Category Archives: Causes

Venture for America Info Session Friday

So you’re a senior, and you have absolutely no clue what you’re going to be doing next year. Finance and consulting apps have not been submitted. Kinda freakin’ out? Don’t fret, we feel you, and we’ve got an awesome suggestion: Venture for America.

VFA is self described as “A program for young, talented grads to spend two years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward.”

More specifically, VFA’s mission is laid out as follows:

  • To revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.
  • To enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others.
  • To restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk and reward, and the common good.

If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, start-ups, or just innovative and creative strategy at large, it’s absolutely worth stopping by the Venture for America Middlebury Info Session being held THIS FRIDAY. You’ll have the opportunity to learn all about the VFA program and application process, and meet current VFA Fellows Taylor Sundali ’12, Alex Bea ’12 and Astrid Schanz-Garbassi ’12, who’ve spent the last two years as  helping to build companies in Detroit, New Orleans and Las Vegas. For now, learn more about VFA here.

What: VFA Info Session
Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 4:30 – 5:30

Workshop Tomorrow: “Assessing Community Impact”


If you’re passionate about community service and involvement, definitely check out tomorrow’s workshop and talk on assessing community impact. Afi Yellow-Duke ’15 writes in to tell us:

How does your community-connected service, learning, and research impact the community within which you work? What is the impact on you? How do we know when our actions lead to developed capacity – or if they contribute to unintended harm? Our facilitators – Shannon Morrissey and Robert Burack from Break Away: the Alternative Break Connection – will share their assessment framework as they invite you to explore and develop your own. 

Bring your lunch and join us for a one-hour skill builder!

Date: Friday, 10/17
Time: 12:15 – 1:15
Place: Gifford Lecture Hall

American Red Cross Blood Drive TODAY


Today there is an American Red Cross Blood Drive, brought to you by Atwater Commons, taking place in McCullough. This is the first of only two drives that will be held this year, so head over to Wilson Hall (aka the newly renamed Social Space) and give a little of your time and blood to a good cause. Students, faculty and staff can schedule an appointment at, or just walk in between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to make a donation. Now’s the time to get over your squeamishness and save lives!

Date: October 16
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for walk-ins
Place: Wilson Hall, McCullough
Cost: Empathy and goodwill

Social House Information Session

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

In light of recent events and policies, it’s clear there’s significant drama regarding social life at Middlebury. While we all (at least most of us) revel in our campus’ lack of Greek life, social outlets at Midd can feel limited, and, if you’re not in a cappella, sports, improv or the likes, it can be really difficult to meet students in other years. Thankfully, Midd does have some sweet Social Houses, which provide invaluable opportunities to branch out, meet students with similar interests, and feel part of a smaller community.

If you’re interested in joining a social house this year (everyone is welcome!) be sure to check out today’s social house information session/fair in Crossroads Cafe. Kelsey O’Day ’15 writes in to explain the event:

Come to Crossroads at any point from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 8th and meet some of the Social House leadership! Representatives from each Social House (Tavern, The Mill, Chromatic, KDR, and Xenia) will be there. We’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the social house system in general or about a specific social house. Also, this is a great opportunity to get on our email list sowe can invite you to our events throughout the year! This is a *~* non-binding*~* event! AKA you will not be required to sign up to be a member, and can just come hang. Not to mention there’s FREE GRILLE FOOD for attendees and fresh apple cider (yuuuum).

Date: Today, October 8
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe

Tonight: Panel Discussion on Hong Kong

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This evening the Chinese Society and Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs will be hosting a panel discussion with professors and students to examine the ongoing “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong. This is an awesome opportunity to learn more about the historic events currently unfolding from experts and firsthand witnesses alike. If you’re at all curious about the protests that have been splashed across the front page of all newspapers in the past weeks, this panel discussion would be a fantastic place to start.

When: Tonight 6pm
Where: The RAJ conference room
Cost: Nothing… and you’ll get free food!

Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Morning!!!

