calvin Mackenzie&rsquo;s retrospective on his own return to Vietnam (<em>Colby</em>, winter 2013) and the somewhat pointed letters that appeared in response, that the magazine refrain from publishing future pieces about Vietnam. That might preclude continuing to pull scabs off unhealed wounds. But that would be contrary to the kind of open dialogue that a place like Colby is supposed to foster. So, my alternative is to remind alumni from that period of the emotionally charged and cynical words uttered by Jan Scruggs, the moving force behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, at the conclusion of his remarks dedicating that monument in November 1982. After recounting the long, nasty struggles that it took to bring the memorial to fruition, he said, &ldquo;Well, I guess it was just that kind of war.&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; <em>Bob Lloyd &rsquo;68</em>Greenville, S.C. &nbsp; <strong>What Would Gardner&nbsp;Colby Think?&nbsp;</strong> While I enjoyed reading the history of Colby in the winter 2013 bicentennial issue, I could not help but&nbsp;wonder what Gardner Colby would think of his namesake today. &nbsp;On one page I read that he rescued the school financially, with one of his conditions being that its president and a majority of the faculty be members in good standing in regular Baptist churches. &nbsp;On another page I read of discrimination against a Christian group on campus for upholding their belief in the principles of the God of the Bible&mdash;a belief that Gardner Colby in all likelihood also held. &nbsp;Normally, if someone objects to the rules and beliefs of a campus group, they look for a different group to join. With all of Colby&rsquo;s outstanding achievements, could it not have risen above other institutions in this area too, and maintained an objective, balanced stance? <em>Susan Baird Hilario &rsquo;7</em>0Guatemala City, Guatemala &nbsp; <strong>Bicentennial Issue Was Memory Lane</strong> I want to thank the C<em>olby</em> staff for doing in the&nbsp;Bicentennial Issue No. 4&nbsp;what alumni magazines are intended to do: communicate with, engage, connect to, and, in many cases, reconnect alumni with their college and college experience. The special section 1964-2013 took me back to 1965 in your&nbsp;opening comments about women&rsquo;s midnight curfews. I certainly can relate to that experience as I started dating my now spouse Dorcas &ldquo;Dee&rdquo; Thompson &rsquo;69 that year. Next I flipped the page and saw April Nelson&rsquo;s article on Janis Joplin&rsquo;s&nbsp;January 1969 concert. Having just received my military orders to go overseas, I was visiting Dee at Colby at that time and we attended that concert in Waterville.&nbsp; On another page you&nbsp;reprinted a Honeywell Corporation ad that appeared in the October 31, 1969, <em>Colby Echo</em>. That ad&nbsp;solicited graduates to take classes to teach&nbsp;them about computers. When I finished graduate school in 1972, I joined Raytheon Data Systems in Norwood, Mass.&nbsp;Raytheon&nbsp;bought out the remnants of Honeywell&rsquo;s small computer business.&nbsp;RDS was one of Raytheon&rsquo;s few non-government commercial businesses.&nbsp;In the two years&nbsp;I was with them they&nbsp;made computers about the size of a small refrigerator. One of those applications was airline reservation systems. Twenty-five years later I&nbsp;was in the Madrid airport and looked over Iberia&rsquo;s ticket counter and saw one of RDS&rsquo;s PTS100 terminals still at work.&nbsp; A few pages later I saw the picture of three Vietnam war dead who attended Colby, including Les Dickinson Jr. &rsquo;67. He influenced me to join Kappa Delta Rho. He was an English major with good grades. I remember him telling me that he wanted to be a journalist and he was dropping out of school because he did not want to miss the experience that the Vietnam War offered a future journalist. He is listed on the Vietnam War memorial along with my high school class president&nbsp;and the tactical officer I had when I was in OCS. All fine, upstanding people with bright futures who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had never seen Bob Lloyd &rsquo;68&rsquo;s letter to President William Cotter. Thank you for reprinting it as well. Keep up the good work! <em>Don Jepson &rsquo;67</em>Northhampton, Mass.&nbsp; <em>&nbsp;</em> <strong>That&rsquo;s Her Sweater</strong> Thank you for the Bicentennial Issue No. 4 (<em>Colby</em>, summer 2013), which arrived by snail mail last month.&nbsp;I had a laugh when I recognized the sweater on the inside cover as mine. <em>Susi Schneider &rsquo;82</em>Richfield Springs, N.Y. &nbsp; <strong>Please Note Holsten&rsquo;s Colby Career&nbsp;</strong> I am working my way through the most recent <em>Colby</em>, and as always I love reading all of it. I have especially enjoyed the historical retrospective pieces of the last few issues: the series is a brilliant tribute to the 200th anniversary of the school. I am writing to note another worthwhile moment in Colby&rsquo;s history, though.&nbsp;This fall will mark the 20th year of Jennifer Holsten&rsquo;s tenure as the women&rsquo;s soccer coach at Colby. Dick Whitmore and Mark Serdjenian are both legends, of course, but I imagine that at this point, Jen must be one of the longest-serving&nbsp;head coaches on the Colby staff.&nbsp;She is coaching her 20th season this fall, having arrived in the fall of 1994.&nbsp;She is a graduate of Colby (1990) and of the soccer program, and achieved the rare status of the three-sport collegiate athlete (with ice hockey and softball). When she arrived in the fall of 1994 she quickly electrified the program, getting us (yes, I&rsquo;m a former player) to the ECAC finals within two years and the NCAA Sweet 16 within four.&nbsp; Since then she has routinely put together strong teams; as of this writing her 139 win total and 12 trips to the postseason make her the most winning coach in the history of the program. Jen has done this while the competitive nature of NESCAC and Division III sports has evolved tremendously, and her program has kept up with these changes. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that in those early years, she was simultaneously coaching the varsity women&rsquo;s ice hockey team as well. Coach Holsten has put together a program that her players respect and stay loyal to. And for anyone who has played for Jen, you will smile to know that the legendary Cooper run is still in effect. <em>Kara Marchant Hooper &rsquo;97</em>Ojai, Calif. &nbsp; <strong>Mountain Rescue is Model for Others</strong> I coordinate a cocurricular outdoor program at Loyola University Chicago. While at Colby I was heavily involved with COC, COOT, and worked for Jonathan Milne, the first outdoor administrator. I just read the write-up on the Mahoosuc incident in the online <em>Colby</em>. Sounds like students are continuing to receive stellar training and preparation from you and your staff.