February 2020


By Leanne Hamilton

Executive Editor

Photo By Leanne Hamilton
Daily Mail article on Snapchat in which they address, Marzia Kjellberg, ‘and wife’

After a busy day of check ins and answering the phone, I finally had time to sit at the desk and skim through emails. Most of the guests have gone out to dinner so the lobby is quiet, except for slight creaks the old inn makes every now and then. Being an innkeeper for my summer job, I was used to late and quiet nights. One guest wandered down the stairs from his room and into the kitchen. he looked puzzled at the coffee and tea station. ‘Is there anything I can help you with?” I ask him in my best hospitality voice. He looks at my male boss standing beside me and says, “Yes actually, could I get a beer?” My boss walked to the pub tucked in the back with the guest following behind him. This is not the first time guests have answered my questions by turning to my boss and asking him directly. Everyone knows that sexism exists. Even more so now that the media is a monumental outlet. For example, last fall, while I was thumbing through the article page on Snapchat, I chanced upon a Daily Mail story about a robbery at the home of Youtuber Felix Kjellberg, famously known as ‘PewDiePie’ and Marzia, is wife Daily Mail had titled the article “PewDiePie and wife robbed blind”effectively demoting Marzia as less significant than her famous significant other.

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Screenshot of football star J.J. Watts calling out ABC Network for referring to Kealia Ohai as his fiancee rather than her name.

Another media post included diminishing soccer star Kealia Ohai. Kealia was traded from the Houston Dash team to the Chicago Red Stars recently when an ABC Network tweeted about the trade with the caption “Houston Dash trade J.J. Watt’s fiancee to Chicago.” She’s a major soccer star, but ABC decided her engagement to celebrity football star J.J. Watt overshadowed the accomplishments she made in her soccer career. J.J. Watt called out the decision by retweeting the headline and calling it “trash” for not recognizing Kealia for her own achievements. The network station apologized by commenting on Watt’s retweet, but not to Ohai directly.

“Sexism is prevalent in the media,” said Alicia Brunson, a professor at Georgia Southern University who recently spoke at St. Michael’s during Martin Luther King week. “Women are represented in very limited roles that reinforce patriarchal ideologies and traditional gender roles,” she told me, adding “ownership of media corporations is dominated by men. It should not be surprising to see images and hear messages that are not favorable to women.” Sexism has become normalized, so that only the abhorrent occurrences seem to warrant attention,” Brunson said. Groundbreaking news or a violent event covered will often catch the attention of readers more than a potentially sexist quote the best way women can reassert their presence in the media is by becoming media literate, Brunson said. “If you do not like a media product do not buy it.” Brunson said, emphasizing that we need to take notice of the businesses that profit off of sexist media. “By avoiding these industries that have a tendency to be sexist in their marketing, women can choose not to fund the corporations” advises Dr. Brunson. I will admit that I continue to use Snapchat, but I did report the Daily Mail’s article to Snapchat directly. I could have used my social media accounts and made a post calling out the article to get other people involved in the conversation. Women can fight the media by taking to the media ourselves and making our own platforms. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter offer an outlet that women can use to speak out against sexism towards women. “Become a creative,” Brunson advises. “There are several media platforms that can be used to distribute a counternarrative that empowers women.”

There needs to be more conversation about sexism. It happens to women every day in the media and outside of the media. I talked with writer and editor for USA Today, Amy Ayres, an alumnus from ‘98. “I’ve had several editors — both male and female — who have been supportive or advocated for me in different ways,” she told me. Still, there have been times where she suspected her salary was lower than some of her counterparts. Beyond that, “There have sometimes been assumptions about my
career interests or ambitions tied to the fact that I’m a woman and a mother.” If more women have positions in leadership they will have more say on the content that is published in the media. Having a woman to collaborate with on the decisions of content, could make the team aware of sexism before it goes to print. “It’s vitally important that more women are given more opportunities to be in leadership positions also they’re in the room when decisions about the organization or about news coverage are made,” says Ayres.

By the end of the summer when I was the only one at the front desk I let the guests know that I was in fact a figure of authority in the inn and could get them whatever they needed. Often times when my boss had sat down to dinner or checked some of the emails I took notice of a guest that would ask him to get them something and I would proceed to get it for them. Soon they were asking me directly

By Matt Riordan

Staff Writer

Imagine a day, where Ross gym welcomes full benches of students and faculty to spark conversation about race and diversity. That’s the idea behind St. Michael’s first Diversity day, scheduled to take place Feb. 18. . President Lorraine Sterritt has called the plan a day of reflection, in which classes will come to a halt in order for students to participate in the campus wide conversation of diversity and inclusion. The event has been mandated after recent racist stickers and slurs have been found across campus.

