Basement Medicine

NVU Cuba trip planned for February break 2019

NVU Cuba trip planned for February break 2019

Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018

Over the 2019 February break at Northern Vermont University, students will have the chance to travel to Cuba for an immersive arts and cultural experience like no other. Professor Tyrone Shaw, associate professor of the Writing and Journalism department, and Professor Ken Leslie, professor and chair...

Delightfully devoted to Diatoms: Genter to retire from teaching after fall 2018 semester

Delightfully devoted to Diatoms: Genter to retire from teaching after fall 2018 semester

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

May 10, 2018

A diatom is a microorganism that lives within water, from oceans to rivers to lakes and canals. Scientists can measure water quality based on how diverse in diatoms a stream or river is and if the ecosystem is healthy or not. If Johnson State’s Environmental and Health Sciences department were a...

Malskiks and Prouty to head SGA

Malskiks and Prouty to head SGA

Phil O'Neil

May 10, 2018

Voting for the annual Student Government Association elections has come to a close and the results are in. Jessica Malskis was elected as student body president, replacing this year’s president Shavonna Bent. Dana Prouty won the election for student body vice president, replacing Kate Abdel-Fatah,...

Doyle honored with emeritus status

Doyle honored with emeritus status

Tom O'Leary

May 10, 2018

More than 60 people gathered on May 7 at Johnson State College in the Stearns Dining Hall to celebrate the retirement of former state senator and JSC professor Bill Doyle. The event was attended by state legislators, a supreme court justice, former governors, a former VSC chancellor, JSC alumni, current...

Blood Drive yields 58 units

Blood Drive yields 58 units

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

The biannual blood drive at Johnson State went off without a hitch this spring, bringing in 58 total units from 63 presenting donors. Coordinating with the American Red Cross, JSC’s SERVE office organizes two blood drives on campus each year, one at the end of October and the other at the end of...

JSC rock climbing club offers an alternative form of fitness

JSC rock climbing club offers an alternative form of fitness

Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018

Isaac Bernstein, a freshman and outdoor education major at Johnson State College, has been rock climbing for only about a year and a half. In his senior year of high school, Bernstein was peer pressured into trying out rock climbing by his friends, which, he says, is probably one of the best things to...

Wilkins hired as new freshman academic advisor

Wilkins hired as new freshman academic advisor

Story and photo by Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018

As the newly hired freshman academic advisor at Johnson State College, Cait Wilkins will be one of the first people welcoming the newly enrolled students of the first class of Northern Vermont University in the fall. The role of the freshman academic advisors is to help freshman students transition...

Textbook market is complicated

Textbook market is complicated

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

The start of any semester is a hectic time for everyone on campus. This is especially true for JSC’s Summit Bookstore, which has to stock merchandise, materials and, most importantly, textbooks for every course the college offers. In the midst of such chaos, it’s easy for things to fall through...

The Senator talks baseball

The Senator talks baseball

Tom O'Leary

April 26, 2018

For 50 years, Senator and Professor William Doyle has played a remarkable role at Johnson State College, bringing government to generations of students and many of those students to government, and at the Vermont Statehouse. On May 7, the college will honor him with a celebration of his leadership...

Gov. Scott to speak at commencement

Gov. Scott to speak at commencement

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott will speak at the 151st Johnson State College commencement. Scott is in his first term as governor and previously served three terms as lieutenant governor. Before that he was a senator for Washington County. Scott grew up in Barre, graduating from Spaulding High School. While...

First-generation graduates tell their stories

First-generation graduates tell their stories

Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

As a first generation student, I can attest that the challenges I face being first in my family are also the biggest reasons why I feel I am succeeding beyond what is expected of me today. It’s important to understand that being first-gen doesn’t mean an individual can’t be successful; it simply...

Full-time faculty hiring suspended temporarily

Full-time faculty hiring suspended temporarily

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

A dip in enrollment during the NVU transition has translated to the suspension of searches for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions. One is for a 3D sculpture position in Johnson’s Fine Arts department, while the other is for a mental health counseling position at Lyndon. According to...

Gervais moves on

Gervais moves on

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

Robert Gervais, director of integrative technologies and women’s softball coach, has been involved in the Johnson State community since he first arrived as a first-year student in college. Gervais returned to JSC in 2013 with a master’s degree in educational technology. By the end of this semester,...

Youth exposure a main concern following cannabis legalization

Youth exposure a main concern following cannabis legalization

Phil O'Neil

March 29, 2018

For VSC students, the start of the spring semester was accompanied by a letter from chancellor Jeb Spaulding. In that letter, Spaulding explained that, despite Vermont’s landmark legislation legalizing recreational possession and use of up to one ounce of marijuana, the VSCS would not be changing its...

NVU hires interim dean of enrollment

NVU hires interim dean of enrollment

Adriana Eldred

March 29, 2018

Students, faculty, staff and administration will be returning to a new institution in the fall. However, while the NVU change may seem sudden, many preparations have been underway including changes in the admissions offices of Johnson and Lyndon. Salvadore Liberto, the interim dean of enrollment,...

