Basement Medicine

The Grumpiest Ginger: Unhappy with the trigger happy

Meredith Andrews, Copy editor

May 7, 2015

Police brutality in this country is out of control, and it has been for a long time. In 2015, police have been killing one person every eight hours, and these victims are disproportionately African American and Latino men and women. In January of 2015 alone the police were responsible for at least ninety-one...

A note from the Editor: Stress

Kayla Friedrich

April 23, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, stress levels rise while students prepare for finals, plan for next semester or start to figure out life after college, and it all seems uncontrollable. But stress management is all about taking control: of your future, of your emotions, of your schedule and everything...

The Grumpiest Ginger

Her eyes see through your lies

Meredith Andrews

April 23, 2015

I’ve always been a sucker for small communities. I think it’s because I was raised in them. I like little groups of close friends, small classrooms where the teacher actually has time for his or her students, and places where there are a few faces I can recognize. I went to a tiny elementary school,...

The Grumpiest Ginger

Her eyes see through your lies

Meredith Andrews

March 26, 2015

Okay, imagine you have a friend who is seriously sick and could die if they don’t get to the hospital. You rush them to the ER and sit with them while the nurse takes down their information. Your friend is given a hospital gown to change into and the two of you are shown to a tiny room in the ER with...

A note from the Editor

Kayla Friedrich

March 26, 2015

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Time is running out, and you’ve only presented half of your argument. Sweat begins to bead on your forehead as the graphite etches away at the paper, and you wonder if you’ve presented enough supporting detail to pass this time, and then, “Time is almost up. Please finish...

Editor’s note

Linda Milne

Kayla Friedrich

March 26, 2015

In the last issue of Basement Medicine, page two featured photos of the VSC board members appointed by Governor Shumlin. The photo of Linda Milne was incorrect. While it was a Linda Milne, it was not the correct one, and I sincerely apologize for the mistake. To the left is her actual photo. -Kayla...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich, Editor

March 12, 2015

For many students pursuing higher education, college has been a synonym for success throughout their lives. A diploma wasn’t just a piece of paper, it was more or less a portal to the future. As bills stack up and money runs tight, though, I find myself looking for a second job on top of the 18...

A word on education and childcare

Kayla Friedrich, Editor in Chief

February 18, 2015

In recent years, Johnson State College has been focused on recruiting and retention as a means to boost income and pull the college out of a downward financial spiral, but I think at this point it needs to broaden its demographic, and rebrand to out-of-state students. Let’s face it, Vermont is not prod...

10 tips for a healthy relationship

10 tips for a healthy relationship

Joyce Woodford and Cynthia Hennard

February 18, 2015

Healthy relationships bring happiness and health to our lives. Studies show that people with healthy relationships really do have more happiness and less stress. There are basic ways to make relationships healthy, even though each one is different… parents, siblings, friends, lovers, partners, roomm...

President’s plan helps families

Sen. Bernie Sanders

February 10, 2015

The good news is that our country has made substantial economic progress since President George W. Bush left office. At that time, we were hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs a month, the financial system was on the verge of collapse, and our deficit was $1.4 trillion. The bad news is the middle class continues...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Cynthia Hennard

February 10, 2015

Do you know about mindfulness? One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, who says that Mindfulness is “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich, Editor in Chief

February 10, 2015

With the four semi-finalists in the search for JSC’s next president having completed the interview process, presentations with students, staff, and faculty, and with the online opinion forms, submitted by the JSC community, the presidential search committee decided on Monday, Feb. 2, that Dr. Elaine...

Heavenly bodies, gas emissions and Kard-ass-ians

President Obama and China’s President, Xi Jinping

Mary Fafard

December 4, 2014

What happened that week? The United States and China promised each other to start cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions after President Obama met with President Xi Jinping of China on Nov. 11. This is what the media are calling a “historic agreement” that pushes each country to do good for...

The Grumpiest Ginger: Victim-blaming

Her eyes see through your lies

Meredith Andrews

December 4, 2014

In light of some events on and off of campus, I think we need to talk about a little something called “victim-blaming”. Victim-blaming is when the victim or survivor of a crime is held responsible for what happened to them. For example, victims/survivors of rape and sexual assault are often asked...

Words of Wellness: Biofeedback

An extraterranean adventure in the biofeedback software “Alive”

Chris Deery

December 4, 2014

Enjoy video games? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Then check out this brand new JSC service, which is offered through collaboration between the Health Center and the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab! It has been sweeping the country and is being used by several universities and colleges and is...

