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Nicole Pollack

Nicole Pollack, News Editor

Nicole Pollack ’21 is a news editor.

She is majoring in Environmental Policy and minoring in Food Studies. In 2019, she studied sustainable agriculture in Sikkim, India and climate communication during a SEA Semester in Auckland, New Zealand. Her coverage for the Campus focuses mainly on environmental storytelling.

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McKibben is pictured at a Middlebury event from January 2019.

Overlapping crises: Bill McKibben on social solidarity in a world after Covid-19

September 17, 2020
In Friday’s remote lecture, scholar-in-residence Bill McKibben drew comparisons between the pandemic and the climate crisis. “We have this huge mix of crises on top of each other,” he said.
Student environmental organizers find ways to keep active from home

Student environmental organizers find ways to keep active from home

May 14, 2020
When sports seasons were canceled and classes went remote, activism did, too.
Students feel intellectually stimulated at Middlebury; mental health top reason for skipping class

Students feel intellectually stimulated at Middlebury; mental health top reason for skipping class

May 7, 2020
Students cited mental health as the most common reason for skipping class, with mental health being the cause of 23% of missed classes, followed by feeling overwhelmed by assignments, 21% of the time.
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Middlebury-led panel zooms in on Vermont’s climate future

April 16, 2020
“What you do locally will change the future,” said Dr. Eban Goodstein, who launched the "Solve Climate by 2030" project last year.
College will look into contracting with more sustainable bank for P-cards

College will look into contracting with more sustainable bank for P-cards

March 12, 2020
Scholar-in-Residence Bill McKibben was arrested in a Chase Bank branch in Washington D.C. earlier this year as part of an effort to stop big banks from funding fossil fuels. The issue is closer to Middlebury than it might seem — the college currently contracts with Chase Bank, the world’s largest lender to the fossil fuel industry, for its purchasing cards.
Bill McKibben, scholar-in-residence at Middlebury, introduced his longtime friend Naomi Klein at the Scott A. Margolin ’99 lecture last Thursday. He was arrested last month in Washington D.C. while protesting Chase Bank’s relationship with fossil fuels.

McKibben talks arrest, upcoming mass action

February 20, 2020
Bill McKibben was arrested in a D.C. Chase Bank branch last month, ahead of a national mass action planned for April 23
Writer, activist Naomi Klein talks justice and hope in a warming world

Writer, activist Naomi Klein talks justice and hope in a warming world

February 20, 2020
Acclaimed writer and climate activist Naomi Klein spoke to a packed Wilson Hall about justice and hope in a warming world, but fire was the key theme of the night.

Economics major is reclassified as STEM

January 23, 2020
The internal decision to recognize economics as a STEM program due to its focus on quantitative analysis will increase U.S. visa durations for international students in the major.
Student organizers designed posters in preparation for Ryszard Legutko's visit to campus three weeks ago.

Faculty Consider Changes to College Protest Policy

May 9, 2019

A committee of faculty, staff and students proposed a new college protest policy at the April 26 faculty meeting. They developed the new policy collaboratively in response to the unpopular draft protest...

Alone Together at Middlebury

Alone Together at Middlebury

May 2, 2019

More than 200 students answered the question: “What makes you feel othered at Middlebury?” Responses addressed socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, athletics, sexuality and other subjects, shedding...

Munroe Hall is home to the Sociology and Anthropology Department, which may soon split in two.

SOAN Department Proposes Split Into Individual Sociology and Anthropology Departments

May 2, 2019
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) proposed splitting into two individual departments, offering two separate majors, during the faculty meeting last Friday.
Promoting Green New Deal, Environmental Groups Host Eco Fair & Town Hall

Promoting Green New Deal, Environmental Groups Host Eco Fair & Town Hall

April 25, 2019

In celebration of Earth Day, The Sunday Night Environmental Group (SNEG) and Sunrise Middlebury hosted an Eco Fair last Friday in Wilson Hall, followed by a Town Hall Meeting on the Green New Deal in Mead...

Protesters wave flags as they march towards the Statehouse in Montpelier to raise climate awareness.

One Week Later, Activists Reflect on Climate Walk

April 18, 2019

Two weeks ago, extensive collaboration among members of Middlebury’s Sunday Night Environmental Group (SNEG) and a number of local and statewide activist organizations culminated in the “Next Steps:...

Expert Panel Talks ‘Climate Grief’ and Environmental Action

April 18, 2019

Last fall, days after Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dan Suarez gave a talk branding climate change the impending end of the world, Kyle Freiler ’19 walked into Suarez’s office...

A map of the route of the Climate Solutions Walk.

Protestors March 65 Miles from Middlebury to Montpelier as Part of Climate Solutions Walk

April 11, 2019

The protesters stood in a circle on the Middlebury Town Green, holding their handmade signs high: “Every Day is Earth Day,” said one; “Got Emissions?” read the text beneath a cow-patterned milk...

McKibben spoke about his book at a talk in Wilson Hall.

Bill McKibben Talks Lessons Learned

April 11, 2019

The earth is not to be taken for granted.  Last Thursday evening in Wilson Hall, 30 years after publishing the seminal climate change volume “The End of Nature,” Bill McKibben revisited the many...

