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insideColby a student perspective on LIFE at Colby College

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what’s inside For Starters


Colby didn’t have Julia Duchon’s favorite club, so she started it herself.

The Pictures See for Yourself

News, events, trends, random stuff

Dorm Life Redefined


Laurel Duggan ’09 discovers the hidden benefits­——and pitfalls—— for faculty who live in the dorms.



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» Goodbye Student Loans » Global Warming Teach-In » What Makes Colby Colby » Being Allies » Pro Snow Fort » Things You Should Know » Ice Achievement » Online Extremes » Listen to Win

Pop Harmony


Kris Miranda ’09 finds out why so many people are into a cappella.

Tough Love

The Blue Pages



“Official” Information from Admissions » Majors/Minors » Clubs and Sports » Admission » Financial Aid » College Profile


Po Yin Wong ’09 shares why students keep coming back to Professor Gouvêa’s math courses, despite the challenge.



Elizabeth Ponsot ’10 talks to Christina Feng ’08 about government classes and unfair lending practices.

An Urgent Call to Action 22 James Goldring ’09 spent six weeks in Malawi and came home with a mission.




Martin Connelly ’08 Brunswick, Maine

Kris Miranda ’09 Battle Creek, Mich.

Tom Bollier ’11 Amherst, Mass.

Emily Stoller-Patterson ’09 Everett, Wash.

Angela Martinelli ’08 Conway, Mass.

Julia Duchon ’10 Decatur, Ga.

Elizabeth Ponsot ’10 Queens, N.Y.

Emma Gildesgame ’10 Arlington, Mass.

Kendyl Sullivan ’11 Fryeburg, Maine

Anders Nordblom ’10 Holderness, N.H.

Laurel Duggan ’08 Bartlett, N.H.

Po Yin Wong ’09 Hong Kong, China

Rob Kievit ’09 Farmington, Conn.

Ling Zhu ’09 Kunshan, China

Ned Warner ’08 New York, N.Y.

James Goldring ’09 Newton, Mass.

Ai Yamanaka ’11 Staten Island, N.Y.

Megan Lehmann ’08 Sitka, Alaska

Megan Litwin ’08 Whately, Mass. Cover Photos: On the cover, Tamer Hassan ’11 puts on a sheep’s face in Biodiversity class (Tom Bollier ’11); opposite, Hayley Didriksen ’10 and Sarah Martinez ’11 during Colby Dancers practice (Emma Gildesgame ’10); back cover, a glassy coating covered the trees (and everything else) after an ice storm (Megan Lehmann ’08).

k Printed on paper made from 100-percent post-consumer fiber manufactured with alternative fuels.

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For Starters | Creating Arguments undreds of college students in suits carrying black briefcases and legal pads may be an uncommon sight. Add blowup photographs showing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and discussion of whether or not Midlands Rule 803-3 is sufficient to override the Hearsay Rule in regard to a psychotic drug addict, and the scene becomes even more bizarre—even to me and nine other Colby students. At Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, we trudged through the snow, excited and a little nervous to be entering our first-ever trial as the Colby College Mock Trial Team. This wasn’t just our first trial—it was Colby’s first. When I arrived on campus last year, one of my greatest disappointments was the sad reality that Colby didn’t have a mock trial team. Mock trial gives schools across the country a court case with witness affidavits and exhibits, and students try the case against other teams in court. It was something I had done all four years of high school, and, for me, being a part of a team was more than just learning the exceptions to the Hearsay Rule and how to enter exhibits into evidence. Mock trial was about making a case—manipulating words in a beautiful way to redefine thought and construct a vibrant story. It was about argument, discussion, and, eventually, agreement. It was about unity. That’s what the Colby College Mock Trial Team has become, in our one semester together—a unified group bound by a love of the natural high you get the moment you take center stage and engage in a battle of words. When we entered our first trial it didn’t matter that seven of our 10 members had never even heard of mock trial before joining the team. It didn’t matter that we had spent the past three months working together to try to prepare ourselves for the college level. It didn’t even matter that we didn’t have a coach. The moment that Athul Ravunniarath ’11 stood up to give his first-ever opening statement, I knew—the whole team knew—that in that moment, we were perfect. We finished our first trial—against Hamilton College’s well-established team—with an unexpected win. The second round, against Elizabethtown College, was just as successful. We weren’t just surprised—we were ecstatic. After every round, the judge monitoring the trial would ask us who our coach was. Looking at each other, we’d laugh and say we had no coach, secretly knowing that we were each other’s coaches. No one could believe that we were just a first-year team. The only trial we lost that weekend was to a Villanova University team, a program ranked 12th in the nation. Our biggest surprise, however, came during the awards ceremony when we won the Spirit of AMTA (American Mock Trial Association) Award, which went to the one team out of the 25 competing that most embodied the spirit of AMTA: good sportsmanship, hard work, and fun. Despite our success at the tournament, the hard work for the year isn’t over. We are currently preparing for the regional competition. Even though preparation isn’t as easy for us as it is for established teams, it’s amazing to see how our team of rookies has come together to not only hold our own but to dominate. And I must admit, it feels pretty good to say that we make up Colby’s first ever award-winning mock trial team. Julia Duchon ’10 Decatur, Georgia Majors: English & Government Note: At the regional meet in February, the team placed ninth and three members won individual awards. Top row (from left): Colin Cummings ‘09, Audell Scarlett ‘10, Katherine Nealon ‘11. Bottom row (from left): Courtney Cronin ‘10, Julia Duchon 10, Alexis Kramer’11 Kramer ‘11, Ashley Spellman ‘10, and Amy Ouellette ‘11.


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Yes, that’s snow & no Jackets. photo by Tom Bollier ‘11

Clea n, Fresh air helps You thin k.

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Knockin ‘em dead at the Broadway Musical Revue No photoshop tricKs on this one

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HumaN Bowling

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Noontime aRt Talks (The Museum kicks butt)

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Preparing for the Johnson Pond Regatta

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Diwali photo by Ling Zhu ‘09

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Ridin’ the lift at The LoaF

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Sledding By campus light

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Jazz Ensemble keeps it cool

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Protesti ng in D.C.

