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Saturday
Apr112015

Student Senate Elections

By: Matthias Baudinet

         From April 6th to April 8th the Spring 2015 Student Senate elections took place. There were only 8 qualified candidates that officially announced their candidature for a position on the 2015-2016 Student Senate. There were only two positions where there was a contested race between multiple candidates. The race for the presidency was contested by the Incumbent, Jude Erondu, and the two challengers--Antoine Lucic and Alexander Krasutsky. The other contested race was for the position of Director of Civic Engagement between Salima Mahamoudou and Darnell Davis.

       During those three election days, the campaigning period was also going on. It was really great to see students actually get involved in the campaigning period. Many students spread the message around campus that these elections were very important. During the Presidential Talk in Chartwells on April 6th, many students came to eat dinner in the dining hall simply to listen to the three presidential candidates talk about their visions and plans if they get elected into office. Additionally, the Senate paid for any GMC student that was off the meal plan to eat for free in Chartwells during the Presidential Talk. 

      During the Presidential Talk many students asked different questions to all three of the presidential candidates in order to know more about each candidates view points. This was a crucial process in letting students figure out which candidate represented them more. The talk lasted about 30-35 minutes and it seemed to have work because right after the debate there were many students who sent in their vote according to the Student Senate Election Committee. 

      On April 8th at 11:59pm the polls closed and the voting period was over. Being part of the Student Senate Election Committee, I was one of the many persons in charge of counting the votes, and also announcing the winners to the campus. After carefully counting the votes multiple times it was clear who the winners were:

           For the presidency, Antoine Lucic won. For the Vice-Presidency, Seraphina Mallon-Breiman won uncontested. Allan Michel Jales Coutinho won the Treasury also in an uncontested race. Salima Mahamoudou won the race for the Director of Civic Engagement position against Darnell Davis, and Madi Zeek won the uncontested race for the position of Senior Representative. 

         I thank everyone that voted and participated in these elections!

 

Saturday
Apr112015

Lauren Ainsworth: "Why did I come to GMC?"

By: Matthias Baudinet

       -"I decided to come to Green Mountain College for a number of reasons. I went to an agricultural high school Massachusetts where I studied forestry and natural resource management. When it came time to apply colleges I wanted to knew that I'd be looking at schools that cared about not only the environment, but a well grounded academic institution as well. 

         The first time I came to GMC it was a beautiful day in early fall. Our tour guide was super informative and kind, they even let my dog come on the tour too! GMC not only had that small school close knit community that I was looking for but it also had a variety of programs that appealed to me as well. More then anything though, I think the strongest reason for coming to GMC was the people themselves. From the moment I stepped on campus for a tour, then later moving in Freshman year everyone made an effort to say hello, to welcome me and ask me if I needed anything. I had toured and applied to other schools as well, but none of them were as outwardly friendly as GMC. There wasn't as much inherit personality in the other schools. Not only was GMC a beautiful campus, small and personable, but it was also so open. 
          
         I got to meet with faculty, all of whom were genuinely interested in what I wanted to do. During our first Images of Nature class, we took a field trip to Philip Ackermen-Liest's homestead and farm. I remember sitting on the ground with my paper bag lunch, looking out past  the cows and fields watching the sun set over the green mountains while Philip explained his passion for farming. At what other school would I be at my professors homestead, eating dinner in my barefeet watching the sunset. I smiled, it was at that moment I knew I had come to the right place." 

Saturday
Apr112015

GMC's Upcoming One Acts! By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

Over the past couple of weeks, the GMC theater department has been working arduously to rehearse a series of 10 one-act short plays for an upcoming production next weekend, April 16-19. Different plays will be performed each night, so make sure to come out twice!

All of the shows are being student-directed by a handful of young adults in one of professor Paula Mann's acting classes. So from the first step of casting the shows, all the way to opening night, these students have been in charge of what is happening when. Very exciting!

While many of the shows range from comedic and crazy to satirical and sad, I was cast in a two-person show called 'Heart in the Ground', with fellow student Robert Holloway, directed by Maddie Mielke. This show is a bit wild, taking place on a farm in the west a couple of decades ago. The two characters, Karen and Lee, are both relatively young and recently out of two mentally unstable social institutions: prison, and an insane asylum. The play is mainly set around a conversation they have revolving around the ways of the world and their deceased child. 

