Basement Medicine

Funny Business

Henrique Cezar

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

Stone Hut

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?

Associate Professor of Writing and Literature Tyrone Shaw

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

Shinedown members Brent Smith, Eric Bass, Zach Myers, and Barry Kerch

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

Silas Mader, Chelsea Austin. Anilese Peterson and Kat Hamilton

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 ...

Vermont Higher Ed. Funding: Broken policies and a broken law

Anthony Pollina

Analysis by Don Eaton

February 18, 2015

According to a recent report, compiled by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, which analyzes higher education funding, Vermont ranked 49th among the states, next to last, in state appropriations per $1,000 of personal income. A senate report to legislators noted that "81 percent of the stud...

Hard living in the soft underbelly: the suppository possibility in Springfield

Welcome to Springfield

Tom Benton

February 18, 2015

Lilly says the meth-heads she knows are too scary, though when I see her for the first time in two years, she cries, "Did you see the end of Breaking Bad?!" Anyway, I have a methamphetamine user in mind. She’s an in-law, five or six times removed, which is the approximate number of times she’s rem...

Hard living in the soft underbelly of Springfield

Welcome to Springfield

Tom Benton

February 10, 2015

The following interviews and, subsequently, portions of this piece, were collected, compiled, and composed between March and November 2014.  One interview/portion of “The Suppository Possibility” was lost entirely except to my memory, when my notes were seized by the interviewee, a mother-to-be,...

Dorms can offer creature comforts

Zeke

Maya Viens

December 4, 2014

According to the JSC student handbook , animals are not allowed in the resident halls. However, Johnson has recently experienced an influx of pets on campus. Thanks to the efforts of last year’s Martinetti  hall advisor Aleda Boomhower, all HA’s are now allowed to have cats on campus. In some...

“Process.” Zebrowski on architecture, art, and LOG-ing

Michael Zebrowski

Max Van Wie

November 12, 2014

Michael Zebrowski is an assistant professor at JSC who uses his background in architecture to help teach sculpture. Zebrowski’s intro to sculpture class recently presented their projects outside of the library on campus. The project, entitled LOG, encouraged students to respond to an object by using...

St. Lewis: Canada does not want to be 51st state

Joanne St. Lewis

Max Van Wie

October 30, 2014

Joanne St. Lewis, a renowned Canadian law professor at the University of Ottawa, visited Johnson the week of Oct. 20 to present a series of talks. St. Lewis is also a distinguished human rights activist and feminist who uses her knowledge to help confront racial inequality and poverty around the world. St....

Chapter 2: D. B. Cooper and the Woman’s Hips

Foreground: that’s Ardy, Ardy in good health, Ardy when I first encountered him as RD-284, plunging toilets at the diner. Background: a regrettable one-night-stand.

Tom Benton

September 24, 2014

Oh, Zia. You future space waitress you. I know it’s the year 3128 A.D., but aren’t we over the D. B. Cooper case? D. B. Cooper, the pseudonym used by the brilliant and sophisticated hijacker who stole the equivalent of $1.6 million whilst riding a Boeing 747 in 1971? Not a single lead in that case?...

Chapter 1: D. B. Cooper and the Lost in the Space

1,000 years later and they still don't know

Tom Benton

September 18, 2014

So there was Zia in the kitchen, and it was still 3128. She was fixing Old USAs for an elderly couple, just waiting on the french fries. Leaning against the steel over the grease bucket, grease steam snaking up and curling her hair. Greg was, of course, manning the bucket, and in the meantime, as was...

Cuban men put the art back in flirting

“Do you want a novio Cubano?”

Victoria Greenia

May 8, 2014

“You have beautiful eyes,” says a young Antonio Banderas, cutting in front of my friend in the middle of the street. Her face lights up and she beams, although it’s the third time that day a hunky Cuban has nearly stepped on her to admire those blue orbs. They always do the same thing: sing praises...

