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The Free Huey World Report

Dayne Bell February 20, 2024

“My vision would turn your world upside down, tear asunder your illusions, and send the sanctuary of your own ignorance crashing down around you.” -Huey Freeman Public Service Announcement: The...

Parwinder Grewal

Former VTSU Pres heads to Hawai’i

February 20, 2024

Editor’s note: Dr. Parwinder Grewal was the first president of the combined Vermont State University, although he wasn’t here long. Grewal left under fire from decisions that pre-dated his tenure,...

Time to retire the VSCS Office of the Chancellor

Time to retire the VSCS Office of the Chancellor

Tyrone Shaw December 10, 2023

Tyrone Shaw is a retired professor of writing and literature at what is now Vermont State University- Johnson, where he taught for 30 years. Finally responding to years of mounting debt within the Vermont...

From a journalist and an activist

Dayne Bell November 8, 2023

From the journalist: The Israel/Palestine conflict has been difficult to look at as a learning journalist. As an individual, I have my own personal beliefs, biases, and opinions. I watch, I listen,...

A note from the Editor

Dayne Bell October 11, 2023

To be clear, students and staff knew this optimization report was coming. An email was sent out to the campus community in mid-September, attempting to prepare everyone for the information that would be...

Still in the dark

Deanna Oakes April 27, 2023

With the news that Dr. Parwinder Grewal had resigned from his position as president of Vermont State University came the news that the plans for the libraries and athletic programs had been put on hold,...

Who’s Listening?

March 14, 2023

In a rebuke to VTSU President Parwinder Grewal, VSCS Chancellor Sophie Zdatny, VSCS Chief Academic OfficerYasmine Ziesler, and the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees (excepting the student representative),...

From the editors

Kyle Gagnon November 14, 2022

Congratulations, Gen Z! You did a thing. Last week, younger voters showed up to the polls in record numbers that haven’t been seen since they were born. Not only that, but these left-leaners are one...

From the editors…

Kyle Gagnon October 25, 2022

Joe Biden finally did the thing! Up to $10,000 of federal student loans are being forgiven for individuals who earn $125,000 or less. That number jumps to up to $20,000 for those who have received a Pell...

A note from the editors…

The Editors May 4, 2022

Next year will be Northern Vermont University’s last, a prelude to the official launch of Vermont State University, and more pieces of the puzzle are beginning to fall into place. The Board of Trustees...

Continue your diligence, Johnson

The editors March 18, 2022

This week marks the end of NVU’s campus-wide mask mandate. For over a year, the Johnson and Lyndon campuses have, admirably, observed and upheld the mandate that has made in-person classes possible during...

Editorial

The Editors February 21, 2022

Our primary focus this semester is to cover as best we can the work being done by students, faculty, staff and administration on the campuses of Northern Vermont University, Vermont Technical College and...

A note from the Editor...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief May 3, 2021

I sit here now in my college apartment two weeks away from graduation, readers, and I cannot say that I am feeling entirely one way about leaving. Yes, I am incredibly hopeful and optimistic about what...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Punk Science: marvelous microbiomes!

Punk Science: marvelous microbiomes!

Opal Savoy, Staff Reporter September 15, 2020

Welcome back my fellow punk scientists! It’s been some time since we’ve gone down the various rabbit holes that exist in the world of science and society. In our first three installments of this column,...

Notes from the Editor: Weve come so far

Notes from the Editor: We’ve come so far

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief September 15, 2020

This issue of Basement Medicine is an important one, and I think its existence represents a lot of what makes this campus so special: resilience. It has been 178 days since this campus shut down in March....

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief March 12, 2020

Bon Jovi said it best, you guys. We really are halfway there. The end of the semester is nigh... I hope, at least, we’re not living on a prayer. Jokes aside, these are intersting times we live in,...

Elaine Harvey

Notes on belonging

Elaine Harvey, Contributor March 12, 2020

I hope you can tell by now that talking about “belonging” makes my tail wag like a lab puppy waiting for treats. I care about it because it is a fundamental factor in helping students get their degrees....

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief February 20, 2020

On a particularly busy day last week, I was driving into Morrisville when I spotted a peculiar sight. Just beyond the roundabout next to the Charlmont, a tire was crossing the road all by its lonesome. I...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief February 6, 2020

Welcome back to Johnson, everyone! I am thrilled to announce a couple of new things coming to Basement Medicine this semester. First, I urge you to check out our new columnists on pages 5 and 7. Returning...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief December 12, 2019

To everyone who read my editorial from last issue, thank you. Thank you for your comments, your shares and your stories. I am so glad to be surrounded by a community of people that have started to speak...

Where is our shade?

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...

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...

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...

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