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Lyndon State College
Valentine's at the Dining Hall
It's my money, and I want it now! Critic Staff demystifies the refund check process Critic Staff Reports Every semester many students wait anxiously for their refund checks to arrive. Haley Masure, human services senior, finds the wait frustrating. “I get my refund check every semester and I think it takes too long to get through the LSC mail, especially since I’m not up [on campus] all of the time. It’s a pain to keep checking my mailbox just to find it empty.” Roger Williams, ski resort management senior, agrees. “I think the process is never explained and when you ask questions about the check, student services just gives you the run-around. I also think it takes way too long to get your check,” said Williams. Myles Trudeau, criminal justice junior, disagrees with Williams and Masure. “I don’t believe they take too long to be distributed, although I do see how it could seem like a long period of time if it were a matter of paying bills,” said Trudeau. Trudeau will not be receiving a check this semester, though he has in the past.
“It’s a complicated process, there’s no doubt about it,”
-Sheilah Ladd, Controller
Sheilah Ladd, controller in the Lyndon State College Financial Aid office, explains that the office begins paying off student accounts on February 8 after the add/drop period for classes ends. This ensures that credits are sorted so nothing will need to be added or subtracted to a student’s bill. The first disbursement date is selected according to federal regulations, so there is nothing that LSC can do individually about this release date. The faculty must manually enter in refund information for each
See "Refund" page 3
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Mike Fisher, electronic journalism arts major, and Tiana Thompson, music business and industry major, enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the Stevens Dining Hall Valentine's Day. Campus bands Suncooked and Red Tin Box both performed sets.
"Take a Seat" Program to Raise Money for Alexander Twilight Theatre Hannah Frigon Critic Staff The Alumni Committee has come up with the idea to do a fundraiser called “Take a Seat Program.” The program contacts all alumni, first through social networking and now through the Alumni publication. Alumni of Lyndon State College will be asked to donate $100-$750 to purchase a plaque with their name on it or a dedication that will be placed on the back of the theater seats in the Alexander Twilight Theatre. “It’s only logical. People like to have their names on things,” said Hannah Manley, class of ‘97 and Director of Alumni Relations and Development. The seat will belong to the donor for about five to seven years, which is when the Alumni Council assumes they will then need to replace the seats. The project is in its second phase, the goal is to raise $40,000 “by the end of the calendar year,” said Manley, which is “the phase that the Alumni Council can champion.” This money will go towards new dimmers to control the lighting and architectural control systems in the theatre. “The LSC community and the people of the
Photo by Bryan Barber
An empty seat waiting for a nameplate.
North East Kingdom deserve this performing space to be first rate. As an alumni it is my hope that it is made a priority by the new administration,” said George Babcock, class of ’79. Hopefully, with success of this program, the Alumni can move onto phase three, which does not have a predicted coast yet. That money would go to air condition-
ing for the dimmer, new curtains, new projector, smart systems, and the big process of fixing wing left and wing right. So far they have raised $4,600. “That is over a tenth of the way there,” said Manley. “There have been nineteen gifts and ten donors so far.” The Alumni counsel, the committee in charge of the program, is a group of volunteers of about twenty-five people. “They are graduates who want to give back to the college, and traditionally it has always been done through committee work. This, in all our opinions, wasn’t very exciting. The committee wanted to function differently, and put all of their effort into one project. We as a college want their work to be successful, and fully supported a change,” said Manley. According to Manley, The Alexander Twilight Theater is “the heart of this campus.” Whether you are taking part in freshman orientation, a graduation ceremony, or someone in between, you are in the theater at one time or another. Other events like movie nights, music shows, Mr. Lyndon, and theater plays take place there and are enjoyed not only by the students, but the Lyndon community as well.
February 15, 2013 Staff Information Editor-in-Chief Samantha VanSchoick Managing Editor Morgan Forester Sports Editor Corey Wells Entertainment Editor Molly Anderson Photo Editor Bryan Barber Copy Editor Peter Nute Twitter Editor Greg Besso @lyndoncritic Letters to the Editor The Critic welcomes letters and opinions. All letters must include the author’s phone number and address. The Critic will not publish letters until we have confirmed the authorship of the letter. Anonymous letters will not be published. The Critic reserves the right to edit comments. The deadline for letters is 6 p.m. the Tuesday before publication. Please send your letters to: email@example.com or The Critic LSC Box #7951 Lyndonville, VT 05851 Advertising Policy Advertising materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication. Ads must be in PDF format and should be emailed to: Morgan.Forester@lyndonstate.edu Coverage Requests Please submit requests for coverage to the editor at: Samantha.VanSchoick@lyndonstate.edu Office/Contact Information The Critic office is located in Vail 203A Find The Critic online at: lyndonstatecritic.com Lyndon State College and the Vermont State College System are not responsible for the content of this publication.
