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Bochu Ding, Editor in Chief

Bochu Ding '21 is Editor in Chief.
He previously served as a managing editor, information insights director, interim digital director, news editor, and senior writer.
Ding is double majoring in economics and sociology-anthropology.  Last fall, he studied abroad in Paris, where he attended Sciences Po and pursued an internship at a social enterprise.
Ding is one of the college's Social Entrepreneurship fellows, focusing on helping impact organizations communicate to their clients and funders through storytelling. This summer, he served as an Impact Investing Analytics and Marketing Fellow at CapShift, a startup empowering philanthropic and financial institutions to mobilize capital for social and environmental impact.
During the school year, he also rows (starboard) for Middlebury Men's Crew.
Twitter: @bochuding
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Special Edition: The Culture Issue

Special Edition: The Culture Issue

May 13, 2021

In many ways, culture is invisible; unless you squint your eyes to bring it into focus, it fades into the background. And it remains elusive precisely because it touches every aspect of our day-to-day...

Notes from the Desk: Why a culture issue?

Notes from the Desk: Why a culture issue?

May 13, 2021

In many ways, culture is invisible; unless you squint your eyes to bring it into focus, it fades into the background. And it remains elusive precisely because it touches every aspect of our day-to-day...

Sunset District of San Francisco

Notes from the Desk: More than unwelcome in America

March 25, 2021

“We don’t have a place here.” I looked up — mid-bite into my noodles — at my mom, whose matter-of-fact tone surprised me. She paused. “I don’t feel safe here,” she continued,...

A Closing Note

March 10, 2021

Unprecedented. Challenging. Uncertain. These words have become staples in the past year — so prominent and ubiquitous that they have almost lost their meaning. But, in truth, this year has been all...

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

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

November 18, 2020

One student tested positive for Covid-19 on the second day of exit testing, according to an email from Director of Health Services Mark Peluso. The school moved eleven students into quarantine after contract...

Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

October 29, 2020
This is why we’re publishing an election issue. 
The intersection between College Street and HMKL Way is where the incident occurred, according to Rodney Adams ’21.

[Photo] Student reports being the target of a racial slur on campus

September 26, 2020

The intersection between College Street and HMKL Way is where the incident occurred, according to Rodney Adams ’21.

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

BREAKING: Middlebury announces on-campus instruction for the fall

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.
Notes from the desk: Racism, journalism and our role

Notes from the desk: Racism, journalism and our role

June 3, 2020

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the other acts of cruelty and merciless killing we have seen are but a sliver of the full scope of the systemic and constant...

Notes from the desk: A roadmap for the summer

Notes from the desk: A roadmap for the summer

May 29, 2020
"Trying times call for trying new measures," writes Editor in Chief Bochu Ding '21. "As we all embark on an 'unprecedented' summer, we at The Campus are looking forward to navigating these uncharted territories alongside you."
Notes from the desk: To prospies, from The Campus

Notes from the desk: To prospies, from The Campus

April 28, 2020
During Preview Days every year, The Campus invites prospective students to our office to give them a sense of how we covered the college that year. If we were all on campus together, prospies, this is what we'd share with you.
Students can declare Pass/D/Fail using an electronic form from the Registrar’s Office.

Update: College maintains opt-in Pass/D/Fail policy

April 3, 2020

The college will not alter its current opt-in Pass/D/Fail grading policy after student groups called for changes to the existing guidelines, but will extend the deadline to invoke the option to May 8,...

A Preview Days 2019 sign on the Emma Willard House, where the Office of Admissions is housed. The college will not host its annual Preview Days — or any other in-person admissions events — this year.

Acceptance rate sees uptick to 24% amid Covid-19 uncertainties

April 2, 2020

The college offered a total of 2,228 students admission to its class of 2024, comprising 24% of the 9,165 students who applied, according to Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin. The overall admissions rate...

Notes from the desk: In support of universal Pass/D/Fail

March 28, 2020
"The current opt-in Pass/D/Fail system presents an illusion of choice."
View other op-eds abut Middlebury's remote grading policy here.

[Photo] Make all courses pass/fail now

March 28, 2020

View other op-eds abut Middlebury's remote grading policy here.

View other op-eds abut Middlebury's remote grading policy here.

