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Caitlin Wilkins moves on

Caitlin Wilkins moves on

Charlie Page

November 22, 2019

One of the two first-year advisors has left NVU-Johnson for another position within the University. Caitlin Wilkins, who began her advising work last March, has accepted a position as Assistant Director of Residential Life on the Lyndon campus. Despite her love for working at NVU Johnson, Wilkins...

Student loses all her possessions in recent flood

Student loses all her  possessions in recent flood

Ari Erlbaum

November 22, 2019

Arriana Crowe first saw her house surrounded by water at 3:30 in the morning Nov. 1. Crowe, a first-year Business Administration student, had been staying at a friend’s house on Halloween night during the heavy rains. She drove to her house in the Twin Bridges area the next morning to get work pants...

Meunier hired as student development coordinator

Meunier hired as  student development coordinator

Thomas Streeter

November 21, 2019

There is a new face in The Academic Support Services Office. Student Development Coordinator Jesse Meunier comes to NVU-Johnson after graduating from NVU-Lyndon with a degree in psychology and human services. Meunier is completing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the graduate program...

Long Range Planning Committee outlines next steps

Adriana Eldred

November 21, 2019

On Oct. 21, the Long Range Planning Committee – comprised of members of the VSCS executive team, including the board of trustees and Chancellor Jeb Spaulding – released a memo highlighting the next steps in securing the future of the Vermont State Colleges System. The memo emphasized the previously...

Library deselection continues anew

Library deselection  continues anew

Charlie Page

November 21, 2019

As the process of removing old and out-of-date library resources at the Willey Library continues, the extent of the initiative remains unclear. The process of removing older and out of date resources, also known as deselection, began over the summer, and has carried over into the current school year. Deselection...

Swipe Out Hunger provides meals for students

Charlie Page, Student

November 7, 2019

One in three college students across the country don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. The Swipe Out Hunger program aims to change that. The Swipe Out Hunger Program is a national campaign to end food insecurity on college campuses. According to Haleigh West, the Service and Leadership...

Jenna’s Promise org. hopes to start addiction treatment programs

Jenna’s Promise org. hopes to start addiction treatment programs

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Jenna’s Promise is a new organization in Johnson seeking to provide services for people in opioid use recovery and fill some broader community needs. Dawn and Greg Tatro are the founders of Jenna’s promise. They watched their daughter Jenna struggle with opioid addiction for six years. “You’re...

Johnson assesses impact after Halloween flooding

Johnson assesses impact after Halloween flooding

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

After torrential flooding on Oct. 31, Johnson residents woke up on Nov. 1 to flooded backyards and washed-out roads. According to a Facebook post from Kyle Nuse, at 9:00 a.m, the Johnson select board passed an Emergency Declaration for the town. Route 15 from Community Bank to Jolley’s had to be...

NVU community signs petition calling for more funding

NVU community signs petition calling for more funding

November 7, 2019

Tensions involving the constant constriction of budgets has affected not only students, but staff and faculty as well. Some staff have taken it upon themselves to drive the efforts further. The Vermont State Employee’s Association (VSEA) has created a petition calling on the chancellor, board of trustees...

Badger Alternative Breaks announces trip locations

Badger Alternative Breaks announces trip locations

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Badger Alternative Breaks, also known as BAB, has set its two service trips for Feb. 2020, and both are unique opportunities for the participants involved in their respective groups. One group of students will be traveling with group leaders Ashley Donahue and Anais Dutton to the Grand Canyon’s...

Green Team seeks EcoLeague membership

Green Team seeks  EcoLeague membership

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

On Oct. 21, members of Green Team, the campus sustainability club, met with NVU President Elaine Collins to discuss the possibility of NVU-Johnson working to become eligible to be invited into The EcoLeague, a group of six colleges that support sustainability through their curriculum and the decisions...

“The Last Elephants” is informative, heartbreaking and well-worth the time

Lisa Monique-Kent, Student

November 7, 2019

I didn’t know. I really didn’t know that taking ivory from elephants meant their deaths. I thought that poachers took part of the ivory, but left the animals alive. That’s not exactly better, but at least in my version the elephant lived. In reality, the animals are left where they are felled,...

I walk the line

I walk the line

Justin Robertiello, Student

November 7, 2019

Editors Note: This is the first in an occasional series featuring students writing about their jobs. Most of those attending NVU work part-time or full-time in addition to their studies. Most people know what it is like to eat in a restaurant, but how many know how to cook in one? It’s 7:00 a.m....

Student Advisory Council seeks members

Student Advisory Council seeks members

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

November 7, 2019

The President’s Student Advisory Council is an assembly of students across campus whose goal is to provide insight to the student experience, as well as improve and add to campus life that was once missing. Until Oct. 31, Michele Whitmore, associate dean of students and advisor on the council, was...

Seguino’s Radical Empathy a plea for understanding and compassion

Seguino’s Radical Empathy a plea for understanding and compassion

Jenn Dezotelle, Student

November 7, 2019

A question posed by philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah sparked inspiration in Stephanie Seguino, an artist and economist. “What do we owe strangers by virtue of our shared humanity?” Appiah asked in his book, “Cosmopolitanism,” which lead to Seguino’s Radical Empathy exhibit. Seguino has shown...

