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Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492…

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Courtesy: Google Fair Use Images

Columbus Day is a holiday that is celebrated as a holiday across America. For most people, it means a day off from school. For other people, it means that Christopher Columbus arrived in America. Christopher Columbus arrived in America on October 12, 1492 when he sailed across the ocean blue. Columbus’ original mission was to find a western ocean route to Asia, and instead he found America. It was the first voyage to America and it was the first time that a European encountered Native Americans.

There has been controversy over Columbus Day. Professors Janet Bennion and Alexandre Strokanov of Lyndon State College debated Wednesday whether or not Columbus Day should be observed. The controversy stems from the legitimacy of honoring Columbus as a hero. Bennion stated that Columbus was violent with Native Americans and therefore should not be considered a hero. She said that he enslaved Native Americans and introduced diseases from Europe to America. She also stated that Columbus and his men raped the natives. Strokanov stated that Columbus made great strides in discovering the new land we call America, and that he worked with Native Americans to adventure into America. He also said that Bennion’s sources were not legitimate. The debate got pretty serious and Bennion compared Columbus to a terrorist, because he wreaked havoc with the Indians. She also had her husband at the debate, who was Native American. Strokanov said that Columbus was a hero for sailing across the Atlantic and if it weren’t for him, it would have been much later until someone other than the Native Americans discovered America. Overall the debate was intense, and both sides made fair arguments. Columbus Day will always be observed, but not without some debate.

October 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Election…


Courtesy: Vermont Secretary of State

Democrat George Till represents Jericho, Vermont in the House of Representatives. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He went onto graduate school and got his graduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Till completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of California San Fransisco. Since 1988 he has been a private physician in Essex Junction, Vermont at Champlain Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He also is an associate professor of OBGYN at The University of Vermont School of Medicine. Till married his wife Ann in 1984 and has two daughters and a son.

Till was elected in 2008 to represent Jericho after Gaye Symington ran for Vermont governor. Healthcare and education are major issues for Till. He is vice-chair for the Mount Mansfield Union School Board, Finance committee chair, and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Executive Committee. He also founded the Mount Mansfield Youth Lacrosse Club and coached for twelve years.

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

It’s New…


Courtesy: HP Cummings Construction

Lyndon State College recently added a multi-million dollar addition to the T.N. Vail Building on campus. The addition includes dozens of classrooms and several professor offices. Most of the classrooms are up-to-date, with smart boards, computers, and projectors. There are two departments that use the building, and they are the meteorology and business departments. Several other departments use the building for classes, but it’s really only the business and meteorology majors that use it.

The building cost the college around $10 million, and a lot of it is going to be paid for by current and future students. I did an unscientific survey about how people feel about the new building, and most people I talked to were not happy about the new building being built. The people who were not happy about the new building were people who had no classes or minimal classes in the new building. They weren’t happy because they have to pay for a building that they barely use, and they wondered why the business and meteorology departments got priority to use the building. They also wondered why it was built, and what’s happening with the old spaces that the business and meteorology majors used to occupy. Was there an increase in student population to add the addition? The people who didn’t mind the new addition were people that had two or more classes in the building. They felt like they were at least getting some use out of the building, so it was somewhat worth their money.

All of the people I talked to said that the building was very nice, but obviously some differed on whether or not it was worth to build the addition. The people who weren’t happy about the new addition hoped they would have more than two classes in the building next year so it would be worth the money their paying for it. They also hoped to see more departments in the building, other than the business and meteorology majors.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments