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CERT trains for emergency relief

CERT trains for emergency relief

Justin Little

February 22, 2013

What could ordinary civilians do in the face of a disaster such as the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011? That is the conundrum that Vermont’s Community Emergency Response Team came to Johnson State College to solve. On Jan. 26 and 27, CERT members Fred Messer and Carla Straight-Messer...

Kunin to speak March 5

Kunin to speak March 5

Anna Maria Liccione

February 22, 2013

In her new book, “The New Feminist Agenda, Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family” former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin revisits feminism. How far have we come since the 1950s and 1960s? Not far enough, believes Kunin, who will speak at Johnson State College on March 5. Although...

Film highlights key civil rights leader

Film highlights key civil rights leader

Kayla Friedrich

February 22, 2013

Whitney Young was an influential figure in the civil rights movement whose talents and achievements are rarely recognized today. Young worked closely with the white elite, and used his connections to improve education, employment, housing, and the general welfare of African-Americans. “The Powerbroker,”...

Bradfield flenses nature and man

Bradfield flenses nature and man

Don Eaton

February 22, 2013

Poet Elizabeth Bradfield braved the applause following her introduction, took the podium, encouraged no sympathy, and made no amends. She’d come to read some poems. The first was entitled “Of Seasonality.” Thursday, Feb 7 in The Stearns Space, Bradfield gave backdrop for each poem. She peeled...

New nurse practicioner’s long road to Johnson

New nurse practicioner’s long road to Johnson

Lindsay Brown

February 22, 2013

Tucked away on the back side of Senators Hall is a little-known gem of JSC: The Health Center. This is where the new Nurse Practitioner, Lori Koshowski, now spends a lot of her time. That is, when she is not instructing yoga classes at her studio, Kingdom Yoga, cooking up her latest creation with her...

Community Meals hungry for volunteers

Community Meals hungry for volunteers

Dylan Archbold

February 22, 2013

SERVE is looking for more volunteers for Johnson Community Meals, a bimonthly gathering at the United Church in the village center. Johnson Community Meals’ mission statement states its purpose as providing aid for those in poverty, or who do not have a steady source of food, as well as to build...

Kaiser goes nuts for Badgers

Kaiser goes nuts for Badgers

Don Eaton

February 22, 2013

Johnson State College and Vermont Peanut Butter hoisted high into the rafters of the Carter Gymnasium the new banner emblazoned with each other’s logos Tues. Feb. 12. The half-time ceremony, coming during a Badger men’s basketball loss, 84-67 to Castleton State College, celebrates not only JSC’s...

DREAM pairs college students with JES

Kayla Friedrich

February 22, 2013

The DREAM program pairs college students with mentees from affordable housing neighborhoods. It was established in 1999 by Dartmouth College, became a nonprofit organization in 2001, and has since grown to involve 13 colleges across New England. As of last year, this partnership also includes Johnson...

C-store booms under new supplier

C-store booms under new supplier

Mariah Howland

February 22, 2013

The Mountaintop Market, also known as the C-store, located in Dewey Hall, has switched suppliers. Milton, Vt.–based Dowling’s Inc. replaces J. Polep, enabling the store to provide JSC students, faculty and staff more local products at affordable prices. The college had used J. Polep since before...

A straight-shooting sex talk

Lindsay Brown

February 22, 2013

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bob Hall visited JSC to give a talk entitled “Non Violent Sexuality; Making Peace with Passion.” The event was held Tuesday Feb. 12, in Bentley 207. Speaking out for nonviolent sexuality, Hall has visited over 900 college campuses in the U.S. and Canada. Hall...

Minter to speak at commencement

Minter to speak at commencement

Michelle Sawyers

February 7, 2013

Vermont Deputy Secretary of Transportation Sue Minter has been chosen to be Johnson State College’s 2013 Commencement speaker. According to Johnson State College President Barbara Murphy, Minter was chosen following a strong recommendation by JSC Professor of Behavioral Sciences Gina Mireault. "Minte...

New HAs for Arthur and Martinetti

New HAs for Arthur and Martinetti

Mariah Howland

February 7, 2013

  Two new Hall Advisors have joined JSC this semester, replacing Alexis King and Dominic Foti after they stepped down to focus on academics. Allie O’Hara and Aleda Boomhower respectively supervise Arthur Hall and Martinetti. A graduate student studying counseling, O’Hara earned her undergra...

Behavioral Sciences department launches search for one new full-time position

Mesa Aupperlee

February 7, 2013

The Behavioral Sciences department has begun a search to hire one new full-time faculty member to replace retiring professors, Bill Brower and Jerry Himmelstein. The committee is focused on finding one full-time staff member that can ideally fill both roles. In theory the new hire might be playing doub...

“Bees” a part of Black History Month

Anna Maria Liccione

February 7, 2013

On Feb. 20, at 8:00 p.m., American Place Theater, a New York City-based theater company, is returning to JSC to perform "The Secret Life of Bees." a novel published in 2002. This one-woman show is part of APT’s award-winning Literature to Life program, which presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations ...

Scat workshop offers focused fecal field study

Scat workshop offers focused fecal field study

Don Eaton

February 7, 2013

JSC was honored with a visit from the state’s foremost expert on scat. No, she is neither the legendary crooner Mel Torme nor a politician. She is Sue Morse, and if you’ve never heard of her, it might be time to get out from under your rock, where, by the way, she could find you without even trying...

