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[Glosherberg ends up in the bayou of the rural south. He was attempting to go to Disneyworld to witness the man choking the chicken in the “It’s a Small World” ride.]

GLOSHERBERG

(Surveying an armada of airboats and a rickety wooden building displaying a sign that has in brightly painted red letters, “Tour at your own risk! Crocodiles in the river.”)

Wow, Disney sure looks a lot different than it did during the Nixon Administration.

FISHERMAN

(Confused/concerned) Are you lost, sir?

GLOSHERBERG

(Enthusiastic)

What’s up my matzo ball? I see they’re pulling out all the stops for Ol’ Gloshie. I can tell that you’re clearly supposed to be Goofy from the fishing scene in A Goofy Movie (1995).

FISHERMAN

(Shocked)

That film inspired me to become a fisherman(snaps back to reality). But that’s beside the point. This isn’t Disney World sir and as much as I appreciate your enthusiasm for the Nixon administration, I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.

GLOSHERBERG

But I thought this was supposed to be the happiest place on earth! Oooh, what’s that giant fan thingy over there?

FISHERMAN

No, wait! Don’t touch that!

GLOSHERBERG

[With the body bag, making his way onto the airboat, speaking in a conversational tone seemingly unaware of the growing panic of Jimbo the Fisherman]

Ya know, I was able to escape the war on one of these things. [He notices a basket of oranges on the boat and gets distracted by them] Ooh, sustenance! 

(He throws the body bag out of his arms, it hits the lever to start the engine). 

Welp looks like the ride’s starting. [As the airboat speeds down the river, you can hear Glosherberg yell out to the fisherman and wave goodbye] See ya, Jimbo!

[The camera switches to a new shot of Glosherberg going down the river on the airboat]

GLOSHERBERG

I was also able to leave a girl at the altar with one of these bad boys (Smacks the engine and it begins to stall). Come on Susie, don’t die on me again!

[the engine continues to sputter and eventually goes out with a loud gunshot-like pop]

GLOSHERBERG

(Unfazed) 

Well, it isn’t the first time something has died on my watch. [Glosherberg pulls out some of his Amish butter stash] It’s a good thing I always come prepared.

[As Glosherberg eats his butter, he nudges the body bag and it slowly begins to fall into the water. He notices this too late and it falls in before he can catch it. Glosherberg dives into the swamp to go after the body bag. As he bobs up from the water, you can see crocodiles approaching, he believes them to be alligators.]

GLOSHERBERG

I haven’t dived into the water like that since I was caught trespassing on the set of the Godfather II.[Glosherberg notices the crocodiles and talks to them like they were dogs] Come here, buddy! Who’s a good boy? Who wants some butter? Fresh from the churn!    

[Glosherberg proceeds to toss an entire stick of butter into the water, to which the crocodiles swarm]

GLOSHERBERG

[to bodybag] See, I told ya I’m an alligator whisperer, but no, you didn’t

believe me! See, now it’s perfectly safe for me to go fix ol’ Susie.

[Glosherberg proceeds to jump into the water and begins swimming towards the engine. Slowly the crocodiles begin to swim towards Glosherberg as he hums the opening riff of Under Pressure to himself while fixing the engine with a guitar pick, which he got from the Hard Rock Cafe.]

GLOSHERBERG

Oh, uh hey guys you’re all getting a bit close here! You know my motto when it comes to alligators, it’s the same as the one for my 4th wife. “Near me, but not too close” and right now you’re violating the terms of my restraining order.

[a crocodile swims up really close and snaps at Glosherberg’s hand, causing him to drop the guitar pick]

GLOSHERBERG

Yowza, what’s the big idea, ya could’ve hurt somebody! That was a priceless guitar pick from the bathroom of the only dry bar south of the Mississippi! Hey wait a minute, alligators love the hard rock cafe! You’re no gators, you must be… crocodiles!

[Glosherberg realizes that he has made a big mistake]

GLOSHERBERG

[Glosherberg grabs the body bag and begins to swim away with it very weakly because it is slowing him down] Yeah you told me so you don’t need to brag about it. [Glosherberg successfully maneuvers himself and the body bag back to the airboat. He hurls the body bag on first before struggling to climb up onto the deck. With his arms shaking, he gets up onto the deck. He then falls back, arms sprawled out, and sighs in relief.]

[The camera cuts to Glosherberg sitting on the airboat with his legs hanging over the water.] 

