Liebowitz to Host Discussion on Campus Social Life


This semester has proven a tumultuous one with regards to student reactions to administrative policies regulating, some would say killing, student social life.  Aware of this widespread sentiment, President Ron Liebowitz will host a discussion regarding the relationship between the administration’s commitment to student safety and the student body’s desire for a vibrant social life in hopes of finding common ground. The meeting will be in the McCullough Social Space at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 2. Read below for President Liebowitz’ invitation to the event. middbeat will liveblog the discussion next Sunday.

From President Liebowitz:

Dear Students,

I am keenly aware of the frustration surrounding student social life on campus, and how the behavior of a few has unfortunately, but predictably, shaped our policies that limit social options for the responsible majority.

I would like to hold an open meeting to air as many issues and concerns any and all of you have related to social life and related College policies and practices.  I would like to better understand how we might find some common ground and work to improve what is not a satisfactory situation.

I would also like to share what might be called “the other side” of the issue—the constraints within which we work in approving, or not, activities on campus, as well as provide some history of the efforts made in the past that brought some short-term success.

I believe if we better understood the issues that are getting in the way of social life on campus, as well as the challenges we as administrators face in maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff (and neighbors), we could make great progress to improve social life here at Middlebury.

I invite you to a discussion on Sunday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space).  I hope to see many of you there.



When: Sunday, November 2 8:00 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: N/A

Films This Weekend

MCAB Free Friday Film: Guardians of the Galaxy (USA, 2014, 121 min)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and save the galaxy, Quill creates the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world.

When: Friday, October 24. 6:00pm and 9:00pm 
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

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Hirschfield International Film Series:
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 2013, 107 minutes)

Johann is a museum guard who spends his days observing the art and visitors of Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the galleries and the city streets. A “quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series.

When: Saturday, October 25. 3:00pm and 8:00pm 
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

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Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

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Come check out another amazing M Gallery Exhibition featuring Sam Tolzmanm, ’14.5

When: Saturday, October 25 from 2 to 8 PM
Where: M Gallery | The Old Stone Mill | #3 Mill Street | Middlebury, VT 05753
Cost: Free

Here is the press release from M Gallery:




M Gallery Exhibit Press Release

Possession is nine tenths of the law | Sam Tolzmann


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Possession is nine tenths of the law

Sam Tolzmann, ’14.5

Saturday, Oct. 25th


Brief Description:
Samuel Tolzmann ’14.5′s final exhibition at Middlebury, Possession is nine tenths of the law. combines drawing and interactive performance within a specifically engineered, highly manipulated spatial environment designed to be both disruptive and immersive. It is an intensely private meditation on the essential horror of sexual embodiment. Obsessively figural and thoroughly allusive, the exhibition twists domestic and gallery routine as it attempts to express queerly fraught visions of failure: of illegible masculinities, unattainable fantasies, alien nourishments, botched exorcisms, pointless labors, ineffectual communication, and malfunctioning or altogether insufficient boundaries. The artist probes the psychological value and social contexts of punishment, performance, (pro)creation, and other repetitive actions that frequently occur in the home, ambiguously troubling the conventional power dynamics motivating identity and intimacy. His range of depicted, assumed, and imposed postures appear violently degrading, subjugating, and self-abnegating, but this reading is complicated by their deliberate intentionality, voluntary dutifulness, and willful urgency.

The M Gallery opens at 2:00 PM and at 3:00 PM SHARP Tolzmann will debut two new performances back-to-back, Power failure and Bread alone. Family members visiting for the weekend are encouraged to attend as well, however, please note that due to the adult nature of the work, no one under 18 years of age will be admitted. Light refreshments will be served.


