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Trashing the Press

By Samantha VanSchoick
On February 10, 2012

Controversial Critic's are in trashcans all over the Lyndon State College campus.

800 copies of issue 14 were distributed throughout campus during the college's accepted student's day. The paper's front page contained a story about an LSC student who had been recently arrested for sexual assault. This is the first time the paper has ever distributed such a large quantity of papers in one day.

An LSC custodian, Pete Mallet, noticed that there were new school newspapers in the trash, so he took the clean ones and put them back on to benches for students to read.

"20 minutes later most of them were gone," he said. "Then about an hour later I was checking the trashcan again and there were 25 in there. They might have been the same ones that I set down before."

Mallet found around 50 issues in the trashcans around the theater lobby.

Critic staff members noticed stacks of papers disappearing minutes after they had set them down. The same stacks could be found in the trashcans near the distribution points, such as the main entrance to the Academic and Student Activities Center and the bench next to the LSC bookstore. 

Eric Blaisdell, editor of The Critic, promptly notified public safety about the stolen papers.  Faculty members were also notified via email to contact public safety if they saw the thefts occurring. 

Shortly after that, public safety received a call of three unidentified women dumping copies of the Critic into a trashcan near the Hornet's Nest. 

As the front page of every issue of The Critic states, the first copy of The Critic is free, but additional copies are fifty cents each. Businesses that advertise with The Critic pay to have their ads seen and when copies are thrown away no one can view these ads.

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact The Critic at as well as contact public safety.

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