The Biggest Minority of All

Written by Robert Patton

We hear a lot about social justice, protected minorities, hate crimes and so forth. Yet the largest group subject to discrimination is never named. What’s more, the vast majority of the readers of this paper belong to this group. No I am not speaking of students, although that too is a large group subject to discrimination.

The group I have in mind is much, much larger. It comprises the unwed. Everywhere you look, unmarried people are subject to discrimination. In the military, the married are paid substantially more than the single even though the job and the risk of life is the same. Many employers provide far more benefits to married employees than singles.

But here’s an example that directly targets many students. Come to this school as a freshman and the college insists that you live on campus. Even if you can find off-campus housing for far less money (and even if your parents approve), you must live on campus. Unless of course you are married.

But that’s a relatively minor issue; let’s look at a bigger one. Say you graduate from high school and decide to move out on your own. No problem, especially if you are over 18. After all an 18-year-old is an adult. But, being a success oriented individual you decide to leave your home state of say, Arizona, and apply for admission to a small liberal arts college in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. You choose this school because you have always wanted to live in Vermont and you hope to make Vermont your permanent home, once you graduate anyway.

That’s too bad since the college will dismiss your desires and your actions as they classify you as a non-resident student. That means more profit for the college, and more debt for you. It doesn’t matter that you are a registered voter in West Burke, Vermont. Nor does it matter that you are a licensed Vermont driver, and have a car registered with the state. Whether you like or not, you are a foreigner to them, an out-of-state student. Unless you are married.

So there we are again, the college will stiff you, ignoring your chosen residence and your future intentions because you are single. You may be an adult to the rest of Vermont, to the United States, and to any branch of the Armed Forces. But because you are single to Lyndon State College, you are a kid who resides with his or her parents in Arizona (or whatever state your parents live in). Is that fair?

Once you have become a student, you may be required to take a course on logical thinking. Unfortunately, members of the administration and staff who make these unfair decisions are not required to take and pass such a course.

Men’s Soccer Starting Strong

Written by: Alex Paduch

The Men’s soccer team has come out of the gate strong to start this season, winning two of their first three games- and achieving a better record than they had through the entire regular season last year.

The Hornets opened up their 2014 campaign with two home games on August 30th and 31st in the Lyndon Kickoff Tournament. The first game on the 30th resulted in a 1-0 win for the Hornets. Overcoming a first half full of chances that weren’t capitalized on, the team went into the second half with one thing on their mind- driving the ball in the back of the net. The Hornets didn’t have to wait very long; in the 66th minute freshman Liam Kelleher cleaned up a rebound in front of Cody Gross, Southern Vermont’s goaltender, and ripped it past the goal line. The Hornets played out the clock, and on the shoulders of Kelleher they had their first win of the season- a feat that took them until October 20th last season.

The win on Saturday proved to be fuel for the Hornets as they closed up the tournament on Sunday against University of Maine- Presque Isle. The Hornets drove the pace of the game, gaining many scoring chances in the first half. Just under 36 minutes in, senior Eric Nelson hit a shot from just outside the 18-yard box and put the team up to a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Lyndon began the second half in the driver’s seat, but one goal just wasn’t enough. About twenty minutes into the half, freshman Dylan Cherko scored his first goal of his college career, giving the Hornets the final score of 2-0.

After a lengthy ten game break between games, the men traveled to Troy, New York to face Rensselaer in another non-conference matchup. The Hornets played hard, but conceded a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Engineers. Rensselaer dominated the tempo of the game, helped by Lyndon’s uncharacteristic sloppy passes. At the end of the first half the Hornets were down 1-0, but couldn’t come back in the second.

According to head coach Pete Kellaway, this game should not be an indicator of the team’s performance so far this season. “They’re ranked the 17th [Division III team] in the country. Coming of a season 1-16-1, to come out 4-nil there’s a lot of positives.” He continued by saying that the team moved the ball as a team and realized that “we could play as a team.”

One of the largest highlights of the young season has been the freshman class, who have taken a starting role in the Hornets soccer team. “We did quite a bit of homework”, said Kellaway, who scouted sixteen freshman to join the team this year. Seven of those freshmen have started in varsity matches this year. “The upside of this group of freshmen is huge. It gives us a very positive outlook for the future.”

With the Hornets looking towards their first conference game on September 20th at Castleton State, Kellaway explained the significance of starting the season off with a string of non-conference games. “It’s not about these wins in the non-conference games, it’s about building confidence, it’s a chance to play in games to minimize the mistakes, so when we get to conference games we’ll be solid.”

McCoy Sabbatical

Daisy McCoy, a math professor at LSC for the past 30 years, will be taking a year-long sabbatical. For the first four months she will be living in Turkey, doing charity guest lectures on math courses in Turkish schools. Then for the spring semester portion of her sabbatical McCoy will be living in Guatemala. In Guatemala she will be doing research on the ancient Mayan number system. This is a subject which long ago captured her imagination and she has lectured on this topic to the LSC community in past years.

When she returns to LSC she will almost certainly have many interesting experiences to share with students and other faculty members about her year abroad.

