Black History at Midd Tumblr


This February was marked by bitter cold, constant snow, and the beginning of semester here at Midd.  For the past 28 days, however, citizens across the country have been celebrating Black History Month.  This may come as a shock to many due to the dirth in lectures and events focusing on black history at the college (a quick google search featured only events from 2004), but this lack of activity did not go unnoticed by a group of students including Diku Rogers and Maya Doig Acuna ’16who put together a powerful tumblr featuring reflections from students on being black at Midd.  “We were just talking one day at Crossroads about there being pretty much no programming at Midd for Black History Month, and decided to put the tumblr together” Doig-Acuna told middbeat.  A spur of the moment project, the two sent an email to broad group of students who identify as black, and posed a straightforward yet complex question: “What does it mean be black at Midd?”

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TODAY: FTK Dance Marathon 4.0


Are you tryna get your boogie on this Friday night? Look no further–we’ve got the event for you! For the Kids (FTK), a student-run organization on campus that works to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Burlington, will be hosting its annual Dance Marathon in an effort to reach the fundraising goals they set this year! This event is part of a movement in which over 150 schools across the country participate, and it won’t be one you want to miss. Aside from enjoying a night of sweet moves from you, your friends, your professors, and other community members, those in attendance can look forward to special appearances by Riddim, acapella, student bands, free food (if you weren’t convinced before, re-read that last one. Do it for the kids, do it for the food), raffles, and stories from children whose lives have been positively impacted by events like this. Come celebrate the end of the third week of second semester (and February almost being over!!!!) by dancing the night away for a good cause.

Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 5pm-3am
Place: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Cost: $10 donation to register


TODAY- Last Day of : Improv Try-Out Week

Improv Plotter Poster

Both of the college’s improv comedy groups, The Otter Nonsense Players and The Middlebrow Society for Improvisational Theatre, will be holding try-outs this week in hopes of finding Middlebury’s future leaders of sarcastic party conversations.

Otters tryouts will be held TODAY (Tuesday) at 4:30PM and Thursday (2/26) at 5:30PM in the Forest East Lounge.

Middlebrow will be Wednesday (2/25) and Thursday (2/26) at 4:30PM in the Coltrane Lounge (in the Adirondack House, entrance is near Pearsons).

It is important to note that you need only go to one day for either group.  So you could do Otters Tuesday and Brow Thursday, par examplé.

Experience is never expected. Most of the current members had never done improv before either, and had to try-out a few times. No matter if its your first semester, last semester, or that sweet spot in the middle, both groups would love to have you come and play!

Email [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

TONIGHT: Evolution Dance Crew

10989184_1570269456523543_3201093788634578860_oHuge news! There’s a new dance crew on campus! Come check out Evolution Dance Crew’s first showcase ever tonight! One talented group not enough? D8 AND Verbal Onslaught will be performing with them. At the same time? I’m not sure. We’ll have to find out live!

Date: Today, Thursday 26th
Time: 8:30 PM (doors open at 8)
Place:  Wilson Hall (aka social space)



TONIGHT: Eclectic Mix Dance Party at the Marquis Theater



Curious about the new Marquis Theater? Want to shake up your Thursday night routine? Check out this awesome dance party tonight! For those of us who complain a lot about our shortage of options on campus for social events, this seems like an interesting alternative! Mzwakithi M Shongwe ’16 writes in to middbeat:

Join us for a night of fun and good music this coming Thursday at the newly refurbished Marquis Café & Theater. The mix will encompass old school vs. new school hip-hop, r&b and a healthy dose of the latest pop hits thrown in with some EDM for good measure.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 10:00 PM
Place: Middlebury Marquis Theater
Cost: FREE!

REMINDER: Student Symposium App Due at Midnight Tomorrow (2/27)

Reminder!! Applications to present at the Student Symposium this spring are due at midnight tomorrow (2/27)!! The Student Symposium is an awesome opportunity to delve more deeply into any research you’ve done in class or start a whole new project or inquiry. Check out more information on the symposium in this email to the student body:

Join us in celebrating the diversity of a Middlebury education! The 2015 Spring Student Symposium will begin in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday night, April 9 with a keynote talk by Kevin Murungi ’01, the Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy at Global Kids, followed by a reception and student presentations. The Symposium continues all day Friday, April 10 with presentations of student work in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

We invite students from all four years and in all departments and programs to participate.  If you have done research in a class, independently, or through an internship; if you would like to read, show, or perform a creative work; if you have a project to present in a poster or oral format, please apply to present your academic work! The application deadline is February 27, 2015.

