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This Ameraucana Life

This Ameraucana Life

Annika Cooper November 8, 2023

What is a blue egg? Why is it blue? Where did it come from? Blue eggs exist without the use of artificial dye? These are questions that can be answered by the Ameraucana chicken. Blue chicken eggs are...

Global Hammock

Art At The Julian Scott Memorial Gallery

Dayne Bell, Staff Reporter October 11, 2023

You may have seen the flyers around the Johnson campus halls, advertising the various exhibits to be shown in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery (JSMG) this semester. Those who have visited the Dibden building...

Snuffy’s Trail was formerly an official trail that connected Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort ski areas.

Resorts withdraw connector lift proposal

Aaron Calvin, Staff Writer for "News and Citizen" October 11, 2023

After fierce opposition from the Agency of Natural Resources, the gondola-style connector lift that Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort hoped to develop has been put on indefinite pause. The...

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

New energy at campus radio station WJSC

Jo Cutler, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

Last year, Vermont State University-Johnson almost lost its campus radio station. This was not due to the merger of the state colleges, but a lack of student participation. Compared to the previous school...

Maplefields donates funds for high-water utility task vehicle for Johnson Village

Aaron Calvin, Staff Writer for "News and Citizen" October 11, 2023

The Maplefields convenience and gas station chain has donated $25,000 toward the purchase of a high-water utility task vehicle for the Johnson Fire Department. After Maplefields president Tim Vallee reached...

Interim President David Bergh

Dr. David Bergh named as next VTSU interim President

Evan Coleman, Editor for "The Critic" October 11, 2023

On Friday, September 22, the next Interim President of Vermont State University was announced to VTSU faculty, staff, and students, along with the press. The press was informed at 12:04 PM and students...

Optimization 2.0: what you need to know

Optimization 2.0: what you need to know

Dayne Bell October 11, 2023

On Oct. 2 and 3, students and staff at VTSU received emails on behalf of Interim President Mike Smith, introducing a draft of Smith’s Optimization 2.0 Report. The 32-page draft details the process and...

News from VTSU is disheartening

News from VTSU is disheartening

Dan Noyes March 14, 2023

The news of moving to an all-digital library and changes to the sports programs at Northern Vermont University-Johnson is disheartening. Making sure the state college system is relevant, thriving and adequately...

Writing Proficiency Exam submissions run March 13-26

Deanna Oakes March 14, 2023

The Writing Proficiency Exam is a required test for all Northern Vermont University students as a part of the VSCS board of trustees- mandated graduation requirements. This test has historically been offered...

Ally Hufner

It’s been a mixed season

Commentary by Ally Hufner February 12, 2023

Editor’s note: Ally Hefner is the new sports broadcasting intern at Northern Vermont University Johnson and will be joining the Basement Medicine staff as sports editor. She is also a part of the Badgers...

State sees some revenues grow but faces shortfall in  transportation fund

State sees some revenues grow but faces shortfall in transportation fund

Richard Westman February 10, 2023

The state budget is constructed each year based on revenue estimates produce by the two state economists, one contracted by the Legislature and the other contracted by governor’s office. State statute...

Swifts Record Day vinyls

A vinyl celebration

Alli McLaughlin March 18, 2022

Before the age of Spotify and Apple Music, and even predating the era of CD’s and cassettes, the only way to listen to an album in your home was to spin a record on a turntable. In 2007, a collection...

Internship Program Coordinator Ellen Hill

Career and Internship Center plans for future without Hill

Opal Savoy, Web Editor September 22, 2020

The Career and Internship Center at NVU-Johnson took a hit this semester with the resignation of Ellen Hill, Northern Vermont University- Johnson’s internship coordinator. This has resulted in changes...

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nintendo ups their game

Lindsay Andersen March 15, 2020

Pokémon Sword and Shield mark the 8th generation of Pokémon, a game series that has captured the hearts of most long-time Nintendo fans since their childhood. However, long gone are the days of the Gameboy...

Kaitlyn Shaw


Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter December 12, 2019

Katelyn Shaw is a theater major at NVU Johnson. She answered each (often already weird) question with about five different answers that spiraled off in completely unpredictable directions. We covered a...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor December 12, 2019

The New England Patriots currently have a record of 10-2 and are one of the top teams in the NFL. Despite this, many believe that the Patriots have lost their appeal for favorites to win the Super Bowl...