GLOSHERBERG

Welp Disneyworld hasn’t changed much since the first time. (He stretches his arms out and takes a deep breath) Boy, all those crocodiles pretending to be alligators sure made me thirsty. [He cups his hands and takes a big swig of swamp water, he quickly passes out.]

-End Scene 12-

[Glosherberg is seen lying unconscious on his stomach on the airboat. There is a Do Not Disturb sign on his back. He wakes up with a jolt, sending the sign onto the body bag, which is lying right next to him, with a dull thunk sound, and asks “where am I?” the camera does a sweeping shot that revolves around Glosherberg.]  

GLOSHERBERG

Oh, still here. Phew, thought I got abducted by those Russian fellas again

CHARLIE THE TUNA

You sure are boss! Right here in FloridAY USA! (Charlie rhymes Florida with USA because he can)

GLOSHERBERG

(Confused) Uncle Marvin is that you?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

No Marvin. But if you see him, tell ‘em Charlie sent ya! (winks)

GLOSHERBERG

Well if you’re not Starvin Marvin, then who are you?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

(Deadpan) I’m Charlie the Tuna. I told you “tell ‘em Charlie sent ya!” I’m wearing the red beret, as is my right as a British paratrooper of the 509th infantry battalion, I have glasses. I am a tuna. How have you not connected the dots?

GLOSHERBERG

I’m sorry to inform you Charles but I only get my tuna from the one and only Lake Chaubunagungamaug of Webster, Massachusetts. But why are you here in the first place?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

Well Glosherberg, if I may call you that, it appears that you have consumed an unholy amount of swamp water on your trip to “Disneyworld” (does air quotes). And currently, you are experiencing extreme hallucinations. Like that time you tried to drink out of the magic 8-ball on your 8th birthday. 

GLOSHERBERG

How do you know about my childhood you creepy pescatarian?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

Gloshie, not only am I a hallucination. I am the metaphysical embodiment of your entire childhood.

GLOSHERBERG

So you remember the war?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

British paratrooper of the 509th infantry battalion Gloshie, pay attention!!!

GLOSHERBERG

But that wasn’t our war

CHARLIE THE TUNA

We don’t talk about our war Gloshie remember?

[Flashbang noise occurs and the screen gradually whitens and fades. When it fades, Charlie the Tuna is dressed in the paramilitary outfit of the Dunkirk era British, and is swimming with a battalion of other random fish towards an unseeable threat][this whole scene is a cartoon, all but Glosherberg are cartoons

CHARLIE THE TUNA

Tuna, advance!

[in the background you hear what is meant to be a rousing chant by the fish, but in reality it is just synchronized bubbles rising to the surface from the mouths of the fish. Camera zooms out and it’s just a bunch of tuna fish moving forward normally]

CHORUS OF FiSH

[of course, subtitled, as fish can’t talk] For the Holy See!

[As the fish rush at breakneck speed, they synchronously smash into the end of the fishbowl, the invisible border. The bowl topples over and shatters onto the ground.]

GLOSHERBERG

Jeez, Charlie, you killed your own kind? What kinda messiah are ya?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

I am the almighty messiah Glosherberg, bear witness.

Arise, my loyal Fishciples! 

[Charlie the Tuna raises his fallen followers from the floor. They are brought up with the water from the fishbowl, in order to keep them alive. They are brought up in two groups of water, to symbolize when Moses parted the Red Sea. They are brought into the toilet. An arm of water controlled by Charlie the Tuna flushes the toilet and sends the fish to freedom.]

-End Scene 13-

EXT. Everglades; On an airboat; Day

[Glosherberg is standing on the airboat. He shakes his head and comes back to reality. The crocodiles are no longer there. Charlie the Tuna is still floating next to Glosherberg, but he won’t be there for long]

GLOSHERBERG

(Confused, and it takes a lot for HIM to be confused)

Wait a minute, so after I drank that weird Aquafina, you, Mrs. Tina Tuna over here, started chatting me up. And then we’re at Thanksgiving with my parents. [As Glosherberg is saying this, his mouth is covered by a small black box saying “redacted” and it plays a dead noise sound] And finally, we were present at a Messianic exodus led by another version of you, like my motha doing jazzercise at the local YMCA. To clarify, it’s a YMCA that doubles as a synagogue, so there’s a lot of Moses-centered dance numbers. Regardless, what was this all about?

CHARLIE THE TUNA 

(In an inspired and hopeful voice)

Don’t you see Gloshie? Isn’t it clear what this was all about?

