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You Already Know What’s in Your File

By Sarah Sicular

March 4, 2015

Around a month ago, I was scrolling through BuzzFeed (my procrastination website of choice) and noticed the headline ‘Here’s How to See What College Admissions Officers Wrote About You.’ The article went on to describe that Stanford University students had uncovered a little-known clause in the F...

Students: Think Twice Before Viewing Files

By Claire Abbadi

February 25, 2015

If you’ve read the editorial this week or the news article from last week, you know that the a group of Stanford students discovered that that they have access to reader’ comments on their admissions files through the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. We as an editorial board are grappli...

Be Brave: We Need FERPA Now

By Jack Dolan

February 25, 2015

College admissions have been a source of controversy for decades, but the topic has been of particular interest to this campus over the past month. Students and faculty have long wondered which traits the College prefers and whether the biases that shape these preferences are racist, classist or otherw...

It’s Actually Just a Really, Really Great Game

By Hannah Blackburn

February 11, 2015

As a two-sport student-athlete, I was deeply disturbed by the recent opinion this paper ran entitled “It’s Actually Just a Game” and by the student body’s response to it. As a native to Chapel Hill, NC — home to UNC, a university whose athletic integrity is currently being questioned — I...

It’s Actually Just a Game

By Hannah Bristol

January 21, 2015

At Middlebury, we claim to prioritize balance. Students here are not only students, but also actors, journalists, artists, unicyclists, and of course, athletes. But not all of these traits are created equal, both in the admissions process and on the Atwater dance floor.  The divide between NARPs and athletes is app...

A Right to Privacy in the Internet Age

By Ben Anderson

November 12, 2014

Last year, I wrote a column urging students and the public in general to pay more attention to the news surrounding the large trove of information Edward Snowden leaked to The Guardian. The leaks detailed a vast network of domestic and international spying put in place by the US government. In the yea...

The Matter of Fact: Why the Campus Should Ban Quote Approvals

By Jessica Cheung

October 29, 2014

When two news sources asked to approve their quotes and the article before it was slated to print in last week’s issue, it became clear to me that the line between the press and press releases is becoming difficult to discern. The practice of allowing news sources to read and edit quotations as a ...

Why Not Ban Yik Yak?

By Isaac Baker

October 8, 2014

From time to time, the editorial board simply cannot come to a consensus around an issue — banning anonymous posting on forums like Yik Yak is one of them. We as two members of the editorial board would like to present a dissenting recommendation for the Administration as the College thinks about ho...

Who Do We Think We Are?

By Fritz Parker

September 24, 2014

 I’m writing this op-ed to express my support for the recently announced tailgating policy, but I’m going to start with a slightly different chord: I love tailgating. Don’t believe me? I once drove from D.C. to New Orleans to attend a tailgate (it was awesome). I have tailgated at schools up and...

We Did Not Sign Up For This

By Jack Dolan

September 18, 2014

In response to the changes in the tailgate policy effective this Tuesday, there have already emerged a number of great arguments against this new policy, and some weaker ones for it. I am impressed by the initiative and zeal displayed by my schoolmates, and am equally disappointed by the actions and...

This One’s For the Record Books

By Joe Flaherty

September 10, 2014

One afternoon last October, I descended the stairs of Davis Family Library for a foray into the College Archives. My purpose was an article on the Archives and its staff, but in truth I was simply curious about what the Archives was all about. Before that article debuted, I had not spent time in what...

Learning From Hazing

By Alex Edel

May 7, 2014

It has been over three and a half years since the day when the women’s swimming and diving team was told that due to hazing allegations, the 2010-2011 season would be cancelled for all upper-classmen girls. We were two weeks from championships. I was sitting in the stands as Coach Solomon delivered...

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