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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 seemed like hours; neither of us had eaten lunch or dinner, and we were both exhausted. I was confus...

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, we covered some more socially minded topics that focused on cultural trends and inclusivity, but...

Notes from the Editor: We’ve 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. 178 days that we’ve all slogged through: working jobs, caring for family members, doing our parts...

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, so I thought I’d take a moment to chat about it. I have two pieces of advice this week. One: chill...

Notes on belonging

Elaine Harvey

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. However, according to an Inside Higher Ed report from 2019, nationwide, only 59 percent of undergraduate...

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 wasn’t in the most particularly happy mindset; it had been a fraught day. But seeing the tire...

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 to the Forum section are two old favorites: SGA and SERVE. With the veterans, you’ll also find...

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 up when the time is right. Thank you to the people who came forward on Facebook and shared their...

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 that the university has made since unification. You can read all about that on page 2. She spoke...

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...

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...

Co-ops are cool: an internship reflection

Adriana Eldred leans on one of VEC's EVs.

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...

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...

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...

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…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...

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...

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...

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...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary - Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2018

Although we’re only four months in, 2018 has already been rife with scandal and controversy. For the most part, they tend to revolve around Donald Trump and his sexual assault accusers, mistresses, underlings and lawyers. But the one that has had the most pervasive implications for United States citizens...

A note from the Editor…

Tom O’Leary - Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2018

Fueled by the recent nationwide student walkouts and the worldwide student-led “March for our Lives,” the topic of gun law reform has dominated the national conversation of late. While it is impossible to predict the impact these protests will have, it is beyond obvious that serious changes must...

A note from the Editor…

Thomas O’Leary, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2018

On the average day in the United States, there are approximately 87,000 commercial airline flights. Of those flights, nearly 20 percent are delayed, and around 5 percent of those delays are the fault of the air carriers. In addition, slightly over 1 percent of daily flights are cancelled. While 1...

Strategic Plan must address IT deficiencies

Thomas O'Leary, -Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2018

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 note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

November 29, 2017

The internet: a place commonly known for its collections of cat videos, bizarre memes, and the potential websites that live in the Incognito Modes of your closest friends and family. Whatever you may use it for, the internet is undoubtedly part of your life — most likely a more significant part...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

November 8, 2017

Last week, Lyndon and Johnson each hosted an event to celebrate the finalized branding for Northern Vermont University. With cookies, cider, t-shirts and custom NVU M&Ms, participation meant not only getting into the spirit of the oncoming unification but also the promise of free stuff. Still,...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

October 26, 2017

I got an email recently, notifying me of a new blog post from an author whose work I’ve admired for a few years now. Her writing workshops have done wonders for my own writing and I’ve enjoyed each of her books I’ve read. Her recent blog post, however, both surprised and perturbed me when I...

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