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Liebowitz Ends Purple Jesus

On Tuesday, President Liebowitz surprised just about everyone by declining the Community Council’s strong recommendation to allow the Mill to continue to be an official exception to the social house pilot program, which bans hard alcohol. This means the Mill can no longer host Purple Jesus, one of the most popular and storied all-campus parties and the Mill’s longest (over twenty years) and most important tradition.

We all assumed Purple Jesus was safe after the Community Council voted 14 in favor, 2 opposed, 3 abstentions to let the Mill continue to be an exception to the pilot program and its hard alcohol ban. While many rumors surround the content of the Purple Jesus drink, P Safe monitors its preparation closely and it is diluted to 5.4% abv.–weaker than heavy beer. Furthermore, Purple Jesus events have had hardly any problems with citations or dorm damage.  But Liebowitz decided to decline the nearly unanimous recommendation anyways:

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This will certainly not help with brewing student frustration over administrative micromanaging of the social scene. And with no Purple Jesus and no ADP, many predict Midd’s social scene will begin to move even more underground and off-campus, which will have repercussions of its own.

We will keep you updated with any more news we hear about Liebowitz’s decision.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL VOTES TO DISBAND DELTA

UPDATE: In a letter to the Community Council on May 16, President Liebowitz accepted the CC’s recommendation to disband Delta House for good. So that’s it. It’s not suspension, its disbandment. Prescott House, the former home of Delta will turn into summer draw housing for the upcoming year, and then probably become a super block like Palmer.

Update: Prez Liebowitz still has to approve the Community Council’s decision for it to be official. Delta should have a chance to petition him not to approve the vote, but his reversing the Community Council’s vote would be very unlikely. 

(Updated) The Community Council just voted to disband Delta House (ADP) with a 13-4-1 vote. After reviewing the Residential Life Committee’s recommendation to disband the social house last Thursday, the Community Council decided to table the decision until today to give themselves more time to discuss.

Earlier this afternoon, in executive session, the Community Council voted to disband the house.

To see middbeat’s complete coverage of the Delta issue, see here.

We will update this post as we get more information. Please comment with your reactions and submit any tips you have to us (where it says ‘Got a Tip?’ on the sidebar).

Community Council Releases RLC Report

The Community Council just released the Residential Life Committee Report that recommended Delta be disbanded. It also recommends that the Mill cease to be an exception to the “Community Council/IHC Pilot Party Program,” which allows for longer hours and more kegs or wine at registered parties if the houses do not provide hard alcohol. If the Mill ceases to be able opt out of this program (as it is doing now unlike all the other houses) they could not longer throw Purple Jesus parties.

Below middbeat excerpted the most interesting parts, click on the images to make them clearer.

Here is a list of the dorm damage so far this year for Delta (click on the image to make it clearer):

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Community Council Tables Decision to Disband Delta

The community council just adjourned its executive session for the day. There was a motion on the floor to vote on whether or not to disband Delta House, but it was voted down 8-8-1, so the motion was tabled until next Monday. Doug Adams says this is because the Council needed more time to discuss the issue before they felt ready to vote. A simple majority is needed to move forward on a motion.

Next Monday (March 18), they will reconvene in executive session to further discuss the issue, and will hopefully reach a decision then. middbeat will let you know when we hear the decision.

KDR, the Mill, Tavern and Xenia are all approved for the next few years, however.

Here are some reactions from people at the meeting collected by Joanie Thompson ’14.

Community Council Convenes to Decide Fate of ADP (Live Blog)

Update: For a more polished account of the meeting, check out MiddBlog’s post.

Update: The Community Council tabled the decision until next Monday.

middbeat is at Community Counci’s meeting in Axinn 103 and prepared to hear their review of Delta House. The Residential Life Committee recommended that the house be disbanded, look here for more details. middbeat is going to update this post with anything interesting that happens at the meeting.

4:30 The place is packed:

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The Importance of ADP

Delta House (formerly ADP). The former image was an emblem that was not Delta's--our mistake.

