As many of you are aware, Stephanie, my fiance, and I have been planning what we expect to be one of the happiest days of our lives- our wedding day. When thinking about locations for the ceremony, no other place came to mind but Mead Memorial Chapel. Unfortunately, we were informed by the alumni office and scheduling departments at Middlebury that we cannot have our wedding in Mead Chapel on October 15th because it is alumni weekend. They denied our petition to use the Chapel under two main premises. The first of which was that alumni will want to walk through it and reminisce, and I am sure they will. The second was that the events of Homecoming 2005 have not yet been scheduled, and they are unsure how the new college president will want to proceed. Stephanie and I would only like to use the chapel for 30-45 minutes, however, and invite all alums on campus to join our event. Furthermore, our wedding will take place in the afternoon when all of the athletic contests are in full swing, which seems a poor time to plan a large scale event at Mead Chapel. Middlebury is an institution steeped in tradition. Think about every time you hear Like a Prayer on the radio or see a pint of Ben and Jerry\'s in the grocery store. We hope that our wedding will ignite memories of your time spent at Middlebury and give you more stories to share when you return for Homecoming 2006. In order to make this happen, we need your support. If you would like to see Stephanie and I get married at Mead Chapel on October 15th, 2005, please sign your name at the bottom of this e-mail and forward to as many Middlebury Alumni as you can so that I can prove to the powers that be at Midd that I have alumni support for my case. We would love to have everyone who receives this message join us for the wedding ceremony. Thank you for your support. With Gratitude, Jeff Rettew \'02 This petition will be sent to President Liebowitz. If you support our efforts, please add your signature below.
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Lauren Hinsman, United States9 years ago State: AL
Comments: My husband is the Great Grandson of the late Governor John Abner Mead, after whom the chapel is named. Tell them we said you should be able to use the Mead Chapel for the most sacred of all ceremonies...your wedding.
Erica Hill, United States10 years ago State: DC
Comments: This is so important to me as a friend of Jeff and Stephanie. Please reconsider allowing them to share their special day with the college community.
Rose Mellion, United States10 years ago
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