Basement Medicine

The pants in question

Just a hobby… or sew it seams

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

From the basement of my house came a soft whirring sound. My grandmother was sewing, carefully guiding fabric through her old Kenmore sewing machine as a kindergarten aged Delilah watched. Over the next...

Janice Griggs, Skylar Vandervort, KateLynn O’Neill and Hilary Devarney putting together Halloween treat bags

A busy fall for SERVE despite COVID-19

Christina Ashley, Contributor December 9, 2021

According to Director of Student Activities and Community Service Sarah Thornton, , the pandemic has made it more difficult for SERVE, NVU-Johnson’s student-run community service organization, to coordinate...

Model U.N. stays home

Maggie McGee, Contributor December 9, 2021

COVID-19 has disrupted many things, and the NVU Model UN club is one of them. Last year, they were able to attend the Harvard-sponsored conference remotely, but this year, that isn’t an option. As the...

Karen Madden

TRiO seeks eligible students

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

Academic Support Services provides many services to students, including advising, personal counseling, mentoring, individual and group academic coaching, career development, and services for students with...

Elaine Harvey

Keeping track of changing enrollment

Alli McLaughlin, Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter December 9, 2021

Many colleges have been experiencing an unprecedented shift in enrollment since the start of COVID in 2019. Despite the major impact that the pandemic has had on college enrollment, there have been many...

Search for Vermont State University president begins

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor December 9, 2021

With unification moving from the discovery phase into design, the Vermont State Colleges System is searching for a new president to lead Vermont State University when it forms in July 2023. To this end,...

Interim President John Mills

President Mills’ first semester

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor December 9, 2021

As Northern Vermont University is increasingly aware, changes can be difficult, but they can also be rewarding. President John Mills has seen his first semester with our school go remarkably the same —...

Brian Slater

Brian Slater joins NVU-Johnson athletic department

NVU-Johnson Athletics, Contributer November 18, 2021

Northern Vermont University-Johnson, and Interim Director of Athletics & Recreation Greg Eckman has announced the hiring of Brian Slater as NVU-Johnson’s new Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity,...

Weve all been there...

Burn out

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter November 18, 2021

At this point in the year, students might notice themselves or their peers them experiencing a bit of that familiar burnt-out feeling that comes around every so often. Burnout happens when someone neglects...

Ken Leslie

It’s all about the process

Christina Ashley, Contributer November 18, 2021

Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie is a bit shy of six feet tall and somewhat resembles a Christmas elf with a pair of soft emerald eyes peeking out from rectangular-framed glasses. His skin is aged, and...

Buried treasure!

Craftsbury has a different sort of snow bank

Maggie McGee, Contributer November 18, 2021

Snow sticking around all summer in Vermont? It seems pretty doubtful, but Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont, has managed it for the past few years. UVM grad student Hannah Weiss and UVM...

National Student Exchange offers many options for semesters elsewhere

National Student Exchange offers many options for semesters elsewhere

Alana Lewis, Contributer November 18, 2021

The National Student Exchange Program is back up and running for NVU-Johnson students after a year of being shut down. Students interested in the program can apply and, if accepted, could spend time at...

Model UN

Clubs cater to a wide variety of interests

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter November 18, 2021

If you’re an NVU-J student looking to get more involved, consider joining a club on campus. “It’s so fun,” said Becca Simon, who is the SGA director of clubs, as well as being vice president of...

Fruits of love...

It’s all about sex

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter November 18, 2021

“Let’s Talk Sex” is a seven-week series of open conversations about sex, being facilitated by the NVU- Johnson Wellness Center. This series started on Oct. 11, and is running until the end of the...

Dress codes: a thing of the past?

Dress codes: a thing of the past?

Maggie McGee, Contributer November 18, 2021

Dress codes, while gone from most people’s lives by the time they get to college, are certainly not forgotten. Just mentioning them brings passionate discussions to life. But why is it such a big issue? First,...

