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Notes from the desk: Having a parent on the frontlines

By LILY LAESCH

April 2, 2020

"My mom stays at work for you, miles and hours away from her loved ones. Please, please stay at home for her."

Here-Being

By BEN BEESE

April 2, 2020

"At a time when nearly everything has been put on hold, it is so much more important not put our lives on hold as well."

In praise of a humbler, more human Middlebury

By EDITORIAL BOARD

April 2, 2020

Not many would characterize Middlebury’s student-administration relationship as “simple.” Mere weeks ago, the college faced intense, sustained outcry from students protesting Charles Murray’s third controversial invitation...

It’s time to change how we think about grading

By JASON MITTELL

April 1, 2020

"Increasing transparency and student agency improves learning."

Optional Pass/D/Fail is community failure

By LILY COLÓN

April 1, 2020

"What drives the pushback against universal pass/fail is the unwillingness of privileged Middlebury students to forego the unmerited benefits they receive from said privilege."

Notes from the desk: In support of universal Pass/D/Fail

By BOCHU DING

March 28, 2020

"The current opt-in Pass/D/Fail system presents an illusion of choice."

Universal pass/fail puts grades before learning

By TIM HUA

March 28, 2020

"We should not ask ourselves how we can make sure everyone receives the same on-paper outcome, but rather how we can help those who need support."

Current grading options are an equitable compromise

By TOMMY EASTMAN

March 28, 2020

"In these difficult times, we have to be honest with ourselves about our goals and the effort we’re planning on putting into our work."

Students need grades, and we can have grades without sacrificing equitability

By TIANZHI (LAMBUS) LI

March 28, 2020

"Despite imperfections, the letter grading system is the last guardian of fairness in an inherently unfair society."

Circumstance is not choice, but community is

By ARTHUR MARTINS, DALEELAH SALEH, and JACKSON THAM

March 28, 2020

"We cannot choose the circumstances we live in, but we still have a choice about the kind community we want to create."

Make all courses pass/fail now

By ALLISON STANGER

March 28, 2020

Students aren’t having a real college experience. We shouldn’t pretend that they are.

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