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September 2019

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By Lorelei Poch

Environment Editor

It’s a Saturday night in September and you just finished your dinner and first White Claw Hard Seltzer. You down another one and bump trap music in your living room to prepare to go out. You shove three seltzers and a random Bud Light from your fridge in your bag and head for the 100’s with a few friends. You spot more of your pals gathered on the outskirts of the mob and take out a seltzer to chug as you join the conversation about how many first years are out tonight. Cans litter the ground all around so you toss your can behind you and think, “No biggie, someone will pick it up.”

For 16 years that someone was facility and grounds staff member Barry Von Sleet on Sunday mornings. “On a good day everything is picked up by 9 a.m., but sometimes that is how long it takes to just clean up the 300s,” Von Sleet said while he grabbed litter from the 300’s field on a recent Sunday at 6:30 a.m.  He has worked almost every Sunday since he was around 20 years old picking up trash on Saint Michael’s campus. 

Saint Michael’s grounds staff member Barry Von Sleet completes his weekly duties of picking up litter after students on Sunday, September 8 outside the 3oo’s. Since it rained the night before fewer students partied outside, which leaves Von Sleet with less trash than usual to retrieve. (Photo by Lorelei Poch)

Starting at 6 a.m, he lugs around a gray trash barrel and uses a picker-upper claw to snag the trash without touching it. He deals with beer cans, bottles, Einstein’s boxes and miscellaneous litter until the grounds are litter free and it seems as if no parties took place just a few hours before. 

Even though there are four recycling bins out in the 300’s alone, they remain pitifully empty with garbage surrounding them. Do students care about recycling their cans, bottles and containers when they’re drunk?

“The 100s were horrible Friday night, we were expecting to see trash in the morning but when we passed by it was completely clean,” said Iset Maldonado ‘21, a member of the baseball team. “Most friends probably toss their cans,” he added, but some of them occasionally collect the cans to redeem them at a local redemption center for money back. 

If giving the facilities staff some time back on their weekends or participating in making conscious efforts to save our environment doesn’t motivate you to dispose of your recyclables properly, perhaps the monetary gain just a brief walk down the road will.

On a recent Sunday, this reporter, with the help of two friends, picked up recyclable cans and bottles from the 300s and 100s. Even though Von Sleet had already been working to clean the grounds, we ended up with three full trash bags of recyclables. This later turned into $15 at the redemption center behind the Beverage Warehouse down Route 15.

By Victoria Zambello
Staff Writer

Una Langran ’21 understands the effects of nicotine and marijuana, and even though she vapes nicotine, she doesn’t trust dab pens because of the many side effects of bootlegged THC oils. “I get a pretty intense cough after inhaling those products,” Langram said.

So far, there have been six deaths and 400 reported lung-illnesses connected to vaping cannabis. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) declared a warning for teenagers to stop using street or “bootlegged” cannabis and E-Cigarettes.

Despite this news, many Saint Michael’s students and young people across the country continue this habit.

According to the NewYork Times, diseases have occurred from inhalation of unknown chemical droplets created from vaporization of marijuana and can create lung inflammation. Experts have identified the inhalation of vitamin E as a possible culprit.

Experts are also identifying “lipoid pneumonia”, a dangerous disease that develops as a consequence from the vaporization of marijuana.

“I can tell you that we have seen an increasing number of students who vape and who are trying to quit, some successfully and some not sucessfully,” said Bergeron Wellness Center Director, Mary Masson in an email. Regardless of the substances’ popularity, health experts can’t prepare for the future of lung-problems based off of unknown chemicals each vape oil contains.

“I see a lot of asthma in people who smoke marijuana regularly, and it’s surprising how many people think marijuana is safe,” said Emergency Medicine Physician at UVM Medical Center, Laurel Plante in an email.

