Basement Medicine

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

We must not balance the budget on poor, elderly

Sen. Bernie Sanders

March 28, 2013

  In the spirit of Sen. Sanders’ recent JSC Student Town Meeting, we reprint the Senator’s recent op-ed, which discusses many of the points he raised during the Student Town Meeting.       The Democrats won a major victory on Election Day.   Despite dozens of billionaires spendin...

“Stuck”

“Stuck”

Shannon Edmonds

March 25, 2013

We all get a little stuck sometimes, right?

Words of Wellness: Sleep… Sleep… Sleep…

Words of Wellness: Sleep… Sleep… Sleep…

Cynthia Hennard

March 14, 2013

Recent University and College health surveys found that up to 35% of college students felt their academic success was significantly and negatively impacted by sleep problems. Typical sleep challenges for college students include the obvious: roommates coming and going, noisy dorms, a great social life,...

“Silliness”

“Silliness”

Shannon Edmonds

March 11, 2013

Seriously, how'd you do it?

Town Meeting Day is coming up

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2013

Town Meeting Day is coming up. That sentence causes anxiety attacks, depression and irritable bowels for those stalwart souls who’ve made it their duty to stand up on Town Meeting Day, Mar. 5, and tell us what the heck’s going on behind the town curtain. It’s the day when all the little Oz’s...

Don’t smoke and drive

February 22, 2013

To the Editor: Two groups of studies have examined the relationship between Marijuana use and driving performance. The first, laboratory studies, investigates the effects of driving under the influence of Marijuana. The second, driving simulator studies, test the effects of driving under the influence...

Words of Wellness: Your health, up in smoke

Words of Wellness: Your health, up in smoke

Lori Koshowski

February 22, 2013

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.  It causes many different cancers, chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health issues. Each day, more than 3,600 people under...

“Artist’s Ailments”

“Artist’s Ailments”

Shannon Edmonds

February 18, 2013

I have suffered from all of these at some point in time.

Why We Need Journalism

Thomas Benton

February 7, 2013

 You missed more than Jerry Mitchell if you missed Mr. Mitchell’s presentation Feb. 4. We described Mitchell’s presentation on page 2, and there’s a Q&A with Mitchell on the back page. Please read those. Then go online. Look him up on Wikipedia. Look up his articles. And read them. He’s a heck of a w...

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

CATFISH:”Fifty Shades” Are Us?

February 7, 2013

Unless you’re Amish, or live in a cave, you have probably heard of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Many of you have read it and maybe you have even read it secretly in that barn or cave. Set largely in Seattle, it is the first installment in a trilogy that traces the relationship between a virgin college gra...

Friends, Community and Social Capital

Friends, Community and Social Capital

Cynthia Hennard

February 7, 2013

Friends are a big source of comfort and stress in our lives - whether we have them and the dynamics they bring. Even extreme introverts need and want peeps and are no less capable of having them than are gregarious extroverts, it just looks different. Business culture uses the term social capital. Psy...

“Artist’s Block”

“Artist’s Block”

Shannon Edmonds

February 4, 2013

Sometimes constraints can be artistically challenging. Most of the time they're just infuriating.

Silenced Voices loud and clear

Kayla Friedrich

December 6, 2012

As I entered Bentley 207 to witness “Silenced Voices”  on Nov. 14, I didn’t know what to expect. Living in Vermont I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of the migrant workers who traveled here from Mexico to work on our dairy farms. What I didn’t realize was the level of fear that these...

Words of Wellness: Energy Deficit — Are energy drinks the answer?

Words of Wellness: Energy Deficit — Are energy drinks the answer?

Lori Koshowski

December 6, 2012

Sales of energy drinks have skyrocketed over the past 6 years and if these product sales are an indication of need then there is a growing deficit of energy amongst its users.   Between 1998 and 2003 the sale of energy drinks in the US increased by as much as 465%.  By 2006, sales of energy drinks...

Relax

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2012

I’ve been so stressed about semester’s-end duties my hair’s turning gray, I’m pulling it out and it burns when I pee. That last symptom might not be connected. I know I’m not alone, so far as semester’s-end stress goes. Start with deep breathing. Be your breath. Then come sit on your...

