Discovering the Power of Food

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My home state has been in the news a lot recently, neither for maple syrup nor for skiing, but as the face of drug use[...]

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One Woman Army

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You may not know it, but there is a very real military presence on the Middlebury campus. Maybe you’ve seen someone wading through the crowds of flannel and Toms in camouflage and combat boots.

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Bring Middlebury Confessional Out of the Dark

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It’s not uncommon that college students turn to the Internet to seek relief from the papers, exams, problem sets and job applications that lie ahead.[...]

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Why Donating Matters

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In the Campus on April 24, we read an op-ed written by Hannah Bristol describing her experience with the senior class gift and the fundraising[...]

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No Contest? Not No Problem

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We have a lot of problems on this campus. There are a lot of issues that keep people up at night, issues that people believe[...]

/ op-ed (5)

On Middlebury Interactive Languges (MIL)

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In recent weeks some faculty colleagues have questioned the College’s investment and participation in Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL). MIL is a for-profit, joint venture created[...]

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CCI Helps Connect the Dots

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Last week’s Op Ed piece on “Connecting the Dots with CCI” raised some valid points but also included some misrepresentation of the facts. The invitation[...]

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$50 Mil. is a BFD

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The college announced this week that it is going to be investing $50 million in a responsible investment fund. This is an amazing thing. Why?[...]

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Ghosts of History Past

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Geert Wilders, the leader and founder of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), appeared proudly before his loyal following in The Hague on Wednesday night,[...]

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We Too Are Angry

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It seems each week there is a new article in the Campus that has dangerous implications. These articles are the mouthpiece of hegemonic ideology —[...]

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Hunting: It Doesn’t Get Any More Local Than This

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I don’t know how many months I spent at Middlebury before more than just a few people knew that I hunted.  It wasn’t that I[...]

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Bring AAL into a Globalized World

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On February 12th, Max Kagan ’14 wrote an op-ed in The Campus entitled “Just Call AAL Other” in response to a recent student-led campaign that[...]

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An Inconvenient Truth About Carbon Neutrality

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Last week, the Campus updated us on Middlebury’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2016.  The degree of precision found in this initiative is incredible.[...]

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It’s a White Woman’s World After All

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A sea of blonde and brunette ponytails filled the social space for a discussion on body image disorders and ideals for women led by Courtney[...]

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In Defense of EUR

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I did not plan to write for the Campus this semester. I am studying abroad and had hoped to spare the Middlebury community my whining[...]

/ op-ed (4)

Trust Us: We Can Handle It

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Here at Middlebury, we live by an extensive set of rules. Some are necessary to maintain our safety, but many are superfluous and actively undermine[...]

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It Takes More Than Just Being Here

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When I read the article by Jeanette Cortez, class of 2015 and from Los Angeles, not Philadelphia, as reported in last week’s issue, “Not Like[...]

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All Men Are Created Equal?

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Last night I had another terrible experience with Western Union. It was supposed to transfer my money to my friend in need in Rhode Island[...]

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Just Call AAL Other

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A recent student initiative suggests that Middlebury’s system of academic requirements is in need of reform. Specifically, the authors of the proposal, Daniela Barajas ’14.5[...]

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Not Like Taking a Fifth Class

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An article in the November 13, 2013 edition of the Campus, “Racial Casting Call Criticized” quoted Debanjan Roychoudhury ’16 as saying that “being a student[...]

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The Changing Future of the Honor Code

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About a year ago the SGA hosted a student forum on the future of the Honor Code. Members of the SGA, the Judicial Board and[...]

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Last Words from the Class of 2013.5

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On Jan. 13, seven students from the class of 2013.5 auditioned to be the student speaker at their graduation at the end of the month.[...]

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Graduation Speeches 101

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The start of J-term is one of the happiest times of the year for Middlebury students. Unless you are one of those masochistic types who[...]

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Questionable Motives

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The newspaper you are holding in your hands would read very differently had the school administration not deliberately shied away from an important civil dialog.[...]

