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Rep. Martin on net-metering

Rep. Martin on net-metering

Rep. Linda Martin

March 27, 2014

The Vermont Legislature has just passed a bill that will help the state have an even more diversified energy mix. The Senate, following a successful passing in the House, on a vote of 136 to 8, unanimously endorsed H.702. H. 702 would raise the current net-metering 4% cap to 15%. Net-metering allows...

Letter to the editor, re: “Hungry Heart”

Letter to the editor, re: “Hungry Heart”

Jessica Bickford

March 27, 2014

Dear Editor, As a member of the community, I was in attendance at the recent showing of Hungry Heart, the documentary bringing to light the problem of opiate addiction in Vermont. The movie brings to our awareness the potential for harm in our homes and communities. The student attendance was great....

O’Brien’s “Hungry Heart” highlights scourge of opiate addiction in Vermont

O’Brien’s “Hungry Heart” highlights scourge of opiate addiction in Vermont

Ben Simone

March 27, 2014

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Governor Peter Shumlin focused his entire State of the State address on opiate addiction in Vermont. In his speech he talked of the movie “The Hungry Heart,” a film about opiate addiction in St. Albans. Monday March 10, Johnson State College students...

White and Nelson to read April 1

White and Nelson to read April 1

Travis LeClair

March 27, 2014

Gifted and persistent authors Jessica Hendry Nelson and Jacob White will team up to deliver the second reading for JSC’s Spring Author Series. The two will read in Stearns Performance Space on Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. Nelson is the author of a collection of memoirs, “If Only You People...

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail hopes for 2015

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail hopes for 2015

Max Van Wie

March 27, 2014

Many of the Vermont snowmobile trails scattered across the state can go unnoticed, yet amongst Vermonters, snowmobiling is a part of North Country tradition. With heavy snowfall, Vermont has offered close to ideal snowmobiling conditions this season, and the state’s snowmobile clubs and various associations...

Huddle ponders Steve Earle, Appalachian angst and young love

Huddle ponders Steve Earle, Appalachian angst and young love

Travis LeClair

March 27, 2014

Kicking off the JSC Spring Author Series, award-winning writer David Huddle presented a trifecta of poetry, nonfiction and fiction, as he explored themes such as badassery, death, music, family, Alzheimer’s and drugs. During the March 18 event, the multi-dimensional Huddle read from his poetry collection...

The depths of D’Luz

The depths of D’Luz

Kayla Friedrich

March 27, 2014

A booming laugh echoes throughout Dewey Hall, delightfully cheerful for a gray, snowy day. It’s as if the winter blues, which claim so many good moods and bubbling personalities in Vermont, could never touch the soul of Carolyn D’Luz. When asked to describe herself using only one word, D’luz...

A night of food and networking

A night of food and networking

Victoria Greenia

March 27, 2014

Once a year, Johnson State College administration hosts a night of food and networking, inviting successful alumni to share insight and advice with soon-to-be graduates. The Stearns Performance Space was full Thursday evening, March 21, housing a crowd that included 12 guest speakers and about 35 students....

Badger Breaks students give aid from Maryland to Nicaragua

Badger Breaks students give aid from Maryland to Nicaragua

Victoria Greenia

March 27, 2014

Each year, the SERVE program creates three volunteer projects for JSC students during the winter break, taking them as far away as South America or just a few states away. Signing up while only knowing what type of project it is, such as animal advocacy or humanitarian, students are matched up by desired...

Science grants offer research experience opportunities

Science grants offer research experience opportunities

Kayla Friedrich

March 27, 2014

Two professors in the Environmental and Health Sciences department at Johnson State College will be able to continue their research projects this year with the help of a 1-year grant awarded to each by the Vermont Genetics Network. VGN is a program at the University of Vermont that is funded by the...

Sodexo eyes new changes and challenges

Sodexo eyes new changes and challenges

Josh Lemay

March 15, 2014

One of the biggest changes for Sodexo going into the New Year is the expansion of the community meal program to a weekly event. Previously, the meal was served at the United Church of Johnson every other Wednesday. Sodexo has a plan and the resources to provide food every week, but is currently lacking...

JSC goes to Model UN

Victoria Greenia

March 15, 2014

Snowy weather, cancelled buses, a concussion, and a case of laryngitis didn’t stop seven students from going to the Harvard College Model United Nations conference held in Boston from February 13-16. This is the first time Johnson State College has participated at the international event and John Dabrowski,...

Creative Audience film highlights continuing discrimination against women

Travis LeCLair

March 15, 2014

The film reminded me of a staggering truth: if my country doesn’t stop the onslaught of female objectification, and can’t fully believe that female empowerment and leadership is a key ingredient in bettering the United States, we will never be as great as we aspire to be. The documentary film...

Unisex b-rooms axed on 3rd floor Martinetti

Unisex b-rooms  axed on 3rd floor Martinetti

Ben Simone

March 15, 2014

During the week of February break, the bathrooms on the third floor of Martinetti changed from unisex to male and female designated. The bathrooms switched due to a combination of input from students in previous years, and having an equal amount of males and females on the floor second semester. According...

Slovenian chef wows JSC

Slovenian chef wows JSC

Josh Lemay

March 15, 2014

“This is fantastic,” said JSC student Richard Davis, as he shoveled yet another plateful into his mouth. “I would pay money, real money, for this.” The afternoon began with Chef Bozidar Marin throwing open the door to the Stearns Performance Space with a smile on his face. “Welcome,”...

