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By Joe Flaherty

May 6, 2015

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 because I had not gotten very involved in a campus organization until that point. Maybe it was because I knew I wanted to improve as a writer and thought the newspaper was ...

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

As spring turns to summer, the College will have a new President in Old Chapel beginning July 1.

By Joe Flaherty

May 6, 2015

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

President-elect Patton at a Nov. 18 press conference. Patton recently spoke with the Campus. (Anahi Naranjo/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

April 22, 2015

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. The world-renowned historian she had appointed the director of the forum wanted a premier space on campus...

Hazing Violation Suspends KDR

Residents of the Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) social house were forced to move out after KDR was suspended for hazing on March 24. The house, pictured here, will remain unoccupied until the fall. (Ivan Valladares/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

April 8, 2015

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. KDR residential members were required to move out of the house by April 6. The house will remain unoccupied for the remainder of the semester. A statement ...

Julia Alvarez ’71 to Deliver May Commencement Address

Author, poet, writer-in-residence and Middlebury grad Julia Alvarez '71 will be the commencement speaker on May 24.

By Joe Flaherty

March 18, 2015

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. Alvarez is the acclaimed author of novels, essays and books, including In the Time of the Butterf...

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

Middlebury students take final exams in the fieldhouse in 1953 as proctors look on, per the norm prior to the Honor Code. (College Archives)

By Joe Flaherty

March 11, 2015

It was a harsh Vermont winter in December 1963 and, in the midst of the subzero temperatures, a landmark student life initiative had also frozen over. “The ‘question of honor’ at Middlebury College seems to have plenty of support as an ideal and not so much as a working system,” read a Decembe...

Fire Breaks Out in Off-Campus Home

Firefighters battle the flames which left much of 107 Weybridge Street severely damaged last Saturday. (Courtesy Nick Spencer)

By Joe Flaherty

March 4, 2015

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. After battling the fire well into the night amidst freezing temperatures, firefighters were able to get the blaze under control and by late Sunday morning the ...

Trustees Discuss Changes to Housing, Tuition

Representatives from a design firm presented the initial plans for new senior housing on Tuesday. (Rachel Frank/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

February 11, 2015

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 infra...

Students Walk Out for Ferguson

Middlebury students, faculty and staff walked out of classes and offices to gather in front of Mead Chapel at 1:01 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 to reflect on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and others. (Michael O'Hara/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

December 3, 2014

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 in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The crowd of approximat...

Laurie L. Patton Named 17th President of the College

President-elect Laurie L. Patton addresses the College community for the first time, explaining the value of a liberal-arts education. She will be the College's 17th president. (Michael O'Hara/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

November 19, 2014

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

Former Irish President Will Visit Campus to Deliver Fall Lecture

By Joe Flaherty

October 22, 2014

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 of Ireland, held the office from 1990 to 1997. After leaving office, she became the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, traveling to war-...

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

President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz spoke with The Middlebury Campus in an interview. (Brett Simison/College Communications)

By Joe Flaherty

October 22, 2014

The Middlebury Campus sat down with College President Ronald D. Liebowitz to discuss his time at the College. The conversation ranged from when he first became President to some of the changes he has seen at the College in the past years. Liebowitz will depart the College at the conclusion of the school y...

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