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REMINDER: Student Symposium App Due at Midnight Tomorrow (2/27)

Reminder!! Applications to present at the Student Symposium this spring are due at midnight tomorrow (2/27)!! The Student Symposium is an awesome opportunity to delve more deeply into any research you’ve done in class or start a whole new project or inquiry. Check out more information on the symposium in this email to the student body:

Join us in celebrating the diversity of a Middlebury education! The 2015 Spring Student Symposium will begin in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday night, April 9 with a keynote talk by Kevin Murungi ’01, the Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy at Global Kids, followed by a reception and student presentations. The Symposium continues all day Friday, April 10 with presentations of student work in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

We invite students from all four years and in all departments and programs to participate.  If you have done research in a class, independently, or through an internship; if you would like to read, show, or perform a creative work; if you have a project to present in a poster or oral format, please apply to present your academic work! The application deadline is February 27, 2015.

More information and the application are available at the Undergraduate Research website at

MCAB Presents: Alpenglow For The Kids (featuring D8)

alpenglow posterMiddlebury’s favorite Indie folk rock band is back to do a benefit concert for the kids at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital! Come support For The Kids in kicking off Dance Marathon week!

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, 9pm
Where: Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space)
Cost: free admission

Middview Applications Due Tonight At Midnight!


Okay, so this is really last minute. But four hours is totally enough time to fill out an application to lead a Middview trip next fall! Middview is AWESOME. You get to meet a bunch of cool first years, move in to school two weeks early, and go on awesome adventures in Vermont. Plus, school starts super late this year, so you don’t have to come until late August. Go to go/lead and apply apply apply!!

Student Group Profile: Mountain Club

With the start of a new semester, you may be wondering what new activities you should get involved with? Well stop your tossing and turning because lucky for you MiddBeat is scoping out some of Middlebury’s finest to guide you to a successful semester. This week we sat down with Joe Lovelace ’17 and Anahí Naranjo ’17, the Co-President and the Outreach Coordinator of the Mountain Clu, to find out what the MMC has been up to.

middbeat: so what is the Mountain Club?
The Mountain Club is the outdoors club at Middlebury so we lead trips of all sorts: canoeing, day hikes, backpacking, bird watching, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, basically anything and everything outside. We also have weekly meetings and plan social events like Firesides where we get together in Brooker (the outdoor interest house), hangout, and eat a home cooked meal. 

What do you have going on right now?
JL: Over Winter Carnival weekend we had a really successful event called Northern Lights which is an exciting exhibition of the mountainess spirit trapped inside everyone during J-Term unleashed in the form of human dog sled races, snow shoe relays, and ice dancing. We also had tons of excellent food and hot chocolate. There was a really big turnout and it seemed like everyone had an awesome time. A lot of our guides spent J-Term preparing for FOO which unfortunately was canceled due to the weather but we have been taking out multiple winter trips and increasing our volume of certified winter guides. We’ve also been doing a lot of trail maintenance to beef up the cabins and trails aspect of MMC in order to prepare for the new lodge that is coming near Breadloaf (Burgin Lodge). We’ve also been working on the Catamont Trail system to build better relationships with the people who perform most of the trail maintenance in our area. But the big trips coming up are for spring break where we will be sending people as far north as Canada and as far west as Moab in Utah.

What should prospective members of the Middlebury community know about Mountain Club?
JL: Well incase people didn’t know, we have gear hours from 4:30-7 on Tuesday and Thursday in the FIC where you can check out everything from sleeping bags, tents, and headlamps to snow shoes and cross-country skis. There are TONS of free camping and other sorts of trips going out this spring that are open to anyone interested-no experience necessary. We really want to get people camping and hiking who have never done it before because we literally have tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear and live in such an accessible and beautiful place that everyone should enjoy. We also have naked calendars for sale now for only $10 a piece, they are a great way to see your favorite mountain folk baring it all (pun intended)- plus it includes all the faces of the moon! Check out Mr. February ;) You can also feel free to send your tastefully nude photos to the Mountain Club email to be featured next year.

What kind of outreach are you doing this year?
AN: We’ve been trying to go beyond the club’s previous outreach efforts because before we were focusing on outreach outside of the college like at local schools and getting kids to enjoy the outdoors, but now we are reaching more inward. There is honestly a lack of diversity within our club and campus, historically MMC has not had strong representation of people of color and we’re currently working to address this issue. We’re trying to reach more students within the school who haven’t had a lot or any exposure to the outdoors so we have been collaborating with other orgs on campus.

What collaborations are happening?
AN: We are currently planning a retreat/discussion fireside with UMOJA (the African Student Organization) and we are trying to create beginner only trips where we will have a sign-up exclusively for people who have never gone on a trip before because maybe they have been intimidated by the experience of other participants. We are also going to plan something with SNG (Sunday Night Group) but that is still in the works. If any clubs, groups, or individuals are interested in having the MMC facilitate an outdoor retreat or would like to collaborate with the club, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

If, after reading this, you feel inspired to conquer the great outdoors or hang out with a group of really fun bearded folk, the MMC meets on Wednesday at 6pm in Coltrane. If you would like to be on the emailing list to learn about all of the fun trips going out, email [email protected].

