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Sunday: Venture for America Information Session

Interested in working for a startup after graduation? Heard of Venture for America? Read up, y’all, this looks awesome. Then check out the profiles of Middlebury Venture for America fellows here.  Joanie Thompson ’14 (and new Fellow Brandon Gell ‘16) will be hosting a casual Venture for America information/chat session at Carol’s this Sunday 10/11 from 3-4:30. Stop by to chat, ask questions, or just say hey. What is VentureContinue reading

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Meet Middlebury’s Venture for America Fellows

From newest to oldest…   Kurt Alles ‘14.5 VFA City: Turlock, CA/ Columbus, OH Account Manager at Farmeron Kurt’s email: [email protected] While at Middlebury: Environmental Policy Major WRMC, Old Stone Mill, Crossroads Cafe, Middlebury College Pep Band, GIS mapping projects, Various renewable energy projects, hiking, biking. Why did you choose VFA? I was working for Shacksbury, a Middlebury alum founded hard cider startup and looking for GIS / renewable energyContinue reading

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Thursday Thought: Change in Appearance

            I cut my hair this summer. I’d been feeling like I needed a change, and one night, with the help of some liquid courage, I chopped it off. I’ve pretty much always had longish hair, at least down to my boobs, and my new ‘do’ falls significantly above my shoulders. I actually really like it—It’s way easier to handle, it’s something different from whatContinue reading


An Open Letter to Middlebury College

Yesterday afternoon, the middbeat editors received an anonymous open letter to Middlebury College. Given our commitment to ensuring that all voices in our community have a platform to be heard, we have reposted the letter below while preserving the anonymity of the author. We invite others to comment respectfully below.  TRIGGER WARNING: DESCRIPTION AND DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT Dear Middlebury College, My name is Baysil (they/them), and I am aContinue reading

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TOMORROW: Psych Lecture on Getting More ZZzzz’s (aka Sleep Habits)

I’ll give anyone a free trip in my 1999 Ford Taurus to Dunkin’ Donuts if they can find one person on this campus who isn’t TIRED, SLEEPY, GRUMPY (because they’re sleepy), or simply DONE (because they didn’t sleep last night). Jokes aside, sleep is an extremely important aspect of keeping ourselves healthy, and one that is all-too frequently sacrificed. Check out this Psych lecture on Friday by University of RochesterContinue reading

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Auditions for the HOLIDAY CABARET

Georgia Wei ’16 writes in to middbeat: “MCMP will be putting on its annual HOLIDAY CABARET in Wilson Hall from 8-10 on Friday, November 20th. This event is an informal evening of musical theatre where YOU have the opportunity to sing your favorite holiday song or showtune cabaret style and enjoy delicious catered food from the Grille.  AUDITIONS will be this coming weekend, Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th from 3-5 in CFA 209.Continue reading

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50 Years of Green @ Middlebury

This week, Midd is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Environmental Studies program (NBD). Midd was the very first college in the country (BIG DEAL) to implement an Environmental Studies program in the 1965, and today continues to lead the charge in educating students on pressing environmental impacts and what we can do to make a positive impact on the ever-changing environment in our lifetime. There are some incredible guests comingContinue reading

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Ashley Laux writes in to middbeat: “Attend this info session to learn about applying for the student-led February 2016 Middlebury Alternative Break Trips. Trips will focus on food security and nutrition (New York City), supporting mothers and creating community (Mexico), affordable housing (Guatemala), privilege and poverty (Washington, DC), sustainability (Puerto Rico), and education (Miami). Questions? Contact MAlt Executive Board members Hayley Howard and Robert Zarate-Morales, [email protected] and learn more at go/malt.” Date: October 6th Time: 6:30-7:30 Place: Axinn 220Continue reading


TOMORROW: Iron Eyes Cody and Middlebrow

Noah Stone ‘16.5 writes in to middbeat: “Come down to the Marquis for an awesome night of comedy, life music, and 2 $ PBRs. Iron Eyes Cody is a 6 piece Middlebury College student-run band that plays original music. Up-beat and dancy, slow and electrifying, their music is both light and cinematic. More here. Middlebrow is one of the College’s funniest and most well-known improv comedy groups. Their hilarious scenes and skits are buoyed by quick witsContinue reading

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Snow Bowl Family Bash!

