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As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health

As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health
Editorial Board December 9, 2020
As we reflect on all of the ways that the semester was successful and express gratitude to those who made it so, we also want to point to one area in which the College can do better.

It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable

It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable
Editorial Board November 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This editorial mentions instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, racism and anti-Semitism. The racial harassment of a Black student. A photograph of Hitler hung in a station...

Make Election Day a College holiday

Make Election Day a College holiday
Editorial Board October 28, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, many College students, faculty and staff who are eligible to vote are preparing to cast their ballots in person. In future years, the College should make...

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days
Editorial Board October 21, 2020

Though it may still feel a lifetime away, the spring semester is fast approaching — and with it come many momentous decisions about how the College will operate. The first of those decisions came last...

A call to students and the administration on social distancing

A call to students and the administration on social distancing
Editorial Board October 7, 2020

120 unmasked students gathered near Poker Flats on Sept. 8.  No distancing. No masks. While community-spreading within our campus has not yet happened, our networks of friends, families...

Holding the Record accountable: reckoning with race and its intersections with journalism

Holding the Record accountable: reckoning with race and its intersections with journalism
Editorial Board August 25, 2020

In our June 6 statement “In solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” our editorial board expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and called on the College, its students and its alumni to...

On the College’s plan for the fall: A note of thanks and a call for answers

On the College’s plan for the fall: A note of thanks and a call for answers
Editorial Board August 19, 2020

In recent days, a growing number of colleges and universities have halted their original plans to bring students back to campus this fall in what one Middlebury student-journalist has termed “The Great...

In solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Where the Record, and the College, have faltered, and necessary next steps

In solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Where the Record, and the College, have faltered, and necessary next steps
Editorial Board June 6, 2020

Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Oscar Grant. These are the names of only a few of the Black people who have become victims of state-sanctioned police brutality. The...

The College’s plan leaves student voices unheard and questions unanswered

The College’s plan leaves student voices unheard and questions unanswered
Editorial Board May 21, 2020

They didn’t ask the students. In our editorial last week, we urged the College to reach out purposefully to students before making decisions about next year. We affirmed that safety concerns and...

Before deciding on fall plans, ask the students

Before deciding on fall plans, ask the students
Editorial Board May 13, 2020

As a tumultuous spring semester concludes, our scattered community has started shifting its attention to the fall. Will students be able to return to campus in September? If so, under what conditions?...

Universal pass/fail is the best grading option for the spring semester

Universal pass/fail is the best grading option for the spring semester
Editorial Board March 25, 2020

Yesterday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that the College would follow peer institutions such as Bowdoin, Columbia, Dartmouth, Smith and Wellesley by instituting a system in which all classes will...

Why Strategic Planning matters: On taking charge of the College’s future

Why Strategic Planning matters: On taking charge of the College’s future
Editorial Board February 26, 2020

In what direction is our community headed over the next 10 and 15 years? How will the College improve to become more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and transparent? On Feb. 12, President of the...

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