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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

Basement Medicine Staff November 28, 2020

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Don’t talk to me about Thanksgiving! I hate it. Is that all you’re going to say about it? How the hell would you like to be the featured guest? Instead of...

Emily Tarleton enjoying some time out boating with her doggos.

Gone to the dogs

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor 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...

Lisa Zinn

Don’t eat worms

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter 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...

Ely Berry on his front porch

Eat, drink and be Berry

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief 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!

Solil Devyn Borthwick 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


Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief 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


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...

Russ Weis

The punisher: he’s a diamond in the Russ

Ari Erlbaum, Staff Reporter 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...

Ian holds his linoleum prints

Chattin’ with Ian

Thomas Streeter, Staff Reporter 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,...

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

True blue Shane Stacey

Adriana Eldred, Photo & Web Editor 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,...

Janet Bennion stands in front of a painting of Simon.

Round the planet Janet!

Rebecca Flieder 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...

Cyndi Lauper and President Elaine Collins

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

Rebecca Flieder 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

Patrick Bell 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...

Emily wigs out

An extroverted introvert

Ciarra Annis 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...

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

Use the force, Robert!

Rebecca Flieder 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

Robbie Maher 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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