Basement Medicine

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder

May 9, 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

October 2, 2017


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What does it mean to be an American? A big question, to be sure, and one that could easily garner a multitude of different responses. However, an oft-cited perk of being an American citizen is that all-empowering notion of “freedom.” Let’s define the word, shall we? Merriam-Webster’s first...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

September 14, 2017


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Before I say anything else, I think it’s only appropriate to start with an enthusiastic, “Welcome back,” to everyone who has been away for the summer. If this is your first year at JSC, then I offer you an even more enthusiastic, “Welcome!” Although it can be tough to get your brain back into...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

April 27, 2017


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Well, this is it: the final regular Basement Medicine issue of the spring 2017 semester.   For a first semester as editor, it’s been pretty great. I could hardly have asked for a better staff — though we be but little, we are fierce, to paraphrase Shakespeare. This great news machine has...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2017


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Whoever said that it’s boring to talk about the weather clearly never lived in New England. Ever since we had our first taste of spring back in February, Mother Nature has been changing her mind like a dog with too many toys. “You’ve been enjoying the 50 degree weather?” she asks us. “That’s...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

March 23, 2017


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As I sat in front of my computer, mentally flipping through the many subjects I could write this editorial on, I found myself getting more and more bummed about all the things in the world that seem to be going wrong. So today, in both message and action, I’m taking a break.   I’m not going...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

March 9, 2017


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One at a time, incremental steps are moving us toward the Johnson/Lyndon unification. The administration and faculty are getting ready, but are we — the students — ready?   Views on the unification have been a mixed bag since the beginning, with the staff and faculty tending toward more...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

February 16, 2017


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The Super Bowl is undeniably a staple of American culture. While I am definitely not a football fan (I will freely admit that I spent the day watching “The Hobbit” instead), it would be remiss of me to ignore the controversy surrounding this year’s round of Super Bowl commercials.   In...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

February 2, 2017


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2017: The year we’ve all been waiting for. With this new year comes a peaceful transition of power in the Basement Medicine editorship. I only hope that I can do the title justice. Many people agree that 2016 could have gone better. Brexit, the refugee crisis, the entire United States presidential...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

November 10, 2016


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Donald Trump was just elected president of the United States of America. I’ll admit it: this caught me off-guard. Finally I know what it felt like to be a UK citizen when the voters there decided to leave the EU, catching all the pollsters and establishment politicians with their pants down. While...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

October 31, 2016


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Like many other people, my reaction to AT&T’s plan to acquire Time Warner wasn’t exactly shock. Certainly I view the concentration of media and the media infrastructure into fewer and fewer hands as a negative trend. Of course. It’s just that the media oligopoly seems so... normal. It’s...

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

October 13, 2016


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Tick... Tock... The big clock counts down the last days of the 2016 U.S. presidential election — the world’s greatest spectator sport. Given that the U.S. president remains the most powerful figure on planet earth, every election cycle is, understandably, an exciting affair. But it’s never been...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

September 22, 2016


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With Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” playing in theaters, Edward Snowden is once again a popular topic for the news media. Prominent public figures like Bernie Sanders and news outlets like The New York Times are calling for Snowden to be allowed to return home. How come? By this time, I would imagine...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

September 8, 2016


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As a tuition-paying student of one of the Vermont State Colleges — and having spent a great deal of time these past two weeks thinking about the coming merger between Johnson and Lyndon — I find myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the Vermont legislature. It’s upsetting, though unsurprising,...

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

May 5, 2016


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Another year is soon behind us. Time seems to accelerate, and it’s hard to believe we’re at the end of another semester. Tempus fugit indeed. Allow me a moment of reflection. With only the fall ‘16 semester remaining for me, I’ve really enjoyed my time here at JSC. Thank you students. Thank...

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

April 14, 2016


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I recently read an extraordinary article entitled “I am on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones.” It was published in The Independent, a British newspaper, and was written by an Afghan man named Malik Jalal, who claims to be on a drone-strike “Kill List.” I liked...

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