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41 Days of Above Average Temperatures

This has been a ridiculously mild winter in Vermont. There really were only two snow storms, and thankfully no ice storms. The weather has been in the high 50s and low 60s for the last few weeks now and its making studying very hard. However, it is nice to be able to start and exercise outside again. The VLS gym just is not the place where you want to spend much of your time if you can help it.

That actually was one thing I didn’t pay much attention to when I was looking at the school. If you’re used to a big corporate facility or university gym, you are going to be in for a surprise. The student body has been working aggressively with the Administration to improve this underfunded and deteriorating resource. There have been multiple town meetings, consulting firm design plans, and funding inquiries. The students care greatly about improving the gym and the Administration is definitely responding in a myriad of ways.

First, there now is an externally hired cleaning crew that comes in three times a week to do a deeper cleaning of the space. Second, knowing that there is limited resources, the Outdoors Club is getting more gear and equipment storage space for students to experience the offerings of the local wilderness as an alternative. Third, the building that will eventually be used to house the law clinic is now a rec. room space with a pool and ping pong table, and dart board. Its popularity has sky rocketed this week as students are returning from spring break and enjoying the last remaining weeks of sanity before finals time. And finally, the temporary option is available for VLS students to go to the Vermont Technical College in Randolph for free. I haven’t been there yet myself but there is a pool and I’m sure the equipment is in much better condition. This is all pretty amazing considering how hard it can be to compel the administrations to act at larger schools.

The Administration is definitely working to get a new gym built and locate funding, and consider options for that. There may be a user fee but it really would be better than nothing, or leaving it the way it is now. Although the new building and equipment wont be available during my time here, I am happy to know that it will be an improvement for future students to enjoy.

It helps to attend a small school for many reasons. This is one of them.


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