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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE HAS erected a winterized tent on the lawn next to the McCullough Student Center on campus where students arriving this weekend will be able to do such things as eat meals, reserve space for student-organized uses and pick up skates and helmets for use on a new outdoor ice skating rink being set up nearby. The college has also set up fire pits around campus where student can hang out in the COVID-safer outdoors. Photo by Tim Parsons
MIDDLEBURY — After a three-month hiatus, Middlebury College students will return to campus this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 22, to begin the spring 2021 semester. Because the pandemic is still very much with us, all incoming students were required to undergo a two-week pre-arrival quarantine, and their first couple of weeks on campus will be carefully managed. When they get to Middlebury students will go straight to the Virtue Field House to be tested for COVID-19, then head to their dorms for a mandatory room quarantine while they await the results. A week later they will undergo a second...

GLENN ANDRES
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has recognized for local residents — Glenn Andres, Sadie Brightman, Emily Joselson and Amy Mason — with the 2020 Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the community. The college delayed its announcement of the 2020 awards until 2021 due to the pandemic. Normally Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton presents the annual awards at a celebratory dinner for the current and prior recipients of the award at the President’s House. The dinner for the 2020 award winners will take place at a later date. “...

FIG. 1: AS the school year began in Middlebury in September 1889, children were invited to attend a performance of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” produced by G. P. Stetson.
In Celebration of Black History Month, from the Sheldon Museum Archives: This is a three-part series addressing the presence of Black Americans in early Addison County. Two weeks ago, we introduced the topic and shared relevant documents available at the Sheldon’s archives; last week we told a story of Middlebury Black resident Prince King; today we outline the Twilight Project and explain how Middlebury College students are using local archives to research difficult moments of local history. —- —— —— —— —— As the school year began in Middlebury in September 1889, children were invited to...
Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Chief Health Officer and College Physician Mark Peluso released this letter to the public to explain the college’s preparations for the widespread return of students to campus this coming Sunday and Monday. • • • • • • • • • • •  • • • • • • • • • • •  • • • • • • • • • • •   To Members of the Middlebury Community, As we prepare once again to bring students back to the Middlebury College campus for the spring semester, we write to share our plans and collective commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy community for all. We are...
MIDDLEBURY — As Middlebury College prepares for the return of students to campus late this month, officials announced they again will limit access to the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and the portions of the TAM (Trail Around Middlebury) that run through college property. Only students who live on campus will be allowed in those outdoor recreation spaces starting Friday, Feb. 19, until otherwise announced, College Director of Business Services Matthew Curran said in a Feb. 9 letter to the Middlebury Community. “The closure of these areas is necessary to protect the health and safety of our entire...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Leili Mashhadi Manafi has not seen her parents in her native Iran since 2019 because she feared Trump immigration officials wouldn’t let her return to the United States. She welcomed President Biden’s repeal of the Muslim travel ban.
MIDDLEBURY — On his first day in office, Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States,” which revoked former President Trump’s “Muslim ban.” “The previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily Muslim countries, and later, from largely African countries,” Biden wrote. “Those actions are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all...
MIDDLEBURY — When the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) reached out to Middlebury College students last spring, seeking help with developing an app that would keep the community connected to local farmers and food producers, rising senior Ben Yamron and some of his friends answered the call. “We gathered a group of passionate students who worked through the summer, fall, and winter to make (the app) a reality,” Yamron told the Independent in an email. “I think the project was special because it was both an opportunity to develop skills through real-world experience as well as a...
Note: This story first appeared on the Middlebury College website. MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College student architecture project aimed at making a dent in the affordable housing crisis has won a major award from the American Institute of Architects’ New England Region. AIANE presented the design award for excellence in architecture to the Habitat for Humanity project on Seymour Street, which included students, the local Habitat chapter, and McLeod Kredell Architects. “For me this project had everything,” noted one of the judges at the virtual gathering on Sept. 25. “It was very economical,...

CHLOE LEVINS, A standout golfer while at Middlebury College, this week was named to the U.S. biathlon team and will compete at the world championships of the winter sport in Slovenia this month. Photo courtesy of Team USA
A 2020 Middlebury College graduate and Rutland native on Monday was named to the U.S. team that will compete in the biathlon world championships beginning next week. Chloe Levins was named to the 10-person roster for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships announced by the U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee. The squad consists of five men and five women with Team USA allotted four start positions per gender in each individual race. The IBU Biathlon World Championships begin Feb. 10 in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Levins, 22, will be competing in her first senior-level world...

NANCY GADEN, THEN, as an 18-year-old freshman, shoots a foul shot in a Middlebury College women’s basketball game in 1980. Gaden averaged nearly 30 points a game that season and set a single-game scoring record with a 52-point game. Photo/Middlebury College Archives
This is the story of Nancy Gaden, basketball player extraordinaire. Before we tell of Nancy’s accomplishments, let’s set the context: if you look at the record book in women’s basketball at Middlebury College, one woman dominates: Sladja Kovijanic, ’93. Sladja is without question the best women’s basketball player ever at Middlebury in the nearly half century Middlebury women have played the game seriously. She was spectacular, one of the very few best players in all of DIII NCAA hoops at the time. In 1993, she led the country in scoring with an average of 30.9. Let’s pause for a minute...

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