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The large tent on Battell Beach was spray painted with the sentence “American Rent Is Due” during the second to last week of the spring semester.

News in Brief: Graffiti related to Indigenous land rights appears on campus

June 11, 2021

In the last two weeks of the semester, graffiti with phrases referencing Indigenous land rights appeared around campus. The sentence “‘American Rent Is Due’” was spray painted in red on the...

Battell Hall, completed in 1955, is the oldest of the current first-year dorms.

College to replace Battell with new first-year dorm

May 20, 2021
Battell hall, completed in 1955, is home to more than 250 first years each year. The administration plans to start construction on a new first-year dorm that will eventually replace Battell on the north side of Battell Beach, with plans to break ground as early as September. 
The conspicuous consumption behind the MiddKid image

The conspicuous consumption behind the MiddKid image

May 13, 2021

If you take a stroll around campus, you will likely see students sporting Lululemon leggings, Canada Goose coats or Apple watches. On their feet, you might see Blundstones, L.L. Bean boots, Birkenstocks,...

Liza Toll ’24 poses enthusiastically next to her Toyota Prius before leaving for her first year at Middlebury.

Behind the wheel: Cars shape the Middlebury experience

May 13, 2021
While students with cars enjoy day trips around Addison County and grocery shopping at Hannaford, students without cars on Middlebury’s rural campus have historically faced a set of travel-related hurdles. And this year, these challenges have expanded to include traveling to vaccine appointments, some of which are hours away from campus. Having a car on campus shapes fundamental aspects of the Middlebury experience — and sometimes widens existing gaps in access. 
Custodial staff have been reshuffled to new buildings and shift times this semester.

Custodial reshuffling prompts mixed reactions from staff

May 13, 2021
To accommodate workplace safety measures put in place due to Covid-19, the custodial department developed a new cleaning schedule which now includes readjusted shifts — including some at night or starting as early as 4 a.m. — and services seven days a week. Staff members not only were forced to adjust to new hours but were rearranged across campus, leaving some frustrated with their new shifts and locations.
Addison County's Weather Watcher, a Middlebury student with a Bright Future in Weather Forecasting

Addison County’s Weather Watcher, a Middlebury student with a Bright Future in Weather Forecasting

May 6, 2021

Michael Wasserstein ’21 is Middlebury College’s unofficial resident weatherman. Wasserstein, a physics major hailing from Middlebury, Conn., runs @addisoncountyweatherwatchers, a popular Instagram...

Reel Critic: “Promising Young Woman”

Reel Critic: “Promising Young Woman”

May 6, 2021

Thirty-year-old Cassie was a “promising young woman” until the inadequate response to her best friend’s rape caused her to drop out of medical school. Now, she lives a double life. By day she works...

Lezama won the SGA president seat, while Lundberg and Maxie will each serve one semester as Community Council Co-Chair.

Roni Lezama ’22 wins SGA presidential election in a landslide

April 16, 2021

The student body elected Roni Lezama ’22 as president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2021–22 school year in a landslide election. Lezama won 72.5%  of the vote (791 votes)....

A beginner’s guide to Apple TV+ originals

A beginner’s guide to Apple TV+ originals

April 15, 2021

Netflix and Amazon may reign over original streaming programming, but there is a new kid on the block: Apple TV+. The new platform offers a variety of original programming, from feel-good comedies...

Lezama won the SGA president seat, while Lundberg and Maxie will each serve one semester as Community Council Co-Chair.

Meet this year’s SGA and Community Council candidates

April 14, 2021
Want to know a bit more about the candidates running for Student Government Association (SGA) president and co-chair of Community Council? The Campus has you covered. 
Hippo Campus concert ends Winter Carnival on a high note

Hippo Campus concert ends Winter Carnival on a high note

March 25, 2021

While live concerts may seem like a relic of the past, indie-pop band Hippo Campus made an appearance at the college on March 20 in a virtual concert that served as the closing act of this year’s...

As of March 4, students were allowed to shop for groceries and pick-up takeout from businesses in town.

Local businesses safely welcome students back to town

March 18, 2021

Following the end of campus quarantine on March 5, local businesses are enthusiastically welcoming students back and encouraging them to safely frequent their shops.  Abbey LaMay-West, owner of...

The CDC recently released new guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, but the college has thus far not made any changes to campus protocols and is not currently collecting data on which students are partially or fully vaccinated.

Student essential workers among first to receive Covid-19 vaccine

March 11, 2021
Though the national vaccine rollout is still in its early stages, some Middlebury students have already received their jabs because they work with high-risk individuals.
The International Programs office saw a nearly 13% decrease in study abroad applications compared to this time last year.

Students reevaluate study abroad plans one year into the pandemic

March 4, 2021
Amid Covid-19 travel restrictions and school closures, many juniors saw study abroad plans cancelled, and sophomores applied to programs without knowing what next year will look like.
New outdoor options will include fire pits and an ice rink near McCullough Student Center.

New outdoor spaces and student events are in store this spring

February 16, 2021
Facilities staff and the Student Activities Office have worked to increase outdoor social offerings for the spring semester, adding 25 new fire pits and collecting skis for students to use on the college golf course.
Rather than continuing the phased reopening approach of the fall, the college has opted to create a Campus Status webpage that will be updated each week based on the local and national state of the pandemic.

College sunsets phased reopening model, go/snitch amid Covid-19 policy changes

February 4, 2021
This spring, the college is implementing a new approach to communicating Covid-19 guidelines, increasing private study spaces, and adding new indoor and outdoor dining options.
‘The Secret History’: A murder mystery redolent of Middlebury

‘The Secret History’: A murder mystery redolent of Middlebury

January 28, 2021

“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation,” Donna Tartt writes in the opening sentence of “The...

In accordance with Gov. Phil Scott's executive order on Friday limiting in-person activities, the college restricted social gatherings to housemates as of 10 pm Saturday.

Campus returns to modified Phase One as Vermont Covid-19 cases surge

November 19, 2020
The college adjusted Covid-19 protocol at the end of last week, confining students to campus quarantine on the evening of Nov. 13 and implementing a number of restrictions on social gatherings in line with new Vermont guidelines.
Students weigh pros and cons of returning for spring semester

Students weigh pros and cons of returning for spring semester

November 12, 2020
As the deadline for declaring spring enrollment intentions loomed, students longing for normalcy grappled with the question of whether to return for another socially-distanced semester.
MiddVotes co-president Nora Bayley ’21.

MiddVotes demystifies the absentee ballot process

October 29, 2020
With the newfound spotlight on mail-in voting and absentee ballot deadlines with regulations varying from state to state, MiddVotes is working to help Middlebury students navigate the general election.
Professor Khalifa's dogs Frida (left) and Cleo (right) sometimes make guest lecturing appearances on his recorded lectures.

Remote professors tinker with course content and build virtual communities

October 8, 2020
Many professors face successes and setbacks as they adjust to a semester of online learning.
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