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Jim Kenyon

A Radical Departure

Russell Rickford’s job at Dartmouth didn’t require him to swing a hammer, push a broom or wash a dish. Still, the college’s blue-collar workers look at the 38-year-old history professor as one of them. Last Saturday, they made it official. Rickford became an honorary lifetime member of Local 560 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 500 food service workers, custodians, security guards and employees working in the trades at the college. “I really appreciate what you’ve done for us,” union President Earl

Jim Kenyon: Turned Away From Prison

It is the policy of the Vermont Department of Corrections to encourage inmates in a manner consistent with security to have regular social visits with relatives and other individuals in order to maintain close family and community ties. ­— From the Vermont Department of Corrections Policies and Directives ∎  When I arrived at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, Vt., last Sunday morning at 8:45, a dozen or so people — mothers, wives and young children, mostly — were waiting to be let in

Jim Kenyon: Canaan Man Breathing Easier After Double Lung Transplant

Nearly three months after undergoing a double lung transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Jake Lusona is on the road to recovery. The short walk from his bedroom to the kitchen at his parents’ home in Canaan no longer feels as though he’s climbing Mount Cardigan. He’s enjoying his favorite food — tacos — again. He’s ditched the walker, and is driving his pickup. But Lusona knows the road ahead could get bumpy. Then again, what else is new? He’s used to dealing with

Jim Kenyon: The Osher-ILEAD Name Game

Dartmouth is no Harvard, for better and for worse. But we already knew that. It does, however, point up the different ways the two Ivy League schools handled the naming rights to their respective adult learning institutes. In May, the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth, known as ILEAD, announced with great fanfare (free pens and bookmarks for everyone who attended the luncheon) that the college had received a $2 million endowment grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation. The gift was contingent on

Jim Kenyon: Wine and Cheese Firing Party at the Co-op

For the last few months, I’ve been writing from time to time about the problems that some workers at the Co-op Food Stores are having with management. But I never thought it would come to this. On June 13, two long time employees at the Lebanon Co-op were fired and escorted out of the supermarket without being given a reason for their abrupt dismissal. John Boutin, 61, and Dan King, 56, had each worked at the Co-op for more than 10 years. Although the Hanover

Jim Kenyon: Everyone Into the (Jury) Pool

Last Tuesday morning, I reported for jury duty at the U.S. District Court in Brattleboro. Having never served on a jury, I looked forward to seeing how the sausage is made. The jury pool consisted of 50 or so Vermonters, of which 12 jurors (plus two alternates) would be chosen to decide the fate of a man charged with dealing crack cocaine and prescription painkillers in the state. During the selection process, a prospective juror (not me, I didn’t have the courage) posed a question

Jim Kenyon: Family Therapy

The second-floor bedroom has been unoccupied since last June, but the radio, tuned to a local country station, plays on from early morning to bedtime. The stuffed animals that belonged to the teenage girl who slept here are scattered across the bed. The girl’s favorite black skirt, which her mother always thought was a tad on the short side, is neatly folded in a chest of drawers. “I’m not at the point yet where I can let go,” said Tanya DeMond. “I need Ashley’s things

Jim Kenyon: Redefining Schoolwork

Going to school and doing well in class wasn’t a top priority for Alex Gelinas during her early days at Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Her family had moved from northern Georgia to the Upper Valley midway through her freshman year. “It was a culture shock coming here,” said Gelinas, now a senior. “I had a hard time adjusting. I didn’t feel that I had many friends. I was definitely struggling.” In the spring of her junior year, Gelinas’ guidance counselor suggested she talk with

Jim Kenyon: Financial Aid for Dartmouth

With Dartmouth’s price tag approaching $62,000 a year, students and parents have good reason to question whether they’re getting their money’s worth. The same goes for the rest of the public. Why should Dartmouth — or any other deep-pocketed private college, for that matter — continue reaping colossal tax benefits afforded to nonprofit organizations when it pays top executives like Wall Street bankers? And how can a college with a $4 billion endowment and which shows no signs of calling off the fund-raising dogs still

Jim Kenyon: Co-op & Competitor

If you want the management team and the governing board of the Co-op Food Stores to break into a cold sweat, mention the “H” word. Since the Hannaford supermarket chain arrived on the Route 12A strip in West Lebanon a few years ago, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s leadership has been quaking in its oatmeal. At the Co-op’s annual meeting in April, General Manager Terry Appleby told members the Hannaford store was registering $600,000 a week in sales. The implication being that a good chunk