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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...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

March 25, 2016


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Love him or hate him, there’s no denying it: Donald Trump is at the forefront of this election cycle. Our collective gaze is fixed upon him, mesmerized by the absurdity of it all. What is driving his popularity? What is it about this historical moment that allows a man like Trump to dominate one...

A note from the Editor

Sam Hartley

March 10, 2016


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One goal of higher education is to provide new experiences for students. What better way to do this than travelling internationally? Growing up in this country, I think it’s hard not to notice the strange countervailing messages our culture inculcates in us about the rest of the world. Our rather...

A note from the Editor

Sam Hartley

February 18, 2016


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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead. That’s unfortunate for him, but people die every day. So what? Well, as anyone who pays attention to the news should know, there is a great deal of hostility between President Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate. Since it’s Obama’s duty...

A note from the editor

Sam Hartley

February 4, 2016


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A new semester brings a new editor of Basement Medicine. I’d like to take this opportunity to speak to the importance of an issue near and dear to many of us here at Johnson State College: the existential crisis of affordable liberal arts education in this country. I think sometimes it’s easy to for ...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich

December 17, 2015


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As the end of my final semester at Johnson State College approaches, I wanted to go out with a bang, and talk about something that would spark some interest on campus, and maybe this will. However, I’m not sure how up to date people are on current events. What I want to discuss is what the hell...

Textbook Blues

Ann Turkle

November 12, 2015


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Editor’s note: Ann Turkle has taught at Johnson State off and on since 1971. She also taught at Warren Wilson College where she directed the undergraduate writing program until 2007 and at Florida State where she earned her Ph.D. She held administrative positions in noncredit programs at UVM...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich

November 3, 2015


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You know what truly amazes me? The sheer lack of personal contact in today’s society. We live in a world where everyone is connected by the tenuous threads of social media, and very disconnected from their own families, friends and neighbors. People in the younger generation, my generation, have seemingly...

A note from the Editor

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015


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September 9, 2015, marked the end of an era for the Vermont newspaper business, as News & Citizen ran its 50-year-old printing press for the last time. News & Citizen was the last small weekly community newspaper in Vermont to still be printing in house, and it had been doing so for 121 years. However,...

A note from the Editor

Kayla Friedrich

September 29, 2015


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Only four weeks into the semester, the college’s codes of conduct have already been broken. A dozen cars were recently vandalized in the Senators parking lot. Those responsible have come forward, yet according to Dean of Students David Bergh, federal regulations prohibit divulging their names,...

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