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re going to use the article with our leaders here as a case study of sorts. I have to admit I&rsquo;m glad to be able to use Colby student leaders as an example of emergency response, backcountry risk management, and simple perseverance. Great to hear outdoor programming at Colby is in good hands. <em>Chris Zajchowski &rsquo;07</em>Chicago, Ill. Winifred Tate Ponders the Resilience of Colombian Women Civic Engagement;,Faculty; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Anthropologist Winifred Tate considers the ways Colombian women work and survive in a place steeped in conflict</span></p> From the Editor Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Colby magazine editor Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78 writes about the generosity of Colby plumber Tony Marin, who died Sept. 11 at 50.</p> Bridging Jewish Communities Faculty;,Students; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Rabbi Rachel Isaacs links Colby and Waterville, bringing Jewish students and local residents together.</p> Rowing with the World's Best Alumni;,Class Year:Class of 2005 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Rower Steve Whelpley set out to become one of the world&rsquo;s best&mdash;and succeeded.</p> Faces of Colby Students; Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) This past spring, in honor of the College&rsquo;s bicentennial, I had my Photography III students spend the entire semester studying and creating portraits. The students learned to resolve the many technical and logistical problems inherent in this genre. They studied numerous examples of portraits&mdash;from mid-19th-century portraits by the French photographer Nadar to the myriad approaches of such contemporary practitioners as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Dawoud Bey, Rineke Dijkstra, and many others. Each portrait seen here reflects the photographer&rsquo;s sensitivity to the subject, the space the artist and subject share, and the attention to detail necessary for a successful result. It is in a sense a collaboration between artist and subject. The archive of portraits&mdash;approximately 100 photographs&mdash;will remain at Colby as a creative record of this very special time in the College&rsquo;s history. A portion of that record, including some of the photos that appear here, is displayed in the new exhibition space outside the photo studios in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion.&nbsp;&nbsp; &mdash;Gary M. Green, assistant professor of art Leah Walpuck &rsquo;13, photo by Nina Hatch &rsquo;13 Cameron Matticks &rsquo;15, photo by Lanya Butler &rsquo;14 (left) and Charlie Dupee &rsquo;15, photo by Shannon Kooser &rsquo;14 Noah Teachey &rsquo;13, photo by Jamie Shaum &rsquo;13 Alacoque Shaughnessy &rsquo;15, photo by Hannah Tuttle &rsquo;15 (left) and Justin Lutian &rsquo;15, photo by Shannon Kooser &rsquo;14 Bri Guillory &rsquo;16, photo by Barrie Tovar &rsquo;15 Giving Back Continues After Colby Civic Engagement;,Students; Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Inspired at Colby, these alumni choose to face society's problems head on</p> Outing the NYPD's Surveillance of Muslims Alumni; Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">New book coauthored by Matt Apuzzo '00 reveals spying that scrutinized the law abiding and missed real terrorists.</p> Passing the Test Students; Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Real-life accident challenges COOT leaders with worst-case wilderness scenario&nbsp;</p> Recent Releases Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong></strong> <em><strong>Let the Water Hold Me Down</strong></em><strong>Michael Spurgeon \'92</strong><strong>Ad Lumen Press (2013)</strong>&nbsp; When you&rsquo;re witness to the beginning of a revolution and your future wife serves lasagna to the guerillas, you know you have material for a novel. Michael Spurgeon &rsquo;92 published <em>Let the Water Hold Me Down</em> (Ad Lumen Press) in June with a plot that mirrors his own experiences laced with healthy helpings of invention. Soon after graduating from Colby, Spurgeon spent a year in Chiapas, Mexico, where the Zapatista Rebellion unfolded in 1994.&nbsp; &ldquo;This was far and away the most dramatic moment of my life,&rdquo; said Spurgeon, &ldquo;falling in love with this woman while this conflict was going on.&rdquo; Spurgeon had come home to the United States for the holidays and watched on TV as his girlfriend&rsquo;s apartment was shown at the epicenter of the conflict. &ldquo;The moment I could go back [to Mexico], I did. &hellip; I was politically and socially conscious before the uprising, but I became a lot more aware as a result.&rdquo; Spurgeon&rsquo;s novel is about a young man who has lost his wife and daughter and goes to Mexico to grieve, becoming caught up in the political turmoil just as Spurgeon did. He sees it as a call to action. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping it gets people to say, &lsquo;I have a responsibility to be engaged.&rsquo;\" Spurgeon and his wife now have two children and live in Sacramento, Calif., where he teaches English at American&nbsp;River College. He&rsquo;s also an active volunteer who remembers his commitment to be involved. He created an&nbsp;annual writers conference that lasted seven years, and he organized an affordable creative writing colloquium at&nbsp;his college that has now run for two years. He also created 916 Ink, a literacy project for at-risk youths in Sacramento loosely based on author Dave Eggers&rsquo;s 826 Valencia program. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re about turning kids into published authors. Every child in our program gets published. That&rsquo;s what we do.&rdquo;&nbsp; The 12-week project involves six weeks of writing, six weeks of revising, and a launch party for the resulting anthology that makes parents and kids swell with pride. There&rsquo;s a secret agenda, says Spurgeon: &ldquo;We really want to make them avid readers. We&rsquo;re a literacy project posing as a writing project.&rdquo;&nbsp; Spurgeon was off to Chiapas this summer for a book tour, and he&rsquo;s already been featured on the home page of, a website for English language speakers in Mexico that claims to be one of busiest websites in the world. What&rsquo;s next? He&rsquo;s working on two new novels, both with a political bent.<em>&mdash;Erika Mailman &rsquo;91</em> <em></em> <strong><em>Hawai\'i</em></strong><strong>Mark Panek \'90</strong><strong>Lo\'ihi Press (2013)&nbsp;</strong> This isn&rsquo;t the Hawaii of sun, hula dancers, and Waikiki Beach. Nor is it James Michener&rsquo;s <em>Hawaii</em> or even the Hawaii of <em>Hawaii Five-O</em>.&nbsp; Mark Panek&rsquo;s Hawaii is a place that the tourism industry would like to keep a deep, dark secret. In this sprawling, bowl-you-over novel, Panek blows that secret world wide open, serving up a place that may be paradise but that is also replete with political corruption, racial conflict, drug addiction, and conflicting loyalties.&nbsp; Panek, who teaches at The University of Hawaii at Hilo, takes readers a long way from the familiar. The plot follows the maneuvering of State Senator Russell Lee, who needs to cash in before his leveraged life implodes. Developers, underworld wheeler-dealers, gambling magnates, gangbangers&mdash;this is the Hawaii honeymooners miss. &nbsp; <em>Kekoa knew his own dad never would have allowed it back when he was alive, except that after weeks of getting turned away even for the ten-dolla-whore jobs that these frikken mainland community college dropouts seemed to walk straight into, he&rsquo;d worked it out that the old man would have understood that nowadays Javen&rsquo;s offer was all you had left, the only way to equal Dad&rsquo;s tremendous pride for Hawai&rsquo;i, the only chance Hawaiians had anymore to take charge of their own land, put this place on the map, a map that was looking more and more like a map of California.