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Reflecting on Town-Gown Relations

March 23, 2016

We have a housing problem here at Middlebury. The off-campus housing of Middlebury students has long been a strain on delicate town-gown relations. The College has been contacted by a slew of disgruntled...

MCAB Speakers Committee Invites Jia Jiang To College

MCAB Speakers Committee Invites Jia Jiang To College

March 23, 2016

Photo credits: Michael O'Hara Jia Jiang spoke in Wilson Hall on March 22 in an event organized by MCAB Speakers Committee. He discussed overcoming adversity and conquering fear. Jiang is an entrepreneur,...

A Call for More Equitable Funding

March 16, 2016

Last Sunday, March 13, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed Sophomore Senator Colin Boyle’s Club Sports Funding Methodology bill. The bill extends club sports funding at its current level...

Undercaffeinated and Underwhelmed

March 10, 2016

Last week, Middlebury’s Community Council voted to recommend the discontiunation of energy drink sales on campus, citing the “problematic behavior” that can arise from the consumption of such drinks....

Students Gather for Super Tuesday

Students Gather for Super Tuesday

March 9, 2016

Photo Credits: Ivan Valladares Students gathered in Crossroads Cafe with Professors of Political Science Matthew Dickinson and Bertram Johnson to watch presidential primary results as a part of Super...

By Will Nathan

Crossword: How Well Do You Know Midd?

March 9, 2016

By Will Nathan 1.     Every other Tuesday 2.     Shirts off 3.     A drink and a church 4.     Atwater dining hack 5.     New kids on the block 6.     A general and our president 7....

A More Inclusive Campus

March 2, 2016

On Feb. 15, a group of cultural organizations sent an email to the student body in protest of The Campus. They called upon this publication to make a number of changes in order to remedy the institutionalized...

A Paper for the People

February 24, 2016

Issues related to race, privilege and language have been frequently and publicly discussed on our campus in the last few months. Town-hall forums were orchestrated by Miguel Fernandez, Chief Diversity...

As 2015.5 Skis Away, 2019.5 Moves In

As 2015.5 Skis Away, 2019.5 Moves In

February 17, 2016

photos from College Communications Over February Break, the class of 2015.5 skied down the Ski Bowl to family and friends waiting below (top). The graduation was featured in the Wall Street...

Boone McCoy-Crisp

Lightening the Load for Incoming Febs

February 17, 2016

You may notice 100 new faces walking around Campus this week: the new Febs. We know what you’re thinking and, yes, this is another editorial on how to improve the Feb program. The Campus welcomes the...

J-term: Not Just Play-term

January 27, 2016

With J-Term more than halfway over, many of us have accomplished a great deal: we have plowed through new Netflix series (Making a Murderer, anyone?!), spent afternoons at the Snow Bowl and caught up on...

Liberating the Liberal Arts

January 20, 2016

Last Friday, the Middlebury faculty voted to indefinitely renew the Pass/D/Fail program. The program permits students to take two courses for college credit, receivng a “Pass,” D or “Fail” in lieu...

A Call for Compassion

December 10, 2015

To say cultural appropriation is a challenging topic to address in a way that does justice to all perspectives would be an understatement. We cannot resolve this issue. We will fail to engage perfectly...

Stress and the Student Body

December 2, 2015

As the end of the semester draws near, a familiar topic bubbles to the surface of everyday conversation: stress. The student body, as a collective, is stressed. But we are less certain on precisely why...

Beyond the Blackout

November 19, 2015

Across the United States, controversies are erupting over race relations on college campuses. The responses to these controversies reflect a range of emotions — from revulsion to surprise and...

Students Need a Seat at the Table

November 11, 2015

This past Friday, the Middlebury faculty met for its monthly session to discuss the AAL requirement and whether or not to renew the pass/D/fail option. Representatives from the Campus and the SGA were...

