Weekly Web Updates – June 29, 2015

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New Features

By default in WordPress you cannot add tags or categories to pages. These are only available for posts. We’ve added the Post Tags and Categories for Pages plugin. You can enable this to add tags and categories to your pages.

We had been using the ShareThis module for Drupal to provide share links for news stories on the Middlebury and MIIS websites. The ShareThis service provides reports on the number of shares to each platform, but we weren’t using the reports and the trackers that the service adds to do this were numerous. We’ve replaced ShareThis with the Drupal service_links module, which provides links to share content without third-party trackers. We’re still using ShareThis on the Museum of Art and 25th Reunion site, but will replace it with Service Links on those as well.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • An archive copy of the 2014-2015 Handbook site is now available as a PDF.
  • Fonts on the WRMC site have been normalized to use the Google Fonts EB Garamond, Arvo, and Paytone One, ensuring that the correct fonts are loaded on all platforms. The site had previously been using some fonts that were only available on Macs.
  • Fixed a CSS issue with the tabs below the scrolling banner on the MCSE site.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 2 faculty positions, 58 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

College Observatory Status – Summer 2015

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College is performing upgrades at the College Observatory and will not be having Open House nights this summer.

Over the years, Open House nights at the Observatory have been popular events on the Middlebury campus during the summers as the Observatory has opened its doors to the College community and the public to share the wonders of the night skies.

Thanks to generous support from the Michele and David Mittelman (’76) Family Foundation, the Observatory will be undergoing substantial renovations and modernizations that represent a fundamental commitment to the long-term future of the Observatory, both for curricular and research uses, as well as for outreach. These improvements to the Observatory will help ensure that Middlebury students, College community members, schoolchildren, and the public will continue to be able to explore the universe on the Middlebury campus under dark Vermont skies.

The current expectation is that the Observatory will again be operational in the fall after completion of the upgrades.

The Least Dangerous Branch? The Court and Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court’s historic decision yesterday in Obergefell v. Hodges to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states illustrates a point my students have heard me make for many years: the Court is a fundamentally political institution, one whose members are deeply concerned about maintaining its independence and legitimacy.  The result, as the Obergefell decision […]

Issue with Network Drives on Windows

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A problem occurred on June 25th that caused Windows computers to temporarily lose their network drive mapping when logging in. We have researched what may have caused this issue, and believe we have fixed it. Please call or email the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu) if you see any problem with your network drives the next time you login to your computer.

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Language Schools to Hold Centennial Celebration July 15-19

Middlebury Announces Newest Inductees For Athletics Hall of Fame

Middlebury College Terminates Kappa Delta Rho Social House

Students Launch Cross-Country Tour for Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Middlebury Concert Hall Named for Former College President Olin C. Robison

Annual Social Entrepreneurship Forum Tackles Design Thinking in Higher Ed.

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Friday Links – June 26, 2015

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Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX is even cooler than Tesla – Environmentally friendly cars are important, but Elon Musk’s SpaceX may have an even bigger impact on our lives.


A photo SpaceX released of one of the launches of Falcon 9, which left Earth just before sunset in early 2015.