Tangible Product Fair Showcases Senior Works

Ms. Katherine Hoechner

Graduation Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore into a topic that they personally find interesting. There is an option of the project that allows students to create a Tangible Product that can both be graded by the Panel and showcased for fun. This year, CVU hosted its annual Tangible Product fair on May 21, 2015. Over 40 students showcased their projects ranging from a photography display to a reconstructed car.

Although the CVC didn’t have the chance to document every single project, here is photo gallery of those we did get to check out, and the stories that accompany the products.

Franklin (skis)

 

Natalie Franklin- For her Grad Challenge, Natalie spent 60+ hours designing and creating her own pair of skis.

Jake Dawson- For his Grad Challenge, Jake built a Tiny House with a team of 15 others. A family of three and their pet dog plan on moving in once construction is finished.

Emma VincenVincent (skirts)t- For her Grad Challenge, Emma had lots of fun designing and making ballet skirts. These skirts can be found and purchased off of her website: ableskirts.bigcartel.com. You can also check her out on Instagram and Facebook @ableskirts

Nicole Boufard- For her Grad Challenge Nicole worked with photography and created a small-scale exhibit for people to view. At the Fair she also showcased her new website that her photographs can be found on as well. Nicole spent over 300 hours on the project itself, and 150 on the Tangible Product alone.

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College Tuition is Far Too Expensive

Ms. Taylor Filardi

America is the land of opportunity. Anyone who is passionate and driven enough to want a college education should be given the chance to at least try. It would be great if we could make a college education free just like we do a high school education, but each of us in our right mind knows this dream will not be come true in the near future, if ever.

According to the NY Times, the soaring cost of college, a 1,225 percent increase since 1978, is far outpacing any other price the government tracks including food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it.

Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities, as well as crushed a generation of college grads with debt.

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Silverware Now Being Used in the CVU Cafeteria

Mr. Max Brown

HINESBURG ― CVU’s Environmental Action Club introduced metal silverware into the cafeteria on January 20th, a substitute for the old plastic silverware, aiming to reduce plastic waste.

The initiative began by replacing every plastic utensil with a silverware one instead. With the goal of reducing the amount of waste produced by CVU students, the switch cuts thousands of wasted utensils each week.

“We went through about 2,000 pieces of plastic silverware a week,” says EnAct’s Senior member Rachel Slimovitch. “Which is a lot considering they were all going in the trash.”

Some students expressed worry about the cleanliness of the silverware. EnAct responded with meetings for each class describing how the silverware is cleaned- very thoroughly.

The rollout of new silverware is one of many programs initiated by the CVU Environmental Action Club. Past milestones have included reducing CVU’s electrical energy usage by 10.8%, saving over $17,000.

 

REVIEW: 50 Shades of Grey

Ms. Taylor Filardi

“Fifty Shades of Grey” was a box office hit, but many are left wondering if it was any good.

Numerous movie critics have given their opinions, and the general consensus seems to be that the much awaited film, was less than riveting, or no one wants to admit that they enjoyed it.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” the film is based on the successful novel by E.L. James. It portrays the story of Christian Grey, a attractive, young billionaire (played by Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele, the young college student he “sexually dominates”(played by Dakota Johnson).

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Increases in College Cost

Mr. Dane Whitcomb

Between 2001–02 and 2011–12, prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board at public institutions rose 40 percent. It seems ridiculous how fast the price of college tuition is increasing. This is a bad trend because education needs to be something affordable to everybody.

Today it is 400% more expensive to go to college in the United States than it was just 30 years ago. Obviously it should go up from thirty years ago but 400% percent is just way too much. In another 10 years, tuition averages could double, and the number of people that attend college will decrease because people just can’t afford it.

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Changes in CVU’s Art Department

Mr. Dane Whitcomb

The 2015-16 school year is looking to be another successful year for the CVU art department. Currently the department offers a wide variety of beginning to advanced art classes. In the 2014-15 school year, there are twelve visual art classes: five of which are advanced level classes.

According to CVU art teacher, Abbie Bowker, the three most popular CVU art classes are Intro to Art, Photography and Ceramics. Of course, Intro to Art is at the top because it’s required to take before taking any other art classes. Generally speaking, all of the art classes receive a fairly even number of students but there are a couple that have more than others.

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REVIEW: “Self-Made Man”

Ms. Allison Henson

Norah Vincent wrote a book called Self-Made Man to document an experience she created for herself that most people will never experience. Vincent had always described herself as being a bit of a tomboy and so, as the title alludes, she wanted to see how it was to live as a man. She is not transexual, her goal was to simply find out the truth of what it’s like to live as a man- from a woman’s perspective.

