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No, this is not a narcissistic confession. No, this is not intended to brag about the things that make me THE BEST. This is a call to action for you all to write one of these yourself: an ode to the imperfect pieces of yourself that comprise the whole that people love you for. This is a way to express gratitude for being here and for being who you are. Here goes...
This semester has really flown by. I know everyone always says that, but I actually have no idea where it’s gone. Feeling stressed and pulled in many directions seems to be a common theme among people I’ve talked to recently. Sometimes I have moments when it feels like my body and brain aren’t on the same page; it can be incredibly frustrating and unfair.
We’re two Jews and we like to complain. In our culture, we call it kvetching. You can kvetch about silly things, like cold Matzo ball soup. Or you can kvetch about serious things that should really change, like a total overhaul of the Proctor Dining Hall heating system. In this weekly column, we’re going to try to keep it light and complain about the little things that, if changed, could make Midd students’ lives just a bit easier. We’ll leave the big issues to the Editorial Board and kvetch about the small ones.
“Chaplain” is a funny title. It can conjure up images of a Christian pastor kneeling next to a fallen soldier at war or sitting by a sick person’s bedside in a hospital — something you might see in a movie about a far-off time. Often, these are limited and outdated images.
I’ve read all the write-ups in The Middlebury Campus about life up at Bread Loaf, and let me start by saying that we really do hear you. We take all of your feedback and requests very seriously. Just this week based on the requests submitted on Friday, you’re getting whipped cream canisters to accompany your hot cocoa dispenser, a deep freezer filled with ice cream novelties, fresh grapefruit and a new variety of sushi from John.
This year, we’ve editorialized on the urgent need for mental health services and staff wage increases, highlighting vast funding gaps in areas that should be the college’s top priorities. Meanwhile, Middlebury is touting the unprecedented growth of its $1.5 billion dollar endowment, and the college has announced plans to draw only $55 million from the endowment this year. At 3.67% of the total endowment, this draw is $6 million less than the withdrawal last fiscal year.
With both academic and social events returning to in-person meetings this fall, some social houses have seen an uptick in new member interest.
Visiting professor and Vermont State Senator Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) organized a panel of eight women in Vermont politics to share their experiences and wisdom with the Middlebury community on Nov. 2.
College receives two $10 million gifts to fund Black Studies professorship, Johnson renovations, new museum
Middlebury received two $10 million gifts earlier this year, announced following the annual October Board of Trustees meeting. The first gift, from Ted ’83 and Kathy O’Connor Truscott ’83, will create an endowed professorship in Black Studies, an interdisciplinary program on campus, and will also fund more undergraduate and graduate financial aid. The second gift the college received was given by an anonymous donor to renovate the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building, where the college’s Architectural Studies program and Department of Studio Art are located.
An estimated 963 upperclassmen not involved in independent work attempted to register for 875 available seats on the final day of J-Term registration this year — leaving almost 100 students without a 2022 winter term class.
All Middlebury faculty and staff will receive two extra vacation days and a $1,500 bonus this December, according to an email from the Vice President for Human Resources to all staff and faculty.
Content warning: This article contains mentions of suicide.
This past weekend, six fall varsity teams competed in NCAA Tournament competition. Most squads traveled out of Vermont for their matches, although field hockey, thanks to their record, hosted other schools. From cross country to volleyball, here is how each team fared:
Men’s soccer is still alive in the NCAA Division III tournament after advancing to the Sweet 16 this past Sunday. The Panthers defeated Franklin & Marshall 2–0, with sophomore forward Jordan Saint-Louis ’24 scoring the game’s second goal.
The past two weekends, the bleachers have overflowed at Peter Kohn field. Fans flocked to the field, in rain and shine, as the field hockey team took on opponents first in the NESCAC Championship and then in the NCAA Tournament.
Women’s cross country booked its trip to the NCAA National Championship race last weekend, thanks to a stunning team performance and several key individual performances. One of those key performers was Bea Parr ’25, a first year from Chicago, Ill. One of the major revelations of the season, Parr finished 16th in the mideast regional race, finishing the six-kilometer course in 22:44.5.
After a historic tenure, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy announces he will not run for re- election in 2022
On Monday, Nov. 15, Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy announced that he will not run for re-election at the end of his current term. Having served in this capacity since 1975, following his election at 34 in 1974, Leahy is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate still in office and would have bid for election to his ninth term in 2022.
For decades, professional actors from the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble have enriched liberal arts curricula and pedagogy at the Bread Loaf School of English by collaborating with faculty to connect theatre practice and performance to classroom learning. This initiative, aptly titled Beyond the Page, seeks to catalyze critical learning and dialogue in undergraduate classrooms at Middlebury College through theatre.
Leave the elaborate set and extensive casts to faculty shows. Theses, in contrast, are the simpler, single-celled protozoa at the root of the theatrical tree of life. “No One is Forgotten,” Gabrielle Martin's ’21.5 acting thesis and Madison Middleton’s ’22.5 500-level work in directing, written by Winter Miller, revels in the power of this streamlined medium. The play opens with two assumed journalist captives in a concrete cell. Contrary to journalism’s concise exposition, details in this play are provided only as frequently as the prisoners’ oatmeal.