Basement Medicine

Letter to the Editor re: Wiseman investigation

VSC Faculty Federation

October 2, 2012

While the Faculty Federation does not generally comment on confidential personnel matters, the situation involving Professor Fred Wiseman at Johnson State College has generated so much press coverage and public controversy that we feel compelled to comment. The Federation has reviewed all the material...

Movie Night mix-up: a letter from the SGA

Melissa Rixon, SGA Public Relations Officer

September 28, 2012

In response to the confusion and frustration on campus, the Student Government Association wants to explain what happened with the Movie Nights.  The SGA hadn’t received the DVD when “Magic Mike” was scheduled to show in Stearns Cinema a few weeks ago.  The anticipated release date for the...

“A ‘Friendly’ Reminder”

“A ‘Friendly’ Reminder”

Shannon Edmonds

September 22, 2012

It was getting to the point where the frolf goals were hidden under piles of Nattie Ice.

Leave it to the Jury

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2012

It doesn’t read "We, the Jury" under the Basement Medicine masthead. It’s a Bob Dylan quote. In the spirit of that quote, today we’re on the pavement thinking about confidentiality. The issue of confidentiality has been all too evident on the Johnson State College campus. It’s been as frustrat...

“Due When??”

“Due When??”

Shannon Edmonds, Web Editor

September 9, 2012

Pretty much every day of my life.

Words of Wellness: Eat well, be well

Words of Wellness: Eat well, be well

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

May 3, 2012

Have you started exercising yet? Did you measure your abdomen as I mentioned last week? Well, the other part of the obesity equation is our diet. Diet is WHAT we eat, not a restrictive way of eating. Why are we so overweight in America? Well, for starters, we have literally “supersized” our food....

Stop the nuclear industry welfare program

Senator Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander

May 3, 2012

The following is an excerpt from a commentary written by Ryan Alexander and Bernie Sanders. The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol...

Full Circle

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2012

Oh, shit. Talk about full circle. The first editorial of this semester discussed the importance of fighting SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill which would have severely limited Internet freedoms. (It’s back, by the way, in the form of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA,...

Words of Wellness: Listen to the tape

Words of Wellness: Listen to the tape

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

April 12, 2012

Get a tape measure. What you don’t have one? Get creative with a piece of yarn (from a knitter on campus) and a ruler… and measure the largest portion of your waist between your belly button and the hipbone. Men, are you over forty inches? Women, are you over thirty-five inches? If you answered...

Benefits of health care reform

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch

April 12, 2012

This guest column was originally published in the Williston Observer. In the two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Americans are seeing the benefits. Nearly 86 million Americans have received free preventive services such as routine check-ups and cancer screenings. Over 105...

I Was Wrong

Tom Benton

April 12, 2012

  I was wrong. I wrote a large piece on Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was published last edition, and even there was significantly edited from its initial gargantuan incarnation. I lamented the loss of the Boss’s specific human stories, and cried for the Bruce...

Words of Wellness: Humor for Health

Words of Wellness: Humor for Health

By Rebecca Walter-Proulx, Contributor

March 22, 2012

One of my favorite poems is “Diagnosis” by Sharon Olds (You can find the poem at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2010/11/19). In this poem, a mother is deathly worried about “funny looks” that sometimes appear on her baby’s face. Fearing her child possessed, she takes her...

Rap from the Rep

Rap from the Rep

Mark Woodward, Lamoille County State Representative

March 22, 2012

There is no place for intrigue and excitement like the Vermont Statehouse as the end of a biennium approaches. We all come back from town meeting knowing that if legislation is to make it to law this session it has to pass out of committee this week in order to have time to work it’s way through the...

Spring Eternal

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2012

Boy, did you feel that? That was a warm, spring breeze. Used to be it might start turning 60 degrees in mid-April if we were lucky. Now it’s just past mid-March and we’re having 70- to 80-degree days. Don’t know where they’re coming from, maybe global warming, but hey, que sera, sera – I’m...

Obama: Vermont not just a road bump

Obama: Vermont not just a road bump

Dylan Giambatista, Contributor

March 8, 2012

Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Dylan Giambatista, a political science student at Johnson State College. Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Dylan Giambatista, a political science student at Johnson State College.   Rejoice! For the first time in 17 years, a sitting president of the Unit...

