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Women’s Rugby: We’re not a cult

Women’s Rugby: We’re not a cult

Elizabeth Morgan

February 21, 2019


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When I started my first semester at Johnson, I didn’t have any intention of playing a sport in college and didn’t think there was much anyone could do to convince me. That was until I was walking around campus on Orientation Weekend and saw a group of women throwing around what appeared to be a large,...

Red Cross is the new club on campus

Red Cross is the new club on campus

Danielle Christina

February 21, 2019


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Another club has been added to the list at Northern Vermont University- Johnson, one that will provide members with the opportunity to participate in Red Cross events and make a positive impact in the surrounding community. “My hope is that we can look at the mission of the Red Cross, which is to...

2019-2020 Common Book chosen

2019-2020 Common Book chosen

Cierra Annis

February 21, 2019


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The Office of First-Year Experience and the Common Reading Initiative Committee announced the 13th annual Common Book for the 2019-2020 year in an email to faculty and staff on Jan 10. “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds is a free-verse novel centered on 15-year-old William as he deals with the murder...

Hazen’s lesson in democracy: pledge reinstated after community forum

Hazen’s lesson in democracy: pledge reinstated after community forum

Mike King

February 21, 2019


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On Feb. 7, the Hazen Union High School student council voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the school’s morning announcements. This came after a public meeting was held by the school’s principal, David Perrigo, to address community concern that the pledge was not being recited...

Active Minds club looking to converse about mental health

Active Minds club looking to converse about mental health

Rebecca Flieder

February 21, 2019


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A new club has been established on campus that wants to “chang[e] the conversation about mental illness:” the Active Minds Club. “Active Minds is a part of a national organization,” said club President Seana Rowell. “There are 450 chapters on college campuses across the United States and in...

Vermont bats still in trouble

Vermont bats still in trouble

Mike King

February 21, 2019


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The White Nose syndrome has devastated Vermont’s bat populations since 2006, but the situation has stabilized somewhat according to Vermont wildlife officials. The situation, nevertheless, remains precarious for a number of bat species. White Nose syndrome was first discovered in a cave in upstate...

Casino Night set for March 15

Casino Night set for March 15

Rebecca Flieder

February 21, 2019


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With black and white balloons and a grand entrance of a banner, the SGA has announced the theme of the 42nd annual Casino Night: A Royal Affair. Aided by a countdown ending exactly at 9 p.m. on Tues, Feb. 5, SGA President Jessica Malskis and Vice President Dana Prouty released the blue covering on their...

Badger Alternative Breaks heading to Florida, New Orleans

Badger Alternative Breaks heading to Florida, New Orleans

Ciarra Annis

February 21, 2019


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Badger Alternative Breaks will be sponsoring two trips during February break, one to New Orleans, Louisiana, the other to Silver Springs, Florida. As with all BAB trips, the focus in on community service and social issues . “We are working with the United States Recovery Project to rebuild homes...

Green Mountain College closing, many transfer to Castleton

Green Mountain College closing, many transfer to Castleton

Fallon Repeta

February 21, 2019


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POULTNEY, VT—After 185 years of service, Green Mountain College (GMC) announced on Jan. 23 that it will be closing at the close of the 2019 spring semester. Despite multiple attempts to find new financial partners, the board of trustees issued the official announcement, which caught most by surprise....

Leaks continue to plague WLLC after more than 23 years

Leaks continue to plague WLLC  after more than 23 years

Ciarra Annis

February 21, 2019


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Another winter season brings another year of leaks to the Willey Library Learning Center. Buckets are placed down, signs are up and it’s hoped that no more wet spots appear on the carpets. It can be a bit like whack-a-mole, and that was certainly the case during the first week of February when multiple...

Anthropologist joins Behavioral Sciences Dept.

Anthropologist joins Behavioral Sciences Dept.

by Magnificent Schmidl

February 8, 2019


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Professor of Anthropology and Golbal studies Janet Bennion has joined the NVU-Johnson full-time faculty after transferring to Johnson from the Lyndon campus at the beginning of the spring semester. Bennion’s transfer comes at an opportune moment considering NVU-J had been lacking a full-time anthropologist...

Do the Martinetti Shuffle!

Do the Martinetti Shuffle!

Rebecca Flieder

February 8, 2019


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If offices could dance, they’d be doing the Martinetti Shuffle. Students will notice that in order to switch or drop classes, they now have to go to Martinetti. Signage has started to change from “Student Financial Services” to “Student Administrative Services”. Why has this all happened,...

Homeless shelter finally sees occupancy

Homeless shelter finally sees occupancy

by Mike King

February 8, 2019


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Despite a rocky start, the Lamoille Community House is finally up and running, providing safe and warm housing accommodations for the area’s homeless population. According to the shelter’s website, the community house has accommodated 20 adult guests over the last month, nine of whom were transient...

NVU hosts first international exchange student

NVU hosts first  international  exchange student

by Fallon Repeta

February 8, 2019


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At the beginning of the spring semester, NVU-Johnson received its first international exchange student, Gijsje Maas, from the Netherlands. While Johnson has had plenty students study abroad, Maas is the first international student to spend her exchange at NVU. This is the first time Maas has come...

Legislators face hot-button issues

Legislators face hot-button issues

by Mike King

February 8, 2019


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The Vermont legislative session is well underway, and senators and representatives across the state have wasted no time in forming committees and opening discussions on this session’s issues. Locally, the Lamoille 2 Representatives have both joined committees they are passionate about. Rep Danielle...