“The recent cases of serious lung illnesses and deaths are associated with vaping black-market cannabis oils; don’t use these products!” said professor of psychology, Ari Kirshenbaum warned in an email. Kirshenbaum is currently working on a study focused on the effects of nicotine psychological processes.

“I don’t think anyone really cares about the dab pen issues, people are mostly focusing on nicotine,” said Ainsley Mclaughlin ’21. This may be true for many students on campus, however Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at UVM Medical Center, Prema R. Memon voiced her experience in an email. “Vaping devices contain a variety of chemicals that we do not know what long-term exposure would do to the body.

“Vaping can affect the heart by increasing adrenaline levels (leads to high blood pressure), lungs by causing airway damage (asthma or COPD) or lung tissue damage (scarring in the lungs, increased cells in the lungs or respiratory failure and death), increased risk of infections in the lungs (pneumonia),” Memon said. Over the past year at UVM Medical Center there have been 2-3 cases of reported lung-diseases that did not respond to routine treatment as a result of vaping.

“It makes me sad to see the kids and adults who believe they are better than science and continue to use these deadly products.”

Amanda Black, Nurse at Mass General Hospital

“We don’t really know if vaping marijuana (due to chemicals in the liquid/device) make vaping potentially equally as carcinogenic as marijuna. Unfortunately, I think only time will tell,” said Memon.

“It makes me nervous and sad to see the amount of kids and adults who believe they are better than science and continue to purchase and use these dangerous and deadly products,” wrote Mass General Hospital Nurse Amanda Black in an email. “People who vape are breathing in chemicals that scientists and medical professionals aren’t entirely sure what compounds are within.”

“The known effects are horrible,” said Masson, “but the fact that we as medical professionals have no idea what else it could cause in the future is concerning, because we can’t prepare for it. We can try to prevent it and we might not be able to treat it.”

By Matthew Pramas

Managing Editor

In an effort to attract prospective students to St. Michael’s College, the administration has begun  a rebranding campaign to change the face of the school and adopt a new approach to marketing.

The goal is to bring enrollment to a sustainable level that gives flexibility for future investment, said Director of Marketing and Communications Alex Bertoni. 

The marketplace has shifted over time, leaving private liberal arts colleges in need of adjustment and our college is no exception, Bertoni said.

“The prior brand and messaging was what we call ‘I like St. Mikes’. It was a time when a lot of popular media was talking about happiness quotients,” Bertoni said. The messaging emphasized a welcoming community in the hopes that prospective students felt comfortable here.

“All those things are true, but the market shifted over the course of time to where families are questioning the value of an education and what you get out of it, so that message was not working in the marketplace anymore,” Bertoni said. 

While some colleges rebrand to reflect institutional changes, Bertoni said that St. Michael’s rebranding is focussing more on marketing strategies that appeal to a population that is more conscious about return on investment. 

“We’re really still a liberal arts, Catholic, private residential college.We have a lot of great outcomes and things we can point to related to return on investment and we really need to highlight those,” Bertoni said. 

Along with a new marketing approach, there’s a “look” throughout the school’s new visuals, including a new coach bus with updated school graphics. “We’re in the process of revamping all our admission materials [and] we’re also going to be changing all the banners on campus in the next month or so and those will carry the new brand and the new message as well as some of the new graphics.”

In general, however, Bertoni said that things like the logo and the school’s primary colors are unchanged. 

The use of Founder’s cupola will be featured in some pieces.

 “There’s no question the whole college industry is facing some serious challenges,” said Business Administration and Accounting Professor Rob Letovsky.

 The challenge St. Michael’s faces is a positioning challenge, Letovsky said, explaining it as about where the school stands in the customer’s brain. “I get it, you don’t want to look like something you’re not and you don’t want to look like something that’s not relevant to young people, I get that, but the most important thing is positioning.”

As the vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Marcel Rainville, S.S.E. ‘67 has lived through many changed during his tenure at St. Michael’s, but expresses optimism about the future. He said that the Edmundites were involved during early stages of this rebranding stages. 

