Kindness Drives Art in The Memory Project

Ms. Jam Giubardo 

Since 2008 CVU advanced drawing and painting and AP studio art classes have participated in the memory project. The memory project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Not only does it have a huge impact on the kids who receive the portraits but it also greatly impacts the students creating the portraits.

The Program receives photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries every year. Then They provide the participating art teachers with full-page color prints as well as digital copies of those photos, along with plastic sleeves to protect the finished portraits.  The art teachers then work with their students to create the portraits, and we hand-deliver them to the kids.  We always try to have several different portraits for each child, created by different art students and based on different poses.

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Since 2004 they have created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries. When this year is finished CVU will have sent 461 portraits all around the world: Ukraine, Peru, Afghanistan, Haiti, Ghana, Romania, Syria, and now Tanzania. This year children from Tanzania will receive portraits from CVU, and this is particularly meaningful because we have a student from tanzania participating in it. He really understands the plight of his people and has helped us form a more tangible connection to the people in the portraits. The students in advanced drawing and painting have practiced portraits for a couple months and will be completing them in water color. The AP art students got to choose the media they wished to complete the portraits with.

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Thanks to Fox & Seaton (& Co.) Another Yearbook is in the Books

Mr. Jacob H. Bouffard

Just like every other high school, at Champlain Valley Union, the yearbook is a big deal for all departing seniors. It is a way to look back at the “good ole days” in the future when feeling nostalgic. While the majority of students only buy a yearbook their senior year, there are a few who purchase the memories every year.

Instead of making a book for the seniors that shows their high school careers, the book sums up the year by showing all of the sports teams from the year (spring sports from the prior school year) and the drama departments musicals of the year. Basically everything that happened of significance in the year is put in this big book. There are also a few other things added in to award or take notice of a few students. This includes senior superlatives like who is most likely to fall asleep in class or be late to graduation.

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At CVU, a club is in charge of choosing and making what goes into the yearbook. There used to be a class with an English credit, but that was terminated several years ago. The club is lead by Debbie Seaton and Carol Fox with eight other students from all four graduating classes. This small group of kids work together to design a book that is pleasing for all students and goes along with the current trends. In the past, covers have included themes like Minecraft or other popular topics.

Editor Clara Schultz says, “I enjoyed going around CVU and taking pictures of people I know, and some that I didn’t know. I didn’t realize how many people I didn’t know until I actually had to go out and find some.” With a community so large, it’s hard to remember every person. The yearbook gives the opportunity for you to, in several years, look back at those you didn’t know that well.

As of Wednesday morning there are only 36 yearbooks left for sale. The books cost $65.00 and checks are made out to Jostens. Be sure to purchase next year’s book on time if you plan on getting one.

 

“Checkmate” says The Chittenden County Chess Club

Chess Tournament

By Mr. Jacob Bouffard

The age old game of two teams strategically moving along a board to trap the other has finally caught up with today’s youth. With all of the fast paced sports and leisure activities that are in style, a select few take their talents to the chess board. The Chittenden County Chess Club host several meets or just open sessions for those who see it as a hobby or are just starting out.

The Chittenden County Chess Club is apart of a bigger VT Chess organization. This organization hosts several tournaments over the course of a year, including high school matches. The 2017 Vermont State Scholastic Chess tournament resulted in a Victory for the South Burlington High School squad. With a total score of 12.5 points, leading the runners up of Rutland High School by six points.                                                        

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The Only Slightly Mediocre Pirates of The Caribbean: Jack Sparrow is Back At It Again

Ms. Halina Vercessi, Editor In Chief 

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

My initial reaction when I heard that a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie was coming out was “What? Seriously? Another one?” No matter how much a fifth movie seemed like a bit of an overkill and maybe just another way to rake in the big bucks from dedicated fans like myself, I was still excited to see Johnny Depp portray the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow and hear that kickass soundtrack again. Considering it is the fifth movie and that I heard it got bad reviews, I made sure to have low expectations as I entered the theatre. The film opened with a scene of a young boy and the quick flash of a piece of parchment saying “year seven” or “year nine”; it didn’t take much brain power: I knew immediately that this was the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. Just to jog your memory, the 3rd movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, ended with Will Turner taking up the Captain’s position of the cursed ship, The Flying Dutchman. This meant that he and his crew could only return to land every ten years. And, I must say, it was quite a sight for sore eyes to see the ever-beloved character of Will Turner (played by Orlando Bloom) make an appearance after his absence from the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and his heart-breaking departure in the third movie. One driving part of the plot was introduced when Will’s son declared his determination to free his father from the curse.

