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Sarah Asch

Sarah Asch, Senior News Editor

Sarah Asch ’19.5 is the senior news editor.
Asch is majoring in English literature with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Spanish. This summer, she interned at the Rutland Herald and enjoyed hiking every weekend in the Green Mountains. In the past, her work has appeared in the Addison Independent, New Voices magazine and the San Francisco Public Press.
During her last semester at Middlebury, Asch is excited to dive back into her work at The Campus and to enjoy every last moment of fall in Vermont.
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As a young professional, I am still unlearning Middlebury’s culture of overwork

As a young professional, I am still unlearning Middlebury’s culture of overwork

May 13, 2021

One phrase I said a lot as a Middlebury student, in response to questions about my wellbeing: “This week is pretty rough.” Usually, I said this in passing, walking down College Street or waiting...

Student athletes face unique obstacles on their path to recovery, and coaches are not always equipped with the necessary tools to support athletes recovering from eating disorders.

‘It’s a slippery slope’: From dining halls to athletic fields, students open up about eating disorders at Middlebury

January 23, 2020
Middlebury students say that the college’s culture contributes to unhealthy expectations around food and exercise, and that the resources for struggling students are lacking.
Over 30 students showed up to the senate meeting in Axinn 220 on Sunday, Dec. 8 for the discussion about impeachment. The meeting was the senate's last for the fall semester.

Update: President Vijayakumar will not be impeached for winter term absence

December 8, 2019
Over 30 students attended Sunday's SGA meeting, at which the senate voted unanimously to approve Vijayakumar's interpretation of the constitution.
President Vijayakumar leading a September SGA meeting.

Senate to discuss impeachment of SGA President

December 8, 2019
While the discussion hinges on the interpretation of a flawed constitution regarding the president’s presence over winter term, many worry that the force driving the debate is personal.
Commencement normally occurs in the morning, but will be moved to the afternoon for the class of 2020 due to the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

[Photo] Commencement moved to afternoon for Eid al-Fitr

November 7, 2019

Commencement normally occurs in the morning, but will be moved to the afternoon for the class of 2020 due to the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

Inclusivity workshop rolled out for faculty and staff

September 19, 2019
In response to several incidents of bias in the classroom last spring, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is implementing a new program, which will give employees tools to create a more inclusive campus environment.
Students launch new publication Middlebury Independent

Students launch new publication Middlebury Independent

September 12, 2019
Students Joey Lyons ’21 and Quinn Boyle ’21 are receiving external funding for the Independent, which will feature long-form opinion pieces on controversial topics.
Protesters block the driveway of an ICE data center

Two Midd students arrested at Never Again protest against ICE

July 31, 2019
Nico Plume ’19.5 and Alec Fleischer ’20.5 were cited for disorderly conduct during a demonstration in front of an ICE data center. 
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices on South Service Road

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

June 25, 2019

The college approved a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) option for international students last week after major delays from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) left international...

Chloe Ferrone '19 and Sam Boudreau '19 celebrated their graduation on commencement day by running 26.2 miles in the Vermont City Marathon.

Run, Don’t Walk: Two Midd Grads Cross the VCM Finish Line

June 3, 2019

While their classmates from the class of 2019 walked across the stage at commencement last Sunday, Chloe Ferrone ’19 and Sam Boudreau ’19 decided to celebrate their graduation a little differently....

Students in the sciences, particularly the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, are putting increased attention on how those classes could be more inclusive.

Students Talk Sexism and Racism in STEM Departments

May 2, 2019
After a two-week period in which an offensive chemistry exam question came to light and a problematic cartoon was shown in a geology class, increased attention has been focused from students, parents and faculty on the sciences — specifically on the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry — to address how classes in those departments could be more inclusive.
This headline ran in an article from The American Conservative.

Right-Wing Media Jumps on Free Speech Controversy. Again.

April 25, 2019

In the wake of the canceled lecture by — and protest of — Ryszard Legutko last week, conservative and mainstream media outlets alike took a renewed interest in free speech at Middlebury. While...

Geology Professor Shows Cartoon Joking About Slave Trade in Class

April 17, 2019

Professor of Geology Pat Manley included a cartoon on the introductory slide of a slideshow in her Ocean Floor class on Tuesday that joked about the slave trade. The cartoon, which appeared on a slide...

