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Press Release Authors Come Clean: A Call for Middlebury College to Do the Same

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 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.


AUDITIONS: Spring 2013 Faculty Productions


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


 MCFA Room 232

Undressing Cinderella:  A Festival of New Plays (7 men, 10 women)

Performance Dates: April 10-13, Wright Theatre
Directed by Andrew W. Smith ’97.5

THE CASTLE, by Howard Barker  (7-9 men, 4-5 women)

Performance Dates: May 2-4, Seeler Studio Theatre
Directed by Richard Romagnoli

To participate, come to the Center for the Arts and sign up for a timeslot on Tuesday, October 30th.  Signup begins at 6:15pm and goes through the end of the auditions.  You will audition in the timeslot in which you signed up.
All are requested to have a 45-60 second monologue of your choosing, and if you don’t have one, there are options posted on the theatre bulletin board in the CFA.  Instead of TV or realism, choose a monologue that demonstrates your ability to play heightened realism. We will ask you to stop before you are finished if you run longer. Memorization and preparation are strongly preferred.

A CALLBACK list will be posted outside MCFA room #232 by 9am Thursday November 1st.

Callbacks for both shows will take place November 2-5th.

Cast lists will be posted prior to registration.

 If you are interested in:

Set—Contact Jon Craine:
Costume—contact Jule Emerson:
Lights—Contact Hallie Zieselman:

Copies of THE CASTLE are available in the theatre office for your perusal.

Full details at: go/theatre

MiddCORE Info Session

MiddCORE ~ an awesome j-term class ~ is offering 2 sections on Midd campus and 1 at Monterey.  Come learn about the greatest credit you’ll ever earn.

Info session on Monday Oct 29 @ 7 p.m. — 118 South Main St (behind library).

This is your chance to ask questions of the program director, Jessica Holmes – and get the skinny from students who have taken the class.

See what everyone is talking about —


MiddCORE Workshops

MiddCORE Workshops

Upcoming workshops include Negotiation on October 26 from 3 to 7pm (with a pizza break) by Paul Cramer, an experienced negotiator and Middlebury alum.  If you want to learn (and practice) strategies that will help you negotiate your first job offer, buy that car, or mediate a disagreement among friends or family members, this is the place to start.  The other workshop is Activating Empathy by Professor Jon Isham on November 2. There are still a few spots left in both workshops. For more information and to sign up, email

Calculus Equivalency Exam

The Calculus I Equivalency Exam will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Warner 202; this exam is open to returning (NOT FIRST YEARS) students that have taken a Calc I class away from Middlebury College since starting here (for example, over this past summer) and is required in order to obtain Middlebury credit for that course (it will resemble a Calc I final exam).

No calculators, other electronic devices, or outside reference materials are permitted; please just bring a few pencils or pens!

Please note that students with credit through AP or IB coursework—coursework taken before starting at Middlebury—do NOT need to take the placement exam; this credit is already on record.

If you have any questions, please contact Frank Swenton,; Chair of Mathematics Department.

Seniors: Apply for Senior Work Funding (SPRS)

Welcome back Class of 2013! Many of you have already identified your academic senior work projects and the potential expenses involved. If you should need funding beyond what your department can provide, apply to the Undergraduate Research Office (URO) for the Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS).

Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS)
Deadline: October 3, 2012
Funding up to $1,500*

See the URO website for an application, more detailed information and what expenses are eligible. go/srps

*Students with projects needing less than $350 may continue to apply throughout the academic year until funds run out. In 2011-12, the average award was $450.

Music Ensemble Auditions

Audition for a Music Department Ensemble or the Winter Term Musical!

All sign-up sheets are posted outside MCA 307


COLLEGE CHOIR, Jeff Buettner, Director
go/choralauditions .

Auditions: MCA 315:
Friday, September 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm              Saturday, September 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm        Tuesday, September 11, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Mead Chapel.

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, Dick Forman, Director

Auditions: MCA 217, Wednesday – Friday, September 12 – 14
Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6:30, with additional sectional rehearsals as required.

College Orchestra, Andrew Massey, Conductor –

Auditions: MCA 215, September 12, 13, noon – 7:00 pm
Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

“Into the Woods,” the J-term 2013 musical
Director: Doug Anderson; Musical Director: Carol Christensen: Orchestra Director: Tim Guiles

Preliminary auditions:
Thursday, Sept. 13th  4-6 pm, MCA 209  and  Friday, Sept. 14th,  6-10 pm, MCA 221
Call backs: Saturday, Sept. 15th  1-4 pm  MCA 221

Musical Director Carol Christensen at:

Instrumental auditions will occur later in the semester.  Please contact Pit Orchestra Director Tim Guiles at:

Spiritual Choir, Francois Clemmons,  Conductor

Rehearsals: Mead Chapel, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. No auditions – come to a rehearsal.

Middlebury College Community Chorus, Jeff Rehbach, Conductor

Rehearsals: Sunday and Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Mead Chapel. No auditions – come to first rehearsal on Tuesday 9/11 or Sunday 9/16 at 7pm.

Please note: The African Music and Dance Ensemble is a course: MUSC0244


Education for Sustainability


Education for Sustainability Presentations, Wednesday, May 9, 7:30-9:00  in Bicentennial Hall Room 220


Students are invited to attend presentations on Education for Sustainability from EDST0420 Environmental Education in Action.  Projects have focused on Middlebury and the surrounding towns with college students creating projects that address a sustainability need here on campus as well as in local schools and organizations.  Refreshments will be available!