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The season for squash

The season for squash

Charlotte Fisher
October 5
Filed under Life

Fall is upon us and I think we all know what that means: pumpkin everything. But let’s not be closed-minded, people. There are plenty of other squash varieties, like the Delicata Squash;, a winter squash often used as a pumpkin substitute, that could use some love too. With that in mind, I chos...

New therapy dogs to soothe UVM students

New therapy dogs to soothe UVM students

September 29
Filed under Life

With many students’ first exams coming up, some are “going to the dogs” to reduce stress. Upperclassmen will remember Tucker, LivingWell’s resident therapy Golden Retriever, who hosted “office hours” for students to interact with him. Tucker has since moved to Redstone campus to wo...

Soul Food Social encourages unity

Soul Food Social encourages unity

September 29
Filed under Life

On Sept. 24, Billings Library was filled with people awaiting performances and delicious food. On homecoming weekend each year, the Black Student Union brings students, parents and alumni together for one night of food, culture and community. The event draws its theme from the 1997 film “Soul ...

Zen scholar lectures on mindfulness

September 29
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 p...

When it’s okay to be corny

When it’s okay to be corny

Charlotte Fisher
September 28
Filed under Columns, Life

Have your cake and your veggies, too. Another week, another farm-fresh basket from the Intervale Food Hub. The ingredients that called to me this week were the sweet corn, huge leeks, buttery oyster mushrooms and golden potatoes. You know your ingredients are fresh when they have dirt on them. ...

A journey up the pinnacle

A journey up the pinnacle

Camilla Broccolo
September 28
Filed under Columns, Life

Once fall rolls around, the leaf peepers come to town and some UVM-ers hit the mountains. “[My favorite part of hiking in the fall is] the colors of the leaves, because it’s summer year round where I come from,” senior Meghan Egan said. “The temperature is also nice because I’m not dying from h...

Humans of UVM

Humans of UVM

September 22
Filed under Life

Maybe it’s not evident, but diversity is real here at UVM. The diversity exists in personalities, upbringing, interests, religion, sexuality, you name it. In New York City, Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York, roams the streets looking for hints of humanity to intertwine us all. At UVM, Willa R...

Where to get your music fix in Burlington

Camilla Broccolo
September 22
Filed under Columns, Life

Remember those summer days? The warm sun hitting your face, wind blowing and you’re swaying to the amazing live music. The classic image of any person at a summer concert. As sad as it is, outdoor concert and festival season is officially over and the great tunes are moving indoors. The musi...

Yearly orgasm talk keeps them coming

Izzy Siedman
September 22
Filed under Life

A line curls out the door, down the stairs and through the hall, clustering eagerly around a table of sex goodies and the seats of the Grand Maple Ballroom. The UVM Program Board hosted a yearly tradition: I Heart Female Orgasm Sept. 14. The event manifests as a semi-educational, semi-comical prog...

Fresh ingredients for the perfect summer salad

Charlotte Fisher
September 21
Filed under Columns, Life

Tuesday afternoon with a bag in hand I arrived to pick up my first basket of the semester from the Intervale Food Hub. The day before I had received a newsletter that detailed what I should expect to find inside. I was pleased to find a basket sitting perched on a table labeled “Fisher.” Ins...

Not your mother’s brand of feminism

Not your mother’s brand of feminism

September 21
Filed under Columns, Life

The summer before 11th grade I went to summer camp, like I had been doing year after year for the past seven years. Except this summer was different. I had one counselor who handed me a copy of Jessica Valenti’s “Full Frontal Feminism.”   This book started me on a journey to find my...

Interactive class teaches out-of-the-box thinking

Interactive class teaches out-of-the-box thinking

Greta Bjornson
September 21
Filed under Life

It’s rare that lessons taught in the classroom can be directly applied to the real world, but one course at UVM is designed for this exact purpose. Design Your Life, a one- credit course only offered at Stanford University and UVM, is intended to give juniors and seniors a better idea of what to ...

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