Swipe Right: The Rise of Online Dating

Mr. Kyle Gorman

“Hi!! I’m a 21 year old looking for a good time ;) I love long walks on the beach and my pets. I am a career gal, so don’t go messin with my business. I love corny pickup lines, so HMU! Swipe right for a passionate night!”

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This could be just one of the many profiles that is swiped through millions of times a day on any number of dating applications. Dating sites and apps like Tinder, eHarmony and Match.com have torn through dating pools all over the world, especially in the U.S., and have revolutionized social norms in doing so. These sites have made social connection much easier and have turned courtship into a flurry of hookups. Even in the last ten years, dating has changed infinitely, and it all can be attributed to these successful dating sites.

While online dating has not always been the go-to place to meet someone, in just the past 10 years the trend has taken leaps and bounds. According to eHarmony, the second-most popular dating site on the web, from 2013 to 2015 the percentage of 18-24 year olds that reportedly use online dating sites has jumped 17 percent, from a slim 10% nearly tripling to 27%. That is an incredible increase in just two years. 27 percent may not be a majority, but that encapsulates hundreds of thousands of people in the 18-24 age group. With all these people on dating sites, it is no wonder that meeting people one may be interested in online is much quicker than patrolling the bars in their hometown.

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Opinion: All men (and women) are (not) created equal(ly)

Mr. Bryan Claussen

The belief that all men are created equal is a concept that our country was founded under, for the text is engraved in the Declaration of Independence. As the document says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights…” Jefferson claims that is is “self-evident” that all men are created equal, but is that really true?

All men might be more or less equal in the eyes of the law, but in the real world, from the moment people are born, nobody is equal. From the genetics side of it, people are naturally born different. Some people are born sick or disabled. Some people are fast, others are slow. Some people are tall, others are short. The diversity in humankind cannot be overlooked, is what makes our species so strong and interesting. Every human is born physically and intellectually different than everybody else, which means that nobody is equal.

Image courtesy of ViewsoftheWorld.net

Image courtesy of ViewsoftheWorld.net

On the other hand, we are not equal because of the situation we are born into. The social class, physical location, and race that someone is born with can greatly affect opportunities that that person receives. The Economic Policy Institute analyzed statistics on young children’s reading and math abilities coming into Kindergarten, and found that “Children in the highest socioeconomic group have reading and math scores that are significantly higher—by a full standard deviation—than scores of their peers in the lowest socioeconomic group.” This means that children in lower social classes have a disadvantage in school from the very first day.

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Trout in trouble, pending precipitation

Mr. Maxwell Akey

Courtesy of Lake Champlain International

HINESBURG, Vermont — Ski resorts around Vermont are beginning to prepare for a snowy winter while students at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) tune and wax their skis. Last year marked one of the lowest annual snowfall seasons Vermont has had, taking a toll on some of the major ski areas around Vermont, especially Mad River Glen. Unfortunately for Vermont’s population of trout, the lack of precipitation affected much more than just ski resorts.

Vermont’s many rivers and streams have been known to support thousands of healthy trout with the necessary habitat and food. This is slowly changing as Vermont’s weather patterns are beginning to devastate trout populations throughout the state. According to statistics released by weather.gov, last winter saw one of the lowest recorded annual snowfalls of only 29 inches. In 2010-2011, the annual snowfall was 128.4 inches.

Vermont’s rivers are home to three species of trout: brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Trout are some of the most fragile and sensitive species of fish and require cold, well oxygenated water- and a lot of it. Trout are most healthy in water temperatures between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter, trout move to slow and deep waters where they hold (stay in one spot and are not active) until water temperatures increase in the spring.

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The footbag feud: fun or fitness?

Mr. George Lomas

Racing back from the Stone Age, Footbagging has made a drastic come-back among youth, and even adults. Footbagging is a sport and fun backyard activity that anybody can play. It requires no more than a simple round bag filled with sand or dirt and your feet. Many people who are completely uneducated and inexperienced in this activity are very easy to spot because of their use of the words, “Hacky Sack”. In this case, “Hacky Sack” is a direct meaning for, “I don’t know anything and am very stupid.” By using the word Footbag instead, you immediately give off the vibe of superior intelligence and skills. The rules to Footbagging are simple; you can use any part of your body other than your hands and arms to keep the bag in the air. Usually, people use their feet by kicking the bag straight up into the air at roughly eye level, over and over again and passing it to other players. It may not sound like much, but the second you make a successful kick, you’ll be hooked for life.

