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As world shuts down, sophomores rethink fall semesters abroad

Students perused brochures and chatted with college faculty at a study abroad fair last fall.

By RILEY BOARD

April 16, 2020

In a normal year, over half of Middlebury’s junior class studies abroad. Next year will likely be different.

Middlebury Bridge and Rail construction delayed temporarily

Construction has been halted on the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project as Stay Safe, Stay Home order stops non-essential activities. Town officials appealed to the state to resume the project on April 2.

By LUCY TOWNEND

April 16, 2020

The Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project was delayed on March 25 by Governor Scott's Stay Safe, Stay Home order.

Middlebury-led panel zooms in on Vermont’s climate future

70 users participated in a webinar for Vermont's branch of the

By NICOLE POLLACK

April 16, 2020

“What you do locally will change the future,” said Dr. Eban Goodstein, who launched the "Solve Climate by 2030" project last year.

Notes from the desk: On a world without sports

Notes from the desk: On a world without sports

By MIGUEL ESPINOSA

April 16, 2020

Our senior sports editor writes about a world without sports.

When it comes to grading, who has the last word?

This spring has been marked by an extended debate over the way students' remote work should be graded, with questions of equity taking center stage.

By TONY SJODIN

April 16, 2020

Just as the administration seemed to have made a final decision to enforce an opt-in Pass/D/Fail system, faculty motioned for the college to adopt mandatory credit/no-credit grading for this semester.

Midd clubs get creative to bridge the geographic gap

Middlebury Discount Comedy most recently performed

By Rachel Lu

April 16, 2020

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, President Laurie Patton signed off her college-wide email with Middlebury Discount Comedy’s rendition of “Imagine,” urging the community to use imagination and support each other while off campus. Embodying the message, student clubs have continued to function as creative outlets and community spaces...

Senior committee looks to on-campus commencement and Senior Week celebration

Conditions permitting, the college plans to conduct a three-to-five day senior celebration in mid-to-late August to replace Senior Week.

By RILEY BOARD

April 16, 2020

Plans are already underway for a three-to-five day senior celebration in mid-to-late August to replace Senior Week, CDC guidelines permitting.

Grading debate stretches on as faculty consider mandatory credit/no credit system

Today's Faculty Council meeting took place on Zoom and was attended by 250 participants. It was the first faculty meeting since the college suspended in-person classes last month.

By RAIN JI

April 10, 2020

Faculty members motioned to change Middlebury’s current grading policy to a mandatory credit/no-credit system this morning. Faculty will vote to either approve or deny the motion at a meeting next Friday, April 17. 

Vermont Department of Corrections reduces prison population in response to Covid-19 outbreak; first inmate tests positive

Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield is one of six Department of Corrections facilities in Vermont. In response to the outbreak of Covid-19, the DOC has been under pressure by social organizations to reduce the state prison population.

By MAREN WALSH

April 9, 2020

An inmate at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton tested positive for the virus, the DOC announced Wednesday morning. He's the first inmate in the Vermont prison system to test positive.

Food retailers continue on amidst Covid-19 health risks

The Middlebury Foods Co-op on Washington Street is one of a handful of Middlebury food retailers that has continued to keep its doors open during the State-wide outbreak of Covid-19. Many area supermarkets have serviced customers in equal or higher-quantities than normal in the last month.

By CHARLOTTE CRUTCHLOW

April 9, 2020

"Each one of my associates is a hero and they battle an invisible enemy each and every day," said Hannaford Store Manager Tom Seigle.

Tenure-bound faculty may defer review process to fall

“For the 10 of us under review, the anxiety of a difficult, fraught period has been exacerbated,” said Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies Nicolas Poppe in an email to The Campus. Here, Poppe at home with his three young kids.

By HANNAH BENSEN

April 9, 2020

Ten faculty members remain uncertain as they await the results of their tenure reviews this semester.

Nonprofits house homeless in Middlebury hotels; dining service delivers meals

As Vermont heightens social distancing advisories, local nonprofits have moved many of Addison County housing-insecure from shelters into hotels and motels, including the Middlebury Inn on Court Square.

By HATTIE LEFAVOUR

April 9, 2020

The ubiquitous pressure to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus begs the question: what if you don’t have a home to stay in? 

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