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Monday, Dec 11, 2023



(Academic) conversations with friends

Since coming back from spring break, a lot of my conversations with friends and acquaintances have revealed new interests and values about people I either know well or have been getting to know. Hearing about museums people have gone to, trips they’ve gone on, and ways they’ve spent their time at ...

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Arabic Reflections with Maryait: God give you health

I will never forget the face of my Moroccan teacher when I entered his class and said to him, ‘Ya‘tik al-‘afiya.’ This expression is a key for everyone who visits the Levant, the Arab Gulf, and Egypt — we use it in all contexts for literally everything. 


Continuing to care

With the end of Middlebury’s indoor mask mandate came a return to pervasive individualism — in most places if you want to wear a mask, you do, and if you don’t, you don’t. The college administration is no longer the primary regulator of Covid-19 guidelines. Beyond required masking in classrooms ...


Tuition hikes necessitate institutional transparency

Tuition increases are not new or unexpected. However, we ask that this price tag be accompanied by comprehensive, accessible information regarding exactly how this money will be used. If Middlebury expects students to pay more, it makes sense that we as students can expect to know where our money is ...

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Arab Reflections with Maryait: Inshallah

After more than six months for me at Middlebury, I miss many things in Jordan. When I say Jordan, I mean the Arab countries in general, which share many customs and habits. I decided to turn this longing for home into a door through which I might open the opportunity to pass on a part of my culture ...


Pro worker? Show it better

Two weeks ago, in our second staff issue, we editorialized on the apparent disconnect between staff and students, calling upon the latter to use their status as patrons of this institution to rally on behalf of those making barely livable wages. On Thursday, our community woke up to multiple instances ...


A letter to the class of 2021.5

Dear Class of 2021.5, Middlebury has taught me a lot. After attending this elite liberal arts academic institution for eight semesters over four and a half years, I sure hope I’m smarter than when I started, and that you are all, too. 



When we left our little apartment—located in a beautiful corner of Polytechnic University in Kabul—to the airport, my little sister wrote, “As I write, I miss our beautiful home. I miss the tableau on the wall, the decorated candles, the clock, and all those Eid days and Yalda nights that will ...

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Two years in: reflecting on post-pandemic

In the past two years, we’ve gone through a period of both collective, mass-scale loss but also individual experiences of grief. Yes, we’re “all in this together” — but we’ve also all encountered vastly different versions of the pandemic, from the initial quarantine to the return to school ...


Why a(nother) staff issue?

In January 2019, we published our first staff issue. It detailed the impact of workforce planning — a concerted administrative effort to reduce employee compensation costs by 10% — on the staff of the college. Three years (and one global pandemic) later, we again find ourselves inamidst a critical ...

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What Would You Do in Our Place?

I’m one of the lucky ones who have some support. My immediate boss is awesome, as is hers. Still, every time I take time off I wonder: who has to suffer for it? Who’s going to have to do my work on top of their own while I’m away?

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Circulation in the Time of Covid-19

Once it became clear that the two-week quarantine was going to extend just a bit longer than originally imagined, Circulation staff at Davis and Armstrong Libraries realized that they needed to come up with a plan to keep offering library services to patrons.

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Time to take notice

It’s far past time to recognize Middlebury’s staff for who they are — the people who make it possible for us to be here in the first place. The recent results of the staff council survey display a staggering level of dissatisfaction among Middlebury employees, relating to rampant understaffing, ...