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June Horoscopes With your Life Guru, 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-I know you’re pumped up and feeling on top of the world after the Chance the Rapper concert, but let’s be realistic, you still need to pass math and you can barely find a matching pair of socks in the morning.

Sagittarius-Ok so I know your mom told you that pilates was an option for Grad Challenge, but just think about that for a second. 20 hours of your life stuck in a sweaty studio with fit people who know what they’re doing. Take it from someone who has experience, you and pilates may be feeling the cosmic energy flowing, but maybe just not for your Grad Challenge.

Taurus-Are male rompers a thing? I mean, I’ve been around this universe for a long time, but man o man, I’ve never seen the likes of these. I foresee a bright, fashion forward future for any of you brave gents out there who are willing to partake in this summer trend. You know who you are, if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time to let those inhibitions go and release the romper!

Gemini-I sense a summer romance coming your way for you Gemini folk. Someone tall, tan, and preferably someone who has access to free ice cream. Well that last thing isn’t a guarantee, but hey, the universe is full of surprises.

Virgo-Your life is about to change: meet Incredible. They are delicious dairy free frozen ice cream balls. They are pretty much heaven wrapped up into a frozen, vegan, gluten free, soy, and dairy free ball of wonder. Upon eating one of Incredible’s frozen treats (blueberry and vanilla is the best) you will meet the love of your life. Or at least someone to watch the premier of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX June 12th with.

Pisces-So you’ve been thinking about it for a while, those lingering glances in the shop window, the guilty bute of the lip, the wrinkled brow wondering if it’s the right decision. My answer is yes. Yes you should buy that pair of purple Crocs with the free ladybug button on the front. I promise that you’ll only regret it in 5 years or less.

Aries-I know I know, you’re still not over Valentina’s cringe-worthy and very disappointing “Lip Sync for Your Life” performance on Rupaul’s Drag Race. Don’t ever set yourself up to fail, learn those lyrics even if you think you’re so good that you could never be in the bottom two. Be prepared for as many things as you can. There are few things that are truly absolute in life, so, anything that is within your control, seize it by the horns, no matter how certain you know what the outcome will be.

Leo- Hey high school students, you’ve reached the final stretch. No matter how little motivation you’ve had during the course of the year, push through this, only 6 more miles. And, no, Mercury is not in Retrograde although, lately, it seems to feel that way. With the knowledge that even the planets are in your favor at this time of the year, muster up all the positive energy you can and power through the last two weeks. Summer and sunshine awaits you you on the other side.

Cancer- Wish you had taken that gap year right about now? Yes, it’s exciting and all that you’ve finished senior year but, your first year of college isn’t going to be rainbows and sunshine, especially if you plan on being academically rigorous and choosing a demanding major. Every AP you took and cried through, that could be all your classes next year. So, wish you took a gap year to get a breather before another potentially academically challenging year? Well, pretty much too late. We’re about positive energy here but you’ve gotta face the truth, the high school chapter is over and here comes four more years of new experiences, growths and struggles.

Capricorn- It’s time to cut the chains that keep you tethered to negativity. Even if that means isolating yourself from your friend group for a bit. People that constantly bash on you, no matter how much they’re joking, are not positive to be around. If you spend your social hours on high alert for drama, extreme dark humor and always feel like you need to have a witty, funny answer for everything, you will eventually burn out you chi energy. Put some energy into positive things in your life, focus on the people that make you laugh, but not at anyone else’s expense, the people that you can really talk to, without fear that it’ll go around to everyone else. Take a break from it, detach yourself from the negativity.

Scorpio- Hoping that your new relationship will last through the summer? It’ll take effort from both parties, so, if you’re the lazy one, time to make an effort to keep those connections. It is true, distance does make the heart grow fonder; however, too much distance makes the heart grow forgetful of fondness. Try to maintain a healthy balance.

Libra- Feeling a little lost and empty because you finished your new show on Hulu? Life’s a drag, right? Wrong. Get some perspective, would ya? Some people can’t afford a house, let alone afford the luxury of being depressed over Homeland being over.   

Sons of Pitches Rock Out for Senior Class

 Mr. Christopher T. O’Brien and Jacob C. Griggs

On Friday May 12, the Sons of Pitches put on a show to help fundraise for the 2017 senior class.

