Category: Features

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Black Student Union Responds to Vandalism on Posters

Below is a reposting of the Black Student Union’s response to the act of vandalism that occurred in both Proctor and Ross dining halls over this past weekend. The middbeat editors would like to offer our blog as an open platform for meaningful discussion as our community grapples with these recent events and their broader significance for our institution. We also welcome long-form responses submitted to our email, [email protected] “LastContinue reading

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An Interview with SGA President Ilana Gratch

Last week, middbeat contributor Juliette Luini ‘18.5 sat down with SGA President Ilana Gratch ’16. Photo by Matt Gillis ’18. Check out the shortened interview below: I checked in with our newly elected SGA President, Ilana Gratch ’16 (previously ‘16.5), to talk about her plans for this upcoming year.  In the interview, Ilana made it clear that community is the driving force behind all of her initiatives.  Whether we wereContinue reading

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WOMP: Reflections on a Propelling Year of Music

WOMP WOMP WOMP! Ever wondered what it’s all about? middbeat is super proud to share this piece by Ben Gleekel ‘17.5 about the heart of Middlebury’s music scene, the Wednesday Night Open Mic Party. WOMP, as detailed by Ben in the following article, occupies a unique place in Middlebury’s social scene. It is a casual, communal, and collaborative space that celebrates musical talent of all varieties and fosters a realContinue reading

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Middchallenge Winner Introduces the Dream Bus

It’s no secret that middkids do some pretty dope stuff over the summer. From internships that take us across the globe to volunteer opportunities in our local communities, our entire student body is scattered this summer trying to gain a little bit of that real world experience that everyone tells us is so important. Right here at home, though, some Midd students have been working on something extraordinary. Just lastContinue reading


Good Title, s.T.R.E.S.S.E.d Campus

With the year coming to a close, many of us are beginning to spend hours in the library, staking out the best carrels, memorizing the places that deliver past five, filling ourselves to the brim with coffee and calculating how much sleep we can afford to lose without a dean noticing. This is the beginning of finals week stress. Interestingly enough, many of us will also spend time on whatContinue reading

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MCAB Speakers Committee Presents: Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is one of the foremost political minds in the Democratic Party.  She led Al Gore’s historic campaign in 2000 and now serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.  She has appeared on a variety of programs ranging from House of Cards to The Situation Room and is a regular on many major networks during the election cycle.  Stop by Mead Chapel to hear Brazile discussContinue reading

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This Afternoon! Martina Vandenberg Talk hosted by Stop Traffick

Come to Hillcrest 103 to hear Martina Vandenberg speak about her work as one of the leading voices against human trafficking all over the world.  Vandenberg has experience combating traffick all over the world and in 2012 she founded The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center which provides free legal services to victims of trafficking.  She has won numerous awards throughout her career and has testified as an expert atContinue reading

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HornHub: Your Post Humpday Reminder That Only You Love You Best

Another humpday passed with you listening to horn on your own, devoid of human interaction, feeling empty and lost. But I’m here to remind you that your post-humpday funk needn’t last long. It’s Thursday! There is life to look forward to–the bar!, the weekend!, the fast approaching Monday morning!, kill me! The World’s Premiere HornBlog, Second Post-Hump-Day Edition!…XXXX   Who doesn’t love a little VINTAGE HORN with a strapping Van Williams and a smoldering BruceContinue reading


StartupGrid Goes Live! The Student-Run J-term Internship You Definitely Want to Learn About Launches This Thursday

Whether or not you heard about the ambitious yet, until now, fairly ambiguous student-lead on-campus J-term internship “StartupGrid,” it’s definitely time you get in the know. At Middlebury, we’re creative thinkers. We’re do-ers. We thrive off creation, innovation, and problem solving. And if any J-term project embodies this entrepreneurial drive, it’s StartupGrid. For four weeks this January, 25 students of diverse academic backgrounds banded together under the leadership of Jake VacovecContinue reading


Treeman: Fare Tree Well

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the tree of life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.” –Paul Kurtz Greetings middbeat. As January drew to a close, so too did my time in our beautiful Vermont glade. SharingContinue reading

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Four Super Senior Febs You Should Have Gotten to Know (But You’ll Have to Off-Campus Because They Graduated Yesterday)

