This is a continuation of yesterday’s feature on a pamphlet created by Middlebury student activists call the Middlebury Disorientation Guide. Today’s post features an introduction to some of the most vibrant pieces of current student activism on campus, as well as advice for saving money, and avenues of expression and support for the LGBTQ community. See after the jump for this second installation, and find the full guide here.
Are you thoughtful? Extraordinarily talented? Feeling inspired and/or reasonably confident? Apply for the TEDx Student Speaker Competition by submitting your talk title and brief summary (150 words, to be exact) to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 23rd. The winner will give a five-minute speech at the student speaker competition, and be featured and filmed as a speaker for TEDx Middlebury’s main conference. Apply and enlighten us!
When: Submit your proposed talk to email@example.com by September 23rd
Where: The internet
Cost: Courage and imagination
Discussion about the new ban on alcohol at Middlebury football tailgates has caused community wide discussion about drinking culture, school spirit, collective Middlebury identity, fundtraising,and the role of the administration in regulating college social life. This piece, written by a frequent middbeat contributor, puts the wide range of opinions into perspective in an effort to focus the discussion its core elements of social liberty, administration-student relations, and creating a healthy social environment at the school. Please continue to comment and share your thoughts as this discussion matures.
When this writer last checked the SGA’s We the Middkids website, the petition to make Reverse Changes to the New Tailgating Policy had 2,231 votes. While there are a variety of things that this statistic may be symptomatic of, it definitely does a good job of showing the amount of people that have come together to rally against this, and how. With the slew of emails, Middbeat posts, Facebook updates and angry Proctor conversations that have been centered around the recent decision made by the administration, it is evident that this has become a hot topic for the student body here at Middlebury, and there are many people both for and against the changes with many extremely valid opinions.
Yet, the scale of this unrest provokes the need to ask a simple question: Why is this so important to our community?
The award-winning Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, is the featured performer of the 2014 Clifford Symposium. Spooky is known for creating music with a combination of digital and conventional techniques and for collaborating with well known artists. He incorporates violin solos, as well as iPad-made music into his lecture and video representation of climate change and its effects of the Arctic poles. As the author of Of Water and Ice, and The Book of Ice, Miller takes a new perspective on the issues concerning climate change that many are so familier with already. His knowledge of the algorithms that make up the geometry of ice crystals are interpreted through the music he produces to create unforgettable and intellectual performances. Get hyped!
When: September, 19 2014
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough
A personal favorite Midd event, The Moth, is back. If you’ve never heard of The Moth, it’s a stress-free non-fiction story telling environment where all are welcome and honesty is a must. At this Thursday’s Moth all will gather in a dim-light, cozy Gamut setting for five pre-designated Midd storytellers (featuring students and a professor), speaking on a pre-selected theme. The theme of the story slam will be ”Guts”, and there are only two rules: 1. It must be true, and about you. 2. No notes. Moth host Luke Greenway ’15 tells us that “Stories might range from daring escapades to hard-hitting punches to the gut, or from disembowelment to the inner working of things.”
Storytellers include Professor Jamie McCallum, Adam Milano ’15, Ilana Gratch ’16.5, Staci Hill ’15, Kendall Wycoff ’14.5, and Emilie Seavey ’18.
DATE: Tonight, 9/18
PLACE: Gamut Room, Gifford Basement
Importantly, contrary to many Midd students belief, the Moth did not started here, and is not just a “Middlebury thing.” The Moth is an “acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.” The first Moth storytelling event was held in New York City in 1997, and the event is now held regularly in numerous cities (INCLUDING BURLINGTON!!!) nationwide and globally. Additionally, tune into NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour (or podcasts), which features The Moth’s most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. This series debuted in 2009 and is now airing on more than 200 stations nationwide. Learn more about the official Moth organization here, and be sure to take part in Midd’s fantastic part of the project tonight at 9:30 PM.
Week 2 of the Series
Are you an environmentalist, tree hugger, or registered member of the Green Party? If you fall into any one of these categories, or just want to kick back in Hillcrest’s gorgeous Orchard Room after a heavy Proctor lunch, come sit in on the Howard E. Woodin Colloquium Series today at 12:30, and learn about the effects of human plastic waste in ocean ecosystems. Professor Erik Zettler of the Sea Education Association will give a talk entitled “Life in the Plastisphere: The Ecology of Plastic Marine Debris.”
Time: 12:30-1:20 P.M.
Place: The Orchard at Hillcrest (Room 103)
Cost: Just your brain
This friday, starting at 6 PM at the Dana Auditorium, what always seems to be the inappropriately early return of Christmas cheer is seeing an even earlier arrival than ever before. Along with the searingly cheery music, the tritely themed films pontificating about the importance of family, the lurid house decorations, and all the other forms of gross holiday paraphernalia that entail the coming of December 25th, Middlebury College has decided to play it’s part in the exceedingly long pre-season warm-up for this year’s Christmas.
For better or worse, one of the few Christmas films to poke a little fun at our country’s obsession with this great holiday, the 2003 Will Ferrell film Elf , is here for this week’s Free Friday Film! This will make a nice addition to this year’s movie screenings our college provides for our weekly entertainment, following the melancholy Cohen Brother Film, Inside Lewin Davis, and the odd collaboration of Zach Efron and Seth Rogen that made up this summer’s hit comedy, Neighbors.
All cynicism aside, if you’ve watched the film every year since 2003, never seen it before, or are harboring some bitter anti-holiday sentiments, make sure to come out and enjoy the show. After all, there’s only three months to go!
Where: Friday, September 19th, 6-8 PM
Where: Dana Auditorium