GLOSHEBERG

Was this my own personal journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, so that I may finally reunite with my motha and feel at peace?

CHARLIE THE TUNA

Well… not quite, but I love the energy. This was actually just a way to get some product placement for StarKist. But isn’t it great that we got to spend some time together, just like old times?

GLOSHERBERG

But we’ve never met before

CHARLIE THE TUNA

(chuckles)

Ha ha, that’s what you think. [Charlie the Tuna starts to fade away and as he does the opening riff of Proud Mary by Tina Turner plays]

GLOSHERBERG

(Shrugs his shoulder) Ehh, I’ve had weirder trips to Florida

[As Glosherberg turns around, he looks down and sees a few StarKist/Charlie the Tuna coupons on the deck of the airboat. He picks them up and puts them in his pocket]

GLOSHERBERG

These will come in handy later

[The camera has a bird’s eye view of Glosherberg on the airboat, he walks towards the body bag. It pans up and out to the horizon before fading to black.]

Greetings readers. The saga of Professor Dr. Mr. Glosherberg was written by six Saint Mike’s students working alongside their favorite professor. This being said, the original format was that of a screenplay, and therefore will include some (hopefully) humorous additions to the mere text. 

This is the last installment of The Glosherberg Files for the semseter, and we thank you for following along with us!

At Warren Falls

By Will George

Photography Editor

As the weather is getting warmer, I thought it would be nice to visit a swimming hole this past weekend. Warren Falls, the site that inspired Adventures with Will George,  has a nice, hidden cliff jumping spot that you wouldn’t expect to be in the middle of the woods. 

Warren Falls is along the Mad River, which runs through Warren, Waitsfield, and Moretown. My most recent trip to Warren Falls was the first time I’ve ever been there completely alone. It was a little too cold to jump into the water, but it was relaxing to hear the water flow through the river. Hopefully I’ll be back in the summer so I can actually do the cliff jumps.

There are three water holes you can swim in at Warren falls, but you have to be wary of people who are cliff jumping. Each cliff jumping spot varies in size. You can jump off a five foot ledge, or you could go all the way up to 65 at its highest spot. I’ve never jumped from the highest point, because I’ve never jumped from that high up before, and the landing spot is small for that jump. The most popular spot is about 15 feet high, and it’s at the center of all the pools. It has a wide open landing, and the water is deep enough that you don’t have to worry about hitting the bottom. The river has naturally formed these “slides” along the sides of the water holes that take you from one water hole to the next. You would be surprised how fast you can go because there is a small amount of water that flows over the “slides” and makes the rocks very slippery.

There are many things you must be cautious of if you plan to cliff jump. You need to make sure the water you’re jumping into is deep enough, your takeoff is stable, there’s no one in the water, and that a spotter is present in case something goes wrong. This is the bare minimum of preparation you need before cliff jumping. You wouldn’t want to find out that the water is too shallow when your knees buckle and you don’t have anyone to help you out of the water.

If you want to visit Warren Falls the address is 3919 VT-100. It is a 55 minute drive from campus, but it’s definitely worth it. The parking lot fills up fast because there’s only a handful of spots, so you might have to park on the main road. When you get there, you will have to walk down the path to get to the top section of the Falls. If you keep going, you can get to the bottom section, but you have to be careful because some spots can get steep. 

After tiring yourself out at Warren Falls, I suggest visiting Waitsfield. Here, you can find plenty of restaurants like the Mad Taco or the original American Flatbread. You could also catch a movie at the Big Picture once it reopens. Warren is another great town to visit after swimming. It isn’t as big as Waitsfield, but the Warren Store is a cute local shop that was voted as one of the best Vermont Country Stores by Yankee Magazines. It has a convenient store in the front, deli in the back, and a boutique on the second floor.

Right now the water temperatures will be cold and the river tide is strong, if you decide to visit Warren Falls you should relax by the water’s edge. There are plenty of spots where the rock has naturally formed smooth pockets that you can sit in. Swimming and cliff jumping will have to wait until the water warms up and the river calms down in the summer.

By Jacob Perkins

Staff Writer

A total of 60 Student Government Association (SGA) members met via Zoom on April 20 to vote on a new executive board. The candidates were introduced to the Senate and explained goals they hope to accomplish next year. The Senate voted to confirm each appointed member, to which there were no objections.

