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Behind the Vest: From Quiet Woods to Giant Sandbox

Behind the Vest: From Quiet Woods to Giant Sandbox

By Josephine Trischka

October 21, 2015

If you’ve passed through the Ridgeline area recently, you’ve noticed the rapid development occurring on the Ridgeline townhouses. Ridgeline “woods” now looks like a giant sandbox demarcated by bright orange netting. Last Thursday morning, sporting a fashionable yellow hard hat, I crossed over...

Spending Summer on the Organic Farm: Students Challenged by Recent Drought

Spending Summer on the Organic Farm: Students Challenged by Recent Drought

By Hye-Jin Kim

September 17, 2015

Over the summer, a prospective student visiting the Middlebury College Organic Farm asked Jay Leshinsky, “So, does this place run itself?” Leshinsky, the very tan full-time farm educator who manages the farm year-round, chuckled. The question sounds absurd but many Middlebury students, myself...

Cleaning Up Our Mess(ag)es

his graffiti on Atwater Dining Hall is one of the 14  incidents of graffiti this year alone (Courtesy of Dan Celik).

By Josephine Trischka

May 6, 2015

Middlebury’s campus is fairly outspoken about a number of issues, both on campus and in the world beyond.  Recently, some of the methods used to spread social awareness have arguably had too great of an impact on our facilities staff to be, ironically, socially just. This week, I talked to Wayne...

Dain McKee: the Key to Athletics’ Communications

Inside the office of Dain McKee, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications (Neve Stearns).

By Josephine Trischka

April 15, 2015

Most of us have been on the Athletic department website at one time or another, maybe to check on your favorite team’s progress, or maybe to not-so-subtly roster stalk your Proctor crush. This website (along with many other sources of information and publicity for athletics) is led by two people, Brad...

Allison Caroll Brings Talent From Far and Away

Culture and performance in the remote college is brought to you by our very own Carroll (Josie Trischka/The Campus).

By Josephine Trischka

March 18, 2015

For 95 years, the Middlebury Performing Arts Series has brought world-class performers inside the “Middlebury bubble.” The series has showcased Yo-Yo Ma, Louis Armstrong, the Von Trapp family, Pablo Casals, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (just to name a few). As the director of the Performing Arts Series,...

Gowen’s Cafe Concoctions and Ever-Changing Menu

Behind-the-Vest columnist Josie Trichka ’17 is greeted with a latte by Wilson Cafe manager and barista Elliot Gowen. Gowen has worked here for 12 years (Charlotte Devine/The Campus).

By Josephine Trischka

February 25, 2015

There is a consistent stream of people exiting and entering Wilson Café, but the one constant amongst all the hubbub is Elliot Gowen’s cheerful presence. Wilson is a sort of safe haven; a place where the weary can come to wind down after a grueling day of work. Gowen, a Middlebury nat...

Stocks down, but Stockroom Always Up

Lab and McCardell Bicentennial Hall Safety Director Tom Sheluga poses in his office (Campus/Josie Trichka).

By Josephine Trischka

February 11, 2015

When I peered into the stockroom on the first floor of Bi-Hall, Tom Sheluga and his assistant were hunched over a copy of the Middlebury magazine.  He ushered me over and gestured at a picture of Roger Sandwick, a biochemistry professor.  As I approached, I realized he was actually pointing at the...

Snow Bowl Lift Operations: A Family Affair

By Hye-Jin Kim

January 14, 2015

Getting on and off the chairlift for the first time can be terrifying. It can also be quality comedy. There is even a short film by Warren Miller, an iconic action sports filmmaker, solely devoted to the potentially traumatic experience: “Chairlift-Funny Disasters” – check it out on YouTube. But...

Snow Bowl Lift Operations: A Family Affair

By Hye-Jin Kim

January 14, 2015

Getting on and off the chairlift for the first time can be terrifying. It can also be quality comedy. There is even a short film by Warren Miller, an iconic action sports filmmaker, solely devoted to the potentially traumatic experience: “Chairlift-Funny Disasters” – check it out on YouTube. But...

Ross Pizza, From Oven to Plate

By Hye-Jin Kim

November 5, 2014

  The hardest part about making pizza at Ross dining hall last Friday night was resisting the urge to face-plant into the first disk of bubbling, blistered cheese that Bobin Lee ’14.5 slid out of the oven. I swore I could hear the satisfying crunch of warm, golden-brown crust as the irresistible...

Behind the Vest: Tales from the Front Desk of Office Manager Julie Rheaume

Behind the Vest: Tales from the Front Desk of Office Manager Julie Rheaume

By Hye-Jin Kim

September 17, 2014

As this semester’s add and drop period winds down, chances are high you’ve filled out at least one add card. So, what happens to all those green cards after being dropped off in the wooden box inside Forrest? Meet Julie Rheaume, Office Manager at the Registrar. She’s the friendly face to the...

A Month in the Life of Linens: Lee’s Launderings

Lee coordinates washing, drying and folding hundreds of pounds of laundry daily (Campus/Paul Gerard).

By Ali Lewis

May 7, 2014

Cindy Lee wakes up at 3:15 a.m. five days a week and drives 45 minutes to work at the laundry room in Freeman International Center (FIC). She starts off her day with emails and bookwork. Around 9:30 a.m. the truck arrives full with bags of dirty laundry from the three dining halls and any other catered...

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