Opinion

Opinion

Yik Yak: Don’t f**k with cats

I first found out about the app Yik Yak when I was in high school. It never stuck around and ended up just fading away. I was surprised to see the app resurface this past fall and was shocked by some of the things written there. For those who may […]

Editorial Opinion

Feeling some springtime sadness

There’s something about springtime that really gets me in my head. Everything is blooming around me, the world is thawing out, and I feel stuck. Spring is all about transitions, and I feel stagnant. No one tells you how weird life gets when you hit your 20s. It’s all “these […]

Editorial Opinion

Spartan Editor takes her final bow

When I was a baby, my mom was a student here at Castleton. She was a sociology major, and would bring me to her classes with her. She still talks fondly of professors like Luther Brown and Phil Lamy, who were welcoming to me and would let her breastfeed me […]

Opinion

Growth in a pandemic

COVID brought so many different struggles to the entire world. Some faced death, others brought life into the world, and many were forced to reshape their lives. I was one of those people who realized that nothing lasts forever, and our lives can be flipped in an instant. About a […]

Opinion

The best birthday ever

April 24, 2020. My birthday. I had been dreading it. I was turning 17. I grew up watching “Mamma Mia.” Turning 17 was nothing like Donna had described. I was not feeling like a dancing queen. We had only been about a month into lockdown. Everything was so new and […]

Opinion

A taste of home for international students

Packed in beside the Doritos, granola bars, and cans of soup that fill the shelves in Fireside are snacks and packages with branding that is unfamiliar to most of the students at Castleton.  Ramen with a “2x Spicy” warning label, dried seaweed snacks and panda shaped crackers filled with chocolate.  […]

Opinion Sports

Mission completed – Next stop: Germany

Every morning when I wake up, one of my first moves is to have a glance at a number on my phone. Today it says 14. That’s 14 days I have left in the United States, before I will leave Castleton to move back to my home country, Germany. With […]

Opinion

Is one president enough?

When I arrived at Castleton in the Fall of 2017, Dave Wolk was president. I heard great things about him, like how he dedicated so many years to the college, how he embodied the Castleton Way, and how he connected with students. Wolk was who you thought of when you […]

Opinion

COVID Chronicles: A last chance at childhood

What good came from COVID? The months I spent at home during COVID with my family was actually one of the best things that could have happened. Although it included months of doing nothing but feeling trapped inside of our home, it allowed me to become a child again. During […]

Editorial Opinion

‘It feels like an open threat’

On the Thursday before break, we all got an email from Interim President Mauhs-Pugh informing us that someone had placed Patriot Front stickers around campus. Patriot Front, if you don’t know, is a white nationalist group that spreads racist, antisemitic and anti-immigrant messages. I was in class when I found […]