Antonio Finsterer ’22– President

Finsterer was elected president of the SGA in early April and previously served as vice president. Finsterer wants to continue fostering diversity, equity and inclusion on campus, he said. He also wants to build working relationships with faculty, administration, and staff.

“I am very excited to be working with such a dedicated and talented group of students,” Finsterer said when asked about his hopes for the future of the new e-board.

Meghan Geouque ’22– Vice President

Geoque was elected as vice president earlier this month.

“Antonio Finsterer, the SGA President and I developed goals together for our time serving in these positions. We want to continue making racial justice a priority on this campus by supporting the Demands for Cultivating Belonging that were passed by former President Vanessa Bonebo to create a more diverse equitable and inclusive SMC,” she said.

Geoque noted her desire to focus on building a more positive relationship between students and public safety and emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the student body and the administration,” she said.

Lily Denslow ‘22– Secretary of Academics

Denslow will serve as the secretary of academics for her third year, and plans on focusing on student mental health. She hopes to collaborate with clubs that focus on mental health and with the Bergeron Wellness Center.

“I think that during this past year with COVID, student mental health has taken a big hit and that even after the pandemic ends many people will still be struggling,” she said.

Shannon Murray ‘22– Secretary of Athletics

Murray served as the secretary of athletics this spring, and was confirmed again by the Senate for next year. Murray aims to make the Athletic Department safe for everyone, and maintain a feeling of equality for everyone, regardless of whether they play sports or not, she said.

“With athletics being such a big part of the Saint Mike’s community, both qualitatively and quantitatively, it is imperative that this role be filled by somebody who cares deeply about about the well-being of the school, including the mental health of students, the decisions made by administration, the culture of St. Michael’s, and all the other entities that made us chose to attend this school in the first place,” she said.

Alexyah Dethvongsa ’22– Secretary for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dethvongsa was approved by the Senate as the new secretary of diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) for next year. She explained her desire to create a more equitable and inclusive environment on campus, create stronger relationships and safe spaces for first years and onward, and create a Google Form that students can use year-round to address problems and concerns on campus.

“With my experience speaking on social justice issues such as race, gender, and policy, I believe that I will be able to connect my previous experiences and knowledge to assist in creating initiatives that are tangible to making the Michael’s community more equitable and welcoming, especially to BIPOC students on campus,” she said.

Benoit Fumeaux ’22– Secretary of Finance

Fumeaux was appointed as the secretary of finance. Fumeaux plans to create an easier way of tracking spending for clubs and continue the system of lending P-cards, he explained.

“I am excited to become involved in the SGA and as a member of the board, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to answer students’ needs and enhance their experience at St. Michael’s College.”

Sierah Miles ‘22 and Anna Witkowski ‘22– Co-secretaries of Programming

Miles and Witkowski plan to increase DEI-specific programs, utilize creativity and compromise to continue to host safe in-person programming, and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into other programming they explained.

“I hope to further the long-term impact programming can have on the campus body by continuing to allocate funds for permanent installations such as the ice rink and the disc golf course that the St. Michael’s College community can enjoy for decades to come,” Miles said.

“I have many ideas for the upcoming year about how to keep students’ mental health positive and keep them happy with the school. I am a student and a worker who values meaningful action and change. I have the experience and drive to create and follow through on inventive and fun event ideas,” Witkowski stated.

Ashley DeLeon ‘23– Secretary of Student Life

DeLeon served as the former secretary of diversity, equity and inclusion, and was recently appointed as secretary of student life for next year. She plans to address problems with reporting door accessibility, bring engaging speaking to educate the community on a variety of topics, and to surprise students around campus with raffles and games.

“Sometimes, the smallest things can brighten someone’s day, and I really hope that we can give people something to smile about even if it’s in the middle of a Monday morning,” she said.

By Ashley DeLeon

Executive Editor

Tensions between Public Safety and students in mid-April have allegedly dwindled over the past few weeks according to students at St. Michael’s College. This came after an overwhelming number of student fines and COVID violations this Spring caused uproar on campus.

According to Doug Babcock, director of Public Safety, there have been no internal changes within Public Safety that have prompted this change. 

“I’d love to have something particular to point that caused the change, but what’s more likely is the issues around the increased tension was based on a few incidents in the moment, and as we all moved forward, those incidents resolved and the complicating factors returned to near normal levels,” Babcock explained. The director of Public Safety acknowledged the concerns of students, and stated that he made officers aware of the feelings and effects on the student relationships resulting from negative and positive interactions, he said. 

