just a reminder that we love u 

This is a home. 

This is our home. 

This is Admissions. 

These are your admissions counselors. 

Set to the Twin Peaks theme. 

By Ben ‘14 and Alan ‘5. 

XO

I am tired of listening and saying cool things about Bennington. Tell me some hot things xD — Asked by Anonymous

we have an observatory. observatories look at stars. stars are hot.

capa is geo~thermally~ heated. hot.

the floors in merck are heated. that’s hawt. 

carlos works in admissions.

image

he’s hoooOOoot.

love,

not carlos. 

Join Carlos (‘14), Alan (‘15) and Ben (‘14) on an enthralling tour of Bennington College’s newest academic center, southwestern Vermont’s shining marble centre of public action, The Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action. (Aka CAPA.)

Can you, art student, please review an amazing teacher you have had while studying fine arts at Bennington? — Asked by Anonymous

Hey there, 

The meat of my studies is in Visual Arts and since my first term here at Bennington I’ve been taking a wide variety of courses within VA with a variety of very talented and inspiring teachers, all of whom are actively making work both in and out of Bennington. 

I’d have to say that in this past year as a sophmore, I’ve developed a really close relationship with my sculpture and slip-casting (ceramics) teacher Yoko Inoue. She’s really redefined what it means for me to produce visual work here at Bennington. She strongly emphasizes the importance of context and research. I’m currently taking a class with her called The Social Life of Sculpture, an advanced sculpture class. She’s gotten us to submit formal, in depth proposals for our final projects of the term that we had to present to the class for midterms. One of her many goals for us is for us to understand the importance behind being able to critically articulate our ideas, in a similar way as artists do when they apply for grants and residency programs around the world. She drives the conceptual and intellectual side of art-making, constantly pushing us to re-evaluate and question our work in order to imagine it in the world beyond our campus. She’s become a personal mentor of mine; she’s not only a teacher but also a friend that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with in NYC for the casual lunch date to talk about art, Bennington and life. 

I believe this to be true for most Bennington students across all disciplines. Everyone, at some point along the way, finds that one (or even two, or three) faculty member who they connect and grow with. 

If you’re interested in learning more about what Yoko does and seeing her work, here are a couple links: 

http://smackmellon.org/index.php/contact/previous_studio_artists/yoko_inoue/

http://vimeo.com/7552965

http://www.momentaart.org/momenta-art-seven-yoko-inoue.html

Hope this feeds your interest :) 

~Doug ‘16~ 

Yo dude Carlos, how can I become an architect like you? Give me some tips. — Asked by Anonymous

HA! You wanna become an architect like me? Is this what dads feel like? :’)

I am not an architect (yet), but an architecture student. I don’t know when or if I will become one, but I can assure you that it’s a couple of years down the road.

FIRST: You gotta want it! Does architecture serve a purpose in the quest that is inter-disciplinary academic, professional and personal growth? If yes, what about architecture? Is it design? Or maybe drawing? Does the slowness of the hand-drawn process makes it all worth it? Do you like the idea of staring at a piece of paper, terrified of making a mark that will indicate a door because you know that it will never be properly erased? Is it about making spaces? Homes? Hospitals? Problem-solving through multiple scales of action?

SECOND: You gotta have an open mind! Architecture is not just Design 101, or Intro to Drafting, or “How to Make a CAD Drawing”. This is a craft that delves into speculating about space-making. You’re gonna have to go to other disciplines to help you in this horrendous noble path you’ve chosen. Be it ceramics, painting, set design, playwriting, music, anthropology, math, biology, or even (dare I say it) dance, your process will no doubt be informed by these other modes of thought (and this applies to any discipline!).

THIRD: Be proactive! Where do you think you wanna intern for your 4 Field Work Terms? 4 different architecture offices around the world? Maybe 4 different experiences that have nothing to do with architecture? Become a better rounded person my friend, as architects need to be the world’s best problem-solvers (but I’m biased).

Always remember that good work leads to more work and that this path, like any other path that carries meaning, will require your own self-encouragement, individual agency, and a lot of epiphanies at 4 AM.

~Carlos ‘14 

Is the poetry program contemporary? (that poem posted was decent but I'm looking for like Dickman and Heany and Brock-Broido style of being taught) — Asked by Anonymous

We have programming in all ranges of poetry (and writing in general) — contemporary, archaic, and otherwise — the lit faculty work hard to balance the curriculum each term.  The Poets at Bennington Series lends itself to the contemporary, since we can’t ask dead poets to come talk and teach here (I mean we can ask…but…turns out no matter how much you knock on Frost’s grave, he just doesn’t respond…the nerve…)

I wouldn’t say any particular “style” is taught to students here…unless you consider being truthful a style.

