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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...

BAB set for February

Charlie Page, Student

October 3, 2019

Two Badger Alternative Break trips providing students with the opportunity to help people and communities in need are scheduled for February break. The two themes this year are “A Closer look at Homelessness in Vermont,” which will take place Feb. 22-25, where students will volunteer in homeless...

WDEV: We’re on air

WDEV: We’re on air

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

I’m going to try not to let this article turn into a straight love note to WDEV, but I don’t know if I’ll succeed. The radio station has been a fixture in central Vermont my whole life. Every time I tune in, I am grateful for the unpretentious way it makes the Central Vermont community feel like...

Board and chancellor re-affirm support for NVU’s two-campus model

Board and chancellor re-affirm support for NVU’s two-campus model

Adriana Eldred and Tyrone Shaw

September 20, 2019

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees affirmed its unqualified support of Northern Vermont University’s two-campus model at the close of its annual retreat at Lake Morey Resort on Sept. 17-18. The announcement from the chancellor’s office on Sept. 18 came at the close to the two-day retreat,...

Admissions raises the bar

Admissions raises the bar

Allison Irons

September 20, 2019

By now, the demographic challenges facing higher education across the country, but especially in New England, are well known: New England is facing a prolonged drop in the number of students graduating from high school, and that drop is expected to increase significantly after 2025. Despite this, NVU...

Plasma physicist Carrie Black’s unlikely journey from a log cabin in Wolcott

Plasma physicist Carrie Black’s unlikely journey from a log cabin  in Wolcott

Patrick Bell

September 20, 2019

Dr. Carrie Black, Geospace Facilities program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) visited the NVU-Johnson campus on Sept. 4 to talk about her career and some discoveries in science in the first of the fall’s science lecture series. She was born and raised in North Wolcott, Vermont...

Call me by my name: Policy 315 instituted throughout the Vermont State Colleges System

Call me by my name: Policy 315 instituted throughout the Vermont State Colleges System

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2019

VSC Policy 315, a new Vermont State College System policy known as the Chosen Name policy, is providing a remedy for individuals who no longer identify with their birth name. “The origin is from within the Vermont State College System, and several groups within the system over the last few years...

Summer Bridge helps students succeed in higher education

Summer Bridge helps students succeed in higher education

Thomas Streeter

September 20, 2019

During the week of Aug. 18 through Aug. 23, the Summer Bridge program was held on the NVU-Johnson campus, providing an opportunity for incoming freshman who met the criteria for the TRiO program to get a jump on the college experience through a variety of workshops spread throughout the week. To be...

Crackers, candy and condoms

September 20, 2019

The new vending machines around campus are stocked with chips, candy bars, dried fruit trail mix, and, for the first time on the Johnson campus, condoms. In April, Prestige Vending notified NVU-Johnson that they would be taking away their machines. It was too far out of the way for their route drivers....

Welcome back, you’re fired! Work-study positions slashed

Welcome back, you’re fired! Work-study positions slashed

Adriana Eldred

September 19, 2019

In the Advising office in Dewey Hall, a desk sits empty. The chair is pushed in, the computer powered off. No personal items lie on the desk’s surface- no pictures, no paperwork scattered, no sign of use. And yet, the office remains busy – students amble in and out of the entrance, various office...

Four new professors join NVU-J faculty

Four new professors join NVU-J faculty

Ari Erlbaum, Patrick Bell, and Adriana Eldred

September 19, 2019

Two new tenure-track professors and two visiting professors have joined the NVU-J faculty ranks this fall, filling existing vacancies. Emily Tarleton, an assistant professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences department, has been busy in her first few weeks at NVU-Johnson. She has primarily...

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Ciarra Annis

May 9, 2019

It is Wednesday at 7 p.m. and one by one, students shuffle into Wiley Library and Learning Center room 214. As more and more people enter, the mood lightens and soon jokes are flying. It is a slow day and they have nothing to read. Someone mentions a Reddit and it is pulled up on the projector to share...

Welch heading to Norwich University

Welch heading to Norwich University

Magnificent Schmidl

May 9, 2019

Chair of Environmental and Health Sciences department Amy Welch will be leaving at the end of the semester for a position at Norwich University. Welch came to the US from England in 2006 after completing her Ph.D. in exercise science, with an emphasis on exercise and health psychology, at the Univers...

