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Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021

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Chinese and Luso-Hispanic Studies Bring “Shang Chi” to Middlebury

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ushers in a new generation of superheroes, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” offers a unique story entrenched in martial arts and Chinese culture. Just after the film’s theatrical release, the Chinese and Luso-Hispanic Studies departments, together ...


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WRMC Radio Roundup: Whistle While You Work

Fresh off the heels of their newest indie pop psych rock album, the Brooklyn quartet, Crumb, is making the trek up to Middlebury, Vermont this Friday, October 1. Spend this week memorizing the words to every song so you can sing your heart out at our first live concert of the year!


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Spin Doctor: Basking in the “Doomin’ Sun”

Welcome to the first installment of Spin Doctor, a biweekly dose of music reviews and recommendations by Yardena Carmi ’23. Our current culture seems to be defined by an ever-increasing ability to hyperfixate and obsess. If there is an actor or athlete you like, their life story is immediately accessible ...


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Reel Critic: “Tenet”

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is without question one of the most narratively and visually complex films that I’ve ever seen. One might guess this given the nature of the plot, which follows a CIA agent, known only as the Protagonist (John David Washington), on his mission to save the world from ...


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WRMC Radio Roundup: School of Rock (and other music)

Have your Spotify playlists become stale? Is your weekly mix just not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to branch out and listen to something new. The Executive Board of WRMC, Middlebury College’s radio station, has selected a wonderfully wide range of albums, spanning time and genre, for your listening ...


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First@Midd welcomes record number of students

After the strange and difficult 2020-2021 school year, many students are desperate to return to semi-normalcy. While returning students have some idea of what to expect, incoming first years spent their summers in eager anticipation, hoping for the classic college experience they’ve heard about for ...


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To Kill a Bookworm: book recs inspired by the season

The leaves are beginning to change in Vermont, and it's starting to feel like fall. I compiled a list of books that remind me of autumn, my favorite time of year to curl up with a cup of tea and a good read. “Circe” by Madeline Miller When I think about fall reading, “Circe” is one of the ...


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A Midd-Summer Night’s Dream

In between semesters, many students chose to spend their summers on campus, providing the perfect chance to enjoy Middlebury without having to endure the harsh weather and harsher workload. After being online during the summer of 2020, many of the Middlebury Language Schools were back in person this ...


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Reel Critic: “The Suicide Squad”

David Ayer’s 2016 film “Suicide Squad” was a failure of cinematic creativity. Awkwardly-written, sloppily-paced and with scenes stitched together as if at random, the comic book film attempted to capture the playfulness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the dark gravitas of Christopher Nolan’s  ...


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WRMC Radio Roundup: Sounds of (the) Summer

Have your Spotify playlists become stale? Is your weekly mix just not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to branch out and listen to something new. The Executive Board of WRMC, Middlebury College’s radio station, has selected a wonderfully wide range of albums, spanning time and genre, for your listening ...


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WRMC Radio Roundup: Sunny beats to drift through the summer

Have your Spotify playlists become stale? Is your weekly mix just not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to branch out and listen to something new. The Executive Board of WRMC, Middlebury College’s radio station, has selected a wonderfully wide range of albums, spanning time and genre, for your listening ...


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Midd arts scene extends into new space

Even NASA’s Voyagers sing in space. They have each been equipped with a golden record filled with art, music, mathematics and greetings in an array of languages — prepared to communicate with the universe about the culture of our earth — and have been launched into space on one of the most significant ...


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Painting a pandemic: studio art majors finish strong

The advanced studio seminar’s end-of-semester exhibition, which opens with limited capacity on May 19, features the work of six student artists across a wide range of mediums.  For nearly three months, students have been working in and outside the classroom on their exhibition pieces. Critiques ...


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A semester in (book) review

“Nothing To See Here” by Kevin Wilson I began my semester off with a bizarre read. “Nothing to See Here” follows a nanny tasked with taking care of a U.S. senator’s two children. At first glance, the twins appear to be normal kids, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bessie and ...


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Peaches and dreams: the Peach Pit Writing Collective

Amidst the buzzing energy of Nocturne, a calm, warm glow emanated from the Gifford Hall Gamphitheatre. Vibrant verses of poetry captivated nearby ears and drew a sizable crowd to first ever recitation from the newly formed Peach Pit Writing Collective.  Yardena Carmi ’23 and Emma Auer ’23 created ...


The Setonian

Finding humanity through dread in “Outer Wilds”

Dread is an emotion I rarely experience when consuming a piece of media. I get teary-eyed or feel a lump in my throat when watching an emotional scene in a movie. I get goosebumps when listening to that song that got me through days that would never end. I even get anxious reading through the climax ...


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“Everybody” raises hell in Wright Memorial Theatre

Based on the 15th-century morality play “Everyman,” each character in the Middlebury Department of Theatre’s production of “Everybody,” a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, seeks to personify a worldly value. Presented live by a company of actors and dancers, “Everybody” was performed for ...


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Dancing to the music of a different time

The Center for Disease Control’s announcement that masks and social distancing aren’t required anymore in most instances for fully vaccinated Americans has led me, strangely enough, to revisit a hidden gem of literary fiction: Anthony Powell’s 12-volume tragicomedy masterpiece, “A Dance to the ...