Kesha Ram: get involved!

Kesha Ram: get involved!

Rebecca Flieder

February 8, 2019


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On Jan. 22, students, staff and faculty were invited to Dibden Center for the Arts to hear a keynote speech from former Vermont legislator Kesha Ram. Ram spoke for the Martin Luther King Day and Diversity Day celebrations, albeit a day late. Even though the event was postponed to accommodate both...

Shred Club formed

Shred Club formed

February 8, 2019


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The NVU Shred Club was formed by six Johnson students at the beginning of last semester with the mission statement, “For like-minded individuals who share a passion for stoke”. The club is the first organized group of skiers on campus since the disbandment of the schools’ Division I Ski Racing...

New choir director knows the score

New choir director knows the score

by Magnificent Schmidl

February 8, 2019


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As many of the music department students are aware, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Bethany Plissey has left this semester to go on sabbatical. In the meantime, Jessica Pierpont will be filling in. Pierpont grew up in Connecticut, where she spent nine years as part of a professional girls’...

Spaulding proposes a 30 percent solution to the chronic legislative underfunding of the Vermont State Colleges System

Spaulding proposes a 30 percent solution to the chronic legislative underfunding of the Vermont State Colleges System

Ciarra Annis

February 8, 2019


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Competing proposals to inject much-needed funds into the cash-strapped Vermont State Colleges System are now on the table following Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s budget address on Jan. 24. Scott proposed an additional $3.2 million for the system, intended to forestall a 3 percent tuition hike for next...

NVU sees rising enrollment in three key areas

NVU sees rising enrollment in three key areas

Danielle Christina

February 8, 2019


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Going into the 2019 spring semester, the Northern Vermont University Admissions department has seen a large increase in enrollment for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester despite very daunting challenges in a very competitive recruitment environment. As of Jan. 1, 2019, NVU has received 2,221 applications,...

Professor Bob Genter retires after 32 years

Professor Bob Genter retires after 32 years

Tom O’Leary

February 8, 2019


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After 32 years, Northern Vermont University’s environmental science professor and resident diatom devotee, Dr. Robert Genter, retired following the fall semester. And although he will no longer be teaching, he doesn’t plan on resting on his proverbial laurels when it comes to science. “I want...

No nudes is good nudes?

No nudes is good nudes?

Ciarra Annis

December 14, 2018


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Social media site Tumblr caused immense controversy with its user base on Dec 3. by announcing a new no not-safe-for-work content policy after its mobile application got removed from the Apple App Store. This change to the community guidelines is to go into effect Dec 17. This ban on adult content focuse...

Making Noyes for both parties

Making Noyes for both parties

Mike King

December 14, 2018


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Dan Noyes (D) is the State Representative for the Lamoille 2 district, which includes Wolcott, Hyde Park, Johnson, and Belvidere. He is also a Johnson State College alumnus. Why did you decide to become a representative? I am really interested in solving problems by learning how things work. I like talkin...

Cuba trip set for February break

Cuba trip set for February break

Robbie Maher

December 14, 2018


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Over the February break, 16 students from both Northern Vermont University Johnson and Lyndon will head to Havana, Cuba, as part of the travel immersion course The Art and Culture of Cuba, which will provide students with an extraordinary opportunity to visit a country in deep transition as Cuba move...

Restorative Justice concentration may move online as a major for NVU-Johnson students

Restorative Justice concentration may move online as a major for NVU-Johnson students

Kylie Brown

December 14, 2018


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If all goes according to plan, the troubled NVU-Johnson Criminal Justice -Restorative Justice concentration will be migrating to an online format in the near future following several years of attempts to achieve a sustainable campus-based model. "We are currently exploring the possibility of putting CRJ –Res...

Black bear population booming

Black bear population booming

Mike King

December 6, 2018


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While the recent mild winters may not make the average skiing enthusiast happy, the Vermont black bear population certainly isn’t complaining. Last year Vermont Fish and Game estimated the black bear population to lie somewhere between 4,600 and 5,700. This year, estimates have increased by over a tho...

Restorative justice focuses on healing

Ciarra Annis

December 6, 2018


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At the beginning of November, a restorative justice workshop was held in Stearns Performance Space, presenting an alternative to the traditional crime and punishment system that defines American justice. It was presented by the non-profit Lamoille Restorative Center and led by Executive Director Hea...

Beloved skating rink to return to Legion Field

Beloved skating rink to return to Legion Field

Mike King

December 6, 2018


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Adults who grew up in Johnson can no doubt remember the skating rink that once graced Legion Field on School Street every winter. In the not-so-distant past, it wasn’t uncommon to see five or six children figure skating, playing a pickup game of hockey, or clearing freshly fallen snow from the recr...

New daycare regulations take effect

New daycare regulations take effect

Mike King

December 6, 2018


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Round Hill Kids Childcare Center in North Hyde Park has been an important part of the daycare infrastructure in this area since it opened in 2008, providing care for 33 area children on a full or part-time basis. It is a well-staffed facility with seven full-time employees although only four are require...

Writing proficiency exam pass rate hits all-time high of 86 percent

Writing proficiency exam pass rate hits all-time high of 86 percent

Danielle Christina

December 6, 2018


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This fall’s Writing Proficiency exam is over, and along with it the anxiety that plagues many students faced with it. As it stands, the Writing Proficiency exam is NVU-Johnson’s way of meeting the Vermont State Colleges System’s mandated graduation standards for written communication. This fall, N...

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