Opinion: Are Millennials Entitled or Driven?

Mr. Scott Stanley

F’ing millennials.

That seems to be the motto of our nation’s older generation. Millennials are viewed to be lazy, entitled, and narcissistic. People believe our nation’s youth are to blame for many of our nation’s problems, like the high unemployment rate, for example. That being said, so many studies on this seemingly ‘useless’ and ‘narcissistic’ generation highlight some of the benefits of our entitled generation, as well as the negatives. While a millennial’s sense of entitlement can make them act selfishly, it also allows them to be ambitious and tech-savvy.

A millennial’s sense of entitlement can cause them to act selfishly, leading to multiple behaviors. According to Forbes Magazine, millennials act selfishly by breaking the rules and demanding higher pay. These qualities in an employee can cause friction in the workplace. Millennial workers may develop poor relationships with their superiors as they believe they are above the system, thus not subject to its rules and guidelines.

Maybe we need to ask ourselves, is those who are in the system or the system itself that needs to change?

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With a millennial’s sense of entitlement comes an ambitious attitude towards their profession. According to Forbes magazine, “Entitled people feel a stronger drive for achievement; after all, if you feel like you deserve to be the top salesperson in your organization, you’re going to work harder to make that title a reality.” Entitlement works both ways. While it can seem to make millennials irritating and bothersome, it does give them the drive they need to progress in the workplace. Unlike previous generations, millennials don’t settle for where they are in their profession or life; they constantly work to improve themselves to be the best they can be.

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APGOV Wire: Financial Help is Hope for Opioid Abusers

Ms. Lily Toensing, APGov Correspondent

On a summer Saturday morning, I was driving into Burlington. At a stop light, I looked over at a church to my right. A man, in his early twenties was sitting on the steps. He was shivering ferociously, yelling at god, and begging for help. His tremors were not from cold. He was shaking from withdrawal. Beads of sweat trickled down his forehead and soaked his shirt. His body was unable to handle the side effects of withdrawal. He was a heroin addict. This homeless man with torn clothing, could not access a treatment center. His last ditch effort was to sit on the steps of a church and pray, scream, for a miracle.

Image Courtesy of RehabNow247

Image Courtesy of RehabNow247

A miracle is “a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences”(Miracle). Miracles are meant for things we cannot control, not things we can control like making help available for drug addicts.

By funding public drug rehabilitation centers, we can help drug addicts to recover from their addictions. No addicts can do it alone and adequate support is the only way to help with these problems.  

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APGov Wire: We need a Multi-faceted Approach to Confront the Opiod Epidemic

Ms. Lilly Cazayoux, APGov Correspondent

There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest problem in the country, as well as in Vermont, is the opioid epidemic.  No matter where you go, it’s impossible to find any community that has not been affected by scourge of these drugs.  Whether it’s an addiction to prescription painkillers, or dangerous street drugs like heroin, we need to dedicate greater resources to fighting them.

Opioid death tolls have been on the rise over the past two decades and began to accelerate rapidly in 2011.  Opioid overdose deaths nearly doubled over the last five years, surpassing 42,200 nationwide in 2016.  In Vermont the death toll was 100.  Opioids don’t care where you come from, nor do they discriminate based on socioeconomic status. Twenty of the deaths in Vermont occurred with people who had no high school diploma, however, an equal number occurred with people who had a college degree. No matter who you are, you are just as susceptible to opioid addiction. It’s time as Vermonters, as Americans, as citizens who care for one another, that we take a stand.

There are two aspects to this problem that must be addressed and fixed; keeping addicts alive, as well as preventing more people from becoming addicted

The big dangers with these drugs, are how easy it is to overdose on them, and the diseases contracted by injecting with unsterile needles. The first thing we must do is preserve the lives at risk, by preventing fatal overdoses. I believe the best solution to that would be to open supervised injection sites. Popular in Europe, supervised injection sites allow addicts to use drugs with sanitary materials, provide treatment consultation, as well as medical help in the case of an overdose emergency. With newer, more potent drugs on the market such as fentanyl, it’s crucial we find a quick way to save these lives before thousands more are lost. These supervised injection sites would provide a chance to preserve lives until users can make the decision to begin the rehabilitation process. The main goal of implementing these sites would be to reduce the immediate health issues that opioid addiction presents, as well as attempting to refer the addicts into treatment.

