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September 04, 2008

Middlebury Hearts Acronyms

We down south on rt. 7 like to start things a bit later than you yankees up north, so while everybody in Burlington was receiving syllabi and homework, over 400 Middlebury first-years kicked off their college careers through "MiddView" (MIDDlebury Volunteer Initiative Exploration and Wilderness).

This new program — it replaced the old "MOO" orientation, which consisted of wilderness and volunteer trips — offered a completely inclusive opportunity to get to know Vermont and surrounding communities through various excursions. After "the gauntlet", a tradition where all the leaders dress up as fools and scream at the uncomfortable freshman entering the hockey rink — similar to the SMC orientation tradition, minus the sexual innuendos — the M.V.P's (MiddView Participants...ahhh god!) set off.

Whether it was learning about Vermont's local music scene, helping out at a nursing home, hiking fifteen miles a day in the 'dacks or lake hopping from silver lake to Middlebury's Snow Bowl, the freshman awkwardly mingled in three fun-filled days they shall never forget. Or, at least something they'll remember better than the upcoming not-so-dry on-campus orientation...

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