Repairing Trust With Our Neighbors

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Student behavior over Homecoming weekend struck a nerve for many townspeople in Middlebury who were affected by the large and rowdy party on Weybridge St.[...]

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Respecting All Identities

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Everyone is anxious on the first day of school. You walk into a new classroom, you scan the room in the hopes you know some people, you pray the syllabus is reasonable, then your professor walks in, starts to take roll and you settle into the swing of it.

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Changing the Way We Yak

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It seems innocuous. An app where you can post something witty, watch it get up-voted and monitor your karma score change as people respond. But this seemingly harmless “fun” often comes at the expense of members of our community.

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Inclusion: More Than Acceptance Letters

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Over the last 10 years, accessibility and diversity have become buzzwords in higher education. They are the benchmarks for admissions — signs that elite colleges[...]

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Mistakes Were Made

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 From SGA to Community Council, we have a system of student liaisons to the administration whose key purpose is to keep the two groups on[...]

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It’s Got Our Vote

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This is a public service announcement: registering to vote and voting absentee is now easier than ever thanks to Middlebury College’s recent partnership with TurboVote,[...]

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Change Has Consequences

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With the start of every school year comes inevitable change as a new wave of students and faculty arrive, setting the tone for the coming[...]

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Does This Pass The Smell Test?

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Have you ever wondered how the College makes its money? It seems straightforward: students in Middlebury and Monterey pay, the College provides education and the[...]

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A Real Sex Education

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Sexual assault on college campuses is making headlines this month as Tufts was found noncompliant with Title IX and the Department of Education released a list of 55 schools currently under investigation.

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AAL is a No Brainer

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If someone asked you if all six inhabited continents should be equally represented in our distribution requirements, what would you say? There is not much our editorial board agrees on, but on this point we agree.

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Vote No on Apathy

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We fully support Taylor for President and encourage everyone to vote for him and to vote generally in the SGA elections. But what does it say about the SGA and about the student body that only one person is interested in running?

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Faculty, We Want Jobs Too

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When you are looking at summer internships, one of the first considerations is, of course, money: is it paid or is it unpaid. If it is unpaid, you are in trouble and will continue to be thanks to the faculty vote last Monday.

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Connecting the Dots with Career Services

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Do you have plans this summer? This stressful question resounds across campus far beyond the signs posted by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI). As students scramble to pull together summer plans, post-graduation plans and funding proposals, many engage with the CCI or their resources for advice and opportunities.

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The Buck Stops Here

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What does $60,000 mean to you? Perhaps a couple new cars, a good chunk of a house, an annual salary in tech or finance for a recent grad or the rounded comprehensive fee at Middlebury College. In 2009, colleges like Middlebury were cresting the $50,000 mark; now five years later, we are approaching $60,000, a change that has been met largely with silence and indifference.

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SAT Optional: The Correct Answer

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We must reevaluate how we at Middlebury view testing in the admissions process.

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An Easy Win for Athletics

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Sixty percent of our student body is involved in athletics, either at the club or varsity level. As such a large part of our school, Middlebury needs to utilize this arena to investigate and combat homophobia. As athletes make up such a large portion of the student body, they are in a unique position to lead the way in fighting homophobia.

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Harvard, Yale, Middlebury?

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This past week Bill Burger, vice president of communications, pondered these questions when soliciting feedback from students, faculty and the board of trustees on the direction of the college’s brand. Though there was copious talk about a new logo, a website overhaul and renaming, the current lack of diversity is still the biggest issue the College faces as it reevaluates its brand.

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No Honor (Code) Among Us

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Self-proctored exams are one of the most visible manifestations of our honor code. Our professors hand out the exams, answer questions, and then retreat to their offices, coming back only occasionally to check in and make sure everything is ok. For the Economics department, this norm may be changing.

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Don’t Swipe Dining Under the Rug

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If before this issue of the Campus hit the stands, you were to walk up to a student in Proctor and ask them what they think about the new dining swipe system coming soon, most would look back at you puzzled. “What swipe system?”

