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  • My first semester at Goddard College was in January 2007 and it was absolutely frigid. With the windchill it was over 20 below zero. This is the Goddard Ram which I found quite lovely in the setting evening winter sun. Plainfield, VT. is a rural Vermont town about a half hour from Montpelier, VT., the capital, and an hour from Burlington, VT., one of the only busy cities in VT. Goddard campus has always been notoriously liberal and was host to the Bread and Puppet theater festival for many years. Bread and Puppet is a politically radical theatrical group.

    Goddard is also host to a full Gamelan. From Wikipedia: A gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included.

    The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

    The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word gamels, meaning "to strike or hammer", and the suffix an, which makes the root a collective noun. At one point my graduate cohort was invited to experience the Gamelan and to actually play it. It was an awesome experience.
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