Category Archives: Event

Tonight: Icarus and the Wax Wings @ Uneven Lanes


There’s some cool dudes living in Voter, they like good music, and you should too.  Nathan Weil ’15 writes in to let us know of a suite concert being held tonight at his living-space-turned-concert-venue, “Uneven Lanes,” presented by Randalls (a benefactor, lover of the arts, who’d prefer you don’t inquire his/her/its identity):

Ditch your parents, bring your parents, we don’t care. We just want you to come enjoy the sweet rockin’ sounds of the famous Icarus and the Wax Wings, tonight at Uneven Lanes (Voter 2nd Floor). The student band features Will Cueno ’15, Nick Rehmus ’15.5, and Bjorn Peterson ’15.5, and they’re finna jam face. Be there, all are welcome.

Date: Tonight, October 25
Time: Doors open at 8:30, concert starts at 9pm
Place: Uneven Lanes, aka Voter 2nd floor suite
Cost: ZERO, thx Randalls.

Fall Family Weekend with the Mountain Club!


Parents love the great outdoors just as much as you? You’re in luck: the Middlebury Mountain Club is hosting some awesome activities for you and your familia, and everyone’s welcome to join in on any and all. Check out the schedule below (submitted by the MMC), and be sure to get outside and take advantage of what could be one of the last not-completely-freezing fall weekends.

Pumpkin Tumble!
Saturday, October 25th 2-5pm Brooker Patio

imgresPumpkins, cheese, cider donuts, apples, cider, love and happiness. These are all things you will find this weekend at our annual Pumpkin Tumble. Bring your friends, family, dogs (no, but seriously) and smiling faces to listen to live music, eat delicious food, perhaps compete in the apple pie contest, and simply enjoy the fall spirit. Sign up for the Apple Pie Contest here. If you’re interested in volunteering (think cutting massive amounts of cheese and apples) email Robin Loewald at

Camel’s Hump at Sunrise with Lucy, Hye-Jin!
Friday-Saturday, October 24-25


Don’t miss the last chance to scope out some fall foliage on the top of one of Vermont’s most famous peaks! We’ll leave ADK circle at 1 PM on Friday and hike a couple miles to where we’ll stay the night. Getting up a wee bit early the next morning, we’ll summit Camel’s Hump in time to soak up the sunrise. Expect to be back on campus for dinner on Saturday. Total trip is approx. 5.5 miles, but get stoked for some elevation (a little under 3000 ft). YAY!!! Come play in the mountains with us! Sign up here!

Adirondack Hike Sampler with Katie and Jake!
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26

unnamed-2Come explore the Adirondack fire towers with us! We’ll be leaving at 8 am on Saturday, October 25 and doing three different day hikes in the Adirondacks on this overnight trip. Saturday we’ll visit Goodnow and Vanderwhacker fire towers before camping out, and then on Sunday morning we’ll hike to OK Slip Falls before returning to Middlebury in the afternoon. We’ll get the best of both worlds: lots of time hiking, but without heavy packs. Each day hike is about 5 miles long so be excited to cover some ground and see some beautiful places! Sign up here!

Classics Marathon Reading, This Weekend!

unnamedAs we’re all pretty damn nerdy at Midd, it’s fairly likely all our parents have the geek gene too. So, if you’ve got family on campus, or are just looking for a fun academic alternative to homework, be sure to stop by and/or sign up for the Annual Classics Marathon Reading taking place today through Sunday at the Davis Family Library! Students, professors, and community members will be continuously reading Virgil’s Aeneid, and we can guarantee it’ll be “epic.”

Erika Sloan ’16 writes in to describe the event:

Every year during Fall Family Weekend the Classics Department holds a
marathon reading of one of the ancient epics. This year it’s the
Aeneid, Vergil’s tale of the Trojan hero Aeneas’ flight from Troy and
subsequent travels and battles over land and sea to ultimately reach
Italy and lay the groundwork for the founding of Rome.

