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THURSDAY & FRIDAY: First Year Show!

from Rebecca Berlind ’21: Are you looking for a fun way to spend parents weekend that involves theatre and potentially(?) snacks? IF SO, come check out “Loners Lovers Freaks” this weekend at the Hepburn Zoo. Directed by Michole Biancosino, this year’s 22nd Annual First Year Show features several short scenes,followed by 10 one minute plays, all of which were written by playwrights currently living inNew York City. Though each scene tellsContinue reading

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FRIDAY: Poor Form Poetry Tryouts

PoorForm is a collaborative poetry space and the only Spoken Word Poetry group at Middlebury College. We meet once a week to write poetry together, perform our work, and practice for shows and competitions. Each semester we also put up one formal showcase where we perform our own work to Middlebury College Students. We also perform at a couple of informal readings at social houses, and generally just hang out!Continue reading

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Apply to Midd Entrepreneurs for this J-Term!

Isabel Wyer ‘18.5 shares an interview with fellow student Rachael Salerno ‘18.5 about Midd Entrepreneurs, a J-term class for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Have an idea and don’t know how to bring it to life? Want to start a business or a non-profit but don’t think you have time? Well, we have the class for you. Middlebury’s Innovation Hub offers a J-term course for students who want to start their own business or non-profit. ThisContinue reading

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TOMORROW: We Want Dignity: VT Immigrant Worker’s Organize for Human Rights

from Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante: Join farmworkers and organizers from Vermont-based human rights organization Migrant Justice for a stop on its “Human Rights Cannot Wait Tour.” Workers will inform the public about the reality of labor and housing conditions dairy workers face in the dairy industry and will share their campaign to ensure that Ben & Jerry’s–one of the largest purchasers of Vermont milk, known by many for its professed progressiveContinue reading

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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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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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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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Op Ed: Melancholy by Maddie Hoar ‘17.5

from Maddie Hoar ‘17.5: I spent the semester doing an independent study to look at the topic of student stress at Middlebury with Professor Pam Berenbaum. Here is a link to the draft formal summary of my course with these concepts in greater detail. Other than broad causes that exist for any college student, there were a few tropes we found to be particularly true at Middlebury:   The busyness competition.Continue reading

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Opinion, Popular

An Open letter to the Middlebury College Social Scene

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole from Sophia Parker ’18: 1. How does our categorization of students by class and race affect the stratification of Middlebury’s social scene? Difficult discussions on campus often generate around conversations of privilege and disadvantage. It’s no secret that many Middlebury students come from significant wealth. So when French Professor William Poulin-Deltour asked our French Politics class what demonstratedContinue reading

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Arts Column: Some Thoughts on Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’

this is the second addition of Joy Zhu ’17‘s arts column: Sometime in late March, some of my friends and I, among whom had religious persuasions, watched To The Wonder by Terrence Malick. Afterwards, my friends A and B proceeded to parse their differences on Christianity. A, a Kierkegaardian, believes that the practice of Christianity is a process of letting God’s voice be heard to you in the process of self-reflection,Continue reading

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Op Ed: The Tragicomic Awkwardness in Having a Dead Family Member

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole  from Millie von Platen ‘18.5: My very first day at Middlebury marked exactly one year since a sudden cancer killed my dad. Although it seemed very painful at the time, I have come to view the coincidence with a breath of relief: the mayhem of Feb orientation meant that I was kept from moping alone in my room,Continue reading

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Crush of the Week: Julien Souffrant ’19

middbeat contributor Charlotte Reider-Smith ’19 sat down with Julien Souffrant ’19 to learn about some of his sandwich-making, stress-avoiding quirks.  MB: What year are you? Julien: Freshman. Class of f2019. MB: Where are you from? Julien: Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. From down south. Charlotte, North Cakalakee (North Carolina). MB: What do you think about romantic culture at Middlebury? Julien: Romantic culture at Middlebury… um…. I don’t know I mean I’m enjoying it now,Continue reading

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THIS WEEKEND: Midd Mayhem 2016

from MCAB Traditions: MCAB Traditions Presents Midd Mayhem 2016! Thursday, May 12th Student Bar at Crossroads -7:30-9:30 pm -Lemonade and Snacks -Otter Creek Beer, Woodchuck Cider & Wine -Live Music with MSTRYWHSKY Friday, May 13th machineheart concert on Battell Circle -8:00 pm Tropical Paradise at the Marquis -10:30 pm -18+ -Beachside Cocktail Menu -Tropical Ice Luge -DJs Peter HUffman & Norris Ou Saturday, May 14th Pig Roast on Atwater LawnContinue reading

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Op Ed: Don’t Go to College (Yet), and Don’t Come to Middlebury (Yet)

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole from Charlotte Reider-Smith: Dear High School Seniors: Don’t Go to College (Yet), and Don’t Come to Middlebury (Yet) You may have heard the news that I’ve seen all over Facebook that last couple of days – Malia Obama is taking a gap year. I’m extremely curious to hear what she will be doing. So, maybe not just becauseContinue reading

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FRIDAY: Gardner Campbell “Romantic Computing”

from the Provost’s Office: We are pleased to announce the second in our series of speakers for Envisioning Middlebury, our yearlong conversation. Dr. Gardner Campbell serves as associate professor of English and special assistant to the provost at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his talk, he will discuss how the paradigm of “romantic computing—the experience of wonders [and] uncanny encounters” through technology—can help us fulfill our highest educational ideals. Dr. CampbellContinue reading

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TODAY: Write-in

from MaryEllen Bertolini: Wednesday, May 4th from 8-11 PM, the Writing Center at Middlebury College will join 75 other colleges and universities from around the globe in sponsoring a Write-In between the weeks of April 24-May 5 .  Supported by CTLR, the Writing Program and the Library, the Write-In fosters a writing community by setting aside time and space in LIB 201, LIB 145 and the Harman Reading Room for studentsContinue reading

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Events

WEDNESDAY: Talk by Rick Hodes: “Extreme Medicine: Practicing in Africa for 28 years”

from Pam Berenbaum: Hear from someone whose life took a very different direction than planned. Alum Dr. Rick Hodes (’75), subject of an HBO documentary, will speak about his treatment of some of Ethiopia’s most desperate patients. It’s not the journey he thought he was going to be on when he graduated from Midd. Date: May 4, 2016 Place: MBH 216 Time: 7-8:30pm Cost: Free

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Arts Column: Tristes Continents

In this column, Joy Zhu, a junior from Hong Kong who is studying abroad in Germany, will reflect upon mostly english and european cinema and literature as a foreigner to western civilization ‘Well you say that I treat you like a book on a shelf. / I don’t take you out that often ’cause I know that I’ve completed you’ remarks Conor Oberst in the song You Will. You? Will.Continue reading

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Opinion

Press Release: JusTalks: Past, Present, and Future

“Diversity.” “Inclusion.” “Community.” This past year these words seem to have bubbled to the surface of campus conversation.  However, topics of power, privilege, and identity have always existed on campus, and various student initiatives have been wrestling with these issues for years.  JusTalks has been one of these initiatives. Since 2011, we have dreamed to engage the entire campus in courageous dialogue that confronts privilege, engages with difference, and contributesContinue reading