Category Archives: Student Groups

Midd in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa

Less than two months ago on September 26, 2014, 43 students attending a protest at a rural teachers college in Iguala, Mexico were kidnapped presumably by crime syndicate Los Guerreros Unidos, the latest and among the most horrific events of Mexico’s ongoing civil strife. In this particular case, it appears that the local government had collaborated with the crime organization to squash the efforts of the protesting students to bring attention to illegal and discriminatory hiring practices of the Mexican government.  In Mexico, people from all corners of the country have mobilized in support of the students demanding answers from the government, and the international student community has been showing solidarity with the student protesters (as seen in the video above), prompting Midd’s Alianza to organize a panel discussion and demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of the Ayotzinapa 43.  Cindy Esparza ’17 writes in:

What if 43 Middlebury students disappeared?

Join Alianza this Thursday November 20 in Warner Hemicycle from 4:30-6:30 pm to discuss and learn more about the horrendous events that have been plaguing Mexico. This event will consist of two parts:

1) A teach-in from 4:30-5:30 pm and
2) A march in solidarity from 5:30-6:30 pm. As a means of expressing your solidarity please wear ALL BLACK.

“This is not the first, biggest, or most gruesome mass disappearance during Mexico’s past eight years of brutal drug violence. More than 106,000 have died in what government data term ‘executions,”confrontations,’ and ‘homicide-aggressions’ since former President Felipe Calderon informally declared his war on drugs in 2006. But the tragedy of Ayotzinapa is different. Rarely has the collusion between local authorities and the cartels been so obvious and the consequences so dire. Unsurprisingly, the events surrounding the case have captivated Mexico and the international community for weeks.”

When: Thursday November 20, 4:30-6:30
Where: Warner Hemicycle
Cost: n/a

J Prov: A Winter Term Improv Workshop

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We at middbeat are fans of a lot of things.  We’re lovers.  Not haters.

Three of the things we love most are Improv comedy, J Term, and free, open opportunities for people to try new things.  So nothing gets us jazzed quite like J Prov.  J Prov is a J Term workshop run by Middlebury’s two improv comedy groups, Middlebrow and the Otter Nonsense Players, which offers all students the chance to try their hand at improv.  For those who have auditioned for the groups in the past, or wish to do so in the future, J Prov is the best way to hone your skills and get some experience; however, you don’t need to be keen on joining a group to participate.  Any interest in comedy, theater, improvising, or becoming more comfortable speaking in public, is reason enough to check it out.

Some logistics: J Prov is NOT registered in the official Winter Workshop Catalog.  Why?  Because, somewhat unbelievably, they require all workshops to charge a fee, and neither the Brow or Otters are interested in your filthy money.  To sign up, email [email protected]  Meetings will be Monday and Thursday nights at 8 PM, during J Term.  Location to be determined.  We good?  Cool.

Debate – Should U.S. Military Spending Be Drastically Cut?

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The new campus club Debatable will be hosting a discussion regarding U.S. military spending on Saturday, November 15 at 5 PM in Crossroads August Hutchinson ‘16.5 writes in:

How dangerous is our world? How powerful is the U.S? Will spending cuts help the U.S, or make it, its allies, its interests, and the rest of the world intolerably endangered?  The U.S. military is an extremely powerful and influential entity whose presence and activities shape global affairs and individual lives, for better and for worse. Getting a better understanding of its impact on us, and on others, is essential. Come watch some of our debaters spar over these and other important questions!

The debaters arguing that military spending should not be drastically cut:

- Ben Hawthorne ’17
- Phil Hoxie ‘17.5

Those arguing that it should be drastically cut:

Rod Abhari ’15,
August Hutchinson ‘16.5

Those in attendance will be given an opportunity to grill the debaters during a Q&A portion of the debate. As for organizational involvement, I’d warmly welcome anyone who wants to get involved either in debates or our debate magazine (see the magazine tab of go/debatable).

When: Saturday, November 15 at 5 PM
Where: Crossroads
Cost: N/A

Almost Ablaze TONIGHT at 7

Angie Walker ’16 writes in:

It’s that time. Snow is on the mountains so get ready to shred. Come boost your winter stoke, get some SWAG, support the Middlebury College Ski Patrol, and maybe win a free Threesome Pass, at the ski movie premiere of TGR’s Almost Ablaze – a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on the planet. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state. Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes.