Pragmatic Passion on Ridgeline Project

November 4, 2015

Passion is palpable on Middlebury’s campus. As students, we devote ourselves to a wide variety of causes – perhaps best evidenced by the College’s 169 clubs and organizations. While we are certainly...

Time to Divest

October 21, 2015

As the last trees on campus dramatically change from green to gold, it is hard for members of the Middlebury community to lose sight of their natural surroundings. In fact, such a pristine backdrop makes...

Resting on Our Lauries

October 14, 2015

On Sunday, Middlebury College officially inaugurated its first female president. We celebrated the occasion with fireworks, panel discussions like “Race, Gender and Inequality” and a “Nobly Served:...

Sign Your Name

October 7, 2015

Last week, the Black Students Union (BSU) was the target of anonymous campus vandalism. Posters they had hung up raising awareness for Middlebury’s black community were defaced with comments reading...

Disrupt the Finance Pipeline

September 30, 2015

Finance. A profitable, secure industry – alluring to many. But often the source of allure begins and ends with just that – security and profit. This year’s recruiting season for the financial industry...

Zero Tolerance: Here or Anywhere

September 23, 2015

On July 10, 2015 a Middlebury student was expelled from the College after an internal investigation found him guilty of sexual assault. The student, “John Doe,” unsuccessfully appealed this decision...

The Coddling of the Middlebury Mind

September 17, 2015

In her column in this week’s Campus, President Laurie Patton stresses the importance of resilience. “Resilience,” she writes, “is one of those words we think we know, but we don’t necessarily...

Rubi Saavedra

Taking a Moment to Reflect

May 6, 2015

As the school year comes to a close, the Campus would like to reflect on this passing of time. We saw a long foliage-filled fall, a perhaps longer bone-chilling winter and now enter the days of spring,...

Dear Frank: How To Say No to Commitments

May 6, 2015

Dear Frank, I’m on an advisory committee for an issue that excited me several months ago, but after several meetings of being ignored, I’m no longer interested in participating.  How do I extract...

Editor’s Note

April 29, 2015

Since last week’s issue, some students have voiced concerns regarding the editorial board’s endorsement of Caroline Walters for SGA President and Durga Jayaraman for Student Co-Chair of Community Council....

A New Angle: In Support of Cameras

A New Angle: In Support of Cameras

April 29, 2015

It is easy and natural to have a strong emotional reaction to issues of privacy and security. As skeptical, educated adults, we are quick to react whenever we feel our autonomy is being violated — as...

Dear Frank: Senioritis and Choosing Classes

April 22, 2015

Dear Frank, senioritis is hitting hard.  This obviously means that I’ve been neglecting work, but I also find myself deciding whether or not to bother addressing various issues — ranging from personal...

Endorsing Walters for an Improved SGA

April 22, 2015

Each year around this time, the Campus turns its focus to the upcoming Student Government Association presidential election. Unlike last year, there will be competition for the position and a field of...

McCullough Must Go

April 15, 2015

Last week’s center spread of this newspaper focused on problematic spaces on campus. In this week’s editorial, we would like to add one more to the list. With all of the discussion on social life,...

Need-Blind for International Students

April 15, 2015

Admitted students are visiting campus this week during Preview Days to explore all that Middlebury College has to offer; some of these students will be traveling from around the world to see our school....

Remembering Nathan, as a Community

April 8, 2015

When the Middlebury community learned of the death of one of our own – Nathan Alexander ’17 – we were shocked and saddened. We at the Campus deeply felt this loss and decided that at this time no...

Dear Frank: Value of Relationships, Platonic and Otherwise

April 8, 2015

Dear Frank, I’m graduating in May and have realized that a lot of the people I’m hanging out with aren’t really people I want to be friends with in the long term.   I’m a little disappointed...

With Graffiti Art, Means Trumps Message

With Graffiti Art, Means Trumps Message

March 18, 2015

Recently, a series of incidents of vandalism brought unrest to the College community. Messages such as “Black Power Matters” and “If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat” have appeared, spray-painted...

