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The Medicine Game

Last night, the lacrosse team and Professor Dan Tortora hosted a viewing of the movie “The Medicine Game”. The film follows the life of two of the Thompson brothers in the Onondaga Nation as they seek to play lacrosse at Syracuse University.

If you are familiar with lacrosse, you probably know of the two younger Thompson brothers who were co-winners of the Tewaarton Trophy for best lacrosse player. This film includes them, but focuses on the two older brothers’ journey towards playing at Syracuse. However, the film is not just limited to lacrosse, but to what it means to be a Native American lacrosse player and the obstacles that lay in the path of a college education.

The two brothers, Hiana and Jeremy encounter a multitude of obstacles living on their reservation. When they transfer into the American public school system, they are years behind and cannot read or write in English. Even as they catch up, they do not have the SAT scores to attend Syracuse and must attend Onondaga Community College after they graduate. Hiana ends up not finishing and Jeremy takes three years to finally get to Syracuse, struggling with alcoholism for a short time.

Through the grim outlook that this film offers, our team got a chance to see how lacrosse is doing in the very place that it originated. Unfortunately, life on a reservation is not generous to those who may wish to play lacrosse outside the reservation and at the same time, there is a giant culture clash. Their way of life represented in their traditions, culture and status within America, appears to not mesh neatly with the modern day American lifestyle.

This documentary does a good job of opening up the issues that arise between reservations and modern-day America. As lacrosse has become such a massive game over the past thirty years, hopefully filming these issues through the lens of lacrosse will help it gain a wide audience. Check out more here: http://themedicinegame.com/

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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An Oak Fellow Lecture

There are many cliché phrases about college and this is one of them: “I wish I had attended more lectures when I was still in school.” And like many cliché conversations about clichés, it happens to be true. While I heard this phrase from someone who’s son went somewhere long before I came to school, I unfortunately forgot it until the other night. My girlfriend’s professor had said it to her in class, and as I was not planning on going to a lecture, but instead to pub night, my girlfriend used the phrase convincingly enough that I realized she was right.

While I may have gone a bit begrudgingly, like many things in life, once I heard the talk, I was glad I went. The speaker was a lady from Uganda named Clare Byarugaba. Her speech, which follows from her line of work was Combating Homophobia: The Struggle Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law. During her talk, she discussed what it is like to be LGBT in Uganda and how homophobia has become an institutionalized aspect of Uganda itself. Her story was pretty incredible. Besides facing discrimination for being homosexual, she has faced scrutiny, violence and outright rejection.

However, she is now at Colby as the 2014 Oak Fellow for Human Rights, so the attendees of her talk were able to hear her story. Each year, Colby has one person who is doing unbelievable good in the world for human rights and this year, Clare was named the fellow. The Oak Fellow teaches, gives talks and does research during his or her time at Colby. And luckily, I got to see Clare talk about her story and the work she is doing. I’m happy I didn’t pass up the chance to see her speak.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Mayflower Hill Capital

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Outside of being a student, playing lacrosse and writing for insideColby, I have just enough time for a few other commitments. One of these is Mayflower Hill Capital. Started by Andy Vandenberg in his junior year at Colby, Mayflower Hill Capital (MHC) is a student run investment fund. The goal of the club is to learn how to invest by actually doing it. While taking classes on the economy, government, finance and business is great to understand frameworks, MHC gives its twenty members a chance to gain practical experience in investing.

Upon joining the club, members must buy a share and become a partner. Each week, we meet for an hour in which we have a market update and then a stock pitch. Whoever is pitching must send out a one page stock summary before presenting so everyone can gain a sense of the stock and check the company out. There is a standard PowerPoint presentation given, questions are asked and then the club decides whether to purchase a given company. In order to acquire the stock it must pass with a 66% percent approval. If passed, we set parameters on the stock and then it goes into our E-trade account the next morning. Once a stock is passed, the member who pitched the stock must remain up to date and give us weekly updates on how the stock is doing until we decide to sell.

Our investment thesis splits sixty-five percent of our portfolio into medium to long term opportunistic holdings in market leaders while thirty-five percent of our assets are invested in riskier investments that we think have a chance for large growth opportunities. While we are obviously all still in college and by no means market gurus, we are gaining hands on experience by looking at diversified assets and actually pitching stocks. The whole point of the club is to really gain fundamentals and serious interest in investing, so regardless of whether a stock does well or poorly we continue to learn as individuals and as a group.

The club is now entering its second year and we have had our first turnover in leadership. As we continue into the fall we will accept new members through an interview process. I’ll be in for one more year and then sell my shares to a new member. Hopefully the club continues to grow, and while we have no more meetings this semester, I’m looking forward to next fall already.

For more information check out www.mayflowerhillcapital.com

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Home away from Home — Dinner at Cito’s

It is tough to start college, and being in a new country does not make it any better. However, Cito Cruz knows the best way to cure homesickness is through the stomach. Every Friday, Cruz and his wife, Sue, will make enough home-cooked food to feed fifty , and drives international students and their friends to his home for a big meal. Some students will be deep in conversation and enjoying chicken teriyaki and miso soup, while others are playing games and laughing out loud. “There’s something about the house gives it a very homely atmosphere” explained Cruz.

