More rumors are floating around regarding the dining situation for next year. The latest whispers: Ross Dining would close for expansion renovations in the Fall (leaving Atwater and Proctor open) and then Atwater would close permanently in the Spring (leaving expanded Ross and Proctor open). I think seniors’ hearts just skipped a beat as both Atwater Suites and LaForce will both suffer from a semester sans food nearby. I can feel the on-campus real estate values plunging by the second….
Curious to find out more? President Liebowitz is holding a finance meeting tonight in McCullough at 6:30PM.
Over on WeyBlog (Weybridge House’s very own blog), they announced today:
In accordance with the Community Council’s recommendation, the administration has announced a cut in the Weybridge budget from $24,000 to $19,000 for the 2008-9 school year. This cut was the one favored by house members, and we are pleased that we’ll be able to continue fully operational, providing the community with high quality local and organic fare Monday-Thursday at 6:30, like always. Next year, our budget will be cut to $16,000. We will be discussing the feasibility of MEAL, our planned all-local initiative, under this budget.
MiddBlog reported last week on the first round of budget cuts. And the open process and announcement has reached far and wide. The influential and widely-read InsideHigherEd just published the story on Middlebury: “A Shift Back on Aid.” It’s nothing we don’t know but the article gives perspective on “putting financial aid on the table” and the sacrifices that must be made to remain need-blind.
Several aid experts who asked not to be identified said that they suspected that Middlebury was already not alone, and that colleges that are making modest adjustments are simply not announcing them because the $100 addition in family expectation here or the $100 cut in a grant there may not be visible to most students or their families.
And that’s a good point. Middlebury is opting for a transparent process and that will help us in the long-term.
In an all-campus email late today, President of the College Ron Liebowitz announced some of the first round of cuts to affect Middlebury services.
What students need to know:
What faculty and staff members need to know:
- The staff attrition goals remain the same, as previously reported. “The College will pursue the goal of reducing staff by at least 10% of current levels through attrition by 2011. This means we are aiming for a reduction of at least 100 staff positions.”
- “The Director of Business Services will work to reduce the discounts we provide to employees and other friends of the College for the use of [the Golf Course and the Snow Bowl]. These changes will be introduced during the summer of ’09 and the winter of ’09-’10.”
- “The faculty and staff lunch venue will move from its temporary location in the CFA to the Crest Room in McCullough. Although this change will limit the ability of student organizations to use the Crest Room during the morning and lunch hours, students will have access to the space in the late afternoon and evenings.”
- Compensation: “Though we are committed to competitive salaries for our faculty and staff, and recognize their importance in hiring and retaining the best faculty and staff, we believe it would be unwise to raise salaries this coming year as if it were business as usual, especially when the cost of living has not increased significantly (0.1 percent) since December of 2007. We will provide a 2% raise for employees who earn $50,000 or less, but hold flat the salaries for those who earn above $50,000. In addition, all members of President’s Staff, which includes 16 colleagues, will take at least a 2.5% reduction in salary. Vice presidents will take a 5% cut, and my salary will be reduced by 10%. This will be the second year in a row that the vice presidents and I have not received a salary increase.”
Let’s face it: nobody will be excited about the elimination of MOO, or the redeployment, as it were, of Atwater Dining Hall, or the lack of salary increases in July, or any of the other recommendations which the BOC made to President Liebowitz and he in turn accepted. Nevertheless, it is important to look at the bigger picture: it is better to forego a pre-college camping trip, or a Dr. Feelbad at 1:30 a.m. than to have someone lose his or her job. An economic recession requires that we all make sacrifices.
MiddBlog wants to know: What are your thoughts on the budget cuts?
-Sarah F. / Ryan
Care about Middlebury: Tomorrow Tuesday Nov. 11th in the Grille at 7:30PM and on Wednesday Nov. 12th in Dana at 9:30AM.
9:45 Sarah F. Update: It looks like Team Liebowitz is going to do finance again. There were 50+ people (mainly staff members) who were unable to get in to Dana this morning. Team Liebowitz is the new Madonna!