“It seems like there are less stories of [people] getting in trouble for minor things. They are definitely being more lenient as the semester is winding down,” said Kenzie Traska ’21. Though Traska has not experienced personal run-ins with Public Safety, she noted an overall sense of leniency on campus, and explained that Public Safety appears to be easygoing compared to a few weeks ago. 

Compared to previous instances when students have been fined for multiple offenses, some have even observed a shift in what Public Safety is strongly enforcing. 

“I think Public Safety has been trying to be lenient… they just make sure people aren’t in a huge group and everyone is kind of spread out,” according to Annie Serkes ’23. Serkes specified that her observations were of the Townhouse 300s, and did not comment on other areas of campus.

Jeff Vincent, director of residence life, said the number of COVID violations has decreased. Vincent noted, however, that there are still violations weekly. 

“I am proud of our students overall,” he said. 

By Hazel Kieu

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, April 14, President Sterritt announced that the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2021 will be in-person instead of virtual. The changes in plans for commencement also included new COVID guidelines for graduation guests, as well as separated purple and gold ceremonies for students receiving either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. 

Most students are generally happy about the school’s decision to switch to an in-person ceremony. “I was very excited,” said Jessie Anderson ’21. “It seemed like the school actually cared and wanted us to have a celebration and bring people to it.” 

“Given the circumstances, it seemed like the most practical thing to do,” said Isabella Bogdanski ’21 about the original plan for a virtual ceremony. Other students shared the same feelings, expressing that although it was frustrating, they didn’t expect anything more because of the pandemic. 

For some students, the format of graduation wasn’t really a big deal. “I’m happy about having commencement in-person, but honestly, I just wanted to graduate, so I would have been fine either way,” said Vicky Luciano ’21. 

However, the families of our 2021 graduates were much more passionate about the college’s original decision in having a virtual ceremony. “When I told my family that it was online, they were more mad than I was, and I was the one graduating,” said Anderson. “I realized graduation is not just for the students, it’s for the family and all the people that have watched you get there.” 

The college now permits two fully vaccinated guests for each student graduating, which is defined by the CDC as being two weeks after one’s final shot, according to the St. Michael’s Commencement 2021 web page. Although students mostly agree with this vaccine requirement, some think the school could have made this decision earlier.

“They didn’t give people enough time to get fully vaccinated,” said MaKenzie Wright ’21. Danielle Keller, Wright’s parent, agrees. “Many places did not open up vaccines to all until it was too late to have both shots done by graduation,” Keller said.

As a result of this requirement, many parents won’t be able to come because they haven’t been fully vaccinated, including both Luciano’s and Bogdanski’s mothers. 

“I feel like parents that have a negative test should be able to come to graduation,” said Bogdanski ’21. , Bogdanski’s mother agrees, adding that the school should loosen vaccine requirements especially if the ceremony is outside and everyone is wearing a mask. 

Commencement will be divided into two ceremonies on May 13: a Gold Ceremony for Bachelor of Arts Candidates at 10:00 a.m. and a Purple Ceremony for Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree Candidates at 1:00 p.m. Although the decision was made to comply with all State health and safety guidelines, students wished they could still celebrate together as a whole class. “We all struggled for four years and we’ve been so tight, we’re just trying to have a graduation together,” said Luciano ’21. 

“All in all, the plan for commencement is not ideal, but it is a fair compromise between pre-pandemic hopes and the current reality of the situation,” said Keller. “I can’t really fault St. Mike’s for the plan or the timing of its delivery, because of the many changes on a weekly basis. Perfect decisions cannot be made in an imperfect environment,” she concluded.

There will be a link to a livestream on the day of the ceremonies, as well as a virtual Baccalaureate Mass held on Sunday, May 16. For more information, you can visit St. Michael’s College Commencement 2021 web pages.

St. Michael’s spring concert series

By Brendan Looney


Jordan Snow sings and plays drums outside of the chapel during the Spring Concert Series, sponsored by the Edmundite Campus Ministry Tuesday, April 27.

Members of the softball team exchange greetings during the festivities. The team was invited to the concert in anticipation for their last away series on Friday and Saturday at Assumption College. In the back, the band continues playing Tuesday, April 27.

