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An Interview with Addis Fouche-Channer, Founder of Hands of Midd

Middbeat contributor Liddy Renner ’18 sat down with Addis Fouche-Channer ’17 to talk about her inspiring new project, Hands of Midd. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here and toss the account a follow. Addis is an avid runner, photographer, and lover of life here at Midd, and the vibrancy and depth of this project reflects all of these attributes. If you’re interested in getting involved, email Addis at [email protected] Enjoy!Continue reading

TEDYouth, Session 3, November 15, 2014, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.  Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

An Interview with Cloe Shasha, Co-Founder of TedxMiddlebury

Have you purchased your tickets for TedxMiddlebury yet? If not, you might want to get on that! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Cloe Shasha ’11, who graduated from Middlebury with a degree in Psychology. During her sophomore year, Cloe joined the first Old Stone Mill Board along with five other students. The board was led by Liz Robinson, now an associate dean of the college. For the next coupleContinue reading

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Accessing Your App: An Interview with Dean Buckles

Middbeat contributor Lucy Nussbaum ’19  sat down with Dean of Admissions Gregory Buckles. Check out the shortened interview below: As a first year here at Midd, just coming out of the admissions process, I wanted to evaluate it from the other side. I have always been very curious about what goes on in between submitting an application and receiving that acceptance letter and, in turn, how that process affects life onContinue reading

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Culture is Yours to Create: Cypher League Showcase!

Tariq Mansour ‘16.5  writes in “First of all this is gonna be fun. So, come ready to have fun. We all like fun, lets have a night of fun together while dancing to fun music with fun people. We have a full lineup for Friday night so the fun should abound. TurnupTea© will be present. Cypher League is a media company and arts collective dedicated to the preservation and expansionContinue reading


Seen at Midd: DesignLab Parklet Installation

^^How sweet does that look?! from Cordelia Prouvost ’17: On Tuesday afternoon, did you happen to notice a group of students sitting in the handicap parking space outside of McCullough as it started to rain? Did you wonder what they were doing but were too busy to stop to find out? Well, we have the answer! Yesterday, the students of DesignLab, a HARC 120 course, installed a “parklet” on campus.Continue reading

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Meet Middlebury’s Venture for America Fellows

From newest to oldest…   Kurt Alles ‘14.5 VFA City: Turlock, CA/ Columbus, OH Account Manager at Farmeron Kurt’s email: [email protected] While at Middlebury: Environmental Policy Major WRMC, Old Stone Mill, Crossroads Cafe, Middlebury College Pep Band, GIS mapping projects, Various renewable energy projects, hiking, biking. Why did you choose VFA? I was working for Shacksbury, a Middlebury alum founded hard cider startup and looking for GIS / renewable energyContinue reading


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