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November 1, 2013
Former Coach Arrested Police: Poland Embezzled $10,000
Players Say News Was ‘No Surprise’
Laura Noddin Critic Staff Writer Edward Poland, Lyndon State's former baseball coach, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of embezzlement. Vermont State Police said the investigation began in March after they were contacted by officials from Lyndon State. The month the investigation began, Poland resigned, leaving the men’s baseball team with a 3-20 record in his only season. Administrators at the college discovered financial irregularities by Poland, said Keith Chamberlin, director of communications and marketing at LSC. Vermont State Police said about $10,000 was unaccounted for in regards to the baseball program. An attempt to contact Poland for comment was unsuccessful. LSC President Joe Bertolino said the college takes criminal allegations very seriously, and has fully participated in the investigation. “We have strong financial controls in place that revealed the irregularities promptly and triggered our response," Bertolino said. "Nonetheless, this is a disappointing and unfortunate set of circumstances." Athletic Director Chris Ummer declined comment. Chamberlin said in a press statement the college will defer comments to the Vermont State Police and the State’s Attorney’s office. In a statement to LSC faculty and staff, Chamberlin asked that all employees refrain from making comments to the media. Poland is scheduled to appear at Caledonia District Court on Dec. 30. At the time of his resignation The Critic quoted an anonymous member of the baseball team saying it stemmed from the alcohol policy being violated by a team member on a winter training trip to Florida. The anonymous team member said Poland told LSC’s Athletic Director that the student responsible was punished fully by sitting out two games, however, the student only sat out for 4 innings.
Corey Wells Critic Sports Editor Wednesday’s arrest of ex-Lyndon State baseball coach Edward Poland for the charge of embezzlement does not come to a surprise for many of his former players. An investigation conducted by the Vermont State Police showed that $10,000 had gone missing from the baseball program. As the head coach of the team, Poland was in charge of those funds. “I’m not surprised at all,” junior outfielder Alex Gauthier said. “When I met with the state trooper and we went through the expenses that we paid and how much was donated to the program. From there I had a pretty good idea that he took money.” Junior infielder Ian Murdock added, “It’s not shocking. I knew something was going to come about with this after all the questionable activities that happened last spring and with the baseball team going to Florida with no money. So, I’m not surprised that something happened.” Like Gauthier and Murdock, most members of the 2013 team knew something was awry when they were asked to sit down with Det. Sgt. Fred Cornell of the Vermont State Police in September. Despite the interview with Cornell and the arrest made on Wednesday, the team feels in the dark about the situation, said junior pitcher Brandon Flood. “After the interviews I didn’t think about it much and it kind of went silent,” Flood said. “There was nothing in the news so I had forgotten about it and then it pops up all of the sudden. You kind of come up empty because you don’t know what’s going on really.” For many players, questions were initially raised in March when the team was able to fly to Florida for spring training. It was believed that there was an insufficient amount of money from fundraising for a flight to Florida.
Above: The Vermont State Police issued this mug shot of Ed Poland after his arrest Wednesday on an embezzlement charge. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 30. Left: This file photo shows Poland during practice last season. The baseball team went 3-20 during the single year Poland coached.
