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

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 · 3 Comments

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? Or, F*ck Charles Murray

By Maya DA 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

Accent

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

“Sluts”

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

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