GNU/Linux Operating System Gaining Popularity at CVU

Mr. Milo Cress, CVC Tech Guru

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CVU Senior and aspiring engineer Willem Hillier has come to rely on the GNU/Linux operating system for many of his most ambitious projects, such as a fully functioning award-winning robotic reed organ. “In our society, software has control over almost every aspect of our lives, and with open source software, there’s a transparency that comes with being able to see all the code that [the software] is built off of. What you see is what you get.”

The Free and Open Source Software movement aims to move the power of software development from large corporations to interested individuals who want to contribute to the community.

According to the Free Software Foundation, “‘Free Software means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, the term implies that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve the software. Thus, ‘free software’ is a matter of liberty, not price. It is ‘free’ as in ‘free speech,’ not as in ‘free [drinks].”

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Deviously Sweet Deception: Why Cereal Might Not be as Healthy as You Think

Ms. Elyse Martin-Smith, CVC Breakfast Correspondent

Don’t you just love the crunch of a fresh bowl of cereal in the morning? The milk, smooth and cold, acts as a wake-up call to get you ready for the day. However, while you were eating, have your eyes ever wandered to the nutrition facts on the box? Although some cereals are notoriously unhealthy, like Reese’s Puffs and Lucky Charms, many other unhealthy cereals are less obvious.

This leaves us asking the questions, “Which cereals are truly healthy?” and, “How do you decipher the healthy cereals from the bad?”According to the New York Times, “Honey Nut is America’s best-selling breakfast cereal, and by a comfortable margin.” Honey Nut Cheerios are believed to be healthy because of their high fiber and oats content. Also, the Original Cheerios have low amounts of sugar and are traditionally a healthy breakfast.

On the flip side, Cheerios’ sweeter relatives such as Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Cheerios conceal multiple unhealthy aspects. Honey Nut Cheerios actually have “about nine times as much sugar as plain Cheerios per serving,” says Danny Hakim, author of the aforementioned New York Times article.

Hakim goes on to say that, “an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of a number of popular cereals — a report that linked sugary cereals to the ‘nation’s childhood obesity epidemic’put Honey Nut Cheerios’ sugar content second only to Fruity Pebbles.” Surprisingly, the sugar content of a seemingly harmless cereal is in reality very high! The EWG also claims that one cup of many cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, contains 12g of sugar which is more than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

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Home-school to CVU: A Drastic Change for Some

Ms. Greta Powers, CVC Culture Correspondent

Remember how frightening it was on the first day of freshman year at CVU? It was scary. New kids, new classrooms, new building. Now envision that first day of school, but this time, you’ve been home-schooled your entire life. This experience is ten times more frightening. It’s a vision a lot of people shudder at even thinking of. For some students, that scenario is a reality.

Only a small amount of students are home-schooled; statistically, in the 2011-2012 school year only approximately 3% of the K-12 student population was home-schooled, according to National Center for Education Statistics. What would happen if that 3% of students transferred to a public school? Specifically, transferred to a public high school? It’s been seen in pop culture, most famously in Tina Fey’s cult classic film, Mean Girls, but it also happens in real life.

Motivations for homeschooling. Image from Wikicommons.

Motivations for homeschooling. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Take Kelly Malone-Wolfson, for example. She’s a current home 8th grader, and is hoping to attend CVU as a freshman in the fall. The difference between her and many other Chittenden County 8th graders is that Kelly has been home-schooled since 6th grade.

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