Feliciano to Lyndon

By: Tyler Simpson

Gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano visited Lyndon State College on Wednesday.

He is running as a libertarian.

“We believe that people should be able to do as they chose as long as they don’t harm anyone else,” Feliciano said. ”I’ll add a third caveat to that as long as we don’t have to pay for it.”

Feliciano is running on reforming the health care system in the of Vermont. He would like to get rid of Vermont Health Connect and move the Federal Exchange citing the cost benefit to the State Of Vermont.  Vermont currently spends between 26 to 36 million dollars on Vermont Health Connect.

When asked about the challenges facing the Vermont State College System Feliciano stated the problem was not a lack of funding but rather it was a cost management issue.  “The smart way to do things us to understand the cost where your cost structures are and reduce those cost to see what’s going on.”  Feliciano Said

Feliciano also hinted that he would privatize the Vermont State College System  “I think the colleges start operating more as independent entities and they’ll start to compete. I believe as a libertarian one of our principles is a much small government. I don’t think government should intervene in that process quite frankly I think the school system can take care of itself and once they realize the costs are too high and people are going elsewhere it will all adjust itself. “

“I think we need to decouple them from the state and I think that’s a good way of doing it. Feliciano said.  I’m not sure the exact laws that couple these schools to the state… but I would look into that.”

To address the issue of the job creation in sticking with the libertarian platform Feliciano would like to reduce taxes and transform Vermont into a business friendly state.  He pointed out how Vermont Yankee was recently forced out of business due to a tax that was levied against them.

“ I think at the end of the day people claim to want to have choice and I’m offering you that opportunity and that choice I think you’ll do what’s best for you.  Feliciano said. You can’t have it both ways if you want to be free and independent and you want more liberty you’ll have to take more risk. “

Backpacker’s Guide

By: Kaylee Murphy

If you decide to travel to Europe the most important this is to be open. Be open to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to make lasting friendships with people who you have only met a few days ago. Once you find someone who speaks English in a foreign country, it is easy to form an instant bond. In the U.S you don’t really experience difficulty with communicating with other people, but it’s a surreal feeling when you’re in a foreign country and you can’t ask anyone for directions or help.


I recommend going to watch a “football” game at a local bar, especially if you are in Europe during the World Cup. Be careful and respective while watching because football fans in Europe can be a bit over-enthusiastic. It will be an experience that you will always remember.


Try to not just visit the cities. To get the real feel of a culture, visit the countryside. Chances are less people will speak English, but the landscapes will be breathtaking.


There is so much to do in Europe, so here are my favorite stops along the way.


