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The Setonian

On the Record: An introduction

This J-Term, I’m working my way through a few thousand Campus articles as part of an independent study, looking through old coverage to get a sense of what we’re doing well, where we have room to improve and how our paper has evolved over the past four years. So, I thought, now that I’m more steeped ...


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Let’s bring panthers back to Vermont

The Jan. 14 issue of The New York Times contains an interesting op-ed entitled: “Cougars Are Heading East. Welcome Them.” Its author, Mark Elbroch, describes the gradual return of big American cats (also known as cougars, mountain lions, pumas or panthers) to their former habitats east of the Mississippi ...


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What are the bricks in our walls?

“All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.” Sung by Pink Floyd, these are the words I hear while walking through the rear entrance of my first-year residential hall, Stewart. I’m welcomed by a can-liner box full of dirty dishes, trashed at the windowsill next to the door. Beneath this ...


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As tuition rises, we need to rethink affordability

Each winter, the Board of Trustees meets to set the comprehensive fee for the upcoming year. If the Board votes to raise tuition again in their meeting next week, the Editorial Board calls for greater transparency and increased efforts to ensure affordability. 


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Give yourself a break: Why I recommend going on a retreat

I have always wanted to go to a retreat. For a lot of reasons like desires to escape and heal, and for no reason — just because my heart said so. I also had many hesitations before going. My logical mind had criticized and evaluated the opportunity as unnecessary and even self-indulgent. However, ...


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Finding joy in finals season

December is upon us, and with it the lovely and long-awaited Finals Season. The days are shorter; your once enjoyable afternoon class now feels like a time warp when you leave only to find it is pitch black outside. We now layer up to brave the long walks between classes, just to feel suffocated when ...


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Clubs need support that reflects their importance to student life

Our activity fee has gone up every year, but we are not seeing these resources reflected in current extracurricular infrastructure. Based on current enrollment, we can estimate there is well over one million dollars in total allowance for club resources this fiscal year. It is clear that sufficient ...


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The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: A Review of the Inn on the Green

Infamous for keeping way more than one panther apart from the campus, the Inn on the Green incites anguish and sorrow in those assigned to it during the housing draws. However, the proverbial wisdom of the Inn being the worst “dorm” at the college is several worlds apart from reality. The three ...


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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. 


The Setonian

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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