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Will DiGravio, Editor in Chief

Will DiGravio '19 is editor in chief.

He previously served as managing editor, news editor, SGA correspondent, and senior news reporter.

DiGravio is pursuing a degree in Film & Media Culture and has completed minors in English & American Literatures and Political Science.

During the summer of 2018 he worked as a reporter covering trending topics, metro, and breaking news for the Burlington Free Press, a daily newspaper in Burlington, Vt. He previously worked as a reporter at The Addison Independent and JazzTimes magazine.

Two years ago he was one of the college's fellows in narrative journalism. He has freelanced for the Washington Post, contributed to the New York Times On Campus blog, and his work at the Free Press has been republished by USA Today, its parent paper.

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Film Department Honors Its Founder, Professor Ted Perry

Film Department Honors Its Founder, Professor Ted Perry

May 9, 2019
If you have taken a course in the Film & Media Culture Department, enjoyed a movie on the big screen in Dana Auditorium or snuck into Axinn 232 on a Friday night with some friends, you should thank Ted Perry. 
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...

College Says Students Were Not Cause of Safety Risk; Students Fear Retribution From Faculty

April 19, 2019

College Provost Jeff Cason and Dean of Faculty Andi Lloyd sent an email to all faculty Friday, April 19, that made clear for the first time that student protesters were not the cause of the safety risk...

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

More Details On Legutko Lecture Cancellation; Professor Promises to Re-invite

April 18, 2019

The college canceled a lecture by Ryszard Legutko, a controversial scholar and far right member of the European Parliament from Poland, on Wednesday, April 17. The email announcing the decision was signed...

McKibben spoke about his book at a talk in Wilson Hall.

[Photo] Bill McKibben Talks Lessons Learned

April 11, 2019

McKibben spoke about his book at a talk in Wilson Hall.

We Need Your Help to Report on College Mental Health Services

February 28, 2019
Time and time again, I, and members of our staff, have heard stories about the lack of adequate mental health services on campus.

Notes From The Desk: We Need Your Help

December 6, 2018
We want to hear your stories, experiences, concerns and ideas for the future. This is a tremendous ask, and one we do not take lightly.
Notes from the Desk:  Why an Election Issue?

Notes from the Desk: Why an Election Issue?

November 1, 2018
This election is about much more — it is, as hyperbolic as it may sound, about the future of democracy.

Notes From the Desk: Please Send Us Tips

October 25, 2018
We’re excited to announce the creation of a new tipline on our website, that allows readers to anonymously suggest stories for us to look into.
One of the signs supporting survivors was placed outside of the bookstore.

[Photo] Demonstrations Continue as Kavanaugh Takes Seat as Nation’s 114th Supreme Court Justice

October 11, 2018

One of the signs supporting survivors was placed outside of the bookstore.

Will DiGravio (standing) is the editor in chief. Nick Garber (left) and Rebecca Walker are the managing editors.

What is the role of this paper?

September 13, 2018
An introduction of The Campus's mission from this year's editor in chief and managing editors.
E-lot: College likely to restore some student parking; adds more spaces elsewhere

E-lot: College likely to restore some student parking; adds more spaces elsewhere

September 4, 2018

Thirty-three student parking spaces will likely be added to E-lot once construction of the area is complete, a college official told The Campus. The college's announcement came two days after The...

E-lot Student Parking Eliminated

E-lot Student Parking Eliminated

September 1, 2018
Spaces will now be reserved for faculty and staff.
The college begins construction of a temporary building in E Lot, behing Wright Memorial Theater.

Destruction of E Lot, Construction of New Building Begins

July 30, 2018

E Lot is no more, kind of. The college broke ground on a temporary office behind Wright Memorial Theater last week, demolishing the Atwater tennis courts and rendering much of the parking lost behind...

Harrison Ford, left, takes a picture with CeCe Wheeler '19 at the Admissions Office.

Harrison Ford Comes to Campus; Is as Cool as You Think

July 22, 2018

*Insert cheesy Star Wars lede here* Harrison Ford visited Middlebury College last month! The actor best known for playing Han Solo in Star Wars and the titular role in the Indiana Jones series...

I Cover the Waterfront: On the Movies

April 26, 2018

If I walk at a brisk pace and have the right song playing on Spotify, I can get there in eight minutes. I take one left, one right, and cross the street. I go there when I am stressed and in need of a...

