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“Growing Up,” A Poem by Nora O’Leary ’17

a poem by Nora O’Leary ’17 based on The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll: “The time has come,” the College said, “To talk of many things: Of jobs—and loans—and thesis work, Of what the future brings.” And how we plan to use our time, Before that last bell rings. “But wait a bit,” the senior cried, “Before we start all that; For I am still a child atContinue reading

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Everyone Poops by Pam Schulman ‘17.5

from Pam Schulman ‘17.5: The girl in the dining hall with slender fingers and rings and the slouchy leather bag. The broad chested, most athletically crisp Google consultant. The rugby player. The girl who knows eight languages and wears a crop top. The boy that knows the details of the foreign policy thing that happened during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Everyone poops. Weird, right? I wore a mask last year so bigContinue reading

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Voices from the #SanctuaryCampus Walkout

On Wednesday, November 16th, hundreds of Middlebury students and professors gathered outside of Mead Chapel to stand in solidarity with undocumented members of the college community and the country at large in response to President-elect Trump’s anti-immigrant policy proposals. The walkout occurred as part of a national action to call on the Middlebury administration to declare the college a “sanctuary campus,” thereby protecting undocumented students from intimidation, unfair investigation, andContinue reading

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10 Steps to Protest at Middlebury College

Middlebury College’s Handbook offers an in depth policy on how to protest. The following text of their “how-to” suggestions are from the Demonstrations and Protests component. To read the policy in full click here.   1.) Protest but please whisper it to yourself in the comfort of your own dorm away from any administrator to avoid enacting change or making the institution aware of the issue. Students, faculty and staffContinue reading

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TOMORROW: Middlebury #SanctuaryCampus Walk-Out

*Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez @ CultureStrike “This Wednesday (Nov. 16th), college students across the country will be participating in a walk-out to declare their campus as a #SanctuaryCampus. Across the country, there are over 700,000 undocumented students at institutions of higher education. Trump has promised that he will do away with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), deport undocumented immigrants, and separate families. Middlebury College is one of a handfulContinue reading

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Op Ed: Reflections on an Election

from Cassady Roberts, sister of Murphy Roberts ’17:  Dear Middlebury community, I have the privilege of knowing some of you, and had the great honor of meeting many more of you in the past three months. I did not go to Middlebury, but two of my brothers did, and through them I feel connected to your community in a very unique way. I am not one to publically voice my opinions often,Continue reading

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TODAY: From local to global: Asians and Asian Americans on the side of Racial Justice, Climate Justice, and Gender Justice

How should Asians and Asian Americans be relating to social movements of our time like Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and Not1More? How are grassroots organizers in Asian communities around the country pushing back against gentrification, discriminatory policing, environmental racism, and what happens when communities are hit with (un)natural disasters? How do we understand what is happening in China and bring it back to what it means to organize withContinue reading

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FRIDAY: A Night at the Museum

from Phoebe Mitchell ’17: This Friday, November 11th, the Student Friends of the Art Museum will be hosting a semi-formal event featuring the special exhibitions Post Pop: Prints of Keith Haring and Bloom and Doom: Visual Expressions and Reform in Vienna 1900. Come enjoy free local beer, wine and cider (21+)* / food catered by Flatbread/ live music provided by The Big Sip. The 21+ section of the event will be capped at 100Continue reading

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THIS SUNDAY: TEDxMiddlebury “Playing the Game”

from Shubha Ganesan ’17: If you’re looking for a reminder that there are still good things in this world, consider coming to this year’s TEDxMiddlebury conference, which will be held on Sunday, November 13th from 10am – 1:30 pm. We’ll be featuring an array of brave, powerful speakers who’ll be speaking on topics from intersectionality to climate change to representation in video games, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. See belowContinue reading

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This Saturday: Venture for America Info Session

from Brandon Gell ’16: 2 months in and the real world is hitting me like a ton of feathers. I’m constantly rolling back and forth between life’s excitement and the drowning realization that nothing, officially, comes next. There’s no plan and I can’t help hating that I went to school for 22 years and learned (almost) nothing of use — aside from simple math and communication skills. This real world,Continue reading

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I Have Neither Given Nor Received Authorized Aid on Community Standards

