Basement Medicine

Seana Speaks: I am not a victim

Seana Speaks: I am not a victim

Seana Speaks

December 12, 2019

It’s time to write an article. It’s time to write an article and it’s my job to do it. It’s my job to do it, and there are people who think that I am the best person for this job. There are people who think I am the best person for this job, and they are so, so wrong. I have fooled them, fooled...

An open letter from President Elaine Collins

An open letter from President Elaine Collins

Elaine Collins, NVU President

December 12, 2019

To the students of NVU: As the President of Northern Vermont University, I want to be crystal clear that the administration, faculty, and staff of NVU are dedicated and committed to you. I am uplifted and inspired every single day by the commitment I see all around me to serving our students and working...

Thank you: Veteran’s Day Dinner a resounding success

Tammy Carter, NVU Staff

December 12, 2019

I would like to take a moment out of everyone’s busy schedule to acknowledge the wonderful group of people that make up Sodexo on the NVU-Johnson campus. If it was not for them and their commitment to our community and beyond, we would not have been able to host our 5th annual Veteran’s Day Dinner....

“The View From Somewhere” and aspiring for better journalism

“The View From Somewhere” and aspiring for better journalism

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2019

Over the summer I was an assistant at a weeklong beginner radio documentary intensive. Students came from across the country and converged on Durham, North Carolina to work in pairs on a three to six minute radio piece. One of these pairs, two white men, were assigned to interview a Black woman on the...

Free books!

Free books!

Jesse Streeter

November 21, 2019

Looking to hunker down on a long winter’s evening with a good book? Need something that can stimulate your mind or take you to a new universe? Want to learn more about your field of study outside of the classroom or assigned textbook? There are several ways that you can get access to free books around...

President’s Student Advisory Council introduction

President’s Student Advisory Council introduction

Adriana Eldred

November 21, 2019

The Northern Vermont University – Johnson President’s Student Advisory Council held its first meeting of the semester on Nov 12. In the previous few weeks, Michele Whitmore recruited students to be on board. Two co-chairs were elected, senior and Education major Karina Williams, and senior and Journalism...

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding responds

Jeb Spaulding, VSCS Chancellor

November 21, 2019

I appreciate the chance to comment briefly on the recent Basement Medicine article, “NVU Community Signs Petition Calling For More Funding.” Thanks very much to the Vermont State Employees Association and the VSCS Staff Federation for creating a petition calling on the chancellor and our elected...

Where is our shade?

Rebecca Flieder

November 21, 2019

It has become increasingly more frustrating to “go along with the flow” during unification. Last week, at her State of the University address, President Collins showed the crowd all kinds of improvements that the university has made since unification. You can read all about that on page 2. She spoke...

Combating the mid-semester slump

Combating the mid-semester slump

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

There are only five weeks left of the semester, and this is the time for the mid-semester slump. The turmoil of studying and preparing for hard midterms puts students under copious amounts of stress and anxiety. There are many students who may be struggling at this point in the semester, now that classes...

The Blood Drive recap

Heleigh West

November 7, 2019

Every semester Northern Vermont University-Johnson holds a blood drive. These events, coordinated by the SERVE Office and run by the Red Cross bring people together to give the gift of life to those who need it. Every pint of blood can save up to three lives and each drive in the history of Johnson (going...

SGA goes D&D

Robert Ferullo, Student

November 7, 2019

My dear comrades... Day 17 has passed. We have nearly run out of rations as we continue to ride onwards, far from the office we call home. Many loved ones have we left behind, but we must venture further towards our destiny: a journey back in time, so to speak. I and the rest of the SGA have risen...

Seana Speaks: How to help

Seana Speaks: How to help

November 7, 2019

Some of you have not yet had a personal experience with mental illness. Others of you may never have that experience. However, statistics say that one in five U.S. adults will face a diagnosable mental health crisis in any given year, so all of you are nearly guaranteed to at least know someone, if not...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

For a dollar, you can plant a tree in a place that counts. It started with a challenge: YouTuber MrBeast started a campaign to donate to plant 20 million trees by Jan 1, 2020. The money goes directly to the Arbor Day Foundation. According to MrBeasts’s #TeamTrees website, “Due to the sheer volume...

SERVE Sept, Oct. recap

SERVE Sept, Oct. recap

Haleigh West, Contributor

October 24, 2019

For the past month and a half, the SERVE Office has been planning and sending out SERVE Local trips in Lamoille County to support our community non-profits. Each trip is focused on direct service and bringing people together. What is direct service? Essentially it means doing work that’s needed to...

Seana Speaks: Addiction, 10 months in the making

Seana Speaks: Addiction, 10 months in the making

Seana Speaks, Contributor

October 24, 2019

It took cocaine less than a year to ruin my life. From the first line to the time I found myself alone, unemployed and unemployable, pacing a near empty apartment trying to choose between taking to the street to support my habit and heading to rehab was only 10 months. In those 10 months I’d ruined...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief

October 24, 2019

First, I would like to issue a correction from our last issue. In an article about the tuition increases, I incorrectly stated that last May, the Board of Trustees had said that tuition would only be increasing 1% for the 20-21 academic year. In fact, they were actually restating an earlier increase...

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...

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