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Rising from the Ashes: How the College’s Public Art Policy Emerged from a Violent Act of Vandalism

Rising from the Ashes: How the College’s Public Art Policy Emerged from a Violent Act of Vandalism

March 16, 2016

On the eve of Commencement 1985, a student crept into the meadow where McCardell Bicentennial Hall stands today, took a blowtorch to a tall, boxy sculpture and burned it. The sculpture, a four-sided...

Graphic by Julia Hatheway.

The Caffeine Fix: Dining Hall Switches to a New Brew

March 13, 2016

During Winter Term, the dining halls welcomed a new brew at the beverage station: coffee by local roaster Vermont Coffee Company. Based in Middlebury Vermont, coffee from the Vermont Coffee Company is...

Marjorie Susman poses with a wheel of Farmhouse Cheese.

Orb Weaver Farm Celebrates Nearly 35 Years of Artisan Cheese Making in Vermont

March 2, 2016

For local Vermont farmers Marjorie Susman and Marian Pollack, cheesemaking has been a way of life since 1982. The proud owners and primary operators of Orb Weaver Farm in New Haven, Vt., Susman and Pollack...

Associate Chaplain Awarded Vermont Women in Higher Education Scholarship

January 27, 2016

On Dec. 21, 2015, Associate Chaplain Naila Blaloch at the College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life was awarded the Vermont Women in Higher Education Carol A. Moore Scholarship. The scholarship...

The Yearbook Question

December 2, 2015

In a meeting on December 1, the fate of a 145-year-old historical document was decided: the College’s yearbook. The first edition of the Kaleidoscope was produced in 1873. Since that time, the yearbook...

How It’s Handled Here: Sexual Misconduct on Campus

November 13, 2015

According to the 2015 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report due to release this week, nine rapes were reported last year, one incident of forced fondling and three incidents of dating violence occurred...

From SAF to SGA: A Million Dollar Budget

November 13, 2015

The advent of 10 o’clock Ross raises more questions than just cake or cereal. The Student Government Association initiative, which began last week, is a new addition to the already tight SGA budget....

Alum Creates Podcast on Bernie Sander’s Grassroots Campaign

Alum Creates Podcast on Bernie Sander’s Grassroots Campaign

October 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders, well known for his “democratic socialist” platform and veteran affairs activism, has found another way to distinguish himself from the other presidential candidates.  He’s the leader...

Midd Alum Simplifies Gardening for Urbanites

September 17, 2015

Less than five miles from the College, one company is working to transport the benefits of Vermont agriculture to urban millennials across the United States. A few years ago, Cam MacKugler ’09 was...

The Rise of the Millennial Intern

The Rise of the Millennial Intern

April 29, 2015

Highly-educated. Self-motivated. Hard-working. Unpaid. These adjectives describe a growing proportion of the current national work force: the undergraduate intern. The US Department of Labor defines...

Questions Surround Off-Campus Housing Lottery

Questions Surround Off-Campus Housing Lottery

March 18, 2015

On Feb. 19, a group of 10 disgruntled students shook up a Community Council-sponsored “Community Conversation” event with loud allegations directed towards the College’s Residential Life team. These...

With current laundry system, student finds an open laundry machine in Palmer (Campus/Emilie Munson).

Bringing Laundry into the 21st Century

February 11, 2015

Imagine going online and with just clicks having access to the status of all the laundry machines at the College. No dragging your gargantuan laundry bag down snowy paths only to discover the machine you...

The Boiling Point

The Boiling Point

May 7, 2014

Nail biting. Isolation. Tiredness. Irritability. Anxiety. These are all ways to tell when you’ve reached the boiling point. As most students have probably experienced, stress manifests in a variety of...

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

April 30, 2014

The Middlebury Campus brought big money out of the shadows this week. We distributed surveys polling our personal spending habits, where our spending money comes from and where we think the money comes...

Launched on April 9, beyond the green gives an alternative voice on its blog (Courtesy).

beyond the green Sparks Controversy

April 30, 2014

Since its launch on April 9, 2014, beyond the green, a publication that seeks to provide an outlet for marginalized voices at the College, has rocketed to the forefront of campus consciousness. The publication,...

What is Your Cure for Writer’s Block?

April 16, 2014

Bill McKibben Schumann Distinguished Scholar It's never been a huge problem for me. I grew up writing for newspapers, and that tends to cure you of perfectionism: you know that half the job is to...

NOM President Rachel Kinney ’16.5 helps Vergennes teen with smoothie making (Campus/Emilie Munson).

New Leadership to NOM Initiative

April 9, 2014

On a beautiful Thursday last week, I accompanied the student initiative NOM (Nutrition Outreach Mentoring) to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. Inside a gray building on a side street in downtown...

Power Couples

Power Couples

March 19, 2014

As students, we live our lives in proximity to our peers, and thus have the opportunity to see them not only in an intellectual environment, but also in the social sphere. We see our friends on dining...

