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Hattie LeFavour, Managing Editor

Harriet LeFavour ’21 is a Managing Editor.

She previously served as a Local editor and staff writer.

LeFavour is a double major in English and American literature and political science. She served as the editorial director for the Engaged Listening Project’s Off-Campus Podcast during the summer of 2020, and her previous work has included internships at New England Review, the McCormick Literary agency and Bloomsbury U.S. publishing house, where she also served as a copy editor and fact-checker.

LeFavour worked in communications on Sara Gideon’s 2020 campaign for U.S. Senate and moderated Vermont’s 2020 gubernatorial Democratic primary debate, and she has been a repeated guest on Vermont Public Radio.

Twitter: @HattieLeFavour

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The go/apartheid and go/jewish links have been chalked on sidewalks across campus.

[Photo] Tensions mount on campus as go-links turn the spotlight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

March 18, 2021

The go/apartheid and go/jewish links have been chalked on sidewalks across campus.

Prosecutors believe at least 4,900 people attempted to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton via text message due to Mackey’s disinformation campaign.

Douglass Mackey ’11, far-right troll, arrested for 2016 election interference

February 4, 2021
Ranked among the top 150 influencers in the 2016 election under his pseudonym Ricky Vaughn, Mackey was arrested last Wednesday for an online disinformation campaign.
Governor Phil Scott and challenger Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman talk budgets, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Heading into gubernatorial election, Governor Scott sustains as Lieutenant Governor Zuckerman campaigns

October 29, 2020
As the pandemic heightens the responsibility of state governments across the country, Vermont has emerged as a success story in controlling the virus — and for Republican Gov. Phil Scott, the proof is in the polling.
Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

October 29, 2020
This is why we’re publishing an election issue. 
Middlebury voting guide 2020: If you can vote, you can vote in Vermont

Middlebury voting guide 2020: If you can vote, you can vote in Vermont

October 29, 2020

Good news for Middlebury students: if you can vote, you can vote in Vermont. With some of the most accessible polls in the country, Vermont allows same-day voter registration — so if your absentee...

All students will be invited back for the spring 2021 semester, according to an Oct. 8 announcement from the college. J-Term will be remote, and the spring semester will have a delayed start, with classes beginning March 1.

Middlebury to hold delayed on-campus spring semester, remote J-Term

October 8, 2020

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.  Middlebury plans to welcome all students back to campus for the spring semester. Students will arrive on Feb. 24 and 25 after a two-week...

Middlebury mourns Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and reflects on her legacy

Middlebury mourns Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and reflects on her legacy

October 1, 2020
The death of Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves students and faculty members remembering the woman who dedicated her life to fighting injustice.
Now in Phase 2, students are permitted to go into the town of Middlebury.

Students flock to old haunts as Phase Two loosens restrictions

September 24, 2020
When Middlebury transitioned to Phase Two last week, students were released from campus quarantine and allowed to traverse Addison County — and traverse they did.
Middleburys Covid-19 testing center in Virtue Field House.

Second on-campus student tests positive for Covid-19

September 4, 2020

A second Middlebury student is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, as revealed by the Day Seven test results delivered yesterday for students who arrived on August 26 and 27.  Of...

In Isolation: Audio portraits from spring 2020

In Isolation: Audio portraits from spring 2020

August 13, 2020

“Springtime at Middlebury College typically finds students packing away their parkas, cuffing their jeans, and finding any excuse to bask in the wavering spring sunshine — perhaps too eagerly for the...

Middlebury has announced plans for students to return to campus in the fall, with various health protocols and a portion of classes online.

BREAKING: Middlebury announces on-campus instruction for the fall

June 22, 2020
Middlebury will reopen its campus to students, faculty and staff in the fall with certain precautions. The College plans to welcome students back on September 8 for a 12-week semester, which will continue without interruption until Thanksgiving Break, before a transition to remote learning.
Notes from the desk: Racism, journalism and our role

Notes from the desk: Racism, journalism and our role

June 3, 2020

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the other acts of cruelty and merciless killing we have seen are but a sliver of the full scope of the systemic and constant...

Jason Collins delivers a short message during the virtual senior celebration.

First openly gay NBA player Jason Collins named commencement speaker

May 24, 2020

The class of 2020 commencement speaker will be Jason Collins, a retired professional basketball player and the first male active sports athlete in a major sport to come out as gay. Collins graduated...

