Halloween: Its Celtic Roots Run Deep

By Ms. Koko Vercessi-Clarke, Editor-in-Chief

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, 

Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”

–Dexter Kozen

It’s that time of year again; the air is crisp, the Vermont foliage is at its peak, and the whispers of Halloween are circling through the air and conjure magical memories of this special night.

When we think of Halloween, we think of candy, costumes, and maybe a few scary flicks for the brave of heart. The actual Halloween tradition dates back 2,000 years ago when the Celts (who inhabited what is now Ireland), began a celebration to honor the harvest and the start of the cold winter months. According to Dr. John Santino, an academic Folklorist, this festival was called Samhain. The Celtic calendar designated November 1st as the start of their year and the beginning of winter. The start to winter months entailed the harvesting and storage of crops, and this preparation was celebrated through the lighting of bonfires, and the sacrifice of various animals and the offering up of harvested fruits and vegetables.


“Samhain Bonfire” by Digimaree Doddy

During the festival of Samhain, it was believed that the boundary between the living and the dead could be crossed, and that ghosts would come to mingle with the living here on earth. On this night, October 31st, large bonfires would be lit not only to burn crops but to make animal sacrifices, as well as to guide the dead on their journey. The traditions of these ancient Halloween/Samhain rituals soon began to change as Christianity spread throughout Europe.

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“Urinetown… what the heck is that about?”

Ms. Halina Vercessi-Clarke, Editor-in-Chief

Run-down on the CVU Fall Musical 2016: Urinetown

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“Urinetown” the musical opened on Broadway in 2001 as a satirical comedy that commented on capitalism, populism, environmental scarcity, corporate mismanagement, and even musical theatre itself. And, yes, the bizarre title is purposeful. “Is this really the title?” was even a comical addition to the Original Broadway Cast album design as shown below:

“Urinetown” Broadway Musical Home www.broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/urinetown.htm. 

So, welcome to Urinetown…not the place, but the musical! We may not know what “Urinetown the place” is (you’ll have to come see the show to find that out), but we do know that this comedic combination of musical spoofs will have you laughing like there’s no tomorrow and will not let you leave the theatre unamused! Set in a town suffering heavily from a drought, this lively musical will have you rethinking the extra 20 minutes you spent in the shower singing through Whitney Houston’s hits. So, come see this comedic musical with a purposefully unpleasant title, love-at-first-sight gone wrong, dancing cops, tragedy, and of course, many over-exaggerated reactions.  


Show dates:

Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th at 7:30pm

Sunday the 30th at 2:00pm



$7.00 for children, CVU students, and CVU faculty

$9.00 general admission

(you can buy your tickets at the CVU Store, or order them online here)

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Images of cast are courtesy of the CVU Theatre Program Facebook page

CVU Cheer Squad Lifts Spirits, Raises Bar for Inclusion

CVC Editors

Nicole Noonan was welcomed by the the CVU Cheer Squad on Saturday, October 15 as they rallied support for the home team.  All images courtesy of Karen Allen.

Sept. 11th Barn Fire at Shelburne Farms



New Café Cart at CVU – Quick Food Made Easier

By Ms. Emma Lieberman, Staff Writer/Videographer and Mr. Bryan Claussen, Anchorman/Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: According to Cafe Czar, Leo LaForce, “We have made sure that the cart does not block the enACT monitor … they worked so hard on.  I think the cart actually helps bring attention to the great information the monitor offers especially in conjunction with areas in which the enACT and the Cafe work so well together to bring beneficial changes.”  LaForce has already helped to bring composting, recycling, re-usable silverware and plates, and other moves toward sustainability in CVU’s cafeteria.