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Professor Richard Moye retiring at the end of the spring semester Read more on page 7 December 6, 2013
LSC Doubling its Bandwidth Robert Patton Critic Staff Writer Four of the top IT managers in the Vermont State College system have been making the rounds to measure the demands of faculty, students, and staff in the five colleges. Lyndon State was the second to host an event designed to measure needs and determine what resources are needed at present and in the predictable future. On December 3, three sessions were scheduled A faculty session was scheduled followed by one for students and a third for Lyndon staff. The turnout was disappointing as only three members of the faculty and one student were in attendance. Staff interest and attendance was much higher. The panel included Linda Hilton, chief information officer, Diane Pollack, director of information services, and Eric Sakai, CCV dean of academic technology. The meeting was facilitated by Loren Loomis Hubble. Its purpose was not to furnish answers, but to receive questions. Attendees were invited to describe problems experienced with IT services and infrastructure. Leading the list was a very common perception that the system was slow and getting slower. Mike Dente, chief technology officer at Lyndon, is very much aware of the problem. Demand is far ahead of available bandwidth and the gap is growing rapidly. The reason for this may be a surprise to many. The student body at Lyndon is connecting more and more wireless devices to an already overloaded system. As of the beginning of the year there were roughly 4500 unique devices that were logging into the web here at Lyndon. Since then the number of devices has increased by nearly 7500. These numbers are easy to track since every device, whether computer, iPod, XBox, Playstation or something else has a unique Mac address and whenever a new devices logs in, it is added to the total. At present the total number wireless devices on campus is a mind-boggling 11,393 and counting Dente says that right now Lyndon students each have three to five individual device of one sort or another. Because this level of proliferation was never anticipated, the VSC system is locked into an inadequate three-year contract that has another seven months to run.
If an Internet customer at home experiences a need for more speed, he or she picks up the phone, calls the ISP and opts for a high level of service. With an institution like Lyndon State it is not nearly that simple. Three years ago, 100 Megabit-per-second speeds were deemed more than sufficient. When that proved inadequate, our vendors have been asked to double it to an interim level of 200-Megabits. Hopefully that target will be reached next month, but there are no guarantees. Level 3, the vendor, has been asked to do this and are working on it. But with usage more than doubling in a year, even that level is likely to be insufficient.. The bottleneck is in the infrastructure. Lyndon as well as other colleges in the VSC system have been connected to a SONET network. Within the college, everything is connected via the more familiar Ethernet. SONET is a legacy network originally designed for voice, while Ethernet is the network of choice for data. And there’s the rub. Until recently there was no infrastructure to support Ethernet between LSC and our ISP. But that’s about to change. According to Mike Dente, LSC’s new contract, effective in July, will hopefully deliver speeds ten times faster than the contract signed only three years earlier. We’re looking forward to a full gigabit-per-second speeds by next summer. But will that be enough? It’s not just a matter of numbers of devices per student. It’s hard to imagine many students, faculty, or staff members needing or using more than five connected devices each. But there is another elephant in the closet. More and more, we are using the web for streaming video.YouTube video has become ubiquitous and services like Netflix are rapidly finding more and more users to the dismay of cable operators. For less than $40 a year, students can sign up for Amazon Prime which not only allows them to order discounted textbooks and have them delivered at no additional charge by 2nd day air (Do you hear that, bookstore?), but members can access a wide variety of movies and other entertainment via streaming video, again at no additional charge. Hopefully, gigabit speeds will be adequate at least for a while. Time will tell.
Students may soonhave much faster computers at their disposal
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New Internship Opportunities Coming to Burke Mountain Pat Patterson Critic Staff Writer On November 6, LSC President Joe Bertolino and Burke Mountain Resort’s CEO, Ary Quiros, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the LSC campus that established a relationship between the college and resort regarding the courses, programs of instruction, and experiential learning opportunities that are sponsored by LSC.
The MOU will help formally address the workforce needs of Burke Mountain as they expand into a four seasons resort, while also allowing LSC students to gain first hand experience at the mountain. A large pool of properly trained employees from LSC will be available for Burke Resort to utilize, and internship opportunities will be available for students from various majors. The MOU is effective immediately, as well as being annually renewable.
December 6, 2013
From Where I Sit Michael B. Miley The Critic
The search for clean, renewable energy for Vermont has faltered. The politicians and bureaucrats in Montpelier, looking for good press rather than actual solutions, have seemingly decreed that large-scale wind farms are the answer to our energy woes. But much like the Broadwater controversy in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the wealthy politicians want credit for the construction of these projects so long as they aren’t erected in their backyard. Typically, they seek to exploit and destroy the economically disadvantaged Northeast Kingdom for their own personal gain. It’s the same old story we’ve heard a thousand times before, and one that I write about frequently in this space. These dangerous individuals in the statehouse, etc. do not care if they tear up mountain ridges, destroying wildlife and ecosystems in the process, if it serves their political end. The wind towers have already been built in Sheffield and Lowell, which are impossible to ignore and blight the landscape. The devious politicians and their cronies can point to these highly visible towers and say: “look we’re helping the environment!” and uneducated voters will believe them. However, there are questions about the environmental impact these towers have, and they aren’t illegitimate either. Before we blithely allow these developers to build these wind farms, we should explore other, less large and more local, green energy solutions. If we have to engage in large-scale environmental destruction to (ostensibly) save it, we need to re-think our energy policy.
