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The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

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The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

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VTSU SGAs issue vote of No Confidence

Jo Cutler November 8, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 2 the Student Government Association (SGA) sent out an email with a statement expressing its opposition to Optimization 2.0. The group said, during the creation of Optimization 2.0, the...

Toxic relationships and domestic violence

Heike Chaney November 8, 2023

Most students on campus are in one of three situations: Some students are in healthy relationships with a respectful romantic partner. Others are single and may have preferences in prioritizing academics....

Natural sciences going strong

Jo Cutler November 8, 2023

With other majors struggling to stay afloat, at VTSU-Johnson the natural science majors are thriving. So, why is that? What makes these majors so popular? Under the natural science department, there are...

Student Reactions 2.0

Heike Chaney November 8, 2023

One month has passed since the announcement of the Optimization 2.0 plan, and students are finding themselves in difficult positions. With the numbers of professors being cut, signing up for the by-out,...

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Mik Crane November 8, 2023

Jamia Danzy is the Dean of Students for all VTSU campuses and is specifically based at the Johnson location in Dewey 161.   What are some of your responsibilities as a dean of students? So,...

Major Specifics: Details on Optimization 2.0

Basement Medicine Staff November 8, 2023

Education Since Optimization 2.0 was proposed on Oct. 2 and 3, students and faculty have been unsure about what will happen to their majors and jobs. Which majors being cut? Which majors be moved to different...

Snuffy’s Trail was formerly an official trail that connected Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort ski areas.

Resorts withdraw connector lift proposal

Aaron Calvin, Staff Writer for "News and Citizen" October 11, 2023

After fierce opposition from the Agency of Natural Resources, the gondola-style connector lift that Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort hoped to develop has been put on indefinite pause. The...

Back from the flood: Johnsons new (temp) library

Back from the flood: Johnsons new (temp) library

Mik Crane October 11, 2023

The aftermath of the July 10-11 flood is still affecting the community of Johnson. Many of the town’s businesses and buildings are still recovering financially and physically. The Johnson Public Library...

Unity standing with Teach-Out at the 2023 Burlington Pride Parade

A new place for Unity

Dayne Bell October 11, 2023

The Veteran’s room in Dewey has been a pretty quiet place over the past few years. Until this semester, it had been a lightly-used gathering space for veterans on campus. Now it has transformed into...

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

Jo Cutler, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

Last year, Vermont State University-Johnson almost lost its campus radio station. This was not due to the merger of the state colleges, but a lack of student participation. Compared to the previous school...

Senator Peter Welch

Sen. Welch introduces new bill to eliminate interest on student loans

Evan Coleman October 11, 2023

On Thursday, July 27, Senator Peter Welch of Vermont introduced new legislation with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn) that would lower the cost of college for current...

Andy Chase, RN.

Meet campus nurse Andy Chase

Sage As8bakw Selec, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

In 2022, Northern Vermont University merged with Castleton University and Vermont Tech to become Vermont State University (VTSU). Out of that comes a positive change for the Johnson campus, the hiring...

A personal reflection: My experience at the Abenaki Gathering

A personal reflection: My experience at the Abenaki Gathering

Sage As8bakw Selec October 11, 2023

The 2023 annual Abenaki Gathering was hosted by the Nulhegan-Coosuk band Aug. 23-27. It was held at the Mt. Norris Scout Reservation — a campground situated by Lake Eden, off of Route 100. For the longest...

Ticket to Pride

Ticket to Pride

Dayne Bell September 8, 2023

Unity (previously NVUnity) on the Vermont State University – Johnson campus is currently taking sign-ups for a trip to Burlington Pride on Sunday, September 10.   Johnson Unity students...

Professor of Writing and Literature Tyrone Shaw


Deanna Oakes and Dayne Bell April 27, 2023

His horns and tail might be hidden on this mortal plane, but the devil walks among us…for now. After a 30-year career here, Professor of Writing and Literature Tyrone Shaw will be leaving the Johnson...

