CALLING ALL MEN (and women interested in discussing masculinity). As part of a new initiative to promote the idea of positive masculinity, The College has enlisted students’ help to create some new programming. There has a lot of talk about women’s issues lately, which is fantastic. Tonight is an opportunity to have an often overlooked conversation about what it means to be a man here at Middlebury, a conversation that can surely take many forms.Student organizer Mzwakithi “Prestige” Shongwe ’16 writes in about tonight’s event:
As part of Middlebury College’s initiative to foster a dialogue
about positive masculinity on campus and beyond, we are setting up a
Brother to Brother mentorship program for middle school boys.
Brother-to-Brother college participants will organize a boy’s summit
at the end of the spring semester to explore, acknowledge and
challenge expectations about what it means to be a “man” in today’s
world. We are looking for male-identified students who enjoy
interacting with young boys and engaging them in entertaining and
There will be an information session in Hillcrest 103 (the Orchard) tonight at 5:30 for those interested.
What: Brother to Brother Information session When: Tonight, 5:30 PM Where: Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
We all know how annoying it is to come into Proctor and spend twenty minutes not only finding a seat, but also finding A BOWL. We complain about it constantly – how can I have soup? Or yogurt? How can I have successive small portions because getting up and down is just so fun? (I say this in vein as I am absolutely a culprit). We share the frustration, yet we are the reason why there are consistently fewer bowls at Proctor dining hall. The dining services aren’t ignorant of the problem: since February 3rd they have consistently updated a document above the soup station tracing the decline and replacement of bowls. On 2/3 Proctor had 146 bowls, since they have lost 366 bowls and opened new bowls six times – in less than one month (see image above).
So, what elevates this occurance from an inevitable open dining hall consequence to an absolutely unacceptable and fundamentally hypocritical phenom? The cost of these bowls. This morning, a credible dining services employee informed me that Middlebury has spent over $40,000 on bowl replacements just this year, and spent over $50,000 on the same problem last year. This is enough money to pay for a student’s entire college tuition. At this rate, the college estimates spending approximately $80,000 on bowl replacements by the end of the 2014 school year. Just imagine the financial aid, social events, facility improvements etc. that this money could justifiably be used for.
Maybe everyone was privy to this reality, but I was not. This is both embarrassing and absurd, and needs to stop. I hate to rant, but if you have a bowl taken from a dining hall, especially Proctor, get off your ass and bring it back – now. We’re all part of the problem, and it would be just as easy to provide the solution.
If you’re reading this on your phone, continue reading. Here’s some info from Sydney Sanders ’16 about an awesome event she organized for tomorrow:
A few weeks ago my friend Sophia Miller ’16 randomly thought that it would be a fun challenge for our friends to try to go a day without cellphones. It seemed to us that the people around us are easily distracted from real connections and conversations because of our phones.
I thought it would be awesome to extend the challenge to as many people at Middlebury as possible. I love the idea of walking into Proctor, not having to text a friend about lunch plans, and just randomly sitting down with new people, or reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while. Walking through campus everyone would be ‘present’ enough to say hi, and not be distracted by technology.
It’s simple – this Wednesday, March 5, turn off your phone for the day! Check out the Facebook event for more details and commit to trying it out. One day without you phone won’t kill you, I promise.
Sydney also had the idea to connect this event with UNICEF’s Tap Project challenge. With this app, UNICEF will donate one day worth of clean water to a child in need for every 10 minutes you go without touching your phone. This sounds like an easy thing to do any day, not just Wednesday.
Spread the word and remember: Go Phone-Free Wednesday March 5th!
Polls are now open in the Municipal Gym located downtown between Main Street and College Street
The polls will be open today from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Municipal Gym for Middlebury Town residents to vote on Articles 6 – 10 of the 2014 Annual Budget Proposal. These articles include a controversial building plan as detailed below in addition to other proposed expenses. Middbeat will often tell you what we think, but the goal of this blog post is simply to present the facts to help inform your decision at the polls today. Anyone registered to vote in Middlebury may participate, including students!
An image of the proposed Town Office building from the perspective of Two Brothers Tavern. Designed by Breadloaf Architecture, the building features a spacious lobby, flexible meeting room, and public restrooms.
