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TONIGHT: Observatory Open House Night!!!!


from Middlebury College

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! Dreams do come true. Tonight the Physics Department is hosting an Open House night at the college observatory. For those who don’t know, this is on the top of Bihall… and notoriously always locked (ugh). But not tonight!! COME VIEW THE HEAVENS!! More info here:

The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evenings, May 1 and May 8, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Jupiter and Venus will be in the evening sky on both of these dates, while the moon will be visible only on the first of these two evenings. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

The observatory dome houses a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope. Additional, smaller telescopes will also be available on the roof deck for observing the night sky.

All observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266 after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at… .

Date: Today, May 1st
Time: 9 – 10:30
Place: Observatory (on top of bihall)
Cost: Free

TONIGHT: My Idea to Save America, A Speech Contest

DgC4IiMPYpH-feogoZOTl0iCHave a proclivity for watching inspiring Ted talks? This might be right up your alley… Tonight, the Oratory Society is sponsoring the final round of a speech contest called “My Idea to Save America.” It’s scary to think, but in just a few short years we’ll all be off on our own, and many of us will be working to make a difference in our communities, country, or world. So not a bad idea to hear from some of our peers on how that might  happen! More info here:

This final round of 5-minute speeches by current Middlebury College students will be judged by faculty, and feature short, post-speech comments by “celebrity respondents.” Prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded, along with the honor of helping to restore a Middlebury tradition that began in 1807: the speaking contest.

Date: Today, April 22nd
Time: 7 PM
Place: Warner Hemicycle
Cost: $0


T-Pain: Observations and Reflections

t-pain-booking-infoAfter reflecting on the weekend with some friends and eavesdropping on a good deal of Proctor convos, I believe that most of us who attended the T-Pain concert found it to be, well, hilarious. Did we have fun? We think so… The middbeat staff has compiled some observations from Saturday night to quell your nerves if you’re still thinking something along the lines of “WTF just happened??”

1. Immediate disappearance of friends upon entering. Walking into Kenyon basically ensures separation from whomever you’re with unless you physically hold onto each other. Upon seeing friends later on in the night, deep in the middle of the crowd… “oh fuck no, not going in there.”

2. That was randomly kind of violent! I think I saw a girl drop to the floor, but she seemed okay. All for moshing, but even more for my personal space!

3. Not really ever seeing T-Pain. Huh???? He was definitely there but it truly didn’t seem to matter… They could have been playing throwbacks over a speaker and I would not have known the difference. No offense to T-Pain’s stage presence, I just legitimately wasn’t watching.

4. General confusion as to who T-Pain actually was. One middbeat writer reported a fellow student shouting “we want T-Pain” while T-Pain was on stage. Maybe the lack of top hat?

5. Why were there so many people on stage? And why were they all wearing Middlebury t-shirts? Campus pride or just sort of weird?

6. Did he go out after? Nahh…. (This question/answer seem to be based on the seemingly common assumption that T-Pain is in his 40s. He’s actually like 29 I think, so that’s just funny.)

7. Most people I saw were very very intoxicated….

8. Curiosity regarding where he ate/spent the night. If he rolled up to Tourterelle would they have been like ‘oh Mr. Pain, lovely to have you!!’ or could he have gone unnoticed?

9. Generally, he played a great set. No funny business with new music or anything like that. We got the good ole classic hits. Not that he played any song really in its entirety. Probably something to do with the fact that he’s just featured on many songs. Pretty funny. Still, I lost my shit when Good Life came on.

10. I’m on a Boat????? No?????

Thursday Thought: What’s your blurb?

Sunday Morning, you and your friends gather for the post-mortem, retracing where you last left your dignity the night before (Hot Tip: Check the floors of Atwater).  Your friend is describing her DFMO (all a haze of strobe lights and sweat), but the name doesn’t register. Telling you that he’s brunette, white, and male does nothing to narrow down the pool.  As she lists off the names of his friends, you question if you two actually attend the same school.  Then she qualifies it, “he’s the one who____” (redacted to protect the guilty).  Suddenly, a face emerges from the haze; you know who she is talking about.

In a bubble like Middlebury, your blurb can become your identifier as much as your name.  Its the elevator pitch someone else chose for you, the sentence that describes your most notorious moment (for better or worse).  People know your blurb.  Hell, scooter boy became NYTimes famous off of his.

