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EarthWalk Vermont teaches teens lessons in sustainable living

EarthWalkers fixing a bridge

Elena Houriet

December 17, 2015

EarthWalk Vermont, a nonprofit nature education organization located in the Winooski River Valley in Plainfield, Vermont, on the Goddard College campus, prides itself on being a leader in innovative learning. Primarily focusing on young children and teens, EarthWalk works with youths to explore and...

Ginger Irish has had “Enough”

Ginger Irish has had “Enough”

Sam Hartley

November 12, 2015

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Two scribbly paper cut-out figures, a clothed man and a nude woman, enter the screen in jiddery-jerky stop-motion fashion. The background is fiery yellow-orange. He floats above. She sinks until only her head is visible. A little white rectangle with a penned “LESS THAN” pops...

Strange places and skeletal faces

Strange places and skeletal faces

Marilyn Tagliavia

November 12, 2015

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia, though not unfamiliar with Vermont, graduate student in counseling Sarah Golden has returned to Johnson State College ten years post graduation to work in the SERVE office. As the coordinator of community service, Golden organizes and runs mentoring...

Agran ponders big money, small town heroes and heaven

Rick Agran and his mother, Ann D. Agran

Avery Bliss

October 19, 2015

Rick Agran teaches a variety of courses in the Writing and Literature department, including Introduction to Photojournalism. What are you proudest of? In my professional life, one of the things I’m proudest of is having Garrison Keillor read my poems on Writer’s Almanac. That was a big moment for...

Tibet

Tibetans sit outside a monastery to eat their lunch, and the animals gather around

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015

After a 2-week-long journey halfway around the world, as part of a Wisdom Study Abroad Tour with Castleton Professor Jim Hagan this summer, it is hard to believe that I would experience more of a culture shock returning to the United States than I did when entering Tibet, but somehow I did. Hagan...

Yuuka Kaneko

Yuuka Kaneko

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015

Students choose to attend a specific college for many reasons including financial aid packages, cost of attending, programs offered, student success rate, distance from home…but at 21 years old, she chose Johnson State College with a very different mindset. JSC has a miniscule international student...

Life according to Tammy Goss

Life according to Tammy Goss

Sam Hartley

September 29, 2015

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Tammy L. Goss is currently employed as an Assistant Registrar and VA Certifying Official for Johnson State College. She’s a graduate of JSC and a long-time resident of Lamoille County, having lived in Johnson for over 20 years. She has worked at the college for 10 years,...

Waist training brings back a Victorian-era fad

Waist training brings back a Victorian-era fad

Megan Benway

May 7, 2015

The young adolescent girl’s already pale knuckles turn white as she wraps her fingers around the corner of her wardrobe, bracing herself. Her nurse, a large woman with a stern face, mercilessly yanks the ribbons of the girls’ corset. Again and again. Tighter and tighter. You watch the scene on your...

The true meaning of Memorial Day

John Berthiaume

May 7, 2015

The smell of burning charcoals fills the summer air as the burger patties slowly begin to sizzle on the grill. Friends and family are piled in the backyard, kids are laughing and running about, while the grown ups are clanking beer bottles and telling stories around the grill. It’s Memorial Day,...

Repairing American and Cuban relations

John Berthiaume

May 7, 2015

­In 1961, in the heat of the Cold, War the United States severed its ties with Cuba. The separation came shortly after Communist leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro seized control of Cuba. The isolation between the United States and Cuba has outlasted 10 United states presidents, a failed...

The language of a restaurant: How I became aware of the Nepalese

Om Dahli

Travis LeClair

May 7, 2015

The head-chef Charles- father, lacrosse coach, marathon runner and Dead-head calls out the ticket: “garlic broccoli, two pork potstickers, peking duck, two soups, lo-mein, tangerine chicken” Ben, a tattooed, Lego fanatic stands two wok’s away from me. He yells: “Om, mixed greens! Red peppers!...

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Laissez-faire or Faustian Bargain?

Sam Hartley

April 23, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Merely reading the name makes eyes glaze over and drool leak out of the corner of the mouth. I’m willing to bet that if the average American were to list off a series controversial political issues, ‘trade agreements’ wouldn’t even come to mind. This is because...

Cats piss of contractors

Russell Freeman

April 23, 2015

It was mid-summer of 2014, and, being the kind to enjoy my free time and despise taxes, I was becoming relatively adept at finding impromptu blue collar, under the table jobs. Hopping from job to job, things often did not differ much, with tasks ranging from weed-whacking to power washing, and jobs...

Nepalese church offers community for Bhutanese refugees

Nepalese church offers community for Bhutanese refugees

Travis LeClair

April 23, 2015

The Vine Nepalese Church Offers Home and Community for Refugees. Dan Raut’s one bedroom apartment is noisy and welcoming: children are playing tag while parents, family members, and new friends are chatting in a language foreign to my ears. In the small bedroom a Nepali girl sings with headphones,...

Hotel hacks: Communication for your vacation

Hotel hacks: Communication for your vacation

Megan Benway

April 23, 2015

A hotel is a living, breathing mechanism, and all of the pieces must be working in alignment in order for the structure to run smoothly. In a hotel, the staff are the nuts and bolts working together. Everywhere from the housekeepers you never saw cleaning your room, to the front-desk attendant who checked...

