Colby is quite a safe environment, as is most of Waterville. Nonetheless, it is always wise to take precautions. There are several poles located throughout campus that have a blue light. These poles are equipped with call boxes. The call boxes are connected to the campus Security Office.
Walking at Night Walk in well-lighted areas after dark; if possible, walk in groups of two or more. Avoid dark areas, walkways between bushes, and recessed doorways. If you think that someone is following you, get to a well-lighted public area. show the person that you are aware of his/her presence. Do not lead the person to where you live. If possible, call a taxi to take you home. Never let strangers give you a ride. Do not carry large amounts of money or important documents with you unless absolutely necessary.
Security It is the responsibility of the Department of Security to ensure order at Colby and to respond to emergencies. The officers can help students deal with problems, such as being locked out of their rooms with no hall staff to help out. Security also serves as a “lost and found” center. Call Security at 207-859-5530 or stop by the office (first floor of the Roberts Building) if you have lost something on campus. Escort Service Security provides an escort service for students who are afraid of walking at night. If you need to use the service on campus, you can call the department at any time. If you need a ride from off campus to return to Colby, you can call the department from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, or at any time during an emergency.
Car Owners: Walk in well-lighted areas after dark; if possible, walk in groups of two or more. Avoid dark areas, walkways between bushes, and recessed doorways. If you think that someone is following you, get to a well-lighted public area. show the person that you are aware of his/her presence. Do not lead the person to where you live. If possible, call a taxi to take you home. Never let strangers give you a ride. Do not carry large amounts of money or important documents with you unless absolutely necessary.
Bicycle Ownders: Always lock your bicycle. Use a high-security lock. Lock your bicycle properly; for example, to a bike rack or any immobile object. Register your bike with the Security Office. Residences: Lock your room every time you leave. Make sure that your windows are closed and locked when you are not in your room, especially if you live on the first floor. Avoid showing your valuable items to people. Do not leave large amounts of money in your room.
Health Care and Health Insurance
While you are at Colby, you will probably need to use the Health Center. When you go there, you will find a friendly and helpful team of doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, and counselors. Service is free for Colby students, as are some of the medications. The Health Center also houses Counseling Services, which is available to help you with any psychological or emotional difficulties you may have adjusting to the U.S. in general or to Colby specifically.
Colby offers families the opportunity to enroll their Colby students in a comprehensive insurance plan or to waive enrollment due to comparable coverage at home.
Commercial Travelers Mutual Insurance Company underwrites the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. Cross Insurance Agency, which services the Plan, specializes in providing high quality affordable student health insurance. The Plan offers coverage at a reasonable cost. It supplements the services provided by the on-campus Health Center. Should you have any questions or need more information, please contact Cross Insurance at 1-800-537-6444 and/or visit the website at www.crossagency.com/colby.
Your care at the Health Center, whether physical or emotional, is confidential. That means that your consultations there will remain private. Faculty, deans, and other students will not be aware that you have sought help at the Health Center unless you tell them.
Additional Health-Related Information
Colby sponsors workshops, discussions, and lectures that provide information on nutrition, maintaining good health, birth control, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and responsible use and abuse of alcoholic beverages. Educational information on some of these topics is included in your orientation program. There is also a student health peer group on campus, Student Health on Campus (SHOC). These students have been trained by Health Center staff to educate peers on health-related issues.
Banks offer many services such as checking and savings accounts. They are competitive in rates and in services offered, so comparative shopping is important. There is no need to have an appointment to open an account, but you may need to speak to someone in Customer Service. Most banks require two forms of identification to open an account. Your Colby ID card and your passport are acceptable. A Social Security Number (see below) is required to open an interest-producing bank account. When you open an account, you should ask the Customer Service representative for a W-8 form to fill in. This means that they will not send an interest statement to the Internal Revenue Service, since you are not required to pay taxes on bank interest (see the section on Taxes). Banks vary in their hours of operation but most are usually open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with slightly longer hours for the drive-throughs. Check with each bank for its hours.