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Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Lucy

The concert was held in the CVU auditorium. The group of acapella singers were able to bring in $600 in one night of performing. With a big crowd to support the singers, they provided entertainment for the night.   

CVU Senior and one of the leaders of the group, Nate Shanks, explained his thoughts on the event,  “It was a good way to get the student body and the public together to enjoy the night. It was also nice to see a big team effort from a bunch of different people.”

Another vocalist for the Sons of Pitches, and also a senior, Max Pudvar says, “We exceeded our own expectations for how the performance would go. It was awesome doing a collaboration with Urban dance and Rick (aka Hip Hop) I think everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and got their money’s worth.”

The crowd seemed to be pleased with the concert according to CVU Senior Hannah Munn. “I really love the courage and strength that they had during the concert.  Not going to lie it hit me straight in the soul when they sang Hallelujah.  This was also a great way to unify the class and bring in money.”  

Although the a cappella group sang throwbacks, they also sang newer songs like Gold Digger by Kanye West and Magic by BOB.

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Lucy

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Lucy

The $600 that were raised was from a one to five dollar donation upon entry. Michelle Fongemie, Laurie Gunn and an anonymous donor who attended the concert generously donated $100.

For the full performance on video, visit this youtube link – https://youtu.be/76_GAdc2Zdc

 

The Aftermath of an EF5 Sharknado

 

Mr. Thomas Daley 

One highlight of this coming summer (for some) is the highly anticipated release of the fifth installment in the Sharknado film

Image Courtesy of IMDb

Image Courtesy of IMDb

series. Subtitled “Earth-O”, Sharknado 5 is poised to be more ridiculous than Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens, whose Star Wars-inspired title is ridiculous enough in itself. Critics accuse Sharknado of being bad and a waste of resources, but is a bad movie necessarily a bad thing? And are the Sharknado movies actually “bad”?

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The Sharknado films have consisted of plotlines as weak as the science behind a “sharknado” in the first place. The fifth movie is set up to continue the trend. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! might have taken lead, Fin Shepard, and company to a space battle with some rogue sharks, while Sharknado 5 promises to take the world by storm.

Sharknado 2: The Second One started a tradition of including well-known personnel as actors. Al Roker along with the rest of Today gave an eloquent weather report of a Manhattan sharkstorm; Daymond John from Shark Tank also had a cameo that ended well for a “real” shark; and Sharknado 3 showcased Mark Cuban’s service as president. The fifth installment does not appear to be as star-heavy, but will include British diver and Olympic medalist Tom Daley.

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Celebrities and all, a Sharknado film is far from conventional; however, unorthodox does not necessarily correlate with bad, especially in creative endeavors such as cinema.

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Sons of Pitches Rock Out for Senior Class

Mssrs. Christopher T. O’Brien and Mr. Jacob C. Griggs

On Friday, May 12, the Sons of Pitches put on a show to help fund raise for the 2017 senior class.  

The concert was held in the CVU auditorium. The group of acapella singers were able to bring in $600 in one night of performing. With a big crowd to support the singers, they provided entertainment for the night.  

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Image by Jennifer Lucey

CVU Senior and one of the leaders of the group, Nate Shanks, explained his thoughts on the event,  “It was a good way to get the student body and the public together to enjoy the night. It was also nice to see a big team effort from a bunch of different people.”

Another vocalist for the Sons of Pitches, senior Max Pudvar, said “We exceeded our own expectations for how the performance would go. It was awesome doing a collaboration with Urban dance and Rick (aka Hip Hop) I think everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and got their money’s worth.”

The crowd seemed to be pleased with the concert, stated CVU senior Hannah Munn. “I really love the courage and strength that they had during the concert.  Not going to lie it hit me straight in the soul when they sang Hallelujah.  This was also a great way to unify the class and bring in money.”  

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Image by Jennifer Lucey

Although the acapella group sang throwbacks, they also sang newer songs like Gold Digger by Kanye West and Magic by BOB.

The $600 that were raised was from a one to five dollar donation upon entry. Michelle Fongemie, Laurie Gunn and an anonymous donor who attended the concert generously donated $100.

