beyond the green: collective of middlebury voices

a student-run publication that seeks to provide space for voices that are not being heard on our campus. we are grounded by politics that are radical, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist, and anti-transphobic (against all forms of oppression) and that reject the structural neo-liberal paradigm that characterizes middlebury college and its official publications

We are the Robust Public Sphere

I want to talk to you about power. I want to talk about the power I’ve seen exercised during my three and a half years at this institution, about scrappy, … Continue reading

July 23, 2020

Midd Cops Off Campus

We at Beyond the Green express our full support for Middlebury Cops off Campus and urge others to provide testimonies and signatures to amplify their call to action. To quote … Continue reading

July 8, 2020

Student Raped, Banned from Class

ANONYMOUS   Yep, you read that headline right. Last spring I became one of the 20% of women in the United States who has experienced sexual assault since starting college. … Continue reading

September 17, 2019

BREAKING NEWS FROM OLD CHAPEL: An Activist Poster Presentation to the Trustees!

A very informative poster series went up in the lobby of Old Chapel today! Hope the esteemed guests get the chance to read the very well composed and thoroughly considered … Continue reading

May 11, 2019

Open Letter in Support of SGA’s Thirteen Proposals for Community Healing

By Vee Duong ’19 and Juliana Dunn ’19 This letter (go/signfor13) will be shared with the larger Middlebury Community and emailed to all SGA senators. Sign on to show your support … Continue reading

April 25, 2019

You’re Welcome

By Anonymous Student, submitted on Thursday April 18, 2019   Today was a good day. Correction: Today was supposed to be a good day. The sky was blue, the sun … Continue reading

April 19, 2019

Far Right Funding of Middlebury College’s Alexander Hamilton Forum

Find below an anonymous tip revealing some information on the far right funding source of Middlebury’s Alexander Hamilton Forum.     This is not the first time money from the … Continue reading

April 18, 2019

RCGA and POLSCI Responses to Open Letter

View the original Open Letter Political Science Department (POLSCI) Response 1: Tuesday, 7:49 AM 4/16/2018   Dear Juliana Dunn, Vee Duong, and Signatories of the Open Letter,   Thank you … Continue reading

April 17, 2019

Statement of Protest Intent: Apr. 17, 2019

  Our intention for this protest is to create an affirming, nonviolent space for marginalized people (particularly those impacted by Ryszard Legutko’s hateful rhetoric) to celebrate themselves and each other. … Continue reading

April 17, 2019

Reminder: Slavery Will Never Be a Joke

  Today in racist jokes that professors casually include in their lectures…. We welcome GEOL142 (The Ocean Floor) to join the group!!!!! In a slide entitled “Humor For Today,” Professor … Continue reading

April 16, 2019

Annotated: Professor Callanan’s email to Political Science Students

Annotated by: Rebecca Travalja ’19 and Travis Sanderson ’19 On Wednesday at 4:30 PM, the Alexander Hamilton Forum at Middlebury will host a lecture by Ryszard Legutko, Professor of Philosophy at … Continue reading

April 16, 2019

Open Letter to POLSCI and RCGA regarding Ryszard Legutko

POLSCI and RCGA have formally decided not to rescind co-sponsorship (despite the 840+ signatures on this letter as of 8:48 PM Wed, 4/17/2019). Read their (multiple) responses here:   … Continue reading

April 15, 2019

Mud: A Poem

By V Cw: sexual violence, suffocation, curse words . . . . Me My sister My friend Her sister My other friend My other friend’s friend 1 person is already … Continue reading

March 16, 2019

Two Years after Charles Murray: A Response

In light of the recent library display “Charles Who? What happened on March 2nd, 2017?” curated by Emma Ronai-Durning and of the fact that today is the two year anniversary … Continue reading

March 2, 2019

Communal Statement in Support of Survivors

At the end of fall semester, student activist Liz Dunn posted a “List of Men to Avoid” on their personal Facebook account, allowing other survivors to identify Middlebury students who … Continue reading

January 23, 2018

Alleged Transcript Details Bill Burger’s Actions on March 2nd

Disclaimer: BTG is sharing this transcript from an anonymous source that allegedly details a public safety officer speaking on the actions of VP of Communications Bill Burger on the night … Continue reading

November 15, 2017

Demands​ ​for​ ​Justice​ ​and​ ​Healing​ ​at​ ​Middlebury​ ​in​ ​Response​ ​to​ ​Racial​ ​Profiling