“We felt very satisfied with the articulation of what we thought were our values going forward and the incorporation of theose values into the branding process,” Marcel said.

For Letovsky, it’s not just about convincing the public about academics. Certain introductory courses, he said, can be found all across the country. It’s more about convincing people of the holistic value in a four-year, liberal arts degree from extracurricular programs to the Career Advancement and Alumni Center. “There are a lot of people out there, not just companies, [but] politicians, foundations questioning whether we’ve over emphasized four-year degrees,” Letovsky said.  

“It’s not like we have to make up stuff here. We’re doing a lot of the things that we should be doing, but we just have to package it together and we’re starting to do that,” Letovsky said.

The school is also attempting to adapt in a competitive marketplace. And those changes will be marketed, Bertoni said. 

“A new Center for the Environment is going to be launched soon and that’s a way to encapsulate all the things we do related to the environment and also to talk to students who are interested,” Bertoni said. New academic programs include health sciences, introduced last year and criminology, which was just approved.

For Bertoni, it’s also about spreading the school’s message through a new advertising campaign in key demographic regions, including Vermont, New Hampshire and most notably Boston. “That’s going to be a comprehensive ad campaign to drive students to visit campus for our fall events,” Bertoni said. The campaign will be launched within the coming weeks.

Here, new messages about leadership and exploration are communicated, with sayings such as “If not for Saint Michael’s” and the notion of doing well at the school, but also doing good for others.       

Letovsky said, “There must be a very tight connection between how you come across and what you are. It’s like greenwashing. If it’s true, it’s great. If it’s bullshit, people ultimately find out.”

Bertoni declined to share the cost of the rebranding effort, but with the time and money spent to evolve our school, will it be enough? “Time will tell,” Bertoni said.

“I think the school is doing a lot in terms of addressing a very difficult marketplace, but I think predictions of the demise of liberal arts education is premature.” 

By Emma Shortall
Multimedia Editor

Our generation is obsessed with the idea of traveling. Right from the start, we post pictures of ourselves on flights, post countless photos of the vacation, and when we leave we post a goodbye post. But in life, in general, we completely ignore the international connections that we could make, and leave the walls up.

The summer before my first-year I was like anyone else, scared but excited for a change. When I read the name of my roommate, Carol, the first thing I noticed was that she has three last names, I instantly assumed she was Spanish. On further investigation, or should I say social media stalking, I found out she was from Brazil. That instantly accentuated my anxiety. I never had any friends from another country and I worried that our cultures would clash.

“For American students, it’s not cool to hang out with international students.”

Haobo Wang, ’19, MA TESOL student

But I was wrong, and we instantly hit it off. We watched the same childhood shows, we both had loved One Direction and loved to have spontaneous dance parties. Our different nationalities were simply just another part of us.

Slowly I began finding my place at school, finding out who my friends were, and they included American students, but they also included international students, like my roommate. I started branching out and meeting more and more people from all over the globe: Bingyi, from Shanghai, Sangjun, from South Korea, and many others. But it was pretty clear pretty soon that this wasn’t the norm. Even with the 113 international students living on campus, it’s rare to see American students mingling with them.

In the state of the world today, people tend to see their differences instead of similarities, whether it be the color of their skin, how they dress or their nationality. As American students, we typically see us as the norm and anyone from elsewhere as “different.” We assume everyone who wears a headdress is Muslim and everyone who is Asian is Chinese. We stereotype people because it’s easier to package them.

If we break down the stereotypes and get to know each other we’d see we are all the same. We all have our different journeys to St. Michael’s whether it be a less than an hour drive to an almost 20-hour plane ride. We are all here for the same reason, to learn.

Students on the St. Michael’s lacrosse team at dinner in Alliot on Monday Sept. 16.