It is convenient to have a checking account in a local bank so that you can pay your bills by check. Banks offer different types of checking accounts designed to fit individual needs. The cost of a checking account varies from bank to bank. Some banks charge for each transaction, some have a basic monthly fee, and others offer free services and interest if you maintain a certain minimum balance in your account at all times. Each month your bank will send you a statement, which lists your account activity during the previous month. Be careful to keep an accurate record of every check cashed to avoid overdrawing your account. Be sure you have sufficient funds in your account for every check you write to avoid additional charges. The checks you have written will be returned to you with your statement each month.
A savings account enables you to save money and accumulate interest on your savings. Interest is paid either monthly or quarterly. The main difference between a savings account and a checking account is that you cannot write checks on a savings account.
To cash a check, you have to endorse it by signing your name on the back. You will usually be asked for personal identification (Maine State ID, driver’s license, or school ID). It is unwise to carry your passport with you for identification purposes unless you are traveling.
Automated Teller Machines and Bank Cards
Many banks issue plastic cards that make deposit and withdrawal services available to you 24 hours a day through automated teller machines (ATMs). These machines, which are frequently located outside the bank, are very convenient. You will avoid waiting in line at the bank and will have easy access to cash after the bank closes. You may use an ATM at almost any bank, but if it is not a branch of your bank, you will be charged a small service fee (usually $1.50 or so). There is a Bank of America ATM in Cotter Union.
What is your favorite holiday? if it is not listed or if the information should be adjusted, please send Sue a note so that it can be included.
1-New Year’s Day
3-Chinese New Year;
14-16 Lao New Year and Water Festival; 18-26 Passover; 22-24 Good Friday-Easter
5-Cinco de Mayo
4-American Independence Day,14-Bastille Day
6- Labor Day; 8-10 Rosh Hashanah; 9-Eid al-Fitr; 17-18 Yom Kippur
16-Eid al Adha, 25-Thanksgiving;
1-Hanukkah; 7-Muharram; 25-Christmas; 26-Kwanzaa
Colby operates a shuttle bus called the Jitney, which provides transportation to the main shopping centers in Waterville. The Jitney runs Monday through Sunday from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am when classes are in session. (From 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm it runs on schedule; from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am the Jitney runs upon request). A complete schedule of the Jitney will be available at the beginning of the year. For more information, you can call the Security Office at extension 207-859-5530. Midnight to 2:00 am: safe rides home from town are available.
Safe Ride and Taxi Vouchers
When classes are in session the Safe Ride program operates the Jitney van seven days a week between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 am. Safe Ride will take a rider from any point on campus (or off campus within the Waterville city limits) to his or her residence hall; it will also take off-campus residents home from on campus. If Safe Ride is not running, you may make arrangements with the Security Office (207-859-5530) to contact one of the local taxi companies. You will need your Colby ID, and you and a Security officer must sign the voucher. Your account will then be billed for the cost of the ride.
Public bus service to Portland and Boston is available. It will take you two hours and 30 minutes to go from Waterville to Portland and five hours to go from Waterville to Boston. The bus runs three times a day, seven days a week. If you need more information, call Greyhound Bus Lines at 207-872-5000 or 1-800-231-2222. The bus terminal is located at the Waterville airport, about two miles from Colby.
You can rent a car in Maine if you are 21 years old. You will need a driver’s license and a credit card. There is currently only one company in Waterville; check with them for rates and office hours: Enterprise (877-6601).
You can drive in Maine with either your national driver’s license or an international driver’s license. If you buy a car, however, you will need to get a Maine driver’s license. In this case, you will have to pass a written test and a road test at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Augusta. Provided you pass the tests, your license will be issued to you immediately. Be sure to leave plenty of time for the process; once you pass the written test, you may have to wait up to six weeks for an appointment for the road test.
You can get a copy of the Motorist Handbook and Study Guide from the International Student Advisor. The telephone number of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Augusta, the capital city of Maine, is 207-624-9000.
Many students at Colby have a bicycle. It is an easy means of transportation‹and it is also very inexpensive. It is often possible to buy a used bike from another student. Bicycle dealers offer a wide selection of new (and sometimes used) bicycles.
iBike was founded by Colby students in the fall of 2008. By loaning bicycles to students and staff free of charge, iBike endeavors to improve both the availability and equitability of access to 1) sustainable transportation, 2) exercise, and 3) the downtown Waterville and the surrounding areas. Each bicycle comes with a helmet and a lock. For more information visit: http://www.colby.edu/campus_cs/clubs/ibike/
The Colby experience is shaped by the fact that virtually all students live on campus and eat in one of the three dining halls. This ensures that people of different backgrounds have opportunities to get to know one another well and contributes to the campus ethos that values differences. There are no dorms exclusively for first-year students. All of the residence halls are coed and, except for the senior apartments and the Dialogue Houses, all of them mix students from all four classes. Because class years are integrated in the residence halls, students are more quickly acclimated and better immersed into the life of the College.
