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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

VACA Halloween Party: DARKPLACE at the Mill



THIS WILL BE A SHOW TO BE REMEMBERED. All the bands have been working on their sets for a night of dancing, jumping, loving, skeeving, and of course, community. For friends of ours who won’t be able to make it to the show, it will be LIVE BROADCASTED ON WRMC (thats fucking cool). I am very excited to hear the GIMP for the first time and TGFM and the FATHEADS will be debuting new songs that I’ve heard kick ass. Also The One Track Lovers always entertain me and excited to hear their record.

Honestly this is really like a dream come true. “Three Middlebury band lineup with Dj’s playing jazz/funk/ soul/hubert/nick records with a movie and food to start the party” post on middbeat.

Very good middlebury…very good.


Mike Gadomski ‘13.5 writes in:

Halloween ain’t over yet, kids. Tonight at the Mill we got a
rip-roarin’ spooky good time, with 3 bands and DJ sets. It’s all
starting with a living room screening of Race with the Devil
at 7pm. Music starts at 9 pm.


9-10pm: Get in My Prius (subtly feminist punk; Jack George, Alex
Chaballier, Adam Kelley, Paul Irizarry)
10:30-11:30pm: Thank God for Mississippi (androcentric hippie grunge;
Max Eingorn, Mitchell Parrish, McKay Sheftall, Sam Finkelman, Mike
12-1am: The Fatheads (blues; Erik Benepe, Taylor Bickford, Austin
1-2am: and between each set – The One Track Lovers spinning cheesy
soul/jazz tunes, 90’s horror core, 80’s weird Japanese shit, and odd

Wear a costume or something. Let’s get weird.

Date: 11/01/2013
Time: 7:00PM-2:00AM
Place: The Mill

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.

Sounds, Alterations: Delicacy and Prejudices

photo-29Nick Smaller ’14, Cagan Koc ’13, and Joel Feier ’13 are presenting their independent project, a “performative sound art installation,” tomorrow night in the Mill. It’s titled “Sounds, Alterations: Delicacy and Prejudices,” and it’s meant to be a live continuous performance. Smaller and Feier made the sounds and Koc is behind the live visuals. It promises to be awesome. Here is when you can walk through it:

thursday . . – . . 8pm to 11pm
friday – – – – – . 10pm to 1am
saturday . . – . . 10pm to 1am

Place: The Mill

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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