“For American students, it’s not cool to hang out with international students,” said Haobo Wang, an MA TESOL student who graduated from St. Michael’s in May. He believes that St. Michael’s American students simply don’t put in enough effort to meet these students. “International students want to make friends with American students, but sometimes they don’t know how to,” Wang said.

We have students from 29 countries, from Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. They come here for as little as a semester, or until they graduate but the boundaries on campus are sometimes larger than those that separate countries.

We need to cross these boundaries that we built, we need to mingle, we need to burst this comfortable bubble we live in. We have so many outlets at this school to immerse yourself in all of these cultures.

Here’s how we can do it. Every week there is International Coffee Hour, in St. Edmund’s lobby, for both international and American students to mingle. But every week I see almost no American students attend. This is a great way to interact with students from all over the world in a very informal situation. Start a conversation.

The school has a Global Experience Academic Residential Program, GEAR, where American students can live with international and other American students. It’s the best of both worlds. So why don’t more students jump at this chance? I learned more Japanese words than I ever thought I would, from “Oyasumi” to “Kurutta” and made one of my best friends Sayaka from GEAR. We went on many adventures together, from our Montréal trip to smaller things such as teaching her how to ice skate.

This year the International Festival falls on November 16. There are tons of different international cultures, food, and people being represented during this event. This year I’ll even be performing for a country I’ve never even been to, Korea and learning different songs and dances with my friends.

I’ve learned more about the state of the world, and the state of these other countries just by having conversations with international students. Did you know that some Japanese put a towel over their pillow when they sleep because “it’s dirty”? What about how kids at Easter in Brazil get toys inside a big chocolate egg? Or that garbage trucks in Taiwan play music?

If you think you’re a global citizen, and that the border wall is a problem, start at home to make changes. Instead of building up these walls, we should be tearing them down.

By Talia Perrea
Visionary Editor

When Nathan Besio was a student at St. Michael’s College in 1996, he had an experience that left him shaken. “I was the last one in the classroom, and I couldn’t get the door open. So I was basically trapped.”

Besio, now the peer advocate coordinator for the Vermont Center for Independent Living, is a strong advocate for accessibility across the state. He thinks it was either the weight of the door or type of doorknob that made it difficult to open with his prosthetic arms, and with no way to call anybody. “I was banging on the door, waiting for somebody to get me out, “ he said.

Besio, who relies on a wheelchair for transportation, said he believes that he was the second wheelchair user to live on campus, and the college has changed immensely since he graduated in 2000. As the number of students who need an accessible campus continues to rise, the college has made adjustments to buildings and grounds. But accessibility can still be an issue.

Jackson Greenleaf, ’23, recently ran into trouble on what should have been a normal trip to the bathroom. Whilst on the second floor of the library Greenleaf made his way into the bathroom where he ran into two problems. the handicapped stall had no support bars, mking him unable to get himself out of his wheelchair. Greenleaf ran into his second problem on his way out of the bathroom. The bathroom on campus was designed with an inner door and an outerdoor. Greenleaf made his way into the vestibule only to discover that the door leading out of the bathroom opened inwards trapping him in this space. Being a relatively small area, there was no way for him to maneuver his wheelchair to allow the door to open. Greenleaf texted his roommates with hopes that one of them could come and open the door for him, and was left to wait. Eventually another student came along to use the bathroom and let Greenleaf out.

“While we do a great job, there are things we still need to work on.”

Patrick Standen, professor of philosophy

Other locations that lack accessibility include the McCarthy Arts Center.Last fall, the orchestra pit located in the main stage in McCarthy Arts Center started to slowly sink to the basement of the theatre. “The seals failed,” John Devlin, Professor of Fine Arts: Theatre, Resident Designer and Technical Director, explained. “They’re essentially pistons driving it and when one fails the other one can’t compensate.” It would cost up to $120,000 to fix, which would make the mainstage unusable while repairs are going on. The loss of the orchestra pit means an end to some of the accessibility in McCarthy. The orchestra pit has been used in the past to help people with disabilities get onto the stage, for more intimately set shows. Without the, there is no path for people with disabilities to get themselves onstage, unless they are physically lifted.

