Posts tagged Bennignton

I'm so excited to visit soon! Anything you recommend I ask or do while on the bennington tour? — Asked by Anonymous

We’re so excited to meet you! Before arriving, make sure to check out this fantastic list of really important and helpful questions compiled by Alan. Also, ask your tour guide about Jennings ghost stories and climb for candy.

It’s important to know that the tour is an individualized experience. Mostly likely it will just be you and your tour guide plus any parents, friends, or buddies you bring along. So…. ask lots of questions! Inquire, share stories, tell us what you’re up or about an experience you’ve had that’s shifted your understanding of yourself. 

Can’t wait to get to know you!

-Selina ‘15

I found Bennington last night and it seems somewhat perfect for me. I've never been one to excel when it comes to academics, but I'm passionate about all forms of art. Bennington seems like a perfect fit. I'm just worried about fitting in. I'm not what seems to be the typical "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" artist. I would generally vote republican, I like hunting, and don't really care about feminism. Would I be ostracized/completely alone? — Asked by Anonymous

(I ran out of room but feel the need to explain a little more) I’m gay, so naturally I’m a very open and accepting person, but I also know what I like. I’ve been harassed a lot as a gay man who doesn’t fit the stereotype, and would prefer to spend my time/money elsewhere if that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat… Just, different strokes for different folks, you know?

Hello halloooo, and thank you for writing in with such a good and important post/question.

After talking with the other admissions interns in the office and reflecting on my own experiences and impressions of these sorts of things, I would say that the main ostracized/not-ostracized factor would be the level of mutual acceptance and respect for everyone’s opinions/the way the opinions are presented, rather than the actual opinions/identifiers themselves. Because a lot of people here do have pretty similar political/social ideals, it’s actually extremely helpful and interesting when there are people in the community who have different ideas - it can get a bit tiresome to always be having discussions without much friction.

In your later post you mention being a very open and accepting person who doesn’t try to shove his opinion down other people’s throats - perfect! That’s really all that could prevent you from being accepted and welcomed into the community. My suggestion would be to come visit, take a tour, sit in on a class, and eat lunch with students, to see how the general vibe feels to you. But certainly know that not every single person is liberal here, and CERTAINLY not everyone fits into that "kinda skinny only shops at urban outfitters liberal4life" social stereotype. We like variety.

Best, please come visit, and e-mail me if you have any other questions/concerns (,

Chloe ‘16

Hey, I was wondering if you have a dance program at your school :) — Asked by Anonymous

Do we ever.

Here is what our very own Alana Cooper ‘15 has to say about how dance at Bennington has influenced her. 

And here is what we’ve got for dance on the blog.

Personally, I have made sure to be in at least one dance class per term because I have found them to be grounding and influential to my work in visual art. So there are many ways to be involved with dance at Bennington.

Hope this helps!

Nina ‘15

I'm looking into Bennington and would like to know if there are any hidden costs not listed? Because the cost is through the roof already :) For example, is student health insurance included in the tuition bill? — Asked by Anonymous

Dear fellow budget-conscious anon,

As a person whose sun and moon sign are both in Cancer, I totally appreciate the fact you asked this. 

I just asked Glennis and Sarah if they could think of any “hidden costs” and they answered with a definite no. If you haven’t already checked it out, the Undergraduate Sample Budget is a pretty good representation of what the average Bton student’s yearly bill looks like. While the direct costs (tuition + room/board + activities/health center fee) do not vary person to person, the indirect costs (books, supplies, shampoo, late night snack runs, transportation home at the start/end of term, etc.) are pretty subjective. For example, your book/supply cost will most likely change from term to term, depending on what classes you are taking. Keep in mind that the financial aid office does include those indirect costs into what they consider the total price of Bennington. 

As for your second question: The student health insurance plan, offered through Monumental Life Insurance Company, is optional with a waiver. If you are already all set with your parent’s health insurance, it is possible to opt out of the school’s plan (which I believe is $1,377 for the year). 

I hope that helps! Please feel free to send any more $$$$budget$$$$ questions this way, or call us here at the office (800-440-4312).

- Julia ‘15

Whenever I hear the lumineers, it makes me think of bennington. Is this accurate? — Asked by Anonymous

No. Bennington is not one band. Bennington is like a pandora station where you mixed artists like Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell, Pitbull with the genres Math Rock/Punk, Honky Tonk and the song “Sunglasses at Night.” I think the Lumineers would come on that station occasionally, but we are so so so so so so so much more like these examples:

We are like this mashup of Lady Gaga and the Carpenters:

We are like this mashup of Brittney Spears and Adele:

We are Macy Gray covering Radiohead:

So yeah,
Alan ‘15

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

Bennington’s Egg: A Synthesis of Collaboration and Individualism

Almost a month ago now, a space much unlike any other space that’s ever existed before on campus went up for a couple hours on the day that Mariko Silver, our new president, was inaugurated. 