M Gallery | The Old Stone Mill | #3 Mill Street | Middlebury, VT 05753


Paul Ward ’25 Prize for Excellence in First Year Writing Tonight


Senior Lecturer and Director of the Writing Center Mary Ellen Bertolini writes in:

Friday, October 24 in Twilight Auditorium between 4:15 and 6:00 marks the 37th annual presentation of the Paul Ward Prize for excellence in writing by first-year students. The Writing Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research will honor the 65 members of the class of 2018 who were nominated for this prize. The winner receives a check for $500; the two Runner Ups receive $250 each, and we will also honor students who will receive Honorable Mention. Students nominated for the Ward prize are invited by the Writing Center in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research to train as peer writing tutors and writing and academic mentors.

middbeat will be covering the event and feature the winners.  Stay tuned for more on the results of the prize ceremony.

When: Tonight at 4:15 and 6 PM
Where: Twilight Auditorium
Cost: Free

Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala in Library


If you weren’t aware, over the past few days a group of Tibetan monks have been creating the Sand Mandala of Chenrezig (in Tibetan) or Avalokiteshvara (in Sanskrit), the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion in the Davis Library Atrium. The opening prayer ceremonies for the mandala were held yesterday, and Sunday today the mandala will be dismantled at 4 pm , after which the sand will be dispersed in Otter Creek. The monks will work daily from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and 2p.m.-4 p.m, and all are invited to attend, watch, and accompany the monks to the Otter Creek for the dismantling ceremony.

All sounds super cool, but begs me to ask, what is the Sand Mandala of Chenrezig? In truth, we are rather uneducated about Buddhist deities and religious practices, so we’ve decided to compile some info for all of us to educate ourselves. The Mandala of Chenrezig has got quite a rich history, so be sure to read up, and check out the mandala unveiling tomorrow.

Date: Today, October 24
Time: Dismantling at 4pm Sunday
Place: Davis Family Atrium (unveiling), Otter Creek (dispersal of sand)

Information on the history of the mandala beyond the jump:

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Family Weekend Keynote Speaker: Mary Robinson

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MCAB’s speaker series has really done us a solid this year, bringing former Irish President, human rights and environmental advocate, and UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson to Mead Chapel this Saturday at 7 PM.  middbeat recently caught up with event organizers Nick Orr and Zoe Kaslow ’15 to get the low down on Robinson and how the Speakers Committee organized the event.  Read on after the jump for the detes.

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Friday’s Fall Family Weekend Events

Though its two weeks later and ten degrees colder than last year’s, Fall Family Weekend is finally here.  While some of us have been strategizing how to score as many “free” dinners as possible, something other than your company may be necessary to keep your parents entertained.  We’ve has got you covered, with a quick curated guide to Fall Family Weekend’s events. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.47.33 AM


Organic Farm Open House
Though trekking out to the Organic Garden sounds painful with the current wind levels, it’ll worth the walk to enjoy Friday’s Open House. Details below:

The Middlebury College Organic Farm is a three-acre plot of fruits,
vegetables, and perennials stewarded by Middlebury students. The
farm serves as an inclusive space that supports students’ holistic
development while promoting discourse about pressing world food
issues. At the farm, students learn small-scale organic-farming
practices they’ll be able to use throughout their lives. While planting
rows of lettuce for Atwater Dining Hall or contemplating course work
in our outdoor classroom, students not only come to understand the
problems associated with industrial agriculture, but they also explore
and help develop local, organic solutions.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Organic Farm (the farm is located in the field a half mile behind BiHall)

Careers in the Common Good Panel: Sushi and Social Change


Go enjoy some sushi with some networking on the side.

This panel is a unique opportunity during Fall Family Weekend for
students to network with parents who have worked to advance the
common good—planned or through happenstance—whether through
careers in the public, nonprofit, business, and environmental sectors,
or through serving on boards or volunteering. Students get to interact
and network with professionals (parents!), which will promote deeper
understandings of different sectors while allowing students to craft
careers with a positive social impact.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Adirondack House, Coltrane Lounge

Cook Commons Fall Family Festival

Celebrate the best part of fall in the northeast: cider doughnuts.