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Ski It If You Can

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The most marked observation I took away from my short-lived skiing experience is the recognition that people of color are not skiing along with me,[...]

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Reconsider TFA

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When simple solutions and polished narratives are applied to complex issues, there is often something fishy lurking beneath the surface. Such is the case for[...]

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Accept the Challenge

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We are the generation that is the least aware of how technology is changing our lives. Our gadgets, and the virtual realities that we can[...]

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Privilege in the Bedroom

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“Privilege” is a word we love to use at Middlebury. It works well with our classroom discussions on the global south, how we perceive our[...]

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Fasting for the Philippines

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“…we are fasting today not only to stand in solidarity with the Filipino people, but also because we believe that shared suffering is a path to empathy.”

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Don’t Overlook Bullying

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As we approach a month since the troubling and startling suicide of 16-year-old Olivia Scott of Bristol, Vt., the newspapers, media and other news outlets[...]

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Migrant Workers Beyond the Bubble

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“I love Middlebury College because it is in Vermont: everything seems to work here, I feel like I’m far away from those sad things that[...]

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Unnatural Disasters

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We’ve become largely desensitized to words like ‘10,000 likely dead.’ It’s not our family, our friends. But can we stop for a minute and recognize[...]

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Who Is Responsible For Rap?

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Like many other students on this campus, I went to the Chance the Rapper over the weekend. I danced and yelled and had a great[...]

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Our Vision for TEDxMiddlebury: Research, Rethink, Rebuild

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Part of our fascination with innovative people is the almost palpable buzz of potential that surrounds them. Every insight that slips out is valuable in[...]

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Moral Criteria for Investment

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During one of my first weeks in college, I did what every self-respecting Middlebury freshman did: I signed up for every and any club I[...]

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Take a Chance, MCAB

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A friend on the MCAB Concert Committee wrote to me after middbeat had posted my email, “I love to mess around as much as you[...]

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Dear Mr. President

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Dear President Liebowitz, the College administration, and the Board of Trustees, Thank you for your transparency in your statement regarding divestment and the Board’s internal[...]

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It is Easy Being Green

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Trigger Warning: References to sexual assault. It’s the green issue – hip hip hooray! For so long have we waited for this very day! A[...]

/ op-ed (2)

(Not So) Safe Space

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Editors’ Note: The following text contains vulgarity.  As both members of and allies to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community at Middlebury, we are[...]

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Our Struggles are United

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I write to us all from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. For the past three years, a coalition of First Nations people, French[...]

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The Best Language Institution?

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Middlebury College prides itself as a well-established language institution that offers students with a wide array of high quality language courses. We have languages such[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Share the Road Responsibly

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Middlebury’s latest effort to become more bike friendly and safe includes the addition of “sharrows” stenciled on downtown streets to remind motorists that they “share[...]

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Charred Paper

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At around 9:30 AM, my friend’s mom arrived to pick him up from school. Fifteen minutes later, three moms and two dads came by to collect[...]

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Closed Doors on Town Offices

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While students have been away for the summer, the citizens of Middlebury have been debating the merits of a College Town plan to move the[...]

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Lessons on Life and Loss

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Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for me as a Jew. While fasting this past Saturday, I reflected on my own actions[...]

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It was a Bright, Warm Day

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One of Middlebury’s strengths is the drive with which students endeavor to make the world a better place. We don’t always agree on how to[...]

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Addressing our College’s History

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The action on Sept. 11, 2013 carries intense emotions for a few reasons. On the one hand, the 9/11: Never Forget Project plays on the[...]

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Thoughts from a Soldier

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As a member of the Middlebury College alumni community, I feel compelled to share my reflections on the offensive and deeply saddening act that occurred[...]

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Divestment 101

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What is this “divestment”? To those of you new to Middlebury or just returning from abroad, I wish to say welcome and keep an eye[...]

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Faculty, Staff and Alumni in Favor of Fossil Fuel Divestment

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As Middlebury faculty and staff, we hope our trustees will commit to fossil-fuel divestment and a new kind of investment, investment that yields high returns[...]

