Basement Medicine


Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2012

I’ve been so stressed about semester’s-end duties my hair’s turning gray, I’m pulling it out and it burns when I pee. That last symptom might not be connected. I know I’m not alone, so far as semester’s-end stress goes. Start with deep breathing. Be your breath. Then come sit on your...

Twilight Zone

Tom Benton

November 15, 2012

We are now entering the twilight zone. We have a matter of weeks until the end of this semester. This is the time when twilight’s slim gleam shines over the horizon, and it’ll grow if you’ll nurture it. I know you don’t have time to change your routine, not at this time of the semester, not when...

Get Thee to a Voting Booth

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2012

Think again if you think there’s no point for you to vote in this election. If a third of the population thinks, “What am I gonna do about it? Let everyone else vote,” a third of the population doesn’t vote. A third of the population watches flood tides coming toward town and lets everyone else...

Leave it to the Jury

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2012

It doesn’t read "We, the Jury" under the Basement Medicine masthead. It’s a Bob Dylan quote. In the spirit of that quote, today we’re on the pavement thinking about confidentiality. The issue of confidentiality has been all too evident on the Johnson State College campus. It’s been as frustrat...

Full Circle

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2012

Oh, shit. Talk about full circle. The first editorial of this semester discussed the importance of fighting SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill which would have severely limited Internet freedoms. (It’s back, by the way, in the form of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA,...

I Was Wrong

Tom Benton

April 12, 2012

  I was wrong. I wrote a large piece on Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was published last edition, and even there was significantly edited from its initial gargantuan incarnation. I lamented the loss of the Boss’s specific human stories, and cried for the Bruce...

Spring Eternal

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2012

Boy, did you feel that? That was a warm, spring breeze. Used to be it might start turning 60 degrees in mid-April if we were lucky. Now it’s just past mid-March and we’re having 70- to 80-degree days. Don’t know where they’re coming from, maybe global warming, but hey, que sera, sera – I’m...

It’s time for the talk.

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2012

  It’s time for the talk. Maybe you’ve experienced it. Maybe you’ve just heard about it from your overzealous friends. Whether one has experienced it first- or second-hand, there’s no doubt it’s one’s chance to go deep into what matters – one’s loved ones. So let’s talk...

Reminders for February

Tom Benton, Editor in Chief

February 16, 2012

If seasons were lovers, February might be the Faye Dunaway of the group. Not “Chinatown” Faye Dunaway, either – more like the cold, mood-swinging, psychopathic “Mommy Dearest” Faye Dunaway. If you let her, February will let you slide the wrong way down the slippery slope of progress and wave...

We kicked SOPA’S ass

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2012

We kicked SOPA’s ass. SOPA was the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill to – you guessed it – stop online piracy, chiefly but not only illegal downloads of movies and music. It is a problem, in that the artists behind the illegally downloaded movies and music aren’t getting paid for their work when...

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