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Seize the J: The Hunt

There’s no way we would leave this off the middbeat J-Term bucket list! The Hunt is one of my favorite Middlebury things EVER, second only to when Crossroads lets me have free smoothie leftovers. Chances are you’ve seen the big question mark posters/table tents around campus, and if you’re unfamiliar with the Midd’s annual weeklong student-organized EPIC scavenger hunt, “The Hunt”, you probably have a few questions of your own.Continue reading

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Seize the J: a middbeat J-Term Bucket List

J-Term, Yay-Term, Play-Term. If you’ve ever been on campus over January, you know what we’re talking about. Less class time and homework means you can dedicate much more of your waking existence to snow, inebriation, and Netflix! (unless you’re taking Chinese or Arabic, that is. We’re so sorry.) Yes, some of us will opt never to change out of our PJs. Some of us will go an entire month without leavingContinue reading

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What’s the Deal with the Weather???

It was 55 degrees this morning. There was a torrential downpour of Biblical proportions. Now it’s sunny and 36 degrees. The high for tomorrow? 11 degrees. Oh, and there’s a “polar vortex” determined to take the fingers and toes of everyone in the Minnesota. WTF you guys. J-Term Cray-Term. Thank you to Tim Parsons, Middlebury’s Landscape Horticulturist, who sent us some cool photos of water where it shouldn’t be, andContinue reading

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2013: middbeat Year in Review

This year, on planet Earth: Miley twerked and rode construction equipment. The government shut down (and so did the Obamacare website, for awhile). Edward Snowden leaked big secrets and then searched for a safe haven. The war in Syria turned biological. Wendy Davis filibustered. So did Ted Cruz. George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin (and other charges). The US Supreme Court struck down DOMA. Tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon. The Pope resigned, and his replacement was TIME’s person of the year, maybeContinue reading

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Riddim Tickets on sale at MIDNIGHT Tonight

SET YOUR ALARMS, FOLKS: Tickets to Riddim’s Fall 2013 show, “The Riddim Music Video Awards,” go on sale TONIGHT at 12:01AM. They’re $6 each at go/boxoffice. The once-a-semester Riddim shows need little introduction. These performances are a part of our collective unconscious…they represent a rare coming-together of all sides of campus. Hipsters, bros, biddies, mountain clubbers. We’re all in one place. Sitting. Waiting. The room buzzes with anticipation and roadContinue reading

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Black People are Lazy, and Gays are Bad Parents? (updated w/audio)

UPDATE: This afternoon Dr. Amy Wax gave a talk using demographic data from (elite!) universities to show that massive inequality in our society has been caused by “cultural disparities (that) have emerged by class and race in attitudes and behaviors surrounding family, sexuality, and reproduction”  not “economic conditions or social expectations.” If you couldn’t make it we recorded some parts of the Q&A so you can get a taste ofContinue reading

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Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

UPDATE 11/15/13: Some tweets from the vigil yesterday: Middlebury College students gather at Philippines vigil and call for #climate justice. (Please RT.) pic.twitter.com/ryODkHAOfl — Greg Dennis (@GreenGregDennis) November 14, 2013 Middlebury College students, staff & alums call for #climate justice, at #Philippines vigil. pic.twitter.com/GC7UCeOA6B — Greg Dennis (@GreenGregDennis) November 14, 2013   UPDATE: Adrian Leong ’16, one of the people fasting today in solidarity with Yeb Sano (the Filipino delegateContinue reading

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The SPAM We Get

Here at middbeat, we endeavor to post all event submissions sent to us through our convenient online form by students, faculty, staff, and robots alike. Take this SPAM “event submission” we received this evening, for example. Clear, concise, relevant. How do these machines know that the middbeat team absolutely loves “supply[ing] kids with photocopies of cartoons,” or that we often make the simple mental leap from Cheap Oakleys Sunglasses to rodentContinue reading

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Tickets on sale for Senior Thesis Dance Concert

Tickets are now on sale for “Figures of Speech”, the Senior Thesis Dance Concert featuring the work of Amy Donahue ‘13.5 and Adeline Cleveland ‘13.5. I’ve had the good fortune to see a lot of dance performances over the past few years, and while I don’t know much about dance, I do know that these two women have choreographed and performed some of the most beautiful, provocative pieces I’ve seen here.Continue reading

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(Updated w/link to recording) “Unpacking Chance the Rapper” Forum

UPDATE 11/7/13: The Campus posted a link to its recording of the “Unpacking Chance the Rapper” forum that happened on Monday (its at the bottom of the story). It’s really worth listening to no matter where you land on the issues surrounding Chance the Rapper performing at Midd (many different perspectives on his controversial lyrics, both critical and supportive, were voiced that evening). The discussion moved way beyond Chance the RapperContinue reading

