Technology puts a new face the future of social interactions

Ms. Megan Gannon

A group of teens are sitting at a table for dinner. They have not seen each other for a while. Therefore, they definitely have something to talk about, yet there is silence. Every single one of them is on his or her phone. Every once in a while, one of them will show what is on the screen to another and that is the most face to face interaction they will have. Where will this end? Is there any hope for the future? Relationships are being weakened everyday by the lack of true communication between people.

According, without the interaction being face-to-face, people miss out on the expressions in the person’s face and the tone of voice. This causes confusion over text because you are unable to understand the emotion behind someone’s thoughts. I mean you can always use an emoji but I believe those are rarely acceptable in serious situations.


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Newest State Champs!

Photos by Mr. Eli Hark


The 2016 CVU Unified Basketball Team

Roster, by number:

3 George Davis

5 Jeremy Fuller

10 Kevin Conger

11 Emily Scott

14 Amanda Daniels

15 Alex Farrington

21 Lia Gagliouso

23 Jack Scotnicki

25 Bennett Townley

30/24 Wayne Elias

31 Justin McQuistan

32 Walker Storey

33 Xavier Waterhouse

41 Dan Higginbottom

44 Shania Elias


Coaches: Anthony Spagnolo and Peter Booth

Manager: Jack Lyman

Head Cheerleader: Peter Booth

Albertson’s Redhawks Swing into Spring

Mr. TJ Shaw

The snow in Vermont is melting fast, and the ground is beginning to thaw which only means one thing: baseball. Baseball is just around the corner, and as basketball season begins to wind down, the CVU Redhawks are ready to strike again with hopefully their second Division-One championship appearance in a row and fourth appearance in just five short years.. Like every good team, there is someone that builds the team physically, mentally and socially. In this case it is head coach, Tim Albertson. Albertson, 35 of South Burlington, is no stranger to the diamond, as this will be his thirteenth season as a coach and eighth season as the head coach for the Redhawks.

Time Albertson

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Unified Hoopsters Take the Semis

Ms. Lucretia Anderson

The stands were packed shoulder to shoulder with students of all grades. Everyone was chatting excitedly, crunching their knees up to their chests to make more space for incoming spectators, and watching the players warm up on the court. Most sporting events that garner this full of a student section feature well known CVU students, the kind of people the community sees leading student council, wearing their college sweatshirts around the halls, and gathering in big groups before winter ball and prom. However, the teenagers going through their pre-game drills on the court on May 5th were less often celebrated, and even seen. These people were CVU’s unified basketball athletes, and that afternoon, every sign, cheer, and shout of encouragement was for them alone.


Justin McQuiston on a fast break.  Photo by Mark Ouimet of Life Touch.

Justin McQuiston on a fast break. Photo by Mark Ouimet of Life Touch.

The Unified basketball program, which partners student athletes with and without disabilities on the court, held a playoff game in CVU’s gym this past Thursday. The program, which is run through the Special Olympics, provides a competitive format that includes a state championship, which will be held at University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium on Tuesday, May 10th.

CVU Unified Basketball team. Photo by Mark Ouiwemet

CVU Unified Basketball team. Photo by Mark Ouimet/Life Touch.

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Fines Drag Down Entire Communities

Mr. Bayard Baker

More and more frequently,  people, especially poor African Americans, are being jailed for the inability to pay fines or fees. The system of debt collection has turned into an all out war, trying to squeeze revenue out of citizens like an empty tube of toothpaste. This system has been working overtime to make up for an especially small tax base of a town, so revenue has to be acquired through fining the people.

In the town of Ferguson, there’s no wonder as to why there’s massive civil unrest. Over three quarters of the town’s population has a warrant out for them or is serving some form of rehabilitation. That may seem like hyperbole, but it is fact.” In Ferguson — a city with a population of 21,000 — 16,000 people have outstanding arrest warrants, meaning that they are currently actively wanted by the police.”(Washington Post)

Image courtesy of HuffPo.

Image courtesy of HuffPo.

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J Chillin’ With T-Wiggs

Mr. Maxwell Rieley

Amanda Terwilliger. Writer, dancer, teacher.

