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Devyn Thompson

Drink water, be bulletproof

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief December 9, 2021

Devyn Thompson is a third-year student at NVU-Johnson. She is a Secondary Education major and loves working in the classroom. Her least favorite Teletubby is Dipsy, the green one. What is the one thing...

Embracing the Ephemeral

Embracing the Ephemeral

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

Isaac Eddy is the director of performing arts at NVU-Johnson. Before teaching here, he worked for 12 years as a member of the Blue Man Group, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including...

Ken Leslie

It’s all about the process

Christina Ashley, Contributer November 18, 2021

Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie is a bit shy of six feet tall and somewhat resembles a Christmas elf with a pair of soft emerald eyes peeking out from rectangular-framed glasses. His skin is aged, and...

Tara Thacker, professor of 3D studio art at the Visual Arts Center

Just make work!

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

Tara Thacker is the 3D studio art professor in the Visual Arts Center, and she teaches sculpture classes and metals classes among others. Tara works with a variety of different mediums, but she primarily...

Cookie Time!

Measure with your heart

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

Grab your pumpkin spice latte, light your sweater weather candle, and put on Taylor Swift’s Red album. It’s officially autumn, and we’re baking cookies. Specifically, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies....

Greg Petrics

Overthinking and undercast

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief October 14, 2021

Greg Petrics is a professor of math and data science at NVU-Johnson. In addition to his interests in math, he also enjoys the outdoors whether it is hiking as many of the peaks in Vermont as possible,...

Underpants on the outside

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief September 23, 2021

Jae Basiliere is the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at NVU-Johnson. Their work consists of helping faculty develop teaching skills and working to improve faculty support of students....

NVU journalism student Kyle Gagnon, pictured with his lunch box ready for the first day of school

The last twelve years

Kyle Gagnon, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

I didn’t want to go to college when I graduated from BFA Fairfax in 2008. To be fair, I didn’t really want to do anything at all, but college was closer to the bottom of my list than it was to the...

It’s a quarantine kind of life

It’s a quarantine kind of life

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

Sara Kinerson is the director of advising at NVU-Johnson and finds that quarantine living suits her. In her spare time, she knits, plays music and lives life regret-free. What’s the one thing you...

A marvellously mundane museum

A marvellously mundane museum

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

The Northeast Kingdom holds many hidden treasures swaddled within its rural vastness. It seems every back road and quaint town holds some oddity or boasts a font of the strange and beautiful. In the town...

Use the gas pedal!

Use the gas pedal!

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

Gina Mireault is a professor of psychology and chair of the behavioral sciences department at NVU-Johnson. She has two dogs that she adores and is eagerly awaiting her vaccination slot so she can return...

Julie Theoret and her little fur baby hard at work

Julie Theoret: pet proportions, “Pirates” and Parcheesi

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 18, 2021

Julie Theoret is a professor of math at NVU-Johnson, as well as chair of the math department, chair of interdisciplinary studies, committee chair of the Johnson chapter of the Vermont State College’s...

Brad Moskowitz sits with a wooden puppet on one of his many adventures

Brad Moskowitz: hope and a knife

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Brad Moskowitz is a professor of outdoor education, tourism, and leadership, as well as co-chair of the Environmental and Health Sciences department. Brad also oversees the coordination of the outdoor...

Sarah Thornton, the new director of student activities and community service.

Thornton new director of student activities and community service

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Sarah Thornton sits cross-legged on the floor of her office in the new Dean of Students space where first year experience used to make its home. Around her there is only a desk, a comfortable chair for...

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

Basement Medicine Staff November 28, 2020

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Don’t talk to me about Thanksgiving! I hate it. Is that all you’re going to say about it? How the hell would you like to be the featured guest? Instead of...

Elaine Harvey

Blake Lively, transformation and Pop-Tarts

Opal Savoy, Web Editor November 13, 2020

Elaine Harvey is the director of student engagement and persistence at NVU-Johnson, which is supported by the Title III grant. Currently, she is working on creating a set of focus groups on campus in order...

Flying with a horse-sized duck

Flying with a horse-sized duck

Allison Irons, Sports Editor October 26, 2020

Andrew Lafrenz is the women’s soccer coach at NVU-Johnson. He graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 and was a part of the men’s soccer program. When he...

Senator Rich Westman.

Lamoille County Senator Rich Westman: state colleges are essential but money doesn’t grow on trees

Emmett Avery, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Sen. Richard Westman has been in the Legislature for most of his life, and he still doesn’t think money grows on trees. Growing up on a dairy farm in Cambridge, Westman said the discussion naturally...

The master and the student ready for training to being.

Kids, coaching and COVID

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Each day, I wake up feeling like someone placed a bowling ball on my chest. I know I am not alone. The current situation with COVID-19 has everyone adjusting and possibly re-thinking how their life is...

Emily Tarleton enjoying some time out boating with her doggos.

Gone to the dogs

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor October 8, 2020

Emily Tarleton is an assistant professor at NVU-J and serves as the co-chair for the environmental and health sciences department. She has recently published research in “Nutrients,” a peer-reviewed...

Lisa Zinn

Don’t eat worms

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter September 22, 2020

Lisa Zinn is a visiting assistant professor of environmental and health sciences at Northern Vermont University - Johnson. Do you have a favorite childhood memory? I would have to say playing in the...

Ely Berry on his front porch

Eat, drink and be Berry

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief September 15, 2020

Ely Berry is a psychology major and music minor from Westfield, Vermont. His hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, watching basketball, and playing video games. If you were stranded on...

untitled painting, Isaiah Perry, 2020

Being a hermit during COVID-19

Marcus Allen, Contributor May 1, 2020

In the year of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are feeling stir crazy in their homes. For somebody like me, this is an interesting time. I am a self proclaimed hermit. I love...

The finished product might not look as polished as an N95, but itll be a little more suave than a shirt tied around your face.

How to make a mask: a pictorial

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief April 15, 2020

The CDC has announced that Americans should be wearing cloth masks when they leave their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19. N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. According...

Trying henna in her hair

Trying henna in her hair

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter April 10, 2020

Three days into social distancing from COVID-19 I started to go a little crazy. I had nothing new to do, was sick of watching Netflix and playing video games, and needed a bit of change in my life. Although...

He wants to be a lazy bum!

He wants to be a lazy bum!

Soleil Devyn Borthwick April 10, 2020

Michael Stevens is director of facilities and physical plant on both campuses of Northern Vermont University.  He’s very busy, although he dreams of being “a lazy bum.”   What obsesses...

Bernie at the Expo

Bernie at the Expo

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter March 12, 2020

It’s 5 p.m. and the line is long. I can feel the attendees’ eagerness. 30 minutes go by, and rain begins to trickle down, just in time for all the anxious to finally enter. The sound of the crowd changes...

Robert Miller with his Facebook profile picture, an AK-47 in his hand.

Irish I were a DJ

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter February 20, 2020

Robert Millar is an exchange student from Northern Ireland and studying art at NVU-Johnson this semester. We sat down to talk (and have a good laugh) about his travels in America and get some answers to...

Jensen Beach


Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief February 10, 2020

Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach is a fashion plate, bon-vivant and author of two short story collections. What are you obsessed with? I am obsessed with reading. I’m obsessed...

Lovely views from Bolton at dusk

Finding bliss in the pow-pow

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter February 10, 2020

For a lot of people the snow can be the enemy, but here in Vermont a lot of people see it as their friend. There are many ski resorts here in Vermont and a number of them are within easy distance of Northern...

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