Basement Medicine

SGA wraps up the year with the Student Association Banquet

Robert Ferullo

May 9, 2019

As the end of the semester draws near, and we raise the mighty sword of knowledge against the evils that are our final exams, it is time yet again to give thanks to those who help make our campus here at NVU-Johnson a more active, inclusive, and exciting place to learn. If you were at the Student Asso...

Seana Speaks: self-care and self-reflection after winter

Seana Rowell

May 9, 2019

We’ve made it through winter! Stop, take a deep breath and enjoy some sun. Then, get ready for the big push of the semester. If you’re like most people I’ve talked to lately, you probably have more commitments and deadlines than you can manage. You may be feeling stressed-out and overwhelmed. Balancing g...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder

May 9, 2019

I went to Vermont Vaudeville’s new show, "Cream of the Crop," on Friday, May 3, and it left me thinking in a way I didn’t expect. If you’re unfamiliar with Vermont Vaudeville, you should know that you’ve been missing out. They came to NVU last semester, and the show was hilarious! VV is the c...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder

April 24, 2019

It is time, once again, for me to ascend the single step of spontaneous authority known as the Editorial Soapbox. I am ever-grateful for our readers here at NVU-Johnson, but there’s something we need to address. Since becoming the editor here at Basement Medicine, I’ve come to find that, horrifyingly,...

SGA will host Dress for Success event for free professional clothing

Robert Ferullo

March 21, 2019

Students in every field will soon be looking for careers or internships, as they get ready to take the knowledge and skills that they have learned in the classroom, and apply them in the real world. The community here at NVU - Johnson has been generous enough to host an event called Dinner With the Boss....

Seana Speaks: My story of disordered thinness

Seana Rowell

March 21, 2019

It all started with a broken heart. The idea of food was nauseating in the all-encompassing sorrow of a bad break up. It wasn’t too long though before I was tired from the lack of food, sometimes weak from hunger, sometimes enduring frightening dizzy spells at my job. I tried to fix it at first. I’d...

SGA reveals theme of this year’s Casino Night

February 21, 2019

On Feb. 5, 2019, the Johnson SGA hosted the Reveal party for the theme of the 42nd annual Casino Night. This year’s theme is A Royal Affair. Every year the SGA’s Casino Night Committee picks a theme for the event in the fall and it is kept secret from everyone else on campus until the reveal party...

Build your mental health toolkit

Build your mental health toolkit

Seana Rowell

February 21, 2019

In the last issue I wrote about the campus Wellness Center and suggested taking advantage of their free counseling and walk-in hours along with their self-guided relaxation, light therapy and biofeedback spaces. There may be times, though, when someone needs a listening ear in the middle of the night,...

A note from the editor…Just pick up the phone

Rebecca Flieder

February 21, 2019

I n 1961, Vermont promised to support its public college system, “in whole or in substantial part with State funds.” Right now, the college system is “supported” by the state at 17 percent. What part of “substantial” does the legislature not understand? This is a problem. I’ve written...

A note from the Editor: We need to talk

Rebecca Flieder

February 8, 2019

Hey Vermont, we need to talk. When I started looking at colleges, I thought a lot about those five- and six-digit numbers in the “tuition” section of Naviance’s college match system. I thought about how deeply into debt I might have to go to finance what I thought would be the “best years...

Welcome to the Wellness Center

Welcome to the Wellness Center

Seana Rowell

February 8, 2019

The first thing I’ve noticed each time I’ve stepped into the Wellness Center on the NVU-Johnson campus is the quiet, an intentional hush offset only by the white noise of the sound machines which line the halls and protect the privacy of students meeting with counselors behind closed doors. The second...

Legislators: stop this travesty

Adriana Eldred

February 8, 2019

My name is Adriana, and I’m a first-generation college student from a low-income household. Because of this I was not only encouraged to go to college, I was expected to. My parents had seen the struggles associated with not having a degree first-hand. They taught me that through hard work and dedication,...

SGA’s new project

Haley Frechette

February 8, 2019

The SGA has been working diligently this semester to listen and to meet the needs of our students and staff. One of the projects taken on by one of our Senators, Haley Frechette, was to replace the old, outdated water fountain inside of Dewey Hall. This water fountain did not have one of the filtered...

My year in student government

Patrick Bell

December 14, 2018

I’ve been a Student Government Association senator for close to a year now. It all started early last January when I was a part of Professor Bill Doyle’s Observing the Legislative Process class with around eight other students. For those who don’t know, this course involves a two-week period duri...