The reading will be held outside the Davis Family Library this weekend
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sign-up at go/epic for a 30-minute
time slot to read from the Aeneid (in English!) and arrive when it’s
your turn, or just come by to listen this weekend!

It’s a lot of fun and a great liberal arts/Classics tradition – There
will be a laurel wreath and baklava for readers as well!

Contact with any questions. We hope to see you
all there!

Date: Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26
Time: 3-6 pm
Place: Outside the Davis Family Library

Don’t forget to sign up for a 30-minute reading time slot at go/epic!


Snow Bowl Family Bash 12-4

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel '15

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel ’15

Alex Chapin and Steph Meckel ’15 write in:

Don’t miss out on what has recently become the greatest event of Fall Family Weekend!! The foliage will blow you away!

It’s the fourth annual Snow Bowl Family Bash! Come join us at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl for an afternoon of live music, food and friends! Enjoy hot chocolate at the top of Worth Mountain after taking a scenic ride up the triple to view Vermont’s spectacular foliage. Ticket prices for the lift ride are $3 for students and children, $5 for adults. There will be a barbecue in full swing all afternoon with food and drinks available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Middlebury Community Care Coalition and the Snow Bowl Ski Patrol.

Enter the raffle for a chance to win Snow Bowl gear and ski tickets. If you haven’t already gotten your season’s pass for the 2013-2014 season, they will be on sale for the duration of the event.

People have missed out on the beauteous event in the past, so make your time last. Invite your friends, parents, cousins, step children, grand children, second cousins, dogs, cats, parakeets, distant relatives, close acquaintances, gentlemen, gentlewomen, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends with benefits, etc.

All are welcome to drive up on their own (just 20 minutes from campus), but Addison Country Transit (ACTR) shuttle bases will also be available between Adirondack Circle and  the Snow Bowl (to the Bowl: 12:55 pm, 2:10 pm; back to the College: 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm). Rides are free for Middlebury students, $1 for non-students. The bus will stop at the Bread Loaf Inn for those wishing to depart or return from the Bread Loaf campus.

When: Today, 12-4 PM
Where: Snow Bowl
Cost: $3 for a ride up the lift

Liebowitz to Host Discussion on Campus Social Life


This semester has proven a tumultuous one with regards to student reactions to administrative policies regulating, some would say killing, student social life.  Aware of this widespread sentiment, President Ron Liebowitz will host a discussion regarding the relationship between the administration’s commitment to student safety and the student body’s desire for a vibrant social life in hopes of finding common ground. The meeting will be in the McCullough Social Space at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 2. Read below for President Liebowitz’ invitation to the event. middbeat will liveblog the discussion next Sunday.

From President Liebowitz:

Dear Students,

I am keenly aware of the frustration surrounding student social life on campus, and how the behavior of a few has unfortunately, but predictably, shaped our policies that limit social options for the responsible majority.

I would like to hold an open meeting to air as many issues and concerns any and all of you have related to social life and related College policies and practices.  I would like to better understand how we might find some common ground and work to improve what is not a satisfactory situation.

I would also like to share what might be called “the other side” of the issue—the constraints within which we work in approving, or not, activities on campus, as well as provide some history of the efforts made in the past that brought some short-term success.

I believe if we better understood the issues that are getting in the way of social life on campus, as well as the challenges we as administrators face in maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff (and neighbors), we could make great progress to improve social life here at Middlebury.

I invite you to a discussion on Sunday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space).  I hope to see many of you there.