Here’s the full performance, if you dare:

May Horoscopes With your life guru, 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-You will soon be faced with a very important decision. Now I know making a choice between Raisin Bran or Lucky Charms may not seem as important as creating solutions to world peace, but one of these cereals provides you with empty chalk flavored calories, and the other, while a less visually appealing option, provides with you some seriously beneficial low fat high fiber crunch.

Sagittarius-You’re mom is going to ask you once again why you don’t come out of your room. I know it seems cool now, and it doesn’t seem like actual human interaction is that important during your free spirited, soul searching teen years, but if you don’t come out of your room at least once when you get home your parent is going to start thinking you have joined an underground group of terrifying teens whose greatest aspiration is to meet Dave Mustaine from Megadeth.

Taurus-Don’t buy the yellow sneakers you were eyeing at the department store, you may think it’s a good price now but wait till you meet my good friend Amazon. Yes, there is a $15 price difference so be sure to take me up on my cosmic advice and sport some (questionable) yellow shoes without breaking the bank.

Gemini-Next time someone tells you that you are rude, pull a classy Prince Philip and tell them, “I know I am rude, but it’s Fun”. Nobody can argue with a Prince after all, the Prince of England makes your case even stronger.

Virgo-If you’re feeling down, just think how disheartened the people of Delaware will feel when they learn that they have been dubbed the most boring state according to The Telegraph magazine. Maybe if you go out for some fun, dance, eat some tacos, join your local community band or singing group, the Delawareans can live vicariously through you.

Pisces-Ok, let’s get one thing straight Pisces, this may not be your week, but that is no excuse for you to skip motivational yoga for your secret Froyo cravings. I mean the cosmic energy flow of the universe may accept that fact that you’ve proclaimed yourself to be a vegan, but they certainly won’t be so understanding with your withdrawal from motivation yoga class.

Aries- New opportunities bloom for you this month. But, like any flower, your success started as a small, seemingly insignificant bulb that required nurturing and patience. You knew that starting from the bottom wasn’t going to keep you stagnant. With patience and persistence, you turned that brown, ugly lil bulb into a tall, bright, blossom. Moral of the story being you should really take up gardening, of course.

Leo- Watch out with that new promotion, don’t become over-confident at work. Keep your eye out for the people who smile at you but are stone cold in the eyes. You know, the people who have got your back but only so they can hit you over the head with the proper chance. Stay humble and try to make friends with people in the other departments, the ones you can assure won’t be trying to go for your job.  

Cancer- You’ve recently been rampant, searching every corner of the interweb for more information on whether or not “Your BBQ could give you CANCER”. So, after all that you’re finally convinced that your barbeque is carcinogenic…but will that really stop you from getting in the summer spirit and having a neighborhood barbeque cook-out? I’d say not! You can limit the amount you eat, but every once in awhile you gotta let that love shine through and take some risks in life, even if that means eating carcinogenic barbeque.

Capricorn- Something’s missing, You’re feeling trapped and unsatisfied, yet, you can’t seem to be able to pinpoint why…everything’s as it should be, right? You have no reason to feel unsatisfied, right? You feel as though you are being ungrateful, “I have so much abundance in my life, why on earth am I so unhappy? Don’t beat yourself up for feeling the way you do by trying to justify it. What matters is how you move forward with your life, in spite of these feelings.

Scorpio- Yes, you went on your first blind date last weekend. It seemed like it went well…at least in your head it did. In reality, he checked his watch several times, showed up late and made minimal eye-contact. You gave him your number and he said that he’d call…don’t waste your time sitting by the phone because, guess what, no matter how much you try to convince yourself that he lost your number or is trying to seem mysterious, he’s probably not that into you. It’s time to move onto other possibilities, the universe has a lot of positivity in store for you…eventually.  

Libra- You look around, everyday, and think, “What’s missing in my day?”, well Libra, prepare for enlightenment, because…it seems to be that you’ve been skipping out on breakfast, the most important meal of the day: breakfast. How can you expect your chi energy to be steadily flowing when you’re skipping out on quality nutrition to start the day? I would suggest Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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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Intro to Art Class Conveys the Character of Color

Ms. Sophie Boyer & Mr. Jacob Bouffard

CVUHS- Tim Duvernoy’s W1 Intro to Art class (Room 150) currently attempts to distinguish the color wheel and use complimentary colors by tracing previous work and applying various shades and tones to further express its personality.

According to Devon, a CVU Freshman, “The purpose of this project is to trace over our previous drawings and to use color and reflect to our color wheel documents and use complimentary colors to give our pieces character.”

