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College reimagines web-based language learning

Posted on May 2, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — Imagine a computer game where the user plays a waiter in a café, responsible for keeping the customers happy with quick service and small talk.

Now imagine that the game is conducted in another language, and that it is part of a foreign language curriculum.

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College solar team gears up

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury College solar decathlon team are kicking their project into high gear as they edge within the five-month mark of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.

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College sees rise in dorm damage

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Between September 2010 and the end of March, the Middlebury College campus fell victim to nearly $70,000 worth of damage to its dormitories, leaving administrators scratching their heads.

With another month and a half to go in the school year, the current price tag for repairing that damage sets the college on track for an increase in overall dormitory damage. This will be the third year in a row Middlebury College has seen a rise in that expense.

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Middlebury College posts low tuition hike

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Compared to colleges and universities across the country, students headed to Middlebury College this fall are getting a break. This year will mark the second of the school’s “CPI+1” initiative, which limits tuition hikes from year to year.

While tuition at Middlebury College is already high, the 2011-2012 school year will bring a rise of less than 2.5 percent over the current year’s tuition, room and board cost, from $52,500 to $53,800.

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Panthers sweep Amherst for NESCAC West title

Posted on April 25, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team clinched first place in NESCAC West on Friday, when the Panthers swept a doubleheader from second-place Amherst, 3-2 in nine innings, and 5-0.

For good measure, the Panthers added an 8-0 win in a rainy six-inning game on Saturday, pushing their record to 22-4, their league mark to 11-1, and their winning streak to a program-best 15.

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College honors Heinecken's volunteerism

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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MIDDLEBURY — Mickey Heinecken of Middlebury was awarded a Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Award by Middlebury College this year for his outstanding service to the community.

After coaching Middlebury College’s football team for 28 years, he founded the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, co-chaired both the United Way of Addison County and the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) with his wife Carol, and spent countless hours volunteering for a wide range of other causes.

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Tik Root released from Syrian prison

Posted on April 4, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Updated 4/1/11, 4:38 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Tik Root, the Middlebury College student and Ripton native imprisoned in Syria after a protest in Damascus on March 18, was released from Syrian custody on Friday.

“It is a tremendous relief,” wrote Tom Root, Tik’s father, in an email to the Independent on Friday afternoon.

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Staff Blog: Sen. Leahy calls for Tik Root's release

Posted on April 1, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



On March 31, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) spoke on the Senate floor about Tik Root, a Middlebury College student from Ripton who is currently detained in Syria.

He said Root is a "young, curious American student" who, naturally, was interested in watching the events unfold. Further, he said that no one from the U.S. embassy has been allowed to see Root in order to verify that he is healthy and being humanely treated.

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Staff Blog: Ripton's Pathik Root detained in Syria (Updated)

Posted on March 31, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Middlebury College student and Ripton native Pathik "Tik" Root disappeared while observing a protest in Damascus on March 18. Syrian authorities on March 26 confirmed that Root had been jailed, and since then state officials and his family and friends have continued working to have him released.

See bottom for our first story on Root's disappearance, and below for links to ongoing coverage of the situation.

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Locals counter misconceptions in story of detained Ripton man

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — The national media has been abuzz with the story of Pathik “Tik” Root, a Middlebury College student who went missing two weeks ago while studying Arabic in Syria. Last weekend, Syrian authorities confirmed they had detained Ripton native, but have not said when they will release him.

But as they watch reports on Root’s disappearance roll out, his parents, friends and professors say there’s a side of the 21-year-old that has not been captured in any of those stories.

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