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what’s inside For Starters


Julie Bero ’08 and other concerned students helped make a cool new law.

The Pictures

News, events, trends, random stuff


Laurel Duggan ’09 finds out what drives standout athlete Kathleen Maynard ’09.


(Smells Like) School Spirit 14


Kris Miranda ’09 discovers what Colby’s new student leadership has in store.

See for Yourself


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» A New Place to Hang » A Day in the Life » Orientation Reorientation » Top-Ten Tunes » More Than a Beauty Queen » Things You Should Know » Students in the News » Virtual Introductions » Take Quiz, Win Stuff

Summer School

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


Martin Connelly ’08 checked in on research assistants this summer and found out they’re doing some pretty cool stuff.



Po Yin Wong ’10 talks to biology professor Andrea Tilden about dissecting crab brains and more.

Dirty Laundry


Sharon Jeon ’11 shares her thoughts and anxieties about venturing into the unknown territory of college.



Julie Bero ’08 Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sharon Jeon ’11 Queens, N.Y.

Martin Connelly ’08 Brunswick, Maine

Kris Miranda ’09 Battle Creek, Mich.

Alexandra Desaulniers ’11 Rockland, Maine

Po Yin Wong ’10 Hong Kong, China

Laurel Duggan ’09 Bartlett, N.H.

Ai Yamanaka ’11 Staten Island, N.Y.


Tom Bollier ’11 Amherst, Mass.

Megan Lehmann ’08 Sitka, Alaska

Marina Kotchoubey ’08 New York, N.Y.

Martin Connelly ’08 Brunswick, Maine

Kendyl Sullivan ’11 Fryeburg, Maine

Sarah Rathman ’08 San Francisco, Calif.

Emma Gildesgame ’10 Arlington, Mass.

Ling Zhu ’09 Kunshan, China

Patrick Sanders ’08 Fairfax, Va.

Rob Kievit ’09 Farmington, Conn.

Cover Photos: On the cover, parents help move their kids into the dorms on their first day of college (Megan Lehmann ’08); opposite, classes are back in session and the quad is full again (Emma Gildesgame ’10); back cover, ultimate Frisbee players sported togas for a practice this fall (Kendyl Sullivan ’11).

k This magazine is printed on paper made from 100-percent post-consumer fiber using a chlorine-free process and biogas for electricity.

For Starters | Fighting Brain Drain Standing on the sidewalk of Waterville’s Main Street on some cold days last winter, a group of Colby students sought the attention of passersby. “Do you want your kids to go to college for free?” It’s an odd question to be asked while running errands, and most people wanted to know more. We explained that we were collecting signatures in support of a piece of legislation to help Maine college graduates who stayed in the state pay off their student loans. For this group of Colby students, it was about making a positive change by getting involved with local politics. After students and allies collected 73,000 signatures of support from voters, this summer Maine Governor John Baldacci signed into law the Act to Allow a Tax Credit for College Loan Repayments, known as Opportunity Maine. The law provides a tax credit to Maine residents who earned a degree in Maine and who then live, work, and pay taxes in the state. Colby students who graduate in January 2008 or later will be eligible to participate. Opportunity Maine is a homegrown law—created by and for young Mainers. Students at the University of Southern Maine teamed up with the Maine State League of Young Voters to tackle two issues: paying off student loans and fighting brain drain—the phenomenon of educated Maine people leaving to work out of state.

While collecting signatures, my friends and I, as members of the Colby League of Progressive Voters, were especially pleased by the encouragement from people outside the Colby community. “It was refreshing to see such overwhelming support from the community at large,” said Jack Drury ’07, who collected 1,000 signatures on election day. The law, which is popular with legislators and voters in Maine, has inspired other states to research similar legislation, according to Tony Giampetruzzi, the communications director of Opportunity Maine. It is exciting to know that the law we supported will now help young people to afford higher education— not just our classmates, but students statewide. Although standing outside during a Maine winter to collect signatures wasn’t always fun, it was worth the effort. “No matter how busy we are on the hill,” said Lindsay Tolle ’08, “when we see something important to us, we make time for it.” Julie Bero ’08 Brooklyn, N.Y. Majors: American Studies & Religious Studies


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Having come to Maine from New York City, I find that because of the state’s small population and the availability of local politicians to their constituents, it is easier to make a difference.

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The aroma of Rain Forest Nut coffee floats through the vast space. Plump blue and green-checkered couches surround a 50-inch flat screen TV. Finally, it has arrived. Smack in the center of the campus, Colby students’ very own living room: The Pulver Pavilion. This fall Colby opened its doors to the renovated Cotter Union——a sort of a clubhouse for all. In here, you’re likely to find the obsessed coffee drinker on a 5 p.m. java run, the nose-buried reader kicking back her feet, and the hungry athlete grabbing a bite before studying. Acting like a fourth dining hall, the Joseph Family Spa offers students everything from chocolate chip cookies to grease-soaked fries. “You can get food whenever you want,” said Aurore Anastassiadis ’11. And, she added, “It might actually have better food quality than the dining halls.” The Caporale Lounge offers

Students walk into the main entrance of the new Pulver Pavilion, a 7,000-square-foot addition to the student union.