Many people believe that teachers are robots. It is easy to forget that teachers have lives outside of school. For most students, school hours are the only time they interact with their professors. Upon initial inspection, an educator who is focused on their work may seem unilateral, with teaching being their only interesting quality. But if you look deeper, past the superficial layers, you will find that each teacher is unique.

Image by Max Rieley

Image by Max Rieley

Amanda Terwilliger(Ms. T) is a perfect demonstration of this concept. Ms. T co-teaches the Holocaust and Human Behavior Class at CVU, a study into the inner workings of the human condition. In class she is passionate, recounting the horrors of the Holocaust and pushing her students to understand how such a terrible thing could have happened. She guides students through the catastrophe, creating emotion and pressing them to search for a deeper level of understanding. And though this class is an integral part of Ms. T’s persona, there is so much more lying below the surface.

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Cruz and Kasich Call it Quits; Trump Presumed Republican Nominee

Ms. Lexi Lewis

Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the presidential race making Donald Trump the republican nominee. Cruz dropped out Tuesday evening followed by Kasich on Wednesday.

“I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone,” Kasich told reporters in Columbus, Ohio. “And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.”

Cruz ended his campaign by saying “From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory…tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed…with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

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Games Get Booted Out of the Library

Mr. Jackson Kahn

As recently as three months ago, if someone were to enter the CVU library they were practically guaranteed to see students sharing laughs and experiences while playing popular online games such as Curve Fever and Agario.  Today there is no such sight as these games have been added to a growing list of websites blocked by the school.  Some might see this as a positive.  Students will now use their free block to work instead of playing games; however, there are many reasons to keep these websites available.

Playing online games provides students with cognitive benefits.  According to Psychology Today playing online games improves executive functioning.  Psychology today defines executive functioning as, “a person’s ability to allot his or her mental resources (such as perception, attention and memory) in ways that allow for rapid, efficient problem solving or decision-making.”  The ability to pay attention and memory are arguably the two most important skills needed to be academically successful.  If playing online games improves executive functioning they should be encouraged to be played in moderation, not banned.

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Great Debates of our time Series by GDP: Dogs vs. Cats

Mr. Griffin DiParlo

Let’s be honest, eEveryone knows dogs are better than cats. Deep down inside, even cat lovers know dogs are all around better in almost every dimension, maybe with the exception offor the occasional crazy cat lover that has 20 cats. Dogs are: 1. fFriendlier than cats, 2. bBetter looking than cats,. 3. bBetter to pet than cats, 4. Ccooler than cats,. 5. Bbigger than cats, 6. Ffunnier than cats, and are generally superior to all around better than cats. The only part about owning a cat that is remotely better is that they are less maintenance. There is absolutely no other benefit of owning a cat rather than a dog.


What’s so wrong with kittens, Griff?

Cats don’t care about you. All cCats only care about themselves and their well being. They don’t come and see how you’re doing if you’re not feeling well or are injured. They will just run off into the woods and try to catch a bird.They’ll just live on their own for all they care. Dogs on the other hand with cuddle with you and lick you and help care for you when you’re sick or injured. They’ll stick by your side to help you feel better just like man’s best friend should do.

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Who was David Bowie?

Ms. Anna Johnson, CVC Arts Correspondent

Who was David Bowie?

(GIF illustrations by Helen Green)

There was once a man, an incredible man, who went by three different names. For a while, it was two. But seemingly as two is not quite enough, he added another to his resume. The one most people know him as is David Bowie. His birth name was David Robert Jones; the last name was his colorful, doomed rock star alter ego character, Ziggy Stardust. But if there ever was a man to go by so many great names and earn such great achievements to all of his names it was David Bowie/Robert Jones and Ziggy Stardust.

David Robert Jones was born in South London’s Brixton on January 8th, 1947. From this day and a few years forward, music began to influence David greatly, driving him to become the person he lived and died to be. His first instrument none other than the smooth, brass saxophone, which he started to play at age 13. Oddly enough, his greatest musical influence was his older brother, Terry, who actually liked rock music and not smooth jazz. Later in his life, Terry had a different influence on David. Terry was overcome by a mental illness and was sent to an institution while David was still young, leaving David haunted for much of his life. When Terry committed suicide in 1985, David was extremely saddened and turn to his two inspirations to write the song “Jump They Say”. As haunting and devastating a start to music and life that was, David moved on.