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Many people believe footbagging to be a high-intensity requiring a lot of flexibility and strength, but not according to footbagging amateur Kaelan Murdock: “I find footbagging to be quite peaceful and calming. In fact, I can never footbag without doing some sort of meditation or mindful breathing techniques at the same time. It helps me focus on my foot-eye coordination and balance. I’m surprised that no one has come out declaring footbagging as a form of meditation.” According to Soren Kurth, a footbag specialist who shares a similar opinion to Murdock, “Whenever I footbag, I play music in the background, usually sounds of nature and chimes. It keeps you in the correct mindset which is having a calm and sturdy soul and empty mind. This makes it a lot easier to make your kicks and stalls much more natural and effortless. It’s almost a form of yoga in that you’re keeping an empty mind, but being be aware of your body and surroundings along with keeping a steady breathing pattern.” Very interesting perspective from Kurth and Murdock.

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Ravell on cereal: Lucky charms, neither charming nor lucky

Mr. Ravell, Food Criti  at Large

Lucky Charms are a classic cereal that are among the most popular. But should they be? To me, Lucky Charms are only half good, at best. Half of the cereal is tasteless and leaves a weird residue in your mouth, the other half is marshmallow that is more styrofoam than anything else. Every bowl of this cereal has left me feeling unsatisfied and sad. Lucky Charms are bad tasting, not very healthy, and, not even very lucky.

In my research, I have found that I am not alone in this feeling. CVU senior, and breakfast cereal enthusiast, Walker Storey, says that the marshmallows are “way too sweet” and that the other pieces are “too hard to wrangle.” Storey also describes them as “the grossest things of all time”. CVU senior Colin Monsey also agrees that the marshmallows are too sweet. On the other hand, CVU senior Natalie Gagnon says she would like the cereal if it was only the marshmallows, and it would be called “Lucky Marshmallows”. While people have different reasons, they agree that Lucky Charms are an overrated cereal.

Image via Deviantart, by RegularBrony54

Image via Deviantart, by RegularBrony54

 

People who disagree with me may say that the cereal has to balance healthy and unhealthy to be both good, and good for you. While the gross brown things may taste healthy, they aren’t as good for you as you’d think. Every cup of this cereal has 2.6 grams of fiber, which is only 0.1 grams more than Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a much better cereal.

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Killington makes good on world class promise (Or Michaela Shiffrin is Goddess)

Mr. Alex Merrill, Special Snow Correspondant

They came, they skied, they shredded. The best female skiers in the world took to the slopes of Killington on November 26 and 27, for the Audi FIS World Cup. This was the first ever World Cup stop at Killington, the first for New England in 25 years, and the first for Vermont in 50 years. None of the athletes competing were alive for the last VT world cup. By all accounts, the event went flawlessly.

The world cup is the highest level ski racing circuit in the world. Each winter it consists of about 45 races held all over the world, though most races are in Europe and North America. Athletes compete for points and the athlete with the most points at the end of the season wins the 9kg crystal globe. This winter 16 of those races are being held in North America, the second highest ever.

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Michaela Shiffrin kicking serious booty at Killington.  Image courtesy of Snowbrains.com

Aspen, Colorado traditionally hosts a few women’s WC races Thanksgiving weekend. This year Aspen was selected to host the WC finals, a big deal for a ski resort, so it was not eligible to hold the early season races. FIS (WC governing body, Federation Internationale du Ski) wanted these races to stay in North America and Killington leapt at the opportunity. Killington officials started trying to host WC races in 2010! WC races have not been held in the East because of concerns of inadequate snow. Race officials felt that advances in snowmaking technology ensured that the races would not be canceled.

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He’s a little bit country: Gorman defends the genre

Mr. Kyle Gorman

Music can define a generation, set a mood, and make anyone feel a wide variety of emotions. There are infinite genres under the musical umbrella. With that said, there is no style more versatile than the storied genre of country music.  

The 40s had swing jazz, the 80s had rock and roll, and the 90s had grunge. All of those types of music were fun, but fleeting. There is no longer popular jazz, or rock and roll on the radio, they have become lost arts of music. Americans have ever-changing musical taste, with that said, Country music has always managed to maintain real estate in the hearts of the people.

