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Spending my spring break in New York City!

The spring break came at the right time, I seriously need a break after all mid-terms, papers and rehearsals.

First of all, congratulations, class of 2019!! I am very excited to meet you! and I can’t believe I will be sophomore in few months…Still remember last year, I was still deciding where I should go, and I guess I made the right decision! :)

I can’t really use words to describe how I get refreshed in this spring break. I spent most of my time meeting up my high school friends and Colby friends in Manhattan, I got Asian food almost every meal, and I get back the feeling of being a ‘city girl’.

Perhaps growing up in a small business city has a big influence on me. I am very used to busy and efficient schedule, hectic life, and having public transportation that literally brings you wherever you want to go. Going to Colby College really offers me another way of living. Take it slow. Chill.

But something that I miss the most is the convenient transportation and the variety of  food and activities. When I am stressed out or I need a break, I usually meet my old friends up and have a great meal. Here in Colby, I need to develop a new way to give myself a break! Haha, I don’t play basketball that often in Hong Kong but since I can’t go out of campus all the time, playing basketball become my new habit.

Here are some photos of NYC, the more I look at the photos, the more I miss home-Hong Kong.

About Stephanie

I am a freshman at Colby College, originally from Hong Kong. For the last two years of high school, I studied at Li Po Chun United World College (LPCUWC). I am very interested in economics and economic policy. Presumably, it will be my major. Living in a business hub since I was born, I am always very curious about how international and local businesses find opportunities in a tiny city. Music is very important in my life, too. I have been playing piano since I was four and I also play the clarinet. I wish to learn Jazz piano at Colby and the professors here are amazing.
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Unlimited Swipes = Unlimited Fun

At the start of this semester, Colby instituted a new policy regarding dining hall usage, a little something we like to call “unlimited swipes.” Before unlimited swipes, you were only allowed to swipe your card 3 times a day, once during each respective meal time (7 a.m. – 10 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. lunch, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (or 9 p.m. in Dana) dinner). Now, however, life is even better as we are allowed to swipe our cards as many times a day as we wish in all of the dining halls.

The unlimited swipes policy is great for many reasons. One is that it allows you to go into the dining hall to just grab a snack like an apple or a banana when you’re on the go. I live in Foss, so for me having unlimited swipes is especially great – it’s like being at home and being able to venture into the kitchen for some food whenever you want. Pretty awesome.

Another great thing about unlimited swipes is that you are never locked into eating at the dining hall that you initially choose to eat in. For instance, if you swiped in at Dana, only to then hear that it’s Flatbread Pizza Bar night in Bob’s, you can just grab some carrots with the delicious hummus that they serve in Dana every day, and then happily head over to Bob’s for some pizza. Also, unlimited swipes allows you to swipe into the dining hall simply to go be social and hang out with your friends, even if you’ve already eaten. And lastly, unlimited swipes means that late-night ice cream in Dana is always an option.

Along with instituting the unlimited swipes policy, Colby also made a change to dining hall hours so that there is at least one dining hall open at all times of the day, so that students never go hungry :) . Dana and Bob’s are open for breakfast each weekday until 10 a.m., then Foss is open for continental breakfast from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., all dining halls are open for lunch until 2 p.m., and then Dana is open from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for light lunch and snacks before all of the dining halls open back up at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Ask any student and they will tell you that the unlimited swipes policy makes them very happy. Students had been requesting that Colby implement such a policy for awhile, and it’s really nice to know that our voices are heard and changes are being made every day to make Colby an even better place to go to school.

^Homemade peanut butter in Foss = :)

Dinners in Foss are delicious and unique, always with an interesting international flair.

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins… my favorite. <3

About Katie

I’m Katie and I’m from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I'm a freshman, I live in Foss, and I love Colby! I am currently considering double majoring in Spanish and education. Some of my favorite things include: acting, singing, playing the piano, writing, fuzzy socks, chai lattes, lying in the grass, Broadway show tunes, Jane Austen, hedgehogs, TedTalks, baby animals, Gilmore Girls reruns, blue Freeze Pops, the ocean, and hugs. I’m so excited to continue my adventures here at Colby and share them with you all.
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Mainely Exploring

Maine is a beautiful place and Colby offers many opportunities for exploration. There is the Colby Outing Club that goes camping, hiking, snowshoeing, all types of exercise activities in the great outdoors! They visit many mountains, local trails, even Acadia National Park! All of these things are grand, but there are adventures to be had even more locally. Waterville has many hidden gems that people neglect and I would like to spotlight some of them.