The other preemptive part of this plan would be targeting doctors that over prescribe highly addictive opioids in unnecessary cases. I believe more stringent rules regulating these prescriptions could prevent many people from becoming addicted to these medicines in the first place, before they turn to the cheaper more dangerous cousin, heroin.

Attacking the epidemic from both sides of the problem could be the solution to saving lives from opioid addictions.

Ed Note: this essay was one of the finalists of Bernie Sanders’ State of the Union Essay Contest.

APGOV Wire: We Need a Change in the Political Climate Regarding Climate Change

Ms. Lily Miner, APGov Correspondent

During this first year of the Donald Trump presidency, we have witnessed many questionable decisions being made for our country that not only affect us, but also those around the world in a negative way. One particular decision, however, has set our country on a path to continue the horrific damage being done to Earth. President Trump’s adjudication to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement has left us as the only nation in the world to oppose it since Syria signed to join in November. The main objective for this agreement was to restrict levels of CO2 emissions from each country. The consequences of Trump’s withdrawal are grave, as CO2 levels in the atmosphere have risen past 400 parts per million—levels that are already superseding what Earth can handle to support the flora and fauna living on it. Continuing this trend will most likely result in a mass extinction event.

Hearing the White House argue that removing us from the agreement will help boost our economy filled much of the American public as well as climate experts around the globe with a sense of outrage. We have already accumulated a surplus of evidence that man made climate change is having a drastic negative impact. In the past two decades, sea levels have risen at a rate of .13 inches, which is twice the rate of the past century. From 1992 to 2011, Greenland lost 152 billion tons of ice per year, West Antarctica lost 65 billion per year, and the Antarctic Peninsula lost 20 billion per year. Increased intensity in extreme weather including hurricanes, floods, and snowstorms has been recorded since the 1950’s. These are just a fraction of the plethora of examples. Given the massive amount of damage that has already been done, how can it be justified to place the economy as a higher priority?

Thank you to the United Nations for graciously sharing your Paris Agreement logo.

Thank you to the United Nations for graciously sharing your Paris Agreement logo.

 

This choice is especially irresponsible when considering the fact that the United States produces more excess CO2 than any other country. While there are many factors to blame, one of the largest and least necessary of these is the use of fossil fuels. They provide 81% of the energy in the United States, yet they are both incredibly harmful and incredibly easy to replace. A change needs to be made.

It is imperative that we as a global superpower begin to invest in renewable energy such as wind and solar. Many economists agree that the long term benefits from switching to renewable energy would outweigh the short term costs, improving the economy through more environmentally sound means. Certainly a more competent course of action than removing ourselves from the Paris Agreement. Though the cost of installation for these methods are pricier than more conventional ones, they have no fuel costs once they are functioning and the maintenance costs are cheaper. The United States has not only the resources, but the duty to fight against these issues. We need to combat this now, because we will not be given a second chance later.

Editor’s Note: this essay was one of the finalists of Bernie Sanders’ State of the Union Essay Contest.

 

Review: Del Toro’s The Shape of Water

Ms. Alyssa Gorton, CVC Arts Correspondent

The Shape of Water poses the question, “Who’s the real monster?” to the nth degree, and in an entirely new way.

In Guillermo Del Toro’s most recent film, he creates a stunning universe set in the 1960’s and makes it his own. Within minutes of watching, I was entirely intrigued by the beautiful aesthetic, unique protagonist, and lovable characters. IMDb states, “Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.”

 

The film has won and been nominated for many awards such as Best Motion Picture, Best Achievements in Directing, and Best Director. As it goes with critically acclaimed movies, not everyone agrees with the critics. I was extremely hesitant to go see the film, as I don’t usually make a point to see movies revered by academies or judges, but I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. One statement I can make with full confidence is that Del Toro completely enthralls you in this vintage, science fiction world, from the costumes, sets, and dialogue, to the plot, music, and characters.

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APGov Wire: How ‘Bout a Little Mutual Respect?