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One of many concerts

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free money Colby’s new financial aid policy converts student loans to grants, which means students with need can graduate debt-free. On January 19, Colby President William “Bro” Adams announced that, beginning in 2008-2009, Colby will replace loans in students’ financial aid packages with grants, which do not have to be repaid. The policy will take effect this fall. Colby is among fewer than a dozen private institutions in the United States committing funds in order to eliminate institutional loans. The goal is to make education affordable and accessible to all qualified students. For Colby, this policy represents a commitment of $1.5 million per year. Although senior Justine Scott wishes she could have benefited, she is happy for current and new students. “It makes it a lot easier for students that would consider a lot of loans as a deterrent to coming to Colby,” she said. Colby students and their parents will still have the option of taking out loans to cover the family contribution, books, etc. The cost of education remains high nationwide, and Colby is no exception. The good news is that Colby made financial aid a significant part of its strategic plan, and $50 million of the $370-million Reaching the World fundraising campaign goal is being sought to boost financial aid resources. The policy of replacing loans with grants has no effect on how Colby calculates students’ financial need or how students are chosen for admission. “We’re not going to take fewer high-need students because we’re increasing grant aid,” said Adams. —Po Yin Wong ’09

A Tuesday in the Life Courtney Cronin ’10 Concord, Mass. Majors History & French 8:00 a.m. Get up and shower 9:00 a.m. Walk to Bobs* (for the great cereal selection) with roommates 9:30 a.m. History class (WWI History) 11:00 a.m. Bio class (Biology of Women) 12:15 p.m. Back to dorm to get changed, then to the gym 1:45 p.m. Lunch: Bobs or Foss, depending on menu 2:30 p.m. Read in room, which often leads to falling asleep 5:30 p.m. Roommates wake me up 6:15 p.m. Dinner with roommates——wherever there is mac ’n cheese! 7:00 p.m. Mock trial practice 9:00 p.m. Hang out in friend’s room to watch a movie (usually a “chick flick”), talk 10:30 p.m. Back to my room, do work midnight Go to bed! * Bobs is short for Roberts (Dining Hall)

Vying for Oscar Andrea Nix Fine ‘91 caught the filmmaking bug as a senior in Professor Phyllis Mannocchi’s documentary film class. Her globetrotting career, which has already included years making documentaries for National Geographic, hit a new high this winter with a best

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documentary feature Academy Award nomination for War/Dance, a film about child refugees in Uganda, co-directed by Nix Fine and her husband, Sean Fine.


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Photo by Tom Bollier ’11

Spring Semester Heats Up Fast Usually the first day of the semester is pretty slow—a day to let students ease back in to college life. Not this semester. On Feb. 6, Colby put on its piece of the national Focus the Nation campaign. Colby’s activities were part of the countrywide “teach in” about global warming that included more than 1,600 participating schools and organizations. With a menu of four films, two speakers, informational exhibits in Pulver Pavilion, and a snowshoe walk through the arboretum, Colby students had plenty to do beyond going to class. Highlights included sustainable dinners at all the dining halls and a keynote speech on climate change in the state by Sara Lovitz ’01, who works for the National Resources Council of Maine. Byron Meinerth ’09 appreciated the information booths, especially the one detailing the environmental impact of the commercial meat industry. “I’ve called myself an environmentalist for a couple years now,” he said, “but after looking through all that info about meat eating, that’s something I’ll think about. ... It would be a lifestyle change, to say the least.” —Martin Connelly ’08

Being Colby

Certain things just make Colby Colby. Ai Yamanaka ’11 asked around to see what people think those things are. Here are some popular responses.

Things We Do

Things We Have

Late Night Studying in “The Street” Referring to the ground floor of Miller Library, the Street is a popular place for students to gather and study into the wee hours of the morning. The other levels of the library restrict loud noises beyond the clicking of keyboard keys, so the Street lures students seeking its casual, yet academic, atmosphere.

Nalgene Bottles Colby students don’t just style ordinary water bottles. They prefer sticker-covered Nalgene bottles. Nalgenes reveal a lot about the owner——an “I love Maine” sticker may reveal a member of the Colby Outing Club; someone adorning the “Animals are Our Friends” sticker is probably a vegetarian.

Turning Off the Lights Colby loves green. We save energy by turning off the bathroom lights in our dorms. It’s neat that we’re so in touch with nature. Going to School Dances Who said school dances had to end in high school? Colby has several themed dances throughout the year with live DJs and music ranging from swing dancing to hip hop. Student turnout? Page Commons is almost always packed out.

Reusable Mugs All dining halls now offer reusable mugs provided for students to consume massive amounts of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea——it makes up two R’s in “reduce, reuse, recycle.” TNF Backpacks Many Colbyites transport their laptops, textbooks, and iPods via durable, spacious, and comfortable North Face book bags.

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Things You Should Know about Waterville

Zach Mitchell ’11 Lake Barrington, Ill. Major Undecided “When I was applying I thought Waterville had nothing, but there are many really cool things here.” Hilary Smith ’08 Enosburg, Vt. Majors English & Russian “Order pizza from the Korner Store. It has fast delivery, lots of gourmet options, and it delivers ice cream, too.” Pat McBride ’11 Malvern, Pa. Major Undecided “The Colby Movie Night is really cool because you only pay $1 for a movie.”

Emily Colin ’10J Santa Fe, N.M. Majors Geology & Chemistry “In the West, cities are very far apart from each other. But here in New England, there is a mass of towns——near Waterville there are towns like Portland and Augusta. So even though Waterville isn’t very big or exciting, everything you can ever want is very close by.” Sakshi Balani ’10 Kolkata, India Majors Psychology & Sociology “The Waterville Opera House is a lovely place to get together and watch a play or something.” Sam Pelletier ’09 Montpelier, Vt. Major History “There are a lot of hidden treasures that shouldn’t be overlooked, such as cool restaurants and stores. The locally operated restaurants are worth seeking out.” Emily Pavelle ’10 Mahwah, N.J. Major Anthropology “It’s good to get involved in the community, like being a mentor, to get to know the people in town.” Kristina Shiroka ’08 Fiskdale, Mass. Major Environmental Policy “Don’t go to Bonnie’s Diner.”

With more than half of their season remaining, the Colby men’s hockey team was already an accomplished crew by January. Three seniors on this year’s squad—Josh Reber, TJ Kelley, and co-captain Arthur Fritch—all reached a collegiate career total of 100 points (goals and assists) this season, earning them the 14th, 15th, and 16th spots, respectively, (so far) in Colby’s Century Club. This marks the first time in Colby history that three players in one season reached this rarely attained goal. “We’re only scheduled 24 games per year,” said head coach Jim Tortorella. “That’s all we play, plus play-offs. So, to reach 100 points with the type of schedule we play, and the type of


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competition we play against, that’s a pretty special feat.” In his 14 years of coaching at Colby, Tortorella has seen eight players reach 100 career points. Fritch, Kelley, and Reber make From left: Senior Mules TJ Kelley, Ridgefield, Conn.; Arthur up nearly half of that Fritch, South Boston, Mass.; Josh Reber, Edina, Minn. elite eight. Despite their accolades, the guys Along with a sense of pride and accomplishment, all three players in this trifecta have not taken their express recognition for their fellow eyes off the prize. “This is only the teammates. “We get to play with some beginning,” said Reber. “This is a great players, and that helps,” said All- special thing, but what we’re really American defenseman Fritch. “Every- looking after is a championship.” one’s individual ability enhances what Judging by what these three have to say, the puck will not stop here. we can do on the ice.” —Laurel Duggan ’08

