Basement Medicine

Do we value public higher education for Vermonters anymore?

Do we value public higher education for Vermonters anymore?

by Jeb Spaulding and Martha O’Connor

February 2, 2017


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Governor Scott and the new Legislature have a lot on their plate in the new year. There is one big decision to make that can’t be put off. Will they choose to provide the funding necessary to place the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) on a sustainable path or not? If the VSCS Board of Trustees...

Taking the time to celebrate MLK

Taking the time to celebrate MLK

Jacob Greenia

February 2, 2017


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Only two federal holidays are named after specific people: Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Only one has become a day free of classes and school, and it isn’t the latter.   While some schools such as Lyndon State College and Castleton University cancel their classes for Dr. King’s...

Transitioning perspectives: a closer look at gender

Transitioning perspectives:  a closer look at gender

Jacob Greenia

February 2, 2017


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While acceptance of the LGBTQ community of JSC and in society has improved over the years, misconceptions and lack of information and education surrounding people who are transgender continue to be issues.   This series will serve as an introduction to the various issues, obstacles, and sometimes...

Scott offers aid for NVU merger

Scott offers aid for NVU merger

Mary Fafard

February 2, 2017


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Prior to the Vermont State College Board of Trustees vote on Sept. 29, 2016 to unify Johnson State College and Lyndon State College, VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding disclosed in his report that the overhead costs of the merger would be approximately $2 million. Now, it seems that those costs will come from...

SGA reflects on a productive semester

SGA reflects on a productive semester

Ian Major

December 8, 2016


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With a productive fall semester under their belt, members of JSC’s Student Government Association say they hope to carry that momentum into the spring.   Mary Fafard, SGA public relations coordinator, noted that one of the larger tasks that the SGA tackled this semester was the raising of...

Freshmen look forward to further exciting experiences at JSC

Freshmen look forward to further exciting experiences at JSC

Emily Mixon

December 8, 2016


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Another semester is at an end here at JSC. Finals week is on the way and, amidst the studying for exams, students are perhaps taking a look back on their semester, maybe comparing it to other semesters they have experienced, and deciding on what they will do differently next semester. However, this year’s...

Course offering complications

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016


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Sometimes it can be a little tricky trying to schedule classes for upcoming semesters. If a student is trying to graduate within four years but a certain class won’t be offered for a while, it could mess things up.   There are a variety of reasons why classes might be delayed, or even cut...

Doyle reflects on senate career

Doyle reflects on senate career

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016


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After 42 years of service in the Vermont State Senate, Professor William T. Doyle is no longer a senator. Since 1974, Doyle has been balancing the duties of being a senator and a professor at Johnson State College. But on Nov. 8, the 90-year-old Republican lost his seat. “It was a disappointment,...

Junger speaks on war and community

Junger speaks on war and community

Jacob Greenia

December 8, 2016


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It can be hard to imagine feeling more comfortable sleeping on the perimeter of a battlefield, a threat of enemy gunfire looming around the clock, than in your bed at home.   Such circumstances, however, can unite a diverse selection of individuals into one “tribe” or community, according...

Connecting with the real issues

Connecting with the real issues

Jacob Greenia

November 10, 2016


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Imagine a restaurant that splits its diners by their socioeconomic status at the door. Imagine that this restaurant serves baked ziti, salad and lemonade to its wealthiest customers and rice and beans to its poorest ones.   Now, imagine that this segregated restaurant is a metaphor for the inability...

Students showcase artwork at COPLAC conference

Students showcase artwork at COPLAC conference

Hunter Mallette

November 10, 2016


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Seven Johnson State College students were selected to attend the Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Conference hosted by COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts on October 21 and 22.   Kali Covell, Forrest Mattern and Lily Johnson, to name a few, were...

Prevention begins with awareness

Nimue Washburn

November 10, 2016


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The alarm for sexual assault has been on for 25 years, yet it remains a prevalent concern on college campuses across the country and even in our presidential race. Nestled in the hills of a quiet, Vermont town, Johnson is a relatively safe environment. But even Johnson’s campus is no stranger to sexual...

Naming the unified institution

Sam Hartley

November 10, 2016


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As Johnson and Lyndon are about to find out, a new unified institution will require a new name that reflects the change. On November 4, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding came to the Johnson campus to hold a community meeting about what the new name should be.   While Spaulding...

Campus unions weigh in on unification

Sam Hartley

November 10, 2016


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The ongoing process of unifying the Johnson and Lyndon campuses will certainly have an effect on the employees of the soon-to-be unified institution.   Because the faculty and staff of the two colleges are unionized, changes to the nature of their jobs have to be negotiated between the unions...

Learning through the web

Ian Major

November 10, 2016


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With JSC and LSC unification in mind, Bobbi Jo Carter, associate dean of distance education at JSC, hopes to increase course offerings.   JSC’s external degree program combined with its online distance learning program accounts for nearly one third of JSC’s enrollment. Currently, LSC does...

