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The vigil was organized by Jarlenys Mendez ’23 and included speeches and multiple moments of silence.

Hundreds of students gather for vigil honoring Daunte Wright

May 6, 2021

More than 200 students gathered outside on the McCullough lawn the evening of April 24 to honor the life of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo and other victims of police brutality. Huddled under umbrellas...

President Biden ordered that flags be lowered to half mast following the March 16 Atlanta spa shootings that left eight dead.

Asian affinity groups process grief, anger after Atlanta shootings

April 15, 2021
In the wake of the March 16 Atlanta shooting — which claimed the lives of eight people — and a national trend of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian and Asian American affinity groups on campus have worked to provide opportunities for conversation about racism.
The go-link go/middcourses, which once took students to the site that housed several years’ worth of reviews for Middlebury courses and professors, now leads to the domain name registration site “”

MiddCourses, currently under maintenance, to return next week

March 25, 2021

  Update — Wednesday, May 5 Despite initial projections, MiddCourses is still down. The Campus has not been able to confirm a new estimated date for the return of the site. —— Students...

Middlebury professors think about the role of neutrality and activism in the classroom.

Neutrality versus activism: professors face a conflict of pedagogy in the classroom

October 29, 2020
Social science professors navigate the role of neutrality in the classroom.
Rachel Lu '23 organized an in-person meetup with several first-years in Shanghai.

[Photo] Student leaders take on an orientation like never before

September 24, 2020

Rachel Lu '23 organized an in-person meetup with several first-years in Shanghai.

Technology services step up to make remote learning happen

Technology services step up to make remote learning happen

May 14, 2020
8,000 Zoom meetings have been held since May 1, in contrast to roughly 700 per week prior to Covid-19.
Friends by proximity

Friends by proximity

April 22, 2020
First-year friendships are often sources of continuity through paradigm changes. No matter where these friendships lead, “proximity friends” are often essential in helping each other navigate the first weeks of college jitters and confusion. 
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Midd clubs get creative to bridge the geographic gap

April 16, 2020

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, President Laurie Patton signed off her college-wide email with Middlebury Discount Comedy’s rendition of “Imagine,” urging the community to use imagination and support...

MiddKid Mega Project offers $100,000 in grants for students

March 5, 2020
The Student Government Association Finance Committee is dedicating $100,000 of budget surpluses to fund student-run projects through the MiddKid Mega Project, a one-time competition to incentivize creative ideas and expedite the process of funding them.

I am not the debris

March 5, 2020
I am not a climate change denier. Still,  I struggle to connect with the green movement.
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Talk by former Israeli ambassador met with protest

February 27, 2020
Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, gave a talk on Monday about the multifaceted alliance between the United States and Israel and fielded questions from student protesters.

College holds mandatory ‘Effective Protest’ workshops for incoming Febs; sees low attendance at optional all-student workshops

February 20, 2020
Renee Wells, director of education for equity and inclusion, hosted open workshops on activism last Thursday and Friday as well as a mandatory workshop during Feb orientation for the Class of 2023.5
Cassel brings personal approach to college’s Instagram feed

Cassel brings personal approach to college’s Instagram feed

February 13, 2020
“I look to tell authentic stories about what goes on every day”: Andrew Cassel, the new director of social media, brings a more casual approach to Middlebury’s digital presence.
Two scholars debate race- versus class-based affirmative action

Two scholars debate race- versus class-based affirmative action

December 5, 2019
Both scholars are proponents of racial and class diversity on college campuses, but disagreed upon the means by which to achieve increased diversity.

Conservative op-ed columnist champions American exceptionalism

October 31, 2019
For many conservatives, President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 disrupted the country’s understanding of politics, conservatism and national identity. As a conservative op-ed columnist at The New York Times, Ross Douthat grapples with this disruption everyday.
PALANA hopes to use its new, larger living space to host community dinners and residential events.

PALANA finds new home in Palmer

October 3, 2019
Starting this year, PALANA is being recognized as a social house, and their new living space has allowed house leadership to expand their vision as a cultural community.
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