Students survive bed bug onslaught

Students survive bed bug onslaught

Travis LeClair

March 15, 2014

Martinetti Hall residents haven’t been sleeping tight. They’ve felt the bed bug’s bite. Bed bugs have made Martinetti home over the past two semesters, snacking on multiple JSC students. Chelsea Carter has suffered repeated bed bug attacks. The bugs introduced themselves to Carter her first...

Taskforce to look at budget woes

Taskforce to look at budget woes

Kayla Friedrich

March 15, 2014

Students, staff, and faculty discussed ways to increase enrollment and pressure the Vermont Legislature as solutions to Johnson State College’s budget shortfalls, by promoting connectedness between all members of the JSC community, including alums and potential new students, during President Barbara...

Two new courses to be offered by the Environmental and Health Sciences department

Two new courses to be offered by the Environmental and Health Sciences department

Josh Lemay

March 15, 2014

The Environmental and Health Sciences department at Johnson State College will offer two new programs for the fall 2014 semester. The first of these programs will see the health sciences teaming up with the behavioral sciences to create a new concentration specifically for psychology majors. Health...

JSC president writes tuition increase was a hard decision

JSC president writes tuition increase was a hard decision

February 21, 2014

In personal communications, Johnson State College President Barbara Murphy wrote some thoughts on the hard decision to raise tuition: "It is hard to take pleasure in voting an increase in tuition for students, or to claim an increase as a victory.  That said, I think the Board made a decision that...

JSC students voice concerns over impending tuition increase

JSC students voice concerns over impending tuition increase

Victoria Greenia

February 21, 2014

“So basically if you are four years in debt you are paying $80,000 in debt,” Ben Watson, a Johnson State College senior, said Wednesday, Feb. 19, voicing the frustration of many students. “Here we have a system that has an administration, they have a business department, they have faculty, and...

VSC board of trustees approves 1-year, 3 percent tuition hike

VSC board of trustees approves 1-year, 3 percent tuition hike

Kayla Friedrich

February 21, 2014

At the Vermont State College board of trustees meeting Thursday, Feb. 20, trustees approved a 3 percent tuition increase for the 2014-2015 academic year, rejecting a recommendation from its own Finance and Utilities committee, which voted 4-2 last week for a tuition freeze. The 8-5 vote to approve...

VSC chancellor says tuition hike supports quality education

VSC chancellor says tuition hike supports quality education

Victoria Greenia

February 20, 2014

“The board had a good and healthy discourse on this important subject… and the outcome was fully considered,” said Tim Donovan, the Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges about the board of trustee’s decisions to vote down the resolution to freeze tuition increases for VSC students and amend hi...

VSC board of trustees votes down tuition freeze 8-5

VSC board of trustees votes down tuition freeze 8-5

Kayla Friedrich, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2014

At the Feb. 20 meeting, the VSC board of trustees rejected its finance committee’s recommendation to freeze tuition for the next year. One thing was agreed upon across the board at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, and that was the fact that the legislature isn’t doing enough...

College ponders new programs

College ponders new programs

Josh LeMay

February 20, 2014

Reflecting changes within disciplines and input from the admissions department, Johnson State College will launch a number of new programs, some as early as next fall, according to Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Regan. "Colleges go through various academic cycles," said Regan. "Our focus in the past ...

Terrain park shaping up

Terrain park shaping up

Max Van Wie

February 20, 2014

With the recent storms dropping a few feet of fresh snow over the Johnson community, the Ski and Ride Club has been pumping up its efforts to fix up the Johnson Terrain Park, fundraise for its events and rides, and make sure that students know what it offers. The terrain, which had sat neglected for a wh...

Renegade Writer’s Collective: Literature’s Positive Power

Renegade Writer’s Collective: Literature’s Positive Power

Travis LeClair

February 20, 2014

The Renegade Writers’ Collective burst onto the Burlington arts scene in summer 2013 with a mission to enrich the Vermont community via readings, personal coaching and espousing the positive power and diversity of literature. Jessica Nelson and Angela Palm brought their energy and vision together to f...

Lyndon President Joe Bertolino: Gays don’t bite

Lyndon President Joe Bertolino: Gays don’t bite

Kayla Friedrich

February 19, 2014

"People always ask me, ‘Joe, when did you first know you were gay?’ Like I have a special gay day, or something," said Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino. "Happy gay day to me, happy gay day to me with cards and a cake, a flaming cake of course. Well, I’d like to ask you, when did yo...

The North American Black Experience

The  North American Black Experience

Ben Simone

February 19, 2014

Joanne St. Lewis, a distinguished lawyer and law professor at the University of Ottawa, gave a talk titled "Race Relations in Canada & the United States: Comparisons of the North American Black Experience" on Monday, Feb. 10. This marked one of Johnson’s first events this semester to reach out t...

Vermont Student Union formed to address higher ed issues

Vermont Student Union formed to address higher ed issues

Ben Simone

February 19, 2014

College students from across Vermont, as well as union representatives and concerned citizens, took a step forward towards creating an organization focusing on higher education issues inVermont on Friday, Feb. 7. The 27 people, 20 of them students, met at the Vermont Technical College campus in Rand...

Bone-chilling water, heart-warming cause

Bone-chilling water, heart-warming cause

Kayla Friedrich

February 19, 2014

The frigid February temperatures of Lake Elmore are far from suitable for swimming at only 35 degrees, but nonetheless, 89 people took the plunge through the ice on Saturday, Feb. 15, raising $23,579 to be split between the Morrisville Rotary Club and Lamoille Home Health and Hospice. The annual Pol...

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