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Fitness Center Woes

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Welcome to Middlebury College where, at any given time, there will be approximately ten times more Lulu Lemon Inspire Crop II pants in the gym than functioning treadmills. I’m not looking for an Equinox, but the fitness center has been left out of the highly publicized upgrades to the athletic center. Major, multi-million dollar upgrades occur while the most used facility receives no attention.

Unless you are an impossibly fit Brooker resident who frequents the rock climbing wall and ice climbs your way to physical perfection, or you are comfortable running outside in the midst of our never-ending winter, then the fitness center is your only option. For starters, that place is so hot and stuffy that the freezing temperatures outside become a welcome escape. The only time I am comfortable with no air is when it’s the 2007 hit song by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown. If you’re like me, and refuse to settle for those moonwalk machines behind the treadmills or the demoralizing seated bike, your gym options are slim. I find the Cybex treadmills on the left to be better for shock absorption, but only if they don’t physically shock you already (an electrical phenomenon that I recently discovered). I’d be more than happy to settle for a spinning bike if I could actually lock my feet within the footholds, four of which are currently in shreds. The movement from handwritten to typed and capitalized signs that read “OUT OF ORDER” currently on 3 treadmills suggests a permanence that makes me uneasy. 

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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!

Recap: Homophobia In Athletics

Last Tuesday, James Clifford and Katie Linder ’14.5 helped facilitate a discussion on homophobia and athletics at Middlebury.  Over the past few months, this topic has come up on numerous occasions, perhaps spurred on in part by Wade Davis’ talk over J-term.  middbeat caught up with the discussion leaders to see how the event went in their eyes.  Katie writes in:

Last Tuesday night about 100 athletes came to McCullogh Social Space to talk about homophobia in athletics at Middlebury. All the varsity and club level I sports were represented except one team that had practice at the time of the event. The turnout was astonishing. In the fall, when James Clifford I  started planning the event, I was thinking that we might get about 20 people, half of which would be from the women’s rugby team, as a favor to me. The idea for the event came from a meeting between members of the SGA Athletics Committee and the board of Middlebury Queers & Allies came together to find a way to talk about homophobia.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Hig Roberts '14 celebrates his big win

Hig Roberts ’14 celebrates his big win

As the 91st Winter Carnival comes to a close, here’s a look at the Middlebury Ski Team’s great weekend of racing.  You can read all about the results on the Team’s blog or see the full time report here.

Gilbert-elle-photocreditdustinsatloffMiddlebury-Carnival-2-22-14-50811-XLBailey-Nick-photcreditdustinsatloffWilliams-Carnival-2-15-14-49757-XLHig Roberts ’14 (above) was the big winner, placing first the the Men’s Giant Slalom on Saturday with a combined time of 1:54:75, beating UVM skier Kevin Drury by nearly a second.  Elle Gilbert ’16 (left) and Nick Bailey ’14 (right) both had their career best result, taking 4th and 5th respectively.


The rowdy crowd cheering up the Randy's Roost on Saturday

The rowdy crowd cheering up the Randy’s Roost on Saturday


The Alpine skiers get a lot of attention, but we can’t forget about our Nordic team!  Ben Lustgarten ’14 (left) won the Men’s 10K by a big margin, not to mention the career best time from Emily Attwood ’14 (right).


 Stella Holt ’15 and Adam Luban ’17 both wrote in with a nice summary of their cross-country endeavors that gives us an idea of how much this carnival means to the skiers themselves.  Here’s what Stella had to say:

The nordic team experienced so many different emotions this weekend I think some of us are still trying to process it all. To put things in perspective, we started training for this winter last May and this weekend was the last of six weekends of back to back racing. Not only was it Regional Championships, but it was also our single home carnival of the season, a combination that is known to put an enormous amount of pressure on racers.

On Friday the general emotion of the day was excitement and Middlebury pride as Ben Lustgarten won the men’s race by 50 seconds. This is a HUGE margin. Despite the fact that several of us on the women’s team that have had strong results this season failed to finish within our expectations, we were quick to leave our races at the finish line and rally behind Ben and his most incredible performance. Ben has had a pretty interesting season this year. Continue reading

Final Home Hockey Game and Senior Night!

Louis Belise ’14

Mike Longo ’14

Today at 4pm, the Men’s Hockey Team (10-10-3) will take on Hamilton (5-14-3) in their final regular season game. The Panther’s have picked up a little momentum in the NESCAC recently, defeating Amherst yesterday 3-2 and securing home field advantage for NECSCAC quarterfinal match.

Come out and cheer on the seniors!


