Kevin Riell

The CVC staff and editors offer their sincere and heart-felt condolences to the faculty and staff mourning the death of long-time administrator and CVU Athletic Director, Kevin Riell.   In particular, our thoughts and prayers go out to the custodial staff, with whom Kevin worked directly, as well as the central office staff, where Kevin hung his hat, and where his absence is felt most keenly.

His positive influence and guidance at CVU was both subtle and deep.  It is clear that he is and will be sorely missed for a long time to come.

As the community mourns his passing, we will be looking to pay tribute and to remember this man.

Blessings, and happy holidays,

–CVC Staff

Makeup: the Fatal Flaw


Ms. Heidi Laberge

MONDAY MORNING, 7:15 AM – I look in the mirror and see a pale face and broken eyes. I lean over to the basket to grab the utensils to put my face on. First, I grab the liquid foundation to cover up my coarse skin, spreading onto every inch of my face. Following that, I cover the liquid foundation with a powder cover up to be perceived as tan. Once my face is covered, I apply a touch of blush to each cheek to define my cheek bones. I then focus on my eyes. I brush a light brown eyeshadow over my eyelid. To enhance my eyeshadow, I use a darker brown to outline my eyelid making it look ‘smoky’. When both eyes look about the same, I put a thin line of eyeliner on the bottom of my eyelid, outlining my eyelashes. Lastly, I apply mascara to my top and bottom eyelashes. I look in the mirror; a more appealing face and satisfied eyes. 7:30 AM.

This is absolutely pathetic. The fifteen minutes wasted putting on makeup could have been used to take extra time in the shower, an extra few minutes sleeping, even just give me time to eat breakfast. This is completely atrocious. Although, I may sound like a hypocrite, I hate makeup. I hate the fact that I feel that I need to rely on something to feel pretty, to feel attractive. I rely way too much on makeup and I know it. It’s disgusting. I shouldn’t have to rely on cosmetics to feel perfect, to feel beautiful. I feel that I need to wear makeup. I don’t feel socially acceptable without. It masks my actual feelings.

Makeup is the fatal flaw.

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Faux’roscopes by Crystal Birches

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Brutally honest is your thing Aries, stick with that! While you may offend peers and teachers, it’s your honesty that will guide you through your struggles. This month, you may face a problem where the easiest way out is to lie, but it’s the truth that will be your savior.

 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are stubborn, stubborn, stubborn.  But wait!  This is a good thing! This month someone will pressure you to change your ways or something about you. STICK TO YOUR GUNS! Be true to who you are Taurus, it will take you far. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Go for the gold this month, Gemini.  This is your time to shine– literally.  You have two options, you just have to pick one and stick to it: Option 1 is to BLING IT UP!  Sparkle like nobody’s business.  I want to see gold chains, gemstone nail polish, and mad grillz out there.  If you want to step it up a notch, however, there is always Option 2: You see, there is a medal out there with your name on it.  Ask that cutie out on a date, start training for a marathon, study like mad and nail that target.  Either way, the universe has got your back right now.  Let it lift you up where you belong. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s tough being a crab.  You know: being vertically challenged, having a tendency to smell like low tide, and being generally awkward except when creeping around corners.  But being a crab has its benefits, too.  This month, that thick shell of yours will come in handy when dealing with frenemies, third cousins, unruly gas station attendants, and CVU’s Four Corners.  OWN, that shell, Cancer! It’s your greatest asset right now!

 LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The royal treatment continues, Leo! This month brings good luck and abundance, but also the temptation to enjoy the good things in life in excess. Try to use moderation in all things, especially spending, and socializing. Simply share the wealth!

 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s a nice balance between work and play for you this month, dear Virgo, and you will experience good opportunities to express yourself. However, DO NOT focus on work alone. This will lead you into a downward spiral and you may lose some followers. Play is important too, Virgo, don’t forget to let your hair down!

