The Middlebury Campus

Notes from the desk: Having a parent on the frontlines

By LILY LAESCH

April 2, 2020

"My mom stays at work for you, miles and hours away from her loved ones. Please, please stay at home for her."

Town businesses lay-off staff, offer curbside service following state-wide Stay Home order

Businesses have resorted to delivery or curbside pick-up as Governor Scott’s recent Stay Home, Stay Safe order forces businesses to drastically change the way they operate.

By LUCY TOWNEND

April 2, 2020

Middlebury businesses are facing increasing hardship after Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for the state of Vermont on Tuesday, March 24. Issued as an amendment to the state of emergency declared on March 13, the order prohibits the in-person operation of non-essential businesses, forcing st...

Seasons end abruptly due to coronavirus

The NCAA canceled all remaining competitions and winter championships, including the women’s hockey’s NCAA quarterfinal between Middlebury and Endicott College. The game was slated to take place on Saturday, March 14.

By MIGUEL ESPINOSA

April 2, 2020

The NESCAC canceled all competitions, including conference championships, on March 11 to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The presidents of all 11 NESCAC institutions agreed unanimously on the decision.

In game-time decision, college ski areas close early to maintain social distancing

The Snow Bowl during Winter Carnival, only a week and a half before the college announced it would be suspending in-person classes and sending most students home.

By PORTER BOWMAN

April 2, 2020

The Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center closed shortly after the college suspended in-person classes.

In praise of a humbler, more human Middlebury

By EDITORIAL BOARD

April 2, 2020

Not many would characterize Middlebury’s student-administration relationship as “simple.” Mere weeks ago, the college faced intense, sustained outcry from students protesting Charles Murray’s third controversial invitation to speak on campus. On Murray and other issues, students have critiqued...

Over 120 students remain in near-empty dorms, dining halls

To promote social distancing, students are no longer permitted to eat inside Proctor dining hall.

By ABIGAIL CHANG

April 2, 2020

Students remaining on campus have limited access to facilities as the college implements social distancing measures.

Joining forces with town, Middlebury repurposes resources and offers support

As Covid-19 spreads throughout Vermont, Middlebury is prepared to repurpose Chip Kenyon Arena to host a Department of Health mobile hospital unit in the event that coronavirus cases exceed Porter Medical Center’s current capacity.

By SOPHIA MCDERMOTT-HUGHES

April 2, 2020

The college is preparing its facilities to provide additional support to Porter Medical Center and the greater community.

What happens now that we’re all in long-distance friendships?

By GENEVIEVE HERRON

March 24, 2020

Genevieve Herron '23 proposes a solution to the difficulty of long-distance friendships: letter writing.

Midd students scramble to get home as Covid-19 shuts down programs abroad

Shuttered storefronts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Middlebury's programs abroad were cancelled on March 13.

By JAMES FINN

March 23, 2020

Students struggled with quickly-changing travel restrictions and a chaotic return home as their study abroad programs were suspended.

Online dating in the era of Covid-19

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By SEX PANTHER

March 22, 2020

Our Sex Panther has compiled all the best coronavirus references from the dating apps she's been scanning while sheltering in place at home.

The college’s ‘first priority’: continuing staff wages

College employees were all-hands-on-deck as students were asked to move out mid-semester due to Covid-19.

By AMELIA POLLARD

March 22, 2020

At Middlebury--the largest employer in Addison County--the college’s crisis management team has developed a roadmap for maintaining staff wages after most students departed during the unfolding pandemic. 

Please don’t take a vacation in the middle of a global pandemic

By JAKE GAUGHAN

March 21, 2020

"Right now, your decisions as a traveler, as a tourist, are bound to have unintended consequences."

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