Check it out: Penguins of Middlebury

penguinsHere’s a recommendation from a mysterious, unnamed source:

Check out this hilarious new blog that provides an intimate look into the lives the many penguins living on Middlebury’s campus. A combination of stunning photography and insightful questioning, Penguins of Middlebury peels back the veil from the lives of these feathered creatures among us.

Sounds like just the kind of emotionally uplifting stuff we need to get us these last few weeks of the semester, don’t you think?


Voices From Abroad: Mariangela Bucci ‘16.5, Paris

Mariangela at a familiarly named restaurant in Paris

Mariangela at a familiarly named restaurant in Paris

Voices From Abroad is back, and this week we’re stoked to feature a unique perspective on life abroad from Mariangela Buccia junior feb who’s been studying in Paris, France this fall. In Paris, Mariangela is studying political science at the Pantheon-Sorbonne, in line with her poli sci major at Midd. Mariangela is from Bermuda, though she’s not new to Europe, as she lived in Italy for four years when she was younger, for a year after high school, and spends several months in Italy everywhere. As Mariangela would say, “I was born in Bermuda but live between Bermuda and Italy.” While we constantly hear about all the awesome aspects of life abroad, Mariangela presents an extremely refreshing outlook on the often bleak and less-satisfying features of a semester overseas. So read up, and if you are a Middlebury student presently living or studying abroad, please consider submitting writing of your own (absolutely any format is welcome) to Voices From Abroad! Here’s Mariangela: 

In typical Middlebury fashion, all students studying abroad in Paris are required to create a list detailing their motivations, goals and fears for the semester abroad. First on my list, escape the bubble and return to Europe.

At Middlebury, I dread the impossible division of the scholastic from the personal. Unless you are a fan of the great outdoors (which I am not), there is little chance of real detachment from being constantly surrounded by your peers. Middlebury is the most open space I have ever lived – with the greenest grass, the freshest air– and yet it is the most suffocated I have ever felt.

Like any lover separated from their beloved, I blindly romanticized Europe in all its metropolitan greatness. I chose to study in Paris to lose and reclaim myself at once, to disappear into the city’s anonymity and assert my independence in its vastness.

After completing my list of Paris hopes and dreams, the final hurdle between my European freedom and me was a safety talk on how to survive the big, bad city. The talk was administered by the director of the Middlebury School in Paris and two policemen. However well intentioned, their advice was as infantilising as it was offensive. Beyond universal reminders to students that leaving their belongings unattended invites thievery, special attention was paid to female students. As a sort of grand finale, the trio performed a dialogue to illustrate how the fairer sex might successfully discourage unwanted male attention.

“Please, you’re so beautiful. Just one drink.”

“No thank you. I have a boyfriend.”

Now although I have not been at Middlebury long enough to learn to take offense at how heteronormative the example was, I was bothered by the suggestion for obvious reasons[1].

Beyond the fact that I am 21-year-old woman, I know Europe fairly well; I’ve spent half my life in Italy, and already attended university in a European city. I’ll be fine I thought to myself.

But before I had finished unpacking, I learned that Paris was a very different sort of Europe, and that I, a very different sort of European.

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PLAYBOY MANBABY is a group of lads from Tempe, AZ. They play garage punk. Plus trumpet. And sometimes accordion. They also have one of the highest energy shows you’ll ever go to (quoted from first hand experience), plus they never played in the east coast before so tonight is guaranteed to be a special performance.

They’ll be playing tonight starting at 10.30 in Coltrane for FREE and for YOU. Trust me guys you want to be there. Middlebury’s own band Dross theory and the Broats will be opening starting 9.30.

Don’t miss out on the good times, check out their music here

When: Tonight, Friday 21st at 10.30 pm

Where: Coltrane

Cost: Sometimes good things are FREE

Ski and Winter Gear Sale, Today!

~*~ you in a few weeks ~*~

~*~ you in a few weeks ~*~

Say it with us now, “Winter is coming.” Apparently there’s 5 feet of snow in northern New York, and if the frigid temperature drops and hour-long snow fall yesterday are indicative of anything, the powder will be here sooner than we think. For the winter fanatics among us, nothing could be more exciting (kudos to y’all). But, before you hit the slopes or trek around Rikert, you’ll need as much warm winter apparel as possible, and, obviously, skis.

