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A Cuban journey of discovery

A Cuban journey of discovery

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019


Filed under Campus & Community, Features

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

A license to sail

Fallon Repeta

February 21, 2019


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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

Letter from Las Cruces: Hassle in El Paso

Adriana Eldred

February 21, 2019


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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

Loulou’s just desserts: Dream Cafe changes hands

by Mike King

February 8, 2019


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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!

Use the force, Robert!

Rebecca Flieder

December 14, 2018


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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...

Tisbert fighting for the future of farmers as Vermont Farm Bureau president

Tisbert fighting for the future of farmers as Vermont Farm Bureau president

Tom O'Leary

December 14, 2018


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The Vermont Farm Bureau, which was founded in 1915, is the state’s largest non-profit trade association of agricultural producers. They now have over 4,000 member families from 14 counties throughout the state that work together to solve problems within the agricultural community and are considered...

Her best shot

Her best shot

Robbie Maher

December 6, 2018


Filed under Features

Associate Dean of Students Michele Whitmore has been at Northern Vermont University Johnson for over two decades. The longtime badger is an avid tennis player, lifelong Pat Benatar fan and most importantly, family oriented. The full Q&A on Michele is below: In your long career as an educator, what was ...

Adapt and overcome: Valley Dream finds success in change

Adapt and overcome: Valley Dream finds success in change

Tom O'Leary

December 6, 2018


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As the Vermont dairy industry continues to decline, more and more farms are fiscally forced into either transitioning to a different form of farming or dissolving entirely. However, some, like the Valley Dream Farm, were fortunate enough to have the foresight to abandon dairy before it was too late. Now,...

It’s the principal

It’s the principal

Robbie Maher

November 9, 2018


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.Morrisville native Dick Shanley has been at Northern Vermont Johnson for over a decade serving as an Adjunct Professor of Education, while supervising a multitude of student teachers over the last 14 years. Besides his tenure at NVU- Johnson, Shanley has been involved in education for nearly 40 year...

Facing hard times, Vermont’s dairy farms begin to diversify

Facing hard times, Vermont’s dairy farms  begin to diversify

Tom O'Leary

November 9, 2018


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Editor’s note: This is the second in a six-part series. As the dairy industry plunges further into crisis locally and nationwide, an alarming trend has begun to develop. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, farmers are responsible for more suicides than any other occupation w...

Michael J. Fox: Mountain Man

Michael J. Fox: Mountain Man

Patrick Bell

October 29, 2018


Filed under Features

Michael J. Fox is Dean of Enrollment and Marketing at NVU. Were you ever made fun of for your name? No, aside from the ladies at church that would joke with me as a kid. Most of the time I would get the "Back to the Future" reference or Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties" but it really depends on th...

Seana Speaks

Seana Speaks

Seana Rowell

October 25, 2018


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The effects of depression and anxiety aren’t just in your head. Studies have shown that emotions and mental health can, and often do, have an impact on your physical health. If you are one of the many Americans living with a mental health disorder, your lived experience is very likely showing you t...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

October 24, 2018


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It’s official, the Boston Red Sox are returning to the World Series where they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers for a seven-game series beginning on Tues., Oct. 23. A franchise once known for epic collapses and ultimate choke-jobs during their 86-year title drought is now vying for their fourth c...

They didn’t give him the finger

They didn’t give him the finger

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2018


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Mike Metcalf is a part-time instructor of political science who teaches American Politics and Government at NVU-Johnson. You refer to yourself as a “Vermont Republican,” what does that mean? Vermont Republicans have tended to be, especially recently, socially liberal and fiscally moderate to cons...

More than horseplay

More than horseplay

Thomas Streeter

October 2, 2018


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Stephanie Lockhart, founder of the Center for America’s First Horse in Johnson, Vermont, gives people the opportunity to work with horses to improve their lives through a method of assistance known as Equine Therapy, which is designed to help people deal with emotional challenges. These can include...

Declining milk prices put the squeeze on Vermont dairy farms

Declining milk prices put the squeeze on Vermont dairy farms

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2018


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Dairy farming has been a pillar of Vermont’s economy and culture for centuries. The industry is so deeply ingrained in the state’s identity that its flag features a Jersey cow standing in a pasture in front of the Green Mountains. For farmers, it’s more than a job, it is a lifestyle, one which...

A tangled web he weaves

A tangled web he weaves

Adriana Eldred

September 18, 2018


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Luke Hungerford is a senior in the Studio Art department here at NVU. Hungerford has been cosplaying – or dressing as a fictional character – as Spiderman since high school. How did Spiderman get you into Comicon? I’d been to them before, and I had started out doing really low budget cospl...

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


Filed under Features, Life in Orbit

“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


Filed under Features

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


Filed under Features

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


Filed under Features

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


Filed under Features

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...

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