Nia Robinson Elected SGA President

Nia Robinson Elected SGA President

April 20, 2018

Nia Robinson '19 was elected president of the Student Government Association for the 2018–19 academic year on Friday, April 20. Robinson received 66 percent of the vote (1,122 votes), more than the...

SGA Presidential Candidates Debate at Town Hall

SGA Presidential Candidates Debate at Town Hall

April 18, 2018

The three candidates running to be president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2018-2019 academic year debated in Crossroads Cafe on Wednesday. The candidates, from left in the below...

ConsentFest took place in the Axinn Winter Garden on Tuesday.

News in Brief

April 11, 2018

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH The college is observing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) throughout the month of April. The goal of SAAPM is to increase awareness...

News in Brief

April 4, 2018

COLLEGE RELEASES CLASS OF 2022 DECISIONS The college accepted 17.2 percent of its regular decision applicants for the class of 2022. Decisions were released March 27 and offered admission to 1,297 students...

Swipe System Saves College Dining More than $300K

Swipe System Saves College Dining More than $300K

March 21, 2018

The implementation of a swipe system in all three of the college’s dining halls has resulted in more than $300, 000 in savings since last September, according to David Provost, the college’s treasurer. That...

The Best of The Middlebury Campus: Feb. 2018

March 16, 2018

Spring Break is almost here! To celebrate, here's the best work produced by our paper during February 2018! P.S. If you read our paper regularly, you will have noticed this note by Ethan Brady, our...

Jordan helped bring the Dalai Lama to the college in 2012.

Chaplain Laurie Jordan ’79 to Retire in June

March 8, 2018

College chaplain Laurel Macaulay Jordan ’79 will retire from her position at the end of this June, the college announced on Monday. Jordan, who goes by “Laurie,” first entered into her current...

I Cover the Waterfront: On TJ, JA and Guns

February 21, 2018

Isn’t it funny how often we tend to view historical figures in ways they most certainly would not have approved? I think about that a lot these days, since political leaders seem to grow more and more...

The Best of The Middlebury Campus: Jan. 2018

February 3, 2018

This week marks the end of the Winter Term, during which we published two issues of The Campus. January is a time of transition for the paper, where we say goodbye to old editors who are heading abroad/graduating,...

The Best of the Middlebury Campus: Nov. & Dec. 2017

December 16, 2017

We are done! (For now.) Last week, we published our final issue of the semester and I could not be more proud of our team and their work. Since our first issue of the semester, members of our editorial...

Ian Blow (left) and Diego Meritus (right) knelt during the national anthem before several Middlebury football games, beginning in mid-October.

Why Two Middlebury Football Players Decided to Kneel During the National Anthem

December 6, 2017
It was not until “The Star-Spangled Banner” began to play that Ian Blow ’19 decided to take a knee. Of course, he had thought about it before — ever since Colin Kaepernick first did so in August of last year.
Cryptic Email Invites Community to Off-Campus Speech By James O'Keefe

Cryptic Email Invites Community to Off-Campus Speech By James O’Keefe

November 28, 2017

At half past three on Tuesday afternoon, the Middlebury community received a widespread email invitation to attend an event featuring a “renowned conservative activist” and hosted by The Preservation...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Finding Bibles

November 15, 2017

In a class last week, I co-led a discussion on “Travesties,” Tom Stoppard’s play partly inspired by “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Being the studious student I am, I brought with me “The...

The Best of The Middlebury Campus: October 2017

November 3, 2017

It's hard to believe that the month of October is already behind us. As I enter my third November as a member of this paper (my first as managing editor), I've come to realize just how easy it is to forget...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Joan Didion

November 1, 2017 I am embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of Joan Didion until May of this year, when Sue Halpern (the college’s favorite scholar-in-residence) gave...

Barney Frank (left) and John Sununu (center) participated in a conversation at Wilson Hall on Oct. 11, moderated by journalist Gail Russell Chaddock (right).

Barney Frank and John Sununu Discuss Campus Free Speech, Political Climate

October 18, 2017

Last week, former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Governor John Sununu (R-NH) and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, came to campus for a conversation entitled, “Finding Common...

Graffiti appeared Saturday morning in eight different locations on campus, including on Mead Chapel, the college bookstore, and a sculpture outside of Coffrin Hall. The graffiti was removed later that morning.

Campus Is Vandalized, With College Labeled ‘Racist’

October 18, 2017

The Middlebury community woke up to widespread vandalism last Saturday, Oct. 14, after an unknown individual(s) spray-painted condemnations of the college at eight locations on campus. One of the more...

