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Lamoille County Senator Rich Westman: state colleges are essential but money doesn’t grow on trees

Senator Rich Westman.
October 8, 2020

Sen. Richard Westman has been in the Legislature for most of his life, and he still doesn’t think money grows on trees. Growing up on a dairy farm in Cambridge, Westman said the discussion naturally...

Gone to the dogs

Emily Tarleton enjoying some time out boating with her doggos.
October 8, 2020

Emily Tarleton is an assistant professor at NVU-J and serves as the co-chair for the environmental and health sciences department. She has recently published research in “Nutrients,” a peer-reviewed...

Don’t eat worms

Lisa Zinn
September 22, 2020

Lisa Zinn is a visiting assistant professor of environmental and health sciences at Northern Vermont University - Johnson. Do you have a favorite childhood memory? I would have to say playing in the...

Eat, drink and be Berry

Ely Berry on his front porch
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...

Being a hermit during COVID-19

untitled painting, Isaiah Perry, 2020
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...

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.
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...

Trying henna in her hair

Trying henna in her hair
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...

He wants to be a lazy bum!

He wants to be a lazy bum!
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...

Bernie at the Expo

Bernie at the Expo
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...

Irish I were a DJ

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


Jensen Beach
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...

“Earthing”: it’s feet, pray, love

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...

Candid about culture shock at Napier University

Candid about culture shock at Napier University
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...

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...

Mutt’s ado about Bodie: thereby hangs a tail

A perfect nap companion.
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...

Trump and the Torquemadas: an oratorio for a certain era

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
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...

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...

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

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...

A love letter to HONK!

A love letter to HONK!
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...

Sights to see in Edinburgh

View from Edinburgh castle
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...

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

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

Chattin’ with Ian

Ian holds his linoleum prints
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,...

True blue Shane Stacey

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

WDEV: We’re on air

WDEV: We're on air
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...

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.
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...

Round the planet Janet!

Janet Bennion stands in front of a painting of Simon.
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...

She can’t go home again

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

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

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...

A Cuban journey of discovery

A Cuban journey of discovery
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...

A license to sail

Luna Crowley
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...

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