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Dissecting Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’

One of the most powerful and influential things in my life is music. To me, music is therapy. When I’m down, music lifts me up. When I go on my 4-hour drive from Connecticut to Vermont, what gets me through is music. It’s such a huge part of my life. […]

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Why we must take action now on climate change

The Golden Toad was an adorable, small, shiny, smooth-skinned amphibian with an unusually pointy nose and long legs. The Golden Toad was common in its small, high-altitude range in Costa Rica. “Was,” because now it is extinct. It had been one in a long list of animals threatened by climate […]

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‘Five incredible reasons why it’s so worth it’

Non-traditional student Tedi Burks with her newborn. College is a time of newfound freedom and the beginning of adulthood. Between sports practice and hanging out with friends, deadlines and exam dates are the most stressful part of being a student. At least that’s generally true for traditional students. Castleton University […]

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Zippy and me at the Big E

CU student Lauren Hodsden competes with her horse, Zippy. Photo courtesy of Lauren Hodsden.  4-H has been a part of my life since I was eight years old, so of course I had to go to the biggest 4-H horse show of the year, even if it meant missing almost […]

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He’s following in my footsteps, and it feels absolutely amazing

My little brother Anthony and I have always had a strong bond and respect for each other. But we’ve never had a lot in common in terms of our interests and goals. Until now. Shortly before school started, Anthony decided that he did not want to return to college for […]

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Look up to see and hear all of earth’s offerings

Imagine people walking by with headphones in and blocking out the natural sounds of the earth. Wind rustling the leaves, the sound of cars motoring by in the distance, small talk held by other college students who pass you. You’ve done this, haven’t you? The number of students who are […]

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My summer of self discovery

Castleton professor Burnham Holmes poses next to his son, Ken, during a break from scaring people at a  haunted house in Lake George this summer. Writing about what I did last summer seems to be an assignment for Snoopy of “Peanuts” or Brian of “Family Guy.” But after suffering through […]

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A life-changing experience

Castleton Student Tiffany Saltis, traveled to Honduras with a non-profit organization to help bring families clean drinking water. Pure Water for the World is a local non-profit that specializes in safe water solutions and having a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude. And because of the group, it was this summer that I found […]