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It Happens Here: It’s Time to Evolve

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You cannot avoid them as you walk around campus. The black posters with white writing that reads, “It Happens Here” plaster every door in the Proctor entryway, line the glass on your way into Ross, sit on all the tables in Atwater and coat the walls of the mail center.

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Six Headlines We Want to See in 2014

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The New Year always provides an opportunity for reflection. While BuzzFeed is littered with lists looking back at “14 Animals who Melted your Heart in 2013” and “33 Times Joseph Gordon-Levitt Charmed your Pants Off in 2013,” we have decided to look forward to 2014, with these six headlines we would love to see in the next year.

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We Are Better Than This

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Upon entering the room where Professor Amy Wax was scheduled to speak, the first thing many people noticed were brightly colored signs with a single word written on it: racist. Some students brought these signs in anticipation of a heated lecture, in part due to hype created both by middbeat and by other students on campus.

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Give Credit Where Credit is Due

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Unpaid internships have become a nearly ubiquitous feature of the modern economy. For many students, they offer the opportunity to explore their field of interest before later attempting to find a paid job.

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J-Term: A Winter Wonderland

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This four-week haven from the crush of a real semester’s workload is allegedly an opportunity for students to capitalize on their decision to come all the way out to beautiful nowhere. But with a number of students left out in the cold to fulfill important requirements due to dubious course credit policies and a shortage of crucial classes, is this magical month all that the Admissions department dresses it up to be?

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Stop Hearing, Start Listening

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In a classroom packed with people sitting on the windowsills, students, faculty and administrators gathered on Monday to engage in an honest dialogue unpacking the controversy surrounding Chance the Rapper’s performance Saturday night.

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Not a Chance

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Earlier this semester, a Middlebury student found a note threatening violence and sexual assault against her on the basis of her sexual orientation taped to her door. Now, just weeks later, the College prepares to welcome Chance the Rapper.

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What Does It Mean to be Green?

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To accompany the annual Green Issue, online editor STEPHANIE ROUSH asked the Campus’ staff, “what does it mean to be green?” Listen to their thoughts[...]

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2,512 Students + 32 Trustees = Progress

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We owe much of what we enjoy here to the decisions and guidance of the Board of Trustees. But considering how much this group impacts us every day, how well do we really understand the board?

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Trading Hard Liquor for Hard Questions

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Middlebury College likes to drink. Not all of us, certainly, but it is no secret that the collective BAC of this campus rises substantially when Friday night rolls around. We are not unique in this regard – drinking is an endemic part of college culture nationwide. But in the interest of community safety, alcohol must be controlled and policies must be enforced.

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A Different Kind of Physical Education

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We often discuss the need for more community engagement as a student body. We’ve devoted barrels of ink and hours of our time to panels, papers, and symposia. Yet all of that leaves us with little more than a general agreement that something needs to be done differently. We would like to suggest a concrete solution to this problem: the implementation of a Community Education (C.E.) credit to be completed by every student before graduation.

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Close the Computer, Open the Dialogue

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We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in class, and someone in front of you is watching the soccer game on his computer or browsing New York Times headlines.

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In Response to the 9/11 Flag Incident

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As a close-knit liberal arts college tucked gently away in the bucolic Vermont countryside, it becomes easy to think of our actions and the scope of our influence as contained within a bubble. But in truth, our actions on campus reverberate far beyond our small community.

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Our Balancing Act

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Student newspapers, especially at a place like Middlebury, face many challenges when it comes to our coverage of difficult stories. We exist within a small,[...]

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From Divestment to Dorm Damage, a Year in Review

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Each academic year at Middlebury is slightly different from the previous one. While the College could not run without the hard work of faculty, staff[...]

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Deconstructing the Pipeline Construction

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The current debate about the potential expansion of a natural gas pipeline through Vermont to Ticonderoga, N.Y. highlights a seemingly rare instance of conflict between[...]

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Endorsing Rachel Liddell for SGA President

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With the elections for SGA president approaching, the Campus met last Sunday with this year’s trio of candidates, Rachel Liddell ’15, Killian Naylor ’14 and[...]

