Basement Medicine

Eat, drink and be Berry

Ely Berry on his front porch

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

September 15, 2020

Ely Berry is a psychology major and music minor from Westfield, Vermont. His hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, watching basketball, and playing video games. If you were stranded on a desert island, and you could only have three movies, what would you take? “Interstellar,” that’s definitely my fa...

Being a hermit during COVID-19

untitled painting, Isaiah Perry, 2020

Marcus Allen, Contributor

May 1, 2020

In the year of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are feeling stir crazy in their homes. For somebody like me, this is an interesting time. I am a self proclaimed hermit. I love to stay indoors, and will cancel plans or events in order to be by myself. I have been hearing stories...

How to make a mask: a pictorial

The finished product might not look as polished as an N95, but it'll be a little more suave than a shirt tied around your face.

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2020

The CDC has announced that Americans should be wearing cloth masks when they leave their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19. N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. According to the CDC, cloth masks must fit to the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, have multiple...

Trying henna in her hair

Trying henna in her hair

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

Three days into social distancing from COVID-19 I started to go a little crazy. I had nothing new to do, was sick of watching Netflix and playing video games, and needed a bit of change in my life. Although classes were soon to start up, I had a week of figuring out what to do with myself that didn’t...

He wants to be a lazy bum!

He wants to be a lazy bum!

Solil Devyn Borthwick

April 10, 2020

Michael Stevens is director of facilities and physical plant on both campuses of Northern Vermont University.  He’s very busy, although he dreams of being “a lazy bum.”   What obsesses you? What obsesses me? Not a lot obsesses me. I take life as it comes, and that excites m...

Bernie at the Expo

Bernie at the Expo

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

It’s 5 p.m. and the line is long. I can feel the attendees’ eagerness. 30 minutes go by, and rain begins to trickle down, just in time for all the anxious to finally enter. The sound of the crowd changes as security guards shout entry instructions: “Arms to the side and your belongings in the basket.” We...

Irish I were a DJ

Robert Miller with his Facebook profile picture, an AK-47 in his hand.

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Robert Millar is an exchange student from Northern Ireland and studying art at NVU-Johnson this semester. We sat down to talk (and have a good laugh) about his travels in America and get some answers to goofy questions, exchange student to former exchange student. Where are you from? I’m from Ballymena, which is ...

Beached!

Jensen Beach

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2020

Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach is a fashion plate, bon-vivant and author of two short story collections. What are you obsessed with? I am obsessed with reading. I’m obsessed with skiing, and I’m obsessed with travel. Where’s your favorite place to travel? I real...

“Earthing”: it’s feet, pray, love

Lisa Monique Kent, Contributor

February 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: Lisa Monique Kent is the reference & instruction librarian for the Willey Library. In my youth, I chased fireflies and played kick-the-can barefoot, made tents out of blankets and lay on the ground for hours. As I got older, I played competitive volleyball barefoot in grassroo...

Candid about culture shock at Napier University

Candid about culture shock at Napier University

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

When I arrived at my Napier student accommodation in September, I was excited to meet my new flat mates. I knew that they would be fellow exchange students, but I didn’t know where they would be from or who they would be. With no way for me to contact any of them beforehand, I let my imagination take...

Going barefoot in Venice: the flood this time

Going barefoot in Venice:  the flood this time

December 12, 2019

It takes a certain amount of recklessness to walk through the flood-ravaged streets of an ancient city. But there we were, three Americans and an Australian, walking barefoot in Venice, Italy. We were there for a weekend holiday, just a week after the city was declared to be in a state of emergency...

Mutt’s ado about Bodie: thereby hangs a tail

A perfect nap companion.

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

December 12, 2019

Adopting a new dog is the equivalent to the excitement of having a baby. I’ve never had a baby, but owning a dog is the closest I’ve gotten so far, and I would certainly compare dog ownership to parenthood. Many people do, in some way, adopt a baby. Puppies are adopted far more often than dogs...

Trump and the Torquemadas: an oratorio for a certain era

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2019

Dennis Báthory-Kitsz is not your average composer. For one, he is, what he calls, a non-pop, or classical music composer. The average person, he says, knows Mozart or Beethoven, but not many listen to contemporary classical music. For those composers, then, like Dennis, who want to write a piece...

It’s on the House

Maddie House

November 22, 2019

Basement Medicine spoke with freshman Maddie House, a dual-athlete, playing soccer and basketball, and environmental advocate for the beautiful world around her. House is from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey and loves her bulldog, Meatball. She dominates on the field, controls the court, and spread...

“The Last Elephants” is informative, heartbreaking and well-worth the time

Lisa Monique-Kent, Student

November 7, 2019

I didn’t know. I really didn’t know that taking ivory from elephants meant their deaths. I thought that poachers took part of the ivory, but left the animals alive. That’s not exactly better, but at least in my version the elephant lived. In reality, the animals are left where they are felled,...

A love letter to HONK!

A love letter to HONK!

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

Full disclosure: I sometimes jump around playing saxophone in a red jumpsuit. Last weekend, my brass band, Brass Balagan, played as one of 25 bands at the HONK! Festival in Somerville, Massachusetts. The bands at HONK! are all “activist street bands.” This is a broad category, but they all tend...