So ask yourself: What’s mine?

Sale at the College Bookstore!


If you’ve been meaning to pick up some new Midd gear, today’s the day to do it! Head on down (up?) to the college bookstore today for the Crack an Egg for savings sale. Here’s how it works: from today through April 3rd, when you purchase a clothing or giftware item from the bookstore you will be able to crack an egg revealing a discount of anywhere from 15-40% off. May the odds be ever in your favor.

middbeat Crush of the Week: Christian Lehner, ‘18.5

IMG_5623Are you lookin’ for a sweet new spring fling to celebrate the return of grass on Battell Beach? Maybe you want someone to dream about over Spring Break? Maybe you just want to meet a rad Feb with some cool stories. Well, just in time, we’re bringing you the latest crush of the week and this kid’s a wild new feb with, from what we can tell from 30 minutes with him, a heart of gold.

We asked him a few questions to prove it to you.

mb: You just got here a few weeks ago; what’s surprised you most about Midd?
CL: There’s not as much granola as I thought there’d be.

mb: Oh you just haven’t seen the fall. Alright, moving on to important things, what’s your oreo strategy?
CL: To eat the whole pack.

mb: Ok, we meant like do you eat it with peanut butter, but yeah, that’s a valid strategy too. What was your all-time best Halloween costume?
CL: My birthday suit. But maybe that wasn’t Halloween.

mb: What’s the most embarrassing thing you remember doing?
CL: Well, last night I walked into a girl’s room to ask for help with something and she was studying naked. Uhh… yeah it’s cool though we’re friends now.

mb: Whats numero uno on your bucket list?
CL: Spearfishing a shark. I have a spearfishing gun.

mb: Okay… probably best if I don’t ask if you have it here. Where do you most want to travel to?
CL: Indonesia.

mb: If you took all of middbeat on a date, where would you take us?
CL: To Paramount, Charles St. in Boston.
mb: You know most dates don’t even get off campus, right?
CL: Oh.

So, Midd, if you see this guy around, give him a shout, maybe even ask him if he’s single. #NoRagrets, right?

Today! Academic Roundtable -Managing Technology In the Classroom

Computers and Lecture

This week’s Academic Roundtable discussion will tackle the issue of technology and its role in a classroom setting.  Whether you have fiercely-held convictions on the issue or are just curious to hear the opinion of faculty and students, this conversation will certainly be worth your while! Professors Alison Stanger and Helen Young will offer he faculty perspective while four students will offer their two cents.

Date: Today
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: CTLR in Davis
Price: Free

How To Survive Midterms

tumblr_inline_neoe5wChui1qfb043Just as spring break approaches and the weather starts to reach habitable temperatures, midterm season rolls around to remind you that sleep and self-respect can be optional. But do not fear, here at middbeat we are dedicated to helping the tired procrastinators, and anyone else who may find themselves on this blog, accomplish their greatest goals (mostly to procrastinate further). We have assembled a fool proof list of steps to not only help you survive midterms, but achieve success that you never knew was possible. If you follow these steps in the correct order, satisfaction truly is guaranteed:

1. Stock up on snacks
2. Text your mom that you love her
3. Make a picture of your dog your phone background
4. Take five deep breaths
5. Get out your notebooks
6. Take a pre-study break to fill up your water bottle (gotta stay hydrated)
7. Check Instagram
8. Check Facebook
9. Check Snapchat
10. Check YikYak
11. Check Middbeat
12. Download Splash Anonymous
13. Check Splash Anonymous
14. Immediately delete Splash Anonymous
15. Catch up on the news
16. Repeat steps 7-15
17. Check menus for tomorrow
18. Eat some snacks
19. Eat all the snacks
20. Start a new show on Netflix (we recommend Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
21. Consider listening to a new podcast
22. Download and listen to a new podcast (we recommend This American Life or Invisibilia)
23. Check your planner
24. Make a To-Do list
25. Finish your new Netflix show
26. See if there are any sales at your favorite online stores
27. Take a picture of the sunset
28. Instagram it
29. Refresh Instagram to see if anyone “liked” it
30. Snapchat your friends about how you are so tired of studying (#libbinitup)
31. Open your textbook
32. Open your notebook
33. Stare at them….


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