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12 things that happened at Midd while you were gone

It turns out that Middlebury keeps going even when you are not here. I know, weird right? In fact, a lot went down the past few months. Here are the most important things that happened this summer on and around campus. 

1. Delta house (ADP) officially disbanded. Yes, it’s true… freshmen will live there this year.

Delta House (formerly ADP). The former image was an emblem that was not Delta's--our mistake.

Delta House (formerly ADP). No one cares… 

2. The bubble was deflated…

…and construction began on the new $46 million athletic facilities.

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Where the main entrance to the athletic complex used to be.

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Where the new field house will go.

3. English was banned from our campus for 7 to 8 weeks. 


4. Up the road in Bristol, an awesome Fourth of July tradition endured.

The final heat of the Great Bristol Outhouse Race

5. The College outfitted the Axinn 105 computer lab with 21 brand new iMacs. 

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While it’s awesome the basement of Axinn now looks like a Star Trek control room, was anything really wrong with the old ones?

6. Middlebury suspended its school in Egypt again. It’s just for the fall, but things are not looking good for the spring either….

photo credit: google images

photo credit: google images

7. Back in this neck of the woods, the Addison County Fair and Field Days Demolition Derby went down–another great local summer tradition.

Yep, this exists but a few miles from our quaint campus.

8. The Solar D team finished building InSite house for the 2013 Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition in Irvine, California.

And then they unveiled it to the public for the first time–it was pretty amazing. But now they have to take it apart and ship it to California.

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9. The path from the library to Axinn was paved.


Middlebury students spoke with their feet and the grounds crew listened.

10. Old Chapel’s cupola got a little makeover.

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11. The College announced it will install a sushi bar in Crossroads.

middbeat had a few ideas about making the Grille cool, but this definitely was not one of them...

middbeat has a few ideas on how to make the Grille cool, but this was not one of them…

12. Ron Liebowitz changed his mind and Purple Jesus was resurrected…hooray! 



Great, you are all filled in. Now get back to packing and we will see you next week for a the start of a great year. We hope you will continue to constantly check middbeat for anything and everything going on at Midd.

Liebowitz Reconsiders, Purple Jesus Lives On!

While middbeat was away from the internet doing summer things, exciting news came in. Remember how Liebowitz accidentally ended Purple Jesus and then vowed to reconsider? Well, in July he met again with the Community Council via conference call and…changed his decision in a big way. He said in his letter to the CC:

“After the recent conference call and additional consideration I [President Liebowitz] have
decided to accept the recommendation of Community Council that we do
not end the exception that has allowed the Mill to serve hard alcohol
under specific conditions…”

For those of you just tuning in to the saga, this exception has allowed the Mill to serve Purple Jesus Drink at Purple Jesus parties since the CC instituted a social house pilot program in 2006 that allowed social houses to host longer registered parties with more booze under the condition they only serve beer and wine. All of the other social houses have adapted the program.

So rejoice! A Middlebury tradition lives on.

FYI: Liebowitz sent middbeat his letter to the Community Council regarding his decision a while back (apologies for the delay posting it)–you can read it in its entirety after the jump: Continue reading

Liebowitz Error Means Purple Jesus May Be Resurrected

The saga continues. After a strange turn of events involving a screw-up by Prez Liebowitz and Shirley Collado, it looks like Purple Jesus may have a chance at continuing at the Mill.

Liebowitz sent an email to the Community Council on May 30th admitting he “never completed the process I have been committed to following” for deciding whether or not to approve the Community Council (CC)’s decision to let the Mill continue to be an exception to the Social House Pilot Program so it can continue throwing Purple Jesus parties. What did he miss? Consulting the CC, which has spent time working with the Mill and discussing the nuances of its exception to the Pilot Program and its impact on the community.

Back in April, we all thought it was safe after the Community Council nearly unanimously voted to continue allowing the Mill to be an exception for the pilot program. It seemed like Liebowitz’s approval would be a mere formality. But then he surprised everyone by sending the Community Council a letter saying he would not approve their decision. It was unprecedented for him to overturn such a strong CC recommendation without first consulting them. As you can see in his letter, he didn’t mince words: “After due consideration, I have decided not to accept the Community Council’s decision to formalize the exception for the Mill,” he wrote.

But in his latest email to the CC, he explained that he had Shirley Collado draft two letters concerning the Mill decision: one that accepted the CC’s recommendation and one that didn’t. He claims that because it was such a busy time of year and he just recently made his decision on Delta, he thought he was signing a letter about Delta, not the Mill.

So now he is taking back his final decision until he has a chance to talk to the Community Council about the issue, which will hopefully happen in the next few weeks.

He concluded his email by saying: “I apologize for my error.  I should underscore that I have not arrived at a decision, but that does not mean I will come out in agreement with the Council; I may, or I may not.  I need to have this conversation with the Council to better understand its position.   I missed that step in the process.”

Now there are a lot of question marks surrounding this (Update: President Liebowitz pretty much answered these questions in his comment below). like why it took so long for him to realize his mistake (over a week), what Dean Collado’s role in this was, how often he doesn’t look at things he signs, etc. While conspiracy theories may start to fly, the most important thing is Purple Jesus, with the backing of the Community Council, has a solid chance of making it out of this weird series of events alive.

We will keep you posted on any more news we hear about the state of Purple Jesus.

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.