Maggy Mulhern ’17 writes in to middbeat: “Love the beautiful views from the Snow Bowl’s lift, but hate freezing your booty off in the winter? Have family coming that is really into leaf peeping and chairlift selfies? Need to occupy your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and long lost cousins that all need entertaining? Like BBQ? Want the chance to win prizes? Enjoy having fun in general? Have any appreciation atContinue reading


TOMORROW: Sophie Shao & Friends

Hiruy Ephrem ’17 writes in to middbeat: “The Performing Arts Series’ 96th season opens on October 2 with a superb concert led by cellist Sophie Shao. An audience favorite, Shao will perform alongside a hand-picked chamber ensemble of three musical friends. Their updated program will include Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16; Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1; and Dvořák’s Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65.” Date: OctoberContinue reading


TODAY: Cold Brewtus Tasting in Crossroads

Georgie Wei ’16 writes in to middbeat: “Our friends at Cold Brewtus will be offering a free tasting at Crossroads Café! Come by to get a taste of our new cold brew coffee, with a “beautiful stout-lke pour” and a “golden foam head”.” Date: Today, September 30th Time: 11:30 through mid-afternoon Place: Crossroads Cafe Cost: Free!

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TONIGHT: Write Night in Crossroads Cafe

Sami Lamont ’17 writes in to middbeat: “At Write Night, Middlebury college students will respond to poetry written by incarcerated youth. This event is presented in collaboration with Free Minds, a nonprofit based in DC that empowers youths tried as adults through book clubs and writing workshops. The participants in the program find feedback on their poetry helpful, so Free Minds hosts “Write Nights”, events in which the poems are printed outContinue reading


middBeet: new onion-inspired satire column

Middlebury College, Vermont After a long debate between the administration and spokespeople of the Middlebury College Quidditch Club, Middlebury has finally decided to rename the commons to reflect the names of the houses from the best-selling series Harry Potter. Atwater, Brainerd, Cook, and Ross commons will be renamed Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw respectively. Members of the former Wonnacott commons will not receive a new name and will instead beContinue reading

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Black Student Union Responds to Vandalism on Posters

Below is a reposting of the Black Student Union’s response to the act of vandalism that occurred in both Proctor and Ross dining halls over this past weekend. The middbeat editors would like to offer our blog as an open platform for meaningful discussion as our community grapples with these recent events and their broader significance for our institution. We also welcome long-form responses submitted to our email, [email protected] “LastContinue reading

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Introducing Green Dot Week at Midd

Whether we want to admit it or not, sexual and power-based violence happens everywhere, even on this tiny, relatively safe-feeling campus in rural Vermont. The close-knit, comfortable vibe of Midd is one of the best things about this place (imho), but that’s also what makes raising awareness about issues like these so difficult–it’s hard to imagine that it really does happen here. That being said, we as community members allContinue reading

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An Interview with SGA President Ilana Gratch

Last week, middbeat contributor Juliette Luini ‘18.5 sat down with SGA President Ilana Gratch ’16. Photo by Matt Gillis ’18. Check out the shortened interview below: I checked in with our newly elected SGA President, Ilana Gratch ’16 (previously ‘16.5), to talk about her plans for this upcoming year.  In the interview, Ilana made it clear that community is the driving force behind all of her initiatives.  Whether we wereContinue reading


TODAY: Pink-Out for Planned Parenthood

Lily Wilson ’18 writes in to middbeat: “Feminist Action at Middlebury is hosting a #PinkOut to show our collective support for Planned Parenthood. All you have to do to participate is wear pink (i.e., its a perfect last opportunity to break out those nantucket red shorts. or one of those charity tshirts you never wear. or literally anything pink.) FAM members will be posted outside Proctor all day asking students why Planned Parenthood’s services are importantContinue reading


ON THE HORIZON: TEDx Middlebury Student Speaker Competition

In a couple weeks, one of our favorite events of the fall will come to Crossroads. The TEDxMiddlebury Student Speaker Competition gives students the opportunity to present in four minutes an abbreviated version of a potential TED talk to present at the TEDxMiddlebury Conference in November. The theme will be “Caught in the Act”, so find a way to tie your talk into that (more info about the theme atContinue reading

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TOMORROW: For the Kids Fall Family Carnival

Sky Nahi ’17 writes in to middbeat: “For The Kids wants to invite students, faculty, family and friends to the 2nd annual Fall Family Carnival. We are a student organization at Middlebury College that host events throughout the year to spread awareness about childhood illness and raise funds for the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Some of our larger and more well-known events include the annual Fall Family Carnival and Dance Marathon. The Carnival, willContinue reading