The Social Not-work: Norwegian vs. American Standards of Politeness

Mr. Oscar Dammann

Americans are quite polite people, maybe even too polite. As an exchange student, I’ve noticed many differences, even from the first second I stepped on to American soil. Norwegians are also polite people – we just have an opposite way of being polite.

A normal day of being polite for an Norwegian person would be to not talk at all with strangers and to avoid eye contact with absolutely everyone. If a Norwegian is to meet someone they know, they would follow a procedure of saying a little as possible and not using long sentences — that’s how we are taught to be polite. At school in The US, strangers know your name and talk to you without actually knowing you. This would  be considered creepy in Norway, and Norwegians would think you would want to rob them or something on that order.

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VT Soda Tax: Weighing the Benefits

Mr. Max Brown 

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “2 out of 3 adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese… and rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.” In Vermont, the proposed bill (H.B. 235) is to charge an extra two cent tax on every ounce of sugary beverage distributed in the state. This is a change that would benefit Vermonters in many ways. This tax would not slow obesity rates, but it would raise millions of dollars for the state and encourage healthy decisions.

There have been many health studies that show how big of a negative impact sugary drinks have. There is no doubt that the high sugar content in these drinks can be detrimental to one’s health, especially if consumed in a high amount. Barbara Frankowski, a Pediatrician for the University of Vermont, said that, “Obesity in Vermont has increased from 11 percent to 25 percent since 1990.” She went on to say that sugary beverages have caused about one-fifth of weight gain in the U.S. population from 1977 to 2007.

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“Chikin” Eats It in Trademark Battle with Kale

Mr. Bijan Motia

If you’ve even stepped into Vermont, you have probably seen the logo “Eat More Kale” made by Bo Muller-Moore.

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Bo Muller-Moore stands in his home studio in Montpelier, Vt. Muller-Moore, the Vermont man who is building a business around the term “eat more kale.”

Bo Muller-Moore is a family man. He has two kids, a four year old son, a nine year old daughter, a widowed mother who lives two blocks from his home, and for the past 14 years a foster parent to a child with autism.  A busy man, Muller-Moore has been hand-printing “Eat More Kale” shirts for 14 years in the afternoon and night, working in a bakery in the morning, AND working on his documentary “A Defiant Dude,” which comes out January 2016.  Along with his family, that takes up all of his time. The last thing he needs is someone suing him.

Chick-Fil-A doesn’t care too much for that.

In 2011, he applied for a trademark for “Eat More Kale” in an attempt to stop others from making duplicates of his logo. Unfortunately, corporate powerhouse Chick-Fil-A decided that “Eat More Kale” was too close to their company logo “Eat Mor Chikin” and decided to sue Muller-Moore for trademark infringement.

The story goes back to 2006, when Chick-Fil-A e-mailed Muller-Moore and demanded that he send them all his shirts, stickers, and turn over his website to them so that they can all be destroyed. Chick-Fil-A eventually stopped making demands, but then in 2011 when Muller-Moore applied for the trademark, Chick-Fil-A sued him, citing that “Eat More Kale” is likely to cause confusion with their logo “Eat Mor Chikin.”

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CVU’s Energy Efficiency Challenge

Mr. Max Brown 

Try to imagine what 119 metric tons of CO2 emissions really looks like. Or how much greenhouse gas is released from 24 passenger vehicles in a year. Or the average CO2 emissions from electricity use in 17.9 US homes in a year.

The truth is, this is an extremely substantial amount of air pollution. What if all of this could be saved just by reducing electrical usage in one school building?

It can. Champlain Valley Union High School of Vermont was able to save the equivalent of 119 metric tons of CO2 emissions. It was part of Efficiency Vermont’s Whole School Energy Challenge. This challenge is designed to “engage school stakeholders (e.g. students, teachers, facility management, principal, administration, community members) in a campaign of best practices ranging from policy to operations & maintenance to behavior in order to reduce the School’s use of energy and associated costs.”

