Hundreds of Somali Bantu -- members of a minority group viewed as second-class citizens in their home country -- have taken up residence in Maine. Catherine Besteman, a professor of anthropology and a leading expert on the Somali Bantu, recently appeared on a public television program exploring the Bantu population in Maine. The show, "Maine Watch," is available online with a Web extra -- an additional interview with Besteman.
When Red Sox nation celebrated a dramatic American League championship Sunday night, no one was closer to the action than Mary Schwalm '99. As an official photographer for Major League Baseball, she was a major contributor to photo galleries from all of Boston's ALCS home games.
Thomas A. Betro '81, who is the director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Washington, D.C., by day, made his television debut Tuesday on the hit CBS show NCIS. The government major and standout soccer player at Colby made a one-line appearance with the show's star Mark Harmon -- enough to get the attention of ETOnline.
Among six Colby students who will speak at the 119th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 27-31, is Rachel Daly '08. Daly spent the summer on Maine's Belgrade Lakes doing research about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and leaf stomatal density. A student-produced video documentary on insideColby.com follows her in the field and in the lab. Other students presenting at the meeting are junior Cassandra Ornell and seniors Sophie Newbury, Bradford Cantor, Samuel Reid, and Kittinger Clark.
This summer assistant professor of East Asian studies Hong Zhang took five seniors to study four of China's fast-changing cities. With a grant from the Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program, the students gained a better understanding of the conflicts and trade-offs as well as the prosperity and promises of China's rapid development and integration with the global economy. A preliminary report about what they found is online.
In his first attempt at running a marathon, Dan Vassallo '07 didn't just win. He set a record, finishing in 2 hours 26 minutes, and 54 seconds at the October 6 event. Reports the Portland Press Herald: "He follows in the tradition of Colby distance runners like Todd Coffin ['83], but until Sunday, Dan Vassallo wasn't a name that carried recognition." Stephanie Crawford '99, who took the women's title, finished in 3:01:16.
Family Homecoming Weekend, October 12-14, is more than just a football game. Scores of events include student performances, academic department receptions, a half-dozen athletic events, special meals, and talks by Robert Bluhm (physics), Phil Brown (economics), and Steve Nuss (music) about their work and interests. More information is online.
Audio from three recent Colby events is posted online for listening anytime. And now, prominent campus speakers and public-affairs programs are finding a wider audience via UChannel, a site that draws together audio and video content from around the world. Search for "Colby" there to find the Goldfarb Center events Richard Clarke, John Burns, and the Lovejoy panel discussion.
A new issue of insideColby magazine is hot off the press, and along with it comes a new addition to insideColby.com: vodcasts. These short, documentary-style videos highlight various aspects of Colby life. The first two vodcasts feature a student research project and a look at the Pulver Pavilion. New vodcasts appear twice a month, and, like everything else on the site, they're produced by students.
Betsy Morgan, a 1990 Colby graduate, is in the news for her impending move from CBSNews.com, where she is the general manager, to chief executive of The Huffington Post. Morgan's move from a traditional media company to an Internet news site, as reported in The New York Times, marks a coming-of-age milestone for new media companies.
Lovejoy panelists Andrea Bruce of the Washington Post, Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald, and Christine Spolar of the Chicago Tribune joined moderator Greg Moore (Denver Post) in telling on-the-ground stories about covering the Iraq war at a Goldfarb Center panel discussion on September 30. "Our concern," said Nemitz, "was that as this rather sizable deployment of Maine soldiers went to Iraq and was absorbed into this huge thing we call 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' that they, as a unit, would largely disappear from our view."
John Fisher Burns, who spent the last five years covering Iraq for The New York Times, outlined grim choices for America as Congress and the American people weigh whether to stay engaged or withdraw. "Whatever you make of the decision to go to war, we have created the most perfect storm in Iraq," he said, after receiving Colby's Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Sunday night. Audio of his address and a related panel discussion are online.
John F. Burns, the premier war correspondent of his generation, chief foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and chief of the newspaper's Baghdad bureau for the past five years, will receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Colby this Sunday, September 30. A panel discussion about covering the war in Iraq will feature Andrea Bruce of The Washington Post, Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald, and Christine Spolar of the Chicago Tribune.
It's the end of the third fund-raising quarter for presidential candidates, and that means Professor of Government Anthony Corrado is in high demand. Public radio has aired his insight on campaign finance three times this week, on Morning Edition and twice on Marketplace. And, as usual, he is quoted in many newspapers.
Amazon.com has added yet another product to its site: digital music downloads. And the person in charge of this new initiative? Colby alum Bill Carr '89. Carr, vice president of digital music and video download businesses, was interviewed for a September 25 National Public Radio broadcast that called Amazon's endeavor perhaps the first to compete with the iTunes store, despite the many sites that sell downloadable music. A Colby magazine story about Carr is online.
Three members of the faculty addressed the biggest myths about Colby and offered advice to first-year students during orientation. Tips from Assistant Professor of Economics Phil Brown: "When you're at Colby, work hard and take risks. When you're not ... make a point of going to the North Street Dairy Cone ... and climb Mt. Katahdin at least once before you graduate." A video clip with links to panel discussions by faculty members and alumni is online.
Rain kept attendance down at the Hill 'n the 'Ville festival, but the event designed to get Colby students to downtown Waterville was still a big success. The Morning Sentinel covered the event and quoted Ryan Collins '08, who said: "We'd always felt that there was a need to bring Colby and the community together. Why not start the year out on the right note, and put faces to names?"
The Web site Environmental Economics recently learned of Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Tom Tietenberg's impending retirement and posted Colby's job search under the headline "Is Colby College the Dolphins after Shula or the Cowboys after Landry?" John Whitehead, who posted the item, added: "Almost everyone who teaches environmental economics begins with Tietenberg's book. If you are bold enough to attempt to replace a legend, the ad is below."
The insideColby podcast, produced by students, is noted in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education. In episode 16 Martin Connelly '08 explored "Colby's Dress Code." Among other interesting observations -- of all the different types of clothing on campus, one crosses all social barriers: Crocs. Asked about his report, Connelly told the Chronicle reporter: "They clash with everything," and, consequently, "You can wear them well with anything."
Nancy Sanchez, an activist working to address human rights abuses in Putumayo, Colombia, is the 2007 Oak Human Rights Fellow. Sanchez documents and denounces political violence and supports efforts to create networks among women, indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians. Her work has played a critical role in Colombia and in policy debates in the United States. On campus for the fall semester, she will continue her research, work with students, and organize programs.