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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

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...

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...

Ally dinner honors LGBTQ+ community

Ally dinner honors LGBTQ+ community

Ciarra Annis

April 24, 2019

The 25th annual Ally Dinner was held on April 17 and staff, faculty, students and community members gathered in the Stearns Performance Space to honor members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. It was two hours of acceptance, friendship and food. The night featured keynote speaker, Jane Langner,...

A Cuban journey of discovery

A Cuban journey of discovery

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019

I spent the best week of my life in Cuba. Professors Tyrone Shaw and Ken Leslie bring a group of students every few years. Due to the merger, they were able to bring students from the Johnson and Lyndon campuses. This class, INT-3035, is known as Art and Culture of Cuba. I didn’t think it was...

It was a good night for United Way

It was a good night for United Way

Fallon Repeta

April 4, 2019

This year the Ides of March bode well for a major local charity. On March 15, NVU-Johnson campus held their annual Casino Night in the Stearns Dining Hall. This year’s theme was revealed earlier in the semester to be “A Royal Affair.” This theme rang true as most of the guests donned crowns,...

“Downstream”: a bleak picture about Vermont parental incarceration

“Downstream”: a bleak picture about Vermont parental incarceration

Fallon Repeta

April 4, 2019

On March 20, NVU-Johnson hosted the premiere showing of “Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration.” The Bearnotch production was produced by Brad Salon in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration (RBI), a program of the Lamoille Restorative Center (LRC). Members of the LRC were...

NVU-J comes together against anonymous hate speech

NVU-J comes together against anonymous hate speech

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019

The NVU-Johnson community has banded together in support of students who had been targeted by hate speech in two separate incidents in the residence halls. Over a hundred students, staff and faculty members gathered under the flagpoles on the quad on Thursday, Mar 28 to celebrate diversity and inclusion...

Dewey’s doin’ the dance

Dewey’s doin’ the dance

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019

It’s not exactly musical chairs, but it’s close. A Dewey shuffle is underway, but music has nothing to do with it. The changes seem to be determined by evolving program needs. The Office of First Year Experience moved down the hall on March 18, making room for the new positions that the Title...

Acclaimed artist and activist to deliver commencement address

Acclaimed artist and activist to deliver commencement address

April 4, 2019

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved on March 23 NVU President Elaine Collins’ selection for this year’s commencement ceremony. Famed singer, songwriter and social activist Cyndi Lauper will deliver the keynote address on May 19. According to Collins, Lauper’s remarkable career...

NVU-J hires new sophomore advisor

NVU-J hires new sophomore advisor

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019

Northern Vermont University-Johnson has filled an advising position that was created with the funds from a Title III grant awarded to the university. This new position focuses on increasing support for those past their first year and gives sophomores with undeclared majors an additional resource. “What...

Anonymous sticky notes appear across campus; students continue the positivity

Anonymous sticky notes appear across campus; students continue the positivity

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019

Seemingly without warning, variously colored sticky notes with scrawled positive affirmations in different handwritings started popping up around campus. Some had general messages, like “You look great in that shirt,” “I care” and “Loving is a good look on you.” The notes appeared mostly...

How to get rid of your roommate: the ultimate guide

How to get rid of your roommate: the ultimate guide

Rebecca Flieder

March 21, 2019

Ever wake up to your roommate’s screeching alarm way too early in the morning, or been kept up by their Skype calls late into the night? Maybe you’ve come home to the smell of fish coming from the microwave! Or maybe, worst of all, you’ve come home with the intent of going to sleep, only to find...

Lamoille County Libertarian party holds annual convention

Lamoille County Libertarian party holds annual convention

Mike King

March 21, 2019

This year’s Lamoille County Libertarian Annual Convention was held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Johnson. The 12 people in attendance were made up of current party members, as well as prospective members who were attending the caucus to see what the party had to offer. While 12 members may not seem like...

When it’s time to hang it up: “It’s the only life we’ve ever known”

When it’s time to hang it up: “It’s the only life we’ve ever known”

Tom O'Leary

March 21, 2019

As one of the founding industries of the state, dairy farming has had a profound impact on generations upon generations of Vermonters, often defining entire lives and identities. In some instances, children of these families unite through marriage and embark on their own farming journey, as was the case...

Hogback Snacks is a 1980s throwback

Hogback Snacks is a 1980s throwback

March 21, 2019

Hogback Snacks, located at the intersection of Hogback Rd. and Route 15 in Johnson, Vermont is a family run snack bar/restaurant offering an interesting menu and a nostalgically retro vibe. Walking in, you are transported about 30 years back in time by a wall of record covers, classic arcade games and...

Hoping for an evolving definition of sex

Hoping for an evolving definition of sex

Fallon Repeta

March 21, 2019

On Mar. 4, Kaitlin Prest came to NVU to talk to with students, staff, faculty, and community members about the complexities of relationships and consent. Prest, an audio artist of 10 years, played tapes from her Brooklyn-based podcast, “The Heart,” which appears on Radiotopia. Her podcast “tries...

Trans students speak out about frustration, discomfort at NVU-J

Trans students speak out about frustration, discomfort at NVU-J

Rebecca Flieder

March 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. It’s a weekday morning, and it’s time to start the daily routine. James Teague leaves the safety of his room in Governor’s North and heads for a shower in a bathroom he unlocks with a key. Standing just so at 5’3” with his head of short,...

The goodest boy around

The goodest boy around

Magnificent Schmidl

March 21, 2019

Wet nose. Big brown eyes and a squishy snoot. Little chonk. A slightly rolly, plushy soft little chin. There could only be one good boy like this on NVU-J’s campus. Meet Zeke, a rescued boxer mix with big ears, big cheeks and an even bigger heart. He lives in Arthur Hall and is an Emotional Support...

Monkey business, bear pools and a little culture in Florida

Monkey business, bear pools and a little culture in Florida

Ciarra Annis

March 21, 2019

On Feb. 23, a group of nine volunteers embarked on a weeklong service trip to Silver Springs, Florida as a part of the Badger Alternative Breaks experience. The Florida trip was themed around animal welfare and the volunteers spent their time helping to build habitats for rescued animals. “We were...

BAB group encounters some harsh realities in the Big Easy

BAB group encounters some harsh realities in the Big Easy

Magnificent Schmidl

March 21, 2019

NVU- Johnson had winter break from Feb. 25 to March 1, and while many students went home, worked, or went on vacation, some dedicated this time to helping people in need. Badger Alternative Breaks, or BAB, sent two service trips down South, one of which went to Louisiana. The trip focused on natural...

Travelling Wellness Center offers another care option

Travelling Wellness Center offers another care option

Ciarra Annis

March 21, 2019

Students facing problems on campus and looking for advice now have a more accessible way to get it. Announced in an email to NVU-Johnson students, the Travelling Wellness Center is a new program that takes the Wellness Center’s support out of the basement of Senators Hall onto more accessible areas...

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