Category Archives: Event

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

Get Out and Vote!

For those of you have stopped watching the news because every day the world seems to be coming closer to a collapse, this mid-term election season is a big deal.  The Republican party has a good chance at winning both the House and the Senate, the Democratic Party is running to lock down the progress they’ve made under Obama, both sides are prepping their 2016 presidential candidates. What happens this year very well may set the stage for what political life will look like in our post-college years.  With students from every state in the Union, the Middlebury student body represents a huge swath of the political map, and can all participate in this important moment in politics.  While it’s easy to forget to vote, the folks over at MiddVote are making it easy on you to get involved either here in Vermont or back in your home state.  Hannah Bristol ’14.5 writes in:

How do you plan to vote on November 6? Whether you need to register, request an absentee ballot, or just receive notifications about your polling place location, MiddVote can help you.

Through a partnership with TurboVote, a non-partisan non-profit that streamlines the voting process, you can receive pre-addressed, pre-stamped voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms (all you need to do is sign and send!) and text and email reminders about all upcoming elections, from primaries to the general, whether you’re voting at home or in Middlebury.

To sign up for the service, visit GO/MiddVote.

And if you’ve seen your friends walking around campus with “voting is sexy” t-shirts, we’re making them again this week! On Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30, we will be signing students up in the Gampitheater, so come by to register, spray paint a shirt, eat snacks, and learn more about democracy.

Email Hannah Bristol ( and Kate Hamilton ( with any questions.

When: Wednesday September 17 at 7 PM
Where: Gampitheater
Cost: nope

Middlebrow Improv Comedy, Tonight


Middlebrow FALL 2014 #1

Middlebrow Improv Comedy will be having their first performance of the semester, tonight at 10:30 in the Chateau Grand Salon.  The group features six returning members who will be performing long form improvisational comedy.  What does that mean?  Alexander Khan ’16 tells us, “We make up comedic scenes on the spot.  Essentially, its compulsive lying mixed with Saturday Night Live. Like old Saturday Night Live, before it became all skits about expensive family vacations, perceived infantile insults, and selfie books.”  When asked if he was perhaps mistaking SNL with E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khan repsonded, “Look, I think its great that they have more female cast members now, and those ladies are hilarious, especially the one who used to be the Olympic runner.  I’m just saying, a little variety goes a long way.”

No frozen yogurt will be served at this event.

Where: Chateau GS
When: 10:30 PM
Cost: none.

Poor Form Poetry Auditions TOMORROW

Emily Luan ’15 writes in:

Do you have feelings? Do you love hearing people snap when you speak?

Audition to be a part of Middlebury’s performance poetry group!
Poor Form Poetry is comprised of Midd’s most outspoken, sultry, and
slamtastic poets, Poor Form is sure to keep your ears cozy, your
fingers snappin’, and your mouth salivatin’.
We generally meet once a week to workshop, work on performance, and

Auditions will be held on Wednesday September 17th from 7-9pm in Axinn

You’ll need to bring a poem you wrote yourself that you feel
comfortable reading to us. It doesn’t have to be memorized but if you
already have something memorized feel free to use that.

Poor Form is excited to hear from you!

Also, this.

When: Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 17, 7-9 PM
Where: Axinn 219
Cost: don’t forget to bring a poem!

MiddAction Fair at 6 PM

Looking for ways to volunteer in the Middlebury community?  Sick of getting emails from student orgs in which you have no interest?  Have a vested interest in working for the common good?  Like playing with kids?  Then make sure to head on down to the McCullough Social Space at 6 tonight for the MiddAction Fair.  Quanteshia Tennyson ’14 writes in:

Come to the MiddAction Fair! Over 50 local non-profits and student
organizations will be present to share opportunities for students in
local activism, volunteering, and social justice activities in areas
such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, public
health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more. Organizations include
the Open Door Clinic, WomenSafe, and Bridport Central School.