Students know their ways around Cruz’s house; they would pull out the foldable table and chairs one they arrived, Cruz’s three-legged dog would be greeted and stroked; she had a content expressions that say, “Welcome back, old friends.” “Ladies first!” Cruz would shout when the food is ready, and students would hurry and grab the plates and folk and eagerly wait in line.

Cruz, who have been hosting these dinners around the world for more than thirty years, knows how tough it being an international student can be. “I was a foreign student myself long ago; nothing compares to [the crave of] food, hot sauce and rice.” Cruz was also in a host family, like many of Colby’s international students. His host family once drove 150 miles to take care of Cruz, who literally got sick from missing home; back then, a letter took at least two weeks to reach his family, and making a phone call was expensive. Cruz’s host family gave him the master bedroom and slept in the basement for a week. He loved his host family, and decided to share the same kindness with Colby’s international students. He became a host family when his family moved to Maine because of his wife’s career, and also because of his intentions to write and publishes books. He brought a house by a lake; one of his main considerations when he brought the house was that it needed to be big enough to accommodate the students he would invite.

Being a faithful Christian, Cruz see his actions as his devotion to God, which prompt him to love his neighbors as his own; also, with his children all off to college, cooking for the student is just like cooking for his children  once again.

“There’s something about food that bonds people together,” said Cruz. In Cruz’s house, you can see international students and American students working together to win a game of Pictionary. “For the international students, it [international dinner] makes them easier to simulate into the American culture; for the American students, it raises their awareness of other cultures,” said Cruz.

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Beating Bowdoin

One of the perks of a Colby education is beating Bowdoin. As a junior I’ve been able to personally be a part of the occurrence two times out of three. Last night was the third, at Bowdoin, 11-7. Big win for the Mules, the Boys, the family back at home. And most importantly the fans.

Last time we beat Bowdoin, it was at home and it was a great feeling. But last night was probably the last time I’ll play at Bowdoin, so winning in the pouring rain was the way to do it. Unfortunately, we’d been coming off a string of tough losses, but when we’re venturing down to Brunswick, it’s not hard to get psyched up on the way down.

The game was pretty even for the first half at 4-4. And I’m not a sportswriter, but the Mules came flying out in the second half like we’d accidentally ended up in the Preakness. The momentum was unstoppable and when the skies parted and the clouds cleared, we stood victorious on the only other Astroturf field in the NESCAC besides our very own Bill Alfond field.

After chatting with the fans and the family, we made our way into the hockey arena where our locker room was and sang our alma mater inside the rink. Top notch day.

One more win against Bates and we’ll get the CBB (Colby Bates Bowdoin). Whichever team beats both other teams gets this honor. To my knowledge, it’s been at least five years since any one of our three teams have been able to do so. For now just know it’s a great time beating Bowdoin. And it’ll be an even better time beating Bates.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Spring Break

After an 11 hour bus ride, I’ve never been quite so happy to see exit 127 in all my life. The lacrosse team has just returned from its spring break trip to the greater Baltimore region. We just spent the past week making our way down to Annapolis and finally have made our way back.

Our first stop for Spring break was Connecticut College for a game Saturday and then we hopped right back on our coach bus for another five-hour drive down south. Or, at least south compared to Waterville or New London. Granted, the weather wasn’t too much warmer than we’re used to, but the change of scenery was great.

We visited the area surrounding The Naval Academy, practiced at The Severn School, went to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and played at Johns Hopkins. But most importantly we had a lot of time to decompress. The second season starts free time becomes fairly nonexistent, so having no class or homework to do is a serious weight off the shoulders.

If you’re a spring athlete, you probably already know what this is like, but I don’t think I’ve had a non-sports related spring break in about 6 years. That’s just the way it is. There are some sacrifices to be made, but getting to road trip with the team is definitely worth it.

Of course, it’s always great to get closer to school and see the snow piles stacked up around the field. It wouldn’t be almost April in Maine if the snow wasn’t still here.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Trials and Tribulations

It’s Doghead Eve and I’m in the library. Lax season. I’ve never been to a Doghead personally, so I can only speak from impersonal experience.  I hear it’s pretty sweet.

If you’re a spring athlete, this is your Friday night before exam season. The only difference between us and the rest of the population tomorrow afternoon is that our dehydration comes from us having spent two hours on the field. And that is why we play. I suppose the biggest party of the year would be fun to go to, but even D3 sports involve sacrifices. I think we’re all fine with that. But if you’re not a spring athlete, there’s quite a bit of fun to be had.

So for those who don’t play, and this is all hearsay of course, but here goes: 10 pm is usually too early. This is no normal Friday night. It’s best to wait until past midnight to begin your festivities. From then until sunrise people wander, enjoy the reverie and well, I don’t quite know. But then before the sun begins its ascent over the Colby quad, most everyone on campus gathers on the steps of Miller library to watch the sunrise.

Post-this, breakfast is served in Dana. Some people can’t handle anymore and head in, but the festivities carry into the day, at least for those brave souls. Around midday, fatigue sets in, beds become welcoming and we spring athletes take the field.

