J-Term MiddCore Applications Due Tomorrow at 5


The application deadline Middlebury’s leadership and entrepeneurial development program, MiddCore, is Friday at 5 PM. You can find the application here, and if you’re not yet familiar with MiddCore, read on for more info:

From the MiddCore website:

One person with an idea, even with a great idea, changes nothing. Visionaries succeed with leadership skills, communications skills, and entrepreneurial insights. Building those skills and insights is the CORE of MiddCORE.

The key to the MiddCORE experience is our mentors. Each has a proven record of accomplishment in their fields, and a demonstrated ability to teach others the tools for success. MiddCORE mentors develop hands-on challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity. They help students build capacities, identify opportunities, and become effective leaders.

Through its flagship immersion course, its academic internship program, and its workshop series, MiddCORE prepares students to engage the world. It is a rare opportunity for the leaders of today to share their experiences and expertise with the changemakers of tomorrow. Students leave confident, resourceful and prepared to lead. (See our testimonials).

Make sure to get your application for this J-Term in by 5:00 PM, October 31st.

March Against Police Brutality Discussion TONIGHT


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

Ron Liebowitz’s Invitation for Discussion: A Translation by an of-age Middlebury student

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A particularly cunning student recently sent middbeat a satirical translation of Ron Liebowitz’s recent invitation to the student body to discuss campus social life.   While a magnanimous gesture from our President, students have been doubting how much this discussion will actually do to change the social atmosphere at the college.  The author wanted to preface the piece with the following:

The intention of this piece is not at all to personally attack President Liebowitz, whose invitation for discussion has been extremely well received and deserves respect.  I am caricaturizing and satirizing his very reasonable words in order to provoke students to think critically about the actual issues at hand – and hopefully inspire a laugh. After reading this, I hope students will consider the social motivation of students to perform certain behaviors, the motivations of the administration to implement certain policies, and the various effects thereof.

That being said, let’s get to the bottom of what Liebo was really getting at here:

Dear Students,

Ron Liebo: 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.

Translation: I am keenly aware of your recent complaints surrounding social life on campus, and how the inability of a few of your asinine peers to hold their liquor has ruined it for the rest of you. In response, we’ve implemented policies that make socializing within two miles of an open container more trouble than it’s reasonably worth. Don’t point the finger at us, though; clearly upperclassmen haven’t been fulfilling their responsibility to properly haze their underage peers, an age-old social practice that forces individuals to rapidly learn their limits of consumption, or die. Despite our best efforts, you assholes continue to try to “host parties” and “socialize” and “get wasted”. It’s almost like the more we try to control you, the more you try to rebel. Da fuck.

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OP-ED: Hit WHO Where it Hurts? A Response to The Campus’ “Hit ‘Em Where it Hurts”

In response to a recent opinion piece in the Middlebury Campus titled Hit ‘Em Where it Hurts, which addresses student protest and avenues for change at Middlebury, student activist Adriana Ortiz-Burnham ’17 writes in with her opinion on the issue and her reaction to the article’s claims:

In The Middlebury Campus, (Oct 09) Luke Smith-Stevens, in “Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts,” characterizes Middlebury students as “a captive market.” He claims we “are left with few options for student protest” because “there are basically zero avenues to create change…” Given that the “nouveau-activists” to whom he refers are students irate about tailgating policy, my question is whether those avenues at Middlebury are appropriate for the tailgating issue.

Smith-Stevens suggests a student worker strike as an effective way to gain the attention of the administration. He admits “there are flaws in this idea…the lost income it would mean for student workers.” Why, yes. I have two jobs at Middlebury and one at home, which contribute significantly to the costs of my education. I would be expected to sacrifice my ability to pay for my education while being subsidized by those with “no skin in the game.”

Perhaps approaching the administration was not effective in the tailgating effort; I am not privy to those details. Smith-Stevens says the strike should be a “response to a truly unacceptable administrative policy, the likes of which we haven’t recently seen.” I can name at least one policy which is in fact “truly unacceptable,” that of AAL. Several of us have spent months trying to change it.

The aim of MiddIncluded, of which I am a founding member, is to broaden the cultures and civilizations requirement from Comparative; Europe; North America (excluding Mexico); and Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East; to Comparative, North America (including Mexico); and a choice of two of the following: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe. Why? Because “AAL” elevates the significance of Europe, the U.S.A., and Canada, while lumping the rest of the world into the category of “other.” This requirement is outdated, anachronistic, and fundamentally discriminatory.

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What’s With the Proctorbowl Instagram Celebrity?

Proctorbowl1As the infinite struggle to keep proctor bowls in their designated locations (no, your desk is not a designated location) wages on between the dining staff and Middlebury students, the infamous dish is traveling extensively, spreading Middlebury spirit to the far corners of the United States. Documenting these adventures is the anonymous Instagram account @proctorbowl whose bio reads: “Proctor bowls: where they’re at.” They’ve traveled pretty far from Middlebury, and it might be awhile before they come home. Sorry Proctor Staff.” The mysterious proctorbowl would like to remain anonymous to maintain the elusive and difficult to find nature of proctor bowls but Middbeat was able to score an exclusive interview with the student behind the account to answer some of your questions about the far-flung explorations. 

Middbeat: So, what is Proctor bowl?

Proctor Bowl (hereby referred to as PB): It’s sort of a hemispherical, hollow object that you can put soup in or water, if you’re out of cups.

Middbeat: Why did you start the Instagram?

PB: The original idea came from the Crampus with the back cover of their 2013 issue. It was a map showing Proctor bowls after they left Middlebury- where they were at. So I wanted to document that.

Middbeat: What kind of pictures do you post?