McCoy lives in Lyndon Center and can often be seen walking up or down the steep hill that separates her home and her campus office on the fourth floor of Vail

Major Activity Day

Written by: Anne Chen

All freshman will be involved in a major activity on Sept. 12, and each major has something different planned.

Atmospheric Science students will travel to Lake Willoughby and Mount Pisgah to observe and collect data about weather.

Professor Jason Shafer said the department has conducted a major activity for 10 years. This year, 25 freshmen will participate. Shafer said the aim is to let freshmen enjoy the mountain and lake near Lyndon.

Business Administration students will go bowling with faculty rather than doing an activity directly related to the major.

“[The] students are not familiar with each other (at the start of the semester), so it will be a good idea to allow students to have fun with faculty members during a bowling competition,” professor Rod Jacobson said. “This activity will enhance the relationship between the students and professors.”.

Education majors will go to Copper Cannon Camp in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

“I chose this activity because I hoped students could learn some new strategies about learning outside,” said professor Tara Fortner. In addition, students will also learn communication and leadership skills.

Electronic Journalism Arts students will meet some journalism professionals and learn about careers in media. Majors in the English, Philosophy, and Film Studies Department will see a movie and meet faculty members.

Exercise Science students will participate in a session hosted by undergraduates in the department. Mathematics and Computer Science freshmen will meet with recent graduates and then visit potential internship sites in the Northeast Kingdom. Mountain Recreation Management students will separate into two groups – one will take part in a GPS geocache activity and the other will meet the general manager at Burke Mountain.

 Music Business & Industry students will participate in on-campus workshops with professionals. Natural Sciences freshmen will participate in an overnight outing to learn about careers. Pre-Nursing students will visit Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

 Students in the Psychology & Human Service Department will travel to Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury and view a private screening of the movie, “Silver Linings Playbook”. Social Science students will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine arts, and Visual Arts freshmen will travel to Boston to explore fine arts and visit historic Quincy Market.

LSC Crime Rates

Written by: Alex Pinkham

Like most other institutions of higher education, Lyndon State College has had to deal with problems of underage drinking and illegal drug use. Director of Public Safety George Hacking is working with the Department of Residential Life to put together programs to raise awareness, and to educate students about the consequences that result from getting caught using drugs and drinking while under age. Hacking pointed out that, while other crimes do occur on campus, a large number are committed while the violators have alcohol, drugs, or both, in their systems.

Director of Residential Life Erin Rossetti has also planned several different on-campus programs and activities this year to raise awareness about the negative effects of underage drinking and illegal drug use.

This week students were able to attend a presentation by author C.L. Lindsay, of Higher Education Law. Lindsay spoke on various legal issues that are important to students. Unlike others in his field, Lindsay makes legal concepts both easy to understand and absolutely funny.

Another program the college will launch this year is called the Healthy Hornet Choice. As the name implies the program’s objective to teach students how to make healthy choices. Its goal, or mission, is to make student-athletes and other role-model like students a positive place to look to for deciding what works for them. The hope is, if a student can look to positive role model that offers advice and guidance about how to deal with alcohol and drugs, then it makes for a healthier campus for all who live and work here.

LSC Twilight Players Present: Hair

Written by: Alexandra Conroy

Hair is coming to Lyndon State College in April 2015.

The Twilight Players are putting on the first rock musical that paved the way for today’s Broadway shows. Hair’s script calls for about 8 principal roles and a very strong ensemble that deal with themes of sexuality, racism, the draft and American life. With those themes in the musical, it fits well with the Year of Social Justice that Lyndon State has been very involved in.

“This is the first rock musical that was groundbreaking for its time,” Gianna Fregosi, the director of the Twilight Players, said.

Fregosi described the show as “a story that includes hot button topics along the lines of burning the flag, being drafted for the Vietnam War, sexuality and racism.”

Fregosi seems very confident that the Twilight Players can pull this off very well. Hair has been known for its very daring scenes, including a nude scene.

“The nude scene is usually blown out of proportion,” Fregosi said. “It’s a simply done scene. It is, however, not the right fit for this school.”

Auditions for Hair will take place in the winter.

“For me, I look for actors who can sing, not singers who can act,” Fregosi said. “We look for actors who can really develop their character, including the ensemble members, which are a key part in this show. We’re looking for a cast size of about 25 actors.”

Hair will be performed in April 2015 in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.

Candidates Jockey for Position in Gubernatorial Race

It’s almost that time again. In less than two months the Vermont state elections will be held, and we will be voting for our local town and state government officials. The biggest race of all is for for governor.

Incumbent Democrat Governor Shumlin expects to retain his seat in office. and has a million dollar war chest to back up that expectation. In the Democratic primary he easily defeated fellow party member Brooke Paige with a landslide 82% of the vote. Shumlin’s time in office has been interesting to the say the least, and while the higher minimum wage in Vermont has been a welcome change change to some, some of the other decisions that he and his party have made could make this race quite close..

