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Letter of Recommendation for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: An absurdist play for absurd times

From Henry Thomson ’17: These days it is ever too easy, and with good reason, to be overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Add in the imminent loss of the liminal social status of a ‘student’ on the brink of ‘the real world’, whether this year or in four, it can be hard to find time to stop and smell flowers other than hops, juniper, and barley. In addition toContinue reading

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“Coming Together and Coming Apart” by Professor Linus Owens

The following is a piece written by Middlebury Professor of Sociology, Linus Owens, originally published here. Reposted with permission. *This opinion does not represent the views of the middbeat staff as a whole.* Coming Together and Coming Apart Two days ago, Charles Murray (henceforth reduced to CM) came to Middlebury College to speak. By some accounts, it did not go well (see, for example, the coverage from the NY Times.)Continue reading

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TODAY: Lecture By George Yancy, “Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect”

Come hear George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, deliver his lecture titled “Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect” today at 4:30. “In this talk, Yancy will discuss how racism continues to exist in our contemporary moment and thereby show that we are far from having reached a “post-racial” America. He will argue that fearless speech and fearless listening are greatly needed if we are to confront theContinue reading

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TODAY: Lecture from Eric Bates, Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic Magazine

Come hear Eric Bates, editor-in-chief of the New Republic, give his lecture titled “Journalism vs. Trump: The Media as Opposition Party” this evening. Bates was named editor-in-chief of the New Republic in April of last year after serving as the executive editor at Rolling Stone. His lecture will be free and open to the public in BiHall room 220 from 7:30-9PM. Where: BiHall Room 220 When: Tonight, 3/7, 7:30PM Cost:Continue reading

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Opinion

Middlebury Students: College Administrator and Staff Assault Students, Endanger Lives After Murray Protest

** Much of the narrative surrounding Charles Murray’s visit to Middlebury and the protests that ensued has been controlled by the College administration in the form of an email from President Laurie Patton and statements made by Vice President for communications Bill Burger to the New York Times. We at middbeat feel it is valuable to give a platform for all students, including student protestors, to voice their opinions inContinue reading

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TOMORROW: MCAB Syria Symposium

from the MCAB Syria Symposium student organizing committee: The year-long project of Go/Refuge, the MCAB Syria Symposium will bring together five Muslim women from academic, activist, and literary backgrounds in a conference fully dedicated to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Speeches will be delivered, and questions answered by some of the most prominent voices in the Syrian community. The MCAB Syria Symposium thus aims not only to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisisContinue reading

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Announcements

Apply to present at the spring symposium by THIS THURSDAY 3/2

from the department of undergraduate research: Submit your application to the Spring Student Symposium by Thursday March 2, 2017. A full day of student presentations will be on Friday, April 21, 2017, for independent work including oral presentations, posters, and artwork. Classes are cancelled, allowing the entire Middlebury community to come out to engage with student presenters, for a day of intellectual inquiry and inspiration–what many have termed, “a party about thinking.”Continue reading

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TEDxMiddlebury Board Member Application Due March 23rd

from Shubha Ganesan ’17: Come be a part of the TEDx family! TEDxMiddlebury is now recruiting for new board members for Spring 2017. Board members get to help with all aspects of organizing Midd’s annual TEDx conference — from picking a theme to choosing and contacting speakers to event planning and tech logistics. Everyone is welcome, and we especially urge first-years and new Febs to apply!  Applications can be found atContinue reading

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Tonight: Anxieties. in M Gallery

from Annie Bartholomew’17 are you anxious? do you like art? come down to the m gallery for the opening night of anxieties. check out sculptures and installations made by Annie Bartholomew over j term. plus it’s on the way to the bar, so you might as well stop by. Where: M Gallery When: 7 PM Cost: Free!

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Opinion, Popular

The Women’s March and Exclusive Feminism: An Invitation for Submissions

Last Saturday, hundreds of Middlebury students travelled across the northeast to Washington D.C., Montpellier, Boston, New York, and beyond to participate in the Women’s March on Washington and its solidarity marches. According to the march’s website, a group of volunteers organized the demonstration in response to the particularly harmful and vitriolic rhetoric imbued in last year’s election cycle and perpetuated by our current president. Though the movement originally struggled toContinue reading

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Opinion, Popular

Op Ed: Misogyny as Perpetuated by Middlebury Athletics Communications on Inauguration Weekend

*the following opinion does not necessarily reflect that of middbeat as a whole  “Men’s Alpine Dominates Day One at St. Lawrence Carnival” This is the headline on the Middlebury Athletics homepage that greeted me after my first and historic carnival win. Deprived of the full story, it probably seems quite innocent. In reality, it is an inaccurate, sexist and unprofessional headline that reflects the general attitude towards women in sport.Continue reading

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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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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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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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“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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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