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Chemfab Factory Contaminates Water in Bennington

Chemfab Factory Contaminates Water in Bennington

By Hye-Jin Kim

March 10, 2016

Flint, Mich. Hoosick Falls, N. Y. North Bennington, Vt. “We are facing a water contamination crisis across our country. North Bennington is the latest in a long line of communities who can no longer trust the most basic necessity of life,” said Erin Brokovich on her website, a consumer advocate...

Accident in Roundabout Floods Middlebury with Milk

Accident in Roundabout Floods Middlebury with Milk

By Hye-Jin Kim

March 3, 2016

At first, it appeared to be an “udder” disaster. Last Friday, Feb. 26, an Agri-Mark owned tanker separated from the truck and overturned at the roundabout in downtown Middlebury, spilling roughly 40,000 pounds or 4,600 gallons of milk into the street. No one was injured, though most of the milk...

BTV: Meet the Team Fueling your Internet Habits

By Hye-Jin Kim

December 9, 2015

It has been said: “Home is where the wifi connects automatically.”  Yes, while it’s convenient being able to speed google French conjugations en route to an in-class exam, I wouldn’t describe the middle of Battell Beach as “home.” But the ubiquitous (and free) campus wi-fi is arguably...

Camping For A Cause: Shelter Hosts Sleep-Out to Combat Homelessness

Camping For A Cause: Shelter Hosts Sleep-Out to Combat Homelessness

By Hye-Jin Kim

December 2, 2015

It’s no surprise there’s little overlap between winter-camping enthusiasts and Addison County’s homeless. In our own community, there are those who will have no choice but to spend at least one frigid night outside this winter. While most of us are fortunate enough to lack first-hand experience,...

Panel of Political Science Professors Discuss Paris Attacks, Repercussions

Panel of Political Science Professors Discuss Paris Attacks, Repercussions

By Hye-Jin Kim

November 18, 2015

Over 250 students and faculty crammed into Dana Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 17 for a panel discussion hosted by the Department of Political Science on the Paris attacks. Mediated by Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences Tamar Mayer, the panel consisted of Professor of Political Science Erik Bleich,...

Students Produce Film in Under 40 Hours in Burlington Film Slam

By Hye-Jin Kim

November 13, 2015

The night before Halloween, Hannah Marks ’15.5, Ali Salem ’16, Danilo Herrera ’18, Sofy Maia ’16, Eric Benoit ’16 and Sasha Schell ’15.5 pulled up to the swanky Courtyard by Marriott overlooking Lake Champlain. Active in the film department, they had all heard of each other, but were vague...

LinkedIn at Middlebury: A Glorified Facebook?

By Hye-Jin Kim

October 14, 2015

According to Middlebury’s CCI website, LinkedIn is the key to controlling our professional online identity. “LinkedIn profiles rise to the top of search results from sites such as Google, letting you control that first impression.” So having a LinkedIn profile forces potential employers to troll...

Spending Summer on the Organic Farm: Students Challenged by Recent Drought

Spending Summer on the Organic Farm: Students Challenged by Recent Drought

By Hye-Jin Kim

September 17, 2015

Over the summer, a prospective student visiting the Middlebury College Organic Farm asked Jay Leshinsky, “So, does this place run itself?” Leshinsky, the very tan full-time farm educator who manages the farm year-round, chuckled. The question sounds absurd but many Middlebury students, myself...

Obeidallah Cracks Islamophobia with Comedy

Arab-American Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked he could convert the entire audience to Islam by the end of his act in Mead Chapel last Thursday night. (Rachel Frank/The Campus)

By Hye-Jin Kim

April 29, 2015

“There are so many POC students in here,” Shannia Fu ’17 whispered as I settled into a pew in Mead Chapel last Thursday, waiting for stand-up comedian Dean Obeidallah to perform. “What’s a POC?” I asked. The opening act, Narinder Singh, a Sikh-American comedian from New York City, in a...

Helder der Nacht: Heroes of the Night

Grooming the terrain, Will Jacobs ’16.5 operated the Snowcat on the slopes in Chile (Courtesy of Will Jacobs).

By Hye-Jin Kim

March 11, 2015

“There’s something surreal about it. You feel like God,” Will Jacobs ’16.5 said. Jacobs drives a Snowcat: a 20,000 lb. hulk of metal capable of grooming sub-par snow into quality skiing terrain. In Germany, where the machines are made, a Snowcat driver is called “Helder der nacht,” which...

On Image-Conscious Campus, Rosie Molinary Talks

On Image-Conscious Campus, Rosie Molinary Talks

By Hye-Jin Kim

February 11, 2015

“Where are all the fat Americans?” I overheard an international student joke in Proctor Dining Hall during the first week of first-year orientation. And he’s got a point. Middlebury’s student body is often labeled not only as very attractive, but also fitter — and much wealthier — than...

New Project Resilience Goes Live with Stories

On a campus where mental illness and traumas get pushed aside, Project Resilience asks students to tell their story online in answer to the question: “What’s the hardest thing you’ve done?” On Tuesday in Wilson Hall, the stories told on the website were brought to life in a two-hour event.

By Hye-Jin Kim

January 21, 2015

On a typical crisp autumn night in Brooker last semester, Cooper Couch ’14.5 was curious about his new housemates. Curled up besides the cozy warmth of a crackling fire with fellow Brooker residents, he asked Emma Erwin ’15.5 a simple question. “What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” This...

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