The singular journey of Bidur Dahal

The singular journey of Bidur Dahal

Travis LeClair

April 23, 2015

Bidur Dahal is reminiscing about his six-year-old self: “As a child in Bhutan I used to dream about helping people,” he says. The desire is a family trait passed down; for him, it is a God-given gift. “When I was young, I used to think for the village, not just for me. I was not the center point.” In...

Professor Russ Longtin: JSC’s Lion in Winter

Professor Russ Longtin:  JSC’s Lion in Winter

Kayla Friedrich

March 26, 2015

What do you consider your greatest achievement in life? Raising my daughter to be the best human being she can be. And she is now doing the same thing with her kids, which I think is interesting. If someone were to play you in a movie of your life, who would it be? Probably Russell Crowe, because he is real...

To To sleep, perchance to dream: sleep deprivation has serious consequences for college students

To To sleep, perchance to dream: sleep deprivation has serious consequences for college students

Gabriella Fecher

March 26, 2015

You’ve seen them: the ones with heads on their desks during class with drool threatening to spill from their gaping mouths, sliding in and out of sleep to the rhythmic motion of a nodding head. The ones who hide the fatigue behind multiple bottles of Red Bull, 5-hour energy drinks, and— the obvious—...

New initiatives focus on early childhood development in Vermont

New initiatives focus on early childhood development in Vermont

March 26, 2015

 Ed. Note: this is the third and last article in a series on early childcare in Vermont. Vermont lawmakers have introduced a number of initiatives to improve  accessibility to quality and affordable childcare in Vermont. In May, Governor Peter Shumlin signed Act 166, which authorizes publicly...

Crisis at the Acropolis

Sam Hartley

March 12, 2015

In everyday language, the word austerity means ‘to live plainly’. In economics, it means dropping the axe on a country’s social safety net, rising taxes, falling wages, and layoffs. Ironically, it is those who already ‘live plainly’ whose lives are most brutally impacted by “austerity”...

Early education: Vermont invests less in the school system than the prison system

Early education: Vermont invests less in the school system than the prison system

Lindsay Brown

March 11, 2015

Societal and economic benefits of educating our children early and providing them with quality, affordable care: Science shows that children who do not have quality early experiences, such as nurturing and supportive relationships with caregivers, stimulating learning opportunities and freedom from...

Sanders: We’re moving backward

Bernie Sanders

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

February 18, 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders accompanied a student panel at Johnson State College on Feb. 17, 2015 to participate in a town hall style meeting focused around affordable higher education, climate change, money in politics, and issues surrounding women. These subjects were represented by panelists Sammie Gorton, ...

Romancing the past

Romancing the past

Gabriella Fecher

February 18, 2015

Paul Silver got his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Johnson State College in 1971, he taught at other schools, including the University of Akron in northern Ohio for five years. In the 1986-1987 school year, Silver taught at the Shanghai International Studies Univer...

A chat with VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding

Jeb Spaulding

Meredith Andrews, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015

Given the financial challenges facing the VSC and the frustration previous chancellors have had with turning around the Legislature, why have you accepted this position? Well, I accepted the job because I think that the state colleges are going to provide an opportunity for young people and adult...

Dining’s smooth sailing at Brewster River

A Black Hole Bison Burger in the front; teriyaki duck wings in the back

Max Van Wie

December 4, 2014

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go out for dinner. My friend Dove and I took the short drive to Jeffersonville to eat at Brewster River Pub and Brewery. Brewster River is located on root 108 South on the way up towards Smugglers Notch Resort. Even though Brewster River is known for having...

Sgt. Taylor Urruela’s long journey home

Sgt. Taylor Urruela

Seth Chornyak

November 12, 2014

Wounded veteran Sgt. Taylor Urruela visited the Johnson State campus Oct. 28. Urruela is one of three veterans profiled in the new PBS series “Coming Home,” which depicts veterans’ experiences adjusting to civilian life after military service. I was able to sit down for a few moments with Urruela...

Lost Nation, found burger masterwork

Big, gooey, juicy, salty, savory: the burger

Lindsay Brown

November 12, 2014

Big, gooey, juicy, salty, and savory; it’s the best damn burger you will ever eat. It’s easy to drive right past this brew pub without even knowing it exists, but you would be missing an experience to be savored. Yes, eating this burger is not merely “enjoying a meal”; it is a magical, food-orgasm...

Jamaican chef’s movable feast

Bertram Grant

Andrew Lotto

November 12, 2014

Chef Bertram Grant is from Orange Bay, in Hanover, Jamaica. With a contagious, mellow vibe, he can make anyone happy, especially with his food. His catch phrase is “It’s all good” and it really is. He owns a small food shack and his food is amazing. His smile draws you in, and his food keeps you...

Is Jeff’s El Dorado the golden one?

Pollo Esquittes

Max Van Wie

November 12, 2014

I had heard of a new Mexican joint in Jeffersonville, El Dorado, and decided to check it out to see if it could satisfy my ongoing desire for a chimichanga. I understood that the restaurant had changed ownership recently and hoped that the change was for the better. My girlfriend and I got into my car...

PBS special explores the struggle of “Women in War”

Former POW and Pvt. Jessica Lynch

Travis LeClair

October 30, 2014

It wasn’t until January 2013 that the U.S. Defense Department renounced the combat exclusion policy that banned women from engaging in ground combat. Since WWI the U.S. Army has employed women, the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) being the one of the first initiatives to recruit female population. Those...

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