Late Night changes reflect student input

Late Night changes reflect student input

Mariah Howland

February 6, 2013

In response to student feedback, JSC Dining Services has once again changed the Late Night. The updates to the program include a new location in the Stearns coffee shop, a menu that reflects the grab-and-go vibe of last year’s Late Night, and additional items to the menu, such as personal pizzas mad...

Russo moves on

Russo moves on

Anna Maria Liccione

February 6, 2013

On Friday, Feb. 18, Johnson State College said goodbye to seven-year employee Tim Russo, financial aid counselor. Russo recently accepted a position at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Russo said that although this was a tough decision for him, he knew that this was as good a time as any to make a...

Shumlin proposes increased funding for Vt. higher education

Shumlin proposes increased funding for Vt. higher education

Lindsay Brown

February 6, 2013

In November 2012, the SGA sponsored a discussion on higher education funding in Vermont that was attended by both students and faculty. On January 10, 2013 Governor Peter Shumlin focused his Inaugural Address almost entirely on education. Education, particularly higher education, is a largely contemplated issu...

SGA to focus on Casino Night and VSC funding

SGA to focus on Casino Night and VSC funding

Michelle Sawyers

February 6, 2013

The Student Government Association will focus on a variety of topics this spring ranging from the annual Casino night fundraiser to increasing state support for the Vermont State Colleges. "The SGA’s biggest focus this semester will be Casino Night, said SGA President Shane Bouthillette. Johnson...

Lane’s now open

Lane’s now open

Lindsay Brown

February 6, 2013

Shawn Lane has always been interested in and working on computers and the go-to guy for all computer fix-its for his friends and family for years. But now he says, "You know what; I’m tired of making money for other people. Let’s make money for myself." So he has taken a chance and opened a shop c...

Jerry Mitchell’s quest for justice: Investigative journalist goes after civil rights-era cold cases

Jerry Mitchell’s quest for justice: Investigative journalist goes after civil rights-era cold cases

Thomas Benton

February 6, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. is projected on the screen in Bentley 207 when Jerry Mitchell, speaking on Feb. 4 as part of JSC’s Black History Month events, says he has a problem with Black History Month. "And that problem is this," Mitchell says. "It’s our history. Not black or white history. It’s...

Ellsworth Lecture set for Mar. 20

Jasmyn Carpentier

February 6, 2013

The Ellsworth Trust has selected a speaker for this year’s Ellsworth Trust lecture, a 2010 JSC alum with a degree in history and Ellsworth scholar, Scott McDowell. Currently, McDowell is enrolled in a graduate program at UVM, and will return to JSC to give his lecture. "He was chosen as this year's lectu...

Gov to SGA Prez: Don’t expect much change in VSC funding this year

Gov to SGA Prez: Don’t expect much change in VSC funding this year

By Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Johnson State College SGA President Shane Bouthillette led a group of VSC students to the office of Jeb Spaulding, Governor Shumlin’s secretary of administration, Tuesday, Nov. 13, where they were told by Spaulding and the governor that the VSC – Johnson, Lyndon, Castleton, Vermont Tech and Community...

Himelstein to become “old retired person”

Himelstein to become “old retired person”

By Justin Little

December 6, 2012

With his languid drawl, extravagant moustache and ready laugh, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Jerry Himelstein has become an almost iconic presence in McClelland Hall during the past six years, but that will all end in May when he retires. “One of the biggest things I’ll miss is him...

Pomerleau and Comeau close to market deal

Pomerleau and Comeau close to market deal

By Lindsay Brown

December 6, 2012

It’s been a frustrating journey of hope and disappointments, but it now appears that a new supermarket will occupy the vacant site of the former Grand Union in Johnson, empty since a flood forced the store to close in April 2011. According to village officials, it is estimated that six months after...

Bill Brower to retire after 34 years at JSC

Bill Brower to retire after 34 years at JSC

By Mesa Aupperlee

December 6, 2012

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences Dr. Bill Brower, the college’s resident anthropologist, is retiring in May after 34 years of teaching at JSC. “Bill is an extraordinary teacher and stellar human being,” said Susan Green, Professor of Behavioral Sciences. “ He is the kindest and gentlest...

A smoke-free campus? Maybe, but not just yet

A smoke-free campus? Maybe, but not just yet

Amber Fitzgerald

December 6, 2012

It’s coming. Well, maybe. The subject of turning JSC into a smoke-free campus has come up in College Council meetings during the past few years, and the idea seems to be taking hold among some elements at the college. Creating a smoke-free campus isn’t something unheard of. According to Americans...

Murphy reflects on the current year in college address

Murphy reflects on the current year in college address

By Lindsay Brown

December 6, 2012

Following Thanksgiving break, college president Barbara Murphy addressed students and faculty on Nov. 26 to give her annual State of the College address, outlining both accomplishments and challenges. “State of the College address has a pretty fancy ring to it,” said Murphy. “So I like to think...

JSC’s website to get a total rehab

Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Depending upon whom you talk with, Johnson State College’s website is outdated, or difficult and labor-intensive to maintain, or fails to project a cutting-edge image to prospective students. Everyone, it seems, can agree on one thing: it’s time for a complete overhaul of www.jsc.edu. “We’re...

Rep. Woodward supports pot decriminalization

Rep. Woodward supports pot decriminalization

News analysis by Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Recently re-elected state representative for Johnson, Mark Woodward, reacted on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to Governor Shumlin’s press conference earlier that same day. Shumlin had just dropped a bombshell. “He said in his press conference he thought this year we would work through some very tricky things,...

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