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Millennials nostalgic for trends of the past

Isabella Alessandrini, Staff Writer
March 10, 2017
Filed under Life

Millennials -- people born in the late-1980s to mid-1990s -- are often deemed future-oriented and current event-obsessed. But the same group is also suffering from a serious case of nostalgia, and it appears to be chronic. The side effects can be seen in wardrobes, music playlists and Netflix que...

UVM leaders pioneer service trips for spring break

Katie Brobst, Cynic Correspondent
March 9, 2017
Filed under Life

While many students plan to spend their spring vacations catching up on sleep, the student directors and site leaders of UVM’s Alternative Spring Break are planning a more active break. For one week each year, the ASB program sends students on substance-free volunteer trips around the country to...

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 — literall...

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 ...

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 da...

Change in seasons brings a change in mood

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer
March 6, 2017
Filed under Life

The snow is no longer fresh, the sunlight disappears earlier, classes are back in session and everything may suddenly appear dreary to some. It is midwinter, and some people might have noticed a negative change in their moods and behavior. According to the University of Vermont’s Health Netwo...

Professor brings a global perspective

Kate Vesely, Staff Writer
March 6, 2017
Filed under Life

Is the glass half full, or half empty? Romance language professor Maria Woolson says both. She also says neither. To her, it depends on who is looking at this glass and from where. Born in Argentina, Woolson grew up in an Italian household. Italian was her first language, followed by Spanish, E...

Clubs set out to find new members

Clubs set out to find new members

Izzy Siedman, Assistant Life Editor
March 5, 2017
Filed under Life

Upon arriving back on campus for the spring semester, students find club tables piled high with free swag, club leaders filled to the brim with information and an overwhelming array of new opportunities to become involved in. On Jan. 25, members of UVM’s approximately 110 event registered clubs, organizat...

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 ...

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 stop...

Sugar is good for you in moderation

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer
March 4, 2017
Filed under Life

I am a self-proclaimed sugar addict. Everywhere I look, I’m warned about its affect on my health — in documentaries, news reports, pamphlets, social media. I wondered if completely removing sugar from my diet was necessary for my health. The average individual in the U.S. consumes 358 ...

Film screening prompts conversations

Izzy Siedman, Assistant Life Editor
March 3, 2017
Filed under Life

Students piled into the rows of chairs, grabbed free popcorn and picked up colorful paper that was offered for writing down their thoughts during the movie. In a collaboration with UPB, UVM’s Black Student Union hosted a free screening of “Dear White People” Feb. 21 in the Jost Foundation...

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