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I was a child candy fiend

I was a child candy fiend

Avery Bliss

October 31, 2016

Halloween: that magical time of the year synonymous with candy, costumes and small children yelling “trick-or-treat” at every house they come to.   But as those same children grow up and enter college and, in some part, the world of adults, Halloween takes on a new meaning. In college, I...

Women push snowboarding boundaries in new film

Women push snowboarding boundaries in new film

Ian Major

October 13, 2016

Full Moon: |ful-mun| - n. A community of nomadic snowboarders who are living their dream, chasing powder. When these individuals come together, they encompass the full circle – the past, present and the future of women’s snowboarding. “There is no present without the past and no future without...

Taking Back Sunday matures with new album

Taking Back Sunday matures with new album

Jacob Greenia

October 13, 2016

“So what’s gonna happen when the old man goes? Will you embrace chaos or take control?” asks lead vocalist Adam Lazzara on the title track to Taking Back Sunday’s seventh full-length record, “Tidal Wave.” The lyric is reflective of a matured band whose lineup underwent numerous changes after...

“Curse of the Dragon Slayer” unintentionally hilarious

“Curse of the Dragon Slayer” unintentionally hilarious

Avery Bliss

October 13, 2016

Have you ever watched a movie where every moment is more incredulous than the last? Well, if you haven’t yet, consider having your mind blown by watching “Curse of the Dragon Slayer,” located on Netflix.   The whole film looked like someone with $10,000 and a computer decided to make a...

“War Dogs”: As exciting as dining hall food

“War Dogs”: As exciting as dining hall food

Richard Ahlgrim

October 13, 2016

The dramatic yet comedic movie “War Dogs,” released in the United States on Aug. 19, made over $14 million opening weekend. “War Dogs” is based upon the true story of David Packouz, a massage therapist in his early 20s, and his childhood friend Efraim Diveroli.  The duo begins working together...

Ten years of My Chemical Romance

Ten years of My Chemical Romance

Jacob Greenia

October 13, 2016

My Chemical Romance’s third record, “The Black Parade,” was a transitional phase in my life. At age 13, I was already immersed in all of the theatric, rock-based music I could find, yet “The Black Parade” was a different kind of experience for me. This record opened my mind to new subcultures...

“Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is a Potterhead’s dream

“Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is a Potterhead’s dream

Cayla Fronhofer

October 13, 2016

Walking into a small side alley at the back of Universal Studios and hearing the grinding noise of brick on brick, I know we’re in the right place. Around a corner, through a brick archway that looks as though it could have been a wall only moments ago, lies the magical world of Diagon Alley.   I...

JSC cross country team races in Maine

JSC cross country team races in Maine

Jacob Greenia

October 13, 2016

Excited to get away for the weekend, I anxiously packed nearly every article of clothing into my already overstuffed duffle bag on Sep. 23. Along with my JSC cross country teammates, I departed east for a relaxing trip to Ogunquit, Maine, which included a five-mile memorial race called the Lobster Dash...

Burlington College goes the way of the dinosaur

Burlington College goes the way of the dinosaur

Hunter Mallette

September 22, 2016

Johnson State College got an interesting group of students this year, and I am not talking about Freshman. Burlington College, another liberal arts school in Vermont, closed down and was forced to relocate its students to other colleges of their choice.   Kimberly Schuyler, a senior, just transferred...

Going the distance

Going the distance

Jacob Greenia

September 22, 2016

Maintaining a relationship in college over long distances while balancing extracurricular activity and schoolwork can feel overwhelming. Intimacy can become infrequent and conversations might dwindle to a few minutes a night if you have loads of schoolwork. This physical and emotional separation, however,...

A sword, a zombie, and six wheels of cheese

A sword, a zombie, and six wheels of cheese

Avery Bliss

September 22, 2016

I’m slowly making my way through a low-ceilinged hallway beneath the ominously named Bleak Falls Barrow. In my hands is my Dwarven Greatsword of Thunderbolts, which I’m told is a good thing to have. At the very least, it looks impressive. Roots are pushing their way through the walls, and every so...

In the shadow of the mountain

In the shadow of the mountain

Richard Ahlgrim

September 8, 2016

Located 20 minutes from campus and less than 15 minutes from Mount Mansfield, hiding at the bottom of a valley against the Brewster River, is a small plot of land containing multiple cabins and campsites stretched out along the river bed. This is the Brewster River Campground.   Approaching...

Cross country sinners

Hunter Mallette

September 8, 2016

Yes, it was my choice to road trip across the country. However, I didn’t think two nights into the trip I would be getting into an argument with my travel companion, Jessie Warren.   It was pitch dark and we were somewhere in North Carolina in a field. Our GPS had got us lost, again, after...

PoGo is sticking around

PoGo is sticking around

Cayla Fronhofer

September 8, 2016

The beginning of a new semester always brings changes to the campus. Sometimes they come in the form of renovated sidewalks, sometimes in changes of staff or faculty, and sometimes when hordes of Pokèmon move onto campus to hide in the grass of the quad. “It’s been years since Pokèmon was really...

