Category Archives: Midd Off-Campus

The Caiçara: J-term Documentary by Tommy Hyde ’14.5

Whether you were interested in the beautiful country of Brazil before this summer’s ragin’ World Cup or not (BTW USA! FUCK YA @ 4PM TODAY!), once you watch this awesome documentary-style video by Tommy Hyde ’14.5 you will certainly be scratchin’ for a trip down south. Tommy spent J-term 2014 living the Brazilian beach life in the small, non-touristy, fisherman-fueled town of Bonete, Brazil. This video was his final project. Check out Tommy’s description of the experience below. Definitely worth watching (make sure those subtitles are on unless you’ve mastered português as well)!

“So this was pretty much the best month of my life. Rita Croce ’14 was a hero and set me up with a little hut her family owns on this beach. I got to eat coconuts, surf everyday, and hang out with these really amazing fishermen.

For the first week or so, I got a lot of weird looks. For one – there are very few tourists that stay in Bonete for longer than a few days, and it’s extremely rare to see any Americans. So a gringo staying for a month was confusing for the people there. However I gradually started to integrate – surfing with the locals, drinking beers with the old folks at the little bar at night, and even going to a few church services.

Marcelo, the centerpiece of the doc, was also a very shy guy. He is a man of few words, and was at first hesitant to open his life to me…even more hesitant about sharing with the camera. By the end of January however, right when my Portuguese was decent, he opened up and allowed me to film two days at his fishing outpost and conduct a single interview. It was a learn-on-the-fly experience in every way, and I’m privileged to have spent quality time with such an inspiring person in such a beautiful place.”

And here’s the link to the video again if ya missed it: https://vimeo.com/96993665

CALLING ALL MIDD STUDENTS: WIN $100,000 ON KING OF THE NERDS

SO THIS IS REALLY WORTH PAYING ATTENTION TO BECAUSE WE ARE ALL NERDS, LET’S BE HONEST, AND THERE IS $100K ON THE LINE.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.06.17 AMI’d never heard of the TBS hit series King of the Nerds until the casting staff directly contacted middbeat in hopes of casting Middlebury students for their next season - this is an incredible opportunity. And what is this show all about?

King of the Nerds is primed to become television’s ultimate nerd-off. The show invites competitors spanning the full nerd spectrum to come together to face challenges that will test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds will first compete as teams before moving on to individual challenges, all with the goal of being named the quintessential master of all things nerdy.

The show is has completed two highly successful seasons and is casting for the third. Basically, they’re looking to compile a bunch of super smart kids and make them compete in totally absurd “nerdy-based” challenges like Robot Dodgeball, Nerdiocart and a Science Fair. Not sure if you’re “nerdy” enough? Associate Producer Brian Scully wants to encourage you that King of the Nerds is looking to re-claim, diversify, and celebrate the term “nerdy” – they don’t just mean bio and math majors (while you’re more than welcome too!), they’re looking for anyone with any unique obsession with anything that works the brain – be it academics, science, robotics, fandom, comics, rubik’s cube, engineering, sci-fi, anime, you name it.

In previous seasons competitors have reigned from top undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities nationwide. While Midd has not yet been featured on KOTN, Associate Producer Brian Scully is eager to see a Midd participant this year, as he was a huge fan of Sophie Clarke’s ’11 fierceness, wit and intelligence on Survivor: South Pacific, and even remarked that this Midd grad was “one of his favorite reality winners ever.” 

