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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 you? What obsesses me? Not a lot obsesses me. I take life as it comes, and that excites m...


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 with skiing, and I’m obsessed with travel. Where’s your favorite place to travel? I real...


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 diverse spread of topics, from dinosaurs to diarrhea, Catholicism to bear claws. What do you lik...

The punisher: he’s a diamond in the Russ

Russ Weis

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 advisor. And I sometimes teach in the writing and literature department. What are you actually doing o...

Chattin’ with Ian

Ian holds his linoleum prints

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, Pennsylvania with plans to move to Johnson, Vermont. What inspires you? I am inspired by many things a...

True blue Shane Stacey

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

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, poker, and unicorns. How did you end up at Johnson? I started coming to this campus in t...

Round the planet Janet!

Janet Bennion stands in front of a painting of Simon.

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 Mormon community. I’m no longer orthodox, and haven’t been for some time, but I grew up in a v...

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

Cyndi Lauper and President Elaine Collins

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, “What’s changed? How is Johnson different than it was when you were here?” She laughed....

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 mean, obviously that wasn’t always my passion. Sports, kids, and work. That’s all that I have time...

An extroverted introvert

Emily wigs out

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 Burlington, and then my husband became the caretaker of a piece of property that’s like 200 acres....

Use the force, Robert!

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

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 campus, where he is a senator for SGA as well as a full-time student. While his chock-full schedule mean...

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, family oriented. The full Q&A on Michele is below: In your long career as an educator, what was ...

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