Air Force: 1; Vermont 0 Robert Patton The few die-hard Vermonters who still believe in self-determination received a severe shock several days ago, when the gods of the Pentagon decreed that our northern skies will be patrolled by the world’s deadliest (and noisiest) fighter aircraft. The edict was soundly approved by our high priests in Montpelier and Washington, Governor Shumlin declared the unilateral decision by the Air Force as a “win for Vermont.” Senator Leahy declared that the sonic booms in Western Vermont skies will make “it possible for a small state like ours to have a first class airport. And the Air Force attempted soothe ruffled feathers by boasting of the 1,100 well-paying jobs that would boost the Burlington economy. A few days earlier, Bernie Sanders, not known for
OPINION blind support of the military establishment had opined that since the F35 was a done deal for the Air Force, Vermont might as well reap some economic benefit.
that our country once stood for. The last thing we need is another super-weapon to protect us from a non-existent enemy superpower.
For some time, embattled residents of the area surrounding the airport have been arguing that the new F35 fighters would disturb the peace of their neighborhood, damage the hearing of young children, and depress property values. How foolish to think that machines designed and intended to sow death and destruction could be discouraged by the possibility of hazards to health and well being of citizens. As for property values, these planes cost billions so how could there be any concern if a few Vermonters lose thousands?
Fair Play For Whom? Robert Patton
On the positive side, if Vermont is attacked by a technologically advanced country, our intrepid Air Force pilots could be in the skies in minutes to engage our enemies. Who might these enemies be? Well, we’ve provided F16s to a number of countries including both Egypt and Israel. Of course, Israel is our friend so long as we do their bidding in the Middle East. Luckily for us, Egyptians are too busy fighting among themselves to even consider attacking the US. Well there’s Putin, but he’s awful busy keeping track of all his homes, apartments, and dachas in the countryside. We can rule out China because we owe them far too much money. If they attack us, they’ll never see a penny of it. So why are Leahy, Sanders, Shumlin, Sanders, and scores of local businesses so happy? Sad to say, they are happy because they are abysmally ignorant of economic laws. So, the area will be blessed with 1100 government jobs. Compare that with 1100 business jobs. Businesses survive only if they produce goods and services that people want and are willing to pay for. Our government, on the other hand, produces nothing and pays for those 1100 jobs with money that is either extracted from citizens, borrowed from China, or created out of thin air by the sleight of hand of the Federal Reserve. An economy built on these kinds of jobs and enterprises is like a mansion built on thin ice. Think of the ice as the real economy built by productive Vermonters and the mansion as a flimsy, but expensive and heavy structure serving no real economic purpose. Of course Leahy says that will buy us a first class airport. Really? What property will be seized under eminent domain to accomplish this supposedly laudable objective? How much more convenience does Leahy require for his regular travels back and forth to Washington? For most of the last century, Soviet citizens enjoyed full employment. Everyone worked for the state, and we know how that worked out. Vermont deserves and needs a growing economy built on positive economic contributions to real customers. We need jobs for producers not jobs to fuel the endless costly wars that have burdened us for the last dozen years and destroyed the proud traditions
LSC students who buy stuff in nearby Littleton, NH may not feel like criminals, but according to the Vermont government, they sure are. The minute you cross the Connecticut River with your ill-gotten tax-free gains, you owe the state of Vermont 6% of what you just spent. They call it a use tax, but that doesn’t make much sense. If you receive the same items as a gift from a friend in the next state, there is no use tax. And to paraphrase the bard, a tax by any other name is still a drain on the wallet. To make things even more illogical, if New Hampshire had a 6% sales tax then the Vermont “use tax” liability would magically disappear. Now suppose you bought that same item from Amazon and they mailed it to you in Vermont, the use tax is back again. Of course the state’s use tax revenue is vanishingly small, so Vermont as well as many other tax hungry states want Internet as well as other mail order merchants to collect sales taxes for them. But there is a small problem called the United States Constitution. Article I, Section 9 clearly states: “No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.” Yet still the battle goes on, motivated by greed. States are hungry for as much money as they can get their hands on. At the same time, businesses that have missed the Internet boat resent the fact that more efficient enterprises that better serve the public should take business away from them. New York, one of the leading states in the ability to create new taxes, has a law requiring online retailers like Amazon to impose taxes on New York customers and remit the cash to the tax coffers of the state. Naively believing that the Constitution is still in force, Amazon and Overstock.com filed a suit arguing that the New York law was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court heard a similar case back in 1992. Quill, a mail-order office-supply vendor, filed a suit to invalidate a North Dakota law that would have required Quill to collect taxes from a North Dakota customer. The case made its way to the Supreme Court and Quill won. The Court ruled that, only if a merchant had a physical presence in a state could it be forced to collect taxes from customers in that state. That’s been the standard for more than 20 years, but states have become more and more lavish in their use of tax dollars and desire to get more, so they’re still trying. Fittingly, on September 2, Cyber Monday, the Court declined to issue certiorari. continued on page 8.
