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My main man James Brown 14.5 and all the film makers on campus invite you to Middlebury’s Fall Film Screening!:
After countless hours spent behind the camera or in front of a
monitor, the students of FMMC production classes will be screening
their final projects. Be the first to witness these great works on the
silver screen over in Dana. Fills up quick so come early!
When: December 4th
Time: 7:30 to 9:30
Where: Dana Auditorium
Thanksgiving is over, finals are fast approaching, and the short-lived comforts of home have been replaced by frequent library visits and lots of shitty coffee. Ignoring the fervor of this inevitably stressful time, Nat Drucker ’14.5 listens to twangy, upbeat country and folk music to keep his spirits up. If you know Nat or have ever seen him around, you can probably attest to the fact that he is one of the most chipper people on our campus.
Nat says that he got interested in this musical genre “totally as a fluke. I ended up rooming with Weyland Joyner, who can absolutely rip on just about any stringed instrument you hand him. I’ve always loved music and wanted to play, so I started played with him and got introduced to bluegrass, folk, country, and southern rock.”
His playlist features a number of contemporary, and more classic, artists within these genres. From bluegrass favorites like Del McCoury and Sam Bush to the enigmatic Townes Van Zandt, with his hauntingly raw and beautiful folk tunes, this playlist is a wonderful pick-me-up to accompany this calm before the storm. Some songs tell a tall-tale, some lament about love lost, and others are just honest melodies. Listen to it in your down time, while working, and everything in between.
Here’s what Nat had to say about his favorite songs on the playlist.
Golden – Dead Man Winter
Dead Man Winter kills it. They’re a side project of the guitarist and lead singer of Trampled by Turtles, Dave Simonett. They’ve done what I think Trampled always needed to do: pull in the sliding twang of country electric guitar and a good old kick-drum. This song’s got a lot of heart and it’s got all the aching guitar and fiddle riffs necessary to deliver it straight to the soul. They’re whole album Bright Lights is a gem.
Crop Comes In – Chatham County Line
Soul. This song’s got it. I feel like that’s all I talk about when it comes to songs that I like. But this song does such a good job of putting into a little jar all of the raw emotion that comes from loving, and sometimes losing. You can open that jar whenever you want.
Rita Ballou – Guy Clark
If you don’t know Guy Clark, get to work. He is the absolute man. His lyrics are top-notch and he always uses just the right amount of instruments to do exactly what he wants. That’s probably because he’s got one of the best voices in music and if you don’t listen to what he’s saying, then you’re missing out. His lyrics have a special rhythm and rhyme to them that act almost as an instrument themselves, as well as passing on an awesome story. This song is a nice balance to some of the other sadder stuff on the playlist: it is a celebration of a wonderful lady, back slidin’ barrel ridin’ Rita Ballou.
Goodbye in Her Eyes - Zac Brown Band
Don’t discount this band just because they’re lumped in with pop country. This song makes me want to cry, the guys in the band do such a good job of conveying what it feels like facing some of your worst fears. It starts off slow and then sort of rages at the end. It’s a great example of music that gets to the heart, at least mine, and hopefully yours. If you enjoy this, check out their whole album “Uncaged”.
If you’d like to share some of your favorite music on middbeat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next week!
It’s nearing the end (one more week!) of a whirlwind of a semester. While most semesters tend to have at least a couple of contentious moments, this semester has seen an exceptional share of controversy. So let’s be like Buzzfeed and make a listicle about it. Here is this middbeat writer’s top controversies of the semester.
Disclaimer: Yes, I have thrown together a clearly subjective list without any sort of methodology.
The honor code has become a center-piece of campus discourse as more and more incidents appear to emerge. Check out this article from the Campus entitled “Cheating: Hardly a Secret” . While the sensationalism could have been toned down a notch, it does a decent job of using anecdotes and incident reports to reveal exactly what its title describes—persistent cheating in the classroom. But you also have to be a bit skeptical of “moral crises” sometimes. Do we really think there is that much more cheating now than ever before? I’m not so sure. That’s why this issue is only number 5 on our list.
4. Homophobic note
This troubling series of events has driven much of the conversation about sexuality and, in particular, the threads of homophobia that remain embedded in our community. This episode was heavily documented by Middbeat and the Campus, so it doesn’t need an explanation here. But it clearly has had a large impact on our community.
3. Professor Wax
This event happened just a couple weeks ago. Professor Amy Wax, a UPenn Law Professor and demographer, gave an incredibly jarring talk to a packed room of students and faculty in Hillcrest entitled ”Diverging Family Structure by Race and Class: Economic, Moral Deregulation, or Something Else?”. She proceeded to give what many of the professors in attendance said was an “un-academic” juxtaposition of data and moral judgments, which inevitably sparked an outpour of discourse about race in America. If you were there, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you weren’t, read Middbeat more.