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole from Brandi Fullwood ’17: After snaking through a maze of push and pull doors, I finally make it into a crowded corridor to get into the Ross elevator. The night as anticipated was less than exciting, but I took some pride in not walking over to the Grille. The elevator lights were blaring and bright compared toContinue reading

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Sign up for TedxMiddlebury’s Student Speaker Competition

from Shubha Ganesan ’17: Is there an idea you’re passionate about? Sign up to participate in TEDxMiddlebury’s annual Student Speaker Competition! The event will be held next Wednesday, October 5th at 8pm in Crossroads Cafe, and the winner will be selected to present on the TEDxMiddlebury stage in November. Check out a video of last year’s winner, Casey Wanna, below. Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, October 2nd. Visit go/speak2016Continue reading

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Reminder: Apply to Teach a Jterm Workshop by 10/7

Jterm on your mind? Yeah, no. Regardless– don’t miss this opportunity to teach a Jterm workshop this winter!! This seems like a sweet setup: fill your month with meaningful structure, make $15/hr, teach something you love, meet cool new people… Application form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017WTWProposal or go/wtwproposal (Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities with any questions)

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Sunday Lift: Students Take to Streets of Burly to Harmonize

On some Sundays it seems like the only things we have left in this dark, sticky world are homework, hangovers, and hot pockets. For a bit of relief, check out Middlebury seniors Gracie Farese (‘17.5) and Julia Hass (’17) rocking out on Church St. in Burlington today. Despite earning over $25 from admiring passersby, the duo still doesn’t have a band name! If you have any band name suggestions, shoot an e-mail to [email protected]Continue reading

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Murphy Roberts: The Golden God by Caroline Bartlett ’19

from Caroline Bartlett ’19: I can remember the very first time I met Murphy. I was running late for French class, and he was just running. Angie gave me a wave and said, “Hey Murph! There’s Carol!” Murphy, whom I had never before met, looked over and started barreling towards me. Immediately, I understood why everyone always talks about how lanky the guy is. He came charging over and gave meContinue reading

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Celebrating the Life of Murphy Roberts ’17

Middlebury—  We gather together this Saturday to celebrate the life of Murphy Roberts ’17, who passed away in August of this year. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM in Mead Chapel followed by MCAB-organized Murph’s Day at Lake Dunmore. Murphy was joy embodied, a true adventurer, a friend to all. The middbeat family sends our strength and support to all of those who loved him so dearly.  IfContinue reading

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Op Ed: Melancholy by Maddie Hoar ‘17.5

from Maddie Hoar ‘17.5: I spent the semester doing an independent study to look at the topic of student stress at Middlebury with Professor Pam Berenbaum. Here is a link to the draft formal summary of my course with these concepts in greater detail. Other than broad causes that exist for any college student, there were a few tropes we found to be particularly true at Middlebury:   The busyness competition.Continue reading

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An Open letter to the Middlebury College Social Scene

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole from Sophia Parker ’18: 1. How does our categorization of students by class and race affect the stratification of Middlebury’s social scene? Difficult discussions on campus often generate around conversations of privilege and disadvantage. It’s no secret that many Middlebury students come from significant wealth. So when French Professor William Poulin-Deltour asked our French Politics class what demonstratedContinue reading

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Arts Column: Some Thoughts on Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’

this is the second addition of Joy Zhu ’17‘s arts column: Sometime in late March, some of my friends and I, among whom had religious persuasions, watched To The Wonder by Terrence Malick. Afterwards, my friends A and B proceeded to parse their differences on Christianity. A, a Kierkegaardian, believes that the practice of Christianity is a process of letting God’s voice be heard to you in the process of self-reflection,Continue reading

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Abroad in Rome: Staying Safe, Thanks to My Gun

Marney Kline (‘17.5) is studying abroad in Rome for the Spring 2016 semester. This is a comedy* blog, meaning we should all calm down. * She also writes for Middlebury Discount Comedy, a student sketch comedy group that has shows on May 17 at 9 & 10:30 PM. Please, do go.  My Gun So I actually don’t have a gun here. Nobody does. Except members of law enforcement. What? Yes. But in the spiritContinue reading