Words of Wellness: Gratitude, kindness and saving your soul

Cynthia Hennard

November 12, 2014

When this column comes out we’ll be two weeks away from Thanksgiving. A holiday with both light and shadow in the United States, given our history – a past that is what it is. We can, however, as enlightened beings, make better of our present and thus our recent past as we go forward. Whether overcoming...

Words of Wellness: The Fall of Autumn

Cynthia Hennard

October 30, 2014

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” - Ellen DeGeneres “An age is called ‘dark’ not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.” - James...

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Was this you last night? Drop the Hair of the Dog and read on.

Cynthia Hennard

October 19, 2014

In honor of Alcohol Awareness week and inspired by the Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders that I recently attended, I thought I’d take a closer look at Alcohol Issues, particularly for those typical of College and High School Students who are under 25 and for those who drink heavily, when they...

Editorial

Tom Benton

September 24, 2014

Special mention of the article at the top of page 12, about a JSC student fighting leukemia. The student’s name is Scott Prescott. His family has created a fundraising page at gofundme.com. It’d be wonderful if you’d donate whatever you can, 25 cents, $1, $10. Anything helps. Here in the northeast,...

In defense of identity

Meredith Andrews

September 24, 2014

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually heard a character on TV or in a movie refer to themselves as bisexual. A huge stigma in the media exists when it comes to using that word -- probably because bisexual people are still seen as being “greedy” or unable to make...

Putting the “Green” back into “Green Mountains”

They're waiting

Jeffrey Barr

September 24, 2014

Recycling is easy enough to do when it comes to aluminum cans, plastic bottles or yesterday's newspaper, but how can you properly dispose of hazardous waste? That's where the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District or the LRSWMD comes in.  For the past several years the LRSWMD runs collection...

Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Uh-Oh

Cynthia Hennard

September 24, 2014

Procrastination is one of the most stressful maladaptive strategies in life. Yes, we need to stay on top of our readings and assignments, work, friends, families, laundry and lives, but sometimes it all just can’t get done. If we “all or nothing” ourselves into dysfunction, we procrastinate on...

Time for a carbon tax!

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

September 18, 2014

The following is an excerpt. The scientific community is clear: Global warming is real and it is caused by human activity. In terms of droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances, global warming is already causing devastating problems. The simp...

Words of Wellness: Is change good?

The question is: Good or bad?

By Cynthia Hennard, JSC Counseling Center Director

September 18, 2014

These first few weeks on campus are sure to be interesting times. They might be the best ever or just OK or no big deal and for others it may be feeling unsettling, daunting or like a huge adjustment to have to deal with. All of which is normal. So we wanted to share some ideas and resources about making...

Thank you, Kind Sir

Victoria Greenia

May 8, 2014

I fell into love with a man a few nights ago and got a chocolate bar out of it –53% cocoa with pistachios and hot peppers, wrapped with a picture of Grace Potter. While I am neither a fan of chocolate nor the singer, the bar, more than half eaten, lays on the front passenger seat in my car as though...

S.H.A.P.E. pool closing would be a sad loss to the community

Katie Black

May 8, 2014

I am a huge advocate for keeping the Johnson State College pool running. I am willing to organize fund raising and contribute my effort to keep the pool running. As an Alumni of JSC, I used the pool for many years as a student and continue to support the use of the pool! I transferred to JSC in the...

Editorial

Thomas Benton

May 8, 2014

This is the end. End of the semester. The psychotically erratic weather helped masked its end, but it’s over. End of my tenure as Basement Medicine editor. Thanks for reading. End of the college swimming pool. End of workable budgets. End of faculty and staff. BM rep...

A Note Before the Trustee Vote

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2014

Depending on when you read this, the Board of Trustees will vote or voted on a tuition increase for the Vermont State Colleges on Feb. 20. A trustees’ committee recommended that tuition stay the same on Feb. 13 in Montpelier. They voted the entire student body of the Vermont State Colleges into a hunger...

Boffo Internet

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2014

What a surprise that the Bible was correct in its fingering Y2K as the End. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have indeed been riding, although not as much as they once did, since they’re in their seventies, and I think it’s harsh to consider Fred Koch as destructive as his brothers. Judgment...

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

A Band-Aid on a gaping wound

Tyrone Shaw

February 6, 2014

Editor’s note: The following commentary was originally published in Vt. Digger on Jan. 21. It’s been reprinted here due to its relevance, despite the protests of its author, stemming from his active involvement with Basement Medicine. Relevance is relevance. Gov. Shumlin’s latest budget is by ma...

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