We can all agree that Proctor dinner can be a stressful experience. Even if you can whip up a homemade salad dressing in seconds or assemble an award-winning panini in a flash, you’re likely victim to the occasional awkward moment or food fumble. We understand your troubles, hence our decision to articulate the thoughts plaguing our minds as we get our essential, albeit sometimes bland, nutrients. For solidarity, humor, or self-pity, here’s 52 thoughts we’ve all had when eating Proctor dinner:
middbeat is having a meeting tonight at 9 in Atwater AAK. If you’re interested in writing for middbeat, helping with our web-design, suggesting posts, or just sharing your thoughts about the blog, you’re welcome to join us. There’s a 50/50 chance there’ll be snacks, and the meeting shouldn’t last much more than 45 minutes. Hope to see you there.
When: Tonight, 9 PM
Where: Atwater AAK
Do you have a secret hidden talent that you have been waiting to show the world? Come audition for a spot on the International Student Organization (ISO) Cultural Show! Auditions will be held on Saturday Oct. 4th from 2pm to 5pm in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space), and are open to all students, international or not. We require just ONE MINUTE of material, it doesn’t need to be the full thing, nor full ensemble. Show us what you got!
Date: Saturday, October 4
Place: Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space)
The first Thursday of the month is fast approaching, and you know what that means: Verbal Onslaught! Middlebury’s largest recurring open mic event is back with our first Verbal of the academic year. Come with poems, songs, raps, dances, or any other kind of performance or just come ready to enjoy the words and voices of your Middlebury classmates! The theme is first impressions, of people, of places, of foods, of anything. No need to fret if your piece does not relate, it’s simply a suggested topic to get the artistic juices flowing. Invite your friends!
Date: Thursday, October 2
Place: The Gamut Room
If you love Latin dance, culture, or music, we’ve got some good news: This Saturday, September 28, Crossroads Cafe is featuring Burlington’s DJ Jah Red who will be heating up the dance floor for a night of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, and Reggaeton! Come enjoy a fun night with your friends and eat some delicious, free (that’s right, FREE) snacks.
Date: Saturday, September 27
Place: Crossroads Cafe
Do you love to run but get tired of running the same trails alone? Want to meet more recreational Midd runners, and explore new trails? This year Middlebury’s first running group is tearing up the TAM! The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays on the track at 4:30 pm. Tuesdays are long runs and Thursdays are a variety of track workouts. Check it out no matter what your fitness level is! The mission of the club is to connect runners around Middlebury and give runners the opportunity to switch up their routines with some fun workouts! If you are interested in joining you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or come out on Tuesday or Thursday!
This week’s beat of the week comes from a relatively obscure artist, Jaymes Young. While he is fresh on the scene, his voice is infectiously honest and heart-rending. Enjoy “Habits of My Heart” (with a Sufjan Stevens influence) on this beautiful, sunny Friday and if you’re really taken with him, check out his inaugural EP, Dark Star, which he released in September. Thanks to Sayre White ’15 for the inspiration on this one!
This week’s beat of the week is inspired by the fact that CHERUB absolutely killed it on Tuesday night at Higher Ground. For those who didn’t make it out or who aren’t familiar with this duo, they’re sex-pop electronica mixed with 80s inspired funk. Their irreverent lyricism and catchy beats appeal to all, so enjoy this tune (a personal favorite) to get you amped for the first weekend back from break! For those genuine Cherub fans, look forward to the release of their new album next month – they previewed a few of their new songs at the concert and they sound phenom.com.
Happy spring break to all! I hope everyone is heading somewhere comforting, be it some place warm, home, or a permanent spot in your bed on campus. This week’s beat of the week comes a day early, and as it’s Thursday we might as well throw it back a few years. The year 2001 brought us some great candidates but since Fat Joe has been stuck in my head this week I bring to you his classic “What’s Luv?” featuring Ashanti. For those who don’t know, this song launched Ashanti into fame – and for good reason. The song is reminiscent of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, so in a way it’s a throwback within a throwback… anyway, enjoy!
Do you care about anything once was, currently is, or may someday exist in our universe? If so, researchers have made a massive discovery that provides some of the strongest evidence to-date for the inflation of the universe caused by the Big Bang. As an ENAM major, that’s about as much as I feel comfortable saying, but everyone should check out these findings for themselves. In addition to the BBC article linked above, here is the official paper, here is some info from the press conference and here is a video of one of inflation’s leading proponents receiving the news. You can find all of these materials and some interesting discussion among laypeople like most of us in the Reddit thread. Science is pretty cool, huh?