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Time to Lead on Divestment

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This weekend, the Middlebury College board of trustees may decide whether or not to divest our endowment of holdings in fossil fuels and arms manufacturing.[...]

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Let Direct Democracy Replace the SGA

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Student government at Middlebury is currently based on the principle of representative government; we elect a handful of senators with whom we entrust our decision-making[...]

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The Rainbow Funeral

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May 2012, I was elected to be a new Middlebury Open Queer Alliance (MOQA) President, or “President of the gays” as one of my exchange[...]

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No Silver Bullet

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On April 17, after America’s 113th Congress rejected a series of proposed gun-control measures, Barack Obama asked a teary-eyed, red faced crowd in the White[...]

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Apartheid? Apartheid!

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Recently, an independent fact-finding mission of the United Nations (UN) presented a report about the Israeli settlement policy. The report confirms what was assumed for[...]

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Abortion: Not Good, But Neccessary

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In his recent op-ed about abortion, Kenneth Burchfiel ’13 claims to “support life.” He equates abortion with the Nazi genocide of Jews and other non-Aryan[...]

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In Pursuit of Moral Clarity

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Last week’s op-ed by Kenneth Burchfiel ’13 regarding abortion has (unsurprisingly) already been met with vitriolic attacks on the Campus website, and will no doubt[...]

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When Writing an Op-ed

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This op-ed goes out to everyone who is thinking about writing an opinion piece in a published medium that circles in a community (ie. newspapers,[...]

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Following Up On The Divestment Panel

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Jeannie Bartlett ’15 There were a number of things I wanted to add to my comments at the Student Divestment Panel that I didn’t get[...]

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Apply Practically

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We wish to address serious factual inaccuracies in Zach Drennen ’13.5’s April 25 column “Middlebury Finds a New Pipeline to Protest.” First, a clarification of[...]

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The Squawk Box: 10 Things I Wish I Knew As An Underclassman

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  1. It takes patience to live in Middlebury for four years. It’s also worth it. 2. The harder you try to get laid, the[...]

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Voices Against the Addison County Natural Gas Project

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We are a coalition of Middlebury College staff, faculty and students who stand in opposition to the Addison County Natural Gas project. The project will[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

What Abortion Has Taught Me About the Nature of Evil

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Growing up in the 1990s, my understanding of evil was based mainly on Disney movies. The nemeses in those films all recognized that they were[...]

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We Fell for Liddell

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The SGA campaign season is an exciting time for us as members of the current SGA Senate to reflect back on our year, engage with[...]

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XL Pipeline Revisited

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Environmentalists across North America have recently become infatuated with the XL Keystone Pipeline System. The current proposals will expand the pipeline system to provide oil[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

Why Peace Matters

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  “I told you,” Columbia Professor Joseph Massad said at his lecture about Zionism, Palestinians and Israel last week, “I was not interested in building[...]

/ op-ed (7)

Innovation in Our Education

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Grant Nishioka ’13 is from Wayland, Mass. As liberal arts students, we’ve learned a lot. We’re able to contrast the behavior of international markets with[...]

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Not Your Typical Essay about Israel-Palestine

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Back-and-forths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are as old and demoralizing as the conflict itself. In the op-ed entitled “Apartheid?” in last week’s Campus, Willie Goodman[...]

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Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

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Stu Fram ’13 is from Waterbury, Vt. Middlebury is on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016, an accomplishment whose imminent realization can be ascribed[...]

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(Positive) Sex Talk

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I am almost 22 years old and last week at the Gensler Symposium I was shown, for the first time in my life, how to[...]

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Apartheid?

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Amitai Ben-Abba’s op-ed of March 20 “Occupation — the Censored Word” labels Ambassador Dennis Ross’s recent lecture on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict[...]

