Summer News Update: Lots Of Renovations!

It’s been about a month and a half since most of us have set foot in Proctor, or desperately attempted to reveal some semblance of a tan on the shores of Lake Dunmore, or hiked Snake Mountain, or struggled to find a working printer in the library, etc. etc.

Just because those not speaking English greatly outnumber those who are speaking English on our bucolic campus, it doesn’t mean that the college isn’t already prepping for the 2012-2013 (or just 2012, if the world ends…) academic year. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s happened and what’s changing…

  • Middlebury won the Director’s Cup for the first time in history! Placing is determined based on a school’s results in up to 18 NCAA final championship matches. Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming, Skiing, Basketball, Women’s Indoor Track, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track, Men’s Golf and Men’s and Women’s Tennis all placed and competed in NCAA tournaments. So, I guess you could say that the Cup is well-deserved or something…
  • The College donated $100,000 to the ACTR to aid in the construction of a Community Transport Center off of Creek Road, slated to open in March 2013. What does this mean for students? Easier, better, more efficient transportation.
  • The President’s house (located at 3 South Street) is being renovated. While we’re not sure of any specific details, we’re sure it won’t be as costly as the UMD $7.2 million President’s house renovation
  • The sprinkler system in the museum is being replaced, so the museum is closed for the summer. Outdoor sculptures are (obviously) still on view, but if you’ve got a hankering for larger dose of art and culture, hit up the Shelburne Museum along Route 7 toward Burlington.
  • And finally, gender neutral bathrooms are a go! Students received an email earlier this week announcing that single-stall restrooms in Adirondack House, Armstrong Library, Axinn, Davis Family Library, Hillcrest, Old Chapel and Warner are now all-gender, meaning that gender-defining door signs are no longer. Multi-stall bathrooms have proven to be trickier, so the administration is giving the somewhat-hidden bathrooms in McCullough (between the mail center and MiddXpress) a test run. The urinals in the men’s room are being removed and new privacy partitions are being installed. If the McCullough conversion is successful, the College will look into converting more multi-stall restrooms across campus.

Did we forget anything? Does the bathroom project or the Director’s Cup have you talking? Let us know in the comments section!


2 thoughts on “Summer News Update: Lots Of Renovations!

  1. Emily – glad I was still subscribing to Midd Blog e-mails when I got this:

    My emotions regarding gender neutral bathrooms include joy, satisfaction, and pride – all with regard to the fact that my college is embracing radical inclusion by acknowledging a whole range of gender identifications (and non-identifications).

    So I was a little taken aback at your suggestion that I might be enraged about this policy change (and a little confused at why our receiving the Director’s Cup could have invoked the same response).

    I’m wondering why you felt it alright to suggest rage at a change that challenges dominant paradigms regarding gender and sexuality without recognizing the possibility of any positive emotion. While people are of course entitled to feel whatever they will with regard to these changes (and others) its not OK for you to provide a soapbox for one response without recognition of the other million and one responses people may be having. Doubly, as discrimination against transgender people in the workforce is on the up and up in the United States, it is less than preferable for you to give the reaction of the architects of these hateful changes another sympathetic ear.

    Anyways, I’m sure you didn’t meant to offend or exclude, but hopefully you understand where I’m coming from too. For too long I think we have treated issues of gender and sexuality with shame, anger, or sympathy towards the downtrodden or disenfranchised; if you ask me, the time has come to celebrate them as we would any other aspect of ourselves or our peers that builds the diversity we claim to treasure so much. And if we don’t feel comfortable encouraging celebration, let’s at least not encourage rage. I personally would have been OK with your neutrality.

    • Hi Rhiya — I think (or rather know) that this is a classic case of intended sarcasm being lost over the internet. I sincerely hope that nobody would be offended or angered in any way by Middlebury gaining publicity for athletic achievements AND/OR taking progressive action regarding gender separation. I certainly am not and I applaud the administration for their efforts. I’m going to change the wording of that sentence so that it’s far more neutral and entirely lacking in sarcasm! My apologies for the misunderstanding.

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