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Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd

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Vermont State Police released a statement condemning the police conduct involved in George Floyd’s death.

By Nora Peachin

May 30, 2020

As VSP expressed condolences to those touched by the death of George Floyd, it reiterated its commitment to "fair and impartial policing" and is in the process of reviewing its own training protocols regarding the use of force.

Vermonters show trust in state’s response, support extended social distancing, poll shows

Vermonters show trust in state’s response, support extended social distancing, poll shows

By BENJY RENTON

May 14, 2020

A vast majority of Vermonters show a desire to delay the reopening of the state’s economy and continue social distancing restrictions, even as 26% surveyed have been laid off or lost a job, according to new polling data from a nationwide survey.

Hope in Middlebury for derailed construction project

Work has restarted on Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project, as crews continue to install minipiles this week after being shut down by the state since March 25.

By LUCY TOWNEND

May 14, 2020

After a period of indefinite delays due to the pandemic, the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project has received approval from the state to restart on Monday, May 11. The project was first shut down on March 25, when the governor halted all nonessential construction projects across the state of Vermont as part of his “Stay...

Charter House continues a modified shelter program with state oversight

The Charter House Coalition continues to provide support to the Addison County homeless community with a modified shelter program, relying on local hotels and motels in Middlebury, including the Middlebury Marriott, to provide short-term housing.

By MICHAEL FRANK

May 7, 2020

Although disasters such as the Covid-19 pandemic are often regarded as “great equalizers,” the homeless population of the U.S. has experienced a disproportionate impact. Local infrastructures, such as shelter programs, have become crucial for these populations to survive the tremors of the pande...

Considerations from the (figurative) capital: Legislating amidst the Covid-19 crisis

Hannaford Supermarket in Middlebury last November. Grocery store employees, healthcare professionals, first responders and other essential workers were the focus of the “COVID-19 Essential Employees Hazard Grant Program” bill, which recently passed in the Vermont senate.

By KAITLYN GIROUARD

May 7, 2020

Vermont lawmakers have experienced a drastic change in their work since the Covid-19 outbreak began, and are now passing legislation remotely from their homes instead of in Montpelier. The Campus spoke with Vermont State Senator Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) about how the legislative session is continuing and what legislation has been pas...

Three Vermont state colleges face uncertain futures

NVU-Lyndon, in Lyndonville, Vt., is one of three public Vermont colleges that Chancellor of the Vermont State College System (VSCS), Jeb Spaulding, planned on closing following an April 17th announcement. The VSCS has since withdrawn this plan, however the fate of these colleges remains unclear.

By JACK SUMMERSBY

April 30, 2020

Increased financial stress has put the future of three public Vermont colleges in question.

With lack of storage and low demand, dairy farms resort to milk dumping

Monument Farms, based in Weybridge, is one of the hundreds of Vermont dairy producers impacted by the economic realities of the Covid-19 outbreak. Demand fluctuation and a lack of infrastructure has given the industry no option but to dump its milk.

By ANNA WOOD

April 30, 2020

The state’s already struggling dairy industry has been destroying its sitting supply of milk in a reluctant response to Covid-19 economic realities.

Middlebury alumnus starts fundraiser for local business

The Old Stone Mill, one of five recipients of a GoFundMe fundraiser organized by Nicholas Milazzo ‘18.5. Milazzo’s focussed his efforts on the Old Stone Mill, Royal Oak Coffee, Fire and Ice, Costello’s Market and Magic Wok based on his own research to assess the vulnerability of restaurants and markets across town.

By BECCA AMEN

April 30, 2020

Currently, the alumnus, Nicholas Milazzo '18.5, plans to allocate the money raised among five locally owned businesses.

Covid-19 outbreak exacerbates difficulties with Census 2020

Following the suspension of in-person classes in mid-March, Middlebury sent a school-wide email reminding students that the college will count them in the 2020 Census. 

By ARIADNE WILL

April 16, 2020

The 2020 decennial census risks miscounts as a result of Covid-19.

Vermont Coffee Company raises $142,000 for homeless shelters and food shelves

Amidst their usual production efforts, Vermont Coffee Company teamed up with local organizations, including H.O.P.E, to lead a Covid-19 fundraising campaign last month. The organizations raised $142,000 for local homeless shelters and food shelves.

By HAEUN PARK

April 16, 2020

Middlebury-based Vermont Coffee Company successfully completed its campaign to match funds raised by local nonprofits, resulting in $142,000 given to local homeless shelters and food shelves impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  

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.

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.

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