By Mara Brooks
Staff Writer

In a small lecture hall at the University of Vermont Tuesday, Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe presented the film Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water to students and community members. It was one of many events to make Indigenous Peoples’ Day and indigenous culture a greater part of the campus community. “I am here to educate on our way of thinking, which shouldn’t be any different from yours,” he told the crowd of 15.

October 14 marked the first celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Vermont, officially replacing the holiday that Americans have known as Columbus Day. The story of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas has been a cornerstone lesson in United States history but as his widespread acts of genocide against indigenous peoples have become more prominent in mainstream American consciousness, six states and more than 50 cities have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor the first inhabitants of the Americas who have often been erased from United States history. The movement first took off in the 90s, when South Dakota replaced celebrations of Columbus with a “Native American Day.”

A Newsweek poll published this month found that about 79 percent of American college students avidly support this transition.

Hayley Jensen ‘22, a core leader for MOVE’s Civil Rights Alliance, applauds the change. “I feel like it’s very timely. The United States is trying its best to acknowledge its troubled past and it’s important to recognize our entire history. Our history isn’t all sunshine and daisies like we learn in elementary school.”

Many students, such as Momoka Okamura ‘21, see the day as an opportunity to celebrate and honor the multiculturalism that makes America unique. “In my country, Japan, we don’t think much about diversity because not a lot of people are aware of the fact that Japan is no longer monoethnic. America in comparison to Japan has a lot more diversity, but I still see a lot of problems here with people not accepting different races and cultures. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a more ethical way to celebrate this diversity.”

The newly named holiday provides opportunities for Native Americans and others to honor and embrace indigenous roots.

Even beyond the community at large, Chief Eugene Rich of the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe points out that the holiday resonates most strongly with young tribal members, who are taking the day as an opportunity to reclaim their heritage that the generations before often tried to hide. “They are coming out now and saying ‘Hey, this is something to be proud of.’”

Rich stressed that this is but one step in reestablishing natives’ roots in Vermont while educating the public on the importance of their culture. “We need to now focus on what makes us unique. Encourage people to ask questions, keep everything moving forward and educate the public.”

by Miranda Maiorino
Staff Writer

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have reached a “record high” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the people most infected are between the ages of 15 and 24.

That means the 1.7 million cases of chlamydia, 580,000 of gonorrhea, and 35,000 of syphilis reported in the last year have hit college campuses hard.

“Sex is everywhere on campus, and it’s not going to stop.” said Michael Richard ’21. The causes for such high risks on campus aren’t clear, however there are some common themes.

“More often on campus I hear about unsafe sex much more than I do safe sex,”said Richard, a gender studies major.

In the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS)’s study on condom use in different age groups out of 9,321 men, condom use declines as men leave adolescence and enter their 20s. In fact, 53.5 percent ages 15 to19 consistently use condoms with every sexual engagement. However, that number lowers to 29.5 percent of men 20 to 24.

One reason that the use of condoms is so low, said Richard, is simply that people don’t want to ruin the moment. “There’s a certain spontaneity to sex that makes it where people think ‘Why stop if we don’t have a condom?’ and as a result you get more people testing positive for diseases.”

This isn’t the only reason college students are at a higher risk of contracting STIs. Some blame St. Michael’s College’s unwillingness to make contraceptives available on campus, which stem from Catholic traditions.

“As a whole, the point of view of the society of St. Edmund’s is in line with that of the wider Catholic Church which would essentially be in opposition to contraception due to the belief that human life must be respected in all of its stage.” said Father Michael Carter, campus minister and instructor of religious studies.

“Bergeron would be the best place to have it, but the school refuses. It could help out that one or two that want to practice safe sex,” said Richard.

There are still plenty of ways one can limit their risk of contracting STIs at college, said Mary Masson, Nurse Practitioner and Director of Bergeron Wellness Center. She cites that “abstinence and consistent use of condoms” as key ways to prevent transmitted diseases and infections.

“All the Nurse Practitioners here provide safe and confidential care, and we are proud of our students who take the time to take care of themselves,” Masson wrote in an email.

“We are here to provide information only, to perform physical exams and testing, or both. If [students] don’t prefer to have testing done here, we will happily refer them to an off campus provider in Burlington. There are many options!”

By Emma Shortall
Multimedia Editor

Saint Michael, according to the St. Michael’s College website, is “a spiritual warrior in the battle of good versus evil.” One would think that our college would be far from haunted. However, stories from students would say otherwise.

