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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

Chef-owner Jan Chotalal and her staff: left to right: Julie Schweidenback, Jan Chotalal, Angelina Musto, Katya Moselle

Marsala Salsa reborn in Johnson: South of the border flavors on South Main

Gabby Wells April 27, 2023

With the dissolution of Downtown Pizzeria and Pub comes a new restaurant contender to Johnson’s 21 Lower Main Street, Jan Chotalal’s Marsala Salsa, an intriguing fusion of Caribbean, Indian, and Mexican...

All fired up

All fired up

Gabby Wells April 27, 2023

In a small aikido studio on 257 Pine Street in Burlington, a juggler deftly slings four pins in a cascading pattern. A hoop artist hoists herself up and spins idly, suspended from the ceiling. These are...

Brian Slater

Running Man

Dayne Bell April 27, 2023

Brian Slater serves as Johnson’s Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Sports Information, and Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach. I really gotta do this...

Joan Donhaue

Remembering Joan

Hannah McMahon April 27, 2023

Joan Donahue was born in January of 1932, the youngest of thirteen children. Her parents owned a farm in Graniteville, a section of Barre Town located near the E.L. Smith Quarry. Although at this time...

Dusty Kenney, Dave Dolua, Amanda Palumbo and Patrick Olszewski bring a high level of service to their customers

Higher Education comes to Cambridge

Hannah McMahon March 14, 2023

Since last October, cannabis dispensaries have been popping up all over Vermont, seemingly all with their own niche that sets each one apart from the other. At the end of last year, Cambridge Country...

Sonja Kivela

Rainbows, kitties and unicorns

Deanna Oakes March 14, 2023

Sonja Kivela is a senior on the NVU-Johnson campus. A first-generation college student and a single mother, she boasts an impressive list of extracurriculars as vice president of the Student Government...


Heaven is a deep hole in the ground

Interview by Alli McLaughlin February 11, 2023

Ken Moore is the campus electrician for NVU-Johnson, aspiring curmudgeon, and avid explorer. What is your favorite part of your job? Being able to make things work for the college and for the students,...

Gwen Campus

Some things fishy

Interview by Deanna Oakes February 11, 2023

Gwen Campus is a Johnson campus alum who can often be found smiling as she greets those entering the Sodexo establishments in Stearns. She greets all who enter with a cheery demeanor, and is always happy...

A tale of two houses

Hannah McMahon November 14, 2022

The home in which I grew up had been occupied by McMahons for over a century. The red house on the corner of Franklin Street had been witness to four generations, observing as we moved through its walls,...

Where theres death, theres Hope

Where there’s death, there’s Hope

Hannah McMahon October 25, 2022

Upon a bed of stone, two lovers lie, eternally conversing, unbeknownst to human eyes. What a slab of granite once was is now a memory cemented in time. For decades, these two lovers have been admiring...

Dr. Mary Martin


Alli McLaughlin May 4, 2022

Mary Martin is a professor of art history at Northern Vermont University - Johnson What is your first vivid memory of experiencing art as something bigger than just a picture? When I was a small...


Anti-masker’s big night out

Alli McLaughlin May 4, 2022

“I sure am glad they have a beautiful young girl like you takin’ care of us this evenin’.” Showing half-rotted teeth, a man in overalls and a camo MAGA hat grins disgustingly at me from his booth...

Going back to Burton Island

Going back to Burton Island

Kyle Gagnon May 4, 2022

When I was a kid, I remember watching my grandfather pilot the “Big Splash,” a 40-foot Mainship my grandparent’s kept in Mallets Bay, with total awe. He had a natural way of navigating the tricky...

Anna Schulz

A coach for all reasons

Maggie McGee May 4, 2022

Born and raised in Johnson, Anna Schulz is a Vermont outdoor sports enthusiast. She lives in a small white house on the back roads of Craftsbury with her husband, Ollie Burress; their toddler, Emma (affectionately...

via Liz Villa

Van-tastic Voyage

Alli McLaughlin April 14, 2022

When you hear the word “van,” most people imagine an 8-seat tank of a vehicle that lugs a whole family to middle school soccer games and high school musicals. For some, however, a van is a home. In...

via Truckers Logic


Kyle Gagnon April 14, 2022

Chicago, 2017. I head up the elevator to the third floor, out of breath walking from my parking spot two blocks away. Once the elevator door opens, I’m on. Despite the 6:45 A.M. bags that live under...


