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The large tent on Battell Beach was spray painted with the sentence “American Rent Is Due” during the second to last week of the spring semester.

News in Brief: Graffiti related to Indigenous land rights appears on campus

By Charlie Keohane June 11, 2021

In the last two weeks of the semester, graffiti with phrases referencing Indigenous land rights appeared around campus. The sentence “‘American Rent Is Due’” was spray painted in red on the...

The college announced today that Smita Ruzicka will serve as the next vice president of student affairs. She comes to Middlebury from Johns Hopkins University, where she served as the dean of student life.

Smita Ruzicka named as next vice president of student affairs

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes June 10, 2021

The college has appointed Smita Ruzicka as the new vice president for student affairs (VPSA). The position has remained vacant since the previous VPSA, Baishakhi Taylor, left in April 2020. Along...

Posters advertising the vigil noted that “Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Palestinian Hate” would not be tolerated at the event.

Organizers cancel “Vigil for Lives Lost to Israel-Palestine Violence” amid tense campus climate

By Maggie Reynolds June 6, 2021

A vigil for lives lost to the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas was canceled after pushback from students about the event’s stated ban on anti-Zionist speech and concerns from organizers about...

Battell Hall, completed in 1955, is the oldest of the current first-year dorms.

College to replace Battell with new first-year dorm

By Charlie Keohane May 20, 2021
Battell hall, completed in 1955, is home to more than 250 first years each year. The administration plans to start construction on a new first-year dorm that will eventually replace Battell on the north side of Battell Beach, with plans to break ground as early as September. 
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College struggles to fill low-wage dining and facilities positions

By Ideal Dowling May 20, 2021
The college is struggling to fill low-wage positions in Dining and Facilities Services — a task many employers have faced this year, sparking a national debate over hiring difficulties and its alleged relation to unemployment benefits.
The college published the five-section action plan in September, with initiatives scheduled for completion throughout the next few years.

College tackles multi-year anti-racism and DEI action plan

This Middlebury Campus investigation reports on the progress of the initiatives in the Action Plan with a particular focus on those with a proposed timeline of the 2020-2021 academic year. This project is split into five sections — one for each the Action Plan — and is the product of dozens of interviews with staff, students, committees and administrators.
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After a year of the AAUP, progress, challenges and approaching horizons

By Jake Gaughan May 20, 2021
A year after the resurrection of the Middlebury AAUP, employees reflect on the group's accomplishments and next steps.
Shifting to renewable energy is a key tenet of Energy2028.

Where are we in Energy2028?

By Emmanuel Tamrat May 20, 2021
Two years after the college first introduced Energy2028, The Campus looks at how far Middlebury has come — and what remains to be done.
Superblock housing, which allows students to submit an application for a residential space with a specific theme, will not be an option next year.

Reslife adds special interest houses, off-campus permission ahead of enrollment increase

By Katie Futterman May 20, 2021
As Middlebury plans to return for a fully in-person fall semester, ResLife has replaced superblock houses with new special interest houses and approved all seniors who applied to live off campus next year.

News in Brief: College to require vaccination for on-campus students, faculty, staff this fall

By Jack Summersby May 16, 2021

Middlebury College will require all students, faculty and staff on campus this fall to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, except for those who provide an approved medical or religious exemption, according...

Students marched in September after it was announced that the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor would not be charged with her death.

A look inside Middlebury’s activist culture

By Tony Sjodin May 13, 2021
Activists at Middlebury have spent the last year creating mutual aid networks, educating peers about anti-racism and fighting for a myriad of reforms both on-campus and from their homes across the country. While the pandemic limited in-person events, organizers saw their work become more urgent than ever as the effects of Covid-19 disproportionately impacted marginalized communities and exacerbated existing social inequities.
Dining hall staff adapted this recipe for Yukgaejang, or Korean Beef stew, from a family recipe to one that serves 280 people and requires 88 lbs of beef.

Breaking bread: Dining halls lay the foundations for community life at Middlebury

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes May 13, 2021
The Campus spoke to Atwater Commons Chef Ian Martin and Ross Commons Chef Christopher Laframboise about how the dining halls function and how they view their roles as cornerstones of the campus community.
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