Most of the population on campus understand the purpose of Diversity Day, but questions still linger around the event. One of the questions is how the day is structured. Diversity Day will start at 9 a.m. with a welcome from the president and Dean of Student Affairs, Dawn Ellinwood, who will talk about why the college needs this day and what it entails. Afterward, nationally recognized speaker, Mohammad Soriano-Bilal, will talk about diversity which will segue into an open discussion on racism. Following Bilal’s discussion, students will be assigned to workshops for the remainder of the after
noon in which half of the attendees will go to lunch in Green Mountain Dining Hall, while the other half will go to their assigned rooms.

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“There will be some small group work, no one will be forced to talk but we ask everyone to go and listen,” Ellinwood said of the workshops. Upon arrival, everyone will be given an agenda with their assigned workshop and their time of lunch. Card swipers will be at the entrance of Tarrant to ensure student participation, along with the professors who have been asked to incorporate the day into one of their assignments. Ellinwood has made many on campus aware of the upcoming event to ensure that all can come. “I have asked Chris Kenney to contact coaches to make sure that teams are there. I’ve worked with Jeff Vincent to get the RAs to get their floors to go to the event. We deserve this of one another.” Many students welcome the experience, but some question the arrangement that brought it forth. “I think the intention behind the day is good, but the preparation for it was really subpar. I felt like the steering committee was put together to divert attention to the bigger issue that there are racist acts happening on campus,” said President of the Diversity and Inclusion Connor Venzina ‘22.

Venzina said he feels it should have become a day, not as a reaction to the problems around campus but because it is important for it to be discussed. He said many members of the steering committee have told him that this day is confusing to follow and hard to speak up because of how many voices are present.

“I’m honestly worried about the day because I know not everyone will understand what’s trying to be accomplished here, and there might be more conflict in the future” Vezina added. He also mentioned that as a student of color he feels he has to “constantly educate others and I’m not sure if this day of education will be similar to what I have already experienced”. Moise St. Louis, former Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multicultural Affairs and Services said that this upcoming day in February didn’t solely come from the school feeling that this was necessary, it was students that pushed for it.

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This event is not something that came out of the blue, it has been building for years and now thanks to students the event has finally come to be, St. Louis said. “This is now do or die for the institution,” he added. This is the time for the school to teach students how to deal with diversity, St. Louis said. . It is up to the faculty to be role models in this situation and set an example all other students can follow. “Students need to lead and start pushing us where we want to be,” St. Louis said about the future of the school’s approach on diversity. St. Louis, whose last day at St. Michael’s was Friday, Jan. 31, said he is full of hope and feels we have been heading in the right direction for some time.

He hopes the school doesn’t just look at this day as a one time event. He wants it to be a tradition that carries on for years, and not just this one day, or one week we devote to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr and diversity, but twice a year we dedicate a day to talking about this issue and teaching one another on how to deal with it. “With the momentum and speed we’ve built up the only thing that will stop us is us,” St. Louis said.

By Kaitlyn Williams

Online Editor

When waking up to another chilling day in Vermont, it’s easy to want to pull the blankets back over yourself, or stay inside with a hot cup of coffee and do homework. With the weather being freezing nearly every day, and with piles of schoolwork, it is difficult to have the energy or time to go outsidemBut that can cause a problem– lack of time spent outdoors by students can lead to something called nature deficit disorder.

“Looking back on the last month of college, the only outdoor time that I spend currently is walking to and from class, which is so depressing to think about,” said Rebecca Kuttner, Biology Major, 21. “That’s the only time that I get to spend in nature now.” She had never heard of Nature-Deficit Disorder before. Many people have not heard of the term Nature-Deficit Disorder and don’t realize it could be an issue affecting them. For Kimberly Sultze, a Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts professor, it’s an important part of self awareness for students and she has educated students on the term to raise awareness.

Photo Illustration By Kaitlyn Williams

“Nature Deficit Disorder was a term coined by Richard Louv who wrote the book Last Child in the Woods. He wrote the book to emphasize the idea that American children of the current generation are growing up increasingly spending less time outdoors and in natural environments than they used to in previous generations.” Too little nature can lead to a high level of agitation, quick attention shifts, and anxiety, Sultze said. All that can be exacerbated by the pressure of using devices that continuously cause you to switch between tasks. You can’t slow down, Sultze said, because there are so many things to keep up with.”

