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Community Conversations: Social Life

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Last week, Community Council Co-Chair Ben Bogin ’15 and SGA Director of Institutional Diversity Jeremy Stratton-Smith ’17 announced an awesome initiative called “Community Conversations” in an email sent to the student body. Bogin and Stratton-Smith will be hosting biweekly open forums for students and administrators to discuss various issues at Middlebury. Upcoming talks include: 3/5: Middlebury’s Judicial System/Title IX/Sexual Assault 3/19: Support Services for Students 4/2: Inclusivity in the Classroom 4/16: Diversity and Inclusivity 4/30: Health and Wellness. For more info check out go/talk. One of middbeat’s own, Kelly Hennessy ’15, went to the first community conversation, which focused on social life at Middlebury. Read her recap of the meeting here along with some reflections on the conversation. 

Thursday afternoon marked the kick-off of a series of Community Conversations, bi-weekly discussions, each focused on a different issue central to the Middlebury community. This conversation’s focal point was Social Life at Middlebury.

Much of the discussion was focused on student housing, and the ways in which this influences social life. Many juniors came to the meeting with Katy Smith Abbott, the VP for Student Affairs and Dean of the College, and JJ Boggs, the Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities and Orientation, to discuss their dissatisfaction with the recent Off-Campus Housing Lottery. Allegedly, there were only about 50 students awarded off-campus housing for next fall, compared to the 90 or so that were awarded it last year.

The juniors at the meeting expressed frustration over the administration’s failure to communicate that spots were heavily restricted this year, as they felt blindsided by their denial of off-campus housing. This sentiment was compounded by the fact that many of them were abroad last semester, and didn’t fully know about the conflicts and conversations had between off-campus seniors and their neighbors.

Undoubtedly, the administration has compelling and understandable reasons for restricting off-campus housing. Katy Smith Abbott cited the town-gown relationship and Middlebury’s financial structure as some justifications. Additionally, Middlebury is a residential college; most students live on campus for all four years. However, despite this rationale, many students are left wondering why their chances of gaining off-campus housing were lower than in past years and why the administration failed to inform students of this change.

While frustration surrounding the off-campus housing lottery is perhaps a new spin on the issue, this characterization of an increasingly restrictive administration echoes the same concerns that have been raised at previous campus-wide conversations about social life. Increasingly, students are expressing dissatisfaction with the way they feel restrictions are being placed on their lives by the administration, and in this particular case with little forewarning or communication.

As is required of any social life meeting, ADP (what is now Chromatic) was also a centerpiece of discussion, held up as a paragon of what students look for in their social lives. Many at the meeting saw the old social house as a place where cliques broke down, and students could interact with those of all walks of Middlebury life.

Juniors and seniors, the last classes of ADP, may be wearing some rose-colored beer goggles in this situation; I don’t know if this was a place where all of the community felt comfortable, and I think there were some real problems with the social house. Admittedly, though, ADP certainly did play an important role in the social life of many members of our community.

By my understanding, a lot of Midd kids feel their social lives have been increasingly limited by a string of surprising administrative moves. Students often cite the role of public safety or the likelihood of social houses being placed on probation as evidence of such increasing restriction.

However, I think this narrative is incomplete; as students we often fail to consider how our actions may have led to some of these administrative decisions and ignore how we may work with the community as a whole to assuage some of our dissatisfaction.

We need to start making efforts to be active participants in creating the social lives we want. ADP is gone; many will mourn its loss for years to come. However, I think it’s time to start thinking critically about what exactly ADP and the ‘social life of old’ had to offer.

It’s important to recognize that it isn’t a one-size fits all approach, a point brought up during the meeting. Different people want different things out of their social lives. While much of the discussion about social life is centered on parties on and off campus, getting hammered on the weekend isn’t the social life everyone has or wants.

It’s an expansive term, and we as a community should work to create spaces that can fit as many of its meanings as possible. These meetings are a good first step; now we need to be the catalysts for change.

Four Super Senior Febs You Should Have Gotten to Know (But You’ll Have to Off-Campus Because They Graduated Yesterday)

They entered Middlebury in February 2011. Now they leave us. But, hopefully (definitely) we’ll see them again.

middbeat presents four amusing interviews with members of the class of 2014.5.

  1. Katherine Elizabeth “Betsy” Neal
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Betsy Neal ‘14.5

Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming

Age: 21

Major: Economics

Do you have any eccentric passions, hobbies, or skills?

I really like fly-fishing. Not that many people do it here. My dad taught me. You go out into a river on a dory, which is like a little rectangular boat made of wood or fiberglass. Or you can wade out into the river using waders. Then you cast out a line for fish. Last fall we went to Florida to fish on salt flats in very shallow water.