</em> This is a breathless book, with shifting allegiances, crime kings clinging to power as younger toughs circle like sharks, and backroom deals that worked 10 years ago&mdash;so why aren&rsquo;t they working now?&nbsp; Panek, a New York City native who has lived in Sydney, Tokyo, and Honolulu, is a quick study when it comes to absorbing culture and tradition and creating a sense of place. Serving up Hawaiian brah slang and the double-talk of influence peddling, Panek whips it all into a harrowing froth. It&rsquo;s a Hawaii that&rsquo;s been there all along. This novel will leave you wondering how you missed it. &nbsp; <em>&mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> &nbsp; <em><strong>Lid to the Shadow</strong></em><strong>Alexandria Peary \'92</strong><strong>Slope Editions (2011)&nbsp;</strong> Emily Dickinson said poetry made her feel as if the top of her head were taken off. For Alexandria Peary &rsquo;92, the sensations are similar. &ldquo;I actually tremble when I read my poem &lsquo;The Gift&rsquo; at poetry readings,&rdquo; she said. The poem arose out of her daughter&rsquo;s premature birth and long hospital stay.&nbsp; This summer Peary received the prestigious Iowa Poetry Prize for her book <em>Control Bird Alt Delete. </em>When she got the call, she reacted with slow-motion pleasure, &ldquo;like some sort of happy pavement was being poured everywhere.&rdquo; Peary&rsquo;s previous poetry volumes include <em>Lid to the Shadow </em>(Slope Editions 2011) and <em>Fall Foliage Called Bathers &amp; Dancers </em>(Backwaters Press 2008). She earned two poetry M.F.A.&rsquo;s (from the Iowa Writers Program and UMass Amherst) and a Ph.D. in composition studies (at UNH) and leads a busy life of scholarship and teaching. Currently associate professor of English at Salem State University, she writes articles and often presents on the art of teaching. She&rsquo;s wrapping up a book currently titled <em>Creative Writing Studies: A Guide to Its Pedagogies</em>, coedited with Tom C. Hunley, for Southern Illinois University Press<em>.</em> &ldquo;I like the balance I think I&rsquo;ve struck in the past four to five years in my career&mdash;I have a lot of play space with the different genres I write&mdash;poetry, creative nonfiction, and scholarship,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Each writing session, I sit down and ask myself, without predetermination, which genre or project I feel like working on right now. And then I follow my writing instincts.&rdquo; Peary urged young writers, &ldquo;Do quality work. Be patient. If your eyes stay on that goal&mdash;of doing art&mdash;and are not distracted by secondary matters like status, acceptance, or attention&mdash;then you may very well have a rewarding life of writing ahead of you.&rdquo; She credits Roberts Professor of Literature Ira Sadoff, as well as visiting professor Laura Mullen, for nurturing her at Colby. &ldquo;Ira&rsquo;s keen insight on language probably tilted me toward my interest in meta language.&rdquo; She grabs inspiration from the visual, the random, the evocative. &ldquo;For instance, with &lsquo;The Entrance of Spring,&rsquo; the image was of a stained-glass window of a blossoming cherry tree that I just happened to see in a fashion magazine while on the Stairmaster at the gym. Just happened to see&mdash;but then I had to deal with the consequences for months, because the image haunted me until I got it right. &ldquo;Writing has formed me. Writing is my form of meditation practice in the sense that it has begun to teach me great patience and self-acceptance: I feel I am in sync with the act of living because of what my writing practice has shown me. I am in love with writing ability&mdash;my own and those of other people.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>&mdash;Erika Mailman &rsquo;91</em> &nbsp; <em><strong>The Destructive Element</strong></em><strong>Harris Eisenstadt \'98</strong><strong>Clean Feed (2013)&nbsp;</strong> Two-sport athlete Harris Eisenstadt &rsquo;98 came to Colby in the mid-1990s hoping to play collegiate hockey and baseball. The Toronto native tried out, only to discover that he&rsquo;d be a benchwarmer on both squads. So he let his dream of athletic stardom die and opened himself up to what he calls &ldquo;the life of the mind in the middle of the woods.&rdquo; He immersed himself in literature, discovering the complexities of Nabokov and Conrad while delving deeply into existentialism. A drummer in his high school band and jazz ensemble, Eisenstadt reconnected with the world of music and percussion on Mayflower Hill. He spent the spring semester of his junior year in Manhattan studying jazz and literature at the New School.&nbsp; This spring with his group September Trio Eisenstadt released his 14th album. Its title, <em>The Destructive Element</em>, comes from a famous passage in Conrad&rsquo;s classic <em>Lord Jim</em>, in which the hero declares his decision to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Eisenstadt juggles his musical career, which includes annual concert tours in Europe, with his work as an assistant professor of humanities at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, where he teaches freshman English, introduction to literature, world music, and Western music.&nbsp; Eisenstadt, who majored in English at Colby, is now living the liberal arts life, performing jazz around the world and teaching the literature that touches him to the core. He earned his M.F.A. in African-American improvisation music from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great balance,&rdquo; said Eisenstadt, 37, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sara Schoenbeck, a freelance bassoonist, and their son, Owen, 4. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll be touring about two months a year in Europe. My department chair values my artistic career, so I can teach some classes online while I&rsquo;m on the road.&rdquo; &nbsp;This summer, Eisenstadt has gigs lined up in Poland, Italy, Spain, and Manhattan. In March he led a group playing for a handful of listeners in the cramped basement of a Brooklyn bar a few blocks from his home. Mindful of the intimate setting, Eisenstadt played softly, with a deft touch, exploring African and Cuban rhythms with his fingers, drumsticks, steel brushes, and mallets as part of a trio that improvised off compositions he&rsquo;d written.&nbsp; &ldquo;This is the reason I moved back to New York in 2006,&rdquo; said Eisenstadt, who is writing a commissioned work for the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra that is set to premiere in November. &ldquo;I do concerts and also these informal, small things. I&rsquo;ve got several working groups and one-offs, like this one with some neighbors. I play to big audiences in Europe, and I come back to New York to play and live my life.