Juana Gamero de Coca

College Mourns Passing of Juana Gamero de Coca

October 11, 2017

Juana Gamero de Coca, an associate professor of Spanish, died unexpectedly last Friday, Oct. 6. A native of Alburquerque (Badajoz), Spain, Gamero de Coca joined the Middlebury faculty in 2004. She was...

I Cover the Waterfront: On the Alt-Weekly

October 11, 2017

Three weeks ago I touched on the importance of original reporting in this column, and argued that the blogosphere would never replace traditional media because the very existence of news relies on reporters...

Notes From the Desk: Clarifying Our Byline Policy

October 4, 2017

In last week’s issue of this paper, we published an op-ed entitled, “Faculty Support Wrongly Accused Student.” As the byline indicated, that piece was written and submitted by “Middlebury Faculty...

I Cover the Waterfront: On Original Reporting

September 20, 2017

There’s this scene in “Page One: Inside The New York Times,” a 2011 documentary film about the paper of record, that I can’t stop thinking about. It features David Carr, The Times’ media columnist...

Atwater Commons takes a selfie before the start of Convocation.

Largest Class in Years Convenes in Mead Chapel

September 14, 2017

Members of the Class of 2021 were officially welcomed to Middlebury on Sep. 10 at the college’s annual Convocation. The 638 first year students that filled Mead Chapel for the event were admitted from...

I Cover the Waterfront: On This Column

September 14, 2017

Take a course with John Bertolini, and you will undoubtedly encounter the T. S. Eliot phrase, “mature poets steal.” Though I am certainly not a poet, and hardly mature, I had Eliot’s observation...

Katy Smith Abbott has served in her current role since 2014.

College Dean to Step Down at Year’s End

August 4, 2017
Katy Smith Abbott will leave her post as dean of the college but remain at Middlebury as a professor. She did not say whether her resignation was related to the Charles Murray incident.
A group of students and other Middlebury community members stood outside the Services Building to support students before the judicial hearing on May 4.

Second Wave of Murray Protesters Face Discipline

May 10, 2017
The college put 19 students on probation for disrupting a lecture by Charles Murray, capping a tumultuous semester with a set of punishments that many criticize as either too harsh or too lenient.
Photo Credit: Michael O'Hara

Judicial Hearings Begin as Faculty Challenge Process

May 3, 2017

The first official judicial hearing for students who participated in the March 2 protests against Dr. Charles Murray is scheduled to take place today, May 4, as of press time.  The hearing will examine...

Student Government Recommends Changes to Handbook’s Protest Policy

May 3, 2017

The Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution at their April 23 meeting that recommended a series of changes to the “Demonstrations and Protests” section of the College Handbook. The...

Student protests prevent Dr. Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture on March 2. Photo Credit: Michael Borenstein

College Begins Discipline of Murray Protestors

April 26, 2017

The College has officially begun to discipline those who participated in the March 2 protests that prevented Dr. Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture. According to an official statement...

Russian Journalist Tikhon Dzyadko to Speak

April 20, 2017

Tikhon Dzyadko, a Russian radio and television journalist, will deliver a lecture titled “The State of Democracy and Press Freedom in Russia: What Donald Trump Could (and Should Not) Learn from Vladimir...

Rises in Financial Aid Cause Deficits

April 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series that will examine the current financial state of the College. In recent years, the College has run budget deficits and has been forced to rein in...

The Reel Critic: “Hidden Figures”

April 13, 2017 "Hidden Figures" takes place in 1961, in the midst of the Space Race and at the outset of the Kennedy Administration's plan to land a man on the moon by the...

Faculty Debate Free Speech Handbook Policy

April 12, 2017

A group of faculty members presented a motion to add a “Freedom of Expression Policy” to the “General Information” section of the College handbook at the April 9 Faculty Plenary meeting. The...

New Essay Collection Makes the Case for Terence Rattigan

New Essay Collection Makes the Case for Terence Rattigan

March 22, 2017

John Bertolini first discovered the work of Terence Rattigan as a young boy at the movies, where he developed a taste for Rattigan’s “great theatrical skill.” It is his view that Rattigan is the...

The Reel Critic: “I Am Not Your Negro”

March 15, 2017 In writing about the leaders of the 1960s, James Baldwin remembered just how young they all were. Medgar Evers and Robert F. Kennedy were 37 in 1963, Martin...