While great effort is taken to ensure that you and your roommate(s) will be compatible, sometimes the arrangements do not work. Should you find your living situation intolerable, visit the Office of Campus Life on the 2nd floor of Cotter Union, or call for an appointment at 207-859-4287.
The dorms offer a lot of variety, not only in location and style, but with several housing options available.
Substance-free halls provide an environment free from alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. More than 15 percent of students choose to live in substance-free halls each year and sign a pledge agreeing to adhere to this philosophy.
A quiet dorm with extended quiet hours is available for interested students.
Students with special dietary restrictions are eligible to live in the Co-op in Mary Low Hall with access to a kitchen for meal preparation.
Depending on the size of the residence hall, each has between one and four community advisors, who are student hall staff available to help you in various ways. They assist in building community as well as the residential life in your residential hall (respect of quiet hours, conflict between residents, etc). They also provide opportunities to engage in campus events and the campus community. They are a good source of information about what is happening on campus and the community rules that apply within your residence. They are also able to connect you to a variety of resources on campus such as library resources and counseling resources, but are also there to lend an ear.
Some of the residence halls also have faculty/staff residents, a faculty member or family who has an apartment in the hall. They eat in the dining halls and assist in planning events for the students in their hall. Faculty/staff residents work with the residence hall association to create a cohesive community.
Colby, together with Bon Appétit, the food contract service, offers its students an expansive choice of food service options to meet their diverse dietary choices. For those of you not familiar with our Dining Services, Colby operates three dining halls during the school year—Dana, Foss, and Roberts—each striving to create a flavor and atmosphere all its own. Students also have the option of grabbing a fresh, ready-made salad, sandwich, or dessert for lunch in the Caporale Lounge in Cotter Union. If organic, shade-grown coffee is more of what you had in mind, visit the Spa. Supporting all of these locations is the bakeshop where all of our breads and desserts are prepared fresh daily by the Colby bakers.
Many religious faiths are represented at Colby: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and others.
Catholic mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10:30 am. The Catholic student organization, the Newman Council, plans meetings and social events.
The Protestant organization on campus is the Colby Christian Fellowship (CCF).
The Jewish organization on campus is B’nai B’rith Hillel. Meeting hours are announced at the beginning of the school year.
For Muslims, prayer service is held in the Rose Chapel every Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Colby provides a large athletic complex for its students as well as its staff. The athletic complex includes a 25-yard-by-25-meter swimming pool, an ice hockey arena, a field house, two basketball courts, several squash and handball courts, two Nautilus and free-weight rooms, a modern center for athletic training and physical therapy, and several tennis courts.
The Colby College Museum of Art, located in Bixler, is composed of the Jetté Gallery, the Davis Gallery, the Schupf wing, and the Lunder wing. Excellent exhibitions of painting, sculpture, and graphic art can be seen in the museum.
Colby’s post office, located on the ground floor in Cotter Union, provides a broad range of services. Stamps may be purchased at the post office or from vending machines. Mail within the U.S. costs 41 cents for the first ounce; mail to Canada costs 69 cents for the first ounce. Airmail to other countries costs 90 cents per ounce. The other services provided by Colby’s post office are money orders, fax services, priority mail, certified mail, registered mail, venda cards, insured mail, parcel post, notary public, and package pickup.
During orientation you will receive a box number and key. When your family and friends write, ask them to include your name on the first line, your box number and “Mayflower Hill” on the second, and city, state, and zip+4 on the third. Waterville’s zip code is 04901. All zip+4 codes begin with 88, and the final two digits of the zip+4 match the first two digits of your box number. A sample address is:
7256 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8872
If you need more information, just stop by the post office Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, and at certain times of the year seven days a week (exams periods, graduation time, etc.). The mail arrives once a day, generally in the morning.