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TODAY: Visiting Architecture Lecturer: Jim Cutler

Grace Episcopal Church, designed by Cutler Anderson Architects. Father of Blake Harper '15 is pastor at this church!

Grace Episcopal Church, designed by Cutler Anderson Architects. Father of Blake Harper ’15 is pastor at this church!

As we’ve been recently discussing on middbeat, place, space, and architecture can seriously impact the ways the environment, communities, social groups, individual people, and even strangers act and interact. Certainly we’ve all got ideas on how Midd’s architecture and public space ought to be tweaked so to re-vamp social life and community building, but we could certainly use advice from an expert. Enter Jim Cutler, founding principal of Cutler Anderson Architects in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

As their site explains, “Established in 1977, Cutler Anderson Architects (formerly James Cutler Architects) is internationally renowned for its environmental awareness and attention to detail. Their approach to design can be stated simply as an attempt to reveal the nature of every circumstance – the nature of the institution that we house, the nature and significance of the place in which it is located, the nature and power of the materials with which we build.”

As founder and principal of Cutler Anderson Architects, Jim Cutler, FAIA has won numerous design awards, and is known for his sensitive engagement of land and place. More, Cutler served as the Cameron Visiting Architect-in-Residence here at Middlebury in fall 2009. Today, Cutler will be speaking about his firm, his architectural work, and his theories behind space, place, and construction. Be there.

Date: Today, October 30
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Place: BiHall Room 216
Cost: Nada

MIDDBEAT RELEASE: MCAB Fall 2015 Comedians Will Be…

Middbeat’s breakin the news, the MCAB Fall 2015 Comedians have been released! MCAB Social Co-Chairs Claudia Esteva ’15 and Nitya Mankad ’16 write in to let us know the details:

Attention Middlebury Students! On Saturday, November 22, MCAB is delighted to present comedic duo Jake and Amir from College Humor. Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers/actors/editors behind the Webby award winning Internet series “Jake and Amir.” The duo have released two videos a week for over four years, with each episode now averaging more than 500,000 views. As a series, “Jake and Amir” has won several awards including the Webby’s People Voice for Best Web Series in 2010 and has been named one of PCMag’s top 15 best web-only shows. Their series has also appeared on television on MTV’s “The CollegeHumor Show.” The two have recently released their first ever half hour special, “Fired” available for online streaming and in DVD form.

They will be joined by special guest Jon Rineman, who is currently the head monologue writer on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He has appeared as a stand-up and performer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and tours the country performing stand-up in comedy clubs and colleges.

Jake and Amir will be performing their podcast “If I Were You.” Join our hosts as they dispense wisdom on areas of life they are qualified to talk about. Also in areas they are not qualified to talk about.

Tickets go on sale at the Box Office this Monday, November 3rd, at 6 am. They will be $12 online, and $15 at the door.

Sounds awesome, thanks MCAB! We be thur. 

Date: Tickets: November 3, Performance: November 22
Time: Tickets: 6 am, Performance: Doors open 8:30 pm, show starts at 9
Place: McCullough Social Space

A Case of the Mondays: Music to start your week off right (Humpday Edition)

In an homage to Dom Kennedy’s brilliant idea of having Taco Tuesday on a Thursday, A Case of the Mondays is making its first debut on a Wednesday!

Wednesday is hump day, a particularly liberating one this week at that. Seniors, it’s our time to shine. Thursday marks Halloween bar night, Friday is Halloween (that one’s for everybody), and Saturday is 200 Days (what?). So in order to get you through the Wednesday night grind (and early Thursday crush sesh), here is a compilation of study jams that I’ve been addicted to listening to. If you’re into instrumentals (particularly hip hop and jazz inspired), this is the playlist for you. Enjoy! Playlist after the break.  Continue reading

Talk TODAY: “Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes”

sex_lies_sterotypesTake a break from your busy schedule today and check out ”Sex, Lies and Stereotypes: Do We Ask the Right Questions About Language and Gender?,” a public talk by Deborah Cameron, a Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. This is the first talk of the 2014-15 Ana-Martínez-Lage Lecture Series in Linguistics, and focuses on important issues regarding how language shapes our perceptions of gender differences, among other things. Plus, free refreshments!

Date: Thursday, October 30th
4:30-5:45 pm
Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room


Once you're in, can you ever leave?

Once you’re in, can you ever leave?

Directed by all-round badass Rebecca Coates-Finke ’16.5, this play is beautiful, thought-provoking, and, (here’s the best part) entirely student-run. Rebecca writes in:

Getting out by Marsha Norman tells the story of Arlene Holsclaw (played by Aashna Aggarwal ’16), a young woman recently released from prison and the beginning of her new life in a run-down apartment in Louisville. Her struggles to find her way in the present (as Arlene) is counterpointed by flashbacks by her past (as Arlie, played by Sarah Karerat ’18), her two personalities being represented by two performers, who frequently appear onstage simultaneously. We meet the guards and prison officials with whom Arlie waged a running battle (Steven Medina ’17Oliver Wijayapala ’17); the mother who provides resentful help (Eliza Renner ’18); the paternalistic and possessive former prison guard who seeks to join Arlene’s new life (Jabari Matthew ’17); the pimp ex-boyfriend who offers a return to her old life (John Cheesman ’16); and the touchingly friendly neighbor who provides Arlene’s only link to a future different from her past (Quincy Simmons ’18). The play follows Arlene’s socialization through her family and through the state, and provides a stark argument for the impossibility of ever really “Getting Out.”

Come watch a great show with a great cast and support student theater!

Date: 6th, 7th and 8th of November
Time: 8:00 pm on all three days with a late show at 10:30 pm on Friday the 7th
Place: Hepburn Zoo
Cost: $5