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Amelia Pollard

Amelia Pollard, Editor at Large

Amelia Pollard '20.5 is an editor at large.

She previously served as digital director, local editor, and senior local editor.

Pollard is majoring in political science with minors in history and French. She has spent her summers interning for the Los Angeles Review of Books, NBC News, and Foreign Affairs. While living in Vermont, she's fallen hard for cross-country skiing.

Twitter: @ameliajpollard

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Class-action lawsuit against Middlebury seeks spring tuition refund

Class-action lawsuit against Middlebury seeks spring tuition refund

September 30, 2020
A class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court late last week accuses Middlebury College of not adequately reimbursing students for spring tuition.
Atwater residence halls, the site of the two gatherings Thursday night.

College bars 22 students from campus for Covid-19 policy violations

September 22, 2020
For two groups of students, Phase Two festivities came to a grinding halt when Public Safety officers knocked on their doors Thursday night.
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.

Admin-staff relations tested by health crisis

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.
In the new system, staff — including many “essential” facilities workers, will end up working fewer hours. The days they will be forced to take off because of the stay-at-home mandate will come out of their Covid-19 Pay Banks.

“Stay Home, Stay Safe”: stricter guidelines reshape college’s plan for staff

April 2, 2020
The college's game plan identifies "essential workers" and reduces the number of staff on campus at any one time.
College employees were all-hands-on-deck as students were asked to move out mid-semester due to Covid-19.

The college’s ‘first priority’: continuing staff wages

March 22, 2020
At Middlebury--the largest employer in Addison County--the college’s crisis management team has developed a roadmap for maintaining staff wages after most students departed during the unfolding pandemic. 
Seniors trekked to the football field for the time-honored tradition of watching the sunrise the day of graduation. But this time, no one was graduating.

Senior Week in March: Covid-19 truncates seniors’ final semester

March 19, 2020
Last Tuesday, an email leaked announcing Middlebury's move to remote learning. Within minutes, a self-proclaimed "Senior Week" had begun.
About 100 barricades, part of the college’s general security revamp, were stationed outside the Recycling Center on Wednesday.

Murray visit likely canceled amid coronavirus measures

March 12, 2020
According to student organizers, Charles Murray's lecture — scheduled for March 31 — will likely be cancelled due to the suspension of in-person classes.
Middlebury voted to divest. Now what?

Middlebury voted to divest. Now what?

October 31, 2019
After years of student activism, the college agreed to cease all new investments in fossil fuels and divest from existing commitments over the next 15 years. We explore the factors that led the college to agree to this ambitious plan and the challenges moving forward.
A Call to Mothers: Tell Your Daughters It’s Okay to Masturbate

A Call to Mothers: Tell Your Daughters It’s Okay to Masturbate

May 9, 2019
From conversations with friends, I am the only female I know whose mother even uttered the word “masturbation” while growing up. In hindsight, I was the lucky one.
Pollard frolicking in a fountain that is not meant for swimming in the Luxembourg Gardens in 2002.

Foreign Correspondents: Returning to Childhood in Paris

April 18, 2019
There were countless things I looked forward to when preparing to study abroad in Paris, but the idea of having a semester in which I felt more like a child than I have for over a decade, was not something that had crossed my mind.
The Hot Chocolate Hut, serving up cocoa with “The Works.”

December Brings Surge of Holiday Cheer (and a Cement Mixer) to Town

December 6, 2018
The kickoff of "A Very Merry Middlebury" involved a lot more than just a little "Christmas magic."
Addison Dems hosted an election party at the Middlebury Inn. Residents gathered to watch local and national results in the lobby

[Photo] Democrats Sweep Addison County Races

November 7, 2018

Addison Dems hosted an election party at the Middlebury Inn. Residents gathered to watch local and national results in the lobby

Election Night Results

Election Night Results

November 6, 2018

ADDISON UPDATE: 11:06 pm Democrats Ruth Hardy and Chris Bray were both declared winners of the local state senate race at 9 pm this evening. The announcement was followed by a joint speech, in which...

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Hallquist sitting outside Mead Chapel at a picnic table on a brisk, fall day.

Hallquist Presents Progressive Vision for State’s Future

November 1, 2018
Christine Hallquist has managed balancing a progressive, local political agenda whilst balancing international media attention. We sat down with her to figure how how she does it.
Journalist Sue Halpern on Election Hacking

Journalist Sue Halpern on Election Hacking

November 1, 2018
New Yorker Staff WriterSue Halpern sits down to talk about U.S. election security and Russian meddling in 2016. What's changed since the last election?
The finish line of the 2.8-mile walk.

CROP Hunger Walk: Middlebury Marches to Fight Food Insecurity

October 2, 2018
On Sunday, Sept. 30, local community members, students and President Laurie Patton all gathered for a 2.8-mile walk to raise money for seven local non-profit organizations.
Emily Ballou '21 posted this meme on Facebook after the power outage.

Power Outage Hits College Night Before Classes; Causes Flashlight Party

September 11, 2018

A power outage struck the college and parts of town Monday, plunging students here into darkness the night before the first day of classes. The outage occurred just before 10 p.m., when a fallen branch...

Notes from a day at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Notes from a day at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

August 29, 2018
Tasting and maneuvering our way through more cheese than we care to admit.
The landscape of Addison County's employment sectors. The college evidently makes up a significant percentage, with Education Services comprising of 16.2%.

College Executives Make Up Elite of Addison County

May 9, 2018

In recent months, executive pay has sparked controversy among faculty, staff and students as tax forms and op-eds have prompted a negative response to the salaries of the college’s top administrators....

The iconic “I-E-C” box situated on the porch of the Ripton Country Store.

