Makeup: the Fatal Flaw


Ms. Heidi Laberge

MONDAY MORNING, 7:15 AM – I look in the mirror and see a pale face and broken eyes. I lean over to the basket to grab the utensils to put my face on. First, I grab the liquid foundation to cover up my coarse skin, spreading onto every inch of my face. Following that, I cover the liquid foundation with a powder cover up to be perceived as tan. Once my face is covered, I apply a touch of blush to each cheek to define my cheek bones. I then focus on my eyes. I brush a light brown eyeshadow over my eyelid. To enhance my eyeshadow, I use a darker brown to outline my eyelid making it look ‘smoky’. When both eyes look about the same, I put a thin line of eyeliner on the bottom of my eyelid, outlining my eyelashes. Lastly, I apply mascara to my top and bottom eyelashes. I look in the mirror; a more appealing face and satisfied eyes. 7:30 AM.

This is absolutely pathetic. The fifteen minutes wasted putting on makeup could have been used to take extra time in the shower, an extra few minutes sleeping, even just give me time to eat breakfast. This is completely atrocious. Although, I may sound like a hypocrite, I hate makeup. I hate the fact that I feel that I need to rely on something to feel pretty, to feel attractive. I rely way too much on makeup and I know it. It’s disgusting. I shouldn’t have to rely on cosmetics to feel perfect, to feel beautiful. I feel that I need to wear makeup. I don’t feel socially acceptable without. It masks my actual feelings.

Makeup is the fatal flaw.

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Faux’roscopes by Crystal Birches

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Brutally honest is your thing Aries, stick with that! While you may offend peers and teachers, it’s your honesty that will guide you through your struggles. This month, you may face a problem where the easiest way out is to lie, but it’s the truth that will be your savior.

 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are stubborn, stubborn, stubborn.  But wait!  This is a good thing! This month someone will pressure you to change your ways or something about you. STICK TO YOUR GUNS! Be true to who you are Taurus, it will take you far. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Go for the gold this month, Gemini.  This is your time to shine– literally.  You have two options, you just have to pick one and stick to it: Option 1 is to BLING IT UP!  Sparkle like nobody’s business.  I want to see gold chains, gemstone nail polish, and mad grillz out there.  If you want to step it up a notch, however, there is always Option 2: You see, there is a medal out there with your name on it.  Ask that cutie out on a date, start training for a marathon, study like mad and nail that target.  Either way, the universe has got your back right now.  Let it lift you up where you belong. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s tough being a crab.  You know: being vertically challenged, having a tendency to smell like low tide, and being generally awkward except when creeping around corners.  But being a crab has its benefits, too.  This month, that thick shell of yours will come in handy when dealing with frenemies, third cousins, unruly gas station attendants, and CVU’s Four Corners.  OWN, that shell, Cancer! It’s your greatest asset right now!

 LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The royal treatment continues, Leo! This month brings good luck and abundance, but also the temptation to enjoy the good things in life in excess. Try to use moderation in all things, especially spending, and socializing. Simply share the wealth!

 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s a nice balance between work and play for you this month, dear Virgo, and you will experience good opportunities to express yourself. However, DO NOT focus on work alone. This will lead you into a downward spiral and you may lose some followers. Play is important too, Virgo, don’t forget to let your hair down!

 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Balance, shmalance.  That’s what my Grandmother always used to say!  That is, until she fell off a teeter-totter and shattered her coccyx.  Stay FAR AWAY from teeter-totters, see-saws, administrators, and judicial systems this month, Libra!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re finally breaking out of the dark tunnel of transformation that seemed to last for an eternity. Instead of feeling like a ghost in your own life, you’re going to reincarnate into greatness. This month a big change awaits you, you must prepare for it! Getting a haircut or spicing up your wardrobe can prepare you for your rebirth this month, Scorpio.

 SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You know how sometimes you feel like nothing is going your way and that the world is out to get you?  Well, it’s true.  This month, Sagittarius, the world really IS out to get you.  The stars are aligned to empty your wallet and to keep you from meeting the targets. Stay home, don’t operate heavy machinery, and eat foods rich in fiber.  When the month is over, you’ll feel light as a feather and free as a bird! Until then, hunker down, we all believe in you. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your mantra is “Class”, Capricorn. No matter where you go, class will flow from your pores. But you must remember not to be arrogant when everyone else is looking up to you. Class can turn into snootiness very very quickly so you must stay away from large hoop earrings or salmon colored pants. These may give you SO much class that you come off as arrogant. Watch your flow this month Capricorn. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):  Aquarius, this month you’ll find yourself drawn to  new and amazing things. But you MUST take the road already traveled on. Looking for new things this month could result in catastrophe. There is no need to step out of your comfort zone. Stay away from locked doors, and if you find an old key, throw it away. Those doors are locked for a reason. 