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My Raw Heart

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I have a sister. I have a best friend. I have parents. I also watched a film called Five Broken Cameras today. A documentary by[...]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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Sexual assault: sketchy guy at a party starts grinding on a random drunk girl, brings her more drinks and leads her back to his dorm.[...]

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Listening to Egypt

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I got back from Alexandria, Egypt almost three months ago. “Wow, you were in Egypt? How was it?” “Incredible.” “Did you see the pyramids?” “Yeah,[...]

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Refuting Jay Saper

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In last week’s Campus article, “Arrested Students Protest ‘Environmental Racism,” Middlebury alum Jay Saper ’12.5 is quoted as saying, “We’ve talked more about environmental racism[...]

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Bridging the Gap

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Two years ago when we received the fat acceptance package from Middlebury, we were pleasantly surprised to find a letter encouraging newly admitted students to[...]

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Occupation — the Censored Word

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It is not surprising that the word “occupation,” was not mentioned in Dennis Ross’s lecture on Tuesday night. The word does not exist in the[...]

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A Response to Hillcrest Graffiti

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As student organizers within the divestment campaign on this campus, we would like to make clear that groups that have been working towards divestment at[...]

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In Support of Delta

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To whom it may concern, As Delta alumni, we are writing to express our collective concern over the potential disbandment of the Delta student organization[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

Student Supporters Needed!

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The Sexual Assault Oversight Committee (SAOC) has been dedicated to the development and implementation of an advocacy program, and we are so excited to finally[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

Loving Privileged White Males, Not Loving Oppression

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Last week’s op-ed, “A Call for a More Inclusive Movement,” attempted to show how white privileged men are excluded from feminist and other activist discourses[...]

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Not a Goodbye Letter: The Push for Real Inclusivity

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After Nathan Weil’s piece, “A Call for a More Inclusive Movement,” came out in last week’s issue of the Campus, I heard responses that generally[...]

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Hey, I’m from Ohio

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This op-ed was written in response to Ryan Kim’s winning TEDx talkat the Nov. 8 student speaker competition. Kim will speak at this Saturday’s TEDx[...]

/ op-ed (2)

The Privilege of Discomfort

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I have grown to appreciate and accept Middlebury as the college that I attend. Daily we engage in dialogue surrounding identity. But many of these[...]

/ op-ed (1)

An Incident in the Ross Dining Hall

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At 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, I walked into Ross Dining Hall to grab an early dinner. The line was already relatively long, and[...]

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A Call to Share Your Story

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On Feb. 10, “The Map Project” went up in Davis Library. The project documented locations where students had experienced sexual assault at Middlebury. And if[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Hot and Cold

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“It’s getting hot in here so take off all your clothes.” The above lyric is not only a line from rapper Nelly’s hit song “Hot[...]

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Building a National Movement for Climate Change

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While I agree with Zach Drennen ’13.5 in his column “Divestment: No Excuse for Inaction” that divestment does not go far enough, his argument undersells[...]

/ op-ed (1)

MiddChallenge: The Best of Both Worlds

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In my opinion, people tend to feel one of two ways about summer. They are either anticipating the break from the routine of the academic[...]

/ op-ed (0)

The Best of Midd

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Learning to navigate a new community is a daunting task. For seasoned Midd kids, we forget that we were all once fresh faces on campus.[...]

/ op-ed (0)

A Call for a More Inclusive Movement

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I love Middlebury, but, despite all its beauty and opportunity, I am constantly disappointed in the culture of debate on campus. Daily, we engage in[...]

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Calling on the Board of Trustees to Divest

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Last Saturday morning, the seven of us gave a 45-minute presentation in front of the full Board of Trustees advocating for divestment of Middlebury’s endowment[...]

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What’s Missing in Neo-Missing

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Last week I experienced the curious feeling of missing someone. I actually didn’t realize I missed this person (who I will call Django) until I[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Justifying JusTalks

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The Breakfast Club did it, Principal Duval in Mean Girls did it and now, Middlebury has done it too. Gather a bunch of students with[...]

