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In the land of bagpipes and haggis: an NVU student’s introduction to Scotland

In the land of  bagpipes and haggis: an NVU student’s introduction to Scotland

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

I am startled awake by the friendly “bing!” of the airplane’s seatbelt sign as we start our descent in the smallest plane I’ve ever been on. The turbulence begins, and I look out the window just as we duck into the troposphere and become immersed in a sea of clouds. A wave of anticipation and...

She’s for the birds

She’s for the birds

May 9, 2019

Hannah Miller is an assistant professor of Education at NVU-Johnson. What’s your biggest passion? School. I talk about school all the time. I have been in a school every year of my life since age three. So I have been a student, then a teacher, then student, then a professor. Now I’m a professo...

Easy rider

Easy rider

Patrick Bell

April 24, 2019

Jonathan Davis is the Dean of Students for NVU. What obsesses you? My biggest passion in my life is my kids. How many kids do you have? I have two kids. A nine year old and a seven year old. I mean, obviously that wasn’t always my passion. Sports, kids, and work. That’s all that I have time...

Brewing at the border

Brewing at the border

Adriana Eldred

April 4, 2019

I’ve been in the Southwest for a few months now, and while I’ve had to adapt to many changes in my daily life here, the biggest change has been my relationship with coffee. We’re quite serious.  I love coffee.  I am accustomed to the constant availability of coffee in almost every...

An extroverted introvert

An extroverted introvert

Ciarra Annis

March 21, 2019

Emily Neilsen is the Coordinator of First-Year Events at NVU-Johnson. Neilsen grew up in Burlington and came to work for NVU-Johnson in 2012. How did you wind up here at Johnson? So, I was living in Burlington, and then my husband became the caretaker of a piece of property that’s like 200 acres....

A black eye in Vegas

A black eye in Vegas

Adriana Eldred

March 21, 2019

I got a black eye in Las Vegas. A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to go to Las Vegas. It was for a two-day sevens rugby tournament. I had been practicing with our rag-tag team, the New Mexico State Lady Chiles, for a month. We were, in a word; ill-prepared. Because we didn’t have the numbers...

She’s just Ducky!

She’s just Ducky!

Danielle Christina

February 8, 2019

Ducky Joslin is a sophomore at NVU-Johnson majoring in Outdoor Education. What is the story behind the name “Ducky?” When I was really little my sister gave me the nickname because Iwas always following her around like a duckling with a baby diaper waddle, and I’d constantly be making duck f...

Letter from Las Cruces: Our far-flung correspondent checks in

Letter from Las Cruces: Our far-flung correspondent checks in

Adriana Eldred

February 8, 2019

It’s flat here. I noticed it as I flew over El Paso, Texas, how sprawling the landscape is, only to be interrupted by the occasional clump of jagged mountains. From the airplane window, I could see squares of land neatly sectioned off into various shades of brown and green between long roads and...

WJSC’s eclectic mix

WJSC’s eclectic mix

Rebecca Flieder

December 14, 2018

It’s a busy semester at the WJSC 90.7 station in Stearns this semester. With nine planned shows in Spring 2019 spanning over 15 hours plus drop-in DJ time, WJSC has quite a lot to listen to. Student manager Seth Knight had positive things to say about this semester’s progress as a radio station. "...

TGIF for Dungeons and Dragons

TGIF for Dungeons and Dragons

Ciarra Annis

October 2, 2018

It is 6 p.m. on Friday and for some on campus, that means one thing—game time. The players shuffle in one by one, carrying bags of dice and snacks to bribe the dungeon master, the game’s organizer. They settle in, heckle the latecomers, and begin checking what equipment their characters still have...

Dr. Twigg branches out

Dr. Twigg branches out

Phil O'Neil

May 10, 2018

Associate Professor Sharon Twigg is chair of the Writing and Literature Department and specializes in British Iiterature. She does double duty as associate academic dean at Johnson. You have dual positions here, one as associate academic dean at Johnson and one as associate professor and chair of the ...