Ms. Ella Whitman, APGov Correspondent

When my high school principal told us that there were only three rules we had to follow I was shocked. How can you sum up every expectation that must be demanded of a young adult into three things? He went on to inform us that we must take care of ourselves, take care of each other, and the place. While thinking about these three guidelines it became apparent that achieving them can be challenging at times but the step to do it is simple; you must respect all things. Looking at our nation today it is clear that lack of respect creates the most conflict in our nation. Our negligence to respect each other’s bodies, opinions, ethnicities, races, backgrounds and beliefs leads us to discrimination, hatred and prejudice. We see endless examples in our lives today.

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The lack of respect for one another’s opinion is vividly apparent in politics today. The Pew Research Center recently reported how the partisan divide on our nation’s politics is increasing. A study concluded, “The shares of Republicans and Democrats who express very unfavorable opinions of the opposing party have increased dramatically since the 1990s, but have changed little in recent years.” This is alarming because if we as people can not see others perspective, we will not be able to collaborate or work with one another to collectively strengthen our nation. By respecting others’ opinions we can gain insight and also learn their specific needs.

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Opinion: Guys Need to be Allies in the Fight against Sexual Violence

Mr. Walter Braun, Guest Editorial Writer

The discussion surrounding sexual harassment is often suppressed by many high school students, teachers, and their parents by virtue of its somewhat “uncomfortable” nature. As a male student of CVU, many would peg me to be the last in line to address this issue in our society. Nevertheless, with two older sisters, younger cousins, and friends who potentially could face some form of sexual misconduct in their separate institutions, I made it my personal goal to initiate the fight against sexual violence and harassment.

For most, seeing a male as one of three co-leaders in the battle against sexual harassment, sexual violence, and rape culture conjures subtle concerns: one in particular being that a man should not be a spokesperson against violence that is, more often than not, targeted at women. From this, it would be easy to say that my role won’t have the same positive impacts as a woman’s, for these potential candidates may (or may not) have directly or indirectly experienced some form of sexual misconduct. To that, I would agree.

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Yet addressing the problematic aspects of our high school, college, and occupational culture has two primary aspects to it: The first, and arguably the most important, is to assist and devote oneself to helping the full recovery of victims. The second aspect is educating the part of society at the root of the problem, young adults, primarily young men (although women can be perpetrators as well).

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Satire Club Editorial Division: Did Obama Invent the War on Christmas

Disclaimer: Satire can make you think, but it can melt the brains of literal-minded people; proceed with caution.  –CVC Eds.

Mr. Thomas Repudiak, SC Correspondant

Did Obama Invent the War on Christmas?  Let’s take a look at the facts I just made up.

Obama has long been championed as the leader of Christmas killers, making 90% of his 2012 agenda based around spitting on the Bible. Despite showing Obama a  photoshop I made of him hanging Santa, he denies any involvement in that matter sidestepping questions, and stating, “you photoshopped that — that never happened”.

I decided to dig deeper and present to you the most compelling reasons I made up about why Obama hates God.

Image courtesy of the AP wire

Image courtesy of the AP wire

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Will our Economy Tank if Our Politicians Don’t Start Compromising?

Mr. Isaac Cleveland

We can’t seem to get anything done. Our economy’s GDP growth rate and inflation rate has been fluctduating around 2%, indicating one of the worst recoveries after a major recession in the history of the United States (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Our politicians are particularly struggling to pass laws around healthcare and tax reform among other issues. What does that mean for us? We may see an unhealthy rise in prices, a lack of jobs, and the U.S. government may even shut down due to the inability to decide on a budget.

Is our government taking the appropriate steps to combat our stagnating economy? Americans have the appetite but congress can’t seem to compromise. The polarization both between Democrats and Republicans and between the members in each party makes resolutions of certain issues impossible.

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Graph courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office

Take the healthcare issue, for example. Many of the reasons why Republicans can’t agree on a healthcare bill are because of different ideologies and re-election thinking. As President Trump mentioned in his pre-election campaigning, he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “much better and less expensive.” However, the unpopular Obamacare bill has remained unchanged, mainly because our politicians are so divided on what should be implemented as a replacement.

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Opinion: ATC Privatization is the Wrong Move for Cutting Federal Spending

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Image courtesy of the FAAAir Traffic Control (ATC) privatization is not the correct approach to reducing federal spending.  From the point of view of someone who flies, this is likely one of Trump’s largest missteps.