The importance of self-care

The importance of self-care

Seana Rowell

December 14, 2018

In today’s world you’ll often be advised to indulge in a little "self-care" when you’re feeling stressed or down – take a yoga class, enjoy a night out, pamper yourself. And while all of those things are great, their transitory benefits are hardly what I’d call genuine self-care. In fact, ...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2018

Considering this is my final "Note from the Editor" for Basement Medicine, I’m going to fill this space by addressing a topic that has affected me, many people close to me and many of you who comprise our campus and community. Yet it is also an issue that I don’t think gets enough attention and aw...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018

When I first became editor-in-chief of this fine publication, I tried my best to not write about politics in this section. Frankly, that didn’t last very long, as our current president has seemingly made it his one true goal to dominate each and every news cycle during his time in office. Say what...

From the SGA

Jessica Malskis

November 9, 2018

The SGA lately has been working on getting NVU-J students to register to vote through our voter registration table that we ran October 4th. College students are one of the least likely demographics to vote, so we found it important to make it easier to register to vote for our students. We were able t...

A message to our allies

A message to our allies

Seana Rowell

November 9, 2018

I need to say some uncomfortable things to the allies of individuals with mental illnesses. I need you to read carefully and thoughtfully and to think about whether these words apply to you and to your relationships. If you recognize yourself in these words, I need you to think about making some chan...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary, Editor-in-Chief

November 9, 2018

With the very real possibility of ceding control to the Democrats via the midterm election bearing down on him, Trump has once again reprised his tactic of fear mongering. Throughout his campaign and tenure, he has used this method specifically to stoke the inner racism fire that astonishingly still bur...

A note from the editor: Vote!

Tom O'Leary

October 29, 2018

I’ve never before said this to anyone in my life, but please, for the love of our country, vote in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. I implore you. When you hear or read a political analyst declaring it to be the most important election of our lives and possibly U.S. history, it is not hyperbole. Althou...

News from the SGA

Jessica Malskis

October 2, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) seeks out projects, each year, to help better the campus experience, for students and the community. One project the SGA sought after, last year, was the Stearns Game Lounge. The Stearns Game Lounge is located on the first floor, where you can also find the...

Let’s talk about mental health

Let’s talk about mental health

Seana Rowell

October 2, 2018

“I know that Selena Gomez has lupus and recently had a kidney transplant. I know that Dave Letterman suffers from heart disease. I know that Lance Armstrong is a testicular cancer survivor. But I didn’t know that Kate Spade suffered from depression. Or that Robin Williams did. Because somehow...

From the SGA

Jessica Malskis

September 18, 2018

Welcome back! The SGA members are excited for a great semester, and look forward to working with many of you. Leading the association this year are President Jessica Malskis and Vice-President, Dana Prouty. Serving as director of clubs this year is Jesse Streeter, while senators are Haley Frechette,...

Ask The Wellness Center

Kelly Boardman and Finn Losch

September 18, 2018

It’s OK to dismiss rhetoric on a bunch of subjects as a joke or blowing off steam. Suicide is definitely not one of them. So when you suspect your loved one could be suicidal, what do you do? My boyfriend has been through a lot of loss in his life and helping him through everything has always been a ...

The end is near: tips for surviving finals week

The end is near: tips for surviving finals week

Kylie Brown

May 10, 2018

Finishing classes. Preparing for finals week. Starting to pack up to go home. Scrabbling to finish assignments. Second guessing everything. Double checking everything. Remembering to take care of personal hygiene. Trying to sleep. Trying harder to wake up. Drinking water. Breathing. Keep breathing. The...

Please don’t bare your sole in class

Hannah Stearns

May 10, 2018

Attention, Johnson students! It’s that time of year again when you have to be aware of spring fever. Symptoms include lounging in a hammock, skipping class, excessive sunbathing and, most importantly forgetting your shoes when you do go to class. Don’t panic, it’s not summer yet, and you will have...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary – Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2018

If you are at all familiar with comedian Michelle Wolf’s work, you were no doubt astonished when she was announced as the performer at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Although Donald Trump was not present for the event, he has successfully created an environment on “The Hill” that...

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Shannon Russell

April 26, 2018

Shannon is a sophomore at JSC and is a founder and active member of Northern Vermont Recovery Program (NVRP). Hi, my name is Shannon and I am an alcoholic. By the grace of my higher power, I have not had a mind-altering substance since March 20th, 2013. At a young age I was diagnosed with post-tra...

The road to Casino Night

The road to Casino Night

Jessica Malskis

April 26, 2018

On March 23, the Student Government Association pulled off their 41st annual Casino Night, a masquerade event. Students dressed up in their nicest button downs and formal dresses and gathered in the dining hall for a night of music, food and card games, all to benefit the United Way of Lamoille County. Each...

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