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November 1, 2013
From Where I Sit Michael B. Miley The Critic
The Sophist philosophers of ancient Greece did not believe in the concept of absolute truth. They theorized that since each individual’s perception informs their reality, and since every person perceives and experiences reality differently, they can be no absolutes, only relative truth. With this in mind, I present to you a response to a letter sent to The Critic by Marc Brunco, which has been reproduced on this page. I am responding to this letter because I was explicitly mentioned. But as I said, know that my goal in responding to Mr. Brunco’s letter is not to prove who’s “right” or “wrong,” but rather to continue the open exchange of ideas in The Critic. In fact, I thank Mr. Brunco for his submission, and I invite others to do the same. Having said that, here is my rebuttal: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a harmful and duplicitous piece of legislation. It fails to address the underlying problems affecting health care in America, and in fact, makes these problems worse. More importantly, the ACA fundamentally changes the relationship between the government and its citizens in a profoundly negative way, further marginalizing the individual’s sovereignty and reducing him to a pawn in a cynical political game. President Obama is no stranger to this game either, carrying on a dubious tradition begun by Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. The problems with health care in America are in fact the result of excessive government interference in the marketplace over the last century, and the ACA continues this destructive trend. The Obama administration has engaged in a massive taxpayer-funded PR campaign aimed at encouraging young, healthy people to enroll in the exchanges. Indeed, Obama called out his Hollywood shills to promote youth enrollment by masking the unpleasant effects of the law in the glitz and glamor of celebrity. But don’t be fooled, dear reader, what these stooges won’t tell you is that in order for this multi-billion dollar wealth transfer program to work, young and healthy people must enroll to pay for other people’s pre-existing conditions. Under the ACA, insurance becomes nothing more than a government subsidy paid for by the young and healthy. In a year, these voters will discover just how much their new insurance premiums will be, and I believe that I can confidently state that they will be higher. I also believe that the ACA’s appeal will wear off once the healthy people discover how much the sick are costing them. It’s not that I specifically want people with pre-existing conditions to suffer without health insurance, but the reality of the situation is that insurance pools only work when risk is minimized, otherwise, it is not insurance. The provision allowing young people to remain on their parent’s insurance plans until they’re 26 is harmful to young people as it continues to encourage the arrested development that plagues our generation. It discourages us from em-
OPINION barking out on our own and implicitly suggests that it is OK to depend on our parents for far longer than previous generations ever did. Indeed, our generation is stuck in a prolonged adolescence with an entitlement mentality. As a generation, we must collectively grow up and cease expecting everything to be handed to us. I think it’s fallacious to say that Obama’s re-election was an endorsement of the ACA by the American people. After all, as you point out, Mitt Romney was the architect of the Massachusetts law the ACA was modeled after. Indeed, in a September 2012 interview with NBC’s Meet The Press, Candidate Romney (as you call him) said, “There are a number of things I like about health care reform that I’m going to put in place… One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.” In light of a statement like that, can anyone reasonably believe that Romney would have actually used the power of the presidency to repeal the ACA? Finally, the most dangerous aspect of the ACA is the individual mandate—the very crux of this incredibly flawed government program. Political theorist Max Weber defined the state as a territorial monopoly of the use of force. Its supporters tout the ACA as a righteous piece of legislation, whose morality is unquestionable. Indeed, it is very easy to marginalize those who oppose the law by saying, “you don’t want people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage?” Or, “you want to deny low-income individuals health care?” But these petty attacks ignore a fundamental point: the individual mandate—like all laws—is backed by the implicit threat of force. Under the ACA, the government puts a metaphorical gun to your head and forces you to make a choice, either buy health insurance from one of the many companies who lobbied aggressively to get the ACA passed or pay a fine to the entity coercing you. Any program that uses aggression to achieve its goals—and all government programs do—has no moral ground to stand on. Our freedom and individual sovereignty is deeply threatened by this specific provision of the ACA, and it is indicative of the broader problems with the law. There are other things the federal government could do to lower the price of health care—allowing consumers to purchase health insurances across state lines, and tort reform come to mind—but large, expensive, and obtuse government programs are most certainly not the solution. As the Sodexo controversy illustrates, laws like the ACA only cause more problems and social strife than they solve.
