Opinion: College Athletes Should Not Get Paid

Mr. Josh Bliss

Last year, freshman superstar Ben Simmons was benched in a basketball game for failing to earn a 2.0 GPA in the fall semester. He later dropped out of school after the season ended, and has yet to play a game in the NBA.

You may think that paying someone for a skill they excel in would be a good idea. However, if this were to be set in place, the consequences would greatly outweigh the benefits.

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

 

This would be significantly unfair to non-athletes. According to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), only six percent of students at a Division I College participate in sports. When taking into account the small chance of even becoming a part of this six percent (only seven percent of high school baseball players will even play Division I, which is also true for three percent for men’s basketball, and seven percent for football), it is very unlikely that the average person will ever be a part of this selective group. This is why paying college athletes would be unfair to those that aren’t filled with elite athletic talent. The money would only go to a certain crowd of people, which would be unfair to those that are skilled at something else, but they wouldn’t be getting paid for it, such as musicians, artists, etc.

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Redhawk Baseball: It’s Redemption Season

Mr. Josh Bliss

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Photo by Tim O’Brien

Anyone who has been involved in Vermont baseball for a while knows that last year’s quarterfinal exit for the CVU team was uncharacteristic; a team that has had a history of winning in recent years was unfamiliar with the early round exit in last year’s playoffs.  However, the loss may not  have been all bad news.

This year’s team looks to use last year’s loss as a motivator for this coming season. Senior captain, Chris O’Brien, stated, “The ending to last season was definitely disappointing, but this year we’re using last season’s ending as motivation to finish this season where we want to be.  On top.”  The Redhawks will look to match, if not improve, their impressive record of 14-4 last year.

Additionally, despite losing some key seniors last year, this year’s season looks promising. The team has a diverse group of players, ranging from six seniors who lead the team to the five underclassmen whose impressive skill landed them  spots on the roster. The group will look to use their balance of experience and skill to their advantage.  “I think our seniors, including myself, are ready to be leaders.  We have a lot of talent as it stands, but our leadership and togetherness will help us even more,” said Senior outfielder, Nate Shanks.  “I’m really excited to see what we can do this season.”  

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The Power of Social Media: It’s Not all Bad

Mr. Chris O’Brien

When the older generations of the world think about sharing through social media, they often find themselves either confused, scared or both. They will see on the news how a person’s identity was taken from facebook and cyberbullying happened on twitter. What the older generation doesn’t often see, is good coming out of social media.

On March 15th, 2017, an entrepreneur and former Viner of the name Jerome Jarre put out a tweet with a video asking for help, saying, “There are 20 million people in East Africa who have no more food, no more livestock, and who are going through the worst famine.” This event had been brought up at the UN, and they even continued to call it the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII; however, the mainstream media was not going to be fixing the problem anytime soon.

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Once Jerome heard about this problem, he created the video and put it on twitter hoping to raise awareness for the issue; he tried to get in contact with other people to see if they could help out. Soon after, he had actor, Ben Stiller, and his crew of filmers on board to document and help the process.

The video on twitter was geared towards Turkish Airlines, asking for their support. A lot of the famine in Africa is located in Somalia, and the only airline to go to Somalia is Turkish Airlines. Therefore, with flights from Turkish Airlines and support from the internet, the famine could be significantly reduced.

A GoFundMe page was setup to provide a way for people to contribute. This page was a home for the whole project and would contain all relevant information. With just hours of page being up, huge donations started pouring in from people like Colin Kaepernick donating $25K twice and Wilson Chandler and Calvin Harris each donating $25K as well. With this generous support and more, it became trending on the GoFundMe website. Soon, companies started donating money as well. Most notably, Alex and Ani donated $50k and the GoFundMe business itself donated $50K as well.

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Chittenden Core Gets their Wands Ready for the Tri-Wizard Cup

Ms. Jam Giubardo 

Photo By Jam Giubardo

Photo By Jam Giubardo

 

Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT – In the spring of 2017,  the Chittenden freshmen core will compete in an annual tradition, the legendary Triwizard Cup. The Triwizard Cup is a series of strenuous, individual and paired events that challenge the students physical and mental ability to solve tasks. Trevor Mead, Personal Adventure and Health teacher of the Chittenden core, has been holding this annual competition for seven years.