News in Brief: Middlebury expects 750 in the class of 2024 and 2024.5

May 14, 2020
640 new students currently plan to enroll in September, but this figure is tentative, given uncertainty about the college's fall semester plan and potential student visa challenges.
When it comes to students’ politics, climate change is center stage

When it comes to students’ politics, climate change is center stage

May 7, 2020
This year — right before the turn of the decade — we asked students what they believed the most pressing issue of our day to be.
The 2019 baseball team led the all-time record for strikeouts, walks and stolen bases in a season.

Middlebury’s athletic records that never were

April 30, 2020
The Campus spoke with athletes whose final seasons were cut short — and were on the verge of something great.

Turner House, Homer Harris revoked from rising juniors

April 30, 2020
In response to anger from the rising senior class, Turner House and Homer Harris House are no longer available as superblocks for rising juniors.
Stack of books with a side of strawberries and house plant.

A quarantine reading list for the lonely

April 16, 2020
These six books deal with feelings of isolation, grief, confusion and interdependence that many may be experiencing while social distancing.
As Vermont heightens social distancing advisories, local nonprofits have moved many of Addison County housing-insecure from shelters into hotels and motels, including the Middlebury Inn on Court Square.

Nonprofits house homeless in Middlebury hotels; dining service delivers meals

April 9, 2020
The ubiquitous pressure to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus begs the question: what if you don’t have a home to stay in? 
97 Adirondack View, formerly home to PALANA House, will become the International House in the Fall.

Small senior houses allotted to rising juniors in superblock process

April 9, 2020
Turner House and Homer Harris House, typically available to seniors in the room draw process, were granted to rising juniors in this year's superblock program.
Ollie died last week at the age of 17. His death has triggered an outpour of chatter from local residents sharing memories of seeing him in Ferrisburgh.

Beloved Ferrisburgh camel, Ollie, dies at 17

March 5, 2020

Oliver “Ollie” the camel, for years an unlikely Route 7 celebrity and Vermont’s resident two-humped treasure, died on the evening of Feb. 21 at his farm in Ferrisburgh, Vt. He was 17...

Middlebury voting guide

February 27, 2020
This voting guide answers typical questions about the primary process and voting in Middlebury.
Last August, Planned Parenthood of North New England withdrew from federal funding agreements due to Title X rule changes. Although the Middlebury office does not perform abortions, it lost funding as a member of the PPNNE network.

[Photo] Planned Parenthood of Northern N.E. continues to provide health care after federal cuts

February 27, 2020

Last August, Planned Parenthood of North New England withdrew from federal funding agreements due to Title X rule changes. Although the Middlebury office does not perform abortions, it lost funding as...

The Middlebury “floor meeting” will take place on Monday, March 2, preceding the “Australian ballot” on March 3. Some community members have brought attention to the declining attendance at the annual floor meetings, weighing ballot-voting more heavily than the older form of live deliberation.

Middlebury’s town meeting is on March 2. What should you expect?

February 20, 2020

The town meeting, a Vermont tradition conceived earlier than the state itself, is fast approaching. Occurring annually in nearly every Vt. town, the meetings provide Vermonters a chance to congregate...

Empty bookstore shelves make room for Amazon

February 20, 2020
When the Middlebury College Bookstore stopped stocking physical books in 2018 — some say the ensuing collective groan still echoes in the hills — a large part of its rationale was students’ increasing use of Amazon.
Last Fall, Otter Creek Bakery’s previous owners, Ben and Sarah Wood, handed over the 34-year-old establishment to Ned Horton. With new leadership, Horton hopes to retain the essence of the well-loved bakery, with potential expansion projects and menu updates.

Otter Creek Bakery maintains essence among changing leadership

January 23, 2020

Otter Creek Bakery, a bastion of baked goods and cardinal coffee counter in the town of Middlebury since 1989, is preparing to take its first steps without the guidance of founders Ben and Sarah Wood....

Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, in a challenge to incumbent Governor Phil Scott, cited the climate crisis as a primary motive for running.

Zuckerman challenges Scott in race for governorship

January 23, 2020

Lt. Governor David Zuckerman announced Monday that he will run for governor of Vermont in 2020 in an effort to oust incumbent Governor Phil Scott. Zuckerman, a Progressive who has served as lieutenant...

A rendering of the Old Stone Mill by Community Barn Ventures shows a new stair tower on the west side. The new building includes community office space, a taco restaurant and residential areas.