The test question posed by Professor Jeff Byers on a Chemistry 103 exam in March asked students to calculate a lethal dose of Hydrogen Cyanide, one of the gases used by Nazis during the Holocaust.

Chemistry Test Question Invokes Nazi Gas Chambers; Controversy Ensues After Satirical Newspaper Makes it Public

April 11, 2019
A question asking students to calculate "a lethal dose" of the gas used by Nazis during the Holocaust was brought to public attention last Friday.
How the New York Times Taught Two Campus Editors to Hope (and Write Better Headlines)

How the New York Times Taught Two Campus Editors to Hope (and Write Better Headlines)

April 11, 2019
The New York Times Student Editors Conference was like a small, hopeful oasis in the middle of busy Manhattan. 
Student supporters waited outside the Service Building in May 2017, as student protesters of Charles Murray arrived for their Judicial Board hearing.

Two Years After Murray, Students Reflect on the Disciplinary Process

March 21, 2019

Two years ago, students protested and shut down a lecture by Charles Murray, a controversial sociologist whose attempts to link race with intelligence have led many to consider his work racist. The day...

Bill Burger in his Old Chapel office. He will leave his position in April.

Bill Burger to Leave College

February 28, 2019
Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and chief marketing officer, will leave his position on April 30. President Laurie L. Patton announced Burger’s departure in an all-school email on Feb. 14.
At the end of Winter Term, the dining halls recieved nearly 1,700 pounds of dishes that students had abandoned and thrown away across campus.

1,700 Pounds of Dining Dishes Go Unreturned

February 21, 2019
Students leave dining hall dishes scattered across campus or throw them away, posing a challenge for college workers.

Why the Fork Are People Throwing Dishes in the Trash?

February 21, 2019
I would like to state unequivocally that it is wrong to take dishes from our shared dining halls and abandon them around campus for staff members to collect
New York Times Book Critic Dwight Garner '88 Returns to Campus Wednesday

New York Times Book Critic Dwight Garner ’88 Returns to Campus Wednesday

January 15, 2019

Dwight Garner, a book critic at The New York Times, says the best part of his job is also the hardest: just keeping up. “There’s this fear of missing something,” he said, explaining that more...

New Title IX Policy Could Upend College Procedures

December 6, 2018
College officials expressed concern that new Title IX regulations would significantly change procedures, but also expressed appreciation for the increased flexibility that the new policies might provide.
With Easy Voter Access, Students Opted to Vote Local

With Easy Voter Access, Students Opted to Vote Local

November 29, 2018
Midterm elections historically see far lower turnout than presidential elections, especially among college students. But this year’s midterms, at least in Middlebury, represented a deviation from that trend: 67 more students cast their votes in the town of Middlebury this midterm election than during the 2016 presidential election, a 30 percent increase. 
Professors Dickinson and Johnson provide live commentary on the midterms.

Students Crowded into Crossroads to Watch as Nation Rebuked Trump

November 15, 2018
Students filled Crossroads and The Grille to watch the results of the recent midterm elections in an unusually high showing of enthusiasm and support on Nov. 6. 

Notes from the Desk: On the Pittsburgh Shooting

November 8, 2018
I am so grateful for the solidarity and love that I have experienced over the last two weeks.
Addison Dems hosted an election party at the Middlebury Inn. Residents gathered to watch local and national results in the lobby

Democrats Sweep Addison County Races

November 7, 2018
Democrats gathered at the Middlebury Inn to celebrate the imminent wins of the evening.
Dems Hardy and Bray Win Big in Vermont Senate

Dems Hardy and Bray Win Big in Vermont Senate

November 7, 2018
Democrats swept local elections, securing among them the VT Senate seats.
Students show their solidarity for transgender students in front of Proctor Dining Hall.

Community Rallies for Trans Rights with Dancing, Speakers

November 1, 2018
Middlebury students participate in a #WontBeErased rally in the wake of the HSHS memo's release on Oct. 21.
More Women Running For Office in Vermont, Nation Than Ever Before

More Women Running For Office in Vermont, Nation Than Ever Before

November 1, 2018
The midterm election has brought with it a wave of female candidates for office. A local organization, Emerge Vermont, is one of the entities devoted to helping local candidates.

Why The Campus Costs More to Print

September 27, 2018
How the national implemented tariff on news printing is currently impacting The Campus.

What is Envisioning Middlebury?