PISCES (February 19-March 20):  Stop what you are doing right now and listen to the Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.  Better yet, watch the original music video.  This is your anthem this month, Pisces: don’t let yourself be oppressed.  Play your guitar REALLY REALLY loudly, and blast the world with your sweet riffs.  Your mantra= “Shred!”

Field Hockey Hits the Boards

Mr. Alex Kent

HINESBURG, VT–This year’s CVU varsity field hockey team finished their regular season with a record of  9-3-1, losing only to Mt. Mansfield, Essex, and South Burlington. Their single tie came from the first time that the Redhawks were matched up with Essex, both goalies completing a shutout.

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Unity before the championship game. Photo by Andy Bishop

The squad started off with a two-game win streak, beating Burlington and Colchester, which ended with a 0-0 tie with Essex.  Their next game was a tough 0-1 loss to Mt. Mansfield, but the Redhawks bounced back and won the next five games in a row.

The regular season wrapped up with two more losses and two more wins.

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CVU Plays Dodgy

Mr. Landon Carpenter

HINESBURG, VT–On Friday November 14, 2014, Champlain Valley Union High School’s annual dodgeball tournament took place. Nearly 50 teams participated in the popular event, but only one was able to take home the gold.

Previously, dodgeball had been nothing but a nonchalant activity that a few students put together. However, in 2008, Mark Pogact created an official Dodgeball Tournament. It started out very small in comparison to what it has become today. Only about ten teams participated in their first tournament, while this year there was a grand total of 48.

Each dodgeball team is comprised of six players, with both sexes represented by at least one member. The most common make up of the teams involves five males and one female.  There are, however, at least a couple teams with a strategy on the opposite side of the spectrum, consisting of five females and only one male, who are looking to defy the stereotype.

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XC Gets ‘er Done

Mr. Cooper Bolduc
The Champlain Valley Union cross country had a great run during the 2014 season. Both the boys and girls varsity teams competed well this season with success and time in the spotlight.

“I thought we did great, the girls were state champions,” said head coach Scott Bliss, “and the guys just got better and better and were second at states, won a race at the Manhattan Invitational, which was huge,” he added.

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Girls Soccer Roundup

Mr. Bijan Motia

With back to back undefeated seasons and four straight championships, CVU Womens Soccer is one of the most dominant sports programs the state has ever seen.

It’s not often that a program can win four straight championships. Most people would go and direct all the success that the program has had over to the starting players on the Redhawks squad, most of whom are returning next year, but it’s rare when a program can say they have a coach that hasn’t lost a game yet.

Stan Williams, coach of the CVU Women’s Soccer team for the past two years, hasn’t lost a game yet in his tenure.

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Mary’s Restaurant: An Evening in Paradise

Ms. Madison Hakey

Bristol–Mary’s Restaurant in Bristol, VT is the perfect place for a large gathering or an intimate dinner. The tables are set in three different rooms of an old farm house just off of Route 116. The setting is cozy and comfortable; a perfect mix of casual and sophisticated. After being greeted at the podium in the foyer, our party of eleven was led into a small, quiet room with a fireplace on the back wall.

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Shumlin Underwhelms

Messrs. Alex Kent & Jake Dawson

MONTPELIER, VT — You only need to convince a little under 15.5% of the total Vermont population to become its next governor.

In the 2014 mid-term elections, a record-low voter turnout of 43.7% was recorded. There are 443,400 registered voters in the state of Vermont, and on November 4th, only 193,603 Vermonters exercised their right to vote for governor. These record low numbers haven’t been seen since 1978.

The results of this election weren’t predicted by anyone, including top analysts. Incumbent Democratic Governor, Peter Shumlin, walked away with 46.43% of the total votes, 89,883. That means that only 14.3% of the Vermont population voted for him to be Governor for another term. Republican challenger, Scott Milne (who has never held a political office), came unexpectedly close to upsetting the incumbent. With 45.34%, or 87,788 votes, was only 2,095 votes behind Shumlin, about 1.1% behind. Milne only had 14% of Vermonters support.

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Floor Hockey Club, On the Rise

Mr. Alex Kent

Not every school has something for everybody. Teenagers around the U.S. go through high school wishig their school had a certain club of one of their interests, or that there were more opportunities for relaxed environment athletics, yet do not start a club.

Many students enjoy activity outside of school that their school does not offer. Being part of a club or playing a sport affiliated with the school forces everyone to meet new people with common interests, not to mention how much fun it can be.