Photo by Tom Bollier ’11

Puck Heroes

Mule space

Pledges of Support

Faculty Exhibit. Photo by Tom Bollier ’11

On October 11 Colby’s GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual) organization, The Bridge, celebrated National Coming Out Day. In an effort to allow queer students to feel comfortable coming out on campus, The Bridge asked members of the Colby community how they will act as GLBT allies. Here is a sampling of the 136 responses posted to a board in Pulver Pavilion. I will be a GLBT ally by…

Things to Do

A selection of recent popular events

“Acceptance. And lunch dates. And open conversations. And high fives.” Rine Vieth ’10, Loveland, Ohio Majors: History & International Studies


Fall Faculty Exhibition November 6-January 20 This exhibition presented recent work by Colby art professors. Working for Human Rights in Colombia Sunday, December 2 Oak Fellow Nancy Sanchez talked about human rights, followed by authentic Colombian music, food, art, and crafts. 38th Annual Service of Carols and Lights Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 This Colby tradition includes Christmas readings, carols, and music. Girl Talk Friday, February 8 This mashup DJ from Pittsburgh, Pa., had more than 1,000 people grooving and dancing. Chelsea Clinton at Colby Saturday, February 9 Stumping for her mother, Hillary Clinton, just before Maine’s Democratic caucuses. Burst the Bubble Week February 18-23 Events to foster the relationship between Colby students and local residents. Know Before You Vote Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26, and March 4 Colby professors outlined presidential candidates’ policies on the environment, the economy, foreign policy, and education. Kenya: A View from the Ground Tuesday, February 19, 4 p.m. Amanda Epstein ’03 spoke of the unrest in Kenya from a firsthand perspective.

“By defending homosexuality in my conservative home country.” Joerose Tharakan ’08, Cochin, India Majors: Mathematics & Economics

“I will be open to straight people, be more tolerant of them. I will also be less stereotypical about my own people.” Ozzy Ramirez ’10, Bronx, N.Y. Major: Human Development

“Support my friends in loving who they want to love.” Lane Phillips ’10, Madison, Conn. Major: Chemistry

“By not judging, not making assumptions, and being the most loving and caring girlfriend I can possibly be.” Mollie Ryan ’09, Bath, Maine Major: Biology

“I will wear a flag in my beard.”

Isaac Needell ’08, Durham N.H. Majors: Classics & Classical Civilization

Snow Hut Madness 15 Number of students in Winter Ecology Jan Plan class 14 Number that emerged from an oversized quinzhee (snow hut) on a field trip 2 Number that slept comfortably that night­——one in the lodge and one in a small, warm quinzhee. Check out the students’ YouTube video of a hut that was too big by searching for “Colby snow hut.”

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Made in China Twelve students in the economics Jan Plan course Made in China spent the month visiting factories and farms in China and Hong Kong. Highlights of the course included visits to Capital Iron and Steel, the Daqing oil fields, Walsin Power Cable, the high-tech company MiTAC, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and Arabica Coffee Roasters. Students chronicled the experience with photographs and narratives. Check out their blog at

Extreme Dictionary Launched in October by two Colby sophomores, is more than a social networking site. It’s “a community for action-sports junkies to spread lingo and tricks using words, videos, and pictures,” according to the founders.

Win Stuff Find the answer in a recent insideColby podcast and win a Colby hoodie. Names will be drawn from all correct answers; one sweatshirt will go to a Colby student, another to potential Colby student.


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Shredbook invites users share their lingo about extreme sports. To illustrate the meaning of the words, users can provide a definition, a photo, or a video. The first time a user added a word to the site, according to Huntington, they felt encouraged and that it’s worth creating the site. “Through making Shredbook, we learned that if we work on an idea, we can make it happen,” he said.

About how many languages are spoken by students in every incoming class? Send your answer to

Both Foster Huntington ’10 and Daniel Opalacz ’10 said that they started “shredding sports,” like skiing and snowboarding, when they were 4 or 5 years old. Last summer, their idea to start a web-based business turned into when they enlisted technical support of a student at the University of Maine.


Without advertising the site, attracted 400 users from the U.S., Canada, South Africa, France, Australia and Spain, in the month and a half after its launch. —Po Yin Wong ’09

Professors who live in the dorms find unanticipated

s the sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club and the aroma of freshly baked stuffed mushrooms pour into the hallway, students venture in and out of Professor Meadow Dibble-Dieng’s apartment. Their chatter rises above the music as they gather Photo by Ling Zhu ’09

around a food-filled table and

Professor Meadow Dibble-Dieng, left, chats with students at Teranga.

manage to forget about their looming midterm deadlines. This is Teranga, a weekly event that Dibble-Dieng, who teaches French and specializes in Francophone African literature and film, holds every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in her faculty apartment in the West Quad dormitory. iC v2 no1


Majors: Spanish & Government

Story by Laurel Duggan ’08, Bartlett, New Hampshire

benefits—and the students do, too. The word “teranga” means “hospitality” and comes from the Wolof language, spoken among different ethnic groups in Senegal, where Dibble-Dieng has spent a significant amount of time studying, working, and living. Teranga is the core value of Senegalese society, according to Dibble-Dieng, who graduated from Colby in 1995. “It’s about the importance of welcoming the foreigner, the guest,” she said. “I give. I provide food and a space, but the people who come always leave something behind, too.” Students relax, chat about everything from course selection to their experiences abroad, and simply enjoy the change of pace from their hectic schedules. “It really brings together the academic and social spheres, even if it’s only for one night a week,” said Alex Richards ’09. “It allows a lot of people to come together around a common purpose. It’s also nice to get a taste of home-cooked food every once in a while.” Teranga is an event that, on its face, seems like a great excuse for students to abandon their tables in the library and take a break from the regular dining hall fare. This seemingly social event that Dibble-Dieng established is, in fact, the epitome of what the faculty resident program aims to create. “The concept of this

Students in Biology Professor Russell Johnson’s apartment play a game with his 11-year-old daughter, Ursula (left).


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[program] is one that tries to get faculty and intellectual life out of the classroom and into the residence halls,” said Senior Associate Dean of Students Paul Johnston. “It’s the idea that learning doesn’t end at four o’clock in a classroom or a lab, but it should be ongoing. The other side is to have faculty seen as something other than academics. They can provide all sorts of life skills outside of the particular discipline that they’re here to teach,” he said. On this Wednesday night, a conversation that began with the latest action on everyone’s favorite TV show quickly transcended the mundane, developing into a discourse about one student’s techniques in her photography class and the traditions of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. Students and faculty both gain something valuable from this program, from unexpected friendships to new perspectives on issues. “This program is very much in favor of students, faculty, and administrators relating in new ways, as human beings,” said Dibble-Dieng. egun in the 1970s, the faculty resident program has grown in both popularity and size, resulting in an increase in the number of apartments and the competition to obtain one of these eight on-campus residences. Through an application process, administrators and current student leaders choose those professors and administrators who they think would best engage students in the dorm and add a new and exciting dynamic to residential life at Colby. Each resident’s experience is different, but, according to many participants, overwhelmingly positive. Most stay in the program for the newly established maximum of three years and leave reluctantly. That was the case with Allison Cooper, an Italian instructor in her sixth year at Colby. Cooper is slowly adjusting to life in the “real world,” having just moved out of Treworgy, where she lived for four years with her cat, Tabitha, and dog, Sage. As a California native who spent her grad school years in Los Angeles, Cooper missed the buzz that the city provided. “For me it was really a question of wanting to be closer to a population of people that were active and out and about,” she said. While Cooper is adjusting to living without 40 energetic 18- to 22-year-olds, Mathematics Professor Liam O’Brien, Treworgy’s new faculty resident, is just beginning to remember what dorm life is like. A Denver native (although he grudgingly admits to becoming something of a Red Sox fan after living in Boston for five years), O’Brien has settled right in. “When people hear you live on campus and they

