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Task force addresses higher ed. funding

Task force addresses higher ed. funding

Lindsay Brown

March 28, 2013

  "Education is not an item to be bought and sold," said Shane Bouthillette, president of JSC’s Student Government Association, at a press conference at the state house Friday March 15. "It is an investment in our aspirations, our ingenuity and the prosperity of all. At a time of budget cuts and tight...

Long Trail reopening

Long Trail reopening

Anna Maria Liccione

March 28, 2013

The familiar landmark on Route 15 just west of Johnson village has stood empty for nearly three years, but roofers, carpenters and other tradespeople have begun to resurrect the Long Trail Tavern. The tavern’s new Facebook page pictures are now posted, chronicling the extensive amount of work bein...

SERVE sponsors blood drive

Lindsay Brown

March 28, 2013

  The blood flowed freely as a steady stream of students, faculty and community members participated in a Red Cross Blood Drive at SHAPE Thursday Mar.21. The drive was sponsored by SERVE and held in the multi-cultural gym. "I try to donate every chance I can," said Tara Robinson, who is a SERVE g...

Don’t end the journey

Don’t end the journey

Kayla Friedrich

March 28, 2013

  Vermont may not have an ocean view, but it has no shortage of swimming holes to cool off in. There are a number of swimming holes around the state, but the one that is up for sale hits close to home for the Johnson community, including the college. Nestled in the woods of Johnson, not far from J...

LED light switch

Don Eaton

March 28, 2013

  Outdoor lighting. John Steinbeck once called it "perpetual moonlight," and Johnson State College will for the foreseeable future be bathed beneath the artificial glow of a new brand of perpetual moonlight shed from LED lighting fixtures, the result of a campus-wide retrofit to all the pole-mounted ...

Creative Audience film examines autism without borders

Dylan Archbold

March 28, 2013

"Wretches & Jabberers," a film that came out in limited release in 2010, will be shown as a Creative Audience event on Apr. 1. The official synopsis: "In ‘Wretches & Jabberers,’ two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determine...

Trace contaminants found in village discharge

Don Eaton

March 28, 2013

  Two outfall pipes that discharge into the Gihon River in the town of Johnson, having tested positive for the presence of low concentrations of contaminants, have been flagged for follow-up testing. At one outfall, the discharge from a smooth, plastic, 10 in. pipe tested positive for very low le...

Observing the Legislative Process: a class by itself

Observing the Legislative Process: a class by itself

Lindsay Brown

March 28, 2013

Three inches of glass separated me from the serene and sprawling front lawn of the Vermont State House and the pandemonium unfolding within. It was my second day of the class, Observation of the Legislative Process, and the first day of the 2013 Legislative session. "Access is key," said lobbyist and ...

Casino Night: “Royale” with cheese

Casino Night: “Royale” with cheese

Dylan Archbold

March 28, 2013

  Tuxedo-clad gentlemen and cocktail-dressed ladies filled out rows of gaming tables on Mar. 15, ready to dance with Lady Luck. As the old saying goes, "Never bet against the house," but in this case the big winner was a local charity. Once again, Johnson State College hosted its annual Casino Night, re...

Virtual Sanders in Bentley Town Meeting

Virtual Sanders in Bentley Town Meeting

Anna Maria Liccione

March 28, 2013

Despite technical and logistical difficulties, about 55 people convened in Bentley 207 for a Student Town Meeting, hosted by the social solutions class and Harper Gay, Bernie Sanders’ outreach assistant. Sanders’ original plan was to be at JSC for the meeting, but he was held up in Washington due...

Scholarship established for Lisa Korth

Scholarship established for Lisa Korth

Lindsay Brown

March 19, 2013

A Johnson State College graduate of the class of 2012 died Monday night, Mar. 11, in Raymond, N.H. as the result of a car accident. Lisa M. Korth, 23, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and was very active in campus life, serving as a resident assistant and working...

New Gen. Ed. program delayed until fall 2014

New Gen. Ed. program delayed until fall 2014

Kayla Friedrich

March 14, 2013

The new general education program, originally scheduled to be launched in the fall 2013, has been delayed until the fall of 2014. After years of requiring the same general education courses, the faculty decided four years ago to initiate a total overhaul of the JSC General Education program. "After...

Sequestration to affect TRiO funding

Sequestration to affect TRiO funding

Kayla Friedrich

March 14, 2013

Johnson State College’s TRiO Program is facing a shortage of funds due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, imposed on Mar.1 by Congress. The TRiO and GEAR Up programs provide a set of federally funded support services for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. With the 5.1 percent...

Indian Point gets some love and sweat

Indian Point gets some love and sweat

Kayla Friedrich

March 14, 2013

Manual labor in the heat of the Mississippi bogs, mud up to your knees and pervasive poison ivy one day, and rain the next doesn’t sound like a way to spend your vacation, but that is what 10 participants of Break Away volunteered to do. After nearly 30 hours in a van, the Break Away group on their way t...

Break Away fights mold and cares for rescued animals in the Big Easy

Break Away fights mold and cares for rescued animals in the Big Easy

Lindsay Brown

March 14, 2013

When one thinks of "winter break," typical associations might be catching some sun on a beach or just kicking back at home. For some JSC students, however, it was an opportunity to don dust masks, work-gloves and overalls and help some folks out. On Feb. 22, a group of 12 students ranging from freshman to seni...

