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John Mills

An interview with incoming interim president John Mills

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor June 20, 2021

John Mills has been selected by the VSCS Board of Trustees to serve as NVU's interim president during the period preceding consolidation of the institution's four residential campuses. He was discovered...

Jamey Ventura, associate dean of athletics, to leave NVU

Jamey Ventura, associate dean of athletics, to leave NVU

Basement Medicine Staff June 3, 2021

Associate Dean of Athletics Jamey Ventura is stepping down after 10 years, serving first at Johnson State College, where he was hired as director of athletics in 2011, and then for the past three years...

Elaine Collins during her first year as president of then Johnson State College

President Collins to resign, interim chosen by VSCS Board of Trustees

Solil Devyn Borthwick May 23, 2021

On Monday, May 17, Northern Vermont University President Elaine Collins announced her resignation in an email addressed to students. Collins will officially step down in Mid-August, after which point,...

NVU commencement speakers announced

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter May 3, 2021

This year’s commencement speakers at NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon, despite very different professional accomplishments, share a core commitment to public service. The Johnson campus will host Dr. Francois...

Two people embrace in the only way two people can during a pandemic: through a plastic sheet and wearing face masks.

The Zoom blues

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter May 3, 2021

It has been a year since students first had to leave campus due to the pandemic, and during this past academic year, many classes have continued to be remotely delivered. For many students and faculty,...

Miles Smith

Miles moves on

Allison Irons and BM Staff, Staff Reporter May 3, 2021

Assistant Athletics Director and Head Coach of Men’s Basketball Miles Smith is leaving NVU at the end of May, having served in those positions for the past six years. Smith graduated from Johnson State...

Pass/no pass option extended to end of the spring term

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief May 3, 2021

As with every semester before affected by COVID-19, the NVU-Johnson faculty voted to extend the Pass/No Pass grade option to the end of the semester. According to Provost Nolan Atkins, this will “allow...

Chancellor fields student questions surrounding new university

Chancellor fields student questions surrounding new university

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor May 3, 2021

The VSCS Board of Trustees held an open forum on April 6 to hear student feedback on the system’s upcoming transformation, which will see four of its campuses united into a single university. A handful...

Two key administrators to leave NVU: Fox moves on, Stewart moves up

Two key administrators to leave NVU: Fox moves on, Stewart moves up

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief May 3, 2021

In an email to faculty and staff on April 21, NVU President Elaine Collins announced the departures of two key administrative staff members: Michael Fox and Toby Stewart. Fox, who has served as NVU’s...

Return to in-class instruction likely for fall, vaccination policy to be determined

Return to in-class instruction likely for fall, vaccination policy to be determined

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor May 3, 2021

As the end of the 2020/2021 academic year approaches, NVU must make decisions on unpredictable matters. While vaccination efforts are making steady progress across the nation, the volatile nature of the...

SGA Candidates for President 2021

Rebecca Flieder / BM Staff April 27, 2021

Basement Medicine had four questions for the two SGA candidates for President: Why are you running for your position? With that position, what is the mark you hope to make here at Johnson? Why are...

Losing Otis

Losing Otis

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter April 12, 2021

It is never easy to lose a loved one. When you lose a pet, you become lost. Their presence that once filled up a room is now hauntingly quiet. On March 21, I lost my best friend and support dog, Otis. Otis...

Laura Race

New assistant to dean of students

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter April 12, 2021

A new assistant to the dean of students and residential life has been hired. Laura Race has been appointed to replace longtime assistant Barb Flathers. Race previously worked in the maintenance department...

Get out to the Garden

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter April 12, 2021

Gardening can be a great way to spend time in the great outdoors, tending to something that will eventually be eaten and help the environment. NVU-Johnson has helped those green-thumbed individuals achieve...

COVID... damn.

COVID… damn.

Justin Robertiello, Contributor April 12, 2021

I remember hoping I wouldn’t fall asleep. I was struggling to breathe, and I was only laying down. Motionless. Could I stop breathing in my sleep? The thought terrified me. so I forced myself to stay...

Professors begin to move from McClelland to WLLC

Professors begin to move from McClelland to WLLC

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter April 12, 2021

With the potential sale of McClelland Hall, the oldest building on the NVU-Johnson campus and home to the Education and Behavioral Sciences departments, the University is looking for places on campus to...

2021 Commencement updates

2021 Commencement updates

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor April 12, 2021

Due to COVID-19 regulations and safety risks, remote commencement ceremonies are currently being planned and prepared across both of NVU’s campuses. Director of Marketing and Communications Sylvia Plumb...

Elaine Collins

Alumni meeting discusses unification

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

On March 10, NVU President Elaine Collins hosted an open meeting for alumni via Zoom to discuss plans for the unification of Castleton, NVU and VTC under a single accreditation. “The last six years...

Staying positive while we all try to be negative

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

So far, it’s so far so good. COVID-19 testing continues on campus as mid-semester arrives without any significant uptick in positive results. According to Dean of Students Jonathan Davis, this semester,...

Graduation to be hosted remotely

Graduation to be hosted remotely

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

NVU will be holding graduation virtually this spring as a result of the pandemic. The announcement was made on Feb. 25 in an email to students from President Elaine Collins. “At the one-year anniversary...

Board of Trustees talks diversity

Board of Trustees talks diversity

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees’ committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) met on March 12 for a primarily informational session. Several reports were given to the board on the...

Xusana Davis

Xusana Davis speaks to NVU about racial injustice in Vermont

Emmett Avery, Contributor March 18, 2021

What is a Vermonter? That is the question Vermont’s Executive Director of Racial Equity, Xusana Davis, posed at the outset of her recent talk at Northern Vermont University. How we choose to answer this...

Isaac Eddy

NVU-Johnson students perform in theater festival

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

This year, NVU-Johnson students participated in The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, an annual event for over 1800 students. They presented an original show called “The Monument,”...

The front entrance to the new dean of students office, located in the old first year experience space

Dewey does the shuffle as Res Life, First Year offices move

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Dewey hall experienced a thorough shake up during the 2020-2021 winter break, and students may find familiar faces in unfamiliar spaces. The previous Office of First-Year Experience is now home to the...

Michele Whitmore

Faculty and staff now overseeing first-year programming

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

Responsible for such initiatives as Freshman Orientation, Creative Audience, the Common Book and First-Year seminars, the Office of First-Year Experience effectively imploded with the departure of longtime...

Clemencia Caporale

Caporale to leave in May: implications for OELT program unclear

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

This spring will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education Clemencia Caporale’s last semester at NVU-Johnson after serving on the faculty for two years Caporale’s pending departure in May...

Lucas Philoon

IT hires help desk support specialist

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

This semester, NVU-J welcomes a new member to the IT Department, Lucas Philoon. Philoon has the title of senior help desk support, which means he is responsible for all service requests coming though...

Sarah Thornton, the new director of student activities and community service.

Thornton new director of of student activities and community service

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Sarah Thornton sits cross-legged on the floor of her office in the new Dean of Students space where first year experience used to make its home. Around her there is only a desk, a comfortable chair for...

VSCS Chancellor Sophie Zdatny initiates the conversation

NVU, Castleton and Vermont Tech to merge into single university by 2023

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 22, the VSCS Board of Trustees voted to adopt plans proposed by the state’s Select Committee on The Future of Higher Education. The plans call for the Vermont State Colleges System to...

Fall’s Writing Proficiency Exam conducted remotely: spring will be more of the same

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter November 28, 2020

The Writing Proficiency Exam is NVU-Johnson’s way of measuring a VSCS-mandated graduation standard and has been conducted the same way for years with students having the option between writing their...

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