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Fall Student Film and Animation Screening

What better way to sneak a break from finals work than watching a series of short films created by your incredibly talented peers? Answer: none. Get pumped, because tonight the Film and Media department invites us all to attend a screening of final Sight and Sound II and Animation work in Dana Auditorium, fo freee! The lineup is stacked, to say the least. Some features middbeat is especially stoked to promote include:

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The FMMC final screening is always a highlight of the semester. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll temporarily forget your finals woes. Grab a friend and some snacks, and be there at 7:30.

Date: Tonight, December 4
Time: 7:30 – 9:30ish (you can leave between films)
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Nada.

Acapella Concert Tonight Featuring SIM

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Roger Winters ’17 writes in:

Come listen to Middlebury’s all-male Acapella group Stuck in the Middle this Saturday evening at 8pm in the Abernathy Room. They have a bunch of great new songs and rumor has it there will be some appearances by the rejects of the preidential search! Ever wondered who else applied for the job maybe siamese twins, or a cross-dresser, or Malhalo Mailikiewalo?!! Well this is your chance to see and hear all about it. Plus it will be a great way to shake off the edge of finals!

When: Tonight 8 PM
Where: Abernathy Room

 

The Sophomore Slump Just Became So. Real.

Much ink has been spilled over the notion of a “Sophomore Slump.”

A simple Google search reveals that MGMT’s Congratulations was deemed mediocre at best, as was Reggie Bush’s second season with the Saints. Whether or not you believe in the prolific nature of the trend, there seems to be a quiet understanding amongst Middlebury students that there is something uniquely challenging about sophomore year. Yet many upperclassmen also tend to characterize this second year as the time when they knew the most people on campus and felt the most at ease. So, what gives? As sophomores, are we thriving as semi-acclimated veterans or are we spiraling into the depths of monotony and apathy?

Academically, we are no longer the wide-eyed newbies that arrived on campus over a year ago (or just about a year ago for the Febs).

This fall, I watch as the freshmen in my classes answer questions with admirable eagerness. I can tell that they’ve actually completed all of their readings… even the optional ones. Yet now, as a sophomore, the thought of having time to do any of my readings in their entirety is absolutely hilarious. Like laughably ridiculous.

Perhaps the sophomore workload is actually more difficult. Many of us have moved up from intro courses and freshman seminars and into upper level classes. Or maybe nothing new is really being asked of us, and the change is purely attitudinal.

There are many explanations for sophomore academic apathy. It is logical to consider that the insane, overachiever lifestyle that got us into Middlebury in the first place finally takes its toll sophomore year. Maybe the expectations for going abroad have caused us to get some pre-requisites out of the way that we don’t really have much of a desire to take. Or maybe the pressure of major declaration, which prompts us to narrow our studies slightly, has created a more monotonous academic environment.

However, I think the most compelling explanation for the collegiate sophomore slump is that, with a year under our belt, we have begun to understand what truly has the potential to make us happy at Middlebury, yet feel too confined by the academic expectations of this institution to act in our own best interest.

During freshman year, we tended to club shop until we committed to one group or ditched the effort entirely. We learned about Dunmore just as the water turned so cold that swimming qualified as a polar plunge. The Snowbowl sounded great, but we didn’t all know how to get there.

But as sophomores, we have a better sense of the daymakers, the hidden gems, the places and things previously out of reach. Maybe it’s finally finding the quarry, or successfully learning to navigate the ACTR. Maybe it’s starting to find your niche in the community and realizing a real passion for your extracurriculars. Maybe it’s your Old Stone Mill space, or your volunteer job in town, or a newly discovered section of the TAM. Regardless, by sophomore year, many of us have begun to identify something outside of schoolwork that makes Middlebury our own.

I believe that one of the publicized advantages of attending a liberal arts college is the proposition that learning environments similar to that of Middlebury are conducive to “finding oneself” academically as well as in a greater, metaphysical sense. But sometimes the pressure of an intense workload can cause academics to feel more like an impediment than a means to this self-discovery.

We sit back in class and hand in our problem sets less frequently than we’d like to. We feel fine about getting a B or B- because, hey we tried… sort of. We have a hard time shaking the feeling that schoolwork has no meaning, even though it’s ultimately why we’re here. We feel guilty and confused because we are no longer defined by our perfectionist impulses. And perhaps most importantly, we often forget how insanely lucky and privileged we are to be learning at a place like Middlebury.

Socially, things are looking up. Well, sort of…

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Let’s Talk About Sex

zTmSXmqc_400x400Sex educator, Kate McCombs and founder of Sex Geekdom, will share tips and techniques to develop your sexual communication abilities. Kate’s workshop will include an empathy-building activity drawing upon non-violent communication trainings, sex talk, and plenty of Q&A time (which is anonymous if you’re afraid to talk). This workshop will offer strategies to make the most of your sex life regardless of gender, relationship status, or sexual orientation. So come with your best questions and be prepared to learn a lot!