Minter, Sanders and Zuckerman visit JSC

Minter, Sanders and Zuckerman visit JSC

Agathe Fredette

November 10, 2016


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Senator Bernie Sanders visited Johnson State College to rally support for Sue Minter, the democratic candidate running for Vermont state governor, and David Zuckerman, the democratic candidate running for lieutenant governor, as part of their “Get Out the Vote Rally” on Oct. 28.     That...

Tobacco free campus?

Tobacco free campus?

Ian Major

October 31, 2016


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The Vermont State College Board of Trustees have already decided that Johnson State College will be a tobacco-free campus by the fall of 2018, but students are invited to help decide just how that goal will be achieved.   The VSC Chancellor’s Office has recently asked each of their campuses...

Writing nonfiction erotica with creativity

Writing nonfiction erotica with creativity

Hunter Mallette

October 31, 2016


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Tony Whedon, a past Johnson State College professor, was welcomed back as the first guest writer in the BFA Creative Writing series on Oct. 13, hosted by Jensen Beach and Liz Powell, both Johnson State College professors.   Beach discovered Whedon’s works shortly after he started at JSC. Ironically,...

A truly righteous event

A truly righteous event

Richard Ahlgrim

October 31, 2016


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From noon to midnight of Oct. 14, the ceramics studio had a constant flow of students creating wonderful works of art. From experts to beginners, JSC students and alumni came together to produce clay masterpieces that will be glazed and fired by ceramics students before being sold at the Holiday Sale...

One small step for JSC, one giant leap for the unified colleges

One small step for JSC, one giant leap for the unified colleges

Jacob Greenia

October 31, 2016


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With unification underway to alleviate Johnson’s and Lyndon’s economic woes, students from both schools are being introduced to the nuances of connected classrooms as a way to keep students in classes. Advocates at both colleges see connected classrooms as a way to keep classes that neither school...

Unification: a Lyndon perspective

Unification: a Lyndon perspective

Sam Hartley

October 31, 2016


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Despite the fact that Lyndon State College is only slightly more than an hour away by car, Johnson students are more or less unaware about what goes on at the Lyndon campus or how they feel at Lyndon about the big changes that will soon impact both of the colleges. Now that the Vermont State Colleges...

JSC grad starts career overseas

JSC grad starts career overseas

Briana Walsh

October 13, 2016


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Everyone hopes to get a job after graduating from college. Andrea Williams, member of Johnson State College’s 2016 graduating class, is one of the lucky ones.   “It is very exciting to be employed right after graduation. I am one of those people who likes to get the ball rolling. I did not...

Trump faces Clinton in first presidential debate

Trump faces Clinton in first presidential debate

Cayla Fronhofer

October 13, 2016


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Following a turbulent preliminary season, the presidential race has moved into its final stretch with the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sept. 26.   Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., hosted the debate, moderated by Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News.   “We...

JSC grad joins Women’s Center

JSC grad joins Women’s Center

Emily Mullaney

October 13, 2016


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Colleen Twomey is joining the JSC community at the Women’s Center in Dewey. She is the coordinator of legal advocacy at the Clarina Howard Nichols Center, working with the criminal justice system and helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She’s also engaged with child advocacy. At Johnson,...

Another season of foliage

Another season of foliage

Ian Major

October 13, 2016


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It’s that time of year again: the time of year when the slow death of nature brings on the vibrancy of autumn as well as the odd driving habits of flatlanders to the state of Vermont.   Generally, starting in late September and rolling over into the middle of October, Vermont’s deciduous...

Club unification

Emily Mixon

October 13, 2016


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With the upcoming unification between Johnson and Lyndon, many questions have been up in the air, including whether or not the schools would maintain their separate campus identities. While it has been confirmed that both campuses will still have separate clubs and sports teams, it has not come up in...

SGA celebrates lady leadership

SGA celebrates lady leadership

Jacob Greenia

October 13, 2016


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On Nov. 9, 1916, Montana’s Jeanette Rankin became the first woman ever elected to a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. One hundred years later, the United States could elect its first female president and Vermont could elect its second female governor. Meanwhile, Johnson State’s current Student...

Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees votes in favor of Johnson-Lyndon unification proposal

Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees votes in favor of Johnson-Lyndon unification proposal

Sam Hartley

October 13, 2016


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On Sept. 29, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees voted to approve the proposed unification of Johnson and Lyndon State College. The approved proposal indicates that JSC and LSC will have a unified leadership team by July 1, 2017 and become a unified institution by July 1, 2018.   Three...

Aspiring beer connoisseur goes from plebeian to pretentious at Switchback

Aspiring beer connoisseur goes from plebeian to pretentious at Switchback

Avery Bliss

October 13, 2016


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I’ve heard about beer tastings for years, but it’s only recently that I was able to go on one of my own. For my first excursion into this exciting new world, I went to the Switchback Brewing Company in Burlington.   On a nice fall day with sunshine all around, two of my friends and I pulled...

Outing Club plans adventures

Outing Club plans adventures

Richard Ahlgrim

September 22, 2016


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JSC Outing club has numerous adventures, competitions and fundraisers in the works for the entire campus to enjoy. I was able to sit down with Outing Club President and JSC senior Caroline Hassan for an overview of the club and what they have planned over the next few months.   For the first...

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