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Feminist author Deborah Siegel speaks at JSC

Feminist author Deborah Siegel speaks at JSC

Shannon Edmonds, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

The Stearns Performance Space buzzed quietly as Karen Madden, director of Academic Support Services, took to the podium and introduced guest speaker Deborah Siegel, author of the book “Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radicals to Grrls Gone Wild.” Previously, Siegel and eight students, faculty and...

JSC Phone-a-thon put on hold

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

The yearly phone-a-thon contacting alumni, which is normally scheduled in March, is being postponed or permanently mothballed. The new Director of Development and Alumni Relations Lauren Philie is going forward with a new strategy. “The phone-a-thon has been in March in the past, but that is when...

Urban Plunge builds homes and hope in New Orleans

Urban Plunge builds homes and hope in New Orleans

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

The Katrina Relief Urban Plunge bus trip to New Orleans organized by the New England branch of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at JSC helped rebuild the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Of the 52 students who went, 12 were from JSC. Rachel Oakes, Elizabeth Bennett, Nikolaus Holm, Justin...

Lamoille Valley Chamber of Commerce honors Stone and Consentino

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

March 22, 2012

  JSC Food Service Director Tadd Stone and Assistant Director James Consentino received the award for Workplace Development Leader of the Year from the Lamoille Valley Chamber of Congress at a presentation ceremony in February. The award was presented to them in recognition of the program...

Sweet Hollow herbs closes

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

A local wellness center, Sweet Hollow Herbs, closed its doors Feb. 29 after more than three years in business. The store was a community resource not only for customers, but for new, local product introductions, herbal formulations, classes and presentations, workshops, and therapy appointments. It also...

WJSC: Sitting here in limbo

WJSC: Sitting here in limbo

Shannon Edmonds, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

Radio Johnson, or WJSC, sits mostly unoccupied in the entrance of Stearns Student Center. Plagued by delayed technological updates and a lack of consistent student and staff support, the station endlessly plays one playlist, repeatedly cycling through the offerings. The problems have been daunting....

JSC Break Away group brings water to remote village in Nicaragua

JSC Break Away group brings water to remote village in Nicaragua

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

From Feb. 17 through Feb. 25, 11 Johnson students and one staff adviser forewent the usual college tradition of traveling to a sunspot for a spring break bacchanal to take part in JSC’s Clean Water Solutions Trip to Nicaragua. On the trip were JSC students Kailie Gulino, Rueben Dandurand, Shane...

HTM program hosts trip to Italy in May

HTM program hosts trip to Italy in May

Shannon Edmonds, Copy Editor/Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012

From May 13 to May 25, Business and Economics Professor Norm McElvany will take 14 students to Italy as part of an ongoing series of upper-level Hospitality and Tourism Management elective classes. “Normally we have one to Europe and one to somewhere south, Costa Rica, Brazil, Central America or...

New events coordinator named

New events coordinator named

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

Johnson State College has a new coordinator of first-year events, Emily Neilsen, who fills the position that had been vacant since the departure of Sherlock Terry last August. Neilsen started her new job at the end of February. Neilsen grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School....

Welcome to the VAC Mary Grace Parizo Good Time Lounge

Welcome to the VAC Mary Grace Parizo Good Time Lounge

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

The ceremony to name the common area and lounge of the Visual Arts Center the “Mary Grace Parizo Good Time Lounge” will be part of the Grand Opening for the VAC, planned for Thursday, April 19. Donations are being accepted from students, staff, and alumni to be a part of this remembrance. Parizo...

WPE set for mid-March

Ben Algar, Sports Editor/ Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012

The spring Writing Proficiency Exam is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. until noon and for Thursday, March 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exam is a graduation requirement for all JSC students except those in the EDP program. The exam administrator, Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature...

Sodexo gets food service contract

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

March 8, 2012

Sodexo will replace ARAMARK as the food service provider for the campus-based Vermont State Colleges in a 5-year, $5 million per year contract that will begin serving students next semester. According to VSC Director of Community Relations and Public Policy Daniel Smith, the VSC council of presidents...

Keppler appointed new SGA treasurer

Shannon Edmonds, Staff Reporter/Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

On Feb. 1, the Student Government Association voted to appoint sophmore Kyle Keppler as treasurer. The position had previously been vacant since the beginning of the spring semester. According to the official meeting minutes, Senator Jessica Pafumi questioned Keppler about his diligence and his responsibility...

Assistant chief tech officer looks toward retirement

Assistant chief tech officer looks toward retirement

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter/Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

Anyone who knows Assistant Chief Technology Officer Sally Searles knows she would like to quietly retire from Johnson State College after 34 years of service, with as little fanfare as possible. Given her long years of service to the college, however, that wish may not be possible. Her friends and...

Philie replaces retired Sally Laughlin

Anna Maria Liccione, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

When Lauren Philie came to JSC a few months ago as the associate director of development and alumni relations, she worked closely with Director Sally Laughlin to learn the ins and outs of the office. With Laughlin’s retirement on the immediate horizon, Philie felt prepared to apply for the position,...

