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As last week's Nor'easter raged outside, student members of the ski patrol passed their time on duty in the warmth of the patrol hut at the top of the mountain, playing Bananagrams, and reading about the history of the Black Plague. Monitoring the radioÑon standbyÑthose on duty are always at the ready to assist in an emergency, if they should be beckoned to respond. Sydney Shuster (reading at left), grew up as a competitive mogul skier. Discussing her reasoning for attending Middlebury College, she stated "Skiing was such a big part of my life, that I knew I needed to be somewhere where I could do it all the time. Ski patrol has given me an awesome opportunity to get medically trained and find some of the best skiers on campus and shred with them." Shortly after she had passed the ski patrol training course, Sydney's mother, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, contracted Viral Meningitis while they were traveling together. Sydney reflected "Being able to handle myself in those sort of situations and knowing that I can help people in an emergency is really important to me." (Herald / Seth Butler)