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The student journalist’s dilemma

The student journalist’s dilemma

November 21, 2019
On November 10, journalists from The Daily Northwestern posted an editorial apologizing for the way in which they covered student protests of a speech by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Exploring the Debate Society’s Rich History

Exploring the Debate Society’s Rich History

May 10, 2017
A history of one of Middlebury's oldest organizations.
Photo Credit: Michael OHara

Judicial Hearings Begin as Faculty Challenge Process

May 3, 2017

The first official judicial hearing for students who participated in the March 2 protests against Dr. Charles Murray is scheduled to take place today, May 4, as of press time.  The hearing will examine...

Student protests prevent Dr. Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture on March 2. Photo Credit: Michael Borenstein

College Begins Discipline of Murray Protestors

April 26, 2017

The College has officially begun to discipline those who participated in the March 2 protests that prevented Dr. Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture. According to an official statement...

Charles Murray Visit Provokes Uproar

Charles Murray Visit Provokes Uproar

March 9, 2017

On Feb. 22, the Middlebury College American Enterprise Institute Club published a group op-ed in The Campus that extended an “invitation” to the Middlebury College community “to encourage robust...

Trump Victory Roils Campus

November 17, 2016

News of Donald J. Trump’s election as the nation’s 45th president sent waves of shock and uncertainty throughout campus, prompting students to stage protests against the president-elect and discussions...

About 200 students protested the election of Donald J. Trump on Sunday, marching around campus to chants of “Not my president” and “Love trumps hate.”

Trump Victory Roils Campus

November 17, 2016

News of Donald J. Trump’s election as the nation’s 45th president sent waves of shock and uncertainty throughout campus, prompting students to stage protests against the president-elect and discussions...

A New Look at Americana

November 5, 2015

It is easy to discount “American Culture” as a loose, insufficient, reductionist term for the patchwork heritage of the U.S. As we all know, America is called a “melting pot” for a reason – this...

Confronting Life’s Big Questions

September 30, 2015

“Oh, I’ve spent my time pondering my existence, contemplating life and death, wondering what it all means.” It’s the cliché joke about intellectuals – sitting around at a coffeeshop or a pub,...

The Value of Doing Less While Abroad

September 17, 2015

The end of my second week in England is coming to a close. I have started getting into a routine. I finally know how to walk from my building to Oxford’s library. Research has dominated most of my days...

Enjoy The Moment

April 29, 2015

It’s been a hard winter and a hard spring semester. We grow restless as the cold weather drags on long into April, and we’re given only a few of the most tantalizing warm days to enjoy. Project upon...

One Life Left: Hotline Miami 2

April 22, 2015

Alright. Four guards patrolling the room to the right, one guard in an alcove to the left. Shoot forward and they’ll all come running. But I’m standing in a bottleneck, so I should be able to get all...

Why I am an Objectivist

April 15, 2015

Often I find myself debating against people who argue that it is impossible to know the best way to live a life, or the best moral code, or the best way to understand the universe. More often than not,...

One Life Left: Journey

March 18, 2015

It opens with a view of sand. Dark tan and flashing in the sun’s rays — this is clearly the desert. The camera pulls up and shows heatwaves emanating from the sparkling sand, and behind a hill the...

On the Path to Transhumanism

March 11, 2015

Every day we accelerate toward longer life, healthier life, fewer diseases, and better recovery from those diseases we can’t cure. Every single day our technology progresses, building on itself in all...

The Arrogance of Youth

February 25, 2015

Most of us probably came to Middlebury in order to have our beliefs challenged. We wanted to confront situations that would make us think and take on problems from different perspectives. We wanted to...

One Life Left: The Last of Us

February 18, 2015

How do you confront the unthinkable? How do you persevere in the darkest situation imaginable, when everything familiar and comforting is warped and erased? How do you face the destruction of the human...

Finding the Constant in Your Life

Finding the Constant in Your Life

February 11, 2015

Recently I’ve found myself describing my life as a runaway freight train. At some point in the last year, it began changing so rapidly and in so many ways that I basically threw up my hands, gave up...

Nothing is Above Criticism

January 14, 2015

Each horrifying act of violence that occurs in the world cuts at us. Each example of cruelty takes our conceptions of security and turns them around. Violence makes us question those places where we feel...

One Life Left: The Swapper

January 14, 2015

I’ve experienced my share of existential crises in my life, not surprisingly. But rarely have I had to confront questions of my own physical and mental existence. This is my body, and I’m inhabiting...

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

November 19, 2014

The cold has finally arrived. Snow has carpeted the grass and framed the buildings with a border of white. Temperatures are dropping and freezing drizzles make walks to class ordeals. Those poor unfortunate...

A New Form of Literature

A New Form of Literature

October 22, 2014

For decades, video games served one main purpose. From “Pong” to “Space Invaders” to “Super Mario Bros.”, games were created and shared to entertain. People played to have fun, to escape from...

Choose Not To Party

Choose Not To Party

October 8, 2014

This year, I have not gone to a single party. I have not been involved in any of the party culture, I have only once even seen alcohol, and I go to sleep early on the weekends. Small gatherings of friends...

Reorient Yourself

September 24, 2014

 Over the last few weeks, an internet blog has been making the rounds throughout Middlebury students. At this point, you’ve probably heard of it. Called the Middlebury College Disorientation Guide,...

Breaking Out of The Bubble

September 10, 2014

It’s often said that we at Middlebury live in a bubble. Our little college sits deep in the Vermont woods, hours from the nearest major city and 45 minutes from Burlington, a town that’s hard-pressed...

We Need Progress

We Need Progress

May 7, 2014

The United States is growing, in general, increasingly liberal with each passing year. With this liberalization comes greater equality, but perhaps more importantly, a greater sense and understanding of...

No Thank You for Smoking

No Thank You for Smoking

April 23, 2014

I love to leave my window open in my room. The cool breeze, the smell of the trees and the rain, and the soft white noise of the voices of the people who socialize below all contribute to making my room...

A Critique of Pure Reading

A Critique of Pure Reading

April 9, 2014

In my short time here at Middlebury, I estimate that on average, I read about 400 pages a week for class. This guess takes into account those weeks when my professors assign shorter, but denser, academic...

Doesn’t Mean I’m Lonely When I’m Alone

Doesn’t Mean I’m Lonely When I’m Alone

March 19, 2014

I love to be alone. There is something so valuable about solitude, something so unique and singular, that I make a point to find it wherever I can. If I can find time to be alone, then that day is a success....

Choose Your Words Carefully

Choose Your Words Carefully

March 5, 2014

We need to change the way we interact with each other. Words are disconnected from speech, and the subsequent loss of emotion, rationality, and intent that comes with them has harmed all of our relationships. But...

No Ambition? That’s Ok

No Ambition? That’s Ok

February 19, 2014

My parents often ask about my future and about what I’m doing to prepare for a career. Most of these conversations descend into arguments, during which they become frustrated with my steadfast uncertainty...

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