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Salamander party tricks
The Outside Story
September 6, 2017

Salamander party tricks

drawn by Adelaide Tyrol

By Brett Amy Thelan

I once heard of a biologist with a clever party trick: regardless of where or when a given party was taking place, he claimed that he could produce a wild salamander in 15 minutes or less, and…

Generation Y
September 6, 2017

Repeal and replace

By Brett Yates

I’m aware that nearly everyone is probably tired of hearing about Confederate statues by now. But before I finally move on from the Unite the Right fallout and restore this column to its regularly scheduled programming, I want—for one very particular reason—to…

The Movie Diary
September 6, 2017

Whatever it takes

By Dom Cioffi

Years ago, I spent the summer break in between my sophomore and junior years of college living in Cape Cod with several friends. The idea was to earn a little money and partake in the party scene as much as possible.

I…

Deerflies: An intense buzzing game
The Outside Story
August 31, 2017

Deerflies: An intense buzzing game

Illustration by Adelaide Tyrol

By Declan McCabe

My students and I were conducting research in the Winooski River floodplain at Saint Michael’s College last week when the buzzing became particularly intense. A brisk walk is enough to outdistance mosquitoes, but deerflies combine fighter…

Column
August 31, 2017

Have you tried taco mode?

By Kevin Theissen

In March, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) offered some ideas about innovation in America. It’s a topic that deserves some attention as “recent data suggests that innovation is getting harder and the pace of growth is slowing down. A major challenge in…

Counter-protesting civilly
Altitude Sickness
August 31, 2017

Counter-protesting civilly

By Brady Crain

A crowd in the Boston Common recently marched in protest of the Free Speech rally and against white supremacy.

By Brady Cain

It took me quite a while to digest what happened in Boston.

One of…

Column
August 31, 2017

Taking a stand for diversity

By Marguerite Jill Dye

We attended the very first gathering of the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative, a last-minute rally for love, equality, and peace on the Green in Woodstock. Seventy-plus local residents demonstrated in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and took a stand against…

Looking Back
August 31, 2017

The era of lunch counters

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Coffee shops seem to be the trend these days. People want a spot to sit and relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and have something light to eat.

Back in my youth, during the 50s and 60s, people did that at…

Generation Y
August 31, 2017

Empathy, part two

By Brett Yates

Last week, I wrote a column whose conclusion I myself found, at the very least, debatable. Fortunately, my conception of my job here has never included a requirement to be correct—every week, I try my best only to put forth a single…

The Movie Diary
August 31, 2017

Digging in

By Dom Cioffi

I want to believe this chapter of my life is over.

On Friday of last week, I traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., for another check-up concerning my cancer battle. It was exactly a year ago when I went down for my first appointment after…