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Stories and the People Who Write Them

May 6, 2015

I’m not quite sure what compelled me to sign up to write for the Features section one Friday in January of 2012. Maybe it was because I had not gotten very involved in a campus organization until that...

As spring turns to summer, the College will have a new President in Old Chapel beginning July 1.

The Exit Interview, Part Two: A Final Word with Liebowitz

May 6, 2015

The Middlebury Campus previously sat down with College President Ronald D. Liebowitz in the fall to discuss his time at the College. This is the second and final installment of the conversation, which...

President-elect Patton at a Nov. 18 press conference. Patton recently spoke with the Campus. (Anahi Naranjo/The Middlebury Campus)

Patton Weighs in on College’s Challenges, Opportunities

April 22, 2015

Duke University Dean of Arts & Sciences Laurie L. Patton was in the middle of creating an ambitious new outreach forum, the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics, when her idea hit a roadblock. The...

Residents of the Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) social house were forced to move out after KDR was suspended for hazing on March 24. The house, pictured here, will remain unoccupied until the fall. (Ivan Valladares/The Middlebury Campus)

Hazing Violation Suspends KDR

April 8, 2015

The College suspended the social house Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) on March 24 after it concluded KDR members had violated the College’s hazing policy. KDR residential members were required to move out of...

Author, poet, writer-in-residence and Middlebury grad Julia Alvarez '71 will be the commencement speaker on May 24.

Julia Alvarez ’71 to Deliver May Commencement Address

March 18, 2015

Novelist, poet and College writer-in-residence Julia Alvarez ’71 will deliver this year’s commencement address. Alvarez, along with four others, will receive an honorary degree at the May 24 ceremony. Alvarez...

Middlebury students take final exams in the fieldhouse in 1953 as proctors look on, per the norm prior to the Honor Code. (College Archives)

Honor, Identity, and Administration: The Forgotten History of Middlebury’s Honor Code

March 11, 2015

It was a harsh Vermont winter in December 1963 and, in the midst of the subzero temperatures, a landmark student life initiative had also frozen over. “The ‘question of honor’ at Middlebury College...

Firefighters battle the flames which left much of 107 Weybridge Street severely damaged last Saturday. (Courtesy Nick Spencer)

Fire Breaks Out in Off-Campus Home

March 4, 2015

On Saturday night, a large fire engulfed a non-College house at 107 Weybridge Street rented by five College students. None of the students were harmed. After battling the fire well into the night amidst...

Representatives from a design firm presented the initial plans for new senior housing on Tuesday. (Rachel Frank/The Middlebury Campus)

Trustees Discuss Changes to Housing, Tuition

February 11, 2015

Changes to tuition and senior housing are on the table following the latest meeting of the Board of Trustees. While the Trustees tackled a variety of topics in their January 22 to 24 meeting, their discussions...

Middlebury students, faculty and staff walked out of classes and offices to gather in front of Mead Chapel at 1:01 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 to reflect on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and others. (Michael O'Hara/The Middlebury Campus)

Students Walk Out for Ferguson

December 3, 2014

Students, faculty and staff walked out of classrooms and offices on Monday, Dec. 1 to stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. in light of the recent grand jury decision not to indict former Ferguson police...

President-elect Laurie L. Patton addresses the College community for the first time, explaining the value of a liberal-arts education. She will be the College's 17th president. (Michael O'Hara/The Middlebury Campus)

Laurie L. Patton Named 17th President of the College

November 19, 2014

Dr. Laurie L. Patton was named Middlebury College’s 17th president, and the College’s first female president in its 214-year history, at an announcement ceremony in Mead Chapel on Nov. 18. Patton,...

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, will visit Middlebury to deliver a lecture.

Former Irish President Will Visit Campus to Deliver Fall Lecture

October 22, 2014

Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, will visit the College on Oct. 25 to deliver a lecture. Robinson, the seventh and first female President of Ireland, held the office from 1990 to 1997. After...

President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz spoke with The Middlebury Campus in an interview. (Brett Simison/College Communications)

The Exit Interview, Part One: A Q&A with President Liebowitz

October 22, 2014

The Middlebury Campus sat down with College President Ronald D. Liebowitz to discuss his time at the College. The conversation ranged from when he first became President to some of the changes he has seen...

Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture Katy Smith Abbott will serve as interim Dean of the College beginning in January. (Courtesy College communications)

College Announces Interim Administrative Positions

October 22, 2014

On Oct. 17, President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz announced several administrative changes in an all-campus email. Included was the news that Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of the History...

Sexual Assault Panel Replaced by HR Officer

September 10, 2014

In a change to existing College policy on adjudicating sexual misconduct, the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel (SMRP) was eliminated in August. The SMRP, which had been in existence from the fall of 2011...

This One’s For the Record Books

September 10, 2014

One afternoon last October, I descended the stairs of Davis Family Library for a foray into the College Archives. My purpose was an article on the Archives and its staff, but in truth I was simply curious...

Facilities staff prepare the broomball court outside McCullough Hall for student use (Campus/Joe Flaherty).

How to Make A Broomball Court Freeze

February 19, 2014

How do you make an ice rink out of nothing but a stretch of grass on a quad? As difficult as it might sound, every February, the Facilities Landscape Services staff makes it happen, albeit with a little...

HVAC Crew Braves the Cold to Keep You Warm

January 15, 2014

For the heating and cooling team within Facilities Services, December through January is their Super Bowl. With huge swings in temperature, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) staff like Scott...

Raymond Runs the Nightly Watch

November 21, 2013

It is 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night.  The campus is illuminated by a full moon, and the faraway thumping bass of music can be heard echoing across lawns as parties get started. Tom Raymond is on the clock,...

