Basement Medicine

The healthcare crisis no one is talking about

The healthcare crisis no one is talking about

Senator Bernie Sanders

November 8, 2017

The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of...

How can essential oils help you manage college life?

Marta Paterniti

November 8, 2017

College is a very pivotal time in a person’s life. It involves continuous growth and development, and comes with many unique and exciting opportunities. College life can also be difficult and stressful at times. Students bounce around from class, to their dorms, to the library, and to their extracurricular...

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,...

Words of Wellness: exercise revitalizes the body and mind

Matthew Hayes

October 26, 2017

Exercise and Wellbeing Is the impending winter filling you with doom and gloom? Introducing a one-stop shop for happiness, health, and wellness: EXERCISE! For some of us, the sound of exercising is a darker prospect than any night in the upcoming winter months. While I doubt I can change your mind...

Yoga certification, new Dibden lockers on deck for SGA

Yoga certification, new Dibden lockers on deck for SGA

Jessica Malskis

October 26, 2017

The Student Government Association (SGA), led by President Shavonna Bent, and vice president Kate Abdel-Fatah, has been very successful throughout the past few weeks. New members of the executive board have been appointed and have begun their duties. Senior DJ Jallow was appointed as the new Director...

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...

How Democrats can stop losing elections

Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

October 2, 2017

In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. Republicans now control...

Dual diagnosis, dual disorders, co-occurring disorders, co-morbidity . . . What does it all mean?

Ted Thorndike

October 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: Ted Thorndike, M.A., AAP, is a clinical counselor at the JSC Wellness Center.   The world of mental health and substance abuse diagnosing and treatment can sometimes seem like an ambiguous, vague and confusing abyss. To add to this abyss for some patients is what’s known...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

October 2, 2017

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...

Words of Wellness: Your mental health matters

Ted Thorndike

September 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: Ted Thorndike, M.A., AAP, is a clinical counselor at the JSC Wellness Center. This being the first article of an ongoing section of Words of Wellness, I want to take the opportunity to provide students with campus and local resources related to mental health and substance abuse su...

SGA members are ready to jump into the new semester

Shavonna Bent

Shavonna Bent

September 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: Bent is SGA president.   The Student Government Association is off to a productive start of the academic year. Kate Abdel-Fatah is serving as pro-tempore of the senate.   Dana Prouty, Micah Hayes and Sara Ford are all returning for their second years. Chris Magnani...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

September 14, 2017

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

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

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...

Capitol Connection

David Yacovone

March 23, 2017

If someone said to a child, “I am going to make your Mom and Dad pay more for their health insurance and that will mean you will be poorer,” most of us would find it insulting to say the least. Well, while that is not the message being delivered by the majority in Congress and President Trump, that...

Now what?

Mary Fafard

March 23, 2017

So second-semester senior year does exist, and it’s scarier than I anticipated. I remember how excited I was months before my high school graduation, but this is much different.   Four years ago, I didn’t know where I was going to college, but I knew I was going somewhere. That may have...

A note from the Editor…

Cayla Fronhofer

March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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...

Planting the flag of change

Brittney Malik

Brittney Malik

December 8, 2016

My name is Brittney Malik. I am a sophomore here at Johnson State. I grew up in Randolph, a small town right in the middle of Vermont. A town with many dirt roads and fancy old houses. A town with tons of family owned farms and locally owned businesses. A town with a population of almost five thousand...

Unification case study

Sam Hartley

December 8, 2016

The unification of Johnson and Lyndon — soon to be Northern Vermont University — is now well underway. Over the course of this semester, Basement Medicine has explored various aspects of the process: the administration’s initial exploration of the idea, the perspective of the advisory committee,...

Animals aren’t good holiday gifts

You don’t want us to suffer, do you?

Agathe Fredette

December 8, 2016

It is that time of year again: shopping for that perfect gift to please your children, family members, friends or loved ones. And what is a better gift than an adorable fluffy animal?   Throughout the year, different animals are given as gifts, mostly to children, for a variety of holidays such...

Sodexo rocks!

Tammy Goss

December 8, 2016

We would like to take a moment out of everyone’s busy schedule to acknowledge the wonderful group of people that make up Sodexo on the JSC campus. If it was not for them and their commitment to our community and beyond, we would not have been able to host our second annual Veteran’s Day Dinner.     This...

Student government members elected to Vermont State Colleges Student Association

Shavonna Bent and Shelby Rosten

Mary Fafard

December 8, 2016

Two Johnson State College Student Government Association members have been elected to positions on the Vermont State College Student Association (VSCSA). SGA President Shavonna Bent has been elected to serve as president of the VSCSA and Shelby Rosten, treasurer for the JSC SGA, has been elected to be...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor...

Sam Hartley

December 8, 2016

As I sit here writing my final editorial for Basement Medicine, a sense of dread creeps slowly up my spine. It has been a month since the presidential election, and I feel no shame in admitting that I am afraid of what the future holds, both for this country and for the world at large.   We...

The end to a traumatizing election

The end to a traumatizing election

Hunter Mallette

November 10, 2016

This election cycle has me feeling unappeased and itchy, as if I am in hibernation mode or about to have a mental break. Oh, you too? Statistics show that this election year could be psychologically damaging to many and has many feeling anxiety ridden.   Dear reader: In case you have been on...

Planting new flags

Planting new flags

Mary Fafard

November 10, 2016

The Johnson State College Student Government Association will be hosting a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the installation of two new flag poles. The flag poles will be designated for flags that represent social justice movements or groups of individuals who may not...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor...

Sam Hartley

November 10, 2016

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...

Standing Rock Reservation protests continue

Agathe Fredette

October 31, 2016

Author’s note: I refer to these demonstrators as “protectors” not “protestors” because of their continued fight for the right to clean water and their struggles to protect the environment we all rely upon.   Right now, the largest Native American protest in history is occurring. Protectors...

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