By: Matthias Baudinet
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By: Matthias Baudinet
by Krista Lee
There are many colleges in Vermont and making connections and supporting the student work of other schools is so crucial for student empowerment and student power.
In my experience at Green Mountain College I have connected with student activists from UVM and Middlebury and really look forward to really connecting with students from colleges and universities around Vermont next semester. I always get energized and excited learning about what people are doing on their campuses across the country and the state, and am interested in further building GMC’s student relationship with other colleges and universities surrounding activism and social and environmental justice.
Today Middlebury College had a free event open to the public entitled “Panel Discussion: Critical Queer Perspectives on Prison Abolition.” And these are the kinds of events that students from all over the state should be supporting and going to (in my opinion).
The event had three renowned activist scholars: Reina Gossett, Ryan Conrad, and Yasmin Nair “having a panel discussion about incarceration and queer imaginings of justice”!
“Taking an abolitionist stance against the prison industrial complex, Reina, Ryan, and Yasmin will explore the intersections of state-sponsored violence with queer, trans, and gender non conforming people and communities. Their discussion will expose how hate crimes legislation, often framed as a marker of "progress" for LGBT people, actually expands and reinforces the criminal punishment system. Identifying prisons, policing, and detention centers as sites of perpetual violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, imperialism, and alienation, they locate abolition in a broader practice of breaking down these systems. Their work invites us to consider alternative ways of creating justice and building communities that truly transform, rather than reform, our current social conditions.”
How incredible! Middlebury student, Jenny Marks, was one of the main organizers getting this event at the college. Learning, supporting, and meeting student activists I think is beneficial and important for like-minded students. Collaborativr student activist organizations have potential to do a lot of good! I was super excited reading about this event that took place today and hearing about all the incredible work Vermont student organizers are doing!
(Students from left to right: Seraphina Mallon-Breiman, Miles Linsmith, Emilia Panish-Hoffmann)
This past Easter break at GMC, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Maine with two friends/fellow classmates and their families in Portland. We went to see the ocean on a couple of different beaches and an abandoned castle and Portland Headlight, the most photographed lighthouse in the entire world.
We all enjoy good food and we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time cooking together, even though none of the food we cooked was traditional or religious in celebration of the Easter holiday.
We had a lovely time together, although it was very chilly for the majority of the time.
It was wonderful to come back to GMC and be welcomed with a 75 degree day, what better place to do homework than outside on the grass in front of Cerridwen farm with your friends? :)
(Students from left to right: Shannon Currie and Emma Jeanne Page)
Everyone make sure to continue spending time outside these days, it's absolutely beautiful out! Good luck with studies to everyone as the year is wrapping up!
by Binh Bui
I was in the Easter Break last weekend, and I realized that it was the first time I could not wait for the break to be over. You may ask if my brain still operates properly. Of course, it functions well. Like other college students, I want six-month vacation, twice per year. Yet, this week is so excited that I want it to come so badly.
Earth Week starts from today, Monday April 21st to Sunday April 27, 2014. There are so many great activities that GMC students have prepared for months. The “Go Towelles GMC” competition was kicked off last Thursday. The organizing team of this competition wants to send a message to GMC students that if we can pay more attention on the way we currently use paper towels, we can become more friendly environmental and save a large amount of paper towels. The team organizes a competition among GMC college dorms to challenge which dorm will use the least number of paper towel rolls in a week. The winning dorm will receive a special prize from the team.
A part of Earth Week is the Earth Week Parade from Ames Circle to Poultney High School on this Thursday April 24th. I have attended the parade for two years, and I was exited every time. The Earth Fair will also be organized at Poultney High School. Numerous booths that are representatives of different organizations and student clubs will be around the school’s gym and present many awe activities for audiences. Last year, my professor and I were at the booth of GMC Business Department. We brought to the fair a car-driving stimulation in which the audiences would learn how to drive a car with less amount of gas and more sustainable. To encourage people to participate in different activities, the fair offered a free tie-dye T-shirt for those who visited at least three booths. The best part was that people would make their own tie-dye shirt. Moreover, on that same Thursday at 7pm, the release party for the Reverie, a GMC annual student-run literary and arts magazine, will be organized at the Stone Valley Arts in the Journal Press Building. It is exciting!
Photograph by Margot Surr
You can see all events in Earth Week at: http://sustainability.greenmtn.edu/news/httpsustainabilitygreenmtnedunewsearth-week-2014aspx.aspx
P.S. Have I mentioned that it’s Spring Concert this Saturday and then Honor’s Tea this Sunday? :) It’s going to be a long great week!
By Krista Lee
After studying at Prescott College for the semester I am both preparing for my departure of Arizona and my return to Vermont. It is going to be really hard when the semester ends to leave all of the friends that I have made here and leaving the life and place that I have learned and grown so much from. I would highly recommend Green Mountain College students to take advantage of the eco league program, as it is definitely a program that really brings personal transformation and exploration.
This summer I will be moving back to Vermont which I am very excited about. I will be living and interning at the Burlington Dismas House. "Dismas House is a residential community where college students live in community with men and women transitioning from incarceration to life in society.” I look forward to getting to know Vermont better and widening my understanding of the state to prepare me for my senior year at GMC. I always left Vermont in the summers (over my past 3 years at GMC) and I think that there is something of great value to ground oneself in a place and state, and that is what I plan to do this summer.
I will be back in Vermont in time for graduation and I look forward to seeing my good friends graduate, something that I wasn’t sure if I was going to be back in time for originally! While the end of this semester is fast approaching and I am incredibly sad, I am also looking forward to a summer in Burlington and to be reunited with my friends.