Posts tagged house

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

Michael Pollan ‘77 on Coffee Hour

I just found this catalog written called “Students on Bennington” that students in the seventies made for admissions. I was amazed to find this titillating piece by The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan of the class of 1977. What a crazy place this was.

-Ezra ‘13

George catered Coffee Hour last night, and, in typical fashion, really outdid himself. He served four kinds of cheese, bagels, Wheat-Thins, Triscuits, sardines, funny hors d’ourvres of tomato and cheese welded to saltines, tuna salad with far too many onions, and Almaden California Red Burgundy (an unfortunate staple at Dewey House).

Weekend Socials

Social life at Bennington:

Gender Bender!

Dance Party / House Bonding!

"Studying" on the Lawn!

So I know smoking inside the dorms is not allowed, but what about in campus in general? Is it generally okay? — Asked by Anonymous

Yeah, of course! Indoor smoking isn’t allowed anywhere on campus, but pretty much anywhere outdoors is fair game. 

-Evan ‘13

are 4 person dorm rooms all in 1 room? — Asked by Anonymous

Yes. There are six quads - all in the 70s houses - that are four-person rooms. Having lived in one myself, I can say that they are absolutely massive and perfectly suitable for a four-person living situation. The 70s houses also have what are commonly referred to as the upstairs quads, which are four separate rooms that converge around a shared common room. As far as I know, freshmen aren’t placed into these quads, so it’s a safe bet that if you’re placed in a quad it will be one of the downstairs ‘studio’ quads.

-Evan ‘13

is it true that Fels is a loud, smoking house? — Asked by Anonymous

Fels used to be a smoking house, but there are no smoking houses any more, so no to the latter. Sometimes people do smoke in their rooms but that is against student policies and can result in huge fines if you get caught. So, don’t do that.

As for loudness, I don’t live in Fels so I can’t really speak to that too much. My impression is that it tends to be a little louder than the median, but it has its periods of loud on the weekends and quiet during the week just like every other house. Something really important to note is that houses change each year with the incoming freshman class/new residents, so you will also have a say in how the Fels community shapes out this year. Like I said; I don’t live in Fels so I can’t give you the best idea of what it’s like to live there, but assuming you’re an incoming freshman so you’ll have a better idea of what it’s like in a few short weeks. Hang in there!

-Evan ‘13

hey future classmates (and house chair), I'm going to be at Bingham in the fall, and I was wondering if there's anything Bingham-specific (besides being the best) that I should know as I'm preparing for Bennington. Thanks! Stay classy, admissions office. — Asked by Anonymous

o hei thar

Bingham-specific, something you should definitely bring is a floor lamp and a desk lamp. Talk to your roommate; see if they already have one, because you probably don’t need two. Bingham doesn’t have overhead lighting and most other colonial houses don’t either. Floor lamps are always handy to have around anyway.

Being the best there ever was is also an important trait to have, so, yeah, be conscientious that you’re always doing that. Otherwise, you’ll get a better idea once you get here!

Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Evan ‘13

Just out of curiosity could we (perspective students) see the 'housing questionnaire'? The link on the Bennington website requires you to log in, but I just kinda wanted to see what it asked to better understand how they match you to houses and roommates. — Asked by Anonymous

To be honest, I’m not sure where we’d find the housing questionnaire from this past year or whether or not it changes a bunch from year to year. I think I can give you an idea of how they match you up, though.

Basically, they ask you questions like:

  • When do you go to bed/wake up?
  • How important is cleanliness to you?
  • What kind of music do you like/dislike?
  • What is most important to you in a roommate/house?

And then you’re also (if I remember correctly) given the opportunity to write in some sort of summary of yourself in order to give a sense of your personality and how you relate things. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the questions they ask, but I’m fairly sure it’s mostly correct, so.

Essentially it’s a pretty comprehensive survey and I think from what I’ve seen that people who are honest and thorough in their answers get placed in living situations that work out really well for them. I hope this helps give a sense of how the housing process works!

-Evan ‘13

Do you guys happen to know when we get information next about roommates/housing/classes/work study? — Asked by Anonymous

The word from Student Life is sometime in mid-July, barring any sorta delays. So, probably not for at least another week or two. Just a heads-up, though: in Admissions, I/we only know as much about housing/roommates/classes as the incoming freshmen do, so we will probably never be a great resource to ask about things like that.

Your best bet (assuming that you’re an incoming freshman) for that kind of information is either to ask around on the Class of 2016 Facebook group or call the office of Student Life at (802)-440-4330. I’d say give it another couple of weeks before you start making phone calls though - it’ll all be worth it, I promise.

