To continue the tradition of the oldest student-run Winter Carnival in the country, Middlebury kicks off its 90th annual Winter Carnival on Thursday night! Thursday also marks one of the most fun/dreaded holidays of the year: Valentines Day. But whether you have a steady beau or are just making eyes at your proctor crush, I think that this year’s Winter Carnival events can work to your advantage.
Lets start with Thursday: as Winter Carnival gears up, what better excuse to hang out with that special someone, than to enter as a team into the Snow Sculptures Competition on McCullough Lawn. Any sculpture of Cupid will have my vote this year. And as the night falls, what could be more romantic than a kiss by the bonfire under a sky full of fireworks! Oh, and don’t forget to show off your stellar dance moves at Orange Crush (remember, there’s no school Friday so you can stay out all night!)
Photo Credit: Project Survival Media
Abigail Borah ’13 was ejected from climate change negotiations at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa early today for interrupting top U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern. She has been serving at the UN Summit as a member of the SustainUS youth delegation. She also served as a member of this delegation last year at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.
After nearly two weeks of stalled progress by the United States at the international climate talks, Borah delivered a passionate speech calling for an urgent path towards a fair and binding climate treaty and admonishing members of Congress for impeding global climate progress to internationl ministers and high level negotiators at the closing plenary of the Durban climate change negotiations. Borah’s speech was met with an eruption of applause while she was ejected from the talks shortly following her entreaty.
Borah told Stern that the U.S. negotiators “cannot speak on behalf of the United States of America (anymore),” highlighting that “the obstructionist Congress has shackled a just and delayed ambition for far too long.”
“I am scared for my future,” cried Borah. “2020 is too late to wait. We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty. You must take responsibility to act now.”
Part of Borah’s Speech
Coverage of the incident can be found on SustainUS.org, Democracy Now!, BBC News (second picture from the end), and the NY Times.
COP 17 will end this Friday with Borah being banned from the rest of the negotiations.
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“Share where you come from by wearing something representative of your own hometown,” said the description of last night’s First Year celebration and dinner on Proctor Terrace.
In an effort to deepen MiddBlog’s coverage of campus issues, this is a recurring column that comments on selected Campus newspaper articles, published most Thursdays of the school year. This allows a place for the Middlebury community to comment, expand, and discuss important issues in a dynamic way.
This Week in The Campus:
- Dwyer wins coveted CC chair: I don’t know if I call it “coveted” but it is a key student position even if students know not what SCCOCC does for students. Dwyer was the right choice despite an interesting run by Ethan Schmertzler ’12.
- Preview days host 400 students: Well, it’s up to them now. It’s like we’ve asked these students on a date and we’re waiting for response. I even met up with both of the 2013 Challenge winners, both Febs and both coming to Middlebury for almost certain.
- Summer students to bunk in Battell: I’ve been waiting for someone to say something about this. There actually is a large contingent of forgotten English-speaking students on campus during the summer. The students quoted in the article seem outraged at $70 rent and meal per week but as a person looking for housing in DC this summer, I know that staying at Midd to work is actually quite profitable (for a student) especially if you snag a hard-to-get C level job for 30+ hours a week.
- All dining halls will serve same main course: Now there’s an idea to even up the lines. Less variety but good call overall. Director of Dining Services Matt Biette says students should avoid the rush by coming “a little earlier or a little later.” Students don’t choose when to eat lunch. We have class, we have a routine, we’re busy. If you think the majority of students can nicely and orderly disperse themselves across lunchtime dining hours then you are mistaken. Even dinner — practice, rehearsals, meetings. We eat when we eat because that’s when our schedules allow it. Biette is right about getting in different and separate lines for Ross though.
The results are in! MiddBlog’s 2013 Challenge was a success! And the winning entries:
Luke: Since I’m a eunuch and all, I was the only one to circle “Neither” on the “What is your Sex” part of the Common App…..got me far.
Jessica: i fel inlove w a boy frm czech-public whos I’s wer so blu i cared not bout his cow lick midd liked my compassion thot heck its the fashion
Below are some other interesting selected entrants to the contest:
Alec: I fulfilled the quota of math majors who were suspended in high school.
Stephen: 2,15,39,44,56,15 Those were the winning numbers for Feb/06 when 8 men in Nebraska won the Powerball. Now how did I get in? Who knows, but Clagett pulling my 5 sure helped.
Katie: Admissions wanted to be able to write in their brochures that the planet’s greatest one-girl consumer of dill pickles attended Middlebury.