Arts Collaborative Renovations Covered in Morning Sentinel

News that the arts collaborative on Main Street in Waterville will undergo renovations starting this week was covered by the Morning Sentinel. Despite the pandemic, President Greene feels it’s important to move forward with this project. “Continuing the efforts on Main Street at a time when many other places are pulling back investments in their community is...

Gilkes Challenges NFL Plan in Essay Published by Religion News Services

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African American Studies and Sociology, has written an essay published by Religion News Service challenging the NFL’s plan to play the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before its first game in September. Playing the song, often called the “Black national anthem,” would be sacrilege,...

Colby Poll Mentioned in Salon, Breitbart

A poll conducted by Professor of Government Dan Shea in February was recently referenced in a July 6 Salon article and on July 7 in a Breitbart article. 

Mainebiz Covers Colby’s Reopening Plan

Colby’s plan for reopening campus in late August was covered by Mainebiz in a July 2 article titled “Bates, Colby roll out fall semester plans; 85,000 COVID-19 tests planned.” While Bates and Colby are implementing several similar strategies in regards to move-in dates, dining, and academics, Mainebiz noted that “Colby’s approach is especially rigorous” in regards to testing. “Students...

Hoeller ’73 and Theyerl ’20 Cowrite Article on Essential Workers

Susie Hoeller ’73, an international business attorney, and Ben Theryel ’20 cowrote an article titled “It’s Time to Legally Define Essential Workers” for the Global Food Safety Resource website. “Today, there is no U.S. statutory definition of occupations which are deemed to be ‘essential.’ During the pandemic, this lack of statutory definition has led to a...

Hanlon Discusses Political Correctness and Police on Maine Public

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon discussed political correctness and police accountability with Jennifer Rooks on Maine Public July 2. Hanlon’s main argument is that “political correctness shields police and police departments from public accountability and public scrutiny.”  Protecting police, soldiers, and first responders in discourse is a form of right-leaning political correctness, Hanlon said. “There...

Colby’s Reopening Plans Covered in Morning Sentinel, Bangor Daily News

“Colby College announces plan to bring students back to campus in August” reads the headline on a June 30 story in the Morning Sentinel. The article goes on to detail specifics of the plan for bringing students back to campus and ensure their health and safety, as well as that of the greater community. “We care about the...

Maine Public Story on COVID-19 Testing at Maine Colleges Includes Colby

Colby’s plans for reopening campus and COVID-19 testing was included in a June 30 Maine Public story titled “COVID-19 Tests Planned For Thousands Of Students Heading Back To Maine College Campuses In The Fall.” President Greene said that in addition to requiring face coverings, social distancing, and other safety measures, Colby will test students and...

Colby Poll Referenced in Huffington Post Story on McConnell

A Huffington Post story titled “Democrats Are Making Mitch McConnell The Star Of Senate Race Advertising” referenced a poll conducted by Professor of Government Dan Shea.  “A Colby College poll of Maine conducted in February showed that Trump was more popular in the state than McConnell,” the Huff Post reported on its story reporting that “Democratic and liberal groups...

Student Startups Highlighted in Portland Press Herald Article

The Portland Press Herald featured two startups founded by Colby students in its June 28 article “Waterville-based tech startups mark milestones in their development:” Easy Eats, founded by Christian Krohg ’22 and Katharine Dougherty ’22, and Sklaza, founded by Josh Kim ’22.   Both tech-based businesses competed in the Greenlight Maine Collegiate Challenge pitch competition, “a statewide collaboration of...

Gilkes Adds to Portland Press Herald Article on Life Returning to “Normal”

For the most recent installation in its series “Ask Me,” the Portland Press Herald reached out to Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, for her thoughts on the question: When will life get back to normal? Gilkes believes that “Normal, as we once knew it, will never be...

Fortune Op-ed on Education Equity Mentions Pay it Northward

A commentary in Fortune titled “Universities should support their most vulnerable students to champion education equity” mentioned Colby’s new initiative, Pay it Northward, as an example of colleges taking care of their students during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Smaller institutions, too, illustrate how it is possible to make transformative commitments to equity, even with finite resources,” the authors...

Scheck Discusses WWII Massacres of Black French Soldiers in International Media

An interview with Raffael Scheck, the Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, was broadcast by Deutsche Welle’s French-language program “Vu d’Allemagne” June 25. Scheck, an expert on crimes against French black African soldiers in World War II, spoke on the 80th anniversary of some of the large massacres of black French soldiers during the German campaign...

Hanlon Pens Op-Ed on P.C. Police in Washington Post

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled “The biggest P.C. police are the actual police — and their defenders,” who he argues wants to “make criticism of law enforcement taboo.” “This is exactly what conservatives deride when they call political correctness: censoring or shaming criticism to protect a special class...

Op-ed about Digital Divide by Natalie Davidson ’23 Runs in Portland Press Herald

Natalie Davidson ’23, a government major, wrote an op-ed on the digital divide that ran in the June 20 Portland Press Herald. Her piece, “It shouldn’t take a pandemic to raise awareness of the ‘homework gap’,” stems from her research into internet access across the country, work that became even more relevant when the COVID-19 pandemic sent...

Epidemiology Modeling is Inherently Imprecise, Moore says in Portland Press Herald Article

Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore was tapped to comment on a Portland Press Herald article titled “Widely cited health institute keeps missing the mark on Maine death projections.” Models often get a bad rap, Moore said, because they’re not perfect and numerically imprecise. “That is just the nature of dealing with complex systems,” he told the Press...

Portland Press Herald Article on Campus Opening Includes Colby

Maine colleges, including Colby, are releasing details for reopening their campuses, recounted in this June 15 Portland Press Herald article. “Colby College in Waterville will likely start in-person classes earlier than normal and look to complete the semester by Thanksgiving, though the planning process is ongoing and more detailed plans are expected next month, the...

Gastaldo Research on End-Permian Extinction in Daily Californian Article

Research on the end-Permian extinction by Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, was the subject of a Daily Californian article on June 11. The article highlighted Gastaldo’s recently published work that identifies a new timeline for the end-Permian extinction. “We now know after 18 years of research … that whatever happened to the plants, and maybe...

Wolfe’s “Cacophonic Choir” on ACM SIGGRAPH Blog Post

“Cacophonic Choir,” a work co-created by Hannah Wolfe, assistant professor of computer science, was featured in an ACM SIGGRAPH blog post. The project “amplifies the voices of sexual survivors’ stories … and uses machine learning through carefully spaced agents to demonstrate the effect of the mass media on survivors’ stories,” the blog reports. Click here...