$3 Million budget increase passes House, stalls in Senate

$3 Million budget increase passes House, stalls in Senate

Rebecca Repeta

May 9, 2019

After years of fighting for additional state funding, a substantial budget increase to the Vermont State College System (VSCS) seemed likely after the House passed a $3 million increase, only to be rejected by the Senate Appropriations committee on Friday, May 3. The committee reduced the increase ...

Environmental, Health Sciences Dept to change direction

Environmental, Health Sciences Dept to change direction

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-In-Chief

May 9, 2019

The NVU-Johnson Environmental and Health Sciences department is quickly losing professors left and right. Dr. Bob Genter retired after the 2018 Fall semester, followed by Professors Karen Uhlendorf and Susan Green. Prof. Amy Welch is resigning at the end of the spring semester, and Tania Bacchus will be re...

Outdoor Ed. program undergoes major overhaul

Outdoor Ed. program undergoes major overhaul

Magnificent Schmidl

May 9, 2019

Next semester, there will be some big changes coming to the Outdoor Education department on both NVU Johnson and Lyndon campuses. The new program will be called "Outdoor Education Leadership and Tourism." "Essentially what we’ve done, is when we merged and became NVU, we began examining what progra...

John Miller retires to focus on personal projects

John Miller retires to focus on personal projects

May 9, 2019

John Miller is ending his time at NVU-Johnson this semester, halfway through what was originally planned to be a two-year phase-out into retirement after 16 years at NVU. Miller is a professor of photography and digital imaging in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "I wanted to spend more time workin...

Confusion surrounds “resource deselection” process at Willey

Confusion surrounds “resource deselection” process at Willey

Rebecca Flieder

May 9, 2019

Weeding is a long-held practice of gardeners and librarians alike. Out with the unwanted and in with the blooms. In libraries, weeding is the process of vetting books for eventual discard or disuse. Normally, this process at Willey is like maintaining a garden. Every once in a while, a gardener will ...

A walk on the wild side: drag show closes out Pride week at NVU-Johnson

A walk on the wild side: drag show closes out Pride week at NVU-Johnson

Fallon Repeta

April 24, 2019

This year’s NVU-Johnson Drag Show and Competition was just as wild and crowded as the last two. The Pride Week finale took place in the Stearns Performance Space at 8:00 p.m. and was hosted by Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne. The Burlington-based Queens led the night through a series of performances,...

Chamber on Tour

Chamber on Tour

Fallon Repeta

April 24, 2019

The NVU-Johnson Chamber Singers started their annual recruitment tour on April 3. The 12-person group started the tour with a workshop at McGill University in Montreal, courtesy of Dr. Jean-Sebastian Vallee. Since then, they have visited high school music departments, singing and recruiting students...

SHAPE partners with Rise VT to offer free swim lessons

Magnificent Schmidl

April 24, 2019

Free swim lessons will be available courtesy of a partnership between NVU-Johnson’s SHAPE facility and RiseVT, which offers mini grants to Lamoille county programs whose objectives align with USDA missions for fitness and wellness. RiseVT is an advocate for healthy living in the state of Vermont,...

I Dressed for Dinner

Rebecca Flieder

April 24, 2019

I Dressed for Success and had Dinner with the Boss, and I survived! Just kidding. In case you missed them, Dressed for Success and Dinner with the Boss are two professional training events that the Career and Internship Center runs every year. These, along with the Spring Career and Internship Fair...

Sharon Twigg moves on

Sharon Twigg moves on

Rebecca Flieder

April 24, 2019

Sharon Twigg, chair of the Writing and Literature department and beloved professor, is moving on to greener pastures, much to the sadness of the department as a whole. After 10 years, Twigg is leaving NVU-J. “I’m moving to Colorado,” she said, “where my husband has taken a new job as a political...

Drag Queens talk activism

Drag Queens talk activism

Fallon Repeta

April 24, 2019

The “Queens & Activism” Panel was a massive success, drawing more attendance that nearly any other Pride Week event. Education Professor and NVUnity Club Advisor, Hannah Miller, opened the event by thanking NVUnity for running Pride Week and introducing Drag Queens, Emoji Nightmare (Justin Marsh)...

Uhlendorf retires after 29 years

Uhlendorf retires after 29 years

Magnificent Schmidl

April 24, 2019

This year NVU Johnson will be saying goodbye to Karen Uhlendorf, professor of Environmental and Health sciences, as she retires after the spring semester. She has been teaching at NVU Johnson for 29 years and hopes to stay a part of the community after she leaves. The long relationship with Johnson...

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