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Thursday, Oct 6, 2022

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Photographer Spotlight: Dylan Schmeling

Dylan Schmeling ’24.5, a Biology and Physics double major and an international student, finds inspiration in his home country of Tanzania. His photography shows the Tanzanian countryside, and thus documents the people, animals and landscape he grew up around.


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Insights from Students with Disabilities at Midd

As a photojournalist, I acknowledge the historical role the media has played in perpetuating ableism through representations of disability. I would like to emphasize the various ways students with disabilities exist on this campus, and the extent that Middlebury as an institution comes to support us ...


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The Unsung Heroes of the Snow Bowl

As the parking lot starts to clear out and the lift chairs hang suspended in the air, Snow Bowl staff are able to call it a day, enthusiastic for the weekend splitboard festival ahead. For some staff, though, their day on the mountain is just getting started.


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The Yellow Deli: Rutland's connection to a global religious community

Catchy yellow paint announces a “Market and Lounge” past a corridor. Walking through leads to a shop selling yerba maté, handmade soap and body care products. While it may seem like a typical, if off-beat, restaurant, the Yellow Deli is actually part of an alternative religious community that spans ...


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Three stories on queerness and the LGBTQ dating scene at Middlebury

Walking into Elizabeth’s bedroom located in the Chinese house, I was met with vibrant arts and crafts pinned to the walls and scattered across the floor. Elizabeth Austin ’24 (she/her) is my partner in our Oceanography course and I met Lily Shannon ’23 (they/them) during a pre-orientation Zoom ...


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2021: A Trash Odyssey

Out of sight, out of mind. That’s what most of us think about our garbage. But what really happens when we throw something away? And who are the people that help reduce our impact on the environment? 


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A Photo Guide to the Wildlife in Middlebury

The wildlife around campus is an integral part of the Middlebury experience. The wetlands and forests around the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) and along Otter Creek create a perfect sanctuary for animals to live and thrive. Birds, amphibians and mammals alike share the space with us, and their presence ...


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WOMP Returns to In-Person After A Semester On Air

There are a number of “firsts” that students experience when they arrive on Middlebury’s campus that leave them with a sense of place and belonging; the first Vermont fall, the first day of classes, or their first ride down the Snowbowl. 


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Time: Off

The idea came to me while watching a snowboarding movie called “Offline” which started with a neon-coloured, 3D, spinning sign that said: “The Internet Never Sleeps.” In the background was a dizzying collage of memes, likes, emojis and phones. The introduction nauseated me so much that I ...


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A walking tour of the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project

If you’re walking around the concrete of the new Triangle Park in downtown Middlebury, look down at the ground. You’ll be able to see two parallel diagonal lines on the sidewalk that reflect the shape of the new rail tunnel directly below.Last Wednesday, Bridge and Rail Project Community Liaison ...


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Barbara Harding: I Bought A Bookstore and Quit My Job

Otter Creek Used Books looks and smells exactly like what one would expect of a secondhand bookstore in rural Vermont. Hidden behind the main highway that cuts through the town, the store had a sign that announced the weekday hours and a cheeky “Sundays by chance.” Next door, a deli played jovial ...


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Honey and Harvest at the Knoll

For me, the solar panels mark the threshold between the campus and the Knoll, Middlebury’s organic farm. It’s the toll gate cutting off the retreat from the midterm craze. I walk past the dark, orderly panels and set my mind off of academics for the next few hours. During harvest season, you can ...


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Songs from Dusk

I did not know what to expect when I waited for George in front of Mead Memorial Chapel at 5:30 p.m. I have only heard the instrument from afar. When the sun falls behind the trees and paints the late summer sky pink and blue, then, you hear the bells, opening with the same tune every day.The 75-step ...


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Other Side of the Line: Proctor Revisited

Most of the campus dreams on with a few more hours of sleep to spare at 6 a.m. But in Proctor dining hall, the kitchen is up and running for the day. Coming through the backdoor, Wayne, the truck driver, was busy moving in boxes of food supplies. Most staff did not know who I was or what I was doing ...