Image courtesy of "This Day in Country Music"

Image courtesy of “This Day in Country Music”

 

Country music has been around for decades, the twang of the guitar and the intricate lyrics have been a staple in the music industry for quite some time. Although the first official country song was released in 1922, Sallie Gooden performed by fiddler A.C. (Eck) Robertson in 1922 for Victor Records. Since that release date country has remained a favorite of the people. The earliest form of a top charts was released in 1950. From 1950 to the present, there has been at least 6 country tunes within the top 100 songs for that year. No other genre can say that. Country music will never get old, the priceless harmonies and clever lyrics have kept the country engaged for almost a century now, with no signs of slowing down. Even through the decades bombarded with rock and roll, rap, pop, or disco, country music has sustained a powerful position as the most consistent genre.

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Opinion: Everyone needs to calm down and accept Trump as POTUS

Mr. Willem Hillier

It’s official. No matter how you feel about it, Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States, and there’s nothing we can do about it. This could prove to be the most significant election in U.S. history in a very long time. He has promised to do things that no other candidate has ever even mentioned, many of which are questionable in their legality, morality, and are more often than not, straight-up ignorant. He has insulted every minority out there, repeatedly called global warming a hoax, convinced a large percentage of the general public that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US, and has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women.

President Trump, Courtesy of Wikimedia

And yet, with all of these potential negatives and the general scandal surrounding him, he is going to become the 45th president. This election has driven a deep divide in the country between the liberal-leaning and the conservative-leaning. Right now, our number one priority should be healing that divide, and Donald Trump needs to work on this himself — choosing Steve Bannon, the CEO of Breitbart News, as the chief advisor was a terrible move for unity due to his affiliations with the alt-right movement. Breitbart news has published pieces with headlines such as “Would You Rather Your Child had Feminism or Cancer” and “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women, They Just Suck At Interviews”. Either of these headlines should disqualify him from being chief advisor immediately.

While Donald Trump may not be making the best choices himself, this doesn’t mean we should do the same. The country needs to come together despite our differences, and yelling “F**k Trump!” repeatedly isn’t going to accomplish this task. Instead, let’s all move forward together.

Jay Peak’s financial slide won’t affect snowsliders

Mr.  Bryan Claussen

The snow is falling, and as far as most people are concerned, winter has finally started.  The more ambitious skiers and snowboarders have already hit the slopes, and many of us are looking to get out there soon.  Jay Peak, located in Vermont’s Green Mountains, is a resort about an hour and a half away from our district.  Jay Peak is an East Coast powder trove, getting an average 360” of snow per year, and it arguably holds some of New England’s best skiing and riding; however, . However, in the spring of 2016, Jay Peak had a massive financial scandal. Two developers at Jay Peak had raised $350 million from 700 foreign investors for new projects at Jay Peak. The investors paid at least $500,000, and in exchange, they were supposed to get Green Cards and eventually obtain permanent residency in the United States. This EB-5 visa program was designed to put money into rural areas and areas with high unemployment rates.  However, the developers misused more than $200 million of the funds. The money was transferred among investors, and used in cities such as New York, Dallas, and Chicago to build large hotels, which did not meet the objectives of the visa program.

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According to the Boston Globe, in June, Vermont financial regulators reached a $5.95 million settlement with the developers’ financial firm. The resort will also likely be sold in 2017 to recoup money for investors and contractors. This was all big news back earlier in the year, but with winter upon us what does it mean for the skiing?

The short answer is not much. Jay Peak has seen slightly reduced season pass sales, but luckily much else remains the same. When you’re on the slopes, this financial scandal should have very little impact on you, so just rejoice in the fact that we have snow this year!

 

CVU’s Family Formal gets down to Business

Photos and text by Kaelen Murdock


Redhawkey on the road: Cvu vs Loyola

Mr. Max Schmid

The CVU Redhawks Hockey team went to Montreal to play Loyola High School. They lost 3 : 5 in a hard fought game. It’s their first loss on the season which pushes them into the number 2 seed in the state.


Cafe for a Cause: a tangy and twangy success

Mr. Kaelan Murdock


CVU’s Cafe for a Cause is an annual event that takes place for the duration of one school day. All proceeds from food sold goes to charity. This year’s Cafe for a Cause raised $8,400, breaking the previous record of $7,900.

From Leo’s Food Services web page: “Thank you to the following companies & the CVU School Store that helped Make Cafe for a Cause a huge success:  The cafe raised more than $8,400 this year to be donated to the two great charities chosen this year.  After the Track, a race horse rescue in Hinesburg & Vermont Haiti Relief Project.”