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Students in Commons

Ms. Elizabeth Resi

Hinesburg, VT- During the school day, CVU students are granted the privilege of utilizing “commons areas”, which are places students can hangout during their free time. The areas are secured by the school and its faculty. An ongoing discussion between students and the teachers here at Champlain Valley Union High School has consistently centered on these two questions: what is the actual use of these commons areas, and are the students using them appropriately?


Commons areas are places that are selected for students to attend when they are not in classes. These areas include the cafeteria, the tables by the front office (both sections), and the picnic tables that are found on the patio, outside of the cafeteria. However, the areas do not include the campus area that goes beyond the faculty parking lot. This is mostly because the point of the commons areas is to keep students in a safe location where they can be productive.

Also, contrary to popular belief, the library is not an official commons area.

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Medical Marijuana Gains Traction

Medical marijuana is an unpleasant issue in today’s society, and many people argue the pros and cons of its use. 23 states in the US currently allow the use of medical marijuana. Vermont specifically legalized in June of 2011.

The definition of medicinal marijuana, according to US Legal definitions, is the “use of cannabis or marijuana, including contents of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, in physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy.”

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Wonder Drug

Mr. Kyle Abrahms

VERMONT— Beep, beep, beep. The alarm clock nearby calls out waking all to face the long day ahead. Bleary eyed, and exhausted, people make their way downstairs and immediately flick on the coffee maker. One piping hot cup of coffee greets them in minutes. The warm liquid rejuvenates, and provides energy to start people’s days.

In today’s world, caffeine has become a common substance which humans often ingest without a second thought. It gives people energy and fuel to face the challenges that lie ahead. But, in reality, is this substance really beneficial, or in fact harmful?

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Yik Yak is Whack

Mr. Samuel Wilkins

IMG_0091Hinesburg, VT — A student walks into school and hears about the latest app, Yik-Yak, at his high school and instantly is interested and wants to be included. He downloads the app and is unpleasantly surprised to see his name plastered all over the app. He begins reading the insults and horrible things being said about him and his is heart broken. He doesn’t understand what he did and he doesn’t know why they chose to attack him and in reality there is no motive for him or anyone else to be brutally attacked on the internet like this, but yet it continues. This is the power of anonymity, once given to today’s teenagers they unleash a world of fury against even their closest friends or someone they don’t even know.

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Violently Appropriate

Mr. Xavier Waterhouse

One of the positive things about violent video games is that it increases spatial navigation. Violent video games increase memory. Violence in video games is okay because of the rating systems, the different content and the different areas of violence on TV.

A recent study published in “American Psychologists” discusses video games as a way to strengthen cognitive abilities. The study took place at the University of Nimegen in the Netherlands. The study found that violent video games enhance a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions.

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Testing, Testing… Standardized Testing

Ms. Delaney Thomas

I stumbled into the crowded classroom as twenty pairs of judgmental eyes watched me attempt to juggle my coffee, car keys, backpack, and #2 pencils. I was late. Again. I took my assigned seat, which happened to be next to my best friend Katrina who, as always, looked calm, organized and put together. She had been studying for weeks. I on the other hand, had spent the previous night desperately trying to read the entire SAT study guide cover to cover.IMG_0100

Katrina and I are both good students. We both try hard in school, get almost straight A’s and we both have the same GPA. There’s one thing that sets Katrina and me apart however. She’s good with tests. She aces every one of them but, let’s just say test taking is not my forte.  I can’t help it. I study hard and do well in class, but when it comes time to take a test, my mind goes blank. It feels nearly impossible to keep my focus for even a short period of time. I understand the material, but I’m just not a test person. I start daydreaming and I can’t seem to sit still for more than half an hour.

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Moody Foodie

Mr. Eli Spencer

Food, air and water: these are three vital components of life. Despite their importance to humankind, they are less and less available in their pure and natural forms.  Why is this the case?  Because in the name of profit and mass production, we (the modern industrial world) have taken these necessary elements of our existence and altered them. The same companies that have corrupted the nature of the food we eat have also corrupted how we think about the food we eat: the first via mass production; the second, via mass media.

Equally important to ask, what are we doing to our food, and how our these changes affecting us? Food, like so many things, can have positive or negative effects on us depending on the choices we make surrounding it.

However, to make good choices, we need good information. Unfortunately, it seems that the average American consumer gets most of their information about food from advertising.  The companies who generate that advertising don’t necessarily care about our health, just our money — and getting us to spend it on their products.

This article will provide you with well researched data on food from valid, credible sources. It’s purpose is to help you be a more informed consumer, a better eater, and, ultimately, a healthy human being in better control of your moods.