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“I didn’t really care. That sounds really bad, but I was just like ‘Yeahh…the Pope’s retiring.’” – Elizabeth Sousa, AMS
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Happy Retirement Library to Host Annual Spoken Word Event Honoring African American Leaders Wesley Hatch Critic Staff
ore, Naomi Long Madgett, Joann Christian Mants, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Moore
In celebration of Black History Month,
Dunbar, and Martin Espada will be read by
Samuel Read Hall Library will be host to
members of the Lyndon Community.
the annual Spoken Word Event on Monday, February 18 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30p.m. Community members will join togeth-
Students and faculty and staff are invited to attend this important event. Although the list of speakers has been prearranged, if
er to honor the words and ideas written by
there is time left over it is possible for other
notable African Americans. Selections from
community members to bring selections to
the works of Robert Hayden, Larry Wilm-
read on the day.
Photos by Bryan Barber
Assistant Academic Dean Debra Hale is retiring from Lyndon State. The college held a retirement party in her honor Tuesday, February 12.
Lyndon Model UN Club Heads to Harvard Continued from page 1:
Refunds .... individual student. These accounts are
you receive my loan money, how quickly do
taken care of in alphabetical order due to
you give my money back to me?’ they must
the school’s computer system. Once all re-
realize that the process actually works the
ports have been entered, Ladd then reviews
opposite way,” said Ladd.
each account, and the reports are sent to the Photo by Bryan Barber
Model UN club members (from left to right): Marc Brunco, Justin Pepe, Na Zhan, Ryan Rutledge, Yolanda Liang, and Abdul/Rahim Hussein.
Samantha VanSchoick Editor-in-Chief The Lyndon State College Model United Nations club has left the building. Model UN members took the train down to Boston, Mass. Thursday morning to attend the 2013 Harvard National Model United Nations conference (HNMUN). The conference is a three-day event where participants role-play as representatives from their designated country during simulated sessions debating and deliberating about world issues. “So we act as if we are real United Nation members,” explained club president Justin Pepe. “You have your delegations and several committee meetings over the course of three days. Your committees represent different areas, for instance the preemptive war committee.” Over 3,000 students from all over the world attend the HNMUN. Teams are designated countries based on how many people they are bringing to the conference. Before the conference meets, Model UN
members submit a list of 10 countries they would like to represent. This year, LSC Model UN has been assigned Bhutan and Somalia. Both were countries in their top 10. Na Zhan, elementary education major, brought the club to LSC last year. “I was a member of model UN when I was in China at a chinese college,” said Zhan. “Model UN is a concept that was created by Americans, so I said … it would be very nice if I can introduce Model UN back to the United States and bring it to Lyndon.” Zhan enjoys the club for several reasons. “Everybody can talk about some topics that we normally do not have somebody to talk about with,” Zhan said. “We have an interest in international affairs.” Next year the Model UN club hopes to start a “talk series” as a way to fundraise. The club has already had success with bake sales.
If a student has “not crossed their T’s
Chancellor’s office in Montpelier where the
and dotted their I’s” in regards to getting
official disbursing action takes place.
their financial aid distributed, delays in
In Montpelier, the checks are reviewed,
the refund check process can occur. Ladd
printed, and cut. This process is only done
suggests that there are a few methods stu-
on Wednesdays, which delays the process
dents can use as an attempt to expedite this
even further since it only happens weekly.
process. One of these is the “e-refund.”
Checks are sent by mail to the school
The e-refund is the first step a student
and manually enveloped and put into small
can take towards getting their check sooner.
boxes. As Sheilah states, “it’s a complicated
Ladd says that this is a strongly suggested
process, there’s no doubt about it.”
method of payment because it eliminates
The procedure varies for each individu-
several steps of the regular process, and also
al. Loans must be processed through many
because it conveniently allows the refund to
different companies. Some financial-aid
be directly deposited into students’ checking
programs based in Massachusetts have been
known to disburse quite late, and often
Ladd wants students to know that if
these students will receive their financial aid
they are “in a pickle,” they can talk with
later then others.
