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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...

Disc golf course gets a makeover

Hayden Cheever, Contributer October 14, 2021

The NVU disc golf course has seen its fair share of ups and downs in its near 30-year existence. According to Interim Director of Athletics Greg Eckman, the course was created in the early-to-mid 1990s,...

Devised theater on the road

Devised theater on the road

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

During this past August, 16 Vermont students performed “Listen Up” on a tour around Vermont, garnering considerable press coverage along the way. The play, an original musical focused on the multiple...

A sign noting the temporary closure of the NVU bookstore

Bookstore resumes five-day schedule

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

Since the beginning of the semester, the NVU-Johnson’s Summit Bookstore has been open only sporadically as Follett, the corporation managing the store, scrambled to find a full-time replacement for the...

One of the many friend groups that has formed here at NVU-Johnson

Making friends the old-fashioned way

Christina Ashley, Contributor October 14, 2021

The most recent COVID-19 guidelines at NVU require students to be fully vaccinated, unless they qualify for an exemption, and to comply with all indoor mask mandates and appropriate social distancing....

David McGough

Beyond the classroom: applied learning at Vermont State University

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

As the VSCS moves forward with its transformation into Vermont State University, the academic opportunities available to students are being expanded. One such example which could see expansion is the area...

COMS co-founder and current leader Devyn Thompson

Coalition of Minority Students seeks anti-racist pledge approval

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

As the Vermont State College System prepares for unification, Northern Vermont University student Devyn Thompson, leader of the Coalition of Minority Students, is seeking another kind of unity by pushing...

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Yes, we can hear you: VSCS Board of Trustees approves Vermont State University name

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Tr ustees voted on and approved Vermont State University as the name for the newly consolidated entity which will accredit campuses...

The windows of the Willey Library building near the Bentley parking lot

A pane in the glass

Kai Jamil, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

When will Willey’s wonky windows work? Fix one problem, create another, or so it seems with the ongoing problems of the casement windows in the Willey Library and Learning Center, built in 1996. A...

Interim athletic director Greg Eckman

Eckman appointed interim director of athletics

Kyle Gagnon, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

COVID-19 and the ever-changing merger situation have caused shifts and changes within the NVU community, and the athletic department has been no exception. The Lyndon/Johnson merger has already made its...

NVU and League of Vermont Writers sponsor writing contest

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

A writing contest open to all Vermont high school students, jointly sponsored by NVU’s Creative Writing program and the League of Vermont Writers, launched Sept. 1 with the opening of submissions in...

Emily Scott

Two new professors join NVU faculty

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

Two professors have joined the NVU-Johnson faculty in full-time positions: Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences Dr. Emily Scott and Assistant Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Dr. Bill...

VSCS board ponders new name

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges Sophie Zdatny announced in an email that the board of trustees would be voting on whether to approve “Vermont State University” as the...

COVID on campus: a dozen cases confirmed

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

Students, faculty and staff were not the only ones returning to Northern Vermont University’s Johnson campus in August. Before the first week of classes had reached its close, three students tested...

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McClelland faculty finds new digs in WLLC

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief September 23, 2021

The great McClelland migration has come to an end. This semester, the faculty and staff that previously resided in McClelland Hall have made the move from their offices down the hill to a central location...

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Optimization begins: aligning academic programs across multiple campuses for a new university

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

Following what amounted to a mandate from the Vermont Legislature, the VSCS set upon the process of uniting NVU, Castleton and Vermont Tech into a single, multiple-campus institution. For its part, the...

John Mills

An interview with incoming interim president John Mills

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor June 20, 2021

UPDATE: This story was updated on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 to add information about John Mills' August visit to NVU's campuses and to include additional questions asked by Basement Medicine during his...

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...

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