anonymous said:

is there a bds presence on your campus? any reps, chapter or association with the movement? (the boycott divest and sanctions movement against israel) thanks

As far as direct involvement with BDS there aren’t any active members on campus. However, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is definitely a subject of study here. Fall of 2013 a class called The Dual Narrative and the Arab-Israeli Conflict was offered (read course description here). and another class often taught is Solving the Impossible: Intractable Conflicts. While this takes more of a systems analysis approach to entrenched conflict all over the world, that particular conflict is often used as a case study. 

Additionally, this September Bennington hosted a CAPA Institute for twelve students from the Middle East. Four from Israel, four from Palestine, and four from Jordan. They are all young leaders in the region working on issues of climate change and resource distribution. Over their ten days at Bennington they participated in workshops and classes, met with students and faculty, publicly presented their work and wrote strategic plans for their future endeavors.

As you can see this topic is under serious review by faculty, students and special guests here at Bennington. We are always open to hearing new voices in the conversation. 

Please write to me directly if you have any further questions selinap@bennington.edu.

All my best,

Selina ‘15

College presidents and corporate executives have signed a compact emphasizing the importance to a successful career of a broad, liberal-arts education.

 aka: Employers are looking for thinkers and people instead of just students who have proven professors can fill their minds with knowledge.

aka^2: people want to hear from the minds of Bennington Grads

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For all of you prospective students out there, march to your own beat! I know we say that casually, but Ringo Starr is so right. We are all little drummers just trying to find our own way. Bennington is a place designed to help you figure out what beat work for you. Not to be the sentimental Senior and all, but I am going to miss this place and I think my biggest take away is realizing that this community gave me the space and resources and challenges to develop my own beat. Soon Bennington will launch me into the world outside of college to continue to play that beat with Pride, after 4 trial launches of FWT of course :)

p.s. I also named my cat Ringo after this drummer!

-Alana ‘15

Bennington's Egg: A Synthesis of Collaboration and Individualism

Almost a month ago now, a space much unlike any other space that’s ever existed before on campus went up for a couple hours on the day that Mariko Silver, our new president, was inaugurated. 

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This temporary, reusable and inflatable structure, “the Egg” (as we referred to it during its construction), was designed and constructed, collaboratively by a group of 12 students (including myself) with the guidance and leadership of digital arts faculty member, Guy Snover ‘06 and sculpture technician, John Umphlett MFA ‘99 throughout the span of 9 weeks in a sculpture class called The Field Research of Closed Cells. That very day, was the first day that any of us had ever seen it entirely inflated; it was the first time we were able to actually enter and experience the interior of the structure ourselves, given the fact that the entire time we were piecing it together, we were only able to assume what the experience itself would be like through imagination and the help of 3-D modeling. It was either going to work and be successful, both conceptually and functionally, or literally fall flat. I’d say that despite some struggles in the process of fabricating this beautiful, monster of a space, we all came together to not only enjoy the fruit of our labor but also revel in the experience of seeing and knowing that the audience of the day truly understood how transformative it was. After all, this was a project for the College that was designed to reflect what being a student at Bennington is all about, physically as well figuratively.

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Bathroom Review: CAPA (Faculty Lounge Solo)

Quality bathroom. Designed by the faculty themselves. This bathroom review is in honor of St Patrick’s Day because green. This bathroom is for FACULTY ONLY. It was very difficult to get the necessary permits to enter the faculty lounge, but once I knocked it became apparent that no one ever uses the faculty lounge for anything but coffee anyways so who cares? Green. Sink and extra reflective mirror provided by Duravit: Your #1 Source for Water! I included a look under the hood in for any of you plumbing junkies out there. 250 Toilet Seat Covers included but only one toilet! Please explain?? I noticed that one of the four elusive walls of this rarely found bathroom was completely empty (besides the green) so I have thought of some uses for this wall:
1) Install jukebox? Music is very import!
2) Racquetball? As of now we have no racquetball court on campus, and since all you need to play racquetball is a room, why not this one?
3) More green? Since we already have so much green, why not add some more? Maybe a life sized cutout of Shrek? Maybe just plant some grass? Anything to go green.
4) Demolish? If this wall were demolished it would lead into the rest of CAPA, making the entire building a bathroom. Very useful. Maybe then we can fit the 3 people that the sign is trying to depict into this bathroom. Until then, who knows whether we can accomplish triple use.

Safety: 6 out of 10
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Design: O out of 10
Comfort: 6 out of 10

Don’t pretend!

-Alex BG

anonymous said:

I found Bennington last night and it seems somewhat perfect for me. I've never been one to excel when it comes to academics, but I'm passionate about all forms of art. Bennington seems like a perfect fit. I'm just worried about fitting in. I'm not what seems to be the typical "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" artist. I would generally vote republican, I like hunting, and don't really care about feminism. Would I be ostracized/completely alone?

