# # # As Vermont students returned to campus this week, Rep. Peter Welch held a roundtable Wednesday morning to discuss college affordability and gather input about pending legislation that could revamp the nation’s financial aid system.Welch was joined at the roundtable, which was held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, by students and higher education officials from throughout Vermont. The group focused its discussion on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), which passed the House Education and Labor Committee this summer and which is expected to come to a vote in the House this fall.“Throughout Vermont, students and parents are struggling to afford college. While federal financial aid programs help many Vermonters pay their tuition bills, many more still cannot afford this most important investment,” Welch said. “As Congress weighs this comprehensive legislation, it is important for me to hear Vermonters’ feedback to ensure that we pass a bill that expands access and improves affordability.”H.R. 3221 is broad-ranging legislation that would increase the maximum size of Pell Grants, expand access to Perkins Loans, convert all new federal student lending to direct loans, create a new Community College Grant Program and simplify federal student loan applications.Participants in Welch’s forum included Tim Drew, a Community College of Vermont student, and Jessica Grout, a senior at Vermont Technical College. Representatives from the following organizations and institutions also took part: Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont Technical College, the University of Vermont, Champlain College, Norwich University, Union Institute and University, New England Culinary Institution, College of St. Joseph, Vermont Law School, Marlboro College, Goddard College, Burlington College, St. Michael’s College, Johnson State and Southern Vermont College.Source: Welch’s office.
The Dodgers have seen fire, rain and hysteria before. They have turned loose the champagne in Washington, San Francisco, Arizona, Chicago and Atlanta over the past two years. Their shape-shifting roster has a lot of silencers.Unlike most of those Dodgers victims, the Brewers are fresh and experienced, with problems to pose.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Christian Yelich of Westlake Village is the probable National League MVP, and Lorenzo Cain is a two-way force, a player who resounds far beyond his stats. Brought in by GM David Stearns, they are two front-line outfielders who remade the club double-handedly.During the season, Stearns got third baseman Mike Moustakas, part of the 2015 Royals’ championship team along with Cain, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Left fielder Ryan Braun, the guy who nosed out Matt Kemp for MVP in 2011, is still dangerous at 34.But the Dodgers’ largest challenge in this National League Championship Series will be a merciless Milwaukee bullpen.Working backward, they must deal with the glowering Jeremy Jeffress (.182 batting average-against), long-haired lefty Josh Hader (.132), former closer Cory Knebel (.194) and rookie blazer Corbin Burnes (.199). From Bakersfield and St. Mary’s College, Burnes has come in with nine men on base and stranded them all.Hader could not have pitched much better if baseball had outlawed the glove. He pitched 81 and one-third innings, struck out an MLB-reliever record 143, and gave up 34 hits. He was also asked to face more than three batters in 33 of his games.Left-handed batters should have negotiated a settlement with Hader before they faced him. They hit .090 against him and came up with four extra-base hits. That’s 102 lefty batters against Hader. Forty-nine struck out.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Nobody has found a way to turn “mojo” into an acronym, let alone measure it.The Milwaukee Brewers have the best record in the National League and a 4-0 postseason record because they pitch, hit, run and catch, not because they’re walking on sunshine.But even though the concept of vibe can’t be quantified, it’s within you and without you if you’re the Brewers.Playoff history favors That Team, the one that swims against the current of baseball economics and probability. Add veterans Joakim Soria and Dan Jennings and talented rookie Brandon Woodruff, and it would seem imperative that the Dodgers come up with early runs, maybe within the confines of the ballpark. Their little-ball game has quietly emerged, with eight steals and 27 walks against the Braves.They also will throw Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler at the Brewers in Games 1 and 2. That seems a massive mismatch. The Brewers had quality starts in only 31 percent of their games.Manager Craig Counsell could respond with lefty Gio Gonzalez, who struggled in Washington but pitched well in Milwaukee. Gonzalez also is 4-1 lifetime vs L.A. with a 1.89 ERA. Wade Miley is a clever lefty who vexed the Dodgers on July 31 with two hits over seven innings. The Brewers were 12-4 when Miley started.The guess is the Dodgers, with all those unruffled, code-cracking bench hitters and with a couple of days to reset, will eventually squeeze out this series, maybe with Buehler staring down the Miller Park mania in Game 6.They remember last year, the way the Astros and their fans made it feel like the first time. Besides, with all the Dodgers have encountered and left behind, when do they get to be That Team? Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There was Atlanta in 1991, the Angels in 2002, Colorado in 2007, Kansas City in 2014. None was short on talent. They just hadn’t found a place to happen. When they did, their cities swarmed the bandwagon as if it were escaping Saigon.The Brewers are That Team in 2018, the only one that nobody but baseball people saw coming. When That Team catches a wave, it normally doesn’t crash.Milwaukee has not reached a World Series since 1982, when Chase Utley was 3. Those Brewers were Harvey’s Wallbangers, with Manager Harvey Kuenn getting around on a leg that was amputated at the knee. They were a scruffy bunch that played in County Stadium, where Hank Aaron and the Braves had won the 1957 Series.The Wallbangers sold themselves as underdogs despite two Hall of Famers, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount. They beat the Angels in the ALCS and took the Cardinals to Game 7.This team plays in swank Miller Park and gobbled up a five-game deficit on Sept. 2 to catch the Cubs and win the NL Central in the 163rd game. The Brewers have not lost since Sept. 22 (3-0 to Pittsburgh) and have an 11-game winning streak.