Following an exit in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season, the Middlebury men’s basketball team will look to make a serious run for a NESCAC crown and another NCAA tournament appearance in this year’s campaign. The Panthers certainly took a hit with the graduation of All-American Jack Daly ’18 as well as experienced forwards Nick Tarantino ’18 and Adisa Majors ’18. Daly is the program’s all-time leader in assists and ranks third all-time in steals. Seniors Eric McCord ’19 and Hilal Dahleh ’19 will captain this year’s squad. McCord has been a consistent rock throughout his Middlebury career, and will continue to control the glass and anchor the defense. With toughness as his defining characteristic, Dahleh can execute hard drives to the basket and hit contested shots on the perimeter. Despite losing Daly, the Panthers’ leading scorer from last season, Matt Folger ’20, who averaged 13.7 points per game (PPG) last season, is one of the most gifted scorers on the team and will look to lead the Panthers from both the paint and the three-point line. Joey Leighton ’20 backs up a consistent shot with the ability to run the floor with command and leadership. Perry DeLorenzo ’20 provides tenacious defense and an aggressive game at the rim. A large sophomore class will continue to provide crucial minutes for the Panther squad. Jack Farrell ’21 started at point guard last season and likely will continue in that role with high speed and the team’s best three-point percentage. Griffin Kornaker ’21, Max Bosco ’21 and Will Ingram ’21 are skilled shooters and defenders who can keep plays alive as aggressive rebounders. Like Folger, Ryan Cahill ’21 is as deadly from the three-point arc as he is on the block. James Finn ’20.5 can run the floor and, like McCord, can clean up around the rim with plenty of rebounds and put-backs. As for the new class of first-years, Alex Sobel ’22 is a promising big man with unique skill around the rim, and a big presence in the paint on both ends of the floor. Thomas Zodda ’22 is a speedy post player with great offensive and defensive reach alike. Nash Goldman ’22, a skilled three-point shooter, has shown maturity in the preseason with his distribution abilities. Peter Carlson ’22 will provide forward depth around the paint and has shown potential in his perimeter shooting as well. This season will be Head Coach Jeff Brown’s 22nd year managing the blue and white. He will be joined by returning assistants Russ Reilly and Rob Alberts, as well as new assistant Connor Merrill. The team begins NESCAC play in January, and will play host to Connecticut College, Wesleyan, Trinity, Hamilton and Amherst over the course of the season. Away contests include bouts with Bates, Tufts, Williams, Bowdoin and Colby.
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Students will no longer have free access to the New York Times website and online archives after the Times increased the cost of campus-wide access in late October. The Student Government Association (SGA), which oversaw and funded the Times subscription program, announced the development last month. The Times changed the price of campus-wide access without notice, according to SGA President Nia Robinson ’19. According to Robinson, a New York Times subscription representative told her that annual access will now cost the SGA either $15,444 for just students (excluding faculty, staff and visitors) or $27,394 for full campus-wide access.With such a price tag, the SGA has reached out to gauge student support, with Senior Senators Alexis Levato ’19 and Travis Sanderson ’19 sending a class-wide survey to seniors looking for anonymous input on the issue. “NYT subscription is the norm at all other colleges,” one student wrote. “It would be embarrassing for Middlebury to not have one.” However, some students also found the cost too steep. “Midd is already in dire financial straits. We should not spend $15k on NYT,” one respondent wrote. Other colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Iowa State and Louisiana State, have faced similar problems in recent years when deciding whether or not to fund campus-wide access to The Times. In each of these cases, student governments have teamed up with campus libraries to fund access. The SGA has reached out to the library to seek funding for the New York Times program. Douglas Black, the head of collections management at Davis Family Library, first reached out to the Center for Research Libraries, a consortium of college libraries, in the hopes of getting a better price. The consortium, which specializes in bulk purchasing of licenses and access to publications and databases, was unable to help lower the annual price for campus-wide access to The Times. Black calculated that the library currently spends $12,231 on its own New York Times services, which include receiving two of the same print copies per day, academic passes for Bread Loaf students in the summer, digital microfilm and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The library has never footed the bill for students’ academic-year online access. While Black said he has no philosophical issue with helping to fund future access, he says the library needs to ensure they have the available funds to do so. At the SGA senate meeting on Nov. 11, Robinson reported that the library was willing to commit to helping fund the online subscription for the 2019-2020 school year, as their budget is already set for the current school year. Black also noted that The Times has raised and lowered its paywall for group access numerous times in recent years depending on its print sales, which can be frustrating for planning out the cost of future years’ subscription. One of the main reasons for the high price tag is The Times accounting for potential lost revenue. “Libraries and colleges are often charged more because The Times feels that participants in the group rate will discontinue their personal subscriptions,” Black said. According to the New York Times, a student subscription costs $52 per year (compared to $195 per year for non-students). While this is a significant discount, campus-wide access would remove any potential financial burden on students. The SGA also funds the physical copies of the New York Times that are supplied in all three dining halls. According to SGA treasurer Isabella Martus ‘19, the SGA sets aside $9,500 (subscription) and $1,700 (delivery) per year for these physical copies. It is currently unclear whether the change in the online policy will affect the price of these physical copies or the SGA’s willingness to continue to supply them. Robinson lamented The Times’ new online policy. “The NYT change has been a frustration to figure out,” Robinson said. “It’s definitely a priority and necessity, but we have to make sure we can afford it.” In the coming weeks, the SGA will examine its own budget, continue to consult with the library on its available funds, and possibly look elsewhere for ways to support the program. According to several SGA senators, motivation to do so will be driven by student feedback.