Lunar Eclipse

Here at middbeat, we’ve always been big fans of the moon.  It brings the ebbs and flows of the tide, makes wolves howl, and makes for romantic walks home from the bar.  It therefore pains us immensely to announce the total eclipse of the moon around 7 AM tomorrow.  For those early risers and sky-watchers out there, this will be a real sight to behold that may not happen again for quite some time.  This could be a good morning for a sunrise hike up Mount Abe, getting on top of your dorm’s roof, sending it to the coast to see the sun rise over the sea, or joining the Aviation Club to get above tomorrow’s expected rain clouds.  As they say, celestial events like this only happen once in a blue moon.  Don’t miss out.

Thanks to Eyal Levy ’14.5 for the tip.

When: 7 AM Wednesday
Where: the sky

Get Your Flu Shot Today in Axinn


If the nasty cold going around that everyone has gotten over the past two weeks and the iminent threat of ebola is any indicator, this could be a nasty flu season.  To prevent that from happening, the Parton Health Center is setting up a flu clinic this afternoon from 4-6 PM in the Axinn by the weeping wall.  Bring $15 in either cash or check form, and if you don’t get the vaccine, godspeed.

When: Today, 4-6 PM
Where: Axinn Lobby
Cost: $15 cash or check

Translingual magazine: now accepting Fall submissions

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Calling all appreciators of foreign languages! Translingual wants YOU to step forward! Submit any piece of writing in any language you want!
Send in any piece of writing you would like poems, stories, cartoons, ANYTHING! As long as you have the original language and its English translation, we welcome them!

Have any pictures from your study abroad, vacation, or home country? Submit!

Be part of Middlebury’s multilingual publication by submitting poetry or prose for the November 2nd deadline.

Send submissions to:

They Can’t Represent Us: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

Middlebury Professor of Sociology Jamie McCallum writes in:

From 2011-2014 we have seen uprisings, movements and moments against an economic crisis and the politics of representation. Kefya! Ya Basta! and Enough! are shouted by millions against an untenable situation – and simultaneously they are met with Democracia Real Ya! and We are the 99%! – powerful affirmations. There have been numerous historical epochs where something massive and “new” sweeps the globe – moments such as the Revolutions and revolts of the mid 1800s, the massive working class struggles of the early 1900s, and the massive political and cultural shifts and anti-colonial struggles of the 1960s, to name only three. We believe we are in another significant historic epoch. This one is marked by an ever-increasing global rejection of representative democracy, and simultaneously a massive coming together of people, not previously organized, using directly democratic forms to begin to reinvent ways of being together.

Marina Sitrin, a visiting scholar at the City University of New York,  addresses the movements in which she has also participated—Occupy Wall Street, Strike Debt and the anti foreclosure groups in the US, the 15M, Mareas and Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca in Spain and in Greece the neighborhood assemblies and autonomous self organized projects, such as the recuperated workplace of Vio.Me and free health clinics. Also discussed will be the movement in Turkey, Brazil and Bosnia.

The event is co-sponsored by Sociology and Anthropology, The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, and Juntos

When: Today, 4:30 PM
Where: Axinn 103
Cost: nada

Border of Lights Vigil for Parsley Massacre in DR & Haiti

unnamedThis Friday, from 8-9 pm there will be an ‘electronic’ vigil just outside McCullough in remembrance of the Parsley Massacre, a government-sponsored genocide that took place in 1937 in which Dominican president Rafael Trujillo ordered the execution of the Haitian population living in the borderlands with Haiti. Though as many as 20,000 people are thought to have been killed at Trujillo’s order, the Parsley Massacre went almost completely unnoticed by those outside Hispaniola, even by thousands of Dominicans kept ignorant by Trujillo’s henchmen. Though this event has been horrendously ignored by our histories, this vigil provides the perfect opportunity to educate ourselves and “honor a tragedy long forgotten, and unknown to many people,” as the international Border of Lights site explains.

For more information on the Parsley Massacre and Border of Lights vigil, be sure to check out this NPR’s article, “Remembering to Never Forget: Dominican Republic’s Parsley Massacre,” featuring audio in which writer, Middlebury professor, Middlebury graduate, Julia Alvarez (daughter of Dominican parents and raised in the DR) reflects on the Parsley Massacre and what it means today.

This vigil is open to the entire community, and we urge everyone to participate.

Date: Friday, October 3
Time: 8-9pm
Place: McCullough Terrace