By Peyton Edwards

Staff Writer

Founders hall has always been a monumental place on campus and even after the building is gone, the memories will still remain. “I recall having to walk around my room in a blanket often in the dead of winter even when we thought we had the heat on,” said Josh Kessler ’04,  director of athletics communications. Kessler lived in Founders Hall for two years when he attended St. Michael’s. Since 1904, Founders has been a critical part of the College’s roots.

“I’m sad to see it go because it’s been such an important building not only in my history but in the history of the college, it truly is a landmark,” Kessler said. 

The decision to demolish Founders began in 2011, when asbestos was found in the building. “The rehab costs were so significant that it didn’t make any sense,” said Joel Ribout, director of facilities. The facilities crew had to start moving people out of living spaces there, but administrative offices still remained  on the first and second floors.

Because Founders is a historical building, facilities had to receive approval from the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, a Vermont agency that governs the preservation of historic sites and keeps the history alive. The demolition was approved in 2015, and the President’s Office was relocated in August of 2019, Ribout explained.

“It just always reminds you that you are part of something when you’re there,” said Heidi St. Peter, assistant dean for advising and student development. St. Peter did not live in Founders, but many of her friends did.  

Many alumni, faculty, and staff at the College are melancholy that such a historic part of the College  will be demolished.

“I kissed my wife for the first time in Founders,” said Rob Robinson ’91, director of finance. Robinson’s wife of 30 years lived in Founders, along with a few of his friends. “I had a friend who lived in one of the small rooms on the fourth floor and MAN was it hot,” Robinson said.


Front view of Founders Hall (1920-1930) with porch attached.

“When I think about Founders, I think about it as being a hive of college activity for a long time,” said Chris Kenny ’86, director of athletics. 

When Founders was in use, the stairs leading up to the building were bustling with foot traffic from all faculty, staff, and students. Before the college added more buildings, every single part of Saint Michael’s was under the roof of Founders. The cafeteria, the library, athletic offices, classrooms, and even a small gym in the basement, he explained. “They had these gigantic radiators in the building in each of those rooms so it was plenty toasty in there,” Kenny said.  

Founders is “the original building that [the priests] bartered and traded for so that they could start their school,” St. Peter said. “This is why it is such a vital part of the College.” 

After she graduated from Saint Michael’s in 1996, St. Peter worked in the alumni office that had a direct view of the cupola top of Founders. The cupola has been a significant symbol of the college ever since it was constructed. “There is something about that connection to the tradition and to the past, but truly, you are standing on other people’s shoulders,” she said. 

Being so close to people that have lived there when they were students here, some from the 40s and 50s, there are many sentimental stories and memories that show that this building has touched so many lives, St. Peter explained. 

“In order to get onto my loft I had to climb onto my desk, and to get off of my loft. I actually had to use [my roommate’s] stairs on his loft,” Kessler recalls. He and his roommate lived in a double room in Founders. He reminisced about how small their living space was and how they combated it. “Neither of us kept our closet doors on, we took them off because there was really no swinging room for the doors,” Kessler said.  

“The neat thing about Founders too is those rooms, they weren’t cookie cutter, they were all so different, especially the fourth floor rooms with the dormer windows and the slanted roofs,” Kenny recalls. The dormer windows on the fourth floor of Founders face the view near the natural area and although they can be pretty to look at from the outside, they made the space in the dorm rooms feel much smaller. 

Because Founders has been in the same location since 1904, there are many quirks to the building that only people who have lived there or had memories from there can recall. “It’s a little creepy up there. With other staff people, we would take a walk up to the third and fourth floor just to, you know, hear the ghosts,” St. Peter said. 

There was never a shortage of rumors of the haunted rooms in Founders because of its age, Kessler said. “The only one that I remember was something about a girl dying in one of the rooms and she haunted the room,” he recalls. 

Although the building will soon be demolished, the cupola that sits on top of the building, a few signs, granite and marble window sills, and plaques will be preserved to keep the memory alive.


Inside of Founders Hall on April 22, looking outside the first floor window to the demolition site. 

When the building is demolished, the cupola that was once the tallest point on the building will be put on the ground in the middle of where the building used to be, surrounded by landscaping and a few benches. The sign that reads “Saint Michael’s 1903” now facing the view near the entrance to the natural area will be placed near the cupola to preserve the memory of the building that started it all, Ribout explained.

“When it’s gone, we are all still here, the stories are all still here, what we are founded for and what we are here for, it’s the same,” St. Peter concluded.


Close up of the Founders Hall cupola.