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Spag’s Swag: Anthony Keeps it à la Mode

Ms. Katie Hoechner 

From game day to a normal Tuesday, one can spot CVU’s infamous fashion icon, Anthony Spagnolo, in one heck of a trendy outfit. From assistant Varsity basketball coach attire, to your “everyday” gym teacher look, Spagnolo does it all, and does it well.

From the moment he wakes up, Anthony asks himself,  “How can I look my most baller today? It’s really a gift and a curse. Everybody wants the best looking pumpkin at the fair, not everybody wants to water the seeds everyday.” He continues into the logistics of style itself, and the importance of not only rocking what you’ve got, but doing it in a way that nobody else would ever have thought. Then… acting natural. Clothing and remarks as creative as, “Oh, am I wearing an ascot? I didn’t even notice,” all can be heard coming from this fashion icon.

Just today, Anthony’s shoes (that matched his vest) were lined with red insoles. Anthony said it best when he explained, “So everywhere I go I’m walking on red carpet.”

The attire worn on a regular basis is not only a daily and natural ritual for the assistant coach, but a form of expression. Over the years, Anthony has cultivated a look that not only shines through as noteworthy, but also gives other faculty members a run for their money, even as a young newcomer.

Varsity Golf and JV Basketball/Soccer coach, Seth Emerson, has been noted to be Anthony’s “biggest” and only rival. They both share a passion for their apparel choices, and show it everyday in their notable styles. Where one finds Anthony in a classy red and black argyle sweatervest and matching tie, customized Jordan’s and spiffy black dress pants, one can also find Seth to be rocking something just as classy that keeps the “contest” alive.

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Stuck in Mud Season

Mr.  Carter Knox

New England is known for its long and harsh winters. After many years of dreadful snowfall accumulations, the Northeast saw its heaviest snowfall in decades. Along with heavy snow and ice, temperatures plummeted below zero almost every night throughout January and February, according to Weather.gov. The snow filled, bone-chilling, frostbiting temperatures recently eased up its noose on New England after a long and hopefully soon ending winter.

As temperatures have been consistently soaring into the 40’s and 50’s in recent weeks, New England feels re-birthed as it is actually enjoyable to be outside now. With all this snow and ice, some may be wondering how the extraordinary amounts of melting snow in the New England region affect people and the roads as the transition from winter to spring slowly falls into reach.

As the sun and warm temperatures slowly melt away the snow that remains, water is left behind giving parts of New England its unofficial “mud season”. Mud season is referred to as the time when all the snow is melting and turning the frozen ground into mush and mud. Not only does the once fresh, white, fluffy snow look disgusting everywhere you go, but dirt roads become an endless game of “how slow do I really want go in order to maintain a clean car?”

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Photo by Emma Fox

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CVU Golf Comes Out Swinging

Mr. Jacob Dawson

Spring sports are starting to get underway at CVU.  CVU Golf has been very strong over the many years it has been a varsity sport for the school.  After a four year stint as the assistant coach alongside the now principal, Jeff Evans, Seth Emerson took the reigns as the head coach last year. Seth returns as the man in charge again this year.

“My parents had a camp in southern New Hampshire and there was a little par three course near it that I would sneak onto. I must have been six, seven or eight. I’ve been playing for a long time,” Emerson told me.

There is no doubt that experience helps as Emerson has been involved with two CVU championships. However, these were won with Evans as the head coach. So although Emerson has not been the head coach with a championship, he is hopeful that CVU can make a mark this year.

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Our Own Devices: How the New Handheld Device Legislation is Holding Up

Mr. Jacob Dawson

Hinesburg– In the state of Vermont, a new law went into place that bans the use of any handheld device while driving. The hope for this was to reduce the number of accidents caused by talking on the cell phone and using other devices.

So far, the law seems to be working. Last year, according to the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, there were 70 traffic deaths caused by people using any handheld device. As of December

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Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes: What It’s Like to Live with ADD

Mr. Anonymous 

My eyes darted to the clock, down to the closed door, and back towards the clock one final time.  It was clear, with five minutes left, that my advisor wasn’t coming, so I made the obvious call and headed for the hallway leaving my advisory and the beginnings of a tame game of hangman in my wake.

