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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nintendo ups their game

Lindsay Andersen

March 15, 2020

Pokémon Sword and Shield mark the 8th generation of Pokémon, a game series that has captured the hearts of most long-time Nintendo fans since their childhood. However, long gone are the days of the Gameboy and the Nintendo DS where you had to play your games on a tiny screen that was practically invisible...


Kaitlyn Shaw

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

Katelyn Shaw is a theater major at NVU Johnson. She answered each (often already weird) question with about five different answers that spiraled off in completely unpredictable directions. We covered a diverse spread of topics, from dinosaurs to diarrhea, Catholicism to bear claws. What do you lik...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

The New England Patriots currently have a record of 10-2 and are one of the top teams in the NFL. Despite this, many believe that the Patriots have lost their appeal for favorites to win the Super Bowl and that their run, that has spanned multiple decades, is over. Cue Trent Dilfer’s infamous quote,...

Collins offers optimism, hope for NVU’s future

NVU President Elaine Collins

Rebecca Flieder

November 22, 2019

On Tues, Nov. 5, NVU President Elaine Collins gave the President’s State of the University Address to a crowd in the Stearns Performance Space of mostly faculty and staff. An invitation email for the event from Darcie Miles said, “President Collins will discuss the past year at NVU, including key...

Casting of “Hair” offers challenges and opportunities

Casting of “Hair” offers challenges and opportunities

Ari Erlbaum

November 21, 2019

When Isaac Eddy decided to put on “Hair” as the next school musical, it created a stir among his students. That’s what he was hoping for. “In the late 60s, when [“Hair”] was on Broadway, it was really groundbreaking. It was the first [musical] to have a fully racially integrated cast,”...

Elaine Harvey returns as NVU-Johnson’s first director of student engagement and persistence

Elaine Harvey returns as NVU-Johnson’s first director of student engagement and persistence

Patrick Bell

November 21, 2019

Elaine Harvey will return to NVU-Johnson on Dec. 11 to become its first director of student engagement and persistence.The first time that Harvey was at Johnson was back in December of 2012, when she took a position within the athletic department as the assistant athletic director for internal and ex...

Violinist Gaelynn Lea in Stearns: music and “Disability Pride”

Lea, the 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, spoke and performed in the Stearns Performance Space on Oct. 24

Thomas Streeter and Cody Blaisdell

November 7, 2019

Musician and disability advocate Gaelynn Lea came to campus on Monday, Oct. 24 to speak about her life with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as “Brittle Bones Disease,” and the importance of recognizing that people with disabilities face challenges in obtaining and keeping a job due to discrimination...

Men’s volleyball is off and running in debut season

From left to right: Ryan Willette, Travis Benson, Garrison French, Nick Audet, and Austin Walters

Patrick Bell

February 8, 2019

The men’s volleyball season is in its first season as a Division III program at NVU-J. The team, led by Head Coach Keven John, has started off strong despite losing their first three games of the season so far. John believes they are in the early stages of developing their skills but have so far...

A note from the Editor: Vote!

Tom O'Leary

October 29, 2018

    I’ve never before said this to anyone in my life, but please, for the love of our country, vote in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. I implore you. When you hear or read a political analyst declaring it to be the most important election of our lives and possibly U.S. history, it is not hyperbo...

Rugby program still fundraising for scoreboard

Lauren Philie

Patrick Bell

October 29, 2018

The rugby program at NVU-J is hoping to put up a scoreboard on their home field sooner than later. The program has raised $7,000 out of the $13,000 they need to purchase and install the scoreboard. According Lauren Philie, NVU-Johnson’s director of development and alumni relations, the need for a sc...

Women’s basketball looking for winning season

Chad Copeland

October 25, 2018

  The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s basketball team finished the 2017-2018 season playing some of their best basketball and had a spirited off-season preparing for the 2018-2019 season.  The Badgers will be returning 10 players from last season’s roster and have added five n...

Vt. Chief Justice speaks to politics class

Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber swears in Governor Shumlin

Ian Major

December 8, 2016

Vermont’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Paul Reiber, visited JSC on Nov. 10 for a round robin discussion with Professor Bill Doyle’s American Politics and Government class.   After 30 years of private practice, Reiber was appointed by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in 2003 to serve as...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich

November 12, 2015

This week, the Basement Medicine staff investigated the price of text books, and why class materials seem to be such a burden on a large number of the students on campus. What they found was that students may need to look into alteratives to buying these supplies on campus. Some professors, such as...

Rent-a-breaker raises money for Badger Alternative Breaks

Elena Houriet

November 12, 2015

Need some yard work done? Maybe some wood stacked or snow shovelled? You might want to consider Rent-a Breaker, a program that harnesses service-based values to raise money for Badger Alternative Breaks trips. Breakers have done all kinds of services in the community to earn the funds which make...

Food a fun way to learn about sex?

Food a fun way to learn about sex?