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Earthbound Trading

Ms. Anna Steeley


Burlington, Vermont-October 23, 2014-“Earthbound Trading,” a gift shop located on Church Street draws a unique type of diversity into the mix of the second whitest state in the US.

Although, it is a trade store it is also a chain store. There over 100 “Earthbound Trading,” shops in the United States.

The merchandise comes from all over the world. The clothing and jewelry mostly from India and Indonesia; this takes up half of the store here in Burlington. Also other countries that are highly displayed in this store are Peru and China, of course.

Two employees were recently interviewed of what they liked best of working at this trade store. Both of them could agree that the other people of whom they also work with are very friendly, the atmosphere was great, and that there was no manager to tell them what to do. The workers said they didn’t know much about the different countries where the gifts were made. But, they did know where they were made and how. For example, the rain sticks that are sold at this store are made of cactus. Another item is the salt lamps they are made in China from Himalayan rock. The salt lamps are one of the most popular items in the entire store.

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Devil’s Due

Ms. Anna Steeley

Why can’t horror movies be like they use to? When you’re sitting there with your popcorn in the dark, and you suddenly become so terrified you jump, and then the popcorn spills all over the floor? Horror and thriller movies are just not the same anymore; they all derive identical plots over and over again. Here’s a suggestion for movie directors and producers, stop making bad horror films! They all have the same boring set up! The couple with or without kids move into the new house, and either the house is haunted or the child or wife is haunted, and strange things occur in the house. There are like a gazillion movies just like this for example, “Insidious,” “The Conjuring,” “Sinister,” “Paranormal Activity,” “Evil Dead,” and now “Devils Due.” This plot is getting old!

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Gravity, the Journey

Sig. Filippo Piva

MV5BNjE5MzYwMzYxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTk4MTk0OQ@@._V1_SY1006_CR25,0,630,1006_AL_Consider the journey as the most important thing to take during a movie.

There are films that are motionless, static, which don’t move the imagination, don’t move anything, don’t change who you are.

Gravity is exactly the opposite. A very personal journey is accomplished in this film, an incredibly intimate and absurd journey. You look at the Earth from miles away and nobody tells us what’s there. It is something that lasts indefinitely, something suspended for two hours.

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Dress Code: Student Approved

Ms. Delaney Thomas

CVU faculty shared dress code guidelines with students Friday morning during advisory. These somewhat vague guidelines advise students to wear clothing that “sufficiently covers the body” and does not endorse drugs, alcohol, weapons or display inappropriate words or pictures. Clothing that “disrupts or substantially detracts from the educational process” is not allowed.

It happens every year. When temperatures rise during the late spring or during an unusual Indian summer, the short shorts and plunging necklines become a popular choice of attire among students, and every year CVU is reminded of the school’s dress code. While many schools enforce a strict dress code, CVU’s “guidelines for appropriate student dress” appeal to both students and faculty due its fairly reasonable and vague suggestions.

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Go Po

Mr. Bijan Motia

BURLINGTON, VT- All Burlington police officers will start to wear body cameras on their uniforms. Considering recent events such as the murder of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, this is a rather appealing idea.

In Ferguson, an altercation between an officer and an African-American teenager has caused ruptures between the police and African-American citizens around the country. Having film evidence on what happened would clear up much speculation on what actually happened.

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Advisory and Proud

Ms. Anna Steeley

Hinesburg-Champlain Valley Union High School- It’s November that time for the annual Advisory Pride Emblem Contest.

CVU has been doing this for eight years. On average 80 advisories compete in this contest. This year the teachers on the panel for judging were, Carol Fox, Lora Crabtree, Seth Emerson, Lindsey Lynaugh, and Justin Chapman.

Some of the categories change throughout the years for example, two years ago there was a “Pretty Darn Clever,” award created by Debbie Seaton.  The winners receive a complimentary breakfast. Last year they got bagels from Coves, but this year it was from somewhere else.

The Pride Emblem Contest was created by Chris Hood. Originally it was not designed for advisory, but for the school to portray unity and spirit in a creative way.

The criterion for the contest is that the emblem must represent CVU and everyone in that advisory; it must show what is important to that advisory. And having a theme for the emblem is always a good way to go.

The key to winning according to Dave Trevithick, the freshman Fairbanks science teacher is…

“Not just having an idea but having a great idea,” replies Mr. Trevithick. His advisory has won a few awards over the years including the “Pretty Darn Clever Award,” for this unique emblem called “Fear the Beard.” Mr. Trevithick’s advisory also won a “Judges Award,” for his emblem, “Album Covers.”

