About The Rope Swing

The Rope Swing is a Green Mountain College Student run blog. We hope that you enjoy learning about the college as you follow each of our eleven bloggers. Each student has a different unique story to tell and will guide you through their own journey at Green Mountain College.


Post Entries by Category
The Rope Swing RSS Feed
  Subscribe via RSS



Last Workshop in Series: Public Speaking !

By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

This past Monday night concluded the final workshop in the Social and Academic Workshop series, my own personal Delicate Balance Project.

This workshop focused on Public Speaking and was led by student Yasmeen Najeebi, Director of Res Life Luke Krueger and professor Bill Throop.

The beginning of this workshop was run virtually! Student Yaz could not attend and therefore lay the groundwork for what Public Speaking is through a skype call on my computer! Yaz has worked with the Greenpeace Foundation for a while now and has a lot of experiencing with public speaking, fundraising, and the principle understanding of what does and does not work when running a presentation.  

Following Yaz's material, Luke began his presentation by dramatically reading the first page of the Gettysburg Address by our forefather Abe Lincoln.

His intention was to showcase the importance of diction and clarity as well as one truly understanding material before addressing it in public. Then, Luke split everyone into pairs to begin practicing with each other, first in monotone speech and then with projection. 

As people worked together, they began laughing with greater ease and feeling more comfortable within their natural discomfort, as such happens inherently when it comes to public performance or presentation.

The next presenter was professor Bill Throop, GMC's previous Provost and someone who has lots of experience with public speaking and navigation. This workshop brought in the biggest crowd we have had yet, with a whopping 16 community members in attendance: including the head of the Poultney High School's english department and two students in his official public speaking class! A very exciting note to end upon.



We Want Change! 

By: Jenna Ring
Coalition for Students of Color one of the very active clubs currently on campus, held a wonderful discussion panel this week. The panel was on the topic of Environmental Racism. The panel was held my three GMC students Yaz Najeebi, KC Martel and, Jesse Brekelbaum. The information shared at the panel was not only extremely informative but also quite alarming. A lot of questions were raised the most common ones seemed to be , where do we g from here? And as a communities how do we fight environmental racism? Environmental racism is a systematic placement through out low income and minority communities where toxic and harmful wast and chemicals are consistently placed. This is not just ironic because if you look at years and years worth of statistic and research, primarily white communities have much lower rates of illness. And black children are four more times more likely to develop asthma than white children are. Community discussions are a great asset to campus. Not only to they start a dialog on campus but they give students and faculty the ability to be heard.
 After the panel shared highly informative information the discussion continued. The question kept going back to what can we do as a school to erase environmental racism. Though environmental racism is not a new concept and has been alive for quite sometime, there are ways to break away from it. The most common suggestion was that we install more diversity not only on our campus but in our curriculum. For example a few students suggested that we redo the Images of Nature curriculum. A majority of the reading in Images of Nature is all done by white people, there is no diversity of race. Students have suggested that we take out some of those readings and incorporate readings from all different ethnicity’s. Though Green Mountain is a wonderful place, it is not fair that a large group of students are so underrepresented here. But due to these discussion panels we have the ability to work together and make change.
Last weekend Coalition for Students of Color also held a gathering for students to stand in solidarity with students at The University of Missouri. If you are not aware the University of Missouri is currently in an unimaginable state. White students are legitimately terrorizing students of color on campus. They are going as far as shouting things like “ white power” and evening threatening students. A group of students circled around a group of black students with their trucks and would not leave the students alone. It has gotten so bad that students of color have evacuated campus for their own safety. Some faculty at Mizzou has claimed that students are over reacting. Though this is an awful circumstance that nobody especially a college student whose just trying to get by should have to deal with. Students are getting together and fighting back. The smallest steps can lead to the biggest change! 


Sustainability Story Carl Diethelm

By Anne Tuthill This is the first video in a series called "Student Sustainability Series". It is a video that highlights a student at GMC that has done a lot towards sustainability in their own lives, or in the community.

Carl Diethelm is a sophomore at Green Mountain College, studying REED. Around campus, he is known as "Compost Carl" because of his love for..well, compost. He has a passion for food waste and food justice, and he is starting here at GMC to make change.This past week he and his fellow work study students issued a challenge to the student body: reduce our post consumer food waste from 800 lbs in a week to 600 lbs.

And if this goal was met Carl and the Compost Peeps (band name idea if they are interested) would get a bucket each of compost dumped on their heads. Sure enough, that incentive was enough to rally everyone to meet this goal.

This project is just one way Carl is working to raise awareness about food waste in our community. Next semester, he is going to work with Chartwells to distribute the food they can't serve to us, to the people of Poultney who need it. His genuine love and passion for helping others and building community is truely amazing. So enjoy this video, and be sure to chat with Carl if you want to help with his project next semester!


Policy Writing! Workshop Series Update #5

By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

This past Monday was the 5th workshop in my Delicate Balance 'Social and Academic Workshop Series': centering on understanding how to write policy and led by GMC senior Salima Mohamadou and GMC administrator Bianca Zanella. 

 This workshop centered around being able to write a policy and resolution that works- and understanding all sides in relation to these experiences. Salima and Bianca have both been previous MUN Head Delegates and have great experience in writing and submitting policy work in their fields.

They defined what policy is, explained resolution as a type of policy, broke down the understanding of resolutions into three parts, led an exercise to practice policy writing in pairs as well as incorporting the use and importance of diction within the process overall.

For the readers of this article, 'Policy' was defined as "The basic systems of principles by which a government / individual / business is guided." It's purpose being to provide standardization and help establish boundaries for the public good by outlining rules, setting rules and responsibilities, reflecting values and beliefs and stating an intention to do something. 

After further advising on how to draft and design a policy or proposal, Salima and Bianca used an example applicable to the GMC community in order to practice. They had each participant split into groups and practice writing a policy referencing the Green Mountain College streaking team and enacting regulations on their practices. 

It was an awesome workshop, I feel so greatful for both women who came to bestow their knoweledge upon all workshop participants. I highly encourage everyone to come out this coming Monday for our very last workshop on Public Speaking, led by Professor Bill Throop and Res Life Director Luke Krueger !


Small Town, Big Story: The Laramie Project

By: Jenna Ring

 Green Mountain College’s theatre department put on The Laramie Project, this past weekend.  The Laramie Project is a true story about an awful and unimaginable hate crime that took place in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.  Member of the Tectonic Theatre Project, of New York City, put the play together.  The play is constructed of real interviews put together over time. There are sixty different characters in the play. This time around they we’re played by ten different actors. Matthew Shepard was a student at The University Wyoming who was brutally beaten and murdered because of his sexuality.  The students of Green Mountain College who acted and participated in the show did an incredible job. It was my first time seeing The Laramie Project and personally I was really pleased with what I saw. I laughed and I cried the whole way through, sometimes even at the same time!

            I think bringing the Laramie Project to our community was incredibly beneficial Not only to share a story that needs to be heard. But also to voice the fact that just because some people feel as though they don’t see it frequently. Homophobia is real. It has been real and it was alive seventeen years ago. And unfortunately it still lives on today. Not just homophobia but other things that have evolved into social oppressions.

Which hate crimes still happen over today.  With that being said I hope to see more shows brought to our school on topics like this.  I commend the actors at Green Mountain College for putting on such a wonderful and respectful performance.