Sam Hartley

November 3, 2015

Snacks and sex. Cuisine and coitus. Food and *******. We don’t normally think of one as informing us about the other, but Jay Friedman, the creator of “Sexy Feast,” begs to differ. Friedman—who besides being a sexual education lecturer is also a food writer and restaurant reviewer—sees food...

The bare facts about VAC modeling

Hunter Mallette

September 29, 2015

Take it off. Take it all off and earn $15.00 an hour in the process. As the posters around campus featuring strategically placed fig leaves note, the Visual Arts Center is seeking versatile models for a variety of classes for both the fall and spring semesters. Finding models can be a little...

Fall’s common read: pencils and dreams

Kayla Friedrich, Editor-in-chief

May 7, 2015

In its ninth year, the Common Book program will give JSC’s incoming freshman a look at how to turn their biggest dreams into reality. A committee of staff, faculty, and a one student selected “The Promise of a Pencil: How an ordinary person can create extraordinary change,” by Adam Braun for...

An afternoon of gratitude

Kayla Friedrich, Editor-in-chief

May 7, 2015

A celebration of the leadership of Barbara E. Murphy was held on April 28, 2015 as a forum to say thank you and goodbye to the retiring Johnson State president of 14 years. To kick off the event, local band Up on the Roof played a few songs before the JSC Chamber singers, conducted by Assistant Professor...

Student arrested for misdemeanor

Kayla Friedrich

April 23, 2015

A Johnson State College student was taken into custody Thursday morning at the Willey Library and Learning Center for failure to appear in court earlier this month on an alleged misdemeanor charge in Chittenden County. Saidi Kyungu attended an arraignment at the Lamoille County Courthouse Thursday...

Arthur Hall residents make cents

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

March 26, 2015

For the second consecutive year, a Johnson State College residence hall is participating in a penny war to raise money for charity. Residents of Arthur Hall are competing between floors not only for the opportunity to win a pizza or ice cream party, but also to be able to choose one of five causes...

Students search for E-coli in the Lamoille basin

Professor Robert Genter

Marilyn Tagliavia

September 25, 2014

Most people look forward to hot and sunny summer days, but the six interns studying nutrients in water samples for 10 weeks this summer at Johnson State College preferred the stormy weather. Across 19 different stream sites in the Lamoille basin, students collected water samples to be analyzed for...

College cuts five staff positions, readjusts others

Barbara Murphy

Deb Bouton

May 12, 2014

JOHNSON, VT – Five full-time administrative and service positions have been cut at Johnson State College and eight others have been have been scaled back as part of a plan to address a projected $1.5 million gap in the college’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, 2014. The reductions...

S.H.A.P.E. pool closing would be a sad loss to the community

Katie Black

May 8, 2014

I am a huge advocate for keeping the Johnson State College pool running. I am willing to organize fund raising and contribute my effort to keep the pool running. As an Alumni of JSC, I used the pool for many years as a student and continue to support the use of the pool! I transferred to JSC in the...

Detroit: a city of devastation on the path to revitalization

JSC gets schooled in the Motor City

Ben Simone

April 24, 2014

It was 10 p.m. in Greektown, Detroit. I was looking good with a bow tie and suit jacket, and our group of 13 had just finished dinner at a fancy greek restaurant. As we stood outside enjoying the ambiance of Detroit at night a gentleman, who looked like he had a little too much to drink, came up to our...

Cuba: Not everything makes sense, but it is absolutely beautiful

Cuba: Not everything makes sense, but it is absolutely beautiful

Victoria Greenia

April 24, 2014

"There is no congruency to Cuba: before, during, or after," wrote Johnson State College student and fellow traveler Jeff Capen. "What you think you know is not what is, and not everything makes sense - but it is absolutely beautiful." JSC students enrolled in the class Art and Culture of Cuba, includin...

Live and Let Drive

This is how the story ends.

Jim Union

March 27, 2014

Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as “K.”), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. “I...

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail hopes for 2015

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail hopes for 2015

Max Van Wie

March 27, 2014

Many of the Vermont snowmobile trails scattered across the state can go unnoticed, yet amongst Vermonters, snowmobiling is a part of North Country tradition. With heavy snowfall, Vermont has offered close to ideal snowmobiling conditions this season, and the state’s snowmobile clubs and various associations...

McCullock earns First Team All-Conference Honors

McCullock in action

Elaine Harvey

November 26, 2013

Johnson State women’s soccer player, Amber McCullock, earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team All-Conference honors for her performance this season. McCullock, a junior from Morrisville, Vt., logged 1330:00 minutes and turned away an impressive 129 saves this season in net for the Badger...

Kayla Friedrich

June 7, 2013

Kayla served as general assignment reporter in spring 2013.  She will become photo editor in fall 2013.

New farmstand on Rte. 15

New farmstand on Rte. 15

Anna Maria Liccione

February 6, 2013

Foote Brook Farm owners, Tony and Joie Lehouillier are in the midst of realizing a dream they’ve had for years, building a new farmstand. A combination of things led to this move. The two main reasons are lack of adequate parking and safety. The State Highway Department has been pressuring Foote Brook ...

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