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Turning Model UN into A Delicate Balance

By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

Hello! I am writing about a new project I am working on. This semester I am a senior at GMC so I am taking the last core ELA class known as A Delicate Balance. This class's fundamental goal is to allow upper level students to take initiative on campus and generate projects that would help the GMC as well as Poultney community. As I am also working as the Head Delegate of the club Model UN, I decided to bring these two experiences together into one project.

This project’s goal is to combine the workshops and support that Model UN supplies academically and socially to living within a complicated and competitive world to the greater community of Green Mountain College and Poultney. This club generally attracts a collegiate and academically driven crowd of students who strive to know more about the political world, however; it fails to be inclusive of the college or community members who need help in these areas the most. This is not socially sustainable. Moving forward as project manager and President of Model UN, I am setting a goal of holding six workshops between the end of fall break and the beginning of Thanksgiving break that will be mandatory for club members but also open to the greater community. These six workshops will run consecutively over the span of six weeks on Monday evenings at 8pm. Dates of workshops are as follows: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23. This project’s goal is to hold at least 3-5 outside participants per week from the greater community of GMC and Poultney. If 5-10 outside participants per week were in attendance, this would be ideal. 

            This project is fulfilling the need of students on campus within any year who need help regarding important college skills like public speaking, negotiation, research, logic, etc. but have not had the ability to take a full class on said topic. Without a better understanding of this information, it is almost guaranteed that a student will not do as well in relating to group projects, class presentations or research papers – all things that come up on a monthly basis within the college environment. I believe that these workshops will guarantee improvement within the academic and professional lives of any attendee. 

The projected activities for this project will result in six workshops, the

workshops will run as follows:

Oct 19- Logic

Oct 26 - Geography

Nov 2- Research and UN structures

Nov 9-  Negotiation

Nov 16 - Policy writing

Nov 23- Public speaking

Unfortunately, in this modern world, everything boils down to be somewhat political if one actually wants to generate any kind of real change. I am not good at focusing on policy writing, negotiation or knowing the rules and basic structures of things that I should revolving politics. These fields do not come naturally to me, whereas public speaking and human interaction do. However, after participating in this club as a delegate myself last year and learning about the details of these diplomatic dilemmas, I was impassioned to learn more and incorporate politics into the things I am interested in pursuing so as to increase their likelihood of success. My intention is to change the world by combining politics and performing arts to create traveling shows/performance pieces that bring awareness to global issues and help people understand things through more exciting platforms. If I can help other people, young or old, understand some of their passions more in depth through the facilitation of these political workshops, that will be a success.


Roberto Lugo at The Ferrin Gallery  



 by Jenna Ring

   This past Friday three classes from the art department from Green Mountain College ventured out to North Adams, Massachusetts. Home of two contemporary art museums. Mass Moca and The Ferrin Gallery. Mass Moca welcomed a large and eclectic group of art. Featuring all mediums you can dream have heavily focused in installation pieces.  Some featured artist this season there are Sol Lewitt and Jim Shaw.

            However my favorite of all exhibits I saw was in the neighboring gallery. The Ferrin Gallery.  Artist Roberto Lugo’s exhibit titled Ghetto Garnisher: Wutang Worcester. Lugo focuses mainly on ceramics. Making mugs, teapots and other functional items. Glazing them with fine china glaze then drawing them and shifting them. His pieces are heavy filled with social commentary. And he executes his activism through out his work.

            Roberto Lugo focus a lot of police brutality, racism, people of color in the media and what it means to live in America as a person of color. Lugo is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is of Puerto Rican decent. However he has traded in his city life style and has become a fellow Vermonter. Currently one of the newest art professors at Marlborough College.  If you’re interested in art and or social justice I highly recommend checking out Roberto Lugo’s art.  Or if you’re curious in just learning more and expanding your mind it’s a good resource to! Though I've shared pictures in this post I will say seeing his work in person defiantly does a lot justice for his work.

            Being able to travel to Mass Moca this past week was an incredibly opportunity and inspiration to improve my own artwork. Though Poultney and Green Mountain College are wonderful places, it is nice to occasionally venture outside of our community and link onto another one.  Gaining and spreading ideas and inspiration. Happy monday to all! Enjoy the weather while you can. Keep warm! 


Mad Hatter Masquerade in Proctor, VT

By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

This past weekend, a few GMC students began this Halloween season with a bang at the Wilson Castle Mad Hatter Masquerade in Proctor, VT. The Wilson Castle is a nineteenth-century estate located in Proctor in the U.S. state of Vermont. The house was built in 1867 in a mix of nineteenth-century architectural styles including Dutch neo-renaissance, Scottish baronial, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival. It is now operated as a house museum and is open late May until late October for an admission fee.

