Dear Mr. President

By Guest Contributor

October 17, 2013

Dear President Liebowitz, the College administration, and the Board of Trustees, Thank you for your transparency in your statement regarding divestment and the Board’s internal processes and preliminary proposals. We appreciate the time you have dedicated and your willingness to collaborate with...

It is Easy Being Green

By Guest Contributor

October 16, 2013

Trigger Warning: References to sexual assault. It’s the green issue – hip hip hooray! For so long have we waited for this very day! A day to discuss the power of Green! ‘Cause Green runs our school, you know what we mean? It takes Green money to keep this place sterile and clean – We s...

(Not So) Safe Space

By Guest Contributor

October 9, 2013

Editors’ Note: The following text contains vulgarity.  As both members of and allies to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community at Middlebury, we are appalled by the homophobic letter that was written and taped on a student’s door two weeks ago. The letter included the ph...

Our Struggles are United

By Guest Contributor

October 9, 2013

I write to us all from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. For the past three years, a coalition of First Nations people, French Acadians and Anglophones have been working together to keep Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), a hydraulic fracturing company, from polluting the water and land...

The Best Language Institution?

By Guest Contributor

October 9, 2013

Middlebury College prides itself as a well-established language institution that offers students with a wide array of high quality language courses. We have languages such as Arabic, Russian, and Hebrew. But can we really call ourselves a high quality language institution when we don’t offer classes...

Share the Road Responsibly

By Guest Contributor

October 9, 2013

Middlebury’s latest effort to become more bike friendly and safe includes the addition of “sharrows” stenciled on downtown streets to remind motorists that they “share the road” with cyclists when there are no or inadequate shoulders or bike lanes. Motorists should remember that cyclists...

Charred Paper

By Guest Contributor

September 25, 2013

At around 9:30 AM, my friend's mom arrived to pick him up from school. Fifteen minutes later, three moms and two dads came by to collect their children. By eleven, most seats in the classroom were empty. I asked my teacher, now for the seventh time, why everyone was leaving. My heart began to beat slightly...

Closed Doors on Town Offices

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

While students have been away for the summer, the citizens of Middlebury have been debating the merits of a College Town plan to move the town offices to the site of the Osborne House (77 Main Street, adjacent to the Ilsley Library). Opponents of the plan have criticized it for the lack of parking, the...

Lessons on Life and Loss

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for me as a Jew. While fasting this past Saturday, I reflected on my own actions that have caused harm. I prayed for forgiveness and in the year to come better fulfill my highest obligation of tikkun olam – repairing the world. During the afternoon break ...

It was a Bright, Warm Day

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

One of Middlebury’s strengths is the drive with which students endeavor to make the world a better place. We don’t always agree on how to do this, and thus the College has recently witnessed impassioned debates on a number of important issues. Many, including myself, have been enriched by these discussions....

Addressing our College’s History

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

The action on Sept. 11, 2013 carries intense emotions for a few reasons. On the one hand, the 9/11: Never Forget Project plays on the heartbreak of the day year after year to maintain the emotion of being attacked. On the other, using the American flag carries a long legacy of American imperialism, coloni...

Thoughts from a Soldier

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

As a member of the Middlebury College alumni community, I feel compelled to share my reflections on the offensive and deeply saddening act that occurred on its campus on the twelfth anniversary of September 11, 2001. I graduated from Middlebury College in 2012. This year, I spent the anniversary of...

Middlebury College's only student-run newspaper.
op-ed