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Gun Violence Is a Product of Social Illness, Not Mental Illness

February 28, 2018

We’re all tired of talking about gun violence at this point, maybe because the shooting in Parkland, Florida a few weeks ago marked the sixth time that The Onion has published its morbidly titled article,...

Transcript: Interview with President Laurie Patton

February 21, 2018

This interview took place on Jan. 31. The transcript was lightly edited and includes clarifications made by President Patton, which The Campus agreed to as part of the terms of the interview. ELIZABETH...

Special Feature: Mindfulness Efforts on Campus

Special Feature: Mindfulness Efforts on Campus

November 29, 2017

Designed by Erin Kelly It is near impossible to talk about stress on college campuses without also encountering the term “mindfulness.” Among the biggest buzzwords circulating mainstream media and...

Graffiti appeared Saturday morning in eight different locations on campus, including on Mead Chapel, the college bookstore, and a sculpture outside of Coffrin Hall. The graffiti was removed later that morning.

[Photo] Campus Is Vandalized, With College Labeled ‘Racist’

October 18, 2017

Graffiti appeared Saturday morning in eight different locations on campus, including on Mead Chapel, the college bookstore, and a sculpture outside of Coffrin Hall. The graffiti was removed later that...

The colleges dining halls offer a wider array of vegan options this year than ever before.

Students Navigate Misconceptions and Challenges of Veganism

October 18, 2017

The word “veganism” has the power to elicit eye-rolls, approving nods, or looks of utter confusion. Some view the vegan lifestyle as a pretentious fad, an overly ambitious and misguided attempt to...

This American propoganda poster highlights the Red Scare and how it impacted college campuses.

Symposium Commemorates Soviet Culture, Bolshevik Centennial

September 27, 2017

This year’s Clifford Symposium, which took place from Sept. 21 to 23, centered on a topic of historical significance and, amid the turbulence of our present-day political landscape, renewed relevance....

Jewish Students Welcome New Year, School Year

Jewish Students Welcome New Year, School Year

September 20, 2017

The Jewish community on campus and in town will observe Rosh Hashanah, a two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year from Sept. 20 to 22. Rosh Hashanah falls on the first day of Tishrei, which is a month...

Vermont Land Trust, an environmental non-profit organization based in Burlington, has conserved more than a half-million acres since 1977.

Vermont Land Trust Responds to Community Needs

November 24, 2016

What is the link between rural spaces and urban communities, and what relevance does this hold for social justice and sustainability work today? As globalization takes hold in ever more remote corners...

Melian Radu 13 is a poet based in L.A.

Interview with Melian Radu ’13

November 10, 2016

Among the attendees of the first ever Feminist Alumnx Retreat this weekend was Melian Radu ’13, a former English and American Literatures major with a focus in Creative Writing and a Gender, Sexuality...

Associate Professor of Sociology Rebecca Tiger authored the 2013 book Judging Addicts: Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System.

Professor Examines Failure of Drug Policy

November 2, 2016

Anyone who has ever taken a sociology class is all too familiar with the idea of social constructs. Conversely, anyone enrolled in a science class has likely encountered their fair share of “objective...

Amishi Jha, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, spoke on the significance of mindfulness.

Keynote Speaker Unpacks Mindfulness

September 28, 2016

What is mindfulness, and why does everyone keep talking about it? These two basic questions served as the focal point of this year’s Clifford Symposium, entitled “Fully Present: The Art and Science...

The activism group Stares on Stairs performs in party spaces on campus.

Performance Art Piece Raises Awareness of Sexual Assault

May 12, 2016

Partygoers passing through the Chromatic social house last Saturday night may have been met by a surprising sight: four individuals, in varying states of undress, standing by the entryway with purple handprints...

The clown persona articulates stereotypes surrounding the perfect survivor narrative.

PTSD Play Finds Laughter in Healing

May 12, 2016

What does it mean to combine laughter and healing? To be the “perfect” survivor? And what do clowns and “panda puppies” have anything to do with it? Trying to explain the Post Traumatic Super Delightful...

Derek Ding 18 walked the ISO Fashion Gala runway in a lacy top and high heels.

ISO Fashion Gala Features Eclectic Styles

May 5, 2016

Beneath the layers of bulky winter clothing that they don for most of the year, Middlebury College students know a thing or two about fashion. Their eclectic array of styles was on full display last Friday...

Passersby had the opportunity to observe or engage with pop-up art installations on campus.

