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Porter Bowman

Porter Bowman, Senior Opinion Editor

Porter Bowman ’21.5 is an Opinion Editor.

He previously served as the Correspondent to the Student Government Association (SGA) and a Staff Writer for the News and Local sections.

Bowman is pursuing an International Politics and Economics major and a History minor.

During the summer of 2019, Bowman was a Leadership Fellow at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia and a Communications Intern at Rational 360, a public relations firm in Washington D.C.

During the summer of 2020, Bowman started a podcast called “Why Not U.S.?” where he interviews young people in their 20s serving in political office across the country. He also worked as a producer and researcher for “Trickeration,” an investigative sports podcast from iHeartMedia hosted by Middlebury’s own Matt Waxman ’01.5.

When not watching the West Wing or finishing crossword puzzles, Bowman plays basketball, golf, club tennis, and intramural volleyball. He lost on Teen Jeopardy! in November 2016.

Twitter: @PorterRBowman

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Recent St. Lawrence University grad RC Di Mezzo is leading efforts to defeat Trump in his position as national press secretary for the Lincoln Project.

‘Larger than partisanship’: A Vermont Democrat works with Lincoln Project Republicans to defeat President Trump

October 29, 2020
Recent St. Lawrence University grad RC Di Mezzo is leading efforts to defeat Trump in his position as national press secretary for the Lincoln Project.
March 10th, 2020

Notes from the Desk: Sweden tried “herd immunity” with Covid-19. I was one of the herd.

October 22, 2020
Cultural differences matter — this is a very Swedish strategy and is not something even remotely possible in the United States.
The Main Quad in October 2019.

College landscapers continue to work amidst campus shutdown

May 14, 2020
“If we’re not safe landscaping and working outside, we’re not safe anywhere,” said landscaper Todd Weedman. “My wife is in more danger going to the grocery store than I am going to work.”

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors come together to tutor children of staff

May 14, 2020
“We want to continue to give back to staff and get to a point where staff feel that students have their back,” said Ami Furgang ’20, one of the lead organizers of the program.

Zombies to Genomics: Faculty find creative ways to teach the pandemic

April 30, 2020
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, many Middlebury professors are revising their syllabi to address themes arising from the pandemic in creative ways.
The Snow Bowl during Winter Carnival, only a week and a half before the college announced it would be suspending in-person classes and sending most students home.

In game-time decision, college ski areas close early to maintain social distancing

April 2, 2020
The Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center closed shortly after the college suspended in-person classes.

Structural change and new initiatives top SGA agenda

December 5, 2019
As the semester came to a close, the SGA discussed eliminating the commons senator positions, voted down a proposed referendum to make Atwater Dining Hall fully vegetarian over Winter Term and began developing a bill to make Thanksgiving break a week long.
Weld spoke candidly with 40 students about his dismay with the Republican Party under President Donald Trump and his hopes for the future of the party.

Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld visits campus

October 31, 2019
Weld is the first presidential candidate to visit campus during the 2020 election cycle.
Mutual frustration with “13 Proposals” leads administration and new SGA to fresh approach to improve student life.

Update on SGA ‘13 Proposals’

October 3, 2019
The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate ended the last semester with threats of dissolution if the administration did not comply with a series of 13 proposals. This year, the new senate hopes to move in a new direction.
SGA Decides Against Dissolution as Academic Year Ends

SGA Decides Against Dissolution as Academic Year Ends

May 23, 2019

Since the Student Government Association (SGA) presented its 13 Proposals for Community Healing at a town hall on April 23, the administration has agreed to address several of the SGA’s demands. For...

Varsha Vijayakumar ’20 (left); Roni Lezama ’22 (right)

Vijayakumar Elected SGA President; Lezama Co-Chair

April 25, 2019

Varsha Vijayakumar ’20 was elected Student Government Association (SGA) president for the 2019–2020 academic year last Friday, April 19th. She won the seat after receiving  611 of the 1,026 student...

Varsha Vijayakumar Elected SGA President

Varsha Vijayakumar Elected SGA President

April 19, 2019

Varsha Vijayakumar ’20 was elected president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2019–2020 academic year on Friday, April 19th. She received 60 percent of the vote (611 votes). The...

Joel Machado ’22

SGA and Community Council to Hold Elections Thursday

April 18, 2019
This week, the Middlebury student body will elect a new SGA president for the 2019-2020 academic year. The position involves directly overseeing the SGA Cabinet and Senate and supporting the work of 11 Cabinet committees and five Senate committees. The President is viewed as the de facto leader of the entire student body.
Images from the Ice Shanties exhibit feature a typical day’s catch.

Vermont FolkLife Center Features Pardo’s Photography in Spring Exhibit

April 11, 2019

Nestled between Otter Creek Bakery and Two Brothers Tavern, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is giving people a glimpse into a winter pastime shared by many local Vermonters. This spring, the VFC’s...

10 O’Clock Ross and Social Spaces Top SGA Agenda

March 21, 2019

Below is an update on the initiatives, both proposed and passed, of the Student Government Association (SGA). Senate meetings run from 7-8:30 p.m. on Sundays in Axinn 220 and are open to the public.  10...

The Middlebury Cycling Club in front of Mead Chapel in May 2018.

Middlebury Cycling Team to Host Cycling Road Race in Champlain Valley

March 7, 2019

For the first time in recent history, the Middlebury College Cycling Team is set to host the Weybridge Road Race next month as part of the six-week Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) season....

New Dining Initiative Brings Students, Faculty and Staff Together for Meals

February 28, 2019
After several months of work last fall, Sophomore Student Government Association (SGA) Senator Eun Ho Lee ’21 created a new program: The Faculty/Staff Student Tables.

Two ‘Meatless’ Days Added to Dining Schedule

January 24, 2019
There will be two additional meatless days per week in the college dining halls in an effort to reduce the college’s meat consumption by 30 percent, according to an all-school email sent by the Student Government Association (SGA) on Jan. 15.

No Class on MLK Day for First Time

January 17, 2019
Middlebury students will have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off for the first time in college history this Monday, Jan. 21. The holiday, traditionally observed by most schools and many places of work, has been a class day for Middlebury students since President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.
Guard Perry DeLorenzo ’20 attempts to disrupt a shot against NESCAC rival Bates last season.

Men’s Basketball Has High Hoops Hopes

November 29, 2018

Following an exit in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season, the Middlebury men’s basketball team will look to make a serious run for a NESCAC crown and another NCAA tournament appearance in this year’s...

New York Times Free Online Access Canceled; Library to Partner with SGA to Fund Next Academic Year

November 15, 2018
Students will no longer have free access to the New York Times website and online archives after the Times increased the cost of campus-wide access in late October.
Middlebury Students Can Vote in Vermont, Here's How You Do It

Middlebury Students Can Vote in Vermont, Here’s How You Do It

October 28, 2018
Too late getting in your absentee ballot? You can register to vote on election day in Vermont. So no need to panic.

Tri-Town Bike Loop Proposal Gets Community Support

October 11, 2018
A highly anticipated Triangle Bike Loop is becoming a potential reality for Addison County.
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