Forgot to apply for an absentee ballot in your home state? Unable to make it home on Election Day? Well, as a Middlebury College student you are a resident of Vermont, which means, as long as you are eligible to vote in the United States, you can register and vote here in Middlebury on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Vermont allows voters to register on the same day they vote, including Election Day. Vermonters are also allowed to vote and register early. Any student can easily register in person at the Middlebury Town Offices or online before Election Day with valid identification. Here’s how to do it: Registering in Advance Students can register to vote in Middlebury prior to Election Day by visiting the Middlebury Town Offices at 77 Main Street. The office is open Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office will remain open on Friday, Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed weekends, and on Monday, Nov. 5th, the day before the election. Students can also register online (https://olvr.sec.state.vt.us), but need to do so before Monday, Nov. 5 in order to ensure they are included on the printed voter checklist. Same Day Registration Vermont is one of only 15 states (plus the District of Columbia) to allow same day registration at the polls. This means that if you go down to the Middlebury Town Offices right now to register, you can also vote. “Same Day Voter Registration is a great tool for us to use in order to ensure everyone’s right to vote, “ said Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster. “But if a large number of people wait until the last minute to register, because they can, this creates long waiting lines just for the registration process.” Webster strongly urges Middlebury students who plan to register in Vermont to do so as early as possible, but the same day process is an option meant to increase flexibility and access to voting. Election Day voting will also occur at the Middlebury Town Offices at 77 Main Street. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. What to Bring Whether you are registering early, on Election Day, or online, here is what you need: a form of ID, your Middlebury College ID (optional, but may speed up the process), the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, and the ID number from your Vermont driver’s license (only if you’re a Vermont resident). Webster also made sure to note that students are only allowed to vote in one state, so if you have already voted in another state for the Nov. 6 election, you are unable to vote in Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — The towns of Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes have taken a major step this week towards improving the safety and accessibility of cycling paths in Addison County. The three towns submitted a joint proposal for a Municipal Planning Grant for a new tri-town bike loop through the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) in Middlebury. The Triangle Bike Loop would cover 32 miles of existing back roads to the east and west of Route 7, the major roadway connecting Middlebury and Vergennes. [pullquote speaker="KATIE AMAN" photo="" align="center" background="on" border="all" shadow="on"]I think this project is fantastic, because bicycling safety can always be improved. We’re lucky in Vermont to have many beautiful roads that are lightly trafficked and often cars pass responsibly[/pullquote] According to the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the agency in charge of the Municipal Planning Grant, the project will be considered for up to $15,000 to “fund technical assistance for municipal planning/zoning activities.” The proposal seeks to allow for dedicated routes that prioritize safety for cyclists who wish to travel around Addison County. Student cyclist Beckett Nasvik ’21.5 remarked that riding to Vergennes is one of his favorite routes, and the new loop will “only enhance the cycling experience in this area for both Middlebury students and local road bikers alike.” Last spring, several Middlebury students created a proposed route in a senior seminar in environmental studies, and Katie Aman ’19, president of the Middlebury Cycling Club, was given the chance to test out the route. Aman was thrilled to hear the progress made on the tri-town proposal, especially for protecting cyclists. “I think this project is fantastic, because bicycling safety can always be improved. We’re lucky in Vermont to have many beautiful roads that are lightly trafficked and often cars pass responsibly,” Aman said. “But we still have main roads such as route 116, 7, 17, 22A, 74 and others that pose significant risks because they either lack large shoulders and/or many cars are going by at fast speeds.” Over the last several years, creating safer conditions for Addison County cyclists became a major priority, leading to the Vermont Agency of Transportation creating an On-Road Bicycle Plan to make roads safer and address the concerns of cyclists across the state. Aman also highlighted the need to educate Vermont drivers on sharing the road with bikes. “Even where traffic is lower, some drivers do not follow proper protocol in passing. It would be awesome to see better or more clear signage on these roads to clearly alert motor vehicle drivers of cycling traffic and the rules they must abide by when passing,” Aman said. Signage has already seen success on some routes and has been discussed as a potential addition to the tri-town loop. The signs would inform drivers about the loop’s existence and force them to exercise caution on the proposed roads. With potential grant funds on the way and the support of students and dozens of community organizations, the highly anticipated Triangle Bike Loop may soon become a welcomed reality in Addison County. Aman has high hopes for the bike loop. “[The bike loop] will better protect cyclists, encourage more people to commute on these safer roads ... and educate motorists about proper etiquette around cyclists,” Aman said.