Hi! I loved Bennington on the tour, but I'm concerned about the small size of Bennington and the subsequently limited course list. Have any of you ever noticed a lack of course variety or felt inhibited by the small size of the school? For example, my mom pointed out that no art history courses are offered; Is that a temporary thing? Is there a way to get a course created by working with the right professor? — Asked by Anonymous

hey anon,

I guess I’ll start off by saying that I understand your concern about Bennington’s small campus and student body size. In fact I’d have to be honest it’s one of the things that I love and also one of the things that frustrates me a lot about being here. This small community is beautiful and its small size has allowed me to form intense bonds with faculty and friends but at the same time, I’m from L.A. and I do tend to get somewhat cabin-feverish a couple times a term. 

That being said, Bennington’s size has no influence over the variety of classes that are offered each term, and I’m pretty confident that most Bennington students would agree with me. I have yet to come across a curriculum of classes that I don’t feel like I’m drowning in! The variety and the breadth of classes can actually be quite overwhelming, especially when you realize that your favorite classes take place at the same time or when it feels like half of the school population wants to take that one class (lol). 

I study Visual Arts and have taken Art History courses here - art history plays an important role in contextualizing and informing my thoughts and ideas. While it may seem that there are a small number of art history courses, not one VA class at Bennington would be complete without directly studying the history of the course’s medium. Many art classes involve writing, reading, and in-class study in addition to an intensive studio practice. There’s surely exposure outside of art history courses. 

To answer that last question about “getting a course created” : that to me sounds like starting a small “tutorial” with a teacher in any given discipline here. If you have a clear inquiry, have been in dialogue with a teacher here and maybe have other friends or students on board with that same inquiry or interest, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one. 

Hope that answers your question! 

~Doug ‘16~

Bennington is everyone I met on campus, everyone I worked with and learned from. And it’s everyone they worked with and learned from. It’s a shared energy that comes from our collaborations. Bennington fosters new ideas and forges connections. In this way, a Bennington education never ends.
- Katari Sporrong ’11

Bennington is everyone I met on campus, everyone I worked with and learned from. And it’s everyone they worked with and learned from. It’s a shared energy that comes from our collaborations. Bennington fosters new ideas and forges connections. In this way, a Bennington education never ends.

Katari Sporrong ’11

Spring Dodgeball Tournament! | Facebook

Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck, and Dodge! Check out the photos from the latest Dodgeball tournament! There is a Dodgeball league every term culminating in a giant showdown which bring many back to the good ole days of middle school. The teams consist of house teams, friend groups, and several Campus Safety officers looking for a little friendly competition, but mostly looking to have a lot of fun.

Genelle ‘15

Does your Field Work Term have to be related to your area of study/your plan? — Asked by Anonymous

Hi person!

For your first Field Work Term, your choice of location does not have to be based on your course of study, mainly because you will probably not yet have a strict direction to your work (not that you ever really do……. “just kidding”). However, whatever you intuitively choose will still probably weasel its way into your future studies somehow, just based on the fact that you chose it and will learn about yourself and your interests in the process.

In terms of your FWTs post-first-year, they do have to be somehow related to your Plan, but there are ways of finding connections between an organization and your studies that don’t have to be super direct. Also, because you design your Plan based on your personal interests, it doesn’t really feels limiting to have to choose something that connects to your Plan. ALSO your FWTs often shape your Plan as much as your Plan shapes your FWTs.

Wheeee!!

Chloe

Bathroom User Review: Dogs

Quality users. In my bathroom studies here at Bennington have found that a bathroom user affects a bathroom experience just as much as the bathroom’s safety, design, comfort, or quality. It is with this in mind that I am reviewing bathroom users. Today the hot topic is dogs. Dogs are interesting because they put so much effort into not using any sort of bathroom. Cats use litter boxes and humans use bathrooms. Why should dogs stay out of the fun? Dogs have 4 legs (2 more than humans) but no arms. This means they can’t use sinks. Sinks are useless to dogs. They don’t care. They just look away. I have the clever opportunity to interview some dogs myself. After some short e-mails back and fourth I agreed to meet the dogs tied to the fence of the Barn at i’m-bored-of-taking-pictures-of-bathrooms-o’clock sharp. The brown, more outgoing dog was Lola and the multicolored brownish shy dog was Caroline. They gave me their numbers immediately but made it clear off the bat that flirting with them was not okay and that the interview would end immediately if I tried. The situation was tense but I handled it with ease. I asked them what they thought it was about bathrooms that made them want to use grass instead. “They’re disrespectful,” said Lola. “They promote a 2 hand, 2 foot lifestyle, when in reality, plenty of people live fine with 4 feet.” “Woof,” said Caroline (age 8). “Woof bowow woof ahoooohhhhhh!!!” Personally, I believe that what I think is right is right and I believe that toilets are useful. We’re not trying to spread a 2 handed and 2 footed regime. Toilets are just best for us. If dogs want their own bathrooms they’re going to have to grow thumbs fist.

