We all know how annoying it is to come into Proctor and spend twenty minutes not only finding a seat, but also finding A BOWL. We complain about it constantly – how can I have soup? Or yogurt? How can I have successive small portions because getting up and down is just so fun? (I say this in vein as I am absolutely a culprit). We share the frustration, yet we are the reason why there are consistently fewer bowls at Proctor dining hall. The dining services aren’t ignorant of the problem: since February 3rd they have consistently updated a document above the soup station tracing the decline and replacement of bowls. On 2/3 Proctor had 146 bowls, since they have lost 366 bowls and opened new bowls six times – in less than one month (see image above).
So, what elevates this occurance from an inevitable open dining hall consequence to an absolutely unacceptable and fundamentally hypocritical phenom? The cost of these bowls. This morning, a credible dining services employee informed me that Middlebury has spent over $40,000 on bowl replacements just this year, and spent over $50,000 on the same problem last year. This is enough money to pay for a student’s entire college tuition. At this rate, the college estimates spending approximately $80,000 on bowl replacements by the end of the 2014 school year. Just imagine the financial aid, social events, facility improvements etc. that this money could justifiably be used for.
Maybe everyone was privy to this reality, but I was not. This is both embarrassing and absurd, and needs to stop. I hate to rant, but if you have a bowl taken from a dining hall, especially Proctor, get off your ass and bring it back – now. We’re all part of the problem, and it would be just as easy to provide the solution.
The first time I met Nick Bachman ’15 was during a stereotypical, beer-infused college darty (a “darty” is a day party, for those of you unfamiliar with the term). As the party came to a close around 6 PM, Nick and I found ourselves to be some of the last stragglers not quite ready for closing time. For some odd reason (perhaps it was the irrational amount of beer in my system), I invited this new acquaintance and his friends to my house to keep the party going. We ended up listening to some of my records and as I put on vinyl after vinyl, I was impressed by Nick’s wealth of knowledge and interest in each album. Since then, a shared affinity for music has made what could have been a one-time drunken encounter into a friendship.
Nick doesn’t discriminate when it comes to genre – he just enjoys listening to music “where you know the band members are having a good time. Often, the sensation is infectious and you can’t help but smiling and sharing in the groove.” Though he doesn’t play in any musical group here at Midd, he enjoys noodling around on his guitar and listening to as much music as he can fit into a day. Nick writes in about his playlist:
At the end of last spring semester I departed West with a couple of my fellow peers. At the end of June, I caught a flight to Australia and then to New Zealand’s South Island to continue my academic pursuits abroad at the University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis. To fill our time down there a few of us would often congregate at our friend’s flat that had a good sound system, make a stir fry, and take turns choosing tracks to play over the speakers. Looking back, I realize that this time spent listening to music is when all of us really got to know each other.
Any student who has been abroad in an unfamiliar place, particularly in countries where music steeps into every aspect of the culture, knows how much music can truly bring people together. This playlist consists of songs shared with Nick by friends abroad, songs they discovered together, and some that reflect his personal music taste.
Here’s what Nick had to say about some of his favorite songs on the playlist:
If you haven’t heard, Atwater Dining Hall becomes a student-run restaurant on three Friday evenings each Month. The Head Chef of Dolci this week is Tony Shu ’14, bringing us a gourmet New York themed meal FOR FREE.
As you can imagine, there are a limited number of tickets available so getting on is very competitive. To enter the ticket lottery, sign up online tonight at 9 pm sharp. To clarify, tickets are available tonight, the dinner itself is FRIDAY.
From the organizers: If you sign up within the first 2 minutes your name will be entered into a lottery. If you get tickets, you will hear from us with 24 hours. If not, better luck next time. Remember that if you get tickets, they must be used – it’s really not fun to leave seat empty.
From me: Perfect opportunity for a first date. Low pressure situation, free, delicious, and memorable. If you are lucky enough to get tickets, you’ll get two!
We wish we had somebody to credit for this beauty, because it sounds pretty darn tasty. The anonymous culinary genius put pesto cream cheese and fries in a sandwich.That’s about as fancy as it’s gonna get around here, which is totally fine because pesto cream cheese tastes great. Pesto cream cheese is kind of like…tiramisu flavored yogurt; it’s almost fancy, but it isn’t.