Meanwhile, Republican Scott Milne will be trying to unseat Shumlin. During the primary’s he defeated both Emily Peyton and Scott Barry after getting 84% of the votes. But so did wild card Dan Feliciano who was not even on the ballot. Milne, president of a family owned travel business, did well in the Republican primary for the governor’s seat, but faces an uphill struggle to defeat Shumlin with less than a tenth of the funds available to his Democratic opponent

Then the wildcard in the race for governor from the Liberty Union Party is Pete Diamondstone. Diamondstone will be trying to upset the two main challengers of Shumlin and Milne for the governor’s seat, but it’s a long shot. However, never say never, come election day anything can happen. The more radical Liberty Union Party are hoping that their “Fight for $15” will be the one of the key things that gets them in. While Diamondstone may take votes from Shumlin, Feliciano, who is also on the ballot as the Libertarian candidate, will likely win a significant number of Republican votes

 

Shumlin has history on his side; no incumbent governor has been defeated in Vermont for over 52 years. While he has a lot of money on his side, he has recently come under attack for spending more time wooing out-of-state backers than he has minding the store at home. Milne will likely use that argument against Shumlin thus hoping to end the Democrat’s streak as he and other Republicans try to defeat the Democrats in November. So who will win? Well, that’s for Vermonters to decide.

Review: Godzilla

Written by: Joe Gluck

Gareth Edwards’ sophomore effort Godzilla is a marked improvement on his first film Monsters; improving his craft in every way imaginable yet still maintaining the boots-on-the-ground point of view of his action sequences and his slow-burn storytelling technique.

Where Godzilla loses its way, though, is in the acting. It isn’t a dearth of talent that drags the film, but a tone that seems to vary from line to line, let alone scene from scene. Bryan Cranston steals the show for his short time onscreen, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson consistently drops the ball. Though he has proved himself a capable actor in Kick-Ass and Nowhere Boy, he turns his character’s limited dialogue into cryptic, anemic line readings.

However, once the titular creature shows up, the lacking human element is swiftly abandoned in favor of the atmospheric set pieces that carry a consistent palpable tension. The editing and soundtrack contribute greatly, exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Edwards invites comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The highlight of the film is a slow-burn fist-and-claw brawl between Godzilla and two rampaging creatures, with each blow punctuated by earth-shaking impacts and orchestra hits.

Though the acting is wildly inconsistent, Godzilla comes highly recommended as an audio-visual experience alone. Those harboring nostalgia for the wacky adventures of the monsters during the cold war era are advised to leave it at the door. The muted color palate and deliberate plot distance this modern interpretation from previous entries in the series.

Movie Review: Godzilla

Written by: Jacob Dodge

​On paper, Godzilla sounds like the perfect movie for the modern cinema audience. Mass destruction? Check. Giant monsters battling it out while humanity cowers in their wake? Check. The movie Pacific Rim showed us that movies like this can work. And who better to star in this resurgence of giant-monster movies than the king of monsters himself in a welcome return to his classic appearance?

Unfortunately, the director, producer, studio, or whoever approved the script committed one of the greatest sins that a movie maker could commit. They lied to their audience. The title monster barely gets fifteen total minutes of screen time, which is completely unforgivable when that same monster is the sole draw of the film.

​The writers seem to have taken a great deal of notes from director Michael Bay. In the fashion of butchering what could have been a delightfully campy romp of destruction and stitching together a hodgepodge plot filled with bland, completely forgettable human characters. I do not think it is a stretch to say that people do not go to watch a movie entitled Godzilla to experience various family problems. No, people go to giant-monster movies for the above mentioned reasons: to watch things get destroyed and to watch monsters the size of skyscrapers fight each other.

​So, my verdict is this: Save yourself the time. Stay far, far away from this movie as if it were radioactive. Actually, that’s quite a good idea. Seal this cinematic abomination away in a lead-lined cube so future generations will never know how we dishonored one of the greatest movie monsters of all time.

Renevations Hit LSC

Written By: Megan Lanfear

The new academic year has brought some new renovations to the Lyndon State College campus. There is the new brick walkway by the Harvey Academic Center, which was built during the summer. The Theater Lobby floor has also gone through a redesign. Some of the science labs have been updated, and the geology classrooms have been moved. Rooms have changed to add classrooms for the MBI major.

The question that comes up, is what else will be renovated? What has been in the process of renovation? The residence halls seem like the best candidate for this investigation on what is next for Lyndon State.

The residence halls have been constantly changing throughout the years. The Gray House and the Rita Bole complex are always kept up to date. Wheelock and Stonehenge have been the focus for most of the resident hall renovations. The past few years have seen the bathrooms change in all of Stonehenge except Poland. Also, the lounge areas in Wheelock and Stonehenge have been updated, adding new furniture. Pool tables were recently added to the lounge areas of the Stonehenge complex.

Residential life director Erin Rossetti says that there are some hopes for further renovations next summer in the Poland and Wheelock bathrooms. The trouble for Wheelock is that asbestos will be exposed during the renovations. But, this asbestos will not affect any students. The renovation will continue each summer until it is complete.