What do you remember about Feb orientation?

I remember being confused as to whether everything was mandatory or not, like all those small group meetings of six or so people.

 Tell us about a meaningful project or effort you were involved in.

One of my big efforts completely failed. When I first got here I was very into the environment. I tried to get the administration to put hand-dryers in the bathrooms instead of paper towels. They rejected the proposal saying it was a sanitation issue, which is false, because the new Dyson Airblade dryers don’t use hot air, and all the excess water sits at the bottom of the machine.

But another cool effort I’m involved in now is a class called “programming for novices.” So I’m making basic computer games.

 Tell us about a unique or memorable learning or classroom experience you had.

 The best class I took was “Environmental Negotiations and Dispute Resolutions.” It was an environmental studies class taught by a visiting professor. Each week the students were assigned different ‘roles,’ like an oil company or an environmental interest group, and after studying up on our roles we would represent our specific interests in a debate. For example, the topic might be hydroelectric dams in a Middle Eastern country: one or two groups would represent countries that would lose out on water if the dams were built and another group would be the Middle Eastern country who’d benefit from developing the dams. You’d be going into a negotiation room and different parties would fight for their interests. The class allowed you to understand different perspectives on these issues; and I realized that it was all about money, that’s what fueled these negotiations and decisions. So that influenced me to become an economics major.

 A teacher that you really liked and why.

I really like Professor Carpenter, who is on sabbatical right now. He’s an economics professor who taught me a seminar on behavioral economics. He also teaches Game Theory.

 What is Game Theory?

 The prisoner’s dilemma, getting the maximum economic output based on two people’s decision-making.

 How has Middlebury changed over the past four years? Positives + negatives…

I think it’s changed in negative ways. Obviously the social scene has suffered. Many social spaces (superblocks, social houses) have been reassigned, so the groups who live there are less likely to host parties. For example, it seems like the school no longer allow athletic teammates to live together. In the past, more natural friend groups occupied these social houses. Now, they are occupied by more forced groups convening around brochure-friendly themes, like “connectedness.”

Also, so many more people live off-campus. When I arrived to Midd in 2011, there were only one or two places off-campus that would have parties. Now you have perhaps six houses on Weybridge St. alone in which students live and throw parties.

What do you think about romantic relationships on campus?

I’ve never really wanted to be in a relationship at college, so I never analyzed the presence of, or lack of, a dating scene. So advice: don’t feel pressured to be in a relationship. 

Favorite Middlebury tradition or event? Why?

 Homecoming tailgate used to be my favorite tradition. R.I.P.

I do still enjoy Winter Carnival. I used to ski race on that weekend.

How do you hope your liberal arts degree will effect your life after college? 

It allows versatility in what you can do afterwards. For example, I got an internship in fashion at Oscar De La Renta the summer of 2013, and I took a Fall semester off to continue that internship. I scraped together my credits to graduate with my Feb Class this year. At Oscar de la Renta I focused on marketing which used my economics skills and all of the other classes I’ve taken at this liberal arts college.

Did you make any cool discoveries about Middlebury’s campus or system over the past four years?

I was really excited when I learned there is a path behind Dana auditorium that leads to E-Lot.

 What do you think about BannerWeb?

 It’s definitely annoying. I’ve gotten into most of the classes I’ve wanted by e-mailing teachers.

 Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes.

 I have this pair of Frye brown leather slip-ons that I’ve broken in so perfectly. Frye has warranty for two years. They were really dirty so I sent them in and Frye cleaned them.

How do you stay warm?

I have many jackets. Also, my mom discovered these Japanese pants that are lined with this incredibly soft fake-fur material that is used to make blankets.

  1. Benjamin Reuven Chaim Miller
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Benjy Miller, ‘14.5

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 23

Major: Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology

Do you have any eccentric passions, hobbies, or skills?

Masseuse. Beat-boxer. Freestyle rapper.

I am passionate about everyone getting the opportunity to explore his or her passions, so equality.

What do you remember about Feb orientation?

 Public Safety busting people drinking in a room that I was in.

Tell us about a meaningful project or effort you were involved in.

Music in general. Midd has provided opportunities to explore music in a deeper way. I’m surrounded by talent here. I feed off of it, build upon it.

Tell us about a unique or memorable learning or classroom experience you had.

 This past semester I had the pleasure of teaching myself Adobe Illustrator in order to create OUTREACH MATERIALS that say things like “seeing with new eyes.”

A teacher that you really liked and why. 

I liked David Allen for being approachable and friendly, which makes the learning environment more casual and enjoyable. He made learning very enjoyable.

