Men’s soccer enjoyed an undefeated week with a pair of double overtime thrillers. On Wednesday, the Eagles drew to a scoreless tie with NIAC rival Fisher before coming out on top against Northern Vermont University – Lyndon on Saturday, 2-1. Joe Grubb scored both Eagles’ goals in the win and Sawyer Levy provided the shutout Wednesday with six saves before making 10 stops to preserve the win on Saturday.
This week, Green Mountain College began offering a new ½ credit Pop Up course titled “Brett Kavanaugh: “Boys Will Be Boys.”
Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were both teenagers her years ago at a high school party. He is not the first political figure to face allegations of sexual misconduct. In 1991, Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment she endured while working for current Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, during his confirmation hearing. Sexual assault allegations were also levied against former President Bill Clinton during that same time in history. Judge Thomas and President Clinton ascended to the highest positions of power. Brett Kavanaugh’s outcome is less certain.
In this Pop Up course, we will look at the landscape surrounding sexual assault and misconduct claims across these key moments in history and compare it to what we are seeing right now. What about our political climate is similar, and what has changed? What cues or information do we use when evaluating the integrity of accusers? How do we evaluate the memories of survivors of sexual violence and those who may have been intoxicated? And if it is true that Brett Kavanaugh committed this alleged assault as a minor, should it affect his current bid for a seat on the Supreme Court? We will also take a close look at campus culture. While some argue that “hook up culture” is empowering, might it actually encourage sexual assault?
This is a unique opportunity for students to tackle these and related questions and create the space to have important, but difficult conversations.
In her essay about the freshman seminar “Food for Thought” with Eleanor Tison, Sierra Bassett-Wooley shares her experiences with classmates as they rediscover the joys of cooking together and reflect upon the role of food in relationship building.
One of the most important set of activities we did as a class, was with our Collaborative Culinary Dining experiences. During these activities, I got to work closely with my classmates, and many typical classmate barriers were broken. We banished judgement on cooking skills coming into the kitchen and, instead, worked, taught, and helped one another to come together and make full meals as a class.
We experienced ebb and flow with one another, and we learned more about each other working together in the kitchen than living together. We learned to trust one another and divide duties to be able to work as a whole. I noticed less selfishness and more work towards selflessness as everyone gained pride in how much they were contributed to the process. In these activities, we talked about home and what home meant for us, and it was a way for us to share where we had come from related to where we are now, and how our childhoods had impacted us while leaving something predominately important to us all: food.
We all took big dives into trying out new foods, some of which reflected traditions and treats we enjoyed at home. This allowed us to show one another how special and important food was to us, while learning what foods were special to others as well. I’ve never felt more at ease cooking and working with others in groups as I did when I was cooking with my classmates.
These activities really showed us how important food is in everyone’s lives–even if we all felt we hadn’t been living perfectly sustainable lifestyles. We worked with gleaned produce and extra produce from The Farm and got to see how creative one another was, and how simple things like thrown together salsa and hand made tortillas could make someone feel so at home.
I learned so much about other people’s cultures, something I had never felt so personally as I had when I was in high school or elementary, and it stuck with me because each of my classmates were opening their hearts up to me and everyone else to see and get a taste inside their own world and palettes which, to me, resides more than reading about culture or meals.
The Food for Thought seminar explored themes such as “How does the food we eat reflect and shape our relationship to nature, as well as our culture, community and identity?” How can our choice of ingredients and meals affect our own wellbeing as we adapt to a different place and new routines, as well as impact the sustainability and resilience of our local environment?” and “What is the taste of this new ‘green place’ in Vermont we now inhabit?”
On October 19th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Green Mountain College will unveil UNITY – An Exhibition, a collaborative collection of photos taken by the Unity of Students of Color, in Surdam Hall. This art show, which features work from Green Mountain College students present and past, will highlight issues faced everyday within our community.
Ask yourself these questions: Is our community safe and inclusive to everyone? Is this an environment where every individual is truly loved and respected? As active members of the GMC community, we should be self-evaluating ourselves, and reflecting on how our behavior impacts others daily. Regardless of the constant change and movement within our societies, we must not forget how social issues conditioned by our behavior impact those around us, and that these issues are not absent even in our small campus community. All members of this community should have the space, support and love that we all need, to thrive in any given setting.
Michael Nerney is an expert in the field of neurobiology and substance use. He explains complicated data in an easy-to-follow and captivating way. This talk will be geared towards the impacts of substances on young adult brains. He will explore questions, such as “What do we know about the impact of marijuana on the brain?” and “How do factors like music, legal status, online sites, late night talk show comedy, and the rollout of new products contribute to the reduction in perceived risk of marijuana use?”
Come and learn about the neurochemical mechanisms involved in marijuana intoxication. Find out how advanced neuroimaging devices can show changes to structural, chemical, and electrical systems in the young brain and how substance use can impact cognition, emotional processing, and physical growth and development.
This event is free and open to the public and was made possible through funding by the Regional Prevention Partnerships of Rutland and a collaboration between RPP and the members of Partners for Prevention. Parents, students, faculty, and any community members who are interested in learning more are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact The Wellness Center at Green Mountain College or Partners for Prevention of Rutland.
