Posts tagged Glennis

How do most students access birth control (like the pill) through campus or the surrounding area? I know the health plan covers it financially but how and where do people go to fill prescriptions, get prescriptions renewed, etc? — Asked by Anonymous

You can get some brands on campus and beyond that there are a lot of pharmacies in the area. I personally recommend Hannaford because Ken, one of the pharmacists is fantastic. But there are also pharmacies at Price Chopper, CVS, and Rite-Aid. 

-Glennis

Do you know if students are allowed to knit in class? It really helps me focus. — Asked by Anonymous

I would imagine it depends on the teacher and the class. I’ve never seen anyone do it, but I’m sure it happens and I’m sure you could do it. I would ask each teacher beforehand. 

What are you currently working on? I’m a huge knitter and trying to bust through my stash so I don’t have to keep moving it around every 3 months…

Happy knitting!

-Glennis

Picture from the band, Phox (fresh from the Newport Folk Festival),  who played at the Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington on Saturday night. Upstate Rubdown opened for them and the Phantom Food Truck opened for everything. It was delicious and the music was great. Bonus was seeing three faculty members there (all super cool ones, of course)
Another great night in North Bennington!
-Glennis

Picture from the band, Phox (fresh from the Newport Folk Festival),  who played at the Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington on Saturday night. Upstate Rubdown opened for them and the Phantom Food Truck opened for everything. It was delicious and the music was great. Bonus was seeing three faculty members there (all super cool ones, of course)

Another great night in North Bennington!

-Glennis

I'm considering applying to Bennington as a transfer student for the Spring '15 semester. I'm on the "older" side (I'll be 24 by then), and I've already completed half of a writing degree at the University of Michigan. Are there rules about having alcohol in the houses? (I'm not an alcoholic, but I am a writer, and I'm legal, so yeah). I have a dog whom I absolutely cannot leave at home - can he come with me to Bennington? Are there off-campus housing options that might be more dog-friendly? — Asked by Anonymous

You’re in luck! If you come in when you are over 24 then you are allowed to live off-campus automatically. So, find an apartment near North Bennington that allows dogs and I can guarantee that having a dog will mean that you have lots of students who want to be your friend (myself included). 

There are rules for alcohol in the housing. If you’re over 21 then you’re allowed to have and consume alcohol in your room as long as everyone else around you is of legal age. 

Hope that helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to email me. glennish@bennington.edu

-Glennis

I'm an incoming freshman who just received her course schedule.... it seems strangely empty? two days I only have one class... should I try to add classes or will it be challenging enough? Thank you! — Asked by Anonymous

Do you have 14-16 credits? 

If so, you will be plenty busy. Trust me. 

If not, we will figure it out when you get here. If you still have questions get in contact with Kate Child from Academic Services. 

In my experience, it’s not about how many hours you spend in class that makes your schedule challenging. 

-Glennis

Some advice for packing clothes for college? Bring a ton, pack sparingly? Should we expect vast influxes of T-shirts and such or should we plan on packing a fair amount of clothing? On that note--what time are we gonna have to break out the sweaters and jackets? Thnk. — Asked by Anonymous

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Solid advice from our correspondent in Chicago. I echo her sentiment. 

Don’t pack much. Really. Truly. Please for everyone’s sake pack as few clothes as possible. I wouldn’t expect a vast influx of t-shirts, but please don’t overpack! On the sweaters and jackets, it really depends - maybe late September, maybe October, definitely by November. You will feel it when the time comes. 

Do, however, bring lots of lamps! Most rooms don’t have an overhead light so lamps are essential. That being said, our local Home Depot, Goodwill, Sears, and Walmart (all located very close to campus) have an amazing selection of lamps that you can buy upon your arrival at Bennington.

Also, a friendly PSA from your local firefighter: Christmas lights are a fire hazard. 

-Glennis & Emily

purplecarrotfarm:

We’re Selling! Every Friday from 3:30-4:30 by the flagpole. This week we got eggplant, we got beet green, we got kale, we got basil, we got mint, we got spinach, we got swiss chard, we got pineapples (not really). SPECIAL BONUS: come watch/help us braid garlic (not for sale this week).

Intern Sylvia second life as a farmer on the student farm. Also featuring farmer Sam, Sylvia’s partner in uh er… veggies?
If you’re around, stop by!
-Glennis

purplecarrotfarm:

We’re Selling! Every Friday from 3:30-4:30 by the flagpole. This week we got eggplant, we got beet green, we got kale, we got basil, we got mint, we got spinach, we got swiss chard, we got pineapples (not really). SPECIAL BONUS: come watch/help us braid garlic (not for sale this week).