(I ran out of room but feel the need to explain a little more) I’m gay, so naturally I’m a very open and accepting person, but I also know what I like. I’ve been harassed a lot as a gay man who doesn’t fit the stereotype, and would prefer to spend my time/money elsewhere if that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat… Just, different strokes for different folks, you know?

Hello halloooo, and thank you for writing in with such a good and important post/question.

After talking with the other admissions interns in the office and reflecting on my own experiences and impressions of these sorts of things, I would say that the main ostracized/not-ostracized factor would be the level of mutual acceptance and respect for everyone’s opinions/the way the opinions are presented, rather than the actual opinions/identifiers themselves. Because a lot of people here do have pretty similar political/social ideals, it’s actually extremely helpful and interesting when there are people in the community who have different ideas - it can get a bit tiresome to always be having discussions without much friction.

In your later post you mention being a very open and accepting person who doesn’t try to shove his opinion down other people’s throats - perfect! That’s really all that could prevent you from being accepted and welcomed into the community. My suggestion would be to come visit, take a tour, sit in on a class, and eat lunch with students, to see how the general vibe feels to you. But certainly know that not every single person is liberal here, and CERTAINLY not everyone fits into that "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" social stereotype. We like variety.

Best, please come visit, and e-mail me if you have any other questions/concerns (chloer@bennington.edu),

Chloe ‘16

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! We can’t wait to see you in the Fall :)

Arden=You!
Alana = Bennington!
Stop sitting on that bench and come join the fun!

Behind the scenes, behind the sleeves of a goofy video from Thursday morning shift! Enjoy!

-Alana and Arden

anonymous said:

Hello, is there a maximum number of courses you can take in bennington? what is the usual number of courses you guys have during one period? thanks!

A usual course load per term is 16 credits. That could be broken up between (A) four 4 credits classes (B) three 4 credit classes and two 2 credit classes (C) 2 four credit classes, two 2 credit classes and a series of four 1 credit modules the combinations continue…

As far as there being a maximum not really… I’m currently taking seven classes and if you were to do that every term you could potentially have as many as fifty four classes on your transcript when you graduate. THAT WOULD BE CRAZY. It’s always exciting to have a diverse course load but important to keep things manageable. 

(This blog post is half answering your question and half reminding myself not to take too many classes.)

Hope this helps and be sure to check out the curriculum and start dreaming about what your class lineup could be!

-Selina ‘15

Inside Scoop

So I wanted to give you a ONCE IN A LIFETIME sneak peak into what some people do on Thursday May 8th in the year two thousand fourteen on the Bennington College Campus after our work shift ends:

Arden:

“Get a quick lunch and then go shopping for the camping trip (we are taking DREAM kids that we mentor on a camping trip this weekend) and then going to Historical Grievances and Retrospective Redress. Then I am going to dinner with my friend Kiley and her parents and then finishing the second half of my exhibition proposal for my Art History class.”

Ben:

“After work today I am helping Noelle, the French professor, with assembling some videos for her husband’s birthday present. Then I am going to be in the video editing studio for a long time tonight with your basic meal breaks. Then I am going to the film screening tonight called the Black Powered Mixed Tap”

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anonymous said:

What's a " Drama lab assignment"? Explain in detail please :)Thank you!

Hello Drama-tic! (just kidding…)

Ok DANCE AND DRAMA LABS are (in my opinion), one of the greatest thangs about the class they’re connected to. Basically, if you’re in a serious dance or drama class, you are required to complete a lab assignment in: the costume shop, the scene shop, the lighting department, the sound department, maybe other things that I don’t even know about. When I took my drama class last term, I did my lab in the costume shop, meaning that once a week for two hours I would learn how to use a sewing machine, sew buttons onto endless corsets, listen to Belle & Sebastian (played by the director of the costume shop), and stand in awe in front of the towering cathedral that is the costume shop, which holds medieval tunics, Elizibethan dresses, and modern sneakers.

So why is it important? WELL if you are looking seriously at pursuing drama after school, it’ll be immensely valuable to bring a well-rounded and holistic viewpoint of theater with you wherever you go. Understanding the multitude of skills and departments that are necessary for putting on a dramatic production is key for collaboration, and while you may be driven by an interest in the craft of acting, seeing how all these facets overlap is GREAT. Also, if you’re looking to get into the acting *BiZ* in Real Life, it’s useful to be able to have a breadth of theater-related skills to “get yr foot in the door,” if you’re not able to land a ***StAr RoLe*** immediately.

For me, it just felt great to be able to learn these new custumey skills at the same time as I was contributing those skills to the drama department for their upcoming productions. And now I can sew!

Stay real,

Chloe ‘16

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