November 23rd, 2016
MADISON, N.J. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team opened its season this past weekend by winning the Rose City Tip-Off Classic tournament hosted by Drew University, beating Wittenberg on Saturday and Shenandoah on Sunday.
The 2-0 Panthers were set to host Johnson on Tuesday night after the early deadline for this holiday edition of the Independent. Their next game will come on Dec. 1 at RPI.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Middlebury College women’s and men’s cross-country teams on Saturday finished 14th and 24th, respectively, among 32 teams in the NCAA Division III championship meets hosted by Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.
Panther sophomore Abigail Nadler earned All-American honors with her 15th-place finish. The Johns Hopkins women and the North Central (Ill.) men each took home team national crowns.
11/20 Midd. vs. Shenandoah................ 74-39
11/22 Midd. vs. Johnson St.................. 62-34
11/22 Midd. vs. New Paltz.................... 94-62
In the wake of electing a candidate whose platform was largely based on racism, sexism and xenophobia, we look at this Thanksgiving holiday with less hope for our nation. And when we see President-elect Trump’s cabinet being filled with characters who in most other times in recent decades would be shunned because of their hateful speech toward others, short-sighted immigration policies and unbridled corporate greed, it is no wonder so many Americans fear for their safety and despair of economic and social justice.
These days I’m feeling, like much of the rest of the country, Decidedly On Edge. Luckily, we’re moving swiftly toward the holidays, when emotional comfort comes in several forms, a vital one being cookies.
I find making cookies kind of a drag; it’s a lot of creaming of butter, beating of eggs and routinely forgetting to take the final batch out of the oven until the smoke alarm goes off. You know how it is.
The swastika recently drawn on the door of Havurah House greatly disturbs us. As a matter of principle, we reject hate speech in any form, and we are grieved to find that this has happened in Addison County. Whatever disagreements we have among ourselves do not give permission of any kind to act out hate, in speech or actions.
On Monday morning, Nov. 14, the Educational Director of Havurah, the Addison County Jewish Congregation, discovered two swastikas painted on the front door of our building in Middlebury. This outrageous act of hatred deserves to be known by all who care about Addison County, Vermont and our country. It is a horrifying incident that not merely causes pain, it tears at the fabric of our community and beyond.
You should have seen the graffiti that greeted Havurah worshippers and supporters this past Saturday. Scrawled all over the sidewalk leading up to the porch of the home of the Jewish Congregation of Addison County were statements like “Blessed are the peacemakers,” “We love you,” and “Love trumps hate’ all up and down the sidewalk.