Student Raises Funds for Dining Staff Bonuses

By RACHEL HOROWITZ-BENOIT

December 6, 2017


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Hoping to improve the holiday experience for dining hall staff members, Joslyn Sullivan ’19.5 has created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for holiday bonuses. “The GoFundMe seemed like a really tangible thing that students could do to show that they appreciate the dining hall staff,” Sullivan said. ...

SGA Voices Support For Minority Students

SGA Voices Support For Minority Students

By BEN DOHAN

December 6, 2017


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The Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution on Sunday titled “Support for Black and Minority Students,” which included calls for changed judicial practices and new training for faculty and staff. The vote was near unanimous, with only Cook Commons Senator Connor McCormick ’18 ab...

Faculty for Inclusive Community Discuss Vision For College

By NICK GARBER and ELIZABETH SAWYER

November 29, 2017


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Last March, student-led protests of Charles Murray garnered nationwide media coverage, much of which fell into an ongoing debate over the state of free speech on college campuses. Of particular note was “Free Inquiry on Campus,” a statement of principles first published in The Wall Street Journal in ...

Tree Behind Old Chapel is Lit

Tree Behind Old Chapel is Lit

By ELAINE VELIE

November 29, 2017


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The tree on the main quad behind Old Chapel was lit up for the first time this season on Monday night. Power was first brought out to the tree in 1984, and the lights have been strung each year since. “Jack Dapsis, our electrician, began decorating that particular tree, and he continues to do so to this...

History Department Changes Requirements, Makes Thesis Optional

By JAMES FINN

November 29, 2017


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The history department is instituting a number of changes to the requirements for the history major. The department has transformed the history 600 writing seminar, added a number of 400-level seminars and is working towards offering an optional honors thesis as opposed to the current mandatory one, accor...

Cryptic Email Invites Community to Off-Campus Speech By James O’Keefe

Cryptic Email Invites Community to Off-Campus Speech By James O’Keefe

By Will DiGravio

November 29, 2017


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At half past three on Tuesday afternoon, the Middlebury community received a widespread email invitation to attend an event featuring a “renowned conservative activist,” and hosted by The Preservation Society, a group whose origin and membership is unclear. Though the group, which is “committed to b...

Proctor Performance Satirizes Patton Administration

Proctor Performance Satirizes Patton Administration

By SABINE POUX

November 15, 2017


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As students filed in and out of Proctor dining hall on Monday afternoon, a group of student actors staged a performance activism piece called “Laurie’s Big Apology” on Proctor Terrace. Performers played a cast of characters from the administration, board of trustees and student body, while other ...

College Officials Voice Opposition to GOP Tax Bills

By NICK GARBER

November 15, 2017


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As Republicans in Congress move forward with tax reform legislation, administrators at Middlebury and at colleges across the country have expressed concerns about several provisions that could significantly alter the federal government’s role in higher education. Most significant is a proposal to impose a 1...

Rep. Welch Discusses GOP Tax Plan

Rep. Welch Discusses GOP Tax Plan

By AMELIA POLLARD

November 15, 2017


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Tax proposals recently released separately by Republicans in the House and Senate could reshape the financial lives of thousands of Vermonters if passed. Peter Welch, a Democrat who is Vermont’s lone representative in the House, articulated his opposition to the House plan in particular in a wide-r...

Susan Baldridge to Step Down as Provost

Susan Baldridge to Step Down as Provost

By ELAINE VELIE

November 15, 2017


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Susan Baldridge will step down as provost, the chief academic officer for all Middlebury institutions, at the end of the calendar year. Baldrige will return to her position as professor of psychology after going on full leave from 2018 to 2019. Baldrige said that her decision to step down was personal. ...

SGA Institutes Financial Aid for J-Term Workshops

By BOCHU DING

November 15, 2017


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The Student Government Association (SGA) Finance Committee has allocated $2,500 to help students receiving financial aid pay for Winter Term workshops. The SGA has added other improvements intended to streamline the application process and improve accessibility to workshops. Every year, the Student Activities office ho...

Endowment Shows Strong Earnings in 2017 Fiscal Year

By NICOLE POLLACK

November 15, 2017


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Middlebury’s endowment increased by $74 million in the 2017 fiscal year after an investment return of 13.8 percent, ending the year totaling $1.074 billion.  This year’s figure represents an improvement over the previous year’s return rate of −4.5 percent. Middlebury withdrew $68.5 million from it...

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