CVU Hoops: Redhawks vs Lakers

 Herr Max Schmid

The CVU Boys Varsity Basketball team won thier fifth straight game playing against Colchester on Thursday, January 12. They now have a record of 8 – 1 and have the number 2 seed in the state. The final score was 60 : 41.


Sweatpants slide comfortably into the fashion spotlight

Mr. Kyle Gorman, Fashion Critic At Large

Fashion is one of the most exclusive industries in the world, and there are definite sacrifices that must be made by the fashion forward. Only the most elite fashion icons know of the illusive style triangle. The greats say that you can only pick 2 of the three; comfort, style and practicality. Only one solution to this three sided problem lies in stretchy elastic and cotton. Sweatpants are the ultimate style option.

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David Huber launches his modeling career with “Grey Steel”

In the past, humans have dressed themselves in numerous fabrics to show rank, or for protection etc. Nowadays, fashion has become an extension of your inner being, and anyone who is a master of the fashion world wears sweatpants. These incredible pants are the most comfy, stylish and practical option on the market. The fashion triangle has seemingly met its match. Regardless of what companies’ sweatpants you wear, the non-constrictive fit makes them comfy in even the most uncomfortable situations. Not only are these two legged invention from the heavens comfy but they are also a perfect bottom option for any occasion. Whether you want to go for a jog, or see a movie, or go out to eat, look no further as sweatpants present the most versatile pant option the world has ever seen. The appeal doesn’t stop there; along with the comfort and practicality, sweatpants have busted onto the scene as the most fashion forward pant. Numerous stars, like the all famous Justin Bieber, and Kim kardashian have repped the new trend on multiple occasions. As sweatpants continue their rise through the fashion industry their popularity soars and everyday the fashion triangle sheds a tear as sweatpants defy the rules of the world.

 

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BTV Waterfront: A swiss man, a sunset stroll, and a camera

Mr. Max Schmid

Despite the freezing temperatures on a nice day in January many people were enjoying the rare glimpse of the winter sun. From a Photographers standpoint it seemed to be the perfect setting. Beautiful landscapes, nice warm lighting and happy faces all over the place.

Max Schmid, a photography student at CVU, took advantage of this opportunity and went out to the waterfront to take pictures of strangers for his photography assignment. The photos were taken at golden hour which is around an hour before the sun sets. For many visual artists this is an ideal time to capture natural light on textures, landscapes or people.


The Otleyhawks’ opening game: CVU vs Brattleboro

 Mr. Declan Trus


Thursday, December 22, 2016 , opening game…64-36

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No, your body cannot function simply on Adrenalin, so change up your habits

Ms. Koko Vercessi

Image Courtesy of Pinterest

Image Courtesy of Pinterest

Adrenal fatigue just means you’re tired, right? Today, adrenal fatigue represents a bigger picture that encompasses more than “just being tired” and a solution that can’t always be found through just catching up on some lost sleep.

AdrenalFatigue.org states that adrenal fatigue is “a collection of signs and symptoms, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level.” So what are the adrenal glands, and what do they do exactly?

The adrenal glands are two glands located on top of your kidneys that produce both nonessential, and essential hormones in your body. The outer part of the adrenal gland is known as the Adrenal Cortex, and this is the area of adrenal glands that helps to produce hormones essential to the regulation and control of metabolism, stress, and blood pressure. The inner area within the adrenal gland is known as the Adrenal Medulla. This area oversees the production of hormones such as adrenaline in situations where a fight or flight response is triggered.

Adrenal fatigue is a result of long-term emotional or physical stress or chronic infections. Adrenal fatigue is not a condition that is obvious or easily identified because you may not exhibit any signs of physical illness, yet you are unable to relieve your fatigue by sleep. In general, it may be hard to spot someone suffering from true adrenal fatigue because their symptoms may simply come across as that of someone who is just worn out or tired.

The doctor who first coined the term “adrenal fatigue” warns that if someone were to continue to let this constant weariness and exhaustion go on, in serious cases they will experience difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours every day. Dr. James L. Wilson says that as your adrenal functioning reduces consistently, the various systems in your body become more heavily affected. This is because your body is attempting to find ways of compensating for the decrease in adrenal hormones; your body will alter your metabolism, the balance and levels of fluid in your body, and your cardiovascular system and heart rate.

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Sofa in Learning Center: both Comfortable and Constructive

Ms. Emma Lieberman

Authors Note: The entirety of this piece was written while sitting on the big comfy couch in the learning center, while a CVU Junior (who wishes to remain anonymous) was power napping in the corner.