Revise, Dont Reject, the Honor Code

Revise, Don’t Reject, the Honor Code

March 11, 2015

Over the past few years, many students and faculty have expressed their frustration over the efficacy – or lack thereof – of Middlebury College’s flagship moral doctrine, the Honor Code. Cheating...

Condolences and Thanks

Condolences and Thanks

March 4, 2015

We at the Campus would like to extend our condolences to the five students who lost their house in the fire over the weekend. We are deeply relieved that all the students are safe but heavyhearted for...

Solving the Rising Demand for Economics

Solving the Rising Demand for Economics

March 4, 2015

  An unprecedented number of Middlebury students are declaring economics majors. As featured in last week’s edition of the Campus, however, the College’s faculty supply is currently unable to...

Admissions Transparency: Pros and Cons

Admissions Transparency: Pros and Cons

February 25, 2015

After an article in the Campus last week revealed that students could view their admissions files under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the College Admissions Office has been flooded...

Give it To Me Straight: Roommate Complains

Give it To Me Straight: Roommate Complains

February 25, 2015

Give it To Me Straight is a new column in the Campus where I, Frank, will be answering questions from students about life at Middlebury, inside and out of the classroom.  Quick disclaimer: I have no official...

Weighing New Developments in Housing

Weighing New Developments in Housing

February 18, 2015

Last Tuesday, representatives from Kirchoff Campus Properties, the Dean of Students Office and Facilities Services unveiled new plans for a long-awaited housing project. The proposed Adirondack Apartments...

Making Affordability a Priority

Making Affordability a Priority

February 11, 2015

Not long ago, Middlebury was one of the most expensive schools in the United States. We charged a higher comprehensive fee than any of our peers and, as a result, began to accrue a reputation of extreme...

‘Fiscal’ Education Credits

‘Fiscal’ Education Credits

January 21, 2015

Of all the ways to divide a student body, Middlebury often finds itself separated into two camps: athletes and NARPs (non-athletic regular person). Student culture plays a large role in perpetuating this...

New Logo is a No Go

January 14, 2015

Last Wednesday, students who opened up the Middlebury.edu webpage found themselves looking at a baffling new logo.  With the start of the New Year, the College has rolled out a new visual icon and brand...

Give JusTalks Staying Power

Give JusTalks Staying Power

January 14, 2015

It is only two weeks into Winter Term, and JusTalks has once again hit the ground running. Between their keynote speaker, Robin DiAngelo, and their main event, which drew over 100 first-years in its third...

Remembering Ferguson at Midd

Remembering Ferguson at Midd

December 3, 2014

In 20 years, our children may ask us where we were when Michael Brown was shot. When Darren Wilson’s non-indictment was handed down. When people took to the streets because they have had enough police...

A Warm Welcome to President Patton

A Warm Welcome to President Patton

November 19, 2014

After months of speculation, the College announced our 17th president on Tuesday — Dr. Laurie Patton, the current dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. In last week’s editorial,...

A Successful Successor

A Successful Successor

November 12, 2014

Ever since President Ronald D. Liebowitz announced he would step down at the end of the current school year, the Presidential Search Committee has been emailing the Middlebury Community updates as they...

After A Good Start, It’s Up To Us

After A Good Start, It’s Up To Us

November 5, 2014

  The relationship between students and the administration is like any other: it needs constant communication to be healthy. Last Sunday, in recognition of a general discontentment in the student...

Repairing Trust With Our Neighbors

Repairing Trust With Our Neighbors

October 29, 2014

Student behavior over Homecoming weekend struck a nerve for many townspeople in Middlebury who were affected by the large and rowdy party on Weybridge St. Angry responses flooded in via Front Porch Forum...

