Summer 2011 Contents

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Features

Leaving the Court but Never the Team

Leaving the Court but Never the Team

Legendary coach Whitmore retires after 40 years, but his relationship with his “basketball people” endures

 

Class Act

Class Act

Dean of Admissions Parker Beverage retires after helping to enroll more than 11,000 Colby students

 

Innocents Abroad

Innocents Abroad

Gary Newton '72 manages global efforts to help the world’s most vulnerable children

 

Real Money, Real Lessons

Real Money, Real Lessons

In a course called Learning By Giving, students pursue and allot funding for area nonprofits

 

 

From the Hill

A Natural Writer

A Natural Writer

With carefully chosen words, Blair Braverman ’11 sets out to raise environmental awareness.

Q&A: Desiree Shayer \'12

Q&A: Desiree Shayer '12

Desiree Shayer ’12, studying in Amman, Jordan, talks about presenting her research, Jan Plan in Israel, and witnessing one part of the Middle-East revolution.

Sixty Years, One Musical Language

Sixty Years, One Musical Language

Colbyettes from across generations compare notes, sing again.

SPORTS

Leaving the Court but Never the Team

Leaving the Court but Never the Team

Legendary coach Whitmore retires after 40 years, but his relationship with his “basketball people” endures

 

MEDIA

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Foreign correspondent Gerry Hadden tells the stories behind his radio reports from Latin America and Haiti

To Timbuktu — and Back

To Timbuktu — and Back

Steven Weinberg and Casey Scieszka turn exploration into a charming and informative collaboration.

Port City: Black and White

Port City: Black and White

The second Brandon Blake novel by Gerry Boyle '78 portends another fine series of crime fiction from the creator of the nine-volume (and counting) Jack McMorrow series, says Professor Emeritus Patrick Brancaccio in a review.

Alumni

Spotlight

Jed Snyder '76

Eyes and Ears

Melissa Early Ruwitch '89

An Ounce of Prevention

James Cryan '07

Beating the Odds

Alumni Class Notes

 
 
 
 

Editorial & Opinion

From the Editor

 

As editor of Colby, one of my pleasures is seeing the connections that the magazine creates between alumni of different generations who share common interests.

 

Case in point: in the spring issue we ran a story about Colbians’ varied experiences in China. The story, reported and written by Martin Connelly ’08, was read with interest by Dana Robinson ’47, who wrote to inform us of his experiences in China and to share the text of a talk he had given about China’s future. He asked that the letter be forwarded to... Read more »

Opinion

The Lesson of David Kato

The Lesson of David Kato

Gay activist in Uganda had applied for an Oak Fellowship at Colby; his murder should serve as a warning of the sometimes dangerous power of Americans abroad

Something From Nothing

An encounter in Namibia leads to contemplation of the nature of waste

Letters

Lives Can Be Saved
I was riveted by the article “What Jeronimo Maradiaga Learned” (spring 2011 Colby) and impressed by Mr. Maradiaga’s bravery and selflessness during his Watson year. The article inspired me to check out the book The Life You Can Save, by Peter Singer, from my local library, which subsequently inspired me to pledge two percent of my income to help the world’s very poorest. I hope you will pass along to Mr. Maradiaga that in this small way he has already done something to help the world’s poor by telling his story. And if he hasn’t read Mr. Singer’s book, I hope he will, as it may make him... Read more »


 

Contributors

  • Alexis Grant

    Alexis Grant ’03 (“Innocents Abroad”) lives in Washington, D.C., and covers careers for U.S. News & World Report. She is writing a book about backpacking solo through Africa, and she blogs at alexisgrant.com.

     

    Earl

    Earl Smith (“Class Act”) is the College historian, retired dean of the College, and author of Mayflower Hill, A History of Colby College (2006). His first novel, The Dam Committee, is soon to be published by North Country Press.

     

     

     

    Ellen Morris

    Ellen Morris ’11 (“The Lesson of David Kato”), from from Carlsbad, Calif., majored in government, minored in anthropology, and worked tirelessly for the Oak Institute for International Human Rights and the Goldfarb Center.