The Vermont Cynic

Minority gamers deserve a voice

Minority gamers deserve a voice

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

September 14, 2019

I love the gaming community, I really do. I think it’s full of amazing people who are able to appreciate innovative games and experiences.  I’ve made lifelong friends with fellow gamers through our shared passion for video games. However, it has been made abundantly clear that most of the ...

A musician’s necessary hiatus causes fan heartbreak

A musician's necessary hiatus causes fan heartbreak

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

September 12, 2019

I’m in mourning. Grief, loneliness and isolation surround me. Why, you ask? Mitski has deleted all her social media accounts and announced an “indefinite” break from touring. In reference to a Sept. 7 concert in New York City, Mitski tweeted: “This will be my last show indefinitely, and I...

VT organizers prep for Pride

 Pride flags blow in the wind on Church Street during the 2018 Pride Parade, September 2018.The Pride Vermont festival runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, ending with a parade. Visit to learn how to get involved.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

September 1, 2019

As leaves change and summer turns to fall, Church street transforms into a colorful display of love and acceptance.  Pride Week will occur the week of Aug 31 to Sep. 8. The UVM Pride parade celebrates LGBT rights gained through resistance by marching through Church Street to Battery Park in Burlington.  The UVM Prism Center...

Student releases book of poetry

Junior Harmony Edosomwan poses with her new book, Aug. 22. The book, titled “Sad Black Girl,” is an interactive poetry book filled with Edosomwan’s words, places to write or draw the reader’s own feelings and art made by friends and strangers.

Sarah Robinson, Culture editor

September 1, 2019

The poet sat in a vegan bakery, Kneads, in the North End. The blank walls contrasted the color of her newly published book sitting on the table. Junior Harmony Edosomwan published a book of poetry in May through Amazon’s self-publishing service.  The book, titled “Sad Black Girl,” is ...

Mike Birbiglia to perform at Labor Day comedy show

 Comedian Mike Birbiglia talks on “The Tonight Show,” June 24. Birbiglia will be performing in the Grand Maple Ballroom 7 p.m. Sept. 2.

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

September 1, 2019

This year’s Labor Day Comedy show features Mike Birbiglia, an American writer, producer, director, actor and, most importantly, stand-up comedian.  The show takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Grand Maple Ballroom.  The UVM Program Board plans a comedy show every year for labor day weekend. Pa...

Review: Lake Street Dive shines at sold-out show

Lake Street Dive play songs from their new album.

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

July 30, 2019

When I found out I was attending the sold-out Lake Street Dive concert on July 25 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, I gasped so loudly that my coworkers stared at me. I didn’t let out my breath until the show was over.  As I rode down College Street from work to the show, I saw the full scale of what ...

Poet reads and reminisces at Fleming event

Poet Matt Miller reads his poetry to an audience  April 22 in the Fleming Museum. Miller’s poetry comes mostly from a parent’s perspective. He spoke about the horror of losing a child, the need to protect your kids and the happiness of parenting.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

May 3, 2019

Light chatter echoed in the marble halls of the Fleming Museum as audience members trickled in, but the sound diminished as the rhythm of poetry filled the room. Both UVM students and Burlington residents came to see Matt Miller perform his original poetry as part of the Painted Word Poetry Series ...

Alumni host Winooski’s music festival for ninth year

The group Noname performs at Waking Windows 2018. This year, Waking Windows will feature headlining acts Twin Peaks, Tune-Yards and Sunflower Bean. The festival will also feature UVM’s own musicians Princess Nostalgia, The Onlys and Father Figuer.

Sarah Robinson, Culture Editor

May 1, 2019

For one weekend each year, the neighboring city of Winooski transforms into a celebration of music, art, literature and more. The festival is the brainchild of former UVM students. Waking Windows is an annual music festival in Winooski created by Paddy Reagan ‘04 and former student Nick Mavodon...

The art of lighting up

Colorful bowls are on display at the Bern Gallery on Main Street. The Bern Gallery was opened in 2004 by Tito Bern, the company’s CEO.

Keely Lyons, Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2019

Bongs, hookahs and bowls of every color and style adorn the Bern Gallery, a local smoke shop on Main Street. Large and artful pieces that can cost up to thousands of dollars sit near the front of the store. Glass gargoyles and dragons sit on display in the shop. The Bern Gallery was opened...

New Weyes Blood album balances light and dark

Jack Eccleston, Staff Writer

April 20, 2019

On the cover of the album, a young woman lounges in a bedroom underwater. “Titanic Rising,” Natalie Mering’s fourth studio album under the alias Weyes Blood, is a grandiose and sprawling depiction of the end of the world as we know it. But even in the face of disaster, Mering reminds us to ...

Alumni House exhibits student art for first time

Junior Zoe Pancic’s “Healing” hangs in the Bates Family Gallery April 14. The Alumni House will be hosting the opening reception to its first student art show, “Pride of Place,” April 18 at its home on 61 Summit St.

Anna Kolosky, Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2019

Within its Victorian architecture and woodworking, the Alumni House serves as a place for alumni to connect with students and with UVM. The Alumni House will be hosting its first student art show, Pride of Place, April 18 at 61 Summit St. The show features the work of 13 current students. P...

Student musicians to honor Frank Zappa

Professor of music Alexander Stewart raises his hands to conduct the band into a loud fanfare of sound at a rehearsal for ZappaFest April 11. The band, who has been rehearsing throughout the semester, will be performing Frank Zappa compositions adapted for a jazz ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 20 in the Grand Maple Ballroom.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Walking past Southwick Music Hall in the late afternoon, a passerby may have heard the sound of a band at work. When practice is over, students hum to themselves as they leave, carrying instrument cases and sheet music. ZappaFest will be held for the first time in 10 years at 7:30 p.m. April 2...

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