Compared to most colleges in the country, Middlebury is minuscule—a 2,500-person student body is not that big. This allows us the opportunity to meet and learn about each other, but there are still plenty of students on campus who’s stories and experiences are something that could be shared, but they just don’t have the right front to do so. Thus, Campus Character has been created as a way to showcase the diversity of people and their interests on this campus. Every week or so, I will interview a student with the hopes of uncovering a hidden talent or a fascinating story. We are a school of amazing individuals, and I want people to see that.
Despite the diversity of interests at Middlebury, it’s not often that one sees a dorm room adorned with plants. Andrew Holtz ’16.5 stands apart from others in his love for botany. When asked where his interest in plants came from, Andrew replied: “My dad has always been interested in them and growing up we took care of our house plants and garden.” He continued: “I’m interested in how new plants grow from dead ones. I’m interested in their resilience.” Having been in Andrew’s room prior to interviewing him, I always notice that the plants help create an ambiance that is just not present in other dorm rooms.
Have you ever enjoyed beer? I thought so! Are you interested in wine, mead, cider, kombucha? How about sauerkraut, sourdough, or cheese?
Do you want to start your own culture or pursue hoppiness?
The Middlebury Fermenter’s Guild is having a spring meeting tonight at 9:30pm in the Old Stone Mill. We are a collective of experienced and novice fermenters looking to increase our knowledge and resources with regards to the creation of beer, and the foods of the gods, et al. No experience necessary, but soon you will be drinking the beer that you make yourself! We praise the yeast and drink its children. L’chaim!
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 →
Middlebrow Improv Comedy and the Otter Nonsense Playerswill be holding auditions all this week, and both groups are eager to see the hilarity that’s out there amongst the student body. Here’s the schedule:
Middlebrow: Monday OR Tuesday, 4:30, Axinn 219
Otters: Wednesday OR Thursday, 4:30, Gifford Annex
It is important to note that you need only go to one day for either group. So you could do Brow Monday and Otters Thursday, par examplé. It’s also important to note that NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY; in fact, most current members of the two improv groups had never done improv comedy, or ever even made somebody laugh, before getting to Middlebury. So please, come, it’s a lot of fun.
Tomorrow (Saturday) at 4:30pm at the Old Stone Mill the Middlebury Fermenters Guild will give the final and third installment of the free and easy fermentation workshop series, 2014.
Learn, participate, and enjoy in the making of fresh raw milk mozzarella cheese with us! Join the dozens who have already enjoyed making yogurt, bread, and cheese with us. We’ll eat and make the best cheese you’ve ever had, no shit. It’s simple and easy.
Date: Tomorrow, Saturday 1/24 Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm Place: Old Stone Mill
Continue reading for directions the the OSM, and keep your eyes open for the Fermenters’ Feast, this Monday.
For those of you who could not make it to the screening and discussion, here is the full length panel discussion audio!
But the audio is like 90 minutes. Unless you are really into this, here are some highlights:
Ellie Ng ’13.5 and Adrian Leong ’16 put together a file called “Pandora’s False Promises: Busting the Pro-Nuclear Propaganda” and distributed it to the audience at the entrance, which provides a good alternative to the one-sided message the film delivers.
At 19.10, Evelyn Bromet, third from the right in the picture, said that although Three Mile Island accident was in fact not a dangerous situation in terms of public health impact, the government ordered an evacuation of pregnant women and children around the plant for political reason, which caused a huge psychological impact on those victims that never resolved itself.
At 30.10, Bill McKibben talked about the economics factor of building nuclear plants. He described it as a negative learning curve – it gets more expensive as it generates more kWh. And at 35.20, Bill said that developing countries may be the best place to use renewable energy.
The last question at 1.15.50, all panelists were making suggestions to Robert Stone, the director (third from the left), about what his next documentary could be. At 1.26.00, Robert told us that his wants to take a holistic view and point out how people could come together and aspire to greater things next. Well, good luck with that!
It would be great if the audience could be more involved in the discussion. Although a bit too long, the discussion did provide new perspectives both to us and to the director (hopefully).
And he will be back on campus tomorrow night for an evening of poetry and conversation. More details below:
This is part of a series of faculty/staff talks on living intentionally that Munford House (the Intentional Living Super Block) has been hosting for the past couple of years. John Elder will be reading a few poems that have to do with nature and balance and then talk a little bit about them before opening it up to a conversation about poetry and living intentionally. THERE WILL ALSO BE SOUP AND BREAD SERVED. Please bring a bowl if you want some.
Date: Tomorrow, Friday January 17th Time: 5PM Place: Munford House common room
Is nuclear energy the key to curbing climate change? Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone is bringing Pandora’s Promise, which revisits nuclear energy in light of climate change, to campus tomorrow. ”Whatever your stance, stone’s compelling film opens pandora’s box and promises to change the conversation for years to come,” says Sundance Film Festival. Even the New Yorker blog posted a review called “Time to Go Nuclear” on this film.
Right after the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Jon Isham, Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, with:
Robert Stone, director of Pandora’s Promise
Evelyn Bromet, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University
It was 55 degrees this morning. There was a torrential downpour of Biblical proportions. Now it’s sunny and 36 degrees. The high for tomorrow? 11 degrees. Oh, and there’s a “polar vortex” determined to take the fingers and toes of everyone in the Minnesota.
WTF you guys. J-Term Cray-Term.
Thank you to Tim Parsons, Middlebury’s Landscape Horticulturist, who sent us some cool photos of water where it shouldn’t be, and thank you to Facilities for saving the day, every day. Also- if you send us a picture of yourself swimming in the new Gampitheater pool, we’ll post it and pay for your hypothermia treatment.
The only thing spreading faster than lice on campus is the news of an outbreak. And probably the common cold. Panicked conversations can be overheard in dining halls as students wonder who’s got the bugs. If you don’t read any more, know this: the outbreak isn’t as bad as you think.
It’s easy to avoid. Basically, don’t share things that touch hair (hats, pillows, combs) and avoid direct contact with people who have lice. You learned all this stuff in Kindergarten. For more information on symptoms, treatment, and prevention, see the Center for Disease Control website.
A standard head check for lice. NBD.
I spoke with Terry Jenny, Nurse and Administrative Director of Parton Health Center. She provided me with the following information, but her main point for students was not to panic. The first case of lice was diagnosed last Friday. Since then, over 90 students have come into Parton for head checks. Although there have been no live louse findings, Jenny told me there have been 15 findings of nits (lice eggs). This is far below the exaggerated numbers being spread through rumors. Many students have been successful in self-diagnosing and treating lice. Of the 80 plus students who went to Parton for head checks today alone, none have had live lice found. Basically, chill out about the lice.
Rumors of hundreds of cases and a quarantine center in Allen are false. I even spoke with one First Year student who told me that at least seven of her friends were falsely diagnosed with lice. With very few actual cases officially reported, the real fear now is fear itself.
Jenny from Parton shared the positive news that, with Thanksgiving break coming up, it is unlikely that the lice will survive for long. As campus empties out, they will have no food sources and probably all die off before we return. Custodial services have been notified of the outbreak and are working hard to clean common spaces where lice is most likely to spread unintentionally.