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Sabine Poux

Sabine Poux, Editor in Chief

Sabine Poux ‘20 is the editor in chief.

She previously served as a senior news editor, news editor and arts & sciences editor.

Poux is studying political science and Spanish at Middlebury. This past summer, she worked as an intern for Vermont’s alt-weekly, Seven Days, covering arts, features and food around the state. Last fall, she spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she interned with community radio station FM La Tribu and took international relations courses at Universidad Torcuato di Tella.

In her sophomore year, Poux was a Narrative Journalism Fellow for Middlebury Magazine, and co-created a podcast about love, "The Middlebury Love-Cast," for an independent study. Poux has also interned for documentary production company Motto Pictures, the Borgen Project and her congresswoman.

Poux also sings in an a cappella group, the Middlebury Mamajamas, and performs with Middlebury College Musical Players.

Contact: [email protected]

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New places, old faces

New places, old faces

March 9, 2021

I almost rear ended the car in front of me last week when I saw it on the back window — a “Middlebury Crew” bumper sticker. You don’t see Middlebury memorabilia much here. I live in Kenai,...

Notes from the desk: This team’s hard work was not inevitable

May 14, 2020
I think all my people on The Campus know exactly how I feel about them because I tell them, often, in a way that sometimes makes me feel like an overbearing grandma who can’t stop pinching her grandchildren’s cheeks.
In the last two months, relations between administrators and staff have become strained as the global health crisis puts financial and logistical strain on the college.

Admin-staff relations tested by health crisis

May 14, 2020
As the college faces significant logistic and economic challenges from the health crisis, relations between administrators and staff are being tested in a way they have not been before.
The college was about to finally break even on its budget. Then everyone got sent home.

The college was about to finally break even on its budget. Then everyone got sent home.

April 30, 2020
College treasurer David Provost has spent the last four years shrinking the college's operating deficit. Now, with millions in Covid-19-related losses, it's back to where it was in 2017.

New committee folds faculty, staff, student into budgetary process

April 30, 2020
A committee that the college convened this winter to democratize financial decision-making is now helping it work through coronavirus-related financial woes.
Admissions office markets Midd in a year roiled by economic downturn, public health crisis

Admissions office markets Midd in a year roiled by economic downturn, public health crisis

April 9, 2020
The college admitted a record-breaking number of students as it faces Covid-19-related challenges that could affect student enrollment.
Professor Allison Stanger presented her book, “Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump,” on C-SPAN last fall.

Stanger to take additional year of leave at Stanford and Library of Congress

April 2, 2020
She will spend the year working on her upcoming book, tentatively titled “Consumers vs. Citizens: Social Inequality and Democracy’s Public Sphere in a Big Data World."
Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

Onward: How The Campus is continuing its coverage

March 19, 2020
The show must go on.
About 100 barricades, part of the college’s general security revamp, were stationed outside the Recycling Center on Wednesday.

[Photo] Murray visit likely canceled amid coronavirus measures

March 12, 2020

About 100 barricades, part of the college’s general security revamp, were stationed outside the Recycling Center on Wednesday.

Covering Charles Murray, responsibly

Covering Charles Murray, responsibly

February 13, 2020
My valentine this year is transparency.

Health insurance blunder impacted 131 Midd students

January 23, 2020
131 Middlebury students could benefit from a settlement for uncovered medical insurance claims.
Students expressed support for higher staff wages at a Dec. 7 protest in Mead Chapel.

College increases wages for some entry-level staff positions following calls for higher pay

January 11, 2020
Many workers, like Facilities Service Floater Isaac Larocque, say the change indicates more broadly how the college treats its long-term employees. “Seniority doesn’t really mean anything,” he said. “How can somebody who’s been here 20 years, or 10 years, just be left in the dust?”
Professor Sheridan has expressed concerns over privacy, noise and availability of materials in the 75 Shannon Street office space.

[Photo] Struggles at 75 Shannon Street

November 7, 2019

Professor Sheridan has expressed concerns over privacy, noise and availability of materials in the 75 Shannon Street office space.

Authorization cards, like the one above, were distributed to some facilities staff starting this summer. At this juncture, not enough cards have been returned to the union representative to warrant moving forward with the effort.

Citing low wages and ‘voicelessness,’ some facilities staff push for union

October 31, 2019
Catalyzed in part by last year's workforce planning process, some facilities staff members reached out to a union representative over the summer about organizing.
Callanan was sworn into the council at a small ceremony in Washington D.C. four days before classes began.

Keegan Callanan joins National Council on the Humanities

October 3, 2019
Callanan was appointed by President Trump and approved by the Senate to become part of the council, which helps oversee funding allocations to humanities programs.
A poster in Proctor Dining Hall advertised the trip to the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury and a dinner in Burlington.

