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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

Model U.N. stays home

Maggie McGee, Contributor December 9, 2021

COVID-19 has disrupted many things, and the NVU Model UN club is one of them. Last year, they were able to attend the Harvard-sponsored conference remotely, but this year, that isn’t an option. As the...

Opinion: its not all about you

Opinion: it’s not all about you

Randy Brock, Franklin District Republican senator and Senate Minority Leader November 18, 2021

If you’re one of the millions of unvaccinated Americans, I’ve heard all of your reasons: freedom of choice, skepticism, feeling of invincibility, denial, political belief, laziness, distrust of government,...

COVID on campus: a dozen cases confirmed

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

Students, faculty and staff were not the only ones returning to Northern Vermont University’s Johnson campus in August. Before the first week of classes had reached its close, three students tested...

Two people embrace in the only way two people can during a pandemic: through a plastic sheet and wearing face masks.

The Zoom blues

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter May 3, 2021

It has been a year since students first had to leave campus due to the pandemic, and during this past academic year, many classes have continued to be remotely delivered. For many students and faculty,...

Nolan Atkins

Return to in-class instruction likely for fall, vaccination policy to be determined

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor May 3, 2021

As the end of the 2020/2021 academic year approaches, NVU must make decisions on unpredictable matters. While vaccination efforts are making steady progress across the nation, the volatile nature of the...

COVID... damn.

COVID… damn.

Justin Robertiello, Contributor April 12, 2021

I remember hoping I wouldn’t fall asleep. I was struggling to breathe, and I was only laying down. Motionless. Could I stop breathing in my sleep? The thought terrified me. so I forced myself to stay...

Staying positive while we all try to be negative

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

So far, it’s so far so good. COVID-19 testing continues on campus as mid-semester arrives without any significant uptick in positive results. According to Dean of Students Jonathan Davis, this semester,...

Graduation to be hosted remotely

Graduation to be hosted remotely

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

NVU will be holding graduation virtually this spring as a result of the pandemic. The announcement was made on Feb. 25 in an email to students from President Elaine Collins. “At the one-year anniversary...

Devyn Thompson

Badger Athletics moves ahead with new regulations regulations

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

COVID-19 has changed all aspects of competitive sports, from the big leagues to colleges and universities. At Northern Vermont University, the athletic department has worked hard since this summer to...

NVU Academic Dean Johnathan Davis

No new COVID rules anticipated for next semester

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter November 28, 2020

NVU implemented social distancing and mask-wearing rules last semester in an attempt to keep students COVID-19-free. As of Nov. 21, the Johnson campus has only had one positive case associated with a residential...

The BROAD Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

NVU renews testing contract with BROAD

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor November 28, 2020

For the Spring 2021 semester, NVU will continue working with BROAD Institute for COVID-19 testing according to Jonathan Davis, NVU dean of students. The entire VSCS signed a contract with BROAD Institute...

A note from the Editor…

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 13, 2020

What a whirlwind this has been, huh? Here we are, having survived a presidential election, a pandemic and a horrifying semester. We’ve overcome a lot together. This is our last print edition for the...

COVID-19 forces changes to Writing Proficiency Exam

Marcus Allen, Contributor October 26, 2020

The Sunday, Oct. 25 deadline for submitting this fall’s Writing Proficiency Exam is fast approaching. This year is the first time the exam is being delivered remotely through Canvas. In the past, this...



Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor October 8, 2020

With high political tensions in both local and national spheres, the upcoming election is weighing heavily on the minds of many. For the many NVU students who are residents of Vermont, there are a number...

No banquet for you... not this year anyway

No banquet for you… not this year anyway

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

During the virtual Homecoming weekend that took place on Sept. 26, the NVU-Lyndon athletics department held their athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The week leading up to homecoming, some people...

Two people embrace in the only way two people can during a pandemic: through a plastic sheet and wearing face masks.


Marcus Allen, Contributor October 8, 2020

In this new COVID-19 era, it has become difficult for people to socialize. Between having to stay six feet apart and most indoor social venues like malls, movie theaters and restaurants being closed, it...