For those in Generation Z, many did not spend as much time outdoors as previous generations. For my parents and grandparents, growing up used to mean exploring in the neighborhood with friends and playing pirates with swords made of sticks. However, that changed for our generation with the popularity of the internet. Instead of going outside and playing with friends outside, many spent their
childhoods online. What started out as playing Webkinz or as a kid has grown into an addiction to the internet for many. People are developing online instead of outdoors with their own imagination. This translates into our adult lives as we carry our habits from childhood into adulthood. Pauline Gaucher, who directs the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Camp in Mystic, CT said she strives to
bring nature into the lives of children growing up. “It develops a connection to the natural world. As people, we protect and support the things we care about. That begins with the connection. The love becomes intrinsic. Also, in our current society, it counters screen time.

Most people carry around a smart phone everywhere they go, never allowing it to leave their side. “The concept is that the smartphone is a desirable distracter,” Sultze explained, ” It’s an object of your obsession or addiction. The closer it is to you the more you are aware of it and it’s capable of distracting you even when you are not using it. It’s just the potential that it represents.” Having it on our person all the time while being out and about adds extra pressure and contributes to the idea of mthe fear of missing out or “FOMO.” Last semester, Rebecca Kuttner spent her time in Patagonia, where she experienced a new kind of classroom– nature. She went to a program called The School for Field Studies where she was able to do field-based work and learned outdoors nearly every day. “I had a class on volcanoes, on glaciers, and we would get to go and see and talk about that.” She said she believes that being outside in nature during her time abroad helped her mental health compared to being in Vermont. In her experience, “Especially camping and going to bed when the sun goes down and waking up with the sun rises makes you feel in tune with nature.”

During her study abroad she had no cell-phone service so she only ever used her phone to take pictures, or use it occasionally when she could find wifi. ‘’My screen time was down to maybe an hour and half two hours a day… that still sounds like a lot.. Now, I’m embarrassed to say the [hours]. It’s up so much since then” she said laughing. z“In coming back to Vermont I have noticed a change. Especially screen time that [Apple] they sends you everyday.”

Being in Vermont in the winter, there aren’t many options to go outside because it is so cold, but it might be worth bundling up and taking a walk around Gillbroke Nature Trail, or the nature trail across the street from our campus. The Adventure Sports Center offers great opportunities for getting outside in nature as well. nature is grounding, Gaucher said. It heals, increases overall health from all the climbing, walking, running, moving and breathing and observing the natural world up close increases curiosity, imagination and creativity.

By Leanne Hamilton

Executive Editor

Isabelle Risse ‘20 changed her scenery from seeing squirrels outside her Saint Mike’s dorm room window, to waking up to find wallabies outside in her front yard. Among them were kangaroos off in the distance and a koala in every tree. The single road stretching across the entire island split the open land of grass where Australian wildlife could rehabilitate or just live freely in its protected preserve. However, this is all but a memory for Risse. As she recently Google searched Kangaroo Island, with it heavily on her mind after word of the bushfires setting Australia ablaze, she was sad to see that the website posted “closed indefinitely for now” as it had been decimated by the flames.

Risse traveled abroad to Sydney, Australia her junior year at Saint Michael’s. When word of the fires first spread, it really hit home for her. “When I learned how bad it really was I was honestly destroyed,” recounts Risse. “Being abroad it becomes like a second home to you. It was a pretty hopeless feeling, like there isn’t anything you can do about it.” She reflected further on her memories when visiting Australia, one of her most fondest being Kangaroo Island, “I actually went with my family to Kangaroo Island, which was one of the places that was decimated by the fires, and they have a big proportion of Australia’s wildlife.” Not only was it devastating that the fires had swept through destroying half the island, but that reintroducing animals back on the island after the fires will be no easy task.