Tickets: $5 (Cash, Credit, Venmo)

Bonus: Raffle Tickets! Gear, gear, and a free pass! $3/1 $10/5

Bonus Bonus: Come early to watch segments from this year’s other top ski movies.

Raffle item donations from: Sugarbush, Marker/Volkl, The North Face, Smart Wool, Teton Gravity Research, and The Vermont Ski Haus.

When: Tonight 7:00 PM
Where: BiHall 216
Cost: Tickets $5, Raffle tickets $3 for 1, $10 for 5.

March Against Police Brutality Discussion TONIGHT

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Tonight at 6:45 in Ross B11 (downstairs, past the bathrooms), DMC and WOC will host a discussion regarding last week’s Silent March Against Police Brutality.  Hiruy Ephrem ’17 writes in:

October 22nd marked the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. That evening, many Middlebury students gathered together and showed their support against brutality through a peaceful, powerful, silent march around campus. The march not only payed homage to those that have unjustly lost their lives but was also a step in the right to direction in exposing injustices. Come down to Ross B11 this Thursday and join us as we further discuss and reflect on the issue of police brutality.

Don’t miss the chance to continue a discussion much larger in scope than the ills of campus social life.

When: Tonight, Thursday Oct. 30, 6:45-8:00
Where: Ross Seminar Room B11
Cost: N/A

Recap: Silent March Against Police Brutality

IMG_1321[1] This past Wednesday marked the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, a nationwide movement to bring attention to and reform racist and oppressive policing.  In a show of solidarity, about 60 students and faculty gathered for a silent march, toting signs and candles from Ross dining hall to Olin and Mead Chapel.  Students broke the silence only to present readings giving personal and historical context to the police brutality and racial oppression inherent to the country’s criminal justice system.  The march at Middlebury was organized by a number of campus cultural organizations, including Distinguished Men of Color, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

The march was a point of action in Middlebury’s student movement to raise questions on the persistence of state violence and an invitation for those who aren’t familiar to get involved and join the national dialogue on race and policing.  Marchers wore black in part as mourning for the victims who have fallen but also as David Ollin Pesquiera ’17, co-chair of Alianza, put it “to symbolize the obscure blindness of our society to do right against wrong.”

While at Middlebury it can be difficult to comprehend the extent to which certain communities close to campus, and all across the country experience the backside of the law.  Just this past summer, national awareness of police brutality reached a peak not seen since the riots following the beating of Rodney King in 1991.  Between the demonstrations and outrage over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and mass mobilization following the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island at the hands of the NYPD, amonst other instances of police brutality, the issue many have been all too familiar with for years has come to the forefront of our national dialogue.  The march this past Wednesday was a reminder to the Middlebury community of the importance of this dialogue, and an opportunity for students to stand in solidarity with the nationwide movement to end police brutality and racialized policing.

middbeat caught up with some folks participating in the march about their reasons for showing support.  See on after the jump to read their accounts, and check out more photos from the march.

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Snow Bowl Family Bash 12-4

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel '15

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel ’15

Alex Chapin and Steph Meckel ’15 write in:

Don’t miss out on what has recently become the greatest event of Fall Family Weekend!! The foliage will blow you away!

It’s the fourth annual Snow Bowl Family Bash! Come join us at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl for an afternoon of live music, food and friends! Enjoy hot chocolate at the top of Worth Mountain after taking a scenic ride up the triple to view Vermont’s spectacular foliage. Ticket prices for the lift ride are $3 for students and children, $5 for adults. There will be a barbecue in full swing all afternoon with food and drinks available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Middlebury Community Care Coalition and the Snow Bowl Ski Patrol.

Enter the raffle for a chance to win Snow Bowl gear and ski tickets. If you haven’t already gotten your season’s pass for the 2013-2014 season, they will be on sale for the duration of the event.

People have missed out on the beauteous event in the past, so make your time last. Invite your friends, parents, cousins, step children, grand children, second cousins, dogs, cats, parakeets, distant relatives, close acquaintances, gentlemen, gentlewomen, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends with benefits, etc.