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Addressing the Attack on Bowdoin

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Two weeks ago, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) released a 359-page report criticizing the academics and identity politics of Bowdoin College. The report, commissioned[...]

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Navigating the Housing Maze

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Middlebury students welcome the arrival of spring in many ways, the least pleasant of which may be stress related to housing. As randomly assigned housing[...]

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Deconstructing the Delta Decision

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On March 18, Community Council voted to disband Delta. The decision came after the Residential Life Committee conducted its biennial review of Middlebury’s five social[...]

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Honoring the Honor Code

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With the review of the College’s Honor Code, which this year includes the Community Forum held this past Monday, March 11 and the forthcoming creation[...]

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Social Houses and the Truth in Marketing

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Next Tuesday, Community Council plans to vote on whether Delta, the social house commonly known as ADP and which currently occupies Prescott house, will be[...]

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A More Constructive Liberalism

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Last week, members of Middlebury’s IntraVarsity Christian Fellowship hung posters across campus that sparked complex considerations of religion — “Jesus was either a liar, a[...]

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Horsemeat and Gypsies: the New State-Endorsed Xenophobia

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Romania joined the European Union on Jan. 1, 2007. Despite adhering three years after the majority of Eastern European countries, the country is still considered[...]

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Park at Your Own ($50) Risk

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The recent increase in fines for parking violations — from  $10 to $50 for a single ticket — brings our attention to the complex relationship[...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day — Please Get Tested

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Today is Valentine’s Day. No matter how you feel about this “holiday” — whether you love it, hate it or try to forget about it[...]

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Take a Stake in the Divestment Debate

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This academic year, there has arguably been no bigger issue on the minds of Middlebury students than divestment. The topic polarizes us at times. Some argue that as an institution with a pledged commitment to environmental and social justice, Middlebury should put its money where its mouth is. Divesting from fossil fuels won’t end their use, but it will take away some leverage from the giant — and environmentally-damaging — fossil fuel industry. Others point to possible disadvantages of divestment, citing the importance of maintaining a stable endowment.

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Peering Through the Portal

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About one year ago, the College launched a new site — ‘go/portal’ — in order to aggregate information about events and activities on campus. The initiative aimed to provide a single, comprehensive resource for students, many of who were tired of their inboxes being inundated daily with all-student emails from various clubs and organizations. One year later, we ask ourselves how successful ‘go/portal’ has been, and how we as students can communicate more effectively with each other and with the College itself.

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A Hard-Hitting Look at Concussions on Campus

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After having been long overlooked as an unavoidable part of playing contact sports, concussions have only recently started to get the attention they deserve. The[...]

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The Nuances of Free Speech on Campus

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On Thursday, Nov. 15, Olav Ljosne, senior manager of international operations at Royal Dutch Shell, came to campus to speak on a variety of topics,[...]

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Defining the Role of a Middlebury Professor

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One of the College’s greatest strengths lies in its professors. The Princeton Review recently ranked the College seventh in the “professors get high marks” category,[...]

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The Future of Activism at Middlebury

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The Community Judicial Board’s (CJB) recent decision to reprimand those students who were part of the Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee has undoubtedly sparked conversation within[...]

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Digging Deeper Into Our Political Beliefs

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Within the next week, Americans will take to the polls and cast their votes for the country’s next president. Anticipation has been high across the[...]

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A False Account of a Real Issue

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Change at an institutional level can be frustratingly slow. Recent actions taken by a small group of Middlebury students prove that when such change takes[...]

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Is a Green Middlebury a Green Midd Kid?

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Middlebury College has the reputation of being one of the most environmentally friendly colleges in the United States. With that in mind, one might assume[...]

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Expanding Your Liberal Arts Education

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A liberal arts education. Trumpeted in the College’s brochures and website, and reinforced by professors and students alike, these few words form the basis of[...]

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A Call for Collaboration

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This past Saturday night, approximately 100 students flocked to the McCullough Student Center for Jamnesty, an event co-hosted by Verbal Onslaught and Amnesty International. The[...]