Dean of Student Affairs, Jonathan Davis,
“We are not able to give a specific date of when you will receive a refund because aid posts at different times for different students, and this is how a refund is determined,” explained LSC Staff Accountant Kirsten Simpson in an email. Contrary to popular belief, the school gives money back to the students “way before [LSC] receives the money” from loan companies. “So when students ask, ‘Once
and he can call landlords to verify that the money is coming, but it just isn’t here yet. Faculty completely understands that the students want their money and they are doing what they can to get everything squared away. Students with further questions about this process can stop by the Student Services office, or consult the LSC website.
SPORTS Baseball Team Hosts Dinner & Dance
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Money Raised Goes Toward Florida Trip
Molly Anderson Entertainment Editor This Saturday, February 16th, the Lyndon State College baseball team will be holding a dinner & dance fundraiser. The money from this event will go towards the team’s Spring Training trip down to Florida. The team hasn’t travelled down south to practice in several years, and as Head Coach Ed Polland says, “this institution hasn’t done this in a long time, and that’s something we’ve worked awfully hard to do.” The team hopes to raise enough money to support this big expense. This is Polland’s second year here as a coach at LSC, but the team has held this fundraiser in previous years. It always seems to be a successful way to raise money
Dressed to impress at last year’s dinner/dance. From left to right: Heidi Fleury, Shane Fleury, Zach Nelson, Patrick Hilton, Bo Mustafic.
for the team whether it supports a Spring
enter and win an array of prizes in a raffle,
anything from LSC baseball apparel to a
sounding very excited about the upcoming
Training trip or new equipment for the
as well as a night filled with dancing and
twelve hundred dollar prize. There’s some-
thing for everyone!
Courtesy of Patrick Hilton
Support the baseball team and their Tickets to the dinner & dance are on
Polland says that there will be a DJ
On top of the numerous prizes given
opportunity to practice down in Florida for
sale right up until the doors open. They can
present, as well as several opportunities to
away, the dinner will also have MC Corey
a few days by talking to any of the baseball
be purchased through any of the baseball
win prizes. They sell one hundred tickets
Matthews playing music and amusing the
players or coaches about purchasing tickets.
players or coaches. Tickets cost $100 and
total, and about every four or five tickets
crowd, “so I’m sure we’re going to get some
They are going fast, and you don’t want to
include dinner for two, and a chance to
gets some sort of reward. People can win
good entertainment!” Polland remarks,
miss out on this enjoyable experience!
A Man Among Boys King James on a Historic Tear Dustin Naiss Critic Columnist The last six games of LeBron James season have been the most impressive of his highly acclaimed career. James has taken 92 shots from the field and has made 66 of them, a
efficiency. Combining his efficiency with his
New England College
court. Standing at 6’8” and weighing in at
250 pounds, his all around game coupled
with his beastly size makes him the most
New England College
Green Mountain 1-15
dangerous player in the game, hands down. The case can be made that LeBron isn’t
that efficiently from the free throw line,
Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are
never mind while being defended.
considered to be more natural scores, but
compiled 6.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game. These numbers aren’t far away from his season average of 27 PPG, 7.0 APG, 8.1 RPG and a shooting percentage of 58%. His shooting percentage over the last six
there’s no denying James’ dominance on the
unique player in the game. Not only can he handle the ball and pass it better then the point guard, he also rebounds better then the opposing team’s big men. If James can even come close to main-
games is somewhere up in the stratosphere,
taining this type of efficient basketball, he
so high in fact that no player in the history
will run away with his fourth MVP award,
of the NBA has ever shot a higher percent-
and in the process lead the Heat back to the
age over a six game span. It’s extremely rare
unselfish style of play makes for the most
Record U-Maine Farmington
was thought of. Players like Kevin Durant,
over the last six games, James has also
ber of NBA players can’t manage to shoot
On top of his 31 point per game average
Women’s Basketball Colby-Sawyer
the purest scorer in the game like he once
around play during this impressive streak.
to see a player of his caliber shoot with such
shooting percentage of 72%. A good num-
Not to go unmentioned is his all-
What’s the Buzz?
Results from the past week: Friday 2/8 L 78-53 to U-Maine Farmington Sunday 2/10 W 86-73 over Thomas Tuesday 2/12 W 90-70 over Green Mountain This week’s matches: Friday 2/15 vs. Maine Maritime 5:30 P.M. Saturday 2/16 vs. Husson 1:00 P.M.
Results from the past week: Friday 2/8 L 60-37 to U-Maine Farmington Sunday 2/10 W 70-64 over Thomas Tuesday 2/12 W 66-37 over Green Mountain This week’s matches: Friday 2/15 vs. Maine Maritime 7:30 P.M. Saturday 2/16 vs. Husson 3:00 P.M.
