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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!
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 !
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.
By; Jenna Ring
Over the past month The Experimental Drawing art class at Green Mountain College, has been participating in the Sumi Ink Project. The Sumi Ink Club was established in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The intent is to open up large spaces to the public where people can come art. Essentially it is a way to connect people through art. There is no specific location this has to happen, it can be anywhere. The area which this took place at GMC was in Surdam, our art building. However it was done a little bit differently than the project is usually preformed.
This time around students from the experimental class filled all four walls of the surdam gallery with large white paper. They then had to fill each wall with different ink drawings and doodles. For homework the students had to bring in other people from the community and have them paint on the walls too. Then on Friday night after John Greco’s show in the Feick Gallery. People were told to go over to Surdam Gallery. They were then given markers were they could color in or add to any ink images they wished to. The turn out was really awesome and, it was great to add some color to the white walls!
Happy Monday everyone!