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Jake Gaughan

Jake Gaughan, News Editor

Jake Gaughan is an opinion editor.

Gaughan is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Political Science and History.

During the last few summers, he has alternated between working on Middlebury graduate Rep. Sean Casten’s congressional campaigns and teaching swimming lessons. Gaughan is also a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team. In his free time, he enjoys the internet and basketball.

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March 9, 2021

Besides Panopto lectures and PolicyPath surveys, one of the most drastic changes to Middlebury College life in the pandemic has been the digitization of Middlebury’s social scene and community...

 Forest Hall, which currently houses upperclassmen and first-year Febs, is where Isabeau Trimble ’24.5 had their whiteboard vandalized with a homophobic slur.

First-year Feb’s whiteboard defaced to display homophobic slur

March 4, 2021

First-year Feb Isabeau Trimble ’24.5 returned to their room on Tuesday morning to find the contents of the whiteboard on their door edited to display a homophobic slur. A resident of Forest Hall,...

The College and the Institute

The College and the Institute

January 28, 2021
Since 2005, Middlebury College has been affiliated with its graduate school for international studies in California, a leader in anti-terrorism and nonproliferation studies and language teaching. But the road to integration between the institutions has been rocky, and concerns about MIIS’ financial situation and “fit” with the college persist among faculty and staff. This series explores the history of Middlebury and Monterey, and the nature of their relationship today.

Facebook Campus is not Middlebury’s friend

January 28, 2021
The stated mission of Middlebury — and of the other 29 colleges and universities that Facebook has chosen to test Facebook Campus on — is one that revolves around education, not the wealth of corporations.
Part 6: Looking Ahead

Part 6: Looking Ahead

January 27, 2021
With the failure of the faculty motion, faculty and staff at both schools must learn how to better connect with their counterparts. Many are optimistic that the pandemic and its technological shifts will enable better collaboration and community.
Part 5: Lost in Translation

Part 5: Lost in Translation

January 27, 2021
While the faculty motion cites budgetary concerns in its opposition to MIIS, supporters of Monterey suggest deeper cultural forces are at play. Different personal and professional experiences with the Institute inform vastly different opinions on the role of MIIS with the College.
Part 4: Making Waves Out West

Part 4: Making Waves Out West

January 27, 2021
As news of the faculty vote reached Monterey, many faculty members were disheartened. Although today the institute is very much a part of the college, and after painful austerity measures, the faculty vote was a harsh reminder of how some at the college feel about the graduate school.
Part 3: Show Me The Money

Part 3: Show Me The Money

January 27, 2021
A central component of the faculty motion was concern about the Institute’s financial standing, and its drain on the college; further investigation into the realities of MIIS’ budget reveal a far more nuanced situation.
Part 2: California Dreamin’

Part 2: California Dreamin’

January 27, 2021
The acquisition of MIIS was the project of former College President Ronald Liebowitz. Liebowitz’s sometimes contradictory statements have been cited by proponents of the faculty motion as misrepresentative of what eventually became the acquisition of the institute.
Part 1: An Unstable Spring

Part 1: An Unstable Spring

January 27, 2021
In the Spring of 2020, Covid-19 economic uncertainty further destabilized the college’s already precarious financial standing. As a result, discontented college faculty members suggested that the school disassociate from MIIS in order to protect the financial future of the college.
The intersection between College Street and HMKL Way is where the incident occurred, according to Rodney Adams ’21.

Student reports being the target of a racial slur on campus

September 26, 2020

A day of resistance and solidarity was soured by the actions of a pair of students behind Ross last night. Rodney Adams ’21 and Jameel Uddin ’22 were preparing for a relaxing evening after a day...

Staff, cautiously optimistic, face increased workload as students return

Staff, cautiously optimistic, face increased workload as students return

September 10, 2020
“I think the administration is doing that best they can, with having students come back," said one longtime dining employee. "Was it the right decision to have on campus classes? It is such a double edged sword, but we can only hope for the best.”

Notes From the Desk: You can’t go home again

July 29, 2020
"It’s been endlessly repeated that we will be returning to a Middlebury unlike one we have ever known," writes Jake Gaughan '22. "The home that we left is no longer there; we cannot return to it."
Some dining workers, many of whom interact closely with students, are skeptical that students will adhere to health and safety requirements.

Staff brace for an uncertain on-campus fall semester

July 6, 2020
Looking ahead to August and the return of students to Middlebury, staff members are imagining what work might look like on a campus once again populated by students.
A vigil for George Floyd's life brought around 375 people to downtown Middlebury on Saturday evening. Participants lined the sidewalks on Cross Street.

Community gathers at vigil for George Floyd’s death

June 2, 2020

As thousands around the world protested this weekend against the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the town of Middlebury joined in a collective vigil for Floyd’s life.  Roughly...

Please don't take a vacation in the middle of a global pandemic

Please don’t take a vacation in the middle of a global pandemic

March 21, 2020
"Right now, your decisions as a traveler, as a tourist, are bound to have unintended consequences."
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