A Call for Allyship

By Guest Contributor

January 27, 2016

Dear Middlebury Community, Through this letter I want to address a previous op-ed named “Letter to the Middlebury Community.” I would like to thank the author for writing this article and his good intentions, but I would like to address some things that need to be clarified. I would like to disclaim...

Reconceptualizing Mental Health

By Maddie Hoar

December 9, 2015

“Have you been feeling depressed or down for most of the day nearly every day? Are you experiencing a loss of pleasure in activities you usually enjoy?” After a full summer of conducting phone interviews in a neuroscience lab that studies depression, these questions are burned into my memory. And...

Inviting Cultures On Our Campus

By Alex Deutsch

December 9, 2015

This fall, I submitted an application to the Small Concerts Initiative and was given a grant to bring hip-hop artist, Chris Felner, aka “Felly,” to Middlebury.  His show was scheduled for last Friday, and ultimately he performed for over 550 students.  However, just prior to his arrival in Vermont,...

Student Transcript from Town Hall Meeting

By Nicolas Mendia

December 2, 2015

I was sitting here thinking about what I hoped to get out of this meeting and the idea of emotion has been a reoccurring theme for me. It’s been mentioned a few times in this meeting and every time we’ve gone around I hoped that we would latch on and delve a little deeper, but I still don’t think...

Inviting Cultural Appropriation on Our Campus

By Elizabeth Dunn

December 2, 2015

To put it bluntly, Felly is the epitome of cultural appropriation and white privilege. He takes the culture, the language, the style and the stereotypical criminality of black culture and uses it for aesthetic purposes. His music continues on the tradition of musical blackface, in which white musicians...

Sleep-Out to End Homelessness

By Dan Adamek

December 2, 2015

A liberal arts student trying to “leverage their privilege” by spending the summer working at a homeless shelter – a classic move for a self-proclaimed social justice warrior. But, when I accepted a position as a Shepherd Poverty Intern at John Graham Housing & Services I wasn’t thinking...

Our Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

By Jeff Holland

December 2, 2015

Residents of the “First World” often look at the newspaper and see all kinds of horrific injustices and tragedies happening all over the world. There’s a feeling of helplessness in the way we discuss the problems of the day that are distant from our own homes. We usually just shake our heads in...

The “Other” Tragedies

By Ivan Zeavin-Moss

November 18, 2015

I was inspired to write this piece in light of the Paris attacks. About an hour before I read about the beginning of the siege, I spoke with my mom and sister who were in Paris at the time as they were relaxing at a friend’s apartment getting ready to go out to dinner. They’re safe, as are all th...

The Antidote to Stockholm Syndrome: the Confluence of Academics, Mental Health and Stress

By Guest Contributor

November 18, 2015

I was accepted into Middlebury as a Top 100 Applicant (a now discontinued program) with a 32 on the ACT and a 3.91 GPA. I served for three years on Community Council, one year on the Academic Appeals Board, two years as a Residential Advisor of an academic interest house; I committed time to various or...

Reader Response

By Guest Contributor

November 11, 2015

“We apologize that we offended with our poster. We care about the role of comedy in discourse on this campus. As intentional members of the community, we take this issue seriously. We look forward to reflecting and engaging in future dialogue.”​ The Otter Nonsense Players are an improv comedy...

The Need for Thoughtful Comedy

By Jasmine Ross

November 11, 2015

Recently posters advertising an improv show, an athletic event and more have been circulating around campus with jokes evoking marginalized identities — specifically race, class and ability — and their corresponding stereotypes. These posters have been met with opposition from marginalized people, as...

Eliminate AAL (& All Our Other Current Requirements)

By Josh Berlowitz

November 4, 2015

As the faculty prepare to discuss and possibly even vote on distribution requirement changes this Friday, as a community, I encourage us to reflect on what we mean by “liberal arts” education. What is it that we, the Middlebury community, seek to achieve here? Though 2015 Vermont is not Ancient...

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