Wit & Wisdom



"What better way to ease 400-some-odd scared freshmen into college life than to send them off into the wilderness with a summer sausage in one hand and a bag of gorp in the other and say, 'Now go make friends.'"
Catherine Chuprevich '04, speaking to her classmates at Commencement in May. Chuprevich, the class speaker, recalling her Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip as a first-year student.

"They taught us how to treat different bars on the uniforms. They taught us how to recognize a gaping chest wound, but not what to do about it if we saw one."
Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie '74, discussing pre-war training for journalists, including himself, who would become embedded with the troops for the assault on Baghdad. MacQuarrie addressed a standing-room-only crowd June 5, during Reunion Weekend.

"I met Shirley in 1970 when a sophomore at Colby. She worked in our residence hall and immediately adopted her twelve Roberts Union charges. Before long, we were out at the farm, and our lives changed forever."
Eric Rolfson '73, eulogizing Shirley Littlefield, the legendary dining hall worker who died April 3.

"A tip for other non-traditional [read 'much older'] students. Don't take classes where you might be expected to sit on the floor. It's hard to get back up without calling attention to yourself."
Ellen Corey '04, assistant director of stewardship at Colby, who, at 59, received the Colby degree she earned one course at a time over 16 years.

"It turned out to be a ferocious competition, including one room that never turned their lights on for a whole week. I think they reduced their electricity consumption by eighty percent. Unfortunately, that's not sustainable."
Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Professor of Economics, on a contest to see which students in the Alfond senior apartments could reduce their electricity consumption the most.