The Middlebury Campus

Seize the Opportunity for Reform

By Edward O'Brien

May 6, 2015

Stuart Warren, dark-horse candidate for SGA President, was runner-up in the elections with 38 percent of the votes in the third round of tabulations. The reason we voted for Stuart comes down to a single sentence written on many of his campaign posters: “You can vote for snack-time, or you can vot...

Stories and the People Who Write Them

By Joe Flaherty

May 6, 2015

I’m not quite sure what compelled me to sign up to write for the Features section one Friday in January of 2012. Maybe it was because I had not gotten very involved in a campus organization until that point. Maybe it was because I knew I wanted to improve as a writer and thought the newspaper was ...

Encouraging the Uncomfortable

By Rachel Frank

April 15, 2015

This week, the lauded scholar Harvey C. Mansfield Jr. of Harvard gave a lecture entitled “An Address from the Humanities to Science” at the inaugural Eve Adler Memorial Lecture in celebration of the endowment of the Classics Department. Prior to the event, a number of students and some faculty mem...

The Things We Say Matter

By Fritz Parker

March 18, 2015

In last week’s edition of the Campus, the editorial board wrote of a recent SGA bill: “The Campus commends the SGA for taking initiative to create a more serious dialogue of change.” In a reply email, SGA President Taylor Custer wrote back: “I look forward to engaging in this important discus...

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 12, 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...

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