Letter to the Editor
As one of the people who helped to circulate the petition to support the full time Sodexo workers, I would like to respond to Editor-in-chief Michael Miley’s comments about the efforts I, and other groups worked on last Wednesday to raise attention to Sodexo’s unfair treatment of their workers. This French based company took the route many other large companies have in the past year, and that is exploiting a loophole in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) to prevent them from insuring their workforce. The law states that any company employing more than 50 workers must provide health insurance to all full time employees; something that most companies already do. There are those companies out there that only offer company healthcare to certain full time workers, and employ more than 50 workers, who will be mandated by law to provide healthcare to all full time workers, or pay a fine. Because
there is no provision for part time workers, companies like Sodexo have taken the drastic step of reducing most full time employees’ working hours to 29 hours or fewer per week; classifying them as part time. What this would mean for some full time Sodexo employees, is that in addition to no healthcare benefits, they would lose vacation time, sick leave, and of course working hours. None of those other benefits have one thing to do with the ACA, and the decision to cut them is entirely Sodexo’s and Sodexo’s alone. My involvement as a member of the Vermont Student Organizing Project was part of a coordinated effort across all the VSC schools to raise student awareness of these impending cuts. The employees at the Dhall and hornet’s nest work hard to provide us with meals each and every day, and don’t deserve this kind of treatment when their employer has the power to reverse their decisions. Sodexo is a very wealthy multinational corporation based overseas in France, and I doubt that the VSC would’ve agreed to a contract with them if the company was somehow insolvent. Sodexo’s own FY2012 report states they had a net growth of profit over the last year; they have the money to give all their employees their benefits, they are just choosing not to. Last week, Editor Miley said that our efforts would be better spent circulating a petition to repeal the ACA, believing the fantasy that companies like Sodexo have propagated about the healthcare law. The law is not to blame to the cutting of benefits and hours, Sodexo is. Editor Miley, do you really want most of your fellow students, such as me, to lose our ability to stay on our parent’s health insurance until we’re 26? Do you really want people with preexisting conditions to be denied coverage? Do you really want people to lose insurance because their medical expenses passed a lifetime cap? Because those are just some of the unfair practices you are suggesting students advocate for a return to. And I’ll tell you why a petition like that is a waste of time; there is no popular support to repeal the law. Almost a year ago, the American people were given the opportunity to elect a President and a congress that would repeal the ACA; they choose not to take it. I don’t believe I need to bring up the last attempt to derail the ACA and the government shutdown it caused. What you advocated for shows one of the fundamental problems of “anti-obamacare” arguments; you don’t understand the law you are calling to be repealed. And history shows people tend to hate that which they don’t understand. - Marc Brunco
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Focus On Abilities
Huh? What? Slow Down! “If you can dream it you can do it.” -Walt Disney
Photo by Bryan Barber
Jessica Lewis Critic Staff Writer My mom knew something wasn’t quite right when I was young, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She knew that I meant well and was trying to follow directions, but I just couldn’t seem to follow through on the simplest of directions. I was later diagnosed with an auditory processing disability. Consider this true scenario when I was eight years old working on an art project with my mother: “Jessica, could you go downstairs and bring me the red paint off the bottom shelf?” asked Mom. “Red paint?” I confusedly asked which is really the only part of the sentence that my mind processed. “Yes,” my mom replied. Still more confused, I replied, “What about the red paint?” My mother replied, “Get it.” I said, “Well, where is it?” My mother replied, “It’s downstairs.” I venture downstairs and look for the red paint, anxious to please my mom. Frantically, unable to locate it, I yell up to my mom, “Mom, where is the red paint?” And she replies, “It’s on the bottom shelf.” I walk over to the shelves, look to the bottom shelf, and see the red paint. I wonder why I’m looking at it and what I was supposed to do with it. Wow, it is exhausting to even recall this
scenario because my mind worked so hard to understand my mother’s simple request. I knew my mother was asking me to bring her something, but once I finally figured out what it was and where it was, I forgot that I was supposed to bring it to my mom. Such is the life of a child with auditory processing difficulties. I won’t out-grow the disability. I’ve been told by specialists that I can only process six words at a time if spoken slowly. Keep in mind, my ability to hear is just fine. It’s simply the disconnection in the brain when words are spoken to me that cause me such trouble. I often sound “spacey” because I say “What?” a lot. People with auditory processing disability get labeled in the category of “air-heads” or worse yet, “dumb”. I can assure you, this is not the case. Instead of “what?” or “huh?”, I’ve now learned to say, “I have an auditory processing disability. Could you please repeat that a little more slowly?” Can you even imagine what a college lecture hall is like with an auditory processing disability? Words are flying at you a mile a minute, lots of words! And sometimes, you are expected to quickly answer a pointed question. Believe me, it is exhausting! The professor calls on me. I open my
Students React to the Plans to Relocate the Fountain J.J. Murphy Critic Staff Writer A few weeks ago the master plan was presented to the Lyndon State College campus and community. While some of the ideas presented in the plan were great additions to the school, one in particular has brought on a little controversy. The development firm hired to create and render the 20- year plan for the school included a phase in which the Veterans Park pond would be filled in and a greenspace would be created. The fountain would be relocated possibly to the library pond. Now creating additional areas on campus for students and staff to relax is a great idea, but to take away from what many
people view as a positive to the campus is not the way to go about it. When asked his opinion on the matter senior Electronic Journalism Arts major Ed Horan said, “The removal of the fountain and pond at the VFW park definitely has it’s positives and negatives. I think Lyndon is losing one of its truly unique features with the ice mountain, it is a part of what make Lyndon so picturesque. Yet again, if you go to many other collegiate campuses there is always a “town common” kind of area that you commonly see students playing frisbee, studying or sun bathing in, which I feel Lyndon is definitely missing. A positive of the pond no longer being there is that apples and oranges won’t be thrown in the water from the dining hall. That pond can get really nasty at some points of the
year. Overall I’d say this is a good thing. I trust what Dr. Joe and his committee has brought to this community.” Junior EJA major Matt Drew also agrees that getting rid of the fountain takes away from one of LSC’s main attractions on campus, especially during the winter time.. He went on to say “Not so sure I like it. I mean there are a lot of kids who disrespect the fountain by throwing things in it and it is a veterans memorial park so why would people disrespect it? In one way it would make sense but in another LSC would lose one if it’s main attractions in the winter”. A new space on campus for students would be fantastic, but getting rid of a main campus attraction could prove detrimental to the overall campus feel.