Once I’d escaped, I pondered what to do with my new-found freedom.  With the cafeteria closed and everyone I knew in their respective advisories, my choices were to head to class or to walk around aimlessly.  Since my next class was P-Fit, I liked the idea of changing and getting to class early, so I headed for the gym.

As I entered the gym, I was momentarily delayed by a short conversation with Deb and Sue; soon, though, I was upstairs, opening my small sports bag, and in no time was dressed and ready for class.  Everything was going smoothly so far. At this rate I’d be in class before I or Deb even knew it.

What happened next is hard to explain.  But it resulted in me, fully changed into P-fit gear and heading to class — so everything worked out as planned… Right?

Wrong.

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How Cooper Willsey Rolls: for Team USA

Mr. Gregory Talbert

“The battle of a cyclocross race is unique and hard to put into words. To be successful you need to be a juggernaut both physically and mentally, if you have any weak spots they will be amplified during competition and will lead to your defeat. Especially when racing at the World Cup level in Europe the race courses are much harder, the competition is stiffer, deeper, and every single rider comes to the line with ambitions to win.

“Racing the World Championships was one of the most physical races I have ever done with every rider trying to cut you off, chop you, elbow you, or crash you just to beat you.  It was a side of racing that we never get to see in America where the racing is much more gentlemen-like.”

– Cooper Willsey

Cooper Willsey gettin’ dirty

Like many students, CVU senior Cooper Willsey’s sports season started in autumn; however, he was not racing as a Redhawk. Cooper instead was starting his last year of Junior Cyclocross training with Cycle Cross World, and working towards returning to the Cyclocross National Championships last December.

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REVIEW: “Unbroken”

Mr. Alexander Legg

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The 2014 film, “Unbroken,” was directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 best selling book, Unbroken. Jack O’Connell stars as Louis Zamperini, the young protagonist who is in the midst of World War II. Growing up as an Italian-American in Torrance, California, Louis was constantly bullied by other children, so he began drinking, smoking and even stealing, as portrayed in one scene. He is shown as just a simple delinquent (Wikipedia).

As the movie begins, Louis is revealed as a young man on a U.S. Air Force Bomber with several others. The plane is badly damaged with no breaks. With many members of the crew injured, there is no hope of survival, but the pilot safely lands the plane at the end of a runway. Proceeding this scene, the film  brings you to Torrance, California, where his Italian family lives, and it shows you his life as an adolescent. These action-packed and slow scenes set the tone for the rest of the film. The constant flashbacks throughout the movie give the viewer a better idea of Louis.

As the movie progresses, the story truly captures who Louis is as a child, during his early olympic trial years, and as a young man that was forced into joining the army. The movie starts with telling us, in a sense, who he is. At an early age he is seen as a delinquent but as the movie presses on, it is shown that he was trained by his older brother Peter, after seeing him run very fast. This goes on day after day, and eventually Louis becomes a very profound runner, and is nicknamed “The Torrance Tornado.” The movie continues by telling the story of when Louis participated in the Olympics at an early age. Between the flashbacks, it shows the audience many scenes of his life as part of the military.

This American biographical war-drama film (Wikipedia) is a great example of a true American classic. Telling the story of Louis Zamperini, it captures what was written in the book very well. From the flashbacks, to his early years, to the action-packed scenes that are the majority of the film,  this film is by far one of the best movies made in 2014.

 

Music to their Ears: the Science on Sound and Study

Mr. Charles Yarwood

Music is a defining presence in our world. It’s prevalent in every culture we’ve ever studied, it’s essential to our movies and TV shows; it constitutes a $130 billion dollar industry, and it has many other roles in our day-to-day life. The effects and potential music holds is not well understood, and what we do understand is misrepresented.

I personally love music; I play several instruments, and you can almost always find me listening to music. In school, listening to music is understandably condoned. The point of school is to learn, often times by spoken word, but the prevalence of portable music and headphones has forced teachers to work around this potential obstacle. It’s fairly commonplace to see students listening to music in the halls, during work time, and during tests. I interviewed several CVU staff members and reached out to students at surrounding schools to find out what their thoughts were on listening to music and if other schools in the state had similarly lax policies as CVU does on listening to music during school. I then conducted my own research to see what might be discovered about scientific findings on the effects of music on learning and cognition.