Dear President Patton, Demands for Justice and Healing at Middlebury in Response to Racial Profiling We demand a public apology from Laurie Patton to Addis Fouche-Channer, Black students and students … Continue reading

November 4, 2017

On Stifling Student Protest/John Sununu Comes to Middlebury

The college sent this email out the day before the event, but didn’t list it on any calendar. Coincidence? No, no it’s not. I don’t mean to sound conspiratorial, but it feels like this is an effort from the college to prevent student protest. That we are not even allowed the courtesy or the time, to organize peacefully (or not.) This sends a message to students that says: “We don’t trust you, nor do we  believe you are responsible or intelligent enough to respond in a way that is backed up by anything other than emotion” (which is valuable.) They are also saying that these people’s views still deserve to be in circulation (which they do not.) And, this allows the college to go unchecked while it continues to pay people who support Trump, but more largely, racist policies, and in turn, the people in power in who uphold and fund them.

October 11, 2017

Culinary Colonialism

By Austin Kahn ‘17.5 There is nothing more celebrated at Middlebury College than a student-led business venture. Middlebury dedicates an enormous amount of its financial and human resources to entrepreneurship. … Continue reading

October 5, 2017

Casket Pretty//A Reflection on Police Brutality aka White People: Shut the Fuck Up!

By Elizabeth Dunn Ever since the Noname concert, I’ve been thinking a lot about police brutality. About how Black Lives Matter isn’t just a slogan, but is in part a … Continue reading

September 24, 2017

Dean of Students Baishakhi Taylor Intimidates Students

In recent weeks, the Dean of Students, Baishakhi Taylor, has harassed and intimidated multiple students in attempts to learn more information about the Charles Murray protests. She has surprised multiple … Continue reading

May 8, 2017

Just a Thought on Stress

By Ngor Luong Finals week is coming. I just found out that only 12% of people in my hood has graduated from college (you can check yours here; just enter your … Continue reading

May 5, 2017

Support Middlebury Students Being Punished by the College for Protesting Charles Murray

Dear Middlebury College Administration, We, the undersigned, believe that the College should inflict no official college discipline on students who protested the Charles Murray event. Punishing protesters does not address … Continue reading

April 28, 2017

Long-awaited Statement on Disciplinary Measures Because We’re Really Out to Get Students

Statement on Disciplinary Measures Long-awaited Statement on Disciplinary Measures Because We’re Really Out to Get Students   The College’s investigation has identified more than 70 individuals it believes may arbitrarily … Continue reading

April 20, 2017

Ask for No Official College Discipline for Student Protesters

Last month, Middlebury students disrupted racist, classist, ableist speaker Charles Murray’s lecture on campus. These students are now facing disciplinary action by the college for their participation in the protests. … Continue reading

April 19, 2017

to allison stanger, from the empowered ignorant

Dear allison stanger, Let me preface by expressing my rejection to academia as the end-all be-all for well written, valid and important works. No amount of carefully selected words can … Continue reading

April 10, 2017

Advice for students called in for meetings with administrators about judicial processes

Protect the safety of other students; you don’t have to provide any information about what anyone else did or didn’t do. You can say: “I’m not going to speak about … Continue reading

April 4, 2017

Hindsight is 20/20, or How Evaluating Online Databases for Subscriptions Can Be Like Researching Presenters for Campus Speaking Invitations

Katrina Spencer is the thinker and writer of this piece. Arabella Holzapfel is the feeler and instigator of this piece. Hi, I’m Katrina Spencer (go/katrina/), the Literatures & Cultures Librarian … Continue reading

March 24, 2017

On Middlebury and Mental Health

Or Middlebury never cared about my life until I wanted to end it. By Elizabeth Dunn CW: Self-harm, suicide. There’s a story an alum once told me about her friend, … Continue reading

March 22, 2017

Nuancing the Condemnation of Violent Resistance

by Inconspicuous White Girl CW: Racism, ableism, violence I have, for the most part, declined to publicly chime in on the dialogue around Middlebury students’ protests of Charles Murray’s lecture/the … Continue reading

March 20, 2017

On the troubling usage of Asians in defense of Charles Murray

We, as two Asian women, would like to address the Middlebury community. Since our individual identities tend to be erased and grouped together, we would like to preface this by … Continue reading

