Green Mountain Hosts Governor Douglas as
Students Stage Gay Marriage Protest
In what has become a friendly competition between the governor and GMC presidents, Douglas and President Paul Fonteyn squared off in a “tree tapping” contest. Unfortunately for the home team, the governor got his tap running the quickest, which evened the ongoing series at one win apiece.
Meanwhile, about 200 GMC students, faculty, staff and members of the local community used Douglas’ visit to stage a respectful demonstration urging the governor to change his stance on S.115, a bill now before the Vermont legislature that would provide equal rights to same sex marriages. The Governor has vowed to veto the bill. According to the Rutland Herald which covered the event:
“As Douglas and college President Paul Fonteyn raced to see who could tap their tree first, the protesters either watched quietly or chanted songs, including the Beatles classic ‘All You Need is Love’ or chanting ‘equal rights.’ A crowd that followed Douglas to his car after the tapping thanked him for attending the event before he left.”
Chelsea Green Speaker Series Talk to Focus on Exxon Valdez Disaster
Author Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and Ph.D. marine biologist, experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred 20 years ago.
Ott will visit Green Mountain College April 1 at 7 p.m. to deliver a talk “The Democracy Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Exxon Valdez Disaster.” The theme is based on her recent book Not One Drop, published by Chelsea Green.
Student Research Featured in April Series
The GMC Student Colloquium Series kicks off April 1 with presentations on water quality and ecosystem services. All colloquiums are from noon to 1 p.m. in Terrace 124. Refreshments will be provided.
The schedule is as follows:
Title: "Valuing Water Quality: A Contingent Valuation Study of the Poultney River"
Presenters: Jenna Calvi and Brett Dugan
Project Members: Irene Holak, Monique Couture, Mary Beth Dewey, Kevin Hart, Brian Kramp, Brandon Gowdy, Garnet Morgan
Title: "Valuing Ecosystem Services: Phosphorus Attenuation"
Presenters: Thomas Wheeler and Colin Heath
Project Members: Mara Smith, Lindsay Herlihy, Jesse Gellians, Ruth Larkin
Title: "Visions of a Jesus-Buddha: an exploration of the conflicting relationship between Buddhism and Catholicism in the works of Jack Kerouac"
Presenter: Nicole Ainsworth
Title: “Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)”
Presenter: Rob Pudner
Meet & Greet on Capitol Steps in Washington D.C.
Students in Prof. Rebecca Purdom's "Topics at the U.S. Supreme Court" course traveled to Washington D.C. last week to hear oral arguments at the court. On the last day of the trip, the class had a surprise meeting with all three members of Vermont's congressional delegation. The trio spoke with students and answered questions. Pictured with the class outside the Capitol building are U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D - VT), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D - VT).
Dorm Recycling Audits Begin with Bogue Hall
The second floor of Bogue Hall earned a B for their recycling efforts through a new effort organized by GMC’s recycling crew. Some ways to raise their grade? Rinse out bottles, throw away lids, and separate paper. It’s helpful feedback that will continue through the semester thanks to bi-weekly audits in the dorms. The GMC recycling crew is picking floors at random to audit through the semester.
Grades will be released every other week, with the hopes that the students will be inspired to improve recycling efforts. Click here for the result of the Bogue Hall second floor recycling audit.
For students interested in helping to sort recycling, community service opportunities are available at the recycling trailer Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Contact Amber Garrard, GMC's sustainability coordinator, for more information.
GMC to Host Family Farm Forum Talk
Visiting lecturer Nathan Hagens comes to GMC on April 6 for a Family Farm Forum talk about the health advantages of growing food locally.
His talk, titled “At The Intersection of Neuroscience & Agriculture: The Health & Behavioral Benefits of Relocalization,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Hagens will expand on the behavioral and health advantages of growing food locally. He will address linkages between industrial agriculture, serotonin deficiency, and addiction, and how these indirectly interfere with our culture’s ability to access longer term thinking processes needed to mitigate and adapt to the larger issues of oil depletion and climate change.
Hagens is a former Wall Street researcher and investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is working on his doctorate at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and has been featured on several news shows including BBC’s “The World.” He is also a homesteader in Wisconsin.
April Fools Cookoff to Benefit UNICEF & Education USA
On April Fools Day, teams of students, faculty and staff will gather in Withey Dining Hall to cook up a three-course meal. The catch? They've got an hour and 15 minutes to do it, and their concoctions will be judged by a discerning group of eaters. It's all for a good cause: The April Fools Cookoff, to benefit UNICEF and EducationUSA, will be held in Withey Dining Hall from 5 - 6:30 p.m. It has been organized by students Orlane Monga and Dusan Vuksanovic.
