The Knoll’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner. After a year and a half of planning, the Knoll will soon begin its 20th anniversary celebrations, just in time for families coming to campus next weekend.
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This past summer, the Middlebury College community mourned the passing of three professors emeriti and one staff member: Professor Emeritus Robert “Bob” Pack, Professor Emeritus Robert “Bob” Martin, Professor Emeritus John McWilliams and former Language School Director of Operations John Stokes.
As student organizations submit budgets to be approved for the following year each spring, some fall short of receiving the full funding they request. Funding for clubs comes from the student activity fee that each student pays with their tuition. The Student Government Association Finance Committee (SGAFC) pointed to the growing number of student clubs as well as increased club spending as the cause of the funding shortage.
On election day, Vermont voters will decide whether or not to include Proposition 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, in the Vermont Constitution as the 22nd Article. The Reproductive Liberty Amendment would enshrine reproductive autonomy in the state constitution.
Middlebury’s Community Council voted unanimously to pass a recommendation on to Residential Life and the Student Activities Office (SAO) that would ban social house pledge processes from student organizations. It also recently recommended that social house oversight transition from the domain of the Community Council to that of Residential Life.
A new Russian language study abroad program in Kazakhstan will begin next semester, a decision made in July of this year as the Middlebury School in Russia remains suspended indefinitely. Russian is one of the two official languages in Kazakhstan.
Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Stewart-Smith Research Center with a new exhibit featuring documents from the center refashioned into collages. The exhibit, “Artists in the Archives: Community, History, and Collage,” focuses largely on the idea of community, aiming to explore the question, “What is community?”
Governor Phil Scott recently signed legislation that exempts Vermont Native American tribes from property taxes. This comes as a relief to many tribe members, who say that their communities struggle with the financial burden of these taxes.
Since the state of Vermont ended its mask recommendation on March 14, Middlebury businesses have followed suit. Now, customers can enter nearly every business and building in town maskless.
Sabai Sabai, Middlebury’s local Thai restaurant, recently reopened after a seven-week closure for renovations. During this time, the restaurant added a hot food bar that holds poké and ready-made dishes. The renovations were in response to the struggles the business faced during the pandemic, the owner said.
Doug Butler, a resident of Middlebury, is a dairy farmer-turned-dogsled racer whose story was captured in a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Tommy Hyde ’14.5 that premiered in September of 2021.