How has Middlebury changed over the past four years?

Public Safety has gotten way more focused on shutting down or inhibiting parties. Before, one would have a party every weekend that everyone on campus had the choice to attend – if they wanted – and one could drink there (if one wanted to) – and Public Safety wouldn’t shut it down. Now parties are shut down, creating more exclusive social environments. This makes it hard for freshman to interact with upperclassman; and everyone’s pissed at how quickly parties get shut down. Things felt more carefree four years ago.

Any love advice?

I’ve seen two things, either “thrive or dive.” Some of my friends have thrived in relationships; they became livelier, more vibrant people than before. I’ve seen others dive when they entered relationships, as they’ve become totally absorbed in their partners and less social, less fun.

Favorite Middlebury tradition or event?

The Middlebury College Hunger Games. Teams of five compete in various challenges in and around Middlebury and the winners of these “tasks” get to eat less during the eating competition. The team that finishes the eating competition fastest wins the Hunger games. The eating competition is very pickle-heavy.

How do you hope your liberal arts degree will effect your life after college?

My Middlebury education has taught me to think critically and be even more open-minded.

How do you stay warm?

Natural body heat.

(Two more awesome graduates beyond the jump)

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The Sophomore Slump Just Became So. Real.

Much ink has been spilled over the notion of a “Sophomore Slump.”

A simple Google search reveals that MGMT’s Congratulations was deemed mediocre at best, as was Reggie Bush’s second season with the Saints. Whether or not you believe in the prolific nature of the trend, there seems to be a quiet understanding amongst Middlebury students that there is something uniquely challenging about sophomore year. Yet many upperclassmen also tend to characterize this second year as the time when they knew the most people on campus and felt the most at ease. So, what gives? As sophomores, are we thriving as semi-acclimated veterans or are we spiraling into the depths of monotony and apathy?

Academically, we are no longer the wide-eyed newbies that arrived on campus over a year ago (or just about a year ago for the Febs).

This fall, I watch as the freshmen in my classes answer questions with admirable eagerness. I can tell that they’ve actually completed all of their readings… even the optional ones. Yet now, as a sophomore, the thought of having time to do any of my readings in their entirety is absolutely hilarious. Like laughably ridiculous.

Perhaps the sophomore workload is actually more difficult. Many of us have moved up from intro courses and freshman seminars and into upper level classes. Or maybe nothing new is really being asked of us, and the change is purely attitudinal.

There are many explanations for sophomore academic apathy. It is logical to consider that the insane, overachiever lifestyle that got us into Middlebury in the first place finally takes its toll sophomore year. Maybe the expectations for going abroad have caused us to get some pre-requisites out of the way that we don’t really have much of a desire to take. Or maybe the pressure of major declaration, which prompts us to narrow our studies slightly, has created a more monotonous academic environment.

However, I think the most compelling explanation for the collegiate sophomore slump is that, with a year under our belt, we have begun to understand what truly has the potential to make us happy at Middlebury, yet feel too confined by the academic expectations of this institution to act in our own best interest.

During freshman year, we tended to club shop until we committed to one group or ditched the effort entirely. We learned about Dunmore just as the water turned so cold that swimming qualified as a polar plunge. The Snowbowl sounded great, but we didn’t all know how to get there.

But as sophomores, we have a better sense of the daymakers, the hidden gems, the places and things previously out of reach. Maybe it’s finally finding the quarry, or successfully learning to navigate the ACTR. Maybe it’s starting to find your niche in the community and realizing a real passion for your extracurriculars. Maybe it’s your Old Stone Mill space, or your volunteer job in town, or a newly discovered section of the TAM. Regardless, by sophomore year, many of us have begun to identify something outside of schoolwork that makes Middlebury our own.

I believe that one of the publicized advantages of attending a liberal arts college is the proposition that learning environments similar to that of Middlebury are conducive to “finding oneself” academically as well as in a greater, metaphysical sense. But sometimes the pressure of an intense workload can cause academics to feel more like an impediment than a means to this self-discovery.

We sit back in class and hand in our problem sets less frequently than we’d like to. We feel fine about getting a B or B- because, hey we tried… sort of. We have a hard time shaking the feeling that schoolwork has no meaning, even though it’s ultimately why we’re here. We feel guilty and confused because we are no longer defined by our perfectionist impulses. And perhaps most importantly, we often forget how insanely lucky and privileged we are to be learning at a place like Middlebury.

