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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 4, 2024

Nationally known artist, activist, and educator Traci Molloy will be at Vermont State University-Castleton for a short residency to premiere her project Against My Will: Castleton. Molloy collaborated...

Going D-Town

Going D-Town

Dayne Bell March 27, 2024

Editor’s Note: I can confidently say that Dan Towner is one of the best professors I’ve had in the three years I’ve been on the Johnson campus. No piece I could write could completely give him the...

Insights from adoptees POV

Insights from adoptee’s POV

Jill Pressman March 26, 2024

Let’s talk about adoption. No, not pet adoption. Child adoption. It’s not talked about enough. It can be a difficult topic to discuss, and people have different opinions about it, much like everything...

McClelland Hall is the subject of speculation regarding federal funds to
convert a Johnson campus building to housing for older Vermonters.

A Sanders Spring Surprise

Russ Weis, Staff Writer March 26, 2024

On Monday, March 18, Bernie Sanders’ office announced that the senator had secured more than $42.5 million in federal funding to support 36 Vermont projects that address critical needs across the state....

Harambee: It’s all coming together

Dayne Bell March 26, 2024

No, it’s not a joke. This upcoming April 1, the VTSU Johnson campus will host its first ever “Harambee,” an event dedicated to holding open space for students to communicate their issues and needs...

Johnson Students for Model UN

Sage As8bakw Selec March 26, 2024

On February 15, a group of excited students from a relatively unknown state university in Vermont drove down to Boston, Mass. Their goal? To participate in the annual Harvard National Model United Nations,...

Back Left: Prof. Dave Plazek.
Middle row from the left: Amina Mishkat, Steldie Mabiala, Adiance Cheromiah, Kaitlyn Stone, Camille Jackson, Will Stevens, Griffin Bell, Setty Provencher.
Front row from the left: Emerson Bemis, Maria Mesquita, Daniel Sorano.

VTSU students rep. Zambia at Model UN conference

Camille Jackson March 26, 2024

Editor’s Note: This piece was published originally in Castleton Spartan. “Zambia is present and voting,” Vermont State University students said during each committee session as country roll call...

Student Court: What you need to know

Student Court: What you need to know

Evan Coleman March 26, 2024

Editor’s note: This piece was published originally on Lyndon’s ‘‘The Critic.’ See the online version at nvulyndoncritic.com for links to relevant resources. There have been many new topics...

Join Together With The Band

Join Together With The Band

Russ Weis and Destiny Herron March 26, 2024

On a recent Wednesday evening, an eclectic mix of people, bearing instrument cases of all shapes and sizes, could be seen entering Dibden Performing Arts Center and making their way up to the stage. These...

How to cultivate a COVID-free campus

Heike Chaney March 26, 2024

It’s no secret, at the peak of March 2020, we feared for the worst in our overall ways of living and being. Despite the fact that we had hope in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, its clear spread remains...

Sandy Noyes bids farewell

Sandy Noyes bids farewell

Heike Chaney and Zach Davidson February 20, 2024

Sandra Noyes, Staff Assistant and Office Manager for the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics Department, has graced the VTSU-Johnson community as the department’s fun-loving “surrogate mother.”...

First Month Madness

First Month Madness

Dayne Bell February 20, 2024

The year began with a fire alarm. On the first day of classes, students at Johnson were put in a compromising situation when, in the middle of classes, a pipe burst in the entrance of the Willey Library....

Frankensteins Paper

“Just push ’em all together.”

Dayne Bell February 20, 2024

In order to support the concept of “One University,” all VSTU publications, Johnson’s Basement Medicine, Castleton’s Castleton Spartan, and Lyndon’s The Critic are to be merged into one, unified,...

How to beat the winter blues

How to beat the winter blues

Mik Crane December 10, 2023

     As the mornings become darker and the sky grows grayer, the armed and dangerous winter blues make their way back into town.  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or seasonal...

The 411 on Title IX/Policy 311

Dayne Bell December 10, 2023

If you were the target of discrimination or harassment on campus, would you know how to get help? Employees of the University are required to report information they may be aware of involving inappropriate...