Come on in and take a load off. Recently, the faculty lounge sofa was placed in the CVU Learning Center. It is rumored to return to its home after school on Friday, Dec. 9, but I believe it should be a permanent addition to the school’s common areas. Rahn Flemming, Learning Center Tutor, says that it “promotes tenacity and academic endeavors because when you want to get up and leave, you can’t”.

After speaking with several CVU students, it is understood that the couch in the Learning Center is not only comfortable, but it is alse aesthetically pleasing. Caleb Jensen, strong safety on the JV football team says, “It’s a pretty couch.” In addition, it has social value, as you can fit anywhere from one to six students on it, and the couch is non-discriminatory. The couch can accommodate students of all shapes and sizes. Roarke Flad even states, “I got more work done in one block on that sofa than in any other chair in the school.”

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Sticking to The Vaccine Debate

Ms. Emma Lieberman

Image Courtesy of Everydayhealth.com

Image Courtesy of Everydayhealth.com

How many doorknobs do you touch in a day? How many other people have touched those doorknobs in a day? Paul Offit, MD, says that children are exposed to more bacteria, toxins, and viruses in one day than those that are found in vaccines. The spread of viruses is very real, especially in a public high school with 1,300 students. There is a simple way to prevent the widespread of viruses and diseases, though very controversial.

The world’s first vaccine was administered in 1796 in Berkeley, England. Now, vaccines are administered daily to people around the world. There are five shots in particular that are required during childhood for a student to attend Champlain Valley Union High School; these are Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Barasila. There used to be three ways in which a student could be exempt: philosophical beliefs, religious beliefs, or medical exemption. Philosophical beliefs have been recently taken out of the running, and religious beliefs are soon to follow.

A recent poll taken from 118 random CVU students showed that 5.1% have never received a vaccine in their life, and out of even those who have gotten shots, 10.6% are against. “Your body was made to be able to fight off diseases. You don’t actually need vaccines. It’s just putting crap into your body,” says CVU sophomore Isabella Durocha.

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Another intelligent insight as to why teenagers can’t get anything done…

 By Ms. Koko Vercessi

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Image Courtesy of Addassets.com

So why is it that you just can’t seem to manage your time, or you can’t organize your thoughts? All of these issues, from time management to making good choices, can be attributed to the inner workings of your executive function. According to WebMD.com, in its simplest form, your executive function is a collection of “mental skills” that helps you to get things done. These mental skills, including time management, attention, ability to focus, and memory, all are linked to an area of the brain known as the frontal lobe.

During your high school years, the frontal lobe is not fully evolved yet. In fact, this area of your brain continues to evolve until you reach the age of 25. Executive functioning during the adolescent years is particularly hard. This is because not only is your body going through a physical and emotional roller coaster ride, your mind is working to keep up with it all while it is still in the process of evolving towards adulthood. Dr. Lynn Margolies stated in an article that “Executive functioning is slow to fully develop. It emerges in late infancy, goes through marked changes during the ages of 2 through 6, and does not peak until around age 25. Adolescents’ limited executive functions are out of sync with their emerging freedom, sense of autonomy, and intense emotions, failing to equip them with the reins needed to for appropriate restraint and good judgment during this time of temptation.”

The development of executive functioning occurs in an area of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex, an area highly sensitive to stress. With this in mind, it’s not surprising to find out that there is a relationship between low levels of executive functioning during the teenage years and the stress many high school students face on a daily basis. Dr. Adele Diamond spoke on the subject saying, “Unlike anywhere else in the brain, even mild stress can flood the prefrontal cortex with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes executive functioning to shut down.”

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Better add a sweater to that polo-tee ensemble, golf and soccer seasons to converge

Mr. Max Akey

Photo Courtesy of Wearebartlett.com

Photo Courtesy of Wearebartlett.com

HINESBURG, Vermont– As winter quickly approaches the four towns that make up Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU). The many golf courses in the Chittenden County area close for the season and cover up the greens. CVU golf teams home golf course, Rocky Ridge, anticipates what will be the last spring golfing season for Vermont high school golfers.

This April will mark the last high school golf season to be played during the spring. At the start of this school year, the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) made the decision to move the golf season to the fall for the 2017-2018 year. This big change for CVU’s athletics is already beginning to affect not only the student athletes at CVU, but the coaching staff as well. Seth Emerson, the golf team’s head coach at CVU said earlier, “This change will affect us in a lot of ways. We’re going to lose a lot of quality golfers to soccer in the fall next year.” Golf, just like every other sports program at CVU, is taken very seriously and requires a high level of commitment. I have interviewed some of CVU’s student athletes and coaches regarding the decisions they will have to make next year.