  1. London is just something you have to visit if you go to Europe. Buckingham Palace is an obvious must see. Big Ben is a must hear. If heights don’t bother you, there is the London Eye. There are also cool tours such as the Jack the Ripper tour that takes you along the route where the murders occurred. There is definitely much to see and do in London.
  2. Amsterdam is a perfect destination stop for the young. Almost everything is legal. The waterways are under cute bridges, lined with beautiful buildings and have interesting houseboats in them. Talk a walk in the Red Light District for an interesting experience. Amsterdam also has plenty of art museums and the Anne Frank House. Most importantly, however, is to experience smoking pot in a coffee shop.
  3. Prague is a fun place. It has an amazing night life. Beer is only around 25 cents. Overall everything is pretty cheap. I didn’t even mind their ethnic cuisine. It has one of the top zoos in the world. Prague Castle is one of the largest fortresses in the world. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but once you do the view is amazing. The tour of the castle is pretty cool as well. Some people may find Prague’s Astronomical clock interesting.
  4. Paris is a place that some people think is overrated. It’s not. The Eiffel Tower is all that it’s cracked up to be. The Louvre museum is packed with paintings such as the Mona Lisa (which isn’t that cool) and The Last Supper. There are so many other artifacts that it would take days to be able to examine them all. Notre Dame is magnificent and is definitely worth seeing. Behind it is the bridge with all of the locks on it. The Arc De Triomphe is also magnificent and is within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.
  5. Munich is one of the few places I could see myself living. They have huge beer gardens that give you giant beers. Other than beer gardens, you have to have a beer at the Hofbrauhaus. Many historic famous people have had a beer there including Hitler. Marienplatz is the heart of Munich there are stores, restaurants, and historical buildings. The Neuschwanstein was Ludwig II’s last project. It is the castle that Disney based its Cinderella castle off of. Take the tour inside the castle. Ludwig II died before all the rooms were finished inside the castle, but the ones that were finished inside the castle looks like an actual fairy tale.
  6. Rome was my favorite place in Italy. The Vatican trumps every church, every castle and any building I have ever seen. It is simply breathtaking. If you do go to the Vatican make sure that you climb up the narrow stairs and see the view of Rome. The Coliseum is also worth the long, hot and sweaty wait in line to go view it. Watch for people saying that they are with a tour group and you can skip the line and go with them. They may take your money and you may lose your place in line.
  7. Athens is incredible and packed with ancient historical ruins and artifacts. The Acropolis, doesn’t seem that high up, but when the hot Athens sun is beating down on you, you’re drenched in sweat by the time you reach the top. Seeing the Acropolis and the view of Athens makes it worth it. Other than that you can also see the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and plenty of other ruins.
  8. Barcelona is another place with a great night life; there is this one bar that I went to that only served shots. There were two distinctive shots that I remember: the first one was that they set the shot on fire then gave you a marshmallow to toast over it. The second shot was called the Lewinsky; the bartender would hold up a dildo to your mouth and pour the shot into the dildo. If you’re interested in modern architecture, you can check our buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can also check out all of Picasso’s favorite spots.
  9. Split, Croatia is stunning. The ocean water is a beautiful blue. The nightlife is great. You can go on a party boat for a night. Old Split is a cool place to visit and walk around. Outside of Split there are ancient Roman ruins. There is a bus from Split to the Plitvice Lakes. Croatia’s waterfalls are gorgeous and if you are in Croatia, it is a must see.
  10. Santorini is a nice little island. Its black sand beaches are incredible. The red sand beach is interesting. You have to hike a little bit to get there so bring something other than flip flops for footwear. There also isn’t that much beach to lay on due to the danger of falling rocks, but the red beach is beautiful and worth going to see. I’d also recommend renting a moped to cruise around the island. It’s only 15 to 25 euros to rent per day. To rent them legally you have to be 21 with a valid driver’s license. It is a quiet and peaceful island. It is a great place to relax, go swimming, and get a tan. It was one of the few places in Europe that I felt was like a vacation. My day wasn’t pack trying to see as many historical places or tourist attractions like every other place. I could just relax and that was nice.


By: Katrina Floranza

One of the many worries that come with going to college is weight management.  Many people are worried that they will get caught up in the “Freshman 15” fad.  Some of us end up binge-eating, which goes hand in hand with stress-eating.  Yet, we still stress over the way our bodies look and wonder if our bodies are meeting the standards we hold it to.


But, who’s to say what our body standards should be? After all, there are different body types. “There’s wicked skinny, skinny, average, chubby, fat… It’s just the different stages of body fat,” says Kelly O’Brien, LSC Senior.


If it’s natural to be categorized in one of those “stages of body fat,” how easily accepted is that concept to us individuals? “It depends with one’s body. Some are just meant to be fat and other’s skinny. I think as long as you’re healthy and taking care of you, I don’t mind one’s size,” LSC Sophomore, Victor Mwangi says. How hard is it to love yourself? “Well, I mean, every girl has some warped image of themselves,” O’Brien says.


There’s definitely some type of image that one carries for themselves. One trend that hit social media recently is the “#thinspo” hashtag, where women posted a picture of their “thinspiration” which were pictures of bone skinny super models or actresses. Is this really the type of role models that we should look up to, in hopes to become?


“I personally don’t think that stick skinny is good for girls. It’s unhealthy looking and every girl should have some curves on them. Dieting is okay, but only if it’s done the right way,” Ashley Degree, LSC Senior, says.


How does anyone know when being skinny has gone too far? A group of five LSC males were asked, “when is a girl too skinny?” The answer was, “when you can see: collarbone, shoulder blades, or their rib cage.”


If guys can tell what “too skinny” is, how far would females go to get close to that image?


When asked a group of five random LSC females how important their body is to them, every answer was “very important.” And when asked how far would you go to get the body you want, most answered by explaining a change in their diet—some even admitted to eating less meals a day. However, if losing weight is desired—there are other steps to get there. “Eat really healthy, stop eating junk and stay away from carbs and sugary foods. Eat six little meals a day, never binge eat,” says Taylor Young, LSC Senior.