Sights to see in Edinburgh

View from Edinburgh castle

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

I walk out my door on a cloudy morning to see the Union Canal across the street. The sky is grey, as it usually is in the morning, but like most days, it will clear up and be sunny by about 2 p.m. There are mallard ducks, swans, seagulls and magpies milling around as people walk, run or ride by on bikes. What...

24 hour comics: setting my inner eight-year-old free

24 hour comics: setting my inner eight-year-old free

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

“Cool,” I begin my interview with Stephanie Zuppo. “Umm…” “Yup,” they respond, chewing a bagel. They’re wearing fuzzy dragon pajamas. We’re not at the height of our conversational prowess. It’s 7:00 AM, and we’ve been up since 9:00 the day before, though Zuppo took a few naps....

Chattin’ with Ian

Ian holds his linoleum prints

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

Basement Medicine sat down with Studio Arts major Ian Bowen. Ian is a fan of Jimi Hendrix and is not a fan of Donald Trump. Ian is originally from Long Island, New York, but now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with plans to move to Johnson, Vermont. What inspires you? I am inspired by many things a...

True blue Shane Stacey

Shane Stacey sits in his office, coffee cup in hand and unicorn shrine behind him

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor

October 3, 2019

Shane Stacey is the math and sciences specialist in Academic Support Services. He has been involved with the college for decades, as a student, alum, and then staff. He sat down with BM to talk about coffee, poker, and unicorns. How did you end up at Johnson? I started coming to this campus in t...

WDEV: We’re on air

WDEV: We're on air

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

I’m going to try not to let this article turn into a straight love note to WDEV, but I don’t know if I’ll succeed. The radio station has been a fixture in central Vermont my whole life. Every time I tune in, I am grateful for the unpretentious way it makes the Central Vermont community feel like...

Naughty and nice at ViceLand

Not only sex toys are for sale at ViceLand. Prints and shirts made by Jefforsonville local artist Stephanie Baron are also for sale.

Rebecca Flieder

September 20, 2019

Johnson residents and students who tentatively make their way into ‘ViceLand, a Store for Adults’ might think twice about their prejudices. While the community’s initial reaction on Front Porch Forum was that of disgust, Owner Kayce Massey would like the community to know that ViceLand is not just...

Round the planet Janet!

Janet Bennion stands in front of a painting of Simon.

Rebecca Flieder

September 20, 2019

Dr. Janet Bennion, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, sat down with Basement Medicine to discuss her research and her passions. What is unique about you? I grew up in Utah, and I grew up in a Mormon community. I’m no longer orthodox, and haven’t been for some time, but I grew up in a v...

She can’t go home again

The now-empty Moses Hall held a coffee house, bike shop and students, as a residence hall.

Allison Irons

September 20, 2019

The campus of Green Mountain College currently sits dead. All the residence halls are empty, not filled with students anymore. The doors to Griswold Library are locked, but the shelves are still filled with books, magazines, and research materials. Our beloved community-based farm is now overgrown, the...

Soylent: “The most vomitous thing I ever put in my mouth”

Don't

September 20, 2019

“I’m sorry,” I said, to no one in particular. “This does not taste like food, let alone something that I could stomach eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days.” The nobody in particular didn’t say anything, probably because I was sitting in an empty library, and said nobody...

A Cuban journey of discovery

A Cuban journey of discovery

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019

I spent the best week of my life in Cuba. Professors Tyrone Shaw and Ken Leslie bring a group of students every few years. Due to the merger, they were able to bring students from the Johnson and Lyndon campuses. This class, INT-3035, is known as Art and Culture of Cuba. I didn’t think it was...

A license to sail

Luna Crowley

Fallon Repeta

February 21, 2019

Luna Crowley, a full-time NVU student, attained the title of Captain on Feb. 3 after passing a 56-hour captain’s course. The final exam took place in Danvers, Massachusetts, and ran six hours long. Crowley was the third to finish and pass in a class of 24. Crowley is a sophomore Resident Assistant...

Letter from Las Cruces: Hassle in El Paso

Long lines waiting to get into the El Paso County Coliseum

Adriana Eldred

February 21, 2019

I went to a Trump Rally. Well, sort of. I didn’t get in. I waited three and a half hours in line, not including the half hour it took for me to find a parking spot. It was a Pastor parking spot. I took it anyway. As I walked to the El Paso County Coliseum, the crowd thickened, and traffic...

Loulou’s just desserts: Dream Cafe changes hands

Lindzi  Lacross

by Mike King

February 8, 2019

Since purchasing the Dream Cafe on Jan. 17, new owners Lindzi Lacross and Brendon Mullikin have been hard at work tailoring Johnson’s 25-year-old business on Main Street to meet their own vision. The cafe name will no longer be the Dream Cafe, and will soon be called Loulou’s Coffee house. The...

Use the force, Robert!

As Gale, Ferullo wears his “garb,” clothing and props specifically for live action roleplaying

Rebecca Flieder

December 14, 2018

Robert Ferullo is more than a mathematics and environmental science major. He’s also a proud Italian, a musician and a Star Wars superfan. The Massachusetts native spends the majority of his time on campus, where he is a senator for SGA as well as a full-time student. While his chock-full schedule mean...

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