Eating disorders are common among young female athletes

Maggie McGee April 14, 2022

As an athlete, teens like Adelle MacDowell, a runner who lives in Johnson, are more susceptible to eating disorders at a young age. “My eating disorder actually didn’t start with sports,” says...

Alfred Johnson

Basketball Man

Kyle Gagnon March 18, 2022

Alfred Johnson is the head men’s basketball coach at NVU-Johnson, as well as the assistant athletic director for the Johnson campus. What do you love most about coaching basketball? I love the interaction...

Fabulously fun furniture flipping

Fabulously fun furniture flipping

Alli McLaughlin March 18, 2022

1986- Wiscasset, Maine. My mother, a beautiful redhead, primps herself at her dark wood vanity. It’s a simple structure, no drawers or adornments, with a glass top over the veneer. She applies her rosy...

Emily Scott

The great imposter

Alli McLaughlin February 21, 2022

Dr. Emily Scott is an assistant professor of behavioral sciences at NVU-Johnson. What got you interested in psychology? I started taking psychology classes in college and I really loved it out of...

Plot Cemetery in midwinter

A nice, quiet neighborhood

Kyle Gagnon February 21, 2022

A thin layer of ice covers the snow that sits upon the Plot Cemetery in Johnson, Vermont. Bright beams of sunlight roar through the branches of the sleeping maples and birches. They dot the snow with a...

Devyn Thompson

Drink water, be bulletproof

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief December 9, 2021

Devyn Thompson is a third-year student at NVU-Johnson. She is a Secondary Education major and loves working in the classroom. Her least favorite Teletubby is Dipsy, the green one. What is the one thing...

Embracing the Ephemeral

Embracing the Ephemeral

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

Isaac Eddy is the director of performing arts at NVU-Johnson. Before teaching here, he worked for 12 years as a member of the Blue Man Group, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including...

Ken Leslie

It’s all about the process

Christina Ashley, Contributer November 18, 2021

Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie is a bit shy of six feet tall and somewhat resembles a Christmas elf with a pair of soft emerald eyes peeking out from rectangular-framed glasses. His skin is aged, and...

Tara Thacker, professor of 3D studio art at the Visual Arts Center

Just make work!

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

Tara Thacker is the 3D studio art professor in the Visual Arts Center, and she teaches sculpture classes and metals classes among others. Tara works with a variety of different mediums, but she primarily...

Cookie Time!

Measure with your heart

Alli McLaughlin, Staff Reporter October 14, 2021

Grab your pumpkin spice latte, light your sweater weather candle, and put on Taylor Swift’s Red album. It’s officially autumn, and we’re baking cookies. Specifically, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies....

Greg Petrics

Overthinking and undercast

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief October 14, 2021

Greg Petrics is a professor of math and data science at NVU-Johnson. In addition to his interests in math, he also enjoys the outdoors whether it is hiking as many of the peaks in Vermont as possible,...

Underpants on the outside

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief September 23, 2021

Jae Basiliere is the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at NVU-Johnson. Their work consists of helping faculty develop teaching skills and working to improve faculty support of students....

NVU journalism student Kyle Gagnon, pictured with his lunch box ready for the first day of school

The last twelve years

Kyle Gagnon, Staff Reporter September 23, 2021

I didn’t want to go to college when I graduated from BFA Fairfax in 2008. To be fair, I didn’t really want to do anything at all, but college was closer to the bottom of my list than it was to the...

It’s a quarantine kind of life

It’s a quarantine kind of life

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

Sara Kinerson is the director of advising at NVU-Johnson and finds that quarantine living suits her. In her spare time, she knits, plays music and lives life regret-free. What’s the one thing you...

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