Stories by MacLean Gander
Issue of Sep 16, 2020 (#579)
- For Putney Selectboard, a journey through racial discomfort is far from over: A town administrator’s Facebook posts draw a rebuke from the leader of the Windham County NAACP, who felt silenced by the board’s response. When the national conversation on race lands in a small town’s government, nobody ends up unscathed.
Issue of Aug 5, 2020 (#573)
- The one green state: On a recent Coronavirus map, Vermont stood alone as a green spot in a sea of red, yellow, and orange. We are not an island that can isolate itself from the wildfire on the mainland.
Issue of Jul 29, 2020 (#572)
- Requiem for a second living room: An economic casualty of the pandemic, Arkham was a dive bar where drinks were cheap, everyone was welcome, and one could meet new friends — maybe even a spouse
- College’s assets disperse from Potash Hill: Marlboro College campus sold after contentious process, with academic program now in the hands of Emerson College
Issue of Jul 15, 2020 (#570)
- Hard choices: A professor resumes teaching on a campus, with no choice but to figure out how to make it happen
Issue of Jul 1, 2020 (#568)
- Measuring the economic impact: Vermont artists, arts organizations, and related businesses are among those reeling from an economy hit hard by the economic shutdown — but resources are available, and new state funding could be in the offing
Issue of Jun 3, 2020 (#564)
- The fire this time: ‘As a White liberal married to a reasonable Black American woman, I don’t know how to watch the deadness in the eyes of the White police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck — even after he was handcuffed — until he died’
Issue of Apr 29, 2020 (#559)
- Pandemic frees up shelter for homeless people: As the COVID-19 crisis has unleashed countless consequences — not all of them negative — regional leaders describe the sudden impact on homelessness, drug trafficking, and other civic challenges
Issue of Apr 22, 2020 (#558)
- What we know: Statistics demonstrate that physical distancing is working, and should be continued. The challenge with the pandemic is that everyone wants it to just be over.
Issue of Apr 8, 2020 (#556)
- The geography of COVID-19: The battle to keep the virus from overwhelming southern Vermont heightens well-worn tensions between residents and out-of-staters — a relationship that is becoming increasingly complicated as medical personnel come from afar to help treat a pandemic
Issue of Mar 25, 2020 (#554)
- So. Vt. learns to live with COVID-19 : In this new era, young people are on the front lines, working for low wages, yet trying to figure out how to pay the rent
- A stunned community: From cashiers on the front lines to business leaders, people in the region are reeling with abrupt change in routine and fear for the future
Issue of Mar 18, 2020 (#553)
- Our perfect storm: In this moment when the highest health priority is to find distance from one another, our highest political priority must be to come together as a nation
Issue of Feb 26, 2020 (#550)
- ‘I have to speak up — not only for myself, but so that students start being heard’: Marc Thurman came to Landmark College as a student of color. He now works there, coordinating its diversity efforts.
Issue of Feb 19, 2020 (#549)
- What do you do when a driver calls your wife a ‘dumb n—— b——’?: Racism is so deeply woven into our national culture that it shapes everything about us as a nation — even when, and especially when, you are a progressive White male who is married to a Black woman
Issue of Jan 22, 2020 (#545)
- Marlboro, Wootton at odds over details of ‘challenge’: As alumni ponder further moves to delay formalizing agreement with Emerson College, college prepares for closure
Issue of Jan 8, 2020 (#543)
- ‘Can’t just turn over and die’: Will Wootton, a former vice president at Marlboro College, talks about the painful changes that might be employed to keep the college on Potash Hill. It might not be pretty, and it definitely won’t be the same. But would it be worth trying?
- Raiding its nest egg: Marlboro College’s broken financial picture is common for small and tiny colleges in the United States, where dozens of public and private colleges have closed or merged since 2016 — and that doesn’t take into account the unique challenges of keeping a tiny school solvent
- End of an era: While some opponents of its announced merger with Emerson College continue to fight, Marlboro College’s community girds for the very likely closure of its Vermont campus
Issue of Jan 1, 2020 (#542)
- Amid uncharted waters, the 2020s begin: It is easy to focus on unprecedented political evil. But for those who yearn for a better United States, one true to its founding principles, perhaps there is some space for hope.