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“It’s kind of weird, but a lot of the koalas are infected with chlamydia actually, so the ones on Kangaroo Island were the only ones that weren’t infected. Now that most of them have died, if they want to reintroduce them they will have to take the koalas that are already infected” explains Risse. Even the process of reintroducing animals won’t bring Kangaroo Island back to where it was before the fires, much like the rest of Australia. “I saw something that said it’s going to take decades to get back to where they were,” said Risse. “ All the work they did to try and keep that alive is now burned.” Fortunately for Risse, she got to travel to the beautiful country before the fires ignited. Benjamin Kaufman, a transportation guru residing in Australia, says that he is pretty lucky that where he is hasn’t been affected as bad as other areas. “I live in Brisbane, which is a bit more northern. There is no clear air, its really smokey— but not as bad as Sydney” Kaufman explains. “A friend of mine couldn’t train because of the air pollution. He tries to stay inside as much as he can because the smoke pollution in the air is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.” A healthy ecosystem actually relies on a bit of controlled fire in order to maintain and reproduce. “Something that people don’t understand, is that Australia burns regularly to keep a healthy ecosystem. There is a certain plant, its pine-cone like, that will only open to release seeds when exposed to heat. There is also a predator called the fire hawk. This bird takes burning branches and drops them onto land that isn’t burning to start a fire, so when all the animals scatter they can catch snakes and reptiles” Kaufman tells. While the ecosystem may rely on these small controlled fires, what is currently happening with the bushfires is not by any means normal ecosystem behavior. “While this is normal for the ecosystems, what is happening with these bushfires is massively worse. It’s
not irreparable, but there is serious damage.”

While Australia is burning at a much larger scale, bushfires are no stranger to U.S. soils. During the year of 2019, the state of California faced its own dangers of spreading wildfires, giving a glimpse of the potential event in Australia happening here in the U.S. “California, and the conditions that affect California also affect many of the other Western states. However, California is particularly extreme as a hazard for wildfires because of other aspects of their socio-economic characteristics: a large mostly urban population stacked on steep hillslopes and in canyons in a small strip next to the ocean, the concentration of urban areas, as well as the high value of the properties in California, all make this a high hazard area for wildfires in the U.S.” explains Laura Stroup, professor of environmental science at Saint Michael’s. Stroup, like Kaufman, mentioned that wildfires are often a tool to regulate the ecosystem, so often it knows how to adjust to the conditions it is put under. However, these conditions are growing larger as humans continue to tamper with the environment. “Camp Johnson regularly does controlled burns for scientific study and ecosystem restoration. In the environment, these occur naturally due to lightning strikes. However, the
fires in Australia that we have seen this year, follow long-term drought conditions, are caused by increased warming from human-caused global climate change” states Stroup. “The ecosystem will continue to respond, both in terms of human influence and in terms of the conditions of the overall planet that we have now influenced greatly with our continuous loading of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.” With these conditions growing worse, there is more fuel such as dead trees and growing urban areas to increase the chances of wildfires occurring.

The U.S. is lucky in terms that when wildfires do occur, such as in California, there is government funding that goes out to control the situation. “We have funding Aussie doesnt” yay Ben. So then with this funding and no wildfires to this extreme within the U.S., why should anyone be concerned? For Isabelle Risse ‘20, it wasn’t just from a personal connection to the country, but a moral concern. “People and animals are dying” says Risse. ‘So many beings are now displaced.” Even if one can look past that fact, belief in climate change or not, the U.S. has contributed to the pollution of the earth. Which according to Professor Stroup in the right conditions this pollution can be the perfect ingredient for wildfires. “What this indicated to me was that under the right conditions, human mis-management and impacts on forests, and considering even relatively cooler latitudes and more humid conditions as a general climate, anywhere with a forest can have a large disaster” infers Stroup. “That means that by continuing to warm the Earth, we are all at risk for more disasters like this just from global climate change, alone, not to mention all the other ways we currently live unsustainably on the Earth.”

Where to Donate:

Victorian Fire Brigade about/victorian-bushfire-relief/donate

World Wildlife Foundation Bushfire Relief donate/koala-crisis/koala-crisis?t=AP0120W03#gs.twt0kq

By Hannah McKelvey

Executive Editor

Before my time in Nepal, I never thought I could dread something and love it so much at the same time until I experienced my room in Kathmandu. While I lived in the room alone, it was shared by multiple roommates. The cockroach inhabited the bathroom and the pigeons took the vacancy of the windowsill creating a makeshift boxing ring. Meanwhile, the cow next door often mooed piercing the night sky that it felt like they were in the bed next to me.

Photo By Hannah McKelvey

As the neighborhood band played the tuba so powerfully the notes shook my dresser as the melodies floated in from down on the streets.

Weeks went by with my pillow over my head trying to get some sleep even though it felt like the world’s volume was on full blast. The countless hours I spent cursing out every little thing that made living in that room a nuisance. As hours passed into days and days passed into weeks, my roommates and I learned to live together in harmony.