Words of Wellness: The mechanics of panic

Words of Wellness: The mechanics of panic

By Brian Wilcox, M.A. L.C.M.H.C., Contributor

March 8, 2012

Stepping from the brink of the cave, the woman moves rapidly to the brambles near the cave entrance where she remembers the blackberries. She feels a twinge of fear at having forgotten her spear but the thought of the blackberries override it as she hurries to the berries. The woman draws near the brambles...

Wall Street greed fueling high gas prices

Wall Street greed fueling high gas prices

Bernie Sanders, United States Senator

March 8, 2012

 The following is an excerpt from an editorial by Sen. Bernie Sanders, which originally appeared on CNN.com. Gas prices approaching $4 a gallon on average are causing severe economic pain for millions of Americans. Pump prices spiked 5% in the past month alone. Crude oil prices stood at $108 on ...

It’s time for the talk.

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2012

  It’s time for the talk. Maybe you’ve experienced it. Maybe you’ve just heard about it from your overzealous friends. Whether one has experienced it first- or second-hand, there’s no doubt it’s one’s chance to go deep into what matters – one’s loved ones. So let’s talk...

Food sovereignty close to home

Food sovereignty close to home

Kirsten Malzac, Contributor

February 16, 2012

Last semester, at the Harvest Keepers Community Potluck, I picked up a few informational handouts provided by Edmund Harris on local food sovereignty in Vermont. It was a subject touched on by organic meat, egg, and milk producer John Clark, “Farmer John,” of Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park. By...

Words of Wellness: Enjoy Vermont’s Winter Wonderland

Words of Wellness: Enjoy Vermont’s Winter Wonderland

Jeanie Cass, JSC Nurse Practioner

February 16, 2012

In preparation for this article, I interviewed Brad Moskowitz, Professor of Outdoor Education, avid backcountry enthusiast, and member of the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol. Brad provided me with helpful information grouped into five general recommendations. Remember the old Scouting adage “be prepared”? 1: Prep fo...

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

Rep. Mark Woodward

February 16, 2012

This has been an exciting week at the State House. In my ten years as the Rep from Johnson and Eden I have never witnessed such a large turnout of Vermont State College students. As a JSC alumni myself, I have to admit we had by far the best showing. Well done JSC! It is this kind of action that influences...

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

Shannon Edmonds, Web Editor

February 16, 2012

We the People

Sen. Bernie Sanders & Robert Weissman, Contributors

February 16, 2012

If you are concerned about the collapse of the middle class, you should be concerned about how American campaigns are financed. If you wonder why the United States is the only country in the industrialized world not to have a national health care program, if you’re asking why we pay the highest price...

Reminders for February

Tom Benton, Editor in Chief

February 16, 2012

If seasons were lovers, February might be the Faye Dunaway of the group. Not “Chinatown” Faye Dunaway, either – more like the cold, mood-swinging, psychopathic “Mommy Dearest” Faye Dunaway. If you let her, February will let you slide the wrong way down the slippery slope of progress and wave...

2012: Where do we go from here?

2012: Where do we go from here?

Senator Bernie Sanders, Contributor

February 2, 2012

It is no secret that the people of our country are angry and frustrated with Washington and their government. They correctly perceive that we face enormous problems: a collapsing middle class, increased poverty and a growing gap between the very rich and everyone else; sky-high unemployment; 50 million...

Words of Wellness: Making the Best of It

Words of Wellness: Making the Best of It

Cynthia Hennard, Contributor

February 2, 2012

When it comes to being successful, does attitude matter? Does it help to be positive? Are people born that way or is it something that can be cultivated? What about happiness – do you have to sacrifice happiness to work hard and be successful? Yes. Yes. Yes. And, no. Research on Positive...

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

Rap from the Rep: A Message from Rep. Mark Woodward

February 2, 2012

This year, the Vermont Legislature has hit the ground running. Throughout the fall most members were hard at work helping their communities recover from Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, Lamoille County sustained little damage when compared to the southern part of the state, although Johnson did lose...

A Message from the SGA

Kevin Kirk, Contributor

February 2, 2012

On Tuesday, the Feb. 7, your fellow students, faculty and staff will be heading to our state capitol to rally around the issue of funding for higher education. This has the potential to be a pivotal event in the campaign to make higher education reasonably affordable for Vermont State College students....

We kicked SOPA’S ass

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2012

We kicked SOPA’s ass. SOPA was the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill to – you guessed it – stop online piracy, chiefly but not only illegal downloads of movies and music. It is a problem, in that the artists behind the illegally downloaded movies and music aren’t getting paid for their work when...

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