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SGA to host student voter registration drive

Alex Goudreau

October 6, 2012

Johnson State College’s Student Government Association will be conducting a student voter registration drive on campus Tuesday, Oct. 23. “Voting benefits students because it allows us to voice our opinions and show our support for our ideals and our political philosophy,” said Student Government...

Advising and Career Center provides study abroad options

Advising and Career Center provides study abroad options

Lindsay Brown

October 6, 2012

Each year, millions of Americans contract a virus that is very costly and time consuming to cure: the Travel Bug. Fortunately, JSC’s Advising and Career Center provides several remedies for this nasty bug, sending upwards of 20 students per year on study away trips. “We have lots of study away...

SERVE Fri and Outdoor Ed clean up Lamoille River

SERVE Fri and Outdoor Ed clean up Lamoille River

Justin Little

October 6, 2012

On Friday, Sept. 28, JSC Outdoor Education professor Brad Moskowitz and JSC’s SERVE Fri program teamed up to clean waste from the nearby Lamoille River. Moskowitz was pleased that the two, usually unrelated groups could interact. “[My class] got to meet other people who were doing service just...

Laraway Homework Club searches for volunteers

Kayla Friedrich

October 6, 2012

A program in which JSC students tutor their counterparts at Laraway School may cease if more volunteers cannot be found. “There is a strong need for dedicated students to volunteer with this fantastic program,” SERVE Graduate Assistant Tara Robinson said. “Without volunteers, this program will...

GPA requirement for SGA under fire

Dylan Archbold

October 6, 2012

To be eligible to be a senator for the Student Government Association, you must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5. This GPA requirement is even higher for the SGA president, who must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in office, or even be eligible for election. Ryan Downs wants those requirements...

The magic of dreaming big

The magic of dreaming big

Justin Little

October 6, 2012

If you can dream it, you can do it. All it takes is a bit of bravery and effort. That was the message recent college graduates and filmmakers Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin brought to JSC with their documentary, “The Dream Share Project,” on Sept. 26. This film is a record of the duo’s road...

Portait of Admiral Dewey brought out for fresh air

Portait of Admiral Dewey brought out for fresh air

Alex Goudreau

October 6, 2012

In the Dean of Students’ office, a portrait of Admiral of the Navy George Dewey now hangs above the school desk he studied at while he was a student at Lamoille Academy, which would later become Johnson State College. “I just like the fact that we have the connection to the past,” said Assistant...

Breakaway locations revealed

Breakaway locations revealed

Amber Fitzgerald

October 6, 2012

Johnson State College’s Break Away agenda for February break will take four groups of students to various points in the U.S. as well as to Nicaragua to study social issues and lend a hand. Ten students are chosen for each group, each with two leaders. Any vacant spots left over are filled during...

Badger Bash a bust

Badger Bash a bust

Justin Little

October 6, 2012

The first annual Badger Bash on Sept. 29 was supposed to be a huge barbecue party set to coincide with the soccer match against both the men’s and women’s teams of Husson College, Maine. Instead, there was almost no student turnout and the tables had to be taken down early due to rain. The event...

Plazek brings Institute of Canadian Studies to JSC

Plazek brings  Institute of Canadian Studies to JSC

Mariah Howland

October 6, 2012

Associate Professor of Political Science David Plazek is introducing Johnson State College to an organization promoting the study of Canadian politics and interaction between Canadians and Americans. The Institute of Canadian Studies will focus primarily on outreach and opportunities for students...

Edifice Wrecks: a lousy way to wake up

Edifice Wrecks: a lousy way to wake up

Mariah Howland

October 6, 2012

It was a lousy way to wake up. On Friday, Sept. 28, students in Arthur Hall awoke to electric drills and sledgehammers reverberating through the building at 8 a.m. It was the first of several disruptions over the next few days that included a fire alarm, the noise coming from maintenance personnel...

Construction on new bridge and rotary begins in Jeff: commuter delays ahead?

Construction on new bridge and rotary begins in Jeff: commuter delays ahead?

Donny Eaton

October 6, 2012

Work has begun on the new roundabout project in Jeffersonville which will drastically change the intersection of routes 15 and 108. Complicating the project, the massive, steel truss bridge on Route 108 which spans the Lamoille just north of the four-way intersection will be replaced at the same time. A...

Think College Program provides access to education

Think College Program provides access to education

Drew Bressel

October 5, 2012

Johnson State has recently launched the Think College Program to better suit students with intellectual disabilities. This diverse learning experience provides an opportunity for all students to be part of the JSC community. JSC Associate Professor of Education Perry LaRoque started the Think Program...

Four alumni honored at Homecoming

Four alumni honored at Homecoming

Lindsay Brown

September 27, 2012

It was, noted JSC President Barbara Murphy, one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job as she hosted the Homecoming Alumni Awards ceremony on Saturday Sept. 22 at Stearns Performance Space, where students, faculty and alumni gathered to honor the recipients. Each year, these awards are presented...

College forms new committee to address veterans’ needs

College forms new committee to address veterans’ needs

Donny Eaton

September 23, 2012

As the ranks of college students with combat experience swell around the nation, JSC, along with its fellow Vermont State Colleges, is attempting to address the specific needs of student veterans. A newly formed committee tasked with addressing these needs met during the first week of classes. The...

