Need-blind for all? – Juan Machado

By Middlebury Campus

April 14, 2011

I am only here today because Middlebury College, at the time I applied to college, was one of a handful of colleges in the US with a need-blind admissions policy for international students. This is no longer the case. In its first round of budget cuts, back in 2009, the administration decided it was...

On Mr. Saper and the First Amendment – Conrad Trimbath

By Middlebury Campus

April 14, 2011

I recently drew inspiration to reply to Jay Saper’s crusade against free expression from my favorite movie, The Big Lebowski. In an early scene, Walter, The Dude’s best friend, counsels The Dude to pursue someone who has trampled on his rights. Walter, borrowing from then-President George H. W. Bush,...

Deconstructing an email chain – David Stoll

By Middlebury Campus

April 14, 2011

I would like to go into a few events preceding Jay Saper’s ’13 March 24 Campus opinion, “Building a healthy academic community.” Let’s start with the email exchange that Saper forwarded to hundreds of fellow students, as well as to the faculty of the Sociology/Anthropology department (SOAN),...

Thank you from the MCCC

By Middlebury Campus

April 14, 2011

We write to express our warmest thanks to the Middlebury College community. Thanks to you, this winter we have been able to house 12 homeless adults and seven children from Addison County. Over 50 Middlebury students volunteer as staff members at our Charter House facility and dozens more have assisted...

If we shadows have offended …

By Middlebury Campus

April 14, 2011

To the Middlebury community, If we took weekly polls on approval ratings for the Campus, last week we would have posted our highest approval scores yet. An overwhelming majority of you who read our April Fools edition let us know how much you enjoyed our best efforts at hilarity, and we appreciate the...

Op-ed: Harry Morgenthau, Really Listening

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

On Friday morning, I opened my window for the first time since November. Sunlight lay in long strips across my quilt and I could feel the warmth on my face as I struggled with the crank, still half lying in bed, my mouth full of the rosemary bush that dwells on my windowsill. Rising to my knees, I leaned...

Editorial

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

When Jay Saper ’13 clicked “Reply All” to James B. Jermain Professor of Political Economy Peter Matthews’ two-department-wide (Economics and Sociology) email advertising an upcoming speaker, he roused a discussion about the College inviting controversial guest speakers to lecture. That he took...

@world: put down you smartphones #growup

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

My phone is the most basic model sold at the Verizon store. It can take pictures (but not videos); it has a speakerphone and texting options. Beyond these ‘bare essentials’, it has no multimedia or Internet capabilities. I had the option to upgrade my phone two months ago and I chose this model...

Panther Blood: An exercise in bi-winning

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

The past few weeks, there have been several op-eds printed in the Campus protesting the stifling nature of Middlebury’s rigorous academic demands. Although I agreed with many of the arguments presented in the op-eds, as a lifelong nerd with no hope of salvation and a puppet of the administration, I...

Yankee Doodle Dandy?

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

A few days before the Japanese earthquake (and ensuing nuclear power and human crisis), the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission in this country approved Vermont Yankee’s request for a new 20-year license. Despite the local plant’s questionable history (radioactive hydrogen was found leaking into...

Building a healthy academic community

By Middlebury Campus

March 24, 2011

Last week the economics department sponsored a lecture on “Early Non-Marital Childrearing and the Culture of Despair,” by Phillip Levine, an economist from Wellesley.  Levine posited deeply problematic and racist conceptions that devalued a “culture” from which he retained much distance.  I...

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