When asked why he created this challenge, Trevor said “I did the Triwizard Cup because most P.A. (Personal Adventure) activities are group tasks, and I think students appreciate the opportunity to do tasks that are geared toward the individual. That being said, most of the Triwizards that are on the trophy say that they only got there with the help of their peers.”

The challenge is predicted to start shortly after CVU’s spring break in 2017 and is located in the backwoods of CVU on a rope course. The course is composed of three challenges: the Fidget Ladder (a rope and wooden dowel ladder), the Wild Wobbly Woozy (a task consisting of two wire cables and partners), and the Long Walk (a cable and rope balance task).

Upperclassmen students previously in the Chittenden core, were asked what the challenge was like for them. Sophomore, Eryn Erdman said, “The Triwizard Cup was super fun. I unfortunately didn’t complete the challenge, but the tasks were very exciting and brought the students in my class closer together, which was a good way to end the year.” Senior Wyatt Hoechner also added, “It’s extremely challenging but the activities were designed in a way that really helped with communicative skills and mental and physical tasks solving. I also felt like a badass after completing the challenge because they were actually very hard.”

Mead was asked how he thought the current Freshman class would do in the challenge. He replied by saying, “based on their pre-assessments, which would be the current activities we have been doing, I think that this group will do pretty well. Although I don’t think they can beat the current Junior class record which was the most Triwizard champions in the history of the Triwizard Cup.”

 

 

Storytelling: A Study in Empathy

Ms. Kali Adams 

Enter the dusky lighting of the auditorium, choose a seat, and settle down. It’s time for a story.

When the bell rings at 9:45 every morning, students in CVU usually scatter to their various advisories and spend a few minutes connecting with their peers before the next bell and their next class period. Peter Langella, however, has set up an activity in lieu of advisory. On these Tuesdays, you can find students headed to the auditorium, eager to listen to a story being told by one of the faculty members.

This event, known as Storytelling Tuesday, started in October 2015. Langella was inspired by a quote from Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo, who said that stories can “make hearts that are capable of containing much joy and much sorrow, hearts capacious enough to contain the complexities and mysteries and contradictions of ourselves and each other.” “To learn about ourselves and others,” Langella says, “we need empathy, and there are few better ways to acquire it than through the power of story.” Thus, Storytelling Tuesday was born as a way to bring CVU staff and students together through the power of the spoken word.

Langella kicked Storytelling Tuesdays off with a story from his college days about the power of community. “The crowd was quite large and respectful,” he recalls. Each Storytelling Tuesday has followed a similar format since, with faculty members telling stories that last for around eight minutes, and are often from their own experiences–though, Langella says, “the event has featured a few other [story] forms like traditional tales and fables.” Other than the time constraint, Langella sets no requirements for the stories told. “I tend to trust people to know what is appropriate for this setting,” he says.

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Waiting for more of that SAINT LAURÉN Vibe: A Shamana SoundCloud Review

Mr. Keenan Reinsborough, CVC Music Critic

In the genre of lo-fi hip hop, you will struggle to find an artist more polarizing than Shamana. With lo-fi hip hop bubbling under the surface of mainstream for quite some time now, I would not be surprised if he was the first to cross over. Shamana’s sound is difficult to describe. At times it is moody and jazzy, at times it is distorted and booming. I really didn’t know what to expect going into his first full length album, considering his ongoing style changes and recent struggle with depression. What I wanted was a project that exemplified his sound in all facets, no matter how strange or left field, and I wanted some bangers.

For the most part, I got what I wanted.

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CVU Unified Basketball Team Shoots for The Championship

Ms. Jaime Vachon

Despite being a newly formed team in 2016, CVU’s Unified Basketball Team made it look easy on their way to the first ever Unified Basketball Championship.

The record setting season, on top of winning the championship the previous year, has sparked many people’s attention for this coming season. After losing six players to graduation at the end of last year’s season, coaches Anthony Spagnolo and Peter Booth are assembling an almost completely new team.pasted image 0 (5)

The team is already hard at work with practices after their win against BHS on the 21st, with a score of 47-36. Every Tuesday and Thursday, CVU’s Unified Team can be found working on their skills in the gym.

With all the team spirit and hard work, prospects of another championship are looking very high. When asked who the best defender on the team is, assistant coach Anthony Spagnolo had this to say, “I’d have to say Alex Farrington, he moves his feet pretty well.” And with hustlers like Justin McQuiston, the unified team seems unstoppable.

