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Liebowitz Ends Purple Jesus

On Tuesday, President Liebowitz surprised just about everyone by declining the Community Council’s strong recommendation to allow the Mill to continue to be an official exception to the social house pilot program, which bans hard alcohol. This means the Mill can no longer host Purple Jesus, one of the most popular and storied all-campus parties and the Mill’s longest (over twenty years) and most important tradition.

We all assumed Purple Jesus was safe after the Community Council voted 14 in favor, 2 opposed, 3 abstentions to let the Mill continue to be an exception to the pilot program and its hard alcohol ban. While many rumors surround the content of the Purple Jesus drink, P Safe monitors its preparation closely and it is diluted to 5.4% abv.–weaker than heavy beer. Furthermore, Purple Jesus events have had hardly any problems with citations or dorm damage.  But Liebowitz decided to decline the nearly unanimous recommendation anyways:

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This will certainly not help with brewing student frustration over administrative micromanaging of the social scene. And with no Purple Jesus and no ADP, many predict Midd’s social scene will begin to move even more underground and off-campus, which will have repercussions of its own.

We will keep you updated with any more news we hear about Liebowitz’s decision.

middbeat minutes: Discussing the Future of Social Life at Midd

Students turn out to discuss the future of our social life

Students discuss the future of our social life

Middlebury’s social scene is still in the midst of an identity crisis. It largely began in the 90s when the College got rid of frats and sororities, which provided the foundation of Midd’s social life for, like, a hundred plus years. With the end of Greek life came a make over of the school’s identity from a typical white, privileged New England college (epitomized by fraternities and sororities) to a prestigious, diverse, global-minded, environmentally-conscientious, etc. institution, and brand really.

While most would probably agree this new identity has been a positive change overall, Midd still hasn’t figured out what it means for its social scene. This confusion has manifested itself in tensions over the role of alcohol consumption, social institutions like social houses and superblocks, strict Vermont State alcohol laws and the administration (old chapel, res life, pub safe, etc.) in defining our social scene. Student frustration over the administration micromanaging nightlife and shutting down social houses, a perceived lack of trust between students and pub safe, alcohol task forces, convocation speeches littered with warnings about knowing your limits have all emanated from this.

We also still have an alarming lack of student owned-space and student-created traditions (what gives, this school is over two hundred year old?!), which is partly the case, it could be argued, because we still haven’t filled the void of the greek system on campus and figured out what our new social scene/identity is exactly. But within this frustration, there also exists (we think) a kind of  excitement at the opportunity for students right now to organize and reclaim social events, traditions, and spaces that will define the next iteration of Midd’s social scene .

A lot of this frustration and excitement was present tonight among the dozens of students who showed up to Crossroads this evening for a discussion called “What is the future of social life at Middlebury?” led by Student Co-Chair of Community Council Barrett Smith ’13 and co-sponsored by Community Council, SGA and the Dean of the College Office.

Among the those present were movers and shakers from social houses, MCAB, SGA (including two presidential candidates) as well as a few administrators (I saw Katy Smith-Abbott, Doug Adams and Shirley Collado). The discussion was directed around the following questions: Should hard alcohol be banned on campus? What is the future of social houses? How will this affect campus social life? Should the Atwater Suites be regularly patrolled by Public Safety? Should more parties be registered and what would promote that?

middbeat kept some unofficial minutes from the group discussion. Here are some of the themes that emerged:

Many argued the merits of the keg as a great way to provide regulated alcohol to lots of people and create community at the same time.  Many wished it was easier for groups to acquire kegs and keep them for longer. Currently, kegs are confiscated after four hours encouraging people to empty its contents quicker to get their money’s worth, and or just to buy thirty racks instead, which promote faster, more exclusive drinking. Continue reading


UPDATE: In a letter to the Community Council on May 16, President Liebowitz accepted the CC’s recommendation to disband Delta House for good. So that’s it. It’s not suspension, its disbandment. Prescott House, the former home of Delta will turn into summer draw housing for the upcoming year, and then probably become a super block like Palmer.

Update: Prez Liebowitz still has to approve the Community Council’s decision for it to be official. Delta should have a chance to petition him not to approve the vote, but his reversing the Community Council’s vote would be very unlikely. 