Socially, things are looking up. Well, sort of…

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REMINDER: Discussion with Liebowitz re: Social Life TONIGHT at 8

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Just a friendly reminder of Liebo’s invitation to discuss social life at Midd tonight at 8 in McCullough.  Students have been discussing the ills of campus social life fervently all semester, yet much of this energy has been directed into complaints instead of action.  This open forum should prove a valuable inroad into implementing the changes students want to see to make social life more, well, social.  middbeat will be doing live coverage of the event, so in case you miss the discussion, you can catch up online.  Read on for the president’s invitation.  Hope to see you all there.

When: Tonight 8 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space

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Ron Liebowitz’s Invitation for Discussion: A Translation by an of-age Middlebury student

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A particularly cunning student recently sent middbeat a satirical translation of Ron Liebowitz’s recent invitation to the student body to discuss campus social life.   While a magnanimous gesture from our President, students have been doubting how much this discussion will actually do to change the social atmosphere at the college.  The author wanted to preface the piece with the following:

The intention of this piece is not at all to personally attack President Liebowitz, whose invitation for discussion has been extremely well received and deserves respect.  I am caricaturizing and satirizing his very reasonable words in order to provoke students to think critically about the actual issues at hand – and hopefully inspire a laugh. After reading this, I hope students will consider the social motivation of students to perform certain behaviors, the motivations of the administration to implement certain policies, and the various effects thereof.

That being said, let’s get to the bottom of what Liebo was really getting at here:

Dear Students,

Ron Liebo: I am keenly aware of the frustration surrounding student social life on campus, and how the behavior of a few has unfortunately, but predictably, shaped our policies that limit social options for the responsible majority.

Translation: I am keenly aware of your recent complaints surrounding social life on campus, and how the inability of a few of your asinine peers to hold their liquor has ruined it for the rest of you. In response, we’ve implemented policies that make socializing within two miles of an open container more trouble than it’s reasonably worth. Don’t point the finger at us, though; clearly upperclassmen haven’t been fulfilling their responsibility to properly haze their underage peers, an age-old social practice that forces individuals to rapidly learn their limits of consumption, or die. Despite our best efforts, you assholes continue to try to “host parties” and “socialize” and “get wasted”. It’s almost like the more we try to control you, the more you try to rebel. Da fuck.

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Wesleyan’s Foss Hill and Universal Social Space on Middlebury’s Campus

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This post is intended to be the beginning of a conversation about campus social life leading up to this coming Sunday’s conversation with President Liebowitz.  While the conversation over the past month has focused predominantly on alcohol policy, other pieces of campus life, such as exclusivity, must be taken into account as well.  Students talk frequently to a perceived clickiness, and social division in the student body.  This post hopes to open up discussion regarding potential avenues for inclusivity.  Please comment, argue, and expand on the conversation below. 

One of the things I think I miss most about the school I transferred from, Wesleyan University, is Foss Hill, the center piece of the campus geography.  Whether it was through pure geological luck, or the careful crafting of campus designers, it was one of the few places on campus where you would either intentionally leave the comforts of your dorm to hang out with friends, or accidentally end up engaged in a conversation, smoking a joint, or playing frisbee with.  It was equidistant from pretty much everywhere on campus, it was big enough not to be merely a corridor between classes, open enough so that 100 people could each be with their small group of friends without being overheard by others, and had the added bonus of being part of a social contract that eschewed oversight or supervision from the administration.  If you stood in the middle of the hill on a particularly nice day, you could see students rolling a joint, doing their homework, sunbathing, doing yoga, walking to class, playing music, engaging in student activism throwing a frisbee, playing football, reciting poetry, napping, and hooking up simply by turning a circle.

While there are comparable spaces on Midd’s campus, namely Battell Beach, I have always felt the lack of a place like this on campus that drew students in like a magnet, and pacified them enough so that they’d stay and allow themselves ten minutes of devoted decompression.  There’s no place that occupies your periphery while walking across campus where you can count on students being for a broad array of reasons that do not simply involve eating, working, and sleeping.  A place hat beckons you to sit down and allow for the constant pulse of activity that drives this campus fade away if for only a short while.

Past posts of this type have called for the creation of some new communal space that students could truly call their own.  Rather than creation, here I call for designation.  Designating a space on campus where students go to do whatever it is they want to do in the presence of other students.  It increasingly appears to be a consensus on campus that Crossroads, for all of its wonderful qualities (coffee, pool, big screen, trivia night, sushi, the grille, concerts), often feels somewhat alienating and institutional.  Many view the dining halls as the optimal community spots, but I cannot say that I have seen people do much more than eat, work, and talk within the walls of Proctor, Ross, and Atwater. Battell Beach may be the closest thing we have to an optimal community space, but as one whose life is generally confined to the south side of campus, I rarely pass through.

