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Hannah Bensen

Hannah Bensen, Editor at Large

Hannah Bensen ’21 is a news editor.

She is studying International Politics & Economics and Global Health. She spent part of the spring semester at UC3M in Madrid improving her Spanish and studying political science and health systems.

In her coverage for the Campus, Bensen aims to contribute to the Middlebury historical record, writing about campus activism, relationships, and student life.

Bensen spent this past summer wrangling data, learning R visualization techniques, and studying abortion access as a Jones Fellow Research Assistant.

During the school year, Bensen plays on the club tennis team and teaches ski lessons at the Snow Bowl.

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Akhil Rao’s doctoral dissertation won the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award in the social sciences field.

Middlebury professor Akhil Rao wins national dissertation award

February 15, 2021
“Rao’s work on the economics of using Earth's orbits is pathbreaking and crucial for humanity’s successful exploration of space,” said Middlebury Assistant Professor of Economics Julia Berazneva.
Campus survey finds split opinions on the fall, widespread Covid-19 violations and mental health struggles

Campus survey finds split opinions on the fall, widespread Covid-19 violations and mental health struggles

January 23, 2021

Although two-thirds of students said they did not regret their Fall 2020 enrollment decision, 76% of students said their mental health was worse during the fall semester than during a typical semester...

Benjy Renton ’21 began covering Covid-19 in mid-January when the pandemic was just beginning to make international headlines. Renton was studying abroad in Beijing, China at the time, a program that was subsequently canceled due to the virus.

Benjy Renton ’21 garners national recognition for contact tracing the White House

October 15, 2020
When President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 2, Benjy Renton ’21 helped construct one of the most comprehensive public dashboards contact-tracing the President. Renton has also become an expert on Covid-19 and higher education, writing weekly reports about the topic.
MiddView orientation leaders greet arriving students on August 26.

Unsure of what to expect, first years grapple with a college experience marred by the pandemic

September 10, 2020
“Nobody wants to get kicked out of Middlebury, but everyone wants to make friends,” said Ella Bode '24. “We just want to be able to experience as much as possible.” 
Migrant Justice, an organization based in Vermont whose mission is to organize for economic justice and human rights for the farmworker community, also runs the Milk with Dignity program.

Legal, financial and language challenges leave Vermont’s migrant workers especially vulnerable during Covid-19 crisis

July 13, 2020

In addition to the Covid-19-related difficulties all Vermonters face — such as finding childcare or struggling to pay rent — migrant farmworkers in the state are encountering additional challenges...

Sophie Clarke ’11 is pictured with classmates Ashley Quisol ’11 (left) and Casey Mahoney ’11 (right) from their second-year Russian grammar course,  along with Russian professor Kevin Moss who taught the course, at their fifth-year reunion in 2016.

Sophie Clarke ’11 takes on ‘Survivor’ … twice

May 14, 2020
Sophie Clarke ’11 most recently competed on season 40 of 'Survivor' and has been an ardent fan of the show since its premiere in 2000.
Students from historically marginalized groups more dissatisfied with mental health resources

Students from historically marginalized groups more dissatisfied with mental health resources

May 7, 2020
Over the past 20 years, counseling appointments at Middlebury have increased nearly 3.5 times, according to data from Parton.
Who makes up Midd? Students by the numbers

Who makes up Midd? Students by the numbers

May 7, 2020
Zeitgeist gives a snapshot of the student body by demographics: sexual orientation, gender, race, socioeconomic background, among others.
From the 1950s to 2020, couples recount falling in love at Middlebury

From the 1950s to 2020, couples recount falling in love at Middlebury

April 22, 2020

It’s exam week in the early 1950s and the endlessly ringing pay phone outside of Mary Peterson’s* room in Battell South is interrupting her studies. Determined to end the disturbance, Mary finally...

Postscript: A Q&A with Midd couples through the ages

Postscript: A Q&A with Midd couples through the ages

April 22, 2020
We interviewed seven Middlebury couples about the dating scene at Middlebury, challenges, and their takes on love.
Cayla Marvil and AC Jones with their dog Barley Smalls, the honorary CEO of Lamplighter Brewing Co.