Respecting All Identities

Respecting All Identities

October 22, 2014

Everyone is anxious on the first day of school. You walk into a new classroom, you scan the room in the hopes you know some people, you pray the syllabus is reasonable, then your professor walks in, starts...

Changing the Way We Yak

Changing the Way We Yak

October 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following text contains vulgarity. It seems innocuous. An app where you can post something witty, watch it get up-voted and monitor your karma score changing as people respond. But...

Inclusion: More Than Acceptance Letters

Inclusion: More Than Acceptance Letters

October 1, 2014

Over the last 10 years, accessibility and diversity have become buzzwords in higher education. They are the benchmarks for admissions — signs that elite colleges and universities are doing more than...

Mistakes Were Made

September 24, 2014

 From SGA to Community Council, we have a system of student liaisons to the administration whose key purpose is to keep the two groups on the same page. Yet last week we were all surprised to receive...

It’s Got Our Vote

September 17, 2014

This is a public service announcement: registering to vote and voting absentee is now easier than ever thanks to Middlebury College’s recent partnership with TurboVote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that...

Remembering John Illig

September 10, 2014

Middlebury Squash Coach John Illig died suddenly on Sunday Aug. 3 in a tragic accident of injuries sustained by a fall in his home. Illig came to the College’s squash program in the fall of 2007. He...

Change Has Consequences

September 10, 2014

With the start of every school year comes inevitable change as a new wave of students and faculty arrive, setting the tone for the coming year. This fall, however, the College is set up for even more momentous...

Mari Vial-Golden ’14, Matt Ball ’14 amd Lana Meyer ’17 confront female masturbation (Campus/Paul Gerard).

Vibrators Generate New Buzz

May 7, 2014

At intermission of the opening night of “In the Next Room” (or “The Vibrator Play”), the audience of the packed Seeler Studio Theater collectively sighed with relief upon realizing that despite...

Does This Pass The Smell Test?

May 7, 2014

Have you ever wondered how the College makes its money? It seems straightforward: students in Middlebury and Monterey pay, the College provides education and the transaction is complete. What is missing...

A Real Sex Education

A Real Sex Education

May 7, 2014

Sexual assault on college campuses is making headlines this month as Tufts was found noncompliant with Title IX and the Department of Education released a list of 55 schools currently under investigation,...

AAL is a No Brainer

AAL is a No Brainer

April 30, 2014

If someone asked you if all six inhabited continents should be equally represented in our distribution requirements, what would you say? There is not much our editorial board agrees on, but on this point...

Vote No on Apathy

Vote No on Apathy

April 23, 2014

In this issue every year, the Editorial Board talks with all the candidates running for SGA President and endorses one. This year, however, for the first time in as long as we can remember, there is only...

Connecting the Dots with Career Services

Connecting the Dots with Career Services

April 9, 2014

Do you have plans this summer? This stressful question resounds across campus far beyond the signs posted by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI). As students scramble to pull together summer plans,...

The Road to Salem Part 8: The Road Ahead

March 25, 2014

The Middlebury Panthers' season has come to a close, cutting their NCAA Tournament hopes short. But the Road to Salem was never a guarantee, nor was it limited to one season. The future is bright for...

The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

March 19, 2014

What does $60,000 mean to you? Perhaps a couple new cars, a good chunk of a house, an annual salary in tech or finance for a recent grad or the rounded comprehensive fee at Middlebury College. In 2009,...

SAT Optional: The Correct Answer

SAT Optional: The Correct Answer

March 12, 2014

With pricey tutors who teach you to game the system and a strong correlation between income  and higher scores (average score rises with every $20,000 of additional family income), the SAT is flawed,...

The Road to Salem Part 7: The End of the Road

March 6, 2014

To guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Middlebury men's basketball team needs to win three straight NESCAC tournament games and claim the conference crown. The Road to Salem followed...

Spring Sports Preview

March 5, 2014

Track & Field (Fiona Maloney-McCrystle) The track and field team enters the 2014 outdoor season fresh off the winter indoor season, making an almost immediate transition into another long series...