As a member of the Mainely Exploring Committee in SPB, we endeavor to build a connection between Colby students and the Waterville/Maine community. We hold events such as trips to Portland (a trip to Camden is in the works!) and bringing delicious goodies onto campus. My favorite has been gelato from Gelato Fiasco, a local Maine-only business founded in Portland with another branch in Brunswick. Hopefully, by bringing businesses on campus we can not only support local shops, but also introduce Colby students to a world outside of Mayflower Hill. Speaking of which….HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!! How does this relate? Today, SPB celebrated St. Patrick’s Dat by providing free (the best kind) goodies from Acadia Cakes and Selah Tea. These are two local businesses, Selah Tea which is on Main Street and Acadia Cakes which is actually co-founded by a woman who works in Admissions! Small world. One of the things I love about Colby. Everyone knows everyone in maybe just 2 degrees of separation.

After this wonderful event filled with chocolate whoopie pies with mint filling, green macaroons, brownies, cookies, green sparkling cupcakes, lemon bars, coffee, and hot cocoa I ended up heading back to Main Street to study at Selah Tea. Many students enjoy relaxing in the homey environment while enjoying some quality food. I rode the Jitney down, ordered a scrumptious salad, and began working intently on completing applications for summer internships (I know it’s late….I don’t want to talk about it). It was a marvelous time getting away from campus for a bit but still seeing familiar faces around and I think people should do this more often! There are so many great things just a few minutes from campus to enjoy and explore if you just take the time to find it.

About Anh Uong

My name is Anh (yes it is very hard to pronounce). I am now a sophomore in AMS (sweetest dorm on campus) still ready to take on the world. Traveling from the far reaches of Massachusetts, I have really enjoyed Maine and the beautiful landscape that accompanies it. I am interested in everything from math to writing, which makes selecting a major difficult, but that's why I am here at a liberal arts college. Recently I have decided on majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies. Around campus, I can be spotted with a ukulele, a stack of notebooks, and a smile.
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The Extraordinary Fun of Doghead

Doghead is the name for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration that takes place the weekend before Spring Break. The tradition is to stay up the whole night and then watch the sunrise from the steps of Miller Library. It can get a little crazy, but mostly it’s just a whole lot of fun.

My favorite part of the night was Mr. Colby, a competition for the most eligible bachelor in the senior class. People sang songs, lip-synched to “Let It Go,” and just generally frolicked around stage. It was so much fun. The costumes were rather ridiculous, in keeping with the event’s atmosphere.

The three highest scoring bachelors received sashes designating their rank. In third place was Mr. Bowdoin, in second place was Mr. Bates, and in first place was, of course, Mr. Colby. This may not be how U.S. News and World Report ranks us, but it’s how it should be.

The sunrise was beautiful, and there was such a sense of community. Almost the whole school was huddled together, singing songs and watching fireworks. One of my friends is from Thailand, and he was very confused by the whole holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, and what on earth it had to do with the patriotic, pro-American songs we were singing. Truth be told, I wasn’t too sure either. St. Patty’s has morphed into a very different holiday than St. Patrick could have ever imagined.

About Catherine

Hi. My name is Catherine and I'm a sophomore English major, currently enjoying my first year at Colby. I was born and raised in Berwick, Maine, an exotic little town near the New Hampshire border. I am involved in Let's Get Ready, which provides free SAT prep for local high school students, and Inklings Magazine, which is a literary journal here at Colby. Like all English majors, I enjoy reading and writing, and Virginia Woolf. A hobby more specific to myself is that every Christmas I spend far too much time making elaborate snowflakes. It is a very seasonal form of artistic expression, but it is also, unfortunately, the only one in which I have any talent. Thanks for reading.
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Your Library: Insider Secrets Edition

 

Navigating the Miller library scene can be tricky. It involves a lot of insider knowledge.

Where are the best comfy chairs? (First floor, for sure.) What printer is actually working today? (Miller LB127 3.) Why is that girl giving me the death stare for opening my bag of chips? (You must be on the third floor.) Where should my English group go to write our paper? (Try the street.) How early do I need to start lining up for Cookie Night during finals? (At least an hour and a half, if not earlier.)

Seem overwhelming?! Don’t worry – you’ll get the hang of it quickly.

