Changing Lives Abroad

Spending a semester in South Africa didn't just change Colby senior Robert Rosenbaum's life. It changed the lives of those who have benefited from the nonprofit organization he set up to help impoverished families get ahead. "In some cases this means rebuilding a home, while in others it simply entails helping the family obtain identity documents or other seemingly minor materials that can change their lives," Rosenbaum wrote in the spring issue of Abroad View magazine.

Presidents’ Day Radio

Among the presidents being honored today is Abraham Lincoln, and Doris Kearns Goodwin '64 will discuss her 2005 biography of Lincoln with Terry Gross on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" tonight. Goodwin's book Team of Rivals looks at Lincoln through examining three of his political foes-turned-allies -- his opponents for the Republican nomination. Check your local public radio station for times.

Maisel on Wisconsin Public Radio

What does a non-binding resolution to stop a troop increase in Iraq really mean? Where will it lead? Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement L. Sandy Maisel will address these questions and more on a live Wisconsin Public Radio call-in program on Monday, February 19, at 9 a.m. EST. Listeners outside Wisconsin can hear "Conversations with Joy Cardin" through online streaming at

Big Macs Better in Beijing

Martin Connelly '08 doesn't eat at McDonald's when he's home in Maine. But in China, where he recently spent four months editing copy for a TV station, the Golden Arches represented comfort food he couldn't resist. He read his essay about his favorite Beijing burgers on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network's "Maine Things Considered" on Thursday, February 15. Also, you can listen to Connelly (a.k.a. "Moxie") in the Inside Colby Podcast -- he's the latest addition to that team.

A New Student Photo Gallery

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.

Musical Connections to India

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.

A Worldly Student Body

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.

An Echo in Cyberspace

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.

From Mule to Raven

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.

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Revisiting Vietnam Protests

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.

A Warm Reception

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."

Norsworthy’s Newsworthy

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.

Blog Dialog

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.

Beck Defends Voters’ Rights

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.

Musician by the Numbers

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.

Dan Harris Named Overseer

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.

Two Profs Tenured

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.

Cold Case Heats Up

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."

Digital Documentation

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.