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James Finn, Editor at Large

James Finn ’20.5 (he/him pronouns) is an editor at large.

He previously worked as Staff Writer, Features Editor, Opinion Editor, Senior Opinion Editor, News Editor and Managing Editor. Finn is pursuing a degree in History with a minor in Spanish.

During the summer of 2018 he worked as a reporter for the Addison County Independent in Middlebury, writing news and feature stories on local politics, community businesses, environmental issues and sports for the twice-weekly publication that covers Addison County’s 23 towns. This summer, he worked as a reporter for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, covering the intersection of poverty and the pandemic in rural Mississippi.

Originally from Mill Valley, CA, Finn played two years of varsity basketball at Middlebury. He speaks Spanish and has traveled and worked in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America.

Twitter: @rjamesfinn

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Members of the class of 2020.5 pose for a photo together.

[Photo] After last-minute cancellation, Febs swap Snow Bowl graduation for stadium celebration

December 3, 2020

Members of the class of 2020.5 pose for a photo together.

2 students tested positive for Covid-19 after 506 people were tested on Monday, the first positive results among students since the beginning of the semester.

Two students test positive for Covid-19, 17 quarantined

November 17, 2020

Two Middlebury students tested positive for Covid-19 according to early results from Covid-19 testing held Monday, the school announced in an email Tuesday morning.  The cases were the first among...

Covid rules enforcement falls on student leaders

Covid rules enforcement falls on student leaders

September 7, 2020

Dozens of pages of online instructions and 151 minutes of educational videos laid out a plethora of restrictions and regulations that were put in place to make a return to campus this fall possible....

Middleburys testing center is located in Virtue Field House.

After delays, Aug. 28 testing results show no new Covid-19 cases

August 31, 2020

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 12:03 a.m. The student in isolation in Porter House, who was placed in isolation Monday morning after developing Covid-19 symptoms, received a negative test result late...

Upon their arrival to campus, all students will undergo Covid-19 testing at Virtue Field House.

Following entry testing, Middlebury to test 750 people per week for Covid-19 this fall

August 11, 2020

With more than 3,000 Middlebury students, faculty and staff set to return to campus in late August, the college is planning to test 750 of them — on top of those who develop viral symptoms — for...

Leaked via social media, letter from four accused professors criticizes administration’s response to racism allegations

July 3, 2020

Update — July 3 AAUP chapter president Laurie Essig said in an email to The Campus that the AAUP would seek to support both Dr. Hernández-Romero and/or the accused professors if either went forward...

From cluttered homes to an uncertain fall, survey lays bare students’ pandemic struggles

From cluttered homes to an uncertain fall, survey lays bare students’ pandemic struggles

June 4, 2020
From our Covid-19 student survey, we discovered key insights on the Middlebury student body's experiences of the remote spring semester, summer plans and thoughts on the fall.
Counselors at Parton were able to hold Zoom counseling sessions with many students, and Parton-led support groups have seen a large increase in participation over the past several weeks.

Students and counselors navigate challenges of tele-mental health care

May 14, 2020
Parton overhauled its counseling program over spring break in anticipation of Covid-19 realities, but regulations in many states prevent counselors from continuing to hold sessions with some students.
College Instagram campaign features sanctioned student protester, reviving Murray tensions

College Instagram campaign features sanctioned student protester, reviving Murray tensions

April 26, 2020
The Instagram story, which was later deleted, featured a photo of Austin Kahn ’17.5 protesting Murray’s visit in Wilson Hall.
The college will make a decision about summer programming by mid-April, Treasurer David Provost said in an interview with the Campus.

Coronavirus news in brief: first employee case of Covid-19, wage continuity update and summer planning

April 9, 2020
A Middlebury staff member has contracted Covid-19, Middlebury will continue to pay benefits-eligible staff through June 30, and the college will make a decision by mid-April about summer programming.
The college will hold two commencement ceremonies — one virtual celebration in May and an in-person one at a later date.

