April 3, 2014 Volume 60.23
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GET RID OF HIM!
PETITION DEMANDING CRITIC EDITOR RESIGN FAILS Tyler Simpson, Timothy LaRoche Staff Writers Marc Brunco distributed a petition last week asking The Critic editor Michael Miley to resign. The petition was not approved by the Student Government Association last night. Brunco said the petition is meant to address recent criticism about The Critic that he has heard from students. Allegations include the misreporting of facts and a grievance formatting as well as the unprofessionalism of the reporters.
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From Where I Sit: The Critic’s response
Michael B. Miley The Most Hated Man on Campus
Marc Brunco has been circulating a petition that calls for my resignation. His magnum opus is built on seven spurious allegations Allegation Number 1: “Whereas the paper has knowingly printed baseless insults against Lyndon students.” This item is a reference to an article written by Robert Patton about the fall 2013 production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Mr. Patton reported that the costumes worn by the actors playing the roles of military officers did not meet normal military dress code standards. He made specific comments about the Marine uniforms based on his own experience as a Marine. Mr. Brunco was one of the actors playing a Marine, and was personally offended by the
closing line: “Well, let’s all hope that when these guys graduate, they put more effort into dressing for job interviews.” Mr. Brunco emailed me a polemic (which he would not allow me to publish) listing his complaints, which called for— among other things—a personal apology from me; a request I was not interested in fulfilling then, and certainly not interested in doing now. One of the major issues with this petition is that it is Mr. Brunco’s personal grievances masquerading as those of the student body at large. In essence, Mr. Brunco has attempted (poorly, I may add) to create a faux grassroots movement to further his own agenda. Allegation Number 2: “Whereas the paper has been given constructive criticism by members of the English and Graphic Design departments to repair their errors, which was blatantly ignored .” Some Graphic Design students may have criticized copies of The Critic for layout errors, but they have never elected to share the edited copies with The Critic’s staff or me. Frankly, this al-
Reply To Brunco Robert Patton Critic Columnist Marc Brunco is very good at making accusations, but not very good at supporting those accusations with evidence. To make matters worse, much of what upsets him seems to be a product of his own overactive imagination. A case in point: Months ago after watching, and for the most part enjoying, a performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, I criticized the costumes of the military officers in the cast. I was particularly critical of how the two Marine officers were garbed. As a former Marine with three years behind me I think I have some qualifications for my judgement. As I’m sure almost anyone would realize the actors did not buy or select their own costumes and it’s quite possible that there simply was not enough money to garb military officer in believable costumes. Some of the male actors were badly in need of haircuts or at least would have been if they were real military officers. For some reason known only to
legation is (to borrow a phrase from Mr. Brunco) blatantly false. I have several English majors working on my staff, as well as a Graphic Design major who helps The Critic staff with the layout and with the computer program that we use to put the paper together. This item, I suspect is another personally motivated complaint. In addition, for someone calling me out on the paper’s grammatical errors, Mr. Brunco should learn how to construct a proper sentence before he attempts something like this again.
Allegation Number 3: “Whereas an employee of the paper previously fired for improper behavior was allowed back into the paper and appears to have formal duties.” Robert Patton, the person in question, has written a response to this allegation below. Allegation Number 4: “Whereas Editor Miley structures editorial replies in an unprofessional manner.” As clarified in the article on Page 3, this is a nearly impossible to understand reference to me running my column
before any Letters to the Editor. This, however, is a stylistic formatting choice made for reasons of efficiency more than anything else. “Unprofessional” is Mr. Brunco’s subjective terminology.
Allegation Number 5: “Whereas Critic staff showed a blatant disregard for the wellbeing of fellow students involved in serious situations.” The job of The Critic is to report on-campus and community news objectively and truthfully. The Critic works hard to make sure that all the stories we print are as factually correct as possible, and when they aren’t, we always run a retraction in good faith. Allegation Number 6: “Whereas Critic staff showed an unprofessional manner in reporting.” I am immensely proud and humbled by the hard work that The Critic staff puts in each week to produce a paper. If they have acted unprofessionally, no one has ever brought it to my attention. It should be noted that members of the ENG-2040 Journalistic Writing class also produce content for The Critic. Although listed as “staff writers,” members
himself, Marc Brunco took my criticism personally. He wrote a letter to the Critic and while asking that it not be published demanded that Mike Miley apologize to him personally. Brunco’s letter also contained an accusation that he repeats in his current petition. He charges that I was guilty of “improper” activity on The Critic two years ago. When confronted and asked to explain the charge, he could only say that he heard it from people he trusted. When asked whether he personally stood behind the allegation, he refused to answer. When asked to simply state whether or not he knew the charge to be true, he refused to answer either yes or no. When pressed, he brandished his cellphone and threatened to call Public Safety. Editor’s Note: Recently, I received the letter below from President Joe. While the letter does not specifically reference any of the current issues covered on this and the following pages, it does clearly express the philosophy of both the college and The Critic on freedom of the press. The relevant portion is reprinted below.
