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Features, Popular, Uncategorized

my take on the sunset is better than everyone else’s – a photo contest

Have you ever seen a sunset and thought, “wow, I bet I could take a photo and leave long lasting favorable memories so long as I post to Instagram #vsco #liveauthentic”? Honestly, same. We have all fallen victim to the beauty of Middlebury and the world outside of the actual acrylic bubble surrounding the campus. However, we’ve never outright competed for it. No likes, no community voting, just a good-old-fashioned-behind-closed-door-judgement photoContinue reading

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Announcements, Popular

Our New Year’s Resolution (From the Editors)

Middlebury– Despite being a month into the new year, we at Middbeat are still wading in the run off of 2016. Yes, we know, “does Middbeat even exist anymore?” Without a doubt our New Year’s resolution is to be better. If you’re a new reader, Middbeat may seem like a tangent for an on-campus publication and that’s not where we ever wanted to be in the beginning. Middbeat, entirely student-runContinue reading

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Events

TONIGHT: Inspirasianal Voices, A Storytelling Event

from Sami Lamont ’17: “Inspirasianal Voices is a storytelling event about Asian experiences as told by Asian students. We hope that this event inspires conversation about Asian identity in a creative way and makes Asian identity visible at Middlebury. We want Asian students to explore the definitions of their own identity by storytelling and also listening to others. This event is free and open to the public! This event is sponsoredContinue reading

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Events

TODAY: Media & Minorities, Middlebury’s 4th Annual Global Affairs Conference

Starting today through tomorrow, come check out the 4th annual student-run global affairs conference. The topic this year? Media & Minorities In the West: Revealing Trends & Biases. Read the press release for the event here, and look out for the schedule above! Of particular note might session 4 on 1/20, when Middlebury editors of both The Campus and middbeat will participate in a panel discussion on the coverage ofContinue reading

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Events

TOMORROW: The Consent Project Presents Jonathan Kalin

How’s Jterm going, people? Lots of free time and less homework (for those of us who are not #thesising) means that “playterm,” if you choose to engage, is in full effect. Come learn how to party responsibly with Jonathan Kalin, brought to you by the Consent Project (Amelia Marren-Baden ‘17.5 and Kyra Gray ’17). Jonathan Kalin, a former men’s varsity basketball captain at Colby College and now founder of PartyContinue reading

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Black Lives Matter, Features

#AllSchoolEmailDrafts Black Lives Matter

A black flag peers from behind a now bare tree, false signs of winter obscures its appearance– scraping but a few leaves blocking its visage. Upon walking closer it reads “Black Lives Matter.” In just a short walk from the library to this building a few students look up at this new installation. They wonder why its there, how it got there, and maybe what it means. For some, thisContinue reading

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Popular, The Orchard

“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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Features, Popular

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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Features

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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Events, Popular

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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Opinion, Popular

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Events

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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Opinion, Popular

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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Announcements

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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Announcements

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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Features, Popular

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