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Nick Garber

Nick Garber, Managing Editor

Nick Garber ’19 is a managing editor.
He previously served as a news editor, senior writer, and Community Council correspondent.
Nick is majoring in political science with a French minor, and spent the Spring 2018 semester in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
During the summer of 2018, he worked as a reporter at the Addison County Independent, where he covered the college, local politics, ducks, bears, maple syrup, and more. On campus, he serves on the Academic Judicial Board and works as a first-year writing mentor.
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The announcement marks a shift from an earlier policy prohibiting guests at commencement and asking graduates to move out of their rooms on May 29, the day of Commencement.

[Photo] Seniors allowed two guests at commencement, later move-out date

April 23, 2021

The announcement marks a shift from an earlier policy prohibiting guests at commencement and asking graduates to move out of their rooms on May 29, the day of Commencement.

Conditions permitting, the college plans to conduct a three-to-five day senior celebration in mid-to-late August to replace Senior Week.

[Photo] Senior committee looks to on-campus commencement and Senior Week celebration

April 16, 2020

Conditions permitting, the college plans to conduct a three-to-five day senior celebration in mid-to-late August to replace Senior Week.

The view of Yaoundé from Middlebury's center in Cameroon.

Middlebury Evacuated its School in Cameroon. Was it the Right Decision?

May 9, 2019
Four students studying abroad in Middlebury’s school in Yaoundé, Cameroon, received a cryptic message from the program’s director, asking them to meet for dinner at the home of one of their host families.
The email sent by Chemistry department chair Bob Cluss to students on Wednesday afternoon.

Chemistry Professor Who Asked Offensive Question to Take Immediate Leave of Absence

April 11, 2019

Professor Jeff Byers will be taking an immediate leave of absence from his teaching duties for the rest of the semester, the Chemistry department announced in an email to Byers’ students on Wednesday...

A VINS employee stands alongside a barred owl.

Onlookers Ogle Owls at Annual Quechee Festival

February 28, 2019

QUECHEE – Last weekend, birding enthusiasts and amateurs alike congregated in the Eastern Vermont village of Quechee for the fourth annual Owl Festival, hosted at the Vermont Institute of Natural...

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

January 24, 2019
Middlebury's monthslong effort to shrink staff costs and reevaluate how the institution does work is entering its most critical stage, and staff members report varying levels of satisfaction with the process as they wait for buyout offers.

Notes from the Desk: Why a Staff Issue?

January 24, 2019
Why we're dedicating most of this week's paper to college staff.
Former Governor Jim Douglas, pictured in his office under Ross dining hall.

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas Reflects on the GOP in 2018

November 1, 2018
A former Republican governor reflects on his party.

Notes From the Desk: Please Send Us Tips

October 25, 2018
We’re excited to announce the creation of a new tipline on our website, that allows readers to anonymously suggest stories for us to look into.
Teocanin, pictured in an undated photo, came to Middlebury in his early 20s. He remained here until his death.

“He was too good”: Remembering Former College Employee Suad Teocanin

September 20, 2018
Friends and coworkers remember Suad Teocanin, months after he froze to death in town.
Will DiGravio (standing) is the editor in chief. Nick Garber (left) and Rebecca Walker are the managing editors.

What is the role of this paper?

September 13, 2018
An introduction of The Campus's mission from this year's editor in chief and managing editors.

Why We Are Now Arts & Academics

September 13, 2018
Shining a brighter spotlight on academic life at Middlebury.

News In Brief: Grille Closings, Hallquist to Visit, Fatal Crash Near Proctor

September 13, 2018
The Grille is now closed on Monday and Tuesday nights, Christine Hallquist is coming to campus, and more.
Middlebury Will Offer Buyouts to Staff and Faculty to Reduce Deficit

Middlebury Will Offer Buyouts to Staff and Faculty to Reduce Deficit

July 13, 2018

Middlebury administrators have begun implementing a program to reevaluate faculty and staff positions across the institution — a process that, once completed at the end of the next academic year, could...

Before Leaving Administration, Katy Smith Abbott Looks Back

Before Leaving Administration, Katy Smith Abbott Looks Back

December 6, 2017
Smith Abbott sat down with Elizabeth Sawyer and Nick Garber and discussed her work in the administration, the challenges she has faced, and why student life work has remained her central focus.
James O'Keefe speaks before a modest audience at the Courtyard Marriott on Thursday, Nov. 30.