The steps taken to form these products teach the young artists patience, as it requires several drafts to create the final piece for the tracing portion. Once done with the tracing, students then use a color scheme to adapt the emotions behind the drawing.   hmDLRNA69C8k8cb9nwhlan4JxqEs-OBF72quvraadlAaLwXx6ko_aKSCkfLkR1JYK5oNK7roMqwvpttjzXZQCKiNj_c=s2048

Within art, color can be used for numerous applications, including the mood or the tone of the piece. It helps to create a focal point or draw the eye to different parts of the piece and can administer a warmth or give the spectator an idea of the piece’s physical climate.8cNcBnyqPwtAgnNSFWUIqOuYtK70u96VB8S9_kkSaDIqOUdIJCUH-iaJ-K54GfmwHdIUtkY7ov2nN8gFfNLmTSap7Ao=s2048

Intro to Art is a base level fine arts course that “introduces” all students to the world of art. It is a required class for students who are contemplating the art industry, or just looking to take more art classes. This course is also among those required for graduation for all students.

M. Night Shymalan’s psychological thriller “Split” Will Keep Audiences On The Edge of Their Seat

Ms. Jaime Vachon

The scene: Three teenage girls locked in a basement, with one man who is actually 23 different people, with a dangerous 24th personality threatening to surface and dominate the others.

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Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

M. Night Shymalan’s psychological thriller, Split, keeps the audience engaged throughout the film. One minute you’ll be watching the spine-chilling kidnap of three teenage girls, and the next you’ll be laughing darkly at James Mcavoy’s portrayal of his 9 year old boy personality, Hedwig. I say darkly because the image is rather funny, a grown man talking in a child’s voice saying childishly humorous things. However, then one remembers this man suffers from multiple personality disorder, and is not in fact a little boy who loves to dance to Kanye West.

James Mcavoy’s acting is what truly makes Split a worthwhile film. When asked about Mcavoy’s acting, Split fan Abby Thut said, “It was so good. The guy with multiple personalities, I wish I could give a golden globe. Top notch.” Mcavoy will have you really believing he has split personalities. It’s no surprise since he won four best actor awards in 2013 for his work in the film Filth. Mcavoy will have you really believing he has multiple people inside of him. It’s astonishing watching Mcavoy being able to switch personalities mid scene.

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Image Courtesy Fandango.com

Of course Mcavoy can’t take all the credit. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the main character, Casey. Throughout the film are flashbacks to Casey’s dark past, which interestingly plays an important role in the end.

M. Night Shamaylan has directed a truly unmissable film. According to Rottentomatoes, Split is now Shamalyan’s second highest rated movie, with The Sixth Sense being his top rated movie. Split fans will be happy to know that Shamalyan has hinted at a sequel, tweeting, “I have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split…” Only time will tell if the sequel will hold up to the first.

 

“Backstage Pass” — An in Depth Look at the People of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mr. Isaac Cleveland

HINESBURG, VT – It has been around 60 years since Rock ‘n’ Roll began, a genre that brought change, helped desegregate the US, and created a new groove for the Baby Boomer generation to “get down” to. The number of artists that represent the Rock sounds of the ‘60s to the ‘90s is almost too many to count, ranging from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to

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Aerosmith, and this is only naming a few of the many music geniuses that influenced the American people.

Many people know these artists’ music by heart, yet their life outside of the spotlight is far from well-known. Shelburne Museum’s newest exhibition, “Backstage Pass,” shows the famous artists of the era in a new light, depicting the emotions and the activities of the musicians offstage. The photographs display an extremely important peace of our culture and history, celebrating the people who changed the world through music.

The exhibition consists of over 200 photographs, either B&W or color prints, ranging from the influencers of Rock ‘n’ Roll such as Miles Davis, to the style and nonconformity of David Bowie.

Though Bill Haley and the Comets may be the official start of the Rock & Roll era, Elvis Presley was debatably one of the most influential characters of the time. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s.” Albert Wertheimer’s “Elvis Kiss” photograph is seen in the exhibit. This photograph almost represents America’s love of Elvis, in his “looks,” his music, and his incredible stage presence.

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Art Makes You Smart

Ms. Jam Giubardo

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Image Courtesy of Static.pexels.com

As a high school student I, along with millions of teenagers, have to wake up early five times a week to go to school. I then have to sit through almost eight hours of lectures, worksheets, and tests. The only time when I get a break is art class. Like exercise, art is a way to relax and regenerate the mind during long, academically intense days. But art isn’t merely an escape from thinking, it is fuel for thinking.