How to find a job through the career office

By Rob Cattanach

Staff Writer

Looking for a job can be a rather daunting task. For college students, jobs and internships are not only a means to pay for expenses and tuition, but are also a stepping stone for future employment into the workforce.

However, finding a job does not have to be as difficult as it appears. Websites such as Handshake, Indeed, and LinkedIn are excellent for students to use during their job search.

The St. Michael’s College Career Center offers students access to a fully equipped Career Center.

“We will walk through some various job search strategies, help connect to alumni, provide resources that can make that process of looking for a job much easier, as well as help build a resume and cover letter,” said Ingrid Peterson, director of the Career Center.

In order to set up an appointment with the Career Center, students need to first enter Handshake, a job posting and career network website for students and recent graduates. Through the College’s authorization, employers are able to post listings for students looking to apply for jobs and internships.

“Students are very capable of going out there, using the job boards, and finding what’s out there. We can certainly help with the process, help them make connections and give them some resources to find what it is they are looking for. If they have a question of being unsure of what they want to be doing we can help with that too,” said Tim Birmingham ’02, a career education coach at the Center.

Career Education Coach, Tim Birmingham ’02 awaits student inquiries to assist in job searching and resume building.

Richie Siracusa ’22 here at St. Michael’s is a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry 1 and works between three and four hours every week.

“I have a personal connection with the professor and they asked me If I could take on the role,” said Siracusa.

Along with being a teaching assistant, Siracusa is also a senior member of St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue which takes up a majority of his time during the week. On top of trying to fit in time to see friends.

“I struggled at first to find balance, and still I still struggle to fit in time to see friends and do the things I enjoy,” he said.

Sophomores and other underclassmen are not the only ones looking for jobs. The graduating seniors are going into a job market where many businesses are still struggling to stay open as a result of the pandemic. Colton Boesch ’21 has been searching for sales representative opportunities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In the meantime, Boesch will be working full-time at the local marina in Rhode Island, his home state. He has had this job for a few seasons, resulting from personal connections and outsourcing his skills.

“Off the bat, many of us seniors lost the internships and potential experience the workforce would be looking for once we were sent home,” Boesch said. However, he is hopeful that employers will be understanding of the situation but can’t help feeling a step behind because of COVID-19 while having to adjust to a new virtual world of business.

“We typically see 80-90% of a graduating class sometime during their college career. We have about 700 in-person/video/phone appointments a year and work with another 500-600 email appointments with students and alumni each year,” said Peterson regarding the rate at which graduates find occupations after graduation.

Whether it’s through on-line platforms or human connections college students everywhere are looking for part-time, summer, and full time jobs. Having sources like Indeed and Handshake were designed to make that process easier.

By Lucas Persechino

Social Media Editor

When I get an email notification on my phone, I usually just ignore it and look at it later. This email, however, caught my eye instantly. On April 13, the Office of Student Life announced that St. Michael’s will allow spectators to attend the remaining outdoor sporting events.

Immediately, my team was buzzing, blowing up my phone with talks of full stands at our home games. Even people who aren’t on the baseball team messaged me asking if I heard the news, and when my next game was. This was huge. St. Michael’s was one of few schools that didn’t allow any spectators at their sporting events.

I was disheartened going to away games and seeing the spectators of our opponents having a good time, and talking smack to our right fielder from the parking lot. I thought to myself, “Do we really have a home field advantage when we don’t even have spectators? They sure do if they’re distracting our right fielder.” The following Saturday, we had a home game against Southern New Hampshire University. The first game was a normal home game without spectators, since the lacrosse team had a game at the same time. Then the break between our two games hit, the lacrosse game ended, and spectators came out of the woodwork. Groups of over five people started to fill the stands and the grass behind the outfield fence.

Spectators watch Dante Moran ’21 at the plate against Assumption on Sunday.

As I ran foul pole to foul pole, getting loose for the next game, I heard cheers from the outfield. As ridiculous as their cheers sounded, I couldn’t help but smile. The game hadn’t even started yet, but the energy on the field changed completely. Having friends and peers in the stands filled the missing piece of playing college ball. The spectators bring a positive energy to the field and to the players.
However, I believe it’s more than that.

I feel like every athlete has something to prove. If not to other people then to themselves. Having spectators in the stands gives them the platform to do so. Personally, I had a high school coach who thought I’d never see the field after I graduated. Yet, here I am, competing in the NE10, and now I have witnesses. It was a surreal experience to play at this level with my peers watching. It’s something I’ll never forget.