mouth to respond, but my mind is still processing what he was saying five minutes ago. I say, “Uh, ….” The students chuckle under their breath and worse yet, the professor laughs. If they only knew how fast my brain was racing to catch up and how hard I was trying. These are the compensatory strategies that I now use to accommodate my auditory processing disability: Tell the professors up front that I have an auditory processing disability and explain it to them. Ask for the lecture notes a few days before the lecture so I can preview and review them prior to the class. Bring a tape recorder to class so I can review later what my processing disability may have caused me to miss. And lastly, keep a positive attitude, smile, and never, ever give up. Please contact the Critic (critic@ lyndonstate.edu) if you have a disability and would like to be interviewed for this column, and remember, you can remain anonymous. Students, teachers, LSC staff, and administrative professionals are welcome to share their stories. Weekly Fact: It is estimated that 15 percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability. –Learning Disabilities Association of America
LSC Scares Public... For A Good Cause
Alex Paduch Critic Staff Writer Last week, on a hill overlooking campus amidst a backdrop of flurries and glow sticks, hundreds turned out to get a good scare and support a great cause. In a collaborative effort, Lyndon State and the Lyndon Institute organized the first annual “Forest of Fear,” a haunted walk through the wooded trails surrounding Lyndon. The event benefitted H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Everyday), a charity in town that distributes food vouchers and clothes to those in need. The event was headed by sophomore Chris Paine, who is a student in the program planning class on campus. The effort was spearheaded by the Institute a few years ago, but it never took off. Paine remarked that the LI’s campus was not the best for the event. “At Lyndon, the trails are wider, and we have much more freedom to improve the event,” stated Paine. Starting at the hill behind the Vail parking lot, the walk wove through areas filled with zombies, aliens, clowns and other horrifying characters. “The clowns were really, really scary” said Kaylee, a local eight year old girl. Her mother and her friend went with Kaylee, and expressed nothing short of praise for the event. “Our tour guide, Victor, was amazing. The decorations were set up well, and the atmosphere was great” said Kaylee’s mom Karmen. The 20 volunteers who made the event possible came from Lyndon and Lyndon Institute and ranged from students to faculty and staff. Given the success of the event, Paine said that the event will definitely be on the books again next year. “I didn’t expect a turnout like this for the first run of this event. We made over 500 dollars for this great organization.”