Panther fanatic Ben Custer ’14.5 writes in: “Today is the kind of day when you wake up and thank God you are a hockey fan. Get ready ‘cuz here we come.”

Date: Today
Time: 4pm
Place: Kenyon Arena

REPOST: Hig Roberts ’14 is famous, watch him race this weekend

Private equity summer analyst Hig Roberts is currently nationally ranked in the top five for college ski racers.

(lifted from Business Insider)

Finance Job: Roberts worked at Philadelphia-area Graham Partners last summer. He plans to work in finance upon graduation.

Education: Middlebury College (expected graduation: May 2014)

Ski Highlights: He’s the captain of Middlebury College’s Division I ski team. He’s also a two-time All-American and a member of the NCAA National Championship Slalom Team for 2012 and 2013. In December 2013, he competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Trentino, Italy where he finished 7th overall in the Giant Slalom and 19th in the Slalom event (the top American in both events). This competition featured the most elite college and professional athletes in the world. Roberts is currently nationally ranked in the top 5 and has been invited to National Team champs.

Thanks for the info, Business Insider. Hig will be racing at the Carnival today and tomorrow.


Check race results LIVE here.


Today and Tomorrow: SKIING

From Christoph Niederhauser ’16:

Winter Carnival is this weekend! Its going to be a blast. The ski races are Friday and Saturday and this awesome promo video will give some more information by James W Brown IV’s, Tito Son’s and Tommy Hyde’s Spontaneous Productions.

To many, Winter Carnival weekend is simply a time for partying and playing in the snow.  You can do both those things at the Snow Bowl on Friday and Saturday while you watch Middlebury Skiers compete. If you’ve enjoyed watching the Olympic ski racing on TV, I promise that seeing it in person will blow your mind. Pre-bowl festivities are encouraged.

Also, the Middlebury College Pep Band will be making an appearance at the bowl on Saturday – not to be missed.  They’ll play once in the lodge between races around noon and once up on Randy’s Roost at 1:30.  Here’s some footage from last year’s performance.  Word on the street is the band has several new members and some new music to show off.

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Men’s Basketball vs. Bowdoin, Sunday

Their “Road to Salem” hasn’t been perfect, but the Middlebury men’s basketball team has proved relentless in their pursuit of tournament play. The Panthers, currently 14-7, have seen tremendous success this week, taking down both Keane State and Colby with over ten-point leads. We’re confident the boys will see similar success when facing tough NESCAC competition this Sunday. With Bowdoin currently ranked third in the NESCAC and Middlebury a close fourth, it’ll definitely be an intense game. Can’t make it? Be sure to check out the “Road to Salem,” a ten part series documenting this years men’s basketball season created by Kyle Finck ’14, Sasha Schell ’16, and Damon Hathaway ’13.5 - all episodes are available on the Middlebury Campus’ vimeo account.

Date: Sunday, 2/9
Time: Game starts at 3 PM, suggest you show early
Place: Pepin Gymnasium

Hauschka ’07 Wins the Super Bowl!!!

0f8ca44baa0a340183dae42f92891558As Twitter resounded proud support last night, we’d like to throw up a huge “CONGRATS, DUDE!” to former Middlebury College kicker Steven Hauschka ’07 for winning the Super Bowl last night. Hauschka helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, scoring 11 points. It’s been a long time since Midd has produced a team sport world champ – 103 years exactly, Ray Fisher winning the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1910. Midd Athletics explains: “In the game, Hauschka connected on a pair of field goals with a 31-yard make at the 10:25 mark and a 33-yard make at the 2:21 mark of the first quarter, and was 5-5 on extra-point attempts for 11 points. That point total led all scorers in the game.”

Best part: Hauschka didn’t even plan on playing football, the legend all began when he got cut from the men’s varsity soccer team and tried out for football on a whim at the start of his sophomore year. Kid’s got brains too, graduating with a B.A. in neuroscience alongside numerous athletic awards: In his three seasons with the Panthers, he was a two-time All-NESCAC selection as both a kicker and punter where he owns the school’s single-season and career records for field goals. He was named a District I Academic All-American by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) during his senior year. He then finished out his playing eligibility and played one year at North Carolina State University.

Hauschka then went on to kick for the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and the Denver Broncos before signing with the Seahawks on September 4th, 2011. Our kid has proved critical to the Seahawks’ success over the past three seasons, and demonstrated true D-III, NESCAC-bred excellence when it counted last night. Read more about the game and Hauschka’s history here and here (Damon Hatheway ’13.5 – congrats! – pre-game interview with Hauschka). We couldn’t be more proud, Steven.

Now, how about you come pay a visit??? Heady Topper’s on us.