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Mask on? Mask off?: Navigating unclear cultural expectations post-pandemic

Mask on? Mask off?: Navigating unclear cultural expectations post-pandemic

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor May 20, 2021

The past year seemed to be one day played out on a continuous loop.  After the lockdown procedures last March, the shock and disruption of the pandemic wore off, a “new normal” set in and we accepted...

Culture Staff Recommends: Spring fever edition

Culture Staff Recommends: Spring fever edition

Culture Staff May 14, 2021

In this edition of Culture Staff Recommends, the culture writers share their entertainment picks that are pulling them through a gloomy spring and into another beautiful Burlington summer. Christa Guzmán...

Professor Elizabeth Fenton has a printing press in the basement of her house.

English professor brings book-making arts to campus

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer May 13, 2021

An early modern steel machine sits in a Burlington basement, stamping baroque letters on blank, delicate pages. Elizabeth Fenton, English professor and UVM alumna, is using her newly acquired hobby...

Fleet Foxes' 'Helplessness Blues' remains poignant 10 years after release

Fleet Foxes’ ‘Helplessness Blues’ remains poignant 10 years after release

Laura Clifford, Culture Staff Writer May 10, 2021

Brimmed with enchanting melodies, sweeping harmonies, and vast acoustics, Fleet Foxes’ 12 song masterpiece epitomizes everything that’s remarkable about the indie-folk genre.  Fleet Foxes’ triumphant,...

Senior Cole Thorton poses inside the Cosmic Grind on Church street April 24.

Cynic Fit Check: Cole Thorton

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor May 7, 2021

Cole Thorton is a senior studio art major and barista at the Cosmic Grind on Church St. You can find Thorton’s art on his Instagram @swimsinink THE CYNIC: Describe your style. THORTON: I’ve been...

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Vermont movie theaters face reopening challenges

Emma Adams, Culture Staff Writer May 6, 2021

Many movie theaters, especially ones that are family-owned or local, have become haunting, life-sized playhouses emptied by economic turmoil. With social distancing restrictions lifting, movie theaters...

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Tall Travis & the Beanie Babies v. indie-folk formulas

Connor Adams, Culture Staff Writer May 5, 2021

Student band Tall Travis & the Beanie Babies released singles “Raw Milk is Medicine'' and “Rotoscope Me” April 14 on Youtube and Soundcloud.  Both singles immerse the listener within a cacophony...

Novel set in Vermont examines trauma, recovery and race

Novel set in Vermont examines trauma, recovery and race

Anna Kolosky, Assitant Culture Editor May 4, 2021

Written in lyrical, spell-binding prose, Katherine Forbes-Riley debut novel, “The Bobcat,” follows withdrawn art student Laurelie as she deals with the trauma of sexual assault. Set in Vermont, Laurelie...

'Areas and styles and perspective:' Balancing dance and technology

‘Areas and styles and perspective:’ Balancing dance and technology

Laura Meyer, Culture Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Dim lights highlighted projected videos and moving images illuminating the walls behind dance students as they performed their second in-class media and choreography study.  In the Contemporary IV...

Grappling with nostalgic and problematic legacies

Grappling with nostalgic and problematic legacies

Allie O'Connor, Culture Staff Writer April 29, 2021

Over a year and a half ago, I sat down to write a story about how I interact with content after its creator has been accused of abuse. The creator I mainly referenced passed away shortly before the...

Lily Seabird on single 'Bug' and debut album

Lily Seabird on single ‘Bug’ and debut album

Max Gerlach, Culture Staff Writer April 28, 2021

Imagine you’re a bug, scrambling through forests of grass as the feet of giants crush the ground around you. Your small world is revolving, twisting and turning as you try to make sense of it all, and...

Students perform

Students portray complicated emotions in ‘Dancing Uphill’

Emma Adams, Culture Staff Writer April 27, 2021

UVM’s dance program performed their annual showcase “Dancing Uphill” April 16 and 17. It was a dreamy portrayal of the emotions built up after a year of distance and disruption. The dancers wore...

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