Category Archives: Dating/Love

Let’s Start the Conversation: A Story-Telling Event on Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Wellness at Middlebury College

Body image poster (2)

This February, middbeat published an article regarding body image at Middlebury, which served as the starting point for an initiative to begin conversing about and improving the often negatively influential body comparison culture at Middlebury. We requested students submit reflections on their experience with body image issues at Middlebury, and these reflections, stories, poems, etc. were to then serve as the material read at a body image themed story-telling event this spring.

To say the least, we were blown away by the numerous submissions we received, and are proud to announce that the event, titled Let’s Start the Conversation: A Story-Telling Event on Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Wellness at Middlebury College will be taking place this Thursday, April 17. At this event, a collection of the student-submitted reflections will be read aloud anonymously (unless otherwise claimed) by other students in a story-telling format. 

We hope this event will not serve as an isolated experience, but rather as the start of a continuous, productive conversation.

The mission of this project is to spark meaningful conversation and raise awareness about body image and eating disorders on campus, both prescient topics that are too often unaddressed or spoken about only behind closed doors. This event aims to build solidarity, reveal that body image, eating disorders, and obsessive fitness habits are highly significant challenges that male and female Middlebury students face, and begin discussing how we can better address these issues on campus.

We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7-9 PM, will start promptly (be sure to check out the Moth after!)
Place: Gamut Room
Cost: Free



Last night’s Thank God For Mississippi x Milk Chocolate show was dope as fuh. And if you’re in the mood to keep vibing you’re in luck, because there is an unbelievable lineup TONIGHT in the Hepburn Zoo.  PULSE, a percussion group from Skidmore, makes their much anticipated return to Middlebury, after absolutely killing it in the Zoo last April.  They will be followed by two of the realest Funk acts you will ever see, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, lead singer of frequent Middlebury visitors Mokaad, and the always untouchable EMEFE.  It will be an awesome night of performances by a gang of artists who have all put on stellar shows at Midd in the past. Party should start around 9 o’clock.

The organizers of this event write in:

Come dance your asses off in unrestrained funkiness and percussive ecstasy. EMEFE is New York’s finest Afro-beat act, sure to get you grooving. Opening for them is Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who is the Latino incarnation of James Brown, D’angelo, and James Blake. 
Kicking off the show will be the explosive percussive experience that is Pulse.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Where: Hepburn Zoo
When: 9 PM
Cost: Free

middbeat BEATS – Spring Romance

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 10.57.52 PM

Avani Pisapati ’15 in the flesh

This week’s middbeat BEATS’ playlist comes from one of my favorite beings at this school, Avani Pisapati ’15. I could list a hundred reasons why she’s such a gem, but it’s much more than the little quirks of her personality that makes her special: it is her “ness”, her presence, her aura of euphoria and curiosity that always me pull into a child-like, carefree state. I’ve spent many a night with Avani listening to music, sitting side-by-side cross-legged without speaking, absorbing the sounds around us. She’s the girl who convinced me (after many months of tense conversations) that Taylor Swift was a talented songwriter and performer, she dances as much as she can fit into a normal day, so I asked her send me a playlist. She writes in:

Lately I’ve been thinking about romance. A wise person once told me the key to having the best relationship with another human is having three things: good sex, friendship, and romance. We know when we have good sex; it’s physically detectable as long as we don’t ignore our bodies. Friendship is familiar: good conversations, common interests, sticking around. But romance is different. Romance is subtle. It chooses us. Not the other way around. It’s bigness. It’s gentle. This spring break was romantic. I was home and the music filled me. This is my spring romance playlist. 10 songs. Starred are the extra good finds.

Download the playlist here, light some candles, and get ready to “explode or implode” ladies and gents.

Click after the jump to see what Avani had to say about her songs on the playlist. 

Continue reading

Get Tics for Dolci Tonight @ 9


Tonight’s Menu

If you haven’t heard, Atwater Dining Hall becomes a student-run restaurant on three Friday evenings each Month.  The Head Chef of Dolci this week is Tony Shu ’14, bringing us a gourmet New York themed meal FOR FREE.

As you can imagine, there are a limited number of tickets available so getting on is very competitive. To enter the ticket lottery, sign up online tonight at 9 pm sharp.  To clarify, tickets are available tonight, the dinner itself is FRIDAY.  

From the organizers: If you sign up within the first 2 minutes your name will be entered into a lottery. If you get tickets, you will hear from us with 24 hours. If not, better luck next time. Remember that if you get tickets, they must be used – it’s really not fun to leave seat empty.

From me: Perfect opportunity for a first date.  Low pressure situation, free, delicious, and memorable.  If you are lucky enough to get tickets, you’ll get two!