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>&mdash;David McKay Wilson &rsquo;76</em> For First-Gens, Ways To Be "Their Whole Selves" Students; Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) One first-generation college student at Colby was perplexed when a roommate told him parents were responsible for paying for students&rsquo; books. Another student looks for a familiar place to take a break from his new life on campus. &ldquo;Sometimes he goes to Walmart, because that&rsquo;s what reminds him of home,&rdquo; said Tashia Bradley, associate dean of students. &ldquo;He just sits in there for a while.&rdquo; Twenty years after Patricia Marshall &rsquo;94 graduated from Colby, &ldquo;first-gen&rdquo; students still face challenges, but they are finding new opportunities to talk about their experiences. Marshall came from extreme rural poverty and a difficult home life but arrived academically prepared. Other students may have their own sets of challenges. But programs&mdash;instigated by Jessica Boyle &rsquo;12, a first-generation student who pushed for services at Colby for students like her&mdash;are in place, with much more to come, Bradley said.&nbsp; A supply closet offers students school supplies. First-generation students, and others, meet monthly for dinner with guest speakers. Incoming students this fall (53 identify as first-generation) will be matched with student mentors. Bradley has hired two students as first-generation fellows to develop ways to increase awareness and gather resources.&nbsp; <strong>\"It isn\'t enough for us to be in a group and be with ourselves. How do we educate other people to understand our experiences?\"</strong><em><strong>&mdash;Tashia Bradley, associate dean of students</strong></em> &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t enough for us to be in a group and be with ourselves,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;How do we educate other people to understand our experiences?&rdquo; Those experiences often center on socioeconomic issues and what Bradley calls &ldquo;social capital.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;Just trying to figure out where they belong in this environment,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;All students have this experience, but for first-gens, it&rsquo;s an added layer.&rdquo; Many first-generation students can&rsquo;t turn to their parents for help navigating the social, academic, or financial world of college. And they feel they can&rsquo;t reveal this to other students, Bradley said. &ldquo;Often they&rsquo;re ashamed,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;They feel very secretive about it.&rdquo; She said another project, a website for parents and/or guardians of first-generation students about life at Colby, will answer questions that have not been addressed in traditional orientation efforts. &ldquo;It can be super-intimidating,&rdquo; Bradley said. &ldquo;How do we not cut them out of the experience but rather create opportunities so they too can be part of the experience?&rdquo; At one orientation session, she said, many parents were asking about how their children at Colby would have access to the Sugarloaf Mountain ski area, long part of Colby culture. &ldquo;For me that was eye-opening. I could imagine a parent sitting there thinking, &lsquo;One, what is Sugarloaf? Two, why are we talking about skiing?&rsquo;&rdquo; The work Bradley and others are undertaking is aimed at encouraging an atmosphere where first-gen students&rsquo; experiences aren&rsquo;t looked down upon. &ldquo;So they can come and be their whole selves here,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So they can feel this is their institution as well.&rdquo; <em>&mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> Smashing the Cycle of Poverty Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Patricia Marshall reveals her past to help disadvantaged students have a future</p> Can You See a Sound? Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Reflections on a Liberal Arts Experience</p> Tested on Stage Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>For these students, the exam begins when the lights go down</p> What's On Your Mind? Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Professor Erin Sheets studies how Facebook really makes us feel&mdash;and finds that it isn&rsquo;t always better</p> Q&A: Associate Professor John Turner Academics:History,Faculty; Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Professor John Turner on teaching Islam at Colby and why we all need to know more</p> From the Editor Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>On its 200th, Colby still &nbsp;\"something young\"</strong> I\'ve&nbsp;spent the last few weeks immersed in the past&mdash;and watching the future unfold.&nbsp; The past has been in the form of the archives that supplied the material included in this issue&rsquo;s final bicentennial section. The future has been the lead-up to the July opening of the extraordinary Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art. This section&rsquo;s time period, 1964-2013, seems to span much more than 50 years. This was a half century that began with campus beauty queens, erupted with protests over Vietnam and civil rights, jettisoned fraternities and sororities, and eventually was swept into the 21st century on the crest of the information age. A lot of change was packed into a few decades, and there were times, I&rsquo;m sure, when many wondered what the world and Colby were coming to. One of the witnesses to that decade of upheaval was a fellow named Hugh Gourley. Gourley was working at the Rhode Island School of Design when James Carpenter, professor of art history and director of the Colby College Museum of Art, brought him to Waterville in 1966 to become the museum&rsquo;s first full-time leader. The museum wasn&rsquo;t much more than a corridor then, but Gourley saw more. &ldquo;I felt there was an enormous chance to build something here,&rdquo; he said, reflecting on his career, in 1991. &ldquo;I just felt that it would be a wonderful experience to be involved with something young with a great potential for growth.&rdquo; Gourley, who died in 2012, nurtured the museum for decades, firmly guiding it toward the realization of his vision and that of the museum&rsquo;s stalwart supporters. Last month his spirit was invoked as the museum reopened. This time the vision was that of museum benefactors Paula and Peter Lunder &rsquo;56, Gourley&rsquo;s successor Sharon Corwin, and others. The wonderful Lunder Collection of American Art is in place in a pavilion that shines like a beacon atop Mayflower Hill. If you haven&rsquo;t been, hustle on over. It&rsquo;s tremendously exciting, of course, and you don&rsquo;t need me to tell you that. But I do want to say that poring through archives for the past year, and watching this latest gorgeous addition to the College, I had a feeling that Colby still is &ldquo;something young,&rdquo; and as much as ever holds that &ldquo;great potential for growth.&rdquo; Two hundred years young. &nbsp; Onward.&nbsp; Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78, P&rsquo;06Managing Editor Letters Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>Look to Treaty For Cause of War</strong> Bob Kinney &rsquo;79 states in his letter to the editor (<em>Colby</em> spring 2013), &ldquo;Like so many young men, he [Professor Cal Mackenzie] went to fight a war he did not support, against a people he did not hate, for a &lsquo;cause&rsquo; that was not fully explained, if it was explained at all.