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by Matt Heller

Executive Editor

On Sunday, the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team suffered an 84-48 loss against the University of Vermont in front of 2,838 in a packed Patrick Gym. St. Michael’s, fresh off a 103-64 loss to the University of Connecticut, had their second straight game against an NCAA Division 1 opponent. They started the game strong, taking a 7-5 lead 2 minutes in after senior Jordan Guzman’s 3-pointer. But luck soon ran out; 2 minutes later it was 14-7 Catamounts, and by the half, UVM was up 55-22.

Guzman led the Purple Knights in scoring with 14 points, in addition to 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Freshman Kasai Brown followed with 12 points and 7 rebounds, but also 7 turnovers. Senior Eli DeGrande had 9 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. 

Five Catamounts scored double-digits, led by sophomore Ryan Davis with 17. Senior Anthony Lamb, who is one of the 50 players in the nation to be placed on the Naismith Trophy watch list, saw 15 minutes of action and scored 5. The Naismith Trophy is awarded to the best college player in the nation. Lamb is also on the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award watchlist. The Catamounts are expected to win the AmericanEast conference and have the potential to make a run in the NCAA tournament. 

Purple Knights coach Eric Eaton, in his first season, wasn’t too happy with the way his team played. “The level of competition in my guys’ hearts tonight was really disappointing,” he said.

Eaton said he wants to see more toughness and pace out of the team, but thinks they will be playing their best basketball come February. As a new coach, he doesn’t refer back to previous years for reference, but did mention it is hard to lose a guy like Levi Holmes III who could score 20 points per game.

St. Michael’s will open up their regular season against New Jersey’s Caldwell University on Friday at Assumption College. 


Photos by Matt Heller

Top left: St. Michael’s #5 Thomas Jackson III attempts a three against UVM #12 Bailey Patella.

Top middle: St. Michael’s #2 Kasai Brown and UVM #4 Robin Duncan fight over possession on the floor.

Top right: St. Michael’s #21 Jason Heter attempts to float a shot over UVM #35 Ryan Davis as #14 Isaiah Powell watches.

Bottom center: St. Michael’s #2 Kasai Brown drives in for the lay-up.

Bottom left: St. Michael’s #5 Thomas Jackson III is defended by UVM #3 Anthony Lamb.

Bottom right: St. Michael’s #30 Jalen Gorham, #23 Jordan Guzman, #33 Walker Storey, and Assistant coach Chris Manning head back to the locker room after a disappointing 84-48 loss.

By Hannah McKelvey
Staff Writer

Did you know, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, only about 46 percent of Americans 18-29 voted in the 2016 presidential election? That means that either 38.6 percent of Americans could not vote, did not register, or simply didn’t vote at all. Did you?

“Not voting is signaling to politicians that they can do whatever they want because they will not be checked in any way,” said professor of political science Patricia Siplon.

With the 2020 election quickly approaching along with all the other elections in between, here are a few simple ways to get registered to vote or get an absentee ballot.

There are a couple of different ways to register to vote. “You can register in person by paper, you can register online at the secretary of state’s website, and that information will get filtered down to the town that you’re registering in,” said Wanda Morin, assistant clerk at the town of Colchester. Vermont also has same-day voter registration, which means all you have to do is find a polling location in your town, go, register to vote, and then you can vote right away on sight.

For people who are not interested in registering to vote in the state of Vermont, there are easy ways to register in your own state. “Vote.org is a website that tells you how to register to vote and also request an absentee ballot form for every single state,” said Abby French, a senior at St. Michael’s, who did canvassing work for Get Out the Vote. “So, they tell you the requirements for your state; it will give you the address for the city hall in your town that you need to send everything to, it will also tell you if you cannot register to vote online.”

When it comes to registering to vote prior to election day in Vermont with your St. Michael’s College address, head to the Colchester Town Clerk’s office (781 Blakely Rd, Colchester, VT) to pick up a piece of paper with detailed instructions on how to register and where to send in your forms. Or go online to the Vermont Secretary of State website, click on the Election tab, then click registration in the left column, then click the Register to Vote tab, and then follow along with the steps to register to vote in Vermont.

