Basement Medicine

Presidential race winds down

Cayla Fronhofer

October 31, 2016

The third presidential debate of the 2016 campaign has now passed, giving the American public a final look at how little respect this year’s candidates have for each other.   The JSC Student Government Association hosted a debate viewing in the Stearns cinema. When the candidates stepped onto...

A note from the Editor…

A note from the Editor...

Sam Hartley

October 31, 2016

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

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...

It’s okay to be overwhelmed

It’s okay to be overwhelmed

Hunter Mallette

October 13, 2016

Overwhelming threats of violence and personal safety makes it hard to want to leave the house, right? As a young adult, I dread what will happen day to day, especially since violence and drug addiction are on the rise in Vermont and all over the U.S.   Just last week Burlington City Police evacuated...

‘16 – ‘17 SGA Budget

‘16 - ‘17 SGA Budget

Mary Fafard

October 13, 2016

First thing first, where does the money for the SGA budget come from? We are funded through the student activity fee. Because of this, we try to make sure each dollar we spend will have a direct positive impact on campus and the student body. The following is a break down of each of our line items and...

It’s time for America to acknowledge rape culture

Briana Morin

September 22, 2016

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of the recent Brock Turner case. Just in case, by some chance, you have no idea who Brock Turner is, here’s the run-down: He sexually assaulted an unconscious girl behind a dumpster back in January 2015. He went to trial and was convicted of...

The more you don’t know

Brittney Malik

September 22, 2016

Note from the editor: This is a work of satire. May your jimmies be forever rustled.   Unification. This one word has been sending excitement through the campuses of Johnson and Lyndon State colleges. With the Vermont State College Board of Trustees finally voting on Sept. 29, many people deeply...

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Edward Snowden

Sam Hartley

September 22, 2016

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

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,...

Jyndon or Lohnson: A former trustee’s take on unification

Benjamin Simone

September 8, 2016

Before I talk about the looming opportunity that is the unification between Lyndon and Johnson, I should probably start by telling you a bit about myself. My name is Benjamin Simone and I am a senior at Johnson State College. I am also the former student trustee to the VSC, former co-chair of the Vermont...

99 problems and you can fix one

99 problems and you can fix one

Mary Fafard

September 8, 2016

Johnson State College Student Government Association (SGA) is kicking off a two-week campaign to communicate with the Johnson State College students and learn about their concerns with campus life at the college. The campaign is called “99 Problems and You Can Fix One.”   The goal of the...

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

May 5, 2016

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...

Strong female role models needed

Mary Fafard

May 5, 2016

For years the gender narrative has read that only men can be leaders. This is the same across all professions, from business to government. Though this is changing, it is not changing fast enough, and women are still holding back instead of leaping towards professional leadership roles. The narrative...

Jay Peak Controversy

Jay Peak

Ian Major

May 5, 2016

I stand with Jay. For approximately the past eight years, Jay Peak Resort has been involved with the United States EB-5 program. This is where foreign investors spend half a million dollars each in exchange for green cards and eventual citizenship in the United States. This programs involvement...

A note from the Editor…

Sam Hartley

April 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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 message from Student Trustee Benjamin Simone

Benjamin Simone

February 4, 2016

Hi, how’s it going? I’d like to introduce myself to you readers today, my name is Benjamin Simone, and in a few weeks, myself and 12 other members of the VSC Board of Trustees are going to decide on whether or not to raise your tuition. Now that I’ve got your attention, let me properly introduce mys...

Tolerance is not enough: addressing LGBT life on campus

Ryan Downs

February 4, 2016

Certainly, Johnson State has made some progress as far as the state of life for the LGBT community goes. There is now an LGBT oriented club on campus; a discussion was raised a year ago about how essential it is to keep the current gender neutral bathrooms on campus—as well as adding a few if poss...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich

December 17, 2015

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

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

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...

Help Ivory Free Vermont save the elephants

Help Ivory Free Vermont save the elephants

Alex Goudreau

November 3, 2015

Every 15 minutes, an elephant is slaughtered for its tusks, and if we do nothing in 10 years, wild African elephants will be extinct. That is a message Ashley McAvey, the woman leading the campaign to end elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn sales in Vermont, would like you to take to heart. The...

A note from the Editor

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015

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,...

An ensemble of food leads Hike for Hunger

Goudreau, Taylor, and Golden

Sam Hartley

October 19, 2015

We left for the Hike for Hunger in the wee hours of the morning—or at least that’s how 8:45 feels to me after eating Sodexo for five weeks, a privilege I can only now begin to authentically appreciate. At least I have steady access to food. It was just the four of us: Alex Goudreau, an English...

A note from the Editor

Kayla Friedrich

September 29, 2015

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,...

A note from the Editor…

Kayla Friedrich

September 16, 2015

The fall semester began as usual, by parading incoming freshman across the quad and eating a barbecue under the tent. As I look at all of those smiling new faces on campus, I wonder how the semester will begin for them. Will they be stressed beyond compare? Will they enter JSC with ease? Will they succeed...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich

May 7, 2015

After two weeks of discussions regarding art censorship, freedom ofspeech and freedom of expression on campus, I have begun to wonder why we care so much. Is it to honor our Bill of Rights and the vague wording within? Is it to maintain our country’s illusion of freedom? Where do we draw the line? I...

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