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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

Sanders: We’re moving backward

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

A chat with VSC Chancellor 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

Dining’s smooth sailing at Brewster River

Max Van Wie

December 3, 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’s long journey home

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

Lost Nation, found burger masterwork

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

Jamaican chef’s movable feast

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?

Is Jeff’s El Dorado the golden one?

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”

PBS special explores the struggle of “Women in War”

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...

An Archbold statement: student launches Gemini Apparel

An Archbold statement: student launches Gemini Apparel

Meredith Andrews

October 30, 2014

Senior Hayden Archbold recently launched her clothing company Gemini Apparel. “It’s going pretty well,” she said. “Right now I’m sending stuff out to promoters and sponsors and just trying to get some hype going online and so far it’s been received pretty well.” After working on designing...

Deceased albatrosses expose diseased ecosystem

By Amber McAllister

October 30, 2014

The Julian Scott Gallery in Dibden Center for the Arts opened a shocking exhibit on Sept. 29. It focused on the effects of environmental degradation in the Pacific Ocean. “The Midway: Message from the Gyre” is both a photography project and soon-to-be movie by Chris Jordan, an artist based in...

Ahli Baba is a trip worth taking

Ahli Baba is a trip worth taking

Travis LeClair

October 30, 2014

We rushed from crowded diner to crowded diner, with only an hour to spare before I had to work. I don’t know what the hell we were thinking, trying to get a quick brunch Sunday morning in downtown Burlington! Our stomachs grumbled with defeat. I was sick of bagels, and I wanted something that would...

Ruminating on JSC’s Meditators

Ruminating on JSC’s Meditators

Amanda Romano

October 30, 2014

We’ve all seen them, the two cast-iron figures standing watch over McClelland hill. They are the work of Won Lee, a Korean-born Canadian artist who graduated with an MFA in studio arts from JSC in 2006. A year later, Lee donated the piece to the college, according to Julian Scott Gallery director Leila...

Looking back 40 years: community effort evolves into local phenomenon

Looking back 40 years: community effort evolves into local phenomenon

Jeffrey Barr

October 19, 2014

September of this year marked the 40th anniversary of the United Church of Underhill’s Old Fashion Harvest Market, and what started as a way to bring the community closer together has grown into a local phenomenon. In 1975 the United Church of Underhill, located at the intersection of Route 15 and...

A conversation with Robyn Ochs

A conversation  with Robyn Ochs

Briana Morin

September 24, 2014

Robyn Ochs is an activist and a speaker, and has won numerous awards for her activism. She is the editor of the 42-country anthology “Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World” and “The Bi Women newsletter.” She also works on the board of directors for Massachusetts’ equality organization,...

The Hellers’ world: Dreams, horror and transformation

The Hellers’ world: Dreams, horror and transformation

Travis LeClair

September 18, 2014

Creatures made of steel are paired with large, dream-like oil paintings. They transform the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery into an atmospheric den capturing the majesty of the natural world, beautifying the love, mystery and horror of people. The paintings are Peter Heller’s, who taught at Johnson...

“Shatner’s World” celebrates a strange star’s trek

“Shatner’s World” celebrates a strange star’s trek

Thomas Benton

May 8, 2014

They gathered like eager Christians ready for communion. They gathered like the throng of the called at the end of Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” anticipating the incomprehensible: extraterrestrial contact. That happened at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. This happened in the midd...

Up on the Roof

Up on the Roof

Tamra Williams

May 8, 2014

This is our seventh and last job of the day. I’d be lying if I said I am not excited. With my cotton t-shirt clinging to my back, the little short-sleeves rolled up for a more suitable tan line, I peer at the house in front of me, shielding my vision from the sun with one sooty, sticky, orange-scented...

Make mine a Cuban! A hair-razing tale of barbarism in Havana

Make mine a Cuban! A hair-razing tale of barbarism in Havana

Louis Bizarro

May 8, 2014

I had passed it at least a dozen times by this point, midway through our week in Havana, part of The Art and Culture of Cuba class. It was a hole in the wall joint if I ever saw one, unassuming in every way except for the classic barber’s pole hanging just above head level, spinning lazily in the heat...

Erin Keyes on villians, heroes, and the struggle for acceptance

Erin Keyes on villians, heroes,  and the struggle for acceptance

Interview by Victoria Greenia

April 24, 2014

Erin Keyes is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s in studio arts. Keyes has taken a three-week course at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and hopes to have a career as a make-up artist focusing on gore and sci-fi, two genres they find fascinating. Working past the stigma of Asperger’s has been an important facet ...

Stressed out? It’s all a matter of coping

Stressed out?  It’s all a matter of coping

Tamra Williams

April 24, 2014

There’s hardly a student that hasn’t felt the burden of stress while in their college years. So much so that many news sources have dove deeper into the reasons why. An article entitled Lessons from College in Psychology Today points out that the years of young adolescence can be times of challenge...

“Some call me a troublemaker.”

“Some call me a troublemaker.”

Victoria Greenia

March 27, 2014

Liz Beatty-Owens, a Johnson State College senior majoring in the interdisciplinary study of political-science, photojournalism, and sociology was raised in Calais with a politically active family. Some of her fondest childhood memories involve the “holiday” Labor Day, where she spent the day marching...

Balancing wanderlust and service

Balancing wanderlust and service

Victoria Greenia

March 15, 2014

Jessica Peterson, a junior at Johnson State College, is an experienced traveler, having gone to Australia, New Zealand, London, Spain, Costa Rica, and spent from September 2012 to June of 2013 in Kiryat Shmona, Israel where she learned basic Hebrew. Raised Jewish, she went to synagogues and was trained...

For Jeff Ketcham, Backwards Thursday is a step forward

For Jeff Ketcham, Backwards Thursday is a step forward

Max Van Wie

February 20, 2014

JSC student Jeff Ketcham doesn’t do everything backwards. Just walking. Nearly every Thursday, Jeff can be found walking backwards though the quad – to class, in the lunch line and around the dorms. This weekly ritual has been christened "Backwards Thursday." Students can frequently be heard cheer...

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