[Photo] Dead Parents Society leads weekend getaway

October 3, 2019

A poster in Proctor Dining Hall advertised the trip to the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury and a dinner in Burlington.

A new computer science building? Rather, an

A new computer science building? Rather, an “interim academic space”

September 12, 2019
Take a tour of the college's most recent architectural endeavor: "the interim academic space."

Please, read this newspaper

September 12, 2019
If you thought you and your friends kept up a lively group chat this summer, you should have seen ours.
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices on South Service Road

[Photo] College approves CPT, grants international students option to work in U.S.

June 25, 2019

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices on South Service Road

MIIS will graduate 266 students on Saturday, May 18 at the Monterey campus to a completely plant-based graduation ceremony.

MEATLESS IN MONTEREY: MIIS to Hold Vegan Graduation Ceremony

May 9, 2019

When the 266 graduates of the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS) walk at commencement this year, they will be walking at the nation’s most sustainable graduation yet. The school will...

The SGA has approved Laurie L. Patton's proposal for a

SGA Senators Threaten Mass Resignation If Administration Doesn’t Meet Demands

April 23, 2019

At least nine Student Government Association senators have threatened to resign en masse if college officials do not meet a list of 13 demands, a decision that would effectively dissolve the elected body...

Ryszard Legutko outside the Robert A. Jones '59 House on Wednesday

Legutko Still Speaks to Politics Class After Administration Cancels Public Lecture

April 17, 2019

Despite the cancellation of his public lecture earlier today amid what college administrators described as “safety concerns,” the right-wing Polish politician Ryszard Legutko still spoke on campus...

President Trump’s announcement on March 2 was part of a two-hour speech he delivered to right-wing students, activists and politicians on the last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, D.C.

Trump Threatens to Deny Funds from Colleges Not Upholding ‘Free Speech’

March 21, 2019
Middlebury and other private universities could be targeted by an executive order that President Donald J. Trump proposed earlier this month, which would withhold federal funding from any institutions that do not uphold “free speech.” 
Members of Divest Middlebury celebrate yesterday's news on Facebook Live.

Middlebury Moves to Divest as Part of New Energy2028 Plan

February 14, 2019

The Middlebury Board of Trustees unanimously voted to divest last weekend, the culmination of a more than six-year effort by student-activists to rid the institution's endowment of investments in fossil...

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

January 24, 2019
Middlebury's monthslong effort to shrink staff costs and reevaluate how the institution does work is entering its most critical stage, and staff members report varying levels of satisfaction with the process as they wait for buyout offers.

External Reviewers Assess Impact of Commons System

January 17, 2019
An external review committee has released a report evaluating the commons system and delineating areas of potential improvement as a continuation of the college’s “How Will We Live Together” residential life assessment.
Foreign Correspondents: Sabine Poux ’20 in Buenos Aires

Foreign Correspondents: Sabine Poux ’20 in Buenos Aires

September 13, 2018
This is the first installment in a weekly column, Foreign Correspondents, that will chronicle Middlebury students’ experiences studying abroad. 
Justice Department Opens Probe into College’s Early Decision Practices

Justice Department Opens Probe into College’s Early Decision Practices

April 18, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Middlebury and at least nine other elite colleges and universities for potentially violating antitrust laws in early decision (ED) admissions practices. In...

Wheeli Streamlines  Transportation at College

Wheeli Streamlines Transportation at College

April 11, 2018

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s “Free & For Sale” Facebook group boasts a cacophony of ride requests and offers. Before and after school breaks, the group is inundated with posts by people hoping...

Students line the Cross Street Bridge in downtown Middlebury during a walkout against gun violence.

Local Students Protest Gun Violence

March 21, 2018

MIDDLEBURY — Last Wednesday morning in New York City, students laid down in the streets. In Washington, D.C., they congregated on Capitol Hill. In Middlebury, high schoolers from Middlebury Union High...

Stanger spoke at Arizona State University on Feb. 12.

Allison Stanger Appearances Show Faculty Rift

March 14, 2018

In the year since students protested a planned lecture by Charles Murray last March, political science professor Allison Stanger has emerged as a prominent public figure in the national debate over issues...

Long-Time Postal Clerk Pamela Sands Dies

Long-Time Postal Clerk Pamela Sands Dies

February 21, 2018

Pamela Sands, a long-time postal clerk at the college, died last Tuesday at her home after a brief illness. Sands worked at the college for over 34 years and was well known throughout the Middlebury community...

To-go boxes near the entrance to Proctor Dining Hall.

[Photo] Reusable Foodware On the Way

February 21, 2018

To-go boxes near the entrance to Proctor Dining Hall.

