Middlebury Summer News Update

By Emily Singer

College Mourns Death of Ian Cameron ’13.5

On Saturday, June 29, Ian Cameron ’13.5 passed away after a car accident in Rhode Island. Cameron was 24 years old.

A joint sociology/anthropology and psychology major, Cameron was an active participant in Ross Commons activities, Poor Form Poetry and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

In a statement to the College community, sent via email, President of the College Ronald D. Leibowitz cited Cameron’s “intellectual curiosity, his desire to connect with people, and his unbridled optimism” as having made a lasting impression upon the faculty of the College.

An informal gathering to celebrate Ian’s life and legacy will be held at 51 Main on Friday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. Plans for a tree dedication ceremony, organized by the College and Camerson’s parents, are underway.

MiddCORE Hosts First Summer Immersion Program

Approximately 60 students  from top liberal arts colleges and universities flocked to Nevada’s Sierra Nevada College for the first MiddCORE summer immersion program, held from June 17 through July 12.

Students worked in groups of 15 for over 40 hours per week in hands-on challenges and leadership workshops, guided by mentors ranging from CEOs and politicians to entrepreneurs and artists, including Life Is Good “Chief Operating Optimist” Roy Heffernan and Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph. The summer program maintained the same philosophy and goals as the College’s Winter Term program.

A press release announcing the Lake Tahoe MiddCORE program cited Sierra Nevada College’s picturesque location as “the perfect setting for learning and collaborating in small groups — an integral part of the MiddCORE experience.”

College Suspends School in Alexandria for Fall Semester

Political unrest has led the College to suspend its study abroad program in Alexandria, Egypt.

Twenty-five students were enrolled in the program for the fall semester and were offered admission to the Middlebury School Abroad in Amman, Jordan as an alternative.

“The well-being and security of our students is our top priority and we will not send students to Egypt while the situation there remains unstable and unsafe,” said Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs Michael Geisler in a statement released by the College. The College last suspended its School in Alexandria for the Spring 2012 semester, and had previously evacuated the 22 students enrolled in the program in early 2011.

The program in Alexandria is expected to resume in the spring of 2014, though this will remain heavily dependent on the country’s political stability.

Crossroads Restructuring Includes Addition of Sushi

The College announced the restructuring of the student-run Crossroads Café in McCullough Student Center, resulting primarily from the introduction of a sushi bar.

Managed by the South Carolina-based company Sushi With Gusto, the new addition will provide a wide array of sushi and other Asian-inspired items, many of which will also be sold in the library’s Wilson Café.

Crossroads Café has been renamed “Crossroads” and will primarily be serving dessert items such as frozen yogurt, crepes, waffles and cookies, as well as coffee and smoothies.

A press release from the College cited General Manager of the College’s retail food operations David Cannistra as stating that the restructuring occurred with the support of Crossroads’ student managers, the College’s Student Activities office and Retail Food Operations office.