MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Laurie Patton is so confident in the work the college has done to prepare the campus for a safe reopening this fall that she is planning to step into the classroom herself and teach an in-person course.
“We believe that, if it is safe for the campus and wider community, colleges and universities have a mission and a responsibility to educate,” Patton wrote in a July 21 letter to the college community. “Living and learning in a pandemic will shape our leaders of the future. The lessons we learn and the partnerships we form will influence our responses...
Editor’s note: This message came from Brian R. Carpenter, chair of the Middlebury selectboard.
In the early moments of the Middlebury selectboard’s July 28 meeting, which was being conducted via Zoom, an unidentified participant hacked into a live PowerPoint presentation and scrawled a threatening phrase toward Black people using a racial slur on the screen, along with what may have been a Swastika.
The presentation was taken down temporarily while support staff quickly changed a Zoom security setting that will prevent such an attack from occurring again. The hacker was also located and...
Middlebury College was among the Vermont educational institutions and nonprofits whose donor databases were hit by hackers earlier this year.
Donors to the college and other nonprofits have been asked to keep a close watch on their personal information after Blackbaud, the software company that some Vermont nonprofits use for fundraising, reported a ransomware attack involving donors’ personal information.
In Vermont, those affected included nonprofits Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Public Radio, in addition to Middlebury College.
Blackbaud, a South Carolina company that specializes in cloud-...
I don’t know who needs to hear this. Apparently, our leaders will not. How do you justify opening the college or schools when you are holding all of the planning meetings virtually? Does it make sense to anyone that our local government is not open for business as usual, that our democratic processes are conducted at a distance, that many of our local businesses cannot fully reopen, but we are allowing hundreds of students to be together in one place? Clearly, Capitalism is at play here because none of this makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense, it’s usually about money.
In a July 9 letter to the editor, Timothy Case of Middlebury presented a strong case to prohibit Middlebury College resuming in-person classes. Some institutions of higher learning have been very successful at distance learning — online education — even prior to the COVID-19 epidemic. The decision by Middlebury College not to build such a system at a time like this is not only its failure to plan and prepare for its own future, but it constitutes an insult to the people of Addison County, who naturally have as our highest concern our own safety.
Consequently, why are not public officials at...
CHELLSA FERDINAND, FRONT, takes a selfie with her volleyball team. She was the only person of color on the team during her four-year career and believes the fact she is a light-skinned Black woman helped her gain acceptance.
Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY — Chellsa Ferdinand, a resident of Queens, N.Y., and a spring graduate of Middlebury College, was a four-year member of the Panther volleyball team.
She graduated in May with a degree in political science and is now working as a corporate paralegal for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City.
As an undergraduate she helped breathe life back into the college’s Black Student Union and served as a Middlebury Campus newspaper opinion editor.
This is an edited version of an interview conducted with a Middlebury College student-athlete by the college’s Sports Information...
This week’s writer is Brian R. Carpenter, chair of the Middlebury selectboard.
At the Middlebury selectboard meeting on July 28, at 7 p.m., representatives from the administration of Middlebury College, including Health Service Director Dr. Mark Peluso and Special Assistant to the President, Associate Secretary of the Corporation & Director of Community Relations Sue Ritter, will update the community on the college’s plans to re-open the campus to students in the fall and respond to questions and comments about its plans.
Weekly updates on the college’s plans are available on its website...
Middlebury College’s plan to reopen in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic this fall depends on sensible, responsible behavior on the part of two thousand students, many of them still teenagers. I was a teenager at Middlebury College many years ago, and I am less than confident that the college can depend on the students avoiding risky behavior.
I remember a fair amount of heavy drinking by students, and not just at the frats. That drinking reduced inhibitions and judgment, leading to drunken driving, unprotected sex and property damage. I imagine some of Middlebury College’s current...
I was a bit surprised to see the criticism about Middlebury College’s plans to reopen from Gregory Dennis in the July 2 paper.
When my wife and I bought our house in Cornwall 20 years ago we knew that the college was an important part of the community, but have learned over the years just how important it is to all of us who are fortunate enough to call this area home.
The local economy, employment, healthcare, quality of education, sports and recreation, the arts, music and theater, all are in some way influenced by having the college here.
Rather than criticize and second guess a decision...
Bringing 2,000 new and returning college students to Middlebury in September is a risk we cannot afford.
Since the pandemic began, we have all hoped that the next season or the next big holiday would bring a return to longed-for “normal.” But each rushed or forced opening of business, travel or social life has set us back and taken a terrible toll in lives across the country and beyond. Infections and deaths have increased greatly just since the college announced it would reopen.
Thanks to a wonderfully fortunate combination of circumstances, including relative geographic isolation and...