Starbucks coffee and smoothies for all those late-night study sessions. A regular there, Cynia Barnwell ’11 goes for the smoothies. “It’s a quaint place­——and the brownies are banging,” she said. After grabbing some joe, students can lounge on any one of the comfy couches. These days couches near the TV tend to be occupied by fans shouting at the score of Red Sox games. “Everyone’s here, all my friends are here. I can prop up my feet while watching a game, and you can grab some food at any time,” said Daniel Baskerville ’11. In another area, students—— highlighters in hand——color code their textbooks. Not as silent as the library but not as claustrophobic as a dorm room, the pavilion lends its

comforts to students who want to study in an informal atmosphere. “Finally we have a place to eat and drink when we’re studying through those late nights,” said Yin Fu ’10. “Studying in the library will get you really tired, so it’s nice to change your location of study.” Up the dimly lit stairs is the [insert snazzy jazz music here] Marchese Blue Light Pub, open to students 21 and older. Some nights, when alcohol is not served, it’s open to all. Not old enough to get in? No problem. The game room next door has a billiard table, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), Pac Man, and more. With all these options, what really is it that draws students in? Like so many things at Colby, that depends on the person. ——Ai Yamanaka ’11

A Tuesday in the Life Kari Rivers ‘10 Somersworth, N.H. 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Wake up Go to breakfast Spanish class (Intro to Hispanic Literature) Education class (Multiculturalism and the Political Project) Spanish table for lunch in Foss Spanish class (Grammar)

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.

Majors: French Studies & Spanish

Go back to room and relax Volunteer at the Waterville Humane Society Dinner with friends at whichever dining hall looks good Homework / TV watching / shower Hopefully in bed, since work starts at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays

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No More Summer Reading The Class of 2011 arrived August 28 for a revamped orientation program. A new component, dubbed “Meaningful Work and Life at Colby,” replaced the summer reading sent to past incoming classes. First-years were asked to write a one-page essay about people whose work they did or didn’t admire and why. They spent part of their first full day on campus in small, faculty-facilitated panels and discussions about how the values that shaped their essays might guide their choices in both academics and extracurriculars. “These are big, broad questions to which there are no definitive answers,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Terhune. “I think [this program] speaks a lot about what Colby is and should be about——having students wrestle with big questions … about not only what they want with their lives but what we collectively should want as we try to help make the world a better place.” Also new this year: the Colby Leadership Institute for

Photo by Rob Kievit ’09

(and other changes)

First-year students enter the chapel for the 2007 matriculation convocation, a long-standing tradition at Colby. It’s one of two times (the other is baccalaureate, on commencement weekend) that the president speaks directly to the class. upperclassmen returning early to train as COOT leaders, head residents, dorm presidents, and other roles. Apart from their specialized training, a full day of activities was organized for all the leaders together. Though their roles are distinct, their shared mandate to serve students makes them part

From Pods to Vods First it was a podcast. Now has video. The insideColby vodcast will include interviews and profiles of students, documentaries about things happening on campus, tours, audio snapshots, and more. The first two episodes (a tour of the Pulver Pavilion and a documentary about one student’s summer research) are online now. To get new ones as they come out, be sure to subscribe.


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Frequently Played What are you listening to on your iPod? Contributed by Ross Connor ’10

of a connected team, Terhune said. “If we can all think of ourselves first and foremost as part of the Colby community … that’s here to help new students get acclimated and negotiate the campus, then we’re going to do a better job all the way around.” —— Kris Miranda ’09

1 Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

6 All Out 2Pac

2 Getting Into You Reliant K

7 Bracelets The Spill Canvas

3 What It Is to Burn Finch

8 Oceano Josh Groban

4 Mr. Jones Counting Crows

9 Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers

5 Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard

10 The Remedy Jason Mraz

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Mule space Admissions representatives are quick to say that you can do anything you want to at Colby, and Tara Allain ’08 is proving them right. She’s one of just a handful of Miss America finalists representing her state, her cause, and still staying in school. “Everybody at Colby is really excited,” she said, “and really trying to work with me.” Since she was crowned, Allain, aka Miss Maine, has kept busy. This summer she appeared at fairs and state events, and now that classes have started the biology major is expected to make appearances at 20 Maine schools this year, appear on behalf of Habitat for Humanity (the cause she adopted as part of her platform), and visit patients at hospitals in both Portland and Bangor.