“I would get knocks regularly on my door at eleven o’clock at night asking me whether or not I could explain how Exercise B on page seventy-six worked. ... I don’t miss that terribly.” —Allison Cooper Italian instructor and former faculty resident in Treworgy

Photos: left, Kendyl Sullivan ’11; right, Tom Bollier ’11

don’t know anything about it, they think, ‘Oh my gosh, you must be up all night with parties and noise.’ And that’s not it, that’s just so not the case at all,” O’Brien said. “I’ve loved it so far.” The feeling is mutual, according to Sarena MaronKolitch ’10. “Everybody adores him,” she said. Fresh, positive energy was something Biology Professor Russell Johnson also brought with him when he and his wife and daughter moved into Mary Low three and a half years ago. Johnson’s family was one of the main reasons he applied for apartment there. “My wife was very interested in it because I spend a lot of time here, working. It helps me spend more time with my family.” Johnson’s 11-year-old daughter, Ursula, has enjoyed living on campus. “She likes it a lot, because she’s an only child, so having all those kids around is kind of like having a lot of big sisters and brothers,” said Johnson. large part of being a faculty resident is organizing events. While most of these events seem informal and social, they often become intellectual. “I’d oftentimes get into heated political discussions with dorm president Nick Cade [’08],” Cooper said. Johnson invites students to the apartment to watch The Daily Show, which provides fodder for serious conversation. This past fall Johnson and his family organized a trip to an orchard where Johnson discussed the biology of apples while students picked their own. During her time in the dorm, Cooper held a variety of activities in her apartment, such as Sunday morning breakfast a few times a semester. “Thirty or forty students would show up in their pajamas, and it was terrific. To have that kind of informal contact with the students was a really, really nice thing.” Where some events take an unexpected turn for the academic, others are intellectual from the start. Faculty residents and their head residents (HRs) sometimes lead Residence Hall Book Seminars, perhaps the most popular academic dorm events. Johnson and Cooper

describe them as an intellectual experience, but one that maintains a relaxed and informal character. “I found that students were really uninhibited—less inhibited than they are in the classroom—and totally willing to comment on things. I got a lot of students in my book seminars that never would have taken one of my classes,” said Cooper. Unfortunately, uninhibited behavior can extend into residential dorm life. Each faculty resident reports a few less-than-pleasant aspects of living in the dorm. For O’Brien, he’d change one major thing first. “The fire escape outside my window. The thing drives me nuts! It sounds like a freight train is coming down!” he said. Cooper, who previously lived in O’Brien’s apartment, warned him about the noise. “I didn’t listen to her, and I regret it—not getting everybody down there the first day and saying, ‘The fire escape is for fires.’” For Johnson, fire safety presents a different issue. “The two a.m. January fire alarms are not enjoyed.” For Cooper it wasn’t an after-hours alarm, but students at her door. She found she was a little too accessible. “I would get knocks regularly on my door at eleven o’clock at night asking me whether or not I could explain how Exercise B on page seventy-six worked. If it were earlier, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but sometimes it was very late, and I don’t miss that terribly.” Despite these things, all of the professors point to one fantastic perk of the program: their daily commute consists of a five-minute walk. While living in the dorm may result in students robbing the faculty residents of a few hours of sleep at night, students and faculty agree that this program results in everyone bringing something more to the table—a little more intellect, a little more dialog, a little more teranga. iC

Students make pancakes in Math Professor Liam O’Brien’s apartment in Treworgy.

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Colby celebrates 60 years of a popular form of entertainment: a cappella t’s a November evening and Lorimer Chapel is packed. Eight men in ties, from graduating classes spanning 17 years, sing in cheerful harmony. Some of them never met as students. Some probably haven’t seen each other since they last sang together a decade ago or more. But you wouldn’t know from watching. Colby a cappella enthusiasts display a fellowship that goes beyond the neckties—even beyond the music, which, over the course of the concert, includes everything from barbershop tunes to the Barenaked Ladies. These alumni of the Colby Eight, the College’s first a cappella group, are celebrating the Eight’s 60th anniversary—and by extension, 60 years of Colby a cappella in general, which has grown to six different groups, all defined by their own styles (see sidebar) and determined to have a blast. Small collegiate ensembles doing voice-only arrangements of contemporary popular music trace their ancestry to Yale’s Whiffenpoofs, founded in 1909. To Paul Machlin—Arnold Bernhard Professor of Arts and Humanities, director of the Colby College Chorale, and the Blue Lights’ advisor—collegiate a cappella provides a different kind of musical experience: “the joy and wonder of singing in a small group, which offers a very different experience from the rewards of singing in a large group.” Amy Makowiecki ’08 of the Megalomaniacs (Megs for short) attributes the groups’ appeal in part to being student-run. “That’s something that’s really fun too, to


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Colby A Cappella Groups Colby Eight (1947), male Classic a cappella: barbershop to rock, with a hint of mischief.

Megalomaniacs (1995), co-ed Wide-ranging and full of surprises——even (especially?) for each other.

Colbyettes (1951), female Colby’s oldest ladies group rocks everything from oldies to pop to jazz.

Sirens (1998), female Songstresses sharing solos in sassy, serious, and sweet songs they love.

Blue Lights (1994), male Eccentrics, with strange wardrobes, making humor and harmony.

Ethnic Vocal Ensemble (2001), female EVE brings music from other cultures to campus.

be able to kind of control where you’re going with the group. We have a music director … but for the most part we all contribute to rehearsal, we all contribute to the structure of the group.” Some have experience with instruments or arrangement. Some can’t actually read music, but they all still have important roles. Machlin called this “an intriguingly democratic approach to music-making,” as opposed to the top-down approach of larger ensembles like the chorale, which, “for reasons of artistic vision and technical coherence, must rely on a single director. In a small group everyone can make commentary that’s valuable.” While large groups can focus almost

“Thirty or forty years ago,” Machlin said, “it was everyone singing harmony.” Today, most groups arrange accompaniment around a soloist. “Some of the change that’s come is obviously in the change in popular music. There’s a lot more electronic stuff,” Makowiecki added. “Part of the challenge”—and the fun—“is trying to reproduce that vocally.” For nonvocal sounds (even drums) the goal isn’t exact replication, which, even if it were possible, would stray from the a cappella aesthetic. “It’s not really so much trying to duplicate an instrument as it is trying to interpret the instrument and making it a vocal thing.” Apart from all this, Colby a cappella (and college a cappella in general) derives its appeal from the simple fun of seeing and hearing friends show off a semester’s worth of hard work on songs you might recognize from the radio. “I think there’s a lot of personal connection,” Machlin said. “The audience is, after all, mostly college students—watching college students perform music that is also familiar to the audience. It’s kind of a shared bond that makes it so much fun.” iC To watch excerpts of the Colby Eight 60th reunion concert, go to, keyword: Colby8.