2. Chance the Rapper
Better known as Chance-Gate, I initially thought that this was the most controversial incident of the semester. It has all the elements: student activism, MCAB incompetence, Adam Benay, homophobia, and more. Beginning with Adam’s now famous letter, the student body was able to work within the rules and galvanize support so that everybody who wanted to see Chance the Rapper got to see him. But then, just as the dust started to settle and everything seemed fine, the lyrics controversy erupted, leading to a discussion panel about the types of acts that we bring to this school. On the one hand, I totally understand the need for our community to address issues like these in a productive way, but I ultimately think that it was a bit overblown. We don’t need the lyrics police to come every time a 20-year-old rapper says something inappropriate in a song.
1. The 9/11 Flag Incident
Is it that obvious? I mean, this got national media attention. Just a simple Google search and dozens of articles come up about this incident. What started out as a bit of misplaced activism, quickly ignited a nationwide outrage. Again, I’m not here to recap, just to listicize. But, I think its pretty clear that this is the most controversial incident of the semester. Everyone was talking about it. At the end of the day, this was just a shitty situation for everyone involved: the College, Shireman-Grabowsski, the Abenaki, and everyone in mourning. If you want to read more, check out the Midd Magazine article about it featuring our fearless leader Ronny Leebz.
Well that wraps up my list of the top 5 controversies of the semester. Leave a comment if you have something to say.
We hope that, despite Winter Storm Boreas, you all have arrived (or are arriving) at your Thanksgiving destinations safely and without too much delay (*high five* everyone who skipped class Tuesday and bounced just in time).
If you want a distraction from all the work you told yourself you would get done over Thanksgiving break, we give you Stephen Colbert.
Also, for anyone staying on campus for Thanksgiving break, here is the dining hall schedule:
The only thing spreading faster than lice on campus is the news of an outbreak. And probably the common cold. Panicked conversations can be overheard in dining halls as students wonder who’s got the bugs. If you don’t read any more, know this: the outbreak isn’t as bad as you think.
It’s easy to avoid. Basically, don’t share things that touch hair (hats, pillows, combs) and avoid direct contact with people who have lice. You learned all this stuff in Kindergarten. For more information on symptoms, treatment, and prevention, see the Center for Disease Control website.
I spoke with Terry Jenny, Nurse and Administrative Director of Parton Health Center. She provided me with the following information, but her main point for students was not to panic. The first case of lice was diagnosed last Friday. Since then, over 90 students have come into Parton for head checks. Although there have been no live louse findings, Jenny told me there have been 15 findings of nits (lice eggs). This is far below the exaggerated numbers being spread through rumors. Many students have been successful in self-diagnosing and treating lice. Of the 80 plus students who went to Parton for head checks today alone, none have had live lice found. Basically, chill out about the lice.
Rumors of hundreds of cases and a quarantine center in Allen are false. I even spoke with one First Year student who told me that at least seven of her friends were falsely diagnosed with lice. With very few actual cases officially reported, the real fear now is fear itself.
Jenny from Parton shared the positive news that, with Thanksgiving break coming up, it is unlikely that the lice will survive for long. As campus empties out, they will have no food sources and probably all die off before we return. Custodial services have been notified of the outbreak and are working hard to clean common spaces where lice is most likely to spread unintentionally.
The once-a-semester Riddim shows need little introduction. These performances are a part of our collective unconscious…they represent a rare coming-together of all sides of campus. Hipsters, bros, biddies, mountain clubbers. We’re all in one place. Sitting. Waiting. The room buzzes with anticipation and road beers.
Then, the lights go out. A primal roar goes up from the inebriated masses. Curtains open. For an hour (two hours? three? we all lose track of time), some of Middlebury’s most talented dancers grace the stage with moves so sexy that it’s all we can do to stop from tearing off all of our clothes.
While the Riddim show itself is reliably amazing, especially to a drunk audience, it has also been a source of great controversy in recent years. First came the advent of assigned seating and private security, apparently in an effort to curb the time-honored traditional rowdiness at the 10:30 show. But in middle school, moving Jimmy and Robbie to different ends of the classroom didn’t make them any less disruptive; they just learned to shoot spitballs farther. Similarly, assigned seating didn’t make the 10:30 any less of a shitshow. We can party long distance.
In response to last year’s seating/ticketing fiasco, the powers-that-be have made a few changes. Ticket sales for this semester’s December 7th shows are now capped at 4 per person. And you don’t have to awkwardly pick your 3 fave friends to sit with, because assigned seating is gone, too! Let the debauchery live on.
Things might have changed, but Riddim ticket sales are still hyped. Even with a cap, these tickets are gonna fly. Don’t miss getting one (or four!)
WOW, what a weekend it has been. Here’s some highlights.
The Cross Country team went to NCAA National Championships in Hanover, Indiana and came home with some trophies. The women took third place overall and the men took seventh. Check out the XCountry website for details on who placed what.
Women’s Soccer beat Misericordia 5-1 yesterday with a hat-trick from Scarlett Kirk ’14. Kirk came through in the clutch once again with a goal in the final seconds of today’s game against Johns Hopkins to send the team to NCAA final four. Read more about the game here. The next game will be against Trinity of Texas in San Antonio on Friday, December 6th.