Eating right sounds easy, but how many college students are willing to follow through with Young’s advice? LSC Senior, Arabia Miller, says, “I think that people sometimes get too lazy and don’t want to work out, so they find the ‘easy’ way out. Other people sometimes feel they can’t lose weight on their own, so they want a little help.”


While being active and staying in shape is great, many feel as though you should also embrace what you’ve been given as well. Miller says, “I think a girl who loves herself is sexy no matter what, despite weight.” O’Brien adds, “Chicken thighs are better than thigh gaps.”


After all, was Meghan Trainor right? Do boys really like a little more booty to hold at night?

Being the Tornado Outbreak- Not as Fun as You would Think…- A Video Game Review

By: Seth Vandenburg

One would think that playing as anything that causes nothing but widespread chaos, mayhem and destruction would be nothing but fun. And it can be with games like “God of War,” “Destroy All Humans!,” or even the rather strange “Katamari Damacy.” Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Konami’s “Tornado Outbreak.”

Released in 2009 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, “Tornado Outbreak” tells the story of Zephyr, a Wind Warrior whose duty is to create atmospheres on lifeless planets, becoming captain of his squad after his predecessor, Captain Nimubs, decides to step down. But then Zephyr comes across a large being known as Omegaton, the greatest hero from a backwards anti-matter dimension, who has lost his six orbs of power to his enemies, the Fire Flyers. So it’s up to Zephyr and the Wind Warriors to find Omegaton’s orbs so he can return home, and that search brings them down to Earth.

“Tornado Outbreak” has very similar gameplay mechanics to the aforementioned “Katamari Damacy.” You first start out as a small tornado, but as you suck up small things into said tornado, you become larger and larger, able to suck in and destroy larger objects around you. But destroying everything isn’t the only objective; you also have to look for Fire Flyers and absorb them in order to increase the score you need to beat a level, pass through a cloud maze and avoid the sunlight when your tornado is large enough, and ultimately end it with a Totem Battle that’s pretty much just a one-sided fight since you’re obviously a tornado. There is also co-op, but gameplay hardly changes there.

It’s obviously meant to look cartoonish, so the graphics on all the consoles look like they could’ve passed for a sixth-generation game. However, in comparison to the fairy tale world of “Shrek 2” and the Chinese-inspired lands of “Jade Empire,” the landscape of “Tornado Outbreak” isn’t that interesting, especially since you spend most of the time destroying everything in sight. Thus, the graphics are sadly forgettable, much like the gameplay and the story’s execution told in picture stills like the first three “Sly Cooper” games and with a bored narrator who sounds like he’s just doing this job for a paycheck.

“Tornado Outbreak” had the potential to be an interesting game with an interesting concept: be a tornado and destroy all that you see. But unfortunately it fails to even make that interesting and just becomes an average game that people pass by on the shelf. Trust me, the box art may look cool, but that’s pretty much the only thing going for the game. It’s been forgotten by people for a reason. It’s not worth the money spent.

Remembering the Manor

By: Andrew Baughn

It is truly amazing how the Vail Museum on the Lyndon State College campus contains so many original artifacts from the original building, Vail Manor. Leave it to Theodore Vail to not only be the first president of AT&T and turn the telephone into to a successful business, but to also turn a simple farmhouse into a huge Mansion to soon house students of Lyndon State College.

Recently a new addition was added to the museum collection as the railings from T.N Vail’s personal library, which was located in the North Tower of Vail Mansion. The Manor Vail Society installed the railings and the exhibit will open September 27th and remain on display through the end of August 2015.

Reporter Julie Kelly and Photographer Darin Boutet from WCAX Channel 3 News in Burlington interviewed Lyndon Alumni Shirley Jenks Kent ’56 and Michael Thurston ‘74 for a television broadcast produced by the University of Vermont’s Extension Service. The episode aired on WCAX Channel 3 September 22nd at 12:15p.m.

After the Channel 3 was done, I was able to sit down with Thurston who is a member of the Manor Vail Society and not only talked about the new exhibit but shared information about the museum and about what life was like as a student in the manor.

“I’m a member of the Vail manor society and I am also a committee member, which is like a board of directors,” says Thurston.

Q: “How often do you guys meet?”

“We meet once a month.”

Q: “Can you explain this Across the Fence thing a little more?