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Majors: Philosophy & Classical Civilization

purely on technical ability, a cappella groups must also consider personality. Friction in such small, consensus-driven ensembles would be musically and socially detrimental. “Each group kind of has its own vibe,” Makowiecki said, stylistically and otherwise (although there are certainly cross-group friendships). Case in point, last fall’s Megs auditions: “One of them we thought for sure—we were like, ‘He’s not going to pick us. He’s a Blue Light.’ And he picked the Blue Lights. You can kind of tell who’s going to fit in where.” These subtle distinctions can make all the difference. Three Colbyette seniors who met as first-years in the chorale currently live together; so do Makowiecki and a fellow Meg. And as a first-year, Makowiecki appreciated “coming in and having that really tight core group of people” to consult about all things Colby. As the Eight reunion demonstrates, the ties span generations. “Obviously Colby doesn’t have [fraternities and sororities] anymore—and not that this really takes the place of it,” said Makowiecki. But at the 10-year Megs reunion in 2005, “we all felt this bond with the former members even though we’d never met them, because we shared this kind of group experience and I thought that was … something that I’d never really heard of outside a Greek setting.” As for the music?

Story by Kris Miranda ’09, Battle Creek, Michigan

Photo by Rob Kievit ’09

Amy Makowiecki ’08 sings with Colby’s only co-ed a cappella group, the Megalomaniacs (AKA the Megs), at the Waterville Opera House during Family Homecoming Weekend.

tough love As Fernando Gouvêa, the Carter Professor of Mathematics at Colby, prepared to write his 2002 award-winning book, Math Through the Ages, a “gentle” history of mathematics, he started in an unlikely place. He picked up a Harry Potter book. “My wife was reading Harry Potter at the time, and I copied two paragraphs just to get the feel for what the sentences sounded like,” he said. Gouvêa’s aim was not just to aid teachers in teaching but to write the book in a way that was easy for people—even those without a solid math background—to grasp. He read the internationally bestselling novel to find out what makes it so popular and accessible among children, teenagers, and even adults. For Gouvêa, what immediately jumped out from reading J.K. Rowling were the brisk sentence structures. Gouvêa worked with co-author and former Colby visiting professor William Berlinghoff to write this easy-to-read math book. They paid close attention to making the 25 history sketches short so that no one has to “read a big chunk to understand something,” Gouvêa said. In the classroom, Gouvêa is equally conscientious about making the most abstract mathematical concepts comprehensible to all students. Not only does he create an interactive classroom environment for students to participate and ask questions, but he also makes himself available to students inside and outside the classroom. “I do try very hard to be accessible and make the math accessible,” he said. Sharon Noel ’08 appreciates the way Gouvêa presents materials through group work and lectures. “He is the reason


Photo by Ling Zhu ’09

Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvea is known for his challenging courses but works hard to make math accessible to all students.

Go online to read an excerpt of Math Through the Ages.


Majors: Economics & English

Story by Po Yin Wong ’09, Hong Kong, China

why I am a math major,” she said. She recalled the first class she took with Gouvêa—Multi-variable Calculus. He asked students to read a math book and write a paper about it. This helped her understand how classroom lessons “fit into everything else in the real world,” she said. Noel, who has known Gouvêa for four years, calls him “a wonderful professor who really cares about students individually and makes sure everybody understands the concepts.” For Matt Ahern ’09, Gouvêa’s teaching is just part of the equation. He also speaks of the one-on-one experience he gets during Gouvêa’s office hours. “He writes examples out well and he gets specific,” Ahern said. But he doesn’t do the work for students. “He makes you work hard on your grade.” Although Gouvêa’s deep voice, grey beard, dark-rimmed glasses, and scholarly stature at first made Ahern feel slightly intimidated, he said, that changed once he got to know him. “He really is a nice guy and he has a good sense of humor.” Gouvêa is informal and prefers that his students call him Fernando rather than Professor Gouvêa. “I try not to be somebody that’s hard to talk to, and I think most of the students figured this out ... that I am fairly nice,” he said. “Like a big grandpa,” said Ling Zhu ’09. Gouvêa may be from Brazil, but for the past 16 years he has found a family of students and friends at Colby. After earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987, he went back to teach in Brazil for a few years. But he didn’t stay long. “I wanted to do more than just research that you published in technical journals for five other mathematicians to read. I wanted to also do expository work—textbooks, and that sort of thing,” he said. At Colby Gouvêa incorporates Math Through the Ages into his History of Mathematics class. Of the three Gouvêa classes Zhu has taken, he liked this one the most. “The materials are very interesting. ... It really helps me think about mathematics by learning about the path of the evolution of mathematical ideas from the past to the present,” he said. Outside the classroom, Gouvêa is editor of the Mathematical Association of America’s Reviews, a database of books of interest to mathematicians, particularly MAA members. He is also the editor of FOCUS, the news magazine of the MAA. Conventional wisdom says mathematicians are great with numbers but not necessarily words. By being a recognized author as well as a magazine editor, Gouvêa dispels the stereotype. Gouvêa—a father, husband, Sundayschool teacher, dog owner, and self-proclaimed “wine geek”—is unlike anything one may expect him to be: a stern, nerdy mathematician. Taking his class provides the proof. iC

Q&A Christina Feng ’08

New York, N.Y.

You’re from New York City, so how did you wind up here in Waterville? I did the Maine co-semester, which is a semester program during high school at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, and that’s where I kind of fell in love with the state of Maine. ... And then I fell in love with Colby just because of how nice everybody was. Did you always know you wanted to study government? Well, I was a sociology major first, and I really liked the classes I took, but I was more curious about things from a policy side. Did any professors guide you toward the major? Professor [G. Calvin] Mackenzie and Professor [Anthony] Corrado, who I had for Introduction to U.S. Government and Introduction to Political Theory, are basically the reasons why I’m here. … They taught me how to think critically from both a policy side and theory side and to really write effectively, which I think is the greatest gift you can receive during your time at school.


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Portrait by Emma Gildesgame ‘10

Senior Christina Feng, interviewed by Elizabeth Ponsot ’10, discusses her pathway to studying government, her local work in the legal field, and her aspirations for the future.