— Parke ‘15

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Addendum: 

Hello and hi, 

Honestly, the best way to describe the poetry program at Bennington might very well be “all inclusive”. In my four years here, I’ve studied Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Whitman’s self-representation in Leaves of Grass, Olena Kalytiak Davis’ work, Jericho Brown, Dean Young’s poems and essays, CD Wright, Alex DImitrov’s use of social media platforms in poetic contexts and so much in between. There are courses with more direct focuses, like this term’s Dickinson & Whitman class, but there are also classes that address broader questions, like The Making of a Poem course taught this past fall, where, through contemporary texts, we analyzed what it means to make poetry, what poetry’s function or purpose is, and how it reaches its “goal”. 

I should also mention that the Poetry at Bennington program is always taught in conjunction with at least one poetry class. Visiting poets have a short residency including a reading, lecture, and Q&A session, and from time to time, students are able to workshop their poems 1-on-1 with the visiting poets. 

(Also,can you send us your favorite Dickman poem? I’ve never heard of them. )

~ben ‘14

benningtoncollege:

We asked applicants what question has changed their understanding of the world. These are some of the questions they shared with us. Welcome to Bennington, Class of 2018.

You guys made this!
-Alan ‘15

carolynlewon:

Open rehearsal for Great Expectations

Some great stills from a great show last term.

Vt spring running. This is actually why I go to bennington.

This is harmon hill on the stretch of the long trail that heads south from rt 9 just outside of downtown bennington.

This could be you.

"VC" Dailey

at bennington college they teach me how to write, by Parke Haskell '15

thebenningtonschool:

i am a college student
at bennington college

where poetry flows
through my brain

like a bullet flowing
through a brain.

all the teachers i’ve ever had hold me
up in the hallway

i raise my hands over my head:
the student’s prayer

they look gleeful and otherworldly
in their argyle dispositions,…

Parke would never self promote, but that’s okay because I’ll promote her. She’s the best at poems! This whole blog is top notch Bennington writers. Follow it!
-Alan ‘15

7,000 Followers

crossettlibrary:

Thanks to Tumblr’s Trending, Crossett Library’s two blogs—Crossett-copia and The Librarian Who Reads Everything—have now crossed 7,000 combined followers. Crossett-copia has 3,956, and The Librarian Who Reads Everything crossed 3,000 this morning, currently at 3,180.

Even more than Tumblr’s Trending, thanks for all who started following, and hopefully you all find at least one post here that piques your interest!

Not your average librarians.
-Alan ‘15

Hi! Are there any Gen Ed requirements at Bennington? — Asked by Anonymous

Nope. All our courses — whether it’s ceramics or neuroscience — are rigorous so there is no escaping intense learning (especially since you’ve got to have enough credits per term.) Who are we to say what you need?

-Alan ‘15

What are the rules concerning admitted students friending the admissions staff from B on facebook? — Asked by Anonymous

There aren’t any set rules concerning staff and interns friending admitted students. It’s the personal decision of every counselor, intern, and staff member. That being said I know personally that I never friend anyone without meeting them first. I already have had some requests that I have denied based on this. But just because we’re not friends doesn’t mean we aren’t friends. And if you end up coming next fall, I’ll be all:

- Arden J. ‘16

Hi! Firstly, this is a great resource (or marketing strategy :P), and you all seem like really awesome people. :D Anyway, my question is: I've been looking through the 2013 Fall Curriculum, and noticed that the only class for Economics is Microeconomics (PEC2250.01) by Robin Kemkes. :( So, Bennington's not exactly ideal to study Econs in-depth, is it? But I've to say, all the other crazzzy cool courses available could very well compensate! :3 And yes, I do love smileys. :D — Asked by Anonymous

Hey thanks!

RE economics: Yes, Bennington does not have a wide-ranging economics department, at least compared to some other liberal arts schools. I’d like to clear up a few things about the program, however, since we’ve gotten a few other similar questions.

First, Microeconomics was not the only class for the fall: we also offered a class (which I took!) called Political Economy of the Environment.

Second, like all other fields of study, the course offerings change every semester. If a course is not available during one semester, it will likely be taught again within a year or so.

The excellent Robin Kemkes is our full-time political economy professor, and she teaches 4-5 courses per term. Although Robin’s our only professor teaching solely economics, that doesn’t mean her courses are the only opportunities to study economics. Bennington’s faculty also offers classes that let students study game theory, global capitalism, civil society, statistics, and systems design- all of which contribute to our myriad understandings of what the economy is.

One other thing to consider: almost nowhere are you going to study purely economics, at least not at the undergraduate level. Even if that’s your declared major at a more “traditional” school, much of your first few semesters would be consumed with filling distribution requirements. And since Bennington doesn’t have such requirements, there’s a good chance you can end up in an advanced class of your chosen course of study, at an earlier point.

Here’s some economics-themed smileys I found to illustrate my point:

Ronald Reagan (Reaganomics):

7:^]

Large brain capacity (important for understanding Gini Index):

C:-)

George Washington (big fan of Adam Smith):

4:-l

Donald Trump (doesn’t listen to real economists)

:$$$$)

-Nick ‘14