Posts tagged Alana

Hello all, I'm already part of the 2018 ganga, and am wondering if there is any kind of AAA like eating disorder related group in place. I've always struggled with my image, as do roughly 80 percent of women on average, and have no problem talking about it. Is Bennington aware of this problem, or more importantly, are they trying to help and talk to those in the student body who have similar disorders? Thankyou lots! — Asked by Anonymous


What a great question — coming from LA, I was raised under the (fairly subconscious) impression that beautiful = skinny….until I got to Bennington and realized I was being force fed (oh ho ho) a bunch of crap.  In fact, my creative thesis at Bennington concerns itself greatly with eating disorders, so I end up talking to a lot of people on campus about body image/self image.  We don’t necessarily have an official “support group” per se, but one of the defining factors of the Bennington social experience is the ability to actually “go there” about anything…truly anything…we *want* to have those conversations.  So please come and talk up a storm…it’s so important that we create a space where these issues can be voiced.  It’s up to us to reclaim our pride in our bodies and feel beautiful :)

— Parke ‘15

I just wanted to add that there are resources and support on campus currently with continued events and programming sponsored by the Bennington Wellness (BeWell) group on campus. 

The Bennington College Wellness Peers (myself and three other students which continues to grow) welcome your questions and suggestions for programming, speakers, and services you’d like to see on campus. The Wellness Peers serve as wellness liaisons, referring and connecting students and administration. Again, just please email with your input.

Taste of the Townhouse



Chocolate, avocado, coconut, vegan/gluten free mousse!


-Selina ‘15

Alana reads out loud “Chocolate, avacado, coconut, vegan/gluten free mousse???” and then it continues:

"MMMmmm, yum" -Nina

"What? I don’t know about the avocado." -Alana

"No! They are so good. They-" -Nina
 ”…it’s used as a replacement for butter, right” -Naima
"Yeah, and they are so good because you don’t taste the avocado much and you just get the richness of it." -Nina

"Wait! Pause. This is the most enthusiastic conversation this shift has ever had" -Alan


"Well, if I was to marry anything that wasn’t a human, it would probably be an avocado…" -Nina***

****No, but seriously, Nina made ceramics inspired by avocados last year:


We’re open on Saturdays now, and if we have time for this photo-op not enough of you are visiting us!  Come brighten our weekends!
Also, tours are entirely parkour-based now, so if you’re not ready to go hard, be ready to fall behind.*
-Ray ‘15
*This is not in the least true.  Tours are conducted at whatever pace is comfortable for those taking them, and very few of our tour guides are versed in parkour.


We’re open on Saturdays now, and if we have time for this photo-op not enough of you are visiting us!  Come brighten our weekends!

Also, tours are entirely parkour-based now, so if you’re not ready to go hard, be ready to fall behind.*

-Ray ‘15

*This is not in the least true.  Tours are conducted at whatever pace is comfortable for those taking them, and very few of our tour guides are versed in parkour.

Email us we are bored here!


Write to me and escape! Let’s do some matchmaking.

My name is Alan. I study ~~language and gender/sexuality~~ through playwriting and linguistics; so I’ve studied in education, playwriting, dramatic literature, psychology, Japanese, literature, um, bio twice? Most recently, this has resulted in an original play which I want to call “Trigger Warning: Catharsis” but I’m not gutsy enough so it is called “How Time Bombs Must Feel.” I love the 70s — hence the pina colada song; Really, though, Fleetwood Mac and Harry Nilsson are the best. In high school I was engaged with school just enough to maintain a television addiction. My actual education was in Alias, Buffy, Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY), Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files. But my absolute favorites are In Treatment, Six Feet Under and the Good Wife. I often channel Alica Florrick while making major life decisions. Life goals include seeing all of the 1001 movies you must see before you die, and visiting Tibet. I’m all about horror movies (I watch them whenever I’m depressed — everyone think I’m nuts for this). Email me about how strong female protagonists in television can inform YOUR college decision making process. Or if you have easy recipes that are convenient for the magic bullet. Tea drinker, playwright, scholar. Be my friend!