Vincent and many other women had often said or heard that men have it better and easier in life. In order to discover for herself if this was true or not, she “became” a man for 18 months. This was in no way a scientific experiment and there are no results with hard evidence about what she discovered. She delved into the world of work, dating, relationships (intimate, friendship, etc.) and finally finding herself as a man. How she came to the decision to do this was in a rather odd way. Vincent was in New York City having what she called a “delayed adolescence” experience. Drinking too much and becoming a bit too involved with the freak shows that New York has to offer. One night she was dared by one of her drag king friends to dress up with her and go out, to find out if she had what it took. Vincent agreed and while they were out and about she had a realization that somewhat infuriated her. Men weren’t looking at her as if they owned her, in fact they were showing her respect by not looking at her at all. Previously walking past groups of men as a women, these men stared her down rudely, purposefully rudely. Seeing the vast difference in respect she got simply walking around dressed as a man sparked her to dive into this project.

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Fashion over Function: Why Bother with Headphones?

Mr. Jack Reynolds

As technology advances, we see every generation of electronics becoming smaller than the last. A cell phone used to be a suitcase-sized burden, but now an iPhone fits in your pocket and has more computing power than the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Early computers used to consume whole rooms, but now are paper thin and lightning fast. This trend seems to span across most technology, especially anything meant for on-the-go use. So why is it, that when it comes to listening to music, people turn to huge, unwieldy headphones?

Personally, I’ve found earbuds to work just as well, and although a cheap set of headphones is probably nicer than a cheap pair of earbuds, the quality really starts to split from the price as cost rises. If ones spends $100 on earbuds, they’ll get a product that is at the upper end of the spectrum, and provides great sound. On the other hand, $100 headphones will be closer to the bottom of the totem pole.

As an avid listener to all types of music, I respect the need for DJs to have massive headphones, or artists who need to use them in the studio, but these are really the only cases where it makes sense to have massive speakers held to either side of your head. For the casual listener, it really doesn’t make sense to schlep around these unwieldy devices day in, day out.

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REVIEW: Cedar Knoll

Mr. Carter Knox

The dew soaked, fresh cut, pure green grass releases its famous smell on a foggy morning. The sound of each loud ping shrieks through the air as early bird golfers get their rounds in before the day truly begins at Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg Vermont. Cedar Knoll, run by Tom and Tim Ayer, two brothers, whom truly take value in their course as it is always in great condition. Although, it may not rake in as much revenue as some of its local competitors, it provides some very scenic and true a Vermont golf experience for less.

Located on route 116, about five minutes past the main village of Hinesburg. Cedar Knoll sits atop a high perch as it is infamously known as the “hilliest course” in Vermont. Offering a unusual 27 holes of golf compared to its local competitors Rocky Ridge Golf Club, Vermont National Country Club, Catamount Country Club, and Burlington Country Club. This unusual yet very convenient attribute provides an extra 9 holes of golf for any level golfer. On weekends with tournaments or even just crowded gorgeous Vermont days, this extra nine holes spreads out the crowd and almost guarantees play. This extra nine holes, known as the “South” course, may not be as highly maintained or as scenic as the regular 18 hole course (West/North), but it is a great starting course for beginners if they do not want to slow play on the main course. Cedar Knoll is one of very few courses in Vermont to house 27 holes.

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Silverware Now Being Used in the CVU Cafeteria

Mr. Max Brown

HINESBURG ― CVU’s Environmental Action Club introduced metal silverware into the cafeteria on January 20th, a substitute for the old plastic silverware, aiming to reduce plastic waste.

The initiative began by replacing every plastic utensil with a silverware one instead. With the goal of reducing the amount of waste produced by CVU students, the switch cuts thousands of wasted utensils each week.

“We went through about 2,000 pieces of plastic silverware a week,” says EnAct’s Senior member Rachel Slimovitch. “Which is a lot considering they were all going in the trash.”

Some students expressed worry about the cleanliness of the silverware. EnAct responded with meetings for each class describing how the silverware is cleaned- very thoroughly.

The rollout of new silverware is one of many programs initiated by the CVU Environmental Action Club. Past milestones have included reducing CVU’s electrical energy usage by 10.8%, saving over $17,000.

