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Les Kanat retires after 31 years at NVU

Kanat and Jones

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

May 19, 2020

In all his 31 years at NVU, Les Kanat’s proudest achievements as a Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences all involved the successes of his students. Along with the successes of former students, Kanat said he was proud of the Student Transition, Achievement, Retention, and Teaching Scholarship...

After nearly 50 years, Professor Silver retires

Basement Medicine Staff

May 3, 2020

Professor of Humanities Paul Silver has a vast knowledge of history, particularly American history. And especially of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of which he witnessed first-hand. Or so goes a common “Paul” joke, reflecting his nearly fifty years of mentoring students through the...

BFA Fairfax school farm still running during COVID-19

BFA Fairfax school farm still running during COVID-19

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2020

Editor's Note: this is a follow-up story to an earlier article about the BFA Fairfax Farm to School program, which you can read here. Black tarp covers several of the garden plots. Others are layered with hay, or growing cover crops and weeds. In the greenhouse, recently seeded pots are labeled with...

Where’s the stuff?

Where's the stuff?

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2020

May 5: As of today, there has been no announcement about when students will be allowed to retrieve their belongings. On March 12, students throughout the VSCS were told they had a little over 24 hours to move off campus until the tentative return date of April 6. In response to the ever-increasing threat o...

Creative Audience persists despite distance

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2020

Despite the chaos and the social distancing, NVU's Creative Audience class has been forging onward. "We have had wonderful participation so far," Tammy Johnson, Coordinator of First-Year Experience says on the virtual Creative Audience events. Unfortunately, not every student has been able to access...

Chancellor Spaulding announces resignation

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 28, 2020

After his proposal to close three VSCS colleges and a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for his resignation, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has announced via press release that he will step down. Spaulding has been chancellor of the system for just over five years. According to the press...

VSCS Board hears 3.5 hours of public comment

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 22, 2020

After a tidal wave of public outcry and postponement of the initial vote to close NVU-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon and VTC-Randolph, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding proposed his plan of closure at the Monday, April 20 meeting. After his presentation, the Board of Trustees and Spaulding listened to nearly 3.5 hours...

Tired of Facebook Messenger? Get yourself a COVID pen pal!

Tired of Facebook Messenger? Get yourself a COVID pen pal!

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

April 21, 2020

Through the dark times of social distancing and isolation has shone a light: NVU’s sense of community. As students recall the joy of being together on campus, Erin Rossetti, director of student affairs at NVU- Lyndon has created a Pen Pal program connecting students from the two campuses through snail...

VSCS Board of Trustees vote postponed

From left to right: David Silverman, Karen Luneau, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, Board Chair Churchill Hindes, Lynn Dickinsen at the Sept. 13 meeting

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 19, 2020

After a public outcry and outrage at VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding's plan to close NVU-Lyndon, NVU-Johnson and VTC-Randolph, the Board of Trustees has postponed the vote, as announced in a press release. VSC Delay Press Release (4-19-20)...

Joint Alumni Council votes No Confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding

VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding addresses JSC students at a unification Q&A session on August 30, 2017

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 19, 2020

Read the joint letter here: NVU-LYNDON-JOHNSON-ALUMNI-COUNCIL The alumni councils at both NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon have voted no confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.  At the beginning of a faculty assembly meeting at 5:00 on April 18, Meaghan Meachem, the representative for the Lyndon...

VSCS Chancellor Spaulding recommends closure of NVU, VTC-Randolph

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 18, 2020

Editor's Note: This will be updated as we see more of this story develop.  On April 17, 2020, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding was expected to meet with representatives from each institution in the Vermont State College System (VSCS) to discuss his recommendations for the Board of Trustees for the futu...

NVU joint faculty assembly unanimously votes No Confidence in Chancellor Spaulding

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 18, 2020

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, an unofficial joint NVU faculty assembly of over 50 members from both campuses unanimously voted “No Confidence” in VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. The vote came less than 48 hours after Spaulding’s original announcement that he would recommend the VSCS...

2020 commencement postponed, alternate events planned

2020 commencement postponed, alternate events planned

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2020

Since NVU’s initial move to remote instruction on March 12, seniors from both campuses have raised the question on social media: “What about graduation?” In fact, nearly 400 people have signed NVU-J senior Matt Allen’s petition on Change.org, titled, “Demand A Graduation Ceremony @ NVU.” “We,...

COVID-19 relief funding for VSCS, NVU

COVID-19 relief funding for VSCS, NVU

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2020

On April 10, 2020, VSC Faculty Federation President Linda Olson sent a message to the Federation about the financial impact of COVID-19 on the VSCS. “Based on the survey of faculty that we sent out last week,” she wrote, “it is clear that you all would like some information about what is happening.” Olson’s...

Dr. Susan Green, beloved professor, dies at 66

Susan Green, Professor at NVU-Johnson, changed the lives of hundreds of students and helped effect policy and major changes to better the institution.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 14, 2020

Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Please check back for more details. If you would like to share a story or photo with Basement Medicine to add to Dr. Green's memorial, please email us at basementmedicine@gmail.com. NVU President Elaine Collins announced the death of Dr. Susan Green through ...