With no end to Covid in sight, college will finish semester remotely

April 2, 2020

Following the lead of other colleges and universities, Middlebury will not bring students back to Vermont this semester and has ruled out the possibility of an in-person commencement in May, President...

Shuttered storefronts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Middleburys programs abroad were cancelled on March 13.

Midd students scramble to get home as Covid-19 shuts down programs abroad

March 23, 2020
Students struggled with quickly-changing travel restrictions and a chaotic return home as their study abroad programs were suspended.
Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

March 19, 2020
The show must go on.
Students eating outside Proctor Dining Hall on March 9.

College confirms suspension of on-campus classes in response to coronavirus concerns

March 10, 2020
Middlebury will begin remote classes following the break on March 30.
Middlebury mourns death of Will Nash 20

Middlebury mourns death of Will Nash ’20

March 9, 2020
The Campus plans to publish an obituary of Nash with commentary from his family, friends and peers. Please email [email protected] with memories of Nash for publication.

Murray waived speaker fee for upcoming talk

January 25, 2020
Murray is scheduled to speak at Middlebury on March 31 in a talk sponsored by both the Middlebury College Republicans and the Open Campus Initiative.
The 2017 protests of Charles Murray generated significant national buzz and caused the injury of Professor Allison Stanger.

Charles Murray invited back to Middlebury by College Republicans

January 22, 2020
Murray's 2017 visit caused campus uproar and nationwide campus free-speech debate. Now, the Middlebury College Republican co-presidents are asking the campus community to reengage.
Sidra Pierson ’21, who chose to remain in Chile for the remainder of the semester, said she watched smoke rise above the city as fires set by arsonists raged.

Most students choose to remain in Chile despite continued civil unrest

November 14, 2019
The study abroad office is currently working with students to ensure they receive the credit they need, regardless of whether they chose to stay or leave.
Atwater resident Tim DiLorenzo made this sign in response to damages in Atwater. Days later, the sign itself had been vandalized.

[Photo] Facilities department reflect on burden to staff, seeks solutions as property damage continues

November 14, 2019

Atwater resident Tim DiLorenzo made this sign in response to damages in Atwater. Days later, the sign itself had been vandalized.

Update: Study abroad office opts against mandatory evacuation of programs in Chile, offers students options

Update: Study abroad office opts against mandatory evacuation of programs in Chile, offers students options

October 23, 2019
Currently, 23 students from Middlebury and other colleges are enrolled in the C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in Chile.

Public safety to install security cameras

October 17, 2019
After two decades of debate, the Department of Public Safety is finally set to install security cameras across campus, along with other security updates.

Security cameras to be installed on campus

September 26, 2019

Administrators outlined a plan to implement new security systems on Middlebury’s campus, including stationary security cameras at “high-priority locations,” in an all-school email Tuesday afternoon. Exterior...

History professor and black studies program director Bill Hart will teach several courses in the new black studies major.

Black Studies major begins inaugural year

September 12, 2019
Middlebury College will offer a black studies major beginning this fall, the culmination of years of effort by faculty, students, alumni and administrators to provide students with a major focused on the black experience.
Beloved basketball coach Russ Lewis Reilly passes away at 74

Beloved basketball coach Russ Lewis Reilly passes away at 74

September 12, 2019
Russ Lewis Reilly, a beloved assistant men’s basketball coach and former athletic director at Middlebury College, died surrounded by family at his New Haven home on July 24.

Please, read this newspaper

September 12, 2019
If you thought you and your friends kept up a lively group chat this summer, you should have seen ours.
Jacksons Womens Health Organization, the last open clinic to provide abortion care in Mississippi.

Spotlight on the South

July 29, 2019
In the wake of May’s restrictive abortion laws, southern students contend with peers’ perceptions of their home states
Student visits to Parton counseling have surged in recent years.

College Struggles to Meet Surging Demand for Mental Health Support

May 9, 2019

Many students struggle with mental health during their time at college. At Middlebury, receiving mental health support can be an obstacle in itself. Over the course of a three-month investigation by...