The true value of an arts education goes far beyond learning how to draw, sing, or play a musical instrument. Getting students involved in visual arts, music, and theater not only broadens their perspective and helps to promote social tolerance, but gives students various academic advantages as well.

In the past few years, neuroscientists have been researching the effect of arts on students of all ages and what they discovered should change the way the arts are viewed in schools. According to the American Association of School Administrators, studies show that, “During the brain’s early years, neural connections are being made at a rapid rate. Much of what young children do as play — singing, drawing, dancing — are natural forms of art. These activities engage all the senses and wire the brain for successful learning.” However, these activities should be carried on throughout the later years of a student. Also, the arts have been proven numerous times to help with cognitive learning and motor skills. To be able to create fine art requires that you  develop precise and thoughtful movements, and learning a musical instrument allows the mind to create patterns and count. More Specifically, it stimulates a certain part of the brain that is connected to social skills and emotional control (AASA). So, knowing this, why are schools still cutting art programs?

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March 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.”

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Aquarius-March is your month to give back. Step out of your day to day comfortable routine and try helping someone out and volunteering your time to someone in need. You’ll feel those good karma vibes coursing through you in no time!

Pisces-I know that work has you feeling weighed down and a little under the weather, but try getting outside in nature to remind yourself of all the beauty and positivity of the outside world.

Aries-Stop taking your anger out on your co-workers, take out that yoga mat instead and distress with some good old Rodney Yee on that thing called a VHS tape.

Taurus-It’s time to clear the air with anyone you’ve been reluctant to forgive. Breathe in that good old fashioned “love thy neighbor as thyself” and let some fresh air in. No I mean literally, buy an Areca palm tree. A study done by NASA ranked the Areca palm tree as “the most efficient air humidifier”.

Gemini- Try to hold back on the sarcasm this month and see what it’s like to hear yourself do some honest straight talk. It will seem hard at first, but get in the habit of honesty over sarcasm. After all you know what they say, “Sarcasm is the protest of those who are weak.” Specifically John Knowles, and he wrote A Separate Peace so the guy has to know what he’s talking about to some extent right?

Cancer- You’re a sensitive person by nature, but try not to take criticism personally. It is not always an attack on your intelligence. If you let your ego stop you from listening to and taking in the the words of others, you will limit your growth and prosperity.   

Leo- I hope you realize that your Runa Guayusa Tea addiction is setting you back $200 per month. You are strong; engage that will power and buy the tea in bulk instead. Just say no.  

Virgo-Don’t neglect your pet this month, man’s best friend needs a little TLC too.

Libra- You’re the friend in the group that’s always trying to keep the balance, maintain the peace and avoid conflict at any expense possible. Try not to be such a pushover or you will find yourself and your own opinions recede into the shadows,

Scorpio- Call your mom. She may come off as always being busy with home decor and brunch with her friends, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love to hear from you and catch up on life. She gave birth to you; the least you can do is call her after dinner, buy her flowers on mother’s day and have a little dang respect.

Sagittarius- Have you been feeling claustrophobic and don’t know why? Try to get out of the house and do something you haven’t done in awhile. Take a hike or even buy a plane ticket for a weekend getaway. Know when to give yourself a breather.

Capricorn- Yes, you really embarrassed yourself during your last bikram yoga class. It’s ok, everyone sweats a lot. That’s the point, but not everyone takes a tumble while in the front mat row. Don’t let this incident discourage you from going back next week, if anything, in that moment, you made everyone else feel so much better about their lives.

 

February 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.”

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Aquarius-Do not dump your significant other on Valentine’s Day, that’s a rookie mistake. Don’t make Valentine’s Day be that day every year that they have to remember a heart wrenching or embarrassing breakup.  

Pisces-I know “La La Land” has become the soundtrack to your life but if your friends have to hear that depressing piano riff one more time…

Aries-Make this your month: get a new ‘do, fall in love, let yourself be vulnerable, eat that bread if you want. Disconnect yourself from those who place a heavy energy on your heart or make you feel mentally and physically drained when you’re around them for long periods of time. It’s time to cut the strings and allow yourself to lighten your heart and spread that light to people who you care for and care for you.

