Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of December 5


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

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  • May Boeve ’06.5 was voted one of the Breakthrough 15 by YES! Magazine. The nonprofit publication marked its 15th anniversary of celebrating solutions to local and world problems by asking for nominations of individuals “who are shattering our sense of powerlessness.” Boeve made the list and the cover of the winter issue for her work with the international climate action group Boeve traced her activism to finding fellow travelers during her Middlebury years and working with them to expand a worldwide circle of action. Her take on how to break through when faced with challenges: “Believe that the world can change, and commit to your part of the solution. Look at the world with clear eyes, but remain hopeful and celebrate! When you feel challenged, reach out and reach in.”

  • NESCAC’s just-released tally of Fall 2011 All-Academics includes 62 Middlebury scholar-athletes. To qualify for the honor, students must have reached sophomore status, play a varsity sport, and must have earned a minimum 3.35 grade point average. Go blue!

  • In other scoring, Panther men are playing way better hoops than the pros—and are ranked #1 in Division III with a 6-0 record.

  • Topics ranged from nuclear proliferation in Asia and the Middle East to CO2 controls in California as major publications sought input from faculty members at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Non-proliferation expert Professor Avner Cohen advised caution on any military response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions for Time Magazine online. Miles A. Pomper, senior researcher at MIIS, weighed in for the New York Times on the different views held by the U.S. and South Korea on the latter’s nuclear future. Associate Professor Jim Williams commented for the Huffington Post on whether California can meet its CO2-reduction goals. A paper he co-authored for the journal Science shows the task “formidable but not impossible.”

  • The Department of Music offers gifts to the public this week. All events are free and start at 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, Jazz Showcase performers turn the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts into a jazz club; Friday, the Mendelssohn Quartet performs in Mahaney’s Concert Hall; Saturday, student vocalists fill the Concert Hall with art songs and arias.

  • Sunday, December 11 marks the 40th year in which the College and community have welcomed Christmas with the European tradition of Lessons and Carols. The program at Mead Chapel offers biblical readings for Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ, and audience. Each service—one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.—is preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Laurel Jordan, chaplain; Emory Fanning, organ; and the Middlebury College Chapel Choir, Jeff Buettner, conductor. Free.

  • Maybe you get the blues this time of year. Maybe you’re not alone. Check in (for free) with blues harp master Charlie Hilbert and his friends at 51 Main on Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. All better.


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