A selection of the data gathered in a campus-wide survey conducted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Major Study of Inclusion on Campus Drops Tomorrow

April 25, 2019

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will release the findings of a yearlong “campus climate assessment” tomorrow. The assessment reviews student, faculty and staff perceptions of diversity,...

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

April 18, 2019

The college canceled a lecture by Ryszard Legutko, a controversial scholar and far right member of the European Parliament from Poland, on Wednesday, April 17. The email announcing the decision was signed...

Ryszard Legutko outside the Robert A. Jones 59 House on Wednesday

Legutko Still Speaks to Politics Class After Administration Cancels Public Lecture

April 17, 2019

Despite the cancellation of his public lecture earlier today amid what college administrators described as “safety concerns,” the right-wing Polish politician Ryszard Legutko still spoke on campus...

College May End Commons System ‘As It Exists Now’

March 21, 2019
A steering committee has released recommendations that, if implemented in full, “would effectively mean the end of the commons system at Middlebury as it exists now.”
Skiers wait in line at the Snow Bowl in 1960.

Snow Bowl, Rikert Slash Prices for Students

March 14, 2019

Staff at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center just made skiing twice as affordable for students.  Administrators at both ski sites decided in late February to cut pass prices in half,...

Members of Divest Middlebury celebrate yesterdays news on Facebook Live.

Middlebury Moves to Divest as Part of New Energy2028 Plan

February 14, 2019

The Middlebury Board of Trustees unanimously voted to divest last weekend, the culmination of a more than six-year effort by student-activists to rid the institution's endowment of investments in fossil...

Olivia Christie ’19 posted this meme to the Crunchy Teens group in September, referencing the infamously loud smoothie blenders at Crossroads Café.

Middlebury Memes Page Partners with Archives

February 14, 2019
Davis Family Library’s Special Collections archive is about to get a whole lot crunchier. Beginning this semester, Special Collections will be saving the contents of a favorite student Facebook meme group, Middlebury Memes for Crunchy Teens, to its catalog of digital student life artifacts. 

Notes from the Desk: Best Summer Ever, Right in My ‘Backyard’

February 14, 2019
I see the main force keeping students from spending summer here as a failure on our (students’) part to realize what this county has to offer.
LaDuke’s baking team uses up to 50 pounds of sugar and 75 pounds of flour everyday to make desserts for all three dining halls.

Wake & Bake: A Morning With Proctor Baker Ashley LaDuke

January 24, 2019

Stroll into a dining hall to grab a sweet treat anytime between November and February, and you’re likely to find an array of desserts meant to give a taste of wintertime in Vermont: maple mousse, maple-walnut...

External Reviewers Assess Impact of Commons System

January 17, 2019
An external review committee has released a report evaluating the commons system and delineating areas of potential improvement as a continuation of the college’s “How Will We Live Together” residential life assessment.

GSFS Alumni Call for Patton to Respond to Title IX Changes in Open Letter

December 6, 2018
Discussions during a recent reunion of the department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (GSFS) led alumni to write a letter to President Laurie L. Patton, calling for her condemnation of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ proposed changes to Federal Title IX policy that the letter identifies as “regressive” and “terrifying.”
Protestors gather on the Town Green.

Community Joins Nation to Rally for Mueller

November 15, 2018
Residents Support Mueller Inquiry.
Demonstrators Take Stand in Support of Mueller Investigation

Demonstrators Take Stand in Support of Mueller Investigation

November 10, 2018

JAMES FINN Just over 24 hours after President Trump fired his attorney general, area residents and college students gathered on Middlebury’s town green to advocate for an open inquiry into whether...

O’Brien’s shuttered storefront at 57 Main St. in downtown Middlebury.

O’Brien’s Hair Salon Trims its Last Locks

November 8, 2018
O'Brein's Hair Salon shuts down
Students and community members in downtown Middlebury join the nationwide #BelieveChristine campaign organized by and for survivors of sexual assault.