On top of that she has to work out and shop for her Miss America pageant dress. “It’s awful,” she said. “People think that would be the fun part, but with so much riding on one dress it’s very stressful.” And at the same time she is still dancing with the Colby dance team Hypnotik, and, yes, keeping up with all that schoolwork. But, despite being a little overwhelmed by her schedule, Allain is having fun. She’s headed to Los Angeles for two weeks in October to film a reality TV show, and she’ll spend Jan Plan in Las Vegas getting ready for the Miss America pageant, which airs January 26. —Martin Connelly ’08

artfully given

This spring Colby announced that it will receive one of the country’s largest and most notable private collections of American art. The gift, valued at more than $100 million, will come from Peter and Paula Lunder, whose name also adorns the admissions building, the new game room in Cotter Union, a wing of the museum, and more. Peter, a lifetime overseer, graduated from Colby in 1956 and Paula is a lifetime trustee.

Things You Should Know about furnishing your room Compliled by Po Yin Wong ’10 Rebecca Lynch ’09 Floral Park, New York Major: Government “Don’t be too afraid to loft your bed.”

Stijn Ortega ’08 Lima, Peru Major: Government “You should be space conscious. I bought furniture that didn’t fit.”

Thora Maltais ’09 Thomaston, Maine Major: Chemistry “Especially if you want to hang pictures or heavy things, 3M Command hooks and strips will leave no marks or damage on the walls.” Alex Gill ’08 West Newbury, Mass. Majors: Physics and Mathematics “Rugs are nice, especially if you vacuum them.”

Sculpture by Alexander Calder—part of the Lunder Collection.

Hanna Noel ’10 Fairfield, Connecticut Majors: Anthropology and French Studies “It seems like you need under-thebed storage bins, because a lot of the rooms are not big enough or have much floor space.” Mason Dutton ’08 Austin, Texas Majors: History and Anthropology “Bring about half as many clothes as you think you might need. That saves space.”

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“An energizing experience” Stephen Erario ’10 received a $4,500 grant from an anonymous donor to work on his project about sustainability in Waterville. This summer Erario studied the city’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and is making recommendations to reduce both. (Morning Sentinel, September 13)

“Digging the work” A museum intern’s daily tasks might not always seem fun——days full of labeling and sorting rocks and minerals. But, “Actually being able to hold these minerals, to find out where they’re from and research them, has really been exciting,” said Catherine Delano ’08, who interned at Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., during the summer. (Greenwich Time, July 12)

“Councilor Beck is a good example of leadership” Bill Mitchell, a Waterville businessman, praised Henry Beck ’09 for his leadership and diligent and responsible performance as a Waterville city councilor. (Morning Sentinel, June 10)

“How can we solve this problem?” Ena Lupine ’09 and three other college students met with U.S. Representative Tom Allen (Maine) to discuss Iraq and American involvement in the war. They spoke about ways that young people can have an impact on the political process. (Kennebunk Post, June 22)

“Kondrat is Effingham library’s first art exhibit” The Effingham (N.H.) Public Library’s inaugural art exhibit featured the work of Brianna Kondrat ’09. An English major and a studio art minor, Kondrat finds passion in a variety of media and styles, such as watercolors and oils. She hopes to take a photography class when she travels to Brighton, England, for a semester abroad. (The Conway Daily Sun, May 18)


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A selection of recent and upcoming popular events Campus Life Expo Thursday, September 6 Clubs and organizations set up tables for students to browse options—— from environmental and political orgs to musical and academic ones. A barbecue dinner followed. Rhymefest Show Friday, September 7 Chicago hip-hop artist Rhymefest, known for his hit single “Brand New,” and Edo. G got the crowds going with a strong beat and serious freestyle to launch Loudness, the first weekend with scheduled events. Hill ’n the ’Ville Saturday, September 15 Students partnered with the community to create a mixer in downtown Waterville. Colby bands played, as did reggae group John Brown’s Body, and there were family activities, too. To read a newspaper article about this, go to and click on “Other Stuff.”

Harry Goldstein ’09 jams with Rhymefest in Page Commons

COOT Slideshow Thursday, September 27 Relive COOT with lots of cool pictures from trips all over the state. Lovejoy Convocation Sunday, September 30 The Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism goes to New York Times senior foreign correspondent John Burns, who spent the last five years as Baghdad bureau chief. Visiting Writer Zakes Mda Tuesday, October 9 A South African author of plays, novels, poems, and more, Mda contributes to that country’s understanding of postapartheid development. Mitchell Lecture Thursday, October 25 Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, will deliver this year’s Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture. She worked on Middle East policy and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration. Photo by Rob Kievit ’09

Some Colby students in the news

Things to do

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Making Headlines

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Friending Freshmen Anxious members of the new first-year class finally received their acceptance letters last spring. But what next? Thanks to technology, they could arrive at Colby having already met online. “Future classmates who started with one single thing in common [got] to know one another and realized [they] have millions of things in common,” wrote Alexandra Essman ’11 on a discussion board. One opportunity was the Colby Class of 2011 website. The site was set up for admitted students to see upcoming events and to fill out forms, according to David Jones, associate dean of admissions and financial aid. But more importantly, it was a place for new classmates to meet. Students could post queries or comments about a variety

of topics, like where others were from, anxieties, COOT trips, and even shared music tastes. Chats on the Colby site led to conversations on Facebook. The majority of the class joined to connect, talk about summer training, discuss meeting in person, and check up on one another’s summers——all in more than 1,000 posts before registration day. For Toni Tsvetanova ’11, who is from Bulgaria, this was comforting. “I already have many virtual friends that I will soon meet in the fall,” she wrote on a discussion board. With the freshmen on campus, the Colby and Facebook forums have turned into discussions

