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Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 12, 2016

In many ways, this year at Middlebury felt like occupying a community divided. Three different events this weekend com- posed an especially ironic display of Middlebury’s climate: Derby Day,...

Reframing the Conversation

March 23, 2016

Undoubtedly, the last few weeks have been shaped by campus wide discourse surrounding race, power, language and freedom of speech. We at The Campus have engaged in personal reflection both about our role...

President Laurie L. Patton Speaks with alumni at the Alumni of Color Weekend on Jan. 15-17.

Patton’s Midyear Review: Laurie Talks First Months, Goals

February 24, 2016

The Middlebury Campus sat down with Laurie L. Patton to discuss her first few months at Middlebury as the College’s 17th president. In this profile, Patton discusses what has surprised her about Middlebury,...

Students Dismissed from Faculty Meeting

Students Dismissed from Faculty Meeting

November 12, 2015

At the monthly plenary faculty meeting on Friday, Nov. 6, the faculty discussed proposed changes to the Cultures and Civilizations requirement and student participation in the Pass/D/Fail system, but when...

Fed. Reserve Official Gives Econ Lecture

October 21, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 15, guest speaker Dr. Julie Hotchkiss presented a talk in Twilight Auditorium titled “Can We Really Believe Everything We Read About the U.S. Labor Market?” Her presentation came...

Judge Orders College to Reverse Expulsion: John Doe Re-Enrolls for Semester as Lawsuit Proceeds

September 23, 2015

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 — the same day classes began at the College — U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha ordered the College to temporarily re-enroll a student who had been expelled for...

The Human Side of the Editorial Board

September 23, 2015

The news article and corresponding editorial discussion of the alleged sexual assault case involving John Doe has been one of the most difficult topics I have had to write about during my time with the...

College Sued by Student Expelled for Sexual Assault

September 17, 2015

On Jul. 24, 2015, a student was expelled from the College for an alleged sexual assault charge against a non-Middlebury student. The incident allegedly took place in the fall 2014 semester while the student...

Student Stress, Anxiety Sparks Conversation

May 6, 2015

A faculty meeting was held on Tuesday, April 28 to address heightened student stress as the semester comes to a close. Out of what some have called an “emergency meeting” emerged a community-wide conversation...

Students Discover Mutilated Dogs

April 22, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, two students from the College were fishing approximately 15 minutes away from Middlebury along the New Haven River and discovered a clearing with 15 to 20 mutilated, dismembered...

Students: Think Twice Before Viewing Files

February 25, 2015

If you’ve read the editorial this week or the news article from last week, you know that the a group of Stanford students discovered that that they have access to reader’ comments on their admissions...

Admissions Releases Closed Files

Admissions Releases Closed Files

February 11, 2015

A discovery by a group of Stanford University students could bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the college admissions process, after an anonymous Stanford campus publication released the...

Meeting Reveals Tension With Town Residents

Meeting Reveals Tension With Town Residents

October 29, 2014

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 an impromptu meeting was held between a group of Middlebury town residents and the administration after off-campus parties on Weybridge Street over Homecoming Weekend and throughout...

Econ Lecture Addresses Inequality

October 1, 2014

Twilight Auditorium was packed on Wednesday, Sept. 24 to hear William M. Rodgers III give the fall 2014 David K. Smith Economics lecture entitled “Will the Economic Boom of the 1990s, known as the ‘Roaring...

Tailgating Policy Sparks Student Backlash, Petition to Reverse Decision Gains Support

Tailgating Policy Sparks Student Backlash, Petition to Reverse Decision Gains Support

September 24, 2014

On Tuesday Sept. 16, just days before the first football game of the season, an all-school e-mail was sent detailing a new tailgate policy, in which alcohol is prohibited at all venues, including in the...

College Partners in Voting Effort

College Partners in Voting Effort

September 17, 2014

This past April, Middlebury College entered into a one-year contract with TurboVote, online software that seeks to streamline the voter registration process. “It takes three minutes to sign up, and...

Faculty Motion Rebuffs MIL

May 7, 2014

On Tuesday, May 13 the faculty will vote on a motion to sever the College’s ties with K12, Inc., the corporation that the College has partnered with to create Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL),...

Faculty to Vote on AAL Reform

April 30, 2014

A group of students who have identified themselves as Midd Included, an organization centered on creating a more inclusive environment at the College, has drafted a bill to reform the Cultures and Civilizations...

UPenn Law Professor Amy Wax, left, packed Hillcrest and provoked spurts of anger from students and faculty members. Wax called the signs “lazy.” (Campus/Rachel Frank)

Wax Lecture Stirs Controversy

December 4, 2013

Hillcrest 103 was packed beyond standing room, with over 100 in attendance, on Thursday, Nov. 21 when University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Amy Wax gave a lecture, titled “Diverging Family Structure...

Reading and Ranking: Shaping the Class of 2018

Reading and Ranking: Shaping the Class of 2018

November 13, 2013

Last week, on Thursday, Nov. 7 the College admissions office began formally reviewing early decision applications, which Dean of Admission Greg Buckles projected would be around 691 applications. This...

Carbon Neutral, or Carbon-Lite?

