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NAACP: Convocation planning should include us

Castleton University held its Spring ‘23 Convocation ceremony on Jan. 19 in the Casella Theater to celebrate the new semester as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., since the federal holiday fell the prior Monday. The event included several speeches from respected members of the Castleton community, student recitations […]

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Humanity Lost? The emergence of artificial intelligence in art and education

Picture this: An elephant skydiving into a volcano while wearing a clown suit. While the image might seem absurd, it’s now possible to create it in seconds with the help of artificial intelligence art generators. It’s making big waves in the art world, with lawsuits now being filed targeting AI […]

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#WhySpartansVote

In preparation for the midterm elections, students and faculty from the Media and Communication Department and the Content Lab spent the last several weeks working to produce a video project sharing the voices of voters from across the campus. Entitled “#WhySpartansVote,” the video made a statement about the importance of […]

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Say their names

On Oct. 19, the Castleton branch of the NAACP held a Blackout day, encouraging everyone on campus to wear black in remembrance of the countless Black victims of police brutality. That afternoon, they held a moment of silence in the Campus Center, along with short speeches from NAACP officers and […]

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Forum held for House candidates

The Town of Castleton Candidate Forum, held Oct. 13 in Castleton University’s Herrick Auditorium, was intended to give Castleton’s Vermont House candidates Democrat Mary Droege and Republican Jarrod Sammis the opportunity to discuss their various political stances. However, the event did not quite go as intended, as Sammis decided to […]

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Coffee Cottage complications

The doors to Coffee Cottage are still closed some two weeks after the proposed reopening, originally set for the week of Oct. 10. Castleton Dining General Manager Rob Macfarlane first reported the reopening in an article in the Spartan on Sept. 21 but, according to Macfarlane, unforeseen circumstances have delayed […]

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Parking passes

In recent weeks, students have begun to question parking pass requirements due to a recent increase to the permit fee, lack of upgrades and not enough parking spaces for students. Permit fees for the semester cost $81, which has caused students to raise concern. Students have also expressed displeasure over […]

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Candidates talk issues at Paramount

Last Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Lieutenant Governor’s debate at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland revealed distinctive stances on issues plaguing both the Vermont constituency and broader America. The debate placed Republican candidate Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, against former Lieutenant Governor and Vermont Progressive, David Zuckerman. Moderated by Castleton University’s own former […]

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The man behind CastleTalk: Jacob Gonzalez

Spartan reporter Wyatt Jackson sat down with CastleTalk creator Jacob Gonzalez to discuss his Instagram segments that have been a hit with students. The show, which was developed in Professor Dave Blow’s “Journalism: Pages and Post” course, has become a staple of the Castleton Spartan. Q: What inspired you to […]

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Bringing Halloween to life

I shiver as a flurry of raindrops pelts my scarred face on a cold, mid-October night. Nature’s shower attempts to wash the massive amount of blood off my face. It runs down from my forehead into my eye lashes, forcing me to blink to keep it out of my eyes. […]