“My freshman year, I came into work [in McCarthy], I just needed to paint the floor…the whole booth and [John Devlin’s] office dark, like pitch black, and that’s where the light board is, that’s where all the controls are for different cues and things like that with all the lights on stage. So I came in, turned the work lights that we have here on and started mixing the paint to paint it black. For some reason the paint was just refusing to mix together like it was just oil, it was so weird I couldn’t get it to work… I come out and the lights are cycling through cues like someone’s pressing the buttons up there. I was like, that’s weird, who else is here, no one else is here. There are two buttons backstage that is supposed to take control if anything is happening in the booth. So, I hit the take control button and it stopped cycling through those cues and it starts to go to one spotlight to the center of the stage where I need to work…I’m like real freaked out at this point because that should be a kill switch, that should stop anything that’s happening… I come out and I’m like ‘Sister Sarah, please don’t mess with me I just need to work, please leave me alone, it’s going to be okay, we’re going to be okay’, and all of a sudden all of the cues just start rapid firing, like one after another.” – Kate Bell, ’20

“We decided to do a fun night sleeping over in St. Eds, because why not …the night was normal, nothing happened at night. But, early in the morning, it was still dark …I heard the door open and close, and I woke up and looked but there was no one there, not a soul. I was like okay, that’s weird, and fell back asleep. In the morning, we were cleaning up, and [my friend] had a ring on, it was a snake that went in a circle, it didn’t completely close, it was open-ended on each side. We were cleaning up and she was like ‘Taylor do you see my ring?’ I was like ‘No I don’t see it, I don’t know where it is.’ We were looking everywhere for it, we laughed, packed up everything… All of a sudden I was like something’s itchy. I reached down, and I was itching, and wrapped around my bra strap was her ring as she was telling the story about her missing ring. I hadn’t changed my bra that morning, but I had changed my shirt, I had put on a new shirt. Never once had I noticed that the ring was on my bra strap until she was telling the story.” – Taylor Donnelly, Resident Director

“Before I left for the airport I locked my door to my room [in Townhouse 215] and shut it, and that’s how I thought I left it. I came back and went upstairs, and my door was wide open as if it had never been shut, but the door was still locked…[Earlier that day my roommate] Katie came home and said that it was open when she had left for work that morning, but then it had closed when [my other roommates] Ivory and Talia had gotten up. By the time I had gotten back from the airport, it opened back up.” – Emily Koswick, ’20

“Random lights [in the Theater] started turning on. It was the shop light turning on, that’s a literal switch and there was no one in there. The shop light turns on, and the loading dock light does not turn on. There’s only one way to get into the shop, and that is through the loading dock, which has a motion sensor, so the light has to turn on. It doesn’t make sense.” – Kenzie Wright, ’21

“I have a pendulum…There are many things you can practice with it, like talk to loved ones who have passed, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. I’m still a novice. I did try to see what was going on [in Joyce fourth floor]… We tried to figure out a name, and we really couldn’t. We found out it was a good spirit, or say they say.” – Lindsey Duquette, ’21

Want to go Ghost Hunting?

Lindsay Stevens, a Paranormal Investigators of New England case manager tells us how:
“All you need to start out is an audio recorder. This has always seemed to be our biggest piece of evidence and works well.

I would however caution the choices of location. Investigating outside proves to be much harder with the natural elements, possible obstructions if investigating any place like woods, as well as an overall more creepy feeling.

I would also caution anyone who thinks about investigating their own location. This can in turn attract things into their home, and has the possibility to turn into much worse situation.

Always go with a partner, and stay in contact with one another. Most importantly always remember, it does not need to be around a holiday such as Halloween to experience activity. It happens every day, all around us.”

By Matt Pramas

Managing Editor

It’s a typical weekday evening at St. Michael’s College. As the sun creeps out of the sky, the regular buzz of students on campus begins to slow. When 11 p.m. rolls around, some students are tucked away in bed, but many move to common areas like Dion Student Center to socialize, work and grab a bite to eat. 

     Dion and Durick Library have become meccas on campus for St. Michael’s students when other areas of the school have shut down for the night. 

     Take a walk through Dion in the late hours of the night and you will see groups of students huddled at tables talking over homework, others socializing, and some running through flashcards. 

     On a recent Thursday night at 11:20 p.m., a  line of people waited at Einsteins Bros. Bagels to order food while others wait in anticipation for their buzzer to go off. 