What sort of practice is Pine Tree? They are funded partially by the government, and they are a legal aid clinic. Most Pine Tree services are limited to people whose household incomes are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. What were you responsible for? I did a lot of intakes, which are when people call you with a legal problem and you take down their information. But it was really through that that I heard these people calling with questions about their mortgages or saying they are facing foreclosure… all of these different aspects of predatory lending, which really just got me thinking. Your independent study had to do with predatory lending. How did you begin your work about lenders taking advantage of consumers, and where has it led? I approached Professor Mackenzie and asked if I could do an independent study continuing an article that I had written for the Maine Law Review about Maine’s new Homeowner Protection Act. Is that something you did for your internship? Yeah, and that was really fulfilling to be published——it was my first publication.

So you were doing this in the fall; have you continued your writing and research? I’m still writing client-education pieces, but without the supervision of my faculty advisor. I’m also doing a new independent study on microlending——which is microcredit. And that’s building on my predatory lending independent study and instead focusing on a better alternative. Hopefully what will come out of this is to figure out a good way of lending to the poorest people in the United States. Microcredit has worked in Bangladesh and other areas that are not as privileged as the U.S., like South Africa. What sort of advice can you give to consumers? Well, I really encourage financial literacy, which is what I hope to accomplish through my pieces of client education. I think that’s where you have to start to combat predatory lending. If you don’t understand the law, if you don’t understand your rights, there’s no use in having an attorney help you; you need to understand it for yourself. How does it feel to write something you know the public needs? That’s been my most rewarding thing——to know that I’m producing something that people will really use. It’s been great because I have to write in a way where everyone who reads it can understand it. ... After four years in college, you kind of get into the collegelevel writing, so [it requires me to] step back to a sixth-grade level so that it can be understood by the general public. So what does the future hold? I’ve always known that I want to get into a field that really helps people. … I hope to go to law school within the next couple years, and I’d like to focus more from a public policy standpoint. I want to build the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to——as an attorney——combat predatory practices in lending areas and just make iC people more aware of their rights.

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That counts. How did your independent study begin? Well, I knew that I wanted to go into the legal field, so I actually did a job shadow with Katherine McGovern, Class of 1997, who is at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine. ... I knew I wanted to get into public-interest law, and that’s exactly what she did. … She took us to court and explained the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes aspects of what she does as an attorney for them. … She told me about an internship opportunity [there], which is how it all began.

What sort of writing did you do? I started to write client-education materials for Pine Tree. Client-ed materials are handouts explaining your rights. … I wrote a couple of pieces. One is about surety bonds, in lieu of security deposits——because those are bad ideas for a number of reasons. [I also wrote about] online distance-learning scams, in order to warn individuals about those types of practices.

Interview by Elizabeth Ponsot ’10, Queens Village, New York

Would you say you had a favorite class? Honestly I would say my independent study——if that counts——has been really fulfilling.


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increasingly available over the past several years. She might have given birth to a healthy child. But without access to basic resources, Jenny’s fate was inevitable. In addition to my experience in Malawi, I have worked in Dorchester, Mass., at an organization that provides resources to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Boston area. I have witnessed firsthand how disparities in the quality of health-care systems both in the United States and globally affect quality of life. Chronic illness precludes otherwise well-qualified, ambitious people from sustaining their livelihoods. They are too sick to care for their families. They are barred from obtaining a formal education or job training due to poverty exacerbated by their poor health. But access to basic treatments and medicines allows people to live fulfilling lives despite their illnesses. Tuberculosis and malaria should not be terminal. The diagnosis of HIV/AIDS need not be a death sentence. During my six weeks in Malawi, I worked with Luzi Orphan Care Organization, a community organization founded and run by Malawians concerned about the plight of their neighbors. These volunteers give their time to care for orphaned and vulnerable children and people living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. Upon my return to Colby, Claire Thompson ’08, Charlie Eichacker ’08, Jason Hayes ’08, and I founded LuziCare (, a student-run aid project for accessible health care in Malawi. All proceeds from fundraising efforts will go toward expanding Luzi’s capacity to provide essential health-care services to people in need. With the Colby community’s generous support, we can save lives in one distressed district in Malawi, Africa. iC

Photos of Malawians James Goldring ’09 encountered, contributed by the author.

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enny sat on the porch of her mud home, her face hidden in shadows cast by the overhanging thatched roof. Her cousin intercepted us as we approached. She quietly explained that Jenny had lost her job three years ago when she contracted HIV. Undesirable to employers because of her HIV status, she resorted to prostitution. Jenny was emaciated and weak—and she was six weeks pregnant. We took her to a local clinic where the attending physician told us that she would have to return daily for intravenous treatment until her strength improved. Their in-patient ward and the adjacent central hospital were overflowing with patients. In our absence, Jenny had no means of transporting herself to the local clinic, only about two miles from her home. She died two weeks later. During the summer of 2006, I traveled to Malawi, in southeast Africa—a nation ranked among the poorest in the world—with the Pendulum Project, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides funding to community organizations in the capital city of Lilongwe. My responsibilities included interviewing and photographing people affected by HIV/AIDS. Jenny’s story impressed upon me the urgent need for action. Access to adequate health care is a basic human right. The poorest people living in the most impoverished communities around the world deserve the same quality of health care available to the wealthiest Americans. Yet the average life expectancy in Malawi is roughly 43 years of age, compared to 78 years in the United States. It is our duty, as privileged, well-informed youth, to respond to the hardship that people like Jenny face. Casualties of government indifference and a bankrupt system of international aid, millions of young people are dying from curable illnesses. Some 190 children are orphaned every day in Malawi, and 240 Malawians die daily from HIV/AIDS. Jenny might have lived many years longer if she had access to anti-retroviral drugs—which have become

Essay by James Goldring ’09, Newton, Massachusetts

Just My Opinion

About Colby [“Official“ Information] What is Colby About? Reaching the World

Intellectual Challenge Academics are the core of Colby. Excellence in undergraduate education is our central mission, and the Colby experience is, first and foremost, about the life of the mind.

Global issues permeate the curriculum, students come from more than 65 countries, and two thirds of our students spend at least a semester abroad.

Active Community Life

Shaping the Future

A rich student life includes more than 100 student organizations and a range of innovative programs offering you countless leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Colby graduates find their places at top Wall Street firms, the best medical schools and research universities, the finest law and business programs, in the arts, government, social service, education, and nonprofit organizations.

Academics Colby is one of America’s great liberal arts colleges, and it’s because of the strength of our academic program. You will get a solid foundation across a broad spectrum and build on it by fulfilling a major. This gives you a combination of readiness and adaptability as you go into the world. The academic program, with 53 majors, 25 departments, and 11 interdisciplinary programs, is the heart of the Colby experience. The quality and approachability of the faculty is our greatest strength. An emphasis on project-based learning ensures that you will be actively engaged in classrooms and labs­. Colby is a leader at incorporating research into undergraduate learning.


