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Athletic & Recreation dept. to launch capital funding campaign

Athletic & Recreation dept. to launch capital funding campaign

Josh LeMay

November 16, 2013

  The Athletics and Recreation Department at JSC is starting to move forward on a large scale five year plan to upgrade and enhance many aspects of sports and recreation on campus. “We are looking at what areas we need to enhance facility-wise,” said Director of Athletics & Recreatio...

Blood Drive yields over 100 pints

Deb Bouton

November 14, 2013

  On Thursday, Oct. 24, Johnson State College hosted its annual fall American Red Cross Blood Drive. Students, staff, faculty and community members combined for 122 appointments that produced 110 units of life-saving blood. This fall’s tally was 10 percent above last spring’s drive, ...

New course to focus on climate change

Kayla Friedrich

November 14, 2013

  The impact of global increases of carbon dioxide due to fossil fuel use, and increases of methane and nitrous oxide due to agriculture is the primary factor that many scientists believe could change the ecology and climate of the earth for millennia. In the spring semester of 2014, a new ...

Work begins on terrain park rehab

Work begins on  terrain park rehab

Max van Wie

November 14, 2013

The snowboard park is undergoing significant renovations in preparation for winter with the Ski and Ride Club using money raised from the October Fest RailJam to help fund excavations in the park. Preliminary ground work will be followed by installation of the new features that were donated by ...

Award highlights essential function of academic advisors

Travis LeClair

November 14, 2013

At the end of each school year one of the awards conferred at Honors Convocation recognizes excellence in advising and highlights a faculty/staff function that is easy to overlook yet often crucial in determining a student’s successful passage to graduation. As the end of the spring semester ap...

Whitmore encouraged by freshmen and transfer response

Kayla Friedrich

November 14, 2013

  Freshmen and Transfer students who have yet to complete the AlcoholEdu and Haven initiatives will be contacted by Assistant Dean of Students Michele Whitmore within the next couple of weeks. Typically the program is introduced to the incoming class during the summer prior to arrivin...

SLAP seeks student input for event planning

Victoria Greenia

November 14, 2013

  Provocative acronym aside, Student Led Activity Programming, which is behind many of the Student Government Association-sponsored activities on campus, is a concept that has gone back decades according to Krista Swahn, director of student activities at Johnson State College. Nevertheless,...

Alcohol Awareness Week offered expanded focus, more diverse programming

Ben Simone

November 14, 2013

  JSC Alcohol Awareness Week, which concluded Oct. 26, has seen an expansion of the traditional focus on education and prevention to include providing ongoing healthy alternatives to drinking. The week hosted a series of events, including The Rail Jam, The J-Spot, Blood Drive, and The Masq...

Community Journalism Day: technology changes, but the power of the press remains the same

Community Journalism Day: technology changes, but the power of the press remains the same

Lindsay Brown, Kayla Friedrich, and Tom Benton

November 14, 2013

    Community Journalism Day attracted exactly the sort of curiousity that the day’s panelists said is the crucial ingredient in journalism. The day consisted of four panels and a keynote address, held Fri., Nov. 1, in the Stearns Performance Space. Many of the attendees w...

Enrollment continues downward trend but some retention figures are up

Enrollment continues downward trend but some retention figures are up

Josh Lemay

October 31, 2013

The first official 2013 enrollment figures present a mixed picture. Although overall enrollment numbers continue to decline, the most significant drops are within the campus-based undergraduate population. While the total of in-state, campus-based undergraduates held steady at 708 students compared to last f...

JSC group headed to Detroit in April

JSC group headed to Detroit in April

Kayla Friedrich

October 31, 2013

From April 6 to April 11, 13 freshmen and two upperclassmen will be taking a service trip to Detroit along with Executive Director of Laraway School Greg Stefanski and Johnson State’s Learning Resource Center Coordinator Martha Lance. The trip is in conjunction with this year’s common read "Detroi...

Model UN club will take on world issues at Harvard

Model UN club will take on world issues at Harvard

Victoria Greenia

October 30, 2013

Most people only hear second-hand about the discussions brought to the United Nations. Hard decisions on what to do, if anything, about allegations of chemical weapons used on Syrian citizens or how to stabilize the tumultuous country of Mali are left to a global handful of individuals and the avera...

For some ratepayers, solar panels will have a dark side

For some ratepayers, solar panels will have a dark side

Kayla Friedrich

October 30, 2013

Renewable solar energy is coming to Johnson State College in partnership with the Burlington-based company Encore Redevelopment at no cost to students. Over the course of the summer, Johnson State College began looking at putting up a net-metered array of solar panels. Net metering is an electricity policy ...

SGA wrestles with budget cuts

Elizabeth Corbin

October 30, 2013

Cuts in the SGA budget and their effects on funding student clubs, events and projects dominated the Oct. 23 meeting of the Student Government Association. "We took a big hit in our budget because of the low enrollment rates this year," said Josh Hunt, a SGA Senator. "Our main problem is that we’re h...

New campus lights and poles should aid winter navigation

Mason Phillips

October 30, 2013

Work on enhancing outdoor lighting on campus continues as six new poles have been installed in several places on the main campus during the past few weeks. In addition upgrades to existing installations continue as part of an ongoing project. The lighting project started last year with the switch to LED bul...