Mad Taco and kindred eateries to fill the Old Stone Mill

September 12, 2019

“What does Middlebury need?” That is the question that the Old Stone Mill at 3 Mill St. has answered over time, as its tenants have come and gone with shifting town demands. Now, the answer to that...

What Sanders Misses When He ‘Berns’ the Media

May 9, 2019

The day after Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington in 1981 by a tenuous margin of 10 votes, he told his colleagues, “We can’t survive. We’re going to have to develop our own media.” As...

The Middlebury Farmers Market on a sunny day last spring.

A 45th Birthday Present for the Middlebury Farmers Market

May 2, 2019

The beloved Middlebury Farmers Market turns 45 this summer, and it’s sharing its birthday present with the whole community. Along with its usual array of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, baked...

Economics Majors Are Indeed Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative

Economics Majors Are Indeed “Socially Liberal,” “Fiscally Conservative”

May 2, 2019

  2020 ELECTION PREFERENCES: TRUMP It is no secret that President Trump is not particularly popular among Middlebury’s student body — the Zeitgeist poll shows that less than 3% of students...

The Academics-Social Life-Sleep Trilemma

The Academics-Social Life-Sleep Trilemma

May 2, 2019

DINING HALL: OVERALL The dining hall debate has long served as a campus identifier — are you a Proc person or a Ross person? — accompanied by silent judgement from both sides. In the end, more students...

Senior captain Lubomir Cuba reaches a low shot.

[Photo] Men’s Tennis’ New Energy Proves Successful Takes Weekend vs. Tufts and Williams

April 25, 2019

Senior captain Lubomir Cuba reaches a low shot.

Nate Eazor ’21 hits a backhand during the match against No. 18 Tufts, bringing the team to a 6-3 victory.

[Photo] Men’s Tennis Takes Weekend vs. Tufts and Williams

April 18, 2019

Nate Eazor ’21 hits a backhand during the match against No. 18 Tufts, bringing the team to a 6-3 victory.

Lubomir Cuba ’19 hits a backhand shot during the April 7 match against Emory.

[Photo] Men’s Tennis Struggles Over Weekend, Goes 1-2

April 11, 2019

Lubomir Cuba ’19 hits a backhand shot during the April 7 match against Emory.

The Selectboard on stage at the Town Meeting on March 5th.

The “Ayes” Have It: Results of Town Meeting Day

March 14, 2019

MIDDLEBURY - As the town poured into the Middlebury Union High School auditorium at 7 p.m. last Monday night for the annual Town Meeting, energy was high. Some brought their knitting, some brought...

Former college employee Paul Dow in the kitchen at his newly opened BBQ joint.

Former College Employee Opens BBQ Joint en Route to Snow Bowl

March 7, 2019

EAST MIDDLEBURY — When Chef Paul Dow left his job working for Middlebury College dining after 20 years to open his own barbecue restaurant, he wasn’t expecting to fill a student niche. Paul’s...

Middlebury Town Offices on Court St. where elections will be held on Tuesday, March 5.

Direct Democracy, Previewed: This Year’s Town Meeting Day

February 28, 2019

MIDDLEBURY – In the 1800s, Middlebury residents faced a problem: pig protocol. Should local pigs be allowed to freely roam the streets? Would it be more beneficial to keep all of them fenced in?...

VT Lawmakers Vote to Protect Abortion Rights

February 14, 2019
With the Court's new conservative majority, Vermont lawmakers are determined to protect Vermonters right to choose.
Runners at a HOPE Works charity event.

HOPE Works Sees Mass Resignation

January 17, 2019
HOPE Works experiencing a lack of staff.
Melting Art in a Melting World: Minimum Monument

Melting Art in a Melting World: Minimum Monument

November 1, 2018
Much like the ice sculptures featured in the installation, Néle Azvedo's "Minimum Monument" has transformed over time.
Vermont Leads Nation in Voter Registration Rate, Topping 90%

Vermont Leads Nation in Voter Registration Rate, Topping 90%

November 1, 2018
Vermont reaches a record high voting registration.
dil Yoga Sanctuary’s storefront at 13 Washington St.

dil Yoga Sanctuary Opens Doors to Community

October 25, 2018
Keeping the mind, body and spirit centered and grounded, dil Yoga Sanctuary is now open in Middlebury!
The short sc

First-Year Show Brings Together Original Short Plays

October 11, 2018
The cast of “You Are Here,” the 23rd annual First Year Show discusses self-exploration and love.
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