All are welcome to drive up on their own (just 20 minutes from campus), but Addison Country Transit (ACTR) shuttle bases will also be available between Adirondack Circle and  the Snow Bowl (to the Bowl: 12:55 pm, 2:10 pm; back to the College: 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm). Rides are free for Middlebury students, $1 for non-students. The bus will stop at the Bread Loaf Inn for those wishing to depart or return from the Bread Loaf campus.

When: Today, 12-4 PM
Where: Snow Bowl
Cost: $3 for a ride up the lift

Sticky: Amnesty International: Silent March against Police Brutality on Campus

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Today Wednesday 22nd October in commemoration of the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a silent march will be held on campus for the purpose of both bringing awareness, and standing in solidarity with those directly and indirectly afflicted by the consequences of police brutality.

The march will begin at 5.30 pm outside Ross dining hall and will follow down College Street, crossing over to Warner, passing through Davis Family library and up to Mead Chapel, with occasional stops where organizers will read biographies or pieces about subjects of police brutraity. The march is scheduled to end in front of Mead Chapel at around 6.30 pm. Marchers will be wearing all black (extra black shirts will be provided for those who don’t possess one).

If you would like to make your own posters/signs, the Crest Room at McCullough will be open from 2-5 PM and there will supplies provided (markers, pencils, paper, etc.). You are welcome to show up anytime. A group of students will convene at Crest Room at 4:30 PM to discuss logistics for the day and make posters. Led candles will also be available.

Please join in and support a cause that has become very prominent these past few years with police shootings and the increasing militarization putting into question the role and context of our policing forces. for more information click here

The march is hosted by DMC, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

When: Today Wednesday 22nd October 5.30 pm
Where: starts outside Ross dining Hall

We hope to see you all there! Take a stance, and make change, Middlebury.

 

 

Sistah Vegan: On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post]Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics TONIGHT

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Tonight features the second speaker of EatReal’s Fall Symposium “Food [In]Justice in the 21st Century,” Dr. Breeze Harper aka Sistah Vegan. Charles Griggs ’16 writes in:

Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

In fewer words, Sistah Vegan’s a badass feminist looking at how hip hop can address food justice. Following hot on the heels of today’s Silent March Against Police Brutality, making for a intriguing stretch of the ever prevalent campus dialogue on justice.  Sistah Vegan will be speaking in Mead Chapel at 7:30.  See here for more information about EatReal’s fall symposium.

When: Tonight 7:30
Where: Mead Chapel
Cost: free

WRMC presents: Grooveyard 2014 feat. Big Freedia

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With Ron Liebowitz departing our dear college following this academic year, it is widely acknowledged the school will face a staggering drop in twerking. Fear not, Middleburians, for WRMC has just announced that Big Freediaworld record-holding twerkerQueen of Bounce and transcendent being of light will be headlining their annual fall concertGrooveyard, on Friday, November 7 in the Bunker. Big Freedia is kind of like DJ Mustard if he were a post-gender intergalactic twerking warrior who does battle in New Orleans dance clubs. By that we mean Big Freedia is nothing like DJ Mustard, but that the concert will be an insane experience that has never happened before and may never happen again on this campus. Seriously. This concert is history in the making and you don’t want to miss out. As Freedia once said, “Free your azzzzzz and your mind will follow.

In the spirit of Big Freedia’s credo, WRMC will also host a community discussion regarding how we can be mindful consumers of art and music in our pluralistic society. Join us in addressing the history of New Orleans bounce music, twerking, cultural appropriation within the music industry, preferred pronouns, and the politics of identity. Some of the school’s heavy-weights—students and professors alike—will be there so that, before deciding to twerk for possibly the last time at Midd, Ron Liebowitz can be fully aware of the cultural implications, origins, and forms of institutional power surrounding his booty-shaking. More details to follow! The official facebook event can be found here.

Check out more Big Freedia below: 

For inquiries or comments feel free to contact the WRMC Concert Chairs Charlie Dulik and Aaron Slater.

~Free Your Mind~

Cost: $5 (tickets will go on sale a week before show time)
Where: The Bunker
When: Friday, November 7, 9:30 p.m.