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Vermont Has Got Style

By Forrest Teutsch

Green Mountain prides itself in being a tight-knit community where we all support each other and can rely on our community members (whether they be students, residents of Poultney, or faculty) to vote for us in contests. At this moment we are lucky enough to have our very own Bethany Everett (Community Director) as a semi-finalist in the RedBook Real Women Style Awards! The top 10 will be promoted in the newest edition of the magazine, which would do wonders for both Bethany as an personal style blogger and the school as it promotes one of the faces of our Residence Life department. 

To show the online community what a cool and supportive collection of students and faculty we are at Green Mountain, lets give it all we got. I mean what is more fulfulling than catapulting one of our very own to the top of the personal style awards so we can show the world not only are we one of the most green colleges in the country, but we also got style and one heck of an awesome community. After all, just like the most important part of the holidays is to be with family; the most important part of community is to show your support for one another anyway possible (especially by shamlessly voting and deleting cookies to vote again...)

Here's the link to vote:




Poetry - By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman

Here's a little something I wrote in honor of poetry month!

 The Relationship Between Me and My Mother


The relationship between me and my mother

is one none other than that of

poetic intrigue

We cuss and we fight and we get super mad but

we also love each other and

somehow smother those bossy contrite

fights that drag us downward

But that relationship between me and my mother

is something one can't quite utter a single clear

defined concept in describing what is entailed

Because she's so judgmental and i'm an only child and

we both forget what it's like to live 

with a guy in the house

So we struggle and juggle our muddled beliefs about

how things should be for a 

mom and her kid when

her kid is becoming less of a kid and she as a mother

is becoming none other than one of those older

women who have conversations about how they'd like

to become romantic again 

But they're too busy and meanwhile

time is speeding up and each hair is becoming whiter and

bones ache more than they used to after they come home

from their weekly yoga class and people forget how quickly 

time passes

And the relationship between me and my mother is getting

shorter because soon i'll move away and sitting on the couch 

watching 'Gilmore Girls' will be harder than it was 

when i was twelve

And soon we'll forget why we fought because it wont 

really matter that much


Meet a Senator!

By: Matthias Baudinet

After posting about GMC Treasurer Michael Magnotta two weeks ago, today I present to you the GMC Commuter Representative, Adam Zais.


1.Your major and graduating class.
-I am a REED major and will graduate this spring 2014.
2. Where are you from?
-I am from Wisconsin, USA
3.Your position on the Senate.
-I am the Commuter Representative
4. What made you want to be a Senator?
-I enjoy being involved in decision making on campus. 
5.What is the Senate's main role on campus to you?
-It's a relatively obvious joke if you stop to think about it.  Students have limited powers on campus.  It's important, however, to put your best foot forward... 
6.How is being on Senate positively affecting you?
-It helps me to better understand how decisions are made in large organizations.  It forces me to reconsider the tone that I interact with others.  It also looks excellent on a resume.

Adam will be graduating this semester and it is crucial that a Commuter takes his place as the Representative in Student Senate. Any one who is interested should contact Antoine Lucic.

Media Advocacy and Campaigns

By Krista Lee

"Sustainable agriculture and local food are two topics commonly discussed at our College. In an effort to dig in and explore these topics more, we decided make this the center of our Media Advocacy and Campaigns class project taught by Jason Schmitt. The assignment requires us to create a media campaign that advocates for an issue or a cause and link it to Earth Day. What started out as a simple class assignment has already evolved into something that allows my group members (Robert Holloway, Natalie House, Jesse Thompson) and I to contribute to our community by providing a lens into our food system using documentary video. Our project looks to bring part of the focus of Earth Day back to our local food system in and around Poultney by creating awareness, taking part in discussions, creating relationships and finding ways to serve our community. We identified that although sustainable agriculture and local food are frequently discussed especially on campus, these discussions don’t emphasize important parts of our food system such as migrant workers, community partnerships and consumer-producer communication. As a result, we are interviewing community members at all levels our food system in hopes of stimulating further discussion on campus and in our community."- Kim Barrett

Photos submitted by Natalie House


US Mexico Border

*Photos by my classmate Miriel Manning*

Our class took a trip to the Border Wall in Nogales, AZ and on the other side of the wall was Nogales, Mexico. The border wall is representative of a major human rights issue of our time. It was an incredibly emotional experience to be there and to see the horrific reality of what america is doing and the level of violence and racism that the U.S. is perpetuating. 

Growing up as a white person in the North East this border has been invisibalized to me in a lot of ways, and even at Green Mountain College there has been little talk over the border and border issues in our classes and socially. The silence needs to stop and this needs to become a topic that we talk in a very serious way. 

No more deportations. No more border wall.