not 2 b saucy but…
Personally, I think it might be time to take yr best selfie to date.
and also Carlos ‘14
The “Program” is pretty wonderful in the sense that it is different for every student. (We offer poetry, nonfic, fiction (short+long), dramatic writing….) I mean, every student’s area of study is already crazily varied and uberspecific and heart-felt. Have a look at some examples here. Three integral parts about Literature (and CW) at Bennington are the teachers, our 'Read well to write well" philosophy, and the students. There’s a lot to say on this, so rather than take up your whole dashboard, click below for tha scoop.
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We appreciate your honesty. (Like actually, though.) Phun Phact: The consumption of marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, Cannabis sativa formaindica, Cannabis ruderalis, is an illegal action. It is also against College law to smoke or have anything on fire in a house, except for logs in a fireplace. So, the baseline of this answer is: You are not allowed, by US law, to smoke weed and you are not allowed, by Bennington College rule, to smoke ~anything~ inside of doors. There are some hefty fines for doing that. $250. I’m partially inclined to leave it at that - to let you know the consequences. As for your consideration of your future roommate’s comfort, you already have a Bennington community mentality, as every house is a courtesy house here, in that issues are resolved through conversation and agreement (aka being a good communicative person), not telling-on and people. Leave illicit activity off of your questionnaire - save personal matters for the person you will live with. The administration will not be sharing the air in your bedroom, but they (and Campus Safety) have the right (and responsibility) to inspect it if something seems….um…fishy. Once here, you will have plenty of time to sit down and talk at length about how you want to share your space. Most importantly: be open, be honest, be well, be safe.
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I hope this helps and that I didn’t harsh ur mellow. ;)
There is currently no Black Student Union at Bennington, however this doesn’t mean there won’t ever be one. If you want it, chances are you & some likeminded friends can make it happen. Many student organizations start up with a simple proposal to the Office of Student Life & may receiving funding for materials (food, etc???) There are a few culturally focused student groups on campus, like Bennington Connects, however I think (actually, I know) you would find a strong interest in proposing a Bennington BSU. I, for one, would be very interested in getting involved, but I’ll be graduating this month (and this is how I feel about that)
((Sorry if that scared you.))
Bennington, 9 times out of 10, will not conduct a fire drill at the ass crack of dawn. It’s specifically banned in the Acceptable Fire Drill Agreement Policies Handbook (AFDAPH). In-dorm fire drills are done at specific times and Campus Safety informs House Chairs when these will happen. The house chairs tell their housemates. They usually happen in the evening to the earlier hours of the night.
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
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. )
Like anywhere, friendship is weird and is bound to happen.
There is no code. Just be a good person.
(Ben ‘14: Resident Friendship Coordinator)
Each film/video course is going to be very hands on. Proficiency in not only software (FCP7, a lot of the Adobe Suite editing programs, and compression programs, for instance) and in equipment use (from Bolex 16mm cameras, to Canon 60D’s, boom and lav mics, light kits and more) is gained through completing projects usually centered around learning specific elements of the medium. For instance, entire days have been devoted to shooting on film stock (!!!), re-creating lighting designs and shot-sequences from other films, scratching/painting on manipulating (and projecting) film stock, and working with programs like After Effects to do things like this. You learn through making work & improve technique through critique.
As for your own artistic direction, 90% of assignments are left up to the student’s interpretation. More often than not, a set of guidelines is the structure for an assignment rather than adhering to a script or shot-list. With any project, video faculty are open and excited to be able to lend a hand. They’ll work with you, not for you, which is an important distinction. There are also excellent student video lab assistants whose job it is to help other students with any and all problems.
We in the admissions office would recommend stopping by the office of Student Life and asking. Someone there is bound to have your answer.