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Tik Root Released From Custody

1 Apr

Good news from Damascus this morning. Middlebury College student Tik Root has been released from Syrian custody this morning, according to a press release from the College.

Root had been held by Syrian authorities for over two weeks after being detained while taking pictures at an anti-government protest. Additional details are few and far between, but this is wonderful news for the Roots, Middlebury and the United States.

Tik Root

Missing Student Tik Root Located, “Safe and Well”

26 Mar

Tik Root

Middlebury College posted an update from Tom Root, the father of missing Middlebury student Tik Root, this morning. Though he remains in the custody of Syrian authorities, Root has been located and is “safe and well.” Currently, the Syrian authorities are responsible for his well-being. In the update, Tom Root thanked Senator Patrick Leahy and Ambassador Imad Moustapha for their work on the case.

Professors Tom Root and Andi Lloyd participated in a wave of press interviews yesterday to spread the word about Tik’s plight. Those included interviews with WCAX-TV (Burlington), WBUR in Boston, and an interview with “CNN In The Arena” with Eliot Spitzer.

We continue to hope for a peaceful and happy ending to this situation shortly.

CONFIRMED: Tik Root Held By Syrian Authorities

25 Mar

Tik Root

MiddBlog, The Addison Independent and CNN are now reporting that Syrian authorities confirmed that they are holding Tik Root ’12 of Middlebury College in custody. Though several other prisoners were released from custody on Friday morning, Root was not among them, a development that made his parents “nervous.”

All three members of the Vermont congressional delegation, Middlebury College, high-ranking officials in the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Damascus are putting pressure on the Syrian government to release Root. Syrian officials reportedly said that if they had picked up an American, it was due to a “misunderstanding.”

Ominously, Root’s social media presence has gone silent. A blog he started to cover the protests in Egypt and had maintained since arriving in Syria has been marked private, several Google Documents were stripped of data and he has not posted to his Facebook wall in days.

The Syrian embassy has released a statement about the matter:

“The Syrian Embassy in Washington was recently made aware of Mr. Pathik Root’s situation and has been following it very closely ever since. We have been in touch with Mr. Root’s parents, his state Senator, and the US embassy in Syria. This is an unfortunate incident that we hope will be resolved as soon as possible.”

Viral Videos You Should Watch

17 Mar

These are some of the best videos I’ve seen over the past day

1) Jimmy Wong (Response to Alexandra Wallace): This Middlebury alum performs a mocking video of Alexandra Wallace. Really catchy. Well done Jimmy.

2) “Bless You” (Remake of “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green): Because everyone asked for a Christian version of the explicit “Fuck You,” these guys delievered.

3) Stupid Internet: Now this poor boy never knew that 15 years after he sang (and danced) his little heart out to Mariah Carey’s “Emotions,” YouTube would be invented and his life would be ruined.

4) Steve Kardynal (“Born ThiS Way”): Apparently, this guy is famous. He sure freaked out most of NYC by singing Lady Gaga’s latest hit in drag. Was it not cold when he filmed it?

5) Wesleyan Students (“I Have Sex”): If you haven’t heard, the Republicans in the House want to cut all funding for Planned Parenthood. The students at Wesleyan don’t think that’s a good idea and this video shows how many of them have used that organization’s resources.