I eventually got used to the neighborhood band playing, pigeons cooing, and the cow mooing and found myself having a hard time falling asleep without them. It became the lullaby I held onto when I was homesick or a melody I needed to fall asleep.

As I packed up my bags when my time came to leave that room, the memories became bittersweet. Although the cockroach, pigeons, and I never formed a bond, we learned to coexist. The pigeons could fight as long as they stayed outside, and to this day I still hum the tunes the tuba would play.

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By Elise Lemay

Health & Wellness Editor

It was the Friday of my second week abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. The sun set at 3 p.m., the temperatures never got past 30 degrees, the language sounded like everyone had a mouth full of potatoes and I was adjusting to life with an ocean between everything and everyone I knew and loved. Safe to say, I was uncomfortable. Amidst my discomfort, I finished my first week of classes determined to relax and enjoy my weekend exploring my new city. However, to my dismay, I found myself at the front doorstep of my building, no key in hand. I’d locked myself out. I frantically texted my new roommates, and was informed no one would be home for the next few hours.

Photo By Elise Lemay
Photo By Elise Lemay
Left: Elise Lemay sits near Slotsholmens canal in the city center of Copenhagen, Demark.
Right: The famous Nyhavn canal lights up at sunset.

Accepting my fate, I set off for the
nearest coffee shop. At first, my spirits were high. I found a warm, inviting, cafe called “The Living Room”, and curled up in a leather chair. A hazelnut latte was in my hand. I had a good book to read. But after the first hour, my latte was empty, the book no longer as enthralling, and the seat I was in was too close to the door, leaving me shivering every time someone stepped in or out. I began to feel the discomfort creep in again. I was lonely, tired, and wanted nothing more than to leave. Instead, I looked up and out the window. A woman rode her bike by, simultaneously eating a pastry and talking on her phone. A father and his small child walked by, the child donned in a one piece snowsuit. Around me, the low buzz of Danish conversation flowed. The mundanities of Copenhagen began to lift my spirits again. Months later, as I prepared to head home, I returned to this coffee shop, and found myself longing to do anything but leave.

By Hannah McKelvey

Executive Editor

Philosopher Peter Tumulty said he loves the fact that Valentine’s Day is associated with a saint but when it comes to love it becomes a little more complex and multidimensional. “Love has many, many meanings and aspects and by and large it’s much more than feelings and hormones,” he said. “That’s why it’s such a key source for a meaningful life.” 

Illustration by Rachael Prescott

What is love?  On Valentine’s Day, the definition goes beyond traditional history. 

Professor of chemistry Christina Chant doesn’t look to science to answer questions about love. “It’s one of those things scientists have tried to determine for years and years,” she said. Instead she thinks about her family and husband when it comes to love. As for Valentine’s Day, she holds the popular opinion that having a holiday to show all your love and affection to your partner isn’t right. “I feel like that’s an unfortunate degradation of love,” she said. 

And Francesca D’Elia ’20 views love and Valentine’s Day as a way to celebrate whether you are with friends or a significant other.  “I think it has evolved for me from a day where, whether you are in a relationship or you are single, you just get to celebrate the things that you love in your life. Especially senior year you really value the relationships you have platonically like your friendships and the people you choose to surround yourself with.” 

While Valentine’s Day in the past was often thought of as a day strictly dedicated to romantic couples, in recent years, the concept of Valentine’s Day became a day of expressing love for yourself regardless of whether you have a partner. 

Why can’t we spread the love to friends, family, and even strangers? This Valentine’s month considers ways to show people who are involved in your life that you love and appreciate them. 

Here are some ways to show that love:  

Random Acts of Kindness will be tabling in Alliot on Wednesday, February 19 with kindness grams. Come by and write something nice about anyone who is a part of the St. Mike’s community, and they will deliver it the following day on Feb. 20 to that person. 

Starting Feb. 9, Her Campus, an online campus magazine, will release themed content on health, beauty, body image, how to practice self-love, mental health, and a whole bunch more. Her Campus will also table Feb. 10-12 in Alliot before Valentine’s Day with different activities. One activity will ask  people what makes them beautiful.  “I hope it brings a sense that you don’t need another person to celebrate holidays, you can celebrate by yourself,” said D’Elia, a campus correspondent for Her Campus. “You can get together all of your best friends and celebrate the love that exists in those relationships. It doesn’t just have to be romantic relationships to celebrate, you can celebrate with whoever you love.” 

By Maggie Nevens

I remember the first time a customer made me cry. 

The tears happen when you least expect it…usually after a long day of sweat dripping down your face, a customer nudges you over the edge. 