NVU President Elaine Collins

Collins offers optimism, hope for NVU’s future

Rebecca Flieder November 22, 2019

On Tues, Nov. 5, NVU President Elaine Collins gave the President’s State of the University Address to a crowd in the Stearns Performance Space of mostly faculty and staff. An invitation email for the...

Casting of “Hair” offers challenges and opportunities

Casting of “Hair” offers challenges and opportunities

Ari Erlbaum November 21, 2019

When Isaac Eddy decided to put on “Hair” as the next school musical, it created a stir among his students. That’s what he was hoping for. “In the late 60s, when [“Hair”] was on Broadway,...

Elaine Harvey

Elaine Harvey returns as NVU-Johnson’s first director of student engagement and persistence

Patrick Bell November 21, 2019

Elaine Harvey will return to NVU-Johnson on Dec. 11 to become its first director of student engagement and persistence.The first time that Harvey was at Johnson was back in December of 2012, when she took...

Lea, the 2016 winner of NPRs Tiny Desk Contest, spoke and performed in the Stearns Performance Space on Oct. 24

Violinist Gaelynn Lea in Stearns: music and “Disability Pride”

Thomas Streeter and Cody Blaisdell November 7, 2019

Musician and disability advocate Gaelynn Lea came to campus on Monday, Oct. 24 to speak about her life with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as “Brittle Bones Disease,” and the importance of recognizing...

From left to right: Ryan Willette, Travis Benson, Garrison French, Nick Audet, and Austin Walters

Men’s volleyball is off and running in debut season

Patrick Bell February 8, 2019

The men’s volleyball season is in its first season as a Division III program at NVU-J. The team, led by Head Coach Keven John, has started off strong despite losing their first three games of the season...

A note from the Editor: Vote!

Tom O'Leary October 29, 2018

    I’ve never before said this to anyone in my life, but please, for the love of our country, vote in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. I implore you. When you hear or read a political analyst...

Lauren Philie

Rugby program still fundraising for scoreboard

Patrick Bell October 29, 2018

The rugby program at NVU-J is hoping to put up a scoreboard on their home field sooner than later. The program has raised $7,000 out of the $13,000 they need to purchase and install the scoreboard. According...

Women’s basketball looking for winning season

Chad Copeland October 25, 2018

  The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s basketball team finished the 2017-2018 season playing some of their best basketball and had a spirited off-season preparing for the 2018-2019 season. ...

Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber swears in Governor Shumlin

Vt. Chief Justice speaks to politics class

Ian Major December 8, 2016

Vermont’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Paul Reiber, visited JSC on Nov. 10 for a round robin discussion with Professor Bill Doyle’s American Politics and Government class.   After 30 years...

A note from the editor

Kayla Friedrich November 12, 2015

This week, the Basement Medicine staff investigated the price of text books, and why class materials seem to be such a burden on a large number of the students on campus. What they found was that students...

Rent-a-breaker raises money for Badger Alternative Breaks

Elena Houriet November 12, 2015

Need some yard work done? Maybe some wood stacked or snow shovelled? You might want to consider Rent-a Breaker, a program that harnesses service-based values to raise money for Badger Alternative Breaks...

Food a fun way to learn about sex?

Food a fun way to learn about sex?

Sam Hartley November 3, 2015

Snacks and sex. Cuisine and coitus. Food and *******. We don’t normally think of one as informing us about the other, but Jay Friedman, the creator of “Sexy Feast,” begs to differ. Friedman—who...

The bare facts about VAC modeling

Hunter Mallette September 29, 2015

Take it off. Take it all off and earn $15.00 an hour in the process. As the posters around campus featuring strategically placed fig leaves note, the Visual Arts Center is seeking versatile models...

Fall’s common read: pencils and dreams

Kayla Friedrich, Editor-in-chief May 7, 2015

In its ninth year, the Common Book program will give JSC’s incoming freshman a look at how to turn their biggest dreams into reality. A committee of staff, faculty, and a one student selected “The...

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