HornHub: Your Post Hump Day 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.


TODAY: Will Stem Cells Stop the Biologic Clock? Public Talk by Dr. Hugh Taylor

5CIRMcal-1Do you like learning? Have you ever taken a science class? Ever heard of stem cells?  Or had the desire to have babies when you’re old!?

Dr. Hugh Taylor, an obstetrician and stem cell researcher at Yale will be giving us the low-down on stem cells, and in particular, their relation to aging. Dr. Taylor will be discussing how ovarian stem cells could extend fertility well beyond the normal human reproductive life span.  In addition, his research explores how these stem cells are related to human aging as a whole.

You may or may not know that these rad little dudes have huge potential to treat diseases, repair muscle tissue, and are currently one of the front runners in the race to cure cancer. In other words, this isn’t a talk you want to miss.

Come get informed…..
: Thursday, February 26
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Bi Hall 216
Cost: Fo’ FREE

TODAY: Salafi Jihadism and the Arab Spring: The Tunisian Case

In early 2011, the Arab Spring was sparked with a vendor on the streets of Tunisia. Now, four years later, the aftermath of uprisings continues to unfold across the region. The dream of democratic government has faded and given way to the increasing power of insurgent Islamist factions. Come listen to Dr. Kahlaoui discuss his first-hand experience with these salafi groups in Tunisia. More on the lecture here:

Dr. Kahlaoui is the Director General of the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES), Tunisia’s foremost think tank on political, economic, and environmental matters.  Responding to the unexpectedly large number of Tunisians who have joined ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated organizations in the Levant and North Africa, the ITES under Dr. Kahlaoui’s guidance has recently published a report that tracks the upsurge in salafi jihadi recruitment in Tunisia, and suggests countermeasures.  Based on fieldwork and interviews with Tunisian salafi jihadists, the ITES’ report provides firsthand documentation of a phenomenon that until now, has largely unfolded outside of the public view.  Dr. Kahlaoui will speak about the report’s findings and place it within the social and political contexts of post-revolutionary Tunisia.  In addition to his work at ITES, Dr. Kahlaoui is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at Rutgers University.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Axinn 219
Cost: Free

TONIGHT: Faculty Dance Concert


It is well known to us that one of the perks of attending a small liberal arts colleges is our ability to develop close relationships with our professors, and we get the privilege of learning from them rather than from grad students or TAs. However, relationships with professors too frequently remain in the classroom. Tonight, we have the opportunity to watch four professors do what they do best, center stage. Come watch the faculty dance concert tonight!!

The Dance Program offers an introduction and welcome to the multifaceted talents of our new faculty members Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Scotty Hardwig, joined by Christal Brown.

Date: Today, February 26th
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: MCA Dance Theater
Cost: $6 for midd students (go/boxoffice)


Talk TODAY: “How to be a Filmmaker/Entrepreneur”

Think you might want to make films someday? Curious about what some of our alumni have been up to since graduating? Head down to Axinn this afternoon to hear alumnus Ryan Koo ’03 talk about his experiences in the film world and as the founder of the very cool website No Film School. Check out his short film, “Amateur,” below:

Date: Wednesday, February 25
4:30 – 6pm
Axinn Center 232



Tomorrow: Mamajamas!


1801288_10152419461255970_9171992713453968887_oThe Middlebury Mamajamas will be performing tomorrow at 51 Main! With the perfect mix of throwbacks  and current hits (a rendition of Sam Smith that will melt your heart) the talented and fun-loving A Capella group will definitely make a walk into town worth while!

Date: Tomorrow, February 26th
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Place: 51 Main
Cost: Free (unless you buy yourself a burger)





Last weeks moodily lit WOMP. Photo by Mike Pallozzi

As reliable as the rising sun, the swell of the sea, or the stiff tickle of a frozen moustache on a frigid February Wednesday, WOMP is returning to the Gamutt room this evening at 9 o’clock.

The headliner for the evening will be the band 4:30 Jazz Combo, who, believe it or not, are notorious for literally jamming the pants off of their crowd.

So, bring your friends, a robust spirit, and one single dollar (or two) for a lip smacking treat (think crepes but way better). If you play an instrument, sing, dance, squabble or slam-poem, come share what you got with this weekly Middlebury crew. The music will be funky, the crowd friendly and fate favor-some, as it always is at this quaint musical event.

When: 9 pm, Wednesday, February 25th
Where: Gamut room (basement of Gifford)
Cost: Fo Free! (but bring a buck for snacks)

TODAY: Nonviolence, Conscientious Objection and the Israeli Occupation


All too often when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle Eastern disputes in general, extremism determines the focus of our conversations. Today, we have the opportunity to hear from an Israeli-American activist taking a different, non-violent approach to protest the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Though many of us have strong and disparate opinions on the conflict, I think we can all agree on the importance of hearing from as many, diverse opinions as possible. Read more about the lecture here:

Israeli-American activist, writer and poet Moriel Rothman-Zecher ’11 will speak about conscientious objection from both a political and a personal lens (Moriel spent time in military prison in 2012 for refusing to enlist in the IDF) and about nonviolent activism and organizing against the occupation including a campaign to stop the demolition of Susiya, a village in the South Hebron Hills, another (successful) campaign to prevent the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in Silwan in East Jerusalem, nonviolent demonstrations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in places like Nabi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah as well as recent demonstrations and organizing efforts in Tel Aviv against the recent war on Gaza, which were met with repression and violence, both from the police and from pro-war counter protestors.

