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Opinion, Popular

“Coming Together and Coming Apart” by Professor Linus Owens

The following is a piece written by Middlebury Professor of Sociology, Linus Owens, originally published here. Reposted with permission. *This opinion does not represent the views of the middbeat staff as a whole.* Coming Together and Coming Apart Two days ago, Charles Murray (henceforth reduced to CM) came to Middlebury College to speak. By some accounts, it did not go well (see, for example, the coverage from the NY Times.)Continue reading

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Announcements, Popular

TEDxMiddlebury Board Member Application Due March 23rd

from Shubha Ganesan ’17: Come be a part of the TEDx family! TEDxMiddlebury is now recruiting for new board members for Spring 2017. Board members get to help with all aspects of organizing Midd’s annual TEDx conference — from picking a theme to choosing and contacting speakers to event planning and tech logistics. Everyone is welcome, and we especially urge first-years and new Febs to apply!  Applications can be found atContinue reading

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Opinion, Popular

The Women’s March and Exclusive Feminism: An Invitation for Submissions

Last Saturday, hundreds of Middlebury students travelled across the northeast to Washington D.C., Montpellier, Boston, New York, and beyond to participate in the Women’s March on Washington and its solidarity marches. According to the march’s website, a group of volunteers organized the demonstration in response to the particularly harmful and vitriolic rhetoric imbued in last year’s election cycle and perpetuated by our current president. I’m not entirely certain of theContinue 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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Features, Popular, Uncategorized

my take on the sunset is better than everyone else’s – a photo contest

Have you ever seen a sunset and thought, “wow, I bet I could take a photo and leave long lasting favorable memories so long as I post to Instagram #vsco #liveauthentic”? Honestly, same. We have all fallen victim to the beauty of Middlebury and the world outside of the actual acrylic bubble surrounding the campus. However, we’ve never outright competed for it. No likes, no community voting, just a good-old-fashioned-behind-closed-door-judgement photoContinue reading

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Announcements, Popular

Our New Year’s Resolution (From the Editors)

Middlebury– Despite being a month into the new year, we at Middbeat are still wading in the run off of 2016. Yes, we know, “does Middbeat even exist anymore?” Without a doubt our New Year’s resolution is to be better. If you’re a new reader, Middbeat may seem like a tangent for an on-campus publication and that’s not where we ever wanted to be in the beginning. Middbeat, entirely student-runContinue reading

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Popular, The Orchard

“Growing Up,” A Poem by Nora O’Leary ’17

a poem by Nora O’Leary ’17 based on The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll: “The time has come,” the College said, “To talk of many things: Of jobs—and loans—and thesis work, Of what the future brings.” And how we plan to use our time, Before that last bell rings. “But wait a bit,” the senior cried, “Before we start all that; For I am still a child atContinue reading

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Features, Popular

Voices from the #SanctuaryCampus Walkout

On Wednesday, November 16th, hundreds of Middlebury students and professors gathered outside of Mead Chapel to stand in solidarity with undocumented members of the college community and the country at large in response to President-elect Trump’s anti-immigrant policy proposals. The walkout occurred as part of a national action to call on the Middlebury administration to declare the college a “sanctuary campus,” thereby protecting undocumented students from intimidation, unfair investigation, andContinue reading

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Events, Popular

TOMORROW: Middlebury #SanctuaryCampus Walk-Out

*Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez @ CultureStrike “This Wednesday (Nov. 16th), college students across the country will be participating in a walk-out to declare their campus as a #SanctuaryCampus. Across the country, there are over 700,000 undocumented students at institutions of higher education. Trump has promised that he will do away with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), deport undocumented immigrants, and separate families. Middlebury College is one of a handfulContinue reading

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Opinion, Popular

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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Opinion, Popular

I Have Neither Given Nor Received Authorized Aid on Community Standards

*the following opinion does not necessarily represent that of middbeat as a whole from Brandi Fullwood ’17: After snaking through a maze of push and pull doors, I finally make it into a crowded corridor to get into the Ross elevator. The night as anticipated was less than exciting, but I took some pride in not walking over to the Grille. The elevator lights were blaring and bright compared toContinue reading

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Features, Popular

Sunday Lift: Students Take to Streets of Burly to Harmonize

On some Sundays it seems like the only things we have left in this dark, sticky world are homework, hangovers, and hot pockets. For a bit of relief, check out Middlebury seniors Gracie Farese (‘17.5) and Julia Hass (’17) rocking out on Church St. in Burlington today. Despite earning over $25 from admiring passersby, the duo still doesn’t have a band name! If you have any band name suggestions, shoot an e-mail to [email protected]Continue reading

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Features, Popular

Murphy Roberts: The Golden God by Caroline Bartlett ’19

from Caroline Bartlett ’19: I can remember the very first time I met Murphy. I was running late for French class, and he was just running. Angie gave me a wave and said, “Hey Murph! There’s Carol!” Murphy, whom I had never before met, looked over and started barreling towards me. Immediately, I understood why everyone always talks about how lanky the guy is. He came charging over and gave meContinue reading

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Announcements, Popular

Celebrating the Life of Murphy Roberts ’17

Middlebury—  We gather together this Saturday to celebrate the life of Murphy Roberts ’17, who passed away in August of this year. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM in Mead Chapel followed by MCAB-organized Murph’s Day at Lake Dunmore. Murphy was joy embodied, a true adventurer, a friend to all. The middbeat family sends our strength and support to all of those who loved him so dearly.  IfContinue reading

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Opinion, Popular

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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Opinion, Popular

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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Opinion, Popular, Uncategorized

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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Interview, Popular

Interview with Amelia Marran-Baden of The Consent Project

Ever find it hard to navigate the complicated, elusive world of sex, pleasure, and relationships? The Consent Project, started by Amelia Marran-Baden ’17, creates spaces on campus to have open conversations about these topics. From weekend brunches, to sacred sexuality workshops, to information sessions about the anatomy of pleasure, The Consent Project is working to reframe our paradigm of consent and sex by talking about it. Middbeat contributor Juliette Luini ’18.5 satContinue reading

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Crush of the Week, Popular

Crush of the Week: Willie Brown ’19

middbeat sat down with this atwater-loving freshman (???) and fell in love with his *caring*, *academic*, and *outgoing* demeanor.  MB: Where are you from? WB: Hinghah, Mass. MB: What year are you? WB: Uh, what does that mean? How old am I? MB: Yes what grade are you in? WB: So like 13th grade? MB: Yes. You’re a freshman. MB: Are you single or taken? WB: I’m mingling. MB: What’s yourContinue reading