Covid Chronicles: Raging through pandemic

This is the latest installment of the Covid Chronicles blog from a Castleton University Media Writing class detailing students’ experiences during the pandemic. Rage. A feeling I know all too well. I like to think of myself as a relatively normal mood kinda dude. I laugh at too many unfunny […]

Arts Features

Inspirational dining at Roots

Starting last week, Roots restaurant in Rutland has been hosting local artists to express their individualism and artistic knowledge by painting on walls in the dining area. And this week, one of the artists is Castleton University art professor Oliver Schemm. Because of COVID-19, local restaurants and other businesses have […]


Perilous puppy delivery

It was the time of the year when it snows, rains and freezes all in one day. And this was one of those days. My boyfriend Mike and I were heading to Salem, New York. We were on our way to get our now two-year-old black lab. The gray trailer […]


No door will separate us again

  When we are young, doors hold an ethereal mysteriousness. They are portals, real-life portals. You walk through in one place and come out in another, I mean, for the mind of a child, if that’s not magic, I cannot tell you what is. But while the young mind’s perception […]

Blogs Features

New niece prompted self improvement

I remember the car ride leaving the hospital most vividly. My sister had just given birth to my niece, and it was a change I thought I was ready for. But apparently, I wasn’t. My brother passed away when I was 15 years old. Between that time and my 17th […]


2020 graduates shift gears for different celebrations

As finals week begins to wind down seniors begin to look forward to life after graduation. But for these college graduates this weekend will be much different than that of years past.   No stage to walk across.  No handshake from the president of the university.  No photographs with friends and […]


Beloved Rutland High School teacher takes to YouTube

This story is one of several that have been written by professor Dave Blow’s journalism classes that will be published to the Spartan addressing the ways that COIVD-19 is affecting students’ hometown communities.    “Hi, I’m Exotic John, and welcome to another episode of ‘History, It Happens!” The man behind […]


Essential worker by day, streamer by night

It’s 11:18 p.m. on a recent Tuesday night. It had been a busy day. He had put the finishing touches on an eight-page research paper and finalized a project with his professor. Then he tossed on his trusty red polo and proceeded to work an eight-hour shift at the local […]


A journey to Bernie

It was a Saturday morning. My friends and I were in the midst of an already-long weekend after traveling to Lake George, New York the day before for a conference. I was exhausted. It had been a busy week. I was ready to get back to my warm dorm room […]


Spreading kindness one act at a time

It was her first day at a new school, and the expectation was that everyone was going to be friendly and kind to one another. What she found out was this; students were walking around with their headphones on, their heads glued to the screen of their phones never once […]