Pageant raises funds for Katrina Relief Urban Plunge

Pageant raises funds for Katrina Relief Urban Plunge

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

Laughs were a top priority at the Mr. and Ms. Johnson State Pageant held Jan. 31 and hosted by the JSC Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. The honor of Mr. Johnson was awarded to Todd Loskutoff and Elisabeth Beatty-Owens became Ms. Johnson State of 2012. Though billed as a fun time, the pageant raised...

Leaks still plague campus buildings

Leaks still plague campus buildings

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

Clear plastic lies draped over bookcases in the Willey Library and Learning Center, and buckets wait ready to be set out. In the SHAPE fitness facility, ceiling tiles cover a leak that could resume with warmer weather. It often seems that when it rains it pours, at least in the two buildings that...

Mann to retire after 40 years at JSC

Mann to retire after 40 years at JSC

Shannon Edmonds, Staff Reporter/Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

Susan Mann, an Administrative Assistant for the Environmental and Health Science as well as the Math Department, will be retiring March 1 to mark the 40th anniversary of her arrival at Johnson State College. A retirement party will be held for her on Feb. 27 in the Stearns Performance Space from...

The flu is back

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

Flu season got off to a slow start, perhaps due to mild weather this winter, but it’s making a late season charge that health officials have been predicting. “The next couple of weeks is when we tend to peak,” said Johnson State College Nurse Practitioner Jeanie Cass. “I hadn’t seen any...

Tuition hiked by 4 percent

Tom Benton, Editor in Chief

February 16, 2012

In a 9-4 vote on Thursday, Feb. 2, the Vermont State Colleges board of trustees voted to increase the in-state tuition rate by 4 percent for the next two academic years, amidst ongoing debate regarding legislative funding for Vermont state colleges. Out-of-state tuition will increase 5 percent. The...

Hundreds rally for increased funding for Vt. State Colleges

Hundreds rally for increased funding for Vt. State Colleges

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

February 16, 2012

On Feb. 7 over 200 students, faculty and staff from the Vermont State Colleges gathered on the steps of the Statehouse to advocate for increased funding for the Vermont State Colleges. Two buses sponsored by the JSC Student Government Association brought over 80 Johnson students to the rally, most...

Occupy confab at Goddard

Traci Thompson, Event Promoter

February 16, 2012

Goddard College will host a first-in-the-nation conference to explore the ramifications of the Occupy Wall Street movement for higher education and the nation on Saturday, March 10. Les Leopold, author of “The Looting of America,” will kick off the conference as keynote speaker, followed by three...

Modry new academic skills advisor

Modry new academic skills advisor

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter/Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

TRiO has a new academic skills advisor, Rose Modry, filling a position left vacant last semester with the departure of Jeanette Damato. Modry’s specialty area is working with students on their college survival skills, such as time management, study strategies, test taking, note taking and writing...

JSC students learn to LEAD

Shannon Edmonds, Staff Reporter/Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

On Feb. 3, 25 students from all walks of life gathered in Bentley to attend the LEAD conference. This event, designed by Director of Student Activities Krista Swahn and Learning Resource Center Coordinator Martha Lance, was intended to nurture the skills required to transform attendees into the leaders...

Civil rights advocate speaks in honor of Martin Luther King

Civil rights advocate speaks in honor of Martin Luther King

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Jamie Williamson, a long-time civil rights activist from Massachusetts, spoke at JSC on Jan. 18, highlighting the need for increased civil rights awareness and action. Williamson is the commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)....

Vt. Supreme Court justice chosen to speak at May graduation

Vt. Supreme Court justice chosen to speak at May graduation

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson has been invited to speak at Johnson State College’s 2012 commencement ceremony. While Robinson’s accepting the invitation comes as a distinct honor to the college, it is just one more stop in the ascendancy of her long and lauded legal career. Robinson...

Irene delays Lower Pond rehab

Garan Wilson, Contributor

February 2, 2012

Work on the rehabilitation of Lower Pond, initially projected for completion in November 2011, remains on hold, another complication related to the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Due to emergency reconstruction of roads, bridges and other public works, contractors bid almost three times higher than...

Nicaragua trip to focus on bringing clean water to El Limonal village

Nicaragua trip to focus on bringing  clean water to El Limonal village

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

The Clean Water Solutions trip to Nicaragua, organized by the JSC chapter of Break Away Alternative Spring Breaks, takes place Feb. 17- 25. The 12 participants, including two trip leaders, Vice President of the JSC chapter Samantha Flint and Jon Willson, and one supervisor, Director of Student Activities...

Petition prompts reinstatement of spring Constitutional Law class

Petition prompts reinstatement of spring Constitutional Law class

Sarah Plante, Contributor

February 2, 2012

Retired Judge Edward J. Cashman’ s Constitutional Law course is once again being offered, following petitioning by students after the course was removed from the spring schedule of classes at the end of the last semester. The class covers Supreme Court decisions and the rights of state governments...

Student death linked to controversial YAZ contraceptive

Tom Benton, Editor in Chief

February 2, 2012

A Johnson State College student’s death has been linked to a controversial contraceptive pill. Rebecca Bapp, a member of JSC’s External Degree Program, died Nov. 12 from a blood clot in her heart. She was 21 years old. Bapp, a resident of Brownington, began suffering from breathing problems while w...

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