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X marks the spot

X marks the spot

Jacob Greenia

April 14, 2016


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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