Basement Medicine

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...

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...

A marvellously mundane museum

A marvellously mundane museum

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

The Northeast Kingdom holds many hidden treasures swaddled within its rural vastness. It seems every back road and quaint town holds some oddity or boasts a font of the strange and beautiful. In the town...

Use the gas pedal!

Use the gas pedal!

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

Gina Mireault is a professor of psychology and chair of the behavioral sciences department at NVU-Johnson. She has two dogs that she adores and is eagerly awaiting her vaccination slot so she can return...

Julie Theoret and her little fur baby hard at work

Julie Theoret: pet proportions, “Pirates” and Parcheesi

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 18, 2021

Julie Theoret is a professor of math at NVU-Johnson, as well as chair of the math department, chair of interdisciplinary studies, committee chair of the Johnson chapter of the Vermont State College’s...

Brad Moskowitz sits with a wooden puppet on one of his many adventures

Brad Moskowitz: hope and a knife

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Brad Moskowitz is a professor of outdoor education, tourism, and leadership, as well as co-chair of the Environmental and Health Sciences department. Brad also oversees the coordination of the outdoor...

Sarah Thornton, the new director of student activities and community service.

Thornton new director of student activities and community service

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Sarah Thornton sits cross-legged on the floor of her office in the new Dean of Students space where first year experience used to make its home. Around her there is only a desk, a comfortable chair for...

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

Basement Medicine Staff November 28, 2020

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Don’t talk to me about Thanksgiving! I hate it. Is that all you’re going to say about it? How the hell would you like to be the featured guest? Instead of...

Elaine Harvey

Blake Lively, transformation and Pop-Tarts

Opal Savoy, Web Editor November 13, 2020

Elaine Harvey is the director of student engagement and persistence at NVU-Johnson, which is supported by the Title III grant. Currently, she is working on creating a set of focus groups on campus in order...

Flying with a horse-sized duck

Flying with a horse-sized duck

Allison Irons, Sports Editor October 26, 2020

Andrew Lafrenz is the women’s soccer coach at NVU-Johnson. He graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 and was a part of the men’s soccer program. When he...

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