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Vermont State Colleges System Delivering Entrepreneurs and Workers

Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System Jeb Spaulding

February 8, 2018


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The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) is a major workforce pipeline delivering entrepreneurs and workers to power our state’s economy. As a system, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University – Johnson and Lyndon, and Vermont Technical College annually confer...

Words of Wellness: the connection between trauma and addiction

Courtesy of Ashwood Recovery

February 8, 2018


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Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated and closely intertwined. In other words, the road between the two goes both ways, and the negative...

Strategic Plan must address IT deficiencies

Thomas O'Leary, -Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2018


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With the spring 2018 semester officially in session, we are now a mere four months away from Johnson State College (JSC) and Lyndon State College (LSC) officially merging under the umbrella of Northern Vermont University (NVU). Regardless of whether you are students, faculty, staff, or administrators,...

How to save the Democratic party

How to save the Democratic party

Bernie Sanders

December 13, 2017


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Donald Trump’s presidency represents an unprecedented crisis for our country. His campaign, and now his White House, seek to divide us using racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia. His economic agenda is the agenda of the billionaire class. He wants more tax breaks for the rich, while...

The solution to opioid epidemic is not what you think

Dr. Rick Barnett

December 13, 2017


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This commentary is by Dr. Rick Barnett, a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist in private practice in Stowe who founded Carter Inc. to expand addiction-related resources in Vermont. He is legislative chair and a past president of the Vermont Psychological Association, and serves as a member...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

December 13, 2017


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The end of the year is, once again, nearly upon us. Around this time last year, many people were looking back on the events of 2016 with horror, proclaiming it to be one of the worst years in recent history and celebrating its end. With Syria, Brexit, the U.S. election and the deaths of numerous beloved...

We must end global oligarchy

We must end global oligarchy

Senator Bernie Sanders

November 29, 2017


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One of the major, untold stories of our time is the rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy. Here in the United States, the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Incredibly,...

Words of Wellness: Practicing gratitude

Noreen Hopkins

November 29, 2017


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Winter is upon us. And with it, a visceral sense of transition- a tangible reminder of inescapable change. Although New England endures four seasonal shifts throughout the year, for some reason the move into winter can feel the heaviest. Life is literally slowing down. We find ourselves closing off....

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

November 29, 2017


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The internet: a place commonly known for its collections of cat videos, bizarre memes, and the potential websites that live in the Incognito Modes of your closest friends and family. Whatever you may use it for, the internet is undoubtedly part of your life — most likely a more significant part...

The healthcare crisis no one is talking about

The healthcare crisis no one is talking about

Senator Bernie Sanders

November 8, 2017


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The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of...

How can essential oils help you manage college life?

Marta Paterniti

November 8, 2017


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College is a very pivotal time in a person’s life. It involves continuous growth and development, and comes with many unique and exciting opportunities. College life can also be difficult and stressful at times. Students bounce around from class, to their dorms, to the library, and to their extracurricular...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

November 8, 2017


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Last week, Lyndon and Johnson each hosted an event to celebrate the finalized branding for Northern Vermont University. With cookies, cider, t-shirts and custom NVU M&Ms, participation meant not only getting into the spirit of the oncoming unification but also the promise of free stuff. Still,...

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