* indicates both major and minor

African-American Studies * American Studies Anthropology * Art * Art: Art History Art: Studio Art Biology Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Biology: Environmental Science Biology: Neuroscience Chemistry *

Chemistry-ACS Chemistry: Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Chemistry: Environmental Science Chemistry-Biochemistry Classical Civilization * Classical CivilizationAnthropology Classical Civilization-English Classics * Classics/English Computer Science *

East Asian Studies * Economics * Economics: Financial Markets Economics: International Economics Economics: Public Policy Economics-Mathematics English English: Creative Writing Environmental Studies * Environmental Studies: Policy Environmental Studies: Science

French Studies Geology * Geoscience German Studies Government History International Studies Latin American Studies Mathematical Sciences Mathematics * Music * Philosophy * Physics *

Psychology Psychology: Neuroscience Religious Studies * Russian Language and Culture Science,Technology, and Society * Sociology Spanish Theater and Dance * Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies *

Additional Minors Administrative Science African Studies Chinese

Creative Writing Education Education: Professional Certification

Environmental Education German Human Development

Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Italian Studies

Independent Major If your academic interests do not fit any of the majors offered, you may apply for an independent major of your own design.


Japanese Jewish Studies Russian Language and Literature

Student Life Campus life at Colby is full of possibilities, with a host of clubs, activities, and teams as well as social and cultural events. There are more than 100 student-run organizations, 32 varsity teams, 11 club sports, and iPlay intramural sports. Community service is part of the Colby experience, too. The student-run Colby Volunteer Center coordinates dozens of volunteer programs, and civic engagement is built into many courses. Ninety-four percent of students live in the College’s 22 residence halls and eat in three dining halls. Colby is committed to fostering a fully inclusive community enriched by students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

A Sampling of Clubs and Organizations at Colby General Interest Admissions Volunteers Anime Club Ballroom Dance Calligraphy Club Chess Club Colby Dancers Colby Hipnotik (Dance Team) Colby Improv Colby Mountaineering Club Colby Outing Club Colby Steppers Computer Club Conservative Acceptance Club Cooking Club Cricket Club Debate Team Dessert Club Entrepreneurs Club Figure Skating Freethinkers iPlay (intramural sports) Mock Trial Team Model UN Musicians’ Alliance Photography Club Pottery Club Powder and Wig (drama) Quilting Club Screen Printers Guild Stitch ’n’ Bitch (knitting club)

Student Alumni Association Student Arts Committee Student Women in Science Students Against Sexual Assault Surf Club Table Tennis Club Taiko Drumming Club The Collective WMHB 89.7 FM

Multicultural Groups Asian-American Student Assoc. Asian Cultural Society The Bridge (GLBT) Desi/South Asian Club Filipino Club Four Winds (Native American) International Club Irish Club Project Ally (GLBT allies) SOBHU (Student Organization for Black and Hispanic Unity) United World at Colby Women’s Group

Political Organizations Amnesty International Colby Democrats Colby Republicans Colby Students for Israel Environmental Coalition League of Progressive Voters

Movement for Global Justice SOAR (Society Organized Against Racism) Students for a Free Tibet

Religion and Spirituality

Colby Echo (student newspaper) Oracle (yearbook) Pequod (literary magazine)

The C.I.R.C.L.E. (The Collective for Insight, Refuge, and the Celebration of Life Experience) Colby Christian Fellowship Colby Muslim Group Hillel (Jewish) Newman Council (Catholic)

Musical Groups

Departmental Clubs

Blue Lights (male a cappella) Broadway Musical Revue Colby College Chorale Colby Eight (male a cappella) Colbyettes (female a cappella) Colby Handbell Choir Colby Jazz Band Colby Symphony Orchestra Colby Wind Ensemble Collegium Musicum (early music) Ethnic Vocal Ensemble (EVE) Megalomaniacs (mixed a cappella) Sirens (female a cappella)

Biology Club (Raging Species) Chemistry Club Classics Club Environmental Studies Club French Club Geology Club German Club Italian Club Neuroscience Club Philosophy Club Psychology Club Sociology Club

Student Leadership

Service Organizations

Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT) Committee Class Councils Judicial Board Pugh Community Board Student Government Association Presidents’ Council Student Programming Board


Colby Cares About Kids Colby Emergency Response Colby South End Coalition Colby Volunteer Center Habitat for Humanity Rotaract Club SHOC (Student Health on Campus)

Women’s Sports Alpine Skiing* Badminton Basketball Crew Cross Country Cycling Equestrian

Fencing Field Hockey Figure Skating Golf (coed) Ice Hockey Indoor Track Lacrosse

Nordic Skiing Outdoor Track Rugby Sailing Soccer Softball Squash

Varsity Sports NCAA Division III, except * Division I Club Sports

Swimming Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo Woodsmen

Men’s Sports Alpine Skiing* Badminton Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Cycling

Equestrian Fencing Figure Skating Football Golf (coed) Ice Hockey Indoor Track

Lacrosse Nordic Skiing Outdoor Track Rugby Sailing Soccer Squash

Swimming Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo Woodsmen


Admission to Colby As a residential college, Colby is shaped to a great degree by the diversity of its students. Therefore, we seek people who will contribute to our community in a variety of ways, including those who are eager to learn, who are willing to explore new fields, and who are enthusiastic about life in general. In making admission decisions, we seek excellence—in academics, art, music, theater, research, work experience, publications, leadership, public service, and athletics. We value diversity throughout the College and seek candidates from all parts of the country and the world. Interviews are not required for admission but are strongly recommended as a good opportunity for you to ask questions about Colby and for us to learn more about you. If you cannot visit the campus or would like to get another perspective on Colby, alumni interviews or field interviews with admissions counselors are available in many areas of the United States and throughout the world, and the Admissions Office can help you arrange such an appointment until January 15. Also, members of the admissions staff visit high schools and attend many college nights and local, regional, and international college fairs.

Standardized Tests Colby requires either the College Board SAT Reasoning Test or the American College Test (ACT). For those submitting the ACT, the ACT writing test is recommended. Submission of the results of the College Board SAT Subject Tests is optional. A score of 640 or above on a foreign language (reading and writing) subject test enables a student to fulfill Colby’s foreign language requirement. A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement foreign language exam also satisfies the foreign language requirement.


All required tests should be taken no later than November of the senior year for students applying under the fall option of the Early Decision plan, no later than December for students applying under the winter option of the Early Decision plan, and no later than January for students applying for regular admission. Test results should be submitted to Colby directly from the appropriate testing agency.

Advanced Standing

Early Decision

Colby participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, recording credits earned through submitted AP scores of 4 or 5 on the Colby transcript and granting advanced course placement where appropriate, as well as fulfillment of certain area requirements. Please note that these credits may not be counted toward the 128 required for graduation.

Students who are sure that Colby is their first choice are invited to apply under the fall or winter Early Decision option. Complete information and instructions are available on the Web.

