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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...

Sarafina Chamul’s N.S.E. sojourn in paradise

Sarafina Chamul’s N.S.E. sojourn in paradise

Agathe Fredette

February 8, 2018


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At Johnson State College, students have the chance to participate in the National Student Exchange program where they can study at over 200 different universities within the United States, U.S. territories, and some Canadian provinces for up to one calendar year. Sarafina Chamul, a senior at Johnson...

Confessions of a dumpster diver

Confessions of a dumpster diver

Richard Ahlgrim

December 13, 2017


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Editor’s Note: Basement Medicine does not condone or suggest dumpster diving. If you are desperately in need of food, please consider options like JSC’s weekly student food pantry or the local Johnson town food shelf. The names of those interviewed have been changed in this story to protect the...

An inside look on how to make snow

An inside look on how to make snow

Madison Doucette

November 29, 2017


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’Tis the season — for snowmaking that is. Over the past month, snowguns have been blasting on the hillsides across the Northeast Kingdom, creating an artificial wonderland that allows those die-hard winter fans to dip their toes (or skis) into an icy cold heaven of snow a bit earlier than is natural. Killington...

A life of curiosity: Donoghue on his career in Vermont journalism

A life of curiosity: Donoghue on his career in Vermont journalism

Jacob Greenia

November 29, 2017


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It is a frigid Sunday afternoon and former longtime Burlington Free Press Staff Writer Mike Donoghue is navigating his way back to his native Vermont from Albany, New York, after visiting his in-laws. He is fresh off writing a story for the Brattleboro Reformer about a Winham, Vermont, woman who racked...

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017


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“Before I get started, a quick show of hands,” said Joe Veldon to an at-capacity Bentley 207 at Johnson State College (JSC) on Oct. 25. “How many of you were out there blazing up in the parking lot before coming in here?” Veldon, who graduated from JSC in 1994 with a degree in environmental...

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Cayla Fronhofer

October 26, 2017


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In today’s world of superhero film adaptations, it might seem there’s little room for other comic books to get a chance to shine on-screen, but the “Kingsman” movies have done it anyway. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”...

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Emily Clark

October 2, 2017


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At the beginning of summer 2017, Niantic introduced a new update to the phone-based video game Pokémon Go in the form of raids.   Pokémon Go has introduced a new level of game play for life-long fans of the pop culture show and games. The recent introduction of the raids has brought the...

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

Jacob Greenia

October 2, 2017


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It’s been eight years since the band’s last full-length, 2009’s “Daisy,” divided diehard Brand New fans. Brand New’s latest effort, “Science Fiction,” will leave their cult-like fans with more questions than answers, but the end product justifies the long waiting period.   A...

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2017


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“If I had known Vermont would be so excited for another black person coming to the state, I would have come here much sooner,” Baratunde Thurston said to an overflowing crowd inside Johnson State College’s Dibden Center for the Arts on the evening of Sept. 18.   Using that statement...

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017


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During the fall semester, senior Rachele Funk lived in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau, Alaska. Funk took part in the National Student Exchange Program, along with 12 other exchange students who flew into Juneau in late August.     Aside from...

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Cayla Fronhofer

December 8, 2016


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It’s just after midnight and I’m desperately typing out the final hundred words that I need to make my daily count of 1,667. If I finish it before I go to sleep, it still counts, right?   Such is the desperation and panic of a person entrenched in the middle of National Novel Writing Month,...

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