Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

By NICK GARBER and SABINE POUX

January 24, 2019


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Middlebury's monthslong effort to shrink staff costs and reevaluate how the institution does work is entering its most critical stage, and staff members report varying levels of satisfaction with the process as they wait for buyout offers.

Internal Review Shows College Lags Behind Peers

Internal Review Shows College Lags Behind Peers

By BOCHU DING

January 24, 2019


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Results from a 2017 faculty and staff survey reveal that Middlebury lags well behind its peers in almost all measures of employee satisfaction. Most notably, faculty and staff gave low marks to communication within and between departments as well as confidence in senior leadership. The consulting...

Wake & Bake: A Morning With Proctor Baker Ashley LaDuke

Wake & Bake: A Morning With Proctor Baker Ashley LaDuke

By JAMES FINN

January 24, 2019


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Stroll into a dining hall to grab a sweet treat anytime between November and February, and you’re likely to find an array of desserts meant to give a taste of wintertime in Vermont: maple mousse, maple-walnut brownies, maple cheesecake, and other treats featuring Vermonters’ favorite winter flavor.  ...

Two ‘Meatless’ Days Added to Dining Schedule

By PORTER BOWMAN

January 24, 2019


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There will be two additional meatless days per week in the college dining halls in an effort to reduce the college’s meat consumption by 30 percent, according to an all-school email sent by the Student Government Association (SGA) on Jan. 15.

Students Critique Proposed Protest Policy at Teach-in

Students Critique Proposed Protest Policy at Teach-in

By NICOLE POLLACK

January 24, 2019


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A mixture of frustration, optimism and anger characterized a student teach-in on the proposed changes to Middlebury’s protest policy last Friday. Held in the Hillcrest Orchard, the teach-in allowed students to share concerns about the proposed policy’s lack of transparency and potential ramifications.

SOAN Class Analyzes Exclusion on Campus

By KAYLA LICHTMAN

January 24, 2019


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Students in the Sociology & Anthropology course Trust and Social Capital recently produced a paper analyzing causes and effects of exclusion on Middlebury’s campus.

Bruni Gets Frank About College Life

Bruni Gets Frank About College Life

By NICOLE POLLACK

January 17, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni spoke to a packed Wilson Hall about identity politics and the meaning of a liberal education last week.

External Reviewers Assess Impact of Commons System

By JAMES FINN and SABINE POUX

January 17, 2019


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An external review committee has released a report evaluating the commons system and delineating areas of potential improvement as a continuation of the college’s “How Will We Live Together” residential life assessment.

Debate Club Sets Records at Championship in Cape Town

Debate Club Sets Records at Championship in Cape Town

By RILEY BOARD

January 17, 2019


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Five Middlebury debaters celebrated the new year seven hours ahead and thousands of miles away in Cape Town, South Africa at the largest debate competition in the world, the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC). Charlotte Massey ’18, Nate Obbard ’21, Amanda Werner ’21, Quinn Boyle ’21 and Van Barth ’21 competed in two-person teams with Massey and Obbard placing 70th in the world, Werner and Boyle placing 224th and Barth serving as a judge. Massey and Obbard’s performance was the best in Middlebury history.

No Class on MLK Day for First Time

By PORTER BOWMAN

January 17, 2019


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Middlebury students will have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off for the first time in college history this Monday, Jan. 21. The holiday, traditionally observed by most schools and many places of work, has been a class day for Middlebury students since President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.

Admissions Dean to Leave at Year’s End

Admissions Dean to Leave at Year’s End

By HANNAH BENSEN

January 17, 2019


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Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles will leave his position at the end of the academic years. After seven years in his current role, he will become dean of enrollment management at the Lawrenceville School, a private boarding and day school for students grades 9-12 in central New Jersey.

News in Brief

By BOCHU DING and CAROLINE KAPP

January 17, 2019


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PRESIDENT MAKES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS President Patton announced the transition of four administrators from interim roles to permanent positions in an email to the community on Dec. 19. Jeff Cason, Baishakhi Taylor, Steve Snyder and Carlos Velez have continued their duties in an official capaci...

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