Inclusive Athletic Care Resolution Passes SGA

The Sports Medicine Team for Middlebury. The man in the back left’s name is legitimately Dave Matthews.

This Sunday, the SGA passed the Resolution for Inclusive Athletic Care, stating that non-varsity athletes should be given access to the athletic trainers the college provides varsity athletes.  Specifically, the resolution calls for the formation of an “Open Hours” program in which athletic trainers will be available for all students a few hours a week.  As the policy currently stands, only varsity athletes and members of the rugby and crew team can use the trainers in-season.  Over 20 representatives from different clubs showed up in support of the resolution, marking the most well-attended SGA meeting since the Commons funding drama last Spring.

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Screw Tufts (Midd’s New Rival)

Jumbo the Elephant, Tufts's mascot

This is a guest post by Greg Dorris ’13, member of the Otter Nonsense Players.

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Middlebury is under assault. A fellow NESCAC school has decided to take a scrawny, feeble swing at our traditions, our student body, our stupid music videos—our way of life. The worst part about this whole thing? Our attackers wear brown and baby blue.

In a recent blog post, Tufts Daily writer and former friend Ben Kochman took aim at Middlebury. He said,

“If you Midd Kids can hear me through the two−foot pile of frozen crud, hear this: You’re Tufts’ new rival…Tufts and the Panthers are like two dancers on prom night, and neither of us have dates. We see Middlebury across the floor. They’re wearing flannel for no apparent reason and sipping a glass of maple syrup with their pinky out. There’s also a broom between their legs, just for funsies. Let us step to them, and spit on their boat shoes.”

Tufts, like Middlebury, lacks a heated NESCAC rival. Sure, there are plenty of schools that we’d love to beat on the field. Wesleyan, Amherst, and Williams have all been listed as some of Middlebury’s most despised in-conference opponents. Let’s be real though—we don’t have a bona fide rivalry and we need one. There’s something pathetic about trying to tack ourselves onto the Amherst/Williams feud. They’re paired up. It’s over. Third-wheeling every one of their Red Lobster dinners won’t make us a genuine part of that acrimonious relationship. And Wesleyan? Come on. Do they even have sports?

Kochman wants to start a manufactured rivalry between Tufts and Middlebury. I suggest we hop on board this train and never look back.

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The recent hazing case, and how we talk about it

Most of the women’s swim team was recently suspended from finishing out the season, after members of both the men’s and women’s teams were found to have violated the College’s hazing policy.

At the expense of joining the conversation on this topic a bit late, MiddBlog hopes to examine the case and the reactions to it thus far. The goal is to build a basis for constructive discussion about the broader concerns the situation raises.

This post is longer than average, so hit “Read more” for the rest:

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Fostering Community Through Arts and Athletics

This weekend, Middlebury’s SAAC and the Institute for International Sport have joined together to celebrate the role of the arts and athletics in promoting unity and social change locally, nationally, and globally.

The event was kicked off last night with a panel discussion moderated by Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff, and featured former and current Middlebury students as well as Prof. Emeritus Gary Margolis ’67. Together, the group discussed the unifying power of sports and the arts, and how these activities can be used to advance social change and create a sense of community from here in Middlebury to remote villages in countries such as Kenya, Nicaragua, and more.

Numerous events have been planned for the weekend in conjunction with the various sporting events, concerts, performances, etc. taking place today through Sunday. This will also be a WHITE OUT weekend for sports teams so be sure to wear white in support if you plan on attending any games or matches.

A full list of events can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

And here a clip promoting Grassroot Soccer. Kim Kennedy ’08, a speaker on last night’s panel, is currently serving as a field intern for this organization that strives to provide HIV/AIDS education in Africa through the power of soccer.

Budget Cut Analysis

Early this morning (2:10AM to be exact), President of the College Ron Liebowitz released the lastest in the budget cuts, accepting almost all of the recommendations of the Budget Oversight Committee (BOC). Below is a quick first-brush analysis of selected recommendations:

  1. Athletics: The big one for Athletics is letting the Crew team drop back down to a level 2 Club sport. Crew made level one several years ago meaning that many costs were paid for by the Athletics department. Now, that burden has been shifted back to the SGA Finance Committee and your own Student Activity Fee (SAF) dollars. Non-essential travel has also been eliminated for all teams, meaning it might be tougher to get to that spring break training trip or that extra scrimmage.
  2. Arts: The deepest cuts and consolidations this round were made to collective arts. The college museum will take a 10% budget cut, straight out. Well, at least the school didn’t sell off all its art. The biggest direct effect on students is the increase in price for music lessons from the applied music faculty. We’ll see if the Music Dept will continue subsidizing majors and other students who perform in the College Choir or Orchestra. But don’t expect students (who don’t otherwise charge it to their parents) to pick up the slack. Consolidating the box office and tech staff makes sense too.
  3. New England Review (NER): Not many students know what the NER actually is, but it will be going away entirely unless it can eliminate its current operating deficit by 2011. It’s a point of prestige for Middlebury to have its own journal but it’s for professors, not students.
  4. SGA: Assuming something came out of the SGA Crisis Contest, the three SGA recommendations ar: 1) reduce lawn care costs by cutting less, planting more natural grass, 2) develop a kitchenware loan program for residences with kitchens around campus, and 3) develop and then implement a flexible dining system. I am wary that the administration will take a SGA “recommendation” to have “flexible” dining as a blank check to implement a non-open dining system. I’ll be more clear: do not get rid of open dining. Even a “eat-as-much-as-you-want” meal plan misses the point. No checks at the door builds the system of trust at this school. And any tiered dining system requires money, time, staff etc. to check for cheaters of the system. Financially, checks may be less than the costs of freeloaders (“riding the panther”) but you must account for the social and community benefits of open dining. The kitchenware loan program is a genuinely good idea but again, requires a check to prevent students from taking dishware out of the dining hall at will, as it happens now.
  5. President’s House: If you’ve ever been invited to a reception or meal at the President’s house, you know it’s a nice place. But the BOC recommends a 50% cut in couse costs from catering to maintenance. Expect Ron to be doing more of his student gatherings in the new “flexible-mealplan” dining halls.

MiddBlog wants to know: What will affect you? Are these appropriate cuts?