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December 6, 2013 Focus On Abilities
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Pierce Keeps Persevering
“It’s not always going to be roses or flowers.”- David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Jessica Lewis Critic Staff Writer This week I enjoyed interviewing LSC student Daniel Pierce from Montville, Connecticut. Energetic and confident Pierce shared what it is like to have both Neurofibromatosis 1 (or NF1) and ADHD. Pierce is a 19 year old freshman who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. When Pierce was one year old he was diagnosed with NF1. Pierce explains that the disorder is fairly common, affecting about one in every 3,000 people. Like many disorders, the symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people with NF1 have recognizable signs before the age of 10. Some of the symptoms include soft bumps on the skin, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities, short stature, and light brown spots on the skin. Pierce does not have a severe case of NF1. He struggles with disorganization, a few body tumors, and body marks from the disorder. Even though NF1 is an inherited disorder, Pierce says as far as he knows, he is the first in his family to be diagnosed with
the disorder. Pierce also has ADHD, which he was diagnosed with in the fifth grade. To treat his ADHD, Pierce takes medication and works out. Pierce has mixed feelings about ADHD. “Sometimes it’s great having ADHD because I have boundless energy and am extremely creative,” said Pierce. However, Pierce describes that a lot of the time he feels like an “idiot” when staring out the window in class. “Sometimes teachers will have to say my name and I don’t always snap back and the teacher then continues to repeat my name numerous times and sometimes even yells my name.” Pierce feels that teachers are not always accepting of students with disabilities, especially during his elementary school years. Pierce recalls an instance that happened when he was in the sixth grade. Pierce says, “I remember I forgot my books in one of my classes. That teacher picked up my books, walked into my next class I was in, and threw my books into the
Katy Crooks Critic Staff Writer If you have ever been to a parade here in the Northeast Kingdom, you may have noticed a band of large puppets dancing down the street. They are part of the locally-based theatrical group, Bread & Puppet. Bread & Puppet Theatre was founded in 1963 in New York City by Peter Schumann, a German sculptor, dancer and baker. At every show, the group would pass out pieces of Schumann’s sourdough bread to the audience, hence the group’s name. The group started out small, putting on weekly shows for children and various members of the Lower Eastside community. As the theater group grew, so did the puppets. The group began putting on annual shows on holidays, often times in the streets and often with the help of volunteers. The group began integrating their social and political activism into the shows, launching them into New York City’s counterculture. With their 1968 show “Fire” – a piece criticizing America’s involvement in the Vietnam War – Bread & Puppet gained international acclaim, which led to tours in Europe. In 1975 the group moved to a 150 year-old dairy farm in Glover, Vt. From the time they moved to the NEK to 1998, Bread & Puppet put on an annual two-day festival filled with various puppet shows. This festival was known as “Our Domestic
Resurrection Circus” and drew crowds in the tens of thousands. After ending the annual circus shows, Bread & Puppet moved to smaller-scale productions. These productions include new shows as well as reproductions of earlier shows from the 60s and 70s. All shows continue to confront social and political issues. The theater prides itself on its close-knit community-like essence, writing on their webpage: “It is this network of support and volunteerism, as well as the attraction and commitment to an art form that is homemade, and which reflects on and addresses the concerns of the world and celebrates its beauty, that has made the Theater possible and what it is.” Today, it is possible to visit the theater in Glover and tour the B&P museum. The museum houses retired puppets used in both national and international shows. It also showcases various masks, paintings and graphics created by the theater. It is one of the largest collections of puppets and masks in the world. The museum is open from June 1 through November 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with regular tours on Sundays at 1 pm. During the winter months, tours can be made by appointment. Admission to the museum is free. For more information on their shows and tours visit their website: www.breadandpuppet.org.
Bread & Puppet Museum Offers Unique Experience
recycling bin. Even though her point was to teach me not to leave my books around, she did it in an obnoxious manner which was disrespectful.” Another symptom Pierce suffers from is reading people. Pierce describes that he doesn’t feel like he identifies with vocal inflection. He can sense an emotion but cannot always tell what that emotion is directed at. Pierce continues to have a positive outlook on the challenges he faces. “Things start small and you just have to keep working at them to get to where you want to be,” said Pierce. Ten years from now, Pierce hopes to be playing professional baseball. 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, and LSC staff are welcome to share their stories. Weekly Fun Fact: The month of May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month.
