Now, everyone knows the traditional GO links, such as go/mail and go/noms, but those have purposes—and who wants to actually be productive? After months of stumbling upon random links and conducting some intense research, I have found what I believe are the best GO links on this campus. These links, not the ones that let us use Papercut or tell us where to find Midcat, are what make the GOtionary and the whole GO system so ridiculously entertaining. These links are easy to make, which is probably why there are so many absurd ones out there. Check out my top 10 below.
Current students might not realize that this College was once dominated by Fraternities until they were abolished in the late 1980s. National attention has focused on Fraternity culture recently, with a big piece in The Atlantic and an article in this week’s Newsweek that prominently features Middlebury College: “Inside the Colleges that Killed Frats for Good.” I recommend reading the entire piece, but if you need convincing, here is the first paragraph:
A crudely battered female mannequin dangled from a Middlebury College frat balcony in early May of 1988. Doused in blood-tinted paint and flashing a sexually charged slur, the gross spectacle appeared during a toga party at Delta Upsilon, the jock fraternity — and there it remained the following day, an ugly blight on the Vermont college’s idyllic campus, until a dean intervened. Students gawked but mostly carried on. It was the school’s small group of feminists who alerted the news crews up north in Burlington.
The article delves into the process and outcomes of abolishing fraternities on campus. It may be interesting to consider our past when evaluating the present social scene. Many current social houses were once Fraternities and there still exist some secret societies. Although the absence of disrespect and destructive behavior as described in the article is certainly good, I often think that our campus lacks the sense of camaraderie and vibrancy that perhaps goes along with the existence of strong social groups. Maybe it’s a case of the grass being greener on the other side. I definitely don’t know what it was like here in the 80s.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this below and look forward to some more about the history of Frats here soon.
Compared to most colleges in the country, Middlebury is minuscule—a 2,500-person student body is not that big. This allows us the opportunity to meet and learn about each other, but there are still plenty of students on campus who’s stories and experiences are something that could be shared, but they just don’t have the right front to do so. Thus, Campus Character has been created as a way to showcase the diversity of people and their interests on this campus. Every week or so, I will interview a student with the hopes of uncovering a hidden talent or a fascinating story. We are a school of amazing individuals, and I want people to see that.
Despite the diversity of interests at Middlebury, it’s not often that one sees a dorm room adorned with plants. Andrew Holtz ’16.5 stands apart from others in his love for botany. When asked where his interest in plants came from, Andrew replied: “My dad has always been interested in them and growing up we took care of our house plants and garden.” He continued: “I’m interested in how new plants grow from dead ones. I’m interested in their resilience.” Having been in Andrew’s room prior to interviewing him, I always notice that the plants help create an ambiance that is just not present in other dorm rooms.
Have you ever enjoyed beer? I thought so! Are you interested in wine, mead, cider, kombucha? How about sauerkraut, sourdough, or cheese?
Do you want to start your own culture or pursue hoppiness?
The Middlebury Fermenter’s Guild is having a spring meeting tonight at 9:30pm in the Old Stone Mill. We are a collective of experienced and novice fermenters looking to increase our knowledge and resources with regards to the creation of beer, and the foods of the gods, et al. No experience necessary, but soon you will be drinking the beer that you make yourself! We praise the yeast and drink its children. L’chaim!
Date: Today, 3/5
Place: Old Stone Mill
Hello readers, it’s me, the person behind What Should Midd Call Me, a blog displaying your submissions of Midd-related gifs. Check it out and submit your own!
I’m starting this middbeat feature to share some of the week’s best stuff. I hope you enjoy these selections. Check the tumblr for more and come back next Tuesday night for my next installment.
When someone catches me reading Midd Confessional in the library
When go/menu said that Ross was serving pancakes for breakfast, lunch AND dinner (happy Mardi Gras y’all)
When my Commons dean asks me how I managed to get two citations in one night last weekend
Happy Tuesday night procrastination!
Check out this sweet snowboarding video, produced by Kai Wiggins ’16.5 and Henry Miles ’15.5.
Kai is the snowboarder, Henry is the filmmaker, working under the label Skyline Studios. You can see them both at the Snowbowl from time to time.
Our weekly middbeat meeting just ended. There were a lot of new faces and interesting discussions. We will, of course, continue to provide you with current events and happenings at Middlebury. I left the meeting saying I will write this post for middbeat readers.
This has been one of the best weeks I’ve had at middlebury. I’ve been here almost four years now and have never seen as many successful student created events back to back. If you know me personally you’d know this is a big statement as I am usually very cynical.A little run down of my week starting on wednesday. Wednesday night I went to the WOMP and saw over 20 students sing and play music from the soul , read stories, and tell jokes (shoutout to the new freshman who performed). On thursday I took advantage of the snowbowl (there is still snow up there people!!!) and grooved to WRMC which is back on the 24/7 programming (and serving us great music) until I head off to Heartbeat.. Ridgeline has really picked up momentum in the past couple of years and I’m so happy that there are multiple places I’d like to be at the same time. Friday I missed The Orchards’ event because I was cooking a white wine garlic rosemary chicken but caught the end of YouWont at brooker. Brooker was packed when I came in and was so happy to catch the last song. This might sound strange, but it felt so good to know that I missed amazing goingons because at least I know that they are going on. Everyone I saw that night had experienced music.
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. - Robert H. Schuller
Greetings middbeat. I, the treeman, have returned to tell you about another of our campus’s stand-out trees (if this is your first time reading one of my submissions, I recommend you at least take a look at my first article for some context), but first I must apologize to my fellow tree enthusiasts for my lengthy absence. For a time, even I, the treeman, was too caught up in my day-to-day human bustling to appreciate my aplomb arboreal buddies. Fortunately, that treeless time has passed and I am excited to be writing about my favorite woody sentinels once more. Treeward!
THIS UNDER-APPRECIATED HERO
I believe this dude is a red pine (though, as always, I urge you to take my entirely unprofessional opinion with a few dashes of salt) and I call him Danko. Rooted between Coffrin and the Chateau, Danko hardly stands out to most passers-by. In the fall and spring, the foliage of the surrounding Washington Hawthorns and nearby Sugar Maples easily draws our eyes from this squat little evergreen and in winter he is dwarfed by the Norway Spruces that mark the edge of Battell Beach while the frozen berries of his Hawthorn neighbors continue to steal the proverbial “limelight.” Continue reading
Quick, today is the last day! Head to the registrar’s office to ADD a class or invoke the Pass/D/Fail option. This option is fairly new and can be super useful for those of you who want to take a class in an unfamiliar field that may be particularly challenging, among other reasons.
If you’re confused about any of that, the Registrar’s website is super helpful.
Submit your add cards to the office by 5 pm today. An insider tip: Any add cards that make it into the submissions box by 8:15 tomorrow morning will be accepted. You can drop classes on Banner Web until 5 pm today or with a physical card until March 14.
I’m sure pretty much everyone is now familiar with the 17 year old pop/alternative sensation, Lorde. She dominated the charts last summer with her release of “Royals”, which earned her the Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance awards at the Grammys a few weeks ago. Her rapid launch into fame occurred as a result of her unique blend of vocal and instrumental sound, notably in her inaugural EP, The Love Club. Her debut album Pure Heroine, which is even better than the EP, poignantly captures the vicissitudes of adolescence with electronic beats and a breathy voice. One particularly catchy tune, “Glory and Gore”, is on the rise following the success of fan-favorites like “Team” and “Tennis Court”. Enjoy, and happy Winter Carnival!