They entered Middlebury in February 2011. Now they leave us. But, hopefully (definitely) we’ll see them again. middbeat presents four amusing interviews with members of the class of 2014.5. Katherine Elizabeth “Betsy” Neal Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming Age: 21 Major: Economics Do you have any eccentric passions, hobbies, or skills? I really like fly-fishing. Not that many people do it here. My dad taught me. You go out into a riverContinue reading


USAID Food Security Investments in High Population Growth Countries

This Thursday there will be a lecture titled “USAID Food Security Investments in High Population Growth Countries” by Reid Hamel ’03, who directs research in food security and economic strengthening programs for Save the Children’s Department of Hunger and Livelihoods in Washington, DC. Reid Hamel is a PhD candidate in demography at the University of California, Berkeley, and is teaching the Winter Term course SOAN 1028 Global Population and FoodContinue reading

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Live Music: Tonight in Voter!

Two of Middlebury’s hottest bands, Iron Eyes Cody and Mt. Philo, will be joining forces this evening for what is sure to be a groovy, electric and exciting show! Join these two killer bands tonight at 8 PM in Voter!             Known for their intricate vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation, Iron Eyes Cody has spent the semester playing in venues throughout Vermont and New England.  Though they areContinue reading


MAlt Las Marias: 51 Main Entertainment Night

MAlt Plenitud Puerto Rico would like to invite you to a fun filled entertainment night at 51 Main from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday January 23rd. Come to enjoy musical performances by our very own Middlebury Bands Ingoma, Zale the Whale and the Rest of Hadley 5 and many more! There will also be an open-mic opportunity and many more performances coming! When: Friday, Jaunary 23, 4-7pm Where: 51 MainContinue reading


MAlt El Paso: Screening La Jaula de Oro

This Saturday MALT El Paso will be screening La Jaula de Oro, a riveting film about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S. Tickets will be sold beforehand and at the event and will support MALT in its efforts to spread awareness of border and immigration issues through immersion trips. You can buy your tickets at the event on a sliding scale from $5-$15. We appreciate anything youContinue reading



WE ARE RE-POSTING THIS NOTIFICATION THAT IRON EYES CODY, MILK CHOCOLATE, AND THE FAT HEADS WILL BE PLAYING TOMORROW AT HIGHER GROUND BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL TICKETS AND THEY ARE SO. GOOD. PLUS, FUK FINALS, GO ENJOY SOME MUSIC!: If you’re at all into the music scene at Midd, you’re most likely obsessed with Iron Eyes Cody, the Fat Heads, or Milk Chocolate. Probably all three. With reason, because theseContinue reading


A Call for the Privileged to Consider Race in Upbringing and Memory

Last Monday was a big moment in contemporary American racial politics.  A grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict (now ex)-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, spurring on both local and nation-wide protest at a level not seen since this past summer’s headline grabbing upheaval.  While many anticipated this decision as the natural conclusion for a criminal justice system tipped against blackContinue reading


MiddWrites: You Will Not Waste This Time

Amongst the numerous submissions we received at MiddWrites this week, we have selected poem for today’s creative writing feature, titled “You will not waste this time” by Ben Harris ’17. Though not about alcohol (and it’s poisonous and delightful properties) like last week’s feature , Ben’s poem covers some topics that are a little less easily communicated. Give the poem a read, and see what you get from it–theres plenty here for you to enjoy. As usual, we encourage you to set aside the mind numbing labor ofContinue reading


Tunisia after the “Arab Spring”: Can It Be a Model for Other Countries in the Arab World?

Mabrouka M’Barek Tonight from 4:30 to 6 in the Robert A. Jones ‘59 Conference Room, member of Tunisia Constituent Assembly Mabrouka M’Barek will be giving her talk, “Tunisia after the ‘Arab Spring’: Can It Be a Model for Other Countries in the Arab World?”. M’Barek was born into a family originally from Bir Ali Ben Khalifa in the center of Tunisia, and studied law and economy in France. After moving to the US, sheContinue reading


FREE Comedy Show tomorrow: Naomi Ekperigin

  Come by Crossroads tomorrow evening to catch a free stand-up show from the wonderful Naomi Ekperigin! Naomi is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer who has appeared on VH1, MTV, and FX’s Totally Biased  with W. Kamu Bell. Most recently, she worked as a staff writer on season two of Comedy Central’s Broad City and earlier this year, wrote and starred in the web series Everyday Scandal, produced by Above Average. Her humor writing and reviews haveContinue reading