Fifteen students and three faculty/staff members will be split into three teams, and each team will prepare a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. The food will be judged by five community members, including GMC President Paul Fonteyn. Though the food prepared at the competition will be reserved for the judges, the audience will be able to take part in a raffle for numerous items donated by local businesses. The grand prize is an 8 GB iPod Nano.
The organizers thank the following businesses and clubs for their support of the event: Chartwells, Campus Bookstore, Original Vermont Store, Shaws, Denim and Things, Hermit Hill Books, DCD Construction, Poultney Market and Spirits, Everyday Flowers, Make a Difference Scholars, and International Awareness Club.
Students Make Cow Power Presentation in Montpelier
As part of Vermont Entrepreneurship Week (Feb 24-27), four GMC students presented their work on the Cow Power class project at a luncheon February 27 in Montpelier, Vt. The Vermont Entrepreneurship Collaborative sponsored the event, which was attended by educators, students, state legislators, and business owners from across the state.
Pictured are (L to R): Ian Sutherland, Westy Kiefer, Mark Lundeen, and Karin Bellemare.
Recreation Colloquium Scheduled for April 2
On April 2, Withey Hall hosts a recreation colloquium on the theme "Recreation Values in a Changing Economy."
The schedule is as follows:
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
1st workshop: 8:45-9:40 a.m.
2nd workshop: 9:45-10:40 a.m.
General session speaker 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45- 12:25 a.m.
General session speaker 12:30- 1:30 p.m.
3rd workshop: 1:35-3:30 p.m.
Power Shift Brainstorm Session to be Held in the Gorge
On Wednesday, April 1, the Gorge will host a Power Shift Multimedia Presentation at 2 p.m. Students are invited to attend the 20-minute presentation and break-out session to share experiences and brainstorm ways to help address the impacts of climate change.
Power Shift '09, a national student conference organized by the Energy Action Coalition, drew college students from all over the country to Washington D.C. February 27-March 2. The event featured guest speakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and workshops designed develop skills for grassroots organizing. Power Shift estimates the event attracted over 12,000 students, and no school was better represented than Green Mountain College. Over 70 GMC’ers braved a late winter snowstorm to participate in the event.
Learn About Health at GMC Spring Wellness Fair
The annual GMC Wellness Fair, to be held on April 16, will offer a multitude of hands-on activities, demonstrations, free samples and trial treatments including massage. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about personal health and well-being. Substance abuse self-screening information, smoking cessation information, and carbon monoxide breath testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Withey Hall.
The fair is free of charge and open to the public. Vendors interested in reserving a table, giving a presentation or conducting a workshop at the fair can contact Jane Allen at the wellness center at 802-287-8376. There is no registration fee for vendors.
Junior Dusan Vuksanovic attended a news editors workshop at The New York Times March 20. The workshop was an opportunity for college editors to familiarize themselves with the ways The Times operates and to get tips from top professionals in the journalism business. Topics at the workshop included transition from print to online media, article editing, and photojournalism.
Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) delivered a presentation on March 11 in Boston, Mass. at the annual meeting of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. The title of his presentation was “The Electric Drive Revolution: Opportunities & Challenges.” (click here for presentation). The presentation was part of a session that Steve organized called “Integrating Plug-in Hybrids: Renewable Storage and the Grid.” The session included presentation by two additional speakers, James Dunn, president of Energy Technology Consultants and past director of the NASA Northeast Regional Technology Transfer Center, and Kenneth Huber, manager of advanced technology at PJM Interconnection.
Prof. Jacob Park, (business strategy & sustainability) was appointed to the editorial section board of the Journal of Business Ethics, one of the leading international academic journals devoted to corporate environmental and social responsibility issues. Jacob will continue to serve on the editorial/review boards of academic journals including Asia Business & Management, Business Strategy and Environment, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Journal of International Business (Book Review).
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) gave an invited lecture on "Human Factors that Contribute to Avalanche Hazard" at the 4th Biannual Eastern Division National Ski Patrol Level II Avalanche Course at Whiteface Mountain, March 19-22. The research shows that in 90 percent of all avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim's party triggers the slide. The Level II course is designed to prepare search and rescue personnel for leadership roles in response to avalanche accidents. GMC students Lee Robinson and Wyatt Goodrich successfully completed their Level 2 Avalanche certification at this year's course.