The Rugby team finally met its match in a hard-fought game against Penn State, with a final score of 34-12. The score was 12-12 at the half, but Penn State came out strong in the second half and the Panthers could not hold them off. Adam Schreiber ’14, starting outside center for the MCRC, summed it up:
We were obviously disappointed with the result, but we gave it everything we had and it was a joy to play in front of such a great crowd.
Women’s Basketball lost to 64-43 to Emmanuel. Men’s Basketball lost 80-69 yesterday to Stevenson and again 81-78 in overtime against St. Mary’s this afternoon.
The Fall Dance Show, “Press/Release,” featured eight magnificent dances choreographed and performed by students. Meredith White ’15 choreographed a psychedelic piece using some big ‘ol hoodies as costumes. She had this to say about the show:
The dance show was a good way to see into what’s been going on in some brains for the past 3 months. Seeing how different all the dances were made me realize how different everyone’s experience of those same 3 months was. I think it’s overall good news to learn that everyone else is crazy too.
Other dances were choreographed by Cameron McKinney, Vempati Chinna Satyam, Sasikala Penumarthi, Isabella Tudisco-Sadacca, Rachel Nuñez, Hai Do, Catherine Cabeen, and Jill Moshman. Get your tickets for the next dance show – Adeline Cleveland and Amy Donahue’s senior thesis show, “Figures of Speech,” on December 5th and 6th.
Last night was the final performance of Pentecost, a fantastic production of the art-history meets tower of babel meets cultural/political conflict play by David Edgar. Read middbeat’s glowing review here. The play starred the newly-redheaded and heavily-accented Tosca Giustini ’15 as Gabriella Pecs, not to mention a whole slew of talented student and professional actors and designers that also contributed. How was it, Tosca?
The language barriers in the rehearsal process necessitated a tight knit group of actors. We became very in tune with each other as an ensemble. Also i did not realize this was a funny play until opening night.
Coming next to a theater near you: Matt Ball’s Senior work in Directing, “Harm’s Way,” by Mac Welman. Get your tickets now.
Last but not least, up-and-coming student band, Fatheads, played two raucous shows in Burlington on Friday and Atwater Suite ACB on Saturday. Eric Benepe ’13.5, Austin Bergeron ’13, and Taylor Bickford ’14 make up the blues trio. Bickford had this to say:
Burlington was cool cause we got to play for a non-midd crowd, and in general i think head-fatness is up statewide.
In a move that is quickly becoming a trend, Public Safety shut down the concert in response to a noise complaint. While the mild-mannered concert goers were forced into silence, an Atwater party across the way raged on long into the night and disillusioned underclassmen wandered around campus in search of something fun to do besides get hammered. Look forward to more on this topic in the future.
Feel free to share your own thoughts about the above events or anything we missed!
Over 150 First Years and Sophomore Febs have signed up for JusTalks in January, but there is still some room. Sign-up by Monday for a really important opportunity!
According to Alex Jackman ’14,
JusTalks is a program focused on having deep dialogue around issues on campus, identity, and privilege. It is an awesome opportunity to connect with students around campus that we may not converse with otherwise.
The sign up will take less than 30 seconds. More info below the jump: Continue reading
Never set foot in the CFA? Haven’t been to a performance in a while? Looking for date ideas? Seize this weekend to get your performance art-viewing on:
1. The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
From the Arts Events Calendar:
Middlebury’s Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble celebrates the wisdom that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” with a program of contemporary jazz compositions and some of the best music of the big band era. Sponsored by the Department of Music.
Date: Tonight, Friday, November 22ns
Place: CFA Concert Hall
2. Fall Dance Concert: “Press/Release”
From the Arts Events Calendar:
This evening of new dance works showcases the choreography of emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomer’s Piece, choreographed this year by Catherine Cabeen. Please join us for a dynamic evening of ideas in motion! Directed by Cabeen in collaboration with the choreographers. Sponsored by the Dance Program.
For more information look here.
Date: November 22–23, Friday–Saturday
Time: 8:00 PM each evening
Place: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
3. Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin
Megan Freivogel, violin
Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
with Kim Kashkashian, viola
From the Arts Events Calendar:
Beloved by Middlebury audiences, the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet is known around the world for blazing, passionate, and energetic performances. Grammy-award-winner Kim Kashkashian is internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola. Together, these artists will wow our Middlebury audience with a performance of Brahms’s sunny String Quintet no. 2 in G Major. The Jupiters also perform Beethoven’s Quartet no. 6 in B-flat Major, op. 18 no. 6; and Quartet no. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free; no tickets required
Date: November 23, Saturday
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
4. Middlebury College Community Chorus
(Okay, this one is in Mead Chapel) From the Arts Events Calendar:
This annual concert celebrating the Thanksgiving season includes the voices of Middlebury College students, staff, and faculty, as well as singers from Addison County and across the lake in New York. Tim Guiles, accompanist. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free
Date: November 24, Sunday
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Mead Memorial Chapel
5. Quinn Bernegger ’14, vocalist Annemieke Spoelstra, piano
Date: November 24, Sunday
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall