Basement Medicine

The question of economics

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

Economics is generally taught as an objective, non-political science. It’s not. This spring I took an economics course through NVU Online. This particular class stuck pretty closely to a mainstream textbook, Gregory Mankiw’s Principles of Economics. As I looked under the surface, I saw that despite...

Co-ops are cool: an internship reflection

Co-ops are cool: an internship reflection

October 3, 2019

As I searched last spring for a college internship, let’s just say an electric co-op (gasp!) was not on the top of my list. I pictured working in cool marketing firms with bean bag chairs in conference rooms, napping pods and slides down to the cafeteria – and yet, here I am, writing a piece called...

Stressed out? Campus resources for all

Stressed out?  Campus resources for all

Seana Rowell, Contributor

October 3, 2019

Look at us go friends! It feels like we’ve only just arrived at campus and here we are: packing a bag to head home for a week. We’re a third of the way through the first semester. If history has taught me anything, this also means many of us are about to reach uncomfortable levels of stress and overwhelming...

SGA welcomes clubs, will host beer goggles obstacle course

SGA welcomes clubs, will host beer goggles obstacle course

Robert Ferullo, Student

October 3, 2019

With the first couple weeks of the new school year behind us, it’s almost time for clubs to start recruitment again. SGA is proud to announce that it’s the perfect time to get out there and become engaged in your campus community. We are excited to see many clubs returning, providing a wide variety...

A note from the editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-In-Chief

October 3, 2019

This is what I wanted to say in the beginning, before we had some frustration with the White Paper. Now that the Board of Trustees has committed to listening, I think we can redo our introductions. You should still attend your school meetings on Tuesday during Common Hour and please, please, be vocal...

New organization focuses on making college less complicated and stressful

New organization focuses on making college less complicated and stressful

Seana Rowell

September 20, 2019

High levels of stress and overwhelm are the hallmarks of the collegiate student. Our professors warn us to stay ahead of our work because if we’re not feeling it now, we soon will be. We start each year with a plan for how to organize ourselves better in order to avoid this seemingly inevitable...

SGA seeks to fill vacancies

Jesse Streeter

September 20, 2019

Are you interested in getting involved in a leadership role on campus? Do you have ideas for change, but you just aren’t sure how to make them happen? Join the NVU – Johnson Student Government today while there are still spots available! We are looking forward to having an extremely fun and successful...

A note from the editor

September 20, 2019

I seem to say this a lot, but NVU, we need to talk. I wrote another editorial last week welcoming our new students. While I would love to talk their ears off about NVU and how much Basement Medicine is glad to have them here, unfortunately I think we need to address a large issue. Well, first we...

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...

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