O’Keefe Promotes Himself in Uneventful Appearance

December 6, 2017
The conservative provocateur’s speech centered largely around his own career, and included defenses of the deceptive practices that have brought him criticism.

Faculty for Inclusive Community Discuss Vision For College

November 29, 2017

Last March, student-led protests of Charles Murray garnered nationwide media coverage, much of which fell into an ongoing debate over the state of free speech on college campuses. Of particular note was...

College Officials Voice Opposition to GOP Tax Bills

November 15, 2017

As Republicans in Congress move forward with tax reform legislation, administrators at Middlebury and at colleges across the country have expressed concerns about several provisions that could significantly...

Pulitzer Winner Walter Mears ’56 Discusses Career, Journalism in Trump Era

Pulitzer Winner Walter Mears ’56 Discusses Career, Journalism in Trump Era

November 1, 2017

News media in the United States has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and few have a better perspective on that evolution than Walter Mears ’56. Mears served as editor-in-chief of The Campus...

Barney Frank (left) and John Sununu (center) participated in a conversation at Wilson Hall on Oct. 11, moderated by journalist Gail Russell Chaddock (right).

Barney Frank and John Sununu Discuss Campus Free Speech, Political Climate

October 18, 2017

Last week, former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Governor John Sununu (R-NH) and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, came to campus for a conversation entitled, “Finding Common...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed students at Georgetown University on Sept. 26.

Discussing Campus Free Speech, Attorney General Implicates Middlebury

October 4, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dove into the debate over free speech on college campuses, delivering an address last week that denounced “political correctness” and directly referenced the protests...

Students and administrators gathered at Wilson Hall in McCullough Student Center for an open forum Tuesday.

Students, Admin Confer at Forum

October 4, 2017

Senior administrators held an open forum with students Tuesday evening, discussing the results of recent student surveys and fielding questions about institutional transparency and student life. Student...

Students protested Charles Murray's lecture on March 2, 2017

College Revises Events Policies, Citing Threats on Campus and Nationwide

September 27, 2017

In response to threats of violence following student protests of Charles Murray’s lecture last spring, as well as recent hostilities at the University of Virginia, administrators moved to revise the...

Allison D. Burroughs '83, a United States Judge for the District of Massachusetts, spoke at Hillcrest Environmental Center last Thursday.

Judge Who Struck Down Trump Travel Ban Returns to Campus, Delivers Lecture

September 20, 2017

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 29, Judge Allison D. Burroughs of the District Court for Massachusetts sat inside a Boston courthouse and made an easy decision with nationwide ramifications....

Wonnacott community assistant Kyle Wright ’19.5

Community Council Co-Chair Outlines Goals for Upcoming Year

September 20, 2017

This week The Campus sat down with Kyle Wright ’19.5, Student Co-Chair of Community Council for the fall semester. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Middlebury Campus (MC): What are...

Katy Smith Abbott has served in her current role since 2014.

College Dean to Step Down at End of Year

September 14, 2017

Katy Smith Abbott, vice president for student affairs and dean of the college, will step down from her role in the administration at the end of December. She will continue teaching as a full-time professor...

Students and Administrators Discuss ‘Restorative Justice’

May 10, 2017
After two sociology professors led a sit-in to protest discipline for students, the college dean promised a culture shift in its judicial system.

Former Financial Policy Causes Significant Tuition Increase

April 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series that will examine the current financial state of the College. In recent years, the College has run budget deficits and has been forced to rein in...

College Administration Revokes MiddView Funding Request

February 23, 2017

On Feb. 19 at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, President Karina Toy ’17 revealed that President of Middlebury Laurie L. Patton had previously informed her that the administration would...

New IP Policy and Committee Unveiled

February 16, 2017

College Provost Susan Baldridge announced in an all-College email on Jan. 23 that in September, the Board of Trustees had unanimously approved an Intellectual Property (IP) policy that will address the...

Professor of Religion Ata Anzali

Professor Returns from Iran, Discusses Experience

February 16, 2017

On Jan. 29, a federal court in Boston issued a temporary stay on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order barring travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. For Professor of...

Admin Turns to SGA for MiddView Funding

January 19, 2017

Representatives from the College administration formally asked members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on Jan. 15 to assist in the funding of MiddView orientation trips for three years, beginning...

IPE Annual Symposium to Focus on Drug Trade and its Challenges

October 27, 2016

The Middlebury College department of International Politics and Economics (IPE) will host its fifth annual symposium, “The Global Illicit Drug Trade: Confronting Challenges and Exploring Solutions”...

