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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023



Abbey Gate

August 17, 2021. A hot day, after a long night of sleeplessness. I’m in a crowd of hundreds of people. My father leaves my sisters and me at the first checkpoint: Abbey Gate in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

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Reflections on the Midterm Election in Vermont

Even in places like Orange County and Middlebury that appear to be oases of calm and stability, the hate and vitriol on which Klar founded his campaign are still prevalent. Although I wish this wasn’t a lesson I needed to learn, the election reminded me that the civility and level-headed government ...

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How I feel @ Midd: A new mental health column

The idea that Instagram is a cultivated highlight reel is by no means revolutionary. Yet, especially at Midd, it can be hard to remember that the lives of our peers are more complicated than they appear on their social media. 

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Re-evaluating my experience with therapy

Therapy was unknown to 16-year-old boys in traditional Caribbean houses like my own. To ask my mother, a traditional Caribbean woman, to talk to someone other than members of my immediate family about my personal issues or mental health status, was just unheard of.

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Rethinking (or realizing) YOUR way of help

The past two semesters have been nothing short of exhausting. The fear of losing everything I have ever known and loved has overtaken my mind, as I have been lucid dreaming every single day since the war. 


Taking care into our own hands

During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Middlebury students were frequently granted additional flexibility and room for self-care. From the expanded Credit/No Credit grading system to more lax due dates and “freebie” late days, there was infrastructure in place to grant more space to students ...


Arousal Non-Concordance

This discrepancy between your emotional or cognitive desires and your body’s physiological response has a name: arousal non-concordance. Most people who have done any sort of exploration into their sexuality have likely come across some sort of arousal non-concordance, potentially causing them to ...


A plea to the basic logic of line structure

Let me begin by putting this in terms you may better understand: Baaah, bahh, bahh. This is directed toward the sheep that graze in Ross dining hall; the sheep that meekly fall into a single line the length of China’s Great Wall at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re saying to yourself ...


Party with care: Respecting the spaces where we live and work

We’re guessing that most of us don’t want broken glass, beer cans, vomit or urine in the spaces we inhabit. Yet a return to the pre-Covid party scene has also, unfortunately, ushered in a return of damage, destruction and vandalism of both public and private spaces. We’re not totally sure why ...


Employees deserve a cost-of-living adjustment

When the Middlebury Association of University Professors, which has more than 220 members both faculty and staff, asked for a minimum 10% cost-of-living pay adjustment for all employees, we were being more than reasonable. At the faculty meeting last April, 87% of faculty agreed and supported a Sense ...