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Liebowitz to Host Discussion on Campus Social Life

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This semester has proven a tumultuous one with regards to student reactions to administrative policies regulating, some would say killing, student social life.  Aware of this widespread sentiment, President Ron Liebowitz will host a discussion regarding the relationship between the administration’s commitment to student safety and the student body’s desire for a vibrant social life in hopes of finding common ground. The meeting will be in the McCullough Social Space at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 2. Read below for President Liebowitz’ invitation to the event. middbeat will liveblog the discussion next Sunday.

From President Liebowitz:

Dear Students,

I am keenly aware of the frustration surrounding student social life on campus, and how the behavior of a few has unfortunately, but predictably, shaped our policies that limit social options for the responsible majority.

I would like to hold an open meeting to air as many issues and concerns any and all of you have related to social life and related College policies and practices.  I would like to better understand how we might find some common ground and work to improve what is not a satisfactory situation.

I would also like to share what might be called “the other side” of the issue—the constraints within which we work in approving, or not, activities on campus, as well as provide some history of the efforts made in the past that brought some short-term success.

I believe if we better understood the issues that are getting in the way of social life on campus, as well as the challenges we as administrators face in maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff (and neighbors), we could make great progress to improve social life here at Middlebury.

I invite you to a discussion on Sunday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space).  I hope to see many of you there.

Best,

Ron

When: Sunday, November 2 8:00 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: N/A

Social House Information Session

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

In light of recent events and policies, it’s clear there’s significant drama regarding social life at Middlebury. While we all (at least most of us) revel in our campus’ lack of Greek life, social outlets at Midd can feel limited, and, if you’re not in a cappella, sports, improv or the likes, it can be really difficult to meet students in other years. Thankfully, Midd does have some sweet Social Houses, which provide invaluable opportunities to branch out, meet students with similar interests, and feel part of a smaller community.

If you’re interested in joining a social house this year (everyone is welcome!) be sure to check out today’s social house information session/fair in Crossroads Cafe. Kelsey O’Day ’15 writes in to explain the event:

Come to Crossroads at any point from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 8th and meet some of the Social House leadership! Representatives from each Social House (Tavern, The Mill, Chromatic, KDR, and Xenia) will be there. We’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the social house system in general or about a specific social house. Also, this is a great opportunity to get on our email list sowe can invite you to our events throughout the year! This is a *~* non-binding*~* event! AKA you will not be required to sign up to be a member, and can just come hang. Not to mention there’s FREE GRILLE FOOD for attendees and fresh apple cider (yuuuum).

Date: Today, October 8
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe

One Small Step… Party Assistants for Hire

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Social life surveillance has been a hot topic preoccupying many minds over the last couple weeks, middbeat’s included. The student body’s principle complaint has been the shady ways in which the administration goes about making these decisions, without any apparent student input.  Alas, there seems to be some progress on that front, heralded in by the recent announcement of a newParty Assistant position for students.

Anyone who has been to a party in Palmer or its ilk knows that Pub Safe usually rolls through halfway through the party, monitoring adherence to things like fire codes and party procedures, and, more often than not, they were forced to shut parties down due to noncompliance. A conversation began last year about how students could work with Public Safety and the administration to maintain a safe party atmosphere while keeping these parties going.  The administration paid attention to this discussion, and this year, a solution has been announced: Party Assistants.

An email slipped through the cracks a while ago, announcing that the “Party Assistant position is posted for hiring”. These party assistants are students who are paid to work with party and event hosts in Social Houses.  They receive training (different than Crown Manager training) that “will allow them to help hosts stay in compliance with fire codes and party procedures, identify potentially risky situations, effectively request help, support event attendees who have questions or require assistance, and most importantly support party host in hosting safe and enjoyable events.” Being a party assistant entails, among other things, providing the food and non-alcoholic drinks that party procedure requires, arriving before the event to speak with the hosts and do an initial walk-through, and staying through the event and its wrap-up and providing feedback.

The presence of these Party Assistants means that Pub Safe will no longer have to walk through mid-event; instead, the party host and the assistant will meet them at the door for a quick consultation.  This will most definitely be a welcome change for party-goers and Pub Safe alike.

While we should definitely continue the discussion about social life restrictions that has been recently set afire by the new tailgate restrictions, it is important to acknowledge when positive steps are taken.  Students expressed dissatisfaction about the status quo and the administration was willing to work with us in finding new solutions.  Let’s prove that this was the right move and make this step successful: Party Assistant positions are posted on the SEO website and hires will take place on a rolling basis.  Anyone willing to spend a couple nights a year benefitting the greater good, get involved.  Party-goers will thank you.

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.