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Is It OK to Cry?

Is It OK to Cry?

Cynthia Hennard, JSC Counseling Center director

April 18, 2013


Filed under Words of Wellness

It’s not just men that get the message that it is weak to cry. Plenty of women are stoics as well. There are plenty of situations when we’d really rather not burst into tears. It seems out of control – and it may be. The self-talk I hear frequently about one’s crying is that you feel: "you’re ...

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

Sen. Bernie Sanders

March 28, 2013


Filed under Commentary

  In the spirit of Sen. Sanders’ recent JSC Student Town Meeting, we reprint the Senator’s recent op-ed, which discusses many of the points he raised during the Student Town Meeting.       The Democrats won a major victory on Election Day.   Despite dozens of billionaires spendin...

Words of Wellness: Sleep… Sleep… Sleep…

Words of Wellness: Sleep… Sleep… Sleep…

Cynthia Hennard

March 14, 2013


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

Recent University and College health surveys found that up to 35% of college students felt their academic success was significantly and negatively impacted by sleep problems. Typical sleep challenges for college students include the obvious: roommates coming and going, noisy dorms, a great social life,...

Words of Wellness: Your health, up in smoke

Words of Wellness: Your health, up in smoke

Lori Koshowski

February 22, 2013


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.  It causes many different cancers, chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health issues. Each day, more than 3,600 people under...

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

February 7, 2013


Filed under Commentary, Forum

Unless you’re Amish, or live in a cave, you have probably heard of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Many of you have read it and maybe you have even read it secretly in that barn or cave. Set largely in Seattle, it is the first installment in a trilogy that traces the relationship between a virgin college gra...

Friends, Community and Social Capital

Friends, Community and Social Capital

Cynthia Hennard

February 7, 2013


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

Friends are a big source of comfort and stress in our lives - whether we have them and the dynamics they bring. Even extreme introverts need and want peeps and are no less capable of having them than are gregarious extroverts, it just looks different. Business culture uses the term social capital. Psy...

Silenced Voices loud and clear

Kayla Friedrich

December 6, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Forum

As I entered Bentley 207 to witness “Silenced Voices”  on Nov. 14, I didn’t know what to expect. Living in Vermont I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of the migrant workers who traveled here from Mexico to work on our dairy farms. What I didn’t realize was the level of fear that these...

Words of Wellness: Energy Deficit — Are energy drinks the answer?

Words of Wellness: Energy Deficit — Are energy drinks the answer?

Lori Koshowski

December 6, 2012


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

Sales of energy drinks have skyrocketed over the past 6 years and if these product sales are an indication of need then there is a growing deficit of energy amongst its users.   Between 1998 and 2003 the sale of energy drinks in the US increased by as much as 465%.  By 2006, sales of energy drinks...

Greeting from the SGA

Melissa Rixon, SGA, Director of Public Relations

November 15, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Forum

With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner, it is hard to believe the Fall semester is already coming to a close. The SGA has been hard at work accomplishing a number of projects and initiatives with many new ideas making their way into action. President Shane Bouthillette and Vice President Colin...

Puzzled by Petrics

November 15, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Forum

Six JSC students, Jane, John, Erin, Frank, Ester and Jose, come to a river crossing while on an Outdoor Education trip. They have only one boat amongst themselves which can only carry 2 people at at time. There is however an additional complication which is that Jane and Frank are dating, as are Erin...

S.A.D. is no laughing matter

S.A.D. is no laughing matter

Sarah Palmer

November 15, 2012


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

As the snow starts to fall and the days begin to get cloudy and short, you may start to feel down or moody. For some of you it may just be the initial adjustment to colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, but for others it may be due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For a majority of people,...

Words of Wellness: Why not smoke pot?

Words of Wellness: Why not smoke pot?

Cynthia Hennard, LCMHC, LADC

November 1, 2012


Filed under Forum, Words of Wellness

Ever since the days of Reefer Madness, the hysterical propaganda from the “war against drugs” camp and the oppositional don’t worry about it from the “pot’s a natural God given gift” camp has created a cultural split that can make it complicated to arrive at a thoughtful informed decision...

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