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Banned books to bookworm: Shy youngster thrives and blossoms at CU

It’s 8:30 in the morning. After checking on all eleven piercings and putting on her mis-matched socks, Trinity Robichaud hits the start button on her Toyota Prius. Before she leaves her grandparents’ house, she latches in the seatbelt for her guest in the passenger seat. Her enormous bag of books. […]

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Caton’s journey in journalism

When Caton Deuso first stepped onto Castleton campus in 2018, they really didn’t have an idea of what they wanted to do here. Something in the Media and Communication department was the hope, but they were unsure of a direction. That is until they took a journalism course with professor […]

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Answering the burning questions with Burnham Holmes

Burnham Holmes is a part-time English professor who has taught at Castleton University for 19 years. He has worked in publishing, been a freelance writer, and taught writing and literature for 15 years at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Q. Favorite Netflix show? A. “The one […]

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Vape flavor ban sours Castleton students

It’s a Friday afternoon and a 20-year-old junior we’ll call “James,” has lost his vape. For the third time this week. He looked in the couch and the bed. The desk and the side table have been picked apart, too. Pillows, blankets, clothes, and everything in between are lying on […]

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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 […]