Don’t have your own winter sport gear? Today’s your lucky day: There will be a winter gear sale today in McCullough Crest Room ! Alex Chapin ’15all-star member of Middlebury Snow Bowl Ski Patrol, writes in to describe the sale:

Come find great deals on all outdoor winter gear! The snow is already falling so don’t get caught without skis, snowboards, hats, mittens, and snowshoes before winter is in full swing. Other gear includes jackets, snow pants, helmets, and goggles! The sale will benefit the volunteer Snow Bowl Ski Patrol.

Date: Today, November 21
Time: 2-9 pm
Place: McCullough Crest Room
Cost: We hear the apparel and gear is well-priced!

From AAL to ALL: a workshop



As most of you may know, MiddIncluded is a student led movement pushing for a change in Middlebury’s Eurocentric Cultures and Civilizations requirements. Since the launch of our petition in the Fall of 2013, we have been working to ensure that Middlebury adopts a more egalitarian curriculum that
1) reflects the values Middlebury says it stands for,
2) provides greater educational opportunities,
3) educates global citizens who come from all walks of life and will go off to be leaders around the world.

To keep things moving, we need YOUR help. Join the movement!

Come to ONE of our three scheduled workshops to see what you can do (or just to find out more/give us suggestions/have a conversation with us), and go/aal to find out more about us.

Date: Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of November
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday and 2:00 to 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday
Place: Coltrane Lounge on Friday and Ross B11 on Saturday and Sunday
Cost: N/A

The Big Lebowski Film Screening Tonight


Snow is falling and Thursday evening has arrived! Whether you’re feeling that post-midterm-pre-finals lull in schoolwork or are just in denial about your impending doom, chances are you’re looking for something fun to do tonight. Well you’re in luck! This evening the Middlebury Film Society will be hosting a screening of the Big Lebowski. Phoebe Mitchell ’17 writes in:

Tonight at 8:30 is The Film Society’s first screening event: The Big Lebowski in Dana Auditorium. There will be free food, bowling, white russians (milk) & ransom notes. Costumes are encouraged!

So pull out your bathrobes, bowling shirts, and bundle up!!

Date: Today!
Time: 8:30pm
Place: Dana Auditorium

MiddWrites: You Will Not Waste This Time

The author, having jumped from the tree that inspired this poem, in Sedona.

The author, having jumped from the tree that inspired this poem, in Sedona.

Amongst the numerous submissions we received at MiddWrites this week, we have selected poem for today’s creative writing feature, titled “You will not waste this time” by Ben Harris ’17. Though not about alcohol (and it’s poisonous and delightful properties) like last week’s feature , Ben’s poem covers some topics that are a little less easily communicated. Give the poem a read, and see what you get from it–theres plenty here for you to enjoy.

As usual, we encourage you to set aside the mind numbing labor of your daily studies and settle down for some freshly-brewed student literature. If you feel inspired, please send your works to us at [email protected] or [email protected] to be published here on Middwrites and contribute to the thriving community of writers we have on campus.

You will not waste this time
by Ben Harris

Sun at half-mast on Sedona sandstone like a high water line of light.
You are looking through the lens at the years
Stretching across the strata of rock,
And I am dripping wet, standing in stillness at your side
The way driftwood washes ashore unannounced.
Cool air on naked skin tells of twilight,
All the time that remains
Until the aperture of this hour curls in on itself,
And leaves us worrying away at the tortoise shells of our selves
Wondering where did it all go, this life
We were rumored to be living.
Minutes from now, when we step into that car and drive from here
The full moon of the moment will sliver.
By then I will be far-gone
Into the days laid out ahead,
Like long ribbons of road, remote.
Out there is a future in which
I am telling myself
You will not waste this time
You will not waste this time
As if this life is some sort of school detention
Scrawled over and over across slate.
So it seems there is nothing more to do but
Walk to that tree bridged between the banks
And like the beaver,
Cut my teeth on the bark of meaning.
You will follow with the camera as I climb,
Bleeding from these bared soles.
When I reach the last of the branches,
I will pause, and prostrate myself
Before the water striders forever skimming the surface of mystery,
Meanwhile the rest of us stop to think
And sink.
When I let myself go and slip into the waiting stream
Your shutter may break the silence.
But I won’t have heard—
I’ll be busy listening
To the story spoken in the syllables of river stones,
Their whispers coming through water like whale song.
And in the end I will have to trust you to tell me
If falling from that tree
Did I make a sound.

