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Quarantine Ice Cream

Quarantine Ice Cream

Meghan Hilferty, Contributor

May 6, 2020

“Ice cream today or tomorrow?” my mother messaged me. “Today,” I instantly replied and finished my Feature Writing revisions. Despite some odd days of snow, April 18 is warm enough to get creamies and escape the house to support the independently owned restaurant Barn Owl Creamery &...

The Burger Barn: revisited

Pictured here: The Ira Allen, General Lee, El Alamo, and the Nutty Goat.

Adriana Eldred, Photo Editor

May 4, 2020

Two years ago almost exactly to date I began my love affair with the Burger Barn in Jeffersonville. The Burger Barn was my first ever food review for Basement Medicine, and while certainly not my last, it is probably still my favorite. This time I brought a small posse, including my boyfriend, sister...

Cooking, the pandemic way

Cooking, the pandemic way

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

April 21, 2020

If you don’t enjoy cooking, you’re missing how personal it can be. Every time I cook, whether it’s at a restaurant or at home, the process becomes a part of how I feel.  The weather outside and the change in seasons can make a difference too. Why do I like to barbeque chicken in the summer...

1982 cult classic “The Thing” still horrifies and delights

1982 cult classic

Marcus Allen, Contributor

April 15, 2020

John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing” is one of the greatest achievements of horror. The film is a terrifying look into the human psyche when a group is put in isolation and they begin to mistrust each other. The film takes place in Antarctica, where snowy and desolate landscapes help paint...

A Charlmont breakfast

A Charlmont breakfast

Cole Shebak, Contributor

April 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article was written before NVU moved to remote instruction. However, the Charlmont is still offering curbside takeout services at https://www.thecharlmontvt.com/ On the flat side of the roundabout in Morrisville, next to the Sunset Motor Inn, is the Charlmont, which has b...

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a virtual vacation

The game includes a clothing editor, which allows players to recreate their favorite clothing in-game.

Lindsay Andersen, Contributor

April 15, 2020

Released on March 20, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” has become more than just a simple game for players of the series seeking nostalgia. With the current state of the world, "New Horizons" has provided many, including myself, with a much-needed getaway from the stress...

Sesame Street and SNL: “Sack Lunch Bunch”

Sesame Street and SNL:

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2020

As the Netflix logo fades out, an obscure quote from Erika Jayne of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fades in reading, “Do you know who tells the truth? Drunks and children.” “So I have a lot of big fears, like a big asteroid hitting the Earth or other stuff like that, you know? And...

“The Promised Neverland” delivers on its promise

Lindsay Andersen

April 13, 2020

 Shōnen anime: more often than not, this genre is filled with overdone tropes, flashy fight scenes, and easy-to-locate inspiration from the top manga and anime in the industry. However, the 2019 anime season brought to us a much-needed change of pace within the shōnen scene: “The Promised Neverla...

“Sonic” movie is a bad joke

Meghan Hilferty

April 13, 2020

Amateur director Jeff Fowler made his first “successful” and full-length movie with the video game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, who just makes cliché jokes and never develops character. It’s like a Michael Bay movie with no meaning other than explosions. In this case, comedy and Jim Carrey...

“Cells at Work:” educational and entertaining

Tijana Ganun

April 10, 2020

If you had asked me a week ago what the function of blood or the immune system was, you would have gotten a blank stare. Now after watching the anime “Cells at Work,” I could tell you with ease, and I’ll probably still remember, even if you ask me five years from now. “Cells at Work” has a...

The art of the outro: Crumb’s first two EPs

The art of the outro: Crumb's first two EPs

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

Come for the singer's voice, stay for the band's instruments. This is how most of the songs on Crumb's first two EPs make me feel. Crub is a New York band that formed at Tufts College. The band is made up of Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (sax, keys, synths), Jesse Brotter (bass, backing...

Inked!

Inked!

Marcus Allen

March 15, 2020

The needle punctures the skin, vibrating like a cell phone persistently ringing. Ripping into his flesh like a thousand small bee stings, leaving behind a trail of black lines and splotches of grey to create an eagle clawing its way through a snake. Pain washes over his face, with a wince and sneer,...

A taste of the Big Apple

Tijana Ganun

March 15, 2020

As a native New Yorker, one of the things I like best about the city are its many restaurants. If you’re ever in New York and are looking for some delicious and memorable culinary treats, here are some good places to check out. Cha-An Tea House This is a Japanese tea house located in the East Vill...

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...

“Sex Education” better the second time around

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

If you have been privy to the public school system’s sex education courses in the last decade or so, you know that they need to step up their game. The limited information they are allowed to cover leave many students behind and uninformed, leading to more risky sex practices later on. This is a...

“The Circle” is worth the watch

“The Circle” is worth the watch

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

At first, “The Circle” is easy to judge too harshly. The show is Netflix’s US import of a British reality show bearing the same name. In it, players compete for a cash prize by vying to be the most popular player of the game – without face to face interaction. Every conversation and competition...