Rising stress levels from students, faculty and staff have prompted conversations about mitigation and prevention.

Stress levels skyrocket for students, staff, and faculty

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief September 22, 2020

This is the first installment of our series on campus-wide stress, focusing primarily on workload.   In an anonymous survey given to students by Basement Medicine, one question asked them to compare...

the Golden Dome in Montpelier

New chancellor Zdatny heads push for bridge funding

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief September 15, 2020

After former VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding’s proposal to close both campuses of NVU and the VTC-Randolph campus, a petition quickly arose calling for him to step down. Less than a month later, Spaulding...

Michael Dente sits at his office chair in Willey Library in early September 2018

Dente departs

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief September 15, 2020

After a long and busy summer upgrading both NVU campuses to run remote classes and a successful 21 years with the Vermont State Colleges, Chief Technology Officer Michael Dente is moving on to work for...

VSCS logo

New Board of Trustees chair

Emmett Avery, Staff Reporter September 15, 2020

Eileen Dickinson, the recently elected chair of the Vermont State Colleges System’s Board of Trustees is leaving the board’s options wide open as she looks to steer the system toward a sustainable...

To accommodate social distancing, the capacity of a classroom must be physically managed.

It’s not all doom and gloom on Zoom

Opal Savoy, Staff Writer September 15, 2020

The fall 2020 semester at NVU-J looks a lot different than any of its predecessors. There’s significantly less traffic on the quad and everyone within sight is masked and spaced apart in compliance with...

The BROAD Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

Positively negative: so far so good

Emmett Avery, Staff Writer September 15, 2020

With two rounds of testing nearly complete, Northern Vermont University has had no positive COVID-19 cases. Dean of Students Jonathan Davis said that as of Sept. 2, over 2,404 COVID-19 tests had been conducted...

Kanat and Jones

Les Kanat retires after 31 years at NVU

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief May 19, 2020

In all his 31 years at NVU, Les Kanat’s proudest achievements as a Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences all involved the successes of his students. Along with the successes of former students,...

Pictured here: The Ira Allen, General Lee, El Alamo, and the Nutty Goat.

The Burger Barn: revisited

Adriana Eldred, Photo Editor May 4, 2020

Two years ago almost exactly to date I began my love affair with the Burger Barn in Jeffersonville. The Burger Barn was my first ever food review for Basement Medicine, and while certainly not my last,...

Im upset, and its okay

I’m upset, and it’s okay

Adriana Eldred, Photo Editor May 1, 2020

My last semester was supposed to be lots of fun. As an art major, I was supposed to make some of my best work in my printmaking class. I was supposed to enjoy my well-earned New York City art tour during...

NCAA Division III week is held every year to celebrate college athletics.

Johnson Athletics finds fun ways to celebrate DIII week

Patrick Bell, Sports Editors May 1, 2020

Despite  the Covid-19 pandemic sending students off campus and the cancelations of intercollegiate athletic seasons, the NCAA’s Division III week still took place from April 13-19 at NVU-Johnson,...

BFA Fairfax school farm still running during COVID-19

BFA Fairfax school farm still running during COVID-19

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter May 1, 2020

Editor's Note: this is a follow-up story to an earlier article about the BFA Fairfax Farm to School program, which you can read here. Black tarp covers several of the garden plots. Others are layered...

Sights from outside Amherst College gym where spectators were banned from attending regional games from the DIII womens basketball tournament.

COVID-19 cancels and changes athletics across the globe

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor May 1, 2020

The sports world has been drastically impacted by COVID-19. All around the world, athletic competition came to pause in order to help combat the virus. In the month of March, there were discussions...

Wheres the stuff?

Where’s the stuff?

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter May 1, 2020

May 5: As of today, there has been no announcement about when students will be allowed to retrieve their belongings. On March 12, students throughout the VSCS were told they had a little over 24...

untitled painting, Isaiah Perry, 2020

Being a hermit during COVID-19

Marcus Allen, Contributor May 1, 2020

In the year of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are feeling stir crazy in their homes. For somebody like me, this is an interesting time. I am a self proclaimed hermit. I love...

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