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

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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


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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.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO PERFORM. THE WOMP IS NOT LIMITED TO MUSICAL PERFORMANCES.

 

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
Place: 
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

Album Review: Rented World by the Menzingers

Benjamin Savard ’14 writes in with this album review:

After conquering every critic willing to listen with their 2012 masterpiece, On the Impossible Past, the Scranton, Pennsylvania punk band the Menzingers have put out a solid, gratifying follow up fourth album in Rented World.

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Like many listeners, I was not acquainted with the Menzingers until after hearing the hype over their third studio album, On the Impossible Past, which turned me into a life-long fan after the first two songs alone. This made their next album, Rented World, my most anticipated record in years. The album was released earlier today and you can take a listen here.

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They’re Back and They Want Your Blood

The lovely Sarah Fosset ’17 just informed middbeat that the American Red Cross will be back on campus today, and this time they want blood.  Swing by McCullough between 11 and to donate blood, save a life, watch your friends faint, and get free snacks.

Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: McCullough Social Space

Sad or Happy or Meaningful

Middlebury student James Taylor ’14 has made a sort of documentary about live music. Many of the bands featured in this video are from the state of Vermont and from Middlebury’s campus and all interviews were done locally. He hopes that you take a few minutes to watch it. Any criticism in the comments section would be greatly appreciated.