When: Thursday, November 13th 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Hillcrest 103

New Online Project: Resilience

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There’s a new online project happening at Middlebury, and it’s not only incredibly inspiring, but much-needed. This fall, Emma Erwin ‘15.5 began “Resilience,” a website dedicated to exposing real accounts of students’ internal struggles – no matter what they may be – in an attempt to build solidarity and support. The website’s tagline is “What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?”, a question encouraging tremendous introspection and honesty, which Emma answered beautifully in the site’s first published story, “Therapy.” Emma writes in to share the mission behind Resilience, and invite you all to participate:

So much goes on beneath the surface (especially at Middlebury) where the crazy tough times, traumatic events, and difficult experiences that people deal with often seem to be a taboo subject. Whether it involves mental health, mental or physical illness, family issues, the death of a loved one, relationship issues, sexuality, sexual assault, body image, or whatever else—there are so many tough things that almost everyone has had some serious struggles with at some point in time.

In the moment, it usually feels like you’re completely alone, like you’re in the worst place in the world and that no one understands. But that’s rarely the case: so many of our peers have experienced so much of life, and not all of it is rainbows and butterflies. In an effort to break this norm about hiding one’s struggles under he facade of having it all together, I thought it might be neat to shed some light into some of those darker moments, to share them. My hope is that by sharing our stories, we can both support each other in our struggles and celebrate our strength in the ways we manage to overcome them. 

The Resilience project has a few parts: Writing, Photography, and Story Telling. Basically, Emma encourages any and all students to “Think about your story, write it down or type it out. If you feel comfortable, submit it (either openly or anonymously), to be displayed on a blog site, and later in an open forum on campus,” (that’s the writing), “Select a picture, or volunteer to have your portrait taken. Take a sharpie, and answer the question: what’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Write the answer on your picture. If you feel comfortable, submit it to be displayed online and in a public space on campus,” (that’s the photography), and attend a J-term storytelling event where all the stories on the website will be told (if you wrote a story you are more than welcome to read your own, or have it read anonymously), and the photos submitted will be displayed.

Middbeat absolutely cannot wait to see the Resilience project develop, and strongly encourages all of you to consider writing a story, whether attached to your name or annonymously. Also, if you submitted a story to middbeat’s Body Image Event in the Gamut Room last spring, please consider re-submitting to Resilience!

And a sincere thank you to Emma, for being brave enough to speak up. The whole campus appreciates you.

Check out Emma’s story here, and go to go/resilient/ or go/light/ for more information on the project and to get involved. Keep spreadin the positivity, happiness, and courage, lovely humans.

TONIGHT: MCAB Spooky Social

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FYI it’s Halloween, so get ready to turn upppp! There will undoubtedly be a bunch of bashes tonight, so remember to stay safe. And, if you’re lookin for something more contained than the mess that will be Atwater, be sure to hit up MCAB’s Spooky Social in Crossroads Cafe! The social will have all the Halloween treats you’d wish for: DJ Yeager will be jammin it up from 9pm – 1am, there will be a Costume Competition (judging at 8:30pm) with BIG prizes (team of 4 or more with group costumes win $300 for first prize and $150 for second prize, top two individual costumes get $25 in Grille certificates), and there will be delicious Grille snacks. P.S. there will be a taco truck outside the Bunker tonight, too (throwback to 2012).

Win money, dance it up, and get free Grille food? Not gonna complain.

Date: Tonight, October 31
Time: 8:30 pm – late
Place: Crossroads Cafe
Cost: Just some solid Halloween spirit

MIDDBEAT RELEASE: MCAB Fall 2015 Comedians Will Be…

Middbeat’s breakin the news, the MCAB Fall 2015 Comedians have been released! MCAB Social Co-Chairs Claudia Esteva ’15 and Nitya Mankad ’16 write in to let us know the details:

Attention Middlebury Students! On Saturday, November 22, MCAB is delighted to present comedic duo Jake and Amir from College Humor. Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers/actors/editors behind the Webby award winning Internet series “Jake and Amir.” The duo have released two videos a week for over four years, with each episode now averaging more than 500,000 views. As a series, “Jake and Amir” has won several awards including the Webby’s People Voice for Best Web Series in 2010 and has been named one of PCMag’s top 15 best web-only shows. Their series has also appeared on television on MTV’s “The CollegeHumor Show.” The two have recently released their first ever half hour special, “Fired” available for online streaming and in DVD form.

They will be joined by special guest Jon Rineman, who is currently the head monologue writer on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He has appeared as a stand-up and performer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and tours the country performing stand-up in comedy clubs and colleges.

Jake and Amir will be performing their podcast “If I Were You.” Join our hosts as they dispense wisdom on areas of life they are qualified to talk about. Also in areas they are not qualified to talk about.

