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Rock Stars at Johnson State College

Rock Stars at Johnson State College

Agathe Fredette

November 12, 2015


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Johnson State College’s practice rock climbing wall is a little gem hidden away in the SHAPE facility on the JSC campus. When you enter, you are immediately hit with a strong smell consisting of the aromas of human sweat, tears, hand chalk, and determination. Stretching along the left side of the...

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the problem is the problem

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the problem is the problem

Tom Benton

March 11, 2015


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Ed note: This is the last in a series on one aspect of the drug subculture in Springfield, Vt. The interviews in this series and, subsequently, portions of this piece, were collected, compiled, and composed between March and November 2014. One interview/portion of “The Suppository Possibility”...

Early education is key to childhood development, but resources are lacking in Vermont

Early education is key to childhood development, but resources are lacking in Vermont

Lindsay Brown

February 18, 2015


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Brains are not merely born, but rather built over time, based on our life experiences. Children pick up on everything we do, and reinforcing actions is necessary to a child’s growth. Science tells us that 80 percent of the brain is developed by age three, and 90 percent by age five, with more than ...

Vermont Higher Ed. Funding: Broken policies and a broken law

Vermont Higher Ed. Funding: Broken policies and a broken law

Analysis by Don Eaton

February 18, 2015


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According to a recent report, compiled by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, which analyzes higher education funding, Vermont ranked 49th among the states, next to last, in state appropriations per $1,000 of personal income. A senate report to legislators noted that "81 percent of the stud...

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the suppository possibility in Springfield

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the suppository possibility in Springfield

Tom Benton

February 18, 2015


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Lilly says the meth-heads she knows are too scary, though when I see her for the first time in two years, she cries, "Did you see the end of Breaking Bad?!" Anyway, I have a methamphetamine user in mind. She’s an in-law, five or six times removed, which is the approximate number of times she’s rem...

Hard living in the soft underbelly of Springfield

Hard living in the soft underbelly of Springfield

Tom Benton

February 10, 2015


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The following interviews and, subsequently, portions of this piece, were collected, compiled, and composed between March and November 2014.  One interview/portion of “The Suppository Possibility” was lost entirely except to my memory, when my notes were seized by the interviewee, a mother-to-be,...

Dorms can offer creature comforts

Dorms can offer creature comforts

Maya Viens

December 3, 2014


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According to the JSC student handbook , animals are not allowed in the resident halls. However, Johnson has recently experienced an influx of pets on campus. Thanks to the efforts of last year’s Martinetti  hall advisor Aleda Boomhower, all HA’s are now allowed to have cats on campus. In some...

“Process.” Zebrowski on architecture, art, and LOG-ing

“Process.” Zebrowski on architecture, art, and LOG-ing

Max Van Wie

November 12, 2014


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Michael Zebrowski is an assistant professor at JSC who uses his background in architecture to help teach sculpture. Zebrowski’s intro to sculpture class recently presented their projects outside of the library on campus. The project, entitled LOG, encouraged students to respond to an object by using...

St. Lewis: Canada does not want to be 51st state

St. Lewis: Canada does not want to be 51st state

Max Van Wie

October 30, 2014


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Joanne St. Lewis, a renowned Canadian law professor at the University of Ottawa, visited Johnson the week of Oct. 20 to present a series of talks. St. Lewis is also a distinguished human rights activist and feminist who uses her knowledge to help confront racial inequality and poverty around the world. St....

Chapter 2: D. B. Cooper and the Woman’s Hips

Chapter 2: D. B. Cooper and the Woman’s Hips

Tom Benton

September 24, 2014


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Oh, Zia. You future space waitress you. I know it’s the year 3128 A.D., but aren’t we over the D. B. Cooper case? D. B. Cooper, the pseudonym used by the brilliant and sophisticated hijacker who stole the equivalent of $1.6 million whilst riding a Boeing 747 in 1971? Not a single lead in that case?...

Chapter 1: D. B. Cooper and the Lost in the Space

Chapter 1: D. B. Cooper and the Lost in the Space

Tom Benton

September 18, 2014


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So there was Zia in the kitchen, and it was still 3128. She was fixing Old USAs for an elderly couple, just waiting on the french fries. Leaning against the steel over the grease bucket, grease steam snaking up and curling her hair. Greg was, of course, manning the bucket, and in the meantime, as was...

Cuban men put the art back in flirting

Cuban men put the art back in flirting

Victoria Greenia

May 8, 2014


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“You have beautiful eyes,” says a young Antonio Banderas, cutting in front of my friend in the middle of the street. Her face lights up and she beams, although it’s the third time that day a hunky Cuban has nearly stepped on her to admire those blue orbs. They always do the same thing: sing praises...

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