Get Your Zumba On

It can be both intimidating and motivating that the vast majority of the campus (or so it seems) gets a daily dose of physical activity. But, if you’d equate running Vermont hills with taking a stroll through hell, or would rather be tethered to a library carrel than brave the humid, and often over-crowded fitness center, don’t be dissuaded; there’s a new fitness option. Enter, Zumba.

Zumba is a high-energy fitness dance class that features salsa, hip hop, samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggaeton, cumbia, belly dance, tango, and more. Sounds saucy, to say the least. According to our dear middbeat submitters, by “treating yourself” to an hour of these “fun, easy-to-learn dance moves,” you’ll not only break a serious sweat, but “can burn 300-1,000 calories in just one class.”

If you’re into it, Zumba classes will be held here at Midd every week with a professional Zumba instructor named Lindsey, from 12:30 to 1:30 every Wednesday in the Field House, 3rd Floor Rehersal Space. You can drop in to test it out for $5 per class, or pay $60 for 12 classes (once a week for the semester). The first class is this Wednesday on September 17, and registration for the 12-class package continues online (go/boxoffice) or at the McCullough or CFA box offices until September 26 at go/tickets. If you’ve got any questions or want to learn more about the class, contact Lindsey herself at

WHAT: Zumba classes with Lindsey
DATE: Every Wednesday
TIME: 12:30-1:30
PLACE: Field House, 3rd Floor Rehearsal Space

The WOMP Report: First WOMP this Wednesday!!!!!! Calling All Musicians

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WOMP IS BACK little boys and girls. This Wednesday night at 8pm in the Gamut Room Icarus and the Wax Wings will be kicking off the first Wednesday Open Mic Performance Party of the year. Whether you want to hop on stage and jam out or schmooze in the crowd, this is your opportunity to attend the finest weekly event that Middlebury has to offer. We encourage anyone to come out and perform. A sign up sheet for performers will be at the event.

ALSO, this post kicks off the first of many from The WOMP Report, Middlebury’s new Middbeat music series. Keep up to date with The WOMP Report posts to learn about Middlebury’s music scene, get exposed to great new music, get informed about live shows at school and in the region, and much more from our fine music intellectuals.

Any musicians interested in headlining a WOMP this year (which entails a longer set than the other performers) should contact either Maxwell Shaw Jones at, Benjamin Gleekel at, or Ben Rose at

Date: 9/17/2014
Place: Gamut Room in basement of Gifford
Just love each other 

It Happens Here: Tonight at 9 PM

Tonight marks the first It Happens Here of the semester which will be hosted in the Chellis House behind Proctor at 9 PM.  For those of you either new to the college or who have spent the your time here under a rock, It Happens Here occurs a couple times a semester as a way for victims of rape on campus to share their stories and raise awareness about the ever growing prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.  Most importantly, however, the event provides a supportive forum where otherwise silenced voices can be heard to bring the talk of campus rape back to the individuals who are victimized by it.  IHH is always a powerful event, is open to all, and is especially timed following the first weekend of the year. The organizers are always looking for more contributors and readers, so make sure to check out their website here.

When: Tonight, September 15, 9 PM
Where: Chellis House (behind Proctor)
Cost: Free



Are you interested in writing for middbeat, or getting involved in any variety of ways from editing to photography to graphic design? If so, we want to meet you, and probably even be friends. Middbeat is looking for new, committed contributors that can help keep the blog lively, funny, and full of content all year (and into the future). If you’re a fan of the blog and have entertained the idea of getting on board, come by our meeting TONIGHT, at 8pm. We’ll explain everything you need to know about the blog and how you can help. Plus we are fun and nice and have adult refreshments. Remember, middbeat’s survival depends on you guys.

WHAT: middbeat staff meeting, welcoming new contributors
DATE: Tonight, September 14
TIME: 8-9 pm
PLACE: 112 South Main Street, white yellow house
COST: Good energy and good ideas.

We Can’t Stop



A little rain didn’t ruin this copy of last night’s setlist and it certainly won’t ruin it today.
SOS Fest is STILL ON as scheduled TONIGHT.

Bring your beautiful faces and rain boots and come get a free rain poncho!

When: TONIGHT (9/13) at 7 PM
Where: Voter Lawn
Cost: free


Voices From Abroad: Isabelle Stillman ’16 in Nepal


An incredible shot taken in Nepal by this week’s author, Isabelle Stillman ’15

Every year, over 50% of the Middlebury junior class studies abroad, traveling to more than 40 countries and enrolling at more than 90 different programs and universities. If you’re unaware of study abroad percentages at other schools, just know these are crazy high stats. Plus, we’ve got our own Middlebury Schools Abroad in 37 cities in 17 countries, making us a national leader in foreign language and global studies.

BUT, more often than not, we don’t get to hear the real details of our friends’ abroad experiences. Of course we’re all asked “How WAS it?!” about a billion times upon returning, but, due to time, space, and perhaps interest, it becomes pretty customary to respond “Awesome!,” and leave it at that. Truth be told, no 5-month long experience of international immersion is just “Awesome” or “Great”; every individual’s experience is extremely complex, varied, tumultuous at times, and, hopefully rewarding, but in unique and often unexpected ways.

So, this year middbeat’s makin a serious effort to expose honest, detailed accounts of Midd students’ study abroad experiences, while they’re living them. We’re hoping to post stories/descriptions/reflections wrtiten by any and all Midd students abroad, covering as many countries as possible. If you’re interested in submitting a post, definitely contact us at and we’ll set ya up.