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Amnesty International Holds Annual VT Meeting in Burlington

Mses. Lucy Anderson and Katherine Mahoney

A few months ago, a picture of a Syrian refugee child who washed up on the beach circulated the globe via social media. Outrage immediately ensued, and empathy towards those suffering skyrocketed. After a few weeks, the initial rage began to subside, and many let the images of war torn families settle comfortably in the back of their brains, out of sight. For some people, however, the thirst for action on behalf of the refugees and others suffering from human rights abuses never diminished.

This Saturday, Amnesty USA held their annual Vermont meeting, which centered on refugee rights and how to organize effective actions. The meeting, which was held at the Friends Meeting House in Burlington, began by each attendee introducing themselves. Everyone spoke about how they first became interested in human rights and the reason they were at the meeting. Attendees ranged from an elderly woman from Ukraine interested in voicing the plight of her people to Champlain Valley Union High School students representing their Amnesty club. Members of the community are always welcome at Amnesty meetings, regardless of whether they have been affiliated with the organization in the past.

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Poisoned Ivies

Mr. Gregory Levine

 I was too nervous to read the letter, so I scanned it for keywords. Hoping to see “congratulations,” “accepted,” and “welcome,” I was devastated to find “regret,” “sorry,” and “waitlisted” in some cases, instead. Like tens of thousands of other ambitious high school seniors, I submitted an application for fall admission to the “best institute of higher education in the world,” Harvard University. I also submitted applications to Princeton, Yale, and the rest of the Ivy League, as well as MIT, Stanford, Berkeley (the only one to which I was accepted), and the University of Chicago (to which I was waitlisted).

Image courtesy of Harvard

Image courtesy of Harvard

I come from a very intelligent family; my mother was her student body president for three years and the valedictorian of her class, and following her acceptance to MIT, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago, she and my uncle both attended MIT. My uncle went to graduate school at Stanford, and their father (my grandfather) studied at Columbia University, proceeding to become a professor of calculus, physics, and chemistry. Needless to say, I felt a lot of pressure to follow in their footsteps intellectually.

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Approaching Anxiety in School

Ms. Alexa Uline

Teachers continue to try and ease anxiety within schools.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as, “An emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure”, but a high school student might label it as “homework”.

There’s no doubt that high school can give students anxiety, whether the class is advanced placement or just a typical elective. According to Stan Williams, college applications create another level of stress for graduating students. “That press for self achievement is keeping people from doing things that really make them happy and that’s leading to a lot of anxiety and a lot of depression.” Williams explains that colleges are realizing that the additional pressure from the college process creates an unhealthy environment for high school students.

Anxiety self-portrait by Katie Crawford

Anxiety self-portrait by Katie Crawford

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Cities Go Green

Mr. Kevin Motia

In an effort to fend off the negative effects of fossil fuels such as ecological disruption and health problems like respiratory ailments and cancer, many U.S. cities have been transitioning towards the use of clean energy for their electrical needs.

Two years ago, Burlington became the first city in the U.S. to become completely reliant on renewable energy for its residents’ electrical needs. The city has become an example for other communities to follow.

the McNeil Plant, courtesy of Burlington Electric

the McNeil Plant, courtesy of Burlington Electric

Burlington became the first city to run on 100% renewable energy by investing in a hydropower plant in 2014. More recently, influenced by Burlington’s achievement, other American cities have begun to look at their own natural resources for energy uses.  According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, there are now 29 cities located in the United States which are run 100% on renewable energy.These cities include Aspen, Colorado; Kodiak Island, Alaska; and Greensburg, Kansas.