For me it was a table of eight, none of whom had looked me in the eye once or really acknowledged me unless they needed something. They complained about their burger temperature and the strength of their drinks, then BOOM, 10 percent tip.

Being a college student the difference between $20 and $40 is approximately half a bag of groceries, a third of my tank of gas, or half of one of my English textbooks. Many of the servers working alongside me,  know this feeling well. Most are students manufacturing the same loans or single mothers or someone working two other jobs just to survive. 

The terrifying part within the tipping system is the customer’s ability to decide how you are getting paid. This more frequently allows for discrimination against age, gender, race, or simply physical appearance.

One in 12 Americans currently work in the restaurant industry and it contains some of the worst paying jobs. The tipping system translucently reflects the discrimination affecting a large portion of Americans paychecks. 

A clear racial inequality prevails with workers of color earning 56 percent less than white workers. The origin of tipping comes from European aristocrats and was adopted by rich Americans within the 1800’s. It grew in popularity within cities after the Civil War as a way for restaurants to hire workers, the majority being newly freed slaves, without having to pay them.

This type of discrimination should be unlawful and unacceptable. Tipping is an old fashioned tradition that has harmed our economy by underpaying the workers who may need it the most. 

Furthermore, serving is one of the most sexist industries with 70 percent of tipped workers being woman, some suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender biased tipping.

Waitressing at ages 18 and 19, I have noticed the constant stares and heard nicknames such as honey, baby, and sweetheart.

I have also seen the younger and more “attractive” women pooling in more tips on average. This should not be celebrated.

I have heard horror stories of groping and hair touching from the highest tipped. This is not envious it is disgusting.

Without moving to a living wage, many women and men deal with this harrassment on a day to day basis and are taught to bite their tongue to get their 20 percent (hopefully). 

There is a simple solution, restaurant owners provide a living wage, $15 an hour, for all workers in the establishment; from dishwashers to bartenders and everyone in between. Cut tipping out, all together, ending the outdated tipping system.

My parents are restaurant owners in a small town along the coast of Maine. They hear the complaints from their workers and my nightly recap of the rudeness and stress I had endoured. Their reactions are empathetic and supportive of the living wage. However, for them and many small business owners, they are worried about how they could ever afford this shift.

What’s needed are politicians to support an all across the board shift abolishing the minimum wage and replacing it with a living wage.

One man didn’t wait for politicians and went out to prove that it is in fact possible.

Danny Meyer, founder of Shake Shack, leads the movement of fast-food restaurants banishing tipping and by increasing wages to $15 an hour within his New York City locations. 

Yes Meyer’s food prices did slightly increase, but so did the spending power of his workers leading to their improved lifestyle. Meyer’s recent changes, as well as protests that have been popping up across the countries, has put pressure on large food franchises such as Mcdonald’s and Chick-fil-A to follow in his footsteps. 

Fifteen dollars an hour is a glimmering suggestion that has caught the attention of the public with the hope of potentially minimizing the discriminatory mistreatment of millions of American workers.

At the end of the night when I’m wrapping up my ketchup stained apron and checking my calendar counting down the days until I return to school. I want the last thing on my mind to be the sly comment made by the elder man at table 5 or the size of the crumpled pile of 10s in my pocket. 

Hopefully within the next few years when I am serving lobster rolls and Dark n Stormies to that same crew of 8. I will sweat a little less wondering if my service is worthy enough to deserve my “fair” pay.

By Victoria Bradford

Visual & Design Editor

Illustration By Victoria Bradford

People in the differently abled community are taught from birth to try their hardest to fit in amongst the crowd, however we can. It may not be said outright, but the underlying biases shaped by society are what give the message to us loud and clear. 

The best way to describe being invisibly disabled in an able-bodied world is being too much and not enough at the same time. You can’t see it and I don’t blame you. Often times, my hearing aids are tucked underneath strands of my hair. This is how I was conditioned to be. For me, it is the offer of skin-colored hearing aids and speech therapy lessons. For others, it could be the lack of IEP (individualized education program), the lack of support from teachers and classmates alike, and the sense of loneliness when others don’t understand the experience.

Calling attention to myself more than necessary, especially when it is in front of a classroom of people, is really hard because yet again I have to mention what separates me from everyone else.