Drop-In Dance Performances Entice Passersby

April 21, 2016

During your daily trek to classes, the library, or your favorite dining hall last week, you may have encountered an unusual sight – people making interpretive movements while donning headphones and walking...

Women Forge Community in Computer Science Department

April 14, 2016

It is no secret that the computer science field – at Middlebury and beyond – is dominated largely by males. Restrictive gender norms throughout history have permeated into modern academia, resulting...

SensusAccess App Makes Documents More Accessible

March 23, 2016

This Monday, Mar. 21 marked the launch of SensusAccess, an application that allows Middlebury users to automatically convert documents into a variety of accessible formats. Now free to all students, faculty...

Sexpectations Discusses Hookup Culture

Sexpectations Discusses Hookup Culture

March 16, 2016

Only in a show entitled Sexpectations would it make sense to utter the words “biddy,” “Atwater” and “Grindr” within mere minutes of each other. Last weekend (March 11-12), students flooded...

Middlebury Discount Comedy Provokes

March 9, 2016

Hepburn Zoo has always been known as a venue for unconventional art performances, but last weekend’s performance may have topped them all: On Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, the doors opened,...

Thursdays presentation on the Paris climate talks urged citizens to become more politically engaged.

Speech Contextualizes Paris Climate Talks

March 2, 2016

Were the Paris climate talks of 2015 a success or a failure, and where do we go from there? These were the central questions in a talk entitled “Adequacy and Equity under Neoliberal Climate Governance:...

Poetry Celebrates Interfaith Traditions

Poetry Celebrates Interfaith Traditions

January 27, 2016

Last Thursday, Jan. 21, above the faint hustle and bustle of Crossroads Café, students, faculty and staff took the stage to take part in a night of poetry and spoken word performances. Organized by MOSAIC,...

Students in the STEM Innovation Program identify and address a real-world issue. Courtesy Trent Campbell.

STEM Innovation Program Inspires

January 20, 2016

What happens when you get a group of Middlebury students together and tell them to solve an important real-world problem using science? For some, this might seem like an overly daunting, if not impossible,...

Middlebury Discount Comedy will bring silliness and social commentary to their premiere show on Dec. 10 in the Hepburn Zoo.

Middlebury Discount Comedy to Launch

December 2, 2015

For years, the College has been home to a variety of bands, acapella groups, chamber music ensembles, improvisational comedy troupes and more. Wide-ranging as the performance venues are on campus, however,...

Analog works on display in Johnson Memorial Building highlight the intricacies of everyday sights on campus.

Analog Photos Highlight the Ordinary

November 18, 2015

Every once in a while, we need a reminder that our progression to a more digital world does not erase the value of analog works. Currently adorning the white walls of the center of Johnson Memorial Building...

Courtesy Stan Barouh

Flare Path Sheds Light on Realities of War

November 12, 2015

Flashing lights, black-and-white video projections of launching aircraft and sounds of revving engines flooded Wright Memorial Theatre this weekend as part of the visceral backdrop for the fall faculty...

The final speaker, Naomi Eisenberg 18, shared the story of her service trip to Israel. Courtesy Michael OHara.

Cocoon Storytellers Share their Roots

October 21, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, vocal acrobatics, flawless dance contortions and state-of-the-art technology are not always necessary for an entertaining show. Sometimes, all it takes is one voice. Live storytelling...

Kenzie Yedlin 18 searched for new therapies to treat a rare type of breast cancer. Photo credit Kenzie Yedlin.

Students Explore Human Health in Lab

September 17, 2015

Hard sciences might not be the first association most people make with Middlebury College. But the critical thinking and spirit of discovery that the liberal arts curriculum seeks to promote are well in...

Prior, played by Christian Lange 17.5, struggles to accept his medical fate within one dream sequence. Courtesy Anahi Naranjo.

Angels in America Weaves Real and Divine

May 6, 2015

The final weekend of “Gaypril,” a month devoted to creating more visibility for LGBTQ groups on campus, was celebrated by the timely premiere of Millennium Approaches, Part I of Angels in America:...

Spring Awakening confronts challenging themes within the sexually repressive culture of 19th-century Germany.

Spring Awakening Poetic and Probing

April 29, 2015

The second faculty show of the semester, Spring Awakening, will usher in a 19th-century tale of sexuality that proved to be far ahead of its times. Written by German dramatist Frank Wedekind in 1891, the...

