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Brewing at the border

Brewing at the border

Adriana Eldred

April 4, 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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“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


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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


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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


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“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 ...

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