Posts tagged alana

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

To answer your question…. 

My final project is very open ended for my Experiential Anatomy class. I wanted it to be personal so I decided to dig in and learn more about the ossification process of bones when they are healing from a break (I currently have a broken humerus bone from arm wrestling for charity).

I was in my friend Tess’s room getting lost in science research on my screen and beginning to get frustrated. Tess is studying medical anthropology and has her eyes set on med school post Bennington. She asked what I was working on and then enthusiastically dropped her math homework and brought my to “her section” of the library. I was so scared as I am taking my first bio class this term, but glad to have a friend to help me find what I needed. 

Little did I know, I would find my friend Sam working on his research for his performance project about the fluids of the body. He was calling on the help of a fellow student Hillary for her neuroscience wisdom and problem solving in the library!

Just thought I would post about collaboration at it’s finest!

Have a great Weekend!

Bennington candy shop creates world record peanut butter cup


Bennington’s First Friday: The World’s Largest Peanut Butter Cup!

Did you have a slice? I sure did, but it was way too rich to finish myself…

p.s. We also have the World’s Largest Ladder Back Chair. I have yet to sit on that…

What are your records?
-Alana ‘15

Posted this to my blog instead…. must be Friday afternoon!

Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires

After a year in the office, I am still figuring out the ins and outs of Tumblr, excited to reblog this! -Alana


 aka: Employers are looking for thinkers and people instead of just students who have proven professors can fill their minds with knowledge.

aka^2: people want to hear from the minds of Bennington Grads

How is the queer community at Bennington? Where would I look/who could I talk to for more information? — Asked by Anonymous

Just like most communities at Bennington, the queer community is apparent in various ways. We have a group called queer @ Bennington which can be a great resource. Bennington, like most any college, is a space for you to come in with a mainly-blank slate to really explore yourself as a person, questioner, and thinker. I think Bennington establishes a safer space for queer identified or questioning youth to do just that.

If you are looking to see if you will fit in here, no worries… you will find like-minded people and be a part of various communities. As a queer individual myself, I am personally not very involved in the queer @ Bennington group; however, I still feel a part of the queer community on campus. There are various ways to be involved as a queer person on campus. I took a bunch of people to the gender and queer conference at Hampshire this term and that was a wonderful way to spend part of my weekend! If you have any other questions or just want to chat about this more, please feel free to contact me at

I know I can only speak for myself, but I have felt very accepted here. I have enjoyed meaningful conversations with friends, events through SWAG (Sexual Wellness Awareness Group) that have opened my eyes to other conversations, and finding general acceptance of various identities on campus.
-Alana ‘15 

Heat!  Ceramics!  Outdoor kilns! Final projects!

I am in a project-based ceramics class called Grand Vessel in which we are looking at what vessels have shown us throughout history and how we define a vessel today. Myself and my friend Nina are firing our pieces in a once fired soda-ash kiln this week. On Monday we bricked the wall to our “Salty Dog”. Yesterday we started our firing and have continued to control the slow climb of temperature, turning it up every two hours or so. I went to bed at 1:30 am last night when it was at 847 degrees Fahrenheit and now it is almost 2000 degrees. We will be adding the soda-ash solution to the kiln tonight once it is at cone 10!!! Can’t wait to see what comes of this kiln. It is always a surprise taking down that door. I will post a “results” post once things cool down.

-Alana ‘15

Spring called to take us out of the office on a nice meandering walk through campus while the flowers started blooming…

-Alana, Glennis, and Julia ‘15

It’s easy to see who does all the work around here. 
- Alana and Jessieh

It’s easy to see who does all the work around here. 

- Alana and Jessieh

I'm not sure if any of y'all will be able to answer this question, but: I know Bennington is liberal (as in lots of Democrats), but how truly radically left is it? Are there any communist / anarchist groups on campus? Sorry to sound like a goof, but I'm gonna miss my Occupy friends from back home! — Asked by Anonymous

As someone who has roomed with an anarchist while having a fully radical left neighbor who would live at Occupy in a perfect world, I would say yes. I may have a skewed perception of this, but I think you can find your place here and I know you could deferentially spark some interesting conversations about your viewpoints. I think it may be best put by Emily, a recent Bennington Graduate:



Maple Sugaring by way of some amazing folks in the Bennington Sustainable Food Project! Check out their blog here

Jungle-Themed War Paint coffee hour!

First house potluck in Woolley!

This term is off to a busy, but good start…

-Alana ‘15

Do merit scholarships affect how much financial aid you receive? — Asked by Anonymous

Rest assured, financial aid is based on FAFSA and isn’t affected by any merit scholarships!


Hi, I'm an IB student at an international school and was wondering what Bennington's dance program is like. How much experience is needed? Also, is there an advantage getting into Bennington being an IB student? Thanks! :) — Asked by Anonymous

Bennington accepts IB credit; however, since Bennington does not have general education requirements you will not be exempt from any classes. As far as admissions we look at each student’s application in entirety so it does not place you in an advantage or disadvantaged place in admissions. 

As far as dance goes at Bennington, there is a strong emphasis on creating and making work. Please take a look at this page to read a bit more about the dance program. It took me a while to adjust to the dance program here, but I love how I am finding my own vocabulary and voice now. If you have further questions about the dance program or just want to chat with a fellow dancer, I would love to talk about my current classes and projects and hear about your interests:

Let’s talk movement!

Hey Everyone! I am currently in the midst of administrative work and event planning for my FWT in Atlanta, Georgia. I am working with a Tribal Fusion dance company. Feel free to check out more here!

Weather you are busy in the office or busy filling out applications, I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to share my friend’s video about her first term at Bennington. We met because she was on the Canoe Pre-Orientation trip I led this Fall, but we continued our friendship beyond that. 

I am so happy she captured the funny moments of what I like to call “Behind the Scenes” of Bennington. When we are not knee deep in projects and reading, we also like to goof off and have fun. I saw a lot of my first term in her video as well. Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

With love from the south,