 

CVU’s ELL Program Begins to Bridge the Gap

Mr. Max Brown

On May 8, I was able to sit down with some of the students in the ELL program here at CVU. What I found was a group of energetic, kind, and interesting people that I had never had the pleasure of actually meeting. Seemingly hidden away in a room dedicated to students who are learning English as a second, third, or even fourth language, I didn’t even know the program existed. As I spoke to the students, discovering their stories of relocating one by one, a pattern emerged. Making friends was the most difficult thing for all of these students.

One of the hardest things for people that move to America is adjusting to the culture. Feston Achinda, originally from Tanzania, moved to the U.S. about two and a half years ago with his family. He and his sisters, Phoebe and Fahari, are all CVU students. When talking to Feston, he described how he had never seen snow before coming to America. Coming from an African environment, to a state of long, cold, winters is a drastic change.

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Nothing but Stellar

Mr. Dylan Rocheleau

In the early days of November 2014 a movie hit the box offices hard. Interstellar directed and written by Christopher Nolan adventurous sci-fi film isn’t just your classic Friday night movie. In my opinion it doesn’t even come close to orbiting the category of “a movie”. Interstellar to say the least is an investment. This movie will stretch the boundaries of your cognitive thinking and leave you with a heaping pile of questions. Who are they? How can time be physical? What is a fifth dimension? How can we communicate via the Tesseract? For starters, I am not the one who will be answering these questions although I do have a source that may fill some blanks.

Interstellar starts off by slowly sprinkling bits of information at you. Interviews with elders are the very first thing they show and at the end you will find that these are interviews from the future. Shortly after this the plot conflict is revealed they bring in the conflict. Earth’s future is in danger because of recurring Dust bowls that are destroying crops and soon earth will become uninhabitable. In dire need of a new habitable place for humans to live, the U.S. government has been secretly funding an underground operation carried out by NASA, the main of this operation goal being the discovery of a habitable planet.

 

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Measles Could Target Vermont’s Children Next

Ms. Nina Mollo 

As the scare of Ebola has come and gone in the United States, measles have fallen under the radar. That doesn’t mean that measles outbreaks have stopped. In fact, in the last year alone there have been over 644 reported cases in the U.S.. That is the most, by far, the United States has seen in over fifteen years. These outbreaks are only occurring because we have let our guard down and put millions of children at risk.

Would you send your child to a school where the classrooms are practically a germ pool where diseases like the measles are waiting to attack your child’s immune system? If the children of this country were vaccinated, going to school wouldn’t be the number one way for a child to contract a virus in the U.S..

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A Lot of Juniors Raise Seniors’ Ire

Mr. Jack Reynolds

HINESBURG – Any CVU senior will tell you that snow and cold brings junior cars to the senior lot like clockwork. So maybe the start of second semester set the precedent for the rest of the year, when we didn’t have school due to a snow day.

Since then, seniors have been complaining about having to park on the far side of the lot, instead of taking closer spots allegedly taken by juniors. Frustration has been growing from the class of 2015, when they walk out at the end of the day to see rows of juniors adding to the already congested lot.

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What does your Hair Color say about You?

Ms. Nina Mollo

We’re not ones to judge a book by its cover, but here at the Chronicle we also can’t argue with science: Studies have shown that people make major judgement calls based on the color of your hair. One study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology found that men find brunettes approachable, blondes needy, and redheads haughty. Such generalizations seem unfair, yet remain prevalent. If you’re looking to change up your existing hue to match the type of chick you wish to be, a visit to your local drugstore or hair salon could be your best first stop.


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Did you know that only 10 percent of the world is naturally blonde? It’s a color that demands attention because, in the grand scheme of things, it’s extremely rare. And of course, anything rare deserves the utmost attention.

 

 

 

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GOLDEN BLONDE:

It’s hard not to equate golden blonde with two iconic beauty looks: the bombshell and the all-American girl next door. But beyond sex appeal and “aw-shucks” innocence, golden blonde is a fun, flirty hue that shines when paired with an outgoing personality.

 

 

 

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Ombré is still hot, despite the fact that its popularity over the past few years as the cool girl’s go-to has pushed it to the point of oversaturation. The look of darker roots and mid-lengths melting into lighter ends not only speaks to ease (the upkeep is practically nothing, making it uber-affordable and, therefore, a carefree personality) but also to a woman who doesn’t always play it safe.

 

 

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Whether it’s true or not, research shows we put a lot of stock in a brunette’s brain. People view sable-stranded women as smarter, as well as levelheaded and great judges of character. And while natural-born brunettes are common, fine-tuning their hair color with different tones and highlights certainly can make any brown-haired beauty stand out.

 

 

 

 

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DEEP BROWN/BLACK:

Deep brown hair verging on black is a tough color to pull off, but we think it may be worth the gamble. Midnight-hued locks carry with them mystery as well as perceived creativity—two traits that speak a million words to anyone passing on the streets.

