Things That Happened, Things To Do, Week of October 3

Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon.

As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at

  • The campus is jubilant about the Solar Decathlon team’s fourth-place finish in the Department of Energy’s biennial competition. On the final day of judging, the solar home designed and built by Midd undergrads moved ahead of Ohio State and Caltech in the standings. The students’ New England farmhouse for the 21st century will be situated next to Meeker House on campus.

  • Bill McKibben, scholar in residence, is a relentless commentator whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR. This week he’s on the op-ed page of the New York Times with a piece entitled “The Cronyism Behind a Pipeline for Crude.”

  • Muggle Quidditch is back! The Middlebury Classic will take place on Sunday, October 16, on the same Battell Beach field where the game was founded six years ago. Ten to 15 college teams are expected and volunteers are needed for the event. You can also follow the progress as Harry Potter’s favorite game returns to Vermont on the International Quidditch Association website.

  • The director of the center for social and policy studies at Swarthmore College, Keith W. Reeves, will give two talks next week: Wednesday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Jones House on “How and Why Black Male Incarceration Is Undermining Martin Luther King’s Last Wish,” and on Thursday, October 13, at 12:30 p.m. in Hillcrest 103 on “The Problem of Proximity: Black Male Incarceration and the Urban Environment.”

  • What happens when two college jazz bands join forces for a one-night-only performance? Find out Monday, October 10, at 8 p.m. when Middlebury’s Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble welcomes the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to the Mahaney Center for the Arts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands performed together.

  • Roy Heffernan ’78 is the chief operating optimist (yes, that’s his real title) of Life Is Good—makers of casual apparel and lots of other fun gear. On Wednesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. at — note location change — Crossroads Cafe in McCullough Student Center, Heffernan will give the first talk for Midd Venture Community, a new student-run organization for entrepreneurs, on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility. Open to all.

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