Joe Flaherty

Editor in Chief


Stories and the People Who Write Them

I’m not quite sure what compelled me to sign up to write for the Features section one Friday in January of 2012. Maybe it was[…]

The Exit Interview, Part Two: A Final Word with Liebowitz

The Middlebury Campus previously sat down with College President Ronald D. Liebowitz in the fall to discuss his time at the College. This is the second and final installment of the conversation, which took place prior to and after the announcement of Laurie L. Patton as the College’s 17th President.

Patton Weighs in on College’s Challenges, Opportunities

Duke University Dean of Arts & Sciences Laurie L. Patton was in the middle of creating an ambitious new outreach forum, the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics, when her idea hit a roadblock.

Hazing Violation Suspends KDR

The College suspended the social house Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) on March 24 after it concluded KDR members had violated the College’s hazing policy.

Julia Alvarez ’71 to Deliver May Commencement Address

Novelist, poet and College writer-in-residence Julia Alvarez ’71 will deliver this year’s commencement address. Alvarez, along with four others, will receive an honorary degree at the May 24 ceremony.

Honor, Identity, and Administration: The Forgotten History of Middlebury’s Honor Code

Over the past year, the Campus has investigated the untold story of the creation of the Honor Code. Although the story of the origins of the Honor Code at Middlebury is often that of a system fashioned by students and for students, the historical picture is much murkier.

Fire Breaks Out in Off-Campus Home

On Saturday night, a large fire engulfed a non-College house at 107 Weybridge Street rented by five College students. None of the students were harmed. Middlebury Fire Department Chief David Shaw said the cause of the fire is as of yet unknown.

Trustees Discuss Changes to Housing, Tuition

Changes to tuition and senior housing are on the table following the latest meeting of the Board of Trustees. While the Trustees tackled a variety of topics in their January 22 to 24 meeting, their discussions indicate two significant changes in the months ahead for the College’s finances and infrastructure.

Students Walk Out for Ferguson

Students, faculty and staff walked out of classrooms and offices on Monday, Dec. 1 to stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. in light of the recent grand jury decision not to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Laurie L. Patton Named 17th President of the College

Dr. Laurie L. Patton was named Middlebury College’s 17th president on Nov. 18, and the College’s first female president in its 214-year history. Patton is currently dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University.

Former Irish President Will Visit Campus to Deliver Fall Lecture

Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, will visit the College on Oct. 25 to deliver a lecture. Robinson, the seventh and first female President[…]

The Exit Interview, Part One: A Q&A with President Liebowitz

The Middlebury Campus sat down with College President Ronald D. Liebowitz to discuss his time at the College.

College Announces Interim Administrative Positions

On Oct. 17, President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz announced several administrative changes in an all-campus email. Included was the news that Dean of[…]

Sexual Assault Panel Replaced by HR Officer

In a change to existing College policy on adjudicating sexual misconduct, the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel (SMRP) was eliminated in August. The SMRP, which had[…]

This One’s For the Record Books

One afternoon last October, I descended the stairs of Davis Family Library for a foray into the College Archives. My purpose was an article on[…]

How to Make A Broomball Court Freeze

How do you make an ice rink out of nothing but a stretch of grass on a quad? As difficult as it might sound, every[…]

HVAC Crew Braves the Cold to Keep You Warm

For the heating and cooling team within Facilities Services, December through January is their Super Bowl. With huge swings in temperature, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning[…]

Raymond Runs the Nightly Watch

It is 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night.  The campus is illuminated by a full moon, and the faraway thumping bass of music can be heard[…]

WRMC: Sound Waves

Snake Pit with Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 & Alan Sanders ’13.5 Middlebury Campus (MC): How did you form? Addy: Both of us came together at the[…]

Behind the Vest: Fall Foliage Is No Match for Landscaping

13 miles of sidewalk. Over 300 acres. Even for a 14-year Landscape Services veteran like John Quelch, these numbers are daunting. Nevertheless, Quelch has an eye for detail.

Preserving the Past for the Sake of Midd’s Future

Priceless books such as Henry David Thoreau’s personal copy of “Walden” are kept in Special Collections.

Carbon Cleanup

When the Biomass plant, a lynchpin of Middlebury College’s carbon neutrality goal, shuts down, it is a massive undertaking. Starting the night of Thursday, Oct. 10, the plant’s input of wood chips was stalled, the burners died down and steam pumping through the College’s pipes was heated by oil instead of the gasification process.

Round the Clock, Selleck Runs Biomass Plant

Instead of the steady hum of steam and woodchips moving through pipes, on Monday, Oct. 14, the biomass plant was a hive of activity.

Taking Out the Trash with Wes Doner

Wes Doner climbs into the driver’s seat of the truck and pulls on a pair of plastic gloves. “Are you guys ready?” he asks with a grin.

Harriet Duleep Debunks Myths on the Economics of Immigration

Although much of the attention on immigration reform in Congress centers on the policy toward illegal immigrants, Professor of Public Policy at the College of[…]

The Man that Keeps Middlebury Moving

While some students claim to have filled out a work order, the work of the Facilities Services staff that keeps Middlebury running smoothly often happens[…]

Professor Talks Greatness on Constitution Day

Does the Constitution make America a great nation? On Thursday, James W. Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, made the case in[…]

Students Cycle to Save Arctic Ice

Students pumped up their bicycle tires to participate in a social-media-focused campaign by Greenpeace encouraging bike-riding to raise awareness for the plight of the Arctic[…]

Q&A Carries on LGBTQ Torch from MOQA

Following the disbandment in May of MOQA (Middlebury Open Queer Alliance), several students overhauled the organization’s image and mission to better serve the lesbian, gay,[…]

College Hires Health and Wellness Director

Barbara McCall, currently the Campus Wellness Education Coordinator at Castleton State College, was hired as the new Director of Health and Wellness Education in March[…]

Fundraising Kickstarts Alumna’s Business

  Sword & Plough, the company founded by alumna Emily Núñez ’12, had the kind of launch on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter that most start-ups[…]

TEDx Speakers Address “The Road Not Taken”

  TEDxMiddlebury 2013, the “independently organized TED event,” took place on Saturday March 9, with students gathered in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for[…]

Campus Character: Colby Horn ’13

  While students have probably seen Colby Horn ’13 wheeling around campus on a unicycle, he is not one to brag about his unique skill.[…]

Guest Lecturer Speaks on Hindu Narratives

Last Thursday, Feb. 21, the Middlebury community had the rare opportunity to hear stories of Hindu heroes from Lindsey Harlan, Professor of Religious Studies and[…]

Midd Alumna Wins Harvard Pitch Contest

On Feb. 10, Sword & Plough, a company founded by recent Middlebury graduate Emily Núñez ’12, won first place and the audience choice award in[…]

Planning for Feb Orientation Underway

With the end of winter term approaching, the campus is preparing for the arrival of the class of 2016.5. “There are a lot of things[…]

Evangelist Endorses Environmentalism

Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, spoke last Friday, Nov. 2 in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room[…] Revamps Its Look

Many students are familiar with as the go-to site for course evaluations, but what they may not know is the 13-year-old site underwent a[…]