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Middbeats 🎶: Catch and Release

This song is just really good. I’ve been playing it on repeat all week and I’m not sure if it’s popular or not  BUT listen//share//watch the video because it’s really beautiful and takes place in warm weather (something I think all of us need right now). Jam out as you grind through these last few days before break, and remember that, as Matt Simons says, “everybody got their reason//everybody got their way”Continue reading

Crush of the Week

middbeat Crush of the Week: Kirk Horton ’17

Kirk: I’m like pretty nervous right now. MB: Are you really?! Well I guess you kind of should be…What is your full name? Kirk: Kirk Muir Horton. I’m actually WEARING a t-shirt with my middle name on it today. MB: Oh babyyy that is pretty cool! What is your hometown? Kirk: San Francisco, California MB: Major? Kirk: Film and Media Culture. MB: Year? Kirk: Junior MB: Where on campus doContinue reading

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Home Games this Week

Hockey and swimming are taking to their respective forms of water this weekend (get it–water in the pool and ice in the rink?!) against some NESCAC rivals (and Keene–huh?) in what are sure to be exciting home-openers for the winter season. Head down to the ice to get your fill of dangles, snipes, and cellys on Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday, then check out the hottie lamaties with swimmer’s bodies (@hannah montana) asContinue reading

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Filler Q of the Week, Popular

Try This, Not That: Filler Questions

Thanksgiving break is quickly approaching, as is evidenced by the slight hint of desperation floating  in the suddenly chilly air and the “Are you driving to X place on Tuesday?” inquiries becoming more frequent. Amidst all this chaos, small talk is at an all-time high, and we here at Middbeat want to give you an alternative to the usual [well-intentioned] Turkey Day BS. Instead of this: What’s your favorite ThanksgivingContinue reading

Announcements, Popular

The BSU Board on Last Week’s Blackout and the Continuing Importance of Action at Midd

from the Black Student Union board: “This year, we renamed BSU to reflect the diversity of blackness at Middlebury, as well as to invoke a sense of community and collective strength. For us, this meaning calls on us to support issues concerning black students at Middlebury and beyond. We organized the Blackout because a student in our membership asked us to do so, and because we too believe it isContinue reading

Announcements, Popular

The Resilience Project is Looking For Submissions!

from the Resilience Project: So much goes on beneath the surface at Middlebury where the crazy tough times, traumatic events, and difficult experiences that people deal with often seem to be a taboo subject amidst our extraordinarily busy lives. In an effort to break this norm about hiding one’s struggles under the facade of having it all together, we strive to shed some light into some of those darker moments, toContinue reading

write night

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

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Announcements, Events

Community Council Meeting on Stress (TONIGHT)

It’s undeniable that the stress of performing well in the areas of schoolwork, social life, and extra-curriculars is sometimes crushing. Most people can agree that no matter how hard we try, it seems impossible to succeed in all walks of life while maintaining sanity, happiness, and sleep (see featured image on this post). We all talk about these challenges frequently, but sometimes talking to one another isn’t enough. If you wantContinue reading

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TONIGHT: Writing Workshop with Frame

from Elana Schrager ’17: “Frame is Middlebury’s newest unofficial zine. Every issue starts as a blank space, a frame for innovative artistry and unconventional storytelling. All contributors work together to collaboratively edit and revise their pieces at weekly workshops. Once we have a body of work, we move it to the space of the page, where we arrange it with intent and purpose. We believe that the air we breathe is composed of stories. Our goal isContinue reading

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Tomorrow: Study Abroad Photo Contest Reception

from Bao Lin Xu ’16: “Please come enjoy a hot apple cider and some snacks while you join us for the annual study abroad photo contest reception at Davis Library! All finalist photos will be displayed for viewing and everyone gets a chance to cast a vote!” Date: November 17th Time: 4:30-6:00 Place: Davis Family Library Cost: None

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Gathering as a Community Tomorrow

The middbeat editors would like to extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. We are sincerely grateful to learn that all Middlebury students studying abroad in Paris are confirmed to be safe, and we are holding the victims of this unfathomable violence in the light. Between these horrific attacks and the recent events at Mizzou and Yale University, it is undeniableContinue reading


