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Middlebury-only Climbing Competition (TONIGHT!) and Sexy Pics of Topless Climbers


NOTE: As of right now (noon) they have a bunch of slots still open for ladies (and some for men too)

Andrew Freeman ‘13.5 writes in with this news:

Greetings Middlebury Climbers:

It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s Middlebury-only Climbing Competition, which will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30 to 9 pm at the rock wall.

Most of you have never participated in a climbing comp before and that’s the point! The climbing wall staff been hard at work organizing a fun

, accessible event that everyone can enjoy. To those of you who are new to climbing, this is will be a great way to come experience an energetic and exciting part of indoor climbing; best of all, IT’S 100% FREE, AND THERE WILL BE TROPHIES.
To repeat, this is a citizen’s competition. All climbing wall monitors will be there for support, but will not be allowed to compete, so you don’t have to worry about Eli “Meathead” Mauksch or Jason “Pretty Boy” McCallum snaking all the glory.

There are only 32 spots total—16 male and 16 female, so sign up as soon as possible. Registration today at 4:00 today at the climbing wall. Sign your name, year and email to the list—that’s all there is to it? Can’t make it? Badger a friend to pencil you in. However, if you do sign up, please show up.

Want to know more about the competition? Read on. Already sold? If you have further questions after reading below, email [email protected]

Date: Tonight, Wednesday January 27th
Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Place: Climbing Wall in Athletic Center

FAQ and  sexy pics after the jump: Continue reading

Choreopoem: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

for colored girls

Day Williams ‘14.5 wants to let you know about a performance she is directing:

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is a 1975 experimental choreopoem by Ntozake Shange. Structurally it is a series of 20 poems, collectively called a “choreopoem.” Shange’s poetry expresses many struggles and obstacles that African-American women may face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: “Lady in Yellow,” “Lady in Purple,” etc. The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman’s story.

(A snippet from another performance of the Shange’s choreopoem)
Rebecca Johnson
Jennie Mejaes
Aashna Aggarwal
Diku Rogers
Cynthia Park
Shariell Crosby
Veronica Coates
Jabari Mathews
Steven Medina
Clifford Alexander

Date: Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30PM and 8:00PM
Place: McCullough Social Space
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation. Proceeds go to Womenspace and Iris House).

Middlebury in the 60s: Student Resistance and Social Change

midd social change

Middlebury has barely any institutional memory. Current students generally have no sense of the 200-year narrative that brought us to this point as an elite, polished institution. We at middbeat have tried and continue to try to illuminate Middlebury’s fuzzy past every now and then.  But why is a sense of our past so lacking? One reason may be the depressing lack traditions that hold any weight in the community. Another may be the administration who seems to be in denial about Middlebury’s WASPy, greek life-ridden past.  Their solution sometimes seems to be to just wipe clean the history and baggage of the institution all together, making it possible to believe Midd was always the “socially progressive” and “globally-minded” college it purports to be today.

Whatever the reasons, it sometimes seems crazy to think this placed existed, like, 50 years ago, during the ’60s, when campuses nationwide were blowing up over the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and other things. What was going on at Midd during that time?  Hanna Mahon ‘13.5 and Kristina Johansson ’14 had similar thoughts and took it upon themselves to create a J-term class exploring the past of the college, warts and all. They’ve called it  A People’s History of Middlebury. And tomorrow they are holding a panel called Middlebury in the 60s: Student Resistance and Social Change with key figures of Middlebury’s 1960s-era history. See below for more details if you want to push back against Middlebury’s institutional amnesia and learn about what went happened on this idyllic campus decades ago.

Students and administrators at Middlebury in the 1960s will discuss key moments of social and political engagement that led to major changes in our campus environment — changes that affect the way we live and study at Middlebury today. Topics covered will include: the school-wide strike in the spring of 1970, anti-racist activism, feminism and women’s health, sexuality, and more. Panelists include Delrita Abercrombie ’70; Steve Early ’71; Torie Osborn ’72; and former Dean of Students Dennis O’Brien.

Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 7pm
Place: Dana Auditorium

Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship – Google Hangouts


If you haven’t heard, social entrepreneurship is the new THING, the zeitgeist, the cat’s pajamas and it’s been picking up big time at Middlebury. This week they are having a big symposium and CSE fellow Winson Law ’16 has the lowdown below:

This Thursday and Friday, the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship will host its third annual symposium titled “Social Entrepreneurship and the Future of Education.” If you’ve attended the symposium in previous years, you will find the inspiring speakers and workshops familiar. But this year, the Center has decided to be a little entrepreneurial itself. With the help of Google Hangouts, the symposium will host virtual video sessions with six education innovators from Connecticut to India and everywhere in between.

