Summer 2005 Contents

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Green Acres

Green Acres
From a "green" summit to a residence hall dedicated to environmental awareness to state-of-the-art construction, the Colby community is collaborating to understand and confront environmental issues.


A Question of Humanity

A Question of Humanity
Lt. General Roméo Dallaire asks the west to consider its role in the Rwanda genocide



When you think composer, do you think dead, white, male, with scary hair? Well, think again. Colby has fostered a number of composers who are neither dead, nor exclusively white or male. The use the meduim of music in a variety of ways to express their artistic ideas, and they want you to listen.


Assessing the SAT

Assessing the SAT
Parents encourage their children to be themselves and do what's best for them, regardless of what their children's friends do, leading to the familiar rhetorical question: "If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?" For years, Colby has been one of the selective liberal arts colleges in the Northeast to require SAT reasoning test scores. As some others have dropped the requirement, Colby has stood atop the bridge, looking down, contemplating the pros and cons. Now, even as the new SAT has been rolled out, Colby continues to assess the test's importance in the admissions process.



From the Hill

Bearing Witness

W.T. Mason watches as, after nearly 60 years, "the struggle continues"

Class Act

Cancer shows Dan "Mac" Lynch to be the ultimate team player

Parker Goes West

In Appaloosa, Spenser's creator, Robert B. Parker, introduces another American hero

Terror vs. Liberty

Goldfarb events consider balance of security and civil rights

The Chemistry of Nature

Colby alumni provide knowledge that could shape global environmental policy

This 'Hippie' Does Economics

Emilia Tjernström's knowledge of the system may be a boon to the environment

Q&A: Erik Potholm '91

Political consultant Erik Potholm on the ways television advertising drives today's politics



Elwin Hussey '44

Minding the Store

Chip Goehring '77

Looking Out for Others

Pam Parker '88

From the Poop Deck

Dana Fowler '01

Cruising with Penelope

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

%gerryspr05%right%For all of the members of the Class of 2005, the stroll across the stage at Commencement represented a victory of sorts. But for Shareen Abbasy, first alphabetically, those last few steps of her undergraduate career represented a triumph over adversity that few Colby students can imagine and even fewer have experienced.

A pleasant young woman with short dark hair and a mature, forthright manner, Abbasy completed not only requirements for her major (French studies) but also 40 weeks of chemotherapy. She underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant (her brother was... Read more »



  • image Ruvani (Ru) Seneviratne Freeman (�,A Question of Humanity�Š) is a freelance writer and social activist living in Waterville. She directs the Maine-based Sahana Project (, a post-tsunami relief effort focused on her native Sri Lanka.

    image Rebecca Green ("LISTEN") is a musicologist who specializes in the music of the 18th century but also loves to hear the music of living composers. She is the coordinator of education at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, and lives in Waterville.