I highly encourage everyone to come out and support their friends in these upcoming productions! This production has the most actors within it that a GMC theater production has seen in over 5 years. The cast list is as follows:

"Bug"  directed by Andrew Bullard
Dillon Bryant 
Emma Jeanne Page 
Hayley Gravel 
Jose Galvez Contreras 
Eric Hudiburg
"Rough Day on the Streets" directed by Andrew Woodman
Andrew Bullard 
Emma Jeanne Page
Katie Getts
Julia Connell
 
"Death Knocks"  directed by Owen Spath 
Dillon Bryant   
Andrew Bullard 
"Murder by Midnightdirected by Allison Parenti
Andrew Bullard
Carley McEnery 
Dillon Bryant  
"Heart in the Ground"  directed by Maddie Mielke  
Robert Holloway 
Seriphina Mallon-Breiman 
"Oedi" directed by Anna Caputo
Simon James 
Jeff Eckhardt 
Carley McEnery 
Andrew Bullard 
"The Unwanted" directed by Jillian Paris
Carley McEnery
Anna Caputo 
Nick Mazzali 

 

"A Matter of Husbands" directed by Katie Richardson

Emma Jeanne Page  

Maddie Mielke 

"No Exit" directed by Hannah Davis
Maxx Hockenberry
Marissa Roberts
Anna Caputo
"The Boor" directed by Ben Lachman
Nick Mazzali 
Isaac Winant
Maddie Mielke 

 

Saturday
Apr112015

GMC gets Honorable Mention at MUN! By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

 

Last week, fifteen GMC students spent the week in New York City, amidst an international debating conference held in hotels near time square such as The Sheraton and The Hilton, as well as the United Nations Headquarters. Along with roughly 5,000 other young delegates each day, they woke up early and worked hard as political diplomats and world citizens to represent the African country Kenya, through economics, human rights, sustainable development and general assemblies. Making speeches, attending meetings and networking with their peers- GMC was successful in recieving an award by the end of the week as an entire delegation as Honorable Mention! As well as our head delegate, Salima Mahamadou won Outstanding Delegate award! Congratulations Green Mountain College, well done! Following is a picture blog documenting the week, mostly with photographs by student Robert Holloway!










Saturday
Apr112015

Making a Difference with Beans!

By: Natalie House

Today I attended "Making a Difference & Making a Living,” an conference event hosted at GMC featuring alumni and others in career fields including business, agriculture, energy efficiency, education, and more. The purpose of the event was to answer the questions many students at GMC have regarding how we can go on to pay off our student loans and live comfortably while still doing meaningful work.

Starting at 3 PM, six speakers of all different personal and career paths gave short TED-style talks in Ackley. Following the talks, four field-specific panels were offered.

I found Joe Bossen's talk especially interesting – Joe graduated from GMC in 2008 with a degree in Sustainable Enterprises but had started his career in sustainable agriculture early on. By his sophomore year, Joe had decided he wanted to pursue a bean burger business. His logic for doing so surrounded around the fact that beans are a sustainable and nutrient dense crop and can be grown in the VT region. He wanted to make real change for his community by targeting a specific and tangible product.

In the past 5 years, Joe's business, Vermont Bean Crafters, has grown a lot. He says it's been hard work but very rewarding. As a member of a panel discussion on Natural Resources, Environmental Services, and Sustainable Agriculture, Joe was one of many who gave advice to the audience to be more patient in terms of following their dreams. Even though his business has manifested into a reality, he says that sometimes things don't always add up at first.

Many other alums from recent years (07'-13') agreed with this advice; because most post-graduates take on many jobs in their lifetime, it's not uncommon to not have landed ones' dream job right away. Still, the common theme of taking the steps towards achieving a goal was very prominent among the group of guest speakers. In Joe's case, his career path was entirely driven by his motivation to start his own business. Students in the audience had similar dreams, especially students majoring in sustainable agriculture.

Vermont Bean Crafter's has come a long way in recent years, and in 2014 Joe was named the Vermont Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The business sell not only bean burgers now but falafel, muffin and cookie batters, and smoked or roasted peppers. VBC also has partnerships with Vermont public schools and colleges to feature their burgers and cookies in cafeterias. Here on campus, the bean burgers can be purchased in the Buttery.