Not every state allows you to register to vote or request your absentee ballot online. In New Hampshire, for example, you have to do it at your city hall in person a certain amount of time before the election, which is a way to decrease voter turnout for young people who are in college. It also might be a way to keep New Hampshire a swing state. Swing states are those states that change from democratic majority to republican majority with almost every election. It is important to figure out where your vote will matter most; if you live in a swing state, it might be more beneficial to vote there rather than another state that always stays to one political side.

Don’t forget that after you vote, your civic duty does not stop there! “Voting is a really important first step,” Siplon said. “Following up when the person is in office and letting them know that you like or don’t like what they are doing is how you make that vote more meaningful.”

By Meg Friel
Executive Editor

They say our generation is lazy.

Gen Z is often associated with hiding behind a screen, using social media as a platform to express our opinions and Tweet protests into the void. Compare this to our parents, and our parents’ parents, marching on the street, arranging sit-ins that lasted for days – and the tradition of activism is seemingly on its last legs.

Not so fast– activism is still very alive and well. Youth within Saint Michael’s College and within the Burlington area is continuously proving that activism still exists, but we’re changing the narrative. With events such as the ICE protest in Williston, the display of #EqualPay shirts at the Burlington High School women’s soccer game, and the anti-racism posters made by SMC women’s soccer team. Generation Z is actively trying to make a change.

Anyone who says it’s dying hasn’t seen what a day across our generation looks like. Sure,we still use tools like social media as a way to spread awareness around one idea or opposition, but the idea of protesting in person proves the passion and soul that young people feel.

We are the next generation of street marchers, of sit-ins, and we’ll post it all along the way.

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By Lena O’Donnell
Visual Editor

On October 21 the Custodial Workers Union that represents St. Michael’s employees filed a grievance that said healthcare fee increases of four to five percent proposed by the college violated the union agreement.

The agreement between the AFSCME Local 1343 Union and Saint Michael’s College, says “Employees shall be responsible for their share of the premiums based on the following schedule: Employee Only – 10%, Employee +1 – 16%, and Family 16%.” Monthly total costs are thus factored into these percentages that the employee has to pay.

So when the college proposed a four to five percent increase the fees would have changed from 10 to 15 percent for the Employee only gold and platinum plan and 16 to 20 percent for the Employee +1 and family plan on the gold and platinum plans. The silver plan was below and met the contract guidelines.

When custodian Graham Lebel, a union representative for the custodial staff. He first heard of the premium increase, he reached out to students in the club Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM). Madison Sousa ‘21, Patrick Richards ‘20, and Reagan Welch ‘20 and I aided Lebel in trying to find out what would be done about this error.

Originally there was just one standard healthcare plan for employees. Now there are three. “The platinum plan which is the most expensive is the most similar to the current plan we have,” Lebel says. The other plans; Lebel feels lacks the variety of coverage the original plan did.

SLAM members and I went to the office of Rob Robinson, the Vice President of financial services, to ask some questions about this change from one to three choices.

“Saint Michael’s is now moving away from our previous single offering of one healthcare plan design to three different plan designs that individuals can pick the plan that meets their best needs,” Robinson told the students.

He advised us to speak to Eileen O’Rourke who is the Vice President of Human Resources. She emphasized the same idea. “Quality of care is equal in all plans being offered,” she said regarding the newest healthcare plans.

“It’s the illusion of choice if you’re low-income,” said Lebel. For a low-income family looking for healthcare, they have to opt for the most expensive plan if that is what best fits their needs. Luckily for Lebel, his wife works for the state and is on her healthcare plan.

The Union actually won. Lebel was thrilled and messaged me “Update: we won the grievance!”

O’Rourke said that after a deeper analysis they made a change.“In the future bi-weekly employee contributions for employees making less than $50,000 per calendar year, reducing the employee portion for the Platinum and Gold plans,” said O’Rourke.

Exciting day for the Union as they have been heard and recognized.

As a member of SLAM, I feel as though I can use my voice as a writer, student, and resident life staff member to make a change. Staff and faculty work for us, they are constantly dealing with us. On this campus especially, their voices are just as important as the students.

Illustration by Lucas Kirsch

by Tynan Reed

Staff Writer

Last month, Saint Michael’s College decided to renew its subscription to the Xfinity On Campus streaming service for an additional two years, according to Chief Information Officer Bill Anderson. The subscription costs the school $85,000 per year, but do students use the service enough to warrant this amount of money? While the cost decreased from the nearly $100,000 it was a few years ago, the money could be used elsewhere if not for the streaming service.  

