Ski It If You Can

Ski It If You Can

By Guest Contributor

January 15, 2014

The most marked observation I took away from my short-lived skiing experience is the recognition that people of color are not skiing along with me, but rather operating the ski lift, pouring the hot chocolate, and serving the poppy-seed scones to skiers. “American ski culture continues to exist...

Reconsider TFA

Reconsider TFA

By Guest Contributor

December 4, 2013

When simple solutions and polished narratives are applied to complex issues, there is often something fishy lurking beneath the surface. Such is the case for Teach for America (TFA), which presents itself as an organization that recruits graduates of elite colleges, like Middlebury, and provides them...

Accept the Challenge

By Guest Contributor

December 4, 2013

We are the generation that is the least aware of how technology is changing our lives. Our gadgets, and the virtual realities that we can enter through them, can make us forget why we need to be present in the here and now, but only if we allow them to. I am writing in response to Cheswayo’s brilliant...

Privilege in the Bedroom

By Guest Contributor

December 4, 2013

“Privilege” is a word we love to use at Middlebury. It works well with our classroom discussions on the global south, how we perceive our relationships with the town, and even how we treat waste at our dining halls. It is not a term that often enters our bedrooms. I had a shocking reminder of...

Fasting for the Philippines

Fasting for the Philippines

By Guest Contributor

November 20, 2013

8,446 miles. That is how far it is from Middlebury to Tacloban City, Philippines. When the Earth suffers, we suffer with it, but not everyone suffers equally. Today, the Philippines is bearing much of the burden. Since our community often tends to feel apathetic towards the people and communities...

Don’t Overlook Bullying

By Guest Contributor

November 13, 2013

As we approach a month since the troubling and startling suicide of 16-year-old Olivia Scott of Bristol, Vt., the newspapers, media and other news outlets are noticeably absent of any content related to teen suicide, bullying or harassment. This is a common pattern after tragic events such as this occur....

Migrant Workers Beyond the Bubble

By Guest Contributor

November 13, 2013

“I love Middlebury College because it is in Vermont: everything seems to work here, I feel like I’m far away from those sad things that we see in the news!” That was one of the first things I heard from a Middlebury student, back when I was applying to the College. Indeed, on a campus that abounds...

Unnatural Disasters

Unnatural Disasters

By Guest Contributor

November 13, 2013

We’ve become largely desensitized to words like ‘10,000 likely dead.’ It’s not our family, our friends. But can we stop for a minute and recognize that people have died and will continue to die, as Typhoon Haiyan razes Southeast Asia because of a storm greatly exacerbated by climate change. Though...

Who Is Responsible For Rap?

Who Is Responsible For Rap?

By Guest Contributor

November 6, 2013

Like many other students on this campus, I went to the Chance the Rapper over the weekend. I danced and yelled and had a great time. I even listened to him perform the controversial lyric in his performance of “Favorite Song.” And so, now that Chance has come and gone, let us assess: what has chang...

Our Vision for TEDxMiddlebury: Research, Rethink, Rebuild

By Guest Contributor

November 6, 2013

Part of our fascination with innovative people is the almost palpable buzz of potential that surrounds them. Every insight that slips out is valuable in and of itself, but each nugget of wisdom’s true value is as a clue to the thought process that shaped it. These bright people have diverse identities,...

Moral Criteria for Investment

By Guest Contributor

November 6, 2013

During one of my first weeks in college, I did what every self-respecting Middlebury freshman did: I signed up for every and any club I thought I might find even remotely interesting. Although I naturally cut most of the clubs off my list, one standout was Socially Responsible Investing Club. The...

Take a Chance, MCAB

By Guest Contributor

October 30, 2013

A friend on the MCAB Concert Committee wrote to me after middbeat had posted my email, “I love to mess around as much as you do, but saying ‘let’s get these fascists’ doesn’t really allow for an honest discourse that could make the entire process better, rather than immediately trying to make...

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