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Nora Peachin

Nora Peachin, Editor at Large

Nora Peachin '21 is an Editor at Large.

She has previously served as senior local editor, news editor and staff writer.

Peachin is studying History and Global Health at Middlebury. Her studies and past reporting focus on activism, climate change and food access. She is currently working for VTDigger, a statewide news website.

During the summer of 2020 she interned for Planet Princeton, an online newspaper in Princeton, NJ, reporting on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local community. In the past she worked as a reporter for the Addison County Independent in Middlebury and studied food reporting at the NYU Journalism School. This past semester, she co-wrote a long-form narrative journalism piece about campus policing under the guidance of Sue Halpern, which was published in VTDigger.

Twitter: @NPeachin

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Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

Notes from the Desk: An issue for an election like no other

October 29, 2020
This is why we’re publishing an election issue. 
Members of the Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) handed out flyers to attendees.

Second Black Lives Matter vigil exceeds first, draws 500 participants

June 15, 2020
“Protests Work!” read the flyer handed out at a vigil in downtown Middlebury last Sunday night. Roughly 500 people gathered at College Park and along Cross Street to denounce police terror against Black communities and bodies.
Vermont State Police released a statement condemning the police conduct involved in George Floyd’s death.

Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd

May 30, 2020
As VSP expressed condolences to those touched by the death of George Floyd, it reiterated its commitment to "fair and impartial policing" and is in the process of reviewing its own training protocols regarding the use of force.
From the 1950s to 2020, couples recount falling in love at Middlebury

From the 1950s to 2020, couples recount falling in love at Middlebury

April 22, 2020

It’s exam week in the early 1950s and the endlessly ringing pay phone outside of Mary Peterson’s* room in Battell South is interrupting her studies. Determined to end the disturbance, Mary finally...

Postscript: A Q&A with Midd couples through the ages

Postscript: A Q&A with Midd couples through the ages

April 22, 2020
We interviewed seven Middlebury couples about the dating scene at Middlebury, challenges, and their takes on love.
Love transported, from Vermont to Michigan

Love transported, from Vermont to Michigan

April 22, 2020
Alec Richker ’13.5, Dylan Volk ’16, Micah Raymond ’21 and their dog Lou ("part pit bull, part dragon, part cow") tell their love story from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they are currently quarantined together.
If music be the food of love, listen on

If music be the food of love, listen on

April 22, 2020
Bring some love to your quarantine with this Spotify playlist.
Changes to the protest policy came as a result of criticism and recommendations from students and faculty in the wake of the protest against Charles Murray in 2017.

New protest policy incorporates student and faculty input

December 5, 2019
After multiple drafts and much debate, the new policy went into effect on Nov. 21, 2019.

Sexual and Relationship Respect Committee develops interactive consent training workshops

November 14, 2019
Middlebury is the only school in the NESCAC that does not include a non-online mandatory consent training program in its first year orientation. Elissa Asch ’22.5, head of the SGA Sexual Respect and Relationship Committee (SRR), is changing that.

To college staff: notes from the desk

November 7, 2019
We, as students, stand in solidarity with you in your unionization efforts.
Contractors hired in response to custodial staff shortages

Contractors hired in response to custodial staff shortages

October 31, 2019
A team of independent contractors began cleaning nearly all of the small residential spaces on campus on Oct. 14. This shift came as a result of ongoing custodial staff shortages.
Stanger spoke on WCAX-TV about her new book and the impeachment inquiry.

Where in the world is Allison Stanger?

October 3, 2019
Professor Allison Stanger is going into her third year on academic leave from Middlebury, and students have started to wonder where she is.
MiddVote members (from left to right) Kayla Lichtman ’21, Neta Kafka ’22.5, Paige Dickson ’21, Sophie Levine ’23, and Abby Denis ’21 run voting drive outside of McCullough Student Center for National Voter Registration Day.

Student voting participation triples from 2014 to 2018 midterm elections

September 26, 2019
Student voting initiatives helped to boost the percentage of students who voted from 15% to 51% in four years.
Retiring faculty gather at May celebration in Mahaney Arts Center.

Faculty and curriculum changes for upcoming school year

September 12, 2019
Changes this school year include faculty turn over, the splitting of sociology and anthropology into two departments and a new food studies minor.

Hunger Free Vermont fights proposed changes to national Food Stamp program

September 12, 2019

On July 23, the Trump administration announced a proposal to drastically alter the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Their proposed changes would revoke benefits...

A tasty treat, and a creemee.

The Inside Scoop on Vermont Creemees

May 9, 2019

 It’s finally warm out, and for Vermonters, that means it’s creemee season. To those unfamiliar with the iconic frozen treat, a creemee is just soft-serve ice cream but with a fun Vermont nickname. Early...

Participants in the First Vision for Vermont Summit last year collaborate on the Draft Vision Statement at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Campus.

Vision for Vermont: The Green Mountain State’s Future

May 2, 2019

Last September, 100 people from all over Vermont gathered at the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton to discuss their visions for their state’s future. Activist Fran Putnam led the charge, with Middlebury...

Butch + Babe’s served school-lunch inspired meals to fundraise for the Burlington School Food Project.

Burlington School Project Tackles Regional Food Insecurity for Student Youth

March 14, 2019

Replacing the usual microgreens and honey-ginger soy elixir of Burlington restaurant Butch + Babe’s menu on Wednesday, Feb. 27, was an unlikely selection; Vermont meatloaf and veggie tots. The school...

Doug Sinclair at the Charter House Community Garden.

Middlebury Shelters Grapple with Increased Demand, Facing Harsh Weather

February 21, 2019

MIDDLEBURY - Homelessness in Vermont is sometimes hidden within the state’s signature rolling green hills and idyllic pastures. Though the issue may not be as obvious or prevalent in Vermont as in...

IPJ Real Estate offered gift wrapping for local patrons.

With Giveaways and ‘Midd Night Strolls,’ Town Encourages Shoppers to Stay Local

November 29, 2018
Over Thanksgiving break, downtown Middlebury held Small Business Saturday to encourage people to support their local economies and build community.
The Cesarios’ livestock graze at Meeting Place Pastures in Brandon.

Meet the Farmers: Two Addison County Cattle Farmers Share Their Philosophy

November 15, 2018
Expanding upon mainstream environmentalism, two farmers explain the relationship between animal, land and man.
Former State Representative Kiah Morris.

Rep. Kiah Morris Resigns Amid Slew of Racial Harrassment and Threats

October 11, 2018
Representative Kiah Morris resigns due to racial harassment.

Talk Canceled After Activist Awarded Nobel Prize

October 11, 2018
Nadia Murad’s talk at Middlebury was canceled last week after the Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Let Equality Bloom:  Activism Festival Urges Civic Engagement

Let Equality Bloom: Activism Festival Urges Civic Engagement

September 27, 2018
Well-attended festival included everything from activism trainings to live music.
Berries add to the quintessential New England summer (photo taken on black and white film).

On the Road: Snapshots from a New England Summer

September 13, 2018
A Middlebury student documents her New England road trip.

Guest Historian Delivers Lecture on Race in France, US

November 1, 2017

Students and faculty gathered in the Robert A. Jones Conference Room on Thursday, Oct. 26, for a lecture titled “Race Matters in France,” given by historian Pap Ndiaye. Ndiaye works at Sciences-Po...

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