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

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

Thank You: a poem

By Sierra Jackson   Being in Vermont I feel trapped I feel suffocated I feel confined and confused Angry and annoyed   But I also feel hungry and humble.   … Continue reading

October 27, 2016

The Unbearable Whiteness of Outdoor Spaces at Middlebury College*

*Title credit & inspiration goes to the incredible Annie Gilbert Coleman for her 1996 article The Unbearable Whiteness of Skiing By Anahi Naranjo ‘17 Growing up, the Andes of Ecuador … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

A Critique of Pubsafe’s Recent Emails

By beyond the green collective CW: Sexual assault On Tuesday Oct. 18 and Wednesday Oct. 19, all students, staff, and faculty received two emails from Public Safety, the first entitled … Continue reading

October 22, 2016

Note to Self for the Average White Person

by Alexis Levato Who are you? Look at yourself. When I look in the mirror I see my visible and invisible identities. I see that I am a womyn with … Continue reading

October 19, 2016

We Could Be Cousins

by Nia Robinson after Nate Marshall Whenever I see another black person in Middlebury, Vermont, I wonder if they can see me or if black has become phantom after so … Continue reading

September 16, 2016

Yuh nuh undastan? White Ignorance of Caribbean Dialects by Kizzy Joseph

By Kizzy Joseph To deliberately de-intellectualize the lyrical content of Rihanna’s Work by deeming it “gibberish” is to reinforce entrenched racist notions of black inferiority. It is to undermine the … Continue reading

April 5, 2016

Imagining Radical Accountability for Sexual Violence

By Molly McShane and Rebecca Coates-Finke CW for sexual assault We will not engage in a “debate” about the college judicial process. We are not here to attack college administrators … Continue reading

March 17, 2016

Re-reexamining Our Sexual Assault Investigative Process by Reem Rosenhaj

        (Content Warning For Sexual Assault)           This article is in response to the Middlebury Campus article, Reexamining Our Sexual Assault Investigation Process, which appeared in the paper (thank you … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Sex, Structural Sexism and Why I Had to Speak Up

I had thought about what I was going to say as I peed in the hallway bathroom. I teared up and cursed under my breath, because I know this happens … Continue reading

March 10, 2016

We Are Only Alums

aka And Now for Something Completely Different: an Op-Ed That Won’t Make You Throw Something by Afi Yellow-Duke ’15 and Jackie Park ’15 As recent alumni, we’re simultaneously unsurprised and … Continue reading

February 25, 2016

We do not have to justify our place at Middlebury

During the past academic year, The Campus has continuously published articles that have both subtly and explicitly reinforced the marginalization of several groups on this campus. The most recent of … Continue reading

February 25, 2016

What Is It That I’m Feeling?

My blood is boiling, I can feel it crossing my body, threatening to reach my head and burn it, but I don’t have fever. This is a new feeling I … Continue reading

February 1, 2016

Interview with Organizer and Abolitionist Joshua Allen

Adrian Leong ‘16.5 sat down with organizer and abolitionist Joshua Allen after their TEDxMiddlebury talk in November. Below are audio tracks and a transcript of their interview, divided by topic. … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

in a white college, in a white country, in a white world, it’s hard to be brown. by Aashna

i’m sad most days. i cry most days. hours and hours of tears and sobs that make my face burn. i always blame myself for it. why can’t i be … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

I want to love them, and I do, but sometimes they are hard to love.

Having close friends and family members with serious mental health struggles triggers a lot of emotions for me. I can sometimes end up on an emotional roller coaster as a … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

I don’t talk about this not because I feel uncomfortable, but because you do. By Morgan

People ask each other how they are all the time, but I’m convinced they don’t want a straight answer. The realm of acceptable responses to this question is somewhere between … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

I am very good at looking like “I am fine.”