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2013 Menâ€™s Tennis Roster and Schedule
Left: Charles Legge. Right: Dan Weiner.
John John Corey
Michael Desmond Tyler Hall
Photos by Bryan Barber
2013 Baseball Roster and Schedule Date
Home (Auburndale, FL)
Away (Auburndale, FL)
Away (Winter Haven, FL)
10:00 A.M./12:00 P.M.
Home (Winter Haven, FL)
New England College
New England College
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weet of the Week! By @jfinnegan10
“Just heard a kid yelling in excitement about his countdown to The Packer. #whenyouknowyouhaveaproblem @LSCProblems”
If you want to Ask Gemma a question, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Gemma, I’ve noticed a big change in my life between last semester and this semester. Lots of my friends have transferred schools, not only leaving me lonely, but unable to transition. I occasionally attend parties to try and meet new people, but I mostly just go out because drinking relieves my anxiety. I heard a rumor at a party that if you mix antidepressant Zoloft with alcohol, it can make you more calm and relaxed. I think combining these two stress-relieving substances sounds like a great idea to heal my tension. Do you think I should give this mixture a try? Sincerely, Alcohol Mixer Dear Alcohol Mixer, Whenever you are having mixed emotions it is not the best decision to get alcohol involved. You should not drink alcohol to feel happy, you should do it only as a social experience. More often than not, being drunk causes people with internal problems to become even more of an emotional wreck. Alcohol is a depressant, so people who feel depressed should not consume it! If you are feeling overwhelmed with your academics, I would suggest setting up an appointment with your advisor to
figure out how to eliminate any stress being caused by school. If it is your social life that is bothering you, then you can visit The Brown House on-campus for any counseling help you might need. In my opinion, you are mentally and physically exhausted by more than just one aspect of your life, so you should try your best to take things easy. This will help a lot with your stress levels. As for the Zoloft, absolutely do not mix these two things together. If you speak with a counselor or psychiatrist and they prescribe you to be on any sort of antidepressant, then you must drink alcohol very sparingly. Binge drinking as college kids typically do will potentially lead you to several dangerous side effects. Here are some of the things that could happen when mixing Zoloft with alcohol: • Getting very drunk off a small amount of alcohol • Blackouts/memory loss • High blood pressure • Dizziness • Intense mood swings
I hope these symptoms accentuate the seriousness of this situation. It is very important that you stay away from this because there are many people who have been seriously hurt or even killed by mixing these two substances. I hope this helps you out, and I also hope it helps you make some wiser decisions. Please stay safe! - Gemma Davis
This Week in Live Music presented by the MEISA Club On Campus Tues. Feb 19 – B-wise, more TBA – Hornet’s Nest – 7PM
Fri. Feb. 15 – The Summit of Thieves – The Skinny Pancake – Burlington, VT – 7PM Fri. Feb 15 – The Van Burens – Phat Kats Tavern – Lyndonville, VT – 9PM Sat. Feb 16 – Electric Sorcery w/ Chasing Macie - Parker Pie – West Glover, VT – 8PM
February 15, 2013
Ask Hugh Jass The Critic’s Weekly Sex Advice Column
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A Taste of Home: Crockpot Jambalya
Morgan Forester Managing Editor
I’m a huge fan of trying new foods, especially ethnic foods. While the Northeast Kingdom has great skiing and hiking, it is lacking in diverse food options. I don’t know about you, but that thoroughly bums
If you would like to submit a wquestion, send an email to email@example.com Dear Hugh Jass, I have recently started dating again after being single for the last two years. My boyfriend and I have only been going out for about a month, and he alreawdy wants to have sex. The problem is that I am still a virgin and I don’t know if I am ready. I really care for him and I’m pretty sure he cares for me, but he doesn’t go to school here and whenever we are together all he wants to do is fool around even though I’ve told him about my situation. My question is, should I stay with him and try to make it work or should I dump him?
me out. So, to switch things up a bit, I tweaked an old recipe to create one of my new favorite crockpot meals – Jambalaya. In honor of Mardi Gras week, this Jambalaya brings all the flavor and soul of New Orleans here to the frigid north. It’s
A freshly prepared bowl of delicous, hot Jambalya.
Photo by Morgan Forester
hearty and spicy and the perfect way to celebrate “Fat Tuesday,” especially when you find it hard to put down the spoon. I
1 can chicken broth
Mix all ingredients into your crockpot.
always make too much, but it freezes well
1 tsp. dried oregano
Then, cook on Low for 8 hours*. Stir
and is easy to share with friends.
