Bain analyst Mike Griffin
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.”
Students watch the Presidential Debates in McCullough. (Photo Courtesy of Zach Hitchcock)
Earlier tonight, more than a hundred Midd students made it out to the screening of the first presidential debate of the 2012 election held in Denver, Colorado. The event was held in Crossroads Cafe and was jointly hosted by the College Democrats and College Republicans. Be on the look out for more MiddBlog coverage of events at Middlebury during the lead up to the election in November.
In an incredibly close election, Barrett Smith ’13 beat out Kathryn Benson ’13 by six votes for the position of Student Co-Chair of the Community Council (SCOCC) according to an email sent out earlier this afternoon by the Student Government Association (SGA). Here is the announcement on their website.
Voting ended today at noon, and the final tally came out to 336 to 330 in Smith’s favor. That amounted to roughly 25% turnout across the entire student body. For more information about the candidates, see MiddBlog’s endorsement of Smith and the Campus’s endorsement of Benson and both candidates’ letters of intent.
The Freshmen Senator election was also decided to today with Graham Shaw ’16 and Hasher Nisar ’16 winning handily.
There have been a lot of great speakers on campus these past two weeks, including Isabel Wilkerson last week, Friday’s fascinating IPE symposium on the future of China’s economy with some of the best minds of Stanford, MIT, and Harvard, and the myAMERICA? symposium that’s been going on the end of this week. Here is a run down of a lecture from the latter in case you missed it.
Last night, Sonia Nazario spoke at Dana Auditorium to address “America’s immigration dilemma,” for the myAMERICA? symposium.
The bulk of her lecture focused on the journey of a boy named Enrique from Honduras to the United States that inspired her Pulitzer prize winning Los Angeles Times feature series, which she eventually developed into the book Enrique’s Journey.
Her description of the treacherous journey was informed not only by extensive interviews with Enrique but also by the two journeys she personally took on 7 trains from Honduras to the border, following Enrique’s exact route. Read more