“Sometimes it’s great having ADHD because I have boundless energy and am extreamly creative.”
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LSC freshman, Daniel Pierce, pumps his fist during his high school graduation.
Lyndon State College Alumni Council May Renovate Alexander Twilight Theatre
Joe Rivet Critic Staff Writer Over the past year, the Lyndon State Alumni council has been on a campaign to raise $40,000 to renovate the Alexander Twilight Theatre. After a year of work, they have raised a grand total of $33,000 and are pushing hard to raise the final $7,000. According to Hannah Manley, director of alumni relations and development, the Alumni council has raised money by having silent auctions and an alumni performance at homecoming and family weekend, among other things. “Now we are offering a short term seat naming opportunity,” said Manley. “Donors can purchase naming rights of a seat meaning that the seat will be named after them. The price ranges from $100-$750 depending on the location of the seat.” The seats in the back of the theater in the left and right wings are the cheapest, as they are farthest from the stage, and the seats in the front row looking directly at center stage are the most expensive. Manley was especially happy to announce that from December 1 to 21, the seats in the right and left wing in the back of the theatre have been marked down to only $50, making them more affordable. “We are having a holiday sale on those seats,” Manley said . “We’re hoping it will help us raise the final $7,000 needed to meet our $40,000 goal. So far 71 people have donated $100 or more to the theatre’s renovation fundraiser which has earned them the chance to have a seat named for them. Manley is hoping for more before the sale ends on the twenty-first. The Alumni Council has also gone online in search of fundraising opportunities. They recently created a Kickstarter
campaign asking for money from anyone who used the site. Donors could earn anything from a simple thank you message over Facebook, to a special private dinner with the President of Lyndon State College, Joe Bertolino, and the Director of the Twilight Players as well has a seat named after them in the front row. It all depended on how much they choose to donate to the fundraiser. “I can’t wait to see this restored, upgraded and improved,” said Jeffrey Senterman, an alumnus who donated to the Kickstarter. Another alumnus, Kevin McGee, called the Kickstarter, “A great project for a wonderful facility.” If the $40,000 can be raised, the money will all go directly into improving the theatre in a variety of ways. An article that ran in the summer Alumni magazine explained in detail what was wrong with the theatre that could be fixed with the fundraising. The article stated that the wing walls can no longer be used as classrooms because the wing walls need to stay open permanently, and that the lighting fixtures are outdated and have stopped working properly. The control room needs to be upgraded, as it as outdated as the lighting fixtures, and the theatre also needs to be air conditioned, as it can reach up to 100 degrees on hot summer days. The stage curtains need to be replaced because they are falling apart and have holes in them. Finally, a handicapped access ramp to the stage needs to be added because currently, handicapped people have no way to get from the seats onto the stage and they have to go outside the building just to get on the stage.
NEWS Local Engineers to Establish Makerspace for Community Education, Enrichment
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Joseph Gluck Technology Correspondent “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed” - William Gibson The Northeast Kingdom will soon have a new nexus of education, entrepreneurship, and community engagement in the form of a Makerspace. Spearheaded by Greg Schoppe and Tom Bishop of St. Johnsbury, the makerspace will be able to engage all those interested in mechanical and electrical engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, and machining. They proposed their plans at Lyndon Institute’s Baker Hall on Thursday. Greg Schoppe is a software developer and electrical engineer, working at his
startup Graphgenius, though he describes himself as an “amatuer hardware and software hacker.” He studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Tom Bishop has worked for 25 years as a freelance industrial consultant, as well as teaching at the NEK Manufacturing Training Program run by Lyndon State College. He says he became an engineer because “I hate being told that something is impossible. It makes me work all the harder to achieve it.” According to the duo the Northeast Kingdom lacks jobs, especially in the areas of technology and manufacturing. There is a large rift between the number and quality of the local educational institutions and the opportunities for employment that await students. This causes what Shoppe and Bishop refer to as “brain drain.” According to them, the students acquire skills at
Teachers Benefit From Student Evaluation Ryan Jenot Critic Staff Writer With finals being right around the corner, LSC students are starting to fill out teacher evaluations. The evaluations provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the class and course content, and provide feedback to the professor as well. When asked whether or not teacher evaluations were beneficial, many students had different viewpoints. Dave Cowley, a sophomore Electronic Journalism Arts and Mountain Recreation Management major said that teacher evaluations are important, but students are not aware of what is done with the evaluations. Often times, evaluations are given to students to fill out during class times, and delivered to offices throughout campus. Once that is done, students don’t know what happens to them. For Exercise Science sophomore Lynne Haynes, the teacher evaluation system is flawed. “I know a lot of [students] who just answer the front of the paper and write nothing on the back [because] it’s not required.” Some students question whether or not teachers even look at the evaluations in the first place. “If teacher evaluations are truly looked at and changes are made regarding students then yes, I do think they’re beneficial,” senior Amanda Norton said. “I enjoy being able to share positive [feedback] with my professors whose class I am enjoying and learning a lot from.” For Exercise Science student Erika Lind, some teachers have admitted to not reading them. “It depends on the teacher because there are some that actually read them and change what they do in class [in] following years,” said Lind. “But then there are teachers that have even told their class that they don’t even read them which obviously aren’t going to benefit the students now or in the future.”