West Virginia trip offers a glimpse of poverty

West Virginia trip offers a glimpse of poverty

Michelle Sawyers

March 14, 2013

Twelve members of Break Away, including 10 students and two leaders, traveled to West Virginia over February break to help work with the Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS). Kelsey Magee and Kaylie Hale led the trip to West Virginia, where they focused on renovating and revamping apartments for...

New Ed. search continues

Don Eaton

March 14, 2013

JSC’s Education Department, whose faculty complement has seen significant reductions over the past 10 years, is seeking to bolster its ranks with the hiring of a new professor. The new hire would need to be qualified to fill certain niche requirements so as to plug small gaps in the department’s c...

Q&A with Kunin

Q&A with Kunin

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013

Former Governor Madeleine Kunin spoke to a group of students, faculty and community members on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Kunin was invited to campus by Director of Academic Support Services and head of the Women’s Center Karen Madden to discuss her new book, “The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution...

Budgets, honors and exporting crime at Johnson town meeting

Budgets, honors and exporting crime at Johnson town meeting

Dylan Archbold

March 14, 2013

There was a full turnout at this year’s Johnson’s Town Meeting, with the entirety of the seating setup filled as well as every table set aside for the PTA-provided lunch, full with citizens of the town. On top of the seating arrangement, there were a few people standing during the several-hour proc...

JSC’s literary mag is Poet Laureate pick

JSC’s literary mag is Poet Laureate pick

Deb Bouton

March 14, 2013

Sporting a new logo, a brash cover image and a squarer, slightly smaller shape, the JSC-produced literary journal Green Mountains Review is turning heads, garnering praise and proving more popular than ever. Now in its 25th year, the long-revered journal has been chosen by Natasha Trethewey, the new U.S. po...

Grant sends JSC professor to Latvia

Grant sends JSC professor to Latvia

Deb Bouton

March 14, 2013

Associate Professor Tyrone Shaw of Johnson State College has received a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach at Riga Stradins University in Latvia for two weeks this April. In his first week as a Fulbright specialist, Shaw will deliver a 35-hour seminar on media ethics to undergraduates; the second week, h...

Eckman replaces Russo as financial aid officer

Eckman replaces Russo as financial aid officer

Mariah Howland

March 14, 2013

Johnson State College Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Eckman has replaced Tim Russo as a financial aid officer. Eckman moved to Vermont to work for IBM in 2001 after graduating from Michigan Tech University in 2000 with a business degree in management and marketing. After nine and a half years at I...

Schutt and Brown to finish series

Schutt and Brown to finish series

Tom Benton

March 14, 2013

The Spring Author Series has two more to go: novelist Christine Schutt and poet Jericho Brown. Schutt has three novels and two short story collections to her name. Her novel "Florida" was a finalist for the National Book Award; her novel "All Souls" was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Schutt visits Mar. 2...

New ideas and old problems at SGA Town Meeting

Justin Little

March 14, 2013

There was a Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 5 in the Stearns 24-hour study room at 7 pm, led by SGA Vice President Colin Santee. As a parallel to the Town Meeting Day going on in the rest of Vermont, this meeting was meant to gather ideas to propose to JSC’s senators. There ...

Writing Proficiency Exam coming up Mar. 17, 21

Staff

March 13, 2013

This semester’s Writing Proficiency Exam will take place Sunday, Mar. 17, at 9 a.m. and Thursday, Mar.21, at 7 p.m. Those using the computer will test in WLLC 216/217. Those taking it by hand will go to WLLC 212/213. The exam itself was posted to the portal on Mar. 7 and emailed to all students as w...

Murphy, Donovan endorse Shumlin’s higher ed. proposals

Murphy, Donovan endorse Shumlin’s higher ed. proposals

Lindsay Brown

February 22, 2013

Part II in a series Johnson State College President Barbara Murphy and Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan have both welcomed Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address proposals for increasing higher education funding at the five state colleges and UVM. Among Shumlin’s proposals was a ...

SERVE Local expands opportunities for volunteers in Lamoille County

Kayla Friedrich

February 22, 2013

SERVE Local, previously called SERVE Fri, has changed its model this semester to allow more students the opportunity to volunteer in the community. SERVE Local has replaced SERVE Fri in an attempt to reach out to more volunteers who may not have previously been able to attend events because of the...

Phone-a-thon encourages alumni to answer the call

Dylan Archbold

February 22, 2013

Johnson State College’s phone-a-thon, the formerly annual event that takes place over eight nights when students call alumni trying to encourage donations, is back after a year’s hiatus. Raising money of course is the goal, and according to phone-a-thon coordinator Anna Maria Liccione, donations...

WJSC kicks it up

WJSC kicks it up

Dylan Archbold

February 22, 2013

WJSC, 90.7 FM, based at Johnson State College, is a community-operated radio station, meaning that not only do students run and deejay the station, but members of the community can and are welcome to contribute, from producing content like music or other audio media, to hosting talk shows. Recently,...

No place for nuts: allergies go airborne

No place for nuts: allergies go airborne

Michelle Sawyers

February 22, 2013

JSC student Julie Desautels was rushed to the Copley emergency room late Sunday, Feb. 17 -- when a student brought an open peanut package on to Arthur Hall’s nut-free floor. This is the second time in three weeks that this happened to Desautels. Desautels has recently acquired a lawyer and said...

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