Basement Medicine

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...

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Lori Koshowski

December 10, 2013

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function...

Editorial: GNH

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2013

  I just read a scary thing. At this rate, the number of Americans out of work will surpass the number of employed Americans in four years. Four years. Our labor-force participation rate is 62.8 per cent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest it’s been since 19...

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

November 14, 2013

  Most of you probably already know that some stress is good. We need to activate some alertness and vigilance to function at our best. Stress activates the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). What we want is a nice fluctuation between sympathetic and par...

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

October 17, 2013

Constructive Living Quotes: You don't need to fight your fears or discover hidden ones. Fear of flying is no reason to avoid air travel. For all your dreams you are what you do. Feelings fade over time unless re-stimulated by complaining or other circumstances. You can't build a life on ...

Editorial: regarding the government shutdown

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

October 17, 2013

I’ve heard a lot about how the government shutdown could have been avoided if Republicans just accepted that Obamacare’s here, it’s too late, and I’ve heard the Republicans say that if the Democrats hadn’t approved Obamacare, Satan’s doorway into the United States, this wouldn’t have been...

Editorial

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013

First I’d like to say you’re a beautiful audience, you three who read my editorials. This may be my last. I’m afraid I’ll be assassinated over my obnoxiously and gracelessly satiric VSO critique, which, I hope is clear, is more of a critique of classical music than of the VSO. If I see a well-...

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Lori Koshowski

September 25, 2013

In Vermont, we are so lucky to have extremely vibrant seasons. Fall turns out to be one of my favorites. I love all the beautiful harvest colors and the specific fragrant smells that it brings. Fall, of course, is really like an appetizer to the longer main course of the Vermont winter, which typica...

Editorial

Tom Benton

September 11, 2013

The legendary pool shark Don Eaton pointed out to me that the Associated Press has been running stories regarding a potential U.S. military strike on Syria with headlines like "U.S. Faces Opposition in Congress on Syria Strike." Such a headline sets off my bullshit detector--and I bet, when you look at it, ...

Words of Wellness

Words of Wellness

Cynthia Hennard, JSC counseling center director

September 11, 2013

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. Other weeks maybe unsettling, daunting or just feel like a big adjustment to deal with. All of which is normal. So we wanted to share some ideas and resources about making the best of thi...

Editorial

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013

A quick note on the passing of Karleigh Baumann. I wasn’t close with Karleigh. She was a friend of my friends. She was around, I was around. We drank and laughed in the same company. She was quiet and polite, but she had a pulsing personality. I saw her take crap from people with grace and poise,...

A straight look at TILT

A straight look at TILT

Justin Little

May 3, 2013

The Texas Information Literacy Tutorial, or TILT, is a general education requirement at Johnson State College that happens to be the absolute last thing on the average student’s mind. “It’s on my list of things to figure out what it is and take,” says Childhood Education major Galloway Morris. He...

You have the right to remain silent – right?

You have the right to remain silent – right?

Phil O'Neil

May 3, 2013

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at the government’s expense. Boston...

April Showers Bring May Flowers: A rhyme by T. F. Benton

Tom Benton

April 18, 2013

April has the highest suicide rate Of any month in this state. It’s hard to imagine anything being great After six months bleak as slate. Then there were the bombs in Boston Which were so awful I won’t make it rhyme.   But the temperature, a.k.a. the eternal freeze Has climbed outta the...

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity

Lori Koshowski

April 18, 2013

Your mobile phone is ringing, you have a paper due and a test to study for, you feel deprived of sleep, your neck and back are aching from long hours spent in classes and studying, you have the "sniffles" and a nagging cough and you have to work your weekend shift in order to pay your bills. Sound all...

Is It OK to Cry?

Is It OK to Cry?

Cynthia Hennard, JSC Counseling Center director

April 18, 2013

It’s not just men that get the message that it is weak to cry. Plenty of women are stoics as well. There are plenty of situations when we’d really rather not burst into tears. It seems out of control – and it may be. The self-talk I hear frequently about one’s crying is that you feel: "you’re ...

Editorial

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013

  , too late. There’s a theory that no one reads these editorials. (It’s mine.) Maybe it’s because many of them are haphazard word floods undammed by deadline. Too little, too late.T Maybe no one cares. Note that I’m not clutching my tear-soaked hanky as I write this. Just wondering. Well, if my surreal ...

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...

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