WRMC: Sound Waves

WRMC: Sound Waves

November 7, 2013

Snake Pit with Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 & Alan Sanders ’13.5 Middlebury Campus (MC): How did you form? Addy: Both of us came together at the beginning of this semester. We’ve been friends...

Landscape Services Crew Chief John Quelch harnesses a 12-foot lawnmowing beast. (Campus/Joe Flaherty)

Behind the Vest: Fall Foliage Is No Match for Landscaping

November 6, 2013

13 miles of sidewalk. Over 300 acres.  Even for a 14-year Landscape Services veteran like John Quelch, these numbers are daunting. Nevertheless, Quelch has an eye for detail when mowing and holds his...

Preserving the Past for the Sake of Midd's Future

Preserving the Past for the Sake of Midd’s Future

October 30, 2013

Past a locked glass door and a chair that belonged to Robert Frost is Special Collections within the Davis Family Library, the space in the Library’s basement that primarily comprises the books you will...

A heating plant operator cleans the gasifier within the Biomass plant.

Carbon Cleanup

October 16, 2013

When the Biomass plant, a lynchpin of Middlebury College’s carbon neutrality goal, shuts down, it is a massive undertaking. Starting the night of Thursday, Oct. 10, the plant’s input of wood chips...

Round the Clock, Selleck Runs Biomass Plant

October 16, 2013

Instead of the steady hum of steam and woodchips moving through pipes, on Monday, Oct. 14, the biomass plant was a hive of activity. Power-washers sprayed water onto the machinery, large vacuum tubes...

Wes Doner poses with his truck.

Taking Out the Trash with Wes Doner

October 9, 2013

Wes Doner climbs into the driver’s seat of the truck and pulls on a pair of plastic gloves. “Are you guys ready?” he asks with a grin. It’s 12:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon  and Doner, a waste...

Harriet Duleep Debunks Myths on the Economics of Immigration

October 2, 2013

Although much of the attention on immigration reform in Congress centers on the policy toward illegal immigrants, Professor of Public Policy at the College of William and Mary Harriet Duleep brought to...

The Man that Keeps Middlebury Moving

September 25, 2013

While some students claim to have filled out a work order, the work of the Facilities Services staff that keeps Middlebury running smoothly often happens under the radar. As a result, many students do...

Professor Talks Greatness on Constitution Day

September 25, 2013

Does the Constitution make America a great nation? On Thursday, James W. Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, made the case in a lecture for the Constitution as the wellspring...

Students Cycle to Save Arctic Ice

September 18, 2013

Students pumped up their bicycle tires to participate in a social-media-focused campaign by Greenpeace encouraging bike-riding to raise awareness for the plight of the Arctic on Sunday, Sept. 15. The...

Q&A Carries on LGBTQ Torch from MOQA

September 11, 2013

Following the disbandment in May of MOQA (Middlebury Open Queer Alliance), several students overhauled the organization’s image and mission to better serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and...

Barbara McCall will begin her position as Middlebury's new Health and Wellness Director in fall 2013. (Courtesy)

College Hires Health and Wellness Director

May 1, 2013

Barbara McCall, currently the Campus Wellness Education Coordinator at Castleton State College, was hired as the new Director of Health and Wellness Education in March and will begin working at the College...

Emily Núñez's '12 social enterprise, Sword & Plough, manufacturers products from re-purposed military materials. (Facebook)

Fundraising Kickstarts Alumna’s Business

April 24, 2013

  Sword & Plough, the company founded by alumna Emily Núñez ’12, had the kind of launch on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter that most start-ups can only dream of. On its April 15 launch,...

TEDx Speakers Address “The Road Not Taken”

TEDx Speakers Address “The Road Not Taken”

March 14, 2013

  TEDxMiddlebury 2013, the “independently organized TED event,” took place on Saturday March 9, with students gathered in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts Concert Hall to listen...

Unicyclist Colby Horn performs in a 2012 capoeira belting ceremony among his peers.

Campus Character: Colby Horn ’13

March 7, 2013

  While students have probably seen Colby Horn ’13 wheeling around campus on a unicycle, he is not one to brag about his unique skill. “I’m probably one of the newest additions to the...

Guest Lecturer Speaks on Hindu Narratives

February 27, 2013

Last Thursday, Feb. 21, the Middlebury community had the rare opportunity to hear stories of Hindu heroes from Lindsey Harlan, Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies Department...

Midd Alumna Wins Harvard Pitch Contest

Midd Alumna Wins Harvard Pitch Contest

February 20, 2013

On Feb. 10, Sword & Plough, a company founded by recent Middlebury graduate Emily Núñez ’12, won first place and the audience choice award in the Harvard Pitch for Change competition. The competition...

Planning for Feb Orientation Underway

January 23, 2013

With the end of winter term approaching, the campus is preparing for the arrival of the class of 2016.5. “There are a lot of things about [February orientation] that are really magical,” said Associate...

College Political Groups React to Election

November 14, 2012

The 2012 election may be over, but the College Democrats and College Republicans are already looking ahead. On Nov. 6 the two clubs hosted Election Night at the Grille to watch the results come in. “It...

Evangelist Endorses Environmentalism

November 7, 2012

Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, spoke last Friday, Nov. 2 in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room about a unique conversion experience, one he is hoping...

The homepage of Middkid.com's redesigned website.

MiddKid.com Revamps Its Look

October 13, 2012

Many students are familiar with Middkid.com as the go-to site for course evaluations, but what they may not know is the 13-year-old site underwent a redesign in late September. Middkid.com, founded by...

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