Problems surrounding addiction, denial and self-harm are the focal points of Next to Normal. As the story progresses, each character discovers their own methods of coping. Courtesy Eliza Margolin.

Next to Normal Shows Path to Healing

April 22, 2015

Mental illness is a difficult and messy ordeal. Addressing it can be heartbreaking, controversial and immensely uncomfortable. Next to Normal dared to tackle the complicated issue this past weekend, April...

Vanda, played by Caitlin Duffy 15.5, dons a traditional white dress for her audition. Courtesy Annie Ulrich.

Venus in Fur Asks Essential Questions

April 15, 2015

It takes a certain kind of vulnerability to create powerful theatre. From April 9-11, the stars of the student-produced version of David Ives’ 2010 play Venus in Fur put their acting skills on fearless,...

Olga, played by Kathleen Gudas 16.5, warns her daughter Annie, played by Katie Weatherseed 16.5, to avoid danger in Russia. Courtesy Stan Barouh.

Magic Meets Russian Reality

April 8, 2015

What happens when fur coats, dangerously high heels and babushka headscarves clash with the otherworldly elements of ancient fairytales? This past weekend, the Seeler Studio Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney...

The Kevin P. Mahaney 84 Center for the Arts (MCA) experienced leakage on the roof above the College Museum of Art due to severe weather conditions this past February. Courtesy MCA.

Extreme Weather Takes Toll on MCA

March 18, 2015

Over the past couple weeks, the brutal conditions of the slowly receding winter have caused leaks to occur at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts (MCA), which has played an integral role on...

Students of the College Orchestra bond over biweekly, two-hour rehearsals at MCA. Courtesy Jigar Bhakta.

Orchestra Strives Toward New Goals

March 4, 2015

The Middlebury College Orchestra has experienced its fair share of ups and downs since its inauguration one hundred years ago. Most recently, low student participation led to the cancellation of orchestra...

Gabrielle Owens ’17 performs ‘I Was There in the Room’ during the second annual presentation of The Vagina Monologues. Courtesy Michael OHara.

Vagina Monologues Get a Standing O

February 18, 2015

Amidst the flashy festivities of Winter Carnival, this past weekend marked the second annual performance of The Vagina Monologues in the Hepburn Zoo. An episodic play written in 1996 by Middlebury alum...

THT Thrills with Timeless Themes

THT Thrills with Timeless Themes

February 11, 2015

The end of this year’s whirlwind J-term brought in the highly-anticipated Ragtime musical, a co-production by Town Hall Theater (THT) and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Dealing with the...

Storyteller Mike Daisey brought Faster Better Social to Wright Memorial Theater.

Technology is Driving Mike Daisey

January 21, 2015

In a society dominated by technology, it is oftentimes difficult to distinguish between what is possible and what is necessary. Critically-acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey brought this complicated question...

Protocol delves into the discomfort of suicide and heartbreak.

Protocol Finds Dark and Light in Suicide

December 3, 2014

The terms “suicide” and “comedy” generally do not go well together, but Protocol, an entirely student-produced play that ran in the Hepburn Zoo from Nov. 20-22, managed to merge these two themes...

Melissa MacDonald ’15 and Eduardo Danino-Beck ’15 use a simple box to explore space and the reality of their son’s death.

Devised Theatre Brings Prose to Life

November 19, 2014

The student production A Small, Good Thing, which ran from Nov. 13-15 in the Hepburn Zoo, grappled with topics of death, sorrow and despair as based on Raymond Carver’s 1989 short story of the same name....

Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown enthralls the audience with her combination of speech and movement at the Sunday, Nov. 9 TEDx Middlebury (Kayla Nahi).

Fifth TEDx Middlebury Event Shares Ideas

November 12, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 9 marked the fifth annual TEDx event at Middlebury College. TED is a non-profit organization that seeks to spark dialogue and spread ideas through talks, touching on anything from science...

Neil Steiner ’16 experiments with exposure through pinhole photography technique (Neil Steiner).

Studio Artists Expose Dynamic Vision

November 5, 2014

Walk down to the quiet center of Johnson Memorial Building, and you will stumble across an artistic gem: the Pinhole Photography showcase, which lasts until Thursday, Nov. 6 and is bound to intrigue its...

The Attic Stores New Creative Space

October 1, 2014

This year marks the launch of a new arts-themed social house on campus. Located in Prescott House on Ridgeline Road, the Attic was founded by Hannah Giese ’16, Emma Gee ’16 and Jackie Wyard-Yates ’16.5,...

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