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Benjy Renton

Benjy Renton, Digital Director

Benjy Renton ’21 is the Digital Director.

He has previously served as local editor, sports editor, arts and sciences editor, features editor and a staff writer.

Renton is studying East Asian Studies and Geography at Middlebury. His studies concentrate on society, culture, history and geography. He spent the month of January studying abroad in Beijing, China.

His coverage at The Campus has previously focused on local elections, Vermont’s higher educational landscape and the gender wage gap in Vermont. Recently, Renton has been focusing on reporting on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past few summers, Renton has spent time conducting research and working in China, focusing on the environment, travel and U.S.-China relations.

Twitter: @bhrenton

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

[Photo] Breaking: Three students test positive, 16 contacts in quarantine

February 26, 2021

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

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

[Photo] Arrival-day testing finds one positive case

February 24, 2021

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

Karen Duagay of the Better Middlebury Partnership hopes to hold more in-person events in 2021, such as the Very Merry Middlebury event pictured here in 2019.

[Photo] Better Middlebury Partnership and Neighbors Together aid community distressed by pandemic

February 4, 2021

Karen Duagay of the Better Middlebury Partnership hopes to hold more in-person events in 2021, such as the Very Merry Middlebury event pictured here in 2019.

Campus survey finds split opinions on the fall, widespread Covid-19 violations and mental health struggles

Campus survey finds split opinions on the fall, widespread Covid-19 violations and mental health struggles

January 23, 2021

Although two-thirds of students said they did not regret their Fall 2020 enrollment decision, 76% of students said their mental health was worse during the fall semester than during a typical semester...

The Middlebury Snow Bowl opened this week without limitations on the number of skiers but with substantial changes to base camp operations.

[Photo] Despite restrictions, Snow Bowl stays positive heading into winter

December 3, 2020

The Middlebury Snow Bowl opened this week without limitations on the number of skiers but with substantial changes to base camp operations.

The college reported one new positive Covid-19 case in its second day of exit testing.

[Photo] Breaking: One student tests positive for Covid-19 on second day of exit testing

November 18, 2020

The college reported one new positive Covid-19 case in its second day of exit testing.

2 students tested positive for Covid-19 after 506 people were tested on Monday, the first positive results among students since the beginning of the semester.

[Photo] Two students test positive for Covid-19, 17 quarantined

November 17, 2020

2 students tested positive for Covid-19 after 506 people were tested on Monday, the first positive results among students since the beginning of the semester.

Spring modalities: Proportion of in-person classes to double this spring

Spring modalities: Proportion of in-person classes to double this spring

November 12, 2020
A Campus analysis of teaching plans for the spring semester found that 241 of the 518 courses — or 48% — will be offered completely in either “scheduled online” or “flexible online” modalities, with no in-person components at all. 67% of classes will be taught online in some capacity.
With election day in the rearview mirror, BIPOC students reflect on feelings of apprehension, fear, discomfort and anxiety that characterized this election and continue to define the nation.

[Photo] Students of color face increased fear as presidential election comes to a head

November 12, 2020

With election day in the rearview mirror, BIPOC students reflect on feelings of apprehension, fear, discomfort and anxiety that characterized this election and continue to define the nation.

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.

[Photo] Middlebury residents, students mobilize in support of counting every vote

November 12, 2020

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 cast their votes at the local polling center

[Photo] Incumbents in Vermont government largely prevail amid historic election turnout

November 12, 2020

Middlebury residents cast their votes at the local polling center

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[Photo] Election Day

November 3, 2020

The Sunderland Language Center typically houses Middlebury’s study abroad offices, but this year staff are working remotely to help students pursue language and cultural experiences virtually.

[Photo] Behind the Mead Chapel bells, carillonneur George Matthew Jr. plays for passion and protest

October 22, 2020

The Sunderland Language Center typically houses Middlebury’s study abroad offices, but this year staff are working remotely to help students pursue language and cultural experiences virtually.

All students will be invited back for the spring 2021 semester, according to an Oct. 8 announcement from the college. J-Term will be remote, and the spring semester will have a delayed start, with classes beginning March 1.

[Photo] Middlebury to hold delayed on-campus spring semester, remote J-Term

October 8, 2020

All students will be invited back for the spring 2021 semester, according to an Oct. 8 announcement from the college. J-Term will be remote, and the spring semester will have a delayed start, with classes...

Over 500 students gathered in protest at College Park last Friday.

[Photo] Can you hear us now, President Patton?

October 1, 2020

Over 500 students gathered in protest at College Park last Friday.

MiddView student leaders prepare for the arrival of new students.

[Photo] College fumbles approach to racial bias conversations during Middview

October 1, 2020

MiddView student leaders prepare for the arrival of new students.

Students held hand-made signs and marched down the road toward town.

[Photo] Students protest grand jury verdict for officers who killed Breonna Taylor

October 1, 2020

Students held hand-made signs and marched down the road toward town.

Students throw a frisbee, masked and socially distanced.

[Photo] No coaches, no contact, no competition: Club teams play on

September 24, 2020

Students throw a frisbee, masked and socially distanced.

Atwater residence halls, the site of the two gatherings Thursday night.

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

September 22, 2020

Atwater residence halls, the site of the two gatherings Thursday night.

Waste bins outside of Proctor Dining Hall overflow with to-go containers and other dining waste.

[Photo] Sustainability concerns pile up amid packaged meal protocols

September 17, 2020

Waste bins outside of Proctor Dining Hall overflow with to-go containers and other dining waste.

Happy Valley Orchards, a popular fall spot, is one of the places students will have access to in Phase 2.

[Photo] Phase Two start date pushed to Thursday, Sept. 17

September 15, 2020

Happy Valley Orchards, a popular fall spot, is one of the places students will have access to in Phase 2.

MiddView orientation leaders greet arriving students on August 26.

[Photo] Unsure of what to expect, first years grapple with a college experience marred by the pandemic

September 10, 2020

MiddView orientation leaders greet arriving students on August 26.

Members of the Mail Center staff work to help students pick up packages.

[Photo] Staff, cautiously optimistic, face increased workload as students return

September 10, 2020

Members of the Mail Center staff work to help students pick up packages.

Will Jernigan ’21 is one of many athletes who chose not to return to campus this year. Jernigan is pictured above in the October 12, 2019 game against Colby.

[Photo] Life looks different and so does the student body: Athletes on leave

September 10, 2020

Will Jernigan ’21 is one of many athletes who chose not to return to campus this year. Jernigan is pictured above in the October 12, 2019 game against Colby.

Erin Nicholas '21 competes against Amherst last season.

[Photo] Athlete of the week: Erin Nicholas ’21

September 10, 2020

Erin Nicholas '21 competes against Amherst last season.

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September 7, 2020

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Middlebury's Covid-19 testing center in Virtue Field House.

[Photo] Second on-campus student tests positive for Covid-19

September 4, 2020

Middlebury's Covid-19 testing center in Virtue Field House.

Middlebury's testing center is located in Virtue Field House.

[Photo] After delays, Aug. 28 testing results show no new Covid-19 cases

August 31, 2020

Middlebury's testing center is located in Virtue Field House.

Middlebury's Main Street for MiddView Orientation last year.

[Photo] Businesses report quarantine violations as first round of students return

August 20, 2020

Middlebury's Main Street for MiddView Orientation last year.

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