“Sure um, two years ago two members of our committee went on Across the Fence which is the UVM extension service communities broadcast which is broadcasted by WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington and we went on as we were in the run up to the opening of this museum, the Vail museum, and we wanted to promote it, to let people know it was happening. The other thing that we did while we were on the broadcast, and the two people that were on the broadcast were Dick Collins, class of ’53, and Joyce Selby Jacobs, I believe she is the class of ‘55, and they were guests on the show that day and part of what they did was out reach, looking for artifacts, looking for documents or whatever viewers might have to get in touch with the college. And there was a architectural salvage guy in east Corinth Vermont and he has got a business called Tiltons Trading Company and he was watching Across the Fence and thought he had just purchased some artifacts from agricultural salvage that might possibly be from Vail Mansion in Lyndonville a month or so before. And so he called the Alumni Office and got a hold of Hannah Manley and then got a hold of us, the committee, and we sent someone over to his place of business and examined the railings sure enough there were the balcony railings from the north tower lobby library from Vail mansion, the original Vail mansion. So we took a vote, negotiated a deal, bought the railings and they have been in storage ever since, and we have installed small portion of those railings in the museum for this years homecoming. That exhibit officially opens Saturday the 27th.”

Q: How old would you say those railings are?

“The tower was built in 1900 to 1901 and those railings, the story that I have heard and I can’t verify this but those railings were made off premises in a woodworking shop on Lebanon, New Hampshire, and then brought to the mansion, and then installed. So it would have been at the end of the construction process, because the finished work is the last thing you do, so I would say roughly 1901 so they are 113 years old. In the museum right now, most of the wood work, any place you see wood work, it is from the mansion. Most of this wood work is from the main lobby. This was in the main lobby of the mansion, the ceiling and the wall panels. If you look at it carefully you will see that it isn’t all original we had to use cleats to counsel scenes and things like that. Professor Darrel Castillo, he was the guy who started the campaign to save a lot of this stuff at a time when it was just going to be given away or thrown away or sold. If it wasn’t for Darrel Castillo there are a lot of things that we wouldn’t have, I don’t think we would have the chairs, I don’t think we would have Vail’s trophy case.”

Q: I understand the manor was destroyed due to safety violations?

“Well really, I think it was cost. It came down to money and just bad timing and the bad timing is the first oil, gas and energy crisis which was in the mid 70’s. People were cruising around with extra cans of gas in the trunk of their car because they were not sure when they would stop and there wouldn’t be a gas station around. And Americans weren’t just used to that and everyone panicked, including the state that looked at this old building which obviously needed some restitution and retooling. And all the students mostly saw was this beautiful building. But what the state saw was a beautiful building, but also a money pit, it was just going to cost so much money to renovate it, and so much money to heat it, so much money to bring it up to the codes. A lot of building codes were just coming into play and the whole rest of the mansion would have to be retooled to accommodate the codes and it would cost a lot of money. Finally it was decided it would just be cheaper to tear it all down and start again. It is really unfortunate. There was even a group of us that really lobbied hard to save a portion of the mansion. And of course the element that we really wanted to save more than ever was the towers because the towers were signature and here we are 40 years after those towers came down and you look at the alumni magazine it is called Twin Tower Topics. So even the college admits those towers were the iconic symbol of the college. So we fought to the nail to try and get them to integrate the towers into the new building and they didn’t hear us.”

Q; I know that the Alumni House is the only remaining piece of original building from around the time when the manor was around, what was that originally, was it always the alumni house?

“When I went to school here it was the infirmary, if you got sick that’s where you would go.”

Q: What about the original Alumni House?

“There is a restoration plan in the books to restore what was the Alumni House and I don’t know if that will succeed because we are in a tight budget climate today, as we were 40 years ago. But I think maybe we learned something 40 years ago and that being pretty much the only original building from the Vail estate.”

Q: “Any memories you can share about your time at Lyndon as a student?”

“I was Program Director, Music Director, and General Manager of the college radio station, it wasn’t WWLR in those days it was WVM. It was a big room over what was called Bole Hall, at the time which was a small theater and in one end of the hall there was a separate room with access to the upper floors, and the room had a pool table which, was also called the game room, and the other room above it was the room with all the radio transmitters, and the room above it we called the Crows Nest, which was the actual studio, where we did the broadcasts. I spent hours and hours in this part of the mansion at the beginning of my broadcast career. When I left the college I had a friend who was heavily involved in the radio station at that next few years I came back a couple of times and helped him do some fundraising and that was when it became WWLR, an open air broadcast FM station.”

Q: What about the Meteorology Major, what was that like in the manor days?”

