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The play’s the thing

The play’s the thing

Patrick Bell

December 13, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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,...

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