The Student Newspaper at Middlebury College

The Middlebury Campus

A Signed Professor Evaluation

By Michelle Smoler

May 8, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Professors have a unique and important place in a student’s life. We should never underestimate the deep and at times life-long impact of the student-teacher relationship. Yet although the role of professors exists both in the...

INSPIRIT Dance Troupe Honors Legacy of Muhammad Ali

By Michelle Smoler

March 21, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Last Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, Professor of Dance Christal Brown and the INSPIRIT dance troupe performed her dance piece, titled “Opulence of Integrity.” A production nearly two years in the making, “Opulence” so...

‘They Asked Me Where I Get This Stuff, I Told Them I Don’t Know’

By Michelle Smoler

March 13, 2013

Filed under Opinion

In my past columns, I’ve discussed the value of a liberal arts education in its ability to endow us with critical-thinking and writing skills — everything a future graduate needs to take the world by a storm. However, I am...

Ambassador Dennis Ross Discusses Mideast

By Michelle Smoler

March 13, 2013

Filed under News

This past Tuesday, Mar. 12 members of the College and Middlebury community gathered in Mead Chapel to hear Dennis Ross, Washington’s ambassador to Israel under the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, discuss “Israel,...

“You Don’t Like Being Second, I Don’t Like Being Wrong.”

By Michelle Smoler

February 27, 2013

Filed under Opinion

The job hunt. I have begun to wonder if the anxiety that surrounds finding a job is less about being employed and more about our egos. Selling ourselves to employers may require as much boasting and resume-padding as we can muster...

“I Just Don’t Know What to Do, I’m Just Afraid to Love You.”

By Michelle Smoler

February 13, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Society creates numerous barriers to become self-aware — mainly that it creates so-called “acceptable” models of behavior that cannot possibly match each person’s set of ethics and beliefs. But higher education compels...

SGA Update

By Michelle Smoler

December 5, 2012

Filed under News

An on-going discussion of Feb student over-representation among SGA Senators came to a head at the meeting last Sunday, Dec. 2, in which the Senate passed a bill limiting Feb students from running and voting for class senate seats...

“Such a Long Long Time to be Gone and a Short Time to be There”

By Michelle Smoler

November 28, 2012

Filed under Opinion

This past week we kicked off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, which despite its most questionable history, has always been for me less about its origins and more an excuse to bring the family together to eat, drink and be...

“And Any Man Who Knows A Thing Knows He Knows Not A Damn, Damn Thing At All.”

By Michelle Smoler

November 7, 2012

Filed under Opinion

The Middlebury “bubble.” This phrase evokes an image of a fragile environment, easily popped by contact with other objects — from the inside or out. The “ivory tower.” Another metaphor used for the traditional liberal...

A Certain Romance

By Michelle Smoler

October 24, 2012

Filed under Opinion

After gazing in awe at the double rainbow that appeared after the freak thunderstorm last Saturday, I realized that most of us share a certain romance with Middlebury. Disappointment with days of rain can be outsmarted by a perfect...

Life’s Not a Competition, But I’m Winning

By Michelle Smoler

September 26, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Time in general and, more specifically, here at Middlebury, is valuable. Never was this more apparent than as I sat in the news office in the early hours of Tuesday morning, contemplating the multitude of tasks in the coming day,...