 CVU employs a policy around music that lets teachers to decide if allowing students to listen to music would be conducive to learning and test-taking. I interviewed 35 CVU teachers across all departments about their class rules about listening to music during independent work time and test taking, in addition to what effects they observe when students listen to music. In the independent work part of the survey, 62.9% of teachers report that they let their students select their own music to listen to, 17.1% play music on classroom speakers, but don’t allow students to listen to their personal music; and 20% don’t allow music of any kind. In the testing section of the survey, 28.6% of teachers allow students to select their own music, with 71.4% of teachers not allowing music of any kind.

 Teachers report a wide range of effects of music on students, which lead them to their decisions on allowing or disallowing music. The Teachers that allowed music during work time cite reasons such as it helping students focus by blocking out classroom noise, relax students, gives them a choice, making them feel like their opinions are valid; relieve stress, and boost creativity. The teachers who don’t allow music during work time cite reasons of having to use a smartphone, which leads to texting and other distractions; selecting the “right” song takes too long, music getting played too loudly, students missing something due to music, making the music a social event by sharing earbuds, and watching music videos instead of working. The teachers that allowed their students to listen to music while they take tests cited similar reasons as to when they work: better focus, stress relief, and relaxation during the anxiety-ridden testing periods. There are seventeen teachers who allow music during work time but not during tests; there are three major reasons for this. The first reason is concerns over academic honesty. When a student is “choosing a song” the teachers can’t be sure their students aren’t looking up answers. The second reason is some of the teachers teach AP classes, and music isn’t allowed on AP tests. The teachers want to create as similar an environment to the actual AP test as possible, so music isn’t allowed. The third reason is some teachers allow music during work time to help students focus by blocking out other noise in the classroom. During tests there isn’t extraneous noise to be blocked out so music isn’t a necessity.

 CVU is known to be very liberal and open with its policies, so the policy that allows teachers to decide if music can be allowed or not is almost expected. I decided to ask students from other schools if they have any policy on listening to music. I asked students at Burlington High School, South Burlington High School, Essex High School, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Middlebury High School, Montpelier High School, U-32 High School, and Rice Memorial High School. Every school except for Middlebury and Rice had a similar policy to CVU. At Middlebury, the policy is one of no music, but my sources told me that this isn’t always enforced. At Rice, there is a strict no-phone policy that includes iPods and MP3 players. This policy excludes seniors, but only during study hall.

 There is some scientific research on the effects of music on learning and cognition. The most famous study done is by Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky (1993) that investigated the effects of Mozart on infant’s spatial reasoning abilities. There was an improvement in the babies’ spatial reasoning abilities, but this was blown out of proportion with what was dubbed “The Mozart Effect.” Many news organizations said that listening to Mozart made babies smarter, which was never tested for in the study. Other studies have been done to investigate the effects of music on cognition and memory, which will be the focus of the information relayed here. The studies focused on arithmetic and language comprehension (where the language was the subject’s first language). In a study performed in 2013 by Arielle S. Dolegui, it was shown that arithmetic was best performed in silence. When music was played, scores did not vary when “loud” music (such as rock) or “soft” music (such as classical) were played. Scores were lower in both types of music if the intensity (volume) of the music was higher. In another study performed by Simon P. Banbury, et al.

In 2001, it was shown that scores on a similar arithmetic test were lower than music or silence if there was background noise such as human speech or construction sounds. In a separate study done by E. Glenn Schellenberg and Michael W. Weiss in 2013, it was shown that students performing an arithmetic test performed the test faster when they listened to music, but also made more mistakes than their counterparts who performed the test in silence. When these results are put together, it can be reasonably determined that performance on arithmetic work will be sped up listening to music, but accuracy may be compromised. If there is background noise, it may be advisable to listen to music so that background noise is drowned out.

