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Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024

Opinion


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SPECS Panther Column #2 – 5 sexual-health myths to debunk

Throughout one’s experience at college, there are many opportunities to choose to engage — or not to engage — in sexual relationships. Different students across campus have widely varying backgrounds in sexual health education, and misinformation might be encountered along the way. SPECS strives ...


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Sarah Says: The diversity statement is an educational imperative

I tried hard to write my Common App on race.  It seemed like the smart choice. Early in my college admissions process, I had gotten the sense from educators and peers that my biraciality was the only aspect of my personality that distinguished me from the hundreds of other straight-A private school ...


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The Story of Us: Me, Taylor Swift and “The Eras Tour”

Taylor Swift is my role model. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Is a pop star with 46 Grammy nominations (including 12 wins) and an estimated net worth of over $1 billion really an appropriate role model for a graduating English major in rural Vermont? But let me explain.


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An open letter to the Board of Trustees

With the Board of Trustees on campus and meeting throughout this week to discuss institutional priorities and planned spending, we want to take advantage of this opportunity to directly address the people who have a major role in deciding how the funds raised by “For Every Future: The Campaign for ...


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Campus flow

Middlebury has a campus problem. While the majority of people might not notice some of the flaws with our campus, I believe that the physical layout of our sidewalks presents a logistical nightmare for lawn maintenance. By no means am I saying that the grounds crew that works day-in and day-out to pick ...


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People or place: My changing perceptions of Middlebury

I hang no pictures in my room, only uninterpretable Ernst and Bosch paintings. I keep the postcards Vlera has gifted me in a shoe box, along with Christmas cards from my mother and a silver gelatin print of my two best friends, Atticus and Dylan. If someone were to ask me to describe my Middlebury experience, ...


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One year senior

I’ve only had one full year on Middlebury’s campus, and I am a senior. Let me elaborate. I started at Middlebury in the fall of 2019 and was only there until we all got sent home for Covid-19 in March 2020. The following year, I decided it would be best for me not to enroll for the spring semester ...


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Why meditate?

I have found myself as a president of a club I never attended, on a subject in which I am not well-versed. For me, meditation is an aspiration, not something one can achieve. It is a method by which people search for inner peace and connection to the world around them. Meditation is, simply, a thought ...


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Johnson renovation: A triumph

John McLeod and his team have achieved remarkable success with their expansion and renovation of the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building. In 2004, Carl Larson ’03, Anne Callahan ’03, Jon Coble ’06, Buck Sleeper ’05 and I organized Johnson Week, a symposium celebrating the building, headlined ...


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Sarah Says: I didn’t like my semester abroad

The night after I was mugged, I clipped my chin on the Canal Street pavement.  We were heading home from one of our favorite pubs, slightly drunk, when one of my friends got the idea to give me a piggyback ride. Though I protested a little, these were new friends, study abroad friends, and I was ...


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Free Expression over Cancel Culture

At Middlebury, we are committed to educating students in the tradition of the liberal arts, which embodies a method of discourse…[emphasizing] reflection, discussion, and intensive interactions between students and faculty members,” the “About Middlebury” page on the college website states.  Or ...


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Poll of Midd students about the use of AI says…

As a Sociology student at Middlebury, since AI tools became a big part of my education I have been interested in the multifaceted relationship between Artificial Intelligence and society.  I recently conducted a poll on my Instagram account among Middlebury students to assess their sense of Middlebury ...


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Sarah Says: What comes next?

There’s nothing quite like your final parents weekend to hammer home the fact that undergrad is coming to a close. As I toured my parents around campus one last time, I found myself thinking about the girl I was four years ago. I was a senior in high school the last time my future would feel secure.  ...


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Loneliness and the built environment at Middlebury and beyond

I have recently been thinking a lot about alienation at Middlebury. All of you are aware that Ev, who was a friend of mine, died in Forest Hall, but some of you may not know that Yan, another student and beloved teammate of mine, died in the same building over two years ago. The eeriness of two deaths ...


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Four Stars for Inn on the Green

Last spring during the housing draw, the class of 2025 nervously refreshed the housing portal to watch incoming seniors swiftly claim Forest doubles, Kelly suites, and Chateau rooms — options once called “junior housing” — right before their eyes. With only one Lang suite and eleven Chateau ...


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“What is SPECS Panther, and Why is it Important?”

You may see one of the SPECS peer-educators walking around campus, sporting our luxurious navy blue merch and dragging a (slightly broken) cart teeming with goodie bags and sex “supplies,” and think: “Huh?” We get it, but what many of you may not know is that SPECS is more than orientation week’s ...


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On benevolent mischief

Do you know how hard it is to prank someone who is expecting to be pranked?!  Let us set the stage: it was the week before April Fool’s Day, 2021. We were new baby Febs living in Forest and had been challenged by fellow baby Feb Annabelle to prank her for April Fools Day. We knew she was expecting ...