Mr. Enzo Delia

ATC privatization is an atrocious attempt to cut federal spending. Trump argues the Air Traffic Control system is, “an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work.” Though the system isn’t without flaws, it sure isn’t as bad as he makes it seem. How would he know anyways? After all, his only airline economics experience consists of investing $365 million in his own airline only to have it come crumbling down into the depths of bankruptcy only 4 years later.

Privatization would have a horrendous effect on ticket prices. There would be an estimated 20-29% increase in ATC fees according to a 2016 Delta Airlines study. This would end up increasing prices for the consumer, as part of the cost of a ticket consists of ATC fees.

Another major issue of privatization is the federal cost associated with it. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s most recent estimate, the process of privatizing our Air Traffic Control system would cost in the ballpark of $98.5 Billion over 10 years. This money would come from taxpayers, and tax payers may not be able to cover this enormous cost in the first place.

Let’s not forget, privatization would also mean all of the currently federally employed Air Traffic Control Workers would be laid off, and airlines such as Delta would be “outsourcing”, thus taking away jobs and not getting them back (AOPA).

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A Letter to Bernie: Net Neutrality Necessity

Mr. Willem Hillier, Guest Editorial Writer

Senator Bernie Sanders

357 Western Ave. Suite 1B

St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Dear Mr. Sanders,

I am a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, and I would like to both thank you for supporting net neutrality and urge you to continue doing all you can to fight against the FCC’s likely ruling this December.

To demonstrate the importance of Net Neutrality, I have a story — a story you may have heard about last year. I modified a Power Wheels car to be used as a wheelchair by a young child with Shaken Baby Syndrome. I used a guide that a different high school team had put up in Instructables.com as the basis for the project, and I improved several aspects of the design in the process, before posting my own version on Instructables.com so that other people in turn can build these mobility devices and learn from my improvements. Likewise, I used many other amazing online resources, like Thingiverse.com, a community-based 3D model repository, and Arduino, a non-profit electronics learning and prototyping platform.

Without Net Neutrality, resources like these likely would not exist. They rely on community-sourced content and support, which Net Neutrality upholds. If it weren’t for Net Neutrality, these amazing platforms likely would not have been able to rise and flourish the way they have. If it weren’t for Net Neutrality, the big ISPs could go so far as to directly censor or block access to these smaller community-based platforms, which they might see as a threat to their corporate mass-media platforms.

The Internet rose from open-source philosophies and transparency, and thus has allowed regular individuals to exchange information on an unprecedented scale. The use of the Internet as a communications platform can only grow in the future, and if we as a country, society, and species want to continue to be able to exchange information in an open and uncensored form then we must preserve the original essential principles that the Web was founded on. As a young person, I feel especially responsible for supporting Net Neutrality; whether it is upheld will likely have a large impact on our society in 15, 30, and 50 years from now – well within my generation’s lifetime.

Thank you for your continuing support in this battle. I urge you to do everything you can to continue supporting Net Neutrality.

Sincerely,

Willem Hillier

 

Opinion: Many Students Disgruntled by Tech

Mr. William Braun

As our society and school grow more dependent on computers and technology, it seems that CVU has come up with the “1:1 plan” to stay ahead of the curve. In reality, the idea was rushed and implemented before we were even ready.

As a result, seniors who decided to use their own devices have virtually no source for tech help and those who didn’t were given the “opportunity” to use the school’s old, beaten, and cheap computers while the rest of the student body strolls the halls with their nice and new Chromebooks.

Oh, and the CVU student Wi-Fi still stinks.

Matt Vile from IT says the purpose of the 1:1 plan was to “give each student a tool to do their work,” that students have “equal access to technology,” and that everyone would be “using the same technology.” While the goal of the 1:1 plan is sound in theory, the means of its execution are far from logical.

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Movies: The New “It” puts fresh clown makeup on the King classic

Ms. Joyce Ke, CVC Film Critic

Be aware of the red balloons, people, and remember don’t talk to strangers. It, the 2017 edition, has just recently landed in theaters, and everyone is raving about it. Everyone who has either seen the first adaptation, read the book, or has heard all the good things about it, is going to go see it. The movie is definitely worth it if you’re into a good/classic horror movie.  