Many factors beyond private student use have to be included in the consideration of renewing the Xfinity subscription. For example, the Edmundites use the subscription and it is also used in public places like the gyms. “We thought we would take the two-year renewal so we could take time to find something more concrete to provide viewing parties or streaming services,” Anderson said. 

Renewal processes occur with all services that IT offers, including cable TV and phones. “As each contract nears its end date we do an evaluation to see if it is something still being used and if any new options exist,” said Joe Pawlaczyk, Associate Director of Information Technology. “We then negotiate with the service provider in terms of the next contract.”

Additionally, there are other ongoing IT projects that could use this money, according to Anderson. One of these is to replace the wireless access points, which allow students and faculty to connect to Wifi. The current access points will go out of date in August 2020. 

There are other difficulties that Anderson and those who decided whether to renew the subscription or not have faced. Comcast, the telecommunications company that owns Xfinity, has not provided the metrics Anderson would like to see. The metrics could tell IT how many students are using the service, among other information, which could make the renewal decision easier. “They basically show us the top 20 shows watched but not the number of students using the service,” Pawlaczyk said. 

 “That would make everything a lot simpler if they could tell us. If it’s this many unique students, this many hours. I don’t know if they have that degree of reporting capability in their access logs,” Anderson said.

“I think that immediately jumping back into the subscription again was a bit silly, especially when we don’t have figures of how many people use the service,” said James Walton ‘22. He also thought that if IT could not get the metrics, they should have created a survey to gauge student use. Walton has used the service before to watch sports games, but the majority of the time he uses other subscriptions. Walton also thinks that the school does not do a good job advertising Xfinity On Campus, claiming most people don’t know it exists. 

By Elly McKenna
Staff Writer

 “I’m out here because I am outraged that our government is throwing kids in cages, detaining, arresting, harassing, and racially profiling immigrants and refugees,” said Ashley Smith, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and activist in Burlington, Vt., raising his voice over echoes of “No hate, no fear! Everyone is welcome here!” being chanted from afar. 

Smith was just one of more than 200 people holding signs, chanting, and rallying against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Williston, Vt. The protest took place at the Maple Tree Place green, sandwiched between Majestic 10 Cinemas and an AT&T store, adjacent to ICE’s national database. It lasted for about two hours. Smith, along with various college students, local community members, singers, and speakers gathered outside ICE’s unmarked offices located just 15 minutes away from Saint Michael’s College campus to peacefully protest against the organization’s mission and actions.

Many college students said they attended the protest to shine a light on the proximity of this center.

“We’re here today just to spread awareness of the issue at hand and the fact that so few people know that the national database for ICE is here in Williston, really in our own backyard,” said Abby Poisson ’22, Secretary of the Peace and Justice Club at St. Michael’s. Poisson along with Alexyah Dethvongsa ’22, the Vice President of the Peace and Justice Club at St. Michael’s, organized a college van to transport 20 interested students to the protest.

“We helped organize students get to this event because we felt like it was a really good opportunity to spread awareness of this issue on campus,” Dethvongsa said.

According to the 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report, located on the Department of Homeland Security website, DHS recorded 158,581 administrative arrests, 66  percent of those being convicted criminals. In addition, ICE reports having removed 256,085 illegal aliens of whom 57 percent were convicted criminals. ICE’s mission is to, “promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws that are directed towards customs, trade, immigration, and border control,” as is declared in their mission statement (Federal Law Enforcement).

Despite numerous attempts in person and over the phone, ICE declined to comment on the subject matter of the recent protest. Even after searching for and finding their unmarked offices in a shopping plaza in Williston, Defender reporters were unable to make it through the locked front door and were solely allowed to speak to the man at the front desk through a microphone.

Many of those who attended the protest have strong feelings and opinions against the organization’s mission and its reported actions. “I’m here because it’s ridiculous that the rights of migrants are not being seen as basic human rights and the fact that community members are being taken,” said Julia Megan ’20. This was Megan and Mackenzie Murdoch’s second immigration protest attended in Vermont. Murdoch, an active youth organizer with Women’s March Vermont in Burlington was arrested at a similar peaceful protest in the same Williston location this past July with Megan.


