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Abigail Chang

Abigail Chang, Senior News Editor

Abigail Chang ’23 is the Senior News Editor.

She previously served as a News Editor and SGA Correspondent.

Chang is majoring in English and American Literatures and plans to minor in Linguistics. This spring, she joined the Media Portrayals of Minorities Project, a lab that uses computer-assisted and human coding techniques to analyze bulk newspaper data.

Chang is also a member of the Middlebury Paradiddles, an a cappella group.

Twitter: @abbiekpc

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The college published the five-section action plan in September, with initiatives scheduled for completion throughout the next few years.

College tackles multi-year anti-racism and DEI action plan

May 20, 2021
This Middlebury Campus investigation reports on the progress of the initiatives in the Action Plan with a particular focus on those with a proposed timeline of the 2020-2021 academic year. This project is split into five sections — one for each the Action Plan — and is the product of dozens of interviews with staff, students, committees and administrators.

Part 4: Accessibility

May 19, 2021

This fourth section of the Plan includes eight initiatives, which are designed to address barriers to accessibility in the built environment, academic settings and technology or online systems. Though...

Newman Catholic Club and Middlebury InterVarsity Christian Fellowship co-sponsored a talk and Q&A with Dr. Peter Kreeft earlier this month.

Invitation of anti-transgender speaker sparks backlash, internal club conflict

April 30, 2021

At the height of midterm season, 50 people joined a Zoom webinar titled “Can We Reasonably Believe in God?” featuring Christian apologetic and Boston College professor Peter Kreeft. The event became...

April 29, 2021
The BIPOC vaccination clinic will take place at the Athletics Complex tomorrow.

News in Brief: College to host BIPOC vaccination clinic tomorrow, April 28

April 27, 2021
The BIPOC vaccination clinic will take place at the Athletics Complex from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday April 28.
The announcement marks a shift from an earlier policy prohibiting guests at commencement and asking graduates to move out of their rooms on May 29, the day of Commencement.

Seniors allowed two guests at commencement, later move-out date

April 23, 2021

Seniors may invite up to two guests to commencement and move-out has been shifted from May 29 — the Saturday of commencement — to noon on May 30, according to an email from President Laurie Patton...

Vermont has paused Johnson and Johnson appointments through April 23 following a recommendation by federal health agencies.

Students struggle to reschedule appointments following halt in Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration

April 16, 2021

Many students have found their vaccination appointments canceled after Vermont paused the administering of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines through April 23. The decision follows a CDC and...

College librarians have been tasked with managing pandemic-related changes to the library’s resources and operations, including retrieving books for students now that the stacks are closed.

[Photo] Million-dollar library budget cut hinders resource access, burdens librarians

April 8, 2021

College librarians have been tasked with managing pandemic-related changes to the library’s resources and operations, including retrieving books for students now that the stacks are closed.

Each tour will only be offered to one family at a time, with a maximum of six tours offered per day.

Acceptance rate drops to 15.7%, lowest in years

April 1, 2021

Middlebury’s acceptance rate dipped almost 10 percentage points to 15.7% from last year’s irregular 24%, marking its lowest point in public record; the acceptance rate for the regular decision...

Scott announced students’ ineligibility during a press conference today.

Out-of-state students ineligible to receive Vermont Covid-19 vaccines

March 30, 2021
Gov. Scott’s announcement contradicted information from the college, and comes after many students have already been fully or partially vaccinated in the state
Students eat dinner outside on March 9, 2020 — the day before Middlebury announced the suspension of on-campus classes because of the national Covid-19 outbreak.

Breaking: College plans to return to majority in-person teaching, normal operations this fall

March 25, 2021
The college also hopes to offer vaccinations to students and employees this spring, according to an email update sent earlier today.
The go/apartheid and go/jewish links have been chalked on sidewalks across campus.

Tensions mount on campus as go-links turn the spotlight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

March 18, 2021
Many students became aware of the go/palestine, go/palestinian and go/sjp links after SJP Co-President Kamli Faour posted a screenshot of a statement to SJP members on her Instagram story on Saturday.