User Rating: 8 out of 10

Best quality is the best.
-Alex BG

The Friday shift interns are awesome! (L) — Asked by Anonymous

Thanks ;)

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how many windows — Asked by Anonymous

So many.  We have windows which we use to view windows.

-Ray ‘15

we-are-as-gods:

8am vs. 5pm. What the hell Vermont. ❄️➡️☀️

we-are-as-gods:

8am vs. 5pm. What the hell Vermont. ❄️➡️☀️

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! I GOT IN! Thank you guys so much. When I was waiting for my decision, the only release valve for the tension was this blog. Sometimes, I would cut Tapped In with Cricket Hill Collection to take the edge off. But when I really needed a fix, I always came back to you <3. And oh yeah - Class of 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! — Asked by Anonymous

GOOD WORK YOU DID IT NOW U CAN RELAX OR GO TO SLEEP OR WHATEVER~!

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glad we could get you thru these tuff times.

please blog responsibly.

Kagan ‘16

I know Bennington is known as an 'artsy' school. I want to add the 'science-y' reputation as well. Will you guys stand beside me for this cause? — Asked by Anonymous

Who says science students can’t be artsy?! “I don’t conform to your labels, MOM”image

Amira studied both! There is cutie Jason looking at her art, and here is her research.
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But more importantly, there is so much science happening here (so many happy people with test tubes!). And here (so many events). Aaaaaand here:  (I KNOW them!)


-Alan ‘15

the24hourcampus:

I was using up my role of film by taking photos of people in VAPA one night, when I came across this lovely lady. I took a photo of her (developed the photo later) and asked her what she was doing. 

"I’m working on a coming of age puppet show that explores the human experience through personal life, supported by excerpts of Herman Melville’s book, Moby Dick." 

"What are you doing it for?"

"Animation class… and for fun."

Photo 1 - the photo I developed. Photo 2 - another puppet she’s making for the show.

Puppets!

benningtoncollege:

We missed Carolyn Lewon photos! Where have you been? 
carolynlewon:

Bennington Uncensored
There aren’t just Carob Cookies and Drum Circles we have Half-Trikes in Chandeliers too

benningtoncollege:

We missed Carolyn Lewon photos! Where have you been? 

carolynlewon:

Bennington Uncensored

There aren’t just Carob Cookies and Drum Circles we have Half-Trikes in Chandeliers too

Does Bennington do fire drills at the ass crack of dawn? I need to know if graduating from boarding school will free me from this. — Asked by Anonymous

Bennington, 9 times out of 10, will not conduct a fire drill at the ass crack of dawn. It’s specifically banned in the Acceptable Fire Drill Agreement Policies Handbook (AFDAPH). In-dorm fire drills are done at specific times and Campus Safety informs House Chairs when these will happen. The house chairs tell their housemates. They usually happen in the evening to the earlier hours of the night. 

Stay safe, 

Ben ‘14

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benningtoncollege:

The beauty we live. Great shots.

jacquialpine:

Bennington Term Two Photo Series: Part One

Because of medical reasons, I can't go skiing, and hiking is a bit of a challenge for me. I'm a bit worried that I may feel a bit left out of group trips/activities. Are there a lot of people who stay back when others go out skiing/hiking/exploring? — Asked by Anonymous

You will not be left out, I promise. Tea parties, homework/ jazz jam sessions, hanging out on the lawn, dramatic readings of children’s books in the library, concerts, performances and star gazing are all examples of activities that don’t necessarily pose a big physical investment. I’ve attached a movie made by a Bennington student about what it’s like to be here. It’s great!

http://vimeo.com/84352272

Happy spring,

Sylvia M ‘16