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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

TONIGHT: Cellist David Finckel and Pianist Wu Han Play ‘Russian Reflections’

(See more videos or performance and instruction on their personal youtube channel.)

Leah Lavigne ’16, the Arts & Sciences Editor for the Campus, writes in with some information:

Don’t be turned off by the classical genre: these performers are huge on the international scene and we’re lucky to have entertainment of this caliber. Take a midweek break to watch musicians at the top of their game. Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world, appearing at the most prestigious venues and concert series across North America, the Far East, and Europe to unanimous critical acclaim. The married duo return to Middlebury to play a program entitled “Russian Reflections,” featuring works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov. Additionally, Finckel and Han have established a dynamic, innovative recording studio, ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company.

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: CFA Concert Hall
Cost: $6 for students, buy your tickets online now!

TOMORROW: Slam Poetry Duo “Sister Outsider” hosts Workshop, Performs

Chellis House and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist studies brings us Sister Outsider, a slam poetry duo.  Here’s some info from their website:

Dominique Christina and Denica Frohman are Sister Outsider.  This duo represents two of the top three demale slam poets in the worls.  Their tour marks the first time two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up.

Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman perform, write, and facilitate workshops focusing on poetry/spoken word, identity, creative expression, language, and social justice. Through spoken word they connect deeply personal stories to a diverse range of social and political issues, particularly around race, gender and sexuality, and how those tie into being an “other.” More specifically, poems focus on Latin@, black, and multicultural identities, homophobia, surviving sexual assault, reclaiming our bodies, immigration, language, educational inequalities, coming of age, and more. They write their “otherness” into the center and encourage others, particularly those in marginalized communities, to do the same. Inspired by the life and work of Audre Lorde, these two artists and educators, come together under one vision.

These two women will host a Poetry Workshop from 5-6:30 pm in Carr Hall Lounge for beginning and seasoned poets alike; bring something you’re currently working on. They will also perform tonight from 9-11 pm in Dana Auditorium. Bring your snaps!

Beer workshop

Hoppy Tuesday!

Hoppy Tuesday!

Eager Yeasters! Come by the Old Stone Mill this Tuesday at 5pm for a beer brewing workshop taught by Rahul Rakshit ’15. No experience necessary – this will just be a fun way to learn a little about the process and a little about the lifestyle, which is a baller lifestyle. Since by official school policy we can’t fund the making of beer, we’ll ask for small donations from people who attend, but if you can’t donate anything, don’t sweat it, just use your newly gained knowledge on beer-making to brew something up. Bring your friends, bring your magnanimity, bring your mom.
When: 5:00pm, today (Tuesday)
Where: Old Stone Mill
Cost: whatever you want it to be, man

Improv Show Tonight: Combo Za ft. Middlebrow


Williams College improv group Combo Za will be performing tonight at 8:30 PM in the Gamut Room.  Guests of Middlebrow, the 10 person group will be performing short form comedy, a style of improv rarely employed by Middlebury groups.  At the end of the show the two groups will join forces on stage for a jam.  Come on through.

Where: Gamut Room
When: 8:30 PM
Cost: None.

TONIGHT: The Swing Express, a trip back in time


Poster design by Ryan Brewster ’14

Maddy Sanchez ’17 writes in with the deets:

For the first time in Middlebury history, the Swing Club is presenting to you its very own show: Swing Express. Get transported in time as you embark on a journey through the decades, with tunes ranging from Sinatra to Bill Haley and his Comets. The Swing Club is sure to entertain you with cool tunes, snazzy moves and a lot of energy. And to top it off, all proceeds go to our local homeless shelter, Charter House!

Date: Friday, April 11
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: McCullough Social Space
$8 (adults) $5 (students)

Buy your tickets online at go/boxoffice or at the door and don’t be afraid to do some dancing yourself.  

If you’re not convinced, click for more pictures of Ethan Collins ’14 and Nathan LaBarba ’14.

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Thank God it’s Spring Symposium

If you’re a new Feb, intimidated by the mere thought of oral presentations and posters, or if you find yourself overwhelmed by the extensive catalogue of presentations and performances going on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th (there are over 350 students presenting!), fear not! I’ve gathered some helpful tips for navigating Symposium weekend:

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Clockwork Orange


Clockwork Orange, the play, will be playing this weekend! Check out Middlebury’s awesome production of Anthony Burgess’s famous novel, complete with fights, lights, and a selfie. Mature Audiences only (which means it’s going to be badass, right?) Get your tickets at go/boxoffice.

Show Times:

Thursday 4/10 – 8:30

Friday 4/11 – 7:30 [Optional Talkback Afterwards]

Saturday 4/12 – 7:30




The annual spring formal is coming up this saturday! MCAB has done a really good job putting it together this year, particularly with the musical line-up. Claudia Esteva ’15 writes in:

Let’s take it back to the Roaring Twenties at the Great Gatsby Themed Spring Formal this Saturday, April 12th from 9:30pm-1:30am in Crossroads and the Social Space. A night of eclectic music starts off with special performances by Will Cuneo and Icarus & The Wax Wings(Crossroads 9:30-10:30pm), followed by D. Scott and Milk Chocolate (Social Space 10:30-11:30pm). To end the night off right, DJ Norris will take over the stage (Social Space11:30PM-1:30am). 

Semi-formal attire requested for a fantastic night accompanied by FREE FOOD (mocktails and a chocolate fountain?! Oh, yes we did!), PUB NIGHT** and a newly installed DISCO BALL. I can’t even.

**Beer and wine for 21+ Please bring 2 forms of ID (Crossroads)**

Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 9:30pm-1:30am
Place: Crossroads Cafe/Social Space

DEBATE TODAY: Has the Two-Party System failed the United States?


If you like to talk about politics, this event is for you.  August Hutchinson ’16.5 writes in with details:

Together, Republicans and Democrats dominate the federal, state, and local governments of the United States, one of the most powerful and influential nations in history. Are they able to effectively govern? Would a different system be better? Come watch some of Middlebury’s best debaters spar over these and other questions.

Date: Sunday, April 6 
Time: 5 pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe