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From the Archives: In defense of Valentine’s Day

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Special Collections team offered a collection of old Valentine’s Day cards that have been acquired throughout history for this week’s “From the Archives.” These cards not only showcase the evolution of Valentine’s Day as a holiday, but also the evolution ...


Halftime Show Review: Reduce, reuse, recycle, Rihanna?

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is the zeitgeist of our time — the last true spectacle that can provide years of conversation fodder for people with even the tiniest pop culture inclinations. In September of last year, when Rihanna, one of the biggest artists of all time, was announced as the Halftime ...

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Reel Critic: “The Pale Blue Eye”

When “The Pale Blue Eye” was first announced in early 2021, the film’s most immediate appeal was its fusion of subject matter and setting. Cooper intended to bring Gothic atmospherics to bear on a 19th-century military school in the remote Hudson Highlands, an eerie pairing that would evoke Poe’s ...

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The most important things we learned over J-Term

By the end of the fall semester, winter break is much needed. However, the rest we enjoy over those three weeks can easily turn into boredom. A restlessness to get back to campus sets in even though students might not be quite ready to manage the stress of a full-blown semester.

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Valentine’s Day Arts Roundup

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I bring to you the artistic representation of love in all its forms — platonic, romantic and self-love — through music and film. Whether or not you had a Valentine, it’s not too late to appreciate love’s omnipresence in our lives here on campus.


Slipin Sips: introduction to natural wine

Yes, I may have discussed beer and mead in the first edition of “Sip on this” — and I will continue to in the future — but I don’t want to stray too far from what I want this column to be about: wine. The world of wine is vast and confusing, and the goal of this column is to connect budding ...

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A low-snow J-Term: How students have entertained themselves

J-Term is typically a time when students enjoy a more relaxed class schedule and a little more free time to enjoy Vermont’s winter activities, like skiing. But this January has lacked Vermont’s typical snowfall, making many of those activities that students look forward to difficult. 

WRMC Radio Roundup 1/26

On his new album “Me / And / Dad,” Billy Strings revisits a number of bluegrass standards alongside his father, who taught him to play guitar as a child. Backed up by an all-star cast of bluegrass pickers, including Ronnie McCoury and Jerry Douglas, Strings and Barber take turns singing lead on ...

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From the Archives: Baking from a 19th-century recipe book

In the bracing winter cold, the prospect of warm, freshly baked treats seems all the more tempting. This homemade recipe book from the late 19th century offers a view into baked goods that people would have enjoyed 150 years ago, containing handwritten recipes and recipes cut and pasted from newspapers. ...

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Niche Reads: Novels for anthropology majors

There are few topics literature explores better than human nature. Why do we make the decisions we make? How do we relate to the people around us? What does it mean to be a person at all? Arguably, nearly every novel ever written is about people, but these three books are especially focused on humanity ...


Reel Critic: “The Fabelmans”

He made us afraid to go in the water with “Jaws.” He gave the world its most beloved whip-wielding adventure hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He even resurrected the dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park.” Now, with “The Fabelmans,” Steven Spielberg has given audiences the story they didn’t ...

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The most important things we learned over break

At the close of each semester, Middlebury students scatter across the globe — returning home and traveling to wherever they will spend their breaks. Although it's easy to think of time off from school as a break from learning, the environments and experiences in which we find ourselves in between ...

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Heart of Afghanistan showcases Afghan history through music

Heart of Afghanistan graced Mahaney Arts Center on Jan. 13 with a performance, just under a year after their spring 2022 debut and days after their largest performance yet at the Kennedy Center. The group is made up of four performers: Afghan soap opera star and famous singer Ahmad Fanoos on vocals ...

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J-Term Crossword!

Here is this week's crossword! Solutions will be published on Friday, January 20th at 12 p.m. Good luck!