Jimmy Wong ’09.5 wins Price is Right

Watch the full episode video here. And yes, his Midd friends Adam Levine and Dan Neslusan rush the stage.

Jimmy won $30,000 in prizes including a car. But hey, he might do something other than keep his winnings and give some to the government in taxes…

Only thing better would be if Bob Barker were there singing “There’s only one Middlebury, hey hey!”

What happens when Middlebury student goes on Jeopardy

She responds:

Hey, what happened to MiddBlog?

I got an email from a friend titled: “Confused.” It read: “Why did MiddBlog die? Hipsters?”

Ha. Not at all. There comes a time when things naturally end. Quite simply, there weren’t students to continue the blog this fall. A fade-to-black it is then.

Or maybe not. I’m wondering if there might be room for this space to be something else for Middlebury. I like thinking about the idea of how Middlebury’s largest contingent is not on campus. If there’s anything I’ve learned since graduation, it’s that alumni span the globe and do amazing things. And it’s quite a family of relatives you knew you had, but have never met.

These lost Midd relatives are not just for career advice or to find a social circle when you move to a new city. Some of the young-ish alumni recently lost a Middlebury great – Donovan Dickson ’11. And alumni spanning seven years or more came out of the woodwork to grieve and support one another. The tragedy aside, there was a moment where you could feel a living and breathing community come together in text messages, emails, calls, FB posts. Powerful stuff.

It makes me think I should open this space to alumni to share, convene, and sometimes even grieve. But I don’t want to force it. I won’t write frequently, but if you have something to say, you should drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

Ian Cameron ’13.5 Passes Away

778906_4328764065829_1865807082_oMiddBlog is sad to announce the passing of Ian Cameron ’13.5, who died Saturday, June 29, in an automobile accident in Rhode Island. A resident of East Greenwich, R.I., Cameron was a feb who planned to complete his joint major in sociology/anthropology and psychology in February 2014. Several professors spoke highly of him in the announcement made by the college on Tuesday.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 13th at 4:30pm on the Rocky Hill School grounds. Rocky Hill School is located at 530 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

557 members of the Class of 2013 celebrated commencement yesterday in Nelson on a wet and chilly Memorial Day weekend. Despite student protests, the celebration was held inside the recreation center for the first time in 21 years. Yet the mood inside Nelson was anything but cold, as seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and canes. Bronwyn Oatley delivered the student speech while young author Jonathan Safran Foer gave the commencement address. Check out both below. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and best wishes for the future!

In Which Ron Liebowitz Paraphrases Comedian Jerry Clower

For those of you at Saturday’s Baccalaureate ceremony, you may remember President Liebowitz’s speech and its quotation of an old Jewish story about a Rabbi and his driver from the Talmud. What you might not know is that Liebz is in good company with his inspiration, with the late Southern comedian Jerry Clower making the same joke in the 70s. Check it out below and let us know if anyone has a video of Ron’s speech that we can post here for comparison!

Ron’s Speech:

Seniors React to Announcement that Graduation Will Move Indoors

Update: Former SGA President Charlie Arnowitz has released the following video to address the “We the Middkids” petition to keep commencement outside.

Early Friday afternoon after taking a class photo, the graduating class of 2013 was informally told that this year’s commencement ceremony, taking place on Sunday, would be moving indoors. The commencent website states that the ceremony will take place outdoors, rain or shine. This move would limit students to only two guests at the ceremony, with others forced to watch a live stream elsewhere.

Not even an hour after the announcement, students have taken it upon themselves to keep the ceremony outside. Former SGA President Charlie Arnowitz just sent out an email to the senior class encouraging them to email President Liebowitz the following sample message:

President Liebowitz,
As a member of the Class of 2013, I respectfully request that the Commencement Ceremony remain outside. Many of us have friends and relatives who have traveled here from around the country and the world under the premise that they would be able to attend Commencement, rain or shine, as it represents an important achievement for each of us. We strongly feel that the ceremony should remain outdoors in order to remain as accommodating as possible.

Thank you,
Members of the Class of 2013

MiddBlog will update this post as more reactions and responses from the administration are received.