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Residential Life Now Accepting RA Applications Ryan Jenot Critc Staff Writer As students begin registering for the spring semester, the residential life staff is now accepting applications for the resident assistant position until November 15th to fill their staff of twenty-one. Tyler Cadorette, a second-year student in the electronic journalism arts department, is in his first semester as a resident assistant in the Whitelaw/Crevecouer Residence Hall. Cadorette decided to apply for the position because “it’s an excellent networking opportunity here at school.” In addition, according to an informational board in the Wheelock Residence Hall, any student can apply for the position and receive a number of different perks. Resident assistants receive free room and board ($4,569 per semester), free apparel, and leadership training. The information board also says it looks great on resumes and you have the opportunity to create rewarding relationships with your residents. While there’s the obvious perks to the job, Cadorette points out the not so obvious ones. “It’s not so much about those things [free room and board, leadership training, etc.] while they are helpful, because for me it’s about making positive connections in the lives of others.” Before applying for the job, students should be aware of what types of responsibilities they will have. The main responsibilities of a resident assistant is to
serve residents and enhance on-campus living and the college experience. Other duties required by resident assistants include rounds one night a week and one weekend a month, create two bulletin boards and two door decks per semester, and have one social and one education program per month. A round consists of resident assistants going through each suite to see if anyone is having medical issues where they need help. A door deck consists of a name tag that appears each student’s doors. Brian Martineau, residence hall director of Wheelock and Gray House, said residents assistants, “try to program for resident’s needs.” Applicants are required to go through an extensive application process which includes a basic online form, an essay, group process, and one-on-one interviews. Group process consists of applicants gathering together to work through different scenarios that they could potentially see as resident’s assistants. One week later, the residential life staff invites applicants back for one-on-one interviews. If chosen to be a resident assistant, you have to maintain a 2.5 grade point average. The residential life staff seeks role models that represent Lyndon in a positive manner. “I strongly encourage anyone with a desire to help young people as a role model at Lyndon to apply for this position,” said Cadorette.
Service Organization Seeking Volunteers Kaylee Murphy Critic Staff Writer If your major is Human Services or if you’re interested in the field of Education, Child Integrated Services and Early Intervention is looking for volunteers, possible interns, and even job applicants for students who plan on graduating in December. Child Integrated Services Early Intervention, have recently moved from St. Johnsbury to Lyndonville. “We are looking forward to working in this community to continue to meet the needs of children and families,” said Erin Dobbin. Dobbin is the Program Director for Children Integrated Services in Lyndonville.
Dobbin graduated from Oswego State in New York with a degree in wellness and healthcare management. Child Integrated Services is a nonprofit organization that basically helps expecting parents and children up to the age of six, who are having difficulties developing normally, and the parents of these children. The program provides assets such as specialized child care, early intervention, and early childhood and family mental health support. In the past, LSC students have volunteered for Child Integrated Services and now that they have moved to Lyndonville, they are hoping that their location will be more convenient to help the needs of others.
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New Web Design Course Available for All Students Joe Gluck Critic Staff Writer Students will have a new opportunity for learning web design this spring. Phil Parisi will be offering Web Design Fundamentals for both undergraduate and graduate students. Available only to students who are not visual arts majors, the class will be held on Tuesdays from 5-7:00 pm. The class reintroduces the functions of two classes, Intro to New Media and Intro to Digital Media, which were eliminated when the arts program was consolidated. Unfortunately before the consolidation, non-major students weren’t allowed to take a web design course without considerable prerequisites. Though the graduate-level component of the course has several prerequisites, the undergrad component has none. For their Masters of Education degree path, graduate students in the course will be developing a website for a specific, research-based lesson plan. Undergrads would have a more
open-ended goal, with greater emphasis on technology and experimentation. Professor Parisi stressed that web design skills are going to play a major part in every industry and career setting in the years to come. He specifically mentioned Exercise Science, Music Business, and Mountain Recreation as majors that would benefit strongly from this sort of technological instruction. This, he said, influenced his decision to split the class into the two components. Professor Parisi weighed several options for the content management system for the class, but in the end, he settled on Wordpress, a free, open-source service. He compared it favorably to the Adobe Creative Cloud, saying the latter service offered more software options, but at the expense of a considerable subscription. The Adobe Creative Cloud costs $840 a year per user. Professor Parisi hopes that the class will be a success, and will help provide the skills of web design to people on every sort of career path.
November 1, 2013
Public Safety Says: Don’t Dog and Drive!
