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The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

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The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

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From a journalist and an activist

Dayne Bell November 8, 2023

From the journalist: The Israel/Palestine conflict has been difficult to look at as a learning journalist. As an individual, I have my own personal beliefs, biases, and opinions. I watch, I listen,...

This Ameraucana Life

This Ameraucana Life

Annika Cooper November 8, 2023

What is a blue egg? Why is it blue? Where did it come from? Blue eggs exist without the use of artificial dye? These are questions that can be answered by the Ameraucana chicken. Blue chicken eggs are...

A note from the Editor

Dayne Bell October 11, 2023

To be clear, students and staff knew this optimization report was coming. An email was sent out to the campus community in mid-September, attempting to prepare everyone for the information that would be...

Still in the dark

Deanna Oakes April 27, 2023

With the news that Dr. Parwinder Grewal had resigned from his position as president of Vermont State University came the news that the plans for the libraries and athletic programs had been put on hold,...

Grossly mismanaged

Mary L. Collins April 27, 2023

Vermont's State Colleges have been grossly mismanaged. While this mismanagement is due to decades of underfunding, the most recent "transformation", beginning with the poorly executed decision by then...

Who’s Listening?

March 14, 2023

In a rebuke to VTSU President Parwinder Grewal, VSCS Chancellor Sophie Zdatny, VSCS Chief Academic OfficerYasmine Ziesler, and the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees (excepting the student representative),...

Lucy Boyden

House looks at election changes

Lucy Boyden March 14, 2023

One that proposes miscellaneous changes to elections has recently gained attention in and outside of the Statehouse. This bill has gone through multiple drafts and has evolved after witness testimony,...

News from VTSU is disheartening

News from VTSU is disheartening

Dan Noyes March 14, 2023

The news of moving to an all-digital library and changes to the sports programs at Northern Vermont University-Johnson is disheartening. Making sure the state college system is relevant, thriving and adequately...

Vermont Library Association slams VTSU announcement

Kelly McCagg March 14, 2023

The Vermont Library Association (VLA), representing more than 300 librarians, library staff, and trustees in public, school, academic, and corporate libraries, is calling on the leadership of the Vermont...

Just give them all thumb drives

Ross Connelly March 14, 2023

Books. Shelves and shelves of books. Rooms and rooms of shelves and shelves of books. Historically, such a place, often found on a college or university campus, is known as a library. Plans are under...

From the editors

Kyle Gagnon November 14, 2022

Congratulations, Gen Z! You did a thing. Last week, younger voters showed up to the polls in record numbers that haven’t been seen since they were born. Not only that, but these left-leaners are one...

From the editors…

Kyle Gagnon October 25, 2022

Joe Biden finally did the thing! Up to $10,000 of federal student loans are being forgiven for individuals who earn $125,000 or less. That number jumps to up to $20,000 for those who have received a Pell...

Interim President John Mills

It’s been an honor

John Mills May 4, 2022

As we approach the end of the semester—and for those graduating—I wanted to post one last message. First, it has been very rewarding to be able to serve you as the NVU President. Every day I am reminded...

A note from the editors…

The Editors May 4, 2022

Next year will be Northern Vermont University’s last, a prelude to the official launch of Vermont State University, and more pieces of the puzzle are beginning to fall into place. The Board of Trustees...

Bill streamlines rules for truckers

Bill streamlines rules for truckers

Lucy Rogers March 24, 2022

Sustainable forest management is essential to maintaining the landscape our state treasures and relies upon for ecosystem services and tourism dollars. During summer and fall of 2021, members of the Legislature’s...

Committee takes testimony on opioids

Committee takes testimony on opioids

Dan Noyes March 24, 2022

Town meeting marks about the halfway point of the legislative session, commonly referred to as crossover. Bills that started in the House move to the Senate and vice versa. Interestingly, there are no...

David Yacovone

Appropriations must navigate spending requests

David Yacovone March 24, 2022

The next two weeks are crucial for my committee, the House Committee on Appropriations. Whether you call it “crunch time” or “when the rubber meets the road,” key budget decisions that impact nearly...

Continue your diligence, Johnson

The editors March 18, 2022

This week marks the end of NVU’s campus-wide mask mandate. For over a year, the Johnson and Lyndon campuses have, admirably, observed and upheld the mandate that has made in-person classes possible during...

Gutted residences

The tragedy unfolding in Ukraine

John Mills March 18, 2022

At times like these—as the Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifies—hope is hard to find. Ukrainians are fighting, seeking safety in basements and bunkers, and fleeing their sovereign soil. They are...

David Yacovone

Sustained effort needed to beat opioid deaths, suicide

David Yacovone February 21, 2022

What part of Vermont had the highest rates of suicides and opioid deaths last year? Answer: Lamoille County. Experts believe the increases statewide in suicide and opioid overdoses can be attributed...

Dan Noyes

State responsible for kids in its care

Dan Noyes February 21, 2022

We worked this week on prioritizing the family services division portion of the Vermont Department of Children and Families budget, which includes the foster care system and youth in state custody. That...

NVU Interim President John Mills

Greetings from the President’s desk

John Mills February 21, 2022

Well, we got off to a bit of a rough start with the first week remote due to Omicron. But everyone responded positively and with commitment to make it work. Thank You. And now as I write this we are getting...


The Editors February 21, 2022

Our primary focus this semester is to cover as best we can the work being done by students, faculty, staff and administration on the campuses of Northern Vermont University, Vermont Technical College and...

a winter staple

Ménage à cocoa

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

The weather is dropping, snow is sprinkling from the bleak gray skies, and it takes three blankets to stay warm at night. That’s right, it’s officially hot cocoa season. This delightful winter drink...

The planet Mercury

The Mercurian: a housing guide

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

Along with the sun being in Sagittarius for the larger part of December, there is also going to be a solar eclipse during a Sagittarius new moon. This transit could signify a new beginning wherever you...

Velocipastor: a love letter

Velocipastor: a love letter

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor December 9, 2021

In mid-November 2019, I sat in on a session of News Publishing to convince Tyrone I would be fit for the class next semester. That visit would present me with two things which I would not understand the...

Punk Science: carbon sucks!

Punk Science: carbon sucks!

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief December 9, 2021

Hello again, fellow punk scientists. This is part two of the climate change miniseries from Punk Science. Last time, we explored the arctic seed vault on Svalbard, and the way climate change has affected...

Build back barely

Arlo Aldrich, Contributer November 18, 2021

Biden’s build back better bill is in shambles. From an initial budget of $6 trillion for the fiscal year to the $3.5 trillion vote in August, the newest revision of government spending is down to $1.75...

The Svalbard Seed Vault

Punk Science: world’s seediest hotel

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief November 18, 2021

Hello again, fellow punk scientists. It is finally time to cover one of the largest scientific issues that we are confronting this century. That issue is, of course, climate change. The trouble with...

Opinion: its not all about you

Opinion: it’s not all about you

Randy Brock, Franklin District Republican senator and Senate Minority Leader November 18, 2021

If you’re one of the millions of unvaccinated Americans, I’ve heard all of your reasons: freedom of choice, skepticism, feeling of invincibility, denial, political belief, laziness, distrust of government,...

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