September 20, 2018
The nebulous strategic plan of the college, explained.
Members of the SheFly team hit the slopes. From left: Bianca Gonzalez ’18, Georgia Grace Edwards ’18 and Charlotte Massey ’19.

Pee Empowered: SheFly Brings Gender Equality to the Outdoors

September 20, 2018
SheFly Apparel, a student-founded company tackling the inequality of outdoor gear, has recently competed in a series of national competitions for entrepreneurs.
Members of the SheFly team hit the slopes. From left: Bianca Gonzalez, Georgia Grace Edwards, Charlotte Massey.

Pee Empowered: SheFly Brings Gender Equality to the Outdoors

August 15, 2018

Peeing on an Alaskan glacier was so frustrating for Georgia Grace Edwards '18, she decided to start an outdoor clothing company. “I was spending anywhere from eight to 12 hours a day on the ice,”...

Charles Rainey speaks at the town hall meeting on Nov. 8.

Students, Administrators Share Reactions to Town Hall

November 29, 2017

After a tense town hall meeting in Mead Chapel on Wed., Nov. 8, students and administrators continue to work to address the issues that face the Middlebury Community. The town hall, which was co-sponsored...

Juana Gamero de Coca, right, with her daughters, Izzy Fleming '17, center, and Carmen Fleming '10.

Amor y Memoria: Celebrating the Life of Juana Gamero de Coca

November 1, 2017

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a group gathered inside Mead Chapel to celebrate the life of Juana Gamero de Coca, a Spanish professor, who passed away suddenly on Oct. 6. The room was full of photographs...

From left to right, Jim Grimsley, Rose Bell, Donnie Meadows, and Fernanda Copeland spoke in Wilson Hall last Thursday about their experience with school integration in North Carolina.

Grimsley Returns With Classmates to Discuss School Integration

November 1, 2017

Author Jim Grimsley returned to campus on Thursday Oct. 26, almost exactly a year after he last visited, to discuss his book “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning Lessons From a Racist Childhood.” The book...

Annual Security Report Shows Increases in Crime: Sexual Assault

October 11, 2017

The college published its annual security and fire safety reports on Oct. 1 for each of its campuses — Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey, and the Language School at Mills College. The report, which is...

At Faculty Lecture Series, Talk of ‘Discourse and Discord’

At Faculty Lecture Series, Talk of ‘Discourse and Discord’

September 27, 2017

Professor Jonathan Miller-Lane gave a talk titled “Discourse and Discord at Middlebury: A Way Forward” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, as part of the annual Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. In an interview...

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her intention to revoke Obama-era guidelines on how colleges adjudicate cases of sexual assault.

Federal Changes to Title IX on Sexual Assault Could Impact Middlebury

September 20, 2017

In a move that outraged many advocates for survivors of sexual assault, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on Sept. 7 that her department would reexamine Obama-era guidelines regarding how colleges...

Calling All Investigators

September 14, 2017

Welcome back to college. As the school year ramps up, we would like to share with you an upcoming project we are really excited about. One of our many goals this year is to write long-term, in-depth pieces...

Professor Conducts Summer Research Project: ‘Engaging Students Across Difference’

September 14, 2017

Shawna Shapiro, an associate professor of writing and linguistics, conducted a research project this summer about how students interact with each other regarding contentious subjects. The project, called...

Hunter Graham Talks ROTC, Military Service

May 10, 2017

Every Wednesday, Hunter Graham ’20 drives to the University of Vermont to attend a Military Science class as part of the Reserve Officers Training Core (ROTC) of the Army.  ROTC offers college students...

Rosstaurant Dinner Dazzles With Menu & Music

Rosstaurant Dinner Dazzles With Menu & Music

May 3, 2017

Ross Commons hosted its first “Rosstaurant,” a restaurant style dinner event, on Saturday, April 29, in Atwater Dining Hall. Ross Community Council tri-chairs Zorica Radanovic ’19, Trisha Singh ’19...

Service Cluster Board Promotes Flex Fund For Volunteer Week

April 26, 2017

The Service Cluster Board (SCB) is a collective made up of 17 student service organizations on campus. The board includes Kristina Frye ’17 and Jin Son ’18, the two student coordinators, and advisor...

Rohatyn Center Discusses Global Food Insecurities

March 16, 2016

The fourth annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference, titled “Food Insecurity in a Globalized World: The Politics and Culture of Food Systems” was hosted at the College’s Rohatyn Center...

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