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Andrew Baughn Entertainment Editor LSC students got a chance to find out what it feels like to flunk a field sobriety test -- and eat hot dogs at the same time. Public Safety hosted a barbecue in the Stonehenge parking lot on Tuesday night. Students and faculty came to warm up from the cold and enjoy the food and each other’s company. They also got to wear special “drunk goggles” that simulate intoxication and try to walk a straight line. It was hard to do. Officer Nathan Rossetti said it was a good way to introduce Public Safety to the campus community. “It is just for us to do something positive for the community, for everybody and show them the other side of the job,” Rossetti said. “We are here to help people and make a difference by giving something back and everybody wants a warm hot dog on a cold night.” Rossetti also mentioned that this was a group idea and they had been talking about it for a long time. “We do these BBQ’s in the summer but we figured doing it during the school year would be a good way to incorporate the students,” Rossetti said. “From the amount of people out here that enjoying themselves and having a good time, I’m very happy with the turnout.” Photos courtesy LSC Public Safety
Above: Atmospheric sciences major Arianna Varuolo tries out the “drunk goggles” at the cookout. Left: a student gets into the spirit of the barbecue. Right: Officer Brian Michaud grills hot dogs for the hungry hordes.
Candied-Pecan Blue Cheese Salad Katy Crooks Critic Staff Writer If you have ever been to the Parker Pie Co. in Glover, Vt. you may have noticed a salad on the menu titled “Dave’s Special Salad.” I’m not sure who Dave is, but I thank him for this salad – it certainly is special. It is one of my favorite menu options (second to the Green Mountain Special, of course) and because it has a fall feel to it, I decided to share it with you this week. Ingredients 1-2 package(s) of unsalted pecan halves 1 5-oz package of craisins 1 apple (I used a honey crisp apple, but you can use whatever kind you like best.) 1 5-oz package of baby spinach 1 package of blue cheese 1 red onion 1 bottle of maple balsamic vinaigrette 2 tablespoons of butter 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (hey, you’re in Vermont – use the real stuff) You will also need a baking sheet, wax paper, and a 12-inch skillet. Directions For Candied Pecans:
1: Preheat oven to 350 2: Melt butter in skillet over medium heat 3: Add brown sugar and maple syrup 4: Stir, cook until bubbly 5: Add 1.5-2 cups of pecans 6: Cook 2-3 minutes, continuing to stir, coat pecans completely 7: Spread wax paper over baking sheet 8: Spread pecans evenly over baking sheet 9: Bake for 6-8 minutes 10: Cool for 30 minutes For Salad: 1: Slice red onion and apple 2: Add all ingredients together to your liking! I am a huge fan of flavor-packed salads and I also have an insatiable sweet tooth so this dish is perfect! The candied pecans are so versatile – you can enjoy them by themselves, add them to a trail mix, put them on ice cream, or add them to a salad like this one! Also, if you are not a fan of blue cheese, you can easily substitute it for goat or feta cheese and the salad will be just as delicious! Also, I recommend baking the pecans for the full 8 minutes to ensure their candied-ness.
November 1, 2013
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Catch Them If You Can Men’s X-Country Set for Another NAC Title
Corey Wells Critic Sports Editor
The Men’s Cross-Country team will be lining up to win another North Atlantic Conference championship on Saturday. The Men’s team is looking for its fifth title in six years. The dynasty’s loss came in 2011 when they lost to New England College by slim margin, 38 to 35. Tyler Scheibenflug, a junior, has total confidence that they will run to victory once again. “The team should be able to claim yet
another title, barring total disaster,” he said. As a team the men have won two races this season. They have participated in five meets. Senior Kyle Powers has been dominant this year, individually winning three events. Scheibenflug has also been brilliant, finishing in the top five in three of the races. In four of the team’s five meets Powers and Scheibenflug have finished within a minute of each other showing the dominance of the top runners for the Hornets. The teammates use each other to gain an ad-
vantage over their opponents. “I think we feed off each other’s motivation when we are working together, running together against the pack,” Powers said. “I would call it a friendly competition. It’s teammates pushing each other.” Scheibenflug added, “In a race with 300 guys being near or with your teammate is a huge confidence boost and gets both of us to work harder.” Kenedi Hall, a junior, is also a major factor in the men’s running attack. He has finished in the top 10 in three of the events
including second place at the Vermont State Championship on Sept. 28. The team will be entering the NAC Championship without one of their top runners, Joseph Kill. Kill, who is a senior, suffered a broken foot during the Vermont State Championship. His presence will be missed, said Powers. “He’s a motivator,” he said. “He is a good motivator. He boosts confidence to the team.” The NAC Championship will be held in Waterville, ME. The start time is at 11 A.M.