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The Shop is Open

Mr. Kyler Murray

The CVU “shop” is the classroom where students take Wood and Metal Fabrication classes. The metal shop and woodshop used to only be available to students enrolled in the woodshop and metal classes. A new approach gives opportunities for individual students to collaborate with other classes. The shop at CVU has recently been opened up to the use of all students starting in the 2016/2017 school year.  Jeff Tobroke, the “shop” teacher, says that open lab time is “a new idea that brings more students and classes into the Innovation Hub. We are tracking student use and have found that every block of open lab time has students utilizing the technology and resources available”.

This is somewhat of an open door policy; Tobroke shares that students with experience with the tools from previous classes are able to use any tools or machines. Students who are new to the lab are given instruction and safety lessons before they are allowed to use the tools and machines they would like to work with. The one requirement for all students is that they must provide a visual plan of what they would like to do. Tobroke refers to this as a “project proposal”. Students need to prepare drawings and/or sketches based on research so that they can discuss the project proposal and develop a timeline for completion.

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UVM Releases Plans for New Events Center

Mr. Colin Lach

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

BURLINGTON – Patrick Gymnasium has been home to the UVM men’s and women’s basketball program for more than 50 years. The hardwood inside Patrick has witnessed UVM’s basketball program move forward and change drastically in the last half century. However, a change in scenery may be coming for the fast improving basketball program.

UVM recently announced plans for a new events center adjacent to Gutterson Ice Rink that would replace Patrick Gym. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the new arena would be placed in the area adjacent to the ice rink which is currently being used as a parking lot. The new basketball venue would have 3,200 seats and could accommodate nearly 4,000 for other events. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

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Opinion: Just Suck it Up and Go to Prom

Ms. Koko Vercessi, Dancer-in-Chief

So it’s that time of year again, the overly priced dresses, the last minute corsage order, the dinner date, and the awkward “who do I go with?” hangs in the air during prom season. You either see this historic event as an overly popularized and fantasized pointless tradition, or you are among those who are excited for a night of uncomfortable shoes, questionable music, and lavish clothes. If you would consider yourself a scrooge of the prom season, I would encourage you to finish this article and see if I can convince you otherwise of your argument that prom is a meaningless, overly hyped, expensive, antiquated tradition.

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Ducky and Andy going in style (80s style)

The Cambridge Dictionary defines prom as “a formal party held at the end of the school year for older students in high school.” That doesn’t sound so bad does it? Afterall, who doesn’t want to go to a party? Apparently more people than you would think, as over 63% of Americans think that prom is overrated. Before we start delving into why I think you should not miss out on this formal, guaranteed to be awkward, time old tradition, let’s get more closely acquainted with the history of prom shall we?

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Grab Your T-Shirt and Ski Boots, It’s Time for Spring Skiing

Mr. Tomas Georgsson

Photograph Courtesy of  Justin Chapman

Photograph Courtesy of Justin Chapman

HINESBURG, VT – According to Gallup polls, 36% of Americans believe that spring is the best season of the year, with fall trailing behind at 27%, with summer and winter following. Americans all around the nation enjoy spring better than all of the other seasons, and it is understandable. Winter is coming to a close, new smells and sounds that were not present in the bleak, cold winter are being remembered. Finally, t-shirts are wearable and morning runs are not out of the question. For the kids in the United States, it is the light at the end of the tunnel: school is almost out. Spring is a symbol of new beginnings, rebirth and happiness.

The spring in Florida might be different than the spring in North Dakota, Oklahoma or Maine. The United States is a massive country, and people may have different perceptions of what spring looks like in different locations. In Vermont, it is said that spring comes late, and it comes fast. While the beginning of spring begins in late March, it is hardly visible in the state. Some of the biggest snowstorms that Vermont gets technically begins in the spring. This can be a major nuisance for the typical American, but for many Vermonters, it is a blessing. Spring skiing in Vermont is one of the most popular to ski, and many say it has some of the best snow.

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Review: Beauty and the Beast, Surprisingly Not Bad

Ms. Halina Vercessi, Film Critic-in-Chief

There was a whirlwind of hype surrounding the new Beauty and the Beast movie months before its premiere. There was a flood of new Beauty and the Beast toys throughout the children’s section (one doll in particular even got attention on social media for possessing an uncanny resemblance to Justin Bieber). And, of course, the major Broadway and Disney fans made their own guesses and judgments as to how Emma Watson would suffice as the leading lady. I must say that I went into the theatre with very low expectations. I felt as though it would turn out like NBC’s live “Sound of Music”…altogether disappointing and underwhelming. Oh yes, I walked into that theatre as if I were Steven Spielberg or something; (*yawn) I’m expecting to be disappointed so let me just sit here and haughtily eat my Welch’s fruit snacks. I can definitely say that I was pleasantly surprised (I also finished off all of my Welch’s fruit snacks before the movie started, but that’s beside the point). The prologue had just barely began and I found myself in awe of the stunning visuals. The original prologue in the animated film illustrated a brief encounter between the arrogant prince and the enchantress in disguise. However, in this film, the prologue was expanded and perfectly set the scene of a flourishing, decadent and egotistical lifestyle for the spoiled prince. The costumes were artistic, gaudy and intricate, but fittingly reflected the era of the late 18th century.

Emma Watson as Belle made her appearance shortly after the prologue. My predisposed ideas were true; she sounded very British (you can imagine we all had some Hermione déjà vu there), which was a large difference from the original Belle, and her singing didn’t sound trained. Though these judgments remained true throughout the movie, I felt that they did not affect the quality of her performance. Emma Watson, as the actress, did not have to be like the original Belle for the performance to feel right. Though I am partial to the original, she took Belle and developed the character in her own way, while still maintaining the original traits and goals. In this film, the characters were given the opportunity to grow before our eyes. I must say it was absolutely impossible not to love the Beast as his character was also further developed and given more nuances and quirks. The interactions between Belle and the Beast were priceless; there were formalities, but then there were familiar and charming exchanges of humor. Their connection was also deepened with the added backstory of the fate of Belle’s mother and how the Beast had also lost his mother.   

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Costly SCS Renovations Set to Minimize Distractions

Mr. Xander Miller, Special Current Events Corresondent

Sitting in 8th-grade math class only one noise can be heard. The migration of kindergarteners walking to their lunch period outside our open walled classroom and the last thing every middle schooler needs is another distraction in school.

To minimize the distraction of students Shelburne Community School started the process of renovating it’s middle school classroom wings to remove the distractions that come from open walled classrooms.

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Allan Miller Co-Principal of Shelburne Community School said the purpose of the renovations was to discard the open-classroom concept built in 1917 which is very distracting to a student’s learning environment. Current CVU Freshman Mackenzie Miller said, “When I was trying to take a test or read, noises came into the classroom regularly. It did not matter if the noise started in the hall right outside of the room or in another area of the school. I could hear it”.

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Unified Basketball Team Continues to Enjoy Unified Support

Mr. Hank Caswell, Special Current Events Correspondent

The CVU Unified Basketball team is back for its second season and players are hungry for another championship. Last season was a historic year for the Unified Team, defeating Rutland High School at Patrick Gym in Burlington to win the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) inaugural VPA Championship.

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The CVU Unified Basketball team has been an important part of the CVU community because it involves people who don’t traditionally have the opportunity to play school sports, with cheering crowds of their peers attending games and treating them with rock star status.

With  many returning athletes such as Justin McQuinsten, Ben Townley, Emily Scott, Kevin Conger, Wayne Elias, Erin Watson and Shania Elias, the team looks to be more powerful than ever. In addition to the many returning players, the CVU Unified basketball team will add key assets such as Olivia Lamothe, Charlie Abel-Palmer, and Brian Rich.

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Here Comes Treble: Conflicts Between CVU’s Major Music Groups Arise

Ms. Julia Higa, Special Current Events Correspondent

Rumors have been flying around about how the Sons of Pitches and the groups of the CVU music department feel about each other. Frustration towards the Sons from some of the music groups sparked up significantly after their “‘Twas the Night Before…” holiday special concert on December 21st. One member of the Sons of Pitches describes the backlash as, “bullshit.”

The Sons of Pitches have been a boys a-capella group here at CVU for a little over a year. Their comedic take on the music has attracted many CVU fans, but has also created some tension between the groups of the CVU music department.

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CVU’s award winning singers at Arts Appreciation Night. Photo courtesy fo the Williston Observer

A concerned band student, Nathan Bamberger, expressed that the Sons had violated a school guideline by performing songs that had relations to a religious holiday, deeming that if they want to be associated as a CVU group, they should be held to the same standards as every other performing arts group at the school. Sons of Pitches member, David Huber, explained that after having worked on the concert material for 5-6 weeks, they were warned the day of the show that they had to remove any content affiliated with Christmas, “The school let us know five minutes before the concert that we had to change the content, but as a Jewish kid, the songs or the concert didn’t bother me at all,” Huber says.  

