Students on campus aren't the only ones chronicling college life with cameras. Now, thanks to the Office of Off-Campus Study's photo contest, the best images snapped by Colbians studying abroad are online. Animals and landscapes, people and buildings from all over the world show the diversity of students' experiences and their ability to compose great shots. And, of course, the on-campus gallery, The Student Lens, is updated weekly.
As students returned from a Jan Plan trip where they taught music to children in India, Colby introduced Aditya Verma, the Music Department's first solo artist in residence. Verma, born in India and raised in Canada, plays the sarod -- a traditional Indian instrument with 25 strings. There are separate stories about the trip to India and about Verma's upcoming concert in the Kennebec Journal.
Colby is fifth on a list of U.S. bachelors institutions with the highest study-abroad rates, according to the Institute of International Education "Open Doors" survey released late last year. Data is from 2004-05 and short study-abroad trips (e.g. Jan Plan) as well as full semesters abroad. Colby is the only NESCAC member in the top-20 list.
The semester is in full swing and so is the student newspaper, The Colby Echo. With the publication of the February 9 issue, the Echo is back online after a semester-long hiatus. Check out the new site or pick up a copy to read about plans for the new bookstore, student opposition to a bill aimed at Maine's dorm residents, a Jan Plan trip to India, and much more.
Dan Oliphant '06, who helped coach the Mules football team this fall, has signed a contract with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Oliphant, a 6'5", 315-pound offensive lineman, will play in NFL Europa, the league's European branch, this spring following training camp in Florida, with a chance at going to the Ravens' training camp this summer. Hailing from Chatham, N.J., he majored in economics. For a full report on Oliphant and all of Colby's breaking sports news, visit Colby Athletics online.
The section of Earl Smith's book, Mayflower Hill: A History of Colby College that has attracted the most attention is his treatment of the anti-Vietnam War protests in 1970. Last week Bill Nemitz was the latest pick up the thread in his Portland Press Herald column. Nemitz talked to Smith, and a leader of the protest, about differences between then and now. The column has inspired more than 30 comments.
The Colby College Museum of Art will hold its first-ever reception for students, faculty, and staff to kick off the semester. On Thursday, February 8, live music and refreshments will fill the museum's walls along with three exhibitions: Recent drawings and sculpture by Colby Professor of Art Harriett Matthews; the student-curated Modern Japanese Prints; and the creation of Losang Samten's sand mandala, "The Wheel of Life."
Kelly Norsworthy '08 was Swimming World Magazine's national NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Week for the first week of February. The 11-time All-American was abroad in the fall but had a strong start upon rejoining the team in January. She led Colby to wins over Trinity and Wesleyan, qualified for the 2007 NCAA nationals, and set a pool record in the 200 breaststroke.
As high school seniors anxiously await college acceptances, some are finding solace in reading a blog by Associate Director of Admissions Dory Streett. Beyond writing about the admissions process, she shares stories and thoughts about what's happening at Colby every week. And it's not a one-way conversation. Students from Waterville to Kenya are continuing the dialog by posting comments. Check it out for yourself -- and subscribe -- online.
A Maine legislator's bill to prevent college students from using dorm addresses to claim residency for voting purposes has drawn opposition, and a leading voice against the proposal is that of Waterville City Councilor and president of the Maine College Democrats Henry Beck '09. In Augusta, the Maine native called the bill "a cynical attempt to suppress youth voters." Listen to Maine Public Radio's Wednesday, January 31, account, or read more online.
Gjergji Gaqi '07, a native of Albania, started playing the piano 15 years ago, practices two to three hours a day, and is fluent in four languages. A recent Morning Sentinel profile calls him "a magician" who, according to Professor of Music Paul Machlin, "is one of the best musicians I've seen at Colby ... and I've been at Colby for 33 years." He will perform in Waterville on Saturday, February 3.
ABC World News Sunday anchor Dan Harris was elected as an overseer of the College by the Board of Trustees in January. Harris, a 1993 graduate who majored in government, also was the 2005 Commencement speaker at Colby and received an honorary degree. He and Executive Director of Kieve Affective Education Inc. Henry Kennedy '80 will begin four-year terms as overseers in June.
Carleen Mandolfo (religious studies) is fluent in Hebrew, Aramaic, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Greek, German, and French and teaches the Bible, ancient Judaism, and theological approaches to the post-Holocaust era. Ben Fallaw (history, Latin American and international studies) blends interests in anthropology, indigenous cultures, film, and literature to teach about the the press and the church in Latin America and about the Maya. In January both were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure, effective with the next academic year.
Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell, Colby's 2006 Lovejoy Award winner who spoke on campus in September, has done it again. James Seale has been charged in connection with the murders of two young African-American hitchhikers in 1964. A recent Mother Jones article reports: "Since 1989 Mitchell has been a one-man cold case squad, steadily unearthing the evidence necessary to bring one aging Klansman after another to justice."
For nearly a year students have been documenting life on campus through "The Student Lens," a collection of photos that is updated weekly. This semester even more students are contributing images, which means larger and more diverse collections. This week's gallery includes shots of the first snowfall of 2007, activities from sledding and dancing to fencing and hockey, and plenty of student faces.
Mike Daisey '96, "one of the hardest-working and most accomplished storytellers in the solo form," has been compared to Spalding Gray and David Sedaris. But a recent New York Times Magazine profile explores his unique approach. Daisey, currently performing at the Public Theater in New York, develops stories onstage without a script. "What also distinguishes him from most solo performers is how elegantly he blends personal stories, historical digressions and philosophical ruminations."
While many students take courses on campus during January, others choose internships or independent work allowing them to gain experience and explore different fields. For the latest episode of Inside Colby, podcaster Fritz Freudenberger '09 talked to students about their unique Jan Plan experiences. Plus: What do students do with their free time in January? Andy Bolduc '09 found out. Hear it all, plus a cappella from the Colby 8, on your computer or MP3 player.
There's finally snow on the ground in Central Maine, and community girls ages 8-10 will take advantage of the winter landscape in a "Winter Wonders Walk" on January 27, led by students in Colby's Ecological Teaching and Learning course. They'll answer questions like "How are snowflakes formed?" "How do chickadees stay warm?" and "Which mammals live under the snowpack?" The program is free, registration is recommended, and more information is online.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on January 13 and lasting exactly 24 hours, the Red Eye Cinema Project had students scrambling to write, act in, and edit short films in a short time. Five finished products -- from "Vampire's Blade" in which Andy Bolduc '10 rescues a hostage of vampire terrorists to "Just a Myth," a modern love story that invokes Greek mythology -- are available for viewing online.