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More than skin deep

More than skin deep

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

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

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

Veteran’s Day: a personal perspective

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!”

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

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 ...

Inked!

Inked!

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

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

JSC student seeks help on GoFundMe website

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

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

Mini Maker Faire’s fairly major makings

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

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 verbally dissects America

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

A different way of seeing

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

Prisoners learning Major lessons

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...

The Sounds of Healing

The Sounds of Healing

Victoria Greenia

September 11, 2013

Eileen McKusick from Johnson would be the first one to tell you that she’s her worst critic: "Fifteen years ago if I were to have met myself, I would have been very skeptical of a person says she heals people’s pain by waving tuning forks around their bodies." But that’s what she does. On a sl...

Gates of Heaven: the vanishing junkyard

Gates of Heaven: the vanishing junkyard

Don Eaton

May 26, 2013

Some people like it: You walk up to the counter, your fingers clean and your nails intact. You describe what you need, let’s say a, “throw-out fork for a ’71, CJ-5 Jeep.” They argue with you for a few minutes about whether your vehicle exists. Then they argue with you on whether it has ever ex...

Count on Monte Cristo

Count on Monte Cristo

Lindsay Brown

May 26, 2013

A sweet country melody about the rolling hills of Vermont wound its way down Main Street in Hyde Park on a sunny Sunday morning, and this means that Brunch with Sound is in full swing at the Sweet Crunch Bakery and Café. The pungent smell of sizzling bacon and the sweet aroma of maple syrup waft th...

‘Tis the season to love yo Momma

‘Tis the season to love yo Momma

Liz Beatty-Owens

May 3, 2013

Tis’ the season to be bombarded by “Moms kick butt!” greeting cards in the grocery store, for television ads to be popping up with young children giving their mothers a new pair of heart shaped diamond earrings from Kay Jewelers, or maybe you could just send her a “personalized” Facebook greeting...

M.M.A. pulls no punches at JSC

M.M.A. pulls no punches at JSC

Justin Little

May 3, 2013

Johnson student Crystal Kessler does not have the appearance of a martial artist; she is a small, light-framed woman who likes to wear the heavy coat her boyfriend gave her. That she’s been a member of JSC’s Martial Arts Club almost since its inception should not be a shock though, since anybody ...

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour

Lindsay Brown

May 3, 2013

“Raise your right hand and repeat after me,” instructed our tour guide, Bob. “I, state your name, do joyously declare that I lo-o-o-ve ice cream, and I will seek out only the best forsaking al-l-l-l the rest from this day forward, so help me Ben. Now let’s get this tour started!” Antsy and...

Rock Art Brewery: the place is hopping

Rock Art Brewery: the place is hopping

Lindsay Brown

March 28, 2013

The pungent smell of yeast and the earthy scent of hops alert your senses as soon as you cross the threshold of this Morrisville brewery. The bar, which currently features eight beers on tap, is shaped in an “L” and is made of rich grainy wood decoratively embossed with Rock Art Brewery’s name...

Get Shorty: Burlington on cue

Get Shorty: Burlington on cue

Don Eaton

March 28, 2013

“A proficiency at billiards is a sign of a misspent youth,” wrote Twain. If true, then the Three Needs in Burlington is home to an assortment of hustlers whose youths, in aggregate, constitute the biggest waste of time since instant-replay began destroying baseball. In the evenings they gather...

Icelandic February: fissures and phalluses

Icelandic February: fissures and phalluses

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013

So...Iceland in February. When I started telling people I was going to Iceland for a few days over break, I got some strange reactions. "Usually people go somewhere warm during the winter in Vermont," people said. Well, with the average temperature about ten degrees warmer there (the high 30s as oppos...

Cold enough for ya? Polar Splash raises cash for local charities

Cold enough for ya? Polar Splash raises cash for local charities

Liz Beatty-Owens

February 22, 2013

On an average Saturday morning driving down Route 12 in mid-February, passing through the small town of Elmore, Vermont, you might find a Chevy truck idling outside the general store and a few cross country skiers flying across the frozen lake adjacent to this rural Vermont community.  Elmore is referred...

The Terrors of Ice and Bad Teaching

The Terrors of Ice and Bad Teaching

Kassandra Cousineau

February 22, 2013

Martha Lance has been the Learning Resource Center Coordinator in the TRIO office at Johnson State College since 2010. She heads up the tutoring arm of the academic support services, and serves TRIO students as a mentor and adviser. She grew up in New Jersey and has traveled the country finally returning...

What drives Jerry Mitchell?

What drives Jerry Mitchell?

Don Eaton

February 7, 2013

Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written for the Clarion Ledger, Jackson’s daily paper, for nearly 30 years. Mitchell built his award-winning career investigating cold cases, many of which had languished unsolved for decades. Some had even become...

A Glimpse: Learning Specialist Richard Simmons

A Glimpse: Learning Specialist Richard Simmons

Kayla Friedrich

February 7, 2013

The Academic Support office offers services such as tutoring, advising, and general help for students with, or without, learning disabilities. Richard Simmons is JSC’s learning specialist responsible for……. Q: What is the worst job that you have ever had? A: The worst job I’ve ever had has to be when...

Migrant Justice brings home the reality of Vermont’s hidden workers

Migrant Justice brings home the reality of Vermont’s hidden workers

Mariah Howland

December 6, 2012

For generations, America has been extolled as the land of opportunity. But such a statement ignores the reality faced by the migrant community. When a young man newly employed in a job to provide for his family has his life abruptly torn away, the reality of the hidden struggles and exploitation is exposed....

Justice for Dogs: Local nonprofit provides rescue and more

Justice for Dogs: Local nonprofit provides rescue and more

Dylan Archbold

December 6, 2012

Eddie will lose an eye but at least he will survive, thanks to Justice for Dogs, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of animals that otherwise might perish. Eddie came to it abandoned and starving. One of his eyes will have to be removed, but the surgery...

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