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Black bears: Vermont’s largest pests

Black bears: Vermont’s largest pests

Briana Walsh

April 14, 2017

During the winter, usually the biggest pests that people need to worry about are squirrels. However, as soon as the snow melts and the temperatures get warmer, the pests become much bigger and heavier. Black bears are a common problem when winter comes to an end. They get into everything from bird feeders...

Go-Pros, Backpacks and strollers

Josh Lemay

April 14, 2017

Throughout the summer of 2016, scores of mothers from Lamoille, Washington and Chittenden County could be found taking their infants for a series of eight-minute walks. Some of these children were buckled into backpacks, others nestled into strollers, but all could be seen sporting a small black GoPro...

Lesotho Bound

Emily Mullaney

March 23, 2017

Ben Simone is a senior who will be graduating in May. He double majored in Mathematics and Political Science. He has three older siblings and one younger brother, who is 12 and sometimes a handful. As a former SGA president and a former trustee and now a member of SERVE, he has certainly made an impact...

Ebenezer’s cozy comfort

Ebenezer’s cozy  comfort

Josh Lemay

March 23, 2017

Though it only occupies a small stamp of land on the corner of Pearl St. and Main, Ebenezer Books is hard to miss. There is something proud about this brick building, from its squat structure to its single sign, where gilded letters and a charming portrait of a cock-eared dog greet every resident and...

The jolly rugger Rogers

Jacob Greenia

March 9, 2017

When he isn’t busy being JSC’s Director of Admissions, Patrick Rogers focuses his camera lens on his favorite JSC scenery from the glistening colossus of Whiteface Mountain past the south lawn to the rugged terrain of the rugby pitch behind the tennis courts, literally just off the beaten path. As...

Working hard in the Big Easy

Working hard in the Big Easy

Mary Fafard

March 9, 2017

The swinging sound of trumpets hummed throughout the street while the smells of old fried food and alcohol surrounded us. Old brick buildings laced with gold, green and purple banners lined both sides of Bourbon Street. We had arrived to the heart of New Orleans for a service trip right in the middle...

She’s Bent!

She’s Bent!

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017

She is the leader of the student body at Johnson State College, but there’s more to someone than what they write on their resume. Shavonna Bent, a Vermont native and nature lover, is a junior biology major who someday wants to be a Marine Biologist. She hopes to save the whales while simultaneously...

Poker Face

Poker Face

Joshua Lemay

February 16, 2017

As he leans against the leather railing, a massive stack of chips by his elbow, Shane Stacey studies his cards with the precision of a jeweler. Beyond the roving gaze of ESPN’s cameras, a silent crowd sunk deep in stadium seating holds a collective breath. The dealer lays a fifth card upon the table...

Counter Intelligence: The many lives of Deb Shaw

Counter Intelligence: The many lives of Deb Shaw

Emily Mullaney

February 2, 2017

It’s a scene with which many are familiar: students and faculty flow in and out of the fireplace lounge during lunch time. The front doors open and close, and the brisk January air clings to those walking inside. Three or four people stand inside Common Grounds. A student orders a large coffee and...

New culture and lost luggage in New Zealand

New culture and lost luggage in New Zealand

Emily Mullaney

February 2, 2017

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Mary Martin, Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie and 15 students left Boston on a flight for New Zealand this past winter break. The trip began on Dec. 27, ended on Jan. 15 and included visits to Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Nelson, Napier and the Hobbiton...

Hunger in Vermont: it’s no game

Hunger in Vermont: it’s no game

Avery Bliss

February 2, 2017

Within the United States, one in eight people struggle with food insecurity. But in Vermont, that number climbs even higher, to one in four.   Food insecurity is defined as “the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources,” according...

A little rocky

A little rocky

Hunter Mallette

December 8, 2016

Mackenzie Brown is from White River, Vermont, and now resides in Hyde Park. She studies theater and technical theater, and is a senior at Johnson State College. Brown has been in 19 theater productions so far, 12 of them from her four years at Johnson State College.     What got you...

Like a chocolate Easter bunny

Like a chocolate Easter bunny

Ian Major

November 10, 2016

Jeff Capen first visited the Johnson area when he was roughly 14 years old; his family had a timeshare at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. He toured JSC when he was 21 and fell in love with the geographical location, the people he met, how the dining hall at the time seemed to resemble a ski lodge, and...

On the cusp of change

On the cusp of change

Agathe Fredette

October 31, 2016

Sawyer Alberi is a professor of behavioral science at JSC and teaches a variety of sociology and alternative medicine classes, as well as the wilderness first responders course and first aid. A retired war veteran, Alberi was involved with the selection of the Common Book for this semester, “Tribe:...

Day by day, minute by minute

Day by day, minute by minute

Agathe Fredette

October 13, 2016

Sarah Calautti is a sophomore at Johnson State College and founder of Women of the Wild, a JSC club for women to bond together and empower each other while appreciating nature. She is majoring in interdisciplinary studies, which includes studying wellness and alternative medicine, outdoor education and...

