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Staff are not responsible for your to-go containers

Staff are not responsible for your to-go containers

May 6, 2021
"By failing to take the time to do simple tasks like properly returning to-go containers, we are acting as though we see staff members as nameless faces that are simply here to serve us," writes the editorial board.
Let’s stop to mourn what could have been

Let’s stop to mourn what could have been

April 29, 2021

This editorial is a reflection on the Zeitgeist 2021 survey results. You can read all of the results here.  As we near the end of our second Covid-era college semester, we should take a pause and...

Roni Lezama ’22 for SGA president

Roni Lezama ’22 for SGA president

April 15, 2021

The editorial board is proud to endorse Roni Lezama ’22 for SGA president. As the current vice president, former co-chair of Community Council and member of the Institutional Diversity, Equity and...

Vaccination should not come through exploitation

Vaccination should not come through exploitation

April 8, 2021

In the recent weeks, we’ve witnessed students scramble to sign up for Covid-19 vaccinations amid widespread confusion as to whether BIPOC students — and members of their households — are eligible...

Whatever re-floats your boat: Our take on the Suez Canal conundrum

Whatever re-floats your boat: Our take on the Suez Canal conundrum

April 1, 2021

The world has waited with bated breath, and today we break our silence. A little over a week ago, the infamous Ever Given container ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, blocking the channel as well...

Out-of-state students should not be out of mind

March 31, 2021

Confusion, shock and anger rippled through the Middlebury community yesterday when Gov. Phil Scott announced that out-of-state college students in Vermont are ineligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine....

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It shouldn’t take a shooting to take anti-Asian racism seriously

March 25, 2021
America’s painful history of discrimination against individuals of Asian-descent has been centuries-long. It did not start with the Covid-19 pandemic and certainly won’t end with it.
Let’s get used to twice-a-week testing 

Let’s get used to twice-a-week testing 

March 18, 2021
asymptomatic.  During a year marked by uncertainty, one of the powers we do have is simple: continue consistent testing and following other protective measures.
Hate speech shouldn’t be on the list of first-semester anxieties

Hate speech shouldn’t be on the list of first-semester anxieties

March 11, 2021
It’s time to call Middlebury what it actually is: a campus that prides itself on inclusivity and compassion while concealing a dark underbelly of entitlement, cowardice and hate.

The View From Here

March 10, 2021

Here we are, a year in. A lot has changed in the past year and it seems like we’ve almost achieved a certain milestone. For us, it’s been a time to reflect. It’s been a time to make sense of the...

Middlebury 101: Your crash course from The Campus

March 4, 2021

For new students, the first few weeks at Middlebury can feel like a crash course in knowing everything you can about life here — and playing off the things you don’t. We remember what it’s like...

Welcome home, baby Febs

Welcome home, baby Febs

March 4, 2021
Get excited for the normalcy that’s to come, but don’t let it put a damper on whatever great memories the next few months hold.
J-term, play-it-safe term

J-term, play-it-safe term

February 4, 2021
Our remote J-Term comes down to this: responsibility.
Students struggled in the fall. There are ways to fix that this spring. 

Students struggled in the fall. There are ways to fix that this spring. 

January 28, 2021
Two in three students broke Covid-19 guidelines during the fall semester. More than three in four experienced worsened mental health.

Middlebury must rescind Rudy Giuliani’s honorary degree

January 10, 2021

“...Winning is wonderful. Winning in sports. Winning elections. It beats losing them. But the reality is that winning is only fulfilling if you do it through the rules, and you do it by being able to...

We should test like we don’t have luck on our side

We should test like we don’t have luck on our side

December 3, 2020
We ask that the college implement weekly testing for all students, faculty and staff, no-questions-asked testing upon request and mandatory exit testing in this coming spring semester. 
From farewells this fall to faring well this spring

From farewells this fall to faring well this spring

November 19, 2020
While we may have survived this semester, the sustainability of this new normal has yet to be seen.
Remote classes aren’t the same

Remote classes aren’t the same

November 12, 2020
Gone are the days of lingering behind after class to chat with professors or to make lunch plans with classmates, engaging in witty rapport and sharing knowing glances — or even pencils — with people next to you.
It’s time for Election Day to be a college holiday

It’s time for Election Day to be a college holiday

October 29, 2020
Voting is a right, and barriers to exercising that right should be removed in any form they take. 
During nobody’s normal, staff and faculty make it possible

During nobody’s normal, staff and faculty make it possible

October 22, 2020
We are writing to say thank you. 
Don’t be busy just to be busy 

Don’t be busy just to be busy 

October 15, 2020
Attending college during a pandemic and a moment of national unrest was always going to be difficult. Yet one Middlebury-made stresser adds yet another layer: our busyness culture.
Racial justice is impossible without institutional support

Racial justice is impossible without institutional support

October 8, 2020
It is becoming increasingly evident that Middlebury does not have a concrete framework for addressing the racism that is embedded in the fabric of our institution.
College Covid-19 policies leave students to their own vices

College Covid-19 policies leave students to their own vices

October 1, 2020
while the college had a strong plan for putting regulations in place to bring us back in a healthy and safe manner, the regulations currently in place are inconsistent and unsustainable. 
Our world just got bigger; so did our responsibilities

Our world just got bigger; so did our responsibilities

September 24, 2020
the tension inherent in these unparalleled circumstances requires students to be more conscientious, intentional and gracious than ever. 
Even with limited spending, staff are not expendable 

Even with limited spending, staff are not expendable 

September 17, 2020

In May, we editorialized on Middlebury’s need to reaffirm its values by protecting its communities in the face of deep financial uncertainty. Four months later and back on campus again, we are making...