 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Balance, shmalance.  That’s what my Grandmother always used to say!  That is, until she fell off a teeter-totter and shattered her coccyx.  Stay FAR AWAY from teeter-totters, see-saws, administrators, and judicial systems this month, Libra!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re finally breaking out of the dark tunnel of transformation that seemed to last for an eternity. Instead of feeling like a ghost in your own life, you’re going to reincarnate into greatness. This month a big change awaits you, you must prepare for it! Getting a haircut or spicing up your wardrobe can prepare you for your rebirth this month, Scorpio.

 SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You know how sometimes you feel like nothing is going your way and that the world is out to get you?  Well, it’s true.  This month, Sagittarius, the world really IS out to get you.  The stars are aligned to empty your wallet and to keep you from meeting the targets. Stay home, don’t operate heavy machinery, and eat foods rich in fiber.  When the month is over, you’ll feel light as a feather and free as a bird! Until then, hunker down, we all believe in you. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your mantra is “Class”, Capricorn. No matter where you go, class will flow from your pores. But you must remember not to be arrogant when everyone else is looking up to you. Class can turn into snootiness very very quickly so you must stay away from large hoop earrings or salmon colored pants. These may give you SO much class that you come off as arrogant. Watch your flow this month Capricorn. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):  Aquarius, this month you’ll find yourself drawn to  new and amazing things. But you MUST take the road already traveled on. Looking for new things this month could result in catastrophe. There is no need to step out of your comfort zone. Stay away from locked doors, and if you find an old key, throw it away. Those doors are locked for a reason. 

PISCES (February 19-March 20):  Stop what you are doing right now and listen to the Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.  Better yet, watch the original music video.  This is your anthem this month, Pisces: don’t let yourself be oppressed.  Play your guitar REALLY REALLY loudly, and blast the world with your sweet riffs.  Your mantra= “Shred!”


Field Hockey Hits the Boards

Mr. Alex Kent

HINESBURG, VT–This year’s CVU varsity field hockey team finished their regular season with a record of  9-3-1, losing only to Mt. Mansfield, Essex, and South Burlington. Their single tie came from the first time that the Redhawks were matched up with Essex, both goalies completing a shutout.

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Unity before the championship game. Photo by Andy Bishop

The squad started off with a two-game win streak, beating Burlington and Colchester, which ended with a 0-0 tie with Essex.  Their next game was a tough 0-1 loss to Mt. Mansfield, but the Redhawks bounced back and won the next five games in a row.

The regular season wrapped up with two more losses and two more wins.

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CVU Plays Dodgy

Mr. Landon Carpenter

HINESBURG, VT–On Friday November 14, 2014, Champlain Valley Union High School’s annual dodgeball tournament took place. Nearly 50 teams participated in the popular event, but only one was able to take home the gold.

Previously, dodgeball had been nothing but a nonchalant activity that a few students put together. However, in 2008, Mark Pogact created an official Dodgeball Tournament. It started out very small in comparison to what it has become today. Only about ten teams participated in their first tournament, while this year there was a grand total of 48.

Each dodgeball team is comprised of six players, with both sexes represented by at least one member. The most common make up of the teams involves five males and one female.  There are, however, at least a couple teams with a strategy on the opposite side of the spectrum, consisting of five females and only one male, who are looking to defy the stereotype.

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XC Gets ‘er Done

Mr. Cooper Bolduc
The Champlain Valley Union cross country had a great run during the 2014 season. Both the boys and girls varsity teams competed well this season with success and time in the spotlight.

“I thought we did great, the girls were state champions,” said head coach Scott Bliss, “and the guys just got better and better and were second at states, won a race at the Manhattan Invitational, which was huge,” he added.

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Girls Soccer Roundup

Mr. Bijan Motia

With back to back undefeated seasons and four straight championships, CVU Womens Soccer is one of the most dominant sports programs the state has ever seen.

It’s not often that a program can win four straight championships. Most people would go and direct all the success that the program has had over to the starting players on the Redhawks squad, most of whom are returning next year, but it’s rare when a program can say they have a coach that hasn’t lost a game yet.

Stan Williams, coach of the CVU Women’s Soccer team for the past two years, hasn’t lost a game yet in his tenure.

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