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In the shadow of the mountain

In the shadow of the mountain

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016


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Located 20 minutes from campus and less than 15 minutes from Mount Mansfield, hiding at the bottom of a valley against the Brewster River, is a small plot of land containing multiple cabins and campsites stretched out along the river bed. This is the Brewster River Campground.   Approaching...

Cross country sinners

Hunter Mallette

September 8, 2016


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Yes, it was my choice to road trip across the country. However, I didn’t think two nights into the trip I would be getting into an argument with my travel companion, Jessie Warren.   It was pitch dark and we were somewhere in North Carolina in a field. Our GPS had got us lost, again, after...

PoGo is sticking around

PoGo is sticking around

Cayla Fronhofer

September 8, 2016


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The beginning of a new semester always brings changes to the campus. Sometimes they come in the form of renovated sidewalks, sometimes in changes of staff or faculty, and sometimes when hordes of Pokèmon move onto campus to hide in the grass of the quad. “It’s been years since Pokèmon was really...

A study of Buddhism and humans in India

A study of Buddhism and humans in India

Hunter Mallette

September 8, 2016


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Twenty of us sat on a century-old wooden floor, surrounded by clay walls painted with natural pigments of red, purple and green. Around us was the faint smell of a closed-off space, perhaps the smell of your grandma’s garage. I looked across the room for familiar smiles and glances: this was our eleventh...

My experience at Anime Boston 2016

Briana Morin

May 5, 2016


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I’m sitting up against a wall and sipping a coconut bubble tea, uncomfortably close to at least five other people, only three of which I came here with. We have been sitting here for three hours, and the wait isn’t over yet. We’re in line for the Masquerade event at Anime Boston, where people...

To build a computer

To build a computer

Cayla Fronhofer

May 5, 2016


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Until now, I’ve only ever owned a Mac, which meant I never had to learn much about hardware because even if I did, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it. I know a fair amount about software, but I really only have one important skill: Googling. So if I can build my own computer, rest...

X marks the spot

X marks the spot

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2016


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Born from the lyrics of the 1981 song by hardcore punk band Minor Threat, “Straight Edge,” the straight edge movement arose in unison with the punk scene as a drug and alcohol-free counterculture. The premise of the straight edge lifestyle is simple and inherently conservative: no consumption...

Pissed off in Portland

Pissed off in Portland

Hunter Mallette

April 14, 2016


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I held my legs tightly together as I speed-walked down Fore Street in Portland, Maine. My foremost concern in this foreign city was, “Where am I gonna pee?” Portland has no public bathrooms, something I didn’t realize before I started driving there four hours previously. If I had known this, I...

Mud season madness

Mud season madness

Ian Major

April 14, 2016


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Many northern New Englanders refer to it as the fifth season. No, it’s not embedded somewhere in the bipolar winter that we have had, but it does follow in Old Man Winter’s footsteps, waiting patiently for its time to shine. Mud season is upon us in Vermont. Many 4x4 enthusiasts might look forward...

What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2016


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Tucked into the right-hand corner when you first walk into the Burlington Town Center is a sight unlike anything else in the area: a collection of booth-style tables arranged for easy access to the small plates of sushi that pass by on an ever-moving conveyor belt in the center. A Cuisine is an Asian...

The pot pioneer

The pot pioneer

Tom O'Leary

April 14, 2016


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Hidden among the suburbs in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado stands a former Raytheon missile construction facility, complete with missile silos and underground passageways. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, the larger than 10,000 square foot structure is now home to thousands of marijuana plants...

For the love of flannel

For the love of flannel

Mary Fafard

March 25, 2016


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What do big lumberjacks, mountain men, hipsters, and Johnson State College students all have in common? Their love of flannel, of course. Just take a walk across the quad, or duck into a few classrooms, and you will find plenty of students wearing flannel shirts made of thick wool or cotton fabric...

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