Few activities signify fall more than a good tailgate. Bundled up, grilling, kicking it with friends and family, talking about the game (or not), and cracking a beer (or two) is one of the most familiar and enjoyable activities of the season. While we at Midd can continue to enjoy the first four of that set, the fifth has been eliminated by a new Public Safety Policy banning alcoholic beverages at tailgates, the latest in the increasingly strict regulation of campus party life.
And, to make matters worse, it’s not just alcohol that’s been banned. Brace yourselves: even music is no longer allowed. Laughing? You’re not alone. While many valid arguments can be made for and against alcohol consumption, banning music, arguably the least harmful social lubricant, is humorous. Innocent Tswamuno’s ‘15 response boldly resounds most students’ opinions on this matter: “With no music, what’s the point of tailgating at all? You’re sucking the love out of it all. Just let us have fun.”
While we will work to be objective in our discussion of this new policy, We can’t help but think “What. The. Fuck?” Why take alcohol and music out of the equation for students over 21 at an age old tradition that takes place in broad daylight with readily accessible food right before attending a game at which alcohol is prohibited?
It’s unlikely we’ll receive an answer regarding these newly implemented alcohol and music bans straight from the horse’s mouth, but we can at least pick apart why this policy is a little, well, over the top. We’ll gauge student reactions in hopes of stirring discussion yet again about the increasingly omnipresent administrative surveillance of student social life at Middlebury College.
You’ve heard about the new Middlebury College regulations on tailgating. No alcohol. No music. Ostensibly, no fun.
It’s absurd, it’s wrong, it’s insulting. Namely, it’s just counterproductive.
It’s time to make a change.Sign this student-created Petition to Bring Back Tailgating now, if you’re in favor of this argument, and send it to as many alumni as possible. If the Midd administration won’t listen to the students actually living the Middlebury on-campus experience right now, maybe they’ll realize their absurdity if the alumni speak up. If not, one consequence of this policy is clear: a serious drop in alumni donations.
Importantly, whatever your opinion might be, be sure to voice your thoughts on this matter by commenting on the middbeat tailgate feature here. We hope to provide a safe space for all viewpoints to be shared and for effective, respectful communication to be fostered.
I write to invite you to an event that will take place this Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the newly named Wilson Hall (formerly the McCullough Social Space).
That’s where I stopped reading. The newly named Wilson Hall? What are we gonna start renaming all the buildings all of a sudden and casually mention it in an email? Maybe no one cares about this, but it’s definitely funny. All these building names, axinn, brooker, wilson, davis, munroe, stewart, cook, etc… are actually real people. Don’t know who McCullough is but I guess he’s not that important anymore.
Anyway this nonchalant announcement of a new name comes in the midst of many re-imagining (or re-claiming) McCullough summits. What was once designated as the pool, and then as a “social space” (<–highly suggest you watch that link), has become a multi-purpose building where our students buy snacks, check their mail, fill their laundry card, and do not feel trusted. There is hope though. The administration is looking for student input on the space and what it can become and I guess Ron took the first step by renaming it.
Tomorrow is the first day of Real Food Week, organized by EatReal, a weeklong symposium of events focused on sustainable food. Discussing the realities of our current food system and proposing future solutions, the week will investigate the complexities of food sourcing at Middlebury. Our dining purchases reflect our values – environmental and social – as a college. What is our role in creating a more resilient, ecologically sound, and just food system?
Stop by some of the events listed below to offer your perspective and engage in some thoughtful conversations.
-Noah Stone ’16.5 and Ben Clark ’16, EatReal’s leadership this semester.
“The campus tour for prospective Middlebury students stops in a corridor outside a much-frequented eatery at the student center. Here, the guide directs their attention to a glass case exhibiting signatures of every freshman who has signed the honor code, a pledge made during orientation. To high school students fresh out of the SAT and A.P. grind, these signatures suggest that the competition for high scores is over; learning would now be fuller and more meaningful. Lowering their gaze, however, they might notice three trash bins lined up under the display. This juxtaposition looks to be a fitting metaphor for Middlebury’s attitude toward its honor code.”
Dean Shirley Collado has a new post up on her blog about creating more organic connections between students, faculty, and staff members. Read and comment below.
When I go to 51 Main, I feel as though I am close to a little piece of home (Brooklyn, New York) because I run into all types of people there. Not just students. Not just townspeople. But everyone imaginable. They are enjoying a shared interest, mingling, being together in the same place. Worlds collide there in a way that feels comfortable. But on campus, this sort of mingling does not occur as much as I would like, and I feel we are worse off for it.
The wonderful Jennifer Herrera wants you to know about Student Leadership Awards. Anyone in the community can nominate a student/student organization. There are a couple of different awards check them out:
There are many awards and prizes that honor Middlebury College students for their leadership and engagement in campus and community life.
Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to nominate students or student groups for the annual Student Leadership Awards.
Visit go/awards to learn more and to submit nominations electronically. The deadline to nominate is March 20.
Quick, today is the last day! Head to the registrar’s office to ADD a class or invoke the Pass/D/Fail option. This option is fairly new and can be super useful for those of you who want to take a class in an unfamiliar field that may be particularly challenging, among other reasons.
Submit your add cards to the office by 5 pm today. An insider tip: Any add cards that make it into the submissions box by 8:15 tomorrow morning will be accepted. You can drop classes on Banner Web until 5 pm today or with a physical card until March 14.
I got booted from the 100 days party this past weekend and I deserved it. Below is the story of my drunken antics and the realization I came to after some sober reflection. Check out this related opinion article from today’s Middlebury Campus for something more civil.
Here’s what went down: I was drinking a cup of water and also wanted to dance. Radical, I know. I ignored the signs saying “no beverages allowed” and proceeded to enter the social space. When approached by a member of Green Mountain Security who told me to please bring my water outside the room, I threw my cup in the air and exclaimed, “Look, no more water!” That’s when I got escorted out of the building, one guy on each arm. Fair enough, I had been an asshole. On the way out, I quite ineloquently tried to make a point. Gesturing to the party going on around me, I said “Look around…this party is for me!” He said “No, this party is for seniors,” to which I responded, “Right, I’m a senior!” as if that made total sense.
Well, it does make sense, at least to me. At a party held in our honor and to celebrate our seniority and upcoming graduation, I find it ridiculous that I couldn’t even step outside for some damn fresh air. I get the no beverage on the dance floor rule – when it gets slippery, people get hurt. But the rest of the rules simply set the bar low for our behavior.
I was treated like a child and, in my drunken state, I felt I had no option but to act out and be childish in my response. I apologize for disrespecting the security folks and anyone that may have gotten wet or slipped on the water I spilled/threw in the air, but now it’s time to evaluate the bigger picture. Continue reading →