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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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’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


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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


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“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


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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


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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...

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