Green Oaks Term
Every other year, twelve to thirteen students (affectionately known as Oakies) embark on the most epic journey they may ever know. Traversing through the woods and tromping through the prairie, the students spend ten weeks exploring Knox's Green Oaks Biological Field Station. There are numerous field trips, most notably to several regional bird sanctuaries, all of the mounds, a few communes, and a full week in Wisconsin. The students take one of three classes at the 300 level, and an intensive, independent project is done. Most learning is self-initiated and self-employed, meaning that students learn what they want to, when they want to. Site-specific art is important. Diagonals move a picture.
Students immerse themselves in identifying the species around the field station, creating art they don't always understand, and whatever Jon's class is(now Katie's class). The students work intently on embracing their inner cat champions, rescuing orphan burgers, and perfecting their skills in utilizing smooth duck whips. In this process, students also try to avoid desecrating grave sites and losing feet. Occasionally, they are forced to return to Galesburg to buy groceries. Other duties include: service projects, cleaning, cooking, dishes, making magical shit cult necklaces, and massaging Other Roberts.
Most importantly, every day at Green Oaks is better than Flunk Day. Hands down.
In the 2012 Spring Term session, the best students participated. That is, Steve Galdek, Jamie Ruml, Carrie Stephen, Rika Stoller, Evelyn Langley, Alyssa Kennamer, Dani Hill, Molly Olson, Hannah Tochtrop, Mya Kahler, Jesse Sindler, and Jules Ohman. The program assistants were Eric Ballard and Zak Kahn.
^This is false. The best Green Oaks Term was in 2010. ^False, 2014 Oakies are the best
The 2014 Oakies, the actual best, are Jess Robinson, Night Heron Curnow, Donna Donahue, Shooting Starling Smith, Other Roberts, Cooney Cooney, Mattman Lichty, Robilope Delaquess, Jason Deschamps, Leslie Carman, Nick Liberko, Kelly Clare, and Samantha Smith. Alyssa Kennamer and Evelyn Langley, who has the potential to become a benevolent cult leader, are the program assistants. ALL 2014 Oakies are teachers and leaders.