This adaptation was directed by Andy Muschietti who is a director and screenwriter. It is his second movie. The main actors Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise the Dancing Clown), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom). The movie is roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes and is the second adaptation of the popular Stephen King novel (the first was made in 1990).

It is about the adventure of 7 kids based in Derry, Maine who works together to fight a clown they call “it.” The clown is named Pennywise, and he lives in the sewers under the town and wakes up every 27 years to feed on children and terrorize the town of Derry before he goes back to rest.

In the book, the story was told through two time periods of when the characters were kids and when they were older, but in this adaptation, they only focused on the time period of when the characters were kids. I thought that it was smart to only focus the movie on when the characters were children because it really got to the point of the movie. Focusing on the kids was also clever because it made the length of the movie shorter.

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Book Review: 23 Minutes

Ms. Julia Baker, CVC Book Critic

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Title: 23 Minutes

Author: Vivian Vande Velde

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 176

Overall Rating: 6/10

Quick Summary:

Zoe, the main character of 23 Minutes is a loner living in a group home and hating life. She, like most characters in YA novels, has a secret. Hers is that she can time travel, but only back 23 minutes at a time (hence the title), and she can only do it a limited number of times. When she witnesses a bank robbery ending in death, she decides to be a hero and try to save the day.

 Reason For Rating:

Although this story is thrilling, (full of danger, time travel, a bit of awkward romance and lots of action) there’s almost no backstory or character development. Zoe is witty and sarcastic, but lacks a purpose. I’ll give the author credit: the story centers on 23 minutes, a pretty short time to show what a character is made of.  

But even so, without details Zoe seems bland and boring. Case in point: As I was writing this I couldn’t even remember her name, even though I had finished the book the week before!

Although the details didn’t match my expectations, overall the book was a good read. The amount of action was satisfying, as well as the conclusion. I liked the quick way it was written: in snippets like a collection of short stories rather than a book. It kept me on the hooked, and I read it front to back with no pauses – all in one sitting.

As well as having a less than standard format, this book has been proclaimed “One of the best YA books of 2017,” by websites such as Goodreads and BuzzFeed.

Overall, I’d recommend this book if you’re into action and a unique formatting, but if you need a strong backstory and character development than, this book might not be for you.

Perspectives on Confederate Monuments from AP Gov Students

Ms. Emma Rosenau

Dear Editor,

Three weeks ago, all across the country people watched as white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia and clashed with counter protesters. The violence came to a head when a man drove his car into the crowd of people, killing one woman and injuring many others. This disturbing event has since launched a national conversation about what fueled the protests and why a monument to Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which was slated to be taken down from its pedestal because of the racism and division the Confederacy represents, was such a “hot-topic” issue. These tributes to Confederate leaders are all over the South. They are in public places, funded by taxpayers, and increasingly controversial. We are now faced with a tough decision: what do we do with them?

Editorial cartoon by Brenna

Editorial cartoon by Brenna Comeau

 

Many Southerners view the subjects of such statues as heroes of the “lost cause of the Confederacy”, for their ancestorsseen as valiant warriors were only defending what they thought was right. This romantic idea of people like Robert E. Lee is deeply embedded in Southern society.  

Others view the statues as historical, arguing that all they do is commemorate important figures from the Civil War; yes, that war may have been to protect a system of slavery, and what they fought for may have left a legacy of racial injustice continuing into the present day, but removing a monument or two won’t change the past. History is history, and we have to remember it and learn from it…  but these monuments are not history. Not even close.

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Bear Season Loads up on Berries, Goes into Hibernation

Mr. Samuel Comai

CHARLOTTE, VT– Friday, September 8th marks the first day of bear hunting season in Vermont. Local hunters are shining their guns and stocking up on bullets for the season which will last until mid-October.

Bear season is split into two consecutive hunting opportunities. The first season, which lasts from September 8th to October 10th, requires a special tag to hunt. The second season, known as the “late season, is shorter, lasting one week from October 11th to October 18th.

“One black bear per square mile is the current population in Vermont, this is an incredibly high number that ranks among the highest populations in the country,” states VT bear biologist, Forrest Hammond.