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Anderson Slices Up the Meat Industry

Ms. Lucy Anderson

There are many powerful forces in the United States that work to influence politics in Washington. The ability to advocate for your interests is a cornerstone of democracy, and groups from every sector exercise this right. In order to keep interest groups from wielding too much power of lawmakers, there are regulations in place surrounding funding and access. It is important that no one sector is too influential, because in a democracy, all sides of an issue must be heard.

meat cleaver

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If this is true in the United States, then everyone should be able to voice their opinions on important issues, such as climate change and water usage. Unfortunately, this is not currently the case, as shown by the power of America’s meat industry. According to the US Department of the Interior 2009 Geologic Survey, Animal Agriculture water consumption in the US ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually, and animal agriculture is the number one source of greenhouse gases. Why aren’t we talking about this? Concerned, environmentally conscious citizens should be considering vegetarianism to be a responsibility.

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Cross Platform Gaming Catches On

Mr. Jonathen LaDue

Gaming is a popular pastime, enthralling over 155 million people in America alone. Within this demographic roughly 33 million people game on computers, and over 20 million Xbox ones and upwards of 36 million Playstation 4s have been sold. These three gaming giants are very similar in construction and have minor differences besides the brand name and minimal hardware. Microsoft and Sony have been at odds, and haven’t allowed cross platform play since their creation.

Image courtesy of Cover  Buzz

Image courtesy of Cover

Online gaming has been a huge part of the gaming industry since its popularity in MMORPG such as World or Warcraft, and the creation of Xbox Live on the original Xbox by Microsoft. Sony followed slowly behind with the creation of the Playstation Network with the introduction of the Playstation 3. Since then Microsoft has always been the top dog in the online market, housing over 48 million gamers at its peak. However with the introduction of the PS4 and Xbox One, many console users moved to Playstation Network, leaving Microsoft with a much smaller player base.

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Education Without Representation: No Vote for Students on CSSU School Board

Mr. Johnathon Thrailkill

Hinesburg, VT – The current expectation of acting and promoting plans as a student on the C.S.S.U. school board is far from reality.  Jason Burgess, a current junior, joined CVU’s student council and situated himself on the school board, hoping he could change school policy to benefit students’ wellbeing. But Jason’s hopes to create change through the school board were immediately shot down when he learned that students had no voting power through the district board.  

Once a year, a student council member is elected to participate in a monthly school board meeting with a previously elected student representative. At the meeting, they take part in school board deliberation about spending bills approvals, project plans, enrollment data, and allowable growth. According to the center of public education, school boards are “designed to serve their communities.”

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To-daze Sports: Athletes Take Concussions Head On

Mr. Michael Regan

According to a study by journalists at PBS program Frontline, 96.2 percent of deceased pro footballers had the condition, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, before dying. “If you’re worried about concussions, you’re in the wrong business.” said Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover. Concussions are a huge problem in the NFL, but are also just part of football by its violent nature. For this reason in the last 10 years the NFL has added more than 15 rules to the game’s official rule book, in order to protect players heads and general health. These rule additions range from penalties, to automatic medical timeouts to mandatory concussion tests. This is all part of a massive effort to protect pro athletes from brain injury, and CTE.   

Image courtesy of CNN

Image courtesy of CNN

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The majority of the 5.3 million Americans who suffer from CTE were athletes who took part in contact sports. The symptoms of CTE are both debilitating and life-changing for both the individual, and for his or her family. According to Brain Injury Research Institute the symptoms of CTE are but not limited to; memory loss, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression, difficulty with balance, and a gradual onset of dementia. The Brain Injury Research Institute also said that there have been “several notable cases” including the suicide deaths of NFL player Junior Seau, and professional wrestler Chris Benoit who committed suicide after murdering his wife and son.

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Does the Cost of College Pay Off?

Mr. John Thrailkill

College is a necessity in the modern world, as a degree is usually necessary to earn  above minimum wage, but is college really worth it? With most high school graduates attending college, this question has been brought up among families countless times. Many college attendees ask themselves this question while signing the loan papers. However, according to Pew research polls, more than 83% of college graduates feel that their degree has actually paid off.

Degree benefits correspond according to time associated to attain your degree. The least beneficial degree type falls into the two year category with bachelor and graduate degrees providing practically equal benefits. Even with these differences, most college graduates still say that their degrees pay off, more so in public schools than private institutions.