Less is more: Smith shares six-word memoir workshop

Less is more: Smith shares six-word memoir workshop

Justin Little

September 23, 2012

Writer and editor Larry Smith brought his Six-Word Memoir workshop to the Dibden Stage on Thursday, Sept. 13. The event started out simply, with Smith playing a slideshow as he explained the meaning of his idea. Near the end of his presentation, Smith told the audience to write their own memoirs, giving th...

SERVE Fri seeks volunteers

SERVE Fri  seeks volunteers

Jasmyn Carpentier

September 22, 2012

Each Friday this semester, the SERVE Fri program will hold events that give students the opportunity to volunteer  their time towards community service work in the Lamoille County area. The program is looking for students who are interested in helping to better the community, as well as to learn...

Grant brings over $500,000 in scholarship aid for science students

Grant brings over $500,000 in scholarship aid for science students

Donny Eaton

September 22, 2012

JSC has been awarded a $551,810 grant from the National Science Foundation to attract and retain students majoring in either Biology or Environmental Science. The START (Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching) scholarship provides each START scholar with up to $10,000 per year, with a ce...

An inside look at culverts and the people who cleaned them

Justin Little

September 22, 2012

On Friday, Sept. 14, I picked up trash in a drainage ditch all afternoon and never felt better. On that day, JSC’s SERVE Fri program was supposed to assist the Lamoille County Firewood Project, which provides fuel to low-income families that depend on wood stoves. The volunteers would gather th...

Katz to Entergy: Shut it down now

Katz to Entergy: Shut it down now

Lindsay Brown

September 22, 2012

Deb Katz wants Vermont Yankee closed down, and so should you. That was the message she brought to the campus on Wednesday Sept. 14, when she presented “Life after Vermont Yankee: Creating a Green Energy Future” in the Stearns Performance Space. Katz was living in western Massachusetts, just a...

McClelland Hall will get some summer love

McClelland Hall will get some summer love

Justin Little

September 22, 2012

Next summer McClelland Hall will undergo partial renovation with upgrades to the sprinkler system, and additional improvements to the building are under consideration as well. According to Dean of Administration Sharron Scott, Johnson State College has set aside a minimum of $250,000 for updates to McCle...

Those pesky student fees: where the money goes

Mesa Aupperlee

September 21, 2012

It’s the time of the semester where student bills are finalized. Have you checked yours? Unsure of what all the fees are for? Here’s a breakdown of the fees paid by all full-time students (except E.D.P) every semester and where exactly the money goes. Students paid over $1 million last year in...

Wiseman to go on paid leave after fall semester

Wiseman to go on paid leave after fall semester

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2012

JSC Humanities Professor Fred Wiseman will stop teaching classes at Johnson State College at the end of the fall 2012 semester, according to information released by JSC Dean of Administration Sharron Scott on Friday, Sept. 14. Responding to a Basement Medicine request under Vermont’s Public Records...

At home on the range: Sodexo takes over

At home on the range: Sodexo takes over

Mariah Howland

September 10, 2012

JSC’s dining program underwent a major overhaul over the summer, as the school switched food service providers for the first time in 27 years. Multinational food service provider Sodexo replaced Aramark after months of bidding over a new five-year contract with the four state colleges that have...

Bataille looks back on Rwanda

Bataille looks back on Rwanda

Lindsay Brown

September 10, 2012

Ally Bataille wants to make a difference. This past April she returned to Johnson from her three-and- a- half-month stint in Rwanda volunteering at Le Enfants de Dieu, a center for street boys outside of Kigali. Her stay in Rwanda affected not only herself, but all of the children she helped at the center....

Questions surround college’s response to sexual harassment allegations

Questions surround college’s response to sexual harassment allegations

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2012

UPDATED 12 September 2012 Although a committee investigating a Johnson State College student’s accusations of sexual harassment by a JSC professor issued its findings in May 2012, repercussions of that report continue to be felt on the college’s campus more than three months later. Former JSC...

Class of 2016 marches into Dibden

Class of 2016 marches into Dibden

Mariah Howland

September 7, 2012

Incoming students were formally welcomed to Johnson State College at the convocation ceremony on Aug. 27. Under a brilliant sunny sky, the class of 2016 marched across campus from SHAPE to the Dibden Center for the Arts. Following a performance of JSC’s "Alma Mater" by the Chorale (led by Assistant...

Lower Pond restoration finished

Lower Pond restoration finished

Donny Eaton

September 7, 2012

The repairs and renovations to JSC’s Lower Pond are complete, the remaining task of filling the campus landmark now falling to Mother Nature. JSC drained the pond in the summer of 2011 after a routine inspection by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Division of Dam Safety determined the pond...

Hopes still alive for a new market in Johnson village

Lindsay Brown

September 7, 2012

A survey to gather information regarding a new grocery store in Johnson has been scrapped although according to the Friends of Johnson newsletter, town officials “remain cautiously optimistic that we can help to make the grocery store in downtown Johnson a reality.” That hope hinges most recently...

Coffee House grinds to a halt

Justin Little

September 7, 2012

Coffee House, which in years past has provided a small-space musical venue for a host of local and regional bands on Thursday nights in Stearns Stage Space, has been scrapped. According to Director of Student Activities and Community Service Krista Swahn, this change was made after careful consideration...

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