Many students listen to music while doing something other than math homework. Many classes require reading and students will listen to music there. All studies performed have led to the result that comprehension and memory will decline when listening to music while reading. In a 2010 study by Stacey A. Anderson and Simon B. Fuller, it was shown that there was no significant difference between comprehension when rock or classical music was listened to, but there was a higher short-term memory retention rate when classical music was listened to. All studies again showed that background noise was worse for comprehension and memory than music, but silence was still shown to be the best in these categories. 

We all know music isn’t going anywhere. Friedrich Nietzsche said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” One of our cultural pillars and greatest joys is music, but we still don’t know all that much about what it does to us outside of make us dance and sing along. The human brain is still largely a mystery, especially the parts that process language and music. The attitude around CVU seems to be one of acceptance to music, which is likely only going to grow. There needs to be more research done to reveal insights on the effects of music on memory, cognition, and learning to fully understand how we should study and work, but for now, I’m going to listen to my favorites and do my math homework.

 

Carnahan Digs in to the Classic BLT, a Paisley Review

Mr. Jack Carnahan

The iconic BLT. The simplest sandwich man could create other than burning two pieces of toast with cheese in the middle. The bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is the introductory sandwich, the likes of which each and every sandwich consumer must be familiar with. Like the simple square knot to a Boy Scout or PEMDAS to a math student, the BLT is the first thing that any sandwich shop must master before moving on. Because of its simplicity, it is the common denominator between all sandwich shops: the one true test that all sandwich makers and imposters can truly be judged by. Due to its almost God-like fame amongst all Champlain Valley Union High School students,  it would make sense that the Paisley Hippo be put to the test to see how well it could stack up against all other sandwich shops.

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“The Fiesta” as it is known, is the Paisley Hippo’s rendition of the classic BLT. It hides clandestinely in plain sight in the middle of the menu or more humbly rather. Each bite begins with the bread. There are many choices of breads that one can select when endeavoring towards a BLT, but for me there is no substitute for the focaccia. Paisley Hippo’s focaccia provides the most surface area of all of the breads so each BLT is naturally larger than most. When biting into the bread, one notices that it is very hard on the outside but once broken into, the bread is as soft as a pillow. This is not only comfortable for the roof of one’s mouth, but it also allows all of the juices from the rest of the ingredients to be easily absorbed, and not simply pushed out of one side.

The ingredients that a sandwich shop puts into their BLT helps to define that shop’s unique style. Any four year old can toast two pieces of Wonder Bread, slather them with mayo, put on the bacon, lettuce, and tomato, but what really sets a restaurant apart is what else they put into the sandwich. For the Hippo, this means baby arugula and garlic chipotle aioli. Don’t be mistaken, lettuce is still included but the baby arugula adds a nice salad-like flavor to the sandwich. The aioli adds both a nice spice and a liquid that can get trapped in the bread adding additional flavor.

But of course, the deciding factor is the bacon. There are many types of bacon that can be chosen especially in the state of Vermont. For the choice cuts to the pre cooked, the decision to spend a little more money at the supermarket can make all of the difference. The Paisley Hippo does not skimp out. They use thick cut and very crispy bacon, which doesn’t absorb any of the sauce.

All in all, I would give the Paisley Hippo “Fiesta” four out of five stars. In its entirety, the sandwich is solid and could stand its own against most, but the only reason that it doesn’t deserve the fifth star is due to its meat proportions. The BLT is the classic sandwich, but unfortunately it really lacks in protein. It’s basically a salad between two pieces of bread. The paisley hippo sandwich is big on flare, style, and taste but to get that fifth start they would have to increase its functionality as a hearty sandwich that could fill anyone up.

 

 

 

NFL Pros and Cons: Should We Protect our Modern-day Gladiators?

Mr. Cooper Bolduc with Mr. Matthew Faris 

We have seen them countless times in athletics. Athletes obtain injures, and within seconds after being removed from the action, are given a diagnosis. They receive a few weeks of physical therapy, and produce a miraculous return.

However what happens when that athlete has brain trauma or a mental illness? They may have effects that people don’t know about or overlook because all they want is to put the athlete back into the action. When an athlete has a concussion, people believe that once the athlete’s brain is able to function at a certain level again — the concussion is gone and remarkably, the effects are gone simultaneously. That isn’t true. Concussions have long term mental effects. Among the list of long term effects: depression or anxiety.