“Each kid’s a universe.What’s important for all students is essential for students with learning differences and hindrances,” Antonia Messuri, the director of academic support services said. “We can’t generalize, and we have to be really curious about one another, and be willing to open our minds and hearts to each person and learn from everyone. To really not be afraid to ask hard questions, to have the courage to really get to know each other,” Messuri explained.

Leslie Turner, Testing Center Coordinator agreed.“It’s good for any of us to stop, take some time, and put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Cause I think until you really do that you can’t truly understand someone’s struggles. It might seem at first glance to be something that’s not a big deal, but when you really stop and think about it, you realize, wow, that’s a little bit more challenging than I expected,” Turner said.

Patrick Standen, an instructor of philosophy who uses a wheelchair for mobility, also provided some insight on accessibility. “The way that I see the world, and the way that many people with disabilities look at the world, is with a principle called: barrier free,” Standen said. “Which is no barriers at all for any kind of disability. While we do a great job, there are things we still need to work on.”

Jackson Greenleaf,’23, who uses a wheelchair for his transportation said, the campus generally works well. “Overall it’s pretty flat. Good to get around. Also I’d say that the social atmosphere is good. People are willing to help, and that’s been really solid.” said Greenleaf.

“The guys I live with are great,” Greenleaf said explaining how they have offered to shovel for him.

Joel Ribout, associate director of Facilities,Planning and Construction also has the upcoming winter on his mind. He works with a group of nine employees to keep the walkways clear during the winter. “It’s really we got to get the snow out of the way and the ice out of the way, so we do our best to salt everything. Our guys are out there early morning, 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 2 a.m. in the morning getting the snow out of the way,” Ribout said. He also disclosed that there is talk of getting students to assist each other around campus. Whether this be through shoveling or just being with the student as they try to get to class. This is still in the early stages of discussion, as facilities try to figure out the best way to deal with the upcoming winter.

If you see a student struggling ask if they need help. “Don’t assume things about people with a disability. and you can always ask questions too. No question is to stupid or anything like that,” Greenleaf, said.

By Isabella Davitt
Staff Writer

Composting is not a new system here at Saint Michael’s College. So why, more than seven years later, are we still having problems with what should be a simple system?

Since 2007, all consumer food scraps from Alliot have been composted. In 2012, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 148, making it mandatory for all students and employees on campus to compost. But the campus community’s knowledge and commitment to composting needs to catch up with the regulations. Compost is decomposing organic matter such as food and plant scraps.

Compost is currently collected from Alliot, the green compost bins located around campus, and from landscaping projects. This organic matter is then brought to our compost pile which is located across the street and down the hill not far from the view. “Composting keeps valuable, nutrient-rich organic material out of landfills and instead creates fertilizer, useful for gardens and landscaping,” said Doug Facey, a professor of biology and chair of the Sustainability Committee here on campus. If these materials were put in the landfill, they would take up space, and release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

I compost at home because I have a bin right in my kitchen but I don’t when I come to school because it’s not as convenient”

Julia Fitzgerald ’22

Since the compost pile here at the college isn’t industrial-sized, it doesn’t get to a high enough heat, which makes it harder for some material to break down. We are part of an exchange with Green Mountain Compost. “Our partially decomposed material goes to Green Mountain Compost where it can be fully broken down. In exchange, St. Mike’s receives finished compost to apply to our grounds and the farm,” Facey said.

The size of our compost pile isn’t the only issue surrounding the system. There is also a lack of knowledge and care for compost. Julia Fitzgerald,’22, said “I don’t think the composting system is effective because a lot of food and other things, like paper towels, just end up in the landfill.” Yet paper towels used on campus can be composted, along with napkins and other paper products.

