Now, everyone knows the traditional GO links, such as go/mail and go/noms, but those have purposes—and who wants to actually be productive? After months of stumbling upon random links and conducting some intense research, I have found what I believe are the best GO links on this campus. These links, not the ones that let us use Papercut or tell us where to find Midcat, are what make the GOtionary and the whole GO system so ridiculously entertaining. These links are easy to make, which is probably why there are so many absurd ones out there. Check out my top 10 below.
Current students might not realize that this College was once dominated by Fraternities until they were abolished in the late 1980s. National attention has focused on Fraternity culture recently, with a big piece in The Atlantic and an article in this week’s Newsweek that prominently features Middlebury College: “Inside the Colleges that Killed Frats for Good.” I recommend reading the entire piece, but if you need convincing, here is the first paragraph:
A crudely battered female mannequin dangled from a Middlebury College frat balcony in early May of 1988. Doused in blood-tinted paint and flashing a sexually charged slur, the gross spectacle appeared during a toga party at Delta Upsilon, the jock fraternity — and there it remained the following day, an ugly blight on the Vermont college’s idyllic campus, until a dean intervened. Students gawked but mostly carried on. It was the school’s small group of feminists who alerted the news crews up north in Burlington.
The article delves into the process and outcomes of abolishing fraternities on campus. It may be interesting to consider our past when evaluating the present social scene. Many current social houses were once Fraternities and there still exist some secret societies. Although the absence of disrespect and destructive behavior as described in the article is certainly good, I often think that our campus lacks the sense of camaraderie and vibrancy that perhaps goes along with the existence of strong social groups. Maybe it’s a case of the grass being greener on the other side. I definitely don’t know what it was like here in the 80s.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this below and look forward to some more about the history of Frats here soon.
This sandwich is appropriately named because Proctor only serves lox a few times a year and they’re gone when you blink. Ben Harris ’16 put together this monster sandwich, and we hope Proc serves lox in the near future so we can try this one out!
Let’s unpack that:
spinach and mushroom omelet
How to: Toast your bagel. Pile a Proctor omelet and lox to your fancy. Dig in and enjoy.
Killing it, Ben!
Submit your own recipes to the Proctor Doctor (nomnommidd[at]gmail[dot]com) or to the brand new menu and recipe hub MIDDBITES.
Didn’t know about this event till 5 minutes ago but I’m going to try to make it. What a name for a lecture… Its happening in 30 minutes, so..
-“Feelin’ Feminism: Black Women’s Art as Feminist Thought” is a project in academic prose that explores the feminist dimensions of feeling, emotion, and experience in Black women’s art. It contends that the systems of racism, sexism, and homophobia are felt in the body, mind, and spirit and that resistance to these systems must be felt as well.
-I developed patient. from a series of watercolors that I was working on in the healing process of a surgery where my left ovary had to be removed. These water-colors were influenced by the work of artists in the service of science and medicine who painted portraits of Native American and African peoples, and bisected women’s torsos for the purpose of study.
When: 1230 – 130 pm.
Where: Axinn 229.
The talk is called Picturing the World: American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1960 and is presented byStephen Hornsby Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine.
Hornsby recently presented this paper at the AAG with this as the abstract:
This paper has three aims: first, to survey and account for the remarkable upsurge in popular cartography in the United States in the early twentieth century, which culminated in a uniquely American way of depicting the globe during the Second World War; second, to challenge the prevailing association between power and maps that has dominated the history of cartography for the past two decades; and finally, to argue that our current ideas about what a map is needs to be radically reconsidered in light of American populist cartography.
When: Today 4:30pm
Where: Bihall 104
So now you know that it’s happening. Professor Anne Knowles says: What you may not know is that pictorial maps are full of surprises, wit, cultural significance, and historical meaning. The maps themselves are amazing.
(if you liked that map check it out in high quality)
This morning Alpenglow released their first official music video on their website and Vimeo. The video was shot this fall just off campus in Cornwall at Windfall Orchards by Midd alums Paul Rosenfeld ’12.5 and Ethan Wolf-Mann ’12. Rosenfeld also shot Alpenglow’s “Solitude” live video in Mead Chapel two years ago. Those who were there this fall know that it could not have been a more beautiful, crisp, end-of-autumn day, with the wind blowing softly as Alpenglow played one of their more ethereal tracks, “Catskills.” The video captures the beauty of their music in the setting that it often harkens back to, the rural New England landscape. It’s truly a stunning video from one of Midd’s most beloved bands.
Although I wasn’t able to make it to Cal Newport’s talk about the “cult of overwork” present in college life, I was fortunate enough to run into my buddy Hudson Cavanagh ’14 who came back from Dana with two books in hand and glowing reviews. Hudson, in fact, was so stoked he agreed to write a recap and reflection on what sounds like a memorable evening. Dana was jam packed last night, and I doubt everyone shared the same opinion of Cal. However, as always, middbeat hopes to create some discussion about the event, and Hudson’s piece should serve as a good starting point:
I imagine many of the students who packed Dana last night were skeptical of Cal Newport’s claim that he might help us escape the “Cult of Overwork.” Personally, I was anxious that I might waste valuable thesis-procrastination time. To me, the whole idea sounded like a “get rich quick” scheme that might occupy an episode of Its Always Sunny. I almost tuned out when he tried to explain his concept in the form of a Cartesian plane…
Summer in Vermont is pretty incredible, as you can see from the above video from last year’s reunion. Here’s an opportunity to get paid to be in Middlebury for the weekend of June 6 -8. Here’s some more info from Jackie Breckenridge ’14:
For one weekend each year, alumni come back to campus to reunite with their classmates and remember the years they spent together at Middlebury. Reliable, outgoing, and hard working students will be chosen to represent the student body in assisting with Reunion events and hanging out with alums throughout the weekend. Reunion presents a unique opportunity to interact with people from tons of different backgrounds who all started out as MiddKids.
Apply online and set up an interview by emailing jbreckenridge[at]middlebury[dot]edu
That I should listen to my mother.
If you missed Cal Newport’s talk, titled “Escaping the Cult of Overwork”, this Monday night, fear not. I’m here to spread the secret to stress-busting, according to Cal.