Published twice every year, Potash Hill shares highlights of what Marlboro College community members, in both undergraduate and graduate programs, are doing, creating, and thinking. The publication is named after the hill in Marlboro, Vermont, where the undergraduate campus was founded in 1946. “Potash,” or potassium carbonate, was a locally important industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, obtained by leaching wood ash and evaporating the result in large iron pots. Students and faculty at Marlboro no longer make potash, but they are very industrious in their own way, as this publication amply demonstrates.
Editor: Philip Johansson
Photo Editor: Ella McIntosh
Staff Photographers: Ben Rybisky ’18 and Lindsay Stevens ’17
Design: New Ground Creative
Potash Hill welcomes letters to the editor. Mail them to: Editor, Potash Hill, Marlboro College, P.O. Box A, Marlboro, VT 05344, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editor reserves the right to edit for length letters that appear in Potash Hill.
Front Cover: A massive, welded sculpture by Colin Leon ’15, part of his Plan show in December 2015, gives a palpable sense of opposing forces, dynamic balance, and engagement. Learn about Colin’s recent work on a kinetic sculpture at Burning Man 2015 on page 28.
The class of 2015 put their money where their mouths enjoyed copious cappuccinos and deep-fried comfort food, with a class gift of new stools for the renovated campus center coffee shop, known as “Potash Grill.” Stop by whenever you have a hankering for a hummus wrap or a maple latte. Or see a recent video about the coffee shop by student Matteo Lanzarotta ’18.
About Marlboro College
Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, establish a strong foundation for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro, Vermont, and our graduate center in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to improve their lives and benefit others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, an egalitarian spirit, and community.