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Rocks in His Head

Rocks in His Head

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2017


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Leslie Kanat, professor of geology in the Department of Environmental and Health sciences, has taught at JSC since 1989 after receiving a Ph.D. in earth sciences at Cambridge University.   How did you end up in Cambridge? I ended up in Cambridge because of the work I was doing as a maste...

Getting high on mountain life

Getting high on mountain life

Jacob Greenia

September 14, 2017


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Brad Moskowitz is a professor of outdoor education at JSC who finds peace and empowerment in the world’s natural beauty and environmental. And even though he admits he’s a westerner at heart, he says Vermont’s natural and social communities have won him over. Basement Medicine recently sat down...

BARB WIRED

BARB WIRED

Emily Mullaney

April 27, 2017


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Barb Flathers is the assistant to the dean of students and the friendly face in the residence life office. She’s married to her best friend, Bruce, and has two grown children, three step children and two step grandchildren. She enjoys arts and crafts and spending time outdoors. She’s an integral...

The importance of support animals

The importance of support animals

Melenie Peters

April 27, 2017


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As one walks along the sidewalks of Johnson State College, it is not uncommon to see a cat or two sunning themselves in the dorm room windows. This is because JSC allows students with diagnosed mental illnesses to have emotional support animals, or ESAs, on campus. There are currently 27 animals on campus,...

Springtime is for the birds

Richard Ahlgrim

April 27, 2017


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Some consider it a scientific pursuit, some say it’s a competitive sport, and others call it a hobby. However people view it, birding is an environmentally friendly way to collect, share and celebrate some of nature’s most unique creatures. In recent years, birders have witnessed many changes in...

Transitioning Perspectives: A closer look into policy

Transitioning Perspectives: A closer look into policy

Jacob Greenia

April 27, 2017


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As the lives and perspectives of the transgender community have become more public, so too has the history of misrepresentation of trans lives in the media, misdiagnoses of gender identity as mental illness, and the ongoing need for trans-affirmative resources for youth and adults.   The trans...

Dinner with the Kardashians

Dinner with the Kardashians

Mary Fafard

April 14, 2017


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Kate Abdel-Fatah followed both of her brothers to Johnson State College, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t made a name for herself on campus. With a lot of personal growth, new passions and important life experiences, Abdel-Fatah has become a leader in the Student Government Association and a strong...

Black bears: Vermont’s largest pests

Black bears: Vermont’s largest pests

Briana Walsh

April 14, 2017


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During the winter, usually the biggest pests that people need to worry about are squirrels. However, as soon as the snow melts and the temperatures get warmer, the pests become much bigger and heavier. Black bears are a common problem when winter comes to an end. They get into everything from bird feeders...

Go-Pros, Backpacks and strollers

Josh Lemay

April 14, 2017


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Throughout the summer of 2016, scores of mothers from Lamoille, Washington and Chittenden County could be found taking their infants for a series of eight-minute walks. Some of these children were buckled into backpacks, others nestled into strollers, but all could be seen sporting a small black GoPro...

Lesotho Bound

Emily Mullaney

March 23, 2017


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Ben Simone is a senior who will be graduating in May. He double majored in Mathematics and Political Science. He has three older siblings and one younger brother, who is 12 and sometimes a handful. As a former SGA president and a former trustee and now a member of SERVE, he has certainly made an impact...

Ebenezer’s cozy comfort

Ebenezer’s cozy  comfort

Josh Lemay

March 23, 2017


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Though it only occupies a small stamp of land on the corner of Pearl St. and Main, Ebenezer Books is hard to miss. There is something proud about this brick building, from its squat structure to its single sign, where gilded letters and a charming portrait of a cock-eared dog greet every resident and...

The jolly rugger Rogers

Jacob Greenia

March 9, 2017


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When he isn’t busy being JSC’s Director of Admissions, Patrick Rogers focuses his camera lens on his favorite JSC scenery from the glistening colossus of Whiteface Mountain past the south lawn to the rugged terrain of the rugby pitch behind the tennis courts, literally just off the beaten path. As...

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