Students in Prof. Steve Fesmire’s Images of Nature class recently enjoyed an early season snowfall by building a snow creature. It was the first time that GMC student Jose Galvez-Contreras, a Make-A-Difference Scholar from Honduras, had experienced snow. From left: Sara Haase, Allison Sasso, Jose Galvez-Contreras, Graham Knirk, Caitlin Crossland, Max Chase, Zach Fitzgerald, Amanda Dickinson, Ian Newton, Lilly Driscoll, Olesea Cojohari, Colin Hinkle, and Steve Fesmire.

GMC Basketball Teams Celebrate Weekend Wins
The GMC men’s and women’s basketball teams both won tournament titles in nail biting fashion this weekend. The women beat St. Joseph’s College by just three points to take the top prize in the Merry Monk Classic in Standish, Maine. In Quincy, Massachusetts, the men bested the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) 70 to 66 to win the Eastern Nazarene Tournament.

For the women, forwards Millicent Hopper and Christina Chamberlin led the team offensively, as both scored 17 points in the Eagles win. Chamberlin also grabbed 14 rebounds to earn a double-double. The Eagles’ Emma Buckley added 10 rebounds and six blocked shots in the winning effort. Hopper was named Classic MVP, while Chamberlin earned a spot on the Merry Monk All-Classic Team.

In Massachusetts, the men battled back from a half-time deficit, tied the score with three minutes remaining and held on to win the championship game against MCLA by four points. Adam Fisher led GMC with 23 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, scoring 16 in the second half. Doug Hammond added 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Fabian Ferreira finished with 14 points. Fisher was named to the all-tournament team, and Doug Hammond brought home the tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.

"Major Barbara" Performances Set for Ackley Theatre
The Green Mountain College Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents “Major Barbara,” a play written by George Bernard Shaw, on December 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for GMC students, faculty and staff with IDs, and $5 for the public.

“Major Barbara” is set in the early 20th century and is considered one of Shaw’s most entertaining, provocative and controversial works. The play portrays the conflict between Barbara, a Salvation Army major, and her wealthy, charismatic father, Andrew Undershaft, who is a "bloodstained" weapons manufacturer. The clash proves to be a test of Barbara's faith as her aristocratic family, Salvation Army comrades and even her love interest all fall under Undershaft's spell.

The role of Andrew Undershaft is played by David Alastair Lewis, a professional actor. Alison Thatcher stars as Major Barbara; Cameron Steinmetz plays her fiancé, Adolphus Cusins. GMC’s production is directed by Prof. Paula Mann.

Jazz Bands to Perform at GMC
The Green Mountain College and Castleton College jazz bands host a concert on Monday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. These ensembles will join forces to perform music for small combo and big band. The concert is free and open to the public.

Faculty Council Passes Resolution
In light of recent events within the Green Mountain College community, the members of Faculty Council unanimously passed the following resolution at their November meeting:

"Green Mountain College is an institution of learning that recognizes an individual’s right to expression of personal values and identities. It is expected that members of our College community convey their opinions in a manner that is respectful and considerate of others. Behavior that promotes such respect demonstrates appropriate participation in a College community; behavior that discourages such respect will not be tolerated."

Students Visit
Local Quarry

On Tuesday, November 27, the students in Prof. Jim Harding’s Introduction to Natural Resources Management class spent the afternoon at the Middlebury calcium carbonate quarry owned by OMYA, Inc. Andy MacIntosh, the geologist for OMYA, gave the class an overview on the history of the quarrying operation. He also explained the process by which the stone is purified and transformed into customer grade material and discussed the role the quarrying operation plays in the natural resources of the area.

Students toured the sorted piles of stone waiting to be crushed further and mixed to a consistency of 95 percent calcium carbonate. Students also descended into the 200 foot deep quarry and watched as the three largest trucks in Vermont were loaded with material and transported out.

Storyteller to Perform at GMC
Professional storyteller Kirk Avery performs at Green Mountain College on Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. in the coffeehouse of Moses Hall. Described by award-winning performer Jay O’Callahan as “the gentle voice from out in the wilderness calling us home to ourselves,” Avery’s performances feature stories that emerge from his life experiences. As a war trauma survivor, he is committed to storytelling as a healing and expressive art.

Provost Bill Throop (philosophy) contributed a presentation entitled “Creating Intellectual Corridors: Lessons from the Eco League” to a session on Education in the New Environmental Economy at the Vermont Environmental Consortium Conference. The theme of the conference – held on November 3 at Norwich University -- was education and the new green economy. Experts from Canada and New England gathered to talk about how Vermont colleges and universities could strengthen the environmental economy in Vermont and provide intellectual resources for the region.

Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) organized and facilitated a workshop on the growing importance businesses place on local purchasing and economic activities at the November 13 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Conference in Brattleboro. The workshop, which featured Chris Morrow of Northshire Bookstore, Mike Rainville of Maple Landmark, and Allison Furbish of King Arthur Flour, highlighted the challenges Vermont businesses face in balancing their own economic well-being and their concern for the local economy.

Men's Basketball
Wednesday, 12/5
At Paul Smith's, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 12/7
GMC Tournament, 8 p.m.

Saturday, 12/8
GMC Tournament, 1/3 p.m.

Women's Basketball
Wednesday, 12/5
At Paul Smith's, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 12/6
Vs. Middlebury, 7 p.m.


Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Jazz Band Concert
7 - 8:30 p.m., The Gorge

Massage & Reflexology
11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center & Withey Hall

Career Services: On The Move
12 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Gentle Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Chapel

Massage & Reflexology
11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center & Withey Hall

7 - 9 p.m., Bogue Studio

Play: Major Barbara
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Play: Major Barbara
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Play: Major Barbara
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

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