The house was built by Vermont-born John Johnson, a physician, and his English wife. Planning and construction of the house lasted for nearly eight years, and cost $1,300,000. Johnson met his wife in England while studying medicine, and he employed at least two English architects in the design of the house and its eighteen outbuildings. The Johnsons remained in the house only briefly. The castle was repossessed when Mrs. Johnson died, and Dr. Johnson was unable to afford taxes or maintenance. Antiques and valuables were auctioned off or taken by unpaid employees and locals began to call the castle "Johnson's Folly."

From the 1880s until 1939, the property changed hands four times. In 1939, Herbert Lee Wilson, a pioneer in the radio field, purchased the estate and created radio station WHWB-AM in its stable. Wilson joined the United States Army Signal Corps during the Second World War, and retired in the 1950s with the rank of Colonel. He died in 1981 and left the estate to his daughter, who died in 2009. Five generations of the Wilson family have lived at the house since 1939 and it has been open for tours since 1962.

This specific event was held with an Alice and Wonderland theme to begin the spooky month of October right, and what a blast it was! Ancient rooms filled with all sorts of decorations and lights! Multiple DJ's and performers of all sorts, as well as a midnight desert buffet. Can't wait until GMC celebrates the real Halloween! Here's to a season of spooks- pumpkins and storytelling! Make sure to get out and enjoy the autumn season before it gets too cold!


Alumni Art Show

    by Jenna Ring
This past weekend Green Mountain College hosted alumni and family weekend. Which is awesome because that meant that alumni of GMC got to show case their art work! As somebody that studies art at GMC I always look forward to the new art exhibits in Surdam and The Feick. It really helps myself and other artist on campus as well find inspiration and drive to create. Not to mention its super neat to observe the talent and skill of past students at GMC.
  Being a junior now it was nice to be able to see some GMC alum that were once classmates of mine and, see what they are up to now. All different mediums were displayed. There was a wide range of photography which personally was my favorite. Along with paintings, prints, ceramics and, mixed media sculptures. There was a wide variety of people that showed up too which was wonderful. At the end of the show the Green Mountain College Choir preformed. They did a fantastic job! 
  I felt very tied to the community this past weekend. More so than I have in a while at GMC. I think being able to directly connect to others that share a passion with you is extremely valuable. Though I've attended alumni art shows at GMC in past years, this one has had the most impact on me. I think a lot of that does come with time. Seeing as I'm now a junior I've developed connections with past students here. Verse being an under class-men and the likeliness of me knowing many alum was rare. 
Here at Green Mountain College we strive for a deep sense of community. When I first starting attending school here I had a very blank understanding of what that meant. However with events like these were you have the ability to indulge and explore, I feel as though my sense of community has been shaped. 
Happy October everybody! 



KCP (Kids Creating Peace) Summer Internship in Israel

By: Seraphina Mallon-Breiman 

This past summer I had the opportunity to work with KCP: Kids Creating Peace (KCP) is a non-profit organization which provides spiritual educational programs to manage internal and societal conflicts, based upon the universal principles of Kabbalah and combined with modern educational methods.

Kids Creating Peace offers a variety of educational programs to children and youth regardless of race, religion or ethnicity that manages internal and societal conflicts. KCP is a member of the International Spirituality for Kids organization which has been offering life skills for children and teenagers for about ten years now. Their programs are aimed at helping students grow to become responsible adults who are involved in their community and capable of making better choices that match their expectations and goals within life. KCP is active on all levels of the community, not only amongst children and youth, but also amongst parents, educators and opinion leaders in the community. KCP endeavors to impact a broad variety of social sectors and socioeconomic levels. 

I’d met the staff of KCP through my previous summer internship working at the UN as the artistic director for a different NGO. But this summer right outside of Netanya in Israel, my role was to help facilitate their annual camp- geared mainly toward generating an event that would surround pure enjoyment and fun instead of heated political discussion and workshop. I was working as the dance instructor for the 50 Israeli and 50 Palestinian teens that were in attendance.This experience brought me to the topic of conflict and borders in an entirely new setting, one in which I was the only American present. Everything took three times as long to translate from Hebrew to Arabic to English and then through to movement. Not to mention, we were working in Israel during a heat wave that broke historical records and didn’t have air conditioning.

This experience was one of the most challenging I have encountered yet- but also pushed me to grow immensely, which I am realizing in new ways each day. I feel priveledged to have engaged in the artistic performance that we put on at the end of the camp, along with two of my co-workers Thierry, from London (who ran music) and Maya, from Jerusalem (who ran the theatrical bits). Each day I think about this part of my global community and miss the individuals on my team- as well as the unbelievable teenagers involved, some who were risking their safety to be there.

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