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Student First, SGA Later

Dan Schurman

November 1, 2012


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I would like to address the Student Petitions Against SGA GPA Requirement article. I would first like to say that you are here to be a student FIRST! You are not going to college to join the SGA or play a sport or go on amazing trips, you are here for a degree. A degree in which you pay A LOT of money...

Get the facts on the common cold so it can’t get you

Get the facts on the common cold so it can’t get you

Lori Koshowski ANP-BC

October 6, 2012


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The common cold, or acute viral nasopharyngitis, is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, which may involve the nose, throat, sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea, larynx and bronchial tubes. Colds are one of the leading causes of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. It is estimated...

Letter to the Editor re: Wiseman investigation

VSC Faculty Federation

October 2, 2012


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While the Faculty Federation does not generally comment on confidential personnel matters, the situation involving Professor Fred Wiseman at Johnson State College has generated so much press coverage and public controversy that we feel compelled to comment. The Federation has reviewed all the material...

Words of Wellness: Eat well, be well

Words of Wellness: Eat well, be well

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

May 3, 2012


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Have you started exercising yet? Did you measure your abdomen as I mentioned last week? Well, the other part of the obesity equation is our diet. Diet is WHAT we eat, not a restrictive way of eating. Why are we so overweight in America? Well, for starters, we have literally “supersized” our food....

Stop the nuclear industry welfare program

Senator Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander

May 3, 2012


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The following is an excerpt from a commentary written by Ryan Alexander and Bernie Sanders. The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol...

Words of Wellness: Listen to the tape

Words of Wellness: Listen to the tape

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

April 12, 2012


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Get a tape measure. What you don’t have one? Get creative with a piece of yarn (from a knitter on campus) and a ruler… and measure the largest portion of your waist between your belly button and the hipbone. Men, are you over forty inches? Women, are you over thirty-five inches? If you answered...

Benefits of health care reform

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch

April 12, 2012


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This guest column was originally published in the Williston Observer. In the two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Americans are seeing the benefits. Nearly 86 million Americans have received free preventive services such as routine check-ups and cancer screenings. Over 105...

Words of Wellness: Humor for Health

Words of Wellness: Humor for Health

By Rebecca Walter-Proulx, Contributor

March 22, 2012


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One of my favorite poems is “Diagnosis” by Sharon Olds (You can find the poem at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2010/11/19). In this poem, a mother is deathly worried about “funny looks” that sometimes appear on her baby’s face. Fearing her child possessed, she takes her...

Rap from the Rep

Rap from the Rep

Mark Woodward, Lamoille County State Representative

March 22, 2012


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There is no place for intrigue and excitement like the Vermont Statehouse as the end of a biennium approaches. We all come back from town meeting knowing that if legislation is to make it to law this session it has to pass out of committee this week in order to have time to work it’s way through the...

Words of Wellness: The mechanics of panic

Words of Wellness: The mechanics of panic

By Brian Wilcox, M.A. L.C.M.H.C., Contributor

March 8, 2012


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Stepping from the brink of the cave, the woman moves rapidly to the brambles near the cave entrance where she remembers the blackberries. She feels a twinge of fear at having forgotten her spear but the thought of the blackberries override it as she hurries to the berries. The woman draws near the brambles...

Words of Wellness: Enjoy Vermont’s Winter Wonderland

Words of Wellness: Enjoy Vermont’s Winter Wonderland

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

February 16, 2012


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In preparation for this article, I interviewed Brad Moskowitz, Professor of Outdoor Education, avid backcountry enthusiast, and member of the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol. Brad provided me with helpful information grouped into five general recommendations. Remember the old Scouting adage “be prepared”? 1: Prep fo...

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

Rep. Mark Woodward

February 16, 2012


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This has been an exciting week at the State House. In my ten years as the Rep from Johnson and Eden I have never witnessed such a large turnout of Vermont State College students. As a JSC alumni myself, I have to admit we had by far the best showing. Well done JSC! It is this kind of action that influences...

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