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Endorsing Benson: Student Power on Campus

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When endorsing a candidate for Student Co-Chair of Community Council (SCOCC), it is essential to define the position within the context of the college community.[...]

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Take Back Your Summer

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Upon returning to campus every September, students are confronted time and again with some form of the question, “what did you do this summer?” And,[...]

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Editorial

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Sometimes the most fruitful forums are those that yield no concrete solutions. The forum in McCullough this past Tuesday addressed alcohol use and dorm damage[...]

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Find out which candidates the Campus endorses for SGA President and SCOCC

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Pragmatism and optimism abound — and sometimes clash — in this year’s elections SGA and Community Council elections. For each of the posts, run-off elections[...]

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Editorial

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The last year of a student’s time at Middlebury is distinct in many ways from his or her first three. Socially, seniors are given access[...]

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Editorial – 4/14/11

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Rumors often circulate during the mid-months of Spring regarding big events coming to the College. Last week, Old Chapel finally announced our 2011 Commencement speaker[...]

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Editorial

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When Jay Saper ’13 clicked “Reply All” to James B. Jermain Professor of Political Economy Peter Matthews’ two-department-wide (Economics and Sociology) email advertising an upcoming[...]

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Editorial

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Whether you hear of it through e-mails from your RA or by looking down your decimated hall, the problem of dorm damage is a reality.[...]

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Editorial

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There are many wonderful things we can, and often do, say about Middlebury students. Our academic knowledge is vast and expanding everyday; our athletes are[...]

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Editorial

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As the winter months draw slowly to a close, two sports teams at the College have infused the Middlebury community, both town and gown, with[...]

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Editorial

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This past weekend, Middlebury College celebrated its 88th Winter Carnival — continuing the longest-running student-led Carnival in the country. Apart from the much-appreciated three-day weekend,[...]

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Editorial

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It is an exciting time for young entrepreneurs at Middlebury College — and consequently, for everyone else as well. With the impending opening of the[...]

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Editorial

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The uprisings in Egypt, along with similar demonstrations in Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen, have shaken the sociopolitical status quo in the Middle East. These revolts[...]

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Editorial

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Grades: they are the universally recognized symbols of our knowledge, skill and effort; they give us a platform on which to stand and proclaim our[...]

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Editorial

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It is a rare thing in life to be aware of the fact that you have just experienced something special. Many times we look over[...]

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Editorial

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This past week, Middlebury joined Williams and Bowdoin as the third NESCAC institution to enact gender-neutral housing legislation. Starting in Fall 2011, any sophomore, junior[...]

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Editorial

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Most students at Middlebury are athletes. Just over one in four students participate in varsity sports, and the percentage increases dramatically if we include JV,[...]

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Editorial – 11/11

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Midterm elections do not inspire quite as much media buzz and public interest as its quadrennial counterpart, the presidential election. And in some regards, they[...]

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Editorial

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It is rare that we think of Middlebury, both town and college, as a mighty, unified force. It is more common that we equate the[...]

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Green Issue Editorial

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If the green masthead or eco-centric content has not tipped you off, you are reading our third annual green issue. Alongside our usual news articles[...]

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Editorial

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For those of you blissfully unaware of the drop in temperature, the hike in workload or our past editorial alerting you to both of these[...]

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Editorial

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Last Wednesday, President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz delivered his annual State of the College address, taking the opportunity to outline the current financial[...]

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Editorial: Ephemeral autumn

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It is easy to forget about the doldrums of January and the blistering cold of February during the mild days of September, but they will[...]

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Editorial: A summer of change

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Several weeks of e-mails from professors and gradually cooling nights have served as warning, but nothing can ever[...]

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Editorial – Gender-neutral housing

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In the midst of a campaign season, woefully managed at best and shockingly incompetent at worst, the SGA managed to pass a piece of legislation[...]

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Editorial – 04/29/10

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Recently, President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz invited The Campus alcohol columnist Mike Waters ’10 to engage in a discussion about the problems ailing Middlebury’s social life and the potential for a cure.