SGA Proposes Appeals Process for Invited Speakers

March 9, 2017

Junior Senator Hannah Pustejovsky ’18 introduced a bill at the March 3 meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) that, if passed, would recommend that the College administration develop “an...

The Reel Critic: “La La Land”

March 8, 2017 Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, "La La Land" tells the story of Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling) and Mia Dolan (Emma Stone), two struggling artists...

Student Protests Prevent Charles Murray From Delivering Lecture

Student Protests Prevent Charles Murray From Delivering Lecture

March 2, 2017

Student-led protests prevented Dr. Charles Murray, a W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), from delivering a lecture scheduled to take place at 4:30 PM at Wilson Hall in the McCullough...

New Republic Editor Talks Trump, Upcoming Lecture

New Republic Editor Talks Trump, Upcoming Lecture

March 2, 2017

Eric Bates, editor-in-chief of the New Republic magazine, will speak as part of the College’s “Meet the Press” lecture series on Tuesday, March 7. His lecture, titled “Journalism vs. Trump: The...

Profile: Filmmaker & Professor David Miranda Hardy

Profile: Filmmaker & Professor David Miranda Hardy

February 22, 2017

The work and life of film professor David Miranda Hardy epitomizes the complex relationship between art and politics. He grew up as a refugee in Spain, part of a Chilean family that had a love for the...

Admin Turns to SGA for MiddView Funding

January 19, 2017

Representatives from the College administration formally asked members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on Jan. 15 to assist in the funding of MiddView orientation trips for three years, beginning...

Jason Mittell Named to Inaugural Class of Peabody Fellow Scholars

January 18, 2017

Jason Mittell, professor of film and media culture, and american studies, has been named to the inaugural class of Peabody Fellow Scholars at the newly formed Media Center at Peabody, a research center...

Shaun King, a writer and activist, will be speaking at the College on Nov. 1. His lecture,

SGA and BSU Urge College to Endorse Black Lives Matter

October 26, 2016

The Student Government Association (SGA), in partnership with the Black Student Union (BSU), unanimously passed a resolution at their Oct. 23 meeting that called for the College to raise both...

Lottery Held for Ridgeline Townhouses

March 23, 2016

A live lottery for the Ridgeline Townhouse Application Process took place in Dana Auditorium on Monday, March 21. 10 of the 12 units were offered, granting 80 senior students to live in the new Ridgeline...

SGA Update

March 23, 2016

The March 6 meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) began with a vote to recommend that President of the College Laurie L. Patton increase the Student Activities Fee by roughly $0.82 in order...

Faculty Talk Policy, Articles and Lunch at March Plenary

March 9, 2016

At the monthly plenary faculty meeting on March 4, the faculty discussed a proposal to create an open-access repository at the College. The proposal was presented by Associate Professor of Sociology and...

SGA Update

March 9, 2016

The Jan. 21 meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) began with an announcement from Larson Lovdal ’16.5 that $43,000 has been raised to construct the Ian Burgin ’08 Memorial Lodge, exceeding...

SGA Senate Passes Elections Reform Bill

March 2, 2016

On Feb. 21, the Student Government Association [SGA] passed a bylaws amendment to reform the organization’s election procedures. The bill, written by SGA Director of Membership Zak Fisher ’16, and...

SGA Update

February 24, 2016

President Ilana Gratch ’16 began the Jan. 24 meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) with the announcement of a new working group to examine dynamics of power and inclusivity on campus. The...

Students processed pounds of carrots for HOPE last Friday as part of the Martin Luther King Day of  Service. Photo by College Communications.

For MLK Day of Service, Students Volunteer in Town

January 27, 2016

Middlebury students celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 22 with the College’s annual MLK Day of Service. For more than 15 years, the event, organized by the Community...

Panelists Talk Careers for Econ Majors

November 18, 2015

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI), in partnership with both the Economics Society and the Department of Economics, hosted the latest event in its field guide series entitled...

First Generation Mentoring Enters 3rd Year

October 21, 2015

On Oct. 13, the 2015 First Generation Mentorship Program launched with a dinner in Atwater Dining Hall. Now in its third year, the program is designed to help first-generation students adjust to life at...

SGA Senators Elected, Talk Goals

October 7, 2015

Four students were elected to the Student Government Association Senate last Thursday. This fall’s ballot was especially full. Not only were there the annual elections for the two first-year senators,...

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