Tomorrow: Energy Wasting Day
March 31, 2009, 10:46 am
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Tomorrow is Energy Wasting Day! Above is the commercial from last year.

“Puns are vulgar”


So says a book I own, titled Twentieth Century Etiquette. A New York Times Op-Ed writer wrote a short history of puns. A friend of his thinks that it is okay to make puns while on dates, so long as you do not discriminate on prunes and figs.

Two weekends ago Amelia and I made breakfast together. We were initially planning to make breakfast pizza and eggs on asparagus, but Whole Foods had no whole wheat pizza dough. We didn’t want to give up breakfast pizza, but we didn’t want to buy standard dough either. We decided to make breakfast pizza pancakes without the pizza aspect.

Breakfast Pizza Pancakes Minus Pizza

4 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 lemon
2 cups mixed berries
2 stacks o’ pancakes

Zest and juice the lemon. Mix together the cheese, cream, lemon juice, and zest. Smother pancakes (of your own recipe) with the delicious mixture. Top with berries and cinnamon-sugar. Serve with Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs (we tripled this recipe and left out the bread) and mimosas. Skip the mimosas if your friends are recovering from a hangover.

Pancakes, asparagus and eggs served nine. We had a few leftover spears of asparagus and half a stack of pancakes remaining.

Photo by A. McWhirk.




Despite the recession and the college’s tiny endowment (which has decreased by a third because of the recession) Bennington College administrators plan to construct three new buildings on campus using part of a $34 million financing arrangement. The buildings will be the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). The site plan above includes the three buildings that would comprise the new center. The long, rectangular building will house four faculty/visiting speaker apartments. The small square building will house a lecture/conference space while the larger square will house the Field Work Term offices, classrooms, and a lounge space.

The center will, architecturally, create an additional “front” for VAPA (Visual And Performing Arts building), as it will be directly “behind” it. It is the hope of the architects that the area between VAPA and CAPA will have high foot traffic. The many doors that exit into the current parking lot/sculpture graveyard will instead open onto a planted courtyard-like space that will continue to allow deliveries to VAPA. The image below is a siteplan that includes CAPA (top) and VAPA (bottom).


Liz Coleman, the college president, spoke about the new center at TED 2009 and on Vermont Public Radio. Her TED talk will be available later this year.