Some students compost regularly at home but find it difficult when they are at school because of the lack of resources, in this case, compost bins. “I compost at home because I have a bin right in my kitchen but I don’t when I come to school because it’s not as convenient,” Mikaela Dorsey,’22, said.

Lack of compost bins in high trafficked areas such as Einsteins and the academic buildings is part of the problem with composting on campus, said Facey. He believes that there are misunderstandings on campus of what can, and should be composted. There is also a carelessness associated with the compost system. People often opt to toss their scrap food into the trash instead of walking down the hall to the compost bin, said Facey.

“Composting reduces waste going into landfills and it provides nutrients to enrich our soils. That’s worth a few extra steps to put that banana peel or apple core into a green bin,” Facey said.

by Lorelei Poch

Environmental Editor

Before you think about how you can properly recycle, first think of any methods to reuse your materials!

1 Rinse, Recap, Recycle! Empty and rinse all containers before putting them into your recycling bins. If the cap can go back on, put it back on!

2Keep your recycling LOOSE inside your blue bins. Do not put it in a trash bag or else the workers at your local MRF cannot distinguish it from Landfill material.

3 Keep anything under 2” x 2” in the trash, it is too small to recycle with our current local technology (think a standard size Post-it Note. But in the case of a Post-it Note make sure you stick it to another piece of paper so it doesn’t get lost).

4Flatten all paper and cardboard items such as Amazon, cereal and pizza boxes (greasy boxes should be discarded or composted if possible).  

5Leave containers original shape (including milk jugs, all cans, water bottles and laundry detergent containers). DO NOT crush your cans!

6Clean and bundle your aluminum foil in a ball the size of or bigger than a baseball (make sure it is bigger than 2” x 2”).

7DO NOT recycle hazardous materials. These include propane tanks, RAID containers and spray paint containers. Not all aerosol containers are hazardous, for example whipped cream containers can be recycled.

8 Separate all materials. If you have a package from when you bought batteries, separate the plastic packaging from the paper, as it can only be sorted as one material.

9ONLY paper and containers belong in your blue bin

10 When in doubt, throw it out (Landfill).

By Alex Westcott

Staff Writer

During the first week of the semester, many students on campus reported recurring problems with slow internet. Browsers were barely loading web pages, if they did at all. Students reported being unable to finish or submit time-sensitive homework assignments as their browser couldn’t load Canvas. 

“I was freaking out,” said Emma Almanzar ‘20, a sociology major.  “I couldn’t submit anything or look up anything. I just stared at a blank screen.”

With the volume of reports flooding into the help desk, Information Technology quickly figured out that the issue was widespread. This led to two separate maintenances on August 29 that ultimately solved the problem. Erik Lightbody, Assistant Director of Technology Services, said that the situation is unlikely to recur because of the new connection to FirstLight Fiber, the school’s internet service provider. It was faulty equipment on their end which ultimately caused the problem.

“[FirstLight] provides internet to hundreds of customers in the area,” said Lightbody, “The physical equipment that our internet connection was plugged into was broken.” He explained that Saint Michael’s has two physical connections to the equipment at FirstLight, one of which serves as a backup in case of an unexpected breaking of one of the connections.

The first sign of the real problem came when IT noticed a high number of packet drops on one of these lines. Packets are broken up bits of data that get sent through the network and match up when they reach their destination. 

“What happens when you drop packets is that letters drop off that document,” Lightbody said. “So if you print a five page paper, and it came out on five pages, but every tenth letter was missing, that’s like dropping packets. Sometimes it needs to go back and recheck, and that can take a little bit,” he said. 

FirstLight told IT that the line could be faulty, so they unplugged it from the piece of equipment it was attached to and replugged it into a different piece. But when IT examined the internet traffic on the other line, there was still packet dropping, and this time it was worse.

Then, FirstLight took both lines and connected them to different pieces of equipment, solving the problem.