(Left to right) Mackenzie Murdoch, an immigration activist, and Julia Megan ’20 hold a homemade banner for the two-hour protest in Williston, Vt. on Sunday, Oct. 20.

“There were 19 of us that got arrested for protesting, and they had DHS come out and respond,” said Murdoch. “They brought bomb-sniffing dogs, and they had a super militaristic response to a peaceful protest.” She explained that she came to this additional protest because this issue needs to be talked about and addressed. She added, “I’m a white woman who is queer, but I’m privileged and able to be getting arrested for problems like this. Using privilege is a really big thing that we need to be doing because people who this impacts directly obviously can’t be getting into non-violent civil disobedience because it risks deportation.”

With an issue so prominent in today’s world and a national database so close to St. Michael’s, it wasn’t surprising to hear loud and powerful music, speeches, and shouting in Williston, Vt. Chants such as “Vermont will fight for equal rights!” rang through the breezy fall air.

What kind of changes did protest attendees long to see? “We should be abolishing ICE, abolishing the Department of Homeland Security, and taking all that money and investing it in things we need: jobs that are just jobs that do good things for society, that are  invested in education, that are invested in healthcare, that actually would make the lives of people in the United States and internationally far better,” Smith said. He proved firm and articulate in his beliefs. “I’m out here to protest the absolute diversion of all the money that should go to social goods, into social evils, and to demand ICE has got to go and we should open the borders and let the refugees and immigrants in.”

By Isabella Davitt
Staff Writer

Illustrations by Bella Bogdanski

Get ready for National Pickle Day! On November 14 join the craze and eat a pickle. Although the origins are unknown, the day is largely celebrated by organizations such as Pickle Packers International, an association that supports pickling companies.

Pickles are a staple for any sandwich, burger, salad, or just right from the jar as a snack, but recently they have grown in popularity. According to U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), “241.44 million Americans consumed pickles in 2019. This figure was projected to increase to 250.72 million in 2023.”

As a fan of pickles, I went around the Burlington area to farmers’ markets, delis, and grocery stores to try and find the “best pickles”. The selection is vast; cucumbers, onions, peppers, radishes, beans, okra, and more. Not to mention the variety of shapes pickled cucumbers can come in; sandwich, hamburger dill chip, cornichons, kosher dill, half sour and full sour, spicy pickles.

At the Burlington Farmers Market, two vendors had a large selection of pickled items. Sobremesa, of Marshfield, Vermont, offered kimchi, sauerkraut, dilly beans, “pure pickles,” which are traditionally fermented without vinegar, and more.

Farmer Sue, of Bakersfield, Vermont, also had a wide variety of pickles. Bread and butter, classic dill, dilly beans, dilly peas, white cucumber dill, pickled hot peppers, pickled jalapeno peppers, dill green tomatoes, and more but the prices were higher than average, at $7 for a 16 ounce jar.

For a more gourmet pickle, and if spice is your forte, try Wickles Pickles. Made and founded in Dadeville, Alabama, Wickles can be found at most grocery stores in Vermont. Wickles offer two flavors of pickled items; original dill and “dirty dill,” which is fiery and sour, a unique and unexpected flavor for a pickle. Wickles also offers dill okra and a wide selection of relishes. Wickles Pickles are $4.95 for a 16 ounce jar and $5.95 for a 24 ounce jar.

At your local grocery store, you can find an array of classic pickles. Choose Vlasic, for a classic sour-dill pickle. Claussen, for a perfectly crisp and crunchy pickle. Or Mt. Olive, for a sweet bread and butter pickle.

The best pickle in town can be found at Kountry Kart Deli. Commonly known as “KKD,” the deli on Main Street is open 21 hours a day, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. KKD is a hot spot for late-night food and great lunch sandwiches. Their menu features a whole pickle. “They’re actually pretty popular, I think we sell about 100 or so a week,” said a KKD employee. For just $1.25, you can get an entire pickled cucumber. For me, it is the best dill in town.

By Addison Bourgelais
Staff Writer

The Code of Conduct faced many policy changes over a 114-year life, and current Student Government Association President, Katelynn Briere, ‘20, said she thinks that the Guest Policy needs to be reworked. “It is really outdated and you can tell that is hasn’t been revised for a long time. Given the fact that students aren’t using it anymore to register their guests we think it’s time to take a look at it and essentially overhaul it,” she said.