Artist of the Week: Cherub

Cherub is nu disco, cherub is electro sex pop, and in honor of their BLOW’d tour kicking off this past weekend, Cherub is our Artist of the Week. The Nashville-based duo, comprised of lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Kelley, and producer/guitarist/vocalist Jason Huber, met while attending Middle Tennessee State University. Since 2011 they have released 4 EPs, all recorded with the Boulder label Elm & Oak; Man of the Hour, MoM & DaD, 100 Bottles, and Antipasto. This latest 4 track offers a peek at their highly anticipated debut LP; Year of the Caprese.

In a recent interview with the music blog Ones to Watch, Kelley described their sound as “Chocolate strawberries and vanilla smoothies”. Addictive guitar riffs, frustratingly catchy hooks, Kelley’s smooth falsetto, and Huber’s complementing harmonies are at the core of their inviting sound. Blend that with some tube driving and synthesizing, and you have instant sex appeal. The results range from bangers like the viral anthem Doses & Mimosas, to lyrical guitar driven ballads like Where We Should Be.

Cherub is not just a DJ act, but a crafty live production. On Tuesday, April 1st the BLOW’d tour is making a stop at South Burlington’s own Higher Ground, so plan on cranking that paper out Monday night, swapping that Wednesday morning presentation date, and then click here to get your tickets to a great time (only $13!!).

One of my favorite songs off the EP MoM & DaD

..and when you still can’t get enough Cherub


Improv Audition Week


Middlebrow Improv Comedy and the Otter Nonsense Players will be holding auditions all this week, and both groups are eager to see the hilarity that’s out there amongst the student body.  Here’s the schedule:

Middlebrow: Monday OR Tuesday, 4:30, Axinn 219
Otters: Wednesday OR Thursday, 4:30, Gifford Annex

It is important to note that you need only go to one day for either group.  So you could do Brow Monday and Otters Thursday, par examplé.  It’s also important to note that NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY; in fact, most current members of the two improv groups had never done improv comedy, or ever even made somebody laugh, before getting to Middlebury.  So please, come, it’s a lot of fun.

The Meaning of the Masks: Dance Company of Middlebury


This Friday and Saturday at 8 PM (with a 3 PM matinee Saturday) the Dance Company of Middlebury will be performing their new piece “The Meaning of the Masks” in the CFA.  Under the direction of the much beloved Prof. Christal Brown, the performance will feature a wide array of styles, from Japanese Butoh, Trinidad and Tobago(an?) carnival dance, and modern choreography.  Some of your friends who may be performing are: Hai Do ’14, Amy Donahue ’13.5, Cameron McKinney ’14, Jill Moshman ’14, Rachel Nuñez ’14, Isabella Tudisco-Sadacca 13.5, and Chelsea Chuyou Wang ’16.  See after the jump for more detes, and add this to your list of things to do over carnival weekend.

Continue reading


Browlife 2

Middlebrow will be having their first show of the semester, tonight at 10:30 in the Abernethy Room.  The 5 person improv group is fresh off a Feb break tour on which they hit 4 colleges, as well as an Autozone in New Haven, CT.  The show, titled “LIFE“, is going to be the Brow’s first Middlebury show since graduating legendary members Tom Califra and Cailey Cron.  Matt Ball ’14, on starting a new chapter in the group’s history, “Who?  Tom who?  Carrey who?  It’s Ball’s time now baby.”  Come through for a good old time, hilarity, and some shit that HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE and WILL NEVER BE DONE AGAIN.

Where: Abernethy Room in Axinn Center at Starr Library
When: 10:30
Cost:  n/a

Perfect Girls: A Talk by Courtney Martin


This Wednesday at 7:00 PM in McCullough, 2010 TEDWomen Conference speaker, cultural critic, blogger, activist, and feminist Courtney Martin, will give a talk entitled “Perfect Girls” regarding body image and anxiety issues in today’s collegiate female population.  A topic middbeat has taken great interest in through professla’s post on body image at Midd, this promises to be an engaging, insightful talk from one of the foremost young writers of our time. Elli Itin ’16 writes in:

Award-Winning author Courtney E. Martin will explore how young women today have come to dangerously define success as “effortless perfection.” Drawing on her critically-acclaimed book– Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters– she will argue that disordered eating, food and fitness obsession, and anxiety disorders have become normalized among today’s college women. Further, she will sound a call to action to all women on the Middlebury campus to stop settling for self hate and start changing the world. Presented by Feminist Action, with support from Athletics, The English Department, The Program in GSFS, MCAB, and The Chellis House.

“How a generation was told they could do anything, and somehow heard they had to do everything.” – Courtney Martin

When: Wednesday, Feb. 19 7:00 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: Free
Middbeat Stamp of Approval?: Big time