March 19, 2017

All This Talk Of Free Speech

By Dionne Thornton ’00 A racist was denied his recently and now we have all this talk of free speech. To twist and turn in negotiating his right with mine. … Continue reading

March 16, 2017

Open Letter to Middlebury Leadership Regarding the Recent Protest

To the President, Administrators, and Professors at Middlebury College, I am the white older sibling of a student of color at your school and I am writing to express solidarity … Continue reading

March 15, 2017

A Call for Empathy and Healing

By Jeremy Stratton-Smith Over the past week, there has been a slew of media coverage on the protest and surrounding events that occurred on Thursday, March 2nd in response to … Continue reading

March 11, 2017

What’s with the pushback against Midd’s activist?

by Wahid Ahmed ‘12.5 I think a big part of this backlash against Midd students demonstrating against CM is because people are uncomfortable with people of color and marginalized communities … Continue reading

March 9, 2017

An Open Letter to Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury College

By An Anonymous Alum I am a recent graduate of Middlebury College and I am writing to express my sincere disgust with how The College has handled the recent situation … Continue reading

March 8, 2017

Middlebury Students: College Administrator and Staff Assault Students, Endanger Lives After Murray Protest

What follows is a statement written by Middlebury College students who were present for the aftermath of eugenicist Charles Murray’s lecture on campus Thursday night. The students who have come … Continue reading

March 4, 2017

Charles Murray at Middlebury: Unacceptable and Unethical, Say Over 500 Alumni

Dear Middlebury College, We are Middlebury alumni/ae who were disappointed, confused, and alarmed to learn that Charles Murray has been invited to speak at our alma mater. The Southern Poverty … Continue reading

March 2, 2017

Who Matters at Middlebury?

By Maya Doig-Acuna Today, I experienced my first moment of genuine disappointment as an alumna of Middlebury College (I graduated two weeks ago). All day it followed me; the deeply … Continue reading

February 27, 2017

Hurting (Pt. 1)

By Kizzy Joseph Content warning: sexual assault Sometimes I wish I had inherited my mother’s ferocity and harnessed her power to roar, to roar so loud that glass would shatter … Continue reading

February 14, 2017

To You

By Julie Huynh When I was younger, I had to defend my parents’ decision to not show up to the parent teacher conference. When I was younger, I had to defend … Continue reading

February 13, 2017

A Rather Late But Necessary Response

By Jeimy Ruiz In response to Professor David Stoll’s article written on The Campus entitled “Racial Discourse at Middlebury”: I am automatically wary of white North American anthropologists. I wonder, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017

An Open Letter To My Professors

By  Anonymous Dear Professors, As the world grapples with the results of this election, I sit in my room filled with worry and anxiety. I fear for the years ahead. … Continue reading

December 14, 2016

Why All the Black Kids in My Intro to Macroeconomics Course at Middlebury Stopped Enjoying Rainbows

After Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib  By: Charles Alexander Rainey  ode to the results of the inequality survey my econ professor gave out in class / about five weeks ago / the ones … Continue reading

December 11, 2016

Why a Feminist Politic of Reproduction Must be Rooted in Prison Industrial Complex Abolition

~~click here to read our zine on the connection between reproductive justice and prison industrial complex abolition~~ by Morgan Grady-Benson, Taylor Cook, and Aliza Cohen

December 6, 2016


By Maria José Correa Does Your Accent Matter? Four days ago I had lunch with my new friend, Arthur. There was nothing unusual about it, except for two things: the day … Continue reading

December 1, 2016

In Response to the Rohatyn Center Student Advisory Board

by Travis Sanderson Every year, the Rohatyn Center hosts an annual student-run global affairs conference. Each one “gives students the opportunity to design, plan, and execute their own conference with the financial … Continue reading

November 20, 2016

What is Stress?

by Sandra Luo Stress. Noun: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress.   “Dear Sandra, Middlebury is aware that loan … Continue reading

November 11, 2016

On the Unrape-ability of Black Women, or Why I Can’t Get Over It

By Elizabeth Dunn [Content Warning, Sexual Assault] I was invited to ‘comfy night’ at the Mill last Thursday, and I was the only Black person there. I was annoyed‒ if … Continue reading

November 7, 2016

Dear First Generation Students

By Rebecca Duras My fellow first-generation college students,       At this point in the semester, even you bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshmen have realized that college isn’t all beer pong and cute Instagram photos. … Continue reading

November 2, 2016


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