Basement Medicine

An Archbold statement: student launches Gemini Apparel

Hayden Archbold in her 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

Ali Baba Kabob

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

Mediators on the hill

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

Dave Kelley

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

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

Leila Bandar, Alexandra Heller, and daughter Diane

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 on the sitcom “Third Rock from the Sun”

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

Tamra Williams

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

Louis Bizzaro gets a Cuban do

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

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

Sometimes it's just too much.

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.”

Liz Beatty-Owens

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

Jeff Ketcham relaxes with his harp

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...

More than skin deep

Ashley Bordeau

Victoria Greenia

February 6, 2014

Ashley Bourdeau is a Johnson State College senior majoring in psychology. She’ll be vying for the title of Miss Vermont April 26. Her long-term goal is going to graduate JSC with a counseling degree. She wants to work with families and children who are struggling to with day-to-day difficulties. If you had...

Vegan chef Peggy Edwards on a meaty diet—minus the meat

Peggy Edwards behind the vegan station in the Stearns Cafeteria

Mariah Howland

November 22, 2013

Peggy Edwards works for Sodexo as the chef for the vegan and vegetarian station in the Stearns dining hall. Edwards, a vegan herself, serves up great-tasting healthy food from her own original recipes. How long have you been working here? Since 2012, last year was my first year here. I came in with S...

Veteran’s Day: a personal perspective

Victoria Greenia

Victoria Greenia

November 15, 2013

  Nearly 100 years ago, then-President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day. He said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both becaus...

J-Spot educator: “Loosen up, Americans!”

Jay Friedman

Travis LeClair

October 31, 2013

A new record might have been set for student attendance at a Creative Audience event. Director of First-Year Experience Margo Warden said multiple times how surprised she was at the turnout to see Jay Friedman talk about sex in his seminar called ‘J-Spot.’ Bentley 207 was packed, with all seats taken ...


The skin as canvass
(courtesy of Event Horizon)

Travis LeClair

October 30, 2013

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Before you do, hear from JSC students who are already inked. Spend 15 minutes looking around campus and it is clear: people here aren’t afraid of the tattoo needle. Artwork decorates the bodies of many students on campus and it would seem that the choice to get inked...

Compas de Nicaragua dances from impoverished to international

Victoria Greenia

October 30, 2013

Compas de Nicaragua, meaning Friends of Nicaragua, is a dancing group with a compelling story. Named Las Hijas de Maiz, the Daughters of the Corn, the dancers are six young women from the settlement of La Primavera, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Managua, the nation’s capital. They came t...

JSC student seeks help on GoFundMe website

Michael Dolan

Victoria Greenia

October 20, 2013

 Mike Dolan of Elmore, Vt., had a problem this summer that many students can relate to; car issues. Unlike most people, however, his vehicle woes ran up to $10,500 – not for a new one, but to repair what he has. Dolan is quadriplegic and about a year ago his van went through a $6500 upgrade to acco...

Burrowing into the Badger’s origin


Joshua LeMay

October 17, 2013

You see it at every game. You see it on posters. You see it on t-shirts and hoodies. The Badger  has been with JSC for many years and is now forever tied to the college. But how did the badger become The Badger? How did a furry little mammal that is not even native to Vermont come to represent Johnson...

Mini Maker Faire’s fairly major makings

Nick Cooper

Victoria Greenia

October 17, 2013

JSC’s director of Dibden Jan Herder had a revelation late last winter as he thought about the Mini Maker Faire that Vermont would be holding in 2013: He and his technical theater students at JSC are all mini-makers with skills and products to showcase. In love with the idea, Herder even volunteered...

Jeff Angione has a rubber soul–and for a music lover, that’s a good thing

Jeff Angione

Tom Benton

October 17, 2013

Jeff Angione’s brain is a turntable. He’s the circulation coordinator in the Willey Library. He also oversees JSC’s radio station, WJSC. Some might say he’s responsible for its resurrection. Before that, he owned a record shop in town, Tones, which closed in 2001, and a store of the...

Charlie LeDuff verbally dissects America

Charlie LeDuff signs a copy of his book

Victoria Greenia

October 15, 2013

  The best picture to accompany an article on Charlie LeDuff would have been when he was standing beside the podium on Dibden Stage, one hand on the crotch of his jeans as he gently caressed his testicles in front of the auditorium packed with JSC students Thursday, Sept. 26.  The fondling was...

Sole Discretion

Sole Discretion

Victoria Greenia

October 15, 2013

With winter months approaching, the JSC community will be seeing fewer feet and more boots, but that doesn’t change the fact there’s a section of the student population that believes less is more in the way of footwear. Fewer layers insulating the foot means more connection with the earth.  Tony...

Burke Bike Park: a peaceful thrill

Luca Keushguerian

October 15, 2013

The ground rushed away from me as I launched my bike off a 5-foot table top jump, landing gracefully yet rather unprepared for the upcoming obstacles. This was my first true time riding a downhill mountain bike down an actual mountain bike course.  I was at Burke Bike Park, just an hour and 15 minutes...

A different way of seeing

Scott Carruthers feels a classmate's project.

Victoria Greenia

September 25, 2013

Scott Carruthers has become a familiar sight, sitting on the cement steps in front of the WLLC with his seeing eye dog, Shannon. A pair of sunglasses rests on his nose and at his side a cane; two things he’s rarely without. It’s clear he has a visual impairment, but what isn’t clear is why a m...

Prisoners learning Major lessons

Paul Major

Victoria Greenia

September 25, 2013

Johnson State College is known for creating educators who then work within the local communities. There’s a nostalgia to the image of a young woman (74 percent of our teachers are female according to the National Center for Education Statistics) spending day after day tenderly educating and building moral...

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