The crave to cave; JSC Outing Club traveling to West Virginia for April recess expedition

The crave to cave; JSC Outing Club traveling to West Virginia for April recess expedition

Agathe Fredette

March 29, 2018

On your hands and knees, with only a headlamp illuminating the path ahead, you slowly crawl through a narrow passage of damp rocks, struggling to continue on when the passage narrows to the point where you are belly crawling. The only sounds are the tiny drops of moisture dripping from the ceiling and...

Miller unveils a project many years in the making

Miller unveils a project many years in the making

Nellie Tamboe

March 29, 2018

On March 15 in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at JSC, beloved Professor of Fine Arts John Miller spoke about his gallery exhibition, one that was over 12 years in the making. “Dialogue with Resonance” features Miller’s collages of the various colors, textures and litter of Rome, Italy. The...

Sanders speaks at VSAC conference

Sanders speaks at VSAC conference

Phil O'Neil

March 29, 2018

Options. That’s what Sen. Bernie Sanders repeatedly stressed in his keynote speech at VSAC’s College and Career Pathways day at Johnson State College on Saturday. The event featured 15 different workshops, geared towards high school students and their families to help guide them through the...

Post-pot legalization prospects hazy as Legislature grapples with next steps

Post-pot legalization prospects hazy as Legislature grapples with next steps

Phil O'Neil

March 29, 2018

When Vermont legislators reconvened in January for the start of the new legislative session, they wasted no time, taking up marijuana legalization bill H.511 on the very first day. While their haste left some Vermonters wondering what the big hurry was, the road to legalization was anything but short...

Badgers build schoolroom in Managua

Badgers build schoolroom in Managua

Agathe Fredette

March 29, 2018

Over February break, a group of 12 volunteers from the Badger Alternative Breaks service experience program at Johnson State College traveled to Nicaragua to commit their time to sustainable service work in the small village of Managua. There, they worked alongside the local community to work directly...

Three JSC students spearhead March for Our Lives in Montpelier

Three JSC students spearhead March for Our Lives in Montpelier

Adriana Eldred

March 29, 2018

“Saying you’re working with March for Our Lives does not mean you’re antigun, and it does not mean that you are for taking away guns,” says Mackenzie Murdoch, a JSC student. “I’m not trying to take away guns, I’m just trying to regulate them and make places safer. This is not me hating...

VTC reboots nursing program in Lamoille County

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018

This fall, Lamoille County residents will once again be able to pursue a nursing degree locally through Vermont Technical College. The nine-student cohort will utilize a new telecommunications classroom on the Johnson State College campus, funded by a USDA grant, and will be able to complete their...

Badgers in Boulder Creek

Badgers in Boulder Creek

Adriana Eldred

March 15, 2018

During February break, the Badger Alternative Breaks programs set off to fulfill their community service hours, including the service group that went to Boulder Creek, California. There, the group of 10 students became camp councilors for YMCA’s Camp Campbell, a three-day intensive experience for inner-city...

Growin’ Dat in Nola

Growin’ Dat in Nola

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018

Inclement weather gave a group of Johnson students a couple of extra sunny days in New Orleans when they were there for a week-long service trip as part of the Badger Alternative Breaks program. Seniors Shannon McDuff and Kali Covell led the group of 10, whose focus this year was on hunger and food...

Faculty sabbaticals announced

Faculty sabbaticals announced

Agathe Fredette

March 15, 2018

This semester, four Johnson State College professors were granted sabbaticals for one or more semesters of the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Each of these professors was granted these sabbaticals to pursue a variety of academic endeavors, personal pursuits and projects, and travel plans. Dr. Greg...

Sodexo: upping its hours and services

Sodexo: upping its hours and services

Adriana Eldred

March 15, 2018

Sodexo has recently implemented a new schedule for their serving hours: all day, from 7:30am to 4:30pm. During the expanded times, students will have access to the continental breakfast, grill, salad bar, pizza station, deli and dessert sections. While the change seems sudden, Tom Fondakowski, general...

Two new members join Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees

Two new members join Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

March 15, 2018

`Last month, two Johnson State College alumni were elected to four-year terms on the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees. David Silverman, president and CEO of Union Bank, was approved by the board to take the place of former chair Martha O’Connor. Vermont State Representative Dylan...

Be-longing for Justice Initiative still here after a year

Be-longing for Justice Initiative still here after a year

Adriana Eldred

February 20, 2018

Johnson’s demonstrators have become a familiar sight, at least for anyone passing through Main Street on Tuesday afternoons between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 was a crisp evening with friendly snowflakes falling like cotton balls from the dimming sky, only highlighted in the soft light pooling from...

Legal pot poses potential public safety problems for police

Legal pot poses potential public safety problems for police

Phil O'Neil-St. Pierre

February 20, 2018

While Governor Phil Scott’s signing of marijuana legalization bill H.511 was the culmination of years of hard work and cause of celebration for many, it presents an entirely new set of challenges for law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Law enforcement officials remained steadfast in their...

Beach guiding JSC’s summer Portugal trip

Beach guiding JSC’s summer Portugal trip

Richard Ahlgrim

February 20, 2018

Have you ever dreamed of taking a long stroll along Lisbon’s magnificent waterfront bathed in the famous Iberian sunlight with the one and only Jensen Beach? For some students, this dream could come true on this summer’s Portugal trip. From July 1-14, Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature...

The student-run community news site of Northern Vermont University- Johnson
Campus & Community