Im Kagan I like anime and i study animation and Chinese not Japanese lmfao..! please email anime recommendations also cool games NOT Call of DUty also I need to beat this one guy in a pokemon battle so what’s the best pokemon team. g-d bless

Hey, I’m Ray.  I’m headed into my senior work, my plan is in literature and conflict resolution, and it’s all about how fiction affects people’s thoughts on social and political issues.  I’m also a huge history nerd.  The biggest question in my life right now though is how soon I’ll be able to get Dragon Age Inquisition to run on my Mac.  Because my interest in that is… totally about studying how Bioware builds much-needed diversity into a regressive industry, and not at all about smashing things and kissing virtual girls.  That’s possibly the biggest lie I ever told.  Email me if you like cool stories, feminism/queer stuff, smashing things, or… for completeness’ sake I want to also put “kissing girls” but it might come off a little weird.  Er.

Hey, I’m late to the game on personal ads, but here we go…

My name is Alana and I like long walks on the beach and talking late into the night under the stars… just kidding (not really). I am a dancer who is interested in identity and community. When I am not in the dance studios, I could be found in a psychology or education class or outside enjoying nature. I have been recently picking up an old interest in fire spinning and continue to be amazed by the absolutely insane miracle that is the human experience! Email me to talk about your favorite loose leaf tea, your most used Pandora station, everything spirituality wise, anything sexuality,and all things polyamory :)*  

*whether my ad won you over or not, everyone should listen to my new favorite song/video that acted as my summer soundtrack:

Would this school be helpful for me as a dancer? — Asked by Anonymous

Wow, I could talk for hours about this because I have asked myself this exact question.You are asking the right question and I applaud you for that. I would like to know a bit more about you so that I can be most useful in imagining how the dance program here could be helpful to you.

Before Bennington I was dancing 14-18 hours a week at a strictly technique-driven dance school. I was training in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, break dancing. I came to Bennington and expanded that vocabulary with west african, tribal fusion bellydance, contact improvisation, emergent improvisation, and composition. I have learned to break down a lot of my own misconceptions of what dance “should” be and in doing so have been challenged to find my own vocabulary. I have various vocabularies in my body from previous training and Bennington gave me an outlet to figure out who I was as a dancer. I have more of a basis in composition than my friends that went on to a more conservative dance program which I believe has established longevity in my career as an artist.

I can only speak for my experience, but this school has been extremely helpful for me as a dancer and person. I have gone through my fair share of ups and downs and looking back on them I think they have helped establish me as an artist more so than a dancer. Going into my senior year, mainly focusing on dance, I feel that I will be ready to enter the dance world outside of Bennington. To help in this preparation I am taking classes such as Artists Portfolio, Dance in the 21st Century, and Sourcing the Body. I would love to talk to you a bit more about who you are to see if Bennington would be helpful to you.

Please email me and mention this post so we can chat more. I welcome all dancers to do the same!

Alana ‘15

Here is a video that got me so excited to come home! Please enjoy this wonderful snapshot of last term, provided by my friend Erika Lygren.

-Alana ‘15

Questions, Questions

Hello everyone! 

Our shift has spent today answering some questions on the blog and we wanted to create a helpful guide to understanding where you should ask your questions. 

To Incoming students: Use the facebook page! It’s not just to get to know other incoming first years, it is there to act as a resource. All the interns and counselors who have facebook are part of that group. Your facebook questions will receive a more immediate answer than the tumblr. 

Personal questions: We get asked a lot of really personal questions on this blog. We understand the urge to stay anonymous and talking to people on the phone or email can be scary. Personal questions are great on a one-on-one basis. Call us or email an intern and we can give you a much better answer than if we answered an anonymous tumblr post. 

Repeat Questions: We get a lot of repeat questions and we intentionally answer these questions to provide multiple narratives. Usually there are several really amazing posts already written about that subject. For example, I typed in “social life” and got all these wonderful posts! This can be a good first step before asking a question. After seeing other answers it can help define what your own specific question is.  

All questions: CALL US! We love to talk to students. Whether it is a simple yes/no or a question that requires a more in-depth response we would love to hear from you in person. Call us at (802) 440 -4312 and toll free at (800) 833-6845.

We love your questions but looking for a right platform can give you a more immediate and thorough response.

