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Remembering Eugene Sapadin

Remembering Eugene Sapadin

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013

Former JSC Humanities Professor Eugene Sapadin passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. He was 73. Sapadin taught at JSC for 39 years before retiring in 2011. The mystery surrounding his life prior to his arrival at JSC was one component of his famously enigmati...

Staff union rallies for support at State House

Staff union rallies for support at State House

Lindsay Brown

September 25, 2013

The Vermont State Employee Association (VSEA) union members, in cooperation with other union members, Vermont State College (VSC) students, faculty, and legislators pulled together in a sea of green t-shirts at the "Rally for a Fair Contract" on the steps of the State House Monday, Sept. 16. At the ra...

New program targets alcohol abuse and nonconsentual sex on campus

New program targets alcohol abuse and nonconsentual sex on campus

Kayla Friedrich

September 25, 2013

After receiving a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Johnson State College is introducing an online, mandatory program to freshman and transfer students in an effort to reduce alcohol abuse and sexual violence on campus. High-risk drinking has, in recent decades, become a factor in college...

Sodexo introduces mindful dining, Late Night changes

Sodexo introduces mindful dining, Late Night changes

Josh Lemay

September 25, 2013

Coming out of its first year at JSC, food service provider Sodexo is aiming to change the way we look at our food. The initiative, known as Mindful Dining on Campus, is a new way for students to monitor their calorie intake, create a balanced meal, and navigate the dining hall. “When you go into...

Cuba trip planned for April break

Cuba trip planned for April break

Lindsay Brown

September 25, 2013

This spring, a group of students and teachers will travel to Cuba and immerse themselves in the culture of Havana as part of a 3-credit course, "The Art and Culture of Cuba." Approximately 12 students will be selected to participate in this one-week trip taking place during spring break in April 2013....

Mayan bone mystery probed in EHS series

Mayan bone mystery probed in EHS series

Victoria Greenia

September 25, 2013

The second in the series of extra-curricular science lectures at JSC, "What Does DNA From Ancient Maya Skeletons Reveal?" packed Bentley 206 on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Hosted by Dr. Nancy Elwess, a Vermont resident and a State University of New York professor of molecular biology, the session covered ...

SERVE Local offers a variety of options

SERVE Local offers a variety of options

Ben Simone

September 25, 2013

Nine Johnson State Students participated in The United Way’s annual Firewood Program on Sept. 14 through Johnson’s SERVE Local Project. The United Way’s Firewood Project, which according to former Johnson Environmental Science Graduate and Coordinator for RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) ...

Alums claim awards

Alums claim awards

Mariah Howland

September 25, 2013

The 2013 President’s Alumni Awards honored nine distinguished JSC alumni for their personal and career success. JSC President Barbara Murphy presented the awards at the Sept. 21 ceremony. Five alumni received Outstanding Alumni Awards, recognizing alumni who have had a great amount of success bot...

Work study changes benefit students

Work study changes benefit students

Mariah Howland

September 25, 2013

Student employment at JSC has been changed to provide increased benefits for students, supervisors, and the Financial Aid office with the addition of applications that mimic those of off-campus jobs, pay raises that encourage employee retention, and increased communication between supervisors and Fina...

Academic coaching: a two-way street

Academic coaching: a two-way street

Melissa Rixon

September 25, 2013

Academic Support Services provides resources to students such as equipment necessary for classes, and services such as advising and note-taking. One service, formerly known as "tutoring," is changing. Now it’s called "academic coaching," a holistic approach to assessing the learning needs of ind...

Wi-Fi in line for downtown Johnson

Wi-Fi in line for downtown Johnson

Lindsay Brown

September 25, 2013

The town of Johnson will soon be equipped with free Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi will run from the downtown shopping plaza to the Johnson Woolen Mills. The Wi-Fi will be established in part from a grant provided by the Vermont Digital Economy Project, which is sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Developmen...

Center promotes empowerment

Center promotes empowerment

Elizabeth Corbin

September 25, 2013

The Women’s Center is tucked next to the ATM by the back entrance of Dewey Hall, just across from the Public Safety office provides a center for women’s issues on campus and in the wider community. "The center originally started out as a club created by a couple of students and then was brought t...

“Detroit” author LeDuff coming to JSC

“Detroit” author LeDuff coming to JSC

Kayla Friedrich

September 24, 2013

As a follow-up to this year’s Common Reading Initiative, Author Charlie LeDuff will be on campus Sept. 26, 2013 for a book-signing and lecture, followed by a Q and A on the Dibden stage. During his two-day visit, LeDuff will also be talking to the Newspaper Publishing class as well as the first-year s...

JSC community works with the United Way Firewood Project

JSC community works with the United Way Firewood Project

Samantha Flint, SERVE graduate assistant

September 18, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 14, ten Johnson State College (JSC) community members participated in the annual United Way of Lamoille County Firewood Project.  Volunteers spent the day stacking and moving firewood. The Firewood Project strives to provide free firewood to local families for the winter season.   Participants...

New village market set for early October opening

New village market set for early October opening

Lindsay Brown

September 11, 2013

The long-awaited Johnson’s Sterling Market, owned by entrepreneur Mike Comeau, is slated to open Oct. 1 to start serving the residents of Johnson as well as adjoining towns. The former Grand Union building has been vacant since flooding in April 2011. While Pomerleau Realty, the owners of the pro...

