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On the Beach

On the Beach

Rusty Freeman

March 10, 2016


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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

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

Analysis by Don Eaton

February 18, 2015


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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

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

Tom Benton

February 18, 2015


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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

Hard living in the soft underbelly of Springfield

Tom Benton

February 10, 2015


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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,...

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