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Soylent: It’s Food, People!

Mr. Charlie Maitland

My mother is a great cook. I have been eating tasty and nutritious home-cooked meals for my entire life. I am a senior in high school, and in seven months my amazing supply of food will end. There will be no more coming home to a hot meal on the table, or waking up to a fresh loaf of bread and scrambled eggs. When I go to college, I am quite certain that the quality of food available to me will drop significantly. A college cafeteria can’t even compete with my family’s kitchen.

The most important thing for me about food is nutrition. Some people eat food because it tastes good, I like to eat food that makes me feel good (which often tastes good too). Lynn Smith, the owner of Source Nutrition in Boulder, Colorado says “Go beyond simple observations of food types, quantity, and calorie intake and take stock of four fundamental indicators: mood, mental clarity, energy, and digestion” (Outside Online).

As an athlete and semi-nutrition nerd, eating healthy food is my main goal when mealtime comes. I get my healthy eating habits from my parents, who have fed me nutritious food for my entire life. Eating well has been easy for me, but when I start living away from home it will get much harder. How will I continue to eat well in college? I found an appealing solution in a Popular Science article back in August of 2013.

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REVIEW: Imagine Dragon’s “Smoke + Mirrors”

Mr. Charles Yarwood 

It’s difficult to find anyone who dislikes all of Imagine Dragons’ discography. Their sound is a mashup of musical styles that results in upbeat, powerful, and catchy songs that have appeal to people across all age groups and musical tastes. Taking vocal styles from outfits like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers and lyrics that are reminiscent of OneRepublic and The Neighbourhood, and the minimalist backing beats of Coldplay, it’s hard not to find elements of their music to like. They had several EPs in circulation before releasing their first full-length album in 2012, Night Visions. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts and struck a chord with many listeners. On February 17, they released their second album, Smoke + Mirrors.

While many of the songs on Night Visions had previously appeared on an EP, all of the tracks on Smoke + Mirrors are new to the world. The most extensive version of the album, the super-deluxe edition, features four new tracks that weren’t included in the standard release, as well as four previously released singles that the group had recorded for movies. The singles from Smoke + Mirrors are (in order of appearance on the album) “Shots,” “Gold,” and “I Bet My Life.” These tracks are frontloaded on the album, with all of them appearing in the first five songs, but they give the album some legs to stand on. “Shots” and “I Bet My Life” are similar to much of their previously recorded music, with emotional appeals written into the lyrics, raw vocals, and poppy rhythm sections. “Gold” takes a different tact than the other two singles. It features a tribal drumming rhythm to begin the song, a sound that isn’t similar to mainstream pop, and lyrics that discuss the struggles of materialism and wealth.

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The Latest But Not the Greatest: Apple’s Airball

Mr. Jack Reynolds 

Many people are ecstatic about the release of the new Apple Macbook, but the majority of techies and the internet as a whole are ridiculing the new laptop, and Apple for it’s new design. In my opinion, the laptop is a sellout. It’s a machine for the masses, that abandons many of Apple’s old selling points, and has left behind the vision that made the company so successful in the first place. The new Macbook is a product of the new Apple: a company that will sell anything to a fan-base that will buy anything with their logo.

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As Apple’s second most expensive laptop, behind the Macbook Air, one might expect a list of new features and impressive tech specs, that push the laptop into the spotlight. However, this isn’t really the case. Starting at $1299, the laptop is $400 more than the base Air. Yes, it’s more compact and yes, it’s lighter, but those are all things we expect from the Air, not it’s big brother the Macbook. The Air also boasts more processing power, starting at 1.6GHz over the Macbook’s 1.1Ghz. For those who aren’t familiar with technical jargon, the bottom line is that the Air can handle more data, faster. So what will people use this new computer for? Take video chatting off the list because the non-HD 480p front-facing camera means you’ll not only have a better experience on your Air, but even on your iPod or iPhone. All three sport 720p HD front facing cameras, that have been common technology since the ancient iPhone 5, which came out back in 2012.

