After weeks of build up, the first of three presidential debates is behind us. Who won? Both sides seem to think Mitt Romney clinched the debate. Will that give his campaign a boost? And why is it that the polls have showed Obama steadily inching ahead of Romney, yet political scientists consider the race a dead heat? Professor Pundits Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson talk debates, ad strategy, and many other factors that will impact the election in these final weeks. If you have questions about the presidential campaign for the pundits, email them to email@example.com.
Thursday September 27th marked the opening of this year’s Clifford Symposium, celebrating “Creativity and Collaboration.” With more than 30 events across multiple academic and artistic disciplines, the weekend offered everything from music and dance performances to panels on peacekeeping and entrepreneurship.
The annual occasion, which falls near the start of each academic year, is named for Nicholas R. Clifford, who taught history at the College from 1966 to 1993 and is a champion of critical inquiry. This year’s symposium was hosted by the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Middmag caught the kick-off energy of the evening’s keynote speaker, Julie Burstein, and opening wire-walking event with the following video Dispatch:
How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Director of Sustainability Integration Jack Byrne did just that during an orientation barbecue hosted by President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica for the class of 2016. He wanted to get their attention in a new way—and also get them excited to help the college reach its goal of carbon neutrality by the time they graduate. Take a look at how he and his group of Campus Sustainability Coordinators made it happen.
As political convention season comes to a close, presidential debate season begins. So, did either candidate get a “bump” from the conventions? In their newest installment, professor pundits Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson say the whole idea of a bounce in the polls from the conventions may be a thing of the past. According to the pundits, several factors, including fragmented media coverage, are responsible for this trend. See what Matt and Bert have to say in the video below, and please send any presidential election-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year marked the launch of MiddCOREplus, MiddCORE’s project-based summer program. Each week throughout the summer, students spent four days interning at Vermont-based organizations followed by all-day workshops each Friday to build skills such as problem-solving and persuasive communication. Led by established and experienced mentors, students were tasked to complete specific challenges—from researching Smart Grid technology and its implementation to building the social media presence for the Better Middlebury Partnership.
To wrap up the program, students presented a summation of their experiences to faculty, staff, and mentors. MiddMag’s Brendan Mahoney ‘11 was there to capture their presentations.
Sports and activities have always been a big part of life at the Language Schools. They give students a language-specific cultural experience that truly augments the intensive immersive approach to mastering a language.
This summer, with the international flair of the London Olympics on our minds, MiddMag decided to see just what these language students were up to. From ardent competition on the fields and strategic moves at the table to athletic artistry in the dance studios, here’s a brief sampling of what we saw.
In their latest video commentary, Middlebury political science professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson look at the Obama campaign’s early massive spending spree — $400 million to date — mostly in battleground states. But despite the big spending, polls show a statistical dead heat between the two candidates. The pundits discuss this and more in their newest chat. And, as always, if you have a question about this presidential campaign for Bert Johnson or Matt Dickinson, please leave a comment below or email: email@example.com.