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Thoughts for First-Year Febs

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Dear first-year Febs, I’m just a guy in his last semester that wants to welcome those in their first.  I want to be an example[...]

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Do the History

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Are you ready to do the math? I am too … but in the last few days, I’ve also been doing the history. Yes, doing[...]

/ op-ed (0)

What It Feels Like to Be a Woman in Karachi

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The recent movie Zero Dark Thirty showed extremely clear visuals of Pakistan and I felt awkward sitting in a theatre in Boston watching my own[...]

/ op-ed (0)

It’s Elementary

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I could not focus as I clicked through the questions.  While I was supposed to select answers, it did not seem there could possibly be[...]

/ op-ed (4)

Sweet, Sour and Weirdos: Recipe for Peace

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I believe in a strong correlation between rules and the game of sweet or sour. If you have ever played the game — and with[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Learning to Take No for An Answer

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Dear my fellow students: I encourage you to lay down your passions, lay down the issues you care about and learn to take no for[...]

/ op-ed (4)

Fire Tara

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The first op-ed I ever wrote for the Campus was titled “Keep Affolter.”  Her anti-racist protest at last week’s affirmative action panel, however, “pushed [me][...]

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I Wish I Were Under the Word Count So I Could Talk About Corporate Word Counts

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[The following regards conversations on campus surrounding divestment, activism and diversity, which all directly relate to corporatization. It links newspaper reporting, silencing of oppressed voices[...]

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An Encounter with the Civilian Army of the 21st Century

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I left the U.S. this Thanksgiving break. France granted me access into their country sans glitch. I glided through their customs saying my bonjours, mercis[...]

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A Deeper Look at Divestment

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A recent op-ed (“Divestment Creates Positive, Systemic Change”) argued that divestment is a valuable tool in the fight against global warming. While I wholeheartedly share[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Race, Class And Hurricanes: The Inequality Of Disaster

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In the past few days, I have read headline after headline detailing the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy on the New York metropolitan area. Millions[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Israel And Beinart

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I came into Peter Beinart’s lecture last Thursday night feeling very nervous. Mr. Beinart, a modern Orthodox Jew and author of The Crisis of Zionism,[...]

/ op-ed (1)

The Truth is at Stake

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The past three months of travel on the Watson Foundation’s ticket has been the most phenomenally humbling, addictive, complicated, joyful experience of my life. I[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Divestment Creates Positive, Systemic Change

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Divestment is a tool that is best used as part of a broader movement towards a real-world goal. My goal is to keep the global[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Politics of Destruction

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Most people in the world who look at Middlebury College see a bastion of decency, fairness and social justice. Most people see Middlebury’s continued commitment[...]

/ op-ed (7)

A True Commander-in-Chief

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With so much focus on the economy in this election cycle, much of the electorate has been paying little attention to foreign policy. However, with[...]

/ op-ed (2)

Announcing the Return of the Cameron Cup

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We are happy to announce the return of the Cameron Cup at Middlebury! In years past, the Cameron Cup was awarded at the end of[...]

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One Student’s View of the Endowment Issue

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It is because I believe in Middlebury College’s ability to educate passionate and critical thinkers that I am extremely disconcerted by the fraudulent press release[...]

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Faculty Members Weigh In on the DLWC

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Lately professors all over the country and here at Middlebury have been trying to answer the question, “Why liberal arts?” Although the answer is complex,[...]

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Prospective Students’ Account

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My passion lies in the heartbeat of the Earth. With its warming hands and nurturing care, the Earth provides me with everything I need. There[...]

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We Are Not Neutral

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There has been quite a bit of talk about divestment at Middlebury College in the past few weeks. For many students, this is their first[...]

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Press Release Authors Come Clean: A Call for Middlebury to Do the Same

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On Friday, Oct. 12, Middlebury College welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to campus.  An announcement was made that in honor of the visit from[...]

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Silence Has the Rusty Taste of Shame

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In the aftermath of the Dalai Lama’s visit, students received an email claiming that Middlebury College was divesting from war in order to “align its[...]