So why would Apple, a company famous for innovation and design make a laptop like this? Simple: it’s available in gold. This is a product specifically aimed at those who always want to have the latest Apple tech, because those actually need a functioning computer have so many better options, for less money. Hopefully the extra $400 dollars is enough to deter you, but don’t worry if it’s not, Apple has another trick up its sleeve. Remember when the iPhone 5 came out with the new lighting charge cord and everyone was upset because none of their accessories would work? Well if you’re having Deja Vu, you’re not alone, because Apple has conveniently changed the charging port on the new Macbook, and completely gotten rid of the conventional USB port. This means that besides the headphone jack on the opposite side, there is only one port on the laptop, a the new USB-C. This one port handles charging, data transfer (in place of a USB), and video output.

If you do buy the laptop, be prepared to buy some adapters with it, because you can’t plug in your phone anymore, or use any of the old Apple notebook chargers. So if you’d like to charge your phone, thats a $29 USB-to-USB-C adapter. Want to plug in your SD card from your camera? That port is gone too so you’ll have to use a USB adapter and the USB-C adapter on top of that. Looking to charge your phone and your laptop so you’re ready for tomorrow? Don’t worry, Apple’s got you covered. Since there’s only one port, it’ll be an additional $80 for an adapter that’s got room for both.

So where’s the innovation? Sadly, it might have left the company with the late Steve Jobs, because everything the tech giant has released lately is meant to pave the way toward bigger paychecks, not the future.

 

Is Prom Worth It?

Ms. Nina Mollo

Throughout the history of time, prom has been considered one of the most significant nights of a high schooler’s career. My question: is it really worth all the trouble?

 The average amount of money people spend on prom per year is absurd. A poll taken by USA Today asked 1,025 parents with children in high school how much they planned on spending for their child’s prom. The average amount was just over $1,100.

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 When I was in middle school, prom was a “big kid” thing, like driving, and I was looking forward to it, but now that I’ve experienced the expensive dance, I can say with certainty that it doesn’t live up to the hype. There are so many other things a group of kids could do on a Saturday night that don’t involve spending $500+ on an outfit, flowers and a ride.

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Leo Dishes on Café Changes

Ms. Madison Hakey

Many of us have noted some changes in the café’s assortment of snacks this year, but these are not the only changes taking place. Due to new regulations surrounding food served in schools across the country, almost everything has been adjusted in our café. While Leo Laforce agrees with most of the new regulations, he stated that “there were some regulations that were just ridiculous.”

The NSDA began to pass these new regulations two years ago and have been updating them since; “last year, 50 percent of any breads of grains that we used did not need to be whole grain. This year the regulation says 100 percent of any breads or grains that we use need to be whole grain,” Laforce told me. This may not seem like a huge deal, but when considering that we consume approximately 6 loaves of bread, 108 hamburger rolls, 216 tortilla wraps, and 24 sandwich buns everyday, it’s a big change. Also, as Laforce pointed out, a lot of whole grain products are not good; “it took me a while researching tortillas to try to find one that the students not only liked but that I, myself, could look at it and go that doesn’t taste like cardboard.”

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The Lion King III: Bunting Comes Home Again

Ms. Allison Henson

The name Adam Bunting is one that has been floating around Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School for quite some time — but many of the current students don’t know who he really is. Bunting started as a student at CVU in 1990 and soon after graduating became a teacher from 1999-2002.

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He initially started as a long-term Spanish substitute for the Williston Central School, although he will be the first to admit he was not the best for the position. After involving himself as a substitute and athletic coach at CVU, he became an English teacher in Fairbanks core.He then attended Harvard Graduate School, and finally became one of the House Directors in 2003. In 2012 felt that it was his time to leave, but CVU is not a community easily left, and he was quickly drawn back, scheduled to assume the position of principal in fall 2015. In his absence, Bunting was principal at Montpelier High School (MHS), a much smaller school than CVU, which worries some people considering how large CVU is. CVU is a tight knitly community that has learned to care deeply about its people. Bunting emailed in a few answers to questions that were asked by various CVU members to address any concerns that they may have; and it looks like CVU will have nothing to fear with his return.