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Dance Ensemble Shakes It, Bakes It, Takes It Home Andrew Baughn Entertaintment Editor The Twilight Players Dance Ensemble, in association with the music and performing arts department, showcased their talent on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theater. The Ensemble performed a variety of different styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, swing and contemporary, leaving the audience in a roar of applause and cheers as members performed. Consisting of two acts and a 15 minute intermission, dancers performed as soloists, pairs and in small groups.
Lyndon State College, Lyndon Institute, and the St Johnsbury Academy, and because there are little jobs in the area that require them, they seek employment outside the area. This has been going on for generations. The duo seeks to spearhead a change by establishing a place where everybody can contribute to the economic, intellectual, and educational rejuvenation of the Northeast Kingdom. The Makerspace will draw funding from the three major educational institutions of the area, Lyndon State College, Lyndon Institute, and the St. Johnsbury Academy. The planned space will be in the Charles E Carter Center in the Industrial Park between Lyndonville and St Johnsbury, and be free to students. Members of the general public will have to pay dues to avail
themselves of the space, not more than 50 dollars a month. According to Bishop and Schoppe, the space must be self-sustaining and non-profit, to benefit fully from a 501c designation. Until the organization is certified however, all donations will only be deductible from state taxes, rather than federal. The duo plans to start in January. The machines already at the space include a manual engine lathe, a CNC lathe, a manual milling machine, and a CNC milling machine, as well as a Hartness optical comparator. They seek to acquire a Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D printer, and an 80 watt laser cutter/engraver. Anybody interested can email NEKmaker@yahoo.com for more information.
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Review:Mad ZAX: Beyond Megadome - Zach Steston & Company Ryan Rutledge Critic Staff Writer
ABBEY ROAD TRIBUTE
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Andrew Baughn Entertainment Editor Students and musicians from Lyndon State College brought a night of songs from the classic Beatles’ album Abbey Road to the Alexander Twilight Theater , which left the audience entertained and excited. The night began with an assortment of songs from the Beatles and then followed up with a performance of the album Abbey Road from start to finish. Different sequences of musicians were used throughout the show so that the audience members got the chance to experience each song in a fun, but different way. LSC student musician Trever Gross formed the band, came up with the idea, and helped the musicians get organized. He mentioned that this tribute is part the Professional Development Seminar, which is offered once a semester. “We didn’t want to do something like we did in the past, which was just have the bands typically perform on campus.” Gross said, “As fun as it was we decided that
this time we wanted to do something more collaborative and me being a big Beatles fan, suggested [that] we do Abbey Road.” Gross also explained that Abbey Road just celebrated its original release 43 years ago. From the start everyone was excited about the idea, and the performances by the different bands and solo acts. With the semester coming to a close before the holiday season, the student musicians hoped to be able to share their love of the Beatles with the rest of the Lyndon before holiday by providing a relaxing evening saluting a legendary band. LSC Student and Muscian Jordan Racine
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When I was listening to Stetson and Company’s collective discography all I could bring myself to think was “will Zach and Company ever get beyond “Megadome”?” Little did I know all of my prayers and questions would be answered. Every once in a while there comes a media event so big that it changes the course of history and MAD ZAX: Beyond Megadome is that very event for the decade so far, possibly of the millennium. The best way I can really describe the sound this album brings to the table is post-post-post modern classical electronic dance music with a slight mix of easy listening post apocalyptic drone thrown in. The first track “Welcome to the Megadome” is a reprise of sorts to the original single of the same title. However, there’s a larger sense of urgency in the horns in this one. The grandeur of Zach’s booming vocals to company’s urgent score. The layers among layers of pure soundscape that exists within this one track, nonetheless the whole album is jaw dropping. The best part of this album is that you honestly have no clue where it could bring you next, which brings up the pure, fiery Latin explosion that is dropped in “Face, Time, Love”. Zach is on a roller coaster of emotions that I’m not sure he could return from. It’s like a mix of the best Lady Gaga, and the sultry voice of Enrique Iglesias. The song brought tears to my eyes, just thinking about it while writing this review has brought me to tears. We move on to “The Toad Warrior”. What this song is, is a minimalist masterpiece. It’s the one acapella track on the album (minus the early mood setting sounds of who I presume to be the toad warrior himself from Company in the beginning) Photo Created By: Andrew Baughn