     “At this time of night, I’m usually getting back from practice and taking a shower. After practice my heart is racing so fast from workouts that I can’t fall asleep,” said mathematics major and Women’s Ice Hockey player Abigail Dirks ‘21 as she made her way through Dion at 11:35 p.m.

     Closer to midnight, first-year students Lily Friesen, Myles North Andrew Rothauser and Colin Radican sat around a table together as they chatted and shared a laugh about video games.  

     “We come here every Thursday after Gaming Club. I’m either doing homework or watching videos at this time of night. I like to come here when my roommate is sleeping” Friesen stated.

     “I’m here every day, second floor” North said. 

     Between the four of them, they all typically go to bed between 11 pm and 4 am. In general, they said they have found ways to make staying up late work for their lifestyles.

          Dirks described the atmosphere of people in Dion at this time as, “pretty relaxed, just hanging out. Some are really intensely doing their work.” 

     At midnight, students gather for a game of ping pong or pool, others hide away from the noise in the private study areas as some lounge out in the radio broadcasting room as they play music and chat about sports.

     “I can’t concentrate in my room, and the library is too far of a walk, and it’s cold out. Also, I have people here in my class so I can study with them,” said pharmacy major and member of the men’s soccer team, Ryan Rogge ’23 as he studied for his chemistry quiz. 

     “It’s unexpectedly lively here. ‘’ Rogge said.  

     Munching on cheese fries at one of the many sitting areas in Dion, Megan Doherty ’21 adds that she enjoys Dion’s versatility at this hour.  “I can come here at night for almost anything. If I’m looking to eat, or hanging out with my friends, or even study.” 

     KnightSafe driver, Lucy Chin ‘21, finds herself driving students around campus until 1a.m. Chin and other drivers wait for students to call for rides through the late night. Chin does not mind being in Dion late at night working because of the calming and quiet atmosphere at this time.

     A short walk over from the Dion Student Center you’ll find the Durick Library. On a recent Wednesday night, around 11:00 p.m. many students still occupied its quarters. With few tables left vacant, only a soft murmur of voices could be heard, with nearly everyone in there focused on what they were doing. 

     “It’s quiet here and I can focus and not be distracted by the things in my room, which tends to happen especially when it gets this late at night. I like it more than Dion because I get very distracted in there, it’s a lot more serious atmosphere here,” stated Lexie Lembo ’21 as she worked on school work at a table on the first floor at 11:07 p.m.

     Up on the third floor, senior Jordan Monbuquette utilized one of the many whiteboards found throughout the library to draw up an outline for her essay. 

     “Personally I like studying in the library because it has an older vibe to it, like a study room, being surrounded by books and everything. I like to use the whiteboards in here and I like to put myself in one of the classrooms downstairs sometimes because there is a big space where you can be alone” stated Monbuquette ’20.

     “It’s nice because everyone that is here is here because they have a lot of work to do, so it’s nice to be surrounded by people that also really need to grind and be focused. Here it’s very intense and all about academics, which helps keep me motivated” said Monbuquette. 

     Weekdays the Durick Library is open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Voicing her opinion on the hours of operation for the library Monbuquette stated, “I like to get up at 5 a.m. on occasion to do homework, and the library doesn’t open up till 8 a.m. If it were to be open that early I would definitely come here to do it. It would be nice for it to be open 24 hours. I think students would really take advantage of that.”          

       Lizzie Blanchard ’21 states “My brain can’t function late at night. I can’t stay up late because then I can’t wake up in the morning. I need at least eight hours of sleep and I know I won’t be able to function the next day if I’m not well-rested.” 

By Emma Shortall
Multimedia Editor

Momoka Okamura ’21
When she first came here from Tokyo, Okamura was convinced by a friend to join Diversity Coalition. Okamura was promoting international students to engage with American students through the group events hosted. She also works to get American students to engage with international students. She now is the Vice President of Diversity Coalition.

Nell Criscione ’21
As a class officer for all four years of high school, she organized events and fundraised. During her senior year of high school, she was elected as the senior captain of her field hockey and ice hockey teams. Criscione is the captain of the women’s field hockey team.

Paul Olsen
Paul Olsen is an associate professor of Business Administration and Accounting. He teaches classes such as Leadership, First-Year Seminar: Peace & Justice, and Business Communication. Olsen said he was always an organizer, but it wasn’t until he started teaching he viewed himself as a leader.