An Easy Win for Athletics

An Easy Win for Athletics

March 5, 2014

You cannot use the word “faggot” and not mean it offensively. You cannot say “no homo” around your friends and say it doesn’t matter because none of you are gay. You cannot claim that because...

Harvard, Yale, Middlebury?

Harvard, Yale, Middlebury?

February 26, 2014

What pops into someone’s head when you tell them you go to Middlebury College? Languages? 350.org? The price tag? Or have they never even heard of it? This past week Bill Burger, vice president of...

Storied Walls & Hallowed Halls

February 26, 2014

Painter Hall The oldest college building in the state, Painter Hall was constructed in 1814 for $8,000. The Colleges’ original library, the first bathrooms on campus, and a two-story gymnasium occupied...

The Road to Salem Part 6: Amherst and the All-Americans

February 24, 2014

Joey Kizel has never shied away from the biggest names or the biggest games, especially when it comes to fellow All-American Aaron Toomey and the defending national champions, Amherst.

The College on the Hill

February 19, 2014

Though Sochi might be over 5,000 miles from our home here in Vermont, Middlebury’s connection to the home of this year’s Winter Olympics may not be as far as you think. Since the 1940s, the College’s...

No Honor (Code) Among Us

No Honor (Code) Among Us

February 19, 2014

Self-proctored exams are one of the most visible manifestations of our honor code. Our professors hand out the exams, answer questions, and then retreat to their offices, coming back only occasionally...

The Road to Salem Part 5: Stuck in Reverse

February 17, 2014

Every year, certain games are circled on the calendar that mean just a little bit more than others. Follow surprise upstart Jake Brown and free-spirited Hunter Merryman as they prepare in the 12 hours...

Student Employment Spotlight

Student Employment Spotlight

February 12, 2014

Language Tables Head Waiter, Ricardo Martini '16 Ricardo Martini, is a language table super-star. He started working as a humble Italian waiter during the J-term of last year, and after just one semester,...

Don’t Swipe Dining Under the Rug

Don’t Swipe Dining Under the Rug

February 12, 2014

If before this issue of the Campus hit the stands, you were to walk up to a student in Proctor and ask them what they think about the new dining swipe system coming soon, most would look back at you puzzled....

The Road to Salem Part 4: Losing Ways

January 29, 2014

Three straight losses to start the new year have left the Middlebury men's basketball team at a crucial junction: win or get off the Road to Salem.

Birth Control: Beyond the Pill

Birth Control: Beyond the Pill

January 22, 2014

If you had sex education in high school, chances are you were a pimply fourteen year old who was too embarrassed to pay attention or absorb any information. Most of what you learned was probably heteronormative...

It Happens Here posters in Proctor Dining Hall. (Campus/Hannah Bristol)

It Happens Here: It’s Time to Evolve

January 22, 2014

You cannot avoid them as you walk around campus. The black posters with white writing that reads, “It Happens Here” plaster every door in the Proctor entryway, line the glass on your way into Ross,...

The Road to Salem Part 3: Albert Nascimento

January 16, 2014

While you may see names like Kizel, Merryman and St. Amour on the back pages of the Campus newspaper, Albert Nascimento is essential to the aspirations of Middlebury basketball. The man they call "Bert"...

Six Headlines We Want to See in 2014

Six Headlines We Want to See in 2014

January 15, 2014

The New Year always provides an opportunity for reflection. While BuzzFeed is littered with lists looking back at “14 Animals who Melted your Heart in 2013” and “33 Times Joseph Gordon-Levitt Charmed...

J-Term, Delay-Term: Tales from the Polar Vortex

January 15, 2014

Mika Tan '15 from Singapore The Megabus from Boston that was cancelled was the second cancellation that I experienced that day – first my flight from New York got cancelled, hence the decision to...