/ op-ed (1)

Grandma Lama

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In exchange for my willingness to do any miscellaneous tasks necessary for Scott Center Administrative Program Coordinator Ellen McKay and College Chaplain Laurie Jordan, I[...]

/ op-ed (0)

All Blood is Created Equal

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We are the co-chairs of the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance, each affected personally and practically by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans enforced[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Dirty Blood?

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Last Wednesday, Atwater Commons hosted its annual American Red Cross blood drive in McCullough Social Space. While waiting to donate, I encountered a friend who[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Did Romney Really Win the Debate?

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At the conclusion of last Wednesday night’s presidential debate, the media consensus was clear — Governor Romney had won the debate. President Obama underperformed. The[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Rational Consumer Behavior (and Why Most of Our Mind Isn’t Ready for It)

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Imagine a completely rational society. People behave in a consistent, predictable manner based on the information available to them. They make decisions that promote the[...]

/ op-ed (0)

JV Sports: Who Knew?

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I am proud to say that I have discovered the best kept secret on campus. A new panini to be made at Proctor? No.  An[...]

/ op-ed (0)

The Right’s Race Issue

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The day that Barack Obama became the nation’s first African American President is one that will forever live in our history books. Many Americans felt[...]

/ op-ed (5)

In Support of WAGS

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In a routine conversation with my grandmother last year, I mentioned that I was considering adding a women’s and gender studies (WAGS) major to my[...]

/ op-ed (1)

It Begins with Registering to Vote

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In just 50 days, millions of Americans will head to the polls to choose the nation’s next president. They will line up to exercise the[...]

/ op-ed (1)

The Evolution of Midd Kids

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As I made my way down Route 7 last week, I couldn’t help letting my eyes wander occasionally. At first, the seemingly endless fields of[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Sticking by the President

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In last week’s “The Elephant in the Room” column, Ben Kinney ’15 offered a litany of what he perceived to be the failures of the[...]

/ op-ed (2)

Is This It?

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In the beginning of August, I found myself with no job, no place to live and, somewhat unexpectedly, no boyfriend. Was this my welcome into[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Still Here

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Just a few months ago, when I was still a senior at Middlebury, I felt pretty cool. I had a really loud best friend. Sophomores[...]

/ op-ed (0)

Death of a symbol: Osama Bin Laden – Hafsa Ahmad

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September 11, 2001 is hardly a blur. I vividly remember the confusion and the chaos that ensued after school was released early and our mosque[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (2)

Adjusting perceptions of alcohol use – Brittany Gendron

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As a junior at Middlebury College — as a sister, daughter, peer and friend — who has seen the negative consequences of alcohol abuse on[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

How to train your Middkid – Peter Weinberg

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Imagine you’re a parent, and you want to make sure your daughter never burns herself on a stove. Do you: 1) Try to hide every[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (1)

Considering both sides of the alcohol issue

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The open dialogue introduced by administrative leaders at Tuesday’s alcohol forum made it clear that a “dry campus” is not the only answer (let alone[...]

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Proposal for a social justice distribution requirement – Paloma Dugan

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In a recent study about race relations at Middlebury, many students reported that the majority of prejudiced, racist or stereotypical actions of Middlebury students were[...]

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Past Disgrace Should Not Be Forgotten

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With this semester’s end,  spring  flowers and warm days comes the 20th anniversary of the infamous Middlebury College staff firings of 1991. A decade ago,[...]

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Unsustainable Middlebury – David Reed

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Middlebury has some of the best facilities and resources of any small liberal arts college in America, but not by chance. As our academic standing[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (5)

In defense of Saper- Laurie Essig, Sujata Moorti and Ellen Oxfeld

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In a letter to the editor about Middlebury sophomore, Jay Saper ’13, Professor David Stoll wrote: “Since Saper is a SOAN major, and I am[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (0)

Who cares about the commons?

