Maine’s Teacher of the Year: Brittany Ray ’93

October 19, 2006

Maine Governor John Baldacci went to Narragaugus High School in Harrington last Friday to present Brittany Ray ’93 with the 2006 Maine Teacher of the Year award.

Ms. Ray is a graduate of Colby College and is currently enrolled in the Graduate Education Program to obtain a Master’s in Counselor Education at the University of Maine. She has taught English at Narraguagus High School since 1995.

“I would like to thank Ms. Ray for doing her job so well and with such passion,” said the Governor.

Read more on the State of Maine Web site: Maine.gov: Government: News

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Colby Starts Podcasting

October 12, 2006

Colby has started podcasting from high atop Mayflower Hill. Currently there are three podcasts available, but that number will surely grow.

The first podcast to launch was InsideColby [RSS | iTunes], a student persepctive of life on campus. This bi-weekly (for the most part) show released its fifth episode today, with a feature story about the woodsmen’s team produced by Rose Long ’10, and a short story written and read by Shelley Payne ’09.

Additionally, the Goldfarb Center has begun making audio of some of its lectures available through the Goldfarb Center Lecture Series [RSS | iTunes] podcast, and president Adams is making his speeches available through his The President at the Podium [RSS | iTunes] podcast feed.

More: Colby Blog and Podcast Directory


Not the Cheese in the press (sort of)

October 12, 2006

Dennis McCann of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently wrote a travel piece about driving Highway 13 in Wisconsin and somehow it landed him here at Not the Cheese. You see, it has to do with the history of Colby College, the town of Colby Wisconsin, the invention of Colby cheese, and high school mascots.

I won’t spoil the surprise of how it all comes together to land him at this blog. For that you can go read McCann’s article, “Stories that stretch as long as Highway 13.”


Forget what your mama told you, the RIAA says sharing is Illegal…and they’re coming after you

August 22, 2006

A must-read review from Boing Boing of the new RIAA back-to-school propaganda video.

This is such a steaming pile that it desperately needs to be remixed. Someone out there needs to make a version where every lie is interrupted with an explanation of the real story, to be shown alongside of it.

Read the article at Boing Boing: RIAA propaganda movie for students in desperate need of remix


Ad-Supported Textbooks Saving Students Money

August 22, 2006

According to some studies, students spend about $900 per year on textbooks and textbook publishers are under intense scrutiny over prices that have risen at twice the rate of inflation since 1986. Minnesota-based Freeload Press is looking to fix that by offering free textbooks. The model: instead of trying to get money out of already cash-strapped college kids, get it from companies’ marketing and advertising budgets.

Students, or anyone else who fills out a five-minute survey, can download a PDF file of the book, which they can store on their hard drive and print.

Freeload will start this fall offering about 100 textbook titles, free of charge to the student. It sounds like a good idea, but will it catch on?

The model faces big obstacles. Freeload doesn’t yet have a stable of well-known textbook authors across a range of subjects, and it lacks the editorial and marketing muscle of the “Big 3” textbook publishers (Thomson, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill). Its textbooks don’t come with bells and whistles such as online study guides that bigger publishers have spent millions developing in order to lure professors _ who assign textbooks and are the industry’s real customers.

This Washington Post article is full of interesting textbook-related facts, like these:

A new Connecticut law requires that textbook sellers tell professors what their books will cost students, and other states are considering similar measures. Cost complaints come not just from students and parents but also teachers. A 2005 study by the National Association of College Stores Foundation found 65 percent of students don’t buy all the required course materials—which means many probably aren’t learning the material, either.

Freeload claims that they will have over 250,000 textbooks and study guides available by next year.

Read the Washington Post article: Ads Coming to Texbooks


Lena Barouh ’07 knows how to spell “erubescent”

August 14, 2006

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a trend of rejuvenilization (don’t bother looking it up—it’s not a word) has hit the Seattle, Wash. area. With everything from kickball leagues, Scrabble tournaments, and flag football, adults are spending their leisure time trying to recapture their childhoods. The first Monday of every month brings a spelling bee to Seattle watering hole Rebar.

“It’s kind of post-juvenile,” said Josh Malamy, co-host of the monthly spelling bee that drew more than 100 people last Monday night. “Some people do this because they have a history of this. Some people do it as if to right past wrongs, to make up for the kid who didn’t make it to No. 1. Other people are doing it to meet people and socialize.”

Colby senior Lena Barouh, former middle school spelling bee champion, came in second in the August bee. The word that did her in? “Alectryomancy.”

“It’s the only spelling bee I could ever conceive of where saying, ‘Yeah!’ and showing metal devil horns would have been OK and I wouldn’t have gotten thrown off stage,” said Barouh.

Read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer article: Re-bar toasts those who are spellbound by childhood memories


Maine Birds: Biology Professor Herb Wilson’s Blog

August 14, 2006

Biology professor Herb Wilson, who writes a biweekly column called “For the Birds” for the Maine newspapers has a blog about Maine Birds called “Maine Birds.”

Read Herb’s blog: Maine Birds