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The Onslaught of the Beards: Hipster Edition

Ms. Lily Schmoker

It’s the new fad. It’s thick, it’s itchy, it’s hard to clean. It’s the hipster beard. Why grow a beard? Why annex the hair on the top of your head to your chin? Why envelop the lower half of your face with dead skin cells that were compressed into a sad excuse for keratin? Well, to show people you’re a hipster, of course.

It has somehow become popular to grow a beard just to prove to other people that you do what you want and you ignore the system. People are avoiding razors to fit in with the fitter-outters; the hipster beard couldn’t possibly be more ironic.

The recent invasion of facial hair doesn’t seem to carry rhyme to its reason – or any reason, for that matter. There is a continuously increasing desire to grow the popular chin blankets, even if it is as small as a light dusting on the upper lip. Is it a newfound desire to grow? Or a newfound desire to not shave?

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Man Buns: On the Rise

Katie Hoechner 

A new trend that sparked hard in 2014 has yet made a comeback respark occurrence throughout this year. The infamous ‘mun’, also known as the man bun, is the laid back yet considered “sexy” look that has apparently gotten the ladies swooning. The fad began soon after Oscar award winner, Jared Leto (best supporting actor: Dallas Buyer’s Club) rocked the look on the red carpet. Many have agreed that the look is one that should stay, however with the optimists comes the pessimists… and then there is me.

To clarify for those who aren’t aware, the mun is a bun a common girl’s hairstyle, but on a man. It’s considered the be a more ‘laid back’ and ‘careless’ hair style for those who want to try without looking like they are.

When I asked around about the man bun, the explanations and opinions varied immensely. A senior female student exclaimed, “No. Absolutely not. They invented scissors for a reason boys… Take note and use them!” On the other hand another senior female had a completely different opinion, “Wanna know how to spell sexy? M-A-N-B-U-N!” Opinions stuck among the same ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ dynamic from that point on.

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Evolutional Irony: On Humans, Big Brains, and Wanderlust

Mr. Adrian Walther

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.”  –Robert Louis Stevenson

In a chair, a human being sits, flying through the air 35,000 feet above the ground, the shadow of the mechanical bird he temporarily inhabits skimming across the choppy waters of the Atlantic like a water borne wraith.  He is surrounded by dozens of other members of his species, none of them known to him, all of them in various states of boredom, excitement or repose.  For as much time as humans have sought the gift of flight, no one, particularly, seemed to be very impressed.

When this homo sapien can’t see through the skein of clouds outside his window, he reads about the very current catastrophic global failures in terms of biodiversity and the permanent disappearance of countless species in Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction.  All factors highlighted by this female human through years of research and interviews add up to one grotesque conclusion: their species (both the author’s and the reader’s) is causing, or at least massively accelerating, the sixth mass extinction in the half billion years of this beautiful planet’s existence.  The numbers of species, the man read, that have disappeared or are close to blinking out due directly to human interference with the natural status quo are staggering.  What have humans done to warrant such a dubious distinction?  Primarily things like burning fossil fuels egregiously, developing land, and bringing species of plants and animals across oceans and other geographical barriers they never otherwise would have crossed, importing and exporting organisms both purposefully and inadvertently, leading to invasive plant and animal takeovers of entire continents.

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Give it a Try: Peter is really not that Strange

Mr. Peter Langella

When I started eighth grade, I wanted to play in the National Hockey League. That’s it. That’s honestly all I wanted to do. I was a pretty skilled defenseman, I’d just had a nice growth spurt, and I thought my hockey stock was on an infinite rise.

But, infinite rises, I’m guessing you know, are not very plausible.

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My stock did continue to go up, though. I was a high school star, I was a key player and captain for a great college team, and I even got to spend a year on one of the New York Rangers’ low-level minor league clubs. I played hockey at a higher level than all but the very best of the sport. I’m both happy and proud when I think about the way it worked out. But, at the end of it all, I was still only twenty-four when I played my last competitive hockey game.

Twenty-four is very young.

I needed to do something. I needed to go places. I needed new passions to take over my now cavernous amounts of free time.

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