and it really highlights the incredible range that Stetson contains lyrically and vocally. Never before in 37 seconds have I been taken on such a journey. In some way I feel as if I am the toad warrior, fighting against the tides of life to unadulterated victory. In “Polly” we are brought an amazing cabaret number that makes a turn on a dime into an insatiable dance/hip hop piece. I like to think of it as a meeting of the generations in one song. We have this incredible piano number that speaks of the great war of yester-year (possibly the Soviet-Afghan conflict?) then in a split second turns into the hippest of hop. Polly pocket resembles, in two ways the simple times of the past as well as the modern all american woman. The duality presented brings a complexity that is unmatched in any modern music. Finally we have “Loops (III) Infinity”, which is a genre breaking existentialist think piece on par with the greatest pieces of art of the last century. Imagine being able to channel surf through songs, Stetson and Company make this dream a reality. Here is the true journey that the EP presents to I the humbled listener. Not just “I” but the royal “I”, all of us. For “Loops” is much like life itself. Are we not all living in a series of loops? These of which are going through to infinity and beyond that. I see both the meaning of life and death within this song, there is purpose in life and that purpose is “Loops”. The final lines closing out the album speak volumes. I will use them to close out this review in fact. “The end isn’t far, but we look to the stars to see…only loops staring back at me.” If that doesn’t instill hope into your heart and mind, I don’t know what will. This EP will save and change this generation. Score: 10/10
December 6, 2013
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Intramurals Draw High LSC Represented at Interest At LSC Men’s Cross Country National Championship Scheibenpflug, Powers Finish 119 and 234, Respectively
Corey Wells Sports Editor Kyle Powers and Tyler Scheiben-
off the start line,” Powers said, “and my legs never warmed back up.” Although the pair did not per-
pflug represented Lyndon State College
form as well as they had hoped being with
at the NCAA National Championship in
the country’s best runners was an experi-
Hanover, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 23.
ence all in its own.
This was the second time that
“I really tried to take it all and
Powers, a senior, reached the cross-coun-
enjoy it because I worked so hard and
try National Championships in as many
wanted it so bad for the last three years,”
years. For Scheibenpflug, a junior, this was
Scheibenpflug said. “To be there with the
his first rodeo.
best runners in the country was just a
“It was a little overwhelming,” he said. “They treat you like rock stars with a
really good feeling.” Powers did not finish his season
fancy banquet and student-athlete passes.
as he expected, but to say it was a disap-
That may be why I didn’t race as well as
pointing year would simply not be true.
I would have liked. I just got caught up
He finished the year with four victories,
in the excitement and wasn’t in the right
including a course record at Castleton
State with a time of 26:31 and a personal
Scheibenpflug did not finish as well as he had hoped, finishing with a time of 26:02 and placing at 119 out of
best at the NCAA New England Regionals Meet with a time of 24:56. Scheibenpflug has one more
275 runners. Powers’ legs gave out on him
season left with LSC and hopes to make it
near the beginning of the race and was
back to Nationals.
unable to perform at his best. However,
“I’m lucky to have another season
he persevered and finished the race with a
left,” Scheibenpflug said. “I hope to go
time of 26:55, placing him at 234.
back next year focused and with a goal to
“I think the wind cooled my legs
do something big.”
Fall Athletes Honored
Photo by Sue Henry
Jimmy Lau for Off Constantly shoots a three-pointer against Team Jobin on Monday in game one of the “A” League Championship. Lau made 12 of 15 from beyond the arc as he led Off Constantly to a 87-71 victory. Basketball is one of the many sports offered by the intramural athletic program, which is run by Sue Henry.
Rob Crupi Critic Staff Writer
One of the most popular ex-
As in any competition, tempers and competitiveness can rise high, and some-
College is the intramural athletics pro-
times too high. To compensate for that,
there are some disciplinary actions that take place from time to time. According
former women’s basketball and tennis
to Desmond, “The pros to the disciplinary
coach. Henry, a longtime employee, has a
action being taken are that they are evalu-
passion for seeing the interest in the intramurals by students of the college. One of Henry’s favorite things about the intramurals as one of her employees/ assistant, Mike Desmond put it, is to see the diversity within the program. The diversity runs much farther than that of race, but includes social diversity as well. Participants of different backgrounds and different athletic abilities can choose from a variety of activities to take part in. When asked, Desmond said “The diversity is very good, there are different activities Senior Kayla Flynn of the Women’s Tennis team shows off her award. Lyndon State honored its fall athletes last night in ASAC 100. The fall banquet included dinner and an award ceremony for all participating fall athletes. Flynn received the Lyndon State Women’s Tennis team MVP award for her performance this season.
tra-curricular activities at Lyndon State
The program is run by Susan Henry,
Photo by Bryan Barber
choose from what activity or sport suits
for people to participate in such as Yoga, Wallyball, [etc.]” Desmond mentioned the most popular sports are basketball and indoor soccer, but any participant may
ated on a case to case basis.” There is no set punishment for certain infractions. Punishments are subject to many conditions. According to Desmond, a disadvantage of the department is the communication between staff. The intramural staff consists mainly of work-study or direct hire students to referee or serve as officials, as well as keeping time, score, and stats. However, schedules are not set, and are coordinated by text or email, a system that could use some improvement.
