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Civil rights activist Angela Davis to speak at Middlebury

Civil rights activist Angela Davis will speak to the college community roughly a week before Election Day.

By Lucy Townend

October 22, 2020

Civil rights activist Angela Davis will speak to the college over Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The event will be largely audience-driven, focusing on pre-submitted questions followed by a live-audience question and answer session. Community members can submit questions at go/...

Behind the Mead Chapel bells, carillonneur George Matthew Jr. plays for passion and protest

George Matthews Jr. sitting at the Middlebury carillion. He has been the man behind the bells for the past 35 years.

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes

October 22, 2020

George Matthew Jr. pursued his dream and has been playing the bells in the tower of Mead Chapel since 1985. He uses his platform to promote immigrant justice, racial equality and lift student morale.

Declining balance can be spent in town this spring with ‘Middlebury Money’

Declining balance can be spent in town this spring with ‘Middlebury Money’

By Lily Jones

October 22, 2020

In Spring 2021, Middlebury will pilot a program that will allow students to decide whether to use their $25 declining balance at campus retailers or for stores and restaurants in town.

Middlebury students take on remote abroad courses and international internships

The Sunderland Language Center typically houses Middlebury’s study abroad offices, but this year staff are working remotely to help students pursue language and cultural experiences virtually.

By Katie Futterman

October 22, 2020

With study abroad programs closed for the semester, Middlebury Schools Abroad find creative ways to bring pieces of the abroad experience to students through remote learning.

Dean of Students Doucet takes leave of absence, triggering leadership adjustments

Life on campus looks very different this semester so student life staff are adapting to help students face new obstacles.

By Tony Sjodin

October 22, 2020

With Dean of Students Derek Doucet on a leave until November, student life staff members shuffle around to fill gaps and provide new services for students.

News in Brief: Credit/No Credit, professors encouraged to expand coursework flexibility, increased indoor space access

News in Brief: Credit/No Credit, professors encouraged to expand coursework flexibility, increased indoor space access

October 22, 2020

College offers credit/no-credit option for the 2020-21 school year, revoking the school’s previous Pass/D/Fail policy.

Student organizations persevere, one panther apart

Clubs find new ways to organize on campus in the light of new Covid-19 restrictions.

By Maren Walsh

October 15, 2020

Student clubs adapt to connect with peers during a time of social distance.

Administrators discuss commitments to anti-racism and equity during open meeting

Professor of Dance Christal Brown explains her role in leading the Task Force on Anti-racism for the next two years.

By Lily Jones

October 15, 2020

College administrators and the Student Government Association partnered to host an open meeting on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Oct. 9.

‘More than just food’: Tracing the history of The Knoll from grassy hill to community haven

The Knoll has been growing produce to help fulfill the community’s emergency food needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Cecelia Scheuer

October 15, 2020

When the Knoll was founded by members of the class of ’04.5 they never imagined it would become an escape for students seeking peace during a pandemic.

Distant but not disconnected: Zooming in on remote learners

Remote learners balance online courses, jobs and other responsibilities from different time zones, all while trying to connect with on-campus classmates and student organizations.

By Genny Gottdiener

October 15, 2020

Students studying remotely, by choice or by circumstance, are adjusting to a new type of college education.

After spring exodus, students and staff scramble to account for belongings left behind

Staff relocated students’ belongings several times throughout the spring and summer, but some students returned to find items had not made it to their new rooms.

By Anthony Sjodin and Katie Futterman

October 15, 2020

When Middlebury students dispersed around the globe last March, they had to “Box, Label and Leave” their belongings. This summer staff had to scramble to get everything to the right place in time.

Benjy Renton ’21 garners national recognition for contact tracing the White House

Benjy Renton ’21 began covering Covid-19 in mid-January when the pandemic was just beginning to make international headlines. Renton was studying abroad in Beijing, China at the time, a program that was subsequently canceled due to the virus.

By Hannah Bensen

October 15, 2020

When President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 2, Benjy Renton ’21 helped construct one of the most comprehensive public dashboards contact-tracing the President. Renton has also become an expert on Covid-19 and higher education, writing weekly reports about the topic.

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