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Every Middlebury student possesses an identity in this bubble: this identity can be defined by our friend group, where we live, our major, where we[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (4)

Health care reform for Vermonters – Paul Cillo

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Governor Peter Shumlin is right. Health care reform is needed — the sooner the better. One big reason: Health care is busting the state budget.[...]

/ op-ed, Opinions (1)

On free speech – Louis Tiemann

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Our community has recently been embroiled in two debates regarding the Foundation for Individuals Rights in Education (FIRE) highlighting of the Aunt Des video series[...]

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Need-blind for all? – Juan Machado

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I am only here today because Middlebury College, at the time I applied to college, was one of a handful of colleges in the US[...]

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On Mr. Saper and the First Amendment – Conrad Trimbath

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I recently drew inspiration to reply to Jay Saper’s crusade against free expression from my favorite movie, The Big Lebowski. In an early scene, Walter,[...]

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Deconstructing an email chain – David Stoll

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I would like to go into a few events preceding Jay Saper’s ’13 March 24 Campus opinion, “Building a healthy academic community.” Let’s start with[...]

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Op-ed: Harry Morgenthau, Really Listening

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On Friday morning, I opened my window for the first time since November. Sunlight lay in long strips across my quilt and I could feel[...]

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Building a healthy academic community

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Last week the economics department sponsored a lecture on “Early Non-Marital Childrearing and the Culture of Despair,” by Phillip Levine, an economist from Wellesley.  Levine[...]

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A very premature crush list – Maya Goldberg-Safir

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Sometimes I get fed up with this place. There may be better reasons to dislike Middlebury, but so often I come back to the same[...]

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To a basketball player – Wenbo Zhang

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At the beginning of your journey, it might have been the glamour of the NBA that lured you into the game, or that exhilarating sound[...]

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A letter on creativity

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In a recent lecture on the connection between mind and body, Andrea Olsen said that after three days of drinking water at a conference in[...]

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A welcome change – Jack Hoffman

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The town meeting last week marked the second year in a row that Vermont’s education spending has declined. And it happened without the angst we[...]

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“Hello” policy – Logan Brown

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Although I have a very large bone to pick with issues involving the Middlebury community and our inability to integrate different social scenes on this[...]

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Yadadaimean?

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Last semester, I donned an oversized chain necklace and a fitted Atlanta Braves cap, sagged my jeans, put on some swag and went to dinner[...]

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Sidewalk safety – Brittany Gendron

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As a first-year counselor, I know all about health and safety. I am a sober-friend encyclopedia; I am officially certified as a crowd manager, I[...]

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For whom? – Rachel Ochako

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On the first Friday of the semester, I watched the Free Friday film, For Colored Girls produced by Tyler Perry. I was expecting a movie[...]

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Race to where?

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What is this place we call Middlebury? We exalt our college as a place of intellectual inquiry that shapes well-rounded students who lead balanced lives;[...]

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Egypt Liberated

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Yalla ya Misr! My heart is with the Egyptian people! Smiles, confidence, thiqa, reason, passion, righteousness, strength, pride, unbroken honor, respect, unyielding passions that resonate[...]

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Plastic, Paper, Cups…Shoot

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A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful back and forth with a student and it came to both of us that perhaps the e-mail[...]

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Social Entreprenueurship in the Liberal Arts

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Jon Isham is an associate professor of economics This Winter Term, 21 students and I have learned a lot about social entrepreneurship. First, the idea[...]

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Call to Establish a Peace and Conflict Studies Program

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To The Campus, According to the New York Times, more than 400 universities and colleges worldwide offer individual courses, certificates and undergraduate or graduate degrees[...]

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A Hunt submission

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To The Campus, They say that home is where the heart is. So, when I was preparing to come to college last year as an[...]

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Making sustainability mainstream

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To The Campus, You start your day with a cup of hot coffee. You grab a banana in the dining hall for a snack after[...]

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The Gender Council: Grassroots Policy Change

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To the Campus, In November 2009, a group of students and college employees asked a simple question: What if campus activists and experts interested in[...]