“Meteorology was brand new and it actually wasn’t part of Lyndon, when I was a sophomore there was a college in Center Harbor, New Hampshire called Belknap College, and it was going belly up and failing and then Lyndon decided to adopt that school and buy out whatever was left. And the students all came from NH to Lyndon and became Lyndon college students of meteorology. So the meteorology department was imported from Center Harbor, New Hampshire. Part of that class was Altitude Lou, or Lou McNally, who was a meteorologist and he broadcasted from many places including from Mount Washington and he was known through the northeast kingdom.”

If you have ever read Cujo, by Stephen King, one of the characters in Cujo is cruising up the interstate on his way home from home coming from the airport in Boston and it is the husband who comes home to find his wife, kid and dog all in trouble, he is listening to Altitude Lou on the Radio.

Net Neutrality

By: Jamie Robertson

The topic of net neutrality has become quite the core discussion in recent days, deservedly so, and we will delve into why this is social justice-related. Net neutrality is where all websites and things on the internet are treated exactly the same in terms of open web standards and treatment of data. The change in net neutrality will create a socio-economic junction where those who cannot afford to use the internet will simply not do so. If by the end of my arguments you do not think this is related to social equity, then feel free to email me. We have a crisis on our hands that will jeopardize the ability for people to access and use the internet in the future. Yes, I can hear the critics claiming “nonsense” as I type, but before the roar of the naysayers drowns me out, imagine an internet where there are two lanes of traffic. You drive on one of these two lanes. Each lane goes in the same direction but one allows faster travel and a better view, while the other lane winds through the cornfields and provides nothing but a thick fog until you reach your destination. This analogy is meant to describe what will happen if we do not preserve net neutrality.

The internet will become home to two types of people: the ones who can afford to pay a high premium to have high speed access to web pages, and the ones who cannot. Those of us who cannot afford the extra payment for speed and full access will have to wait to even get the chance to load a page. We will be stuck in gridlock, while the privileged few fly over us in their metaphorical helicopters. This may not seem bad, but just imagine there being extra loading time on your already slow internet to the point where being on a computer almost feels pointless in the end.

This is detrimental for several reasons. We are looking at the monetization of the internet by corporations and the resultant censoring and bypassing of certain communities if they cannot afford to buy into the programs. This will create a social hierarchy of access to educational tools, personal entertainment, and basic information. Another issue is where the money would be headed. Comcast and Time Warner could buy up websites with the most traffic and then essentially govern the traffic they received based on which users paid the premium. With this limitation, the internet would no longer be an equal opportunity resource for the average person, but more another opportunity for the corporations to make money.

With open internet, we have a sense of communication with other countries and people around the globe, but with that shut down we will see the loss of a lot of programs as well. We have the opportunity to see through Youtube what happened in the Ukraine riots, and a website called Reddit is dedicated to information exchange based on people’s interests. These things will be heavily affected by the removal of net neutrality. Educational programs requiring access to the internet could become limited and the availability of this to the average student would be near obsolete. We would also see the loss of public library systems unless major conglomerates found some reason to allow libraries to have free service. The last institution that would suffer a huge loss would be the local business marketplace. If every small business owner had to pay for premium access just to produce their website and then hope that others could view that info, that would gravely limit their opportunity to reach their existing market or break into a new one. We have a system in place that is already fiscally strained for the average consumer and now there is another avenue for big companies to take more of our money than they already do. I don’t think this is fair, but I want to know what you think. Should we be rallying for net neutrality? I’m not being rhetorical.


I assure you I am no expert nor do I expertly understand every topic. I merely wish to deliver these words to you in hopes that it will resonate and lead to bigger discussions. If you’d like to tell your story or comment, email me at Jamie.Robertson@lsc.vsc.edu. I am always receptive to your concerns as individuals in such an amazing community. Nothing you say or suggest will be posted publicly without your permission. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to our future discussions.

New Equipment for EJA?

By: Seth Vandenburg

Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts department wants new equipment, and has launched a fundraising campaign to do it back in last April and is still going.

“Part of the reason for this campaign was driven by the departments “Top 10 Journalism School” ranking that was given to us last fall.” Meaghan Meachem, a teacher in the EJA department, stated. “A lot of the schools we compete against have already moved to these digital and converged platforms. It’s important that we move in that direction to make us more competitive again…and to give our students a better chance at have a strong demo-reel upon graduating.”