David Bergh

Round three? An Interview with David Bergh

Dayne Bell December 10, 2023

This past November, VTSU welcomes our third, you heard right, third President, and the second on an interim basis, (third if you count our very own Nolan Atkins) in 2023. David Bergh was asked a range...

VTSU SGAs issue vote of No Confidence

Jo Cutler November 8, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 2 the Student Government Association (SGA) sent out an email with a statement expressing its opposition to Optimization 2.0. The group said, during the creation of Optimization 2.0, the...

Toxic relationships and domestic violence

Heike Chaney November 8, 2023

Most students on campus are in one of three situations: Some students are in healthy relationships with a respectful romantic partner. Others are single and may have preferences in prioritizing academics....

Natural sciences going strong

Jo Cutler November 8, 2023

With other majors struggling to stay afloat, at VTSU-Johnson the natural science majors are thriving. So, why is that? What makes these majors so popular? Under the natural science department, there are...

Student Reactions 2.0

Heike Chaney November 8, 2023

One month has passed since the announcement of the Optimization 2.0 plan, and students are finding themselves in difficult positions. With the numbers of professors being cut, signing up for the by-out,...

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Mik Crane November 8, 2023

Jamia Danzy is the Dean of Students for all VTSU campuses and is specifically based at the Johnson location in Dewey 161.   What are some of your responsibilities as a dean of students? So,...

Major Specifics: Details on Optimization 2.0

Basement Medicine Staff November 8, 2023

Education Since Optimization 2.0 was proposed on Oct. 2 and 3, students and faculty have been unsure about what will happen to their majors and jobs. Which majors being cut? Which majors be moved to different...

Snuffy’s Trail was formerly an official trail that connected Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort ski areas.

Resorts withdraw connector lift proposal

Aaron Calvin, Staff Writer for "News and Citizen" October 11, 2023

After fierce opposition from the Agency of Natural Resources, the gondola-style connector lift that Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort hoped to develop has been put on indefinite pause. The...

Back from the flood: Johnsons new (temp) library

Back from the flood: Johnsons new (temp) library

Mik Crane October 11, 2023

The aftermath of the July 10-11 flood is still affecting the community of Johnson. Many of the town’s businesses and buildings are still recovering financially and physically. The Johnson Public Library...

Unity standing with Teach-Out at the 2023 Burlington Pride Parade

A new place for Unity

Dayne Bell October 11, 2023

The Veteran’s room in Dewey has been a pretty quiet place over the past few years. Until this semester, it had been a lightly-used gathering space for veterans on campus. Now it has transformed into...

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

Jo Cutler, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

Last year, Vermont State University-Johnson almost lost its campus radio station. This was not due to the merger of the state colleges, but a lack of student participation. Compared to the previous school...

Senator Peter Welch

Sen. Welch introduces new bill to eliminate interest on student loans

Evan Coleman October 11, 2023

On Thursday, July 27, Senator Peter Welch of Vermont introduced new legislation with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn) that would lower the cost of college for current...

Andy Chase, RN.

Meet campus nurse Andy Chase

Sage As8bakw Selec, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

In 2022, Northern Vermont University merged with Castleton University and Vermont Tech to become Vermont State University (VTSU). Out of that comes a positive change for the Johnson campus, the hiring...

A personal reflection: My experience at the Abenaki Gathering

A personal reflection: My experience at the Abenaki Gathering

Sage As8bakw Selec October 11, 2023

The 2023 annual Abenaki Gathering was hosted by the Nulhegan-Coosuk band Aug. 23-27. It was held at the Mt. Norris Scout Reservation — a campground situated by Lake Eden, off of Route 100. For the longest...

Ticket to Pride

Ticket to Pride

Dayne Bell September 8, 2023

Unity (previously NVUnity) on the Vermont State University – Johnson campus is currently taking sign-ups for a trip to Burlington Pride on Sunday, September 10.   Johnson Unity students...

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