It’s a hard time to be a student, it’s a harder time to be a first year

It’s a hard time to be a student, it’s a harder time to be a first year

September 10, 2020
While we certainly don’t have all the answers, we want to acknowledge how we all got here, validate what you may be feeling and give you some things to look forward to.

Anti-racism is not just a trend

July 4, 2020
"As the summer carries on, it’s inevitable that the news cycles will change. But this is not a passing moment. It is and should be a turning point. To look away now would be to perpetuate centuries of systemic violence, to further marginalize our nation’s most vulnerable."
Values matter in money matters

Values matter in money matters

May 14, 2020
In this crisis, we expect  Middlebury’s most intrinsic and consequential values will be decisively highlighted.
Now that FOMO’s gone, here’s what we’re missing

Now that FOMO’s gone, here’s what we’re missing

April 30, 2020
If nothing else, lockdown has shown us is that no one really has it all figured out.
SARAH FAGAN

Alone, but not lonely: five socially-distant love languages

April 22, 2020
"Chances are, we’re all in need of a little love right now."
John Schurer for SGA president 

John Schurer for SGA president 

April 16, 2020
The editorial board is proud to endorse John Schurer ’21 for SGA president.
We endorse the mandatory credit/no credit grading system

We endorse the mandatory credit/no credit grading system

April 14, 2020
"We recognize that this debate has been a contentious one, with arguments on both sides meriting careful consideration. That said, we find the sheer amount of waffling — on the part of both administration and faculty — unsettling."
Desperate times call for flexible measures

Desperate times call for flexible measures

April 9, 2020
"We started out this remote experiment thinking about how to adapt the structure of lecture halls to our laptops, but we should also be envisioning ways to bring the intimacy of our Zoom screens back to our classrooms."
In praise of a humbler, more human Middlebury

In praise of a humbler, more human Middlebury

April 2, 2020

Not many would characterize Middlebury’s student-administration relationship as “simple.” Mere weeks ago, the college faced intense, sustained outcry from students protesting Charles Murray’s third...

Two students wore hazmat suits that said “Everybody is F***ed” at last month's Winter Carnival.

What we talk about when we talk about coronavirus

March 12, 2020

We hear you: this wasn’t how the spring semester was supposed to go. In the wake of President Patton’s email Tuesday, announcing the shift to remote learning following an early, extended spring break,...

When voting in Vermont, don’t half-ass it

When voting in Vermont, don’t half-ass it

February 27, 2020
Not all college students have an easy time voting in their school’s state. In Vermont, we’re lucky.
Middlebury, magnified: reframing 'J-Term play term'

Middlebury, magnified: reframing ‘J-Term play term’

February 20, 2020
Touring Middlebury, prospective students are told to be excited about J-term.
Skip 'transparency': We want clarity

Skip ‘transparency’: We want clarity

February 13, 2020
There may have been more transparency this time in inviting Charles Murray to campus, but we're still left with questions. And we think the Middlebury community deserves more.
When it comes to open expression, keep the conversation open

When it comes to open expression, keep the conversation open

December 5, 2019
A couple weeks ago, an email popped up in your Middlebury inbox from the Office of the President introducing the student handbook’s new Policy on Open Expression and revised Demonstration Regulations
On empathy and reporting: It’s complicated.

On empathy and reporting: It’s complicated.

November 21, 2019
We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but this semester has been a chaotic one in the world of student journalism.
Chat first, cancel second

Chat first, cancel second

November 14, 2019
You’ve probably seen the posts: you’re scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, and a status or tweet pops up letting you know that so-and-so is “canceled.”

Dear staff, from the editorial board

November 7, 2019
We’re saddened that, as a work environment, Middlebury has lost the “family feel” it once had.
STEM or Shakespeare? Your move.

STEM or Shakespeare? Your move.

October 31, 2019
Ever since the financial crash in 2008, English and History departments across the country are a lot less crowded. Students in Economics or STEM classrooms, on the other hand, find themselves struggling to find a free seat. 
Take the class to the classroom

Take the class to the classroom

October 17, 2019
The word “inclusivity” gets thrown around a lot. Still, people rarely seem sure what inclusivity actually looks like.
Work hard, grow up

Work hard, grow up

October 10, 2019
What the f**k. It’s what we’re all thinking — anyone, at least, who’s heard about the damage done to Atwater two weekends ago.
We commit to climate-conscious coverage

We commit to climate-conscious coverage

September 26, 2019
For those who joined the protest at College Park last Friday, it felt like maybe — just maybe — we might still have cause for hope.
An ode to orgs: new (and old) students, get involved!

An ode to orgs: new (and old) students, get involved!

September 19, 2019
Whatever you thought you knew about Middlebury College before, you will likely leave having made the following conclusion: To become a Middlebury student is to become involved. 
For brand promotion, look elsewhere

For brand promotion, look elsewhere

September 12, 2019
A college newspaper is not a public relations office.

Our Year in Review

May 9, 2019
We are proud of the work we have done this year, but we recognize there is room for improvement.
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