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Notes From the Desk: A different housing crisis

By Middlebury Campus

April 7, 2010

The lowest number among my potential roommates is about 200 numbers away from Atwater suite status, so we are investigating some off-campus options in anticipation of the administration encouraging more rising seniors to live off campus in the next month. (Where else are all of us going to live?) In...

Notes from the Desk: A license to drink

By Middlebury Campus

March 11, 2010

For the past month or so, the opinions pages of The Campus have played host to a dialogue regarding the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21. The latest such piece to appear in our pages was written by Dr. John Searles, in response to Nick Alexander’s ’10 op-ed on the subject. As someone with...

Notes from the Desk: Middlebury strikes gold

By Middlebury Campus

March 4, 2010

I don’t know about everyone else out there, but the month of February flew by for me. In an instant. Yet, looking back, I marvel at what a month it was. For the first time in several years, I was truly proud of my school. The first couple of weeks saw President Liebowitz outlining a new financial...

Notes from the Desk: Olympian Achievments

By Middlebury Campus

March 4, 2010

For the last two weeks I have managed to forgo my nightly foray to the library in favor of planting myself in front of my friend’s 15-inch, non-HD television in a desperate attempt to capture one of the greatest events in sports: the Olympics. Much like a student who writes a response paper to assuage...

Notes from the Desk: Study abroad scare

By Middlebury Campus

February 25, 2010

On Monday, Feb. 15, all sophomores who applied to study abroad in the spring of next year got an e-mail from Jeff Cason, the dean of International Programs, with the unsettling subject line “IMPORTANT STUDY ABROAD REQUEST.” This e-mail was followed up two days later by one of similar gravity —...

Notes from the Desk – 02/17/10

By Middlebury Campus

February 18, 2010

Seeing as Valentine’s Day was just this past weekend, I thought it fitting to use this space to write about those large, intangible constructs we know as love, romance, lust and, of course, anatomically incorrect vital organs and chocolate. And that’s about as far as I got. So, stumped, I did what...

Notes from the Desk – 02/11/10

By Middlebury Campus

February 11, 2010

Picking up on a theme from a different section of the paper, this week’s Notes from the Desk highlights the winners and losers from last weekend’s Super Bowl (all Katrina references purposely omitted). Winner: Drew Brees. Four seasons ago, this man was coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder,...

Notes from the Desk – 01/21/10

By Middlebury Campus

January 21, 2010

Last week, I gave $10 to Haiti without ever opening my wallet. This stroke of monetary jujitsu was achieved without trickery or design. Instead, a few taps of my index finger were enough to complete the transaction and send the money on its way. Thanks to mobile phone technology, international relief...

Notes from the Desk – 1/14/10

By Middlebury Campus

January 14, 2010

The first time I heard the name John McCardell was during my first couple days at Middlebury. My junior counselor (this dates myself) told our hall about the former president, who continued teaching a couple of classes annually. He’s a wonderful professor as well, she added. That was enough for me....

Notes From the Desk: Politicizing higher education

By Middlebury Campus

December 3, 2009

I would like to continue the discussion my friend, Jeff Garofano, began in his Nov. 12 op-ed on the role of politics in our Middlebury education. In his piece, Jeff argues that institutions of higher education should remain as apolitical as possible. He takes Stanley Fish’s view that universities are...

Just say yes

By Middlebury Campus

November 12, 2009

As I logged on to Segue today to check my Spanish homework for the week, I was momentarily taken aback by the startling revelation that it’s already Week 10 of the semester. Thanksgiving is two weeks away, the end of the semester is fast approaching, and somehow I’m still in a September mindset....

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