Students Jonathan O'Neill, Amy Yates, Hannah Weller, Calvin Linder, and Sarah Fitch (from left) are pictured with noted author and activist Bill McKibben at the Keystone XL protest on November 6.

Students Attend Keystone XL Protest in D.C.
President Obama recently requested a 12-18 month review period for the controversial Keystone XL project, a 1,661-mile pipeline that would carry oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries in Texas.

This move has delayed the project and public advocacy played a big role in the president's decision. Among the peaceful protesters of Keystone XL were eight GMC students who were arrested on September 3, along with 250 others, for failure to obey lawful order by the United States Park Police.

"We elected to post money to forfeit, which does not acknowledge any wrongdoing or crime, and were released immediately after processing," said one of the students, Amanda Yates '11.

The group returned to Washington on Nov. 6 to join ranks again with Keystone XL protesters.

Students are organizing a local community-wide discussion and strategy session after Thanksgiving break to inform the community about the Keystone project and efforts to stop it from moving forward.

Eagles Basketball Update
The Green Mountain College women's basketball team will look to their upperclassmen for leadership and production this season.

"I think our experience and familiarity with each other will help. When you play together as much as these girls have over the last two years, it certainly helps," said coach Jen Heath.

The Eagles kicked off the '11-12 season with a convincing victory over the College of St. Joseph's Fighting Saints 58-42 last Wednesday. It was the veterans who led the way. Millicent Hopper '12 had a stellar night with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals. Forward Jacque Caster '13 led the team in scoring with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Chelsea Paul '12 had 14 points and a team-high 6 assists.

The previous evening, the GMC men's team looked to youth to win a thrilling opening-night victory over the visiting Albany College of Pharmacy Panthers. The Eagles, up by as many as 13 points in the second half, held off the surging Panthers to claim an 83-80 victory.

The Eagles' scoring was paced by forward Robert Holloway '15, who put up a final line of 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, as well as Jack Hepburn '15 who scored 15 points on 5-11 shooting from 3-point range. Cornelius Green scored 12 points while adding 5 assists, and Jeremiah Aponte '15 and Kyle Middleton '14 chipped in with 11 points each.

The GMC men's team sports eleven new faces including ten freshmen under first-year head coach Daryle Tucker. The roster includes players from California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Eagles' next game is a non-conference match against Endicott College at home tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Reports from sports information director Todd Montana contributed to this story.

Quidditch World Cup V
By Cody Tedford
If you’ve seen us out practicing on Moses lawn, you might already know that Green Mountain College has its own Quidditch team, the Welsh Green Dragons.

Based off J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the sport of Quidditch is regulated by the International Quidditch Association (IQA) and governed by their current rulebook, which can be found on the IQA website.

The Welsh Green Dragons have been practicing three or four times a week this semester, preparing for competition play and World Cup V in particular. Packing up for New York City on Friday, we spent the next two days (November 12 and 13) competing against some of more than one hundred teams in attendance. Matched up against twenty-four other division II teams, the Welsh Green Dragons won three of four games in pool play, losing to Illinois State University by only 30 points (a close match in Quidditch).

Seeded ninth in the competition for the division II championship, the Welsh Green Dragons won their match against Syracuse University, only to be eliminated by Purdue University 90-30 in the next round.

Overall, the team’s performance at this World Cup was impressive, especially considering its 0-3 performance at last year’s World Cup. Defeated only by the first and second seeds in division II, Green Mountain College managed to compete against teams pulling from tens of thousands of potential players. With continued dedication and support, our team should perform as well if not better next year.

Student Art Shows Begin
By Bruna Lobato
Last Friday, art student Kiley Matthews '11 had the reception for her ceramic BFA exhibition. Titled Modern Nouveau, the exhibition had pieces based on the work of the Czech art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. "It's got an appeal," says Matthews.

The pieces are up for display in the Surdam art gallery, and will be on display through December 2.

"This is my strongest work so far, and even though it was a lot of hard work and stressful I knew it was going to be successful. I have a full-time job after I graduate, and I'm really excited," Matthews says.

She has a private studio she shares with another student, and there is where most of her work is produced. She began working on the exhibited pieces in the end of September, and the process of production took about three months.