For instance, students can’t register a guest of the opposite sex, even if that person is family.

“I’ve been here just under 40 years,” said Director of Residence Life Louis DiMasi, “it’s been revisited recently but it’s been in place for a number of those years. ”

This policy affects all residents.

Since 1905, the Saint Michael’s College’s Student Code of Conduct upholds a Catholic inspired mission and rules.With other policies adapting to reflect changes in modern culture, older policies are examined in order to prevent contradiction and correct erroneous language.

Currently, in order to register a guest, the host must acquire a guest registration form from the residence life office or from their RA. This paper must be signed by the host, the guest, and the RA on-duty. Some students said this can cause problems to get the form completed, especially when it concerns friends or family of the opposite sex.

“When my brother first came up, I wasn’t going to register him because I physically couldn’t register him under my name,” said Abigail Carbonneau, ‘20, “I texted my RA and she sent me to another person who sent me to another person so I just gave up and he went unregistered.”

The difficulty of completing guest registration can lead to disregarding this policy. “I’ve never registered a guest, I don’t really know how to,” said Sullivan Meilie, ‘21.

Changes are being considered for this policy out of concerns for safety at the college. While the school is open to guests, an issue arises from guests who visit and do not follow the code of conduct.

“While they are a guest here, all of our rules apply to them,” said the Coordinator of the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct Jeff Vincent. “In my experience, most guests don’t have the same love and care for Saint Michael’s College that you do.”

When siblings or family members of the opposite sex visit the campus, friends can get involved. “I would have to get a guy friend to register him, which I considered doing, but if something went wrong, it would be on my friend instead of me,” said Carbonneau about registering her brother.

“When my brother came up, I couldn’t register him under my name.”

-Abigail Carbonneau ‘20

Vincent said, “You can just say that’s the person they’re staying with, so they can be registered as their guest and your guest.”

While no specific changes have been deliberated, a change would create an online form for registering guests. This makes the process easier, but not without potential problems.

Briere said she wants to see improved safety and efficiency on campus.

“One of the things I would say about the paper version as it acts as your ID for the weekend, and it also prompts in-person communication with a staff member.” said Vincent.


SMC Guest Policy

Overnight guests of the opposite sex are not permitted. Students may invite guests of the same sex to occupy their rooms overnight by informing the Residence Life Staff. The host student must be in residence during the guest’s visitor’s occupancy. Each student is responsible for the conduct of his or her guest and may be held liable for any violation of campus policy, any damage to College property or the property of others caused by the guest or visitor. Any infraction of the above policy, or conduct by a guest that does or would violate College policy, may result in loss of the student’s guest privileges.

By Ashley DeLeon
Contributing Writer

To the people who reduce us to the “n word” and presume that we are a threat to this campus, this is for you.

In life, you are going to encounter people who are unlike yourself. People who appear, speak, and act differently.           For many of you at this institution, you may be experiencing this now. You may even prejudge people like myself based on our outward appearances and skin colors. However, these stereotypes are not truths or realities. They areboxes that wrongfully categorize groups of people. They separate and prompt many to assumethat they know everything about us. 

Put prejudice aside and look past the stereotypes portrayed of us in mainstream media. Get to know us for who we are. We are more than what you see on the outside.

We all share a few common goals– to receive an education, graduate with respective degrees, and to make breakthroughs in various fields of expertise.

Do our ambitions not serve as a common point of comradery? Are the colors of our skin and individualities as human beings enough to separate us? It may seem disheartening to awaken to this reality, but this is the world we live in. We live in a time when people of color are vulnerable targets of hate speech andcrimes because of a melanin we can’t control.

I cannot tell you the amount of racism experienced on campus in the span of a few months, followed by the willful ignorance that has poisoned the student body.

For a student body that prides itself on outreach, love, and humility, it is hypocritical that these terms do not always equate to actions toward people of color at this institution. To the majority of people who are aware of this and choose to stay quiet, you are a big part of this problem and why this keeps happening.

To the people who feel that this does not apply to them, know that many of your peers and friends are living in constant fear that something may happen to them.

To the people who choose to ignore this problem because they want nothing to do with it, your willful ignorance will continue to embed scars in racism. This is not a problem only involving people of color. It affects everyone.