Middlebury Rallies to Support Survivors

October 4, 2018
Students and community members in downtown Middlebury joined the nationwide #BelieveChristine campaign.
College Parent Driving Force for National Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

College Parent Driving Force for National Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

October 4, 2018
The Middlebury Campus interviews Nahid Markosian, one of the founders of an online support letter for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Cavaliers GM Koby Altman ’04 Talks Life with the Liberal Arts

Cavaliers GM Koby Altman ’04 Talks Life with the Liberal Arts

September 20, 2018
Altman Returns to the 05753
Koby Altman 04 Facebook Live Interview: Campus Editor James Finn Speaks with Cavaliers GM

Koby Altman ’04 Facebook Live Interview: Campus Editor James Finn Speaks with Cavaliers GM

September 14, 2018 Koby Altman '04, the current general manager of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, will be interviewed today on Facebook Live by James Finn,...

Town Hall Theater Pitches Beautified Fence Project

Town Hall Theater Pitches Beautified Fence Project

April 18, 2018

MIDDLEBURY ­—The Town Hall Theater is planning the installation of a so-called chain link gallery in Triangle Park that will add color to downtown Middlebury amidst construction set to begin in the...

Middfiles Back Online After Five-Day Malfunction

April 18, 2018

Middfiles was intermittently unavailable to students between April 5 and April 9. Users on campus were unable to access and store their files until the Helpdesk restored access. Chris Norris, the college’s...

Library Display Celebrates Black History Month

Library Display Celebrates Black History Month

February 21, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer has collaborated with other staff and students to create a display in Davis Library celebrating Black History Month. The display has been in place since...

Dining Hall Staff Innovates with Dairy-Free Ice Cream

February 14, 2018

A focus of the college dining staff has long been providing students with allergies and dietary restrictions with appetizing food options that fit their dietary needs. The staff works to provide entrees,...

Steve Santor (left) and Brian Paquette (right) operate snowplows on the north end of campus.

Snow Removal Staff Tackles Winter Weather

January 24, 2018

During the winter months, snowy weather becomes embedded in the daily routines of students and staff alike. Snow opens up valuable opportunities, such as pursuit of popular winter sports and outdoor activities,...

History Department Changes Requirements, Makes Thesis Optional

November 29, 2017

The history department is instituting a number of changes to the requirements for the history major. The department has transformed the history 600 writing seminar, added a number of 400-level seminars...

Scarnecchia of Kent State Gives Lecture on Race in Zimbabwe

October 11, 2017

Timothy Scarnecchia, an associate professor of African Studies at Kent State University, presented a talk at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs entitled “Zimbabwe as a ‘Race State’: The Troubled...

SGA Conducts Student Dining Survey

September 27, 2017

The SGA sent students a survey via email on Wednesday, Sept. 20, seeking opinions about the changes to the dining system implemented at the start of this semester. SGA senators Maryam Mahboob ’18 and...

Students wait in line to pick up packages from the mail center, where staff work extra hours to keep up with the annual start-of-semester surge. Colin Boyle ’18 flexes.

Mail Center Receives Nearly 13,000 Items Each September

September 20, 2017

Each September, the student mail center sees its highest volume of incoming mail items, processing close to 13,000 packages and pieces of general mail in just one month. These packages often containing...

Calling All Investigators

September 14, 2017

Welcome back to college. As the school year ramps up, we would like to share with you an upcoming project we are really excited about. One of our many goals this year is to write long-term, in-depth pieces...

Hundreds Attend Annual Maple Run

Hundreds Attend Annual Maple Run

May 10, 2017

The Middlebury Maple Run, an annual half marathon, took place in and around Middlebury on Sunday, May 7,  beginning at 9 a.m. The race covered 13.1 miles that started on South Street, passed the University...

Global Health Screens Poverty Inc.

Global Health Screens Poverty Inc.

April 26, 2017

The Global Health department held a screening of Poverty, Inc., a 2014 documentary about the state of global aid and charity, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Dana Auditorium. A panel of political science,...

Vermont Senate Passes Shield Law Bill

April 20, 2017

A Vermont state senate committee voted unanimously on March 22 to pass a media “shield” bill. The bill will protect Vermont journalists from having to disclose sensitive information obtained in interviews...

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