The Middlebury Campus

Black at Middlebury: Students criticize President Patton’s email, demand action

By Tony Sjodin

June 15, 2020

An email sent from the Office of the President to the Middlebury community on May 31 concerning the death of George Floyd sparked criticism from students at the college, who expressed discontent with its tone and content in the context of nationwide protests against police brutality and race-based violence.

Tear gas traces its roots back to Middlebury

While Middlebury chemists Ben Corson and Roger Stoughton discovered CS gas in Warner Hall in 1928, the compounds used in modern-day tear gas have not changed much since it started to be used in the riot control industry in the 1950s.

By Lucy Townend

June 15, 2020

In 1928, Ben Corson and Roger Stoughton were investigating the reaction between carbonyl compounds and malononitrile in Warner Hall at Middlebury College when they discovered 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS). Even though it garnered little attention when published in the Journal of American Chemistry Society, CS gas is now one of the most widely-used components in tear gas, a riot control agent that has been used in recent weeks on protesters against police brutality and systemic racism.

‘Injustice doesn’t have a schedule:’ Students join protests across the country

Caption: Protestors flock to the streets in Boston in protest against police brutality and racial prejudice.

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes

June 8, 2020

“I put my body on the line every time I [protest]. I put my mental health on the line every time I do this . . . I'm willing to risk it all," said Angelina Gomes '23. “And if I'm willing to risk it all, it is to burn this whole thing down.”

From cluttered homes to an uncertain fall, survey lays bare students’ pandemic struggles

From cluttered homes to an uncertain fall, survey lays bare students’ pandemic struggles

By James Finn and Benjy Renton

June 4, 2020

From our Covid-19 student survey, we discovered key insights on the Middlebury student body's experiences of the remote spring semester, summer plans and thoughts on the fall.

College outlines criteria for retrieving on-campus belongings

Students packed their belongings into boxes after the school announced the cancellation of in-person classes.

By Abigail Chang

June 2, 2020

Students not returning in the fall — including students who graduated and students planning to study abroad — will reserve 90-minute time slots to collect their belongings from the college.

Trustees to match any college donation with $100 through the end of June

Middlebury trustees promise to match charitable contributions of any amount with $100 in personal donations.

By Riley Board

May 30, 2020

The matching donations will support the Student Emergency Fund, the Fund for Staff Support, and the Financial Aid Fund, among others.

Students return to Middlebury surrounding senior week, sparking safety concerns

Local residents spotted students on South Street, among other locations in town.

By Abigail Chang

May 29, 2020

“It’s very quiet when there are no students around, and we love having the students come back and all the energy they bring,” said Middlebury resident Barbara Marlow. “This [incident] did not feel like that to the people who were affected. It felt disrespectful, and it felt frightening because of the health concerns involved.”

First openly gay NBA player Jason Collins named commencement speaker

Jason Collins delivers a short message during the virtual senior celebration.

By Hattie LeFavour

May 24, 2020

The class of 2020 commencement speaker will be Jason Collins, a retired professional basketball player and the first male active sports athlete in a major sport to come out as gay. Collins graduated from Stanford in 2001, after which he was drafted to the NBA where he played for myriad teams for 13 y...

Remaining students asked to leave campus by end of May

Unless approved to stay longer, students currently living on campus will move out of their residence halls by the end of May.

By Abigail Chang

May 17, 2020

"No student will be required to leave without a safe alternative in place," wrote senior associate dean of students Derek Doucet.

The letter

The Campus reported on the 'Unofficial Guide' sent to female students in the 28 Sept. 1967 issue.


May 14, 2020

In the fall of 1967, all first-year women received an anonymous letter in their mailboxes during their first weeks on campus.

Faculty members reinstate Middlebury chapter of AAUP

Faculty members reinstate Middlebury chapter of AAUP


May 14, 2020

Faculty hope to mitigate cuts to employee compensation as Middlebury explores ways to reduce the financial toll of the pandemic.

Admin-staff relations tested by health crisis

In the last two months, relations between administrators and staff have become strained as the global health crisis puts financial and logistical strain on the college.

By Amelia Pollard and Sabine Poux

May 14, 2020

As the college faces significant logistic and economic challenges from the health crisis, relations between administrators and staff are being tested in a way they have not been before.

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