An Open Letter to the Political Science Department

By Travis Sanderson, Middlebury Student

March 2, 2017

The American Enterprise Institute has been joined by the Political Science department in co-sponsoring Charles Murray. Murray is most well-known for arguing that societal hierarchy is based on intelligence. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled him a “white nationalist” who misuses statistics to supp...

Why I’m Declining AEI’s “Invitation To Argue” (And Protesting Instead)

By Nic Valenti, Middlebury Student

March 2, 2017

I know that the people who penned “AEI invites you to argue” are good, well-meaning people. I understand the premise: a college should be a place for rigorous academic discussion, where students should argue, disagree, learn from their disagreements and thereby learn from each other. It’s why at...

The Case for Makerspace

By Guest Contributor

March 23, 2016

What makes an idea powerful? A good idea is not implicitly powerful; an idea is made powerful by being shared. Over the past few months, a friend and I have built a laser sensor system that tracks and updates how crowded the dining halls are, so students can make more informed decisions about how...

The College and The Campus

By Guest Contributor

March 23, 2016

Katrina Drury, the first-year responsible for last week’s opinion piece “It’s Not Fair,” shows no remorse. Like her prior writings, Drury openly attacks Black and Brown people here in The Campus, the widest read medium for college voices past and present. At best, the op-ed’s social outloo...

Racism Doesn’t Exist

By Guest Contributor

March 23, 2016

I’m only human, but I think it’s long past time for me to shrug off the pitiful garments of my victimhood and take a stand, and as a person with Black heritage, I believe that I am an authority in my community and can thus speak for all of us. I mean, all Black people are basically the same, and...

It’s Not Fair

By Guest Contributor

March 16, 2016

Life’s not fair. Ever since we were little children, we’ve heard that phrase so many times, and while we never wanted to believe it, it’s true. Life isn’t fair. And it all starts at birth: we arrive into this world carrying different kinds of baggage already packed with genes that predetermine...

Imagining Radical Accountability for Sexual Violence

By Guest Contributor

March 16, 2016

We will not engage in a “debate” about the college judicial process. We are not here to attack college administrators who are working within the confines of Title IX legislation to create as supportive and fair a process as they can. Despite administrators’ best intentions, the judicial process...

Inclusion Beyond Tradition

By Guest Contributor

March 16, 2016

“All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.” — Toni Morrison  Many of you may know, and others of you may wish not to know, that many members of our community are involved in “secret” societies on campus. From the leisure activities that m...

On Club Sports and Student Interests

By Guest Contributor

March 10, 2016

Do you currently play a club sport? Have you ever tried one out? I think a typical experience of many students on this campus, if they are not of the 300+ club sport athletes, is that they tried a club sport for a day or two, and found it wasn’t for them. I would estimate that the number of people...

The Question of Unpaid Work: No, I’m Not Talking About Your Internship

By Guest Contributor

March 10, 2016

In her 2016 letter outlining her philanthropic goals for the year, Melinda Gates chose to focus on the question of unpaid work. Specifically, she outlined the imbalance in the amount of time men and women spend on tasks that must be done to fulfill necessary life functions. She is talking about chores....

Reflections on Seeing

By Guest Contributor

March 10, 2016

In 2007, Middlebury College’s Commencement speaker was former President Bill Clinton.  If you weren’t here then, it is probably still possible for you to imagine the attention that was garnered by his presence on campus.  We dealt with increased security, the promise of an audience that extended we...

Reexamining Our Sexual Assault Investigative Process

By Guest Contributor

March 10, 2016

This student has requested to remain anonymous, and given the highly personal and sensitive nature of the piece, the Campus has honored this request. Though the John Doe case was settled months ago and he is no longer enrolled at Middlebury, I nonetheless feel compelled to weigh in. I empathized with Doe...

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