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‘Sent Without Permission: A Farewell from an Unwelcome Hire’: Departing visiting professor alleges incidents of racism

The Luso-Hispanic department, where Professor Marissel Hernández-Romero served as a visiting professor, is located in Warner Hall. In an email titled “Sent Without Permission: A Farewell from an Unwelcome Hire,” she describes allegations of racist behavior in her department and at the College.

By Lily Laesch

July 1, 2020

Marissel Hernández-Romero, departing visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, sent an email to the Middlebury community on Sunday evening describing in detail a series of alleged incidents of racism she experienced in her department and at the institution during her three years as a...

BREAKING: Middlebury announces on-campus instruction for the fall

Middlebury has announced plans for students to return to campus in the fall, with various health protocols and a portion of classes online.

By Riley Board, Hattie LeFavour, and Bochu Ding

June 22, 2020

Middlebury will reopen its campus to students, faculty and staff in the fall with certain precautions. The College plans to welcome students back on September 8 for a 12-week semester, which will continue without interruption until Thanksgiving Break, before a transition to remote learning.

What could a mid-pandemic semester at Middlebury look like?

As students await the Monday, June 22 announcement from administrators about whether next fall will be in-person or remote, The Campus looks at what — even if the campus reopens in the fall — will be different about daily life at Middlebury.

By Riley Board

June 18, 2020

As students count down the days until the college’s announcement about procedures for next year, we look at how, even in a best case scenario, life at Middlebury would be altered in the fall.

Second Black Lives Matter vigil exceeds first, draws 500 participants

Members of the Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) handed out flyers to attendees.

By Nora Peachin

June 15, 2020

“Protests Work!” read the flyer handed out at a vigil in downtown Middlebury last Sunday night. Roughly 500 people gathered at College Park and along Cross Street to denounce police terror against Black communities and bodies.

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

COURTESY OF ANGELINA GOMES
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.

Community gathers at vigil for George Floyd’s death

A vigil for George Floyd's life brought around 375 people to downtown Middlebury on Saturday evening. Participants lined the sidewalks on Cross Street.

By Jake Gaughan

June 2, 2020

As thousands around the world protested this weekend against the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the town of Middlebury joined in a collective vigil for Floyd’s life.  Roughly 375 people congregated — while maintaining social distance and wearing masks — on and arou...

Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd

COURTESY OF VERMONT STATE POLICE
Vermont State Police released a statement condemning the police conduct involved in George Floyd’s death.

By Nora Peachin

May 30, 2020

As VSP expressed condolences to those touched by the death of George Floyd, it reiterated its commitment to "fair and impartial policing" and is in the process of reviewing its own training protocols regarding the use of force.

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.”

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.

Zeitgeist 2020

Zeitgeist 2020

By BENJY RENTON

May 7, 2020

At times, students' concerns at Middlebury can feel amorphous. Through the second annual Zeitgeist survey, we hope to bridge the gap between data analysis and journalism.

Remembering William Garrett Nash ’20

The Nash family from left to right: Kristin, Will, Drew, Cate, and Lenny.

By SADIE HOUSBERG

May 2, 2020

Will Nash will be remembered for his ability to live with joy in the present, his passion for innovating and the boundless love he held for those around him. 

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