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Unintended Consequences: CVU’s New Schedule at Odds with Service Club

Ms. Allie Kloeckner, special Current Events Correspondent

Normally if you walk through the halls of Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) in the morning, everywhere you look there are zombies. Well, actually they’re just sleep deprived high school students. But, this year, the class schedule was changed, allowing teachers to have professional development every Wednesday morning from 8 to 9, eliminating early block. However, this doesn’t come without disadvantages, particularly one issue that extends beyond the walls of CVU. Every other Wednesday morning from 7:45 to 8:15 for over 20 years, CVU’s Key Club has been meeting in room 206/204. However, ever since the school year began in August of 2016, Key Club has been forced to move to Thursday mornings. What’s the problem with this, you ask? Other clubs already meet then, meaning that the number of Key Clubbers has dwindled down to a handful of students on good days. The lack of members is negatively affecting CVU’s connection to its community.

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The mission statement of the club is simple; “Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership.” For Koko Vercessi-Clarke, a Key Club officer, Key Club does exactly this for her. “Key Club is a way for me to connect with people in a way that allows me to give back to a community that always had my back. It provides an outlet for anyone who wishes to reach out and help out in their communities in ways that may not always be large or glamorous, but in ways that address the needs of people whether they are big or small. Key Club is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to be a leader and step out of my comfort zone in order to benefit and address the needs of other people.”

But take away the members of a club, and it isn’t a club anymore and can’t fulfill its purpose. CVU’s Key Club was started in 1983, that’s 34 years that CVU has helped facilitate students volunteering and giving back to the community. But this new schedule threatens its presence in the community.

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CVU FBLA Team Brings It to the State Level

Mr. Jack Caswell, Special Current Events Correspondent

A contracting company going out of business; a hair salon expanding to new territory; a landscaping business reaching out to a new target market – what do they have in common? The timer clicks to a start – CVU students have 20 minutes to save a company from going out of business and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Welcome to the FBLA Spring Conference.

On Tuesday, February 21st, CVU Students traveled to Fairlee, VT to participate in the annual FBLA Spring Conference. Students participated in competitive events, listened to guest speakers, and took part in the election for the FBLA State Officer team.

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Tami-Jo and Colleen bring class to class. Image courtesy of Tami-Jo Dickinson

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a club at CVU that focuses on promoting business education through positive, real-world experience.

CVU member Ben Spencer remarked, “I am part of FBLA because of I want to pursue an education in business and FBLA is a great way to get a better understanding of how not only business education works, but how business works.”

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Veni, Vidi…Vici? Latin (Day) is Not Dead

 Mr. Ben Carnahan, Special Current Events Correspondent

Latin might be a dead language, but its spirit lives on in high school students across Vermont. From freshman to seniors, novice to scholar, Latin Day keeps the spirit alive. However it’s more than just running around in togas.

Every year UVM’s Latin department puts on Latin Day at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vermont. Latin Day is a competitive event centered around the celebration of classical antiquity, that has several components for schools to show off which school is the superior Latin scholars. Schools are tasked with putting on skits from Roman mythology, reciting authentic Latin, and a test to see which students know the most about the language. This year; Mount Mansfield Union, Bellows Free Academy, Burlington High School, Rice, Crossroads Academy, Lamoille Union High School, and yours truly, Champlain Valley Union, will be competing for the Silver Bowl.  

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Latin Day costume. Photo courtesy of Leanne Morton

In an interview Leanne Morton, Latin Teacher at CVU, said, “I like the idea of bringing students together. With Latin being the smallest language in the school I like bringing them together to celebrate and learn the language. It brings all four levels together, brings our whole program together and celebrating that spirit.”.

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Mud Season Brings Trash and Dirty Language to the Bus Stop

Mssrs. Isaac Cleveland and Thomas Daley

HINESBURG — As spring rolls around, CVU students become more rowdy at the bus stop while waiting for the buses to roll in. The change in the attitude of the students is a clear sign of “spring fever” and their behavior is less than mature.

“Snow always makes kids juvenile,” stated bus stop supervisor Cynthia Erwin, “spring makes students get a little wacky.” In nice weather, students stand outside to wait for the bus, which provides them with an opportunity to let off some steam.

