Waste Not

Halfway through a 10-week competition called "Recyclemania," Colby is in fifth place in the food waste category for its comprehensive composting program. More than 200 colleges and universities are participating in the contest, which recognizes institutions for waste minimization and for recycling paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, and food.

Heart-Healthy Dining Halls

As in New York City, diners on Mayflower Hill are no longer be consuming the hidden and harmful trans fats often found in oils and shortenings. Sodexho, which runs Colby Dining Services, notes that some trans fats may still be found in meat and dairy products, but that most come from processed products and will now be avoided.

Going Greener

Colby students last week found hundreds of new travel mugs in the dining halls, allowing them to grab one to keep their coffee, tea, and cocoa warm on their way to class. When they bring the mugs back to a dining hall the next day, the staff washes them for reuse. The program allows Dining Services to stop providing disposable paper cups and is one of many green initiatives at Colby.

Great Scott

The Cambridge Art Association announced Feb. 28 that Associate Professor of Art Scott Reed will receive first prize in its 10th Annual National Prize Show. Reed's painting -- "Waiting in Line for the Chattanooga Choo-Choo When All of a Sudden Out Pops This Fancied Fugue" -- won against almost 3,000 other submissions. It is one of 114 works that will be exhibited in Cambridge, Mass., May 4-June 20. Thomas W. Lentz, director of the Harvard University Art Museums, juried the show.

Brown’s Book Award

Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes, a book co-written by Colby Professor Lyn Mikel Brown, won a Books for a Better Life award on February 26 in New York. Competition in the childcare/parenting category included Tim Russert's Wisdom of Our Fathers. Brown and co-author Sharon Lamb have been in high demand from the media since the 2006 publication, sharing insights on everything from Sesame Street to Bratz dolls.

International Sharing, Locally

On February 16, the halls of Madison (Maine) Junior High School resounded with foreign languages, songs, drums, and aromas, thanks to Colby students and language assistants from a dozen countries who taught about their homelands. As participants in Madison International Day, they provided food, geography lessons, and languages for junior high students.

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 www.wpr.org.

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.