October 16, 2013

As the College works to bring the Biomass Plant back up and running after it ran for 16 straight weeks — the longest, consecutive period to date — increased questions have been raised over the viability...

Admissions Reports Record First-Generation Enrollment

September 25, 2013

Thirteen percent of students in the class of 2017 are the first in their family to go to college, according to data released by the College admissions office. This number is the highest percentage of first-generation...

At 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, four students reinstall the College’s 9/11 flag memorial after a group of five vandals tore 2,977 miniature flags from the ground in protest. Passerbys lauded the students and aided in the memorial’s reconstruction. (Campus/Anthea Viragh)

Incensed Students Rebuild Memorial

September 18, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept. 11. after a group of five protestors pulled out the 2,977 American flags comprising a memorial to commemorate each of the lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks, Sasha Schell ’16,...

From strobe lights to study hall, the Prescott House basement was given a make-over this year.

Cook Commons First-years Move into Former Delta House

September 11, 2013

Prescott House, former home to the members of the Delta social house (ADP), is currently serving as home to Cook Commons first-year students. President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz approved the Community...

Community Council Update

May 8, 2013

Community Council had its last meeting of the year on Monday, May 6 and has spent the last two weeks wrapping up agenda items from the year as well as making a preliminary agenda for next year, when Luke...

Community Council Update: Council Discusses Transportation on Campus

April 24, 2013

On Monday, March 22, Community Council met to go over a few transportation recommendations that Leger Grindon, professor of film and media culture, outlined for the Council’s review. The proposal, broken...

Study Links Gap Year to Success

April 17, 2013

An article published in The Huffington Post on April 9 titled “Why Tina Fey Should have taken a Gap Year,” cited a study conducted by former Dean of Admissions Robert Clagett, which examined the success...

Community Council Update: Council Approves Hard Alcohol Exception

April 10, 2013

On Tuesday, March 9, Community Council met with the Mill’s administration to discuss whether to continue to allow the social house to serve Purple Jesus, a mixed drink with vodka and grape powder served...

Prescott house, located in the Ridgeline woods area of campus, houses members of Delta. (Courtesy)

Council Decides to Disband Delta

March 20, 2013

  On Monday, March 18, Community Council went into executive session to continue the discussion from last Tuesday on whether to accept the Social House Review Committee’s recommendation to disband...

Students pack into the Community Council meeting on Tuesday March 12. (Kathryn DeSutter)

Council Tables Decision on Delta

March 13, 2013

  On Tuesday, March 12, Community Council met to vote on the fate of Delta, formerly known as ADP. After a 30-minute open meeting and an hour of deliberation in executive session, during which...

Community Council Update: Council Discusses Health Services on Campus

March 13, 2013

On Monday March 5, Community Council met to review a set of recommendations that will be proposed to Gus Jordan, executive director of health and counseling services, and the administration. The recommendations...

Community Council Update

February 27, 2013

On Monday Feb. 25 at their weekly meeting, the Community Council discussed the honor code review process, judicial board membership and the social house review process. The Council has been asked to...

Anna Stevens '13.5 performs a monologue from

Middlebury Celebrates One Billion Rising

February 20, 2013

  On Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 10 p.m. to midnight, the College celebrated Middlebury Rises, one of many events worldwide dedicated to ending violence against women through the One Billion Rising...

Community Council Update

February 13, 2013

During the Feb. 11 Community Council meeting, tensions ran high as members discussed attendance issues, faculty and staff representation on the council and the overall role of the Community Council on...

Students Participate in Zombie Competition

January 16, 2013

Sunday, Jan. 13 marked the beginning of a campus wide, Human vs. Zombies competition with over 200 participants fighting to become the last human standing. The game, organized and run by the Youthful Alliance...

Student Competes on “Millionaire”

December 5, 2012

Continuing the streak of students on reality television, David Elper ’15 was a contestant on Double Your Money Week of the long-running show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” that aired this past...

Community Council Update

November 28, 2012

On Monday Nov. 12, Community Council met with Administrative Programs Coordinator Ellen McKay and Mark Stefani, assistant professor of psychology, about stress on campus. Both McKay and Stefani spearheaded...

Mountain Club Expands Programming

November 14, 2012

Mountain Film, a travelling film festival, visited the College on Wednesday Nov. 7. The organization screens independent documentary films, often focusing on adventure film and outdoor lifestyle, from...

Community Council Update

November 7, 2012

On Monday Nov. 5 the Community Council met to finalize the creation of the Residential Life Committee and speak with representatives of the Honor Code Review regarding its plans for this year. The constitution...

College Revamps Security for Dalai Lama

October 24, 2012

The weekend of October 12-13 brought with it much excitement as the College welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. However, behind all of the excitement of his visit lay a logistical challenge that...

Community Council Update

October 24, 2012

The Community Council met on Monday Oct. 22 to outline an ambitious list of tasks for the 2012-2013 academic year. Issues on the preliminary agenda for the council include: communication methods between...

College Acquires Boat, EMT Van

October 3, 2012

The start of the academic year has brought two new and unexpected additions available for students — an ambulance and a boat — allowing pre-med, geology and other interested students to gain hands-on...

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