1 tsp. dried parsley
periodically so the rice cooks evenly.
1 tsp. minced garlic
When done, the rice should be tender and
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
the chicken and sausage are thoroughly
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast - cut
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
cooked. Grab a bowl and chow down!
into 1 inch cubes
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
3 Andouille Chicken Sausages, sliced
1 1/2 cup white rice
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 c. water
*If you can’t wait the 8 hours, this recipe will also work on High for 4 hours!!
1/2 Yellow onion, minced
Sincerely, Ms. Innocent and unsure Dear Ms. Innocent Getting back into the dating scene after a while can be difficult, but it seems you made your way back just fine. It’s always important to set guidelines in a new relationship and you have already done a good job of that. Your relationship is pretty new, and it seems that you are not quite comfortable with having sex just yet -- that is perfectly okay! Don’t feel bad about being a virgin because everyone is different and it’s best to wait for that special time. If your boyfriend doesn’t respect that you want to wait, it’s not going to work. Talk to him and see how he feels about the situation. If he is fine with holding out on the sex, stay with him. If not, I suggest finding a better guy for you who respects your wishes. I hope this helps you out. Stay safe! Your friend, Hugh Jass
CAB Presents: Comedian Marc LaMotte
Photos by Bryan Barber
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New Fitness Club On the Rise Morgan Forester Managing Editor The Fitness Club is looking to make Lyndon more active. At the end of last semester, the Student Government Association voted to make the Fitness Club official. Now that the spring term is underway the new club is developing quickly. The three members of the executive board, President Joe Kill, Vice President Kendra Mills, and Treasurer Sam Orfanidis came up with the idea to have a club based on the work they do in the Exercise Science Personal Training Practicum. “We wanted to work with more people one-on-one because we can only address so many people in practicum,” Kill said. “But, it actually ended up evolving since then. Orfanidis said, “It got bigger than we thought it would be.” The rapid growth of the club motivated the club to change its game plan. “Now were trying to get large groups of people, and networking people to get them
more active on campus,” Kill said. In order to make the club more accessible to all on campus, the Fitness Club has added more than off-hours personal training. “We decided to open it up to include organizing events so that people didn’t need to sign up for a trainer,” said Mills. Currently the club hosts events like snowshoeing campus trails, group training, and training for two different sections of Tough Mudder competitions over the summer in June and August, and are hoping to do more outdoors events once it gets warmer. “We just started [group training] two weeks ago, we haven’t put up a lot of flyers yet,” Orfanidis said. “But, we’re doing that soon so hopefully we’ll get more people going.” The club has been holding their workouts and events in the gymnasiums or outside rather than in the fitness center. “We steal equipment from [the fitness center] to run the workouts,” Kill said, “but most of the time we’re not down there. Sometimes it’s intimidating and we want to
avoid intimidation with this project.” Though they haven’t done a great deal of advertising, the club has been able to gain members outside of the Exercise Science major by incorporating these events and networking with other sources on campus. “We teamed up with the Dining Hall last week,” Mills said. “We were introducing the fitness club and we were also letting people know that the nutritional information for everything we eat at the dining hall is actually online.” The club enjoyed the event and was able to get a lot of people to sign up. “Our goal was to expand,” Orfanidis said. As they are still expanding the Fitness Club remains unsure about how they will conduct meetings and assign membership, but as they expand and get involved with more fitness events and activities the club will be doing fundraising. Their ultimate goal is to get people on campus active. “We’re there to have fun, but we’re there to encourage other people to have fun too,” Kill said.
Lyndon Gives the Gift of Life For Valentine’s Day
Meet the Fitness Club Executive Board
Photos by Morgan Forester
Joseph Kill Club President Senior Exercise Science major Runner Fitness Inspiration: Competition Favorite Food: “Everything, except for Bleu Cheese.”
Tuesday, February 12 students and staff donated blood at the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive. The Drive began at noon and ended at 5 p.m. (Top Right) Red Cross sign outside Bole Gymnasium. (Bottom Right) Lyndon Senior Alise Vandal donates with a smile. (Bottom Left) Sophomore Travis Cox donates platelets. (Top Left) Senior Alyssa Sylvia gives blood.
Kendra Mills Vice President Junior Exercise Science major Non-competitive Fitness Inspiration: “I love being outdoors and staying active.” Favorite Food: Panforte (A traditional Italian dessert)
Photos by Bryan Barber
Sam Orfanidis Treasurer Senior Exercise Science major Personal Trainer Fitness Inspiration: To stay active and “I love competition.” Favorite Food: Baked fish, “Anything that swims.”