A study of Buddhism and humans in India

A study of Buddhism and humans in India

Hunter Mallette

September 8, 2016

Twenty of us sat on a century-old wooden floor, surrounded by clay walls painted with natural pigments of red, purple and green. Around us was the faint smell of a closed-off space, perhaps the smell of your grandma’s garage. I looked across the room for familiar smiles and glances: this was our eleventh...

My experience at Anime Boston 2016

Briana Morin

May 5, 2016

I’m sitting up against a wall and sipping a coconut bubble tea, uncomfortably close to at least five other people, only three of which I came here with. We have been sitting here for three hours, and the wait isn’t over yet. We’re in line for the Masquerade event at Anime Boston, where people...

To build a computer

To build a computer

Cayla Fronhofer

May 5, 2016

Until now, I’ve only ever owned a Mac, which meant I never had to learn much about hardware because even if I did, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it. I know a fair amount about software, but I really only have one important skill: Googling. So if I can build my own computer, rest...

X marks the spot

X marks the spot

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2016

Born from the lyrics of the 1981 song by hardcore punk band Minor Threat, “Straight Edge,” the straight edge movement arose in unison with the punk scene as a drug and alcohol-free counterculture. The premise of the straight edge lifestyle is simple and inherently conservative: no consumption...

Pissed off in Portland

Pissed off in Portland

Hunter Mallette

April 14, 2016

I held my legs tightly together as I speed-walked down Fore Street in Portland, Maine. My foremost concern in this foreign city was, “Where am I gonna pee?” Portland has no public bathrooms, something I didn’t realize before I started driving there four hours previously. If I had known this, I...

Mud season madness

Mud season madness

Ian Major

April 14, 2016

Many northern New Englanders refer to it as the fifth season. No, it’s not embedded somewhere in the bipolar winter that we have had, but it does follow in Old Man Winter’s footsteps, waiting patiently for its time to shine. Mud season is upon us in Vermont. Many 4x4 enthusiasts might look forward...

What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2016

Tucked into the right-hand corner when you first walk into the Burlington Town Center is a sight unlike anything else in the area: a collection of booth-style tables arranged for easy access to the small plates of sushi that pass by on an ever-moving conveyor belt in the center. A Cuisine is an Asian...

The pot pioneer

The pot pioneer

Tom O'Leary

April 14, 2016

Hidden among the suburbs in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado stands a former Raytheon missile construction facility, complete with missile silos and underground passageways. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, the larger than 10,000 square foot structure is now home to thousands of marijuana plants...

For the love of flannel

For the love of flannel

Mary Fafard

March 25, 2016

What do big lumberjacks, mountain men, hipsters, and Johnson State College students all have in common? Their love of flannel, of course. Just take a walk across the quad, or duck into a few classrooms, and you will find plenty of students wearing flannel shirts made of thick wool or cotton fabric...

Go figure: Badintegers try to work it out

Go figure: Badintegers try to work it out

Jacob Greenia

March 25, 2016

The Badintegers, Johnson’s new math club, may have only started last semester, but they are already preparing research for an upcoming math conference, designing tools for computer software, and, most importantly, having a good time. The revival of Johnson’s math club was started by current Club...

Vermont’s best veggie option

Vermont’s best veggie option

Hunter Mallette

March 25, 2016

Nestled among the buildings that line the Winooski river in Winooski, sits Pingala Cafe and Eatery in the Old Mill building, just next to Laughing River Yoga. Pingala, known for its all plant-based menu, has the best vegetarian and vegan options in the state of Vermont. The entrance is an old wooden...

Desso’s hits the spot in Jericho

Desso’s hits the spot in Jericho

Avery Bliss

March 25, 2016

It’s a cold and dreary day, just another one in a string that is life in Vermont. I’m sitting in my house in Jericho, searching for sustenance, when I decide that a sandwich would be perfect just about now. Supplies, however, are limited in the house, forcing me to go farther afield in search of...

The superior steak

The superior steak

Tom O’Leary

March 25, 2016

Are you a steak lover? When you go out to eat, do you long for a large, tender, and succulent slab of meat on your plate? Has the lack of a “real” steakhouse in Lamoille County prevented you from satisfying your hunger for this particular cut? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then...

An intense week in Havana

An intense week in Havana

Rusty Freeman

March 10, 2016

This past Feb. 19-27, 19 Johnson students and faculty spent eight very full days in Havana, Cuba, as part of The Art and Culture of Cuba. “We wanted to immerse our students in the rich and complex culture found in Cuba, a place that, because of American government-imposed travel restrictions,...

Badger Alternative Breaks sends 12 students to the Grand Canyon

Badger Alternative Breaks sends 12 students to the Grand Canyon

Hunter Mallette

March 10, 2016

What are 12 students doing at two a.m.? Certainly you wouldn’t expect them to be embarking on a one week service trip across the U.S. But, on Feb. 20, students got in Johnson State College vans and left for Grand Canyon, Arizona to do trail maintenance in one of America’s most famous national parks. Participants...

Hitchhiker’s guide to Lamoille County

Hitchhiker’s guide to Lamoille County

Hunter Mallette

March 10, 2016

Wearing busted combat boots and a faded, patched denim jacket, Jen Davidson stands on the side of the road. Her mess of curls and double-pierced top lip are the signifiers of “Starchild” a.k.a Jen Davidson. Davidson is standing along the shoulder of Route 15 with her thumb out, like many other...

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