TODAY: Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series


The Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium is back this week with a fascinating lecture titled, “Panacea or Poor Perspective? The Role of Urban Agriculture in Growing a Greener City,” given by Hamil Pearsall ‘03, Assistant Professor and Graduate Chair, Geography and Urban Studies Department, Temple University. If you’re interested in agriculture, urban development, social entrepreneurship or gardening at large, definitely don’t miss this talk. Here’s the deets:

This presentation questions the role of urban agriculture in making post-industrial cities more sustainable through a case study of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Urban agriculture lives large in the urban imaginary and plays an increasingly prominent role in discourses about the sustainable city. Often characterized by advocates as a panacea, gardening and farming seem to promise solutions to many different urban issues, such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, stormwater runoff, and unemployment. A single garden or urban farm can address these multiple concerns by promoting social entrepreneurship, urban beautification, urban greening, youth engagement, and local economic development opportunities. Although these objectives are related under the broader mission of “sustainability,” tensions among stakeholders over competing objectives have started to emerge, and questions of land tenure, the use of economic resources, and the long-term viability of urban agriculture shape the political discourse about the future of growing in the city and its role in promoting urban sustainability

Date: Today, November 20
Time: 12:30 -1:20 pm
Place: Orchard Hillcrest 103

Midd in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa

Less than two months ago on September 26, 2014, 43 students attending a protest at a rural teachers college in Iguala, Mexico were kidnapped presumably by crime syndicate Los Guerreros Unidos, the latest and among the most horrific events of Mexico’s ongoing civil strife. In this particular case, it appears that the local government had collaborated with the crime organization to squash the efforts of the protesting students to bring attention to illegal and discriminatory hiring practices of the Mexican government.  In Mexico, people from all corners of the country have mobilized in support of the students demanding answers from the government, and the international student community has been showing solidarity with the student protesters (as seen in the video above), prompting Midd’s Alianza to organize a panel discussion and demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of the Ayotzinapa 43.  Cindy Esparza ’17 writes in:

What if 43 Middlebury students disappeared?

Join Alianza this Thursday November 20 in Warner Hemicycle from 4:30-6:30 pm to discuss and learn more about the horrendous events that have been plaguing Mexico. This event will consist of two parts:

1) A teach-in from 4:30-5:30 pm and
2) A march in solidarity from 5:30-6:30 pm. As a means of expressing your solidarity please wear ALL BLACK.

“This is not the first, biggest, or most gruesome mass disappearance during Mexico’s past eight years of brutal drug violence. More than 106,000 have died in what government data term ‘executions,”confrontations,’ and ‘homicide-aggressions’ since former President Felipe Calderon informally declared his war on drugs in 2006. But the tragedy of Ayotzinapa is different. Rarely has the collusion between local authorities and the cartels been so obvious and the consequences so dire. Unsurprisingly, the events surrounding the case have captivated Mexico and the international community for weeks.”

When: Thursday November 20, 4:30-6:30
Where: Warner Hemicycle
Cost: n/a

F Is For Failure: Art Show Tonight

F is for failure poster

Tonight, three Middlebury artists— Dylan Redford ’15Robbie Seltzer ’15, and Sally Caruso ‘15.5—will open a collaborative show at the M Gallery. The show will include new work in painting, video, and photography, as well as a joint performance piece. The performance will also feature August Rosenthal ’17 of the Otter Nonsense Players.

We’ve heard rumors that there will be pie in some capacity.

Date: TONIGHT (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM. Performance begins at 8:30 sharp. 
Place: M Gallery (in the Old Stone Mill Building, above Storm Café)