Green Mountain College is offering a new 3-week pop-up course taught by Jessica Dylan, YouBeYou Dance Instructor at The Dorset Playhouse. The course was designed to introduce the basic techniques of ballet, which are built upon knowledge of ballet terminology, fundamental exercises, and the basic elements of dance. The class mixes ballet basics with creative contemporary movements. Students will also participate in movement explorations through improvisation. The one credit course will culminate in a contemporary ballet dance presentation. Additional outside work required. This class is open to all levels. No prior dance experience is necessary. Register for this course on MyGMC under the “Academics” tab.
Friday, September 21st 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Saturday, September 22nd 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Sunday September 23rd 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Jessica Dillon recently moved to Dorset, VT. She grew up in rural Canada and attended Toronto’s Ryerson University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Honors Dance. After receiving a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance School, she moved to New York City. After finishing her training, she danced professionally in independent dance companies in both Toronto and New York City. After a knee injury ended her dance career, she continues to share her love of dance by teaching.
Mountain College Athletics had a strong start to the fall season!
Green Mountain men’s soccer scored a 2-1 victory over University of Maine at Presque Isle in the season opener on Saturday, September 1 – this marks the first NAIA affiliated match since re-joining the association this year. Eagles notched a pair of first half goals and then hung on to oust the Owls in regulation.
Green Mountain women’s soccer kicked off the season with a decisive 8-0 win over Yeshiva University on Sunday afternoon at Aviator Field. Maya Golowasch scored four goals for the third time in her career to lead the way for the Eagles.
At the season opening meet at the Southern Vermont Cross Country (SVC) Invitational 5K on Saturday morning, September 1st, Green Mountain women’s cross country team opened with a third-place finish. The team’s performance was highlighted by its top runner finishing just outside the top 10. Sophomore Maggie Hickey paced the Eagles with an 11th place finish, completing the hilly course in a time of 24:38. Sophomore Margaret Scognamiglio finished second for the team in 28th place with a time of 27:26. Following her just four seconds later was freshman teammate Riley Young who finished in 29th spot in a time of 27:30.
Green Mountain men’s cross country team had four runners compete at SVC. Freshman Birch Swart paced the Eagles with a 9th place finish, completing the hilly course in a time of 19:20. The mark bests the previous top time at the event by nearly a minute and a half set last year by Jacob Nelson. Sophomore Christian Przybyla (SO/Clifton, N.J.) finished second for the team in 23rd place with a time of 20:44.
A trio of Eagles finished 33rd, 35th and 36th. Junior Jiayong Chen led the pack of Eagles finishing the 5K course in a time of 28:47, while freshman Annabelle Morrill and sophomore Annie Baker finished just two seconds apart in times of 29:22 and 29:24, respectively. Freshman Haleigh Benally closed out the group of runners by finishing in 45th place in a time of 32:13. Freshman Cameron Boon (FR/Brisbon, Australia) completed his first collegiate race in 57th spot in a time of 25:52, while junior Pierce Caldwell (JR/Los Altos, Calif.) closed out the group of runners by finishing in 59th place in a time of 26:40.
You can access all of the action and athletics event schedules on the recently updated GMC athletics site at www.gmceagles.com.
Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its twelfth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities – the 2018 edition announced on August 27th that Green Mountain College ranked first in the nation overall out of 250 colleges and universities who participated in the survey.
In addition, Sierra gave GMC the highest rating for academic programs that relate to sustainability. This category considers the number of sustainability courses, sustainability learning outcomes, and sustainability-related majors.
Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list annually recognizes colleges and universities that are creating tangible change in all categories of “greenness”—from what’s served in dining halls to what’s taught in lecture halls to what’s powering the dorms. This was the ninth consecutive year that GMC finished among the top 15 on Sierra’s list.
“Green Mountain’s strategic plan, Sustainability 2020, keeps us on the cutting edge of sustainability in academic programs and operations,” said Ryan Irke, Green Mountain College’s sustainability director. “We continue to strive toward authentic sustainability by fulfilling the important national student campaigns like banning the sale of bottled water and divesting from fossil fuels.”
GMC is the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. In 2010 the College opened a $5.8 million combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant to heat its campus buildings by using green woodchips, a sustainable and renewable local fuel source. In 2015, the Green Mountain College board of trustees completed divestment from 200 publicly traded companies which hold most of the world’s known coal, oil and gas reserves.
Sierra’s complete 2018 rankings, with comprehensive descriptions of each school’s environmental efforts, are available at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools
Forty-five incoming students joined GreenMAP last week for the annual Wilderness Orientation program. This year’s outdoor orientation was a full-value welcome to the communities, places, and culture surrounding Green Mountain College, in addition to a tranquil and wild setting in which to get-to-know other students. Our 15 student volunteer leaders planned throughout the summer to develop courses and storylines in which our participating students find empowerment, build trust, and practice asking for help. “Wilderness Challenge” almost happens without saying; a “Wilderness Orientation” engages all aspects of our students and culture here.
This year’s Wilderness Orientation sent out seven trips in total; three backpacking trips in the Southern Adirondacks (with a day of rock climbing each), one backpacking trip in the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness, one backpacking trip on the Long Trail, a canoe traverse of the Northern Adirondacks, and a bikepacking trip leaving from Ames Circle. Among other adventures, our courses spent five days together, cooked community meals together for four nights, stayed with three welcoming community members, had two surprise cookie/creemee stops, and one serenade from across Spring Lake.
All of these programs provide introductions to the community around Green Mountain that thrives year-round. GreenMAP supports adventures for students and community members throughout the year at no cost through educational workshops, walk-in adventures, access to equipment, clothing, transport, and food, and a growing collection of local knowledge and community connections.