 

Here is the break down on the 4 floors:

  • The Street: noisy, group work, great for telephone calls, vending machines, Cookie Night location, a meet-and-greet kind of place
  • First Floor: printers, comfy chairs, staplers and hole punchers, big tables for group work, relatively loud
  • Second Floor: Writer’s Center (peer help with paper editing and creation), group study tables, a little quieter than First Floor, large 5-6 person study rooms
  • Third Floor: endless cubes for individual study, small tables, very quiet, only whispering allowed

 

My favorite spot is probably the third floor because its super quiet any time of the day. I can always get the most done there and get out of the library as soon as possible, which maximizes my Netflix time. I’m also a big fan of the Reading Room on the first floor, which is slightly separate from the openness of the First Floor. The Reading Room has books and magazines lining the walls and huuuge tables for individual and group studying. It’s really relaxing.

I’m actually sitting in the Reading Room right now writing this post and sipping on a light roast coffee with lots of Splenda. I should probably start some homework, sometime, soon, maybe…

 

Miller library

About Meg

Before moving to "The Hill," I grew up in the quiet farm town of Princeton, Mass. Whether I'm making a brownie sundae at Dana, running through the streets of Waterville, or sunbathing with friends on the quad, I love everything about Colby, but some of my favorites are the flatbread pizzas at Bobs, yoga classes at the athletic center, and Miller Library's comfortable chairs. I spend time running track, visiting my CCAK buddy, and writing for insideColby.
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Broomball

The first time I heard the term “broomball,” I envisioned a game like field hockey except with brooms instead of sticks. This wasn’t too far from the case, as I discovered through my participation in one of Colby’s most popular sports.

You begin on a hockey rink. Everyone wears sneakers and casual clothes, which translates into jeans and sweatshirts for most participants and athletic shorts for the serious players, who know they will be running around so much they’ll be more than sufficiently warm. You have to wear helmets, which is one of the only pieces of equipment required. The other is your broom, which isn’t a regular broom at all but a stick with a rubber triangle attached to the end of it.

The game proceeds as you would expect: you try to hit the ball into the other team’s goal. It’s a simple game, and because of this simplicity, it’s among the most enjoyable sports I have ever played. I like that I don’t have to worry about following a strategy or making mistakes; everyone’s in the same boat, trying not to fall on the ice while occasionally getting around to scoring goals.

Some, however, are better than others, and I stumbled onto a team with the best player in the entire school, Seth Butler. He’s made maybe 90% of our goals this season, scoring at least three a game. What I contribute is my gender: there must be two girls out on the ice at all times. In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t play if I wasn’t needed. I’m not a huge sports person, and I wouldn’t want to take the space of someone who was passionate about playing.

We were undefeated going into the championship this past Thursday, and I was confident we would win–perhaps too confident. About halfway through, I let in a goal that I really should’ve seen coming had I been more vigilant. I got my karmic payback almost immediately, however, as the player who made the shot kept going and knocked me down. I landed directly on my chin–it really, really hurt. I sat out the rest of the game with an ice pack to keep the swelling down. Luckily, I was fine–no damage done except a small bruise.

And best of all, we won!

 

About Catherine

Hi. My name is Catherine and I'm a sophomore English major, currently enjoying my first year at Colby. I was born and raised in Berwick, Maine, an exotic little town near the New Hampshire border. I am involved in Let's Get Ready, which provides free SAT prep for local high school students, and Inklings Magazine, which is a literary journal here at Colby. Like all English majors, I enjoy reading and writing, and Virginia Woolf. A hobby more specific to myself is that every Christmas I spend far too much time making elaborate snowflakes. It is a very seasonal form of artistic expression, but it is also, unfortunately, the only one in which I have any talent. Thanks for reading.
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Mr. Colby

The lights beam as the room fills with students and along with them the roar of light hearted banter, laughter, and excitement. The music electrifies the room as everyone’s hearts synchronize with the beat. It was time to crown the next Mr. Colby.

The contestants were carefully nominated by the student body and then given the formal invitation. Who would dare rise to the challenge? Who believes they can be the next Mr. Colby? The lucky bachelors had to be seniors, a way of sending them off I guess. 6 brave souls would duke it out on the stage, answering a personalized question from the judges, performing a talent, and finally dressing up in order to impress the crowd. Let’s see who was in the running…..Nick LaRovere, Kyle McBrierty, Joseph Whitfield, Chy Ward, Sam Glaisher, and Zach Hartnett. They were very entertaining and performed admirably. The judges were faculty members, however I do not remember their names….but it was very nice of them to take time out of their  busy evenings to watch the spectacle! And boy was it entertaining….

Round 1: Introductions and Questions
Some of the questions included, if Colby moved off of Mayflower Hill, where do you think it should go? If you had a drink named after you in the bar, what would you call it? If you had to eat a Colby squirrel, how would you cook it? And what is your favorite thing to do alone? Ooo wide range and all very exciting. Each man answered their question flawlessly. As you know, a big part of the competition is getting friendly with the judges. However, this can be accomplished in many ways….Joseph gave each of the judges a rose, while Nick gave them each a pineapple.