Tickets go on sale at the Box Office this Monday, November 3rd, at 6 am. They will be $12 online, and $15 at the door.

Sounds awesome, thanks MCAB! We be thur. 

Date: Tickets: November 3, Performance: November 22
Time: Tickets: 6 am, Performance: Doors open 8:30 pm, show starts at 9
Place: McCullough Social Space

Ron’s Closet: Capturing the Spirit of Middlebury College Through Apparel and Design

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There’s a new Middlebury alumni-led fashion endeavor in the works, and if you haven’t heard about it, you definitely should. While recent regulations have spurred many of us to criticize Middlebury campus traditions (or lack thereof), Ryan Brewster ’14 is determined to do the opposite, reviving and celebrating what Midd traditions we do retain through creative design. Enter Ron’s Closet Apparel Company

The ethos is simple. As Ryan explains:

Ron’s Closet Apparel Company aims to capture the spirit of Middlebury through graphic and clothing design. Channeling the innocent desires of a “Proctor Crush” or the unabashed disrobing that is “Like a Prayer,” our products are informed by the timeless themes that define our wacky, yet endearing culture.

Community. Tradition. Self-Expression. These are the core principles of Ron’s Closet, and embody the ethos of a brand created by and for Middlebury students. Consistent with these values, everything we produce will be sold at the cost of printing (i.e. we don’t care about profit), and any money that is contributed on top will be set aside for local charities.

Sounds pretty cool, and the designs (some featured above) are pretty awesome. After freshman year it seems we all get a bit sick of sporting that classic Middlebury sweatshirt, the emblem of college acceptance purchased within minutes of receiving the big envelope in the mail. This being said, there’s undoubtedly value in identifying with the aspects of our institution we do like, and Ron’s Closet designs provide a platform to do so, it’s mission being “to create apparel that is inspired by the lifestyle and pulse of Middlebury College.”

Plus, because Ron’s Closet is not profit-driven, you can feel good about your investment, knowing any surplus money will be donated to local charities. The company will be using the crowd-funding site Tee Spring, where shirts can be ordered individually on the basis of separate campaigns. Products will be printed and shipped once the minimum threshold of buyers is reached. More information regarding Tee Spring policies can be found here.

Ryan writes in to reinforce that Ron’s Closet is currently recruiting graphic designers (or any creative minds) who are interested in contributing to our collection. An additional arm of Ron’s Closet is that of a pro bono design service for events/organizations/you name it seeking branding and marketing materials. Among recent collaborators have included the Student Government Association, the Middlebury College Emergency Medical Services and the Islamic Society of Middlebury College.

Sounds like this start-up could really take off, so it could be a smart move to get involved fast. Contact [email protected] for information! And, to learn more about the project, check out Ron’s Closet Facebook page here.

P.S.: Ryan, middbeat would certainly love our own design!

Social House Information Session

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

In light of recent events and policies, it’s clear there’s significant drama regarding social life at Middlebury. While we all (at least most of us) revel in our campus’ lack of Greek life, social outlets at Midd can feel limited, and, if you’re not in a cappella, sports, improv or the likes, it can be really difficult to meet students in other years. Thankfully, Midd does have some sweet Social Houses, which provide invaluable opportunities to branch out, meet students with similar interests, and feel part of a smaller community.

If you’re interested in joining a social house this year (everyone is welcome!) be sure to check out today’s social house information session/fair in Crossroads Cafe. Kelsey O’Day ’15 writes in to explain the event:

Come to Crossroads at any point from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 8th and meet some of the Social House leadership! Representatives from each Social House (Tavern, The Mill, Chromatic, KDR, and Xenia) will be there. We’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the social house system in general or about a specific social house. Also, this is a great opportunity to get on our email list sowe can invite you to our events throughout the year! This is a *~* non-binding*~* event! AKA you will not be required to sign up to be a member, and can just come hang. Not to mention there’s FREE GRILLE FOOD for attendees and fresh apple cider (yuuuum).

Date: Today, October 8
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe

Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Morning!!!

Lunar Eclipse

Here at middbeat, we’ve always been big fans of the moon.  It brings the ebbs and flows of the tide, makes wolves howl, and makes for romantic walks home from the bar.  It therefore pains us immensely to announce the total eclipse of the moon around 7 AM tomorrow.  For those early risers and sky-watchers out there, this will be a real sight to behold that may not happen again for quite some time.  This could be a good morning for a sunrise hike up Mount Abe, getting on top of your dorm’s roof, sending it to the coast to see the sun rise over the sea, or joining the Aviation Club to get above tomorrow’s expected rain clouds.  As they say, celestial events like this only happen once in a blue moon.  Don’t miss out.

Thanks to Eyal Levy ‘14.5 for the tip.

When: 7 AM Wednesday
Where: the sky