The intramural program has long
been a facet of student life. It is a great way for students to get out, and be able to enjoy themselves athletically, as well as get in physical activity.
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Richard Moye Model United Nations Potluck Dinner Pancakes for Dinner Retiring Seth Vandenburg Critic Staff Writer
Richard H. Moye plans on retiring at the end of the academic year. Before returning to Vermont, Moye has lived in Manhattan, New York for 10 years; 9 of those years consisted of undergraduate study. He has now spent 20 years working as an English teacher in Lyndon State College, teaching literature from the eighteenth century, literature from the nineteenth century, the Modern period, the Bible itself, classical and European works, novels, mythologies, folk and fairy tales, children’s stories, and seminars. He has also published articles in MLN, The Journal of Biblical Literature, and Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, while working on his own manuscript. “Richard Moye has been teaching here for about twenty years,” commented fellow English teacher Chandler Gilman, “he is rigorous, thorough, and demanding. He is also extremely helpful if you ask for his help and are willing to think and support your ideas with evidence. Some students have a difficult time in his courses, but most students appreciate the rewards from working hard and stretching their abilities.” But by the end of the 2013 academic year, Moye is going to retire from teaching. “I don’t really want to retire,” he said in his e-mail, “so much as feel that I need to retire so that the role and function I fill now can be fulfilled as I believe is necessary. When I came to LSC, I left a position as an assistant professor at a major research university where I was teaching half the teaching load of the job at LSC. But teaching twice as much (for about half the pay) was worth it because I believed then and still do that there was greater value in bringing what I had to offer in delivering a first-rate education for an institution and students that didn’t have access to the resources of a major research institution or an elite private college.” However, Moye also knew that teaching twice the load would burn him out quicker, and he has realized that he was right. He found that he is no longer able to handle his administrative work after 25 years of doing so and that he no longer has the energy or resources to prepare for four classes a semester and do it well. He has since decided to step down and have someone more capable handle the job in his place. His plans to retire, despite not being able to retire outright, involve continuing to teach things that he loves to teach without all the burdens of administrative demands, meetings, committees, and the other baggage that comes with a full-time tenured position and department chair—just to focus exclusively on teaching what he loves to teach. He says he might do that either with part-time teaching or by taking visiting positions at different colleges around the country and maybe around the world. Even when leaving the college, he still plans on teaching in other circumstances. When asked if he plans on doing some part-time teaching at LSC, Moye has stated that while it’s possible, he’s unsure that it would be available. He said it depends on the needs of the department in delivering the English program and whether or not the college decides to invest in the program as it stands by hiring a replacement faculty member for English and whether that person can teach all the things he currently teaches for the program. If the college decides not to invest in it, it would mean that there wouldn’t be any need for the courses Moye teaches; something that he fears most.
Kaylee Murphy Critic Staff Writer
Model UN is hosting a potluck dinner, which is open to all students this Friday at 6 in the Rita Bole classroom. Model UN members, as well as Janet Bennion, will be cooking the food. According to Ryan Rutledge, Model UN’s vice president, they tried to have potluck
dinners in the past, but it wasn’t successful. This year however, he thinks they will have a better turnout. Last year Model UN only had a total of 6 people attend the Boston conference; this year their number have gone up drastically and they now have a total
of 17 people going to Boston for the annual conference. This year they represent the country Nicaragua. They hope to gain more students by hosting the pot luck dinner.
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Get Physical At LSC Victoria Nicoletta Critic Staff Writer Many people who go to gyms wish that they could have a personal trainer to help them get the best work-out possible. As part of the Exercise Science program at Lyndon State students within that major get the opportunity to act as trainers for students and faculty before entering the real world. Lyndon offers one of the only hands on undergraduate programs that gives work experience for those in the Exercise Science department. “As a personal trainer I try to help people change their habits and try to meet any fitness goals that they have,” says Ed Collins, a junior Exercise Science major. Right now, Collins is working with three different clients as their personal trainer. He also acts as the trainer for the softball team, as well as fourteen cardiovascular patients for three different classes. A personal trainer gives you motivation to work out and build up your strengths and weaknesses Harry Mueller, the Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Lyndon state,
has been working with a personal trainer this semester. Mueller makes it a point to go to the fitness center on campus twice a week for an hour and a half. “When you have a commitment and have to go see somebody it forces you and motivates you to actually go,” says Mueller. “Also, if the trainer has a good attitude and is willing to help your strengths and weaknesses you become happy to work with them. You are also more likely to improve yourself physically.” Every trainer has their own way to approach how they work with their client. Mueller brought it to his trainer’s attention that he has bad knees. In return his trainer developed certain exercises to help strengthen his knees. “After I told my trainer I had weak knees she worked with me on strengthening them. Now I am able to go up and down stairs without them hurting,” Mueller said. Collins says that, “The approach I take is to try to find out the limits each person has and I try to push them past it to see gains that they never really thought they would see.” This program is not only rewarding but also beneficial to all who participate in it.