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“They’re loud. They’re yelling. There’s a lot of inappropriate language,” Erwin explained. She has even seen students try to jump and swing from the rafters of the covered bus stop walkway.

It is evident that students are more rambunctious in the spring season and with more energy, comes dirty language. Erwin commented on the issue of the profanity, saying that the bus stop supervisors have to remind the students about their language all the time.

Additionally, other instances of bad behavior is when students bring an after-school snack outside, eat it, and leave the wrapper on the ground. Erwin sees an abundance of this behaviour mainly during the turn of the season.

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Music in School: Is it Distracting… or Where’d I Put My Coffee?

Mr. Chris O’Brien

Like any teenager in this day and age, the students at CVU enjoy listening to music both inside and outside of class. With more and more students having access to cell phones, the ability to listen to music has expanded across the student body, and now almost everyone can be seen at one point or another with an earbud in their ear.

Rebecca Laclair from The Huffington Post says, “It turns out that there is a connection between how the brain develops during adolescence and how young people hear music.” This connection between the brain and listening to music is what has made so many CVU students listen to music during all parts of the school day.

Zaq Urbaitel loves to listen to Kenny G to keep his groove going in Journalism. Image by Chris O’Brien

When walking around CVU, many students can be seen with an ear bud or two in their ear listening to music. In fact, in a recent survey of 173 CVU students, 161 students say they listen to music during some time during the school day. Given that this is just a small portion of the CVU student body that was surveyed, looking at CVU as a whole, about 90% of students listen to music daily while at school. While around 50 students out of the 173 students only listen during their free time, 88 students say that they listen to music during one or more classes throughout the day.

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Musky Might Make a Comeback in Lake Champlain

Mr. Justin Olson, CVC Natural Resources Correspondent

With an area of 490 square miles and a depth of 400 feet in some spots, Lake Champlain is an immense ecosystem for numerous species from all walks of life. It is considered as a high class fishery, holding several tournaments throughout the year. After being ranked as one of the 7 best smallmouth bass fisheries in the country, WFN (World Fishing Network) describes the Lake Champlain as “perhaps the best lake in all of North America for both quality largemouth and smallmouth bass.” Fisherman however, are beginning to see an all but forgotten friend making their comeback in the lake.

pasted image 0 (4)Lake Champlain has always been home to the Esox genus of fish, or more commonly known as the pike family. The Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Redfin Pickerel and even some hybrids of the species call Lake Champlain home, just as the Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) once did. The Muskellunge, or Muskie, has been reported to pass 50 inches in length and 50 pounds in weight.

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Three CVU Football Players Set to Compete in Shrine Bowl in August

Mr. Colin Lach

HINESBURG – Three CVU football stars have been notified that they will be lacing up their cleats one more time this August before their CVU careers come to an end.

The rosters for the 64th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl were recently announced, and players from 18 teams are going to be sent to represent Vermont in the All Star Showdown in August this year against New Hampshire.

Each year, coaches from around the state vote on the players they believe are worthy of representing Vermont in this annual competition. This year CVU is being represented by 3 players: Jacob Griggs, Chris O’brien and Zach Toensing.

The Shrine Bowl is an annual senior high school football competition that sets all-star teams from Vermont and New Hampshire against each other.Being selected for this game is no small feat; the selection committees for each state looked through hundreds of nominees from each state before selecting the rosters. “I was really surprised that I was selected, it’s a big honor,” said Chris O’brien, a standout offensive lineman for the Redhawks this year.

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Photo courtesy of the Williston Observer

Chris, a player who only started his football career freshman year with CVU, is a great example of how the CVU program has been able to help develop great players over the years. Even though Chris is leaving his football career behind, he has committed to play baseball at Union College, and says that he really enjoyed it. “It’s a great way to end a career,” said O’brien.

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April 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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Aquarius-It’s time to get anything that’s been weighing on your conscience off your chest and open up to someone.With the beginning of Spring it’s time to release your burdens and leave yourself free to bloom.

Pisces-Stop denying what’s right in front of you. The Universe has a habit of being pretty obvious..subtlety takes too long and everyone is tired of watching you ignore the signs.

Aries-Get into the warm weather mood by eating some ice cream and watching that 1975 classic Jaws. There’s nothing that says summer like a shark attack and Robert Shaw singing “Farewell you Fair Spanish Ladies”.

