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Matcha maintains trend of popularity

Chris Leow, Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Matcha tea has become extremely popular in recent years, appearing in everything from candy, cupcakes, smoothies and lattes. Ben & Jerry’s even has a Matcha-flavored ice cream with caramel and cinnamon, though it’s only available in Japan. But what actually is this bright green powder, and what are its benefit...

Superfoods provide many delicious benefits

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer

April 16, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Superfoods may not make someone fly or become invisible, but they can certainly improve one’s overall health and wellbeing. According to Ethan Smith, a senior dietetics, food and nutrition major, a superfood is defined as a whole food product that contains phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive, bioactive ...

Future students of color: I was once where you are

Naydeline Mejia, Cynic Correspondent

April 13, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Dear prospective student, I saw you today, having lunch with your mother in Cook dining hall, silently. Today is Admitted Student Visit Day, so it wasn’t unusual that I ran into you when I did. Or was it? I feel as though the universe may have placed me there at that moment. The stars aligned just correctly for ...

Niche local bar makes eating out fun and affordable

Niche local bar makes eating out fun and affordable

April 12, 2017

I’ve probably walked or driven by Drifter’s Cafe & Bar over a hundred times since it opened l...

Reflecting on March, Women’s Month

Reflecting on March, Women’s Month

April 12, 2017

As March winds down, we all start crossing our fingers for temperatures above freezing, but it’s not ...

Making use of hair dye as a means of self expression

Hunter Colvin, Senior Staff Writer

April 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

For the last four years, I’ve always gotten the same haircut: one inch off the length to cut split ends and shortening the bangs from the top of my ear to the bottom of my eyebrow. One time I got layers put in, but only that was only once; trying to braid hair with layers is a disaster I don’t want to repeat. And the...

Mind the gap: females orgasm less than men

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

April 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

We have all heard of the wage gap: the average white female makes about 77 cents to the white man’s dollar. The gap increases for women of color and trans women. Common knowledge. Less commonly known, however, is the orgasm gap. The orgasm gap is a phenomenon referring to the lack of orgasms in women having hetero...

Harvest Café has best food

Harvest Café has best food

March 31, 2017

As a college student, finding a good deal is my idea of thriving, especially when it comes to food. So, I...

Trump fuels U.S. anti-vaccination ideas, movement

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

As far back as I can remember, I have always left the doctor’s office with Band-Aids on my arm and stickers in hand following each vaccine I received—well, until I got older and thought I was too cool for the stickers. I never enjoyed getting a needle prick, but I knew the vaccines were going to protect me and help keep ...

Destigmatizing sex by riding the ‘red tide’

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Just because you are hanging out with Aunt Flow — your period — doesn’t mean you have to stop having sex. My whole life, I was taught periods had to be hidden; I would sneak tampons to the bathroom whenever I needed to check on the condition of my underwear. The menstrual cycle, the biological process that contro...

Examining the pros and cons of milk

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer

March 11, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

I grew up being told milk was essential for my bones and health. My mother always made me drink a tall glass of it with dinner and the “Got Milk?” slogan was ingrained in my mind with its constant appearances in classrooms, television ads and on posters. Recently, however, I’ve noticed a variety of perspectives on w...

On graduate school and racism in VT

Drew Cooper, Cynic Correspondent

March 9, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

What could happen in a day? So I got into graduate school. On Jan. 20, UVM’s Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine accepted me into their rigorous accelerated master’s program in pharmacology, the dream for a burgeoning drug nerd such as myself. After months of pulling my hair out — literally and figurativ...

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