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Here’s the rap from SLAP

Samantha Brodzinski, Contributor April 12, 2021

As the warm weather begins to roll in and the semester nears its end, there are not many opportunities left to enjoy time with friends before the summer break. That being said, the Student Lead Activities...

Punk Science: Wi-Fi from the sky

Punk Science: Wi-Fi from the sky

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

Welcome to the third semester of Punk Science my fellow nerdlings! In this week’s installment, we briefly say goodbye to the sciences in order to visit its neighbor in the STEM acronym: technology. With...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief April 12, 2021

As we wear through March and into April, I find myself weary of this life we’re leading. By god, it’s 13 months into a pandemic. You’d think people would have learned to put their mask above their...

Punk Science: coping with COVID

Punk Science: coping with COVID

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 18, 2021

Welcome to the third semester of Punk Science my fellow nerdlings! I’ve avoided this topic for as long as I could, but I have finally been worn down to the point where I feel it’s time to talk about...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief March 18, 2021

I wrote last issue about the tremendous uproar that is to come here in Northern Vermont, and the fallout that might occur. I want to delve further into an area that I feel very strongly about-- the culture...

Punk Science talks poles... the magnetic ones, of course!

Punk Science talks poles… the magnetic ones, of course!

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 3, 2021

Welcome to the third semester of Punk Science, my fellow nerdlings! As most people that have taken a high school level science class are aware, the Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that protects...

I miss Web Advisor, but you probably don’t

I miss Web Advisor, but you probably don’t

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

Now I bet most of you highfalutin techno-wizards out there couldn’t give a flying fungus about my preferences, be they culinary, sexual or technologically oriented. But I’m going to talk about them...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief March 3, 2021

Here we go again, indeed! It feels like only yesterday (though only a very few short years ago) that we made that faithful, fateful leap between Johnson State and Northern Vermont University, and now here...

Just because you can’t travel for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday with some good eats.

Eat this! Holiday meals to remember

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter November 28, 2020

Cheesy Pumpkin Dip I believe canned pumpkin deserves more respect and isn’t necessarily just for the bakers in the house. It should have a place in the beginning of a meal, such as an aromatic appetizer....

Punk Science talks postpartum

Punk Science talks postpartum

Opal Savoy, Web Editor November 28, 2020

Hello again my fellow punk scientists! For this final instalment of the semester, it felt appropriate to select a topic that would meet as many categories on the punk science rubric as possible to deliver...

Legendary media host Alex Trebek.

A tribute to Alex Trebek

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter November 28, 2020

For as long as I can remember, we always used to have the TV on in our kitchen during dinner. When it was 7:00, we would all turn our heads to the TV when the Jeopardy theme song came on. Alex Trebek appeared...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 28, 2020

What a whirlwind this has been, huh? Here we are, having survived a presidential election, a pandemic and a horrifying semester. We’ve overcome a lot together. This is our last print edition for the...

Eat this!

Eat this!

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter November 13, 2020

In the court of casual eating, the burger is king. It can be served deliciously naked or dressed up in countless mouth-watering combinations. I’ve had some burgers that I dream about because they hit...

The idiot gamer: Skyrim

The idiot gamer: Skyrim

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 13, 2020

I am and have always been an idiot when it comes to gaming. Sure, I’m nerdy, but the games I’m usually drawn to make “proper” gamers turn up their noses: “Minecraft” and “Animal Crossing”...

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

“Plan 9 from Outer Space”

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor November 13, 2020

Only a few things are usually needed to ruin an otherwise fine film. However, writer, director and producer Ed Wood seemed to take no risk of a good movie when creating his most famous film, “Plan...

Punk Science

Punk Science

Opal Savoy, Web Editor November 13, 2020

Hello again my fellow punk scientists! There has always been a human fascination with space. From the first landing on the moon to the discovery of water on mars, there has been no shortage of fantastic...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 13, 2020

What a whirlwind this has been, huh? Here we are, having survived a presidential election, a pandemic and a horrifying semester. We’ve overcome a lot together. This is our last print edition for the...

Justin Robertiello

Eat This!

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter October 26, 2020

When the leaves begin to change color, apples start to ripen, and the air becomes a little crisper, Fall has arrived for me. It’s a wonderful time of year, full of scents like burning wood from fireplaces...

Can we please pretend this is normal?

Emmett Avery, Staff Reporter October 26, 2020

Duck. Dodge. Weave. Let’s keep this civil. Slide. Evade. Lie. Can we pretend this is normal? For 90 minutes on the evening of Oct. 7, Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, two veteran politicians,...

Punk Science

Punk Science

Opal Savoy, Web Editor October 26, 2020

Hello again my fellow punk scientists! Last week was a wild ride down the rabbit hole of genetic engineering, focusing on the newest tool in that arsenal called CRISPR/Cas9. Within a few days of publishing...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief October 26, 2020

Our mini-break will be here before we know it. We’ll get a couple days off, and then it will be Halloween, and then the real spookfest starts on November 3rd. If you’ve already voted, I commend your...

Punk Science talks DNA

Punk Science talks DNA

Opal Savoy, Web Editor October 8, 2020

Welcome back my fellow punk scientists! Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could change your body to give yourself a different hair type or eye color? Maybe you’ve even thought about...

Letter from Willey Library

Willey Library Staff October 8, 2020

Greetings NVU-Johnson community members and Basement Medicine readers, I would like to thank Tyrone Shaw, Marcus Allen, and Basement Medicine for drawing attention to a special facility on our beautiful...

To the editor: WLLC corrections and apologies

Marcus Allen, Contributor October 8, 2020

I would like to take this time to sincerely apologize to all of the readers of this paper and the entire staff of the Willey Library. In my recent piece about the library’s changes for COVID-19 there...

A note from the Editor: kill the WPE

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief October 8, 2020

After taking the Writing Proficiency Exam freshman year and watching friends anxiously prepare every single semester since, I’ve come to one conclusion: the WPE as a graduation standard should not exist. A...

Punk Science: black holes and revelations

Punk Science: black holes and revelations

Opal Savoy, Web Editor September 22, 2020

Welcome back my fellow punk scientists! Last week, we looked into the tiny world of human microbiomes and their wide-ranging effects on our body’s ability to stay healthy. This time around, we’re...

Wellness Center: we’re here to support

Wellness Centre Staff, Contributor September 22, 2020

The Wellness Center remains more committed than ever to supporting our new and returning students during these challenging times. We recognize that students may be struggling right now with anxiety, grief,...

Tuna and green beans for a complete and colorful meal.

Eat This!

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter September 22, 2020

The smell of saltwater brings me back to fun-filled days on the beach and warm, balmy breezes at night. The ocean represents many things to me. My family spent summers at the Jersey shore, and I made a...

Elaine Collins.

Letter from President Elaine Collins

Elaine Collins, Contributor September 22, 2020

I have good news to share. Yesterday, [Sept. 11] the Vermont House announced a state budget that includes a historic $56.8M for the Vermont State College System. This amount includes annual base funding,...

A note from the Editor: Stressed?

A note from the Editor: Stressed?

Rebecca Flieder, Chief Editor September 22, 2020

I was standing in my living room at 11 p.m. one evening two weeks into school, standing in front of my partner on the couch. We’d both been chipping away at the unending cascade of schoolwork for what...

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