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Getting to the point

Getting to the point

Story and photo by Agathe Fredette

May 10, 2018


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Warm sunlight streams into the courtyard, the four walls of the ancient fort rising high above the large crowd of silent spectators. The only sound is the sharp clang of metal blades echoing off the surrounding brick walls. The afternoon light illuminates two people wielding shiny silver swords, large...

Sean Adler: Mountain Man

Sean Adler: Mountain Man

Story and photo by Agathe Fredette

April 26, 2018


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Sean Adler, a senior at Johnson State College, has been a mountain man and nomad of sorts for the past few years, but has now settled down to major in outdoor education, focusing on adventure, education and wilderness leadership. Originally from Long Island, New York, Adler has traveled widely throughout...

Hana! Dul! Set!

Hana! Dul! Set!

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018


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“Hana! Dul! Set! Net!” Stanley Parsons, otherwise addressed as Sir, has been involved in Taekwondo since 1984. Now in his 70s, with a thick mane of white hair and full beard, he watches his students critically from behind glasses and between bushy brows. He perches on a walker, a cane resting ...

Margo!

Margo!

Madeleine Boyce

March 29, 2018


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Margo Warden sits in her office, her chair seat half of a yoga ball, and pulls off her winter boots. Her eyes are tired, even as they crinkle slightly with her laugh, and she is ready for her morning coffee. A pair of glasses are perched atop a head of half-pulled-back grey hair and visible only when...

You are loved: Mural addresses human trafficking in Vermont

You are loved: Mural addresses human trafficking in Vermont

Hannah Stearns

March 29, 2018


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Burlington’s Cherry Street is now home to a bold and colorful proclamation. A mural that reads “You Are Loved” in sweeping purple and blue lettering covers a majority of the building across from Ben and Jerry’s. This mural, along with many more, is the passion project of Boston-based artist Alex...

First-generation students face many challenges as they adjust to college

First-generation  students face many challenges as they  adjust to college

Adriana Eldred

March 29, 2018


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Editor’s note: The reporter for this article is first generation, and one of the interviewees is her sister. Imagine sitting down for an exam you haven’t taken the course for. You don’t have the textbook, because nobody told you the title or where to find it. You didn’t get the syllabus at the b...

Giving paws: North Country Animal League brings books, kids and pets together

Giving paws: North Country Animal League brings books, kids and pets together

Madeleine Boyce

March 15, 2018


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North Country Animal League (NCAL), located in Morrisville, has one primary mission: to build compassionate relationships between humans and animals. From the first step onto the property, they begin bridging connections between visitors and their mission. The front walk is made up of smooth, red brick,...

Corrie’s back

Corrie’s back

Photo and story by Kylie Brown

March 15, 2018


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The dim hallway seemed to stretch to the other side of the world as she listed to the left, her tired, pain-wracked legs trudging slowly along. This was the reality for student Corrie Aldrich last semester when the simple act of walking had become nearly unendurable. Although many knew Aldrich as...

Just dance!

Just dance!

Agathe Fredette

February 20, 2018


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The sounds of fiddles and cellos being tuned and warmed up gently echo around the spacious ballroom, the hardwood floors glinting. Windows stretching from floor to ceiling line the walls of the room, and a modest chandelier casts a golden glow onto the bustling crowd below it. People of all ages mingle...

Building body and community

Building body and community

Interview by Agathe Fredette

February 20, 2018


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Idaho native Andie Flavel is the new Graduate Assistant of Leadership and Services at Johnson State College’s SERVE office. On a snowy afternoon, Basement Medicine sat down with Flavel in the SERVE office to hear about her misadventures both in and out of a wheel chair during her time in the army in...

A helping hand

A helping hand

Adriana Eldred

February 20, 2018


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David Coolbeth walked into the Stearns dining hall with the same sense of routine a construction worker would, getting ready to open his brown paper bag and eat the sandwich his wife had made him that morning. In fact, he could very well be the living stereotype of a 70s family man. Worn like a uniform...

Little rocks in Arkansas

Little rocks in Arkansas

Interview and photo by Agathe Fredette

February 8, 2018


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Norma Espinoza-Aguilar, a newly appointed Hall Advisor at Johnson State College, traveled all the way from San Francisco, California, to live amid the snowy mountains of Johnson, Vermont. Espinoza-Aguilar, who lives on campus with her roommate and small Shih Tzu dog, Diego, is a graduate student in the...

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