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Photo Gallery: Midd Kids Join People’s Climate March in NYC


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On Sunday, Sept. 2014, an estimated 311,00 people filled the streets of mid-Manhattan to “demand action on climate change”  by participating in the People’s Climate March. According to last week’s edition of the The Campus, about 120 Middlebury students went to NYC to join in the demonstration. Here are some photos of the event and a handful of the Midd kids who took part, collected by Marnie Klein ’17.5, a lovely middbeat contributor who attended this march.

MAlt October Break Service Trip Application Due September 30!


Merck Forest and Farm Center, location of the 2014 October MAlt trip

Love community service? Trying to spend your October break productively, surrounded by the beautiful Vermont fall foliage, rather than on your parents’ couch? The Middlebury Alternative October Break (MAlt) Trip might be perfect for you! The application deadline is September 30, so be sure to read up and apply at go/malt if you’re interested (no prior service experience necessary).

For those who have never heard of MAlt, here’s some info from their site: “MAlt is Middlebury’s alternative break program. Each year, students design and plan six trips during February Break (national and international destinations) and one Vermont-based trip during Fall and Spring Breaks. The goal of the trips is to engage Middlebury students with communities across the nation and the globe in order to share an experience, provide service where service is needed, and learn about the systems that shape community realities around the world.”

MAlt Finance Chair Maya Neria ’15 writes in to tell us about the upcoming October break trip:

Join us for the seventh annual October Mini-MAlt break trip to breathtakingly beautiful Merck Forest & Farmland Center in southern Vermont at the height of the foliage season. Merck Forest’s mission is to teach and demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland. Past work has included trail maintenance in the forest, helping with the harvest, and pruning trees. We will be sleeping in a lean-to and cooking together as a group in fall temperatures ranging from 40-60 degrees during the day and 30-50 degrees at night. It’s about a two-mile hike into the site.

We’ll depart Saturday, October 11 at 8 am and return late afternoon on Monday, Oct. 13. Camping gear can be provided!

Applications for the 2014 October Break Malt trip are available at GO/MALT. The trip will cost $30 per person, and financial aid is available if necessary. If you’ve got any questions, Contact the MAlt Exec board, or Malt Advisor Ashley Laux,

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 30th to MAlt Exec Board via email at You will be notified by October 2nd of your acceptance.

Middlebury Disorientation Guide pt. 3: Mental Health and Sexual Assault, College Finance, Privilege, and Recommended Classes

This is the third and final portion of the “Middlebury Disorientation Guide” that will be published on middbeat.  This portion covers the topics of Mental Health and Sexual Assault resources on Campus  Make sure to also check out Beyond the Green’s coverage of the pamphlet, and continue to comment and reach out to get involved with the campaigns and ideas the authors have put forth.  Again, you can get in touch with the student activists behind the pamphlet at, and find the whole guide here.

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JusTalks 2015 needs YOUR Support!


Middlebury will host its 3rd Annual JusTalks event on January 10th, 2015!

JusTalks is a one-day J-term event for first-years and sophomore Febs dedicated to communication, personal discourse, and self-analysis. We will engage in dialogue related to different aspects of identity including, but not limited to, gender, race, class, age, disability, and sexual identity. There is a pressing need for these discussions, but there are few spaces on campus in which to carry them out. JusTalks aims to provide a safe space for students to grapple with these issues. Created and organized by students, it is a chance for all first-years in their first J-Term to think about their own identities and the identities of the 2,500 other Middlebury students we walk past every day.

Think this is something the Campus needs? Get involved!

We are looking for first-year and sophomore-feb to participate and sophomore/junior/senior (fens included) as facilitators. Visit our website (go/justalks) for a complete description of ways you can help out!

Voices From Abroad: Katie Baughman ’16, Russia


Irkutsk, Russia


For middbeat’s second installment of “Voices From Abroad,” we will be hearing from Katie Baughman ’16, who is studying in Russia this semester. Katie is a junior International Global Studies major with a focus in Russia, and is studying at Irkutsk State University, in Irkutsk, Russia with Middlebury Schools Abroad for an entire year. At Irkutsk, Katie will be studying Russian Oral Tradition, Linguistics and Classical Literature. Katie tells us she chose “Russia for a more pure immersion experience and to be closer to nature.” Plus, she’s used to the cold. Katie’s writing is inventive, unique, and thoroughly grounded in her Russian experience so far, integrating many native terms. Read up, and be sure to check the term glossary at the end for further clarification:

Self exile, I called it. One year in Siberia, bowing down to the great gods of Winter and Grammar, wearing my unti and mask to keep out the cold and the coldness of passerby here. You can imagine it.

But of course it’s not like that here. It’s warm inside the marchrutka bus, the citizens crammed in like a temporary family, on their way somewhere in the minivan. Step out of the thronging crowd and the crawling trolleys and the everywhere ads and see that there’s a man, standing in the river, waiting for the fish to come to him. Then back in: walk up a blue concrete walk-up in a trash strewn street and step into an apartment – warm food, warm light and love.

