College Says Students Were Not Cause of Safety Risk; Students Fear Retribution From Faculty

By WILL DIGRAVIO

April 19, 2019


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College Provost Jeff Cason and Dean of Faculty Andi Lloyd sent an email to all faculty Friday, April 19, that made clear for the first time that student protesters were not the cause of the safety risk cited in the cancellation of Wednesday's lecture by Ryszard Legutko. Cason and Lloyd emphasized, rather,...

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

By WILL DIGRAVIO, RILEY BOARD, and JAMES FINN

April 18, 2019


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The college canceled a lecture by Ryszard Legutko, a controversial scholar and far right member of the European Parliament from Poland, on Wednesday, April 17. The email announcing the decision was signed by Dean of Students Baishakhi Taylor and Provost Jeff Cason three hours before the event. "This...

SGA and Community Council to Hold Elections Thursday

By PORTER BOWMAN

April 18, 2019


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This week, the Middlebury student body will elect a new SGA president for the 2019-2020 academic year. The position involves directly overseeing the SGA Cabinet and Senate and supporting the work of 11 Cabinet committees and five Senate committees. The President is viewed as the de facto leader of the entire student body.

Reporter on ISIS Beat Discusses ‘Speaking to the Enemy’

Reporter on ISIS Beat Discusses ‘Speaking to the Enemy’

By CAROLINE KAPP

April 18, 2019


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Rukmini Callimachi has built a career out of talking to terrorists. Callimachi joined the New York Times in March 2014 as a foreign correspondent covering Al-Qaeda and ISIS. WIRED magazine called her “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.” She is a four-time Pulitzer...

Parton Looks to Upgrade Mental Health Services this Fall

Parton Looks to Upgrade Mental Health Services this Fall

By ELAINE VELIE

April 18, 2019


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Parton Center for Health and Wellness will make changes to its mental health offerings beginning this fall, after joining a national program earlier this year which helps schools improve their suicide prevention services as well as support for substance abuse and other mental health issues.

Expert Panel Talks ‘Climate Grief’ and Environmental Action

By NICOLE POLLACK

April 18, 2019


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Last fall, days after Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dan Suarez gave a talk branding climate change the impending end of the world, Kyle Freiler ’19 walked into Suarez’s office in a panic. He was experiencing what the American Psychological Association now recognizes as cli...

The Complicity Projects Launches Display in Davis Library

The Complicity Projects Launches Display in Davis Library

By CAROLINE KAPP

April 18, 2019


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From far away, this week’s display in Davis Library appears a brightly-colored mosaic of posters. But upon closer inspection, the set-up reveals a carefully-curated collection of quotes and photographs that address ideas of campus complicity in issues of sexual assault and harassment at Middlebury....

Legutko Still Speaks to Politics Class After Administration Cancels Public Lecture

Legutko Still Speaks to Politics Class After Administration Cancels Public Lecture

By RILEY BOARD, CAROLINE KAPP, SABINE POUX, and JAMES FINN

April 17, 2019


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Despite the cancellation of his public lecture earlier today amid what college administrators described as “safety concerns,” the right-wing Polish politician Ryszard Legutko still spoke on campus this afternoon to a private classroom audience. A peaceful protest originally scheduled to take place outside of t...

Geology Professor Shows Cartoon Joking About Slave Trade in Class

Geology Professor Shows Cartoon Joking About Slave Trade in Class

By SARAH ASCH

April 17, 2019


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Professor of Geology Pat Manley included a cartoon on the introductory slide of a slideshow in her Ocean Floor class on Tuesday that joked about the slave trade. The cartoon, which appeared on a slide titled “Humor for Today,” depicted a slave ship crossing the ocean with a person strapped to the b...

College Braces for Right-Wing Speaker Accused of Homophobia

College Braces for Right-Wing Speaker Accused of Homophobia

By RILEY BOARD

April 16, 2019


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UPDATE — Wednesday, April 17: The college has canceled Legutko's lecture, citing security risks. Professor Keegan Callanan said he has already invited Legutko to speak again on campus next year. Click here for full coverage. —— Tuesday, April 16 An upcoming lecture by a far-right scholar an...

Chemistry Test Question Invokes Nazi Gas Chambers; Controversy Ensues After Satirical Newspaper Makes it Public

Chemistry Test Question Invokes Nazi Gas Chambers; Controversy Ensues After Satirical Newspaper Makes it Public

By SARAH ASCH

April 11, 2019


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A question asking students to calculate "a lethal dose" of the gas used by Nazis during the Holocaust was brought to public attention last Friday.

Chemistry Professor Who Asked Offensive Question to Take Immediate Leave of Absence

Chemistry Professor Who Asked Offensive Question to Take Immediate Leave of Absence

By NICK GARBER

April 11, 2019


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Professor Jeff Byers will be taking an immediate leave of absence from his teaching duties for the rest of the semester, the Chemistry department announced in an email to Byers’ students on Wednesday afternoon, following campus-wide outcry over an offensive question he posed on a midterm exam last month....

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