During this time of diversity and inclusivity education, don’t forget those who may not always have a voice to speak. Invisible disabilities exist everywhere so we should always be aware of this because we may never know who is struggling. The struggle is often as invisible as the disability. You probably don’t see the extra time spent in tutoring to make up for what you missed in class lessons with soft spoken professors or watching videos shown in class again at home because asking the professor to turn captions on is too embarrassing. 

Where are we as an inclusive community at Saint Michael’s College? I interviewed Antonia Messuri, assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the Academic Enrichment Commons,  about this. “From my point of view, we are profoundly responsive to the “differently abled.”   I’ve witnessed such deep care and concern across all departments and offices.  Ultimately, this is a question for our students and employees labeled ‘disabled.’  We need to ask, ‘How are we doing?’   I need to stay humble and aware that what I think might be working might not be working at all.  We need to get to the source (the people) and always ask this question.  This question should never end.” 

We can make the smallest of changes to our daily actions to allow for an accessible and inclusive environment to those who are differently abled. It can be done through educating yourself on inclusive language through online research or just asking a community member, creating a supportive culture on campus, providing accommodations by asking your peer what they may need to succeed, and raising awareness by keeping the conversation about inclusivity alive. 

When it comes to how we can all become more inclusive Messuri said, “Make friends with one another. Reach out to someone you consider ‘other.’ Imagine yourself into being bigger, fuller, stronger, and more capable of embracing those who threaten or intimidate you. Most of all, pay attention.” Together, the differently abled community and allies can create an environment that has a sense of belonging, something we all deserve.

What you can do to promote inclusivity for the differently abled community


*Don’t judge a student for not “getting it”

*Provide relevant accommodations

*Educate yourself on appropriate language

*Practice compassion

By Elise Lemay

Health & Wellness Editor

Within the past few weeks, the world has been on edge as reports have piled in around  the spread of coronavirus, a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu. The illness began in Wuhan City, Hubei Provence, China, but has spread internationally. As of Wednesday afternoon, at least 362 people have died and more than 17,300 people have been affected, as reported by CNN. On January 30, the International Health Regulations Emergency of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

While there have been no cases of coronavirus reported in Vermont, on campus here at St. Michael’s College, there’s been a buzz of concern from students. But how likely is it to affect us here in Vermont, and how can we protect ourselves? According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the main symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. “This makes it difficult to differentiate the novel coronavirus from the regular flu,” said nurse practitioner Mary Masson, director of Bergeron Wellness Center.  of the symptoms to be aware of. The latest research shows that most cases have been spread from person-to-person contact, primarily through close contact and spread of respiratory droplets from infected persons. Anyone who has recently traveled to Wuhan or the Hubei Province of China has been screened and may be put in isolation for 14 days after arriving. 

The CDC also recommends what not to do: “do not travel to China, do not wear face masks, and do not show prejudice to those of Asian descent because of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have 2019-nCoV.   Indeed, racial prejudice due to the outbreak of coronavirus is prevalent. Saint Michael’s College is home to many international students, some of whom call China home. Professor Patricia Delaney of the anthropology department stressed how important it is that everyone feels welcome on our campus. “Especially our Chinese students might be feeling anxious about how others will interact with them at this time,” said Delaney “We should stand in solidarity with them and we have a responsibility to stand up and speak out against racism or xenophobia if it rears its ugly head.” 

Illustration By Bella Bogdansksi

Instead of resorting to fear surrounding coronavirus that may perpetuate racism or xenophobia, Delaney encourages everyone to consider how the disease might be affecting international students, and students from China in particular. “They are far from home. Their parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and other relatives are in the middle of a huge epidemic.” She urges American students to put themselves in their peers’ shoes, “Imagine how you would feel if you were studying abroad and an epidemic hit the United States. You would be terrified and would feel helpless.”

No students from Saint Michael’s College have recently traveled to Wuhan, China or the Hubei Province, and we have no students currently studying abroad in China, Masson said. And thus far, there have been no confirmed or even reported cases of coronavirus in Vermont. But that could change. “We live in a very global environment where travel is common so the likelihood is always there that we may see cases in Vermont,” Masson said. On campus, the Bergeron Wellness Center always asks and advises students with the regular flu to wear masks when out in public. This is done to prevent the airborne transmission of the virus, “So, don’t jump to the conclusion that folks wearing masks might be carrying the coronavirus. They are just keeping themselves and others healthy,” said Masson. 

Amidst the concerns over coronavirus, the flu season is running its course on campus, within both the student body and faculty. Flu symptoms to look out for are: fever, chills, sore throat, and muscle aches. How can you protect yourself from getting the flu virus?