GMC Hosts First Eco League
Scholar in Residence

John Anderson, W.H. Drury Professor of ecology and natural history at the College of the Atlantic, will speak on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. in the East Room. The title of his talk is "In this Broken Archipelago: Birds and Humans among the Maine Islands."

The discussion will cover his research on seabird ecology and human/wildlife interactions in the Gulf of Maine.

Anderson's appearance is part of a new faculty exchange program sponsored by the Eco League, and Anderson is GMC's first Eco League Scholar in Residence. He will spend the day on campus visiting classes and meeting with students and faculty prior to his public lecture.

The Eco League is a consortium of five small liberal arts colleges that share a mission of environmental stewardship, social change, and educating students to build a sustainable future. The member schools are College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, Northland College, Prescott College, and Alaska Pacific University. The Eco League Scholar in Residence Program provides an opportunity for Green Mountain College faculty, staff, students, and community members to meet professors from one of the other four colleges.


Environmental Education Presentations
Students completing environmental education practicum and interdisciplinary studies capstone projects will be making presentations on Monday, November 21. Presenters include: Jamie Cunningham, Charlie Harcourt, and Megan Wildli. In addition, students who completed EE Internships will be presenting posters. They include: Avi Blumenthal, Erin Burch, Katherine Munson, Emilie Schwartz, and Alice Smolinsky.

Presentations will be on Monday, November, 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium.

Eagle Fitness Center Hours
Thanksgiving break fitness center hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday: Closed

The Eagle fitness center will resume regular hours on Monday, November 25 at 8 a.m.

Residence Halls Close
All students must vacate their residence hall room by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. If you have an evening class or a travel-related complication, please see your Community Director.

Find more information here.


  • Prof. John Van Hoesen (environmental studies, geology) attended the Northeast ArcUser (NEARC) Conference in Saratoga Springs on Sunday November, 13 in Saratoga Springs N.Y. where he presented a talk titled: "Does FOSS GIS Offer More Opportunities for Developing Strong Foundational GIS skills?"

  • Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently attended the Conference for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education in San Antonio, Texas. He and Dr. Wynn Shooter from the University of Utah shared a research presentation titled "Avalanche Education: Testing the Obvious Clues Method of Decision-Making." The research tests a decision-making framework developed for novice backcountry skiers to avoid being caught in an avalanche. In addition, he and Dr. Genevieve Marchand from SUNY Oneonta co-presented an educational session about joining the Research and Publications Committee. Dr. Furman was also re-elected the chair of the AORE Research and Publications Committee. In between these events, he and GreenMAP director Bruce Saxman showed off the 22 GMC students that flew to Texas to be a part of the conference.

  • Ceramic work by prof. Karen Swyler (ceramics) is currently on display at Dubhe Carreno Gallery (Chicago, Il.) in a show titled “For Tea”. This exhibition includes a collection of teapots, creamer and sugar sets and tea cups by over 50 international artists. The show runs from November 4 – December 23.

  • Prof. Thayer Raines (youth develoment & camp management) had his presentation titled "What Every Counselor Should Know: Six Essentials for Conflict Resolution" published by Coaches Choice/Healthy Learning publishers as a DVD available from the American Camp Association. He made the presentation at the National Conference of the American Camp Association in San Diego, Ca. this past spring.

  • Student Mark Thiong’o '12 gave a presentation titled “Triple Bottom Line Empowerment at the Base of the Pyramid: Financial Inclusion through Mobile Commerce in Kenya Case Study” at the 2011 Portland State University Business & Sustainability Conference on November 4th. Mark’s presentation is part of his research under the direction of Jacob Park’s Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) "Triple Bottom Line Sustainability at the Base of the Pyramid" project.
GMC at Keystone XL Protest
Eagles Start Strong
Student Art Shows Begin
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes

Men's Basketball
11/22, 4 p.m. vs. Endicott

Women's Basketball
11/22, 6:30 p.m. vs. Southern Vt.


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Horray for Play
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Senior History
Thesis Presentations

4 - 5:15 p.m., Terrace 121

Fire Dancing
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

Environmental Education Presentations
6 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7 - 8:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Residence Halls Close
5 p.m., All Dorms