Although, Mr. Trevithick’s advisory kicked butt in this contest, Robin Fawcett’s advisory has won a few times as well. Their emblem theme was, “Pirates of Talents.” The emblem displayed the advisory members- each showing their talents whether it be drawing, playing a sport, dancing, etc. In a giant painted pirate ship. It was colorful and original no wonder it won the “Most Creative,” award.

However, this year there were ten winners. For the “Most Creative Award,” Sue Frederick, Justin Chapman, and Dave Richardson’s advisories won. The “Judge’s Award,” went to Robin Fawcett, Anna Coupertherwait, and Katherine Riley’s advisories. Chris Smith, Higgins/Wood, and Seth Jensen’s advisory’s won for “Most School Spirit.” And lastly, Dickinson/LaChance won the “Most Improved Award.”

The winning advisories are treated to a healthy balanced breakfast of bagels, juice, and fruit.


Wi-Fi Changes Buzz Around CVU

Mr. Jake Dawson

Hinesburg–Champlain Valley Union High School needs its internet. For many reasons, the change to the amount of networks and the quality of service have had students and faculty talking since the first day of school.

The largest and most notable change to the schools systems would be the removal of CSSUNET and CVUPublic with the addition of CVUStudent. CSSUNET had a lot of problems, the major one of which is the fact that this network was shared with all the schools in the CSSU. This caused a lack of security and overuse of the network with different faculty giving the password to students.

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iPhone 6: Worth the Buy?

Mr. Elliott Mitchell

In 2010, I got the “new, up-and-coming phone,” the iPhone 4. It lasted me much longer than expected – a whole four years. When the iPhone 6 came out in September, 2014, I knew I was due for an upgrade. There was a lot of hype for the release of the new iPhone, and I wanted to be a part of it.

I ended up pre-ordering the regular sized iPhone 6 (not the iPhone 6 plus) and got it in the mail the day it came out. I anxiously opened the box, not knowing what to expect, and I must say I was quite impressed at the first glance. It is very thin and light, and I got the gold one which has a nice and smooth look to it. Talking about appearance, the iPhone 6 earned a big check in my book.

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A Maze-like Plot

Mr. Landon Carpenter

I had seen several advertisements and trailers for one of the more recent of films, Maze Runner. I was greatly intrigued by its previews and was very interested in watching the film. This past weekend I finally made the decision to go it watch it with some of my friends. I had a lot of hopes that this movie would be very entertaining and nonetheless it was. Continue reading

SBL at CVU: It’s (Supposed to Be) Good for You!

Mr. Charlie Maitland

Imagine it’s the beginning of a new unit in your hardest class. After a few classes, the first quiz is given. Unfortunately, you haven’t had enough time to learn the new material, so you do poorly on the quiz. This bad grade will chase you through the entire unit as the rest of your cumulative work is averaged together. No matter how hard you try, or how much you improve, you’ll never be happy with your final grade, because it has been destroyed by the first quiz. Continue reading

Wind Power: A Nuisance or A Reminder

Mr. Samuel Wilkins

Hinesburg — I recently went for a hike in the beautiful state of Vermont. After 3 grueling hours, I finally reached the top. The view was magnificent: giant mountains and deep valleys with Lake Champlain in the background.  As I scanned the skyline, I began to notice small white hairlike structures coming out of the ground in some places. They were wind turbines. They did not bother me, it didn’t disrupt my view, and it most definitely didn’t ruin the amazing Vermont landscape. Continue reading

Standardized Tests ≠ Intelligence

Ms. Jackie Samuelson

Every high school student dreads waking up on that one Saturday morning knowing they are about to sit in a chair for four hours and take a test. A test that only measures a small portion of what makes education meaningful. The repetitive speeches before every section make for a great bedtime story, not to mention the proctor also looks like they could use a nap. The room is full of tired and negative vibes, and that does not make for a good testing environment. Continue reading

Redhawk Cafe: Why Complain?

Mr. Charlie Maitland

“There are no more cookies! There’s no more bacon! Why are they taking away everything good in the world?”

These are typical outcries of displeasure from CVU students at lunch. The CVU cafeteria has undergone some menu changes this year. In addition to the lack of cookies and bacon, taco tuesday has also seen its last days, whether you like it or not. Snack options have also been limited to those marketed as “healthy”. Many CVU students complain about these changes, but it’s tough to give them sympathy.

Students are under no pressure to buy food from the school cafeteria. The only thing that stops most students from bringing lunch from home is their own motivation. The school isn’t like a movie theater or sports stadium that doesn’t allow bringing your own food and drink. If you are not satisfied with the school’s lunch, I would suggest bringing your own.


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