Good for Spark

In a recent review, NPR's Alan Cheuse calls creative writing professor Debra Spark's new book, Good for the Jews, "a smart, sprightly, sex-drenched and neatly plotted novel."

Selling Boys Short

Education professors Lyn Mikel Brown and Mark Tappan discuss their new book, Packaging Boyhood, on WCSH-6 TV news. They will hold a book signing in the Colby Bookstore Saturday, Nov. 21.

Corrado in McCain’s Floor Statement

When Sen. John McCain issued a floor statement about the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, he cited Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, a national expert on campaign finance.

Food Drive’s Final Days

A campus-wide food collection led by Dining Services ends Thursday, when donations will be displayed in Pulver Pavilion. Last year Colby collected more than four tons of food; this year's goal is to top that.

Same Exhibit, New Works

The Colby museum's 50th anniversary exhibit runs through February, but it doesn't remain the same. More than 40 works have been changed. New artists represented include Christo, Francesco Clemente, and Ed Ruscha.

Colby Names New Dean of Faculty

Lori G. Kletzer, a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, President William D. Adams announced Nov. 9.

Fleming Advises Congress on Geoengineering

Professor Jim Fleming addressed the House Committee on Science and Technology on prospects for climate engineering. "In the end, we could end up creating even more problems than we had before," wrote one reporter.

Football Season Down to Bowdoin

After a tough start, football is now 4-3 and there's just one thing in the way of an outright CBB championship and winning record: Bowdoin, away, Nov. 14.

Reflecting on the Election

Tune into Maine Public Broadcasting's Maine Watch to see Government Professor L. Sandy Maisel analyze results of the Nov. 3 election. The program airs Nov. 6 and 8 and is available online.

Young Alum a MaineBiz “Nexter”

Megan Williams '04, executive director of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a Waterville nonprofit, was named to the MaineBiz 2009 Next List. She's one of a handful of "young go-getters" recognized for her passion for making Maine a better place.

Mitchell Speech Broadcast

Special Envoy George Mitchell's Oct. 22 speech will air on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. It will also be available as a Goldfarb Center podcast.

Music from Colby Launches

For the first time in decades, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will perform off-campus, Sunday, Nov. 1 at Messalonskee High School in Oakland. This is the first in a series of off-campus concerts called Music from Colby.

Reisert on Referendums

With Election Day approaching and several important referendum questions in Maine, Professor Joseph Reisert writes that, "'The people who drive the referendum process do not necessarily speak for the people of the whole state." Read more in his Morning Sentinel column.

Colby Students Contribute Time

Scores of Colby students have volunteered at the Evening Sandwich Program in Waterville, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

Merkelson On Point

In an essay for On Point radio, former Echo editor Suzanne Merkelson '09 discusses the challenges of entering the workforce during a recession and how her generation differs from that of her parents.

Mitchell to Speak

Just following talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Washington, D.C., special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell will deliver the 2009 Mitchell Lecture Thursday, October 22.

Maine Senators Analyzed

After hearing Sen. Olympia Snowe at Colby Friday and attending a conference on Maine senators here, Amy Walter '91 wrote about it in her National Journal blog Oct. 20.

National Football Award

John Gilboy '13 is one of five students chosen by the National Football Foundation from among 400,000 players to be a 2009 National High School Scholar-Athlete for his achievements while attending Thornton Academy.

Maine’s Senators Make News

With Senator Snowe's vote for health-care reform and Senator Collins's indication that she may also vote with Democrats on the issue, Maine's leaders are once again in the national spotlight - this time just before a Goldfarb Center conference titled Senators from Maine: 50 Years of Influencing the Nation.

Snowe’s Influence

When Maine Senator Olympia Snowe became the only Republican on the Senate Finance Committee to support its sweeping health-care bill, journalists looked to Professor L. Sandy Maisel for analysis. Read the Oct. 14 USA Today story.