Shane Coughlin ’20
Coughlin’s first big leadership position was his high school first-year class president. Here he became the firstyear class president of ’21. He’s an RA, member of SMC First Generation, the Student Government Association Executive Board, and is a part of the Code of Ethics Committee for Hudson, N.H, his hometown.

When entering college, some students seek a path toward leadership. Here are the voices of three student leaders and a faculty member who teaches about leadership to provide more insight.

Momoka Okamura’s Advice

What qualities make a great leader?

“I think that it’s important to keep harmony inside a team…I create an environment that’s ready for everyone to cooperate with each other.”

How will your current leadership position help you in the future?

“You’ll learn methods and theories and then when you go out in society in the future you’ll apply this knowledge to actual situations. It’s like you practicing here, so you can make mistakes but it’s okay. Everyone will be there to help and of course, those teammates and professors are going to help you, but in the future, when you’re working for companies you’ll have more responsibilities.”

Nell Criscione’s Advice:

Why should others want to be leaders?

“I think it’s really good for people to be leaders, so they have confidence in what they’re doing and feel empowered. I think being a leader, whether you’re shy, loud, outgoing, it just gives you confidence.”

Do you have any memorable experiences being a leader?

“Just making sure everyone is doing okay and feeling good about where we’re at makes the team more unified. I think just being a leader of the team and making sure that everyone’s comfortable doing what they’re supposed to be doing is good enough for myself.”

What does leadership give you?

“Leadership gives me confidence. It helps me with my problems solving skills. I think what I’ve learned in college and as being a captain of a sports team is how to work with people but also how to take charge and make a quick decision regardless of what other people think. So, all the skills that I’ve learned from being a captain at St. Mikes will also carry over in my life.”

Professor Olsen’s Advice

Why should others want to be leaders?

“I always say to my students I don’t care what you care about but care about something and then try to affect change in that way. If you’re passionate about it and can communicate it effectively I think you can really rally people around something you want to be changed.”

How can others be leader?

“I think it’s a matter of focusing on the task you want to get done but also focusing on your followers, showing concern for them. I try to do that as a teacher. We’ve got a job to do, but I can also show concern for them, show an interest in their lives. Share and celebrate their successes.”

What qualities make a good leader?

“Admitting mistakes is a really important quality for a leader. We all make mistakes, but for a leader to acknowledge that followers say, ‘I can identify with that because I’ve screwed up too.’ As opposed to saying I didn’t do it…I make mistakes every day, some are little, and some are big. I own them. It humanizes you and it’s important.

Shane Coughlin’s Advice

Why should others want to be leaders?
“We all certainly have the potential to be leaders. You don’t always see leaders in leadership positions, but I think throughout our lives we have the opportunity to step up and have a positive influence regardless of what position we’re in. Something as simple as living with your suitemates and conflict arise, you could be a leader and step up and propose a solution and help somebody else in need. I think there are so many different opportunities to be a leader in a sense and it doesn’t strictly have to be confined to a position.”

What qualities make a great leader?

“I think being willing to think, in terms of the needs of the group [as a] whole, over sometimes your self needs. You recognize what needs to be done and get it done.

You are not going to inspire people if you are not passionate about what you do and are excited about what you’re doing. Honest, hardworking, I think those are all important attributes.”

By Justin Madison and Lorelei Poch

“I feel like I’ve been conditioned where if I don’t get a good parking spot right outside it is a pain in the butt, but honestly it’s a nice walk,” said Maddy Gemme ‘21. “Sure it’s annoying you’re not right outside your building but it could be a lot worse.” She struggles to find spots close to Residence Hall 4, where she lives, but recognized a silver lining. Gemme uses her car three to five times a week for grocery and other shopping, getting to Sloane and work, but admitted when her car is further away she is less likely to drive. That disincentive might have a beneficial consequence if it helps the environment.

Some 881 students own a car on campus, according to Services and Engagement Coordinator/Dispatch Supervisor Stacy Bessette. Although Antoni Fensterer ‘21, said his academics were not affected, he feels frustrated when he cannot find a spot located close to his room. “I typically only use my car on average two or three times a week, but I don’t use my car as often as I normally would due to parking difficulties” he said.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. “Any time a gas-powered car is running it is emitting some air pollution,” said Doug Facey, biology professor and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. “Part of that is carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change, and other components of auto exhaust that are bad for human health and the environment as well,” Facey said. Multiply the emissions from Fensterer’s vehicle by 881 and that amounts to staggering amounts of harmful exhaust concentrated to our campus.

