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Bathroom Review: Rec Barn (on the right)

Quality bathroom. To be honest I wasn’t expecting this bathroom to have much quality at all, but as soon as I entered the Rec Barn I was challenged to reach new heights. A motivational poster questioned whether or not I was bad. I am bad. I think I’m bad. Gosh, I dunno. Upon entering the bathroom I was encouraged to bring my own towel. Luckily I had a spare on me. The bathroom itself was furnished with quality. A sink, a toilet, and florescent light filled the space well. Unfortunately they forgot to take the blue tape off of the light when they finished painting it. Minus ten points! A shower is also included next door. There is a corner of the ceiling that is a box. Does that have anything to do with the weird target thing on the ceiling? It’s probably where they keep the extra water. There are tiles everywhere. The lock on the door is a classic button lock. I forgot to check if there was any fire safety stuff or anything but there are bars next to the toilet so… Mirror on door is directly across from mirror above sink. Very useful for looking at the back of your head! Finally! After all these years!

Safety: ? out of 10
Comfort: 5 out of 10
Design: 10 out of 10 
Difficulty Level: Novice

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good toilet joke.
I’ll have to sleep on it…

-Alex BG

Does bennington offer any physical education electives? like yoga or swimming and is there gym with machines to work out? — Asked by Anonymous

Students find ways to exercise from classes to the gym to physical activity outside. There are dance classes each term that offer yoga (check out this class), and the Meyer Rec Barn offers yoga classes, too. The school just purchased new exercise equipment, specifically some great new elliptical machines and treadmills.

For swimming, the Bennington Rec Center in town has a pool, and when I was going regularly a couple terms ago, I was surprised to see how many Bennington students were also there. 

Whatever gets your blood flowing, there will be other students around you who are into the same activity. When the weather is somewhat warmer than it is now, we flock outside to walk, hike, run, play soccer, basketball, or tennis. 

-Kate D. ‘14

Would you mind posting pictures of the Meyer Recreation Barn and the Crossett Library? I didn't get to see the inside of either of those buildings during my tour, and I would greatly appreciate it! Merci! — Asked by Anonymous

Of course! Funnily enough, the Rec Barn is so tucked away on campus that I’ve known people who have gone to Bennington for all 4 years of college and wouldn’t know what it looks like in their senior year. 

That’s not to say it’s not worth the walk. Far from the truth. It’s got everything you could ask for in, say, a Gold’s Gym or Planet Fitness, except for the $7 Power Shakes. One of my favorite perks is when friends of mine work the desk and DJ while people work out. [shout out to Carlos ‘14] Here are some pictures taken last year. 







As for Crossett, well, it’s not so easy to miss.





Crossett is also host to many too-comfortable chairs and warm blankets (provided by librarians for those extra cold days), and they’ll watch your pet fish over Field Work Term, and order pretty much any book, publication, series, VHS, article…basically, anything you could need for your final paper or weekend movie marathon. For more information on Crossett, take a look at the Crossett Blog, run in part by current senior Clara Rotter-Laitman ‘14.

//Ben ‘14

I know there aren't athletics, but how active are the students? I'm a tennis player and a half marathoner, I'd like to keep that up while attending school, Is there a campus gym? — Asked by Anonymous

Hey fellow athlete! First, we do have athletics, we even have our own athletic department, Bennington Athletic Department (BAD -a poor acronym, I know) We do have a gym, the Rec Barn, which has what you would expect from a typical gym: weight machines, free weights, ellipticals, treadmills etc. There is also a climbing wall and a sauna. I would say the gym is pretty popular on campus, while you probably won’t find the next Heisman Trophy winner there, the gym isn’t empty. 

The main difference between athletics here and at another school is competition. Most athletics here are intramural or pick-up games. People wanting to play for the fun of it. There is also a significant outdoor portion to BAD. The outdoor and climbing clubs run trips and gear rentals for individual trips. 

I run the swimming club which is a club within BAD. The way that I run it is that I go swimming most everyday and if anyone wants to join they are welcome to. I know that volleyball is much the same way, there are pick-up games at specified times during the week and people join. 

There are some sports that do compete against other schools such as soccer, basketball, and fencing. 

If you want to talk more about athletics feel free to email me I would love to talk about being active on campus and beyond. 



pictures of the fitness center? — Asked by Anonymous

Kevin’s way ahead of you. Here's the post!

-Evan ‘13

Athletics at Bennington. Tell me more, s'il vous plaît! — Asked by Anonymous

Here's the official scoop from the website.

We have intercollegiate soccer and fencing teams.

We have pick up games in various sports including dodgeball (I would just like to mention that my team came in second place in the league this spring), volleyball, basketball and tennis.

We have the Meyer Rec Barn, which has a full assortment of weight and elliptical machines as well as aerobics rooms where we offer yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes. It also has a pretty fly climbing wall and a sweet sweet sauna. 

We have Outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a soccer field.

And we have some of the best skiing and hiking in the Northeast just down the street so to speak.