The strays of Cuba

A kitten in Central Havana

Kayla Friedrich

May 8, 2014

  Stepping off of La Terrazza de Manolo that Sunday afternoon began a week-long journey through a cloud of smoke and diesel. 1950s Chevrolets, Studebakers and other antique cars populated the roadways, their exhaust clashing with the malodorous cigarette smoke that wafted through every street,...

Patrick gives the finger

Patrick McGinn

Interview by Max Van Wie

April 24, 2014

Pat McGinn, Johnson State College junior, has been a professional fingerboarder for almost a decade and continues to be involved in the fingerboard community. While the idea of a fingerboard may seem odd to some, generations have grown up around these small skateboards and some have taken them quite...

Live and Let Drive

This is how the story ends.

Jim Union

March 27, 2014

Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as “K.”), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. “I...

The Living Headlights

Honk if you love to spy

Jim Union

March 15, 2014

Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as “K.”), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. I...

You Only Live Twice, or Actually Once

I looked on as Snowden arrived... but Putin was close behind.

Richard Schlong

February 6, 2014

Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman, and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. I was going to Russi...

On Her Majesty’s Secret Sir Vice

Prince Henry and I escort Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the way to our swordfight.

Richard Schlong, Private Eye Superspy

December 10, 2013

Note: Prince William's name changed to protect him. Four months ago I was lying in my own stew, reeking of scotch, breath, and an unnatural amount of natural human filth in my mildewed office in Johnson, Vt. Four months later, I was lying in a post-coital honeydew glaze, smelling intoxicatingly of impec...

Susan Calza on art, Nepal, and heaven’s buffet

Professor of Fine Arts Susan Calza

November 27, 2013

A Johnson State College professor for of 21 years, Susan Calza, talks about her art, life, and her future.  At the end of the spring semester she will be retiring to focus on her personal art and travel. She has a studio in Barre that she describes as “twelve hundred square feet of drawings and t...

Doctor Yes

Kaufman chipperly looks on as my physical reconstructive surgery nears its end.

Richard Schlong, Private Eye

November 14, 2013

  "Rather enjoyed the John Gardner thrillers... he has a very sophisticated style, yes, I like that... rather like Agatha Christie doing 007, ‘ey, old chap?” As I struggled to open my eyes, I could make out a faint but familiar form: a plump Englishman. Kaufman. He was smiling. ...

The Cold Shrink

Me

Richard Schlong

November 10, 2013

I had a toothache from my molar to my cerebellum. What I mean is the sheer thought of teeth was the same kind of infuriating ache I got when I remembered those lovely, happy girls I didn’t date in high school, or that reduced-price drink I passed up at the bar. I didn’t want to hear about teeth....

The Bitter Toothache

Montreal Moped

Richard Schlong, Private Detective

September 25, 2013

As a private dick I’ve had to look into a lot of unpleasant things, but one thing I’ve never gotten sick of looking into is open mouths. So it was a pleasant surprise when my degree in dentistry finally came in the mail. It came in a manilla 8x10 envelope. First I thought it was those photographs...

The Lost Girl

Me at the time of my birth. Minny said smile. I met her halfway. I took out my cigarette.

Richard Schlong

September 11, 2013

I stopped wondering how normal people celebrate their birthday when I stopped believing there were normal people. It came late, long after I’d stopped believing there was a Tooth Fairy. Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Normal People. My birthday’s not a celebration. That’ll be my funeral. My b...

Melvis, the Backwoods King

Melvis, the Backwoods King

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013

"You don’t have to saaaay you love me/Just be close at haaand/You don’t have to staaaaay forever/I will understaaand." The singer is a fifty-something guy with a t-shirt that shows off his beer gut, which he happily slaps -- he’s aware of it -- and which gives no indication of his pipes, which ar...

Full of Crêpe

Mr. Crêpe’s storefront on Church Street

Samuel Bridges

April 18, 2013

  It seems every time I visit Church Street there’s something new that catches my eye, or the store I’m looking for has moved, at the least. Burlington never disappoints. It was a nippy, but not unbearable Thursday afternoon. I noticed a rather unassuming "Mr. Crepe" sign. The restaurant was heav...

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