Admitted student turns to GoFundMe amid negotiations over financial aid

March 11, 2021
Though his expected family contribution — the portion of tuition and fees that a student’s family is required to pay — was reduced after he provided documentation of additional household expenses, the student is still looking for ways to cover the nearly $15,000 his father refused to pay.
All Covid-19 testing for students takes place in Virtue Field House.

Breaking: Three students test positive, 16 contacts in quarantine

February 26, 2021

UPDATE — Saturday, Feb. 27 One new positive was discovered among the latest batch of mid-week testing results, which were released on the college Covid-19 reporting dashboard at noon today. The student...

All Covid-19 testing for students takes place in Virtue Field House.

Arrival-day testing finds one positive case

February 24, 2021

One student tested positive for Covid-19 out of 1,932 tests conducted during Sunday and Monday’s Day Zero arrival testing, according to an email from the college. The student is currently in isolation...

With so few students on campus this winter, many believe they are the only resident in their campus housing.

‘It feels like a ghost town’: 46 students remain on campus for J-Term

February 4, 2021
Though nearly all students left Middlebury in November, some were approved to live on campus this winter due to travel difficulties or the need to access campus resources.
Applications up 30% to nearly 12,000 in historic surge

Applications up 30% to nearly 12,000 in historic surge

January 29, 2021

Middlebury’s applicant pool set a new record this year, growing to 11,908 students  — a 30% increase from last year’s 9,165  applicants. It was also a notable increase from the previous record...

After keeping the schools abroad closed for the fall with the hopes of opening up most schools for the following semester, Middlebury has cancelled all 16 of the programs for spring 2021.

Middlebury Schools Abroad project $3.5–3.7 million deficit

January 28, 2021
Although the Middlebury Schools Abroad have consistently turned a profit in years past, generating an annual surplus of roughly $1 million, closures in the fall and spring semesters have led the college to project a net loss for the schools this fiscal year.
The 538 members of the Electoral College will meet in December to cast their votes, which Congress will count in early January.

Students, professors wait in anticipation as Inauguration Day inches closer

November 19, 2020
Though the media declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump has yet to concede. As the President’s lawsuits and claims of election fraud drag on, students and faculty consider the results and the trajectory of the next few months.
Student participants in the Wednesday rally, including group coordinators identified by green duct tape armbands, walked from McCullough lawn to the town green carrying banners and signs.

Middlebury residents, students mobilize in support of counting every vote

November 12, 2020
Students and residents of the town of Middlebury engaged in rallies on the three days following the Presidential election to advocate that every vote should be counted.
MiddView student leaders prepare for the arrival of new students.

College fumbles approach to racial bias conversations during Middview

October 1, 2020
MiddView leaders grappled with expectations to serve as educators and BIPOC ended up bearing the brunt of the burden.
Rachel Lu '23 organized an in-person meetup with several first-years in Shanghai.

Student leaders take on an orientation like never before

September 24, 2020
This year’s first year orientation had to be adapted for both on-campus and remote students; the Student Activities Office and student leaders adjusted MiddView to a Covid-19 semester.
The faculty voted overwhelmingly in support of an on-campus fall semester, although many chose not to vote after a proposal tabling the motion failed.

Faculty vote in favor of students returning in the fall

June 21, 2020
A majority of faculty members voted in support of students’ return to campus this fall, passing the “motion regarding modality” during a Tuesday faculty meeting.
Students packed their belongings into boxes after the school announced the cancellation of in-person classes.

College outlines criteria for retrieving on-campus belongings

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

Students return to Middlebury surrounding senior week, sparking safety concerns

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

Remaining students asked to leave campus by end of May

May 17, 2020
"No student will be required to leave without a safe alternative in place," wrote senior associate dean of students Derek Doucet.
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.
The Campus asked SGA class representatives Mariana Tahiri ’22 (left) and Khasai Makhulo ’23 (right) to show off their personalities.

Why don’t more women run for office at Middlebury?

April 30, 2020
Among the 13 candidates on this year’s Student Government Association (SGA) election ballot, only two were female-identifying.
John Schurer '21, elected SGA president. COURTESY PHOTO

John Schurer ’21 wins SGA presidential election in landslide victory

April 17, 2020

The student body elected John Schurer ’21 president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the upcoming school year. Schurer won by a landslide, receiving 1,081 votes (77.27% of the 1,399...