SGA president Jin Sohn ’18 (right) helped to spearhead the fund’s establishment. President Patton’s (left) discretionary fund will
provide the program’s first $2,000

New Fund Promotes Discussion of Opposing Views

January 17, 2018

In an effort to bring together divergent perspectives, the Student Government Association (SGA) and President Laurie L. Patton have partnered to create the Communicating Across Difference Fund (CADF)....

Students impersonate members of the administration during a performance protest held outside Proctor dining hall.

Proctor Performance Satirizes Patton Administration

November 15, 2017

As students filed in and out of Proctor dining hall on Monday afternoon, a group of student actors staged a performance activism piece called “Laurie’s Big Apology” on Proctor Terrace. Performers...

The Mahaney Center for the Arts will kick off its 25 anniversary season with a performance from BANDALOOP.

Mahaney Center Celebrates 25th Season

September 14, 2017

This fall, the Mahaney Center for the Arts will celebrate its 25 anniversary in style, bringing to the College an exciting schedule of events showcasing a variety of artistic disciplines. The scheduled...

Kemp took photos using a solar telescope, outfitted with a filter, which was attached to the large telescope at the top of the observatory.  His photos were picked up by many news outlets, such as the Burlington Free Press and the Addison Independent.

Eclipse Amazes Viewers at the College

September 14, 2017

Jonathan Kemp, telescope and scientific computing specialist at the Middlebury College Mittelman Observatory, was thrilled and surprised by the immense national popularity of the August eclipse. “I...

NJF to Host 8th Annual Showcase

May 10, 2017

The fellows of the eighth annual Middlebury Fellowship in Narrative Journalism will present their year-long radio documentary projects to the Middlebury community on Friday, May 12 in the Axinn Winter...

Community Council Addresses Cultural Appropriation in Dining Hall Menus

May 3, 2017

The Community Council has unanimously called for the College to reassess and change the names of dining menu items that may be deemed offensive. The recommendation, sponsored by Charles Rainey ’19...

Rebecca Johnson ’17 and Jabari Matthew ’17 portray wife and husband Alex and Grant in this production of “Freefall.”

‘Freefall’ Explores Family Love & Strife

April 26, 2017

The Hepburn Zoo provides the perfect environment for a show about family. The audience’s proximity to the action unfolding onstage allows for complete immersion in the scene, verging on a sense of an...

Sebastian LaPointe ’18 channeled classic film noir detectives for his role as Stone.

“City of Angels” Recalls 1940’s Hollywood

February 16, 2017

One chilly J-Term evening, I found myself walking 20 minutes down the hill from my dorm into the cozy town of Middlebury. I shuffled into the picturesque red-brick Town Hall Theater and sat among students...

The Dissapated Eight, the College’s oldest a cappella group, dresses in dapper attire for performances. They will be recording after J-Term.

Middlebury A Cappella New Releases

January 26, 2017

CDs take a lot of time to make. From song conception, to recording, to producing, the process of creating a finished record is painstaking and exhaustive. It requires careful precision and patience. Lots...

Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough to Do it Again reflected on life and aging.

Life Outside the College Bubble Explored in New Play

December 8, 2016

It is not often that we, as college students, venture outside the college bubble. Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone is a teenager or a twenty-something, and that there are people living...

Play Explores Phone Sex and Urban Life

December 1, 2016

What do you get when you cross three upperclassman actors, a red prop phone and gardening sex metaphors? You get Does This Woman Have a Name? — a short and energetic play by Theresa Rebeck that follows...

Gabbie Santos '17 discusses his transgender identity and experiences at TEDx.

TEDxMidd Talks “Playing the Game”

November 17, 2016

What is feminist glaciology? How should we talk about intersectionality? Can graffiti bring people together? Is there a solution to mass incarceration? These are just some of the many questions that were...

The Antigone Project brought the classic play through several modern interpretations.

Antigone Project Brings Myth to Present

November 3, 2016

When you think of the Greek literary figure Antigone, you probably do not think of surfers, an African village or a postmodern underworld. From Oct. 27-29, the Middlebury College Theatre and Dance Department’s...

First-Year Show Masters Intense Content

October 27, 2016

Smashing watermelons into smithereens, an interview with Bob Dylan, a monologue from a fallen angel; the cast of the Middlebury first-year show Savage + Love took these difficult and outlandish acts on...

Yoga instructors prepare for class by practicing their own poses and sun salutations.

Yoga on Campus a Welcome Retreat

October 27, 2016

You know the yoga is relaxing when you are standing in eagle pose and have completely forgotten about the two papers, midterm and four homework assignments due Monday. That was me finding my zen on Sunday...

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