Students in Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Right Path

Poverty and crime. Fractured families, dysfunctional schools. Homelessness and unemployment. Gangs and prostitution. And everywhere, children. Aimless, bored, hungry—children and teens loitered in his neighborhood of Aberdeen, a peninsula extending from Freetown proper. He wondered—why are so many kids around? “I thought they were on school vacation or something,” said Mami, who had returned to secure […]
Edwin Torres '12 photographing on the streets of New York City

Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres ’12: How I found my true north “Hello everyone. What an incredible short film. Wow. Shout out to Milton Guillén, also a Colby alum. He made this film about my life. I’m honored to be here. Growing up in a single-parent household in the Bronx, always stressed about getting by, I never imagined […]
Miriam Valle-Mancilla ’16

Love at First Sight

To view one painting, the Beaune Altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden, in the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, Valle-Mancilla said, “you needed a magnifying glass but [the room] was pitch black. And then, when they turned on the lights, it was this huge painting that was covered in gold leaf. I was just so amazed […]
Portrait of Corrie Marinaro '00

Balancing Act

“[People] need to spend more time with their community,” Marinaro says. “They need to pay attention to what goes into their bodies, they need to drink water, they need to breathe healthy air, get outside from time to time.” Since opening its doors in 2012 “Dr. Corrie’s” practice has seen steady success, growing rapidly to […]
Jack Burton Takes the Ice for Chicago Blackhawks farm team, the Indy Fuel

From One Hockey
Dream to Another

Toto, I don’t think we’re at Colby anymore. “At Colby, you’ve got a couple hundred fans, some of whom are your friends and some who know you by name from class,” said Burton. “This is different. There’s more pressure. It makes your heart beat a little faster.” Burton graduated from Colby in May, with a […]
Bladder cancer illustration

Giving Back After Cancer

Pulver, a trustee from the Class of 1963, has been cancer free for 10 years, and he’s punctuated his cancer-free decade with publication of Bladder Cancer: A Patient-Friendly Guide to Understanding Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options. The book—written with bladder-cancer expert Dr. Mark Schoenberg and Pulver’s sister Fran Pulver, a writer—aims to provide a road […]
Historic photograph of Waterville Main Street

From Newsboy to the Corner Office

As a teenager, Lewis Lester Levine, Colby Class of 1916, stood on the sidewalk in front of what was then the Waterville Savings Bank every Sunday, peddling newspapers. Levine, who grew up in a very modest household in the city’s North End, had regular customers who chatted with him and left him a tip. One […]
Michele Boucher surrounded by family and Colby friends

Care Package

And then she went back to the people who run Sweetser—the Maine nonprofit for which Boucher designed and executed the “secret shopper” project that sent her out in these roles—and reported on her experience with the health care agency’s providers. “Her internship is legendary,” said Sweetser President and CEO Deb Taylor. “She’ll live on in […]
Pediatrician Kim Mukerjee ’06 examining young boy

Children in Need

Together with a team of budding pediatricians in residency like herself, the group would pack into the RV and drive out to the suburbs of Kenner, La., an area that is home to many Central American immigrants and refugees, many of whom were children and in desperate need of basic health care. “It was August […]
Associate Professor of Global Studies Maple Razsa, right, and Milton Guillén ’15 take questions from the audience at a showing of their film, The Maribor Uprisings, at Rooftops Films festival in New York in June.

From Mayflower Hill to a Global Stage

The enthusiastic filmgoers did just that—just as crowds have done at film festivals in Copenhagen, Toronto, Cape Town, Maribor (the city in Slovenia where the protests took place), and other locations around the world. “It’s a story about collective protest movements and how to respond to repression by the police,” said Razsa, whose scholarly research […]