Farm to School program at BFA Fairfax has a successful first Harvest Dinner

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2020

A platter of roasted Brussels sprouts, cooked squash, carrots that have been sliced and baked, and mashed potatoes are just some of the dishes that grace the tables.  Bags of thyme, sage and parsley are for sale alongside jars of honey and heads of garlic. Every October at BFA Fairfax, 200...

Pass/No Pass option now available on most classes

After students lobbied for pass/fail, the opt-in policy was instituted.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief

April 10, 2020

Due to vocal demand from students across both campuses, NVU Provost Nolan Atkins announced that students could now change the grading option on their classes to Pass/No Pass. The policy is completely opt-in, and requires students to fill out a form online for each class they would like opted in. Pass/No...

Lamoille talks broadband

Lamoille talks broadband

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

On Feb 27 residents from Belvidere, Eden, Wolcott, Waterville, Hyde Park, Cambridge and Johnson were scheduled to meet to discuss Communication Union Districts (CUDs,) a way in which the municipalities might band together to cable their towns for high-speed broadband internet. A strong snowstorm blew...

A fairytale Winter Faire

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

A woman picked up a sword from a table. Its hilt was wrapped in green felt and decorated with copper wire. The colors went well with the dress and corset the woman was wearing. The blade was slim and short, barely from her fingertip to her elbow. As she handled it, a smile spread across her face. “Husband!”...

Elmore needs more

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

A house divided cannot stand. The same could be said for Elmore’s town garage. The garage is currently supported by three 2-by-4s held together with nails, Brian Lane-Karnas, a civil engineer at DeWolfe Engineering, told voters at Elmore’s annual town meeting on Tuesday. The select board talked...

Town Meeting in Hyde Park

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

A few sparks flew at an otherwise mellow Hyde Park town meeting on Tuesday. One contentious proposal would have authorized the select board to research the idea of allowing it to appoint the town clerk and treasurer, now an elected position. “This is one of the worst articles I think I’ve ever...

MASTER class welcomes swimmers of all levels

Erica Clark

Meghan Hilferty

March 12, 2020

“So, Jim, on your butterfly kick, splash your feet,” Erica Clark, the certified American Swim Coaching Association (A.S.C.A) coach, says to her student while making hand motions to demonstrate changes in the swimmer’s style. “Your chest is doing the right thing. You’re pressing your chest and...

BAB students spent winter break in the Grand Canyon and locally SERVE

BAB students spent winter break in the Grand Canyon and locally SERVE

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

February break for NVU was the last week of the month and for most students, that meant going home and relaxing, trying not to think about the busy world they typically live in. However, some students spent their time giving back to their community. Badger Alternative Break (BAB) members did community...

COVID-19: What does it mean for NVU?

NVU Academic Dean Johnathan Davis

Rebecca Flieder, Editor

March 11, 2020

All in-person, face-to-face instruction at both campuses of Northern Vermont University will be suspended at the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. April break has been moved to the week of March 16, 2020. The next two weeks after the scheduled break will be done by remote, online ...

Community roundtable discusses rural broadband initiatives

Congressman Peter Welch contributes to the discussion.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2020

Congressman Peter Welch joined a roundtable on rural broadband hosted in Johnson, where local leaders from Johnson, Belvidere, Wolcott, Hyde Park and Cambridge came together to discuss rural broadband. Also, in attendance were representatives from several cable providers, among them Mansfield Community...

Molly Gray wants your vote

Molly Gray

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

February 20, 2020

Assistant Attorney General Molly Gray sat down with a Basement Medicine reporter last Monday at the Black Cap Café in Stowe to talk about her bid for lieutenant governor of Vermont. Gray, a Vermont native, grew up in Newbury. “I grew up on a vegetable and dairy farm and was born in the farmhouse,”...

NVU offers precautionary measures for flu season, coronavirus

NVU offers precautionary measures for flu season, coronavirus

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

For the latest information on COVID-19, please head to basementmedicine.org/coronavirus On the last day of January, all NVU students, staff and faculty received an email or text informing them about the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide. The message is still available on the portal, under announceme...

Casino Night 2020: Dapper flappers and furtive flasks

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2020

Put on your flapper dresses and striped tuxedos: it’s time for Prohibition! SGA revealed the theme of this year’s Casino Night with a party in Stearns, where they taught new players how to play poker. Also included was a drawing for free tickets, which will cost eight dollars for students, $10...

NVU to host State House reception

NVU to host State House reception

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

February 20, 2020

Northern Vermont University will host a reception at the State House on Feb 26. As legislators prepare for the new budget, NVU is putting its presence in the minds of those determining it. “The legislature has heard loud and clear, both from the chancellor’s office and from our president and...

Career and Internship Center offers new one-credit course

Beth Walsh

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Beth Walsh, director of career development at NVU-Johnson, will be teaching a 1-credit class called Career Development and Planning. The class will run for the second half of the semester, starting in March. The class will focus on interview skills, resume building and writing, basic technology information,...

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