A Letter on Yik Yak Harassment

By Jordan Seman

October 8, 2014

Dear Middlebury community, Last spring, a friend encouraged me to download the app Yik Yak. “It’s like an anonymous twitter for Midd people, it’s hilarious,” she said.  I hadn’t spent much time reading it, until one day at lunch when I scrolled through the message board and saw: “If I cou...

What’s Really Going On

What’s Really Going On

By Guest Contributor

October 1, 2014

While I don’t agree with the manner in which the College administration revised the tailgating policy, I understand it. Especially with the advent of social media, we have the need to play up our college experiences. There’s the constant pressure to make our normal college experiences align with...

The Hunt For Heinz

The Hunt For Heinz

By Guest Contributor

October 1, 2014

You may already know about my campaign to get Heinz ketchup in all of our dining halls. Between the WeTheMiddKids petition, the go/heinzforall posters, and my somewhat unconventional ketchup solicitation in Atwater last week, I feel as though “Heinz Girl” has become something of a campus characte...

My Summer In Jerusalem

By Guest Contributor

October 1, 2014

So where were you over the summer?  Well, you know, I was back at home in Palestine-Israel.  Oh, wow, how was it? Umm, I mean, if you wanna talk about it… Ah, yeah, I mean, I guess it’s important to talk about it. But it’s not the casual response. What do you mean? I mean, you might not enjoy ...

Let’s Get Back to the Game

By Guest Contributor

October 1, 2014

A large majority of you reading this letter will not recognize my name, so as a way of introduction, I was the football coach at Middlebury from 1973 to 2000.  With that experience, I would like to add my thoughts to the continuing dialogue expressed by some students and alumni regarding the administr...

Religion in the Modern World

By Guest Contributor

September 24, 2014

 Religion has been crucial to human cultures for millennia, but it appears to have been dwindling in importance for the about the last century. Although God does not change, our culture has been rapidly transforming since the Industrial Revolution. It seems that our desire for happiness and accumulating...

Sit Down Now, Stand Up Soon

Sit Down Now, Stand Up Soon

By Guest Contributor

September 24, 2014

 Ever since the new tailgating policy was announced, we’ve been outraged. Outraged at the outrage. In MiddBeat’s coverage and subsequent online comments and Jack Dolan’s op-ed on the Campus’ website, there are several troubling trends that demand discussion. The more dangerous of these ten...

Breaking Open

By Guest Contributor

September 17, 2014

The summer before my senior year of high school I joined a pretty radical group working for environmental justice in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., my hometown. I had read about the new group in an article online and asked to join in its efforts.  We ran a free environmental education summer...

My Summer in Tel Aviv

By Guest Contributor

September 17, 2014

Jolted out of bed at 2 a.m. by the wailing of the fire alarm, I flail around in my dark room to find some resemblance of an outfit. After what seems like an eternity, I reluctantly go outside to join the other Battell residents huddled together in the cold, experiencing what has become a rite of pass...

Change the Post Grad Move-Out Policy

By Emily Singer

May 7, 2014

I will graduate from Middlebury College in two and a half weeks. It’s a painfully surreal concept that makes me wax nostalgic for the debauchery and laughter and stress and quarter-life crises I experienced over the past four years. I’ve spent a good amount of time thinking about the past and the...

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