“I think it’s lucky to get a spot right outside our building, but I mostly park at the 2’s. When I come back from photoclub or work around 9 I have had to park near Hodson or Dion even,” Gemme reported. “But I check myself and I realized we live on a very small campus and have to walk three extra minutes, it’s not a hike,” she added. “Knowing that there is a no-idling rule in Burlington, I think about that often. Also I hate paying for gas so I don’t keep my car on for long if I don’t have to.”

Parking passes range from free to $50 to $100 depending on where students would like to park and with prices so affordable students might be unintentionally using their vehicles less, thus producing less emissions into the atmosphere.

“Only use a car when necessary,” Facey said as he outlined potential solutions to modify the amounts of exhaust released on our campus. When traveling around on campus, walk or bike to omit emissions and get some exercise, he said. “It is not good for the car to sit unused for long periods of time, or leave the car engine running while the car is parked.

PHOTO BY ANGELINA O’DONNELL Cameron Smith ‘20 painting a new piece for the Art Hop

By Addy Bourgelais Staff


As Cameron Smith ‘20 started his senior year, he piled even more on his plate by participating in the 27th annual Art Hop in the South End of Burlington, Vermont. Hundreds of artists participated in this event, contributing many different forms of art including mixed media, sculpture, photography, and digital art. Smith contributed to the show with six of his oil paintings, close-ups of faces in a realistic figurative style.

Before the launch, Smith said he was feeling some anxieties, not about his art being shown to the public, but about not having his art in his own hands. “People can like or dislike your work and that’s just art,” he said. But what he did worry about was the paintings getting damaged or stolen. Artists who chose to participate in the Art Hop have to register and rent the space the art will occupy. Before the event, the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA), collects works from the registered artists. The artists can also participate in the juried show, which is a large collection of works gathered from artists who submitted their art in an open call.

Leading up to the show Smith was not informed of where his art would be featured, and this created a sense of anticipation.

“When I came Friday night I was super excited to find it, it was like a scavenger hunt almost.” His art was shown off of Howard Street, which is the hub of activity during the Art Hop. The Howard Space is a large building made of winding hallways, a multitude of stairs and about ten ways in and out, so finding Smith’s art was a scavenger hunt.

The 45 businesses participating in the Art Hop sprawled across the South End of Burlington, from City Market on Flynn Avenue to The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street, therefore not knowing where to go could seem intimidating, but Smith had a positive outlook.

Smith started at Saint Michael’s College as an Environmental Studies major but became a double major as he began exploring art. “Sophomore year I took Foundations of Art with Will Mentor, and he saw what I was doing and said ‘Become an art major.’” If Smith had chosen another school he would not be where he is today, “Saint Mike’s felt like home.” Smith mentioned if he had gone to a bigger school he might have gotten lost in a sea of thousands of other students, and a professor may not have noticed him. Will Mentor described Smith as, “Visually literate. He has that ‘it’ factor that is not easy to describe. His work evades an easy reading,” said Mentor. “I admire his willingness to experiment.”

When Smith went to the Art Hop last year, he did not think about participating, but when he realized how close he was to being thrown into the real world this year, as a senior, he jumped on the opportunity to get exposure and experience showing his art. Brian Collier is another Art Professor who has experience displaying his work to the public. Collier is aware of the highs and lows of shows and says, “I have just done the best I can as his [Smith’s] professor to help him develop his vision and technique as an artist. I’ve also worked to help him develop skills to present himself and his work professionally.” Collier has hopes for Smith, along with all his other students. With Smith specifically Collier says, “ Cameron’s quiet determination has led to this achievement and I’m sure he has many more to come.”

When the Art Hop weekend came to a close Smith reflected, “There was a lot going on. Everybody was just super excited to just see art.” With this experience behind him, he is excited to see what the future holds. He does not see this show being his last, with anxieties of graduation coming up he says his goal is, “Trying to get my art out there as fast as possible and just build my resume so in the future I have this background I can build off of.”

His work is still being shown at 56 Howard Street, Burlington, Vermont until the end of September. To look at more of Smith’s art click the home button below.

By Talia Perrea
Visionary Editor

While St. Michael’s College is a pretty accessible campus, there are things that can still be done to help improve the accessibility. Antonia Messuri, the Director of Academic Support Services here at the college, believes in taking it “one door at a time.”