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of classes and carpools. “Colby groups made it easy to meet peers and club members,” said Allison Siedel ’11, as she clicked “JOIN” on the Colby Women’s Tennis Facebook group. ——Alexandra Desaulniers ’11


Crocs Rock The Chronicle of Higher Education took note of an insideColby podcast and tracked down podcaster Martin Connelly ’08 for an interview about episode 16, where he explored “Colby’s Dress Code.” Among other interesting observations——of all the different types of clothing on campus, one crosses all social barriers: Crocs. Asked about his report, Connelly (whose Crocs are orange) told the Chronicle reporter: “They clash with everything.” Consequently, “You can wear them well with anything.”

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A rigorous training regimen and top finishes in running and Nordic skiing have earned Kathleen Maynard ’09 a reputation. While most Colby students spend their June mornings getting ready for work, internships, or trips to the beach, Kathleen Maynard ’09 kept a schedule that called for something a little different this past summer. By mid-morning Maynard and her teammates were gliding across the expansive glaciers that run among the peaks of the 10,000-foot mountains that make up the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon. The group spent hours “crust cruising”—skate skiing across the hardened surface of the snow. Such a beautiful setting makes Maynard forget she is in the midst of summer

style. It’s important to me because it’s something that I know I can excel at. I’ve seen how I can improve as I go along. I know I can do it, so I don’t want to ... let that potential go to waste.” Maynard has been Colby’s top female Nordic skier since she arrived freshman year. Head coach Tracey Cote had high hopes for the young standout, who placed 16th at the Junior Olympics before she came to Colby—and Maynard has delivered. Both her freshman and sophomore years she was a mere spot away from making the NCAA championships, according to Cote. “You’re compet-

driven people I know,” said Emma McLeavey-Weeder ’09, a friend. Growing up in New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley, Maynard skied downhill, not cross country. She became involved in Nordic skiing through a program at her elementary school. “I really wasn’t very excited about it,” she recalled. “I alpine skied on the weekends with my family and that was way more fun, I thought, and I was kind of like, ‘This is really hard and not fun, but they give us candy, so I’ll keep doing it.’” When she entered high school, Maynard “kind of randomly decided” to join the Nordic team, she

“This is really hard and not fun, but they give us candy, so I’ll keep doing it.” training, she said. “That’s one of the best parts about skiing. When you go to a new place it’s always exciting to experience new terrain. You see places that you wouldn’t see,” she said. Maynard is only halfway through her collegiate athletic career, but she has already earned a reputation on both the Nordic ski team and cross-country running team. This cardiovascular machine has delivered top-ten results race after race. Maynard is a strong runner (she picked it up to train for skiing, and in her freshman year she competed in the NCAA cross-country championships), but her passion is skiing. “Skiing has really molded my life-


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ing in Division I, and you’re competing against scholarship schools,” Cote said. “Missing things by a spot is nothing. If we were competing in Division III, she’d probably be the top girl.” When she isn’t out training on Colby’s many cross-country trails, Maynard logs a few extra miles traveling across campus, where she’s involved in many activities. She was a head resident her sophomore year, is active in the Outing Club, writes for the student newspaper, The Echo, and is a biology major and African studies minor. “Kathleen’s kind of a free spirit, a little bit crazy, but she’s one of the most hard-working and

said. She wasn’t a standout skier right away, and her enthusiasm waned as the challenge of practice did not. “Sophomore year I was still kind of like, ‘This is really hard ... what am I doing?’ People look at Nordic skiers and are like, ‘You guys are crazy.’ And they’re right. For the first couple years, you think you are crazy.” Crazy or not, Maynard stuck with it. With the encouragement and expertise of local coaches, she began intensifying her out-of-season training. “I just really got into it. I loved going out and training,” she said. “I very gradually improved every year.” Her junior year in high school, Maynard joined the cross-country

Photo courtesy of Kris Dobie ‘06

Story by Laurel Duggan ’09, Bartlett, New Hampshire

running team. “I’d played soccer the previous two years and I was like, ‘Oh my God, who would run for fun? What a ludicrous idea!’ My sister decided to do it, and I just made fun of her constantly that fall. Then, the next year, I decided to do it.” Maynard began to realize her talent for the sport and dedicated herself to it. Maynard’s senior year in high school was her breakout year in both sports. In skiing she consistently came in among the top five. “I had a really good season and that really made skiing a much bigger factor in everything,” she said. In the end, she applied early decision to Colby and officially became a Mule. Maynard has been unstoppable ever since. “Kathleen’s results are phenomenal. She came into Colby as a freshman placing for sure top fifteen, maybe even really close to top ten. For a freshman to do that, that’s really unusual,” explains coach Cote. This fall Maynard is studying in Dijon, France. She will brush up on her French and travel around Europe. One thing’s for sure though. She will not leave skiing behind. Maynard hopes to visit some more adventurous terrain—namely the French Alps and possibly some spots in Switzerland—during her time abroad. With that, a rigorous training schedule, and perhaps a few more candy bribes, she will indeed be a hot contender for NCAAs this coming season. iC

