Deconstructing Daisey

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."

Jan Plan Podcast

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.

Winter Wonders Walk

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.

Five Films in 24 Hours

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.

Billy Bush on Reality TV

As co-host of Access Hollywood, Billy Bush '94 has risen to fame. Now, the former Colby international studies major, who is also a cousin of President George W. Bush, is host of NBC's new reality show Grease: You're The One That I Want. Tune in on Sundays at 8 p.m. to watch Bush as contestants compete for the roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in a Broadway production of Grease.

King Celebrated

Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels will perform James Baldwin - Down from the Mountaintop tonight at Colby as part of the College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The one-man play tells the story of James Baldwin (1924-1987), the author and civil rights activist. Earlier in the day students can watch films about King and the civil rights movement in the Pugh Center, Colby's hub for programs and activities that promote intercultural communication and understanding.

Funding from Freeman

William Fong '08, an American studies major from Glendale, N.Y., has been granted a Freeman Award for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). The $5,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation will support his studies this spring in Beijing, China, on the Associated Colleges in China Program. According to Freeman-ASIA, "awardees are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses .... and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities."

Winning Essay for Bryant

At December's national meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Cedric Gael Bryant, the Lee Professor of English, received the 2006 Joe Weiximann Award for the year's best essay in 20th-century African-American literature published in the African American Review. His essay was titled "The Soul Has Bandaged Moments: Reading the Gothic in Wright's 'Big Boy Leaves Home,' Morrison's Beloved, and Gomez's 'Gilda.'"

Math Book Earns Prize

Fernando Gouvea, Colby's Carter Professor of Mathematics, and William Berlinghoff, who taught math at Colby in the past, received the Beckenbach Book Prize on January 6 at the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) joint meeting in New Orleans. Math Through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, which the pair co-wrote, was cited as a distinguished and innovative book.

Six Straight for Soccer

Colby's men's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the sixth straight year. The only NESCAC men's team on the list, the Colby team posted a 3.26 composite GPA in 2005-06 and was one of 81 men's teams in the country to earn the distinction, which requires at least a 3.0 composite GPA. For a list of teams, visit the NSCAA Web site.

Award-Winning Bio

Professor Jim Fleming's new book, The Callendar Effect, about the scientist who established the carbon dioxide theory of climate change, will receive the 2006 Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award at the American Meteorological Society meeting in San Antonio on January 17. Fleming, a leading historian of meteorology, is a professor in Colby's Science, Technology, and Society program. For information on the book, go to the American Meteorological Society Web site.

NWF Recognizes Colby

The National Wildlife Federation has awarded Colby a special recognition for campus ecology in 2006. Among the reasons for this distinction was the award of silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. Other factors listed were the commitment of Colby's dining services to buy locally produced foods and the College's waste reduction through the RESCUE program.

Home Again

Students who spent the fall semester abroad are returning from 29 countries this month and preparing to reintegrate into the Colby community. While some programs included many Colby students, others had just one: Solo Colbians studied in the Czech Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and more. To help with their transition home, they've been directed to an article written by Colby's director of Off-Campus Study, and they will gather as a group in February.

Colby Alum Focuses on Art Theft

Noah Charney '02 may still be earning his Ph.D., but his scholarly work has caught the attention of The New York Times Magazine, not to mention the F.B.I. and the Italian Carabinieri. The December 17 issue explores Charney's study of the world's third-largest black market -- art theft -- "a field he appears to have invented: the use of art history, combined with the more conventional tools of criminology, psychology and deductive logic, to help solve modern-day art thefts and to prevent future art crimes."

Follow Your Nose

A recent University of California, Berkeley, study, led by Jessica Porter '00, has found that humans use both nostrils, in stereo, to determine the origin of a scent. The subjects of the research -- undergraduate students -- crawled across a meadow to track the scent of chocolate, according to The New York Times. Porter, a physics major at Colby, is finishing the biophysics Ph.D. program at Berkeley. Hear more on National Public Radio.

Wylie’s a Winner

Mark Wylie '88 works for a nonprofit organization called Best Buddies, which pairs young, intellectually disabled people with mentors. But that's not how he came to fame. As a contestant on the NBC show "The Biggest Loser," Wylie became the third-biggest "loser" on December 13 when his total weight loss of 129 pounds was announced during the show's finale.

Intensive Study in January

The January Program, a.k.a. "Jan Plan," is a month-long term for focused or independent study. Students may choose from among some 80 courses offered or can plan an internship or an independent academic project anywhere in the world. More than 400 other colleges have adopted a Jan Plan-type calendar since Colby pioneered the program in 1961-62.

Intercontinental Coincidence

A feature story in the December 11 New Yorker tells of Somali refugees landing in Lewiston, Maine, and the social implications. In it Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman, author of Unraveling Somalia (1999), shares a remarkable story. After years of trying to track down the Somali Bantu people she met in the Middle Jubba valley, she found them in a most unlikely place -- as co-participants in a panel discussion in Lewiston, 50 miles from her home.

Serendipity and Sports Illustrated

Colby ground out a four-overtime 10-7 victory at Bates on Oct. 28. And now, for all of their wet and muddy efforts, the Mules find themselves in the Dec. 4 issue of Sports Illustrated. Windy and rainy game conditions turned Garcelon Field into a quagmire -- but it was not enough to deter the intrepid Daryn Slover, a staff shooter for the Lewiston Sun-Journal on a freelance assignment for Bates.

Youth in Politics

Students gathered on December 6 to watch classmates discuss pressing issues for the Fox 23 (Portland, Maine) television program "Youth in Politics," filmed at Colby thanks to the Goldfarb Center. Moderated by Josh Handelman '07, Republicans Ralph Kettell III '09 and Jacob Roundtree '10 and Democrats Chris Appel '08, Merle Eisenberg '07, and Henry Beck '09 shared knowledge of domestic and world issues -- and got into some heated debates. The first of the two episodes will air Saturday, December 9, at noon.