Basement Medicine

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...

From the SGA

Jessica Malskis

November 9, 2018

The SGA lately has been working on getting NVU-J students to register to vote through our voter registration table that we ran October 4th. College students are one of the least likely demographics to vote, so we found it important to make it easier to register to vote for our students. We were able t...

A message to our allies

A message to our allies

Seana Rowell

November 9, 2018

I need to say some uncomfortable things to the allies of individuals with mental illnesses. I need you to read carefully and thoughtfully and to think about whether these words apply to you and to your relationships. If you recognize yourself in these words, I need you to think about making some chan...

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...

News from the SGA

Jessica Malskis

October 2, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) seeks out projects, each year, to help better the campus experience, for students and the community. One project the SGA sought after, last year, was the Stearns Game Lounge. The Stearns Game Lounge is located on the first floor, where you can also find the...

Let’s talk about mental health

Seanna Rowell

Seana Rowell

October 2, 2018

“I know that Selena Gomez has lupus and recently had a kidney transplant. I know that Dave Letterman suffers from heart disease. I know that Lance Armstrong is a testicular cancer survivor. But I didn’t know that Kate Spade suffered from depression. Or that Robin Williams did. Because somehow...

From the SGA

Jessica Malskis

September 18, 2018

Welcome back! The SGA members are excited for a great semester, and look forward to working with many of you. Leading the association this year are President Jessica Malskis and Vice-President, Dana Prouty. Serving as director of clubs this year is Jesse Streeter, while senators are Haley Frechette,...

Ask The Wellness Center

Kelly Boardman and Finn Losch

September 18, 2018

It’s OK to dismiss rhetoric on a bunch of subjects as a joke or blowing off steam. Suicide is definitely not one of them. So when you suspect your loved one could be suicidal, what do you do? My boyfriend has been through a lot of loss in his life and helping him through everything has always been a ...

The end is near: tips for surviving finals week

The end is near: tips for surviving finals week

Kylie Brown

May 10, 2018

Finishing classes. Preparing for finals week. Starting to pack up to go home. Scrabbling to finish assignments. Second guessing everything. Double checking everything. Remembering to take care of personal hygiene. Trying to sleep. Trying harder to wake up. Drinking water. Breathing. Keep breathing. The...

Please don’t bare your sole in class

Hannah Stearns

May 10, 2018

Attention, Johnson students! It’s that time of year again when you have to be aware of spring fever. Symptoms include lounging in a hammock, skipping class, excessive sunbathing and, most importantly forgetting your shoes when you do go to class. Don’t panic, it’s not summer yet, and you will have...

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...

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Words of wellness: adventures in sobriety

Shannon Russell

April 26, 2018

Shannon is a sophomore at JSC and is a founder and active member of Northern Vermont Recovery Program (NVRP). Hi, my name is Shannon and I am an alcoholic. By the grace of my higher power, I have not had a mind-altering substance since March 20th, 2013. At a young age I was diagnosed with post-tra...

The road to Casino Night

Dana Prouty, Kate Abdel-Fatah, Jessica Malskis

Jessica Malskis

April 26, 2018

On March 23, the Student Government Association pulled off their 41st annual Casino Night, a masquerade event. Students dressed up in their nicest button downs and formal dresses and gathered in the dining hall for a night of music, food and card games, all to benefit the United Way of Lamoille County. Each...

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...

SGA offers mini-grants

Jessica Malskis

Photo and story by Patrick Bell

March 15, 2018

The JSC Student Government Association’s main purpose is to represent students and help them out whenever possible. One of those ways is through mini-grants. Mini-grants are funded by money that is stored away by the SGA to go to students in need of financial assistance. The use of these grants...

Words of Wellness: seasonal affective disorder…SAD

Words of Wellness: seasonal affective disorder...SAD

John M. Grohol

March 15, 2018

Winter depression (or winter blues) is a common affliction for those who live in our northern climate. Its clinical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and up to 5 percent of the population (especially in northern states) may suffer from it. Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by feelings...

Words of Wellness: outdoor therapy, nature’s cure

Melissa Cluff

February 20, 2018

Recent studies show that being outside has both positive psychological and physiological benefits. Ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) is contact with nature and is a powerful new kind of therapy. It has been found to be just as effective against depression...

Vermont State Colleges System Delivering Entrepreneurs and Workers

Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System Jeb Spaulding

February 8, 2018

The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) is a major workforce pipeline delivering entrepreneurs and workers to power our state’s economy. As a system, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University – Johnson and Lyndon, and Vermont Technical College annually confer...

Words of Wellness: the connection between trauma and addiction

Courtesy of Ashwood Recovery

February 8, 2018

Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated and closely intertwined. In other words, the road between the two goes both ways, and the negative...

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,...

How to save the Democratic party

How to save the Democratic party

Bernie Sanders

December 13, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency represents an unprecedented crisis for our country. His campaign, and now his White House, seek to divide us using racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia. His economic agenda is the agenda of the billionaire class. He wants more tax breaks for the rich, while...

The solution to opioid epidemic is not what you think

Dr. Rick Barnett

December 13, 2017

This commentary is by Dr. Rick Barnett, a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist in private practice in Stowe who founded Carter Inc. to expand addiction-related resources in Vermont. He is legislative chair and a past president of the Vermont Psychological Association, and serves as a member...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

December 13, 2017

The end of the year is, once again, nearly upon us. Around this time last year, many people were looking back on the events of 2016 with horror, proclaiming it to be one of the worst years in recent history and celebrating its end. With Syria, Brexit, the U.S. election and the deaths of numerous beloved...

We must end global oligarchy

We must end global oligarchy

Senator Bernie Sanders

November 29, 2017

One of the major, untold stories of our time is the rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy. Here in the United States, the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Incredibly,...

Words of Wellness: Practicing gratitude

Noreen Hopkins

November 29, 2017

Winter is upon us. And with it, a visceral sense of transition- a tangible reminder of inescapable change. Although New England endures four seasonal shifts throughout the year, for some reason the move into winter can feel the heaviest. Life is literally slowing down. We find ourselves closing off....

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...

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