Arden J. ‘16 and Alana C. ‘15 

PS: Are you an incoming student and not part of the facebook group? Email 

can I use a black and white image for my ID? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes. Go Crazy. Get rid of color if you so choose.
-Alana ‘15

Are headphones a hat? in other words, can I have them in my id photo? — Asked by Anonymous

Personally, I think these headphones would be best for an ID photo:image



If you want to further talk about styles, color choices, or positioning your headphones for the photo feel free to email me at

Best of luck in choosing that perfect photo!
-Alana ‘15

can I learn a new language at Bennington? if yes, what are those courses called? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes please:

Chinese? French? Italian? Japanese? Spanish?

and thank you, gracias, domo arigatou, grazie, merci, Xièxiè

…But seriously, the language classes at Bennington are taught through immersion. For instance if you wanted to take a Spanish class you wouldn’t take Spanish 101 but you could take “Contemporary Issues on Film” or “Theories of Revolution” which are both Spanish courses. See here for more details on languages at Bennington!

-Alana ‘15

How many students are there from Nepal,Bhutan,Bangladesh,India,Sri Lanka? — Asked by Anonymous

I don’t have the exact break down, but I do know that we have students from 29 different countries including Pakistan, Denmark, Nepal, Vietnam, Bosnia, Turkey, Syria, and Albania. The most exciting part about this is that next years incoming class has 50 international students and the entire class size is around 200 so that is a 25% population of students from outside of the US joining our community.
-Alana ‘15

Inside Scoop

So I wanted to give you a ONCE IN A LIFETIME sneak peak into what some people do on Thursday May 8th in the year two thousand fourteen on the Bennington College Campus after our work shift ends:


“Get a quick lunch and then go shopping for the camping trip (we are taking DREAM kids that we mentor on a camping trip this weekend) and then going to Historical Grievances and Retrospective Redress. Then I am going to dinner with my friend Kiley and her parents and then finishing the second half of my exhibition proposal for my Art History class.”


“After work today I am helping Noelle, the French professor, with assembling some videos for her husband’s birthday present. Then I am going to be in the video editing studio for a long time tonight with your basic meal breaks. Then I am going to the film screening tonight called the Black Powered Mixed Tap”

Maybe this is a bit of a sensitive topic, but sexual assault on college campuses have been in the news a lot recently. I'm not going to ask about how safe you guys feel on campus, but rather: what is Bennington doing to address this issue? Would you say the school is doing enough? Is it earning its reputation as a highly progressive school? Sorry if that sounds a bit accusatory or whatever. I don't mean it like that, I'm just trying to be clear. — Asked by Anonymous

There is a “Sexual Harassment Policy Review Committee” looking at rewriting and updating the current policy to be most applicable to Bennington’s campus. However, there are already a lot of policies in place that attempt to keep the entire campus safe. Here is a link to the student handbook:

We decided to answer this question because one of our close friends is one of the Sexual Harassment Advisors. There are students, faculty and staff members that act as resources for questions, concerns or worry about any sexual harassment or assault issue. They can act as a “first step”, counselor and advocate depending on what you need. We are also looking to expand on these positions and create a more comprehensive student wellness advocate.

this is a heavy one. i'm transgender, i have no expectation that that would hurt me socially or that anyone would take any problem with that at bennington (thank god). but i'm also a fascist. i believe in the ideology of fascism (but i'm a social liberal who likes LGBT rights and drug legalization, etc.; italian fascism was explicitly a nonracist ideology and mussolini himself said that "race is 95% imagination"). how discriminated against would i be for this? — Asked by Anonymous

Our Thursday morning shift had a discussion about our understanding of facism. I realize that we all have our own prejudice against the idea of fascism in relation to its historical context. I would like to assume that you are not wanting to promote politically promoted racism and oppression and I would like to know more about how you identify with fascism. Why do you believe in fascism? On what basis do you identify as a fascist?

Bennington is notorious for asking students WHY. I believe that you cannot make an informed argument unless you understand the “why’s” and the limitations of your thinking. So I would like to turn this back to you and ask:


The example that we used to think about this was about a student coming onto campus and believing that abortion should be illegal, they could argue in various ways. If they were well informed and open to healthy debate, then they could be well received because promoting a belief with a broad understanding of its basis as you understand it gives way to better conversation.

If you want to talk further, feel free to email me: (I am also involved in the Gender and Sexuality Minority Alliance group and Sexual Wellness Advocacy Group so we can talk about your other identities as well)


CONGRATULATIONS!!! We can’t wait to see you in the Fall :)

Alana = Bennington!
Stop sitting on that bench and come join the fun!

Behind the scenes, behind the sleeves of a goofy video from Thursday morning shift! Enjoy!

-Alana and Arden