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College librarians have been tasked with managing pandemic-related changes to the library’s resources and operations, including retrieving books for students now that the stacks are closed.

Million-dollar library budget cut hinders resource access, burdens librarians

By Catherine McLaughlin April 8, 2021
As a result of extensive library budget cuts, students and faculty have lost access to — or face new challenges in accessing — needed research materials, and librarians have shouldered the burden of managing the fallout.
Applications surged to a record high as the college piloted a test-optional policy.

Acceptance rate drops to 15.7%, lowest in years

By Abigail Chang April 1, 2021

Middlebury’s acceptance rate dipped almost 10 percentage points to 15.7% from last year’s irregular 24%, marking its lowest point in public record; the acceptance rate for the regular decision...

Middlebury Union High School is serving as one of the Covid-19 vaccination sites for students who scheduled appointments through the Department of Health.

Confusion spreads as students of color receive conflicting information on Covid-19 vaccinations

By Ideal Dowling April 1, 2021
With Covid-19 restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings, several student organizations have significantly altered their programming and seen changes to their active membership as a result.
Students who are eligible to get vaccinated in their home state may be allowed to leave Vermont for an appointment, but those who live further from Middlebury or do not have a car have faced greater challenges in accessing vaccinations.

On-campus students approved for day travel to home states for vaccination

By Roya Touran April 1, 2021
With on-campus learners required to stay within the boundaries of Addison County, Middlebury has been approving off-campus travel for students who can make a day trip to get vaccinated in their home state.
Though the Scott Center building has been temporarily converted into quarantine and isolation housing, chaplains have continued hosting prayer, meditation and community-building events via Zoom and in socially distanced groups on campus throughout the year.

Campus spiritual life thrives despite pandemic adjustments

By Olivia Mueller April 1, 2021
While the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life and religious student organizations have shifted much of their programming online this year, spiritual leaders are still working to foster community via Zoom and small gatherings.
The Mountain Club was not allowed to drive to activities during the fall, so they ran trips nearby including canoeing on Otter Creek and hiking along the Trail Around Middlebury.

Student organizations face membership challenges with pandemic programming

By Piper Brady April 1, 2021
With Covid-19 restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings, several student organizations have significantly altered their programming and seen changes to their active membership as a result.
Scott announced students’ ineligibility during a press conference today.

Out-of-state students ineligible to receive Vermont Covid-19 vaccines

By Abigail Chang and Lucy Townend March 30, 2021
Gov. Scott’s announcement contradicted information from the college, and comes after many students have already been fully or partially vaccinated in the state
Students eat dinner outside on March 9, 2020 — the day before Middlebury announced the suspension of on-campus classes because of the national Covid-19 outbreak.

Breaking: College plans to return to majority in-person teaching, normal operations this fall

By Abigail Chang March 25, 2021
The college also hopes to offer vaccinations to students and employees this spring, according to an email update sent earlier today.
Without the financial burden of travel and lodging, departments have been able to remotely host speakers who might previously have fallen outside of their budgets.

Silicon lining: Pandemic-era digital tools open new learning opportunities

By Catherine McLaughlin March 25, 2021
With everything online, departments have been able to invite speakers they normally would not be able to afford, the resources of C.V. Starr Schools Abroad and Middlebury Institute in Monterey (MIIS) have been opened up to more students and professors have been able to better maintain channels of communication with the world of academia.
The go-link go/middcourses, which once took students to the site that housed several years’ worth of reviews for Middlebury courses and professors, now leads to the domain name registration site “namecheap.com.”

MiddCourses, currently under maintenance, to return next week

By Rachel Lu March 25, 2021

Students who rely heavily on MiddCourses — the site that allows students to anonymously review their professors and classes — may have feared the worst when their attempts to reach the platform...

Though students can no longer use the form, it is still available for townspeople to report violations.

The rise and fall of go/snitch

By Riley Board March 18, 2021
Last fall, go/snitch, the website shortcut for Middlebury’s Covid-19 violation reporting page, was ubiquitous on campus. The college sunsetted the page for the spring semester, citing the “unhealthy atmosphere” of surveillance and anxiety it had created among students.
Dan Detora, executive director of food services, said he believed the machine was pushed off the counter.

Destruction of Proctor milk machine injures employee

By Hannah Bensen March 18, 2021
The Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident but has no suspects as of Tuesday afternoon.
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