This is a good place to start said Joel Ribout, associate director of Facilities,Planning and Construction. This year alone his team has already added in an automatic door opener to the mailroom, and are about to add one into the front doors of McCarthy Arts Center in the upcoming weeks.

In a perfect world Ribout would love to be able to buy more snow removal equipment, replace the walkways, and have two elevators in every building, so if one breaks they still have a working one.

Currently the school doesn’t have the budget, to help Ribout’s perfect world come to life. He said he’s doing what he can with the budget he has.

Renovations around campus aren’t the only things that can be done to help students with disabilities. Leslie Turner, Testing Center Coordinator, says it’s nice to give people the option to ask for help, such as asking if someone wants you to carry their bag or push their wheelchair. She recommended reaching out to students who you see that are struggling, to see if they need any help, and to make eye contact when addressing other students.

Patrick Standen, an instructor of philosophy, also had a message to share about accessibility. “If you remove the attitudinal barriers, you will remove the architectural barriers,” Standen said. He explained that if you change how you see the world and think about it, everything else follows. “If you believe people with disabilities have an equal right to be and have access to education and all those resources, then suddenly you will find the way to make it happen,” Standen said.

by Victoria Bradford

Staff Writer    

Many students think of the natural area, a protected piece of land across Route 15 from Hoehl, as a secretive, off-limits space. Declan McCabe hopes that a new art exhibit, slowly melting into the earth along the nature paths, will encourage students to explore the land.   

What is art? Can we challenge the ideals of art? These are questions artist Nancy Winship Milliken wants you to walk away with after experiencing her installation “Earth Press Project: Dispatch from Gaia” in the Saint Michael’s College’s natural area.  

Her project is a collaboration with professors Declan McCabe, Brian Collier, and Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. Five stanzas of deNiord’s poem “Dispatch from Gaia” have been imprinted into blocks made of clay and other materials from the Champlain basin, baked by the sun. Throughout one month, these blocks will break down and return to the natural landscape. 

“Mother’s singing to us now in a loud-soft voice, ‘Put your ear to the air and ground and sea,’” the blocks once read. Walking down to the sculpture’s exhibit, “Mother” is the only legible piece of art left after weeks of rain and scorching heat. 

“We extracted the earth and now it will dissolve back into the earth,” Milliken explained, explaining the meaning of her piece. 

When approached by Collier about a project that promotes sustainability, Milliken, who typically conducts site-specific work, was inspired by the sights and sounds of the natural area surrounded by local flora and fauna.   

“After walking the property with Brian [Collier] and Declan [McCabe], the idea of the transformation of the land, and how changes can happen, I thought should be represented in the work,” Milliken said.

Milliken’s “earth press” approach works through baking the clay and imprinting the words using through pressing in old typeface. 

“If you follow through from beginning to end this particular form of art is extremely sustainable and is literally designed to go back into nature,” said McCabe, who has a lead role in stewarding the natural area and emphasizing sustainability. “Literally if you go down and look, it is falling apart. The rain is just taking it apart grain by grain and it won’t need to be removed  because the weather will literally put it back into the ground. And because it’s native clay, you’re not risking bringing any invasive species in with it,” he said.  

Milliken mentioned the importance of the collaboration between her, Collier, McCabe, students, and other artisans. “One of the outtakes is collaboration and how accessible we are not just by ourselves, and that this project was made with interns and other artisans. We all came together for this project and we’re sort of combining poetry and sculpture and natural resources.” 

Milliken said her piece represents the ephemerality of the earth and our thoughts. She typically doesn’t want the viewer to take something home with them. In other words, she doesn’t want them to anticipate a specific outcome after viewing the art. “I hope it is open-ended and that there’s thought about not only our earth and vulnerability of our earth and of our thoughts and words, but also what is art?” 

“You know this is not a stone sculpture or a steel sculpture that will last forever. It’s challenging the notions of art,” she said. 

You can see the time-lapse of the project’s return to Earth on October 3 in the McCarthy Art Gallery along with a reading by Chard DeNiord. 

September 6- 8 rang in Burlington’s 27th annual art hop. Artists from all around huddled together downtown to display their art and give curious roamers a chance to see inside studios, for a unique
experience behind-the-scenes of artists’ work. Students of St. Michael’s had the opportunity to attend the Art Hop and capture the magic behind it.