Tag Archives: columns

Generation Y
December 13, 2017

Is Minnesota going to be OK?

By Brett Yates

If you had asked me in 2015 to name three people from Minnesota, I probably would have thought for a moment and then come up with iconic pop star Prince, Senator Al Franken, and the public radio raconteur Garrison Keillor.

In 2016,…

Altitude Sickness
October 11, 2017

Maximum speed

By Brady Crain

The shoulder is coming along, and next week I will be able to lift weights. This week was marked by lots of walking and lots of road riding, because of the gorgeous weather.

One interesting thing that happened to me was that…

Generation Y
September 20, 2017

Product review: Tropical Sour Patch Kids

By Brett Yates

Sour Patch Kids, the iconic child-shaped treat invented in the 1970s by a Long Island man named Frank Galatolie, are, in my opinion, perhaps the greatest mass-produced American candy. To me, their astringent artificiality best captures the essence of what “candy” means…

Guinea pig training progresses
Altitude Sickness
September 6, 2017

Guinea pig training progresses

Pip the guinea pig, peaking out from his blanket fort

By Brady Crain

I have, based on the orders of everyone, been taking it much easier.  I lift or do pushup/pullup sets every two days, walk at least once a day, and trail run every…

Column
September 6, 2017

Estimating the cost of college

By Kevin Theissen

It doesn’t take a degree in finance to see that the cost of college continues to rise.

In its 2015 report, the College Board showed that public four-year institutions raised prices an average of 3.4 percent annually between the 2005-06 and 2015-16…

Column
September 6, 2017

Awakening to a new reality

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I feel as if I’m abandoning a sinking ship, leaving America for a pilgrimage across Spain during this perilous time of crises, turmoil, and uncertainty. Keeping up with the news, one can only wonder, has Armageddon begun? Scenes from “Mad Max”…

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

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…

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…

Generation Y
August 23, 2017

Good things for bad people

By Brett Yates

This month, following social media pressure upon their employers, two workers in the San Francisco Bay Area were fired for holding opinions widely deemed abhorrent. The first was a Google engineer who circulated a memo criticizing certain internal corporate policies: specifically, the…