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School Spirit New leaders in Colby’s student government focus on creating a tighter campus community. Nicholas Cade ’08 and Jeffrey Mullins ’08 became president and vice president, respectively, of the Student Government Association’s executive board on the strength of a broad platform that emphasized organizing activities and bringing people together. Their efforts this year are focused on building a stronger Colby community. They hit the ground running with the September 15 Hill ’n the ’Ville Festival, aimed at improving town-gown rela-


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tions, which have sometimes been tense. Cade hoped to change that by inviting the two communities together for the festival, rather than waiting for a loud off-campus party to be the first interaction. “We want Colby students to really feel welcome in Waterville,” he said, “and also to understand that there’s a lot more than just Wal-Mart and bars here.” To that end, with the help of the local nonprofit Waterville Main Street, the executive board prepared for a day of student band performances, family events, ware-hawking, and more——all downtown.

Cade hopes that working on Colby’s traditions can improve school pride. He thinks some already in place, like the football team’s ringing of the Revere Bell to celebrate a win, can be made bigger and more inclusive. He also hopes that the attention paid to football and hockey can spread to other sports and to non-athletic endeavors like Colby’s debate team.

Photo courtesy of Colby Communications

SGA also plans to improve another sometimes tense relationship——between students and the Office of Security. One idea is to bring security officers into dorms for information sessions or self-defense classes. “Have them interact with the students on a personal level that isn’t a citation-related event,” Cade said. Also, in meetings of a new student-security advisory group, Cade hopes mistakes by both sides can be discussed relatively informally. The advisory group consists of SGA members, security personnel, and dormitory head residents——a mix Pitt lauded as an example of what SGA hopes to do this year. “I want to see … more networking between all the groups on campus.” He added that, in the dining halls, “You can see an athletes’ table, an international table, and another table of kids that just kind of sit at the same table every day. At the same time, we’re sitting in the same dining hall, we’re all part of the same community, but we can go all four years without really interacting.” For Cade’s executive board, fixing this——strengthening the Colby community——is the ultimate goal. iC For more information about the Student Government Association:

Colby’s Student Government Association (SGA) is divided into the Presidents’ Council (PC) and the executive board. PC consists of 26 dorm presidents and two representatives per class responsible for hearing and voicing their constituents’ concerns and crafting legislative motions (below) to address them. Dorm presidents are elected individually, class reps as paired tickets. The executive board is partially elected (a president-vice president ticket and a treasurer) and partially appointed by the SGA president (secretary, parliamentarian, and webmaster). Its main responsibilities are to present PC resolutions to Colby’s administration and work with staff toward their official implementation.

The Life of a Motion

1. Student has an idea about a campus issue s/he wants addressed and presents it to his/her dorm president. 2. Dorm president approaches exec board with tentative course of action. 3. Exec board identifies probable hurdles and suggests useful research. 4. Dorm president does research, talks to relevant staff. 5. Final motion submitted to secretary, who distributes it to PC a week before SGA’s next meeting. 6. All PC members consult their respective constituents to gauge student opinion concerning the issue. 7. At the meeting, the motion, likely recommending a course of action to one of the all-College committees (e.g. College Affairs, Multicultural Affairs), is debated by PC. 8. If PC votes to pass it, president and vice president lobby the appropriate College committee to place it on the agenda. 9. If the administration approves, the motion (or something like it) becomes official policy.

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They’re considering inventing some, too. The executive board and Presidents’ Council are working on a ColbyBowdoin-Bates Field Day to “engage all the students in a rivalry instead of just varsity sports teams,” according to SGA Secretary Joel Pitt ’09.

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Story by Kris Miranda ’09, Battle Creek, Michigan

This festival may become annual, but it’s not the kind of thing Cade and Mullins are referring to when they say “tradition”——another major piece of their platform. Rather, they mean student-centered events like Champagne on the Steps for seniors on the last day of classes. Last spring rumors that it would be cancelled sparked controversy and wider discussion about Colby’s sense of tradition. “We’ve been going back through old Echoes, we’ve been speaking with old alums, to try and get a sense of some [forgotten] traditions that we can help revitalize,” Cade said.