Last night’s Town Meeting voted to approve Articles 1-5 and spent the remainder of the time discussing Articles 6-10. It was a remarkable show of Middlebury residents’ involvement in their community and local politics. The meeting took place in the Municipal Gym, the same building whose fate will be determined by tomorrow’s vote. Out of 4,607 registered voters in Middlebury, 280 were officially in attendance in addition to an estimated 50 attendees who did not check in or came from other Towns. Many College Faculty were there representing both sides of the issue. The meeting lasted more than four hours, with over an hour and a half spent on discussion of Article 6:
Shall general obligation bonds of the Town of Middlebury in an amount not to exceed Six Millin Five Hundred Thousand Dollars, subject to reduction from available alternate sources of funding, be issued for the purpose of financing construction of (1) a town office building on the so-called Osborne House site, and (2) public recreation and athletic facilities on Creek Road, the total estimated cost of such improvements being Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars, with the Town’s portion of the construction cost estimated at Two Million Dollars.
To hear a full recording of the discussion on this article, see the audio at the end of this post. The discussion began with an outline of the plan including details about the existing structures, the proposal, and the price (all details are available online). This presentation was followed by extensive debate, with Town residents expressing their opinions both for and against the proposal. As was the case in last week’s School District meeting, the majority of the speakers were vocal opponents of the plan despite the large number of supporters in attendance (judging by applause).
Read after the break for an account of the debate, more pictures of the proposed buildings, and a full audio recording of discussion on Article 6 and don’t forget to vote!
Professor Rula Quawas will be presenting tomorrow on her experience teaching Feminist Theory at the University of Jordan in her talk titled, Voices of Young Jordanian Women: Speaking the Unspeakable. Professor Quawas was removed from her position as Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan, a Middlebury School Abroad, after she helped students produce and publish a video on sexual harassment at the University.
When: Tuesday, March 4th from 12:30-1:45 PM Where: Mitchell Green Lounge Lunch will be served
Math Professor Michael Olinick standing in opposition to the article at last week’s School District meeting. Photo cred: Trent Campbell/Addison Independent
If you haven’t been following the most recent Middlebury Town controversy, take a minute to read our coverage of last week’s School District meeting. In a landslide vote over extended deliberation, members of Union District #3 voted to allow the School District to enter into a lease agreement with the Town of Middlebury, one step in a long process toward rebuilding the Town Offices and Gym with the help of the College.
The next step in this process comes tonight with the first part of a two-part Town Meeting that is expected to spark some serious debate. Voters will assemble in the Municipal Auditorium tonight at 7:00 pm to vote on Articles 1-5 (mostly routine town business), followed by an informational meeting:
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This weekend, students from around the country are headed to Washington D.C. for what hopes to be the largest environmental action the nation has ever seen in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Middlebury students Greta Neubauer and Isaac Baker ’14.5are raising money to get you and others down to D.C. for what will undoubtedly be an exciting and impactful weekend. Donate here if you want to help the group of students driving down to D.C. this weekend and contact Greta (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Isaac (email@example.com)
Hundreds gathered for the meeting, overflowing into the cafeteria. Here, a standing vote to end the debate.
Last night, over 400 people gathered in the Middlebury Union High School Auditorium for the Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing. The meeting began nearly an hour late as there were delays checking in the abnormally high number of voters. This alone should come as a shock – I was told the meeting usually has around a dozen attendees. Citizens of Addison County came to express their opinions and vote on a number of issues, primarily this one:
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. - Robert H. Schuller
Greetings middbeat. I, the treeman, have returned to tell you about another of our campus’s stand-out trees (if this is your first time reading one of my submissions, I recommend you at least take a look at my first article for some context), but first I must apologize to my fellow tree enthusiasts for my lengthy absence. For a time, even I, the treeman, was too caught up in my day-to-day human bustling to appreciate my aplomb arboreal buddies. Fortunately, that treeless time has passed and I am excited to be writing about my favorite woody sentinels once more. Treeward!
THIS UNDER-APPRECIATED HERO
Ever take the time to truly notice this little guy? Probably not, but that’s why I’m here.
I believe this dude is a red pine (though, as always, I urge you to take my entirely unprofessional opinion with a few dashes of salt) and I call him Danko. Rooted between Coffrin and the Chateau, Danko hardly stands out to most passers-by. In the fall and spring, the foliage of the surrounding Washington Hawthorns and nearby Sugar Maples easily draws our eyes from this squat little evergreen and in winter he is dwarfed by the Norway Spruces that mark the edge of Battell Beach while the frozen berries of his Hawthorn neighbors continue to steal the proverbial “limelight.” Continue reading →