“I Did This In 5 Min”

“I Did This In 5 Min”

Shannon Edmonds

December 4, 2012

The title speaks for itself. In my defense, exams loom near like storm clouds in summer, and I am outside in a field with nowhere to hide except under metal bleachers.

Greeting from the SGA

Melissa Rixon, SGA, Director of Public Relations

November 15, 2012

With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner, it is hard to believe the Fall semester is already coming to a close. The SGA has been hard at work accomplishing a number of projects and initiatives with many new ideas making their way into action. President Shane Bouthillette and Vice President Colin...

Puzzled by Petrics

November 15, 2012

Six JSC students, Jane, John, Erin, Frank, Ester and Jose, come to a river crossing while on an Outdoor Education trip. They have only one boat amongst themselves which can only carry 2 people at at time. There is however an additional complication which is that Jane and Frank are dating, as are Erin...

Twilight Zone

Tom Benton

November 15, 2012

We are now entering the twilight zone. We have a matter of weeks until the end of this semester. This is the time when twilight’s slim gleam shines over the horizon, and it’ll grow if you’ll nurture it. I know you don’t have time to change your routine, not at this time of the semester, not when...

S.A.D. is no laughing matter

S.A.D. is no laughing matter

Sarah Palmer

November 15, 2012

As the snow starts to fall and the days begin to get cloudy and short, you may start to feel down or moody. For some of you it may just be the initial adjustment to colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, but for others it may be due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For a majority of people,...

The Hot November

The Hot November

Richard Schlong, Private Investigator

November 15, 2012

It was November but I was stuck in September, mostly because I didn’t have anything to be thankful for and I hoped if I gave September another chance something might come up. Monk’s “Misterioso” on vinyl at a garage sale, fifty bucks in a birthday card, a glance I hadn’t met in a coffee shop,...

“Nihilism”

“Nihilism”

Shannon Edmonds

November 12, 2012

Dare I post this? I dare, I dare...

Words of Wellness: Why not smoke pot?

Words of Wellness: Why not smoke pot?

Cynthia Hennard, LCMHC, LADC

November 1, 2012

Ever since the days of Reefer Madness, the hysterical propaganda from the “war against drugs” camp and the oppositional don’t worry about it from the “pot’s a natural God given gift” camp has created a cultural split that can make it complicated to arrive at a thoughtful informed decision...

Correction re: Think College

Chris Kennedy

November 1, 2012

I wanted to submit a correction for the recent article in todays edition of the basement medicine about the Think College program. The girl who wrote it, Drew, let me look it over for edits and I gave her some corrections but not all of the corrections were made. In particular, the article ends with...

Student First, SGA Later

Dan Schurman

November 1, 2012

I would like to address the Student Petitions Against SGA GPA Requirement article. I would first like to say that you are here to be a student FIRST! You are not going to college to join the SGA or play a sport or go on amazing trips, you are here for a degree. A degree in which you pay A LOT of money...

Get Thee to a Voting Booth

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2012

Think again if you think there’s no point for you to vote in this election. If a third of the population thinks, “What am I gonna do about it? Let everyone else vote,” a third of the population doesn’t vote. A third of the population watches flood tides coming toward town and lets everyone else...

“Too Far?”

“Too Far?”

Shannon Edmonds

October 29, 2012

Some questions might be better left unanswered.

“Mr. Fingers”

“Mr. Fingers”

Shannon Edmonds

October 15, 2012

It is only recently that I realized that I must really irritate my fish.

Get the facts on the common cold so it can’t get you

Get the facts on the common cold so it can’t get you

Lori Koshowski ANP-BC

October 6, 2012

The common cold, or acute viral nasopharyngitis, is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, which may involve the nose, throat, sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea, larynx and bronchial tubes. Colds are one of the leading causes of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. It is estimated...

Green Solutions seeking solutions

Jasmyn Carpentier

October 6, 2012

Is it a team? Is it a project? Maybe it should be club. It has not been clarified as to what Green Solutions organized ranking is, as of right now. The terms “team” and “project” have been used; the Facebook page for the group is labeled “Green Solutions Team." The group is working on...

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