Middlebury’s Fading Honor Code in the New York Times

Yes! We’ve made it to New York Times!


“The campus tour for prospective Middlebury students stops in a corridor outside a much-frequented eatery at the student center. Here, the guide directs their attention to a glass case exhibiting signatures of every freshman who has signed the honor code, a pledge made during orientation. To high school students fresh out of the SAT and A.P. grind, these signatures suggest that the competition for high scores is over; learning would now be fuller and more meaningful. Lowering their gaze, however, they might notice three trash bins lined up under the display. This juxtaposition looks to be a fitting metaphor for Middlebury’s attitude toward its honor code.”


at least we recycle…

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This Week: Sexual Straightjackets & Queer Escapes

From Chellis House and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies:

Starting off the 2014 Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context, gender, sexuality and feminist studies students are hosting MiddQUEER, a video showing and discussion on “What’s your sexuality and how do you know?” A variety of students were asked to respond to the Heterosexual Questionnaire and we filmed their responses. Come see what your peers had to say! In Crossroads Cafe. 

Come to the event MiddQUEER - Monday, April 14th at 7pm in Crossroads.  This film screening and discussion kicks off this year’s 2014 Gensler Family Symposium, a week filled with talks, presentations, poetry readings, art and much more all centered on Feminism in a Global Context.

Click to see the poster with info on all the events this week!

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TONIGHT: Christine Vachon presents “Kill Your Darlings”

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American independent film producer Christine Valchon will visit Middlebury tonight to present her 2013 film Kill Your Darlings, in an event sponsored by the Film & Media Culture department.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, stars Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsburg during his time as a student at Columbia University in the 1940s. Based on true events, the film chronicles the early ongoings of the beat writers’ generation as Radcliffe finds himself entangled in a complex web of friendship, love, literary aspirations, and murder.

Christine has produced a number of acclaimed films including Far From Heaven (2002), the Academy-Award winning Boys Don’t Cry (1999), One Hour Photo (2002), and I’m Not There (2007), as well as the 2011 Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. Her first film, Poison, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1991. Christine co-founded the New York City-based production company Killer Films in 1995 alongside producer Pamela Koffer.

Christine will present the film and lead a Q&A session after the screening in Dana Auditorium. I recommend that you check it out. She’s kind of a big deal.

When: Tonight, 7:30pm
Dana Auditorium 


babes all around

Happening RIGHT NOW at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium (aka the football field): MCRC competes against five teams (AIC, UConn, UAlbany, Northeastern, and UMass Amherst) in sevens rugby!

They started at 10 am and the last game is scheduled for 4:30 pm, but games will be played throughout the day. According to the Facebook event, “At roughly 15 minutes apiece, the games are fast, explosive, and always fun to watch. Plus, sevens rugby is going to be featured in the 2016 Summer Olympics, so you best familiarize yourself now!

Come down to support the MCRC and enjoy food, beverage, the Middlebury Pep Band, and some quality rugby.

Gear will also be available to purchase!”


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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BEAT of the Week

Yo Midd!

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!




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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