Mackenzie on Berwick Appointment

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."

Corrado on Obama’s Fundraising

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.'"

Corrado on Super PACs

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.

Op-ed by Jennifer Finney Boylan: All My Old Haunts

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.”

Plesch and Libby to Present

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 22-26.

Math Professor’s Take on Tax Cuts

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.

Corrado on Edwards’ Campaign Repayment

"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."

Boylan in the Times

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.

History Project Documents Jewish Life in Small-town America

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."

Record Participation in Summer Retreat

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.

Corrado on Campaign Cash

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.

Fleming in UN Talks on Geoengineering

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.

Professor Gilkes on Hats in Church

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.

Stuart Rothenberg ’70 and Prof. Maisel on Presidential Nominations

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.

In The Arena: Sandy Maisel & Mike Franz

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.

Boylan on What Oprah’s “Really Like”

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?"

Philosophy Prof’s Advice: “Plastikos”

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.

Reflecting on the Death of Bin Laden

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.