This week, each of these leaders in education will join in Google Hangouts with students from Professor Jon Isham’s Winter Term course Social Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts. The students will interview each of these organizations to draw out their latest achievements, challenges, and visions. You can catch these virtual interactions via the Center’s YouTube channel as they happen early this week. Then, all six organizations will join us in a Google Hangout on Friday, January 24th at 9am in McCullough Social Space for a moderated discussion on social entrepreneurship and education. In keeping with the spirit of the CSE, these Google Hangouts are entrepreneurial and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

Below is a list of the innovators and their organizations who will join us this week: Continue reading

Poetry Reading and Conversation with John Elder at Munford


Professor emeritus John Elder has been an institution at Middlebury since the 70s. He made Nature’s Meanings a must-take class for any Middlebury Student. He also wrote a lot of books about nature and Vermont and Robert Frost and other things. Most recently he  cropped up in puppet form in a Bianca Giaever video about his breakfast routine:

And he will be back on campus tomorrow night for an evening of poetry and conversation. More details below:

This is part of a series of faculty/staff talks on living intentionally that Munford House (the Intentional Living Super Block) has been hosting for the past couple of years. John Elder will be reading a few poems that have to do with nature and balance and then talk a little bit about them before opening it up to a conversation about poetry and living intentionally. THERE WILL ALSO BE SOUP AND BREAD SERVED. Please bring a bowl if you want some.

Date: Tomorrow, Friday January 17th
Time: 5PM
Place: Munford House common room


Screening and Discussion: ‘United We Ski’

Maya von Wodtke ‘13.5 writes in with this event:

Join us for a screening of T-Bar Films‘ latest movie, United We Ski. This film brings community-based story telling to the forefront of ski film production, highlighting Vermont’s community ski areas, as well as lost ski areas and secret ski tows hidden amongst the sugar-bushes of Vermont.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion on Vermont’s changing ski industry with:

  • Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, T-Bar Films co-founder and filmmaker
  • Blake Harrison, Vermont historian and author of The View From Vermont: Tourism and the Making of an American Rural Landscape
  • Maya von Wodtke, Middlebury senior thesis student, “Discovering White Gold: The Changing Role of State Government in Vermont’s Ski Industry, 1934-1975″

Date: Tomorrow, Tuesday January 14th
Time: 7:30PM
Place: Dana Auditorium


Angela Davis in Mead Chapel, Tonight


Assuming her flight didn’t get delayed in the weather shitshow plaguing airports this past week, Angela Davis is probably on our campus right now. Because she is giving a talk in Mead Chapel at 7PM. This is quite remarkable.

Angela Davis might be one of the most historically important people to have come to this campus in my four years here. She is certain to go down as an influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement, radical American politics, and addressing the America’s broken criminal justice system. You might have been assigned her writings in one of your classes (I know I have). Beginning in the ’60s, she was a high profile activist and educator associated with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers. She was further launched into the national spotlight through her support of the Soledad brothers and the fallout of the Marin County courthouse incident.

Later in her life, she became a professor at UC Santa Cruz (a couple of decades after Ronald Reagan forbid her from teaching at any State of California university) and has been a leader in the Prison Abolition movement through her organization Critical Resistance.

Her ideas are ones not often heard on our campus coming from a person of historical significance not matched by many people. Whatever you think of her politics and ideas it would be worth coming to see her speak. Here is the poster for the event:



Date: Tonight, Thursday 1/9
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Mead Chapel

Chronicles of Finals Week (Part 1)


hard at work in the back of the second floor of of the lib

Finals week is a surreal time when our routine of four months is shaken and the rest of the world gets blocked out to plow through inconceivable amounts of work. It’s easy to get drawn into our own worlds during these trying times. But we at middbeat want to encourage solidarity in our finals week struggles.

To that end, middbeat reporters LDubs and Carol showed up at midnight breakfast in Ross the other night to talk to people about how everything was going. We came up with these profiles of different people’s finals weeks experiences:

Profile 1

Name: Brandi Fullwood
Year: Freshman
(Expected) Major: IGS and Film
Finals work: -Essay for First Year Seminar “Reading the Book of Job”
-Essay for “Diversity Politics of Western Europe”
(both equally depressing topics)
-Final acting performance for “Acting 1.” The performance is called “What we are up Against” and has feminist themes.
Finals Struggles: The autosave on her computer failed her and she lost 3 pages of one of her essays. Stayed up until 4am to redo them.
Currently feeling… like she has time to not make things stressful, but she is not taking that opportunity. “Motivated tomorrow,” is her unofficial motto.
Fav Procrastination Method: Finding any alternative to starting work. Extending process longer than it should.
Study Strategy: Not letting her self see the stress relief puppies or watch holiday movies until the majority of her work is done. Her current fav holiday movie is Home Alone.
Finals Playlist: Ambiance–no lyrics. Some Motown and oldies.
Desktop: 18 tabs open, about half related to finals work

