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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? 

Admissions office markets Midd in a year roiled by economic downturn, public health crisis

Admissions office markets Midd in a year roiled by economic downturn, public health crisis

By SABINE POUX and with data analysis by BENJY RENTON

April 9, 2020

The college admitted a record-breaking number of students as it faces Covid-19-related challenges that could affect student enrollment.

We are in a global crisis, with or without Covid-19

We are in a global crisis, with or without Covid-19

By HANNAH LAGA ABRAM, SOPHIE CHALFIN-JACOBS, CLAIRE CONTRERAS, DIVYA GUDUR, JADEN HILL, and ASA SKINDER

April 9, 2020

"The economic restructuring and dramatic lifestyle changes we have seen in the past weeks prove the kind of large-scale action needed to address climate change has been possible this whole time."

Coronavirus news in brief: first employee case of Covid-19, wage continuity update and summer planning

The college will make a decision about summer programming by mid-April, Treasurer David Provost said in an interview with the Campus.

By JAMES FINN

April 9, 2020

A Middlebury staff member has contracted Covid-19, Middlebury will continue to pay benefits-eligible staff through June 30, and the college will make a decision by mid-April about summer programming.

SGA redirects unused funds to support students, staff

The SGA Senate at a March 29 Zoom meeting.

By ABIGAIL CHANG

April 9, 2020

The SGA directed $320,000 of its reserve funds to support staff wage continuity, the Student Emergency Fund, and members of the college community who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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