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Hi, my name is Whitney Fletcher. I am a junior at Middlebury and am currently studying abroad in Ferrara, Italy. As part of my abroad experience, I am doing an internship at IBO Italia, a nonprofit organization that volunteers in different countries to help people in need. I am currently helping IBO fundraise a new project that aims to help disadvantaged families in Ecuador. Diseases and illnesses plague that area and cause deaths that can easily be avoided. The solution is simple: bigger, cleaner, and sturdier homes. IBO’s project will build a house large enough to fit 20 Andean families, which will provide them with the necessary shelter to lead a healthier lifestyle.
This project is also part of a larger goal, the Global Giving Challenge; if IBO raises enough money during the month of April, they will have the opportunity to become partners with Global Giving, a company aimed at helping nonprofits fundraise, and be able to utilize their resources in the future.
I am really excited about this project and want to help them raise as much money as they can to help both the families in Ecuador and IBO. I am posting here to ask for your contribution and help spreading the word. Any donation, large or small, will make a difference. It is really easy to donate – all you have to do is go to the website below and click on the amount you wish to give.
For more information on the project and challenge, I have posted the link for the Facebook page below:
With your help, we can give 20 Andean families homes that they deserve and help IBO reach out to more people in need in the future.
Interested in having your art work seen during Graduation and Reunion? Center Gallery at McCullough is currently looking for student art to display for its summer shows! Interested parties should contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MiddCORE Workshop with ?Whatif! Innovation – MARCH 1, 3-6 p.m.
Highly regarded UK based innovation and design firm ?Whatif! Innovation will lead us on a design challenge from 3-6pm on March 1st at the 118 South Main Street (behind the library). The workshop will be using the ?Whatif! design approach to redesign the Porter Hospital Emergency Room. Space is limited, so sign up now by emailing MiddCORE@middlebury.edu
M Gallery is pleased to present “Interwoven: Images of Rehwa” a photo-documentary exhibition by Middlebury senior, Esme Lutz. In documenting the work of the Rehwa Society, Emse Lutz has created a body of visually appealing images with which to further awareness of Rehwa and draw attention to organizations that preserve cultural traditions while supporting underprivileged demographics.
Dates: 11.16.2012 – 12.2.2012
Opening: 11.16.2012 | 7-9pm
Contact Cha Tori for more information
The Office of the Dean of the College, Community Council, and the Student Government Association are excited to announce our first collaborative Campus Open Forum Event.
The topic for this first event will be Sexual Assault and Resources on College Campuses. We will hear from Middlebury’s Sexual Assault Oversight Committee, the SGA Director of Health and Wellness, and other relevant groups. One goal of this gathering is to learn more about the current resources on campus and to create a space for feedback regarding ways we can improve sexual assault prevention and education on our campus. Moreover, all community members will have the opportunity to express their views.
Additionally, at these monthly events, students and all members of the community will have the opportunity to speak on any topic in addition to the featured topic.
Our first event is scheduled for Wednesday November 7 at 7:30pm in Crossroads Café.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend! There will be cookies.
Shirley Collado, Dean of the College
Charlie Arnowitz, Student Government Association President
Barrett Smith, Community Council Co-Chair
On Friday, October 12, 2012, Middlebury College welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to campus. An announcement was made that in honor of the visit from the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, the College had chosen to demonstrate ethical leadership in divesting its endowment from war and environmental destruction. In reality, the satirical notice about Middlebury’s divestment was written by us, a group of students concerned that the College embraces practices inconsistent with its own proclaimed values. We apologize for creating an excitement that is not yet warranted, and call on the college community to take action.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the College, “Education is supposed to reduce the gap between appearance and reality.” Our intent was to bring attention to the unsettling reality that Middlebury has millions of dollars invested in industries of violence, while we appear to stand for universal compassion and peace.
Middlebury College has not received better than a “C” on endowment transparency from the College Sustainability Report Card. While the specific companies in which the endowment is invested have never been disclosed to the student body, Investure—the firm that manages Middlebury’s endowment—confirmed last spring that they do not screen for arms manufacturing, military contractors, or fossil fuel companies. Given that these are among the most profitable industries in existence, it is safe to say that they are included in our portfolio. Our complicity has on-the-ground implications: US-made weapons fueling the drug wars in Mexico, drone attacks killing civilians in Pakistan, and the Keystone XL pipeline threatening communities from Canada to the Gulf. Our choice to value monetary gain over human life epitomizes the declaration of His Holiness that “we have become slaves of money. We put too much emphasis on money, facilities, fame.
In the classrooms, we continue to learn about how to best be global citizens and address the challenges of today, but the chairs in our rooms, the books in our libraries, and the paychecks of our professors are funded by returns from corporations and organizations that are fueling war and environmental degradation. While the benefits reaped from these returns maintain comfort and complacency, the only way to assuage our ethical dissonance is to act now and divest.
There is a long history of academic institutions divesting to demonstrate their values. In the 1980s, for instance, over one hundred and fifty colleges, including Middlebury, divested from South African companies to oppose apartheid. Today, a new call to divest is being heard around the nation: last Saturday, Bill McKibben—founder of 350.org and Middlebury College Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Residence—kicked off the national “Do the Math” campaign, urging universities to divest from fossil fuels. According to the campaign, “It just doesn’t make sense for universities to invest in a system that will leave their students no livable planet to use their degrees on.” We have divested in the past; why doesn’t Middlebury embrace divesting from war and fossil fuels today?
The Dalai Lama stated in his final lecture at the College that “peace will come through our active action.” While our endowment funds the dropping of bombs thousands of miles away, their reverberations echo through the halls of our campus. We have no luxury of delay. We must take responsibility now, and contribute towards making the 21st century, as the Dalai Lama insisted, “the century of peace.”
Vermont media is already stepping up to make the call (Seven Days 10/18/12: “Middlebury College Prank Turns Focus on Endowment,” VT Digger 10/18/12: “Middlebury Students Distribute Fake Press Release Claiming College Divested ‘Industries of Violence’ Investments,” and VPR News 10/18/12: “Hoax Press Release Authors Call for Middlebury Divestment”). Please join us in raising our voices together at go/compassion.
Tim Schornak, Director of the College Office of Communications of the Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee,
AKA: Molly Stuart 15.5, Jay Saper ‘13, Jenny Marks ‘14.5, Sam Koplinka-Loehr ‘13, Amitai Ben-Abba ‘15.5, and a growing contingent.
Please note: Tim Schornak is not affiliated with any formal student organization.