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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

Devyn Thompson

Drink water, be bulletproof

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief December 9, 2021

Devyn Thompson is a third-year student at NVU-Johnson. She is a Secondary Education major and loves working in the classroom. Her least favorite Teletubby is Dipsy, the green one. What is the one thing...

Embracing the Ephemeral

Embracing the Ephemeral

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor November 18, 2021

Isaac Eddy is the director of performing arts at NVU-Johnson. Before teaching here, he worked for 12 years as a member of the Blue Man Group, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including...

Tara Thacker, professor of 3D studio art at the Visual Arts Center

Just make work!

Delilah Kramer, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

Tara Thacker is the 3D studio art professor in the Visual Arts Center, and she teaches sculpture classes and metals classes among others. Tara works with a variety of different mediums, but she primarily...

Greg Petrics

Overthinking and undercast

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief October 14, 2021

Greg Petrics is a professor of math and data science at NVU-Johnson. In addition to his interests in math, he also enjoys the outdoors whether it is hiking as many of the peaks in Vermont as possible,...

Underpants on the outside

Opal Savoy, Editor In Chief September 23, 2021

Jae Basiliere is the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at NVU-Johnson. Their work consists of helping faculty develop teaching skills and working to improve faculty support of students....

Use the gas pedal!

Use the gas pedal!

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

Gina Mireault is a professor of psychology and chair of the behavioral sciences department at NVU-Johnson. She has two dogs that she adores and is eagerly awaiting her vaccination slot so she can return...

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

Soleil 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!

Soleil 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

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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