Round 2: Talent
Wow were these men talented. There were such hilarious and beautiful performances. Most of them were dances, however, each had their own take on the word talent. Nick serenaded a judge with his acapella group, Mayflower Chill. Kyle and Zach nailed three pieces of wood together, recited a poem, and proceeded to dance to “Bye, Bye, Bye” (classic). Joseph performed Taylor Swift’s popular “Blank Space”, while Chy sang “A Whole New World”, and finally Sam lip sang and then performed his own rendition of “Let It Go”. And the costumes were the best part….Sam actually dressed up as Elsa! It was magnificent.

INTERMISSION
In between rounds, there were performances by the Taiko group as well as two acapella groups, The Blue Lights and the Sirens, and the Hypnotic Dance Team. All did an beautiful job.

Round 3: Walk that Catwalk
The costumes were beautiful. A combination of the most random articles of clothing from their closet. I’m not going to explain them in detail but they were nice.

Then it was time for the big reveal…..
In third…..taking the title of Mr. Bates (heehee) Sam!
In Second…..for Mr. Bowdoin (muahaha) Joseph!
And for the win…..this year’s Mr. Colby (woot woot) was………..drumroll please……

CHY!

About Anh Uong

My name is Anh (yes it is very hard to pronounce). I am now a sophomore in AMS (sweetest dorm on campus) still ready to take on the world. Traveling from the far reaches of Massachusetts, I have really enjoyed Maine and the beautiful landscape that accompanies it. I am interested in everything from math to writing, which makes selecting a major difficult, but that's why I am here at a liberal arts college. Recently I have decided on majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies. Around campus, I can be spotted with a ukulele, a stack of notebooks, and a smile.
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What is a W1?

Good question! A W1 is a freshman writing class, and a requirement for all first year students. You can either take a W1 class in the fall or the spring, and there are a wide variety of classes to choose from to fill the requirement.

For example, this year some of the W1 choices have included classes such as “The Science of Crime,” “Food For Thought,” “Exploring Music and Gender” and “Made in China.” There are also more general W1 classes, such as “Reading and Writing About Literature.”

No matter what the class, all W1 classes essentially focus on reinforcing and strengthening writing skills. Although reading and writing is not everyone’s favorite thing to do, most college level classes (even science classes) require you to know how to write well, and therefore, W1 classes are a very beneficial experience for students of all different academic interests and backgrounds. Plus, you can choose a class in an area that you find interesting, such as “The Science of Crime,” for instance, to make the requirement more fun!

My W1 class this semester is one of the more generic ones, called “Reimagining the Essay,” and while it may sound a little boring, I’ve actually really been enjoying the class. We’ve read many different types of essays by famous writers, and practiced writing in different forms and styles. We recently read a cultural analysis essay called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and it left me pondering that question for days.

Part of the liberal arts college experience is taking classes in many different subject areas, writing being one of them. At Colby, the other requirements include taking a class in each of the following areas: arts, historical studies, language, literature, natural sciences, quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences.

So far, I’ve taken a lot of cool classes to fill some of these requirements, and the variety of requirements has forced me to take some interesting classes that I wouldn’t have taken otherwise. Here are the classes I’ve taken so far that fill requirements: 

Acting I – Arts

History of Latin America – Historical Studies

Spanish – Language

Spanish Lit. – Literature

Geology – Natural Sciences

Psychology – Social Sciences

We technically have all four years to complete the requirements, but I am trying to get them done early so that I can take more classes in the areas I’m interested in, and continue taking classes that count toward my major, Education!

Overall, requirements are fun if you make them fun, and they are a great way to venture outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

About Katie

I’m Katie and I’m from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I'm a freshman, I live in Foss, and I love Colby! I am currently considering double majoring in Spanish and education. Some of my favorite things include: acting, singing, playing the piano, writing, fuzzy socks, chai lattes, lying in the grass, Broadway show tunes, Jane Austen, hedgehogs, TedTalks, baby animals, Gilmore Girls reruns, blue Freeze Pops, the ocean, and hugs. I’m so excited to continue my adventures here at Colby and share them with you all.
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PAX East Convention

This past weekend, I traveled to the far reaches of Boston to the PAX East convention at the Convention Center (creative name, I know). PAX East is every gamer’s dream. Many big name developers congregate to demo new releases of their games or equipment and show off some neat merchandise (posters are especially popular). I love video games. Ever since I was little, my sisters and I have been playing The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 3, the classics that existed on our ancient Nintendo (remember that? the gray box with the slide in games that you had to blow on and hit in order to get them to function properly). We played all sorts of games from fighting to adventure to puzzles to sports and we loved them all. I remember when my sister convinced our mom to buy a GameCube, and that’s when the gaming truly began. We mostly stayed in the Nintendo family, branching off a bit into the Guitar Hero and Final Fantasy realm, but we would always return to our dear Mario and Link.