&rdquo; In 1954, in Manila, Philippines, the United States signed a treaty with other nations as an international treaty to provide for the defense of Southeast Asia, creating SEATO. The purpose was to block further communist gains in Southeast Asia. In 1961, President Kennedy, who was a strong believer in containing communism and a strong believer in the domino theory, sent a thousand advisors to the south to help train the South Vietnam Army, in accordance with the SEATO treaty. And it went from there. This would be an historical explanation of the &ldquo;cause&rdquo; of our involvement. Obviously there is still much division among people as to the whys and wherefores of this decision and this war. However, if we, as a nation, sign on to a treaty, we have an obligation to honor that commitment. Perhaps we should look to the Monroe Doctrine and stop making unnecessary and binding treaties that will demand we commit to fighting other nations&rsquo; involvements regardless of our own country&rsquo;s personal interests. <em>Carole Betterley Buchanan &rsquo;67</em>Darnestown, Md. <strong>Wonderful Surprises Await Visitors to Art Museum</strong>&nbsp; A nice article on the Lunder Collection (&ldquo;For Lunder Collection, A New Home,&rdquo; <em>Colby</em> spring 2013). I think many readers (and visitors to the Colby College Museum of Art) are familiar with the 19th-century paintings and sculpture from the Lunder Collection that have graced the galleries over the past several years. But, what surprises await when one enters the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion and the renovated galleries! One pleasant surprise was to read in the article about another subset of the Lunders&rsquo; amazing collection: the art of the American Southwest and artwork of American Indians. It is always interesting to see how art &ldquo;lives&rdquo; in collector&rsquo;s homes as art in that time in America was made for personal enjoyment&mdash;not just for churches, cathedrals, and rarely for museums. To see the artists of the Taos School reflect not only a certain place but a &ldquo;place in time&rdquo; that was disappearing, and to further see how the George Catlin, Carl Wimar, Alfred J. Miller, and Charles Bird King portraits and historical paintings are integrated into the museum galleries is a learning lesson and experience for us today just as the mid-19th-century works were to the American public in their own day&mdash;and to the public in London and Paris that came to see real American Indians in traveling shows. I hope<em> Colby </em>will offer more in-depth insights into the other focal points of the Lunder Collection, but also to the other excellent collections in the museum.&nbsp; <em>Duncan R. Gibson &rsquo;83</em>Cummaquid, Mass. Contributors Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) The special bicentennial section in this issue of <em>Colby</em> is the last of our four quarterly installments. None of these would have been possible without the assistance of the researchers in Special Collections in Miller Library, whose resourcefulness was matched only by their patience with our endless questions and requests. Special Collections is a treasure trove of documents, letters, writings, and photographs, beginning with Colby&rsquo;s conception and continuing to the present day. The Special Collections crew helped us navigate this repository of Colbiana. The magazine&rsquo;s contribution to the marking of Colby&rsquo;s bicentennial was accomplished in large part because of the expertise of the people in the photo above. Standing, from left (with Colby artifacts), Larry Brown, digital production coordinator; Marty Kelly, assistant director for digital collections; Jim Merrick, Colbiana/finding aids coordinator; Pat Burdick, assistant director for Special Collections. Front row, Erin Rhodes, archives education coordinator; Maggie Libby &rsquo;81, visual resources curator. Halfway There Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Progress on the new science building is continuing, both inside and out. Masonry and roofing are underway on the exterior of the building. Inside, workers are putting up walls and running plumbing, ductwork, sprinklers, and electrical lines. The building is scheduled for completion in April 2014, with faculty to move in that summer to be ready for the 2014-2015 school year. Photo by Office of Communications After Some 50 Years, Colby Eight Members Release New CD Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Members of the Colby Eight from the classes of 1955 to 1963 at a recent rehearsal. There are lots of a cappella groups on campus, but the Colby Eight was the first. Formed in 1947, the Colby Eight quickly achieved popularity and spawned many other groups, including the all-female Colbyettes. In addition to music, the Colby Eight has provided a sense of camaraderie and connections that persist long after graduation, with many members reuniting to sing at Colby reunions and other events. That decades-long bond has held for a group of members from 1955 through 1963 who recently reunited to record new material. The Colby Eight was particularly active in those years, releasing several albums and traveling to New York City to perform. They&rsquo;ve continued to sing at reunion events over the decades, and their recent release combines new material and old favorites. <em>Try to Remember</em> is a collection of 25 songs the Colby Eight released between 1955 and 1963, plus one newly recording song. In April 2013 Keet Arnett &rsquo;59, Peter Merrill &rsquo;57, Ed Tomey &rsquo;59, Peter Vogt &rsquo;63, and Doug Riis &rsquo;61 recorded a new arrangement of the song &ldquo;Try to Remember&rdquo; from the Broadway musical <em>The Fantasticks</em>.&nbsp; <em>Try to Remember</em> can be purchased at the Colby bookstore. First the Baton, Then the Diploma for All-American Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Brittney Bell &rsquo;13 poses with Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer. Bell returned to campus from the NCAA championships too late to take part in the regular commencement. At approximately 3:15 p.m. on May 26, Brittney Bell &rsquo;13 walked across the stage in Wadsworth Gymnasium. It was her second finish line in 18 hours. The previous night, Bell, from Poland, Maine, ran the anchor leg for the Colby women&rsquo;s 1,600-meter relay team at the NCAA Division III championships in La Crosse, Wis. Bell and her teammates, Emily Doyle &rsquo;16, Frances Onyilagha &rsquo;14, and Emily Tolman &rsquo;16, placed second in the country, just behind host school Wisconsin-La Crosse. Two weeks before, Bell thought she&rsquo;d have to make a difficult decision: run in Wisconsin or march with her classmates at the 10 a.m. commencement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m the first person in my family to graduate from college, to go to college, so I knew it was really important to my family,&rdquo; said Bell, a biology major. &ldquo;When we found out [the race] was at 6:20 in Wisconsin, I cried.&rdquo; But Colby administrators made sure Bell could do both. When Emily Hackert, assistant track and field coach, approached Assistant Dean of Faculty Jim Sloat with the Bell dilemma, he didn&rsquo;t hesitate. &ldquo;I knew as soon as the request came in, this was exactly the kind of thing that we&rsquo;d do,&rdquo; Sloat said. Bell flew from Chicago to Portland Sunday morning, arriving on campus at 1:30 p.m.