Casting for season three is going on now, and ending soon, so if you have any interest please email the casting team at kingofthenerdscasting@gmail.comSeason three will be shot during the summer, so you will not miss out on any classes. AND JUST A REMINDER, IF YOU WIN YOU’RE LOOKING AT A $100K PRIZE. Just think of the Two Bros nachos that would buy…

For any questions or concerns about the casting process, email kingofthenerdscasting@gmail.com

For more information about King of the Nerds check out these sites:
official TBS page: http://www.tbs.com/shows/king-of-the-nerds/
official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KingOfTheNerdsTBS
official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/KingofNerdsTBS
official casting Twitter account: https://twitter.com/KOTNcasting

Cursive Coffee: New Coffee Shop to Open in Middlebury

Middlebury is notably lacking a high quality coffee spot.  The dining hall coffee does’t quite reach diner status, and Crossroads, Carol’s, and Wilson are few notches above decent. Fortunately, Cursive Coffee, a Burlington based roaster, espresso bar, and artisan coffee shop, recently reached out to middbeat in hopes of generating stoke about their project to bring good coffee to Middlebury.  Founders Jim Osborne and Sam Clifton are working with Middlebury-based architect Anne Barakat to start an espresso bar at Barakat’s new office location at 58 Main Street, a few doors down from Vermont’s Own.  Barakat has designed spaces for the likes of Ben and Jerry’s, Hotel Vermont, and the American Bible Society, and, to add extra flavor to her Middlebury headquarters, is partnering up with Cursive to provide high caliber Joe for Middlebury. They currently have an IndieGogo campaign to raise money for the project with hopes of reaching $11,500 by May 23.  While middbeat will not ask our readers to donate, we do think the Barakat-Cursive partnership will be a great addition to Middlebury’s downtown, and would like to provide a platform for donation if this project interests you.  See after the jump for more background on Cursive’s growth from a mobile coffee shop at the Burlington Farmer’s market to a South End establishment, and more information on how to donate.

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SUNDAY: The Conversation Continues: A Follow-Up Discussion on Body Image at Midd

Image from Glamour Body Image Survey

Image from Glamour Body Image Survey

Last week, we were extremely pleased to see so many of you show up for the first Body Image Story-Telling event. Significant feedback about the power of the stories and the pertinence of body image related issues on campus has motivated a follow-up discussion to the event. At this Sunday’s follow-up meeting we are going to discuss where to go moving forward after this event and converse about what we want the school to offer in terms of resources related to body image, wellness, and eating disorders. We are honored to announce that the two Vermont state representatives for The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders will be joining us and will speak about various on and off campus eating disorder resources. We encourage anyone to join this conversation, whether or not you attended last week’s Gamut Room event. We look forward to seeing you there! Plus, there will be free Noonie’s catering! 

What: Follow-up discussion to Body Image Story-Telling event
Date: Sunday, April 27
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM
Place: Palmer House living room (first floor)

Outside the Bubble: “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Patagonia”


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Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia

Continuing in our series called “Outside the Bubble,” where students share stories, anecdotes, and reflections from their time spent away from campus. Get in touch with us if you want to share a story!

In this post, Sayre Weir ’15 recounts an unexpected change in plans while traveling through Patagonia

Outside the Bubble: “Fique á Vontade”

imageSunset over Florianopolis, Brazil

Continuing in our series called “Outside the Bubble,” where students share stories, anecdotes, and reflections from their time spent away from campus. Get in touch with us if you want to share a story!

In this post, Faith Whang ’15 summarizes her semester in Brazil in 3 words: “Fique á Vontade”  Continue reading

Midd Grad earns new contract with Super Bowl champion Seahawks

Do you have aspirations of making millions of dollars a year as a professional athlete with your Middlebury degreeNeuroscience major Steven Hauschka ’07 just inked a three-year 9.15 million dollar deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Hauschka signed with Seattle this fall after bouncing from club to club for several years and his foot provided consistent quality for the Super Bowl champs, who have just made him the 11th-highest paid kicker in the NFL. Congratulations Steven!

