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week 4 of photos. theoretically, some of these are beautiful. and but what is theoretical beauty? and what is practical beauty, for that matter? can either the one or the other be said to exist? the moment you apply a criteria of standardization you have given away the floor of your home. you may indicate the misleading exterior, from the road, to a jealous neighbor, or discuss it on talk radio, but best not cross the abyssian threshold. contemporary academic thought relies upon duality, and teaches that if there is no worst there can be no best. and if there is no ugly, no hideous, then there is no opposite either. but what about tripartite, dodecapartite thought ?



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A Night at Two Brothers for the Charter House (featuring Milk Chocolate)

The Middlebury Campus released this  video of Milk Chocolate today as part of the Tinier Desk series, a takeoff of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series in which bands are recorded performing live in the office.  Milk Chocolate has been taking campus by storm recently – don’t miss a chance to hear them play tonight and support the Charter House at Two Brothers Tavern. Brittany Thomas ’14 writes in with the details:

Come down to Two Brothers Lounge to enjoy good food, people and music in support of the Charter House’s food and housing programs. Milk Chocolate will be groovin, wings and dumplings will be ready for eating, and raffle items to Otter Creek Bakery, Storm Cafe, Sweet Cecily, Carol’s Hungry Mind, The Vermont Book Shop (and more) will be awaiting winners! It’ll also be a night to hear stories from Charter House volunteers and residents, and appreciate the work going on next door. All proceeds reduce housing and food insecurity in Addison County – any donation is welcomed and appreciated! 

Date: Tonight, April 24
Time: 7:00 pm til late
Place: Two Brothers Tavern
21+ only after 10 pm (Milk Chocolate will play from 7-9:30)

See the cool hand-drawn event poster below.

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SATURDAY: Run, Forrest, Run!

Click here to sign up to run the annual GlobeMed 5K this Saturday. If you run fast enough, you could leave with a gift card to the Grille or Daily Chocolate in Vergennes. If racing isn’t your thing, don’t let that turn you away! It’s a great opportunity to get outside with friends and start your weekend doing something healthy for your body, and the community. Registration is $15 if you sign up now, and $20 on the day of the race. All proceeds benefit Middlebury’s Partner Organization, Gardens for Health International.

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: Proctor Terrace
Cost: $15 pre-registration/$20 day-of registration

TODAY: Real Food Week Keynote Address


Join EatReal and SGA for the RealFood week Keynote Address, given by Abbey Willard, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Local Foods Administrator! She will be speaking about local food in Vermont, and the roles that institutions, farmers and the state play in encouraging the growth of the local food industry. There will be local food snacks provided by MCOF (Middlebury College Organic Farm).

“I am super excited for this event, EatReal has been planning RealFood week all year, and this talk will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the week this year. Abbey is a phenomenal woman and a captivating speaker. I am excited to hear her ideas about how Middlebury can impact the local food industry here in VT”

-Noah Stone, 16.5

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Hillcrest Orchard

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Wiggity Wiggity WOMP

Come one, come all. It’s Wednesday. Time to WOMP.

This week’s headliner is a student band that will blow your body, soul and mind, Zach Fisher ’16 and Stuart Warren ’17

The Experience Experience is a ”neo-classical experiemental post-modern cyber-groove” band, dedicated to performing a “wholly improvisational musical experience.” Critics have been raving about this band since their formation– which hasn’t even happened yet.

It’s going to be a show of unprecedented magnitude and scope– the entire musical community is anxiously awaiting to experience The Experience Experience. Bring a friend of three and put on your dancing shoes. Let’s WOMP WOMP WOMP!

NOTE:  If you are interested in performing with a band or a group that uses more than just acoustic instruments (like drums, keys or electric bass), send an email to cparrish[at]midd or elevy[at]midd to let them know what your tech requirements will be.



Place: Gamut Room
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9pm

Just a few WOMPs left! Click to see the upcoming schedule.

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Now That’s What I Call A WEEKEND

BadBadNotGood playing at WRMC's Spring Concert, Sepomana

Badbadnotgood playing at WRMC’s Spring Concert, Sepomana

It’s taken me a couple days to come to terms with how awesome this past weekend was, but I would like to share some pictures and video from two awesome music events that happened.  Live music brings people together in a way that not much else can.

Fuck the stage, Dan Deacon was on the dancefloor (with Kate Leib)

Fuck the stage, Dan Deacon was on the dancefloor (with Kate Leib)


On Saturday, WRMC hosted their annual Spring Concert, Sepomana.  This year featured four awesome artists: Dan Deacon, Badbadnotgood, Argonaut & Wasp, and Thank God For Mississippi.  It was an eclectic mix of rocking, rolling, electronic masterpiece, hippy grunge, and much much more.  Huge shoutout to Arnav Adhikari ’16 and Aaron Slater ’16 for putting it together, not to mention everyone else at WRMC who helped make it happen including booking bands, marketing, designing t-shirts, making the poster, and working the door.  (Dan Deacon DJ’d at the Mill after the show, see more pictures below)


On Sunday (420, the Bizarrest of Days), Milk Chocolate and Boat Taxi held a Joint Concert outside of Palmer. After conquering Public Safety’s attempt to shut it down (more on that soon, just know that rock n roll will never die), a jubilant crowd enjoyed more than three hours of reggae and funk. Check out the videos below to see what you missed (or reminisce).

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TODAY: Panel Discussion – Critical Queer Perspectives on Prison Abolition

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Jenny Marks ’14 has the details:

Three renowned activists/scholars, Reina Gossett, Ryan Conrad, and Yasmin Nair are joining us on April 22nd for a panel discussion about incarceration and queer imaginings of justice!

Taking an abolitionist stance against the prison industrial complex, Reina, Ryan, and Yasmin will explore the intersections of state-sponsored violence with queer, trans, and gender non conforming people and communities. Their discussion will expose how hate crimes legislation, often framed as a marker of “progress” for LGBT people, actually expands and reinforces the criminal punishment system. Identifying prisons, policing, and detention centers as sites of perpetual violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, imperialism, and alienation, they locate abolition in a broader practice of breaking down these systems. Their work invites us to consider alternative ways of creating justice and building communities that truly transform, rather than reform, our current social conditions.

Date: Today, April 22
Time: 4:30 pm
Axinn 229

Snacks & refreshments will be provided. Access note: the room is ramp accessible from the front entrance of Axinn (Old Chapel Rd); elevator accessible from back entrance (Route 30). One of the speakers will be on Skype. (Thanks for including this information, Jenny. We are rarely explicit about accessibility at Midd.)

If you’d like to take part in a student dinner with these folks tonight, email jmarks[at]middlebury[dot]edu to RSVP before it’s too late!

Read more about the speakers and see the full flyer below.

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Inside the Military Rape Case: An Evening with Susan Burke, Lead Counsel

Sexual assault in the military has been widely publicized over the past few years thanks to the courage of many military survivors who came forward to tell their stories in the groundbreaking documentary, “The Invisible War,” and to seek justice and reform through a series of lawsuits aiming to change the way the military prosecutes rape. This being said, for far too long the military sexual assault culture went unnoticed – a terrifyingly well-kept secret.

Today, we have the privilege to join Susan Burke, lead counsel on the case, for an informative discussion on rape and sexual assault in our society, how a culture of secrecy, shame and intimidation impacts colleges campuses and other institutions throughout the country, and how victims can be their own advocates for change. Hope to see you there.

Date: Today, April 22
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216