Anyway, Let’s unpack that:
Oat bread turkey cheddar spinach French fries (in the sandwich) pesto cream cheese
How to: Toast oat bread and spread pesto cream cheese on either side. Add other ingredients (fries go in the sandwich) and grill in panini press. Enjoy!
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!
UPDATE: We have a drumset and a fancy board set up. If you are in a band and want to play this would be a good time to come.
Don’t forget to come to the Gamut Room tonight at 9pm for another night of open mic performances and delicious food. If you haven’t heard by now, the WOMP packs some serious heat. Last week, in addition to the sultry sounds of Milk Chocolate, over 18 performers stepped up to the mic to share their talents. So make sure you stop by, eat a crepe and check out some live music, stand up comedy, spoken word and more!
This week features a performance by the mythological rock gods Icarus and the Wax Wings.
Be prepared for special guests.
Also shout out to Maxim Eingorn ’14 - its his 22nd birthday.
After extensive debate at last week’s School District meeting and last night’s Town Meeting, the voters of Middlebury have decided to move forward with a plan to demolish the Town Office Building and Municipal Gym to be rebuilt in new locations. The election results were released after a day of open polls and hours of counting ballots. The tally for Article 6, the main point of discussion, was 915 for and 798 against. For those like me who need a calculator for basic math, that’s 1,713 total votes and a difference of 117. Pretty darn close.
Regardless of your feelings about the outcome, we can all appreciate the impressive amount of community involvement in this major decision for the Town. Many concerns were expressed during this process about the divisive nature of this issue and the potential for lack of consensus to create a rift in the community. Let’s hope that such an outcome can be avoided. After hearing many impassioned speeches at last night’s town meeting, I certainly hope that concerns about space for teen and senior programming and accessibility issues can be appropriately addressed, a hope shared by at least 798 people in this community.
Residents of both the Town and Campus can look forward to some new additions to the landscape in the coming months: a beautiful park connecting the Town and College, a welcoming new Town Office building located on the rotary downtown, and a multi-purpose gymnasium available for public use on the new Creek Road site. Extensive details of the plan are available online, as well as lot’s of cool pictures from the future.
An early design for the park. The College will own this land and be responsible for demolition, landscaping, and maintenance.
Thanks for following Middbeat’s coverage of this process, our first foray into local politics. As always, please submit anything and everything, town-related or otherwise to middbeat[at]gmail[dot]com. Read after the jump for the full election report, including results for the Selectboard, Schoolboard, and Articles 6-9.
Its snowing the perfect snowflakes outside. By perfect snowflake I mean geometric masterpieces that are miraculously falling from the sky!!! Seriously, go outside and check out how everything is sparkling. Its so soft. Also if you look at any light source it makes a rainbow through the snow.As snow lover, Jeff Colt, says “Nothing can escape their beauty!” <3 Vermont!
Also Check out Snowflake Bently’s pics. One of the first people (a Vermonter) to photograph this phenomena. Heres a guide how to take some great snowflake pictures by yourself. Email us if you get some good ones!
Also, heres a 2 minute winter video I made 2 years ago while living in Brooker:
If you’re reading this on your phone, continue reading. Here’s some info from Sydney Sanders ’16 about an awesome event she organized for tomorrow:
A few weeks ago my friend Sophia Miller ’16 randomly thought that it would be a fun challenge for our friends to try to go a day without cellphones. It seemed to us that the people around us are easily distracted from real connections and conversations because of our phones.
I thought it would be awesome to extend the challenge to as many people at Middlebury as possible. I love the idea of walking into Proctor, not having to text a friend about lunch plans, and just randomly sitting down with new people, or reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while. Walking through campus everyone would be ‘present’ enough to say hi, and not be distracted by technology.
It’s simple – this Wednesday, March 5, turn off your phone for the day! Check out the Facebook event for more details and commit to trying it out. One day without you phone won’t kill you, I promise.
Sydney also had the idea to connect this event with UNICEF’s Tap Project challenge. With this app, UNICEF will donate one day worth of clean water to a child in need for every 10 minutes you go without touching your phone. This sounds like an easy thing to do any day, not just Wednesday.
Spread the word and remember: Go Phone-Free Wednesday March 5th!