Start by getting the flu shot.  It takes a few weeks to build full protection after getting the shot, but this is your best bet of preventing the problem. Bergeron no longer has flu shots available, “But almost all local pharmacies have them and it’s not too late to get the vaccine,” Mary Masson, Director and Nurse Practitioner of Bergeron Wellness Center said in an email.

“The average price of a normal strength flu shot is $19.99 without insurance,” said Nick Lamothe, an intern at the Costco Pharmacy, who  is in the final steps of becoming a Licensed Pharmacist. 

To keep yourself healthy, the Bergeron Wellness Center also recommends the following tips: get enough sleep, wash your hands, don’t share drinks, cups, vape pens, etc., stay home if you are sick or running a fever, and see your healthcare provider if symptoms are worsening. 

The CDC advises that you are contagious 3-4 days after you begin to feel sick, so don’t hesitate to go to Bergeron Wellness Center for a walk in if you’re feeling symptoms. “It’s really hard to get better because everyone else is also sick,” said Ron Russell ‘20, whose been dealing with the flu. The CDC reports that the flu is around all year but peaks in the months of February and December and can last until May. Getting the flu shot can shorten the normal week long flu experience. 

“ don’t jump to the conclusion that folks wearing masks might be carrying the coronavirus. They are just keeping themselves and others healthy.” – Mary Masson, Director, Bergeron Wellness Center 

CDC:  What Not to Do (tips from the Centers for Disease Control)

  • Do not travel to China 
  • Do not use facemasks
  • Do not show prejudice to people of Asian descent, because of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have 2019-nCoV.

The Best Ways to Stay Healthy (Tips from Mary Masson, director of Bergeron Wellness Center) 

  • . Get enough sleep
  • ·         Wash your hands
  • ·         Don’t share drinks, cups, vape pens, etc.
  • ·         Stay home if you are sick or running a fever
  • ·         See your healthcare provider if symptoms are worsening

By Kendall Anthony

 Cassandra Falone and Brianna Purcell watch from the sidelines at Winooski Middle School, signs in their hands, as they watch their young middle school mentees play an intense game of basketball that goes up and down the court. Through the STRIDE program, Falone and Purcell have been given the opportunity to mentor middle school athletes throughout all of their years at Saint Michael’s, and its effect is noticeable in both parties.

At the start of its founding, the STRIDE program has provided Vermont girls with the resources they need to succeed in the sports world that all too often seems to be working against them. According to the STRIDE website, more than half of girls will drop out of sports by the age of 17. One of the subprograms, “Sisters in Sport,” pairs up a girl from Winooski Middle School with a basketball player on the women’s team at Saint Michael’s. Each season, the teams take turns watching each other’s practices and going to a game.

Photo By Shannon Bollhardt
On January 7, the Saint Michael’s women’s basketball team finish an afternoon practice with their Sister in Sports mentees of Winooski Middle School’s basketball team.

“Even beyond basketball they look up to us,” said Cassandra Falone ’20, shooting guard for the SMC women’s basketball team. Both Falone and her teammate, Brianna Purcell ’20, point guard, have been involved in the program for each of their four years on the team. “I think it just makes you feel valued as a person. You get to see that it’s comfortable, and you feel like a family where you can just be yourself” Purcell explained, speaking of the effect the partnership has on the women’s team and the middle school girls.  “We do a scrimmage against them. Sometimes they beat us which is pretty cool.” While Winooski has one of the most diverse school systems in Vermont, comparatively it also has higher levels of need. Over half of the students in the middle school alone qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

“It’s always very rewarding. I think them hearing us say ‘oh you can’t go to Saint Mike’s unless you go to class’ kind of made them think a little bit more about school and not just playing basketball.” explained Falone. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (the same age as many of the middle school girls in the program) were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. Speaking on Bryant’s influence in the sport, Falone said that “young women can see that they are valued and important, and capable of success just like men’s players. He was able to pave the road for his daughter’s success, so if we, as mentors, to the Winooski girls are able to do remotely as much for young women as Kobe did, we will be more than successful. He is a role model for the mentors in our program.”

Leslie Wright, the founder of STRIDE and Sisters in Sport, “They’re on each other’s teams, and it just supercharges the athletic experience for these girls. It’s just remarkable that you can see the positive influence on the girls.” Wright explained. “What I have seen is girls’ self-esteem being built up. It also builds their ability to advocate for themselves.” For non-athletic students looking to get involved with mentoring, the MOVE program at Saint Michael’s has several options.