Colby also recognizes the International Baccalaureate and offers advanced course placement based on individual Higher Level examination results, as well advanced placement and standing for the full IB Diploma program. At the discretion of individual academic departments, advanced course placement may be earned for scores of 6 and 7 on Higher Level examinations. A full year of credit toward the 128 credits required for graduation and up to two full semesters toward the residency requirement may be earned for an IB Diploma point total of 36 or better, assuming all examination scores are 5 or better. Finally, students who receive an A or B (superior level) on A-levels, or comparable scores on the Leaving Certificate (Ireland), the Abitur (Germany), or the Baccalaureate (France), may be eligible for advanced course placement.

International Students Colby actively engages in programs of international cooperation and exchange and enrolls new students from many different countries each year. Applicants from outside the United States who are not native English speakers and whose principal language of instruction has been other than English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as well as the results of the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Further information on international student admission and financial aid may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office.

Midyear Admission Each year more sophomore and junior Colby students study off campus during the second semester than during the fall, and 30 to 40 spaces for incoming students usually become available at the beginning of the January term. Some student applicants may be offered admission for midyear. For these students, Colby offers two fall-semester-abroad programs, in Dijon and Salamanca. For more information on these programs go to

Transfer Admission Although primary consideration for admission is given to first-year students, we do value the presence of students who began the college experience elsewhere, and each year we admit a small number of transfer students. Successful transfer applicants generally will have earned at least a B average in a rigorous academic program at an accredited college or university and have a satisfactory personal record. The transfer application forms may be obtained from Colby’s Web site and should be completed and returned by the deadline dates indicated inside the back cover. Course credits from accredited institutions for grades of C or better are generally accepted when comparable courses are offered at Colby. Veterans may request advanced-standing consideration for completion of service schools prior to matriculation. Credit is not granted for military service itself or for College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) examinations.

2007-2008 Costs Comprehensive Fee......................$46,100 Other Expenses   Books and supplies............................$700   Personal/miscellaneous...................$900


Travel expenses, which must be added to the total cost, are considered in determining financial aid eligibility and will vary from student to student.


Financial Aid Colby Aid

Colby works with all admitted students to help them find the means necessary to attend. The College provides information and programs for families of all income levels and offers several financing options for families as well as grants and work-study to qualifying students. The aid package, plus a calculated contribution from the parent(s) and student, covers the cost of a year at Colby. Each year, aid eligibility is reviewed, and aid may be adjusted to reflect changes in family circumstances and College charges.

Grant Assistance

All financial aid is awarded on the basis of calculated eligibility as determined by the College and in accordance with federal regulations and Colby policy. In 2006-07 Colby awarded $23 million in grants, loans, and campus employment. The financial aid application process is comprehensive and personal and results in offers of aid tailored to the financial circumstances of each student and family. Families applying for financial aid submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 and the College Scholarship Service Profile form by the appropriate date (inside back cover). The FAFSA and the profile registration forms are available at high school guidance offices and college financial aid offices as well as online. Student employment is available during each semester in most areas of the campus. Students may earn up to $1,850 per year by working 10 to 12 hours per week.

Loan Assistance

Colby no longer packages loans to help meet students’ demonstrated needs. Financial aid packages now consist of only Colby grant and work-study. Federal Perkins and Stafford Loans are available, by choice, to eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Though most students may borrow through the Stafford Loan program, only No Loans those with calculated Starting in 2008-09, loans will no federal eligibility may longer be assigned as part of the borrow Federal Peraid packages of students who need kins and/or subsidized financial assistance as determined Stafford Loans. Subby the College. Amounts formerly sidized loans require assigned as loans will be given no payment while the as grants, which don’t have to be student is in college. Unsubsidized Stafford repaid. Students may still borrow, Loans require paydepending upon their circumstances, ment of interest while but their election to assume the student is enrolled. loans will be their choice. Stafford Loans carry a fixed 6-percent interest rate. Perkins Loans carry a 5-percent interest rate and similar payment terms. Federal PLUS Loans for parents are also available. Parents may borrow amounts up to the difference between the cost of education and other aid awarded. The primary criterion for eligibility is a satisfactory credit rating. The current interest rate is fixed at 8.5 percent.

Visit Colby Tours led by students are available on all days when the Admissions Office is open and include visits to classroom buildings, Miller Library, science laboratories, Bixler Art and Music Center, Cotter Union, and students’ rooms. Group information sessions are available at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on most weekdays. Interviews generally last 30 to 40 minutes and may be scheduled from May 1 through midJanuary on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Interviews also are available Saturday mornings beginning after Labor Day and continuing through mid-January. Families also are welcome to tour our performing arts facilities, art museum, and athletic complex, which are open during most of the year. Interviews, tours, overnight visits, and group information sessions may be scheduled by calling the Admissions Office about two weeks in advance of your planned visit.

Learn More For further information about Colby go to or request individual brochures discussing financial aid and financing options, international student admissions, and study abroad from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (800-723-3032 or


A Quick Profile Name. .....................................................................................................................Colby College Location................................................................................................................Waterville, Maine Type of Institution...........................................................................................Private, independent, liberal arts college Founded................................................................................................................1813 Degree Awarded...............................................................................................Bachelor of Arts Statistics as of 2007-08 unless otherwise noted Student Body.....................................................................................................1,867 students 55% female, 45% male 90% from out of state, 62 countries represented Faculty/Student Ratio...................................................................................1:10 International Study.........................................................................................two thirds of students study abroad Courses of Study. ............................................................................................53 majors, 33 minors Residential Life.................................................................................................94% of students live on campus Housing guaranteed all four years No fraternities or sororities 2007-08 Comprehensive Fee...................................................................$46,100 2007-08 Average First-Year Financial Aid Package...................$31,400 Required Tests..................................................................................................SAT reasoning or ACT (ACT writing recommended) Test Scores, Middle 50%, Class of 2011...............................................SAT critical reading: 640-720 SAT math: 640-720 SAT writing: 630-710 ACT: 28-31 High School Rank, Class of 2011..............................................................Top 10%: 60% Top 25%: 90% High School Units Recommended. .........................................................English: 4 Applicants to Colby qualify for a waiver of Math: 3 the $65 application fee in one of three ways: Science lab: 2 • by being a Maine resident or Foreign language: 3 enrolled in a secondary school Social studies: 2 in Maine; Elective: 2 • by submitting the application Colby Graduates Ultimately Earning a Graduate Degree...........75% online; Attending Graduate School Within a Year.........................................21% • or by indicating that the fee Accepting Job Offers Within a Year......................................................79% presents a financial hardship.

Application fee waiver

Admission and Financial Aid Deadlines All application materials must be postmarked by:

Complete testing by:

Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by:

Submit CSS Profile:

Mailing of admission decision on or before:


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TRANSFER (Spring Semester Enrollment)

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* International transfer applicants for fall semester enrollment must submit all admissions and financial aid materials by February 1.

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