The golf season has always been a spring sport for Vermont High School athletics. Many golfers start their season as soon as the snow melts and the ground dries up in the Spring. For high school golfers, the school season is the start to their year of golf. Golf has continued to be played throughout the summer and into the fall, or until the ground becomes too wet and muddy. The VPA is switching golf to a fall sport in an attempt to give the golfers more time for preseason practice. Often times, the ground is far to wet and the weather does not give golfers the practice they need to be prepared for such a short season in the spring. Their (VPA) hope is that the switch from Spring to Fall will allow high school teams to practice for the full fourth months of the season. “Day one in August is beautiful, where as in the spring you can’t golf in March in Vermont. There are a lot of positives to the switch,” says Seth.

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A Brief Enlightenment about Kwanzaa

Ms. Halina Vercessi, Editor-in-Chief

This year, the African-American and Pan-African, secular holiday of Kwanzaa started on December 26th, 2016 and ended on January 1st, 2017. Many people throw the word Kwanzaa around and treat it as some other random holiday, but they often have no knowledge of what the celebration is or means. Kwanzaa should be truly understood for the values it celebrates and the unity it encourages.

Kwanzaa was created by California State University Professor, Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and is a relatively new holiday. During the time, Dr. Karenga was in search of a way to bring the African-American community together and rigorously researched traditional African history and celebrations. The name Kwanzaa that so many are familiar with, yet more or less ignorant about its meaning, was derived from a Swahili phrase translated as “first fruits” and is celebrated over the course of seven days, each day emphasized by a different principle. According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, as originally written by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the seven principles are as follows (though they can be interpreted in different ways in modern-day):

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An outdated election update

By Ella Beauchaine

Image Courtesy of Kravisleadershipinstitute.org

Image Courtesy of Kravisleadershipinstitute.org

Election day is here, all 595 days in the race have gone by, and now it’s down to millions of votes to choose the president for this nation. The first polls open at 6 a.m. and voting in Alaska is open till 1 a.m.  “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. is covering the 2016 election, this is an update from 6 a.m. this morning. “The 2016 race that began 595 days ago and involved 22 major candidates is expected to end Tuesday as millions of voters head to the polls across the U.S. to cast their ballots for president, vice president, their representatives in Congress and other elected officials.”

On Monday, Clinton had a four percentage point lead according to a CBS News poll, but we’ll see what the electoral college thinks. Both candidates seem confident in their chances of winning the electoral college thus far.

The outcome of this election will decide America’s fate for the next four years.With very different people voting for each candidate, people have become very invested in this election. There will definitely be  an enormous disappointment for s large majority of Americans, no matter which candidate wins the majority of the electoral votes.  

Trevithick Renews Natural Resources class

Ms. Olivia Cottrell

CVU Redhawk Cafe — on January fifth, Dave Trevithick’s two classes of Natural Resources had a public night. Students who have been working all semester on project got a chance to present their ideas and work to the public. This work was all based around CVU, how it could be made more self sufficient, how the overall health of the watershed that CVU is in is being impacted, and many more. More impressively, the work was student driven.

This year Natural Resources got a revamp. Trevithick took the class over and redesigned the curriculum to be based around student driven (and designed) projects work that students would be able to complete. According to Trevithick the idea is to get more students involved and caring about the environment, how it impacts the school and more importantly how we impact it.

The night went smoothly overall. Students were able to get ideas out to the community and receive feedback. Some community members were very interested in the work that had been done and spend a fair amount of time talking to individuals about their findings and research.

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CVU’s new flying disc golf course takes off

 Mr. Declan Trus

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Photo courtesy of Snowbasin

As of this year, CVU has had a disc golf course available to students and staff members. The idea for this project came from Carol Fox and was approved by Kevin Riell, CVU’s former athletic director, with the Vermont Employees Health Initiative (VEHI). Carol had been meeting with other wellness leaders from our district, and one of them who was really passionate about disc golf had suggested many times to build the course. Carol and Kevin later met with Christopher Young, the president of Green Mountain Disc Golf, and Jeff Spring, who built the disc golf course behind Stowe, to start planning how to build the course.

