Basement Medicine

Words of Wellness: outdoor therapy, nature’s cure

Melissa Cluff

February 20, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Forum, Opinion, Words of Wellness

Recent studies show that being outside has both positive psychological and physiological benefits. Ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) is contact with nature and is a powerful new kind of therapy. It has been found to be just as effective against depression...

Vermont State Colleges System Delivering Entrepreneurs and Workers

Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System Jeb Spaulding

February 8, 2018


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The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) is a major workforce pipeline delivering entrepreneurs and workers to power our state’s economy. As a system, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University – Johnson and Lyndon, and Vermont Technical College annually confer...

Words of Wellness: the connection between trauma and addiction

Courtesy of Ashwood Recovery

February 8, 2018


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Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated and closely intertwined. In other words, the road between the two goes both ways, and the negative...

Strategic Plan must address IT deficiencies

Thomas O'Leary, -Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Editorials, Forum

With the spring 2018 semester officially in session, we are now a mere four months away from Johnson State College (JSC) and Lyndon State College (LSC) officially merging under the umbrella of Northern Vermont University (NVU). Regardless of whether you are students, faculty, staff, or administrators,...

A message from Student Trustee Benjamin Simone

Benjamin Simone

February 4, 2016


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Hi, how’s it going? I’d like to introduce myself to you readers today, my name is Benjamin Simone, and in a few weeks, myself and 12 other members of the VSC Board of Trustees are going to decide on whether or not to raise your tuition. Now that I’ve got your attention, let me properly introduce mys...

Tolerance is not enough: addressing LGBT life on campus

Ryan Downs

February 4, 2016


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Certainly, Johnson State has made some progress as far as the state of life for the LGBT community goes. There is now an LGBT oriented club on campus; a discussion was raised a year ago about how essential it is to keep the current gender neutral bathrooms on campus—as well as adding a few if poss...

Thank you, Kind Sir

Victoria Greenia

May 8, 2014


Filed under Commentary

I fell into love with a man a few nights ago and got a chocolate bar out of it –53% cocoa with pistachios and hot peppers, wrapped with a picture of Grace Potter. While I am neither a fan of chocolate nor the singer, the bar, more than half eaten, lays on the front passenger seat in my car as though...

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

Tyrone Shaw

February 6, 2014


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Editor’s note: The following commentary was originally published in Vt. Digger on Jan. 21. It’s been reprinted here due to its relevance, despite the protests of its author, stemming from his active involvement with Basement Medicine. Relevance is relevance. Gov. Shumlin’s latest budget is by ma...

You have the right to remain silent – right?

You have the right to remain silent – right?

Phil O'Neil

May 3, 2013


Filed under Commentary

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at the government’s expense. Boston...

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

Sen. Bernie Sanders

March 28, 2013


Filed under Commentary

  In the spirit of Sen. Sanders’ recent JSC Student Town Meeting, we reprint the Senator’s recent op-ed, which discusses many of the points he raised during the Student Town Meeting.       The Democrats won a major victory on Election Day.   Despite dozens of billionaires spendin...

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

February 7, 2013


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Unless you’re Amish, or live in a cave, you have probably heard of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Many of you have read it and maybe you have even read it secretly in that barn or cave. Set largely in Seattle, it is the first installment in a trilogy that traces the relationship between a virgin college gra...

Silenced Voices loud and clear

Kayla Friedrich

December 6, 2012


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As I entered Bentley 207 to witness “Silenced Voices”  on Nov. 14, I didn’t know what to expect. Living in Vermont I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of the migrant workers who traveled here from Mexico to work on our dairy farms. What I didn’t realize was the level of fear that these...

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