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Broad City gets real for a young generation

Greta Bjornson, Life Editor

March 8, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

It’s rare that a television show comes along that so thoroughly embodies the voice and experience of a generation. Comedy Central’s “Broad City” does just that. The show’s creators and lead characters, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, have comfortingly uncertain and wonderfully comedic lives; neither has a steady job, bot...

Good places to get caffeinated

Chris Leow, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Whether you’re looking to finish an essay, catch up with an old friend or just enjoy a warm beverage in the bitter cold, Burlington offers many options for a coffee shop getaway.  Here are a few of my favorites: Muddy Waters:   This is the place to go to for great conversations and first dates. The coffee isn’t the b...

The Tinder app shapes this campus’ hookup culture

Izzy Siedman, Assistant Life Editor

March 5, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Right next to Facebook and Instagram on my home screen, there it is: Tinder, mascot of the hookup culture that has swept college campuses. “You have to get it,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. “Just do it for the laughs,” chanted my friends. And I did. For a couple days, I had a blast. My ego was aw...

Kombucha’s popularity climbs

Chris Leow, Senior Staff Writer

March 4, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, has become quite the trendy drink in recent years. Believed to originate around 200 B.C. in Asia, according to the journal “Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety,” Kombucha is not a new find in the world of home-remedies. That isn’t stopping its popularity from co...

Cost of rent prompts roommate life in cities

Marissa Lanoff, Staff Writer

March 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Roommates: they’re the family you get to choose. They’re whom you say goodnight to before bed and whom you say good morning to over a cup of coffee. They’re the people you love and yell at. They’re the ones who teach you lessons you didn’t know you needed to know. But some may be wondering just how long th...

Lingering effects of a nickname

Drew Cooper, Cynic Correspondent

March 2, 2017

Filed under Columns, Life

Despite the somewhat meandering nature of this column, I intend to keep my word and discuss the intricacies of mental health as I understand it. As my first article was an introduction, it’s fitting that my sophomore piece be an introduction to myself: this is a brief history of Drewpy. To many close friends and some a...

A Day of Silence

A Day of Silence

February 19, 2017

I like to talk. A lot. So when someone suggested I try being silent for an entire day, I wasn’t sure ...

Exploring Burlington’s Thrift Store Scene

Exploring Burlington’s Thrift Store Scene

February 19, 2017

Just because I love shopping doesn’t mean my wallet loves it. So, I decided to look into some local thrift...

Planned Parenthood secured my support

Planned Parenthood secured my support

February 18, 2017

With national talks about Planned Parenthood lately, I decided I should head over there and see what al...

Get Trump out of the bedroom

Get Trump out of the bedroom

February 18, 2017

I hate to admit it, but I have thought about Donald Trump while having sex. Not because he makes m...

Inclusive panties promote happy periods

Inclusive panties promote happy periods

February 18, 2017

As someone who menstruates, I am always looking for the next device that will make riding the red tide a...

Zen scholar lectures on mindfulness

September 29, 2016

Filed under Columns, Life

On the first official day of fall, light trickled into the high arched windows of Ira Allen Chapel. The modest crowd gathered there had come to see Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the United States, talk about his practice. Kabat-Zinn, known for making mindfulness practices more well-known throughout the U...

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