&mdash;shortly after the big commencement ceremony concluded. A little more than an hour later, surrounded by family, friends and teammates, she took a seat in the front row in front of the stage in Wadsworth Gymnasium. Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Marcella Zalot spoke, followed by Associate Professor of Biology Judy Stone, one of Bell&rsquo;s favorite teachers.&nbsp; Then Sloat presented the candidate for graduation. &ldquo;Brittney Nicole Bell,&rdquo; Sloat said. His voice echoed through the nearly empty gym, and Bell walked across the stage and received her diploma from Lori Kletzer, Colby&rsquo;s dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. To polite applause, Brittney Bell ended her college career with a smile, as an All-American track athlete and the first in her family to earn a college degree. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s unbelievable,&rdquo; said Brittney&rsquo;s mother, Nancy Bell. &ldquo;We are still stunned. This whole event that they threw for my daughter.&rdquo; &mdash;<em>Travis Lazarczyk</em><em>A version of this story first appeared in the Waterville</em> Morning Sentinel. An Athlete Acts to Protect Women from Sexual Assault Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Connor Clancy \'15 Football offensive lineman Connor Clancy &rsquo;15 is protecting more than his quarterback. &nbsp; Off the field, Clancy was also involved with a petition in reaction to the Steubenville, Ohio, case in which star high school football players sexually assaulted a young girl in 2012. The assault was documented via social media, and some members of the community blamed the victim for the assault and the negative publicity it caused for the Steubenville football program. Efforts by Clancy and others resulted in a pledge by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) to provide education for coaches across the country about sexual assault. &ldquo;As a nation, we have a history of overlooking assault when it&rsquo;s committed by athletes, from the high school level to university programs to professional sports,&rdquo; reads the petition started by Clancy &rsquo;15 and Carmen Rios, an activist with the SPARK movement to end sexualization of women and girls in the media. &ldquo;But most athletes and coaches, like most men and most people, think sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence need to stop.&rdquo;&nbsp; The goal of the petition was to gather signatures and support to help &ldquo;empower coaches, who are mentors to young men, to begin difficult and complex conversations about sexual violence [that] could create long-lasting change in communities across the nation and lead to curbing, and even ending, sexual violence.&rdquo; Almost 68,000 people signed the petition. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know it was going to become so big,&rdquo; said Clancy.&nbsp; In May, two months after the petition launched, the petitioners declared victory. &ldquo;In March, we asked that the NFHS bring a coalition to the table to craft a curriculum for coaches willing to take on the important work of advocacy and education around sexual assault in their communities,&rdquo; wrote Rios on &ldquo;Now, these resources will be reaching over 18,500 schools, 11 million athletes, and countless more students.&rdquo; Clancy&rsquo;s role in the petition stemmed from his involvement with Colby&rsquo;s Mules Against Violence group, which works to promote awareness around sexual violence and challenge stereotypes of men&mdash;and male athletes. Clancy and Rios gathered support for the petition through the social action platform; &ldquo;The more people are educated,&rdquo; Clancy said, &ldquo;the more it will help.&rdquo;&nbsp; Presidential Search Committee Now Evaluating Candidates Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) The committee searching for the next president of Colby is evaluating candidates as the process moves forward, reported Michael Gordon &rsquo;66, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Gordon said he is encouraged by the process so far and confident of an excellent outcome for the College. &ldquo;The feedback our candidates are sharing &hellip; confirms what we believe to be true&mdash;that Colby is held in very high regard in the world, both inside and outside of higher education,&rdquo; he said in an e-mail to the Colby community on July 8. The search has moved into a silent phase as evaluations continue, Gordon said, though two lines of communication with the committee remain open: the comment box on the search website and the e-mail address Letters can be sent to the committee in care of Sally Baker at 4600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901. &nbsp; President William D. Adams, on sabbatical this summer, will return to campus for the academic year. President since 2000, Adams will soon begin his last year at Colby. In Their Footsteps, 1964-2013 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>From parietal hours to protests to the end of fraternities, the period that began with a maelstrom of change ended with Colby emerging stronger than ever.</p> Sixty Years and Still Writing Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Round-robin letter keeps friends from class of 1952 connected</p> Made in the USA? You Bet Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>In tough times for American manufacturing, these companies have flourished</p> "Old and Cool" Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Sports-camp coaching turns Colby athletes into mentors</p> A Museum's Magical Moments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) At a symposium preceding the dedication, a panel of art experts examined the role of the Colby College Museum of Art as a center for teaching that allows unfiltered access to original art and can lead to moments in which students are transformed into teachers. Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, pointed to the &ldquo;purity&rdquo; of teaching museums, with their focus solely on art, community, and education. The location of a museum on a campus, he added, says a lot about it: &ldquo;You can read a campus by what is placed where, its accessibility to the community, to the students. And the transparency of the building [at Colby] suggests that art is open to the students.&rdquo; He praised Colby&rsquo;s focused collection and the depth of holdings of such important artists as Alex Katz, John Marin, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters, and stressed the &ldquo;primacy of artwork to the curriculum.&rdquo;&nbsp; For Colby Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz, working in the museum often leads to a &ldquo;magical moment&rdquo; in teaching &ldquo;when students start to see themselves as teachers.&rdquo; Weitz said this moment is something she&rsquo;s frequently facilitated in her classes as her students learn to be curators and begin to understand who their audience is.