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Former Weekend Update host to perform at Higher Ground

Former Weekend Update host to perform at Higher Ground

Alek Fleury

December 16, 2019

At the end of the comedian Colin Quinn’s last special, he imagined this country ending like the ending of the movie “The Birds.” “The last ten minutes, just silence. Nobody says a word. Nobody utters a sound. That’s what we do, empty this country out. Just leave. No one will be left here....

The pleasure and pressure of sexuality

The pleasure and pressure of sexuality

Kellyn Doerr, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Even in a self-proclaimed sex positive society today, the topic of casual sex and sexuality in college still belongs to that of taboo. Hookups in college stereotypically involve a dating app and a twin XL mattress. But for some students, exploring sexuality means a lot more.  Sexuality is a form of expression, to e...

Japanese rope-tying is more than bondage

Japanese rope-tying is more than bondage

Isabella Ross, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

“Ropes provided for class.” Many minds jump to climbing; the sport involving scaling walls and boulders.  Shibari: Japanese Rope Bondage is not for learning proper belay techniques, although both activities use suspension.  Originating in 1400s Japan to bind and torture captives of war, Shibari has evolved into ...

How LGBTQ musicians are shaping hip-hop’s future

How LGBTQ musicians are shaping hip-hop’s future

Connor Adams, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

In a genre defined by toxic masculinity, the LGBTQ community is leading hip-hop into the future. Today, queer artists are arguably some of the genre’s strongest voices.  Queer hip-hop didn’t pop out of thin air when artists like Frank Ocean and Kevin Abstract came onto the scene. LGBTQ  hip-hop has be...

Love thy neighbor: “Dormcest”

Love thy neighbor: “Dormcest”

Willow Scherwinski, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

At UVM, students are required to live on campus for two years.  Living in a community with other students allows for all sorts of relationships to bloom.  Dorm life is buzzing with the sexual curiosity of young people living away from home for the first time. The result of this is a phenomenon...

UVM and Garuka team up to feed the needy

UVM and Garuka team up to feed the needy

Willow Scherwinski, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

A small, transportable snack is a trusted boost of energy to many students, especially when cramming for exams around the corner.  Garuka Bars is a small company based in Burlington that caters to this demand. Mike Rosenburg, Vermonter and founder of Garuka Bars, began making the bars in 2011. ...

The science of sleep

The science of sleep

Jean Macbride, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Among college students, 70.6% reported that they get an inadequate amount of sleep, according to a study done by the National Institute of Health in June, 2014. At finals time, UVM students at Howe Library have a lot of different ideas about sleep and schoolwork. Sophomore David Lindholm said tha...

The call of caffeine

The call of caffeine

Natalie Charron, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

With finals approaching, students are turning to caffeinated drinks in an attempt to summon the energy to cram. Several students at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19 were at Howe Library for a late night study session, typing on laptops and scribbling in notebooks with Speeder & Earl’s coffee cups sitting on their ...

Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Emma Shapera, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Despite the STEM community making up most of UVM’s majors, there was no National Society for Black Engineers at the University until last year. Junior Dia Brown, the club’s president and founder, launched the club at UVM in August 2018. “When I found out in my first year there wasn’t a ...

“Parasite” is not a typical horror film

“Parasite” is not a typical horror film

Evan Peck, Culture Columnist

November 25, 2019

The Kim family watches an intense thunderstorm light up the night sky as they get drunk inside the Park family mansion. Nobody knows they are there. That is, until the Parks show up.  Fast-paced wit, colorful shots and heart-stopping twists are a couple of the elements that make Parasite such an enjoyab...

Culture Staff Playlist

Culture Staff Playlist

Culture Staff

November 22, 2019

Here's what the Culture staff has been listening to recently. Listen on Spotify.   Frank Ocean / In My Room Qveen Herby / THAT Bih Molly with Charles / Strawberry Father John Misty / Real Love Baby WILLOW / Female Energy, Part 2 Dylan LeBlanc / Cautionary Tale Raleigh Ritchie / Stay Inside Sugar Pine...

Hit Paws a cappella gets cozy at Pajama Jams

Hit Paws a cappella gets cozy at Pajama Jams

Kate Germain, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The members of Hit Paws sang in harmonious chorus while bouncing around stage in their coziest pajamas.  Hit Paws, a UVM a cappella group, performed a concert Nov. 15 in Fleming 101.  UVM currently has four a cappella groups: Zest, Hit Paws, The Cat’s Meow, and The Top Cats. As the tempe...

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