And competing with other schools is a hard feat to accomplish since Vermont State Colleges are much unfunded; less than 15% of the annual operating budget is covered by the state appropriation as a matter of fact.

The campaign was also started out of the desire to stick with the program and to keep up with modern technology. Although the EJA is able to use its own budget in order to work towards their goals, they need the assistance of their fellow departments, students, and friends to get there. However, the total of donors thus far is only eight; the campaign is still open for other donors to pitch in.

The alumni network was also used to spread awareness and requests for donations, and social visits were made last spring to do the same.

The fundraiser is split into two phases. The first phase involves getting new cameras to replace the old ones; the needed funds for the budget are estimated to be at $60,000 per year with a grand total of $300,000 for all five years. The second phase involves remaking News7 into a convergence newsroom; the funds needed for this budget are currently unknown as the EJA has not yet reached the end of Phase 1.

The reason for needing to get new cameras is because the current ones have been used since before 1999 and were donated to the department by WCAX-TV in about 2002-2003. While they did their job for over 14 years, keeping them in check and making sure they were still in service grew harder with each passing year until it became impossible to find replacement parts since they no longer exist. Switching from standard definition to high definition will also give students better chances at landing a career in news reporting and related media.

As for changing up the News7 studio, Timothy Lewis, Professor and News Director for the EJA department of Lyndon State College had this to say:

“It is less about desiring unity and accessibility and more about keeping everything up to date and being willing to serve all platforms instead of just working as a print reporter or a TV reporter. As we’re the 10th in journalism schools in the nation, prospective students can pay half as much to get in, but they have to ask themselves if they’re going to pay for the name or for the education.”

Right now, NewsLINC, the web division, and NewsINK, the print publication division of which The Critic is relevant to, are on the second floor just above News7, the Television Broadcasting division, itself in the Activities Building. By merging all three of these divisions into one room under one ceiling, with master control taking over the NewsLINC room, not only will work and news in Lyndon State College become much more efficient, but students will be able to experience what it is like to air in a real news studio once they get out of college.

There are not any plans for future phases, as the department would have already changed extensively by then.

There is no denying that this is definitely an expensive, if not colossal undertaking. However, not only do the benefits of such goals sound fantastic for the college and for the electronic journalism arts department, these benefits are very possible to achieve if more than simply eight people are willing to donate their money to this campaign. For those who are interested in donating, copy down and go to the link below, click the donate button and follow the instructions.

Better cameras and all three news platforms under one ceiling are things that all news fans must dream about, and it can be done. If no one donates, then all will just go on as usual until eventually, all of News7’s current equipment stops working with no possible method of repair. Nobody wants that.

Visiting the Dog Pound

By: Megan Lanfear

Today, for Community Service Learning A.S.S.I.S.T., I went to Lyndon’s dog pound to participate in orientation, and to meet the current tenants. For the orientation, we learned about the procedures for things like cleaning up, and how many animals are allowed outside of their cages at a time. Once all the basics were covered, we were let inside to meet and play with the cats and dogs.


All of the dogs inside the pound were very happy to see all of us. There were three beagles, a puppy that was a mix, two older German shepherd mixes, and an extremely energetic pit bull. I watched the pit bull, he was jumping off of the kennel wall, which was amusing to say the least. The other dogs all wanted attention and to be have some love.


The cats, besides the kittens, were all cool as a cucumber. Four of the kittens were extremely friendly, and wanted to explore everywhere. The other three kittens wanted none of it, for now. The older cats were content on watching, and receiving a little attention.

I had a good time going there, learning about what I will be doing when I volunteer, and seeing some of the furry pals that currently live there. I can’t wait to start helping out.

Investigation finds Hartshorn violated Policy 311

By Tyler Simpson and Timothy LaRoche

A report issued by Lyndon State College on October 7 found that Associate Director of Admissions Bernard Hartshorn violated school policies when he initiated an intimate texting relationship with a student.

On August 27, Nicole Gadreault filed a complaint with Director of Public Safety George Hacking that she had been sexually harassed via text messages by Hartshorn.

Under Lyndon State College’s Non-discrimination and Prevention of Harassment and Related Unprofessional Conduct Policy 311, “inappropriate sexual relationships between staff and students, although they may not rise to the level of sexual harassment, are prohibited.”

Hacking and Director of Human Resources Sandra Franz conducted an investigation into the complaint. The report was issued by Dean of Students Jonathan Davis.

