Melissa "Kate" Thomas '10

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And Justice For All

Mired in a work-a-day battle for balance between what she was doing and why she was doing it, Kate Thomas felt a tug. "If I'm just out there working at a job that pays my bills, I'm only living for my own sake, and that doesn't feel right to me," she says.

The Ohio native decided to leave her career and debt-free existence behind to return to school full-time and pay money out while not making any. For Kate, it came down to the satisfaction of purpose. All these things that are supposed to make one satisfied were not. I was getting more and more bitter, she says. I had this need to do something that helps create the kind of reality that we should have. To connect between how things could be and how things are.

Buoyed by a desire for justice and a deep curiosity streak, Kate committed to studying philosophy, practicing law, and eventually making it back to Green Mountain College to teach. I think that this school is on the right track as far as its mission and the environmental curriculum. I would like to help uphold this and make it a good place to come to school.

Kates commitment to service has led to her involvement in many Vermont communities. She has worked with Vermont Freedom to Marry; she registers people to vote, and she works with the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign, recently speaking at a forum where she made the argument for a universal single payer healthcare system in Vermont. Youre human and you have inherent worth, she says. Thats what it boils down to.

Kate is adamant about getting involved. "If you direct your energy in a certain place, and a lot of other people do the same, then that is how reality will manifest," she says, marveling. I think of that John Lennon song, you may say Im a dreamer, but Im not the only one.

By Ryan Dixon '11

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WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

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

Lani Lott
1 - 3 p.m., Booth Lounge

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
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, NOVEMBER 11
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

Conway School of Landscape Design
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Lobby

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

Faculty Colloquium:
Provost Bill Throop

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

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

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

Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game
6 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

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, NOVEMBER 12
Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

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

J. Henry Fair
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Ackley Auditorium

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

Farmers' Gathering
6 p.m., The Gorge

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
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

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

Senior Art Reception:
Shea Hansen

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Art Gallery

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
7 p.m., Ackley Auditorium

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
7 p.m., Ackley Auditorium

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2 p.m., Ackley Auditorium

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

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



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