[Photo] Circumstance is not choice, but community is

March 28, 2020

View other op-eds abut Middlebury's remote grading policy here.

Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

March 19, 2020
The show must go on.
On Tuesday, the Registrar’s Office sent an email to all students with an electronic form to declare Pass/D/Fail.

College offers Pass/D/Fail option for all classes in spring semester

March 17, 2020
Do you plan to invoke the Pass/D/Fail option this semester? Let us know in our poll.
On Wednesday evening, students gathered outside Mead Chapel at 9 p.m. for a cathartic release: a scream.

Updates: College details plan to send students home

March 12, 2020
Prompted by growing coronavirus concerns, students will attend classes remotely following an extended two-week spring break.
Re “Coronavirus in N.Y.: Manhattan Woman Is First Confirmed Case in State”

Re “Coronavirus in N.Y.: Manhattan Woman Is First Confirmed Case in State”

March 12, 2020

The following was submitted to the NYT as a Letter to the Editor.  To the Editor: Words cannot express the disappointment I felt when I saw that The Times chose to feature an image of Chinatown...

Students eating outside Proctor Dining Hall on March 9.

College confirms suspension of on-campus classes in response to coronavirus concerns

March 10, 2020
Middlebury will begin remote classes following the break on March 30.
In this year’s Zeitgeist survey, nearly 70% of students reported having some struggles with eating or exercise during their time at Middlebury.

[Photo] ‘It’s a slippery slope’: From dining halls to athletic fields, students open up about eating disorders at Middlebury

January 23, 2020

In this year’s Zeitgeist survey, nearly 70% of students reported having some struggles with eating or exercise during their time at Middlebury.

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

May 2, 2019

We want to extend our gratitude to several individuals whose input, advice and help were critical in making this edition a success. Special thanks to Director of Assessment and Institutional Research...

Introduction: The Spirit of the Times

Introduction: The Spirit of the Times

May 2, 2019

“Would you support the construction of a swirly slide inside the Great Hall of Bicentennial Hall? We're talking a 6-story curling slide that has entry points on all floors and ends on the second floor,...

Methodology

Methodology

May 2, 2019

The Campus solicited input for the 2019 Zeitgeist survey via an all-student email sent by The Campus on March 11, 2019. After consolidating student, faculty, and administrative input, members of the Zeitgeist...

How the New York Times Taught Two Campus Editors to Hope (and Write Better Headlines)

How the New York Times Taught Two Campus Editors to Hope (and Write Better Headlines)

April 11, 2019
The New York Times Student Editors Conference was like a small, hopeful oasis in the middle of busy Manhattan. 

Notes From the Desk: Why Zeitgeist?

March 21, 2019
Zeitgeist, The Campus’ first annual student survey, aims to discuss questions we often avoid.
Divesting Middlebury: An Interactive Timeline

Divesting Middlebury: An Interactive Timeline

February 23, 2019
Campus reporters have compiled an interactive timeline walking through some of the most important events along Middlebury's six-year path to fossil fuel divestment.

News in Brief

January 17, 2019

PRESIDENT MAKES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS President Patton announced the transition of four administrators from interim roles to permanent positions in an email to the community on Dec. 19. Jeff...

DeRay Mckesson in an interview with The Campus.

DeRay on the Injustices of Today

November 15, 2018
Since participating in the racial justice protests in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014, DeRay Mckesson has been wearing the same blue Patagonia vest that he wore there.

Faculty Vote to Divest

November 8, 2018
The faculty voted by a wide margin to endorse the Student Government Association (SGA) fossil fuel divestment bill in a Sense of the Faculty Motion on Friday, Nov. 2.
The candidates for Addison County's two state Senate seats were among those who debated in a town hall last month.

Packed Addison County Senate Race Most Expensive in History

November 1, 2018
Claire Ayer's (D-Addison) retirement has piqued the interest of six candidates vying to fill the two district's seats in Montpelier.
Judge Allison D. Burroughs, pictured during a 2017 lecture at Middlebury, is the presiding judge in a case challenging Harvard's race-conscious admission practices.

Burroughs ’83 Presides Over Major Affirmative Action Case

October 25, 2018
The conservative-led group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) brought a lawsuit against Harvard, claiming that the university discriminates against Asian applicants. The divisive case has inflamed both opponents and supporters of affirmative action, given the wide impact it could have on higher education.
One of many posters supporting survivors was placed on the sign outside Mead Chapel.

