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Zdatny to step down by the end of the year

The following are emails sent by VTSU Chancellor Sophie Zdatny and outgoing Interim President Mike Smith regarding Zdatny’s decision to step down. I have shared with the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges System my intention to step down at the end of the cal- endar year. This […]

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David Bergh new VTSU pres.

The following is a lightly edited press release from the Vermont State University administration announcing the appointment of the next interim president. It arrived too close to The Spartan’s publish- ing day to do an independent story. Bergh also served in several community roles during his time at Johnson, including […]

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Diversity at CU is a work in progress

This past June, President Jonathan Spiro sent out a pledge to combat bias, privilege and systemic racism at Castleton, following nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. His pledge was greatly appreciated by many in the Castleton community, and has sparked action. “It didn’t read like a canned response from a university […]

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Prison reform curbs systematic injustice

On the morning of Jan. 26, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that effectively called on the Department of Justice to nullify any future contracts with private prisons. The order is one of the many aimed at addressing systemic racism in the United States and will terminate agreements with […]

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Students react to monumental election

Castleton University senior Jac Culpo heard a buzz from his phone. He looked at it and realized America had chosen the next President of the United States.  His phone screen presented the words “Joe Biden is president” and he immediately felt all the stress and anxiety and tension from the last few days leave […]

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Election night reflection

It’s 1:49 a.m. on the night of the election (technically the morning after the election) and I can’t sleep. I tried to distract myself with homework. I tried to distract myself with mindless TV. I tried to distract myself with old videos of Bernie Sanders. I know that the official […]

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Presidential debate disappoints

Millions of Americans tuned in last Tuesday to watch the first presidential debate of 2020. Marybeth Lennox-Levins, associate professor and sport management program coordinator, was one of many who were left stunned by the display seen on the screen.  “It was a bit like running into a brick wall with […]


Time to step up and vote

Millions of eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Millions of registered voters never cast ballots. I often hear, “my vote doesn’t matter, I’m in a [put color here] state.” A destructive and untrue mindset. Each vote has an impact. The elections might not go your way, but you let […]


Students reflect on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday made the Democratic presidential candidate picture a lot clearer – essentially a race between two. Bernie Sanders had no problem sweeping the state of Vermont and got the big delegate prize winning California. But former Vice President Joe Biden was really the big winner, taking 10 states and […]