Photos by Lyndon Athletic Department
Senior Kyle Powers leads the pack at the University of New England Invitational earlier this year. Directly behind him is junior Tyler Scheibenflug. Wearing numbers 9443 is freshman Aaron Bellomo. Powers and Scheibenflug finished in first and second place. Bellomo finished 12th. Lyndon hope to bring home another NAC title this Saturday.
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“Well, all of the sudden we had money out of nowhere where we could take a plane,” Murdock said. “The original plan was to drive vans down, but then we had the money and we stayed in this wicked nice hotel. I’m not really sure how that all came about.” Flood also wondered whether the team fundraised enough money, especially when the team first saw what was to be their home for a week at the Bahama Bay Resort & Spa in Davenport, Fla. “It didn’t seem like we raised that much money,” Flood said. “Once we got down
there it definitely seemed like there was no way we raised enough money to stay where we did.” Poland shrugged off some of the player’s concerns when was he asked about how they could afford such an extravagant place, said Gauthier. “He [Poland] was pretty much like don’t worry about it,” he said. Gauthier also added that some players thought that the trip might have been paid for by a loan. The facts of the case seem very cloudy for many players. For most of the team they don’t understand how it was possible to come away with so much money or how Poland used the money.
Former coach Edward Poland checking his cellphone before a game at Chain O’ Lakes Ballpark in Winter Haven, Fla.
Kyle Powers (front) and Tyler Scheibenflug running neck and neck at the University of New England Invitational on Sept. 14. Powers finished ahead of Scheibenflug by a mere eight seconds. As a team Lyndon won the UNE Invitational.
“Ed Poland took money from the baseball program,” Gauthier said. “How he used it? I don’t really know. Maybe he used it for the trip to Florida. I heard from other athletes that he would buy stuff for them, whether it would be batting gloves or something like that. I don’t know if he stole any money for personal use, I think he might have.”
The players trusted Poland, as they should have. Head coaches are supposed to be a safe beacon for athletes. Although the arrest of Poland does not come to a surprise to the players, it is shocking that a coach of a sport they love would break the law. “I had never seen something like this,” Flood said, “or even thought something like this could happen.”
Photos by Rhonda Trucott
Poland conducting practice in Florida. The baseball team flew to Florida for spring training in March.
November 1, 2013
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Associate Professor Offers New, Early Math Class for Morning People Yolanda Liang Critc Staff Writer Before registration for spring semester, students who are required to register for a basic Math class for their major or minor will be surprised about an early morning class, Pre-Calculus Extended, at 7:25 a.m. Kevin Farrell, an associate professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department teaches the super-early class and said, “I usually have my breakfast at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m.” The reason was Farrell starts his class so early is because of changes in the time blocks. “They changed the schedule a few years ago,” Farrell said. The school moved away from classes that met three times a week for 55 minutes to classes that meet twice a week for 80 minutes. With the old time block, the Math lab could hold four classes in the morning but with the new changes, it can only hold three so that the room is empty at the certain times. “I moved to 7:25 a.m. for room availability,” Farrell emphasized. “It is really
important for students to have access to the lab.” Farrell is trying to get two classes in the lab by 9:30 a.m. Although the class starts at 7:25 a.m., the class itself only lasts 55 minutes, which is the same as the old schedule. “For freshman classes, I think it is important to see students many times per week. I want to see them as much as possible,” Farrell said. Lauriana Gaudet, a freshman major in Atmospheric Sciences, is taking Calculus 1 with Farrell at 7:25 a.m. She thought she was back at high school when she learned the class started that early. “I think it will be helpful if the time was pushed to 8 o’clock because my high school didn’t even start at 7:25 a.m.” Gaudet said. “I have to go to the class four times a week. It still takes a while to get used to.” Gaudet also said, “It is not a good time to have a class; even though I can function during this class, it doesn’t mean other people can. It may drain their energy.” Farrell’s response, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
7:25 AM in the Math Lab
Students Compete For Class Spaces In Cutthroat Registration System Patrick Paterson Critic Staff Writer
SGA Discusses Campus Issues, New Club Hannah Frigon Critic Staff Writer This week’s SGA meeting saw tensions running high between elected representatives and the executive board, as well as the instatement of a new club on campus. President Bertolino opened the meeting by addressing the recent arrest of former Lyndon State baseball coach, Edward Poland, and reassured the SGA that the school has released a statement on the incident and that police have taken over the investigation. Bertolino also discussed updates regarding the Master Plan and improvements to campus, reassuring students that the fountain will not be demolished but moved to a new location. Bertolino also expressed his excitement about building a new turf field on campus, which will include an NCAA certified track.
