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

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

It’s Not Our Day

by Maya DA   I spent most of fifth grade fearing everyday that my brother would be killed. At the very least, that he would be jumped—pounced on by a … Continue reading

August 27, 2014

Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible

By: Timothy Garcia Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible” is a short documentary that takes a look into student life at Middlebury college by exploring experiences of Students of … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

dear community

Dear community,         I am typing this email distressed, not just because of the impending final examinations that I am to take in the next week, but also because the … Continue reading

May 15, 2014

this is an un(safe) space

by Anonymous I’m sitting in my room, right now, at 8:50pm on this Sunday evening. It’s the last week of school, and I feel like I’ve made it even though … Continue reading

May 13, 2014

The Extent of an Apology

by Anonymous Two baggy shirted, gym short clad men came out onto the library porch this afternoon, after seeing their friend shirtless, tanning right behind where I was sitting. The … Continue reading

May 12, 2014


by Anonymous. Up and down the crowded hallways people prepare for imminent battle. Sex and disrespect are the theme of the costumes. In and out, in and out, they float … Continue reading

May 11, 2014

Just so you’re aware…

by Alex Strott and Jackie Park Today, someone I know told me something very disturbing. She told me that she had been invited, along with a friend, to a party … Continue reading

May 9, 2014

K12: End public education as we know it?

Here’s something from a faculty member that thinks Middlebury should sever all ties with K12, Inc. by Laurie Essig Faculty are discussing Middlebury’s MIL’s affiliation with a company called K12, … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Defense of Anger

by Anonymous As a woman of color on campus, I have felt ignored. I have felt dismissed and marginalized. I have felt invisible at the Feminist Action at Middlebury meetings, … Continue reading

May 8, 2014


or, everything I want to say before graduating by Lily Andrews   because beyond the green continues to be misunderstood and that’s annoying there is no place like Middlebury that makes … Continue reading

May 8, 2014


by: anonymous when I was young, when I was in high school, when I was thinking about– falling in love- I used to imagine lifting. I used to imagine strong … Continue reading

May 7, 2014

The Rules of Engagement

by Kya Adetoro Now please, understand that the following are in no way an authoritative set of rules—I certainly don’t have that type of power, rather these are reflections that … Continue reading

May 7, 2014

Dear Writers, Listeners, and Writers who do not Listen in Middlebury (and other privileged places)

By: Diku R. @dikoolaid   Dear Writers, Listeners, and Writers who do not Listen My poetry makes you uncomfortable My stories do not make sense to you My characters are … Continue reading

May 5, 2014

the other night

by: Timothy Garcia On Friday night around 3am I was hanging outside of Forest Hall, which I live in, with a group of around 4 other friends (so in total … Continue reading

May 5, 2014

pungent and immediate

By: Anonymous “Tell me a story that’s pungent and immediate.  Avoid sounding academic at all costs.  Have a really, really powerful example.  Illustrate somehow that a victim of a grotesque … Continue reading

May 3, 2014

Fuck School.

by Missan DeSouza i have finally realized why i am always so tired on school days- I’ve become exhausted by the classroom, hearing the same overly used perspectives. The same … Continue reading

May 1, 2014

Have a Seat: It’s not about you

I want to take this moment to get unapologetically messy with you, because I’m frustrated and the fact that I even have to speak to this is flipping frustrating. So, … Continue reading

April 28, 2014

why I don’t want to talk about Race at middlebury college anymore.

By Timothy Garcia     middlebury lacks Cultural Competency   Students and Professors alike     I cannot remove Race and how it affects my life on an Everyday Basis … Continue reading

April 26, 2014

2nd generation

by: Jeanette Cortez   2nd generation I am so many things Like any good artist, I take in my surroundings And my surroundings are 102 and Anzac right behind the … Continue reading

April 23, 2014

Nose Goes (and other things)

By Diku Rogers Edited by Maya Doig-Acuña It’s been a stressful semester. Like every Middlebury student, I am balancing school, life at home and extracurriculars. And let us not forget … Continue reading

April 21, 2014

i am angry. but i am also exhausted.

By: anonymous   I am angry. But I am also exhausted.  Last night as I stood outside of a party, I overheard an older student singing a triumphant “drink, party, … Continue reading

April 20, 2014

notes from A student of color

by Tim García. | | | | | notes from A student of color | | | | | Okay, Okay, Okay, Alright.  You got me. I will stop complaining.  … Continue reading

April 20, 2014

“tell massa I’m coming back”

by Veronica Coates It’s 2AM on a Wednesday night. I have class at 9AM tomorrow, but insomnia sometimes visits me and I find myself randomly searching the internet for momentary … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

ignore the pain

by anonymous I could hear the tone of his voice change as I disclosed that piece of information that I always hold on to so closely: “So they are illegal,” … Continue reading

April 16, 2014


I was fifteen-years-old when I started to identify with the term “person of color.” In fact, it was the first time I really encountered the term at all. I knew … Continue reading

April 15, 2014

profiling and pubsafe

by anonymous. Last night, my girlfriend and I got into her car, which was parked outside of McCullough, after studying in Crossroads. We noticed that there was another car parked … Continue reading

April 14, 2014

vision for btg

By: Lily Andrews “I hope that this effort can be sustainable, and can fundamentally be a group, a community effort, rather than the stringing together of the tenaciousness of a … Continue reading

April 13, 2014

late nights at middlebury

by Maya DA I am wondering how to stay well here. It is easy for me, for many of us here I think, to become overwhelmed with all the work—and … Continue reading

April 11, 2014

a list of demands

By: The Coalition We are a coalition of students who have come together to build sustained political community on our campus. As members of this community engaged in multiple initiatives … Continue reading

April 10, 2014

for the haters

A Quote to Explain beyond the green to Those Who Say We Are Making a Mistake; Refusing to Engage in Dialogue; Preaching to the Choir By: Anonymous “when we are … Continue reading

April 10, 2014

navigating the system

by Katie Willis My stomach is full. Vegetables, pickle jars, butter, cheese, and eggs sit nestled precariously in the mini-fridge I share with my girlfriend. I do not know the … Continue reading

April 10, 2014

spring symposium highlights

By: Lily Andrews here are the events I think look most interesting and transformative. It would be great if those that attended could take a few notes and send commentary or … Continue reading

April 10, 2014

on the publishing process

By: Ally Yanson Hey Hi Hello.   If you have come this far, you are probably either a) somewhat interested in the issues and articles we are publishing (you may … Continue reading

April 9, 2014

calling for submissions

beyond the green is accepting submissions on a rolling basis (for the rest of eternity). because beyond the green is a new publication, we hope that a diverse group of … Continue reading

April 9, 2014

feminist consciousness raising

By: Veronica Coates In an article I recently read about virtual feminism, blogging for girls was a way for them to connect “their personal experiences to the larger social, political, … Continue reading

April 8, 2014

invisible identities

“zuni” I am an upper-middle class white girl and when people ask me where I’m from I usually say “Western Massachusetts.” I have an enormous amount of privilege and comfort … Continue reading

April 7, 2014

For every tomorrow I’m stronger.

February 3, 2014

Trauma leaves a trail of bad habits and patterns of thought that I did not know existed until going to counseling. Not that counseling is the thing for everyone, but being able to recognize those patterns allowed me to take steps towards healing and not freak out anymore over small things.

February 3, 2014

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