News Highlights 3/21
In the interest of supporting and connecting hard-working community news outlets, MiddBlog will comment weekly on stories from The Campus, The Independent, and the Middlebury blogosphere.
Our photos from last week’s Middlebury Chili Festival, taken by Caroline Grego. (The pair of hands modeling chili and spoons are mine.) The event was covered in more detail by both The Campus and The Addison Independent.
The Campus 3/17
- Bunker busted. After noting a risk of potential violations of Vermont liquor license policy (no actual violations had been reported), the College chose to suspend the student group in charge of the Bunker for the rest of the year. Other groups can use the space to host events, however.
- $53,879.19. The total cost so far of dorm damage this school year. The article, largely based on an interview with Dean Collado, looks at trends in dorm damage and mentions some countermeasures. Collado holds up the Intentional Living House as a positive example of students taking more responsibility for residential life.
- Posse. Two-page spread to commemorate the annual PossePlus retreat. Posse identifies public high school students who might be overlooked by the college application grind and helps them get in and get scholarships to colleges across the country. This retreat’s topic: the Millenial generation.
- Our very own Mackenzie Beer wrote an op-ed calling for more random, small-scale creativity to punctuate Midd’s academic slog. Word.
The Addison County Independent 3/14 & 3/16
- Single-payer in VT? Six Addison County residents added their voices to testimony in favor of H.202, a bill that would create a unified, single-payer healthcare system in Vermont. Another entry in the Independent‘s continued coverage of the healthcare debate and its implications for the local community.
- Still piled up. Most of the massive March snowfall has melted, but the blizzard’s economic and political effects on town budgets around the county will be felt going forward. UPDATE 12:21 pm: The snow is back. That’s Vermont for you.
- On a boat (Middlebury Magazine). Watch a student-built boat (currently on display in the CFA lobby) in action.
- Movie time! (LIS) Bi Hall 309, 405, and 467 are now full-fledged smart classrooms. I do have to wonder, though: would better coordination of course locations be more efficient than building new smart classrooms? I’ve had completely tech-free courses in completely hi-tech rooms.