Interim President John Mills

State of the University: we’re working on it

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

Amidst progress on transformation and focus turning toward the future Vermont State University, it can be easy to forget that work is still being done to better NVU’s operating methods alongside recruiting...

Castleton faculty have requested a pause to transformation, refusing to take part in optimization work

Castleton faculty seeks optimization pause in letter to chancellor

Soleil Devyn Borthwick and Alli McLaughlin November 18, 2021

Calling for a pause in the ambitious optimization timetable for the launch of Vermont State University in the fall of 2023, and announcing their intent to withdraw from ongoing talks with NVU and Vermont...

Phonathon needs volunteers

Hailey Holliday, Contributor October 28, 2021

This year’s annual phonathon is about to begin, and the Development and Alumni Relations Office is looking for volunteers to work the phones. The phonathon is a yearly job opportunity for all students...

From the pedestrian bridge below Prospect Rock

A walk on the mild side: local hiking opportunities abound

Christina Ashley, Contributor October 28, 2021

Fall is debatably Vermont's most beautiful season, with vivid foliage and striking views, which is why it's so important to spend as much time outdoors as possible before winter arrives. One great way...

The Progress Pride and Black Lives Matter flags flying above the quad

The Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force adapts to changing conditions

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

The NVU website states, “Diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t just words at NVU — these are our guiding principles.” How is NVU actually centering and prioritizing those guiding principles? The...

The Progress Pride and Black Lives Matter flags flying above the quad

VSCS Board of Trustees adopts anti-racist pledge

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 28, 2021

After over a year of revisions, the Vermont State Colleges System’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has succeeded in creating an anti-racism pledge for the institution. The pledge was adopted...

Interim President John Mills

Notes from the Desk of NVU President Dr. John W. Mills

John Mills, Contributor October 28, 2021

Greetings readers of Basement Medicine. I am pleased that the editorial board wants me to give regular updates on the goings-on at NVU-Johnson, NVU overall and some info on the transformation process to...

David Ellerbee

Academic Support Services welcomes new staff members

BM Staff, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

In a community-wide email, NVU-Johnson Director of Academic Support Services Karen Madden announced the hiring of several key support positions in her office. David Ellerbee has been hired as the student...

VSC Chancellor Sophie Zdatny meets with the Student Advisory Council

Checking in with the new Student Advisory Council

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 28, 2021

In an effort to hear student voices amidst ongoing transformation, the Vermont State Colleges System has created the student advisory council, comprised of learners from across four residential campuses--which...

The Wellness Center entrance behind Senators Hall

Don’t get SAD: winter wellness

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

Living in Vermont, one must be aware of the long, dark winters suffered by everyone who lives here. There are some benefits to living in this wonderland during the colder months, such as snowy recreation...

Molly, the sweet, sweet dog

Finding a vet for your pet might take a while

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, nearly one in five households as acquired a new dog or cat according to research done by the ASPCA. Since a vast majority of Americans were either unemployed or...

A few of Abbots works on display

Abbot’s populated landscapes

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

The Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, located within the Dibden Center for Fine Arts, is NVU-Johnson’s epicenter for artistic display. For the latter half of each semester, fine arts students display their...

For some, single room occupancy is a mixed blessing

For some, single room occupancy is a mixed blessing

Arlo Aldrich, Contributor October 14, 2021

Two beds, one student. This is the reality students are living under Northern Vermont University’s decision to grant every student their own dorm room. But how has the school, suffering financial strife,...

Early College:  NVU’s hidden population

Early College: NVU’s hidden population

Maggie McGee, Contributor October 14, 2021

College is many people’s first real decision as an adult. Where, when and even if you will go are the questions high school seniors are often asked. But what about the seniors already there? Every...

Interim Academic Dean Les Kanat

Les is more

Kyle Gagnon, Sports Editor October 14, 2021

In May 2020, Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences Les Kanat retired after 31 years of teaching at NVU’s Johnson campus. Now, after a full academic year away from NVU, Kanat has returned to...

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