For those of you on campus this coming Labor Day weekend, make sure to check out the Vermont Workers’ Center’s Labor Day Celebration on Monday, September 1, starting at 5:00 PM on the Town Green. Sen. Bernie Sanders along with other Vermont labor leaders will speak at 5:30 following a cook out and live music from the Bob Mackenzie Band. It has been a big year for labor in Vermont, between the CCTA strike this past spring, an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 over the next 3 years, and Vermont homecare workers winning their first contract, just to name a few among many landmark events. And what better way to celebrate than with the much loved Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has hinted at providing a challenge from the left in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, and has a long history of fighting on behalf of labor in his home state as well as the national stage. The event is co-sponsored by Vermont Workers’ Center, UE, Vermont AFL-CIO, Vermont NEA, VT State Employees Association (VSEA). Hope to see you there.
When: Monday, September 1 5:00 PM food and band, 5:30 speakers
Where: Middlebury Town Green
Maisie Ogata and Alex Russo, two very talented studio art majors, will be presenting their senior work tonight. Expect performance, video, and sculpture.
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Time: 6:30 PM (Performance at 7)
Mzwakithi Prestige Shongwe ’16 writes in:
This Saturday from 11pm to 1am in Crossroads, PrestiDJ (experimental DJ name) will be playing music from the US Westcoast’s Compton, Nigeria’s Lagos all the way to Tokyo in a festive party event that celebrates diversity and good party music. If you’re tired of party-hopping in the rain, come and party your heart out on the dancefloor. Y’all know this will be a good one.
Date: Saturday, May 17
Time: 11:00 PM – 1:15 AM
Greta Neabauer ’14.5 wants you to know:
Tomorrow at 10am the U.S. Secretary of Energy and some VT hot shots will be in Wilson Hall, formerly McCullough Social Space, talking energy and climate change.
These men are not the worst as far as politicians go, but they are certainly not the best. Going to this summit matters because while VT’s Governor, Secretary Moniz and Ron Liebowitz pat each other on the back for all their progress, they also largely subscribe to an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that includes fracking. Fracking is not a bridge to a clean energy future and certainly not something we should support if we take climate change seriously. Check this out if you still need convincing.
So come and listen and ask questions. And, if you want to join a few of us in asking for real action, find someone with an orange armband. Hope to see you there!
Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Nick Smaller ’14 will be presenting a unique art installment tonight in Coltrane. Here’s how he described it:
It’s a performative sound installation where i’ll be using an EEG to read my emotions, which will then be converted into tone intervals that are representative of those emotions. Come and hear how I feel about you. I won’t be speaking, but I’ll be loud.
Science meets art I suppose. You’ll have two opportunities for an aural peek inside Nick’s mind, check it out from 6-9 pm or during midnight breakfast from 11 pm – 1 am.
Date: Wednesday, May 14
Time: 6 – 9 PM and 11 PM – 1 AM
Place: Coltrane Lounge
It’s the final stretch! The beautiful warm weather is here, the lib is poppin’ 24/7, and Senior Week is within sight. WRMC spring programming officially ends tonight at midnight, but a few DJs will be still doing shows throughout exam week. Stay tuned for pop-up radio shows during senior week…there’s a 24 hour Marathon retrospective blowout show featuring over-caffeinated graduating DJs coming soon to a radio near you.
If you’re on campus this summer and are interested in having a show on WRMC or if you aren’t on campus and you want to write for the WRMC Blog, you can contact Kate Leib at email@example.com.
Spring programming may be over, but not without one last party to end it all. Your DJs have voted, the results are in, and the big reveal of this past school year’s TOP 91 SONGS will happen LIVE, TOMORROW NIGHT (TUESDAY) at The Mill! There will be awards, merch, food, drink, and lots of dancing all night long. Take a break from the lib, walk to the Mill and blow off some steam by getting your freak on to “Problem” by Ariana Grande. We’re not saying that it will be on the list, but it will probably be on the list…
If you can’t make it for the whole party you can tune in online as well! The broadcast will begin at 8 PM and air LIVE on WRMC 91.1 fm until we’ve counted all the way down to the NUMBER ONE SONG!
Date: Tuesday, May 13
Time: 8 PM
Place: The Mill
For the remainder of this week, there will be drop in and guided meditation sessions sponsored by the Parton Health Center in the Mitchell Green Lounge on the top floor of McCullough. Twenty minute guided sessions will take place at 12:30, 4:30, and 8:00 PM, and the space will be open between 7 AM and 11 PM all week. No experience necessary, and beginners are encouraged to join in guided sessions. For those who do meditate, you know how rejuvenating a regular practice can be, especially during stressful times, and having a space to do so is a real gift. If you have never meditated before, give it a shot; finals week can be miserable, but having a place to find a center can alleviate this misery. See you there.
Date: May 13-18
Time: drop in: 7 AM-11 PM; guided: 12:30, 4:30, 8:30 PM
Place: Mitchell Green Lounge on the top floor of McCullough
It’s the end of an improv comedy era. Come see Jenny Johnston ’14 and Asher Hussain ’14 in their final show with the Otters. They’re gonna get wet, I can tell you that much.
Date: Monday, May 12
Time: 10:30 PM
Place: McCullough Social Space
Spring is in the air, and there is no better way to greet Vermont’s seasonal rebirth than planting seeds and getting your hands dirty with friends. Today at Self Reliance house (the Solar D house next to Meeker), there will be a planting party from 3-6 PM. Self Reliance stalwart Greta Neubauer ’14.5 writes in:
Hello friends and lovers of the earth,
Self Reliance house is hosting a planting party tomorrow from 3-6pm and we would love if you stopped by to plant some seeds, drink lemonade, eat snacks and enjoy the sunshine! (And check out our fun house!)
Feel free to come early or late, although if you are feeling especially keen about getting your hands dirty, come within the first hour.
Happy springtime lovely people!
Get rooted before finals period, and give the gift of life to seeds!
John Colpitts ’95 a.k.a. Kid Millions will be performing as Man Forever tonight in Coltrane with our own English sonicwaves superman graduating senior Nick Smaller ’14. I’ve had the privilege of seeing these guys perform back in 2012 and have the poster from the event. It said MAN FOREVER, HERE, 9 pm. I promise you that Man Forever is an experience that can not be put into words. The infamous Grady Trela ’13 interviewed Kid Millions 2 years ago, check out the interview here. A line from the interview:
I’m really curious just to see what things will be like. When I was there, it was hard to find people who were into crazy music like me. I’m curious to see what is compelling to students in college now.
When: Sunday, TONIGHT, 9pm (will run till about 9:40)
Where: Coltrane Lounge
Show up middlebury. The piece they will be playing is called THE CLEAR REALIZATION. Read a review from The Quietus here.