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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

Solil 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...

VOTE!

VOTE!

Solil 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.

Lonely?

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...

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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,...

I'm upset, and it's 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

Solil 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 women's 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...

Where's the stuff?

Where’s the stuff?

After COVID-19 closure, students wonder, "Where'd my stuff go?"
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...

Creative Audience persists despite distance

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter May 1, 2020

Despite the chaos and the social distancing, NVU's Creative Audience class has been forging onward. "We have had wonderful participation so far," Tammy Johnson, Coordinator of First-Year Experience says...

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Chancellor Spaulding announces resignation

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief April 28, 2020

After his proposal to close three VSCS colleges and a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for his resignation, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has announced via press release that he will step down....

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

VSCS Board hears 3.5 hours of public comment

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief April 22, 2020

After a tidal wave of public outcry and postponement of the initial vote to close NVU-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon and VTC-Randolph, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding proposed his plan of closure at the Monday, April...

Cooking, the pandemic way

Cooking, the pandemic way

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter April 21, 2020

If you don’t enjoy cooking, you’re missing how personal it can be. Every time I cook, whether it’s at a restaurant or at home, the process becomes a part of how I feel.  The weather outside...

Tired of Facebook Messenger? Get yourself a COVID pen pal!

Tired of Facebook Messenger? Get yourself a COVID pen pal!

Magnificent Schmidl, Staff Reporter April 21, 2020

Through the dark times of social distancing and isolation has shone a light: NVU’s sense of community. As students recall the joy of being together on campus, Erin Rossetti, director of student affairs...

From left to right: David Silverman, Karen Luneau, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, Board Chair Churchill Hindes, Lynn Dickinsen at the Sept. 13, 2019 white paper presentation meeting

VSCS Board of Trustees vote postponed

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief April 19, 2020

After a public outcry and outrage at VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding's plan to close NVU-Lyndon, NVU-Johnson and VTC-Randolph, the Board of Trustees has postponed the vote, as announced in a press release. VSC...

VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding addresses JSC students at a unification Q&A session on August 30, 2017

Joint Alumni Council votes No Confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief April 19, 2020

Read the joint letter here: NVU-LYNDON-JOHNSON-ALUMNI-COUNCIL The alumni councils at both NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon have voted no confidence in Chancellor Jeb Spaulding.  At the beginning of...

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of NVU have changed their Facebook profile pictures to this image to show their solidarity.

VSCS Chancellor Spaulding recommends closure of NVU, VTC-Randolph

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief April 18, 2020

Editor's Note: This will be updated as we see more of this story develop.  On April 17, 2020, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding was expected to meet with representatives from each institution in the Vermont...

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spaulding's plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

NVU joint faculty assembly unanimously votes No Confidence in Chancellor Spaulding

Rebecca Flieder, Editor In Chief April 18, 2020

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, an unofficial joint NVU faculty assembly of over 50 members from both campuses unanimously voted “No Confidence” in VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. The vote...

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