Notes From the Desk: On Critique


November 15, 2017

There has not been room to talk about the importance of students’ roles in this issue with administration, so I’m going to make it. For context, this will stay aligned with Thursday’s town hall, but is applicable to other situations. First I want to thank students who share and continue to give ...

Notes From the Desk: Flags in the Wind


October 4, 2017

As a Chicago Bears fan, I’ve always found football season a source wasted hope and flat out disappointment. A blowout 21-point loss to the Green Bay Packers seemed like another fitting end for an aggressively mediocre team. The ending of the game saddened me, but it was the beginning that carried th...

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 for an Inclusive Community,” a coalition of faculty members that formed in the wake of the Char...

Class-Conscious Organizing at Midd


May 10, 2017

There has been a lot of talk since Trump was elected about leveraging one’s privilege to do good. That is exactly what the Moving Money Campaign is about. It’s all too common to hear liberal college students complain about how powerless they feel; but the truth is that we are not powerless. The medi...

White Normativity is Classed

By Edward O'Brien, Middlebury Student

May 3, 2017

Racial and economic oppressions recently have been thrown at each other in Trump era politics as if one contradicts the other. In part, the white poor have started claiming oppression as their own, claiming that policies like affirmative action or individual prejudices amount to “reverse racism”...

Free Speech vs. Civil Disobedience

By Thomas Leaycraft, Middlebury Student

April 26, 2017

March 2, the day of the Charles Murray talk, was never going to be easy for Middlebury. Free speech and civil disobedience, two of our nation’s most challenging and sacred traditions, seemed to collide. In this war ­of virtues, everybody lost; the mob silenced Charles Murray, the media dragged Midd...

The Risk of Reversing After The Fact

By Alessandria Schumacher, Middlebury Student

April 26, 2017

In the weeks since the Charles Murray event, many of our peers have been called in “to talk” with administrators about their actions. Many have left those talks with punishments. Others of us, myself included, are wondering if we’ll get the email or if our faces were not caught on camera. As un...

We Need to Complicate Dialogue About Race and Class

By Edward O'Brien, Middlebury Student

April 26, 2017

As I discussed in last week’s column, racial oppression and economic oppression are intimately linked. This week, I want to look a little more closely at the mechanisms of racial and economic oppression to understand their overlap and their divergences. Can white people be oppressed, and if so, ho...

We Need Healing Not Discipline

By Sara Hodgkins and Edward O'Brien

April 26, 2017

This week our editorial focuses on reforming the judicial process at Middlebury, particularly in relation to sanctions the College is giving to Charles Murray protesters — all protestors who were in the room, turned their backs and chanted. We write this as an appeal to the administrators on behal...

Coming Together

By Thomas Leaycraft, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

I went to sleep last Thursday with a sour taste in my mouth, even after an enjoyable dinner with friends and a sitcom marathon. I attended Dr. Murray’s talk on his latest book “Coming Apart,” eager to better understand some of the frustrations of the Trump coalition. But more importantly, I was excited...

In the Aftermath of Murray

By Annie Grayer, Middlebury Student

March 9, 2017

Our campus is divided and wounded. Our story has been co-opted by the national media, and we have become an example of a larger narrative. Our path forward is unclear. I’m struggling to find clarity surrounded by all of this noise. I think what scares me most is that we cannot all agree on how t...

Reframing the Conversation

By Claire Abbadi

March 23, 2016

Undoubtedly, the last few weeks have been shaped by campus wide discourse surrounding race, power, language and freedom of speech. We at The Campus have engaged in personal reflection both about our role as a microphone for student voices and on how Middlebury can become more inclusive. We take this con...

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