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.
MiddBlog 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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
Members of the Class of 2013
MiddBlog will update this post as more reactions and responses from the administration are received.
Hey all. Sorry for the delay in Sunday Reading, but hopefully you were all too busy enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend to notice. Now that we’re all back to the grind and the last week of classes, here’s some material to help you pass the time until you can get outside again.
Gap Yah: Is taking a year off before college a bad thing? Midd sure doesn’t think so, but this article might make you rethink some of that voluntourism you may have been planning on doing.
Williamsburg: I used to think that this was just a place with colonial re-enactors in Virginia. #trueconfessions But this NYTimes reporter took a closer look at the culture of Brooklyn’s hipster hometown.
Linguistics: Lawl, LOL isn’t funny anymore. (duh.)
Poetry: A beautiful poem making the rounds recently titled, “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal” by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Parks and Rec: The more I think about this, the more it makes sense? There is a Parks and Rec porno.
Seasonal: And appropriate. White boys in salmon colored shorts. (I better see some Midd submissions soon…)
Science/Art: Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects hair, smoked cigarettes, and other trash to extract DNA and create portraits of what the person behind the remnant might have looked like.
Advertising: How do you tell a child where they can get help for child abuse, even while accompanied by their aggressor? This organization figured it out.
And your video of the week (I love drunk jokes/stories):
Check out some of the latest news from this week on the issue of divesting Middlebury’s endowment. Seven students spoke on a panel Sunday night to discuss all sides of the issue, while SRI and Divest for Our Future posted a video of faculty support yesterday.