More information and the application are available at the Undergraduate Research website at

The Thought of Thursday: Slow Dancing

napolean-dynamite-slow-danceWe at middbeat are very excited about a new weekly series: The Thought of Thursday. Think of it as Yik Yak extended! Certainly, Yik Yak can be a destructive and hurtful tool on campus, but frequently the ‘hottest’ Yaks are simple statements that resemble universal truths about life at Midd. (Think: how difficult the new dining hall tongs are, how competitive teeth brushing can be in communal bathrooms.) The Thought of Thursday will resemble a longer-form Yik Yak– for what you can’t fit 200 characters but doesn’t merit an op-ed. Interested in writing next week’s Thought of Thursday? Email us at [email protected] On to the actual thought…

SLOW DANCING. Remember that? The ULTIMATE tbt. Think back to middle school dances (or google image search them, it’s amazing). Mine took place in our school’s gym, which was usually spruced up with some random decorations like a lone inflatable coconut tree for a luau theme. I can still smell the Axe and BO. Eeek. But odors aside, middle school dances had a certain something that a lot of us yearn for at Midd parties. It’s not a coincidence that most of us love when Shaggy or like Green Day I guess comes on in Atwater. Middle school dances represent pure, sober (I really hope this is true) fun. But intoxication/substance use aside, one huge difference between seventh grade and now is our current lack of slow jams at parties! Imagine this: you’re grinding with someone in Palmer basement, maybe working towards a DFMO, when BOOM– Burn by Usher comes on. You’d be forced to turn around and face the person you’re dancing with. Maybe make some small talk, ask them their major. Maybe it’d just get really awkward, in which case you’d probably be spared another person whose tonsils you’ve seen who wouldn’t say hi in the dining hall. Can you imagine what slow songs would do to improve romantic culture and general communication at Midd? Just a thought…

HornHub: Your Post Hump Day Reminder That Only You Love You Best

Another humpday passed with you listening to horn on your own, devoid of human interaction, feeling empty and lost. But I’m here to remind you that your post-humpday funk needn’t last long.


TODAY: Will Stem Cells Stop the Biologic Clock? Public Talk by Dr. Hugh Taylor

5CIRMcal-1Do you like learning? Have you ever taken a science class? Ever heard of stem cells?  Or had the desire to have babies when you’re old!?

Dr. Hugh Taylor, an obstetrician and stem cell researcher at Yale will be giving us the low-down on stem cells, and in particular, their relation to aging. Dr. Taylor will be discussing how ovarian stem cells could extend fertility well beyond the normal human reproductive life span.  In addition, his research explores how these stem cells are related to human aging as a whole.

You may or may not know that these rad little dudes have huge potential to treat diseases, repair muscle tissue, and are currently one of the front runners in the race to cure cancer. In other words, this isn’t a talk you want to miss.

Come get informed…..
: Thursday, February 26
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Bi Hall 216
Cost: Fo’ FREE

TODAY: Salafi Jihadism and the Arab Spring: The Tunisian Case

In early 2011, the Arab Spring was sparked with a vendor on the streets of Tunisia. Now, four years later, the aftermath of uprisings continues to unfold across the region. The dream of democratic government has faded and given way to the increasing power of insurgent Islamist factions. Come listen to Dr. Kahlaoui discuss his first-hand experience with these salafi groups in Tunisia. More on the lecture here:

Dr. Kahlaoui is the Director General of the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES), Tunisia’s foremost think tank on political, economic, and environmental matters.  Responding to the unexpectedly large number of Tunisians who have joined ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated organizations in the Levant and North Africa, the ITES under Dr. Kahlaoui’s guidance has recently published a report that tracks the upsurge in salafi jihadi recruitment in Tunisia, and suggests countermeasures.  Based on fieldwork and interviews with Tunisian salafi jihadists, the ITES’ report provides firsthand documentation of a phenomenon that until now, has largely unfolded outside of the public view.  Dr. Kahlaoui will speak about the report’s findings and place it within the social and political contexts of post-revolutionary Tunisia.  In addition to his work at ITES, Dr. Kahlaoui is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at Rutgers University.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Axinn 219
Cost: Free