In case you missed last night’s die-in at midnight breakfast in Ross, students have organized a discussion tonight at 5 PM in the Warner Hemicycle about developing student activism at Middlebury in light of the
nationwide worldwide mobilization against race-based police brutality. This is the second in a continued effort from student organizers to bring the heightened national awareness of the persistent racism in the U.S. back to Middlebury through actions like last night’s die-in, developing ways to combat racism on campus, in Middlebury, and back home. Hope to see you there.
When: Today, 5 PM
Where: Warner Hemicycle
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:
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
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
Tis the season for the Atwater Commons Holly Ball! Whether you’re looking for a dance floor to show your friends that you’re ‘like actually good enough to be in Riddim’ or just want a reason to get a little dressed up, this annual semi-formal should be in keeping with the Midd tradition that the weekend before finals is randomly really fun.
Past res-lifer Davi Miller (’16) is DJing and refreshments and holiday cheer will be flowing all night long (actually, from 10:00pm-2:00am). No tickets necessary and all are welcome! 21+ Bring two forms of ID. Attire tends to encompass everthing from “formal” to “semi-formal” to “dressy-causal” (i.e. wear what you want). And no, you don’t need to bring a date.
When: Tonight from 10:00pm-2:00am
Where: Atwater Dining Hall
In addition to today’s discussion, there will be a town-wide candlelight vigil held on the town green at 4:30. If you are planning to go to both, the orientation seems to be to go to the vigil first, then to Warner following the vigil. Can anyone confirm this? In any case, come out and show your support at both. These events follow another devastating blow this Monday where a grand jury in New York decided not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death this past August. This killing was recorded on a telephone, calling into question the potential efficacy of Obama’s recent request for $262 million dollars in federal funding for police officer surveillance as a method for reducing police brutality.
When: Today 4:30
Where: Town Green
A reminder that today at 4:30 in the Warner Hemicycle there will be a follow up discussion to last Tuesday’s deliberation regarding the last week’s events in Ferguson, MO. Mario Picon and Angie Segura write in:
As some of you may know, there was a meeting on Tuesday November 25th held by Jamie McCallum and Rebecca Tiger. It was a deliberation about the court’s decision on the events in Ferguson. Many people, due to break, were unable to participate. However, Thursday December 4th there will be a continuation/brain storm about further action for Middlebury College to pursue. Come join the community to discuss a topic that has affected/effects many of us dearly this Thursday and express your ideas and thoughts about future action you would like to see on Middlebury’s campus!
When: Today 4:30 PM
Where: Warner Hemicycle
Cost: your open mind and ideas
Rubby Valentin Paulino writes in:
Monday is National Student Walk Out Day, a national call to action created by the Ferguson Action team to unite every community that has lost people to police violence and stand in solidarity with Ferguson, MO. We hope that we can come together as a college and make a change. The visible support will add to the greater pool of demonstrations and protests that occurred this past week to bring awareness to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Let us stand together and support a mass walk out on Monday at 1:01PM —the time that Mike Brown was murdered. Leave your classes, jobs, offices and dorms with your hands up and gather in front of Mead Chapel. At the location we will honor the lives lost and read the names of POC lost due to police brutality.
The purpose of this event is to bring together people around campus who are like-minded and can work together to organize future events concerning police violence against people of color. From here we can move forward and bring our ideas to change our local communities and police practices.
Regardless of race and social class, lets come together to acknowledge the very different experiences of law enforcement that come with white privilege and being a person of color in America.
When: Today, 1:01 PM
Where: Wherever you are, hands up and walk to Mead
Cost: your solidarity with Mike Brown
Less than two months ago on September 26, 2014, 43 students attending a protest at a rural teachers college in Iguala, Mexico were kidnapped presumably by crime syndicate Los Guerreros Unidos, the latest and among the most horrific events of Mexico’s ongoing civil strife. In this particular case, it appears that the local government had collaborated with the crime organization to squash the efforts of the protesting students to bring attention to illegal and discriminatory hiring practices of the Mexican government. In Mexico, people from all corners of the country have mobilized in support of the students demanding answers from the government, and the international student community has been showing solidarity with the student protesters (as seen in the video above), prompting Midd’s Alianza to organize a panel discussion and demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of the Ayotzinapa 43. Cindy Esparza ’17 writes in:
What if 43 Middlebury students disappeared?
Join Alianza this Thursday November 20 in Warner Hemicycle from 4:30-6:30 pm to discuss and learn more about the horrendous events that have been plaguing Mexico. This event will consist of two parts:
1) A teach-in from 4:30-5:30 pm and
2) A march in solidarity from 5:30-6:30 pm. As a means of expressing your solidarity please wear ALL BLACK.
“This is not the first, biggest, or most gruesome mass disappearance during Mexico’s past eight years of brutal drug violence. More than 106,000 have died in what government data term ‘executions,”confrontations,’ and ‘homicide-aggressions’ since former President Felipe Calderon informally declared his war on drugs in 2006. But the tragedy of Ayotzinapa is different. Rarely has the collusion between local authorities and the cartels been so obvious and the consequences so dire. Unsurprisingly, the events surrounding the case have captivated Mexico and the international community for weeks.”
When: Thursday November 20, 4:30-6:30
Where: Warner Hemicycle
Tonight, the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble will perform in its end-of-the-semester concert. The performance is the culmination of a semester’s work of the African Music and Dance Performance class, offered in both the fall and spring. Whether you’re supporting friends or just hoping to glean inspiration for some new moves to spice up your Atwater-ready repertoire, this concert should be an absolute blast.
Ensemble members present an interactive concert of East African music and dance performed on bow-harps, thumb-pianos, xylophones, tube-fiddles, bowl-lyres, gourd shakers, struck gourds, reed-box rattles, ankle bells, leg rattles, and various kinds of drums.
Date: Tuesday, November 18th
Place: CFA concert hall
Cost: Not one cent
Acclaimed Iranian-Canadian film director Shahin Parhami will present on his work and self-representation in film tonight at 4:30 PM in the RAJ. Parhami’s work predominantly revolves around heartfelt depictions of Iranian art, music, and culture, both at home and in diaspora. His most recent project, Amin, “is the story of an ancient musical tradition and one man’s struggle to preserve it,” and “is told using a unique approach to documentary storytelling that challenges the boundaries of fiction and reality.” For those interested in narrative arts, this will undoubtedly be an intriguing talk from a director who has expanded his medium into new territory. Brainerd Commons will host a reception following the talk at 6:30.
When: Today, Monday November 17, 4:30 PM