Michael, You and I agree that the Critic, like any other newspaper, is protected under the first amendment and that, as Editor in-Chief, you have final authority over what is published in the paper. The administration supports this philosophy.
Furthermore, the administration will continue to advise readers that there are mechanisms in place to respond to The Critic’s articles, policies, etc and that students are encouraged to use those mechanisms. Best, President Joe
of the 2040 class are not official members of The Critic staff, and it cannot account, nor be held accountable for their conduct. Allegation Number 7: “Whereas The Critic has instigated [sic] members of the student body into committing vandalism to [sic] Critic issues, issues paid for by student money that are then wasted.” Mr. Brunco would like to lay the blame for other student’s bad behavior on me, which is absurd. It is neither my, nor The Critic’s responsibility if students react in a childish way to the articles we print. Does Mr. Brunco think that we should censor, or suppress stories we think will cause students to throw out, or deface papers? Does he think we should avoid reporting controversial things, and just repeat the proverbial “party line?” Perhaps Mr. Brunco would like us to submit each week’s paper to him for approval, since he seems to have crowned himself lord high arbitrator of journalism, despite—as stated before— not being able to construct a decent sentence.
Brunco has behaved in a disgraceful manner and deserves no response from me. But for all other students at LSC, here’s exactly what happened. I had been presenting arguments against paying SGA leaders out of student activity funds. I pointed out that of all student organizations only SGA expects payment for their efforts. The president of the SGA submitted a piece that said that contrary to what I had claimed student peer leaders are paid. Of course this has nothing to do with the issue so I inserted in brackets the words [by the college]. The brackets let the reader know that the bracketed word or phrase was added by the editor, not the original writer. For reasons known only to the editor (who we later learned was a registered sex offender), he objected to this and wrote a scathing attack against me in the Critic. Although he originally said I would be able to respond, he chose not to print my response. I am glad that Marc Brunco’s absurd and unsubstaniated charge have given me an opportunity to present my response now. Better late than never.
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PETITION DEMANDING CRITIC EDITOR RESIGN FAILS Continued from Page 1 “Just recently, a friend of mine, she was involved in a car accident,” Brunco said. “The Critic got the location wrong; the reporters who were sent there were making snide remarks.” Brunco said he is also concerned that SGA money is being wasted if The Critic prints articles that compel students to throw copies of the paper in the trash. “Some of these people who have complaints, that trash [The Critic], I mean I don’t defend their actions but they do have valid points,” Brunco said. Brunco’s concerns
were directed at a recent story that included the mug shots of Lyndon State College basketball players that were prominently displayed on the front page of The Critic. “I’m giving people an outlet to put the frustrations out on paper and to send a clear and concise message,” Brunco said regarding the petition. The petition itself includes a list of grievances: the first of which was that The Critic knowingly printed insults against students. Brunco acknowledged that his allegations are partially based on an article that he felt insulted him.
“I’ve complained once regarding the way I was treated in an article,” Brunco said. The article in question appeared in a November issue of The Critic. Robert Patton wrote an article about the Twilight Player’s production of Much Ado about Nothing in which he criticized the costume design. “All of the women involved in the show were perfectly coiffed and attractively dressed in period appropriate garments,” Patton said in his article. “That makes it especially disappointing that the male actors, without exception, dressed like
slobs.” “I put the ball in Mikes court,” Brunco said. “I said ‘Mike, here’s my grievance, all I’d like is an apology’ and he never got back to me.” Among the other complaints, Brunco took issue with the way the opinions page is laid out. According to Brunco, Miley’s responses to letters to the editor were place above the letter in the page. “He’s replying before [they] have a chance to speak,” he said. Although Brunco said he would like to see The Critic elect a new editor, he is not sure
who he would like to replace Michael Miley. “I’m not one hundred percent familiar with most of The Critic staff because it fluctuates a lot from what I’m hearing,” he said. The petition failed to gain the support of the Student Government Association at their meeting last night. “I think, as an SGA, tonight we were able to show that we validated their constitution and were able to accept what we passed when we accepted their constitution in the first place,” Commuter Representative Daniel Weiner said.
