Whether you know him as the National Anthem singer at the Middlebury Men’s Basketball games or as Officer Clemmons on the children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it is unarguable that our Twilight Artist-in-Residence, Dr. François Clemmons, has one of the brightest personalities and most powerful voices on our Campus. For the past 15 years, he has taught the popular J-term class on the American Negro Spiritual, as well as proudly directed the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir: a talented group of community members, faculty members, and students that each January perform “A Celebration of the American Negro Spiritual and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King”.
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Who are all these people? I don’t recognize anyone! Have I said hi to you yet? Where is that kid from my commons I’ve lived with for the past two years? Sure it’s all a little overwhelming, but being back on campus is truly great: chatting with friends, indulging in an extra slice or two of Ross pizza (free food!), and being able to catch a Midd Ride from one party to the next. And now that I’m 21, the anticipation of going to Two Bros on Thursday night is killing me! I bet it is going to be like that pub I went to in London that weekend!
Hugs are being given out, stories are being swapped (you mean you actually swam in the Trevi fountain?!), and everyone is in a J-term state of mind. The rest of you are probably wondering “who are all these Juniors?,” but we’re asking the same thing about you Freshman.
The series, directed by Brad Becker-Parton ’11.5 and produced by Rebecca Tharp ’12 and Matt Yaggy ’12, stars Adam Benay ’13.5, Greg Dorris ’13, and Ben Orbison ’12.5 as Chet, Zach, and Kevin, three college losers bumbling through the pledging process for Kappa Omega Chi. Tom Califra ’13 stars as the frat’s weird president with a cottage cheese fetish, and Ele Woods ’11.5 plays his girlfriend.
Episodes are released every Sunday night (prime procrastination time), and the first ep received over 400 views in just over 12 hours. Check out the first episode here:
Ever get the feeling that Winter Term registration sneaks up on you every year? I got that exact sensation today after I received an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office kindly informing me that registration starts next Monday, Nov. 2! Maybe you were caught equally unawares and, as I type, are kicking and clawing your way to Forest West to get a hard copy of the J-Term catalog. (Relax: it’s also posted online.)
In any event, here’s a no-fail plan for your course registration zero hour:
A. If possible, pick a course outside of your major.
Yes, I know you love WAGS, or economics, or whatever it is that you’re into. But don’t you want to try something new and refreshing for a change? No? Well, I tried.
On a serious note, if you’re doing the math and realizing that taking, say, a history course over J-Term will save you from taking two or three in a single semester, I’d go this route. Beware- some majors require certain courses, and some disciplines don’t count Winter Term credit toward a major or minor at all.
B. To college write or not to college write?
Hint: most courses at Middlebury involve a lot of writing anyway. You might as well get it over with. On the other hand, you might find yourself unwittingly taking two college writing courses if one is already required for your major. This is rare, although if you don’t look into this sort of thing, it will happen to you.
C. Copy and paste that CRN [Course Registration Number!]
Oh, the folly of thinking that tarrying and registering at 7:01 am will allow you entry into a 12-person course! When you refresh your internet browser at 7:00 am (like the prudent person that you are) you will have a few fleeting seconds to type in the five-digit CRN before the class fills up.
Also, beware the corollary of CRNs, who are identified by an identical acronym: Course Registration Ninjas. These ninjas typically wake up at 4:00 in the morning, go for an extended run, eat a hearty breakfast, and are back at their laptops by 6:59 to deny you a spot in your much-coveted J-Term course. The only way to beat these CRNs is to use their tactics against them.
D. Have a back-up option. For that matter, have several.
Not all people copy and paste equally. Also, BannerWeb has a tendency to crash when you most need it.
E. Get on the wait list. Now.
If you e-mail a Winter Term professor, he/she will put you on the wait list for his/her course. This will allow you to gain entry to the course if you are not able to do so on the day of registration and spots happen to open up.
For the indecisive, paranoid, or misanthropic, feel free to get on the wait list for every J-Term course.
F. Find out when you can register.
This may seem like an obvious one, but the Winter Term catalog is unclear on this point. For example, it reads, “Nov. 2, Monday: WT registration begins for students who have earned 8-16 credits by the end of WT ’09.” Instead, this should read “WT ’10,” as you will find once you view your BannerWeb time-ticket.
MiddBlog wants to know: Do you have any advice for would-be J-Term students?
This week in The Campus:
- Op-ed by Ronald D. Liebowitz: The President of the College fires back after last week’s Campus editorial. He tends to take the polite view citing frequent lunches with students in the dining hall and the lack of student participation at open meetings as evidence that he has stepped outside Old Chapel to meet students where they are. Tim Spears addressed the separate CORE survey issues on his blog, One Dean’s View. MiddBlog editor Robert LaMoy weighs in on alcohol issues too in an op-ed.
- Admissions refocuses international strategy: The Admissions Office is moving to recruit more international students from “wealthier metropolitan areas in Western Europe and Hong Kong” to reduce the amount of financial aid needed. Currently, the average financial aid package for international students is $9000 more than the average financial aid package for domestic students. The key quote from Bob Clagett: “We believe that international students bring a broad perspective to our student body regardless of their socio-economic background.”
- Winter academics stay close to home: So no abroad offerings for J-term this year. But we can palate that. After all, how many students went to Nepal to study Buddhism anyway? But everything else is basically staying the same. Snow bowl shuttle going strong (albeit w/ higher ticket costs once you get to the Bowl) thanks to the SGA funding ACTR. MCAB events will try to program pretty much every night with trivia, pub nights, dances, without budget cuts. J-term workshops are self-funded anyway, so they’ll stick around. While we wait for the snow to fall, try on this aphorism coined by MiddBlog editor George Altshuler: “Find the J-term in your every day.”
- The Interface: A new column by Andrew Forsthoefel ’11 shows that the Local section dominates the paper with awesome articles and insightful commentary. The column on Addison County town/gown relations ask students to share the stories of “the greater Middlebury family.” This week’s editorial advocates for local participation in a global institution.