The Road to Salem Part 2: The Seniors

December 16, 2013

Behind every successful team is a senior class; this Men's Basketball team is no different. Despite two early season losses, the six seniors are determined to put egos and playing time aside for a common...

We Are Better Than This

December 4, 2013

Upon entering the room where Professor Amy Wax was scheduled to speak, the first thing many people noticed were brightly colored signs with a single word written on it: racist. Some students brought these...

The Many Faces of Middlebury Union High School

The Many Faces of Middlebury Union High School

December 4, 2013

After viewing the documentary made in a 2011-2012 Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) English Class on middbeat, Local Editor Molly Talbert and Editor-in-Chief Kyle Finck reached out to MUHS Journalism...

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

November 20, 2013

Unpaid internships have become a nearly ubiquitous feature of the modern economy. For many students, they offer the opportunity to explore their field of interest before later attempting to find a paid...

The Road to Salem Part 1: Jeff Brown

November 15, 2013

From Rockland County, to the University of Vermont, to Middlebury College, Jeff Brown leads the Panthers on their Road to Salem. Part 1 of a ten part series chronicling the stories behind the 2014 road...

J-Term: A Winter Wonderland

November 14, 2013

As we once again gripe and groan about the inadequacy of BannerWeb, it’s easy to lose sight of other registration frustrations many students face as we choose how to spend the chilly month of January. Instead...

Stop Hearing, Start Listening

November 6, 2013

In a classroom packed with people sitting on the windowsills, students, faculty and administrators gathered on Monday to engage in an honest dialogue unpacking the controversy surrounding Chance the Rapper’s...

Not a Chance

October 30, 2013

Earlier this semester, a Middlebury student found a note threatening violence and sexual assault against her on the basis of her sexual orientation taped to her door. Now, just weeks later, the College...

2,512 Students + 32 Trustees = Progress

October 16, 2013

We owe much of what we enjoy here to the decisions and guidance of the Board of Trustees. But considering how much this group impacts us every day, how well do we really understand the board? While ...

Trading Hard Liquor for Hard Questions

October 9, 2013

Middlebury College likes to drink. Not all of us, certainly, but it is no secret that the collective BAC of this campus rises substantially when Friday night rolls around. We are not unique in this regard...

A Different Kind of Physical Education

October 2, 2013

We often discuss the need for more community engagement as a student body. We’ve devoted barrels of ink and hours of our time to panels, papers, and symposia. Yet all of that leaves us with little more...

Get Out While You Can

Get Out While You Can

September 25, 2013

In this week's spread, "Get Out While You Can: A Guide to Exploring Vermont in the Fall/Live it Up in the Fall Foliage," editors JESSICA CHEUNG, ISABELLE STILLMAN and OLIVIA ALLEN help you decide how...

Close the Computer, Open the Dialogue

September 25, 2013

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in class, and someone in front of you is watching the soccer game on his computer or browsing New York Times headlines. Despite your best efforts to focus on the...

In Response to the 9/11 Flag Incident

In Response to the 9/11 Flag Incident

September 18, 2013

As a close-knit liberal arts college tucked gently away in the bucolic Vermont countryside, it becomes easy to think of our actions and the scope of our influence as contained within a bubble. But in truth,...

Our Balancing Act

September 11, 2013

Student newspapers, especially at a place like Middlebury, face many challenges when it comes to our coverage of difficult stories. We exist within a small, transitory and tight-knit community. Middlebury...

Theres Only One Middlebury Sports Magazine

There’s Only One Middlebury Sports Magazine

May 17, 2013

CLICK HERE to download the PDF of There's Only One CLICK HERE to download the PDF of There's Only One Welcome to the inaugural edition of There’s Only One Middlebury Sports Magazine, created by the...

The Last Column

May 8, 2013

From the cross country course to the lacrosse field, Middlebury athletes have accomplished a lot this year. During the fall, the field hockey team put together a historically dominant season and, while...

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