Photo by Michael Miley
With the race to register for classes fully commenced for the spring 2014 semester, everyone is talking about what classes they can’t wait to take, or what classes they have to take. However, some students think it’s unfair that if you are considered a freshman credit-wise, that you are going to have to wait until all the seniors, juniors and sophomores have registered. Then you get to register for the classes you want. That is, if they are not already filled up by the upperclassmen.
Freshman student Jacob Gallison said, “It sucks being the lowest on the totem pole. I know I’m going to have some trouble getting in to my major classes this spring.” Gallison’s major classes get packed full very quickly, and this spring’s registration is going to come with a lot of difficulties for first year students wanting to get in on the more popular choice classes. Seniors and juniors have already been able to register, while sophomore (3059 credits) registration begins this Friday, Nov. 1. Freshman students (0-29 credits) will be able to register starting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The Outing Club was given the funds to purchase equipment to outfit five members for overnight camping trips who do not own any equipment of their own. A new club was voted in by the SGA called the Green Club, which will promote sustainability on campus. The club is open to all majors, not just those in the environmental science department. Finally, the executive board informed the SGA of two clubs that are under investigation because of debt problems. However, neither club was named and no other information was given regarding the investigations. The elected representatives expressed their disappointment with the executive board’s lack of information and transparency. A full report on the two club investigations will be available at the next SGA meeting on Wednesday, November 13. A student registers for classes
Photo by Michael Miley
The Critic, Page 8
November 1, 2013
Lounges get “New” Furniture Student Dorms Adopt Hornet’s Nest booths Brooke Devine Critic Staff Writer
Photos by Drew Perry
Alexandra Conroy enjoying the new set up
Booths in Crevecoeur lounge
If you’ve been in the Poland/Rogers lounge recently, you might’ve noticed that it is a little more crowded. Upon arrival back from October break, students found that there was a surplus of familiar but different furniture in the lounge. The furniture had a previous home in the “Hornet’s Nest”, Lyndon State’s snack bar. The “Hornet’s Nest” has recently been revamped with brand new furniture leaving the old tables, chairs and booths in need of a new home. The old furniture also found its way to the Crevecouer/Whitelaw lounge, and the Wheelock kitchen. Residents of Poland and Rogers have mixed feelings towards the furniture. Not everybody finds the new furniture in the lounge to be an improvement however. According to Kendra Carter a resident of Poland; the lounge would be better if they hadn’t put the new furniture in it. “The lounge now looks cluttered, I don’t like the furniture. It’s old and kind of used.”
Vicky Lund a resident of Rogers disagrees however, “I don’t mind the new furniture, it is a little more crowded, but I like the new flat screen TV in there.” The Rogers/Poland lounge also received a new flat screen TV after October break. President Joe Bertolino had previously talked about giving the Rogers/Poland lounge a makeover, but students are not sure if he meant just displacing the old Hornet’s Nest Kaitlyn Manktelow furniture in the lounge. Critic Staff Writer The Poland/Rogers lounge is not nearly as populated as the Crev/Whitelaw lounge is at night. On average the maximum number For those of you who are conof students found in the Poland/Rogers cerned about your future, an opportunity to lounge is 15 while the Crev/Whitelaw network is quickly approaching. lounge is more around 20 or 30. In the Burke Mountain room on WednesThe Arnold/Baily lounge has the least day, Nov. 13, between 12:30 and 1:30 amount of people in it out of all three resip.m. representatives from multiple business dence lounges on average in Stonehenge. sectors will be present to talk to students. Arnold/Bailey is the residence hall for 24 Those who attend will be able to practice quiet hours and many transfer students or their interviewing skills and bring in their freshmen whom are already 21. résumés for review and constructive critiUntil December break the lounges will keep cism. the old furniture from the Hornet’s Nest. No matter what major one is in, this event is sure to be of assistance. Whether you are a freshman or senior, this event will be sure to help anyone in the future and is an opportunity not to be passed up.
The Critic for the week of 11/1/13