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Hana! Dul! Set!

Hana! Dul! Set!

Story and photo by Adriana Eldred

April 26, 2018

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Confessions of a dumpster diver

Confessions of a dumpster diver

Richard Ahlgrim

December 13, 2017

Editor’s Note: Basement Medicine does not condone or suggest dumpster diving. If you are desperately in need of food, please consider options like JSC’s weekly student food pantry or the local Johnson town food shelf. The names of those interviewed have been changed in this story to protect the...

An inside look on how to make snow

An inside look on how to make snow

Madison Doucette

November 29, 2017

’Tis the season — for snowmaking that is. Over the past month, snowguns have been blasting on the hillsides across the Northeast Kingdom, creating an artificial wonderland that allows those die-hard winter fans to dip their toes (or skis) into an icy cold heaven of snow a bit earlier than is natural. Killington...

A life of curiosity: Donoghue on his career in Vermont journalism

A life of curiosity: Donoghue on his career in Vermont journalism

Jacob Greenia

November 29, 2017

It is a frigid Sunday afternoon and former longtime Burlington Free Press Staff Writer Mike Donoghue is navigating his way back to his native Vermont from Albany, New York, after visiting his in-laws. He is fresh off writing a story for the Brattleboro Reformer about a Winham, Vermont, woman who racked...

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017

“Before I get started, a quick show of hands,” said Joe Veldon to an at-capacity Bentley 207 at Johnson State College (JSC) on Oct. 25. “How many of you were out there blazing up in the parking lot before coming in here?” Veldon, who graduated from JSC in 1994 with a degree in environmental...

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Cayla Fronhofer

October 26, 2017

In today’s world of superhero film adaptations, it might seem there’s little room for other comic books to get a chance to shine on-screen, but the “Kingsman” movies have done it anyway. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”...

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Emily Clark

October 2, 2017

At the beginning of summer 2017, Niantic introduced a new update to the phone-based video game Pokémon Go in the form of raids.   Pokémon Go has introduced a new level of game play for life-long fans of the pop culture show and games. The recent introduction of the raids has brought the...

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

Jacob Greenia

October 2, 2017

It’s been eight years since the band’s last full-length, 2009’s “Daisy,” divided diehard Brand New fans. Brand New’s latest effort, “Science Fiction,” will leave their cult-like fans with more questions than answers, but the end product justifies the long waiting period.   A...

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2017

“If I had known Vermont would be so excited for another black person coming to the state, I would have come here much sooner,” Baratunde Thurston said to an overflowing crowd inside Johnson State College’s Dibden Center for the Arts on the evening of Sept. 18.   Using that statement...

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017

During the fall semester, senior Rachele Funk lived in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau, Alaska. Funk took part in the National Student Exchange Program, along with 12 other exchange students who flew into Juneau in late August.     Aside from...

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Cayla Fronhofer

December 8, 2016

It’s just after midnight and I’m desperately typing out the final hundred words that I need to make my daily count of 1,667. If I finish it before I go to sleep, it still counts, right?   Such is the desperation and panic of a person entrenched in the middle of National Novel Writing Month,...

A cozy tasting at Citizen Cider

A cozy tasting at Citizen Cider

Agathe Fredette

December 8, 2016

Located in the corner of an unassuming parking lot along Pine Street is the Citizen Cider tasting room.   Citizen Cider started pressing apples to make cider in 2011, and by early 2014 they had quadrupled production to meet the high demand for their products and opened up their first tasting...

Gaining strength from adversity

Gaining strength from adversity

Jacob Greenia

December 8, 2016

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,” one protester attending UVM said through her megaphone, quoting South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.   The protester, a self-proclaimed proud Jewish woman, stood before a group of 200...

An open space for nerding out

An open space for nerding out

Avery Bliss

November 10, 2016

For most college students, the idea of watching anime probably doesn’t cross their minds. It either isn’t what they are used to seeing on their screens or isn’t appealing because they know nothing about it.     But the Anime and Video Game Club here at Johnson State College is...

Tasty and unique food on the go

Tasty and unique food on the go

Cayla Fronhofer

November 10, 2016

Gas stations and convenience stores are vital to travel, especially in a state with so much distance between towns, but they aren’t usually known for their quality food products. In a landscape of cold, pre-made gas station subs, The Cupboard Deli and Bakery in Jeffersonville stands out.   Positioned...

VT Digger founder speaks about journalism and pursuing dreams

Patrick Musgrave-Losey

November 10, 2016

Getting a job with an English degree isn’t the easiest thing in the world, especially in Vermont where there are writers in every nook and cranny. Becoming a successful journalist is even more challenging.   Anne Galloway is an excellent example of an individual who, against all odds, has...

Anxious? You are not alone

Anxious? You are not alone

Jacob Greenia

November 10, 2016

While in the throes of anxiety or depression, being a student can seem like an afterthought. For many, mental illness such as the various forms of anxiety and depression inhibit even the simplest daily tasks. Homework, relationships and professional development seem impossible when you are white-knuckling...

Alcohol and sexual violence

Alcohol and sexual violence

Emily Mullaney

October 31, 2016

If you look at the calendar for all of the events during Alcohol Awareness Week, you’ll see plenty of events focusing on the effects of alcohol, such as the beer goggle Mario Kart tournament, fact or crap, and a DUI simulator, but you’ll also see a couple of events focused more on the relationship...

A cultured and serene culinary experience

A cultured and serene culinary experience

Jacob Greenia

October 31, 2016

Brisk Sunday mornings in October are meant for going to cafés with your significant other. Follow that up with a romantic walk in the city park near the ageless fountain and that developing cold is no longer on your mind because the warm hand of your lover you hold melts away any congestion. Or it could...

Spooky film contest brings creativity and fear to St. Albans

Spooky film contest brings creativity and fear to St. Albans

Cayla Fronhofer

October 31, 2016

Halloween is well known as a time for spooky stories and thrilling tales, but it is also a chance to push the limits of your creativity. While other people are coming up with crazy costumes and disturbing décor, teams of hobbyist filmmakers are creating frightening films to enter into the Northwest...

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