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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...

Food Services contract down to two finalists

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

Two finalists, Sodexo and ARAMARK, are competing for the $6 million-a-year food service contract to be awarded by the Vermont State Colleges at the end of February. Currently, ARAMARK is finishing up a 10-year contract with the four campus based state colleges Johnson, Castleton, Lyndon and Vermont Te...

VSC Statehouse rally set for Feb.7

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

Students from the Vermont State Colleges will converge on Montpelier Feb. 7 to lobby for increased funding for public higher education in Vermont. The rally is expected to draw well over 100 students, faculty and staff from Johnson alone, as well as many others from Lyndon, Castleton, Vermont Tech and ...

Home at last: new VAC opens

Home at last: new VAC opens

Mariah Howland, Photo Editor/Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

It didn’t really take that much. Just a lot of patience, planning and $2.75 million to essentially dismantle the old Visual Arts Center and build a new home for the college’s studio artists.  The much-anticipated return of the Fine Arts classes to an essentially new facility marks a milestone...

Sapadin retires after 39 years at Johnson

Sapadin makes a spectacle of himself

Dan Schwartz

December 1, 2011

When Professor of Humanities Eugene Sapadin retires in December, a lot of mysteries will be left in the wake of his departure. Many students and faculty can only speculate about Sapadin’s history prior to his 39 years at Johnson State College. Some say he’s worked as an engineer on a nuclear submarine – a...

Lower Pond rehab work begins

Lower Pond rehab work begins

Donny Eaton

May 3, 2010

The construction to repair and restore the Lower Pond is finally underway. Walker Construction of Waterbury began site work Mon, April 23. The pond was drained last summer after the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Division of Dam Safety determined that the 40-year old dam no longer met its requirements. The...

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