This temporary, reusable and inflatable structure, “the Egg” (as we referred to it during its construction), was designed and constructed, collaboratively by a group of 12 students (including myself) with the guidance and leadership of digital arts faculty member, Guy Snover ‘06 and sculpture technician, John Umphlett MFA ‘99 throughout the span of 9 weeks in a sculpture class called The Field Research of Closed Cells. That very day, was the first day that any of us had ever seen it entirely inflated; it was the first time we were able to actually enter and experience the interior of the structure ourselves, given the fact that the entire time we were piecing it together, we were only able to assume what the experience itself would be like through imagination and the help of 3-D modeling. It was either going to work and be successful, both conceptually and functionally, or literally fall flat. I’d say that despite some struggles in the process of fabricating this beautiful, monster of a space, we all came together to not only enjoy the fruit of our labor but also revel in the experience of seeing and knowing that the audience of the day truly understood how transformative it was. After all, this was a project for the College that was designed to reflect what being a student at Bennington is all about, physically as well figuratively.

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”

What we look at all day…
The Wednesday afternoon shift’s collection of current desktop backgrounds.

From top:

Eliana ‘15 / Sarah ‘15 / Chloe ‘16 / Alan ‘15 / Anushka ‘14 / Ananda ‘16

What's a " Drama lab assignment"? Explain in detail please :)Thank you! — Asked by Anonymous

Hello Drama-tic! (just kidding…)

Ok DANCE AND DRAMA LABS are (in my opinion), one of the greatest thangs about the class they’re connected to. Basically, if you’re in a serious dance or drama class, you are required to complete a lab assignment in: the costume shop, the scene shop, the lighting department, the sound department, maybe other things that I don’t even know about. When I took my drama class last term, I did my lab in the costume shop, meaning that once a week for two hours I would learn how to use a sewing machine, sew buttons onto endless corsets, listen to Belle & Sebastian (played by the director of the costume shop), and stand in awe in front of the towering cathedral that is the costume shop, which holds medieval tunics, Elizibethan dresses, and modern sneakers.

So why is it important? WELL if you are looking seriously at pursuing drama after school, it’ll be immensely valuable to bring a well-rounded and holistic viewpoint of theater with you wherever you go. Understanding the multitude of skills and departments that are necessary for putting on a dramatic production is key for collaboration, and while you may be driven by an interest in the craft of acting, seeing how all these facets overlap is GREAT. Also, if you’re looking to get into the acting *BiZ* in Real Life, it’s useful to be able to have a breadth of theater-related skills to “get yr foot in the door,” if you’re not able to land a ***StAr RoLe*** immediately.

For me, it just felt great to be able to learn these new custumey skills at the same time as I was contributing those skills to the drama department for their upcoming productions. And now I can sew!

Stay real,

Chloe ‘16

Different person on the ceramics thing, if someone who isn't taking ceramics wants to do things in the studio, is there a materials fee or studio fee? — Asked by Anonymous

hey there, 

No such thing here - even the thought of materials fees or studio fees are too funny to think about. This I believe goes for all areas of study within the Visual Arts. As a student who has been studying VA for two years now, I can tell you that I’ve paid for very little of what I need to make work here, at least in comparison to other schools that I’m familiar with. Often material is provided for. I’ve really only had to buy things such a paper, personal ceramics tools, film, etc. And when it comes to ceramics, there is no studio fee at all. Being able to use the studios here, without having taken intro courses is totally possible. First of all, it only takes a small conversation with one of ceramics faculty. I can’t imagine that they’d turn down a curious mind. And if you know your way in the world of ceramics, even better. Regardless, If you can crowd-source skills and info from friends here, seek out help from the ceramics tech and talk to faculty in order to become aware of what classes need (space, material, etc), you should be more than okay! 

~Doug ‘16~

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

Bathroom Review: CAPA (Faculty Lounge Solo)

Quality bathroom. Designed by the faculty themselves. This bathroom review is in honor of St Patrick’s Day because green. This bathroom is for FACULTY ONLY. It was very difficult to get the necessary permits to enter the faculty lounge, but once I knocked it became apparent that no one ever uses the faculty lounge for anything but coffee anyways so who cares? Green. Sink and extra reflective mirror provided by Duravit: Your #1 Source for Water! I included a look under the hood in for any of you plumbing junkies out there. 250 Toilet Seat Covers included but only one toilet! Please explain?? I noticed that one of the four elusive walls of this rarely found bathroom was completely empty (besides the green) so I have thought of some uses for this wall:
1) Install jukebox? Music is very import!
2) Racquetball? As of now we have no racquetball court on campus, and since all you need to play racquetball is a room, why not this one?
3) More green? Since we already have so much green, why not add some more? Maybe a life sized cutout of Shrek? Maybe just plant some grass? Anything to go green.
4) Demolish? If this wall were demolished it would lead into the rest of CAPA, making the entire building a bathroom. Very useful. Maybe then we can fit the 3 people that the sign is trying to depict into this bathroom. Until then, who knows whether we can accomplish triple use.

Safety: 6 out of 10
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Design: O out of 10
Comfort: 6 out of 10

Don’t pretend!

-Alex BG

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