Profile 2

Name: Will Melhado
Year: Junior Feb
Major: Chemistry
Finals work: -2 rewrites, finish lab report and final paper for Chem 311
-Take home test for Chem 351
-Final lab report and final test for Ecology and Evolution
-Final Presentation on TFA for Education in the USA
Finals Struggles: Not many. Finals week used to be stressful for Will, but now its one of his favorite times of the semester. He can wake up when he wants and there is midnight breakfast (which he loves).
Fav Procrastination Method: He goes on facebook way more than he does any other time of year. He also looks up synopses of horror movies that he will not watch on Wikipedia.
Finals Playlist: Movie soundtracks. Current favs are LotR and Requiem for a Dream (which is really trippy). Also classical music.
Clutch snack: Snyder’s honey wheat pretzel twists


wilson cafe has been abuzz during finals week

Profile 3

Name: Michael McGean
Year: Freshman
(Expected) Major: Economics and Ed Studies
Finals work: -Self-scheduled exam for Spanish 210
-Exam for Intro to Microeconomics
-Education in the USA non-traditional exam
-Research paper and presentation on wind turbines for First Year Seminar “Mountains of the Northeast” with Jeff Monroe.
Finals Struggles: Was confused about how self-scheduled exams worked. Struggling with lack of structure in the day.
Currently feeling… a little stressed. But not as stressed as high school finals because there is more flexibility and everything is spread out more.
Fav Procrastination Method: Talking with friends and not realizing how much time has gone by.
Study Strategy: Michael is on the swim team and schedules his work around workouts and practices.
Finals Playlist: Obscure country music and a 30 minute recording of thunder storm sounds.
Clutch Snack: Caprisuns and Jolly Ranchers
Recommended Professors from this semester: Jeff Monroe (Geology)

Profile 4:

Name: Adina Marx-Arpadi
Year: Super Senior Feb
Major: Religion
Finals work: -Research paper on the Vermont Eugenics movement’s effects on the Abenaki people for “Native North America”
-Take home exam (open note/open book) for urban economics
-Group presentation for “Slavery and Abolition”
-Thesis pages for Religion thesis on child birth
Finals Struggles: A bad knot in her shoulder.
Currently feeling… like she doesn’t have the energy to be stressed out, she has exhausted her stress reserves. A little nervous about her thesis, but is compartmentalizing that.
Study Strategy: Factoring in that she underestimates how long things take to get done. Focusing on getting things done and not caring if how gracefully it happens.
Finals Playlist: Doesn’t listen to anything, but sometimes puts headphones on to block sounds.
Desktop: A picture of a symbolic cremation ceremony in Bali that she witnessed this past summer. Tabs open to NY Times, Atlantic Cites, email, and sometimes middbeat. Basically anything not related to her work.
Clutch snack: Dark chocolate. Things that don’t make her fingers sticky. Still searching for her favorite savory snack.
Recommended Professors from this semester: Caitlin Myers (Econ) and Will Nash (Am Studies)


a thesis carrel that is very organized. at least more organized than mine…

Profile 5:

Name: Kiana Cateriano ‘15.5
Year: Junior Feb
Major: Religion and Geography double major
Finals work: -GIS final project (already done!)
-final for “Dynamic Earth Geology”
-final for “Studies in the New testament”
-Take-home 9 page paper for “Hindu Tradition in India”
Recommended Professors from this semester: She says that Jeff Howarth (Geography) is “a great man.” And Larry Yarbrough (Religion) “knows everything.”
Finals Struggles: Misread noon paper due date and thought it said midnight. Asked for an extension, but didn’t get it.
Currently feeling… like she should be more stressed than she is.
Study Strategy: Being really productive for 3 hours and that not doing anything for 3 hours.
Clutch Snack: Hot Chocolate

Look out for more finals week profiles the next few days. Want to be profiled? Email [email protected]

TONIGHT: The Holly Ball


Joy Wood ’17 writes in:

The Atwater winter formal is happening this Saturday night from
10:00-2:00. There will be a beer garden, so students 21 and over
should bring two forms of ID. The first 30 people to arrive get a free
tuxedo t-shirt, and who doesn’t need one of those

Date: Tonight, Saturday 12/07/2013
Time: 10:00 PM
Place: Atwater Dining Hall