Kind of an adult

Kind of an adult

Agathe Fredette

September 22, 2016

Sean Clute, an assistant professor of digital art at Johnson State College, is a multimedia artist, composer and performer focused on blending digital audio and visuals for live performances. His art has been presented internationally at a variety of venues including The Kitchen, San Francisco Museum...

That’s Rich

That’s Rich

Jacob Greenia

September 8, 2016

Illinois native Richie Ahlgrim finds his equilibrium through his passion for the band Twiddle, seeking out ideal camping sites, and advocating for environmental protection. Basement Medicine recently sat down with the published music journalist for an exclusive interview.     You’re...

Reaching for that A flat

Reaching for that A flat

Jacob Greenia

May 5, 2016

Peython Henry Wolfe Echelson-Russell studies music theory at Johnson State College and sings for a total of four ensembles, and finds direction in both his faith and the forest. Recently, Basement Medicine sat down for an exclusive interview with the singer and Celtic Thunder fan, whose name can hardly...

Forging connections in Peru: a reflection

Forging connections in Peru: a reflection

Agathe Fredette

May 5, 2016

My first time traveling internationally was one of the most enlightening, humbling, and emotionally challenging experiences of my life. On April 1, 10 classmates and I set out on our journey to Peru as part of a service trip through a sociology class at JSC titled “Civic Engagement: The Heart of Social...

Tombstones and other grave concerns

Tombstones and other grave concerns

Hunter Mallette

April 14, 2016

Tracey Crocker, a sophomore at Johnson State College, is majoring in English with minors in Literature and Creative Writing. Originally from St. Albans, Vermont, Crocker was immersed in fine arts in high school. She has a multitude of hobbies that include theater, film production, and creating a variety...

Wired

Wired

Agathe Fredette

March 25, 2016

Nate Plocharczyk, a sophomore at Johnson State College majoring in the Wellness and Alternative Medicine program, has been practicing the art of wire wrapping since November 2014. Entirely self-taught, Plocharczyk spends hours making his own hand-made wire-wrapped jewelry. Using a combination of metal...

On the Beach

On the Beach

Rusty Freeman

March 10, 2016

Jensen Beach, an assistant professor of writing and literature at Johnson State College, is the author of two short story collections. “Far Out of the Heart Proceed” was published by Dzanc books in 2012. His new collection, “Swallowed by the Cold,” will be published by Graywolf in May 2016....

Funny Business

Funny Business

Jacob Greenia

February 5, 2016

JSC Associate Professor of Business and Economics Henrique Cezar is fluent in four languages and landed in Vermont almost by accident. Recently Basement Medicine sat down for an interview with this exuberant chef, aspiring comedian, world traveler, and economic mentor. What do you like to cook? I like t...

A chance to stay in Mt. Mansfield’s Stone Hut a matter of luck

A chance to stay in Mt. Mansfield’s Stone Hut a matter of luck

Rusty Freeman

December 17, 2015

Everyone loves to get away and relax, and for those who love to ski or ride, few things can compare to the iconic image of escaping from the cold into a warm, cozy cottage for some warm food, cold drinks and good company. If this scenario sounds like something you would enjoy, then you may want to try...

Forever 5?

Forever 5?

Marilyn Tagliavia

December 17, 2015

Tyrone Shaw believes that dogs are essential to our humanity, thinks it would be really nice to get to know a bear and wonderful to have a donkey friend. He lives in East Fairfield with his wife Nancy, his Golden Retriever Tuck and his cat Lilly. He is an associate professor in the writing and literature...

Rock concert ends in a bang

Rock concert ends in a bang

December 17, 2015

Rock concerts simply don’t work without an enormous venue into which hordes of eager fans and groupies can cram themselves for a night of bangin’ fun. In the case of Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown’s 2015 Tour, one such venue was the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. After...

My lust for…Human Flesh

My lust for…Human Flesh

Cayla Fronhofer

November 12, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015: The fate of humankind rests in the sometimes-capable hands of a small group of JSC students wielding a large assortment of Nerf blasters. In other words, the semester’s second game of Humans Versus Zombies has begun. After a day surprisingly low on casualties, the humans...

Rock Stars at Johnson State College

Rock Stars at Johnson State College

Agathe Fredette

November 12, 2015

Johnson State College’s practice rock climbing wall is a little gem hidden away in the SHAPE facility on the JSC campus. When you enter, you are immediately hit with a strong smell consisting of the aromas of human sweat, tears, hand chalk, and determination. Stretching along the left side of the...

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the problem is the problem

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the problem is the problem

Tom Benton

March 11, 2015

Ed note: This is the last in a series on one aspect of the drug subculture in Springfield, Vt. The interviews in this series and, subsequently, portions of this piece, were collected, compiled, and composed between March and November 2014. One interview/portion of “The Suppository Possibility”...

Early education is key to childhood development, but resources are lacking in Vermont

Early education is key to childhood development, but resources are lacking in Vermont

Lindsay Brown

February 18, 2015

Brains are not merely born, but rather built over time, based on our life experiences. Children pick up on everything we do, and reinforcing actions is necessary to a child’s growth. Science tells us that 80 percent of the brain is developed by age three, and 90 percent by age five, with more than ...

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