Ripton Country Store Flooded with Responses After McKibben Op-Ed

April 11, 2018
We followed up with Bill McKibben and the Country Store owners, the Collitts, after McKibben's op-ed in The New York Times.
Kevin Mahaney ’84.

Accuser Drops Charges Against Kevin Mahaney

March 21, 2018

The woman who in January accused notable alumnus and donor Kevin Mahaney ’84 of covering up rape dropped her charges against Mahaney from the civil lawsuit on Monday. The plaintiff, who had been granted...

Woman Accuses Donor Kevin Mahaney of Covering Up Rape

Woman Accuses Donor Kevin Mahaney of Covering Up Rape

March 14, 2018

Update: Since the publication of this story, the plaintiff withdrew her claims against Kevin Mahaney from the lawsuit. A prominent alumnus of Middlebury College has been tied to a sexual assault case...

Transcript: Interview with President Laurie Patton

February 21, 2018

This interview took place on Jan. 31. The transcript was lightly edited and includes clarifications made by President Patton, which The Campus agreed to as part of the terms of the interview. ELIZABETH...

Sawyer at court with his lawyer last Friday.

Local School Shooting Threat Derailed

February 21, 2018

MIDDLEBURY – Until last week, Vermont had evaded the fear of school shootings that have swept the nation. The state was put to the test last Thursday after two separate tips reached Rutland County authorities...

A GoFundMe campaign has been established in support of the cafe located in downtown Middlebury.

Carol’s Nears Closing

January 24, 2018

In a college town like Middlebury, a local coffeehouse is a staple for study sessions, reunions, first dates and interviews. For the past 12 years, Carol’s Hungry Mind Café has served as a hub for students...

Vt. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law today.

Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

January 22, 2018

Following threats of a federal crackdown on marijuana, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed recreational marijuana use into law today, making Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through an elected...

Amanda and David Werner craft wreaths and garlands.

Werner Christmas Tree Farm Gears Up for Holidays

December 6, 2017

As the holidays descend on Middlebury, the Werner Christmas Tree Farm has gone into overdrive to prepare for its 26th season. The owners, Cheryl and David Werner, started the farm after David’s father,...

Rep. Welch Discusses GOP Tax Plan

Rep. Welch Discusses GOP Tax Plan

November 15, 2017

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...

Rough Cut

You’re In for a Wild Ride: Rough Cut Replaces 51 Main

November 15, 2017

MIDDLEBURY — After reinventing the space and installing a prominent new bar, Rough Cut opened its doors last Saturday, Nov. 11, at 51 Main’s old site. The new space, adorned with brick walls, wooden...

Alan Matson (left) chair of KBTL Coop, and Eliot Noss (right) CEO of Ting, testify in front of Burlington City Council.

Burlington Telecom Deal Nears Joint Venture

November 8, 2017

After months of debate, a second round of voting for the acquisition of Burlington Telecom ended in a tie on Monday, Nov. 6. Burlington’s City Council was evenly split between supporters of Keep...

Alan Matson (left) chair of KBTL Coop, and Eliot Noss (right) CEO of Ting, testify in front of Burlington City Council.

Burlington Telecom Deal Nears Joint Venture

November 8, 2017

After months of debate, a second round of voting for the acquisition of Burlington Telecom ended in a tie on Monday, Nov. 6. Burlington’s City Council was evenly split between supporters of Keep Burlington...

Representative Peter Welch of Vermont (D).

Vermont Officials Respond to Las Vegas Mass Shooting

October 18, 2017

MIDDLEBURY — Gun control in Vermont has always existed as an anomaly of legislation in comparison to the state’s otherwise progressive stance. During the 2016 presidential election, in a survey by...

One of the bears that frequents Burke’s property.

VT Resident Pitches Safe Haven for Bears

September 27, 2017

WILMINGTON — Jim Burke has long been a friend of bears. Upon deciding to move to North Carolina, though, he is determined to ensure that his 62-acre property can still act as a “safe haven” for...

Stephanie Jackson with her three children, ages 4, 8 and 11.

A Bittersweet Move for Midd Chocolates

September 20, 2017

VERGENNES — After seven years as a key establishment in the downtown area, Middlebury Chocolates bid the town farewell last month. The cozy spot tucked away in Frog Hollow Alley hosted a potluck featuring...

Student Launches Race Against Racism

Student Launches Race Against Racism

September 14, 2017

On top of music lessons, sports practice and SAT prep, the students of America are now taking on a new role in the age of Trump: political activism. Although young people have been vocal at protests and...

Vermonters ‘Green Up’ Their Communities

Vermonters ‘Green Up’ Their Communities

May 10, 2017
An annual tradition begun in 1970 by the former governor has residents orchestrating a deep clean of public spaces in all 251 of Vermont’s towns.
Vermont Women’s Fund Awards Grants to 14 Organizations

Vermont Women’s Fund Awards Grants to 14 Organizations

May 3, 2017

This spring, the Vermont Women’s Fund, a program of the Vermont Community Foundation based in Middlebury, is awarding $124,000 in grant money to 14 organizations throughout the state. The funds will...

Vermont House Bill Tackles Issues of Racial Bias

April 26, 2017

As one of the whitest states in the country, Vermont is attempting to adjust for racial bias after data has surfaced surrounding discrimination in traffic stops. The demand for legislative action has stemmed...

College Poised To Create Education Studies Dual Major

April 20, 2017

The Education Studies (EDST) program has proposed a new double major, intended to compensate students’ work towards obtaining teaching licensures with academic validation. Currently, the Education Studies...

HomeShare Vermont Celebrates 35th Anniversary

April 20, 2017

Last year, Geoff, a 24-year-old graduate of St. Michael’s College with a degree in Philosophy, was looking for affordable housing in Vermont. Del, an 89-year-old retired G.E. and I.B.M. employee, was...

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