Taurus-Ok it’s prom season. This is not the time to do the whole “I’m too cool for this thing”. Just go and kick off your shoes and have a good time, wearing what makes you feel unstoppable whether that’s a flowing gown, an edgy jumpsuit, or a slick suit, fit for Bond. 

Gemini-I know those AP classes have you feeling down, but just remember it’s only till May. After that you can waste as much time as you want obsessing over your favorite tv shows.

Cancer- You’ve hit another point in your year where every little thing makes you teary and emotional. There’s nothing wrong with a good cry, but you need to pull yourself back on track and that is a choice only you can make. Keep yourself in check; when your friend tells you that your online shopping is getting out of control, bursting into tears is definitely overreacting, so dry your eyes and close that Urban Outfitters checkout tab on your computer, because we both know that your friend is right.  

Leo-The upcoming weeks may be packed full with sports and work, not to mention piles of homework as it gets closer to spring break, but don’t burn yourself out, keep your focus on the big picture. In a couple years, it won’t matter that you went to bed at a decent hour instead of studying deep into the night for upcoming tests. Sometimes, you have to just let yourself rest and trust that you’ve done enough to be prepared.

Virgo-you may be tempted to try Karaoke this weekend. This is one of those moments in which the universe does not have magical outcomes in store for your experimentation with singing songs that everyone wish would be forgotten like Falco’s “Rock me Amadeus”.

Libra- Keep moving Libra. You’re energy is low, your motivation is dwindling and you’re even starting to have the neck pains of an 80 year, but April break is just around the corner. After that, it’s just over a month more of hassling and then you’re home-free. You can succeed, but you are the only one who can set your standard, and the only one standing in the way of reaching it.

Scorpio- Yes, I know, you’ve been walking around your house feelings aimless and like there’s nothing to eat. That raw food diet not working out for you? Just keep buying those Juliano Cookbooks. I would recommend The UNcook Book. He’s not a gourmet raw food chef in the new age nutrition hotspot of California for nothing. You can even watch some of his cooking videos for free on YouTube. Don’t give up on raw food yet, don’t treat it like the other diets you’ve tried.

Sagittarius-The universe is giving you some strong hints right now, it’s time to listen in and reconsider your choices. Maybe even a career change is in order but something needs work and your happiness is what is waiting at the end of that dark tunnel that has been clouded with responsibilities and obligations.

Capricorn- HEADS UP. Mercury is fully in retrograde now so you may start to feel things swing out of control even though you had everything planned to perfection. For example, when you’re finding it difficult to focus on your responsibilities, just think, “Well, Mercury’s in Retrograde so…” It’s not making excuses, it’s simply acknowledging that the astrological energies are not in your favor for the next several weeks and cutting yourself some slack.

 

Spectrum Sleep Out Raises Awareness and Funds for VT’s Homeless

Ms. Tori Bergstein, Special Media & Society Correspondent

Sarah*, a senior at Essex High School, came home from school one day to find that her mentally ill mother had packed all of Sarah’s belongings into her car, and said, “you’ve got to leave my house”. Faced with no place to go, Sarah sought shelter back at her school, where the basketball coach found her and suggested that she go to Spectrum. Sarah lived with Spectrum for over a year, then went on to get her college degree, run her own business, own a house, and live a happy life with her husband and two children. While recounting Sarah’s story, Mark Redmond, the Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, VT, glowed and said, “I feel really proud that we were able to help her.” Spectrum’s flagship fundraiser, the Spectrum Sleep Out, was inspired by people like Sarah, and the many youth that benefit from Spectrum’s services.

In the 2017 Sleep Out, over $340,000 was raised, and over 425 people slept on the streets, between the Executive Sleep Out and the Student Sleep Out.

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Image Courtesy of Spectrum Youth Services

Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a nonprofit organization based in Burlington, Vermont that works with youth aged fourteen to twenty-four. The youth are homeless, runaways, dropouts, in the criminal justice system, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or kids leaving the foster care system. These kids benefit from Spectrum’s extensive list of programs including a drop-in center, counseling, supportive housing, a health center, skills programs, mentoring, and multicultural youth programs. The first Sleep Out came to exist when Redmond saw on Facebook that a nonprofit he had worked for thirty years ago had done a similar event, and he was inspired. He decided that to make the experience as authentic as possible, the Sleep Out would be held in March of 2012, in the late winter, with no tents or cots. “We thought maybe we could convince twenty crazy people to sleep outside”, said Redmond, not knowing that over forty people would sleep out that year and bring in $90,000 in donations. Participation and fundraising would continue to climb over the following five years, but one thing that has never changed is the enthusiasm and passion for helping homeless youth in Vermont.

