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Gone to the dogs

Emily Tarleton enjoying some time out boating with her doggos.
October 8, 2020

Emily Tarleton is an assistant professor at NVU-J and serves as the co-chair for the environmental and health sciences department. She has recently published research in “Nutrients,” a peer-reviewed...

Don’t eat worms

Lisa Zinn
September 22, 2020

Lisa Zinn is a visiting assistant professor of environmental and health sciences at Northern Vermont University - Johnson. Do you have a favorite childhood memory? I would have to say playing in the...

Eat, drink and be Berry

Ely Berry on his front porch
September 15, 2020

Ely Berry is a psychology major and music minor from Westfield, Vermont. His hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, watching basketball, and playing video games. If you were stranded on...

He wants to be a lazy bum!

He wants to be a lazy bum!
April 10, 2020

Michael Stevens is director of facilities and physical plant on both campuses of Northern Vermont University.  He’s very busy, although he dreams of being “a lazy bum.”   What obsesses...


Jensen Beach
February 10, 2020

Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature Jensen Beach is a fashion plate, bon-vivant and author of two short story collections. What are you obsessed with? I am obsessed with reading. I’m obsessed...


Kaitlyn Shaw
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 punisher: he’s a diamond in the Russ

Russ Weis
November 7, 2019

First-year advisor Russ Weis talked to Basement Medicine about life, puns, dinosaurs and an insidious conspiracy to eliminate compound words. Can you introduce yourself? I am Russ Weiss. I am a first-year...

Chattin’ with Ian

Ian holds his linoleum prints
October 24, 2019

Basement Medicine sat down with Studio Arts major Ian Bowen. Ian is a fan of Jimi Hendrix and is not a fan of Donald Trump. Ian is originally from Long Island, New York, but now lives in Philadelphia,...

True blue Shane Stacey

Shane Stacey sits in his office, coffee cup in hand and unicorn shrine behind him
October 3, 2019

Shane Stacey is the math and sciences specialist in Academic Support Services. He has been involved with the college for decades, as a student, alum, and then staff. He sat down with BM to talk about coffee,...

Round the planet Janet!

Janet Bennion stands in front of a painting of Simon.
September 20, 2019

Dr. Janet Bennion, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, sat down with Basement Medicine to discuss her research and her passions. What is unique about you? I grew up in Utah, and I grew up in a...

Girls just wanna (get a diploma): A conversation with Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper and President Elaine Collins
September 20, 2019

After commencement in May, I got the chance to sit down with Cyndi Lauper and ask her a few brief questions. I asked her about Johnson, her book, and her foundation, True Colors. I asked, immediately,...

Easy rider

Easy rider
April 24, 2019

Jonathan Davis is the Dean of Students for NVU. What obsesses you? My biggest passion in my life is my kids. How many kids do you have? I have two kids. A nine year old and a seven year old. I...

An extroverted introvert

Emily wigs out
March 21, 2019

Emily Neilsen is the Coordinator of First-Year Events at NVU-Johnson. Neilsen grew up in Burlington and came to work for NVU-Johnson in 2012. How did you wind up here at Johnson? So, I was living in...

Use the force, Robert!

As Gale, Ferullo wears his “garb,” clothing and props specifically for live action roleplaying
December 14, 2018

Robert Ferullo is more than a mathematics and environmental science major. He’s also a proud Italian, a musician and a Star Wars superfan. The Massachusetts native spends the majority of his time on...

Her best shot

Her best shot
December 6, 2018

Associate Dean of Students Michele Whitmore has been at Northern Vermont University Johnson for over two decades. The longtime badger is an avid tennis player, lifelong Pat Benatar fan and most importantly,...

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