“High” Opinion of Marijuana At Lyndon State.
Matt Principe Critic Staff Writer For the first time in history, a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing Marijuana. According to a Gallup Poll released on October 22, 58% of Americans are in favor of legalization. This is a sharp increase in percentage from the last time the question was posed in November 2012, where only 48% of voters nationwide favored legalization. Some students at LSC showed support for the legislation. “I just think it’s time that our government and police forces stopped spending so much taxpayer money on keeping people from using marijuana,” said Mike Borowski, a senior in the business department. “ It’s pretty clear that most people don’t have a problem with it at this point, and they should respect that and concentrate on more harmful things,” Borowski said. It would appear that most Vermonters have the same opinion based on this year’s changes in legislation. Vermont recently became one of the newest states to decriminalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana with the passing of bill H. 200, which went into effect on July 1. The bill was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin, and supported by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn. The bill “eliminates the state’s criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and replaces them with civil fines.” Essentially now instead of marijuana users being convicted, they’re subject to fines similar in nature to a traffic violation. The larger the quantity of marijuana found, the bigger the fine will be. The new legislation comes at the heels of factual information gathered about Vermont’s drug use. Vermont has the highest use of marijuana per capita in the United States; however the violent crimes ratio is
among the lowest in the country. The state’s population has never exceeded 700,000 people and has also never eclipsed 1,000 violent crimes in a single year since statistics started being kept in 1960. Austin Baxter, also a senior in the business department, feels that the government has mishandled the situation. “There’s a clear opportunity to regulate and tax it like alcohol, which would raise money for state government, and help people make the right decisions moving forward since more information would be available to them,” said Baxter. Non-profit groups like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Norml), and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have served as important catalysts towards the reformation of laws regulating the drug. Two states, Washington and Colorado, have already voted to approve measures that would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana like alcohol for adults 21 and older, so it wouldn’t be too farfetched to envision a Vermont that would allow its citizens to purchase marijuana with the peace of mind of knowing that they’re not breaking the law.
“More Exceptions Than Rules” When Applying for LSC Scholarships Important to file your FAFSA early Laura Noddin Critic Staff Writer Lyndon students recently received over $120,000 in scholarships, according to Jenny Harris, development officer in the alumni office. At the ceremony for the scholarship recipients on Oct. 24, various speakers shared brief descriptions about the source of the money for the various scholarships. However, little was said about endowments. “There’s a corpus, a main body of the amount of the endowment, and they earn interest in that account. We never touch the corpus because that is the established endowment that allows us to take the amounts of earned interest,” said Tanya Bradley, LSC’s financial aid director. This means that year after year, the endowed scholarship will be available to other students. Many of the endowments created by the donors grow on a regular basis, and
each year new endowments occur. In 2013, nearly half of LSC’s existing endowments had grown from donations. Katie Larson, a junior in the Psychology and Human Services department commented that she never applied for a scholarship directly from LSC. “I think there are a lot of people applying for them, and I don’t think I’d be chosen for one,” she said. Despite that criteria are to be met in order to be eligible for some scholarships, “there are far more exceptions to the rules than there are rules,” said Tracey Sherbook, assistant to LSC’s Provost. Bradley emphasized the importance of students filing their applications for federal student aid (FAFSA) and scholarships as early as possible. For the most financial assistance, it is imperative to file your FAFSA in January, she said, as that is when most funds are still available.
Students Give Feedback About Teacher Evaluations With finals being right around the corner, LSC students are starting to fill out teacher evaluations. The evaluations provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the class and course content, and provide feedback to the professor as well. When asked whether or not teacher evaluations were beneficial, many students had different viewpoints. Dave Cowley, a sophomore Electronic Journalism Arts and Mountain Recreation Management major said that teacher evaluations are important, but students are not aware of what is done with the evaluations. Often times, evaluations are given to students to fill out during class times, and delivered to offices throughout campus. Once that is done, students don’t know what happens to them. For Exercise Science sophomore Lynne Haynes, the teacher evaluation system is flawed. “I know a lot of [students] who just
answer the front of the paper and write nothing on the back [because] it’s not required.” Some students question whether or not teachers even look at the evaluations in the first place. “If teacher evaluations are truly looked at and changes are made regarding students then yes, I do think they’re beneficial,” senior Amanda Norton said. “I enjoy being able to share positive [feedback] with my professors whose class I am enjoying and learning a lot from.” For Exercise Science student Erika Lind, some teachers have admitted to not reading them. “It depends on the teacher because there are some that actually read them and change what they do in class [in] following years,” said Lind. “But then there are teachers that have even told their class that they don’t even read them which obviously aren’t going to benefit the students now or in the future.”
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