Evan Dale '10

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Working for Community

“I am definitely a throwback,” says Green Mountain College senior Evan Dale. “I like old tools and antiquated technologies.” The NOLS-certified leader, Progressive Program participant and sustainable agriculture major spent this past summer in a 13-week, 12 credit farming intensive on Cerridwen Farm learning about communal food production.

“There is a lot to be said for putting your own values aside and working for a community,” says Evan.

Raised in a little New Jersey town named Lambertville, Evan learned to forge his own path despite a public school experience that was less than inspiring. “Public institutions are not an adequate preparation for college and the real world,” he says. “They are really a means of having people find their mold, putting them inside a box, shuffling them around. They seem like feeder farms.” Instead he looked to his grandfather for inspiration, in whom he recognized that uniquely American frontier spirit.

Like many a progressive student, Evan is a proponent of localized political strength and community, although he is careful to see the limitations in becoming a myopic utopian. “I don’t know if the way we were living is a solution to our problems as a global society, but on a local scale if more people lived the way we did, we’d have a lot less to worry about,” he says, “at least as far a food security and imported supply chains.”

His energy is palpable, and his measured words belie his self-proclaimed “cynical/romantic” personality. There is nothing less at stake than living a meaningful life. “I’m trying to find something that really fits me instead of something that kind of fits, that I can live with,” he says. “That’s why farming is really cool. It’s a lifestyle as well as a career, and a challenge. It’s an all-encompassing activity. Whether or not I’m farming 100 acres in Vermont or a couple acres in the city my mind set could be transferred to a lot of places. You just have to be creative.”

By Ryan Dixon '11

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Women's Soccer
Saturday, 10/24
at Lyndon State College, 1 p.m.

Men's Soccer
Saturday, 10/24
at Lyndon State College, 3 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Thursday, 10/22
vs. Johnson State & Castleton State Colleges, 6 p.m.

Cross-Country
Saturday, 10/24
at RPI Invitational, 12:30 p.m.

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WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Energy Healing
1 - 4 p.m., Wellness Center

African Dance
5 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Belly Dancing
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

GreenMAP Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Compassionate Communication Workshop
8 - 10 p.m., East Room

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Meditation
6:00 - 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Spirituality Club
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
GreenMAP Road Bike Ride
Meet at 5 p.m., Brennan Circle

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m, Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Sustainability Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Yoga
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Research Skills

3 - 4 p.m., Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

GRE Study Session
4 - 5 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Ecology Study Group
5 - 6 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Shakti Tribal Belly Dance (advanced)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Spanish Study Group
6:30 - 7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Tribal Dance (beginners)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
8:30 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Yoga
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1:30 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Intro to Geology Study Group
7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Meditation
2:15 - 2:45 p.m., Chapel

Senior Art Reception:
Oz Skinner

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Gallery

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
Bike Rally for Int'l Day
of Climate Action

12 p.m., Brennan Circle

Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
Kids Stuff Exchange
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., The Gorge

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Spanish Study Group
9 - 10 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center



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