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Stop Traffick’s “Humans Not for Sale” Symposium Schedule

The student organizers of the Stop Traffick Symposium would like you to know about the events happening this week. First, an overview: Did you know that modern day slavery generates $30 billion per year, making it the second most profitable criminal industry? Or that there are more slaves today than ever before in human history?  Though slavery is mistakenly considered by some a barbaric but eliminated practice, the trade ofContinue reading

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The Post-Chance Concert Lost Coat Forum

A lot of folks had a lot of fun at the Chance the Rapper concert on Saturday night. Things got considerably less fun afterwards, though, when a bunch of coats went missing during the stampede out of Nelson.  Something sinister could be afoot (Chance does call himself a “cocky khaki jacket jacker” in “Favorite Song”)…but let’s hold out hope that an accidental Barbour jacket swap just started a wrong coatContinue reading

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Set Your Clocks Back TONIGHT for Daylight Saving Time!

Spring forward…fall back. no, wait. spring back, fall forward? shit. Daylight Saving Time is upon us again. The US government, embarrassing and unreliable as it may be these days,  is still making good on its post-WWII promise to give us all an extra hour of sleep. SO, remember to set your Baby Gs, grandfather clocks, car dashboards, etc. BACK one hour tonight for the usual 1AM turns 2AM and rightContinue reading

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The USA Women’s National Hockey Team is Playing. HERE. TOMORROW.

Sorry, in case you misread that– The #1 ranked women’s hockey team in the WORLD will be playing at our very own Kenyon Arena tomorrow. While I’m sure our own Panthers could give them a run for their money, Team USA will actually be facing off against the Finnish national team as part of USA Hockey’s Fall “Bring on the World” tour. The 18-game will help the US team gear upContinue reading

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TOMORROW, 11/6: “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” Screening

  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, 10/6 AT 7PM IN AXINN 219. GSFS, QSH, FAM, and the Chellis House want you to know about an event happening tomorrow Wednesday 10/6 designed to frame a campus-wide conversation about Chance the Rapper’s performance on campus:      “On Wednesday, we will be hosting a screening and discussion of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary directed by hip hop fan and activist Byron HurtContinue reading

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Chance the Rapper Concert Update

1. The concert has been moved to Nelson and MCAB is selling more tickets. Congratulations, Adam Benay ‘13.5! 2. From Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities and Orientation JJ Boggs‘ email update: “some students have expressed [concerns] over the content of Chance the Rapper’s lyrics, which contain language they perceive as misogynistic and homophobic.” 3. From “Favorite Song,” off Chance’s Acid Rap mixtape: Chance, acid rapper, soccer, hacky sacker Cocky khaki jacketContinue reading

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100% CHANCE TO GET MIDDLEBROW TICKETS (for tonight’s show)

Improv Comedy group Middlebrow is having a show tonight at 9:30 in the Chateau Grand Salon. They’re showing off their brand new member, Josh Brosnan ’16! And there’s gonna be an improvised monologue from Alan Sanders ‘13.5! There are infinite free tickets (MCAB, please take note.) (aka no tickets necessary. Just show up, yall, and bring your friends.) what: LAUGHS LAUGHS LAUGHS when: TONIGHT. 9:30 PM where: CHATEAU GRAND SALON. 

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REMINDER: Q&A Discussion Today

A follow-up to our post about homophobia on campus— Queers and Allies board member Rafael Manyari ’15 writes in: “In light of the recent incident addressed in the op ed of last week’s issue of The Campus, the Middlebury Queers and Allies club is facilitating a discussion this Tuesday at 7pm in Redfield Proctor to address issues of homophobia on campus and create an environment for constructive dialogue.” WHEN: Today,Continue reading

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Homophobia at Middlebury: Are We Going to Talk About It?

You may have heard about the homophobic incident that occurred on campus a few weeks ago. Or maybe you haven’t…and that’s half the story. middbeat will bring you up to speed– UPDATE 10/15 1:30PM: Dean of the College Shirley Collado has just sent a second follow-up email to students, faculty and staff regarding the incident. You can read the full text of her email after the jump. A week ago today,Continue reading

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FRIDAY Events: Lectures, Screenings, Bonfires, oh my!

It’s the end of another tough week of classes, but personally I’ve never felt as alive and energized as I do right now. I give 100% of the credit to Angelique Kidjo, whose performance last night was electrifying. inspiring. otherworldly. we had a goddess in our midst. SOOO if you’ve got as much energy as I do on an otherwise dreary Friday afternoon, maybe I’ll see you at some/all ofContinue reading