John Schurer/The Middlebury Campus

White Allies Asked to Support Eliminating White Supremacy in Curriculum

March 14, 2019
The Hillcrest Orchard was filled to capacity for the “White Allies: It’s Your Turn” meeting last Thursday evening, with students lining the windowsills and crowding onto the floor as organizers Treasure Brooks ’21 and Wengel Kifle ’20 spoke about the need to eliminate racial violence from the Middlebury curriculum. 
Georgia Grace Edwards ’18 skis with her students in the Czech Republic.

Midd Named Top Fulbright Producer

March 7, 2019
The U.S. Department of State has named Middlebury a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students and Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

Commons May Soon Undergo Major Changes

February 21, 2019

The Residential Life System is poised to undergo major changes, which could include building renovations, a new student center, and the elimination of a commons dean.  After a 10-month review, members...

Student-Run Conference Goes Beyond #MeToo

February 14, 2019
The sixth annual student-organized global affairs conference, “Beyond #MeToo: Global Responses to Sexual Violence in an Age of Reckoning,” was held between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.
Students Critique Proposed Protest Policy at Teach-in

Students Critique Proposed Protest Policy at Teach-in

January 24, 2019
A mixture of frustration, optimism and anger characterized a student teach-in on the proposed changes to Middlebury’s protest policy last Friday. Held in the Hillcrest Orchard, the teach-in allowed students to share concerns about the proposed policy’s lack of transparency and potential ramifications.

With New Grant Funds, the Open Door Clinic Looks to the Future

January 17, 2019
The Open Door Clinic (ODC) holds free clinics every Tuesday evening and one Friday morning per month.
Bruni Gets Frank About College Life

Bruni Gets Frank About College Life

January 17, 2019
New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni spoke to a packed Wilson Hall about identity politics and the meaning of a liberal education last week.
Display in the Davis Library honors the victims of the Pittsburgh attack.

Hillel Honors 11 Killed in Pittsburgh

November 8, 2018
Hillel has focused on providing internal support for the college’s Jewish community in the aftermath of the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27.
A dangerous portion of Route 125 runs from Cider Mill Road, pictured, to the college.

College and Neighboring Towns Demand Safety Measures at Rt. 125 Crash Site

October 25, 2018
Fatal accidents on Route 125 between the college and Cider Mill Road spark advocacy for safety measures.

Commons Review Shows Discontent in Student Life

October 4, 2018

An internal review of the college’s commons system revealed a significant disconnect between students and their commons, and highlighted key areas of concern within residential life, including a lack...

The Bristol Harvest Festival: A Day of Sales, Crafts, Music and Pie

The Bristol Harvest Festival: A Day of Sales, Crafts, Music and Pie

September 27, 2018

BRISTOL — Vendors, crafters, ponies and musicians braved a cold and drizzly morning in Bristol on Saturday, Sept. 22, gathering early on the Town Green to set up for the 20th annual Harvest Festival.  “I...

TAM Trek runners set out on the trail.

Theo Henderson ’20 Wins 15th Annual TAM Trek

September 20, 2018
A Middkid comes out on top in the 19.2-mile run.

Athletes of Color Form Group in Response to Lack of Diversity

May 9, 2018

The percentage of students of color on sports teams is lower than Middlebury’s already low percentage of students of color on campus. Middlebury is 63 percent white, and of the college’s 2561 students,...

The team presented their plans for a zero-energy redesign of Mary Hogan Elementary School at the competition.

Student-Led Zero Energy Team Wins National Prize for Elementary School Design

May 2, 2018

The Middlebury Race to Zero team won the elementary schools contest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual Race to Zero Student Design competition held in Golden, Colorado from April 20-22. The college...

Jane Lindholm tackled threats to journalism and democracy.

Public Radio Journalist Speaks on Fake News

April 25, 2018

MIDDLEBURY ­— “We are in a perilous place for journalism right now,” said Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s award-winning program Vermont Edition, in this year’s Robert van de Velde...

Students Hold Counter-Event to Sander Lecture

April 4, 2018

As Richard Sander spoke at the Kirk Alumni Center on Tuesday, dissenting students held a counter-event in the McCullough Student Center. They sat in a circle in the middle of Crossroads Café, eating pizza...

News in Brief

April 4, 2018

COLLEGE RELEASES CLASS OF 2022 DECISIONS The college accepted 17.2 percent of its regular decision applicants for the class of 2022. Decisions were released March 27 and offered admission to 1,297 students...

Speaker Defends Sandusky, Discussing Malleability of Memory

February 28, 2018

“There’s one thing I should make clear. There is absolutely no way, in the brief period of time I’m going to speak, that I’m going to convince you of anything in this very complex case.” Science...

Feb Senators Elected to SGA

February 28, 2018

Febs elected Bobbi Finkelstein ’21.5 and reelected Rae Aaron ’19.5 as this year’s Feb Student Government Association (SGA) senators on Feb. 23. Diego Garcia, SGA director of membership, reported...

Endowment Shows Strong Earnings in 2017 Fiscal Year

November 15, 2017

Middlebury’s endowment increased by $74 million in the 2017 fiscal year after an investment return of 13.8 percent, ending the year totaling $1.074 billion.  This year’s figure represents an improvement...

Annual Security Report Shows Increases in Crime: Liquor & Burglary

October 11, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s latest Security and Fire Safety Report reveals marked differences in on-campus criminal activity since 2014, including a drastic increase in student violations of liquor...

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