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3. Andrei Roman '08

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academia, developing skills and getting jumpstarts on their theses. Some even get published. Summer research is a unique opportunity—different from the research that students can do during regular semesters, when they have classes to go to, papers to write, tests to study for, clubs to meet with, events to attend, and, to be honest, parties to party at. But in the summer, it’s all about focus. Tatenda Mahlokozera ’09 took organic chemistry his freshman year, so he might have been considered advanced to begin with—but summer took him to the next level. “I love it because summer gives you more time to do research, and that’s when chemistry really makes sense, so it’s been a good experience for me,” he said. “It’s really useful to have lab skills like this, and it’s fun too.” Mahlokozera’s work, which he did for Associate Professor of Chemistry Dasan Thamattoor, involved analyzing reactions and blowing up compounds. This, he says, will eventually lead to a

Story by Martin Connelly ’08, Brunswick, Maine

Picture this: It’s summer in Maine, the sun is shining, the crisp water of the nearby lakes is beckoning ... and you’re in a lab or an office, with acting as your main connection to the outside world. Might not sound like an ideal way to spend the summer, but the fact is, a lot of people choose to spend their summer doing research. And they see it as a privilege, not a punishment. Last summer more than 70 students worked at Colby as research assistants on projects ranging from the obscure (fruit fly bristle genetics and compounds that make frogs smell froggy) to the esoteric (editing philosophy articles for clarity and expressiveness and researching the International Criminal Court’s African cases). What all the projects have in common is that they give students a deep understanding of an area of study. Research assistants (RAs) at Colby aren’t grunt workers or lowly number-crunchers. They are scholars making serious forays into better understanding of synthesis. It may sound ethereal, but he’s talking about building pharmaceuticals. Another student gaining real experience is Sandy Ma ’08, who hopes to pursue a career in museum science. She spent the summer working for Associate Professor of Art and East Asian Studies Ankeney Weitz, preparing materials for a seminar Weitz is teaching this fall. That class is working on putting up an exhibit of Chinese paintings in collaboration with Bowdoin College. This summer Ma went through all of the possible paintings and read extensively—in short, becoming an expert in her subject. She says that it has been exciting—and not just because the museum has air conditioning. Not only has she been able to work directly with the Colby and Bowdoin curators, but Ma is getting exposure too. She was invited to write an essay for the exhibition catalogue. “I think it’s just an opportunity, just an open door for me to have something published,” she said. “At the same time it’s

"For students intending to go on to graduate or professional school ... having such research experience is often necessary in order to be competitive at the best programs." Ed Yeterian, Dean of Faculty

On the cutting edge of chemical synthesis, Tatenda Mahlokozera ’09 makes safety glasses look stylish.


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just great practice to collaborate with a museum.” Practice, says Dean of Faculty Ed Yeterian, is an important part of summer research. “For students who may be interested in a research career,” he wrote in an e-mail, “getting involved in research during their undergrad years is a great way to see if this is something that appeals to them. For students intending to go on to graduate or professional school,” he continued, “having such research experience is often necessary in order to be competitive at the best programs.” Students’ motivation for spending the summer doing research varies. For some, the work may not be directly related to their field, but it still gives them useful experience. Neither Lisa Portis ’09 nor Brent Vickey Aigler ’08 plans to focus on water chemistry from an environmental studies standpoint, but that didn’t stop them from helping Professor David Firmage prepare a data set about water quality in Long Pond. Aigler, a geology major, hopes to work in hydrogeology or urban water management and said that this experience was related. For Portis, the research skills and chemistry base she picked up over the summer will help when she pursues a career in marine biology. The ability to make a contribution to the community also motivated Portis. “Every time we come out of the pond there are all these people on the dock saying, ‘How does it look, how does it look?’ So many people,

Sandy Ma ’08 takes notes about a Chinese painting in the Colby museum archives.

"It's been quite challenging and time consuming, but it has been a very rewarding experience. I had the opportunity of actually engaging in research that I feel matters." —Andrei Roman ’08 their lives surround this lake, and the quality of it is really important to them, so I feel a sense of reward from that.” Given that most summer researchers are rising seniors, these students have senior theses on their minds. Walter Campbell ’08 worked for Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Richardson. In addition to helping Richardson complete his research, Campbell was able to try a few different research methods in preparation for his senior thesis. “Part of my research this summer was ... figuring out what my senior thesis will be,” he said. And for those who plan on continuing down the path towards a Ph.D., summer is not only a time to develop crucial skills and iron out thesis details. It is a time to begin establishing a reputation in a given field. Andrei Roman ’08 spent his summer working with Assistant Professor of Economics Phil Brown on four different projects, from a study of rural Chinese health insurance to inequality in Chile.

His office isn’t much to look at, but Andrei Roman ’08 is doing real work with policy implications from China to Chile.

Brown is known as one of the more demanding professors on campus. “It’s been quite challenging and time consuming, but it has been a very rewarding experience. I had the opportunity of actually engaging in research that I feel matters,” Roman said. Given that Roman hopes to attend graduate school for economics and public policy, now seems a good time to start publishing. He plans to continue the health-care research over this year for a senior thesis, and he hopes to coauthor a paper with Brown on the impact of health insurance schemes on migrant workers. “I might coauthor an article with Professor [Ariel] Armony [government] as well, so it’s going to be intense,” he said. Brown, who has had around a dozen research assistants in his four years at Colby, says that coauthoring with students is reasonably common in the Economics Department, but not every project will lead to publication. “I think that the expectation that you’re going to publish is a pretty tall order, because, after all, most of us spend our lives trying to publish and are only sometimes successful,” he said. Still, students are eager, and Brown calls his work with RAs a revealed preference. “I work with RAs not because I have to, but because I want to—because I’ve had a very good experience with them.” Talk about a win-win. iC

Lisa Portis ’09 works with water samples in her lab after collecting data out on the lake.

