Summer 2008 Contents

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Mars Up Close

Mars Up Close
Scott Murchie's team of scientists helps uncover the secrets of the red planet


Finding Home

Finding Home
International students face different choices as they consider life after Colby


Don't Worry Be Happy

Don\'t Worry Be Happy
Alice Domar tells women how to escape "the perfectionist trap"



From the Hill

A Legend on the Move

Tom Tietenberg, groundbreaking environmental economist, retires, after establishing a global legacy

A Grand Scheme

In 18th-century New England, these men looked outward


For the Red Sox front office, Ken Nigro '60 is the go-to veteran

In Teammates They Trust

Resilient Women's Lacrosse Rebounds to Win First NESCAC Title

Classrooms Without Borders

How a Colby education translates into real social change

King, Knight Top National Steeplechase

Point of View: Not ,Talkin‰ ‰bout My GenerationŠ

Money in Laundering

Student-owned company turns hard work and dirty clothes into profits

Sports Shorts

Recent Releases

Q&A: Betsy Morgan '90

Huffington post chief Betsy Morgan '90 on the future of news media, working on the web, and breaking ranks with tradition

Last Page: Times Change, People Change, Dreams Change



Charles Morrissey '56

Business Model

Meg Matheson '79

Clarity Is All

Eben Dorros '96

Mission Statement

Liz Frankel '01

Curtain Call

Alumni Class Notes


Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

One of the odd things about coming back to work at your college is that professors you once regarded from a respectful distance become your colleagues. This new familiarity can be awkward (I remember how the first name of a certain renowned professor of Shakespeare first caught in my throat).

But not with Bob Gillespie.

Blue-jeaned and pony-tailed when he taught me contemporary poetry in 1976, he was Bob way back then. Calmly soft-spoken, unfailingly gentle, unswerving in his devotion to language and writing, he was both mentor and friend. And when we became... Read more »



  • barbara walshBarbara A. Walsh (“Don’t Worry; Be Happy”) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Massachusetts, Florida, Maine, and Ireland. In between freelancing for Maine magazines, she is writing a book about a Newfoundland hurricane that killed many of her seafaring ancestors.





    tom nugentFreelance journalist Tom Nugent (“Mars Up Close”) has written about health and science for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Boston Globe. He is the author of Death at Buffalo Creek, a book of investigative journalism about coal mining in Appalachia (W.W. Norton).






    rich baccusRich Bachus ’87 (“Not Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation”) works as a direct-response copywriter, freelance book doctor, and stay-at-home dad in northern Michigan. Current projects include a rewrite of his first novel, Into No Man’s Land.