Lightbody said that each individual is granted a certain chunk of the school’s total bandwidth. So, your internet speed will not be slowed down if your roommate is downloading 500 movies at once. If, for example, every student on campus were doing that, then our total bandwidth would eventually be maxed out, but on an individual level, this won’t make a difference.

Professors and other faculty members didn’t seem to notice their internet speeds slowing down. Lightbody said that most of the reports came during peak usage times when most students are out of classes and using the internet. Greta Pangborn, a computer science professor at St. Michael’s, said that although she’s been experiencing network issues in one of the computer labs, these computers were tied to the internet through physical cables, not over wireless connection. “The timing of our delays didn’t seem to match up with when others had troubles,” Pangborn said.

Experiencing tech problems?


 Erik Lightbody emphasizes that when you encounter technology problems, especially with the Internet, you should report them, and provide as much detailed information about your situation as possible. Make sure to mention where you live on campus and when you’re experiencing the problem. For simpler issues, such as problems with printing or password resets, the portal contains step-by-step instructions to guide you through those processes under the ‘Information Technology’ tab along the top of the screen. Be sure to take a look at those before you head over to the help desk.

By Matthew Pramas
Managing Editor

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington released a report of 40 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children since 1950. Many are dead and none of them still practice said the report. One priest, Charles G. Many, was an Edmundite accused of molesting boys in Vermont and Connecticut. He was not affiliated with St. Michael’s College. He is still alive in a retirement home in Williston, VT, according to Seven Days.

This is the list borrowed from The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington’s report.

Charles G. Many
Robert J. Baffa
Donald A. Bean
James E. Beauregard
Conrad A. Bessette
Paul M. Bresnahan
Donald A. Bruneau
James J. Campbell
Leo J. Courcy Jr.
Robert E Devoy
Joseph H. Dussault
John F. Eastman
James F. Foley
Edward C. Foster
William P. Gallagher
Edward J. Gelineau
John A. Guischard
John B. “Jack” Kenney
Dennis J. LaRoche
Michael K. Madden
James J. McShane Jr.
Brian E. Mead
Walter D. Miller
Joseph Maxime Mooney
George O. Murtagh
Stephen J. Nichols
Edward O. Paquette
George A. Paulin
Raymond C. Provost
Daniel F. Roberts
Forest W. Rouelle
Emile W. Savary
Ronald A. Soutiere
Richard E. Thompson
Charles A. Towne
Raymond D. Walsh
Donal D. Ward
Alfred Willis
Benjamin D. Wysolmerski
Mark L. Quillen

By Erin Hammer
Staff Writer

Returning students may have noticed that the package slips have become a thing of the past at Saint Michael’s College. Keys to your post box serve one purpose now– to pick up your letters.

The mailroom had to change from their old system of paper slips which was no longer being supported. This new system, which began officially on July 1, is an IOS program on iPads that involves a swipe of your KnightCard, said George Goldsworthy, manager of Print and Mail at St. Michael’s.

“It is still September, so we are working through some things,” said student worker Maddi Sousa ’21. “The iPads will log us out frequently and sometimes the students don’t fully understand.” When you visit the mailroom, there could be a line. “Sometimes the sheer volume of people is what causes the lines. Especially around 10:45 a.m., it’s a madhouse,” Sousa said.

Seth Bowman ’22 is a returning student who was unaware of the switch. “The third day of going to the mailroom was when I saw the posters and realized the slips were discontinued,” he said. While he did not adapt immediately to the change, he said he now grasps the new concept.

Although where you ordered from may show that your package has arrived, it does not necessarily mean it’s ready for you in the mailroom. “It may be delivered physically, but we don’t have it in our system yet,” Sousa said.

Students should continue to be patient when waiting for the email notification. If you have questions go up to the window and have your card swiped. If you have serious problems or questions, reach out to George Goldsworthy. You can contact him by email: ggoldsworthy@smcvt.edu, or by phone: (802) 654-2522.