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Rain Ji

Rain Ji

Rain Ji '23 is the Senior Arts & Culture Editor.

She has previously served as the layout editor and the Arts & Academics editor. She's thinking about pursuing a major in Middle Eastern Studies at Middlebury.

Last summer, she worked for ByteDance. During her time with the company, she focused on its education section, working closely with many ESL teachers in North America.

When not writing for The Campus, she enjoys watching Criminal Minds.

Twitter: @RainJi5

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RIDDIM World Dance Troupe performed two shows from a tent behind Mahaney Arts Center as audiences watched in person, online and from a projection on McCullough Lawn.

RIDDIM World Dance Troupe Zooms in on Hip-hop, Kathak, and more

November 19, 2020
Audiences joined the RIDDIM dance crew for their fall end-of-semester show “RIDDIM World Dance Troupe Zooms In” on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“The Agitators” is a play that explores the relationship between Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglass. COURTESY PHOTO.

“The Agitators”: A play reading of rebellion and revolution

October 15, 2020
“The Agitators” explores the relationship between two rabble-rousers whose tales of rebellion and revolution remain culturally significant today.
Reluctant journeys: International students traverse a world of obstacles as U.S. limits entries

Reluctant journeys: International students traverse a world of obstacles as U.S. limits entries

September 10, 2020
Normally, it takes at most a day for You Tao ’22.5 to travel from Beijing to Middlebury College. This year, it took him almost a month.

Faculty approve changes to PE credits and add card policies

May 14, 2020

PE credit adjustments  Faculty ratified a motion allowing students to earn both of their PE credits in the same sport or activity this Tuesday. According to the proposal, “students are currently...

Rain Ji '23 in Beijing, China

Rain Ji ’23 in Beijing, China

May 8, 2020
I took a direct flight from Montreal home, was quarantined for 14 days at a facility, went through several tests, and finally reunited with my family.
Sexual health on campus: contraception, STIs and Title IX

Sexual health on campus: contraception, STIs and Title IX

May 7, 2020
Since last year’s Zeitgeist, there have been more efforts to promote sex and consent-focused education on Middlebury’s campus.
Middlebury formally acquired its Monterey institute in 2010 after a five-year affiliation agreement.

Faculty narrowly reject the Sense of the Faculty Motion to release MIIS

April 30, 2020
The measure failed with 133 faculty, or 52% of attendees, voting against.
Family jam session.

Full house for faculty

April 22, 2020
With the whole family stuck at home, professors make the most of the extra time with their kids.
Room to breathe

Room to breathe

April 22, 2020
"Solitude is not shameful. In fact, often it is enjoyable."
The new system was approved in a vote with 309 members of the faculty, even though initial decisions were made by a smaller ad hoc academic continuity group.

Faculty reject universal credit/no credit grading model, vote ‘yes’ on opt-in system

April 17, 2020
The new system, which puts forth an opt-in credit/no credit model, bears similarities to the current opt-in Pass/D/Fail system.
Middlebury formally acquired its Monterey institute in 2010 after a five-year affiliation agreement.

Faculty member advocates Middlebury let go of Monterey institute

April 16, 2020
The institute's deficit has allegedly forced the college to cut down on health benefits and staff positions.
Today's Faculty Council meeting took place on Zoom and was attended by 250 participants. It was the first faculty meeting since the college suspended in-person classes last month.

Grading debate stretches on as faculty consider mandatory credit/no credit system

April 10, 2020
Faculty members motioned to change Middlebury’s current grading policy to a mandatory credit/no-credit system this morning. Faculty will vote to either approve or deny the motion at a meeting next Friday, April 17. 
The Wilson Media Lab, where the DLINQ office is located.

Bracing for seismic impact of remote learning, faculty turn to DLINQ

March 29, 2020
DLINQ has encouraged faculty to use a variety of online tools, including the now-ubiquitous conferencing platform Zoom for live video calls and Panopto for posted lectures.
Han Dynasty gold beads purchased by the college museum of art.

‘Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold’ now on exhibit

March 5, 2020
Curated by Professor Sarah Laursen, the new exhibit at the Museum of Art showcases forgotten Chinese gold artifacts.

Scholars debate need for a Green New Deal

February 27, 2020
Robert Pollin, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, debated the value of a Green New Deal in Dana Auditorium last Thursday.
Women’s basketball bows out in final battle

Women’s basketball bows out in final battle

February 20, 2020

On Feb. 14, Middlebury women’s basketball team challenged the top-ranked Tufts, which holds an undefeated record. The teams had back-and-forths during the first period, with Lily Kuntz ’20 and Betsy...

Racism in the time of coronavirus

Racism in the time of coronavirus

February 20, 2020
What’s the secret to my newfound social status? The coronavirus.
Women’s basketball plays opponents  close in tough losses

Women’s basketball plays opponents close in tough losses

February 13, 2020

The Panthers hosted the Conn College on Saturday, Feb. 1. Middlebury held a 16–8 advantage over the Camels during the first ten minutes of the game, thanks to impressive play from Reagan McDonald ’23...

Women’s basketball slips to 1-3 in conference play after Maine weekend

Women’s basketball slips to 1-3 in conference play after Maine weekend

January 23, 2020

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Panthers and the Engineers fought an exciting and tightly-contested game. Middlebury led Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a 21–11 advantage with only a minute left on the...

These winter term classes will give you chills

These winter term classes will give you chills

January 23, 2020
This J-Term, visiting professors are teaching unique courses following themes of political advocacy, storytelling and social activism. These individuals teach from lived experience and employ diverse methods in the classroom.
Olivia Blackmer ’23 described the play as  “visceral and intoxicating.”

A plague of power dynamics: “One Flea Spare”

December 5, 2019
Directed by Professor Claudio Medeiros '90, this show traps several unique characters from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds together during the Great Plague of 1665. It leaves the audience with thoughts relevant to inequality in the world today.
Hey, be nice to the tabling person, please

Hey, be nice to the tabling person, please

December 5, 2019
They say don’t let rejection get to you because you will face a lot more rejections than acceptances in life.
As other attendees sat to listen to Khalid’s talk, student protestors scattered around the room stood and held signs before walking out of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.

Students protest human rights abuses in Palestine at lecture by former Israeli diplomat

November 21, 2019
About 25 students participated in a peaceful protest during a lecture by Israel's first Bedouin diplomat.
The Mad Taco, which boasts a creek-side patio, is one of many new establishments that locals and college students visited at The Stone Mill’s grand opening.

The Stone Mill’s grand opening attracts crowd

November 14, 2019

After months of anticipation, The Stone Mill had its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 9. By 10 a.m., Stacey Rainey and Mary Cullinane, owners of The Stone Mill, were ready to welcome customers from...

Student podcast 'BLCKGRLMGC' discusses the experience of being a woman of color at a predominantly white institution

Student podcast ‘BLCKGRLMGC’ discusses the experience of being a woman of color at a predominantly white institution

November 14, 2019
Destini Armstrong ’21 and Megan Job ’21 started the podcast during the spring of their first year. Since its beginning, it comprises 38 episodes, has received high ratings and recognition, grown in production quality and expanded topics of discussion.
“The Bacchae 2.1” is a reinterpretation of Charles Mee’s 1993 interpretation of the 405B.C. Greek tragedy, “Bacchae.”

‘The Bacchae 2.1’ reframes otherness

November 7, 2019
Theatre Professor Michole Biancosino's iteration of "The Bacchae" retains the play's original themes of human complexity yet creatively presents otherness in new ways.
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