&nbsp; Martha Tedeschi, deputy director for art and research at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a longtime curator of works on paper. Contemplating art directly&mdash;and not just reproductions of it&mdash;is an essential experience for students, &nbsp;she said. In a teaching space, students have a chance to take their time and really look at the works. She emphasized the importance of the &ldquo;proximity of unmediated works of art&rdquo; in a space like the Colby Museum, and the opportunity it gives viewers to &ldquo;feel the frisson of the original.&rdquo;&nbsp; For Art Lovers, the Doors Are Open Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Crowds flock to see Lunder Collection in new Colby College Museum of Art showcase</p> Into the Forests of Gondar Green Colby; Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Colby researchers plumb the secrets of Ethiopia's ancient "church forests"</p> For Colby and the Lunders, a Bold Stroke Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>Related: </strong>For Lunder Collection: A New Home Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, recalls a time when Peter and Paula Lunder began to wonder about the ultimate purpose of their growing collection of American art. Prices were skyrocketing, and the Lunders were questioning whether this was where they should be devoting their resources. &ldquo;When they settled on the idea of donating everything to the Colby museum, at that point it was suddenly okay,&rdquo; Broun said. &ldquo;They went from collecting good but not great works, when they thought it was just for their own purpose, to collecting the best of the best of the best when they knew it was all going to Colby.&rdquo; The destination for the Lunders&rsquo; collection was made official in 2007, but the couple had settled on Colby years before. And that decision led the Lunders to change their purpose from acquiring art that would hang in their homes to art that would benefit Colby students, faculty, and the state of Maine. The result? One of the largest and most important collections of the works of James McNeill Whistler in the world. Addition of contemporary sculpture to a collection that already included some of the most renowned works of the 19th century. The most important works of specific artists, including Winslow Homer, John LaFarge, Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Joseph Mozier, among many others, curators say. &ldquo;They not only found great paintings and examples of the artists&rsquo; work but also works that stand for the bigger moments in the overall story of the country,&rdquo; Broun said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a spectacular broad view of all the best artists in America and what they tell us about how we became the country we are today.&rdquo; Choosing the signposts of that story is a challenging task. The Lunders cultivated an enormous network of conservators, curators, scholars, and other advisors across the country. Because of their reputation as discerning collectors with considerable resources, the Lunders are sought out by dealers and art auction houses and are constantly being presented with opportunities to buy important works. &ldquo;They probably see ninety percent of everything that&rsquo;s on the American art market,&rdquo; Broun said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of an honor to get picked to be in the Lunder Collection.&rdquo; And while there are art buyers who make decisions solely on recommendations from experts, the Lunders are known as discerning and educated collectors. &ldquo;I think they both have a very skilled eye,&rdquo; said Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art. &ldquo;They are both extremely knowledgeable.&rdquo; And they are devoted to Colby and the state of Maine. Broun, who has known the Lunders for years, describes them as &ldquo;modest people who aren&rsquo;t seeking any benefits for themselves.&rdquo; Rather, she said, everything they do is intended to benefit Colby and the state. In that way, the Lunder Collection and the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion are gifts made not just to Colby but to the state as a whole. &ldquo;For them to be able to give it to a place like Colby, where it would have such an impact on the teaching that happens here but also be a resource for the rest of the state&mdash;they win on both fronts,&rdquo; Corwin said. The quality of the collection, the spaces, the new facility elevate the Colby museum to the forefront of college art museums in the country, she said. That is especially remarkable because the Colby Museum of Art is only 54 years old. It has grown thanks to a host of dedicated supporters, she said. &ldquo;[The museum] has a really deep history of visionaries and generosity,&rdquo; Corwin said, &ldquo;and Peter and Paula are very much part of that.&rdquo; &mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78 For Lunder Collection: A New Home Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Extraordinary works of American art to be centerpiece for Colby and state of Maine</p> Game Changer Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Todd McGovern played on</p> In Their Footsteps, 1914-1963 Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Three wars, a devastating economic depression, and creation of a new campus from scratch: during the years 1914-1963 Colby was up to the challenge.</p> Adoration of the Autobots Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Gift Ntuli &rsquo;14, <em>Adoration of the Autobots</em>, 2012, screenprint, 10\" x 8\". &nbsp; Where There Now is a Campus, There Once Were Farms Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: Professor Charles Ferguson (Associate Professor of French, emeritus) spent 28 years in classrooms on the Colby campus before retiring in 1995. &nbsp;In 2008 he took a very different look at Mayflower Hill&mdash;the pastoral land that preceded Colby&rsquo;s move from downtown Waterville. &nbsp;What was there? Who farmed the fields that now are Colby&rsquo;s sprawling lawns? Where were the houses that existed before Colby stately brick buildings?</em> <strong>MAYFLOWER HILL BEFORE COLBY</strong> By Charles Ferguson In the fall of 2008 I began looking into the land Colby acquired in 1931 as the site for its new campus. Starting with Ernest Marriner\'s <em>History of Colby College</em> (1962) and Earl Smith\'s <em>Mayflower Hill</em> (2006), I then looked through the documents and pictures covering the new campus in Special Collections, Miller Library. Once I\'d seen something of the Hill as it was before 1931, I sent an inquiry to the <em>Morning Sentinel</em>, and on December 8 it was published:&nbsp; I\'m seeking records of what Mayflower Hill looked like when it was farmland rising past \"Maple Court\" up to \"Beefsteak Grove.\" If you have memories of the families who once lived on the Hill -- reminiscences, souvenirs, snapshots -- I would much appreciate hearing from you.&nbsp; Thanks in advance for your replies. Charles FergusonEast Several persons responded to my query (one phoned the morning it appeared), and thanks to their recollections and guidance I have been able sketch out this description of the Hill as it was on March 30, 1931, when a dozen parcels of land were deeded to \"the President and Trustees of Colby College.\"&nbsp; Read the story of early Mayflower Hill &gt; &nbsp; Steinem Connects With Activism at Colby Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <em>Ms.