You heard it right. Upperclassmen, ever wanted to just grab a beer with a few friends and hang out, without having to go all the way to Two Bro’s? Ever wanted to hang out with your non-21+ friends in that atmosphere? Now is your chance! Throughout the Fall semester, the SGA and the Grille worked together to bring back alcohol service and Pub Nights in Crossroads cafe. Starting tonight, the Grille will offer regular beer and wine service on Fridays and Saturdays between 8 pm and midnight.
Tonight features a Battle of the Bands, brought to you by MAlt. Stop by for a $3 pint of beer or glass of wine. I’ll see you there.
Not that I’m excited or anything, but I’m pretty excited.
Earlier tonight, I attended a mini-forum on alcohol and student life at Middlebury. The meeting was a follow-up to the issues raised by the student body during the well-attended May 3, 2011 alcohol forum held in McCullough.
Eleven other students and four deans were in attendance. The deans present were Katy Smith Abbott (Dean of Students), Shirley Collado (Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer), Ian Sutherland (Cook Commons), and Lisa Boudah (Associate Dean of the College and Director of Public Safety).
The primary announcement at the forum concerned the soon-to-happen creation of a Task Force on Alcohol and Student Life that will be co-chaired by Dean Katy Smith Abbott and a member of the faculty (to be determined). There will be twelve people on the task force in total, including five student representatives and several other representatives from College faculty, Public Safety, and Custodial Services. Read more
In response to the findings of the latest alcohol survey, Dean Collado and President Liebowitz organized a forum on Alcohol this Tuesday in McCullough. The audience was packed (probably due to the event’s subtitle: “Is a dry campus the only answer?” but regardless of intention, it was exciting to see the student body so passionate and committed to enacting campus change). Read more
Let’s play spot the Middkid up in Shoreham, VT:
The video itself is also produced by Midd folk – Ian Durkin 10.5 edited the piece. Evan Daniel ’10, Edge Trullinger’10 , and Mike Waters ’10 are all working up at WhistlePig Whiskey for the summer.
Thanks to a MiddBlog tipster who sent this in. Have something for MiddBlog? email@example.com.
Yesterday, the President of the College welcomed first year parents in a Mead Chapel “town hall” Q&A session and took several question on the issue of alcohol on campus. Ron’s message solidified the stance adopted last year of focusing on destructive drinking and community values on campus while still adhering to Vermont’s drinking laws
Residential Adviser (RA) training continues this week and is beginning to reflect the philosophical changes the President outlined. One of the major talking points for RAs, FYCs, and CRAs is finding ways to make students accountable to one another instead of to an “authority” like Public Safety or the Health Center. And as a part of this accountability, the residential staff is trying out a system that relies on friend networks:
If a student needs medical attention, Public Safety will transport him or her to Porter Hospital. If a student is intoxicated and with friends, the responsibility will be on the friends to stay with that person. If a student is intoxicated and alone, Public Safety will transport that person to a “duty office” where residential staff will attempt to “find a sober friend” for that person or stay with the person until morning. If at any time a student’s condition worsens, Public Safety will take back intoxicated students from friends/residential staff for transport to the hospital.
This will help pick up slack for the closure of the Health Center at night and Public Safety who are most busy between the hours of 2-4AM. The “duty office” is essentially babysitting drunk people and residential staff will be paid for their service (currently $40/night but look for the market rate for this job to increase) from 2AM to 6:30AM on weekend nights. The location of the “duty office” is the basement of Ross, in the old gym space. Two years ago, residential staff tried a “hotline” system where residential staff would be called to take care of smaller incidents (like noise complaints) to release Public Safety for more serious matters.
The idea is to stigmatize going to the “duty office” (please rename it to something like “the fish bowl” or “the tank”) because it really means you have no friends to take care of you. And if your friends are taking care of you, they aren’t going to be pleased doing so and will have a word with you when you sober up, chief.
Will underage drinking citations go away? No — Vermont law, remember? But this new system will be different and will take some time to get used to. Expect the residential staff led by Senior Residence Director Lee Zerilla to tweak the system as the semester unfolds.