(Updated) The Community Council just voted to disband Delta House (ADP) with a 13-4-1 vote. After reviewing the Residential Life Committee’s recommendation to disband the social house last Thursday, the Community Council decided to table the decision until today to give themselves more time to discuss.

Earlier this afternoon, in executive session, the Community Council voted to disband the house.

To see middbeat’s complete coverage of the Delta issue, see here.

We will update this post as we get more information. Please comment with your reactions and submit any tips you have to us (where it says ‘Got a Tip?’ on the sidebar).

The “Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee” Strikes Again!


The much loved Tim Shornak recently shared his thoughts on taco day with many of you, hiding among the text a subliminal message.  SPOILER ALERT: the message is “SAVE DELTA.”  This is the latest, and possibly most obscure installment in an escalating debate surrounding Delta’s place on campus.  See after the jump for the full message.

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Community Council Releases RLC Report

The Community Council just released the Residential Life Committee Report that recommended Delta be disbanded. It also recommends that the Mill cease to be an exception to the “Community Council/IHC Pilot Party Program,” which allows for longer hours and more kegs or wine at registered parties if the houses do not provide hard alcohol. If the Mill ceases to be able opt out of this program (as it is doing now unlike all the other houses) they could not longer throw Purple Jesus parties.

Below middbeat excerpted the most interesting parts, click on the images to make them clearer.

Here is a list of the dorm damage so far this year for Delta (click on the image to make it clearer):

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Community Council Tables Decision to Disband Delta

The community council just adjourned its executive session for the day. There was a motion on the floor to vote on whether or not to disband Delta House, but it was voted down 8-8-1, so the motion was tabled until next Monday. Doug Adams says this is because the Council needed more time to discuss the issue before they felt ready to vote. A simple majority is needed to move forward on a motion.

Next Monday (March 18), they will reconvene in executive session to further discuss the issue, and will hopefully reach a decision then. middbeat will let you know when we hear the decision.

KDR, the Mill, Tavern and Xenia are all approved for the next few years, however.

Here are some reactions from people at the meeting collected by Joanie Thompson ’14.

Delta House Faces Possible Disbandment

Delta House (formerly ADP)

Delta House (formerly ADP)

Update 3/7/13:
Delta President Luke Battle ’14 says ADP is “biggest place to party on campus” and calls the $1,500 dorm damage limit “unattainable” (apparently breaking shit is part of the culture) in Campus feature.

Update 3/6/13: Middblog posted on the recommendation to disband Delta today. According to them, Delta had over $10,000 in damages last year.

Update: Still haven’t heard from Delta but we heard their petition has over 200 signatures.

The Residential Life Committee (a newly created branch of the Community Council) has recommended that Delta House (formerly ADP) be disbanded for not respecting warnings from last year’s Community Council about damage costs and other issues. The Community Council will review the Committee’s full recommendation and decide whether or not to shut down the popular “athlete” social house on Tuesday, March 12.

Members of ADP are apparently putting together a petition to save their house, but things aren’t looking great.

The Community Council could have shut down the house last year after it surpassed its damage cost limit. But instead the Council gave them a warning and a maximum damage cost limit for this year of $1500. By February 25, Delta had already amassed $1800 worth of damage.

Delta was also warned about not registering parties last year, which they have continually failed to do this year as well (have you noticed how you never really hear about ADP events?). This is a matter of both failing to uphold their role as an open space for social life for the whole community and also liability problems for the school under Vermont State Law (yeah it’s a pain in the ass, but at least register a party or two a semester, or have a coffee hour or something!).

According to Barrett Smith ’13, Community Council Student Co-Chair, Delta also has other infractions on its record, including incomplete hazing training. But he is not sure of the full extent of the case against Delta because the Residential Life Committee will not release its full report to the rest of the Council until later this week.

If they are shut down, they can petition Ron, which they did after they were disbanded in 2006 for similar issues (largely occurring at an ugly party that allegedly included sexual assault). They were eventually successful and revived under the new name of Delta House during the 2008-9 school year.

middbeat will update this post as we get new information about the status of Delta (we are waiting to hear back from Delta with their perspective).

What are your reactions? Should Delta be shut down? What will the repercussions be for Midd’s social life? Palmer used to be a social house–if disbanded, will it just turn into an unofficial party space like Palmer basically did?