Live music, free cider donuts, fresh pressed hot apple cider, candy
apples, pumpkin carving, and a petting zoo featuring Vermont farm
animals. All are welcome!

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 4-6pm
Place: Lawn behind Forest (in case of rain: Lower Forest Lounge)

My Pen, My Voice, My Vote: The Life and Work of Frederick Douglas

If being back on a college campus makes your parents nostalgic for the lecture halls of their past…

The Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture has brought many of the
leading interpreters of American history to Middlebury. This year’s
lecturer, David Blight of Yale University, continues that tradition.
Professor Blight is the author of many important books, including the
prize-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.
His lecture will draw on his research for his latest project, a biography
of Frederick Douglass, the famed 19th-century abolitionist and civil
rights activist.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8-9 pm
Place: Mead Chapel



You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’s better than Cats.

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon the Moth Radio
Hour, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without
notes. This second-annual, community-wide event is produced
by the creators of the Middlebury MothUp in partnership with
the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A reception with the storytellers
follows. Sponsored by the Committee on the Arts.Tickets at go/boxoffice.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8-10pm
Place: CFA, Concert Hall, Second Floor

Midnight Roller Skating! 


Tell your mom to pack her best bell-bottoms and end your night at the McCullough Roller Rink. Skates are provided, with most sizes available.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 10pm-1am
Place: McCullough, Wilson Hall, Second Floor

WTF IS HAPPENING: Freshmen Questions Pt. 3

It’s slowly starting to sink in that we’ve been here for a couple of weeks already…and we’ll be here for another four years. Better get used to the surroundings!

1) Why are the dryers hella sketch?
Yeah, we’ve noticed that too. Some of the only decent dryers are in the social houses, but before you’re in such a hurry to lug your laundry to the party, keep in mind that there have been instances in which people pee in the dryers. Not so great for your clothes.

2) Do upperclassmen here regard freshmen the same way the upperclassmen in high school regard freshmen?
No. First of all, Middlebury has only gotten more difficult to get in as the years went by, and the upperclassmen respect that. Second of all, it’s kinda hard to distinguish people from different classes. Besides, we’re all cool people to hang around.

3) What drew people to Middlebury and what’s keeping them there?
A lot of people were attracted to the Middlebury community. You’ve probably noticed already, but people here tend to be very down to earth and genuinely kind. And just look around you! Campus is beautiful and Vermont is beautiful. Very few colleges can compare with Middlebury when it comes to access to natural beauty; we’ve got the organic garden, forests nearby, and Lake Dunmore a short drive away. Also, if we’re being honest here, the transfer application is a lot of work that no one wants to write extra essays.

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TONIGHT: Bunker Grand Re-Opening

1002527_2656854655627_1782928470517284952_nThe MMU (Middlebury Musicians United) has been working hard to provide a fun new music venue where students can come together to perform and appreciate great music from our very own campus and tonight’s event will make this a reality. Tonight, Friday October 24, MMU will christen the opening of the new FIC practice space with performances by Monday Night Happy Hour, Mt. Filo, and Sunday Night Coke Binge. These diverse student bands keep it interesting with all different kinds of sounds including rock, soul, funk, and spunk. Be sure to come and show your support for the music scene on campus, a good time is guaranteed!

When: Friday, October 24, door opens at 9:00pm
Where: The Bunker
Cost: Free

Emerging Adulthood: Psychology and Portraiture

This Friday, Professor of psychology Barbara Hofer will be joining artist Kate Gridley for a collaborative, interdisciplinary talk given in conjunction with a viewing of Gridleys exhibition, Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults. Many psychologists now view individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 as inhabiting a newly defined life phase between adolescence and adulthood—a period termed “emerging adulthood.” This series of life-sized oil portraits will feature an artist-led tour by Gridley herself in the lower lobby immediately following the talk (also at Town Hall Theater at 4:00 PM).

And yes, on top of an exhibition well respected and locally produced art, refreshments are sure to be provided.

When: Friday, October 24 12:30 pm

Where: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Cost: Free