April 3, 2014
LSC DJ LOOKS FORWARD TO BRIGHT FUTURE
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jobs following his graduation this spring. Both jobs are for directing and sound positions for production companies in Naples and Miami, Fla. Regardless of which job he chooses, he will be moving to Florida in May. Mustafic is excited to leave Vermont, but is thankful for his upbringing here. His family moved here from Sarajevo, Bosnia when he was a child to escape the Bosnian War. “It was very rough,” Mustafic said, Marybeth Noonan “We went through hell and back Critic Contributor to get where we are.” While growing up in Vermont, You might see DJ BOHMVGOD walking around campus in a baggy Mustafic developed an interest sweatshirt, winter hat and dark sunglasses; however, there is more to him in music. He tried to play the than nightclubs and pierced ears. trumpet and guitar but realized LSC senior Bo Mustafic loves his career as DJ BOHMVGOD, but exhe it was not one of his strengths. plains that the title and appearance have prevented outsiders from knowing He loved music but did not know the real Bo. He said that sometimes people also mistake Mustafic as an how to express it, so he decided to intimidating person. produce his own. “People look at me sometimes like a thug or a degenerate,” Mustafic said, Through online programs, “But I’m a lot nicer.” Mustafic is able to mix his beats Mustafic, a double major in Business and Music Business and Industry, with music of other artists. His has a 3.4 GPA. His motivation in school has helped him to secure two creativity with music has helped
him to land well paying jobs, such as a performance at Club Drink in Providence, R.I. On a good night, Mustafic can make around $500. Mustafic has recently performed at the Packing House, the Ian Muller Rail Jam at Burke Mountain, and at a rave in ASAC 100. He said that electronic music is not as popular here compared to other areas, but he is trying to change that. Lejna Mustafic, his younger sister, attends every one of Mustafic’s shows to show support. “Bo has a lot of talent,” she said, “Many underestimate him because he doesn’t like too much publicity and isn’t one to gloat about what he’s capable of, but his passion for music is unreal.” Although Mustafic has found some success as a DJ, he does not plan to make it a life-long career. Mustafic does not have any shows lined up this semester. For now, he is simply focusing on making music before he performs again.
Scholarships Available For Returning Students
divided up accordingly.
There are also 13 scholarships available for
Aaron Bellomo Critic Contributor
“If we have enough to give 10 people a $500 scholar-
returning students that are made possible by
ship we will,” McIsaac said. “Everything we raise goes
donors. The criteria for each scholarship vary and
to the students.”
can be based on residence, major, GPA, amount
These scholarships, says McIsaac, can be essential for
of credits, age, or gender.
helping students’ ability to afford college.
The application for all of these scholarships are
“I have seen students who get these scholarships
condensed into one application that must include
that don’t get enough financial aid.” For some these
a 250-word essay about one’s career aspirations
scholarships are “one of the few ways students can stay
and an outline of community service work.
Students may apply for as many of these scholar-
The funding for the Faculty and Staff scholarship is
ships as they qualify for, and must hand in their
raised through the Spring Dip, the Faculty yard sale,
application to the Student Services Office by
and the winter auction.
Lyndon has over a dozen scholarship opportunities for returning students, but historically there have been few applicants. In addition to federal, state and institutional aid, Lyndon State has various scholarships and endowments to help returning students defray the cost of higher education. The Faculty and Staff Scholarship application is due April 4 and recipients will be selected by a committee chaired by Kay McIsaac and Jay Bona. The application consists of three short
answer questions about academic background, extracurricular activities and reasoning for applying. According to McIsaac, last year’s pool contained about 10 to 12. The requisite criteria includes two semesters completed at Lyndon by the end of the academic year, a 3.0 GPA, and financial aid eligibility. McIsaac said financial need is the most heavily weighted criteria. The scholarship does not have a designated number of recipients. Rather, the committee determines the amount of deserving candidates and the fund is
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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEK Jess Gullbrand Critic Contributor
It may seem like there is nothing to do off-campus but actually there are many different things one can do, such as bowling, see a movie, learn how ice cream and cheese are made, go skiing and snowboarding, and even spend the day at a water park. Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury has 16 bowling lanes. It costs $1.50 to rent shoes, and $3.50 per game. Also in St. J is Star Theater. A regular adult ticket costs $6.50 and for a 3D movie it is an additional dollar. Larry Perreault, an employee of the theater, said “Although we are a small theater, we try to show the newest, most popular movies, you won’t be disappointed.” About an hour away from the college is the Ben and Jerry’s factory and the Cabot Cheese factory. You can tour the Cabot Cheese factory for $2 and the Ben and Jerry’s factory for $4. Burke Mountain and Jay Peak are the two most visited off-campus places. At both these places you can ski or snowboard all day. Jay Peak offers a $65 day pass for students with a current ID. The mountain is estimated to close for the season the first week of May. Jay Peak also features a new water park. Tickets for the water park are $35 for adults and $25 for children.The park features four water slides, a kiddy area, and a rock climbing wall. Burke Mountain’s lifts run seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the weekends a full day ticket costs $68 and a half day ticket costs $52. They also have special deals during the week, on Wednesdays they have buy one get one tickets for $68, on Tuesdays and Thursdays tickets cost $45; every other weekday they cost $55. If you have no way of getting to the mountain, you can take the free Burke Mountain Shuttle. The shuttle runs Thursday through Sunday and picks up in Stonehenge parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and picks up in Wheelock parking lot ten minutes after. Return trips from the mountain are at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
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