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I did it for them

I was staring at the hospital ceiling somehow believing if I screamed louder, it would hurt less or be over sooner. My breaths became jagged as I feared I couldn’t handle what lied ahead.  Anxiety had set in.   The midwife stared into my eyes and urged me to calm […]

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Editor craved Spartan closure

  A few weeks ago, I came up with the idea of inviting some former members of the Spartan staff to attend a Spartan meeting, just to see what’s up and give their advice to current staff members.  The idea blossomed into a Spartan alumni panel, where they can share […]

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Senior excited for new job at CEDRR

When Brooke Rubright first transferred to Castleton University as a sophomore in the fall of 2018, it was mostly because she missed her family in Salisbury, Vermont and the interpersonal connections small town life has to offer.  Now a graduating senior, Rubright has returned to her community not just as […]

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Professor partings

  Castleton University faculty members were asked if they wanted to offer send-off messages to students after undoubtedly the toughest school year any have endured thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what they had to say.  English Professor Bill “Mr. Bill” Wiles “And you to whom adversity has dealt a […]

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Promoting survivor autonomy

  With Castleton University’s annual “Denim Day” just around the corner, community resources such as CHANGE, the student group Peer Advocates for Change, Public Safety, and the Wellness Center remind us to promote sexual assault awareness and survivor autonomy during the month of April. Formally designated as a national campaign […]

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What’s in your weed candies?

Fake marijuana edibles resembling popular candies such as Sour Patch, Starburst, and Nerds have popped up on Castleton University campus in recent months, mimicking a massive boom in these counterfeit products across the United States. Often packaged under monikers like “Medicated Starbursts,” “Stoner Patch,” and “Infused Gushers,” the candies have […]

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CU Alums tell their story for Women’s History Month

When Carol Surface was graduating high school, she knew exactly what she wanted to do for her life. She wanted to dance in the corps de ballet in a well-known dance company. Her parents however, had other plans.  They told her that she was free to follow her dreams, but […]

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Castleton alums reflect on surviving the loss of a parent

  Grieving the loss of a parent is difficult and dreaded at any age, but for most college-aged individuals, the thought is often miles away.  But several Castleton University alums have stepped forward to discuss what it has been like to lose a parent so early in life and how […]

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Student starts Zoom study group for English class

  Many students around the country have made adjustments and have worked to create a way to communicate without working face to face, yet some still struggle with this. Some students have even taken a year off to cope with the pandemic while others struggle to push forward in their […]

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A Q&A with Lily Doton

Lily Doton is Media and Communication major at Castleton University. She was born in Korea, and was adopted by a family of Vermonters from Barnard when she was a baby. The 22-year-old  just started writing seriously this past semester, and finds comfort in sharing her stories. She is passionate about […]