Anime Club to present panel at convention

Anime Club to present panel at convention

Luca Keushguerian

October 30, 2013

The Anime club will be bringing 10 students to the only Anime convention in Vermont, Bakuretsu con, which will be held in the Hampton Inn in Colchester Nov.1-3. For the club, this is the biggest event every year. "It takes a lot to put on..it takes a lot of planning," says club member Mariah Howland. Th...

October Open House showcases JSC

October Open House showcases JSC

Victoria Greenia

October 30, 2013

JSC held its first open house of the year to entice undecided college-bound seniors to choose its rural campus setting as their home for the next four years of their lives. The Oct. 19 Saturday morning was partially sunny with mild temperatures, providing a comfortable atmosphere as teenagers with parents in...

Sodexo policy changes suspended after outcry

Sodexo policy changes suspended after outcry

Mariah Howland and Tom Benton

October 30, 2013

Sodexo, Johnson State College’s food supplier, planned on cutting benefits for a number of employees on Jan. 1. Sodexo said it was doing so in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act, popularly nicknamed "Obamacare," which requires that large employers offer health coverage to full-time emplo...

For veterans, adjusting to college life can be a difficult transition

For veterans, adjusting to college life can be a difficult transition

Victoria Greenia

October 30, 2013

The adjustment from military life and culture to the radically different college environment can be a difficult one for United States military veterans, especially for ones who have served in combat. Responding to the increasing number of veterans accessing higher education, Johnson State College will b...

Community Journalism Day will focus on Vt. media issues

Community Journalism Day will focus on Vt. media issues

Lindsay Brown

October 30, 2013

After a two-year hiatus, Community Journalism Day will once again be held at Johnson State College as an event sponsored by the Communications and Community Media program and the Community Media Project at JSC in cooperation with the Vermont Press Association. “This year’s Community Journalism...

Sapadin to be honored in memorial celebration at JSC

Sapadin to be honored in memorial celebration at JSC

BM Staff

October 17, 2013

Johnson State College will host a memorial celebration of former Professor of Humanities, Eugene Sapadin, who taught at JSC for 39 years before retiring in spring of 2011.   The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, in the Ellsworth Room in the Willey Library and Learning Center. “It...

Vermont Historical Society honors Doyle

Vermont Historical Society honors Doyle

Lindsay Brown

October 16, 2013

The Vermont Historical Society presented its 2013 President’s Award to Senator William Doyle and has established the William T. Doyle History Day Fund in his honor. Doyle has been a professor of humanities at Johnson State College for 55 years and has served in the Senate since 1969. According to...

JSC student aid unaffected by shutdown

JSC student aid unaffected by shutdown

Kayla Friedrich

October 15, 2013

Johnson State College students should not be affected by the government shut down that was triggered by the start of the new budget year on Oct. 1, 2013, and a lack of support from republicans for the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. According to JSC’s Director of Financial Aid Lisa Cummings, the...

Investment Club gears up for Vermont Showdown competition

Mason Phillips

October 15, 2013

  The 3-year-old student-run Finance and Investment Club is preparing for another semester-long Vermont Showdown following two wins and last year’s near-extinction due to declining interest. The Vermont Showdown is an online competition where finance squads at Johnson, Lyndon, Castleton,...

Gervais hopes to support intructors in teaching with technology

Gervais hopes to support intructors in teaching with technology

Kayla Friedrich

October 15, 2013

  After growing up in Enosburg, VT and working as director of technology at the Enosburg Town School District, JSC’s Head Women's Softball Coach Robert Gervais will step up to the plate as Johnson State’s coordinator of instructional technology. Gervais is a family-man and Johnson State College...

WJSC starting the semester out strong with new DJs

WJSC starting the semester out strong with new DJs

Mariah Howland

October 15, 2013

Johnson State’s community radio station is starting the semester out strong with a lot of new DJs and increasing coverage of campus and community events. WJSC, restarted in 2012 after a year off air, now features about 30 DJs, most of whom are new. General station manager Amanda Bolduc is enthusiastically...

JSC community garden gets revitalized

JSC community garden gets revitalized

Kayla Friedrich

October 15, 2013

The JSC community garden, which has been located behind the college apartments for seven years, is being resurrected after a 3-year hiatus. The initial idea for resurrection cropped up a few years ago when Elizabeth Wiren was still the green solutions president for Johnson State. Wiren has since passed...

New VPT partnership to bring “Community Cinema” to JSC

New VPT partnership to bring “Community Cinema” to JSC

Mariah Howland

October 15, 2013

  In a new partnership with Vermont Public Television, JSC will be pre-airing documentaries from the series “Independent Lens” throughout the school year as part of VPT’s “Community Cinema” program.   Students and community members are welcome to attend the free screenings,...

Sterling Market grand opening emphasizes power of community

Sterling Market grand opening emphasizes power of community

Lindsay Brown

October 15, 2013

After two years of negotiating, planning, and renovating, the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Johnson’s Sterling Market on Oct. 3 and was attended by local and state officials as well as many excited community members. “Without a supermarket it was like not having a heart,”...

Vermont opiate epidemic fueled by home diversion of prescription drugs

Vermont opiate epidemic fueled by home diversion of prescription drugs

Emma Post

October 10, 2013

Ed. Note: This is the second of a two-part series. What started off as a disturbing trend in now being regarded by public health and law enforcement officials across the United States as an epidemic. According to the Medicine Abuse Project, one in four teens has abused prescription drugs as of 2008, a number tha...

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