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Q&A Andrea TildEn

Merrill Associate Professor of Biology How is your research contributing to the bigger picture in neurobiology? It contributes to the question of how, in general, the brain functions. ... My part of it is looking at how memories may be formed. I am also looking at how the brain’s activity changes between day and night.

So that’s why you chose to work on crustaceans over other kinds of animals? Yes. And it turns out that their brain cells function almost identically to human brain cells anyway, so we can make direct translations to what we are doing and what’s happening in human brains.


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Photo by Ling Zhu ‘09

You have been working on crustaceans. Can you tell us a little bit about that? ... What we study is how brain cells work. We use crustacean brain cells as a model for biomedical studies because it is a lot easier to get at a crustacean brain than it is a mouse brain or human brain. You can get cells out of the brain and you can find the same spots over and over again and you can do that much more easily than you can with a vertebrate brain. Plus, the cells stay alive longer, so you can do a lot of experiments with them that translate to things that happen in human brains.

as seasonal rhythms. So I studied snakes for many years and initially I was studying reproduction. But I started becoming more interested in how melatonin is creating that signal ... and that has led us to the brain study that we are doing now.

What is so interesting about how brain cells work? One of the things that I study is the hormone melatonin, which controls daily rhythms ... in us and in a lot of animals. Wait, what are daily rhythms? Every day you have different patterns and cycles of all things in your body. For example, your temperature goes up in the day and it goes down at night. Your brain activity is high in the day and it changes at night, particularly when you are sleeping. Your metabolism changes from day to night. So almost everything in you changes between day and night. Melatonin is a hormone made by your brain that helps to tell you that it is nighttime. We make it at night and it causes the cells to change their activity toward the nighttime levels. Why are you interested in these daily rhythms? I started studying melatonin back in graduate school. At that time I was interested in snakes and in how snakes know when to reproduce. That’s also controlled by melatonin, which controls daily as well

Can you give an example of interesting research that students are doing? One student is studying the role of melatonin on the formations of connections between brain cells. ... This is a project she developed on her own after working with me for a summer. ... In fact, these studies have another biomedical focus, which is neurodegenerative diseases. When cells make the connections, they don’t always do a good job. ... Some neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, are sometimes a result of the brain cells not being able to make appropriate connections. ... A lot of students, especially those who are interested in going on to medical schools or graduate schools, are very interested in the biomedical aspects of what they are doing. What brought you to Colby? ... I always knew that I wanted to teach at a liberal arts college. I went to a liberal arts college and really loved the environment and I liked the lifestyle. ... As I’ve said before, teaching is the highest priority and that’s what I enjoyed doing the most. I wanted to be at an institution where teaching is valued and where the research is also valuable but involves the students. I am from Maine, so it’s been a perfect transition for me to be at Colby. I do miss the city, but being from Maine I am used to the quiet pace of things here. Colby is just such a small community and there are lots of opportunities on campus to do things and to interact with students. iC

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Majors: Economics & English

Is there a particular kind of crustacean that you use most often in labs? Yes, the fiddler crabs. I also study other crustaceans like lobsters and other crabs, but the fiddler crabs are easy to get. We order them from Florida. They are hardy and their cells last a long time.

Interview by Po Yin Wong ’10, Hong Kong, China

What role does research play in your work at Colby? For me the research is really an extension of the teaching, because the students do most of the work. I show them how to do it. I give them a basic idea of what we are studying in the lab and what we are interested in. And then I let them make decisions about what particular aspect of the research interests them. They sometimes come up with really great ideas of their own. ... Teaching is a first priority here and so I like to include students in the research because that’s an important part of learning how to do biology.


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Just My Opinion

Dirty Laundry These days I can’t seem to grasp how life is moving so quickly into the unknown. I have arrived at the landmark age of 18 and am preparing for my first year of college this fall. I am technically an adult, who, according to the law, is able to smoke, elope, and gamble—but who doesn’t even know how to do her own laundry. The anxiety of starting college is caused by so many things. Certainly, being away from home in an unfamiliar setting is one. But that in itself can’t cause the rush of emotions. It could be the idea of living in Lobster Land for the next four years or being the school’s only part-Apache part-Jewish Native-American Caucasian with the namesake Big Foot Goldstein.

Essay by Sharon Jeon ’11, Queens, N.Y.

