Tonight: Icarus and the Wax Wings @ Uneven Lanes


There’s some cool dudes living in Voter, they like good music, and you should too.  Nathan Weil ’15 writes in to let us know of a suite concert being held tonight at his living-space-turned-concert-venue, “Uneven Lanes,” presented by Randalls (a benefactor, lover of the arts, who’d prefer you don’t inquire his/her/its identity):

Ditch your parents, bring your parents, we don’t care. We just want you to come enjoy the sweet rockin’ sounds of the famous Icarus and the Wax Wings, tonight at Uneven Lanes (Voter 2nd Floor). The student band features Will Cueno ’15, Nick Rehmus ’15.5, and Bjorn Peterson ’15.5, and they’re finna jam face. Be there, all are welcome.

Date: Tonight, October 25
Time: Doors open at 8:30, concert starts at 9pm
Place: Uneven Lanes, aka Voter 2nd floor suite
Cost: ZERO, thx Randalls.

Fall Family Weekend with the Mountain Club!


Parents love the great outdoors just as much as you? You’re in luck: the Middlebury Mountain Club is hosting some awesome activities for you and your familia, and everyone’s welcome to join in on any and all. Check out the schedule below (submitted by the MMC), and be sure to get outside and take advantage of what could be one of the last not-completely-freezing fall weekends.

Pumpkin Tumble!
Saturday, October 25th 2-5pm Brooker Patio

imgresPumpkins, cheese, cider donuts, apples, cider, love and happiness. These are all things you will find this weekend at our annual Pumpkin Tumble. Bring your friends, family, dogs (no, but seriously) and smiling faces to listen to live music, eat delicious food, perhaps compete in the apple pie contest, and simply enjoy the fall spirit. Sign up for the Apple Pie Contest here. If you’re interested in volunteering (think cutting massive amounts of cheese and apples) email Robin Loewald at

Camel’s Hump at Sunrise with Lucy, Hye-Jin!
Friday-Saturday, October 24-25


Don’t miss the last chance to scope out some fall foliage on the top of one of Vermont’s most famous peaks! We’ll leave ADK circle at 1 PM on Friday and hike a couple miles to where we’ll stay the night. Getting up a wee bit early the next morning, we’ll summit Camel’s Hump in time to soak up the sunrise. Expect to be back on campus for dinner on Saturday. Total trip is approx. 5.5 miles, but get stoked for some elevation (a little under 3000 ft). YAY!!! Come play in the mountains with us! Sign up here!

Adirondack Hike Sampler with Katie and Jake!
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26

unnamed-2Come explore the Adirondack fire towers with us! We’ll be leaving at 8 am on Saturday, October 25 and doing three different day hikes in the Adirondacks on this overnight trip. Saturday we’ll visit Goodnow and Vanderwhacker fire towers before camping out, and then on Sunday morning we’ll hike to OK Slip Falls before returning to Middlebury in the afternoon. We’ll get the best of both worlds: lots of time hiking, but without heavy packs. Each day hike is about 5 miles long so be excited to cover some ground and see some beautiful places! Sign up here!

Classics Marathon Reading, This Weekend!

unnamedAs we’re all pretty damn nerdy at Midd, it’s fairly likely all our parents have the geek gene too. So, if you’ve got family on campus, or are just looking for a fun academic alternative to homework, be sure to stop by and/or sign up for the Annual Classics Marathon Reading taking place today through Sunday at the Davis Family Library! Students, professors, and community members will be continuously reading Virgil’s Aeneid, and we can guarantee it’ll be “epic.”

Erika Sloan ’16 writes in to describe the event:

Every year during Fall Family Weekend the Classics Department holds a
marathon reading of one of the ancient epics. This year it’s the
Aeneid, Vergil’s tale of the Trojan hero Aeneas’ flight from Troy and
subsequent travels and battles over land and sea to ultimately reach
Italy and lay the groundwork for the founding of Rome.

The reading will be held outside the Davis Family Library this weekend
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sign-up at go/epic for a 30-minute
time slot to read from the Aeneid (in English!) and arrive when it’s
your turn, or just come by to listen this weekend!

It’s a lot of fun and a great liberal arts/Classics tradition – There
will be a laurel wreath and baklava for readers as well!

Contact with any questions. We hope to see you
all there!

Date: Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26
Time: 3-6 pm
Place: Outside the Davis Family Library

Don’t forget to sign up for a 30-minute reading time slot at go/epic!


Voices From Abroad: Isabelle Stillman ’16, Nepal, Pt. 2

The view from Isabelle's apartment in Kathmandu

The view from Isabelle’s apartment in Kathmandu

Voices from Abroad is back, and we’re stoked to present a second installment from Isabelle Stillman ’16, an incredible writer studying abroad in Nepal this semester. At Midd, Isabelle studies English and creative writing, and also runs The Orchard Arts JournalShe’s based in Kathmandu, Nepal this semester through SIT Study Abroad (a non-Midd owned study abroad many students enjoy). If you dug Isabelle’s last snap-shot style narrative, you’ll love this piece, describing a taxi ride in Nepal and the invaluable lesson it taught Isabelle: to approach new challenges “with a helmet on, but the visor up.” 

BUT FIRST: If you’re a Midd student presently studying abroad, living abroad, doing something abroad, and you’d like to share your experience, please email We’d love to feature your writing in the Voices from Abroad series, and are open to absolutely any style – from poetry to blog posts to stories, you name it. We look forward to hearing from you.

Now, read up, and enjoy:

It was raining on my walk home the other night, and getting late (that is, a little after 7:00), so I decided to take a taxi. I stuck my hand out as I walked, palm down and fingers clapping against my palm – the gesture to hail a taxi, and to tell someone to come here (very confusing the first time your teacher calls you up to the front of the classroom). There weren’t many taxis out that night, and the ones that were were full, so I was almost halfway home by the time one pulled over. Two men sat in the front seat. As I stepped closer, the driver leaned over the other one so I could see his eyes through the low window. “Yes, where you going?”

{On taxis and transportation in Nepal: there are no street addresses, so its best to make sure the driver knows where he is going before you get in the car; once in the cab, you name a neighborhood and point left and right  (with your lips) as you get closer to the correct destination. Working meters are rare, and bargaining is expected, but a price should be negotiated before you get in the cab to avoid end-of-the-ride rupee disputes that are likely to be weighed in on by passersby and nearby shopkeepers; that being said, if you are not Nepali, they will try very hard to wildly overcharge you. Taxis often pull up to me (and other blatantly non-Nepali people) even if I haven’t so much as looked their way, because I’m white and therefore probably want to be driven.}

“Handigaun, past Bhatbetini,” I said, crouching a little to look through the window.

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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

Saturday’s Fall Family Weekend Events.

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Round two. Get outside and bask in the first sunshine we’ve seen in what feels like weeks.


Support our boys and girls in blue (and white)!

Field Hockey v. Wesleyan
Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: Peter Kohn Field

Women’s Soccer v. Wesleyan
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: Dragone Track Field

Men’s Soccer v. Wesleyan
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: South Street Fields

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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