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Op-Ed: A whole lot of culture in one requirement

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Calling all cultures! If you want to graduate from Middlebury, you have to meet some academic distribution requirements. Many of us sweat and struggle, searching for that second college writing class. Many of us pull a fist-pump when we discover that we may skip one of the eight disciplinary categories (this writer won’t take science). But what about the third academic requirement? The Cultures and Civilizations Requirement (CCR).

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Editorial: Why the Apathy?

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We’ve written several editorials this year praising Mike Panzer ’10 and the rest of the current SGA for the significant number of tangible initiatives they[...]

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Editorial: Stand for Nothing Less

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This week, one student in Ross Commons fell victim to an incident of vandalism and homophobic harassment. In another outbreak of aggression, a poster promoting Gaypril events was found ripped from its mount.

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Op-Ed: Brain instead of ’caine now

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Just say no. That’s what I was told from the very beginning about drugs. I progressed through school and was forced to attend various anti-drug programs, from which I remember absolutely nothing. Except don’t do drugs. That was the message conveyed to me, and I wasn’t really the rebellious or experimental type, so it took me a while before I started to wonder, “Wait. Why?”

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Editorial: Every Right

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Let’s all take a deep breath — it’s been a rocky few weeks, but let’s collectively remember that, come September, we will all have a[...]

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Editorial: Housing Changes

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The recent controversy over the reorganization of super block housing this semester has left many students upset, confused and scrambling to find new plans for the upcoming year.

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Editorial: A drinking age endorsement

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Over the past few weeks, these pages have seen a flurry of debate over the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) of 21. This week alone,[...]

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Editorial: Let’s talk about history

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The calendar turned itself to March this week, taking with it the Olympics, Winter Carnival and, of course, “Let’s Talk About Sex” Month. The annual[...]

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Editorial: A tradition to reemerge

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This weekend marks the 87th annual Middlebury Winter Carnival, and, following the trend of the past few years, the weekend promises to be full of exciting opportunities — including ski races, a comedian, ice sculpting, ’80s music, a top-flight DJ and more. In addition to the tremendous efforts of the College, the town of Middlebury has become even more involved, contributing the immensely popular Chili Cook-Off on Saturday afternoon, and a Mardi Gras dance in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday night. Without question, MCAB, the Winter Carnival Committee and the town have done an outstanding job of supplying the infrastructure necessary to make this Winter Carnival one of the best in recent memory.

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Editorial – 02/18/10

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After a year and a half of chopping the low-hanging fruit from the College’s budgetary tree, President Liebowitz, through his speech on the budget crisis, offered a welcome demonstration of commitment, confidence and cautious optimism.

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Editorial – 02/11/10

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After many weeks of hype and expectation, the new Middlebury Web site launched last week to equal measures of excitement and uncertainty.

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Editorial – 01/21/10

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Not long ago, we reacted with optimism to a reinvigorated SGA Senate that knocked down issue after issue under the resourceful and ambitious leadership of SGA President Michael Panzer ’10.

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Op-Ed: Tragedy of the past decade, tentative hope of the next

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I was 11 years old, and it was my first time back to Israel since my family had left when I was five. We decided to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and I clearly remember being surprised by how many soldiers there were, by the flood of olive drab around the ancient, cool sandstone.

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Editorial – 1/14/10

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President Emeritus John McCardell’s recent decision to leave Middlebury caused a wave of conflicting feelings and responses within the College community. On the one hand, it’s hard to watch someone leave who has contributed so much to the advancement and general success of Middlebury College.

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Editorial: Green Issue 2.0

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If last year’s Green Issue was meant to be a groundbreaking endeavor, we at The Campus are even more excited about this year’s incarnation. While last year’s issue appeared as a novelty, albeit an important and resourceful one, this second-annual issue represents someting more

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Editorial: The SGA’s Refreshing Initiative

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Student Government Association (SGA) President Michael Panzer ’10 has raised the bar. By passing legislation in recent weeks to restore Midnight Breakfast, launch ACTR shuttle[...]

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Monterey Institute: What is Next?

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On Sunday, April 16 the Student Government Association (SGA) passed a bill expressing concern about the possible acquisition of the Monterey Institute of International Studies[...]

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