XC Team Wins Big in Donny’s Honor

applesOn March 8, the Middlebury Cross Country team was the first student group to win the Vermont Chili Festival. The team, led by Jake Fox ’15 went home with $100 in prize money from their first place award in the “Kitchen Sink” category and another $1000 for their overall win. Here’s a few words from Jake about the whole process:

We wanted to make a vibrant and warm chili: we had apples, multicolored bell, anaheim, jalapeno, and habanero peppers, three kinds of beans, and lots of tomatoes and onions. We were in the kitchen sink category due to our inclusion of beef and chicken sausage. I had about 35 people (Chem dept friends, a professor, and XC folk) show up on game day to help prepare, cook, and serve the 24ish gallons of chili we made.

WOW. Chili is great, but it’s important to keep in mind the inspiration for this whole endeavor, according to Jake:

Jake, the mastermind

Jake, the mastermind

Certainly, it was exciting to win an event so popular to the town and college, but a win was not really on our radar when we committed to participate in the Fest. Rather, our goal was to commemorate our teammate Donny Dickson ’11, and we accomplished this by promoting the Rumpus Run (a 5k fundraiser in his name the day after Chili Fest) and by sharing a fun-loving energy–one reflective of Donny’s spirit–with the town, with the college, and with each other. Those two accomplishments alone would have been enough, so the $1100 of prize money that we donated to his scholarship fund was icing on the cake (or an equivalent chili idiom).

It was a weekend full of accomplishments and memories for the XC team who went on the organize and compete in the Rumpus Run in Donny’s honor the following day, raising around $18,000 for his scholarship fund and bringing together hundreds of friends and family. Here’s Nighthawk’s recollection of gameday:

As sun crept over the luscious Green Mountains and into Gifford 411 on the morning of March 8th, the vibrations of a white iphone 5c rang through the once tranquil room. The clock said 5:30 AM, but to the weathered culinary crusader, it was time to cook some fucking chili. After spending years from his passion of creating oral pleasure, it was the one they called Foxxx that was able convinced Nighthawk to step out of retirement. And only after confronting the demons of his past, Nighthawk and the Spice Brothers began to prepare.

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Outside the Bubble: Leaving

IMG_2924Part 2 of our series called “Outside the Bubble,” where students share stories, anecdotes, and reflections from their time spent away from campus. Get in touch with us if you want to share a story! 

In this post, Stephen Paolillo ’15 reflects on wrapping up his fall semester studying in Ferrara, Italy:  

I’m not a gigantic fan of change. I never really have been, nor do I think I ever will be. There’s just something really strange about completely leaving something behind, and never really seeing it again, and never being quite the same. And, frankly, I’ve never really in my life left something like this so completely and utterly.

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Middlebury MOTH goes big!

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If you loved the MOTH at the Gamut Room every fortnight, this might be for you. The MOTH organizers, Luke Greenway ’14.5, Rachel Liddell ’15 and Veronica Rodriguez ’16.5, have been working on bringing their brainchild, the Middlebury MOTH, to the larger Vermont community for a couple of months, and now, they’ve successfully managed to make it large.

*Drum-roll please.*

The Vermont StorySLAM will be happening on Tuesday March 18 at the Skinny Pancake IN BURLINGTON!

The theme will be “Firsts” and if you’d like to tell a story there’s no prior sign-up. Just show up and put your name in the hat! Doors at 7 pm, Stories start at 8 pm. Stories should be 5-6 minutes in length. Even if you don’t want to tell a story, come support your friends, co-Middkids and other wonderful storytellers from around the state. You’ll find the detailed schedule here, and tickets can be bought here. Luke writes in:

I’m incredibly excited. This is great news for storytelling in Vermont, and I hope this will be a series that can really bring people together around the power of stories. I’m also excited because the StorySLAM will be recorded each month for possible inclusion in The Moth’s NPR show or podcast, which could potentially mean that Middlebury storytellers could have a huge national audience.

In case you’re not excited yet, here’s a fun fact: the MOTH podcast is the 4th most popular on iTunes. More reason to go to this one and see people tell stories live.

Place: Skinny Pancake
Date: Tuesday the 18th of March
Cost: $8.00
Time: 7:00 pm