Thus, video games bring back great memories for me, so I was really excited for the convention. We arrived at the Convention Center, 2 hours before they allowed people inside. My boyfriend and I went together, dressing up as our favorite Super Smash Brothers characters. I was Peach (sa-weet!) and he was Ness. Clearly it was a match made in heaven! ;) Anyways, we were surrounded by fellow gamers, many of whom were not in costumes, however I did manage to see a better dressed Peach. Once 10:00 hit, we were allowed inside and everyone rushed to their favorite game, in order to be able to play it without having to wait in a ridiculously long line. And so it began.

I soon discovered that PAX East involved much waiting in lines. Sadly, the games that were there were not my type of video games. There were more of the strategic, computer games than the big brand system games. Nonetheless, it was still exciting to see the games and I had fun playing them. I got to use an Oculus, which allowed you to feel as if you were actually in the virtual world. You place a goggle-like mask on and immediately are transferred into the world of the game. I got to play a jetpack demo, where I really felt like I was falling. It was incredible. There was actually a 360 degree view, which was really cool.

The convention was wonderful and my weekend was great. On the train ride to my boyfriend’s house, I sat next to this woman and we started talking and I learned that she was a Colby alum who graduated in the 60′s. It was such a coincidence that we met each other and we shared our experiences up on the Hill. She recalled tales of multiple protests she had been involved in during her time at Colby. We had a really nice conversation and I still can’t believe that I met up with someone from Colby! Oh the people you meet. Oh the adventures.

About Anh Uong

My name is Anh (yes it is very hard to pronounce). I am now a sophomore in AMS (sweetest dorm on campus) still ready to take on the world. Traveling from the far reaches of Massachusetts, I have really enjoyed Maine and the beautiful landscape that accompanies it. I am interested in everything from math to writing, which makes selecting a major difficult, but that's why I am here at a liberal arts college. Recently I have decided on majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies. Around campus, I can be spotted with a ukulele, a stack of notebooks, and a smile.
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Rehearsal

College theater can be a mixed bag–you never really know what you’re going to get. Luckily, Colby has a very strong theater program that spills out into an enthusiastic theater club called Powder and Wig. Though it’s fairly small, it still manages to put on a plethora of productions each semester, from large musicals to small one acts. I’ve always been an admirer of theater, but I’ve never actually participated in a show–not even those elementary school productions of the first Thanksgiving. I was always too shy, too nervous. But a professor suggested that I do theater, and since then I’ve been on the look out for a small production I could join, in order to ease myself slowly into the world of theater.

I found that production in The Crime Done in Rhyme, a murder mystery told in the same meter and rhyme as a Dr. Seuss tale. It gets its humor from the juxtaposition of its whimsical verse and its dark storyline, which involves party guests finding the Cat in the Hat lying dead on the floor, stabbed. It’s weird, but it’s also clever–the damning evidence is a stethoscope with an S written on it, and though his name is never said, the viewer is left to inculpate Dr. Seuss as the murderer.

We had our first read-through yesterday, and it was a blast. It’s a small group of the director and four actors, and although everyone had already done theater before, they were quick to welcome me and make me feel at home. I was also excited to find that my part was much bigger than I had previously thought. My role is called “Guest,” so I assumed I had maybe one line and probably the most inconsequential one at that. But it turns out that in the original version there are six different actors playing six different guests, so I have the lines of all six of these characters. Everyone in the play has an almost equal amount of lines.

We’ll be performing our play in April, outside on Miller Lawn, weather pending. I’m very excited for the show!

About Catherine

Hi. My name is Catherine and I'm a sophomore English major, currently enjoying my first year at Colby. I was born and raised in Berwick, Maine, an exotic little town near the New Hampshire border. I am involved in Let's Get Ready, which provides free SAT prep for local high school students, and Inklings Magazine, which is a literary journal here at Colby. Like all English majors, I enjoy reading and writing, and Virginia Woolf. A hobby more specific to myself is that every Christmas I spend far too much time making elaborate snowflakes. It is a very seasonal form of artistic expression, but it is also, unfortunately, the only one in which I have any talent. Thanks for reading.
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