According to Carol Fox, (who was in charge of the project) the course was made possible by a grant received from VEHI at the end of 2014. With this grant, the school decided to build this disc golf course. Young and Spring were the designers and builders of the course. Although they received some compensation, they logged 93 hours of volunteer work to complete the course. The total amount of money that was spent on this project was about $18,000 on labor, forestry equipment, materials and equipment for the course itself. Most of the labor was volunteer and included clearing the woods to make room for the course paths.

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Opinion: Is glorifying violence justifiable in film? That depends…

Mr. Daniel Sedic

Image Courtesy of CNN

Image Courtesy of CNN

For as long as film and cinema have been popular, there has been controversy surrounding what should and shouldn’t be shown on camera. As society has changed, so have the standards of the medium. For example, in 1932, a film by the name of Freaks aired; a movie about a circus sideshow that was run by people with myriads of deformities. Viewers at the time were so shocked by the abnormalities that they left theaters. One woman even claimed to have had a miscarriage as a result of such intense shock.

That screening was more than 80 years ago now, so it begs the question how would those same viewers react to such films as Friday the 13th, or Scream? Cinema has evolved to such a degree that we’ve developed our own sub-genre of horror movies dedicated solely to plots in which an antagonist racks up an impossible body count. Not only this, but cinema has the ever popular Action movie genre – macho tough guys spend their 90 minutes shooting big guns and killing lots of bad guys. So how is it that we’ve come so far in terms of our tolerance for touchy subjects in cinema? And is our insensitivity a bad thing?

There’s a popular debate that movies with controversial subjects are more likely to succeed since they appeal to the more perverse side of human nature. For example, Django Unchained : A movie about a black slave in the 1800’s turned bounty hunter, with a mission to free his slave wife. Over 250 slurs are used, and quite a few of them are racial slurs. People bleed out, limbs get blown off, and some poor old man in a bathtub actually gets his phallus shot right off by Jamie Foxx. That scene always has everyone grimacing, yet everyone finds it so entertaining. Quentin Tarantino, the director of the film was asked in an interview about his excessive use of violence in his films, and why he used violence so prominently as a plot device, to which he replied “Because violence is so much fun!”.

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time to do homework? time to turn up the tunes

Ms. Olivia Cottrell

Music while studying, doing homework, or doing classwork is a highly debated topic. Does it help you focus more, or does it distract you more? Some think that if you are on your phone, you are more apt to start playing games or browsing Instagram. To others, music makes everything about working, either on homework or on other things, far better. Experts have studied the effects of music in many aspects of daily life such as: how it affects stress levels, how music generally affects the human body, and can help you while working out. Overall, if a student feels that music is helping them, it may be beneficial to them, not the hazard most people think it is.

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Unfortunately, music while studying continues to be a topic of conflict both in and out of the classroom. According to a piece published by Uloop in January, 2015, many studies have been able to come to the same conclusion; listening to music before studying may be able to help in a variety of ways. It can improve attention span, memory, and even the ability to do mental math. Music is also known to help lessen depression and anxiety, both of which have been shown to be at very high levels in high school age students.

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The chasm between Liberals and Conservatives widens

Ms. Ella Beauchaine

Image Courtesy of New Mexico In Depth

Image Courtesy of New Mexico In Depth

The lack of commonality in the political field has caused an increased divide between not only the two political parties in America,but between the American people altogether.  Knowing what is fact and what is real, has become almost irrelevant to many media news outlets, which has, in turn, caused the partisan polarization in the news to devise itself as the norm.   The way that American citizens are obtaining their news, differentiates in such a dramatically different way that it has caused an information gap and selective perception.

Not only is there an information gap between young and old citizens, there is an information gap between liberals and conservatives.  The gap between the information obtained in the American two-Party system causes all of the citizens to be more different politically than ever before.

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January Horoscopes with Tahini Turner

“Don’t worry, what you are about to read is only your destiny…there’s really no point in worrying  about it because you can’t change it.”

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Image Courtesy of Googleplay.com

Aquarius- It is a bright, fresh, shining new year. The door to opportunity is wide open and only a negative and unenlightened consciousness will fail to see the fruitful possibilities that 2017 holds. You, yes, you, look deep within yourself and find that little rosebud just ready to blossom with new-found chi energy…keep your spirit, this little, tiny, rosebud nourished and glistening with love. Don’t let any dark, whirling negative energy stunt its potential for blooming growth.