Gervais tapped for key IT postition

Gervais tapped for key IT postition

Don Eaton

September 11, 2013

Long-sought relief for the Information Technology (IT) department at JSC is on the way after the search committee landed a guru with roots in the area, deep ties to JSC and a proven ability to lead, educate, and coordinate technology systems to serve in an academic environment. Robert Gervais, who has a master’...

New deal preserves Journey’s End access for future generations

New deal preserves Journey’s End access for future generations

Kayla Friedrich

September 11, 2013

Thanks to a soon-to-be-inked agreement, a popular local swimming hole will remain open to the public. Journey’s End swimming hole will be owned by the town of Johnson in partnership with the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the Johnson Conservation Commission within the next few weeks, thanks to ...

McClelland summer of love yields new dance studios, student lounge, offices and other enhancements

McClelland summer of love yields new dance studios, student lounge, offices and other enhancements

Lindsay Brown

September 11, 2013

McClelland Hall underwent several renovations this summer, largest of which was the relocation of the dance studio and the addition of a dance practice studio on the bottom floor of the building. Other renovations included a new part-time faculty office, adding restrooms on the bottom floor, conversion o...

SGA budget takes a $20,000 hit

SGA budget takes a $20,000 hit

Melissa Rixon

September 11, 2013

As the 2013-2014 academic year begins, money is on the minds of nearly everyone, including Student Government Association (SGA) President Nasser Abdel-Fatah. Between this year and last, the SGA budget decreased by $20,000. Such decreases affect not only the SGA, but the various other organizations and camp...

Writing and Lit. department hopes to fill White’s position

Writing and Lit. department hopes to fill White’s position

Kayla Friedrich

September 11, 2013

The Writing and Literature department hopes to launch a nation-wide search for a new creative writing professor later this fall, in the wake of Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jacob White’s resignation and Professor Andrea Perham’s retirement at the end of last semester. White sai...

Arthur Hall lays down a royal flush

Arthur Hall lays down a royal flush

Mariah Howland

September 11, 2013

Renovations of the suite bathrooms in Arthur Hall were completed over the summer, marking the end of a 10-year project to upgrade bathrooms in each residence hall. The new bathrooms, painted in peach tones, feature larger toilet stalls and more private showers, with two curtains to provide a changing...

Staff union, VSC negotiations stalled

Lindsay Brown

September 11, 2013

Vermont State Colleges (VSC) and the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA), representing about 250 administrative and service employees at four Vermont State Colleges, have reached impasse over negotiations for a new contract. According to VSEA organizer Tim Boyle, "The reason the impasse is being...

Humans vs. Zombies: Fight of the living dead

Humans vs. Zombies: Fight of the living dead

Mariah Howland

September 11, 2013

Johnson State College is about to be the scene of an apocalypse—a zombie apocalypse. Four students have organized several games of Humans vs. Zombies, a campus-wide event in which players must either survive an onslaught of zombies or join them. The semester-long event, featuring multiple games across the term...

Long Trail Tavern open for business

Long Trail Tavern open for business

Victoria Greenia

September 11, 2013

Garth Cross is one of the few bar owners who enjoys hearing new customers describe his recently-renovated bar with expletives. In fact, he sits by the front door just to hear them. "Most people who have been here before can’t believe how different it is," he said. "The first thing they do is say, ...

TRiO dodges major sequestration effects

TRiO dodges major sequestration effects

Kayla Friedrich

September 11, 2013

This semester, Johnson State College’s TRiO Program will not feel any major effects of the congressionally mandated across-the-board cuts known as sequestration that began with a 3 percent budget cut for the 2012-2013 academic year, and a 5.23 percent cut for the 2013-2014 academic year. Beginning in...

Hooked: a portrait of addiction in Lamoille County

Hooked: a portrait of addiction in Lamoille County

Emma Post

June 6, 2013

Editor's note: This is the first in a series on opiate addiction in Vermont. Some names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the sources. Carly sits across the counter, peeling bright pink polish from her nails. Her green eyes accented by intense eye makeup are watering, but she isn’t cry...

“Detroit: An American Autopsy” chosen as fall common book

“Detroit: An American Autopsy” chosen as fall common book

Kayla Friedrich

May 24, 2013

In its seventh year, the Common Book program will give JSC’s incoming freshman an inside look at life in Detroit through the eyes of a journalist native to Detroit. “Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Charlie LeDuff was selected by a committee of staff, faculty, and a few students. The proce...

New Johnson market set for late summer opening

New Johnson market set for late summer opening

Lindsay Brown

May 24, 2013

It has been a long wait for residents of Johnson, but the lease has been signed, and work has begun on a new grocery store in the downtown shopping plaza. “I am delighted,” said Town Manager Duncan Hastings. “I’m getting my shopping list ready as we speak.” The lease agreement between ...

Verderber teaching Natural History Photography course in the fall

Verderber teaching Natural History Photography course in the fall

Tom Benton

May 18, 2013

Gustav Verderber knows the difference between a wood frog and a green frog. "You hear a sound like a taut rubber band, that’s a green frog," he said. "A wood frog sounds like a duck quacking." He also knows the difference between a snapshot and a well-taken photograph. "You exhibit it," he said. "Yo...

Student faces multiple charges

Tom Benton

May 17, 2013

A Johnson State College student has been ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court in connection with charges of cultivation and possession of hallucinogenic drugs following a search of his Fairfax home on May 10. David L. Bodette III, 20, is scheduled for a court appearance in St. Albans June 24. Vermont...

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