</em> magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed house in Lorimer Chapel. Famed activist and political figure Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed Lorimer Chapel Feb. 28, the same day Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act. She served as the keynote speaker of S.H.O.U.T!, a week of multicultural celebration organized by the Pugh Community Board. Steinem took passage of the act earlier that day as a point from which to jump into a discussion of the need to think closely about our connections with people, the effects our actions have, and the current state of the feminist movement. Steinem, who came to prominence in the late Sixties after she published an article titled &ldquo;After Black Power, Women&rsquo;s Liberation,&rdquo; referenced the 1970 takeover of Lorimer Chapel by 18 African-American students as she spoke about the shared efforts and effects of diverse activisms. The argument that feminism is no longer relevant to young people is a myth, she said. Women and men have different patterns of activism, and the more that women &ldquo;experience life, the more likely we are to be activists.&rdquo;&nbsp; Framing activist movements as struggles to first establish an identity and then achieve equality, Steinem said that while the feminist movement&rsquo;s identity is firmly established, it remains for young people, such as those before her in Lorimer Chapel, to continue the work of gaining equality. Those efforts, she said, are only half complete, and finishing them requires careful consideration of our relationships with one another. \"The act of behaving ethically is understanding that everything we do matters,\" she said. \"The means we choose every day will form the ends we get.\" Colby Leads Way to Net Zero Emissions Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; &nbsp; Colby\'s biomass heating plant, completed in 2012, substantially cut the College&rsquo;s emissions. When it comes to carbon-neutral campuses, 668 colleges and universities have signed the pledge. On April 4 Colby became the first among NESCAC, Ivy, and comparable colleges to achieve net zero carbon emissions. &nbsp; Colby is the fourth in the nation and the largest institution to reach the goal to date, according to David Hales, president of the nonprofit Second Nature, which supports the American College and University Presidents&rsquo; Climate Commitment and its 668 signatories. The achievement was a decade in the making, as Colby worked to calculate, reduce, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.&nbsp; A tradition of Yankee thrift has made energy efficiency projects a priority at Colby for many years. Cogeneration of electricity at the steam plant started in the late 1990s, and energy improvements have been part of renovations since the Arab oil crisis 40 years ago. Having switched to sustainably generated electricity contracts 10 years ago, the College came within striking distance of net-zero carbon emissions after its new biomass fueled heating plant became operational last year. Though the plant wasn&rsquo;t running at full capacity as systems were tested and adjusted, Colby purchased 700,000 fewer gallons of oil in 2012 than in previous years, according to Director of Physical Plant Patricia Whitney. While there is some disagreement whether sustainably harvested biomass is &ldquo;carbon neutral&rdquo; or &ldquo;carbon lean,&rdquo; Colby used national standards established by the nonprofit Clean Air-Cool Planet for calculating carbon emissions and then hired an independent firm to check and confirm methodology and calculations.&nbsp; Both the College&rsquo;s analysis and that of Competitive Energy Services of Portland agreed that after all the measures to reduce emissions, the College still produces about 8 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. The biggest source is transportation&mdash;both employee and student commuting and business travel by employees.&nbsp; The final piece of achieving carbon neutrality was purchasing carbon offsets&mdash;investing in greenhouse gas reduction projects elsewhere in Maine and the United States that countervail Colby&rsquo;s remaining emissions. Those offsets, which invest in projects including preventing methane from going into the atmosphere at the Presque Isle landfill for example, cost $50,000. That amount is more than covered by fuel cost savings of biomass and is expected to decline as Colby continues to reduce emissions. Vice President for Administration Doug Terp &rsquo;84 said shifting from oil to biomass saved Colby $1.2 million in the first year. And, he told employees in April, &ldquo;instead of spending a couple million dollars that goes out of the state of Maine, and much of it out of the United States, the bulk of our fuel purchases now, on the heating side, are going back into the woods of Maine, which is supporting the local economy.&rdquo; For additional information on Colby&rsquo;s carbon neutrality, including answers to frequently asked questions, see; &nbsp; Colby Volunteer Center Puts Service in Spring Break Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Ten Colby students helped build the foundation of a small school in Las Cebitas, Nicaragua. &nbsp; There was a time when thoughts of spring break conjured images of beaches and beer. And they may still&mdash;for some. But these days demand for alternative spring break programs exceeds capacity. The Goldfarb Center, which oversees some of Colby&rsquo;s trips, is considering expanding its program.&nbsp; Currently the Colby Volunteer Center oversees three student-led trips each year. This year, students traveled to Nicaragua, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and New York City to lend many hands. Other students worked with Native American children in Maine, sang for children in the Bronx, and tested their paddling and physical skills in Kentucky.&nbsp; These trips, says Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Terhune, provide leadership training, teach life skills, and help students connect what they learn in the classroom with personal experience&mdash;all elements of the &ldquo;Colby 360&rdquo; plan. Almost all of the trips are organized entirely by students. As it prepares to expand ASB options, the Goldfarb Center will consider the cost of its trips, which are paid for through student-organized fundraisers according to Associate Director Alice Elliott. Beyond soliciting donations from family, this year students shoveled out cars and held bake sales. &ldquo;You name it, they do it,&rdquo; she said. &nbsp; &nbsp; Library Renovation To Restore Reading Room Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Substantial renovations in Miller Library will remodel the entrance and the first floor and will restore the historic main-floor reading room over the next two years. The $8.7-million project approved by trustees in April will significantly expand study space for students and will bring together academic support including the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Farnham Writers&rsquo; Center, Information Technology Services, and the new humanities center. Some administrative offices will be moved to the ground floor. The project got underway in early May, when some of the collection was moved so construction could begin. Both phases of the two-part project will be completed by fall 2014. &nbsp;