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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...

Editorial

Many questions
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,...

Blue in Green promotional photo

VT filmmaker focuses on addiction

Kyle Gagnon, Sports Editor October 28, 2021

Filmmaker and Vermont native Adam Benay released the second short film of his series, “The North End Stories,” earlier this year. “Blue in Green” follows dual storylines of Vermonters and the...

Punk Science: tree clocks and Norse settlers

Punk Science: tree clocks and Norse settlers

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief October 28, 2021

Hello again, fellow punk scientists. Scientists just discovered something pretty interesting that took place almost exactly 1000 years ago on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. In A.D. 1021 the...

Why?

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

It was Tuesday, Sept. 21, at around noon. I was in the Basement Medicine office, doing last minute work to clean up our first issue for the semester which was releasing just two days later. The room was...

The planet Mercury

Mercury in retrograde

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

If you’re anything like me, you might be aware that we are in the midst of this year’s dreaded retrograde season. If you’re not, you might need an explanation; retrograde season is the time of year...

Trees don’t bark...

Trees don’t bark…

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief October 14, 2021

Greetings, fellow punk scientists! It’s that time of the year again, where the hills and valleys of Vermont light up with all the pretty red, orange, and yellow leaves that make the trees look like...

Punk science: from dawn till dusk

Punk science: from dawn till dusk

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief September 23, 2021

Greetings, fellow punk scientists! Summer has come and gone, and with it comes another round of punk science for all three of the nerds like me who live and work here in our community. Recently, I stumbled...

Punk science says,  “Shots, shots, shots, everybody!”

Punk science says, “Shots, shots, shots, everybody!”

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

Let’s talk about shots! Now, I know what you’re thinking. You were hoping that this was going to be an article about things like tequila shots or Jell-O shots or some other form of alcohol consumption....

A note from the Editor...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief May 3, 2021

I sit here now in my college apartment two weeks away from graduation, readers, and I cannot say that I am feeling entirely one way about leaving. Yes, I am incredibly hopeful and optimistic about what...

Here’s the rap from SLAP

Samantha Brodzinski, Contributor April 12, 2021

As the warm weather begins to roll in and the semester nears its end, there are not many opportunities left to enjoy time with friends before the summer break. That being said, the Student Lead Activities...

Punk Science: Wi-Fi from the sky

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

Welcome to the third semester of Punk Science my fellow nerdlings! In this week’s installment, we briefly say goodbye to the sciences in order to visit its neighbor in the STEM acronym: technology. With...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief April 12, 2021

As we wear through March and into April, I find myself weary of this life we’re leading. By god, it’s 13 months into a pandemic. You’d think people would have learned to put their mask above their...

Punk Science: coping with COVID

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 18, 2021

Welcome to the third semester of Punk Science my fellow nerdlings! I’ve avoided this topic for as long as I could, but I have finally been worn down to the point where I feel it’s time to talk about...

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