G. Calvin Mackenzie (government) comments on the controversial appointment of Donald M. Berwick, who now oversees Medicare and Medicaid. "'So the president could have nominated someone else but the situation
probably would have been the same,' said Calvin Mackenzie, a professor
of government at Colby College and author of Innocent Until Nominated:
The Breakdown of the Presidential Appointments Process."
President Obama has participated in more fundraising events than Bush and Clinton had at this point in their first terms. "'We have entered the era of the permanent campaign,' said Anthony
Corrado, a campaign-finance expert at Colby College in Waterville,
Maine. 'This is a reflection … of the enormous sums that are anticipated
for the election.'"
The establishment of super PACs, as allowed by the Supreme Court in 2010, chips away at the campaign finance reform established by McCain-Feingold. Anthony Corrado (government) says the change could benefit the Obama campaign.
Guest columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan (creative writing) looks back at "old haunts" and considers how her father would have approached the issue of raising the debt ceiling. “Only when you try to argue your opponents’ point of view,” he'd have said, “does your own begin to make sense.”
Veronique Plesch (art) and Maggie Libby '81 (art, Special Collections)
will present "Commemorating Colby Women" at the ninth International
Association of Word and Image Studies Conference in Montreal, August
Professor of Math Emeritus Tom Berger looks at the tax cut question from the perspective of two hypothetical families—one with average income for Maine and one wealthy according to President Obama—and shows how the math works now and into the future.
"John Edwards' campaign
must repay more than $2.2 million to the U.S. Treasury after
improperly getting federal matching funds during his 2008 presidential
bid ... it's not uncommon for campaign committees to find themselves owing money
to the Treasury, said Anthony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College. But the
size of the repayment sought by the FEC from Edwards' campaign is out
of the ordinary."
In the first of a series of op-eds for the New York Times, Jennifer Finney Boylan (creative writing) looks at the effects of the economy on northern Maine as she follows the model solar system created in 2004.
The legacy of the Levine family of Waterville has been documented as part of the Maine Jewish History Project at Colby. "'The Levines were a recognizable name and they also kept all of their
stuff. You can't do history without records,' says David Freidenreich, a
professor of religious studies at Colby College who launched the
project two years ago."
A record number of students and faculty from 20 academic departments converged to present and learn about research conducted at Colby at the 4th annual Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat (CUSRR) July 21-22 in The Forks, Maine.
When journalists aim to make sense of presidential campaign fundraising,
many look to Anthony Corrado (government), a national expert on
campaign finance. In recent days he's been featured on NPR and in USA
Today, among other reports.
Professor Jim Fleming (science, technology, and society) is
participating in the UN Environment Program's Convention on
Biodiversity liaison group meeting on climate-related geoengineering,
June 29-July 1 in London.
The tradition of African American women wearing hats to church dates back to slavery, says Professor of sociology and African-American studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes in the Kansas City Star. "There was a Muslim element in the slave communities, and many
African women would cover their heads," she said. Now wearing a hat to church is a fashion statement.
Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg '70 of the Rothenberg Political Report, considering whether members of the House of Representatives can gain the presidential nomination, consults with Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel. "People who work their way up the House ladder tend to be careerists.
Most wouldn’t give that up for the mere chance to be president," said Maisel.
Goldfarb Center director and government professor L. Sandy Maisel discusses Maine Governor Paul LePage's first six months in office, the
GOP presidential hopefuls, and Senator Olympia Snowe's re-election prospects.
Creative writing professor Jenny Boylan appeared on Oprah four times since the publication of her memoir She's Not There. The most common question she gets about her appearances: "What's Oprah really like?"
Professor James Behuniak Jr. (philosophy) invoked a classic word of advice to seniors heading out into the world: "Plastics." But the Senior Class Bassett Teaching Award winner's counsel came with a philosophical twist.
Khaled Wardak '13, a native of Afghanistan, shares his reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden in a television interview, and history professor John Turner, an expert on Islam, discusses the importance of the event in a Morning Sentinel story.