Taurus- Your stubborn mind and that rebellious phase you’re going through mix to make a sour combination that make you a bit difficult to be around. Take some time to yourself to dwell on your current mindset and make lists of things you really enjoy and value in daily life. Once you have taken some time to yourself, express all those complex feelings to someone you trust, allow yourself to open up in a genuine way. Give and Receive.  

Gemini- February is going to be a long month for you. Don’t fight it; take it hour by hour, day by day. Do your best to stay in the present moment,

Cancer- Yes, you finally have a Significant Other for Valentine’s Day, but try not to go too overboard with the festivities. What you see as romantic, could be horribly frightening and make your new S.O. think that you’ve already picked out the wedding music and reception h’orderves. For now, keep it chill and put your Rico Suave side on the back burner.

Leo- Woooeee, you have been in a fiery mood lately. Be aware of how you overreact to those around you and keep that hot headedness in check. When it’s a Monday afternoon at Hannaford’s and the cashier asks you if you want paper or plastic, it is not the time to go off on them and say that they’re accusing you of being environmentally unaware.

Virgo- If your mind keeps flashing to the embarrassing moment that just happened at school the other day, think about it like this, now you have some super amusing stories to tell your children to make them feel better about their embarrassing high school experiences.

Libra- Feel free to pamper yourself this month and get that pedicure you’ve been wanting. As your guru I highly recommend Bella Vie Nail Spa in Williston.

Scorpio- It’s time to suck it up and eat your leafy greens like you promised in your New Year’s resolution; kale is a phenomenon for a reason and that extra folate and magnesium can’t hurt.

Sagittarius- You should try Crossfit, not everyone is scary and super fit…..well maybe they are.

Capricorn- Start up that Youtube channel you’ve been wanting to do, I’m sure there’ll be an audience somewhere that wants to watch you cultivate different types of mushrooms.

 

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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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.”

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

Mr. Daniel Sedic

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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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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.

December 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 Oceancountyjournal.com

 

Aquarius-Get yourself to a yoga class please, you’re starting to drive everyone crazy.

Pisces-Lighten the load of your backpack..your friends are starting to notice it weighs 15 lbs and they are going to wonder if it represents your actual mental baggage.

Aries-I know you’re tempted to sneak a taste of that ghost pepper sriracha sauce always sitting on the table in room 218…don’t do it. If you do, the stability of your karma with the universe will be disrupted in unfathomable ways for about 7.5 hours.  

Taurus-Stop checking yourself out in the windows of the cars you pass by on your way to the baseball field during a fire drill…everyone can see you.

Gemini-Keep an eye out for that fair-eyed, dark-haired boy/girl…you may have struck their fancy. Don’t worry, it’s not Mercury Retrograde so the planets are in perfect alignment for you to approach him/her without completely making a fool out of yourself.

Cancer-I know you’ve been staying away from your local grocery store to avoid seeing people you know but really…what’s the worst that can happen? Social interaction outside of school over a loaf of bread and some kombucha is not the end of the world.

Leo-Don’t let that fat ego of yours make you feel overconfident in your studies…if anything, be over prepared.

Virgo-Yes, yes, yes, I know you’re stressed. I know the authentic sheep’s wool moccasins you ordered didn’t come in the mail yet, but that’s no reason to lash out on friends or family…instead, I would suggest burning some sage, climbing the nearest mountain and screaming at the top of your lungs.

Libra-Yes…everyone knows you went to Marshalls to get the $8.99 “lotion and fuzzy sock” combo for your advisory Secret Santa.

Scorpio-When someone catches your fancy, try to tone down the flirt, try something a bit more subtle…like slowly walking away with your head down and avoiding all eye contact.

Sagittarius-When the music is good, make sure you dance…just don’t let anyone catch you dancing to Genesis. Everyone has been lying to you when they said that they still like Phil Collins…I mean really, how can you make a comeback after “Easy Lover”.

Capricorn-No, the Buddha-shaped beeswax candle you bought from the man on Church Street isn’t really from India. But hey, its matches your aesthetic so it’s all good…just don’t tell your friends, you phony.

The Best Fall activities in the best fall state

Ms. Emma Lieberman

Fall is arguably the most beautiful season in Vermont. People here certainly take advantage of all that fall has to offer. From small businesses, to corn mazes, there is always something to do. On one gorgeous autumn weekend, our intrepid reporter explored Chittenden County, and compiled some of the best things to do during this incredible time of year.