Bar Night to brewery: Starting a business together post-Middlebury

April 22, 2020
Cayla Marvil ’13.5 and AC Jones ’12.5 first met each other in the basement of Two Brothers Tavern; a few years later, they co-founded Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge, Mass.
“For the 10 of us under review, the anxiety of a difficult, fraught period has been exacerbated,” said Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies Nicolas Poppe in an email to The Campus. Here, Poppe at home with his three young kids.

Tenure-bound faculty may defer review process to fall

April 9, 2020
Ten faculty members remain uncertain as they await the results of their tenure reviews this semester.
“A lot of people who are leading activist charges, it’s the same group of people over and over,” said student activist Taite Shomo ’20.5.

What does it mean to be an activist at Middlebury?

November 14, 2019
Students engaged in a variety of change-making efforts, both on-campus and off, report unique challenges that come with navigating activism at the college.

Title IX office fundamentally restructured

September 26, 2019
The Title IX office underwent structural and staff changes this year. The new team is focused on transparency and education about all the resources the office has to offer.
Arabic, Korean, and Italian language schools took place at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

Confronting the CIA: Arabic student acquitted of protest policy violation

September 19, 2019
A petition is now circulating demanding that Middlebury Language Schools end its relationship with the CIA.
“[We are] continuing to think about who the next generation of students is and what they might look like, and thinking about how the mission of the college will drive that conversation as we’re recruiting,” said Incoming Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin.

New Admissions Dean Curvin Outlines Her Goals

May 9, 2019

After growing up in a family of educators, incoming Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin initially avoided pursuing a career in education. But she soon changed her mind, intrigued by the vitality and constantly...

Student Athletes Overrepresented in Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience

Student Athletes Overrepresented in Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience

May 2, 2019

Campus lore suggests that varsity athletes at Middlebury are socially liberal, fiscally conservative economics majors. Some stereotypes surrounding varsity athletes are rooted in truth. Zeitgeist reveals,...

One in Eight Students Experienced Sexual Assault

One in Eight Students Experienced Sexual Assault

May 2, 2019

Approximately one in six women has been a victim of sexual assault on Middlebury’s campus or during a Middlebury program, according to Zeitgeist survey results. In total, 12% of respondents have...

Students lead the weekly politics luncheon in the RAJ.

Dickinson Hands off Weekly Politics Lunches to Students

May 2, 2019

Just minutes after Professor of Political Science Matthew Dickinson announced his decision to take a hiatus from his weekly politics luncheons, a group of students who regularly attend the lunches created...

This winter was the scholarship program’s pilot season.

Snow Bowl Will Continue Ski School Scholarship Program Next Year

April 11, 2019

Thanks to a $20,000 fund, the Ski and Snowboard Scholarship pilot program that brought 103 new skiers up to the Snow Bowl this Winter Term will continue into future seasons. The fund, compiled by Student...

Senior Fellows Make Midd Admissions Stand Out

March 21, 2019

At most colleges and universities, professional admissions officers deliver information sessions to prospective students and their families. Not so at Middlebury, where each year, eight seniors are tasked...

PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor speaks at Mead Chapel on Friday, Feb. 22.

Yamiche Alcindor Recounts a Career of Asking Tough Questions

February 28, 2019
Alcindor reports stories about civil rights injustices and police violence.
Middlebury students experience first hand what President Trump has deamed a National Emergency, providing guidance to immigrants who have recently crossed the Southern boarder.

MAlt Trip Brings Students to Southern Border to Assist Asylum Seekers

February 21, 2019

“That’s going to be you in a couple years,” an asylum-seeking immigrant mother said to her daughter, pointing to Middlebury student Alondra Carmona ’21. Carmona was providing legal service to...

Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles

Admissions Dean to Leave at Year’s End

January 17, 2019
Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles will leave his position at the end of the academic years. After seven years in his current role, he will become dean of enrollment management at the Lawrenceville School, a private boarding and day school for students grades 9-12 in central New Jersey.

SGA to Fund Financial Aid for Lessons at Snow Bowl

November 15, 2018
On Sunday night, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed a Snow Bowl Scholarship Bill allocating $2,500 towards the scholarship fund.
Past College Students Didn't Go to the Polls

Past College Students Didn’t Go to the Polls

November 1, 2018
The college's past with midterm election turn out isn't great. Is that going to change this year post-2016?

Cocoon to Present an Opportunity for Metamorphosis

October 4, 2018
Coccon engages the community with diverse stories.
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