Meet the candidates

Meet the candidates

April 15, 2020
Our SGA correspondent sits down — figuratively, of course — with this year’s president and co-chair candidates.
The SGA Senate at a March 29 Zoom meeting.

SGA redirects unused funds to support students, staff

April 9, 2020
The SGA directed $320,000 of its reserve funds to support staff wage continuity, the Student Emergency Fund, and members of the college community who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
To promote social distancing, students are no longer permitted to eat inside Proctor dining hall.

Over 120 students remain in near-empty dorms, dining halls

April 2, 2020
Students remaining on campus have limited access to facilities as the college implements social distancing measures.

Trustee board moves toward Universal Design, adds second student constituent

March 12, 2020
The Middlebury Board of Trustees approved at their recent meeting the addition of a second Student Constituent Advisor (SSCA) and the use of Universal Design in the renovation of Warner Hall, a set of standards that goes beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guideline.
Members of the International Student Organization (ISO) draw new members at the Student Activities Fair last month.  ISO is in the process of establishing a residential space associated with their organization.

ISO opens conversation on residential space

March 5, 2020
As the housing application process kicks off, the International Student Organization (ISO) is eying a residential space for international students that would function as a space for intercultural dialogue across the student body.

College creates student-led mental health educational program to build support

February 27, 2020
“I think our community is longing for more ways to speak openly about mental health”: the Office of Health and Wellness Education is planning to introduce a peer mental health mentorship program in the fall.
News flash! SGA brings free digital newspaper subscriptions back to students

News flash! SGA brings free digital newspaper subscriptions back to students

February 20, 2020
All Middlebury students will now have access to free digital New York Times and Wall Street Journal subscriptions, the SGA announced in an email to the student body on Sunday.
‘There was a day when like half the class was gone’: Flu season hit Middlebury hard this J-Term

‘There was a day when like half the class was gone’: Flu season hit Middlebury hard this J-Term

February 20, 2020
This flu season was worse than usual due to an inaccuracy in this year's flu vaccine that reduced its effectiveness.

SGA senate to shrink as commons phase out

February 13, 2020
The SGA voted to eliminate the five commons senator positions ahead of the dissolution of the Commons System.
NYU professor Dr. Marie Cruz Soto discussed the U.S. Navy’s expropriation of Puerto Rico during the end of the 20th century and the power of civil disobedience. Cruz Solos was one of three speakers at the student-organized ‘Bodies at Borders: The Lived Effects of Settler Colonialism’ conference on January 13.

Student-organized symposium addresses global effects of settler colonialism

January 23, 2020
The student-organized ‘Bodies at Borders: The Lived Effects of Settler Colonialism’ symposium brought together speakers who focused on settler colonialism and its impact on Puerto Rican, Palestinian, and Native American people.
College offers employees additional health insurance option with Panther Plan

College offers employees additional health insurance option with Panther Plan

December 5, 2019
While the new plan offers lower monthly cost and new options for tax deductibility, some employees remain skeptical of potentially high out-of-pocket expenses.
Commencement moved to afternoon for Eid al-Fitr

Commencement moved to afternoon for Eid al-Fitr

November 7, 2019
Soyibou Sylla ’20, the president of the Muslim Student Association said he felt “heard, considered and included” after learning of the change.
Political Science Professor Murray Dry, one of many guest speakers invited to participate in Reflection Fridays, spoke about his lifelong commitment to learning.

Reflection Friday series asks “what matters to you, and why?”

October 10, 2019
On select Fridays throughout the semester, the Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship facilitates a forum to discuss stories of self and personal values.
In the old laundry system, students paid $1.25 to wash and $1.50 to dry a load of laundry. Now, students will have free laundry for the rest of the semester.

[Photo] Laundry to remain free for the rest of the semester

October 10, 2019

In the old laundry system, students paid $1.25 to wash and $1.50 to dry a load of laundry. Now, students will have free laundry for the rest of the semester.

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