Ed. Dept. set to hire new professor

Dayne Bell April 27, 2023

After a year-long process, the Education Department at NVU Johnson has concluded their search for a secondary education professor. The university has made an offer to one of the two finalists, and the...

It’s never too late to join the Peace Corps

It’s never too late to join the Peace Corps

April 27, 2023

Do you have dreams of traveling? Do you strive to better the world or simply feel best when helping others? Look no further than the Peace Corps, an organization dedicated to helping communities across...

Becca Balint

Rep. Becca Balint to speak at Commencement

Hannah McMahon April 27, 2023

United States Representative Becca Balint has been chosen as commencement speaker for both of Northern Vermont University campuses. It will be NVU’s last ever commencement prior to the July 1 launch...

Social Justice Coalition outlines concerns

Social Justice Coalition outlines concerns

April 27, 2023

In early March, the Social Justice Coalition, NVUnity, and the Coalition of Minority Students (COMS), presented a statement to former VTSU President Parwinder Grewal, detailing the impacts that the recent...

Jean-Paul Orgeron

Library digitization plan shelved following months of backlash

Dayne Bell April 27, 2023

Newly installed Interim President Mike Smith has rescinded controversial plans to eliminate most books from campus libraries as part of a digital-first initiative, putting to rest months of protests and...

Mike Smith

VTSU President Grewal resigns; interim president appointed

Deanna Oakes April 27, 2023

In an April 24 email to the Vermont State University community, Interim President Mike Smith announced the shelving of controversial plans to reduce the university libraries’ book collections by up to...

Malik Moore, Ari Bunney and Denyse Ruiz after a grueling round of miniature golf in the former 

Former bookstore space designated for student use

March 14, 2023

On May 17, 2022, the NVU-J Bookstore closed its doors for good. Since then, students have observed little activity in the room, aside from the removal of furniture. Michele Whitmore, Johnson’s Executive...

Tyrone Shaw

First-year seminar program to be revamped for fall semester

March 14, 2023

The structure of the first-year seminar as we know it is changing. Northern Vermont University is months away from merging into Vermont State University (VTSU), and this coming fall, first year students...

Pam Billings

She’s got your back

Deanna Oakes March 14, 2023

Pamela Billings is the new coordinator of disability services on the Johnson campus. She worked as a speech pathologist in public schools for years before moving on to academic support in higher education...

Students gather with placards before  VTSU President Parwinder Grewal’s Valentine’s Day visit

My not-so-funny Valentine

Commentary by Deanna Oakes March 14, 2023

By all accounts, it was strange and not-so-funny Valetine, when on Feb. 14, university president Parwinder Grewal, along with several of his cabinet members, arrived on the NVU-Johnson campus for a meeting...

Sara Kinerson

New advising model set for fall

Dayne Bell March 14, 2023

Over the past few years, the advising models across VSC campuses have gone through multiple changes. Many students began their education at Johnson being appointed major-specific faculty advisors....

Demetrius Brown

New director of residence life settles in

Hannah McMahon February 11, 2023

Arriving last fall, Demetrius Brown, the new director of residence life, has settled in comfortably in his Dewey Hall office, eager to bring positive change to campus life. His goal, he says, is to...

Abandon hope all ye who enter here

Stearns “Hellevator”: Abandon hope all ye who enter here

Alexis Martin and Dayne Bell February 11, 2023

Imagine going into Stearns and using the elevator and it suddenly stops with you inside. On multiple occasions during the past few months, a short trip between floors turned into something somewhat longer....

Johnson Health Center

Out with the subs, in with the scrubs: Johnson Health Center replaces Subway

Kyle Gagnon February 11, 2023

The Johnson Health Center has opened its doors in downtown Johnson, offering a range of medical and addiction care services. Nurse Practitioner Caroline Butler is now directing the new facility in what...

The reference section in the library.

Announcement of shift to an all-digital library and withdrawal of Badgers from NCAA draws anger and sadness

Commentary by Deanna Oakes February 11, 2023

On Tuesday, Feb.7, at approximately 3:45p.m., the VTSU community received a shocking email with the subject line “Announcing Changes to Vermont State University Athletics and Libraries.” Those changes...

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