[TW Suicide, Self-harm] My history with mental health started in the womb. I was raised by a mother who was deeply damaged by sexual abuse as a child. I learned … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

20 Thoughts from the Third Town Hall Discussion

After reading the Crampus today I was inspired to write my own slightly-satirical reactions to the third Town Hall Discussion. Of course, these thoughts and opinions do not represent all … Continue reading

December 14, 2015

The Real Question: Activism at Middlebury

By Kizzy Joseph and Elizabeth Dunn After yesterday’s Middlebury Solidarity Blackout and corresponding photoshoot and mixer (for lack of better words) organized by the Black Student Union, we walked away … Continue reading

November 14, 2015

Middlebury Dorms and Inclusion

Dear Middlebury College Leadership and Board of Trustees, We, Middlebury alumni, current students, and friends are committed to the college’s success and integrity. We want to share our concerns about … Continue reading

October 27, 2015

Gendered Bathroom Action

Recently, gender non-conforming (gnc) students and allies took down the men’s and women’s bathroom signs in Johnson and Ross buildings, labeling the bathroom doors ‘ALL GENDER NOW.’ This was done … Continue reading

October 15, 2015

Black Student Union (BSU) Statement on Vandalization of Posters

by Black Student Union Last night, after an affirming and productive BSU Board Retreat, our board went off to the dining halls for dinner, only to find that the posters … Continue reading

September 28, 2015


By Kizzy Joseph and Elizabeth Dunn We were coming back from a party, one of the last of the semester when it happened. Two black people most people would assume … Continue reading

September 21, 2015

The Importance of Graffiti

by Ujay Siddarth There are several things to consider when addressing the issue of graffiti, on this campus or otherwise. Jumping to the immediate conclusion that the use of graffiti … Continue reading

May 4, 2015

Vote Stuart Warren & Tiff Chang

The moment I read Stuart Warren’s take on the AAL requirements, calling them “silly and colonialist,” I knew he was a very different, and much needed, SGA Presidential Candidate. Our … Continue reading

April 29, 2015

Space for Healing

by Maya Doig-Acuña There are many mornings here when I wake up and wonder if I can or should try to make it out of bed. The day has barely … Continue reading

April 16, 2015

Dear Campus:

[trigger warning: sexual and institutional violence] Dear Campus, This semester, I decided to organize middlebury unmasked, a video-narrative project about reporting sexual violence at Middlebury College. To be certain, this … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

Dear Middlebury

by anonymous Dear Middlebury, In my few years here, you have taught me so much. You taught me the system I once valued was never meant for me. You taught … Continue reading

April 11, 2015

 In Solidarity: For My Detained Feminist Friends in China

by Jingyi Wu This is my story. My name is Jingyi Wu. Close to a week ago, at 2 pm, Mar. 6th 2015 Beijing time, two days before the International … Continue reading

March 14, 2015


by anonymous Coming back to Middlebury feels like claustrophobia. It feels like squishing myself into the backseat of a car that is full of luggage and car things and is … Continue reading

March 10, 2015

Presidential Brief

Over the course of the fall semester, students collected a compilation of memos “in an effort to inform the incoming President, Laurie L. Patton, of the conscious effort and passion … Continue reading

February 26, 2015

When Post-Racial Comments Don’t (Only) Come From White People

By Anonymous Being at a predominantly white school like Middlebury has made me trusting. It has made me believe that because the community of color here is so small, we … Continue reading

February 12, 2015

I am just one person

by Jackie Park I spent the past month trying to write an article about my meeting with Ron Liebowitz, the president of Middlebury College. Thankfully, I wasn’t meeting him alone, … Continue reading

December 12, 2014

On Anonymity

We were saddened to learn that after posting our latest piece, “Hate,” some people were attempting to guess the identity of its author (who chose to remain anonymous) and were … Continue reading

December 10, 2014


*I know this is long, but please read everything. My mixed reactions to the Ferguson verdict has made me realize that there is something very contradictory about being a black … Continue reading

December 8, 2014


by Amosh Neupane Kill me now, It’s better to be dead than to be breathing this toxic air, than to walk around in my wild curly hair, and my clothes … Continue reading

November 26, 2014

Am I intimidating you?

By Elizabeth Dunn “So, basically what you’re saying is that no white people are worth your time?” I’m speechless. This surprisingly defensive question from my CRA caused me to mentally … Continue reading

October 24, 2014

Consequences of Being Black Anywhere*

by Diku R. @dikoolaid *may be relevant to all POCs. Results may vary depending on the day, gender, sexuality, microaggressor, and person. 1. You will be lost for words when … Continue reading

October 15, 2014

What Middlebury Should Never Forget

by Celeste Allen Published with Ada’s permission. They say that if you forget your history, you are doomed to repeat it. So Middlebury, I think it’s time to do some … Continue reading

September 19, 2014

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