Intern Sylvia second life as a farmer on the student farm. Also featuring farmer Sam, Sylvia’s partner in uh er… veggies?

If you’re around, stop by!

-Glennis

New work by recently graduated intern, Ben Redmond. The video is a collaboration with Sarah Fetterman, another recent graduate, and it is a piece that she made while she was here. Check it out. 

Yay collaboration.

-Glennis 

Is it true that there is no grading system, as in most educational institutions? — Asked by Anonymous

Nope! We just posted a post about this last week (actually, it’s still on the front page). We do have grades and most students choose to take them. I’ve taken them every term.  In addition to grades we receive a narrative evaluation for each class. 

I like grades because I’ve always had them and I have an exact measure of my performance. But, it’s not always all about measuring up to others which is why the evaluations are great. They are usually a paragraph or two of critical feedback of how I did in the class. I find the evaluations extremely helpful and often very on point as to where I struggled or what I could do to improve as well as where I did well. 

Hope that clears the air. 

-Glennis

Hi! I saw another question asking about sports at Bennington, and I have a similar question regarding figure skating. I am a figure skater and would love to know if there is by chance an ice rink near Bennington at all? Thanks so much :) ~Johanna — Asked by Anonymous

Hey Johanna, 

There isn’t an ice rink in Bennington, there is one about a half hour away in Manchester, VT. However, when it gets cold Lake Paran in North Bennington freezes. No guarantee that there won’t be snow on the ice, but its there for you if you want it. My friend, and fellow intern, Selina is an amazing skater and she has skated outside before. 

Also, not on ice, but requires related skills: Roller-rama, our super fun rollerskating event that happens each term. The school gets a ton of roller skates and we roll around Greenwall, one our our performance spaces, for a while. There is a disco ball, candy, and lots of other fun. Selina and the other figure skaters are always the stars of the night. 

Hope that helps!

-Glennis

You know, sometimes the answers come before the questions do. Makes my research a bit easier. Thanks Abby!
-Glennis

You know, sometimes the answers come before the questions do. Makes my research a bit easier. Thanks Abby!

-Glennis

Is it more expensive to live in singles? — Asked by Anonymous

nope! Same price. Singles that are available are first given to juniors and seniors and then, if there are open spaces, there is a lottery for sophomores. 

-Glennis

How popular is intramural soccer? From some previous answers it seemed that intramural sports weren't too popular in general... — Asked by Anonymous

I’m so sorry if I’ve given you the wrong opinion - what I meant was that swimming as I do it isn’t something where other people come regularly. (To be totally honest, I like having the time to myself and it can get stressful to share it with people)

Sports are popular here. I mean, we aren’t the University of Michigan or anything, but we do have an intramural soccer team that is big and plays schools like Marlboro and Simon’s Rock among others. We also have an Ulitmate Frisbee team that plays in tournaments with Dartmouth and UVM to name a few schools. 

Truly intramural sports, by which I mean happening within Bennington, are things like volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball (crazy competitive and very very popular). There are lots of people who go rock climbing both at the gym and on real rocks as well as a bunch of people who go biking most days. We live in a really beautiful place and a place that lends itself to being outdoors. Camping, canoeing, snowshoeing etc. (plus gear rental from the rec barn on campus)

Of course, not to be forgotten, not a specific sport but the annual house gym competition. Every time you go to the gym you get a point for the house you live in. The house with the most points at the end of the term wins something (I’m not sure what, my house hasn’t won). 

-Glennis

P.S The Ultimate team is a great example of a couple of students who were interested in something and then started a team. It club is only 2 years old. 

What will be my address when I arrive at Bennington? — Asked by Anonymous

1 College Dr. 
Bennington VT 05201

The great thing about being at a college this size is that everything, and I mean everything, comes to the same address. If you mail something before the start of school just mark that you’re an incoming First Year so the post office knows who you are. (The mailboxes aren’t set up yet)

-Glennis

For the rooms, are we allowed to bring a small TV set or something? My mom was planning on buying one for my graduation but she doesn't want to if it's not allowed, and I couldn't find anything on the website. Sorry if this has already been asked D: — Asked by Anonymous

Yeah, totally. According to the student handbook TV’s (and other electronics) are allowed as long as they are under 1000 watts. 1000 watts is a lot of watts and I think after some googling that it’s safe to say that most TV’s won’t exceed that. Unless of course, you’re mom was thinking about buying you this.

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Which may be a bit excessive. But who am I to judge?

-Glennis