-Evan ‘13

I know this is a big question, but can you quickly describe the personalities of each of the houses? — Asked by Anonymous

If I tried, it wouldn’t really do them any justice. The problem with trying to define house personalities right now is that they haven’t really been defined yet - it’s completely up to the people who currently live in a given house to decide what their own living experience is. Thus, any description I or any of the other interns would give you would be outdated and likely out of touch (since we’re only really experts on the houses we actually live in).

Sorry I can’t answer your question. Just know that there is a huge variety in house personalities from one to the next and that we have houses that are very loud; very quiet; and very much in between the two extremes. There is definitely something for everyone and our housing process seeks to identify what housing environment might be best for every incoming student. You (and I) will have a better sense of the house personalities when everyone arrives on campus, I promise.

-Evan ‘13

Amira and I were bored today. We were tired of taking photosets. So we shot videos instead. We thought you guys might like to see the houses in motion, so we decided to give you quick, 2-minute tours of the houses we’ve lived in for the past couple years in the hopes that they would convey a little more than still shots can. This is my tour of Bingham; her tour of Swan is uploading to YouTube as we speak.

We hope you enjoy!

EDIT: Sorry about the buzzing noise. I’m not sure where that came from. Enjoy it anyway, or else.

-Evan ‘13

Welp, you asked for it. Bathrooms@Bennington. Pictured in order are a couple bathrooms from two Colonials; a couple from two Barnes houses; and a bathroom in one of the Woo (‘New’) houses. Note that there isn’t necessarily a standard type of bathroom as per a given type of house; for instance, some Colonials have brand-new renovated bathrooms while others feel decidedly more 70’s. 

Anywho, enjoy.

-Evan ‘13

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Behind the new houses on a stormy day.
Photo by Briee Della Rocca

Pretty much what it looked like outside maybe two hours ago.
-Evan ‘13

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Behind the new houses on a stormy day.

Photo by Briee Della Rocca

Pretty much what it looked like outside maybe two hours ago.

-Evan ‘13

Vivian, ‘14
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Style: Barnes House
Plans: Dance and education

Vivian is a sophomore here at Bennington, but because she is a house chair of her house, she has a single down one of the upstairs hallways. Her room is a cozy space with a huge window looking out onto the soccer field and the surrounding woods of the campus. The first thing I notice are the custom curtains she has put up. “My mom made them with me,” she says. “They fit perfectly across the windows. It gets pretty sunny in here so it’s nice to have the option to close them.” It certainly creates a warm feeling around her bed, which also sports a couple blankets and pillows for maximum comfort.

Vivian’s studies at Bennington surround dance and collaboration. “I am interested in learning about people through dance and collaboration projects,” she says. “I take part in learning about people’s movement styles by improvising dance with them, and this allows me to learn more about my own movements.” 

I ask Vivian what her favorite things in her room are. She points out her tea collection and a pillow of the state of New Jersey, her home state, on her desk chair. Some other things I personally really like about Vivian’s room is how meticulously she has decorated it, leaving blank wall space but still hanging things up here and there. 

This is part of an ongoing Bennington Rooms series
Look at more here!

For more about living on campus, check out the website here
For more about the plan, check this page out

-India K, ‘12

Casey, ‘14 and Karen, ‘15
Hometown: Chicago, IL and Macungie, PA
Style: Woo House
Plans: Casey just wrote her plan in social ecology and activist studies, and Karen is a freshman so she is still thinking about it. Mostly, she is interested in combining art history and environmental studies with some literature on the side.

I got to see Casey and Karen’s room on a bright Monday afternoon. Karen was in class but Casey promptly invited me in and offered me some tea. My first question for her was what she likes about the room, and she immediately points out the big window and beautiful view. “I transferred from a school in Chicago,” she tells me. “There I had a great city view, but this view of the meadow is just really beautiful.” Casey and Karen’s room looks out over the fields behind the Woo Houses that eventually reach the woods that surround our campus. 

Karen’s area of the room is made cozy and homey by a purple drapery hung over the bed and Christmas lights along the wall. The whole room has a very warm feeling. Casey’s bed is covered in quilts and pillows and I notice a light coming from under the bed.

"That is my little nook space," she says. "I put my bed up the highest it would go and then shoved my dressed under, which freed up floor space. But then I also got to create this little crawl in. I sit in it when I’m homesick; there are photos of my family."

This is part of an ongoing Bennington Rooms series
Look at more here!

For more about living on campus, check out the website here
For more about the plan, check this page out

-India K, ‘12