Basement Medicine

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

MASTER class  welcomes swimmers of all levels

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

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?

COVID-19: What does it mean for NVU?

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

Community roundtable discusses rural broadband initiatives

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 wants your vote

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

Career and Internship Center offers new one-credit course

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,...

Upgrades for residential life software: choose your room, choose your roommate

Upgrades for residential life software: choose your room, choose your roommate

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Northern Vermont University has recently updated its software allowing students to choose rooms and roommates. According to the Director of Residential Life Jeff Bickford, the updated software is intended to make it easier to collect data when assigning a room to a student, as well as make it easier...

New campus program to focus on mental health

New campus program to  focus on mental health

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 20, 2020

The JED Campus program has arrived at NVU-Johnson with a focus on supporting student mental health. According to their website, JED Campus is a signature program of the JED Foundation, designed to guide institutions through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, programs and policy development...

Ramen, amen!

Ramen, amen!

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2020

Like every other social media, Pinterest is a veritable black hole of time. Once I click on that little red icon, an afternoon suddenly falls away from me. Where were those hours spent? On recipe/lifestyle/mom blogs reading “5 Hot Tips for Women in their Twenties” and “This recipe for Brownies...

Johnson select board talks broadband, Jenna’s Promise

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2020

At the Feb. 3 Johnson select board meeting, two main issues took most of the night’s time. The first half-hour of the night was a presentation and question-and-answer period for Jenna’s Promise, a Johnson-based non-profit whose mission is to “create a network of support that will help people suffering...

Sciences search for professors

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

New tenure track positions in the Environmental and Health Sciences department have been authorized and active searches are underway. A tenure track biology position is open, and according to Provost Nolan Atkins, there was a strong pool of candidates that applied. A couple will be brought in to interview...

If a tree falls…

If a tree falls…

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

After October’s windstorm, the back side of Johnson’s campus was a sorry sight. A collection of downed trees could be seen just past the campus apartments. Almost a dozen of them, crowns and all, lay beside the road. In the wintery months, snow covered the trunks and frost hardened the dirt that...

New degree programs approved

New degree programs approved

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

In December, the NVU-Johnson Faculty Assembly approved three new degree programs for fall 2020, following an endorsement in fall 2019 by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. Two of the programs, Professional Writing, Editing, and Publishing – which was featured in the Dec. 12 issue of Basement...

Hell’s Kitchen: Martinetti edition

Hell’s Kitchen: Martinetti edition

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Of the many posters on the walls of the Martinetti kitchen, one stands out. It shows dishes, sinks, and stovetops covered with food scraps and spills. A caption addresses the issue bluntly – “YOUR MOTHER DOES NOT LIVE HERE AND EVEN IF SHE DID SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR NASTINESS!!!!” “That...

Vermont restaurants need help

Justin Robertiello, Student

December 12, 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1 percent unemployment rate, Vermont has reached the lowest in the country. Having a low unemployment rate sounds like it would be a good thing; however, this is not the case for restaurant owners. Chefs everywhere throughout the Vermont area are...

Longtime public safety officer retires

Longtime public  safety officer retires

Cody Blaisedell, Student

December 12, 2019

For 28 years, Mike Laflin has been a familiar figure on the Johnson campus: with a long blond ponytail and what initially appears to be a laconic, gruff manner, he has been an anchor in the office of public safety, not to mention the man most associated with issuing parking tickets. “I’ve been here...

Trustees approve new degree program in Writing and Literature department

Trustees approve new degree program in Writing and  Literature department

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

Beginning in fall 2020, the Writing and Literature department will host a new degree program: Professional Writing, Editing, and Publishing. The proposed major was approved by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees at its Dec. 2 meeting. At the same time, the current BA in Journalism will be...

Phonathon brings in donations, stories from alumni

Phonathon brings in donations, stories from alumni

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

This year’s annual fundraising phone-a-thon is still underway and as of presstime has raised about $5500. The phone-a-thon happens for five weeks from the beginning of November to Dec. 13. During this period, six or seven student callers contact alumni to find out how their life has been since they...

Sciences reconfigure faculty and programs

Sciences reconfigure faculty and programs

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

December 12, 2019

Bob Genter. Amy Welch. Bill Doyle. Susan Green. Sharon Twigg. Karen Uhlendorf. All were NVU professors who have left within the last few years. Some retired, while others sought alternative career opportunities. Professor Elizabeth Dolci will retire by the end of the spring semester and Professor Tania...

Emergency funds for struggling students

Charlie Page, Student

December 12, 2019

Everyone has an emergency come up now and then. You get back from class, ready for the best nap you’ve ever taken, but as you flop down into bed, you hear a terrifying crunch. You get up to find your glasses in pieces on your bed. How will you see the board in class? In the event of an emergency,...

Dr. Tania Bacchus retires

Dr. Tania Bacchus retires

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

After more than 26 years teaching meteorology, oceanography and other environmental science courses at NVU-Johnson, Tania Bacchus is moving on at the end of this semester. “It’s exciting and sort of a little bit bittersweet in some ways,” Bacchus said. “It’s a new chapter in my life that...

Trump and the Torquemadas: an oratorio for a certain era

Trump and the Torquemadas:  an oratorio for a certain era

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2019

Dennis Báthory-Kitsz is not your average composer. For one, he is, what he calls, a non-pop, or classical music composer. The average person, he says, knows Mozart or Beethoven, but not many listen to contemporary classical music. For those composers, then, like Dennis, who want to write a piece...

Caitlin Wilkins moves on

Caitlin Wilkins moves on

Justin Robertiello

November 22, 2019

One of the two first-year advisors has left NVU-Johnson for another position within the University. Caitlin Wilkins, who began her advising work last March, has accepted a position as Assistant Director of Residential Life on the Lyndon campus. Despite her love for working at NVU Johnson, Wilkins...

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