For our first post, we’ll be hearing from Isabelle Stillman ’16, an English major from St. Louis who also runs The Orchard Arts Journal at Midd. Isabelle is studying in Kathmandu, Nepal this semester through SIT Study Abroad (a non-Midd owned study abroad many students enjoy). Isabelle’s wrote an incredible snap-shot description of Nepali life based on her experiences just last week. Read and enjoy:

Kathmandu’s streets are lined with open-front shops – sari shops, sweet shops, pet shops (fish only), shampoo shops, packaged biscuit shops, daalbhaat shops – and the keepers, along with an assortment of friends and family members, spend most of the day standing behind the counter or sitting on the stoop, which, in most stretches of road, also functions as a sidewalk and stray dog or cow bed.

Yesterday I walked up the stoop of a pharmacy in search of sleep aid; nothing unusual, I’m just not used to sleeping to the tune of dog fights, neighbors’ Bollywood movies, wounded cats wailing, roosters, and the daily 5 am parade. (Plus, yes, I’m a little overwhelmed, and my brain is slightly unsettled in general.) In the shop, a baby-faced man in a button-down shirt leaned on the counter, which doubled as a plexi-glass medicine case, talking to a cross-armed balding man who sat behind it. The case and the walls were lined with white cardboard boxes of things like “Mydol” and Glucose-D, an instant energy powder that also occupies as many shelves in the supermarket as do the produce and dairy sections combined.

“Namaste,” I said to the bald man. “Tapaaiko aushedhi suTnu chha?” (Boo-yah Nepali.) (What I’m pretty sure this means is “Do you have medicine to sleep?”)


“SuTnu? Sleeping?” I put my palms together, cheekside. “Like, sleeping medicine? Aushedhi? Medicine? Sleeping?”

After a moment of confused stares, the men conferred with each other in Nepali, and when the phrase “sleeping tablets” was used, I jumped in. “Yes, sleeping tablets. Sleeping tablets, do you have those?”

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Hirschfield Film Series: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Hirschfield International Film Series will show the most recent Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis at both and 8 PM at Dana Auditorium.  Inside Llewyn Davis follows the story of a struggling folk musician in pre-Dylan Greenwich village as he navigates through a trouble filled and gloomy reality.  Featuring a star studded cast including John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake backing Oscaar Isaac as Llewyn.  This is the first of the series’ weekly showings of independent and international films, and you can find the full schedule here.

When: Today, 3 PM and 8 PM
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

Students Notice, React to New Public Art

"Youbie Obie," by J. Pindyck Miller '60.

“Youbie Obie,” by J. Pindyck Miller ’60.

If you haven’t noticed the gigantic thing outside Coffrin, we’ve got a new outdoor sculpture at Middlebury College. Next to Coffrin dormitories, and greeting pedestrians on the path leading to Atwater dining hall now lies a giant rust-colored modern art piece titled Youbie Obie, fashioned by Middlebury alumnus J. Pindyck Miller in 1985. As Coffrin resident Morgan Randolph ’17 put it, “Who doesn’t love a piece of rusty metal?”

Several people, in fact, are ambivalent. Midd student Christian Jambora said, “I see it as being a safety hazard because I’m envisioning people walking back drunkenly from Atwater parties and slicing their heads open on the part that’s sticking out between the arch.”

Another student, Michael Brady ’17.5, remarks, “I’ve heard it’s pretty aggressive and I’d have to agree with that; yet when you look at it from different angles, you get different impressions.”

Brady’s poignant comment would likely satisfy the author of Middlebury’s art museum blog. In a recent blog post titled “Steel Yourselves, Here Comes Youbie Obie,” the author enumerated the ways in which the sculpture may become meaningful to students:

"Youbie Obie," by J. Pindyck Miller '60.

“Youbie Obie,” by J. Pindyck Miller ’60.

“To some, it will perhaps become a new meeting point for friends on their way to meals and classes. To others, it may be a symbol of the hard, gate-like trappings of college life. But to all of us, it should serve as a reminder that in our mechanical daily routine here in the Middlebury bubble, we ought to do ourselves a favor to slow down and treasure the little, hidden gems that help to both make and break the ostensibly idyllic perfection of a place we call home.”

To the “gate” interpretation Brady responded, “If it’s a gate, I think it’s opening, but not in the way of inviting. It’s ominous. Perhaps it’s opening to hell. The structures on top coming down look like blades.” Yikes.

“I think it’s phallic!” said another, perhaps confused, perhaps brilliant student of the College.

Despite varying public opinion on the sculpture, the material COR-TEN steel, of which the sculpture consists, has a fascinating history and widespread approval. Also known as “weathering steel,” the material resists corrosion because it develops protective layers of rust as it is exposed to the elements. COR-TEN steel was first used architecturally by Eero Saarinen (the architect of the St. Louis Gateway Arch) in the early 1960s on the John Deere Headquarters in Illinois. Previously, the steel was only used to make coal-carrying railway cars and shipping containers. Today, the material comprises the exterior of Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, which opened in 2012.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

In lieu of the material’s contemporary popularity, Bob Thornton, President of Custom Plate and Profiles stated, “this steel is sexy.”

So spend a little time with Middlebury’s new addition to campus. Just don’t play around it when you are inebriated.


Free Friday Film: Neighbors

neighbors-movieThey’re back. Every Friday evening MCAB will sponsor screenings of blockbuster films that are no longer in theaters but not yet on sale… fo free. The films play in Dana Auditorium which has a huge screen and movie theatre chairs; it’ll feel just like the real deal, except you won’t have dropped a gross amount on tickets and there won’t be obnoxious children sitting next to you. Plus it gets out at 8, so the night shall still be young. What could be better.

This week’s film is Neighbors, described as follows:

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond.

Popcorn’s on you.

Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: nada