When: Tonight, Tuesday Sept. 16 at 6 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: Free

Barbara Ofasu-Somuah ’13: The Choreography of Black Hair: A Framework for Cultural Inquiry

The much loved Barbara Ofasu Somuah ’13 has recently returned from a year-long Watson Fellow trip around the world studying Black female beauty in African and African diaspora communities. Fortunately for all of us, she’s back at Midd, and will present her research and travels tonight at 4:30 PM in the Hillcrest Orchard.  For those interested in pursuing a Watson, this is an awesome chance to learn more and talk one on one with a Midd grad who’s done one herself.  Collen Norden writes in:

Barbara Ofosu-Somuah ’13 spent last year as a Watson Fellow in
Suriname, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, South Africa,
Namibia, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. Through her project “The
Choreography of Black Hair: A Framework for Cultural Inquiry,” she
explored conceptions of Black female beauty in African and African
diaspora communities. Barbara will speak about her project and the
experience of being a Watson Fellow at 4:30 in Hillcrest 103. She will also be available for
casual conversation and questions from 8-10 pm in the CTLR lounge.

When: Tonight, Tuesday 9/16, at 4:30 PM
Where: Hillcrest Orchard
Cost: nada

Get Your Zumba On

It can be both intimidating and motivating that the vast majority of the campus (or so it seems) gets a daily dose of physical activity. But, if you’d equate running Vermont hills with taking a stroll through hell, or would rather be tethered to a library carrel than brave the humid, and often over-crowded fitness center, don’t be dissuaded; there’s a new fitness option. Enter, Zumba.

Zumba is a high-energy fitness dance class that features salsa, hip hop, samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggaeton, cumbia, belly dance, tango, and more. Sounds saucy, to say the least. According to our dear middbeat submitters, by “treating yourself” to an hour of these “fun, easy-to-learn dance moves,” you’ll not only break a serious sweat, but “can burn 300-1,000 calories in just one class.”

If you’re into it, Zumba classes will be held here at Midd every week with a professional Zumba instructor named Lindsey, from 12:30 to 1:30 every Wednesday in the Field House, 3rd Floor Rehersal Space. You can drop in to test it out for $5 per class, or pay $60 for 12 classes (once a week for the semester). The first class is this Wednesday on September 17, and registration for the 12-class package continues online (go/boxoffice) or at the McCullough or CFA box offices until September 26 at go/tickets. If you’ve got any questions or want to learn more about the class, contact Lindsey herself at

WHAT: Zumba classes with Lindsey
DATE: Every Wednesday
TIME: 12:30-1:30
PLACE: Field House, 3rd Floor Rehearsal Space



Are you interested in writing for middbeat, or getting involved in any variety of ways from editing to photography to graphic design? If so, we want to meet you, and probably even be friends. Middbeat is looking for new, committed contributors that can help keep the blog lively, funny, and full of content all year (and into the future). If you’re a fan of the blog and have entertained the idea of getting on board, come by our meeting TONIGHT, at 8pm. We’ll explain everything you need to know about the blog and how you can help. Plus we are fun and nice and have adult refreshments. Remember, middbeat’s survival depends on you guys.

WHAT: middbeat staff meeting, welcoming new contributors
DATE: Tonight, September 14
TIME: 8-9 pm
PLACE: 112 South Main Street, white yellow house
COST: Good energy and good ideas.

Hirschfield Film Series: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Hirschfield International Film Series will show the most recent Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis at both and 8 PM at Dana Auditorium.  Inside Llewyn Davis follows the story of a struggling folk musician in pre-Dylan Greenwich village as he navigates through a trouble filled and gloomy reality.  Featuring a star studded cast including John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake backing Oscaar Isaac as Llewyn.  This is the first of the series’ weekly showings of independent and international films, and you can find the full schedule here.

When: Today, 3 PM and 8 PM
Where: Dana Auditorium
Cost: Free

Free Friday Film: Neighbors

neighbors-movieThey’re back. Every Friday evening MCAB will sponsor screenings of blockbuster films that are no longer in theaters but not yet on sale… fo free. The films play in Dana Auditorium which has a huge screen and movie theatre chairs; it’ll feel just like the real deal, except you won’t have dropped a gross amount on tickets and there won’t be obnoxious children sitting next to you. Plus it gets out at 8, so the night shall still be young. What could be better.

This week’s film is Neighbors, described as follows:

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond.

Popcorn’s on you.

Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Dana Auditorium
Cost: nada