Compounding these petty dilemmas are actual serious concerns such as: if you really do separate whites, colors, and delicates, then which category does a patriotic striped sock fall under? I’ve realized that being 18 does not mean anything, as I possess as much wit and charm as a 12-year-old girl who depends on her family to do her dirty work. Furthermore, there’s the dizzying deluge of information that freshmen receive, everything from health forms (in case a resurgent strain of polio finds itself in the dorms) to filling out numerous surveys about “Why You Chose Colby.” College presents a unique worry. It’s the idea that most of us will be changed and different people by the time we graduate. Deliberating between bringing a rice cooker and a George Foreman grill will actually shape my personality. In a way, higher education is the most expensive therapy session that exists in contemporary society. College is the first frightening confrontation with the notion that I am slowly letting sand slip through the hourglass and will have to face life on my own in another four years. I see it as a steppingstone into the real world, where RAs, professors, and counselors won’t be readily available to help me just because I’m young and privileged. My anxieties, hopes, and fears are the result of letting go of what I know after living in a sheltered cocoon of public schooling in the city. As I grasp onto Colby, I pray to dear G-d that I will be okay—and that the colors of my socks won’t run together. iC

Illustration photos by Megan Lehmann ’08

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Major: Undecided

I have bitten my nails down to the cuticle wondering which color comforter to choose and if I’m politically correct enough to attend a liberal arts college. Hailing from New York City, I have been unable to fathom the idea that I will be relegated to a tundra in the midst of trees and lakes sans pollution. How can I possibly survive without the constant beeping of taxi cars with drivers cursing in Farsi or the lovely clouds of smog and tobacco that take residence in my lungs?

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 52 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.

Majors 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-A.C.S. 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-Mathematics Economics: Public Policy English Environmental Studies: Policy Environmental Studies: Science French Studies

Geology Geoscience German Studies Government History International Studies Latin American Studies Mathematics Mathematical Sciences 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

Selected Minors Administrative Science African-American Studies African Studies

Chinese Creative Writing Education

Education: Professional Certification Environmental Education Environmental Studies

German Human Development Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

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.


Italian Studies Japanese Jewish Studies

Student Life The pace of life at Colby is brisk, 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 I-Play 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 learning 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 Bulgarian Club 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 I-Play (intramural sports) 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

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

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

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 Basketball Crew Cross Country Field Hockey Golf (coed) Ice Hockey

Indoor Track Lacrosse Nordic Skiing Outdoor Track Soccer Softball Squash

Swimming Tennis Volleyball Badminton* Cycling* Equestrian* Fencing*

Figure Skating* Rugby* Sailing* Ultimate Frisbee* Water Polo* Woodsmen*

Men’s Sports Alpine Skiing Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Football Golf (coed)

Ice Hockey Indoor Track Lacrosse Nordic Skiing Outdoor Track Soccer Squash

Swimming Tennis Badminton* Cycling* Equestrian* Fencing* Figure Skating*

Rugby* Sailing* Ultimate Frisbee* Volleyball* Water Polo* Woodsmen* *Club Sports


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. Interested students should take the College Board Advanced Placement Tests and have the results submitted to Colby for evaluation. Scoring 4 or 5 on these examinations typically results in credit from Colby. Scores of 3 are evaluated by individual academic departments and credit may be awarded. Students who earn between 16 and 31 hours of advanced placement credit may use that credit to count toward one of the eight required full-time semesters for graduation. Students who earn 32 hours or more may count those credits toward two semesters of the eight-semester requirement.

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 recognizes the International Baccalaureate and offers advanced placement and credit based on individual Higher Level examination results as well as performance on the full IB Diploma program. Students who receive a 6 or 7 on Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations, or 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 credit and advanced placement. A full year of credit may be earned for an IB diploma point total of 36 or better, assuming all examination scores are 5 or better.

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 students admitted to the College 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, loans, 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 by the College and may be adjusted to reflect changes in family circumstances and College charges. The standard semester payment plan requires payment in August for the first semester and in January for the second semester. Families may choose to spread payments over 10 months through TuitionPay, a program administered by Sallie Mae. This plan offers life benefit coverage to the payee at no cost and requires a small initial fee in addition to payment of 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 2006-2007, Colby awarded more than $24 million in grants, loans, and campus employment. The financial aid application process is both comprehensive and personal and results in offers of aid that are tailored to the financial circumstances of each student and family. Families who wish to apply for financial aid are asked to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

by February 1 and either the College Scholarship Service Profile form or the Colby Financial Aid Application by the appropriate dates (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; the Colby application may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or the Colby Web site. 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

Federal Stafford Loans are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents and carry variable interest rates. Although most students are eligible to borrow through the Stafford Loan program, only need-based loans are subsidized by the federal government. Subsidized Stafford Loans require no payment while the student is enrolled in college. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans require payment of interest during the enrollment period. Stafford Loans are limited to $2,625 for first-year students, $3,500 for sophomores, and $5,500 for juniors and seniors, and they carry a fixed 6.8-percent interest rate. Federal Perkins Loans carry a 5-percent interest rate and payment terms similar to the Stafford Loans. The Federal PLUS Loan Program for parents is also available through many colleges. 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 mid-January on weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on 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


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