When you choose to ignore notices about racism and intentionally choose to “dress up as Mexicans,” wear fake dreads, and appropriate black culture for Halloween, you are deepening the wounds of racism. Indeed, you are being racist. Take accountability for your actions and become educated.

Many of you choose not to educate yourselves. I may not be able to force you to learn, but by intentionally choosing not to, you have created a false reality for yourselves. Your white privilege is no longer viable for ignoring the truths you are surrounded by on a daily basis.

To the racists, committing hateful acts on campus, we know that you want us to become violent and retaliative. That will not happen. Although you call us the n word as we pass by and make it known that we are different on this campus, you cannot and will not ever be able to strip us of our pride and dignity. We are as equal as everyone living and breathing this campus air, and nothing you do will ever change that.

You wanted press and campus outrage. You got it. You wanted people to be scared. You got it. You see us as a problem, but we are not going anywhere.

When many of you comment, “well why did you come to a school in Vermont then,” let me remind you that we arrived for the same reasons you did. We agree with the ideologies of the school and believe that Saint Michael’s College will foster opportunities to help us thrive in our society. Remember that helping society is a group effort, and one cannot achieve this alone.

Oftentimes, the people you discriminate against have parallel interests and intentions as yourselves. If you look into the values of a person rather than the colors of their skin, you may be able to form and alliance with the community around you.

Ashly DeLeon ‘23 is a Media Studies major and student writer for the marketing and Communications department at St. Michael’s. 

By Alex Westman
Staff Writer

As Thanksgiving rolls around and students prepare to feast and relax at home with their families, students on campus are hoping to remind the community that not everyone in this country is so fortunate. According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, as of January 2018, Vermont has an estimated 1,291 people experiencing homelessness on any given day.

“We’re all cold walking to class in our super puffy coats,” said Martha Phelps ‘20, one of the core leaders of the Family Friends program, “There’s people out there who don’t have that option.”

The programs that the government provides – that still is not enough.

Fr. Lino, campus minister, MOVE coordinator

Since her first year at St. Michael’s, Phelps and co-core leader Sarah Merriam ‘20 have been volunteering with Family Friends at one of the homeless shelters in Burlington run by COTS, or Committee on Temporary Shelter.

Family Friends brings students to one of the shelters every week to do arts and crafts with the kids staying there. Merriam said COTS provides more than just a roof over your head. “They go out and help people find housing and find jobs.” Merriam said, “They also have a lot of services to help you through evictions.”

“They offer financial stability, budgeting, and all types of workshops right in their shelter to get people back on their feet and into stable housing.”

Phelps said, “The goal is to have them in the shelter for six months, and once those six months are up, they have the knowledge they need and the support they need.”

There’s always a chance to volunteer with Family Friends, but around this time many groups on campus are trying to get students to think about homelessness and hunger by hosting events or activities.

Fr. Lino Oropeza, a campus minister, and International MOVE (Or Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) Coordinator said, “Even though the United States is what we call the first world, and even though people have certain benefits and certain privileges, there’s still a lot of people that are having a rough time. They may not know where their next meal is gonna come from,” Fr Lino organizes programming at St. Michael’s to help raise this consciousness among the student body. “The programs that the government provides – that still is not enough. Or it is just enough.”

This year programming will run Monday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 24 to encourage students to reflect and appreciate their three meals a day. On Tuesday, anyone can stop by Alliot to participate in the Hunger Challenge.

“We’re gonna price the food in Alliot. We’re gonna give them $5.22, which is what a person has on food stamps.” Fr. Lino said, “The idea is: with $5.22, what will you do? How much food can you get?” On Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving meal in Alliot, there will be a 24 hour fast. Students just need to not eat anything during the day, and MOVE will end the fast on Thursday with a reflection.

On Friday, the Civil Rights Alliance on campus is holding the Food Stamp Challenge. “We’re gonna ask people for a week to try and only eat food that people that are on food stamps can eat.” Fr. Lino said.

There are also options beyond the programming that only occurs during this week. Tiana Dunne, ’20, leads FEED, a program on campus that takes students to the Williston Community Food Shelf to volunteer each week. In the past, they have also gone to Chapin Orchard to glean or reclaim food that would otherwise be thrown out.

“A lot of people think it’s going to be boring and negative or sad, but in reality it’s rewarding and people will talk to you and share their experiences with you and appreciate you. They just want somebody to listen to them,” she said.