 

 

 

 

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Natural redheads are hard to come by—only 2 to 6 percent of the United States population can lay claim to being a born ginger. So, like natural blondes, red is rare. Yet for some reason, crimson girls get a harsh rep. But we see scarlet sirens as being adventurous, outgoing, and yes, fiery. And we’ll take “fiery” to mean opinionated (rather than “headstrong”), willful (rather than “volatile”) and passionate (rather than “hot tempered”).

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Ms. Katie Hoechner

IMG_2206As Spring quickly begins to take off, the treacherous storms of April seem to have moved into the beautiful month of May. However, with this downer of weather has come some pure beauty in the beautiful flowers that are beginning to sprout!

 

A tell tale sign of a quick Spring approaching is the amazing process of developing flowers throughout our beautiful towns. Luckily for myself, I have the pleasure of viewing several different breeds of beauty in my own backyard.

 

Something that I personally enjoy about the flowers is their message of what is yet to come. With the sprouting of the beautiful colors, the grass is only getting greener as our days only getting longer. Summer is quickly approaching. It’s truly a remarkable time of happiness and growth, too bad we’re stuck in school for the start of it.

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With that being said, it’s nice to take a second from our day and go and smell the roses. I personally suggest taking a couple minutes of your time to talk a quick walk around an area near you. Smell some flowers and embrace this Vitamin D! The best is yet to come.

 

 

Local Teen Fails Career Inventory Test

Mr. Charles Yarwood

PORTLAND, OR – Alliance High School sophomore Carolina Graves received the results of the career inventory section of the PLAN test this Tuesday, which told her that she has approximately zero potential career avenues available to her.

The PLAN test acts as a practice test to the ACT and as a career inventory test. The career inventory section of the test asks students to self-assess their ability to work with data, physical labor, ideas, and people. Graves reportedly marked that she detests math and numbers, eliminating her from the data section of the workforce. She cited a lack of coordination and not knowing how to use tools as the reason she scored poorly in the physical labor section. Graves’ English teacher, Thomas O’Connell, said, “her ideas are often poorly developed and rarely fully address the problems presented to her.” This led to her below-average score in the ideas section of the test. Her classmates have described her as “superficial, mean, rude, and a horrible human being.” Her score on the people section was reportedly lower than the other three sections.

Upon asking her what her career aspirations are, Graves replied “I’m going to be a pop star, like Beyoncé, but better,” just before displaying a rude finger gesture to our reporter.

Disclaimer for freshmen and/or naive individuals: this is satire, people!

Student Amazed at how Much Friends Complain About Head Cold

Mr. Charles Yarwood

VANCOUVER – Skyview High School student Cody Horowitz is genuinely amazed at how much Jeb Novak, one of his friends in third period algebra, shares about his head cold. Novak has reportedly had symptoms, including but not limited to a stuffy nose, an itchy throat, and endless complaining.

“I’ve had to listen to him kvetch about this for the whole week,” said Horowitz, adding, “I get it, you have to blow your nose every twenty minutes. Big whoop. You’re not a starving child in Africa, you haven’t been kidnapped into a prostitution ring, ISIS hasn’t killed your family or destroyed your town, so stop complaining.” Horowitz also told us, “I’m just amazed at how much he can complain about such an insignificant little thing. I swear to God, he talks about it every thirty seconds or something.”

Novak’s family has told us that his complaining creates an immense distraction at home and has “caused us great angst and we wish he would see a doctor already.” Novak has yet to see a doctor saying, “Nah, it’s really nothing. I’ll get over it soon.”

Disclaimer for freshmen and/or naive individuals: this is satire, people!

 

Nicki Minaj to Announce Retirement From Music, to Pursue Kale Farming

Mr. Charles Yarwood

LOS ANGELES – Pop star Nicki Minaj has grown tired of the pop star status, Nicki’s music has given the 32 year old a net worth of $50 million. Minaj is expected to announce her retirement from the music industry this week to instead begin a large-scale kale farming operation. Though the precise location of the farm has not been revealed, it is speculated it will be somewhere in western Montana.

“I feel that kale is a marginalized and under-appreciated vegetable that should be more popular in our food culture,” said Minaj. Though kale has yet to truly break away from its status as a niche food, it is thought that such an endorsement by a popular public figure could help bring it to more tables around the U.S.

Minaj’s agent has declined to comment on this story.

Disclaimer for freshmen and/or naive individuals: this is satire, people!