Commuter housing available to students during winter months

Jenn Dezotelle, Student

October 24, 2019

Bad weather housing is now available for commuter students. As winter approaches, the need for safe travel plans and resources that can be used in the event of unforeseen circumstances grows. Adopted from the NVU-Lyndon campus, commuter housing is now available on the Johnson campus. “Having...

O’Neill urges harm reduction in treatment of opioid addiction

O’Neill urges harm reduction in treatment of opioid addiction

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

Opioid use disorder is a disease, not a personal failing, said Kate O’Neill, and the stigma attached to it makes it harder to get treatment. “We saw again and again peoples’ faces change when they learned that [my sister] had opioid use disorder. Everyone from social workers to the cardiologist...

Parking tickets and passes: an FAQ

Cody Blaisdell, Student

October 24, 2019

As of Oct 25, NVU-Johnson has received about $28,000 in parking permit sales, with incoming students asking the perennial question: where does the money go? In the 2017/2018 academic year, there were $31,000 in permit sales and $37,000 in the following academic year, according to Public Safety Director...

A Call To Action’s work is a pile of trash

A Call To Action’s work is a pile of trash

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

October 24, 2019

You may have noticed the odd sculpture that appeared a few weeks ago on the quad- it’s made mostly of tires, stacked on top of each other to resemble a figure; dirty and decerped items litter around it, along with a banner stretching across its shoulders, written in green paint, “A Call To Action.” This...

New telepresence technology finally functional in WLLC 217

New telepresence technology finally functional in WLLC 217

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

WLLC room 217 has been dark since the semester’s beginning, despite plans for the former main computer lab in WLLC to have become the largest site for telepresence on campus by summer’s end. As the weeks ticked by, the room remained closed, still not part of the growing telepresence infrastructure...

Hate group stickers appear on campus

Hate group stickers appear on campus

Cody Blaisdell, Student

October 24, 2019

The white-nationalist group, Patriot Front, has made its presence on campus known after stickers advertising the group has been seen in several locations on campus within the first week of October. A sticker reading “Better Dead Than Red” showing a red hammer and sickle, a common symbol linked to...

Water main break at the Apartments

Water main break at the Apartments

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2019

On Sep. 26, water was shut off to the campus apartment complex in order to fix “a water line break,” according to an email from Barb Flathers. It was projected that the maintenance would take two hours, and be back on by 1:00. At 6:00, Flathers emailed again, and informed residents that the water...

Tuition cost at NVU increases by 2.9 percent

Tuition cost at NVU increases by 2.9 percent

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

October 24, 2019

News of a 2.9 percent tuition increase approaching is just riding the shirttails of the press release by the VSCS affirming its support of both NVU campuses to remain open. Along with endorsing a two-campus NVU, the VSCS board of trustees say they are looking to make “plans to strengthen the system’s...

New Schools of Academia

New Schools of Academia

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2019

Provost Nolan Atkins has announced that the NVU faculty has “approved a new organizational structure for our academic programs.” All majors will now be reorganized into groups, known as schools. These four schools will each have a school head, who will report to the Provost. The new schools are...

Visitors among us: a Vermont writer’s search for Sasquatch

Visitors among us:  a Vermont writer’s search for Sasquatch

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

The following quote about Sasquatch is a bit long and unwieldy. But Christopher Noël thought it was important enough to edit it as he spoke, even dictating to me where to put parentheses and semicolons. “Either they simply exist, or else the tens of thousands of eyewitness reports that have been...

Digging up dirt to clean up campus

Digging up dirt to clean up campus

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

Composting on campus has been successful despite a few missteps, including an incident during opening weekend when non-compostable material was found in four compost receptacles. The issue was that there were utensils and cups present that were made from a type of plastic known as bioplastic. These...

Former Dewey Women’s Center now Student Hub: “Making college less complicated”

Former Dewey Women’s Center now Student Hub: “Making college less complicated”

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

The student hub is a source of information and guidance for students to simplify the process of acquiring information about the services and offices available to them. The new initiative was created by NVU-Johnson senior Seana Rowell and supervised by Associate Dean of Students Michele Whitmore. The...

Pasta prevalence persistently pesters “Peggy’s Plate” patrons

Pasta prevalence persistently pesters “Peggy’s Plate” patrons

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

Despite lamentations on an Instagram account about pervasive pasta prevalence in Stearns, General Manager of Dining Services Tom Fondakowski wants you to know that, in the dining hall, vegans get love too. On Saturdays and Sundays, he explained, “[The left hot-meal station] is actually not a vegan...

NVU majors: out with the old and in with the new

NVU majors: out with the old and in with the new

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

One of the oft-spoken about benefits of unification, the addition of new majors, has, in the past, been overlooked in order to focus on more crucial pieces of the task. Now that the main parts of uniting the two campuses are underway, departments have started focusing in on new majors and new ways to...

VSCS announces tuition hikes up to 2.9 percent

VSCS announces tuition hikes up to 2.9 percent

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-In-Chief

October 3, 2019

Back in May, it was announced that tuition for students in the VSCS would be going up by 1 percent, after $2.5 million in state support funding brought the hikes down from 3 percent. The reduction to 1% from 3% increase was purported to benefit full time Vermont students with annual savings of $192...

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