Demonstrations Continue as Kavanaugh Takes Seat as Nation’s 114th Supreme Court Justice

October 11, 2018
Across campus, students and faculty publicly expressed their support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and survivors of sexual assault with signs, a “Walkout Against the Patriarchy” and chalked messages on pathways.

Patton Forms New Cabinet of Senior Administrators

May 9, 2018

President Laurie L. Patton announced changes this week within the senior leadership group, the 17-member advisory council. A nine-member cabinet will be formed out of that group to “improve the efficiency...

College Recruits from Richer, Whiter High Schools than Peers

May 2, 2018

College recruitment data cited in a recent New York Times article reveals a trend of recruitment at whiter and richer high schools, with Middlebury’s recruitment strategy noticeably lacking in comparison...

Richard Sander Questioned on Research; Focus on the Data

April 4, 2018

Richard Sander, professor of law at UCLA, defended his controversial “mismatch theory” at a lecture held at the Kirk Alumni Center on Tuesday, contending that affirmative action policies hurt minority...

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Mike Heaney ’64 talked to a packed crowd about the new PBS series “The Vietnam War” on March 21 in Wilson Hall.

Ken Burns and Panel Discuss Vietnam War Documentary

April 4, 2018

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, discussed their new PBS series “The Vietnam War” on March 21 in Wilson Hall. Mike Heaney ’64, a Vietnam War veteran featured in the film,...

Richard Sander, Promoter of ‘Mismatch Theory,’ to Speak at Middlebury

Richard Sander, Promoter of ‘Mismatch Theory,’ to Speak at Middlebury

March 21, 2018

Middlebury College Republicans will bring Richard Sander, a professor of law at UCLA, to campus on April 3 to discuss his criticisms of affirmative action.  Sander’s talk, entitled “Mismatch: Does...

Saifa Hussain.

NEWS IN BRIEF

March 14, 2018

Ten O’Clock Ross Suspended The Student Government Association announced on Monday that 10 o’clock Ross would be suspended until April 2. The announcement also warned that the program would be suspended...

The Emma Willard House.

Applicant Pool Reaches Record High Despite Murray Controversy

February 28, 2018

The admissions office reported in January that applicants to the college reached an all time high. With 9,230 total applications, Middlebury’s pool increased by 3.6 percent from the previous year and...

President Announces Four New Projects

February 21, 2018

President Laurie L. Patton sent four school-wide emails last week outlining major projects occurring in the spring and following semesters. The emails laid out a variety of initiatives including accreditation,...

Wright Out, Brook in as Co-Chair

Wright Out, Brook in as Co-Chair

February 14, 2018

Tina Brook ’18 is the new face of the Community Council, serving as co-chair with Baishakahi Taylor, dean of students, for the remainder of the year. Brook, who ran a joint campaign with Kyle Wright...

David Provost

Treasurer Tells All in Endowment Forum

February 14, 2018

College treasurer David Provost explained why Middlebury has a smaller endowment and provides less financial aid than many of its peers, and described how the college is working to improve on both fronts,...

Middlebury Dodges GOP Bill’s Endowment Tax

January 17, 2018

On Dec. 22, President Donald Trump signed into law a significant and controversial overhaul of the nation’s tax system, featuring large cuts for corporations and wealthy taxpayers. The legislation was...

SGA Institutes Financial Aid for J-Term Workshops

November 15, 2017

The Student Government Association (SGA) Finance Committee has allocated $2,500 to help students receiving financial aid pay for Winter Term workshops. The SGA has added other improvements intended to...

Erick Gong, assistant professor of economics, discusses his research during the Fall Faculty Forum on Friday, Oct. 13.

Faculty Present Research at First Annual Forum

October 18, 2017

As hundreds journeyed to campus last Friday for Fall Family Weekend, among the new arrivals was the first-annual Fall Faculty Forum. The event, held on Oct. 13 at the Axinn Center, featured presentations...

Students Talk Study Abroad During Trump Era

October 4, 2017

Following a tumultuous election cycle, Trump’s divisive victory astonished the nation, and its aftershocks were felt around the world. On Oct. 2, Student panelists Shane Healy ’18, Vignesh Ramachandran...

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