Delta House (formerly ADP). The former image was an emblem that was not Delta’s–our mistake.

Today at 4:30PM in Axinn 103 Delta House (ADP) will face the Community Council who is reviewing the Residential Life Committee’s recommendation to shut down the social house. Check out this post for more information. It’s open to the public but show up early because it’s expected to be full.

Mill president Nathaniel Brown ’13 writes in with his thoughts on the issue:

If you care about the social life at Middlebury, you should show up to community council this afternoon for the meeting that will decide whether Delta house (ADP) will be disbanded next year.

Many of you have scoffed at the issue, writing it off as a good riddance to a place “reserved for jocks looking for easy pickings and their horny biddie counterparts” (yes, that is a Middlebury Confessional quote). Even middbeat’s own article dismissed the house, as “apparently [having] breaking shit [as] part of [their] culture.”

However, today’s issue is more than that. What Delta represents is more than that. The continued existence of Delta is pertinent to the entirety of social life on campus and the disbanding of it would signal the demise (or at least a reason for even more micromanaging) of all social houses on campus.   Continue reading

Back off, administration! Tensions rise over the role of social houses on campus

Many people join social houses in search of a tight-knit community, to have a place on campus where they know they belong. Non-members also partake in the social house scene—the parties are organized, generally safe, and have large, open spaces to dance and socialize.

While the college theoretically supports social houses, many social house leaders report feeling stifled by administrative fiat. The set of rules for hosting events and for general management of social houses is ever-expanding, and full compliance is becoming increasingly unfeasible. Furthermore, recent administrative crackdowns communicated primarily through intimidating emails and misplaced hostility from public safety officers have created a precarious situation. With more rules to follow, more liability to fear, more uncomfortable confrontations, incentive to organize and throw social house events is dwindling. Continue reading

Delta House Faces Possible Disbandment

Delta House (formerly ADP)

Delta House (formerly ADP)

Update 3/7/13:
Delta President Luke Battle ’14 says ADP is “biggest place to party on campus” and calls the $1,500 dorm damage limit “unattainable” (apparently breaking shit is part of the culture) in Campus feature.

Update 3/6/13: Middblog posted on the recommendation to disband Delta today. According to them, Delta had over $10,000 in damages last year.

Update: Still haven’t heard from Delta but we heard their petition has over 200 signatures.

The Residential Life Committee (a newly created branch of the Community Council) has recommended that Delta House (formerly ADP) be disbanded for not respecting warnings from last year’s Community Council about damage costs and other issues. The Community Council will review the Committee’s full recommendation and decide whether or not to shut down the popular “athlete” social house on Tuesday, March 12.

Members of ADP are apparently putting together a petition to save their house, but things aren’t looking great.

The Community Council could have shut down the house last year after it surpassed its damage cost limit. But instead the Council gave them a warning and a maximum damage cost limit for this year of $1500. By February 25, Delta had already amassed $1800 worth of damage.

Delta was also warned about not registering parties last year, which they have continually failed to do this year as well (have you noticed how you never really hear about ADP events?). This is a matter of both failing to uphold their role as an open space for social life for the whole community and also liability problems for the school under Vermont State Law (yeah it’s a pain in the ass, but at least register a party or two a semester, or have a coffee hour or something!).

According to Barrett Smith ’13, Community Council Student Co-Chair, Delta also has other infractions on its record, including incomplete hazing training. But he is not sure of the full extent of the case against Delta because the Residential Life Committee will not release its full report to the rest of the Council until later this week.

If they are shut down, they can petition Ron, which they did after they were disbanded in 2006 for similar issues (largely occurring at an ugly party that allegedly included sexual assault). They were eventually successful and revived under the new name of Delta House during the 2008-9 school year.

middbeat will update this post as we get new information about the status of Delta (we are waiting to hear back from Delta with their perspective).

What are your reactions? Should Delta be shut down? What will the repercussions be for Midd’s social life? Palmer used to be a social house–if disbanded, will it just turn into an unofficial party space like Palmer basically did?