Six Faculty Gain Tenure

Six Faculty Gain Tenure

September 22, 2016

On May 26, the College announced that six faculty members had been granted tenure, marking their promotions from assistant to associate professor. The newly-tenured faculty are Leticia Arroyo Abad in...

Community Council Update

May 12, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3, President of the College Laurie L. Patton and Special Assistant to the President Dave Donahue visited Community Council to discuss several recent Council initiatives as well as broader...

Symposium for AIM Focuses on Activists and Allies

May 12, 2016

On Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 the Alliance for an Inclusive Middlebury (AIM) held its inaugural symposium, entitled “Activists, Allies and Accomplices: Responses to Racism Today.” AIM was...

Hiroshima Survivor, Truman Grandson Talk Reconciliation

May 5, 2016

Hundreds gathered in Mead Memorial Chapel on Monday, May 2 to attend “Responsibility, Reconciliation and the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs.” The event’s primary participants were Shigeko Sasamori,...

Community Council Update

April 28, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19, the Community Council began with a brief update regarding the election of David Pesqueira ’17 as the Council’s next Student Co-Chair. Tiff Chang ’17.5 cited Pesqueira’s work...

Over the past decade, the Spring Student Symposium has grown to showcase the academic and creative works of more than 300 students annually. Students from all classes and all disciplines showcase their work and research.

Students Present Work, Research at Symposium

April 21, 2016

The College hosted the tenth annual Spring Student Symposium in McCardell Bicentennial Hall on Friday, April 15. The event, which ran throughout the day, featured an array of oral presentations,...

Community Council Update

April 14, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, Community Council began its meeting with a presentation by Tim Spears, vice president for academic development and professor of American studies. Spears came to propose a...

Community Council Update

March 16, 2016

Community Council met on Tuesday, March 8, and began with a brief presentation by Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life Karen Guttentag, and Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student...

PossePlus Retreat Focuses on Speech and Inclusivity

March 9, 2016

Middlebury Posse scholars attended the PossePlus Retreat this past weekend, March 4-6, in Silver Bay, New York. Held every year, the retreat aims to address national and on-campus issues often involving...

VT Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

VT Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

March 3, 2016

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Vermont Senate voted 17-12 to approve a bill legal- izing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont. The bill, S.241, brings Vermont one step closer to be coming the...

Community Council Update

March 2, 2016

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Community Council welcomed Cheryl Mullins, Acting Associate Vice President for Human Resources. As the Council prepares in the coming weeks to tackle the issue of staff wages, Mullins...

Senator Leahy Pledges Superdelegate Vote to Clinton

Senator Leahy Pledges Superdelegate Vote to Clinton

February 24, 2016

Despite Senator Bernie Sanders’ 20-point margin of victory in Vermont’s neighboring state of New Hampshire, Senator Patrick Leahy reiterated last week that he will continue to support Clinton’s candidacy,...

Community Council Update

February 17, 2016

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, members of the newly-formed Bias Response Team visited Community Council to present their group’s mission and invite feedback. “The three core pieces of what we are thinking...

New VP for Advancement

January 27, 2016

The College announced on Jan. 14 that Colleen Fitzpatrick, a current administrator at Duke University, will succeed Jim Keyes  as Middlebury’s next Vice President for Advancement. Fitzpatrick currently...

Community Council Update

January 21, 2016

On Monday, Jan. 12, Community Council held its first meeting of the 2016 Winter Term. The Council welcomed Maddie Orcutt ’16, who discussed The Ribbon Project, an upcoming project centered around...

Community Council Update

December 9, 2015

On Monday, Dec. 7, Community Council held its final meeting of the fall semester. Student Co-Chair Tiff Chang ’17.5 began by noting that the Student Government Association recently passed two recommendations...

Community Council Update

December 2, 2015

On Nov. 9, Community Council reviewed its large list of potential solutions to student stress, discussing whether additional topics should be added. Several students agreed that the advising system...

Community Council Update

November 13, 2015

On Oct. 26, Community Council welcomed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Andi Lloyd and Chief Diversity Officer Miguel Fernández, who, along with Dean of the College Katy Smith...

Community Council Update

October 21, 2015

On Oct. 12, Community Council began to brainstorm specific issues to address during the academic year. When all was said and done, the Council generated 51 different topics which its members hoped to cover...

Community Council Update

October 7, 2015

Community Council held its first meeting of the academic year on Monday, Oct. 5, in McCullough’s Crest Room. The council’s responsibilities include oversight of residential issues, making appointments...

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