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Basement Medicine

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

Basement Medicine

Sandy Noyes bids farewell

Sandy Noyes bids farewell

Heike Chaney and Zach Davidson February 20, 2024

Sandra Noyes, Staff Assistant and Office Manager for the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics Department, has graced the VTSU-Johnson community as the department’s fun-loving “surrogate mother.”...

Erika Nichols-Frazer holding her books, Feed Me and Staring Too Closely

A writer at heart

Dayne Bell and Destiny Herron February 20, 2024

Erika Nichols-Frazer is the Writing and Humanities Development Coordinator in Academic Support and TRiO for VTSU- Johnson. What did it feel like when you published your first book? I was nervous and...

ADHD management tips

Sage As8bakw Selec February 20, 2024

If you’re an AuADHD (Autism + Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) individual like I am (or just have ADHD), I see you! I see the struggle to keep up with deadlines, knowing you have to do something...


Laufey, 24, is everybody’s Valentine

Heike Chaney December 10, 2023

Generation Z folk have had diverse attitudes toward Jazz music. Some might have heard an album from Frank Sinatra and muttered a simple “not interested” in return. If asked about a favorite Jazz artist,...

Old english game bantam

More on chickens

Annika Cooper December 10, 2023

The simplest narrative for the domestication of the modern day chicken is that humans in southeastern Asia decided to tame some of the game birds in the area, which happened to be what we call red junglefowl,...

David Bergh

Round three? An Interview with David Bergh

Dayne Bell December 10, 2023

This past November, VTSU welcomes our third, you heard right, third President, and the second on an interim basis, (third if you count our very own Nolan Atkins) in 2023. David Bergh was asked a range...

Gael Eddy and Isaac Eddy

The Man, the myth, the legend

Jill Pressman December 10, 2023

Isaac Eddy has been Chair of the Theatre Department for VTSU for nine years and has seen it go from Johnson State College to Northern Vermont University to Vermont State University.  This interview...

WENDELL & WILD - Kat (voiced by Lyric Ross). Cr: Netflix © 2022

“My demons have names.”

Dayne Bell November 8, 2023

Do you love Halloween classics like ParaNorman and Corpse Bride? Are you looking for a new animated film to enjoy? Released in 2022, Netflix’s Wendell and Wild is a horror comedy that wrenches the heart...

This Ameraucana Life

This Ameraucana Life

Annika Cooper November 8, 2023

What is a blue egg? Why is it blue? Where did it come from? Blue eggs exist without the use of artificial dye? These are questions that can be answered by the Ameraucana chicken. Blue chicken eggs are...

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles?

Mik Crane November 8, 2023

Jamia Danzy is the Dean of Students for all VTSU campuses and is specifically based at the Johnson location in Dewey 161.   What are some of your responsibilities as a dean of students? So,...

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...

Running Man

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...

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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...

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