 

 

 

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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On Billy A

With lacrosse season in full swing, some people might be wondering what it’s like to be an outdoor athlete here. There are days we can play outside, but there are also a lot of days we have to play indoors or practice half and half.

For men and women’s lacrosse we only have one field to play on despite the other turf field. The astro turf might be a bit wearing on the knees, but it is an advantage for our home games. Similarly, when it is too cold to play we play in the field house or have to do some drills on the basketball court. Hopefully, one day we’ll have turf in our field house, but for now we can just visit the museum.

Luckily, we aren’t the baseball team though. They play on grass, so their outdoor season doesn’t start for quite a while after ours. Perspective counts.

Other than the weather and field restraints, being an outdoor athlete requires warmth. We wear a lot of sweats, but 40 degrees is nice and toasty. Plus, your body learns to adapt – and playing in the snow is pretty cool.

Because it’s cold all the time, we have to use the training room quite a bit. Whether it’s rolling out, getting some therapy or massage from the trainers or taking an ice bath, we have to be recovered and recuperated to deal with the cold we play in.

If it all works out, the weather is warm enough and we get to play outdoors – it’s marvelous. When you get the top of the hill, there’s nothing like a day up on Billy A. Nothing else I need to say.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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Snowed In — Part 1: the adventures

Ah, snow.

When I am old and wrinkly, I will fondly remember Colby as the snow covered wonderland where students built snowman in JanPlan and little cardboard red hearts on Valentine. I will remember the warmth of hot chocolate on the Street, and tiny snowflakes that covered the roofs like powdered sugar on ginger bread houses. For now, I will struggle through the knee deep sludge to class while avoiding the icy slopes of death.

Colby is covered in snow around five months of the year. When spring rolls around, there will still be stubborn mounds of snow that has been seasoned to rock-hard ice bricks, refusing to melt away, as if judging your willingness to shed the large puffy coats and wearing sleeveless.

With snow comes lots of fun activities. I have heard tales of cross-country skiing (I have no clue what that is), sledding (it counts when I did it with lunch trays, right?), snow shoeing (that just sounds like what I do everyday to school, but made fancy), and (normal? regular?) skiing. Fun fact: I did skied once and it was amusing when you get the gist of it; when I was learning and skiing down the slope with the speed of a turtle fearing for a icy death, it was amusing to others. Especially the kids.

Being less of an outdoorsy person, I enjoy quieter, less deadly activities. I love going to Boston on the weekends to have hotpot in Chinatown with my friends; there is something soothing seeing beef and veggies and tofu and seafood bubbling in a delicious stew. Since it turns dark at around 5:00pm during the cold months, I usually could not fight the urge to curl up on my comfy chair (which I got in the Rescue Sale for $8) and read while nursing a hot cup of tea. Hot beverages are the God’s reward for freezing cold, so I indulge in hot chai, apple cider, coffee, tea, matcha latte, and everything else.

One of my favorite things to do is to take a hot mug of tea and walk to the bench in front of the Alumni Center in the middle of the night. Staring at the blue light of Miller reminds me of the beauty of Mayflower Hill, and memories over four years in Colby.

The second semester is always busy for me; I tend to overestimate my ability, or I like to think that  I am inherently a daredevil who loves a challenge. There are many sleepless nights, so perhaps my favorite winter moments are sitting in front of Runnals after a long night and watching the sky turns from Indian ink blue, to a rich royal purple, a fiery red, tangerine, and finally a crisp blue of a winter morning. The bird chimes and another Colby morning has broken, bringing another day of adventures.

 

 

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Dawn at Dawn

 

January is finally cooling down and preseason is finally heating up. We’re three weeks into Jan Plan and three weeks away from the start of our season. Lacrosse officially begins February 15, but Jan Plan is the perfect time to amplify the training.

In the fall, we have captain’s practice twice a week, lifts, and some speed and agility type classes. But the second Jan Plan starts, things really get going. We have a lift three days a week. Two speed classes. Three practices. One work capacity. Things get a little hectic. The legs feel like a pair of cinderblocks. By the end of Jan Plan we’ll be well-oiled machines. Division III athletes ready to practice and play in sub-freezing temperatures.

Today itself marks the end of an era. Dawn, our absolute legend of a trainer, hosted the class of 2014’s last work capacity class. The session is usually filled with men and women’s spring sports looking to raise their lactic acid tolerance. Some might call the class a doozy, we just call it Dawn. It consists of several high intensity work stations paired with sprints. Each section has three 30 second components and we get a water break every once in a while.

I may still have another year of Dawn workouts left, but today, the spring sport seniors finished up with a couple of enjoyable relay sprints. Finishing a class is always rewarding. Finishing a career of work capacity classes must feel great. Friday afternoons are always tough, but they’re a great way to finish the week and of course, we always make sure to say thank you.

So here’s to Dawn and the end of work capacity. Until next fall.

About Jeb Waters

I'm a philosophy major and administrative science minor from Hancock, Maine. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, am the director of operations of the student-run investment fund Mayflower Hill Capital, and I run the school's satire paper. This summer, I worked in business development for my family's artisan jam company, Blueberet.
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