Marrying young

Marrying young

Story and photo by Kylie Brown

May 9, 2018

“The moment that I decided that he was the one and I wanted to get married was literally the first time I saw him,” said Johnson State student Deanna Trahan. “I know that it sounds insane, but it’s true. I met Tyler in the Hannaford’s parking lot, and for some crazy reason I looked at my best...

Marijuana legalization poses possible pot policy conflict with Feds

Marijuana legalization poses possible pot policy conflict with Feds

Phil O'Neil

April 26, 2018

On Jan. 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding Obama-era guidance on state-level marijuana legalization, effectively rekindling a dated war on America’s most commonly used illicit substance. Coincidentally, Jan. 4 was also the day that the Vermont House gave final clearance...

I got my kicks at Beast of the East

I got my kicks at Beast of the East

Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

I don’t often question the places I stand. Usually, I am placed there, and it is the confidence of others that typically gives me the peace of mind that I am useful in that spot and will do well there. That Saturday afternoon, April 14, as I stood poised on the rugby pitch, I seriously questioned...

Hana! Dul! Set!

Hana! Dul! Set!

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

“Hana! Dul! Set! Net!” Stanley Parsons, otherwise addressed as Sir, has been involved in Taekwondo since 1984. Now in his 70s, with a thick mane of white hair and full beard, he watches his students critically from behind glasses and between bushy brows. He perches on a walker, a cane resting ...

The play’s the thing

The play’s the thing

Patrick Bell

December 13, 2017

Cody Logan is a JSC senior majoring in musical theater. He has appeared in many JSC productions, including “Grease,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Cabaret.” Why do you snap instead of clap for people? Usually people clap. I like to be different than everyone else, not becaus...

How to play with cats: the art of heavy petting

How to play with cats: the art of heavy petting

Emily Clark

December 13, 2017

I walked into my friend’s apartment with the goal of preparing crepes on a Sunday morning, green cast iron crepe pan in my backpack and a jug of milk in my hand. I was greeted with the smell of fresh cat litter in the three trays, two of which are a new and temporary addition to the household. The...

Truth telling in Tennessee

Truth telling in Tennessee

Jacob Greenia

December 13, 2017

Tucked away in the rolling hills and forested mountains of Tennessee’s Monroe County, Tellico Plains, borders North Carolina and resembles some of Vermont’s most scenic qualities, only with warmer temperatures, more republicans and evangelical Protestants per Pew Research Center. Tellico Plains,...

More than 1,000 words

More than 1,000 words

Tom O'Leary

November 29, 2017

John Miller is a professor of fine arts at Johnson State College, focusing mainly on photography, both traditional film and digital. In 1992, he published a book of photographs called “Deer Camp: Last Night in the Northeast Kingdom,” which documents the rituals and culture of hunting camps in northern...

Raising hell and making Noyes

Raising hell and making Noyes

Nellie Tamboe

November 8, 2017

Sandra Noyes has been working at JSC for 24 years. Along with serving as campus chair for the represented staff union, Noyes is staff assistant for the Humanities and Writing and Literature departments. What is your favorite part of this job? I think I’m supposed to say the students. That would be th...

“She did some stuff”

“She did some stuff”

Richard Ahlgrim

October 26, 2017

Brittney Malik is a JSC junior focusing her studies on theater. She grew up in Randolph, Vermont, and has made waves on campus with her activism and dedication. Her efforts helped bring together multiple campus events and performances, and raise the Black Lives Matter flag outside Stearns. What do you ...

Cuban media is more complicated than it seems

Cuban media is more complicated than it seems

Nellie Tamboe

October 26, 2017

The media in Cuba, one of three remaining Communist countries in the word, is generally portrayed as a monolithic mouthpiece for the Cuban government, which maintains tight control over media coverage of everything from sports to politics. According to University of Havana professors Rafael Betancourt...

Outing club: “a mecca for outdoor recreation”

Outing club: “a mecca for outdoor recreation”

Megan Joyce

October 26, 2017

The next time someone tells you to take a hike, you might want to consider JSC’s Outing Club, which offers a variety of outdoor adventures including caving, bouldering, rock climbing, rafting and, yes, hiking. “The goal of Outing Club is to get students outdoors,” said Becca Farrow, the club’s...

Rocks in His Head

Rocks in His Head

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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