Those statistics have created a surge of excitement among hunters all across the state. The 2016 season resulted in 697 bear kills. People may look at these numbers and be disgusted by the heavy removal of black bears. However, hunting is heavily regulated by the state, making it illegal to kill more than one bear a season and, according to Hammond, many hunters say it is incredibly beneficial to a controlled growth in the bear population.

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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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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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VT Birds: On the Decline and Cause for Concern

Ms. Carly Alpert, Special CVC Environmental Correspondent

Birds are like stars. They brighten up the sky and bring joy to those who view them. But unlike stars, many Vermont birds are in danger. There are eleven bird species in Vermont that are endangered, and two bird species that are threatened. There seem to be three major reasons for these alarming facts.

One leading cause of birds becoming endangered is habitat loss. Loss of habitat occurs for a variety of reasons. Climate change is one factor, being responsible for the rising temperatures in which some bird species cannot survive. Curt Alpeter, Chairman of the Vermont Audubon Society, as well as avid birder, provides a specific example in the Bicknell’s thrush. Alpeter says, “This is a bird that depends on cooler temps, higher mountain elevation, and the habitat that is found there to breed and nest. Climate change is impacting this habitat and the temperatures at 3,000+ feet of altitude and forces the birds out of their historical breeding areas. Since this is such a select area, the number of places that can support these birds is less and as a result their populations are dropping.”

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Bicknell’s Thrush, photo from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

Additionally, forest fragmentation destroys birds’ habitats. Urbanization in Vermont is causing large forests with diverse ecosystems to be divided into many smaller subsections. Smaller forests don’t have the resources that many species need to survive, forcing them towards extinction. It is essential that Vermonters preserve their birds’ habitats if they wish them to continue to flourish.

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The Apology Complex: Why It’s Time to Stop Saying “I’m Sorry”

Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Koko Vercessi

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How many conversations have you had with your friends where you don’t say sorry at least once for something that didn’t require it? While many people believe that old school manners and the art of etiquette is dying, others are suffering from a very different kind of problem that doesn’t involve rudeness. All around the world, people are plagued by what has become known as the “Apology Complex”, or “Sorry Syndrome”.

“Sorry Syndrome” comes in the form of a type of constant verbal regurgitation of the words “I’m sorry” during situations that do not really call for this kind of proclamation of an apology. An apology can take the form of an admittance of guilt, a way of showing regret, or an attempt to show sympathy. The words once used to convey an apology are now being used in everyday conversations. I doubt that anyone has passed by or participated in a conversation in which they have not heard or uttered themselves the words “I’m sorry” when the situation did not really call for an apology.“Sorry Syndrome” has gotten so bad that people assume judgement and feel the need to apologize for simply just being, or just acting in a natural way. But because of a comment or funny look, many of us resort to simply apologizing to the people around us for being ourselves.

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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.

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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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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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CVC Scallion: Left Twix Leader Assassinated by Extremist Right Twix Group

Mr. Keenan Reinsborough, CVC Staff Satirist

Shocking reports released this Monday show that president of the Left Twix Alliance, Seamus Twix, was shot while addressing the public. Political analysts are speculating the motives of the attack were caused by the repeated abuse of prisoners of war held captive by Left Twix.

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Image from the Alt-AP Wire

When asked to comment, the vice-president of the Left Twixt Alliance (LTA) had some healing words for the nation: “In times of turmoil, we must remember that we are all human. We are not animals, for we cascade caramel on a cookie and choose proudly to bathe it in chocolate”.  

Charlie Beckham, a spokesperson for a political group that self-identifies as  an “Alt-right Twix”, was quoted as saying, “Though it is a tragedy that he is now gone, people need to remember that Seamus was a tyrant who cascaded caramel on his cookies. A man who engages in such filthy activities is not fit to lead a nation.”  

Tension has risen recently between the two sides as the public continues to argue at weather to bathe or cloak its cookies in chocolate. Bipartisan Twix continue to go unheard.     

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The CVC Scallion is a little Onion-esque section of The Chronicle.  Please be advised: THIS IS SATIRE, and therefore is not to be taken (too) seeriously.  –CVC eds.