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.
Final update: The Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee is found guilty of violating some college policies, but no official college discipline will result. Check out MiddBlog’s detailed account of the trial.
Update 7:19PM: A lot has happened so far. MiddBlog is going take a little bit to come out with more comprehensive coverage, but here are some themes that have come out so far: Accountability, intent, and the fine line between fraud and satire.
Update 5:06PM: So far both parties have made their opening statements. In her opening statement, complainant Dean Collado emphasized the importance of separating the moral issues and freedom of speech from the infraction of college policies in the college handbook. She also said that during an important time in the College’s history (referring to the Dalai Lama’s visit), “unfortunately this email turned [the administrations]‘s energy to managing a great deal of confusion [within and beyond the college community].”
The Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee responded that the moral issues they aim to confront cannot be separated from the action itself, as the action is their message. They also cited a satirical issue of the Campus released on April Fool’s Day.
Original Post: Ten minutes and counting until the beginning of Middlebury’s first open Community Judicial Board hearing in recent memory. Five Middlebury students are on trial for their involvement in a satirical press release claiming Middlebury College divested from war and fossil fuels in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit. Every seat in Dana, the school’s largest auditorium, has been filled and people have been turned away.
All cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited, but we’ll be posting updates during scheduled breaks, as long as this doesn’t violate judiciary procedure. Stay tuned for more comprehensive coverage after the hearing.
For the second time this year, the media has called out a Midd alumnus for an embarrassing gaffe–both times connected to Mitt Romney.
This morning, Gawker–a media news and gossip blog–posted an email that a Bain Capital analyst sent Gawker creator Nick Denton expressing interest in investing in their company. This employee unfortunately didn’t realize that late this summer Gawker released thousands of Bain’s confidential documents to expose the potential illegal tax dodging of the private equity company that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney founded…awkward.
Here’s where it gets good: That clueless Bain analyst happened to have graduated with a degree in American Studies and Economics from the prestigious institution of Middlebury College in 2011. Mike Griffin was also lacrosse and hockey player at Middlebury before entering the financial sector after graduating.
This follows another incident involving a Midd grad, which occurred after the Republican National Convention in late August. Many people blamed Mitt Romney’s top campaign strategist and apparent Midd alumni Stuart Stevens for bad decisions that led to the disastrous end of the Republication Convention, which included Clint Eastwood ranting to an empty chair and a vague speech by Romney that Stuart apparently wrote. An article about Stevens featured in on Politico says,
“Viewed warily by conservatives, known for his impulsiveness and described by a colleague as a “tortured artist,” Stevens has become the leading staff scapegoat for a campaign that suddenly is behind in a race that had been expected to stay neck and neck through Nov. 6.”
MiddBlog hasn’t been able to find exactly when Stevens graduated from Middlebury, but on his Wikipedia page and elsewhere online Midd is listed as one of his alma maters. We speculate he may have graduated from Middlebury’s Breadloaf School of English as he is listed as a Breadloaf donor and also apparently worked as a travel writer.
To leave things on a better note, Middlebury Professor of Political Science Matt Dickinson apparently published an article in the Economist this morning about Obama slipping in the polls and Romney coming back after the first debate (it only says “by M.D.; Middlebury, VT” but we think Professor Dickinson is a safe guess). Legit! Follow him and Midd Political Science Professor Bert Johnson on Middlebury Magazine’s series “Professor Pundits.”
Yesterday, members of the Youthful Alliance for Merrymaking (YAM), led by Luke Greenway ’14.5, broke the world record for the largest cardboard box fort building a structure comprising 1,130 boxes. A group of Harvard students who built a fort with 1,064 boxes held the record previously.
YAM members had been collecting boxes for the past couple weeks in the Bunker, which they used to build the fort yesterday on Battell Beach. They are currently working on a more polished video of the project, but for now take a look at the one above.