Image courtesy of the Pew Research Foundation

Image courtesy of the Pew Research Foundation

Borrowing money for college can be detrimental to one’s budget because of  student loans. With the average debt at $28,500, according to a Pew research poll, many have to cut large chunks out of their paychecks to pay off such debt. This payback is mainly includes interest that can almost double the initial cost.

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Not Milk? Is Moo-juice Really Bad for You?

Ms. Lexi Lewis

If you were around during the early 2000s you might recall the infamous “Got Milk?” posters hung up in about every school or cafe. showing celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Harrison Ford, Ryan Reynolds posing for the camera wearing a milk made mustache endorsing and promoting the consumption of milk.

With such societal praise and love of a product like milk it must be healthy right? Well, the fact is that milk may not be as healthy as it’s made out to be.

Image and campaign by PETA

Image and campaign by PETA

This statement may shock some people, seeing as the FDA recommends 3 cups of milk a day. The culture we are in is conditioned into consuming milk and other dairy products because they are considered an essential part of a healthy diet and the well known food pyramid. 

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Pets-icide: Common Garden Plants Could Hurt Your Animals

Ms. Lexi Lewis

The first day of spring means hope for many local garden enthusiasts that they could soon pursue their spring and summer garden. However, if you are one of those people you might want to rethink your garden plan if you have pets. Common garden plants you may choose to plant this year in your yard or even the ones you chose to keep in your home may be poisonous to animals like dogs, and cats.

Pets like dogs and cats are known to eat almost anything and with more than 700 plants identified as producing toxic substances that can harm common pets it is likely that they could come into contact with one of those plants. Flowers that you may find in a garden like lilies, daffodils, and tulips all are potentially lethal to your pets if ingested in copious amounts.


Image courtesy of Adam Bunting’s private rectory garden.

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Vermont Passes Gas

Mr. Dillon Hamrell

Gas, when leaked from a methane pipeline, can cover a city before it’s noticed. It can coat a house without the owner realising it has company. It visits everywhere without being let in. As long as the gas is there it can harm the people in the house. It can affect daily life. When the gas is spotted a whole town can clear that day. It can move thousands of people in hours.


Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline is proposed to be beyond the electric line. Trails and a sledding hill for Geprags Park are on the right. Photo courtesy of Burlington Free Press

In California 65,000 lbs of methane gas an hour is leaking from a pipe. This caused a several thousand person evacuation of thousands of homes. There is also a no fly zone above this because of the possibility that the methane could ignite. The leak could affect even more people because the gas is still leaking today. The gas being leaked has been going for months. It is a massive leak; one of the biggest in history.

California has a methane pipeline that carries natural gases around the state. These pipelines carry methane that can make a massive impact on the environment.The gas is invisible to the naked eye.

At the leak’s peak, it was spewing at about 72 million standard cubic feet of methane a day, which emitted the same amount of global warming pollution as driving 9 million cars a day, according to Tim O’Connor, who runs EDF’s oil and gas program in California.

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New Strain of Lyme Disease Worries CDC, and CVC

Ms. Harley Malaney

As if Lyme disease wasn’t bad enough before, The Center of Disease Control and Prevention has recently identified a new causative which may have worse side effects than its original form. The new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) was found in part by the Mayo Clinic, along with  health officials in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Before this discovery, the bacteria  Borrelia burgdorferi was thought to be the sole cause of Lyme disease.

Research surrounding Lyme disease started shortly after several uncommon cases occurred in the United States. Lab tests were run on six patients after complained about unusual symptoms. According to the lab results, concluded on February 8, 2016, the bacterium discovered is closely related to the former form (Borrelia burgdorferi).

Image courtesy of Care + Ware

Image courtesy of Care + Ware

Although research regarding Borrelia mayonii is limited at this time, scientists believe this new bacteria causes a worse strain of Lyme disease that includes not only the old symptoms, including fever, headache, rash and neck pain, but can also cause nausea and vomiting, as well as a diffuse rash, which is more severe than the typical bull’s eye rash.

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