Sloan ’16 watches herself compete in the Semifinals of Jeopardy! (Campus/Rachel Frank)

Middkid Who Competed on Jeopardy! Who is Erika Sloan?

February 26, 2014

As a kid, Erika Sloan ’16 always wanted to be on Jeopardy!. Nearly every night after dinner, her family would watch the trivia show together with Sloan pretending to be a contestant and playing along...

Davis Puts Fresh Spin on Masculinity in Sports

Davis Puts Fresh Spin on Masculinity in Sports

January 22, 2014

On Tuesday evening, former National Football League (NFL) cornerback Wade Davis received snaps and laughs from a packed Mead Chapel audience as he honestly — and often humorously — spoke about his...

SRI Creates New RISE Endowment Fund

January 15, 2014

The College’s divestment debate took a break from being in the spotlight during the Fall semester, but a new initiative from the Socially Responsible Investment Club (SRI) may reinvigorate the movement....

IHH Event Planned for January

December 4, 2013

It Happens Here (IHH), a student group that raises awareness of sexual assault at the College, announced that it will be holding its third annual storytelling event on Jan. 20 in the McCullough Social...

Students Form Local Food Group

October 16, 2013

This year, the College’s numerous student organizations focusing on food consciousness have joined forces to create a Food Cluster group. Led by College Food and Farm Educator Sophie Esser Calvi ’03,...

Public Safety Cuts Parking Ticket Fee

October 2, 2013

A reduction in parking ticket fees this year from $50 to $10 marked a concession of Public Safety to the demands of the Student Government Association (SGA). In February 2013, Public Safety raised the...

College Revives Finance Courses

September 18, 2013

In concession to strong student demand, the College has agreed to continue offering a finance course this academic year in a last-minute addition to the course catalog. When the Alan R. Holmes Professor...

MCAB will host Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP schools, on May 7. (Courtesy)

MCAB Announces Upcoming Speaker

May 1, 2013

  Inspired by the fervor for educational reform among members of the college community, Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) has invited Mike Feinberg, co-founder of Knowledge is Power Program...

Bartlett To Give Talk on Tolstoy’s Karenina

April 24, 2013

Today, April 25 eminent scholar of Russian literature and history, author and translator Rosamund Bartlett will visit the College. Bartlett most recently published a biography called Tolstoy: A Russian...

Middlebury Foods Tackles Local Hunger

April 17, 2013

Though most of us overlook it, the College, one of the wealthiest institutions in the state, is located in one of the poorest counties in Vermont: Addison County. In the three counties surrounding Middlebury,...

Biology Professor Accepts Perkins Award

Biology Professor Accepts Perkins Award

April 10, 2013

  On April 4, 2013, the Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Assistant Professor of Biology Catherine Combelles in recognition of her exemplary teaching in the classroom and...

Committee Reviews Honor Code

March 13, 2013

On Monday, March 13, the Student Government Association (SGA) invited students, staff and faculty to discuss a question of central importance to the college community: how can the Middlebury College honor...

Posse Retreat Spurs Dialogue and Discussion

March 7, 2013

On Friday March 1, 54 current Middlebury Posse scholars and 76 of their student, faculty and staff guests, called “plussers,” traveled to Silver Bay, N.Y. for the nationwide PossePlus Retreat. The...

(Courtesy / Sharif Nasef)

Students Protest XL Pipeline in D.C.

February 20, 2013

  On Sunday Feb. 17, over 50 students and Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben attended the “Forward On Climate” rally in Washington, D.C. The rally, sponsored by, the Sierra...

Alum Speaks On Global Fracking

February 13, 2013

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, international freelance journalist and Middlebury alumnus Dimiter Kenarov ’03.5 spoke to students and community members in a lecture titled “Shale Gas: from Poland to Pennsylvania.”...

Affolter Speaks on Race in the Classroom

December 8, 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies Tara Affolter addressed the entangled issues of race and education in her lecture on Thursday, Dec. 6 entitled “Tell Them You Saw Me: Invisibility, Race...

The Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored a panel in the McCullough Social Space on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to discuss the implications of affirmative action in collegiate institutions. (Campus/Gregory Woolston)

Panel Discusses Racial Diversity

December 5, 2012

On Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 PM., the Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored an Affirmative Action panel in the McCullough Social Space. The panel, which consisted of Dean of the College Shirley Collado,...

Dickinson Finds Election Too Close to Call

November 5, 2012

During his lecture “Who Will Win the 2012 Election?” on Oct. 31, Professor of Political Science Matt Dickinson tentatively predicted that Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election. However,...

Crime Stats Expose Swell in Alcohol Citations

October 24, 2012

On Oct. 1, Public Safety released the Middlebury College Annual Security and Crime Report. This report, emailed to all students in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy...

WRMC Headlines Vacationer for Fall Concert

October 3, 2012

On October 27th, WRMC, the College’s student-run radio station, is hosting its annual fall concert in the McCullough Social Space. Starting at 8 p.m., students, encouraged to wear costumes, can kick...

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