Flippant Clothing

four shirts overhead

Seniors Logan Miller and Mike Peters ’15 have an alternative for your Midd swag in the form of nonfunctional clothing that’s on the verge of becoming a fashion phenomenon.  Fresh colors, flipped pockets, perfect for parties, Flippant shirts are dope.  The founders write in:

Upside down pockets?  So they don’t even do anything!?

That’s correct.  Logan and Peters have developed a proprietary blend of impracticality, uselessness and neat colors.  The result: flippant clothing.  Shirts and tanks with upside down pockets.  Why? It’s fun, different and useless. To support a growing business and find out more about the lifestyle, see below:

Go here to join a grassroots movement of organic nonfunctionality.  Proceeds from the first 100 shirts sold will go toward the official, unofficial, flippant Launch Party this spring, dedicated to our flippant Middlebury supporters.

Learn even less about the shirts and the lifestyle at the website or on instagram @flippant_life

New Music From Jack Tipper and Mike McCann ’15: “Caverns”

Pop on your headphones, take a a three minute study break, and have a quick listen to some awesome new student music from Mike McCann and Jack Tipper ’15 Tipper writes in:

“Caverns” began this past summer, under a different title, when I was listening to a lot of music by Zhu and Kygo. I designed a short tropical melody, and some big drums to accompany it, and then, as I do with many of my projects, I left it buried away on a hard drive to revisit on a later date.

That day arrived a few weeks ago, when professor of music Peter Hamlin suggested that Mike and I collaborate for our final project, combining electronic production with vocal writing! In Middlebury’s musical environment, I rarely find opportunities to produce modern music for class credit, so naturally I was ecstatic! I often feel like I’m procrastinating when I work on my own music outside of my classes, because I have a dangerous tendency to get overly obsessed with my solo projects, sometimes to the point that I fall behind in my other work. This was the perfect chance for me to channel my personal motivations into an assignment!

Mike and I met in my studio to discuss some ideas, and I showed him a couple of song concepts. He latched onto the foundation of “Caverns,” and from there we fleshed out some chords on the piano, dragged the tempo down to 108, and began writing lyrics! I asked him where he felt the song belonged, and what the sounds inspired in his mind. We came up with some interesting words to use as starting points: blue, deep, distant, dark, echoey, underwater. It was then that a memory struck Mike, of a story he’d read about cave diving lobster fishermen off of the coast of Greece.

These fishermen would daringly plunge into the unforgiving mazes of underwater caverns, in order to corner prize lobsters. At a certain depth, they’d encounter a point of no return, choosing either to continue on in hopes of finding an elusive air pocket, or retracing their path back to the surface.

We then pondered the themes from the story of the lobstermen, first relating it to the acquisition of knowledge. Once we discover or experience something new, we can never truly forget. We are from then on unable to fully return to the untainted state of ignorant bliss from which we came. Knowledge, for better or worse, changes the way we perceive the world around us. It shapes who we are and who we become. The lobstermen must choose whether to dive deep, and potentially learn more, but in that process they risk sacrificing what once was.

Free download here! Thanks for listening!


shitty flower imagesWe may have limited photo editing skills, but we have big hearts and the best of intentions! To fundraise for our trip over Feb break 2015, the MAlt Trip to Puerto Rico on Women’s Education will be selling flowers outside both the RIDDIM performances on Saturday. Bring cash, and support not one, but TWO awesome groups of students: the MAlt participants and your fave RIDDIM performers!

It’s for a good cause(s)!


MAltThe MAlt trip going to Puerto Rico this Feb break is fundraising, and we will not be able to go without your support!

When you’re crunching out those papers this week in Davis, and need some refuelling, stop by our station in the lobby outside Wilson Cafe. We’ll have coffee, ramen, chips and other fun, energising things! Please bring cash and help us out!

Dates: Tuesday 12/2 to Thursday 12/4, and Sunday 12/7
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Place: Davis Library Lobby
Cost: depending on what you buy, between $2 to $4


Translingual Turns 5!

Come out to Translingual Magazine’s Fall Issue Launch Event! It’s our 5th ever issue and we’re pumped! We will have coffee, tea, Sabai Sabai food, many languages and good company. Did we mention Sabai Sabai food, many languages and good company? If you submitted, edited or read the magazine, do come, and if you know someone that did any of those things, do come too!

Muchas Lenguas

Date: 5th of December, Friday
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Forest West Lounge

Check it out: Penguins of Middlebury

penguinsHere’s a recommendation from a mysterious, unnamed source:

Check out this hilarious new blog that provides an intimate look into the lives the many penguins living on Middlebury’s campus. A combination of stunning photography and insightful questioning, Penguins of Middlebury peels back the veil from the lives of these feathered creatures among us.

Sounds like just the kind of emotionally uplifting stuff we need to get us these last few weeks of the semester, don’t you think?