The memorandum said that investigators were unable to determine that the text messages were unwelcome and could not determine, based on the evidence submitted, whether Hartshorn sexually harassed her.

A list of text messages obtained from Gadreault’s phone shows that, early in the text conversation, Hartshorn asked if he was being “a pest.”

“Your not being a pest. I would let u know,” Gadreault responded.

The messages show that she later discussed with Hartshorn intimate details about her marriage. According to the report, investigators took this as a sign that she was “not entirely averse to these texts.” In later texts, Hartshorn made escalating advances towards Gadreault, asking what she was wearing and saying that her messages turned him on, until her husband intervened.

Ray Gadreault, using his wife’s phone, sent Hartshorn a message in which he demanded that Hartshorn apologize.

“Ok and if you want to discuss this I’d be happy to have that conversation,” Hartshorn said in his reply. “I am embarrassed with how I communicated with Nicole and the apology goes to both you and Nicole.”

However, despite the apology and findings of the investigation, Gadreault said that she felt uncomfortable with Hartshorn’s advances and that the texts were unwanted.

According to the Policy 311 report, the investigators could not determine if the texts were unwelcome. But Gadreault said she is not content with the conclusions of the report.

“Those unwanted texts,” she said, “you know, anything in sexual harassment at the end of the findings and conclusions was not wanted from me. I didn’t want them, so they didn’t answer that. And I said ‘you left that open.’”

The conclusions of the report did find that Hartshorn violated the “related unprofessional conduct” section of the policy by initiating “an intimate texting relationship with a student.”

Hartshorn’s position as associate director of admissions put him in a position of power and authority over Gadreault, whom he guided through the admissions process and enrollment. The findings state that he then violated the professional terms of his position by initiating the intimate texting relationship with her.

Investigators were most concerned that “although [Hartshorn] acknowledges [the texting relationship] was inappropriate, he is unable to articulate why it is inappropriate.” The Vermont State Colleges’ policies clearly define an official in a position of power initiating an intimate relationship with a student as unprofessional conduct. And regardless of the degree that any official did exercise his power, the possibility that the official could exercise his power opens the door for abuse. So the investigators concluded that the messages were inappropriate nonetheless.

In colleges and universities around the country, administrations are under scrutiny from groups who say that the way schools have traditionally handled sexual harassment is not adequate. Under strict standards of burden of proof, colleges cannot effectively prosecute sexual misconduct in cases where what constitutes consent may not be clear. Yet, the burden of proof also forms the backbone of our justice system. The conflicting standards of how to investigate these allegations underscores the difficulties that administrators might face in situations where one party is in a position of power over the other.

President Joe Bertolino confirmed that he will announce on Tuesday Hartshorn’s retirement. Bertolino declined to comment if the retirement was connected to the findings of the investigation.

Young Hornets Spark Hope For Great Season

By: Michael Raimondi

The Lyndon State Women’s Soccer team is just one win away from matching last year’s total wins.

The 2013 Hornets ended the season with five wins, which left them in eighth-place in the NAC. This year’s team has a new look. With the addition of ten freshmen players, the young squad has won three of their last four games.

With a record of 4-3, the Hornets are feeling good heading into the start of conference games. Senior Katy Ebner believes the early success is making the team confident.

“We are very positive and upbeat,” Ebner said. “It is very different from last year, as we are playing much better.”

Ebner described how last season was tough on the team as they rarely had enough players to substitute during matches. She explains that the team has greatly benefitted from the addition of new players.

“Half of the team are new players, and we are getting used to different playing styles,” she said. “Everything is completely different from last year as returners are in new positions, but it has been really cool.”

Ebner admits it was difficult to adjust to ten new players at the start of the season, but having a full roster helps the team.

“I like that half the team is freshmen, because they are learning how to play at this level, but it is really cool seeing everyone mesh together really well,” she said.

The Hornets struggled in the NAC last year posting a 2-7 record in conference play. The goal of the team is to make playoffs, and they will have to improve their record in the conference to make their goal happen. The team needs to continue to play well, and Ebner believes that the team is poised to make noise in the NAC.

“The mindset is totally there, as everyone is on the same page as we all want to win,” she said. “Everyone is working hard towards our goal, and I think going into Castleton we are all super excited.”

With the playoffs in mind, the Hornets travel to NAC rival Castleton on Sept. 20th to take on the Spartans.