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Winter Carnival: The Climate Discussion Srpouts up in the Spring

Ms. Carly Labrie, Special Media & Society Correspondent

Traditions are carried down from generation to generation. They bring a family, group, or community together. But, what happens when a tradition goes too far? What if it causes some negative side effects? Should it be changed or altered? Or is it acceptable, simply because of the fact that it’s a tradition?

Every year, on the last day of school before February break, Champlain Valley Union High School holds its Winter Carnival. Each class gathers together in the gym for some chanting, a dance competition, and a trike race. The seniors take control of the event each year, leading and claiming victory over most of the activities.

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Seniors doing their thing.

 

This year, however, started some discussion between students and faculty about the environment of Winter Carnival, and whether or not the senior class took it too far.

The evening after the event, on Friday, February 24th, the principal of CVU, Adam Bunting, sent out an email to students and faculty. After some reflection, Bunting wrote in the email, “The more I thought, though, the less good I felt about how the ninth graders were treated. I understand that there wasn’t malicious intent and that the upperclassmen were joking around, but it did feel like the humor went overboard; the tone was a bit different than normal.”

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Tyler Marshall: Nice Guy, Naaasty Runner

Mr. Patrick Gooley, Special Media & Society Correspondent

Tyler Marshall is the fastest boy to ever come through the CVU running program.

Tyler was a soccer player at Hinesburg Community School before coming to CVU. In his first year older brother and senior Zach Marshall would be the leader and top runner on the cross country team.

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Tyler Marshall at last year’s BHS Invitational.

Tyler followed in the footsteps of his brother his first year at CVU. He quickly proved to be very talented, and rose to be one of the top athletes on the varsity team.

Scott Bliss, 19 year coach of the CVU Cross Country and Track teams says “He didn’t even know if he was going to do cross country until the morning of the start of the season. We had no idea whether he was going to be coming or not.”

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Here Comes Treble: Conflicts Between CVU’s Major Music Groups Arise

Ms. Julia Higa, Special Media & Society Correspondent

Rumors have been flying around about how the Sons of Pitches and the groups of the CVU music department feel about each other. Frustration towards the Sons from some of the music groups sparked up significantly after their “‘Twas the Night Before…” holiday special concert on December 21st. One member of the Sons of Pitches describes the backlash as, “bullshit.”

The Sons of Pitches have been a boys a-capella group here at CVU for a little over a year. Their comedic take on the music has attracted many CVU fans, but has also created some tension between the groups of the CVU music department.

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CVU’s award-winning Jazz band at Celebrate the Arts Night. Image courtesy of the Williston Observer

A concerned band student, Nathan Bamberger, expressed that the Sons had violated a school guideline by performing songs that had relations to a religious holiday, deeming that if they want to be associated as a CVU group, they should be held to the same standards as every other performing arts group at the school. Sons of Pitches member, David Huber, explained that after having worked on the concert material for 5-6 weeks, they were warned the day of the show that they had to remove any content affiliated with Christmas, “The school let us know five minutes before the concert that we had to change the content, but as a Jewish kid, the songs or the concert didn’t bother me at all,” Huber says.  

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UVM’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources Offers Local Programs for the Environmentally Minded and Academically Motivated

Ms. Carly Alper, CVC Environmental Correspondent

Seniors going into UVM may want to consider joining the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. At a large university, with nearly 12 thousand students enrolled, it’s nice also to be a part of a smaller community. The Rubenstein School is one of twelve colleges and schools at UVM. As the world increasingly needs to depend on renewable energy and find greener ways to sustain our way of life, knowledge of the environment and natural resources will become more and more valuable. 

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Image from UVM

 

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has a mission “to understand, nurture, and enrich the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems.” The Rubenstein School has only been around for the past 14 years, but UVM has always had a strong environmental program, being ranked number ten for environmental consciousness out of all colleges in America. UVM began offering forestry courses in 1888, evolving into the School of Natural Resources in 1973, until 2003, when it was renamed the Rubenstein School. UVM alumni Steve and Beverly Rubenstein donated a generous gift so that the environmental program could expand to include even more members, allowing it to truly thrive.

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