Pisces-  Please, stop it with the annoying New Year attitude. Your friends were done with the “page 1 of 365”, “new year, new me”, “everyday of this fresh year is a chance to recreate yourself” quotes before they blew up on Instagram for the first few hours of the new year. Everyone knows that you’re going to forget about your gym membership and that your David “Avocado” Wolfe Californian juice fast will last about 2 hours.

Aries- Ay Aries, get off your phone and get outside. Maybe if you connected with nature and left your social media behind for a bit, you’d realize that there are many more sunny, beautiful, colorful things in the world to look at other than the colors on Kylie’s new Royal Peach Palette. What’s that you say? It’s winter in Vermont and all you have to look at is brown grass and the occasional gray dusting of snow? Well, that sucks for you. Yeah forget all that looking-at-the-flowers mumbo jumbo. Consider a trip to the west coast.

Taurus- I can sense it, Taurus; your feelings are so tightly bottled away inside your heart that your aura is starting to emit a pained shade of chartreuse. First of all, you better change your ways because the chartreuse is beginning to give me a headache. Secondly, your naturally stubborn nature as the bull of our astrological family makes you want to deny that you are denying your feelings. Don’t think I don’t see you shaking your head, trying to deny the truth of my statement. Oh yes, lots of denial. And “De Nile is not just a river in Egypt”. Oh no no no.

Gemini- The river of your chi throughout your body runs deep and I fear that repressing your anger is causing a stagnation of your chi energy. Take some time to reflect and come to terms with your feelings. Even if they are feelings you wish you did not feel, do not analyze them, simply feel them, and, if they be negative, sit with them, then release them in three clear, deep breaths.

Cancer-Stop taking everything so seriously. Make sure your thoughts are thoughts that are positive and of things you want to manifest in your new year. Whatever you think and choose to spend time focusing on will become part of your life, so make it something positive.

Leo-Don’t pay any attention to the people who want to keep you stuck in the “old you”. Feel confident moving forward into a new year and recreating yourself. Make more lists and plans that you know you will stick to. Stay away from grand proclamation that may prove too ambitious in the future. Am I telling you to lower your expectations of yourself…maybe, but just go with it.   

Virgo-Have fun discovering a new passion this year and don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the box. Defy the status quo and do what you have been wanting to do. This is the year to make it happen. Also, don’t question risks you want to take in your style. If you want to wear wide-leg trousers, you go for it!

Libra-Take time to think hard about new life changes. Just because it’s the new year doesn’t necessarily mean you should go for that aqua blue hair you’ve been wanting all year. Try making some subtle changes and see how you like it first before diving in. You could start by cleaning your room to cleanse the old energy. Once your living space is in order, you can start identifying changes you want to make with yourself, if you want a clean slate, or simply wish to try something new and daring.

Scorpio- With your nonchalant attitude, you can be easily distracted by your friends. Keep your head in the game and get down to work. Midterms may feel like a week in the dark, fiery, humid underworld of Hades, but it’s only one week, so work hard and make it count. Keep moving trooper!

Sagittarius-Use this start to the new year as fuel to do something that you’re scared of. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. I’m not saying you have to go skydiving or anything but maybe start a conversation with a stranger or take that Zumba class you’ve always wanted to do.

Capricorn-Keep an open, steady mind and listen to advice from your friends. Don’t be too easily angered when things don’t go exactly as you had initially planned. Everything will turn out as it should if you don’t fight the universal flow and simply BE.

Snow guns active on the VT slopes as winter fails us

Mr. Doug Schmidt

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

 Snow guns were blowing all across the state of Vermont as resorts made the final push for opening day. Temperatures dropped, allowing resorts to start the snowmaking process to open their lifts to the public. Resorts at higher elevations had the chance to start the process early, opening lifts before Thanksgiving. Although they may have opened, it didn’t necessarily mean conditions were going to be stellar.

Sugarbush was one of the few resorts to open prior to Thanksgiving, but skiing was very limited. The resort only blew snow towards the peak of the mountain, allowing for higher quality man made snow because of lower temperatures. The resort only had two spinning lifts, one of which was only serving as access to the second lift to reach the snow until the resort could open top to bottom. Until then, skiers would get their turns and then take a lift down back to the base. It’s a complicated process, but for many skiers, anything was better than nothing.

CVU students took advantage of the first turns of the season, and say it wasn’t the most favorable conditions, but they would rather kick off the season early than wait another month. Lucien Theriault, CVU 2018, was one of the first on the lift on opening day. “The terrain was rough, but it was just good to get back out there” Theriault said, “It was a choppy start to the year, but a promising start to the season.”

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