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Column 50

By Zach Drennen

January 22, 2014

I spent most of my life wanting to be more alone: wanting to leave neighborhood pickup whiffle ball games early so that I could instead go read a book, wanting my own bedroom at home instead of sharing with my brother, wanting to leave home for college and, once here, waiting anxiously to have a single....

One Strike and You’re Bankrupt

By Zach Drennen

January 15, 2014

The day that I was supposed to head home for winter break and the holidays, I put my foot down on the brake pedal of my car and it didn’t stop. It was a scary moment that could have resulted in serious damage, so I decided to take my car to the mechanic before braving the 300 mile journey to Western...

Community by Another Name

By Zach Drennen

December 4, 2013

On Friday, a week into “new member education” — “pledge” for those not versed in doublespeak — the leadership of Kappa Delta Rho received a letter from Dean of Students Katy Smith Abbott stating that in response to “an allegation of potential hazing,” all functions of the house would...

Popping the Carbon Bubble

Popping the Carbon Bubble

By Zach Drennen

November 13, 2013

Last week in Oslo, Marius Holm of the ZERO Foundation presented a report that I co-wrote this summer along with a number of environmental and financial professionals making the case for fossil fuel divestment in Norway’s government pension fund, a portfolio so large that it dwarfs the size of all American un...

The Sky Falling Is A Bad Thing

By Zach Drennen

November 6, 2013

All across America, Conservative commentators are jumping up and down, waving their hands in the air, pointing at glitches in the month-old roll-out of Obamacare and yelling “I told you so!” Republicans are so eager to turn attention away from their destructive shenanigans in the budget and debt...

End the Feb Program

By Zach Drennen

October 16, 2013

“What did you do over your Febmester?” I looked around the room full of new acquaintances. One had traveled to Africa. Another had ridden on horseback across part of Patagonia. A third had trekked through Nepal. How could I match that? I’d simply enrolled in another college for the fall semester....

Roll the Windows up on Cruz

By Zach Drennen

September 25, 2013

Ted Cruz really does not want you to get health insurance. Through a combination of snark and a false bravado that might trick his constituents into thinking that the Canadian-born Senator from Texas was actually at the Alamo, Cruz, Utah Senator Mike Lee, and the Tea Party were able to convince the...

Dive$ting for Dollar$

By Zach Drennen

September 11, 2013

Forget everything you thought you knew about why Middlebury College must divest. It is not about abandoning profitable investments for moral reasons. It is about abandoning investments with little hope of future growth. It is about getting out of a bubble that is about to burst. Last year, we watched...

Laying Pipe in Addison County

By Zach Drennen

May 8, 2013

This week, President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz released a statement reiterating the College’s support for the Vermont Gas pipeline. This comes in the face of motivated and organized student and community opposition that has made its presence well known over the last few weeks. This decision...

Red Lines, Red Blood

By Zach Drennen

May 1, 2013

People on Syrian streets are dying horrible deaths, asphyxiated as the air around them gives way to clouds of toxic gas released upon them by their government. Last week, blood samples of the victims confirmed that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used weapons of mass destruction in the form of Sarin...

Middlebury Finds a New Pipeline to Protest

By Zach Drennen

April 24, 2013

A natural gas pipeline runs through my neighborhood in western New York. The only reason I know that is because, curious about the orange markers sticking out of the ground at a golf course we sometimes play at, I decided to check them out. There’s no obtrusive pipe sticking out of the ground. The...

Learning the Wrong Lessons from Tragedy

By Zach Drennen

April 17, 2013

It’s easy to think that the world is falling apart and closing in upon us. We hear of the threats from North Korea or bombs in downtown Boston and ask ourselves what the world has come to and how we can stop it. If the post-9/11 era can be defined by a feeling, it’s the feeling of vulnerability....

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