Date: Today, February 25th
Time: 4:30-6
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Nothing

TODAY- Last Day of : Improv Try-Out Week

Improv Plotter Poster


Both of the college’s improv comedy groups, The Otter Nonsense Players and The Middlebrow Society for Improvisational Theatre, will be holding try-outs this week in hopes of finding Middlebury’s future leaders of sarcastic party conversations.

Otters tryouts will be held TODAY (Tuesday) at 4:30PM and Thursday (2/26) at 5:30PM in the Forest East Lounge.

Middlebrow will be Wednesday (2/25) and Thursday (2/26) at 4:30PM in the Coltrane Lounge (in the Adirondack House, entrance is near Pearsons).

It is important to note that you need only go to one day for either group.  So you could do Otters Tuesday and Brow Thursday, par examplé.

Experience is never expected. Most of the current members had never done improv before either, and had to try-out a few times. No matter if its your first semester, last semester, or that sweet spot in the middle, both groups would love to have you come and play!

Email [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

middbeat Crush of the Week: Zack Isaacs ‘15.5

IMG_4782Middbeat’s newest crush of the week is Zack Isaacs ‘15.5, a Physics major from Oakland, California. When surveying Atwater, I (Lizzy) was encouraged by a group of senior girls to choose Zack. They assured me of his sweet demeanor and general thoughtfulness. Though he was definitely slightly alarmed when I approached his breakfast table, Zack immediately opened up with a warm and welcoming smile (see above). After chatting with him for a few minutes, I can say confidently that I’m a huge fan. He’s got an awesome spirit and a lot to say. Aaaand he’s single! If you’re interested, shoot him an email! (go/creep is your friend, people.)

MB: What’d you do this weekend?
Z: I went to the Taste of India apartments on Friday. They were all open and they had a bunch of people over, so that was really fun. I didn’t really do much on Saturday because I was tired from Friday. But I went to Vergennes Laundry and then to the Alpenglow concert.

MBWhat’s your Vergennes Laundry order of choice? Are you a cheese guy?
Z: I like cheese, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a cheese guy. Anything with yogurt and granola and some coffee is the way to go.

MB: What’s number one on your bucket list?
Z: Oh, man. This is gonna be kind of a strange one. I want to ride my bike up Mount Ventoux in France. I really like riding bikes and growing up I used to watch Lance and all those guys in the Tour de France climb up that hill and I think it would be something neat and different. Definitely very hard.

MB: What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Z: Can I choose more than one? Salami, olives, mushrooms, and spinach. I’m not super picky.

MBAre you close to your family? Do you have siblings?
Z: I’m incredibly close to my family, but I don’t have siblings. My cat and my dog, though, are viewed on equal footing with me. We actually foster cats whenever I’m home so we always have lots of animals in the house, but I’m an only child.

MB: Who are you more similar to, your mom or your dad?
Z: I would say I have the social characteristics of my mom but more of the academic characteristics of my dad. My mom is a really hard worker and is pretty introspective and a little introverted, and I would definitely say I’m more like that in social settings. But my dad also studied physics and engineering. Not so good at reading, better at math.

MBWhat is your favorite way to eat a potato?
Z: Baked with a healthy dosage of beets and lemon juice. Why, what’s yours?
MB: Mashed sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon.
Z: Okay, yeah, that sounds good too.

MB: What type of music do you listen to?
Z: I listen to a lot of stuff. I bet everyone says that. I have a soft spot for all sorts of classic rock from the ’60s. I really love Hendrix. I would say ‘Castles Made of Sand’ is probably my favorite Hendrix song. But really anything from that era. I like AC/DC, the Grateful Dead if I’m in that ten-minute-long-song kind of mood. Anything with a good guitar solo is good with me.

MBWhat is your relationship status?
Z: I am single. (“free as a bird” — friend sitting nearby)

MB: Are you looking for anything?
Z: I’m looking for anyone who’s willing to put up with someone who wears a lot of spandex– it’s for biking. And shaved legs. You don’t necessarily have to put that last one up. (Sorry I did!!)

MB: What are your thoughts on romantic culture at Midd?
Z: It’s definitely better than it is at Dartmouth (he spent his junior year there). It’s a lot less stressful. Everyone there is in fraternities and sororities, but there are a lot more ways to meet people here. I think that’s cool. People hate on it a lot, but it’s definitely less stressful than at Dartmouth. We have so many on-campus events, it creates somewhat of an insular community. And you’re not just always in the basement of a fraternity, which is kinda nice!

MB: Is there anything that I missed? What would you want me to ask you?
Z: I don’t know, I don’t think I’d want you to ask anything else. We got the shaved legs and the spandex, so you got most of it.