The GMC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invite members of the GMC community to hear performance poet, writer and organizer Remi Kanazi discuss his book Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising up from Brooklyn to Palestine on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. “Remi Kanazi’s poetry presents an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people’s stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.”
Join this community conversation on Thursday, Dec. 1 to discuss a Carbon Pollution Tax initiative in Vermont supported by over 20 organizations including the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Sierra Club and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Dozens of Vermont companies have signed on to support the carbon pollution tax proposal which would place a tax on fossil fuels sold in Vermont. Students in GMC‘s Economics of the Environment class are sponsoring this event to educate the campus about a carbon tax and evaluating the economic impact the policy would have on GMC. Students, faculty and staff are welcome! 6-7 p.m. in Terrace 122.
To conclude her delicate balance project, Sophia Milkowski ’17 will host a school-wide weekend devoted to wellness of all kinds. This two-day event includes vendors, guest practitioners and workshop leaders. Topics of interest include herbalism, reiki, massage, natural beauty products, allergen-safe cooking, culinary therapy, yoga, and more.
Restorative reiki-infused yoga with Hope Aguilera 12:30-1:45 p.m., Chapel.
Beauty is more than skin-deep workshop with Helena Wu (guest herbalist), 1-1:30 p.m., East Room
Cool Calm and Collected: herbs for stress and anxiety with Helena Wu, 1:30-2, East Room
Group discussion: mental health within marginalized groups of the GMC community with Dominic Wright, 3-4 p.m., East Room.
Massage basics (focusing on self-massage and injury prevention) with Rebecca Ruplin (guest masseuse), 2-4 p.m., Chapel
Allergen-free Cooking Therapy workshop with Nagera Pemberton and Carleen Brandon, 1-4 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Menstrual Myth-Busting workshop with Katie Best, 1-3 p.m., Chapel
Flower essences workshop with Helena Wu, 1-1:30 p.m., East Room
Natural preventatives and remedies for colds and flu with Helena Wu 1:30-2 p.m., East Room
Soap, Salve, and Lip Balm making workshop with Bug Schilling, noon-2:30 p.m. (Farmhouse)
DIY Kombucha workshop with Sophia Milkowski and Erica Siclari, 2:30-3 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Tea and Tincture workshop with Rebecca Ruplin, 3-4:30 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Two students will unveil senior shows in the Feick Fine Arts Center and in the Surdam Gallery this Friday. Deirdre Graham’s exhibition of ceramic work titled “Impermanence” will be on view at the Feick Friday, Nov. 18 through Dec. 6. The opening reception is Friday from 6-8 p.m. Deirdre is an anthropology/sociology major. Cristina Tamarez presents her show “Assimilation: the Creation of a New Identity,” her senior capstone exhibition, on Friday at Surdam from 6-8 p.m. She is an interdisciplinary studies major with a primary focus in art and a secondary focus in anthropology. Her show will also be on view through December 6.
After nine days of turning off the lights, the winner of the College’s annual Do It In The Dark event is Bogue Hall. Having reduced their electricity usage by a whopping 14.5%, Bogue is the winner! Lyman and Cree trailed close behind, reducing their electricity usage by 11.7% and 9.5%, respectively. Bogue will now receive up to $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades. Any students interested in being a part of the assessment and upgrade processes can get in touch with Ryan Ihrke from the Sustainability Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all who participated!
The Green Mountain College women’s cross country season came to a close last Saturday following the North Atlantic Conference Championship race held at Johnson State College. Green Mountain was led by a standout effort from Grace Powers ’19 who finished 11th and was named to 2016 NAC All-Conference Second Team. In the cold, wet conditions, Powers used a strong finishing mile to move from 20th place to 11th with a time of 23:07 over the 5K course. “Saturday’s achievement is a tremendous accomplishment for Grace,” said head coach Ben Davis. “Grace is a very talented runner and has just scratched the surface of her ultimate potential. The women’s team will use her performance last Saturday as a building block as we continue to work towards building a championship caliber program at the College.”
Student Rachel Aramburu recruited a GMC team to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event October 23 in Castleton. The team, which included GMC President Bob Allen, walked the four-mile route and raised $215 for the American Cancer Society. A total of 14 students participated. Rachel is the president of SAGE Hall, where residents commit to eight hours of community service each semester. The MSABC walk raises awareness about breast cancer risk and collects donations to support cancer research and patient programs.
GMC was well represented at the “Deep Change for Climate Justice” conference held October 15-16 in White River Junction, Vt. The conference was dedicated to “creative dialogue, learning the story of this emerging movement, understanding our role in this story, and moving towards networking, collaboration, and action.” The keynote speaker was Sherri Mitchell who was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation in Maine and who brings an important perspective to climate justice issues. Sherri is a practicing attorney and the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. GMC students Ellen Sanders ’19, Elizabeth Martrirosian ‘20 and Truman Cressey ’18 joined chaplain Shirley Oskamp participating in the conference and joining discussions focused on transformational activism.
GMC‘s annual “Do It In The Dark” challenge begins next Sunday, October 30th! This week-long energy saving competition educates the GMC campus about energy saving techniques–folks can do everything from take a conservation pledge to camp out with the Sustainability Office to save energy. Keep an eye out for details, and if you want to get involved, email Yaz email@example.com.
The Green Mountain College Creative Composters are putting on a free meal from extra food prepared in the dining hall. Our food safety training is from the Food Recovery Network, which works with over 195 other colleges in the nation to recover food and serve it in their communities. The food has only been handled by the chefs that prepared it, and the trained people that recover and transport it. Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Poultney United Methodist Church, 108 Main Street in Poultney.