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Requiem for Proposition 19

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Daniel Pulido ’11 is from Bogota, Columbia. It feels strange to say that in Middlebury College the war on drugs has been lost. It makes[...]

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A prayer to the bicycle gods

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Cori Hundt ’11 is from Warren, NJ. I think I offended the bicycle gods. Perhaps I was a bicycle thief in a previous life? Or[...]

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First impressions of Middlebury from an international graduate student

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Ramune Pansa is  from Kassel, Germany Answer me one question: What are the first six things that come to your mind when you think about[...]

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Left or right?

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Andrew Torre ’13 is from Landgrove, Vt. In extreme economic circumstances such as those that prevail today, before any remedies can be applied, it must[...]

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On douchebaggery and the like

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Danil Rudoy ’11 is from Moscow, Russia The problem of douchebaggery at Middlebury College, a proud educational institution with a long history full of copious[...]

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Balance and the pass/fail system

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This past week, we once again awoke in the early hours of the morning to stare at the lifeless blue screen of BannerWeb. Typing in[...]

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Aid appreciation

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I was excited to get an email in my inbox with the words: “You are the 2010-2011 recipient of the Anonymous Scholarship, a donor-funded scholarship[...]

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“Keep Affolter”

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Last fall I had the tremendous benefit of arriving on this campus and beginning my Middlebury journey in the classroom of Visiting Assistant Professor of[...]

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Remembering a fellow sports editor

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Technically speaking, Jeff Klein ’09 and I were co-editors of The Campus Sports section for three semesters in 2008, but that distinction doesn’t do justice[...]

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Trick me twice, shame on me – Christian Schoning

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At 12:30 a.m. this past Saturday, a friend and I decided to hit up the Bunker, host of the annual VACA-sponsored Halloween party, featuring DJs[...]

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Coming OUT – Sean Maye ’11

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Middlebury’s OUT day marks one of the first times that our campus has collectively engaged the idea that honesty about our identities can truly foster[...]

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The scoop on Carbon Dioxide in the air

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Climate change is a contentious issue framed by questions across social, economic, cultural, political, scientific and ethical realms. Was the early ripening of apples in[...]

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The only realistic option for survival

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It has indeed occurred to me that the position I’ll soon take towards this question will be attacked. Critics and sympathizers alike will accuse me[...]

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Twitter won’t save the world, but it will help

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At last weekend’s TEDx talks, my friend Sierra Murdoch ’09.5 gave an unexpected piece of advice. “Stay away from screens,” she cautioned, “Be wary of[...]

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“The great moral fight of our age”

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Thanks to dogged efforts this month by leaders of “Race to Replace” — yet another inspired project of Middlebury’s Sunday Night Group — several hundred[...]

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Daniel Brayton: On being blue

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Americans tend to dislike regulations. We don’t like being told what to do, much less how or why to curb our appetites. Yet we are[...]

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The demands of an environmental reality – Andrew Conner ’11

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The recent column entitled “CEOs, hip-hop dancers and biofuel farmers” presents a compelling argument for why the environmental movement needs to be more inclusive so[...]

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The consequences of kindness – Phillip Ziff ’10.5

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As you may have already heard, a Rutgers freshman, Tyler Clementi, leapt to his death off of the George Washington Bridge on September 22th. He[...]

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Truth in biases

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An article in the New York Times last week described yet another issue that the Texas Board of Education took with their history textbooks.  The[...]

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Educating for a Greener Future

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With all due respect to my fellow faculty members, I’d like to think that Nick Muller and I, with joint appointments in Economics and Environmental[...]

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Two Too Hot for Middlebury During Winter

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In response to fossil fuel pollution, rising oil prices and complaints about building temperatures, we, a subset of the Sunday Night Group, have formed The[...]

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ADP Apologizes for Half Time Fumble

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In response to the embarrassing half time show over Homecoming Weekend, I would first like to apologize, on behalf of Alpha Delta Phi (ADP) and[...]

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