Be Mindful in these Difficult Times

Yesterday gunmen killed approximately 80 people taking in an “Eagles of Death Metal” concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris. Suicide bombings and other shootings throughout the city, all of which seem to have been coordinated, left a total 128 dead and many more injured. Just a few hours before, two blasts killed 41 people in the Burj al-Barajneh neighborhood in southern Beirut. Both attacks have set the world ablazeContinue reading

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Filler Q of the Week, Popular

Try This, Not That: Filler Questions

In the hyper-busy world here in the middle-of-nowhere, Vermont, I find myself rarely taking the time to ask more than filler questions to people I don’t know very well on campus. As I pass them on my way to class, stand next to them at the cutting board in Proctor, or chat at the beginning of a lecture, I find myself asking meaningless, generic filler questions (with good intent, certainly) such as,Continue reading

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Popular, SGA Updates

11/11: SGA Update of the Week

Here comes the second SGA Update of the Week! So, what did we discuss in our meeting on Sunday? What appears to be lacking from the conversation surrounding the Ridgeline dorms and accessibility is the fact that whereas the buildings do not classify as being fully accessible, they will be accessible according the standards of the ADA. Furthermore, Middlebury’s campus is designed to have fully accessible dorms placed closer to academic buildings ratherContinue reading

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An Interview with Addis Fouche-Channer, Founder of Hands of Midd

Middbeat contributor Liddy Renner ’18 sat down with Addis Fouche-Channer ’17 to talk about her inspiring new project, Hands of Midd. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here and toss the account a follow. Addis is an avid runner, photographer, and lover of life here at Midd, and the vibrancy and depth of this project reflects all of these attributes. If you’re interested in getting involved, email Addis at [email protected] Enjoy!Continue reading

Opinion, Popular

Op-Ed: Hamster Wheel of Work by Alyssa Taylor ’17

from Alyssa Taylor ’17: When I first started Middlebury I imagined that by the time I was a junior I would have figured out a perfect balance in living a happy college student life. At this point in the semester, however, I find that I have regressed to a habit that’s been around since high school and that is the compulsive need to “do work” whenever I have a freeContinue reading

Opinion, Popular

Hard Times: Finding Harmony between Community and Individual

from Juliette Luini ‘18.5: Things are starting to get complicated. In college, we all reside within a liminal space – straddling the remnants of teenagehood and the promise of adulthood. This is a confusing transition in our lives as is, not to mention the inevitable truth that the universe does not liberate us from obstacles just because we have a lot of figuring out to do. Problems in friendships, romance,Continue reading


Joshua Allen Workshop: Organizing at the Intersection of Black Lives Matter & Gender Justice

Maddie Orcutt ’16 writes in to middbeat: “Seeking to push participants from organizing from a racial justice framework to a full blown liberation movement, this workshop employs an understanding of gender, violence, policing and solidarity to create a more robust organizing practice. Participants can expect to grapple with open ended questions and to learn/share new tactics and strategies to engage in the movement for black lives more effectively.” Date: Tomorrow, November 9th Time: 4:15 – 5:30 PMContinue reading

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Opinion, Popular

Op-Ed: Let’s Address Weekend Monotony

from Graham Shaw ‘16.5: How would you describe Middlebury’s nightlife? Exciting? Boring? Personally, I’ve settled on “a nice change of pace from schoolwork”. We’re halfway into the fall semester, but let me tell you how each of the coming weekends will unfold: Friday night will start with reckless drinking in a suite of close friends. A flurry of “what are you doing tonight?” texts will be sent out to an extendedContinue reading


TODAY: A Reading by Ryan D’Agostino ’97

Calling all lit/journalism/creative writing nerds! (me!) Today, midd grad Ryan D’Agostino ’97 will be reading excerpts from his new book, The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and The Power of Human Resilience in an American Town.  From Penguin Random House: “On July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit suffered an unimaginable horror: Armed strangers broke into his suburban Connecticut home in the middle of the night, bludgeoned him nearly to death, tortured and killedContinue reading