A terrific performance with a terrible script

Jacob M. Muther and Maddie Anna in a scene outside of the main house party.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2020

After watching “Good Kids” put on by Dibden last weekend, all I can say is, “Okay, boomer.” I should preface this and give my congratulations to the cast, who ran well with a poorly written show. Amber Follansbee’s performance as Deidre, the narrator, was excellent. Given that her character...

Clothes make the woman

(Left to right, top:) Emoji Nightmare, Nikki Champagne, Farrah Nuff; (Bottom) Tom Poodiack

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Not often in my life do I have experiences that I would call enlightening or rapturous. In the Stearns Performance Space a few Thursdays ago, I had one such experience. The catalyst was a drag show hosted by local Burlington drag sensations Nikki Champagne and Emoji Nightmare. Before I get into the...

Bad plot, bad porn: “The Room”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Imagine a film that has it all. Every scene is perfectly shot – the way the camera moves is entrancing. The dialogue is gripping and delivered masterfully. The physical acting is just as good, with body language and expressions that seem genuine and effortless. The score is one of the most beautiful...

An un-bear advantage

An un-bear advantage

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

I had been let down before by the Discovery channel and wasn’t sure I would be able to trust them again. It was the summer of 2017 and Shark Week was swimming along the TV guide. I was promised a race between Olympic gold medalist Michel Phelps and a great white shark. It was going to be extreme and...

Creative Audience offers a widely diverse array of events

Mal Maiz

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

February 10, 2020

Every semester is jam-packed with interesting and thought-provoking events, and this semester is no exception – however, there are a few changes in the works that will continue to improve the creative audience experience. Although Emily Nielsen, who formerly coordinated creative audiences, has left,...

The weed with the roots in hell

The weed with the roots in hell

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2020

In the modern era, it’s hard to believe that a film such as “Reefer Madness” (1936) was once presented as factual. The movie is clearly dated – the archaic spelling of “marihuana” is used, and the drug is described as “a violent narcotic” with a plethora of dangerous symptoms. This...

The Joker: Maybe not so funny

The Joker: Maybe not so funny

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2020

The film Joker was released Oct. 4, 2019, and was screened at the Bijou Cineplex 4 in Morrisville. The movie was also screened at The Roxy located in Burlington, and the Essex Cinema. The movie was directed by Todd Phillips and production was done by Warner Brothers. The Joker was played by Joaquin Phoenix,...

Defining grandfamilies

Lisa Monique Kent, Contributor

February 6, 2020

There’s a new sociological word floating around our communities these days, though the concept is almost as old as time—grandfamily. Grandfamilies are grandparents and their grandchildren as a family unit, without the parents in between, because they cannot or will not take care of their own offspring. In...

DiCaprio’s disturbing documentary disappoints

Jenn Dezotelle, Student

December 12, 2019

“Before the Flood,” staring Leonardo DiCaprio aired a little over three years ago. This Hollywood star used his fame in attempts to bring climate change to light in a way that creates change like never seen before. A beautifully filmed documentary doesn’t seem to have lived up to its standards. The...

The Milton Diner is a local classic

Hash, eggs, biscuits and gravy from the Milton Diner... defibrillator not included.

Cody Blaisedell, Student

December 12, 2019

In the town of Milton, Vermont, just short of 30 miles west of Johnson, a staple in the community that has thrived for over 40 years rests on the side of Route 7. When entering Milton from Interstate 89, you are almost guaranteed to pass by the Milton Diner, a small establishment that packs its parking...

The Monarch and the Milkweed offers eclectic cuisine done well

The Monarch and the Milkweed offers eclectic cuisine done well

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

Monarch and the Milkweed is located on 111 Saint Paul St, Burlington ,Vermont. The restaurant presents itself as a pastry shop, fine diner, and cocktail bar. The feel of this place is quite relaxing, and although small, I never felt cramped at any time. It is winter now, but in summer they offer three...

Compelling and cruel: “The Report” is a true story at breakneck pace

Compelling and cruel: “The Report” is a true story at breakneck pace

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

From Director Scott Z. Burns, the producer and writer of “Side Effects,” “Contagion” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” comes an Amazon Prime Original Movie, “The Report.” The film was released in select theaters on Nov. 15 and made its way to Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 29. Starring Adam...

Exhibit highlights creative reflection

Lewis’ full collage of prints

Rebecca Flieder

November 22, 2019

Adriana Eldred, Will Lewis and Gillianne Sheppard presented their bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) exhibits in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery on Nov. 13. Eldred and Lewis are both seniors in the Studio Arts BFA, and Sheppard is a senior in Media Arts. All three chose Phil Robertson, part-time faculty...

Brontë: a family affair

A study of the Branwell Bronte original painting, used as a prop in the Dibden performance

Allison Irons

November 22, 2019

“Brontë,” directed by Laura Roald, made its debut at Dibden Center for the Arts Nov. 7 -10. Roald has directed a number of plays including “Macbeth” and “Nine” at NVU-Johnson. “Brontë” follows the fictionalized lives of the real-life Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne and...

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