Alrighty folks, in possibly the longest (and most well-attended) meeting of the Senate yet this year, there was quite the lively discussion this evening. As always, I’m here with the scoop. Apologies in advance for grammatical, spelling, and/or nonsensical errors, running on thesis-deadline fumes my friends.
In old business discussions: (1) The ad-hoc committee on the restoration of Worth Mountain Lodge is still going and will continue to report on progress. (2) After a polling of constituents as to what newspapers they most prefer, with overwhelming support for the New York Times the Presidential cabinet will keep this in mind when re-negotiating the contract for subscriptions (current contract ending this year).
However, to the meat of the meeting, the EdLiberty Proposal. The brainchild of Brian Foster ’13, EdLiberty is a community-building media and information sharing platform that would allow students, faculty, alumni, staff (anyone with an @middlebury.edu email) to instantly generate content that would be immediately made visible and open to the entire Middlebury community. It’s a four-prong platform, made of: Thinktank (a discussion platform for open conversations), Bulletins (where anyone could post events and activities), Newsroom (a space for posting news links), and video (would be administered by Old Chapel to promote Middlebury videos: sports, arts, performances, speakers, etc.). The bill requested $33,500 in start up funds from the SGA, which if received the administration would match at $33,500 to fund the full request amount of approx. $67,000.
Brian Sirkia, head of MiddVenture Community, shares his opinions regarding the EdLiberty proposal. The Crest room was filled nearly to capacity, with chairs (and couches) brought down from the upstairs gallery to accommodate all attendees.
As previously alluded to, this bill brought many voices, questions, and opinions from senators, the SGA Presidential Cabinet, and the student body. In his presentation Brian Foster ’13 identified that EdLiberty fills a community need that he saw since being a first-year here at Middlebury, the ability to have a platform for full, open discussions within the community, bringing voices from all across campus and beyond. With EdLiberty he stated, “For the first time anyone in the community can communicate with everyone else at once.”