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The Vermont Cynic

A Brief History of the UVM AdvoCats

November 3
Filed under Archives, Campus Life, Life

"AdvoCat-led tours are very important to prospective UVM students. We think high school students visit colleges and universities in hopes to find a school where they could 'see' themselves for four years," said AdvoCat leaders Kim Howard and Susie Kwon. "So, the AdvoCats are living and breathing a UVM lif...

We Listened, It Felt Good, We Shook

November 3
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After a spell with contemplation, I up and abandoned the northern country this weekend. Although apprehension did course over me for briefs, a greater fear still was that I might remain here and then as panic grabbed me by the legs, you know it, pulled me in. So downward I trekked in one sporty re...

Things You Wanted to Say, but Didn’t

November 3
Filed under Archives, Life

In the words of a friend, "Life is a joke, and the joke is on us." To put it simply, stop taking yourselves so seriously! What is life without a sense of humor? The kind of humor where you can laugh hysterically at the blunders of others and more importantly, at yourself. It absolutely amazes me that a...

Environmentally Clean Vibes

October 27
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Converting "hippiecrites": When UVM alumna and eco-entrepreneur Anna Borofsky meets jam fans whose actions don't meet their ideals, she doesn't get mad, she gets cleaning. (Photo courtesy of Clean Vibes.) Anna Borofsky is standing in the middle of a sea of trash at a former air force base in northe...

Berkeley Sociologist to Argue that Race Matters in Research

October 27
Filed under Archives, Life

Although the mapping and sequencing of DNA has provided new tools to understand and unlock the genetics of race, many scientists claim that race has no function in their research. Sociologist Troy Duster argues otherwise. A professor of sociology at New York University and the University of Califo...

To Cell-Out or not to Cell-Out?

October 27
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They have changed the way we communicate with each other and the way businesses do business. We can instantly talk to our best friend across the country or we can instant message our significant other in sociology class. Cell phone usage and profits are increasing dramatically while other calling se...

New Club to Form and Flourish

October 27
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"That's it, I've seriously had enough," proclaimed sophomore Buckwheat McGinty late Saturday night after seeing fellow UVM'ers spending the afternoon hula-hooping to Phish on the Redstone green. "I can't take this shit anymore! The hula-hooping is one thing, but once they bust out the bongos, it's ti...

You Can Always Go Home Again

October 27
Filed under Archives, Life

As I was moving into my dorm room, an eager young freshman at UVM, it never occurred to me that the phrase "going home for the weekend" would someday be such music to my ears. Rather, I was elated at the prospect of setting my own curfew; eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted; and not having to...

A New Chapter: Turn The Page

October 27
Filed under Archives, Life

It would do most of us a little good to spend some time at the library. No, I don't mean Bailey-Howe. I'm sure everyone spends plenty of time using their computer terminals, sipping hot toddies in the Cyber Caf?© and making out in the stacks. No, I'm talking about the kind of library you probably ha...

The Consortium for Ecological Living: Striving for Sustainability

October 27
Filed under Archives, Life

As the kickoff article for this new environmental forum column, I thought that it would be appropriate to introduce CEL, one of the participating student groups. The Consortium for Ecological Living, otherwise known as CEL, is pronounced like a living cell in biology. We are a recognized SGA student or...

Dear Dana, why did the drinking age in Vermont change from eighteen to twenty-one?

October 27
Filed under Archives, Life

> The "legal drinking age" was an active issue in the Northeast during the 1980s. It was officially in 1986 that Vermont raised its' drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one. Other states in the region took action a bit quicker however. Massachusetts for instance, changed from eighteen to twenty in 19...

Backtalk: An Occasional Column About College Life

October 27
Filed under Archives, Columns, Life

If you're a college student today, it's assumed that you both a) have your own computer and b) posses intricate knowledge of its inner workings. This is only half the problem. Today's college student is also supposed to be able to fix their own computer, every single damn time it makes a weird noise, st...

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