MIDDLEBURY— As Election Day approached this year, Middlebury College faculty, staff and administrators started hearing concerns from students about public safety and election-related hostilities.
“The reason ... has to do with what is going on in the U.S. today,” Chief Diversity Officer Miguel Fernandez told the Independent. “We have all seen multiple stories of unarmed Black people being murdered in this country. We have a president who has been prepping for his loss by saying the election is rigged and calling for armed, white, right-wing militias to stand by. Gun sales spiked dramatically...
UPDATE: The college reported one additonal positive test result for another student after this story went to press yesterday, Wednesday, November 18. There are currently three active cases — and 24 student contacts under quarantine — on campus.
MIDDLEBURY — Two more Middlebury College students have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 17 have been listed as "student contacts under quarantine," according to the latest data released by the college.
It’s the first time Middlebury has recorded a positive case since September. The positive cases came from a batch of 504 tests conducted on...
MIDDLEBURY — As COVID-19 cases rose to record levels in Vermont, Middlebury College announced Thursday evening it will move to a mandatory campus quarantine beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and continuing until students depart for the year on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“Simply put, while we currently have no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, it is now imperative that we take ... steps to ensure the safest possible departure for students and to protect the entire community,” wrote Chief Health Officer Mark Peluso, Environmental Health & Safety Officer Jen Kazmierczac and Acting Dean of Students...
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS Ali DePaolo, left, Ryan Ashe and Jack Eschert recently dropped off more than 20 boxes of nonperishable food items to the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter in Middlebury to feed the local homeless population. Eschert organized the food drive, which he hopes will be the first of many.
Photo courtesy of Doug Sinclair
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College sophomore Jack Eschert has been helping others for about as long as he can remember. It probably started when, at age 5, he joined the Cub Scouts in his hometown of Avon, Conn.
“That experience opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Eschert, now 20, said during a recent phone interview.
“Growing up in a suburban town in Connecticut, it’s very easy to lose sight of everything outside the suburban-town bubble.”
He’s busted through that bubble in a big way, and Middlebury-area homeless are the beneficiaries.
Eschert, with help from fellow students Ali DePaolo and...
HANCOCK/RIPTON — The Rikert Nordic Center and the Middlebury Snow Bowl will welcome skiers this winter with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Changes include required online reservations for skiing, equipment rentals, and lessons, as well as lodge access that is limited to restrooms, equipment rental, and grab-and-go food purchases.
“We are looking forward to a great ski season,” said Mike Hussey, director of skiing at Middlebury College, which owns and operates the cross country and Alpine skiing venues. “This year will really put the focus on what skiing is all about—being up in the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has canceled several Schools Abroad programs for the spring 2021 term, according to a campus-wide email announcement Monday by Dean of International Programs Carlos Velez, who cited lower enrollments and ongoing travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The current course of the pandemic in the world is our foremost concern, with cases on the rise in many of the countries where we operate, and no indication that those circumstances will change soon,” Velez wrote.
Programs have been closed in the following countries, which are ranked by COVID-19...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has adjusted its spring 2021 schedule in response to concerns from the campus community about a late start and a shortage of school breaks, according to a campus-wide announcement last week from Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place.
Students had originally been scheduled to begin spring term classes on March 1, and work straight through to May without a spring break.
Classes will now start on Feb. 24, and details about the timing, duration and logistics of a spring semester break will be announced in coming weeks.
The new schedule brings...
MIDDLEBURY — Portions of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) that traverse Middlebury College property have been reopened for public use, according to a campus-wide announcement on Monday from Director of Business Services Matthew Curran.
Middlebury closed the trail sections when students began arriving in August for the fall semester, as a COVID-19 precaution.
The entire campus has been closed to the public all fall.
The following sections of the TAM have been reopened, Curran said:
• The section around the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
• The Red Kelly Trail.
• The Class of 1997 Trail.
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS study outside with masks in front of Mead Chapel earlier this fall. The college’s plan to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions this month hit a snag when the state kept some mass gathering restrictions in place longer than anticipated.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Ray/Middlebury College
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials had hoped the campus community could transition to the third and final phase of the fall reopening plan this month, but that is not going to happen.
“Given current conditions and state of Vermont limits on gathering sizes and physical distancing requirements, we cannot move to Phase 3 as we conceptualized it,” wrote President Laurie Patton, Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place in a campus-wide announcement Tuesday. “When we formulated our plans for the phased opening of the Vermont campus, in July and August, we imagined that we...
MIDDLEBURY — Analyzing consumer shopping habits. Live road-mapping for vehicles. Online streaming. Pandemic tracking. All of these things are possible because of “big data.”
Most of us understand on some level that our lives are increasingly interwoven with big data, but very few of us understand how it shapes us and the way we think. Even fewer understand how to shape the data itself.
Middlebury College is hoping to change that with a new initiative called MiddData, which aims to provide its students access to powerful tools, empirical research analysis and critical digital scholarship —...