I want to show my appreciation, and thank the student body for coming to our games. And an even bigger thank you to St. Michael’s for working so hard to allow us to play and allow spectators during these stressful times. You allow me to have a college experience like no other.

By Sam Heyliger

Staff Writer

Following the actions of other colleges and universities around the country, St. Michael’s College is requiring students to receive the COVID vaccine for the next academic year and for those who will live on campus this summer. However, those who can’t receive the vaccine for health or religious reasons will need to contact Bergeron to be able to return without it, as stated in an email sent from the Office of Student Life on April 23.

“St. Michael’s joins a growing list of colleges and universities requiring an updated COVID-19 vaccine to help ensure that the campus is safe and can resume normal operations when appropriate and to protect those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons,” according to the email.
The spring semester has been marked by rising tensions among students and administration over COVID restrictions, and the looming possibility of returning to normalcy next fall.

“This pandemic has affected millions and caused untimely deaths to over 3,000,000 people worldwide. No country was spared,” said Mary Masson, director of student health services, following the College’s decision. “In spite of all efforts to limit the spread of this deadly virus, only widespread vaccination offered the hope of ending such a life changing event in our lives,” she explained.

St. Michael’s made its decision amongst a wave of other colleges within the last month. Rutgers University in New Jersey was one of the first schools to require vaccines for people returning to campus next fall. “We are committed to health and safety for all members of our community, and adding COVID-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements will help provide a safer and more robust college experience for our students,” said Rutgers president Jonathan Hathaway in a statement released on the college website in March.

Following Rutgers’ announcement to require vaccinations next fall, dozens of other colleges and universities around the country have made the same decision, including Cornell, Duke, and Brown University. As more students around the country are getting vaccinated following the nationwide opening for registration on April 19, more colleges are adding the COVID-19 vaccines to their required list of vaccinations.

“The school already requires other vaccinations, what’s one more?” said Colleen Tubridy ‘22. It’s available to everyone as of now. Yes, some appointments you may have to wait until July but can be fully vaccinated by August. I understand completely that some people cannot get vaccinated because of allergies.”

The Office of Student Life announced the College’s decision nearly one month after Rutgers. “The decision to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students at St. Michael’s was made by the Vice Presidents and President of the College with advice and feedback from both those integrally working on the response to this pandemic and the expert scientists both in the state and beyond,” Masson said.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half a million people in the United States have died from the virus. By choosing to require a vaccine for students in the fall, the College is hoping to shift away from the unfortunate possibility of another wave next semester. “Saint Michael’s is mandating students to be vaccinated this summer and onward. Our goal is that life on campus will return to normal with a vaccinated campus,” said Dawn Ellinwood, vice president of student affairs.

However, with the brief halt of the distribution of Johnson and Johnson vaccines in April, vaccination hesitancy lingers. “We know that there are inherent risks in everything we do. The risks of getting COVID far outweigh the small risks and side effects from the developed vaccines. For instance, between one and six months after getting sick, patients who had COVID-19 still carry a 60% higher risk of death than those patients that never had Covid-19,” Masson said.

With the spring semester almost over and summer approaching, the College is planning ahead for next Fall hoping to ease restrictions as safely as possible in a timely manner.

“With the development of a safe and effective vaccine, we now have hope of seeing a college campus close to the one we knew in 2019. One where friends can be with each other without the fear of contracting a virus. One where people won’t have to quarantine or possibly mask all the time. One where we can live, work and learn together as a community again,” Masson said.

COVID restrictions on campus this fall, however, are still up in the air. It could be too early to make any real decisions, Masson continued. “We still have a lot of unknowns and don’t know what next Fall and winter may look like. We suspect the vaccine may require some sort of booster at some point. But we do know that life will be less restrictive when we are vaccinated and keeping ourselves and those we love safe.”

Students and faculty at St. Michael’s College have been living with COVID restrictions on campus throughout this entire academic year, so possible change in restrictions following a vaccine requirement could be a motivator for returning students and faculty. “I personally think that we all should be vaccinated because of all of the different times that we’ve had to quarantine for different reasons. I think that that could help lower that. I just think it would be better for us all,” said Mary Leyes ’24.

While the fall semester’s guidelines still remain unclear, the vaccine requirement is a step towards college life without COVID, and will impact everyone at St. Michael’s.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, email or call the Bergeron Wellness Center at (802) 654-2234 for more information.