Some streets are named after revolutions, some after artists. The main one is lined with golden-age literary facades and rust and circuses, the tourists following the Green Line to the landmarks and the Irkutyani following their own well-worn route to the market to buy fruit and meat for the boiling.

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Shelburne Farms 36th Annual Harvest Festival – Tomorrow!

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If you’re looking to get away from campus tomorrow and enjoy the fast-approaching autumn, look no further than the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival. The festival  will include full-day live music and entertainment (schedule can be found at, opportunities to meet local craftspeople and try your hand at their art,  a huge variety of incredible seasonal local foods, AND much more. Trust us when we say their fire-grilled corn on the cob is to die for – and if you’re brave you can even test out the maple lemonade!

  • Date: Saturday, September 20th
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • PlaceShelburne Farms – Farm Barn, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne VT
  • Cost: $10 for adults (yes we’re adults)



Exciting Workshop Opportunity: Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed


Enjoy Theater?

Want to learn something new?

Interested in doing something different with your Sundays?

Akhila Khanna ’17 and Alexander Burnett ’16 are running a workshop on the Theater of Augusto Boal, and it’s sure to be a fabulous, enriching experience. Akhila writes in:

Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ Workshop is grounded in the works of theater practitioner and political activist – Augusto Boal. Every week students attend the workshop and warm up together using Boal’s movement techniques. Boal’s exercises focus on strengthening one’s imagination, physical freedom and ensemble collaboration.  During the course of the workshop students will understand concepts such as “the oppressor and oppressed’ (central to Boal’s work) and will work on creating image theatre pieces on social issues that they feel strongly about. The sessions take place every Sunday from 1 pm to 2 pm in room 232 at the CFA. All students are welcome to join any time and no previous theatre experience is required! Students should be prepared to move and get out of their heads!

What: Awesomeness, movement and theater
When: Every Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Where: CFA Room 232
Cost: FREE!

Fight For Our Right (to party). Then Fight For Our Other Rights too.

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?

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Middlebury Disorientation Guide: Introduction and a People’s History of Middlebury College

Adjusting to Middlebury can be tough.  Hordes of new faces, an unceasing schedule, getting used to dorm life, going to your first round of parties, making friends, finding the student groups you want to join; the first couple weeks of college are universally as stressful as they are exciting.  While the transition is difficult for all, it can be particularly difficult for those coming from backgrounds different from the elite setting Middlebury presents.  If you’re one who feels this way, that your discomfort and difficulty transitioning to the college goes beyond the superficial mania of newness, and instead extends into your class, racial, cultural background, gender, or sexual orientation, a group of student activists on campus has compiled a polemic “Disorientation Guide” aimed to contextualize these structural inequalities many students face at Middlebury and offer support.  The authors write:

This guide is a working­ document written by a fluid collective of students committed to organizing, educating, learning, and building a transformative community. As students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, we critically examine Middlebury College as an institution and seek to honor it as a community of students, faculty, and staff with a long history of resistance to injustice. We’ve been part of many efforts to change this private college, which does not fit into our ideal of free education available to all. Some of our efforts have been through institutional channels, and others have not. We feel that no matter what methods people choose,it is important to know what has been done before and what is possible when we are organized. We think we can transform this place, or at least throw a wrench in the charge towards corporatization and white fantasy-hetero-sexist-­bleakification. This guide is a small effort to ask you to join us, or join with someone else, get creative, don’t wear salmon colored shorts, and if you feel like you have to sell your soul, don’t sell it to the wrong people.  If you want to get in touch, contact disorientmiddATgmailDOTcom.

You can find the rest of the guide after the jump.  Feel free to comment and discuss below, and get in touch with the authors at disorientmiddATgmailDOTcom.

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Ferguson Teach-In this Afternoon

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been following the protests, rioting, and dialogue surrounding the events in Ferguson, MO where an unarmed, Black 18 year old Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.  The tragedy has sparked a nationwide debate about racial inequality, police militarization, and social justice, and is perhaps the most significant domestic discussion the nation has had in recent years.  While it is easy to forget that the discussion continues outside of the Middlebury bubble, a group of professors, administrators, and student organizations have organized a teach-in to continue this dialogue on campus. Roberto Lint-Sagarena, director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, writes:

Im writing to extend an invitation to a CCSRE Teach in on events in Ferguson, MO this Wednesday the 17th at 4:30-6:00 in Axinn 103. The structure of the event will be fairly informal – We will cover some information that helps to contextualize up front and then hold an open discussion for members of the Middlebury community. This event came together quickly in the first week of the semester so please forgive the rather sudden notification. I hope you can make it for even a part of our conversation. Word has gone out to a number of student organizations so we are looking forward to a good turn out.

Hope to see you there.

When: Wednesday, September 17 4:30-6:00
Where: Axinn 103
Cost: N/A