When: Sunday, November 2 8:00 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: N/A

Paul Ward ’25 Prize for Excellence in First Year Writing Tonight


Senior Lecturer and Director of the Writing Center Mary Ellen Bertolini writes in:

Friday, October 24 in Twilight Auditorium between 4:15 and 6:00 marks the 37th annual presentation of the Paul Ward Prize for excellence in writing by first-year students. The Writing Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research will honor the 65 members of the class of 2018 who were nominated for this prize. The winner receives a check for $500; the two Runner Ups receive $250 each, and we will also honor students who will receive Honorable Mention. Students nominated for the Ward prize are invited by the Writing Center in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research to train as peer writing tutors and writing and academic mentors.

middbeat will be covering the event and feature the winners.  Stay tuned for more on the results of the prize ceremony.

When: Tonight at 4:15 and 6 PM
Where: Twilight Auditorium
Cost: Free

Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala in Library


If you weren’t aware, over the past few days a group of Tibetan monks have been creating the Sand Mandala of Chenrezig (in Tibetan) or Avalokiteshvara (in Sanskrit), the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion in the Davis Library Atrium. The opening prayer ceremonies for the mandala were held yesterday, and Sunday today the mandala will be dismantled at 4 pm , after which the sand will be dispersed in Otter Creek. The monks will work daily from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and 2p.m.-4 p.m, and all are invited to attend, watch, and accompany the monks to the Otter Creek for the dismantling ceremony.

All sounds super cool, but begs me to ask, what is the Sand Mandala of Chenrezig? In truth, we are rather uneducated about Buddhist deities and religious practices, so we’ve decided to compile some info for all of us to educate ourselves. The Mandala of Chenrezig has got quite a rich history, so be sure to read up, and check out the mandala unveiling tomorrow.

Date: Today, October 24
Time: Dismantling at 4pm Sunday
Place: Davis Family Atrium (unveiling), Otter Creek (dispersal of sand)

Information on the history of the mandala beyond the jump:

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Family Weekend Keynote Speaker: Mary Robinson

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MCAB’s speaker series has really done us a solid this year, bringing former Irish President, human rights and environmental advocate, and UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson to Mead Chapel this Saturday at 7 PM.  middbeat recently caught up with event organizers Nick Orr and Zoe Kaslow ’15 to get the low down on Robinson and how the Speakers Committee organized the event.  Read on after the jump for the detes.

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Amnesty International: Silent March against Police Brutality on Campus

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Today Wednesday 22nd October in commemoration of the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a silent march will be held on campus for the purpose of both bringing awareness, and standing in solidarity with those directly and indirectly afflicted by the consequences of police brutality.

The march will begin at 5.30 pm outside Ross dining hall and will follow down College Street, crossing over to Warner, passing through Davis Family library and up to Mead Chapel, with occasional stops where organizers will read biographies or pieces about subjects of police brutraity. The march is scheduled to end in front of Mead Chapel at around 6.30 pm. Marchers will be wearing all black (extra black shirts will be provided for those who don’t possess one).

If you would like to make your own posters/signs, the Crest Room at McCullough will be open from 2-5 PM and there will supplies provided (markers, pencils, paper, etc.). You are welcome to show up anytime. A group of students will convene at Crest Room at 4:30 PM to discuss logistics for the day and make posters. Led candles will also be available.

Please join in and support a cause that has become very prominent these past few years with police shootings and the increasing militarization putting into question the role and context of our policing forces. for more information click here

The march is hosted by DMC, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

When: Today Wednesday 22nd October 5.30 pm
Where: starts outside Ross dining Hall

We hope to see you all there! Take a stance, and make change, Middlebury.



DIY Conference Application Deadline Extension

The Rohatyn Center Student Advisory Board will be hosting its second annual Global Affairs Conference this spring semester from February 19-20, and we are seeking student proposals for conference topics. This conference represents an exciting opportunity for students to bring their passions, questions, and interests to the forefront of community dialogue, and to organize engaging and thoughtful programming with a generous $5,000 budget. The conference topics should be globally relevant, accessible to the Middlebury campus, and diverse in geographic and disciplinary perspectives. For more information, and to submit your proposal, visit go/diyconference. We have extend the deadline to October 31st.


We very much look forward to reviewing your submissions, and should you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to