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Troupe brings step dancing to campus

Kiera Harley of the traveling dance troupe Step Afrika performs a solo Feb. 6 in the Grand Maple Ballroom. To celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, the Black Student Union and the Department of Student Life hosted Step Afrika’s visit.

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

February 16, 2019

At the kick-off to this year’s Black History Month celebration at UVM, dancers used their feet, hands and mouths to make music perfectly in time with their movements. Traveling dance troupe Step Afrika visited UVM Feb. 6. The step dancing performance was hosted by the University’s Black St...

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

I woke up early Jan. 18 to Spotify alerting me to the news I had been waiting for all month: one of my favorite artists had finally released her first album. Needless to say, I spent all morning and all week listening to Maggie Roger’s “Heard It in A Past Life” on repeat.  Roger’s ...

Professor explores race and inspiration in new book

Emily Bernard delivers a reading of a sample of essays from her new book “Black is The Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine” Jan. 30. at Phoenix Books. The book is a collection of essays that narrate her experiences as a black woman, a daughter, an adoptive mother and an educator.

Sarah Robinson, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2019

The author took her place behind the podium to face a crowd of friends, colleagues, students and strangers. The applause died down, and the author smiled. “I’ll try not to cry,” she said.  English professor Emily Bernard is the author of “Black is The Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s T...

“Ballad of Buster Scruggs” displays creativity over cohesion

Keely Lyons, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019

In the opening scene of the Coen brothers’ newest film, a ragged and worn book titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” lies centered on a nondescript wooden floor as Western guitars and horns play in the background. A wrinkled hand opens the cover as the names of some of Hollywood’s biggest hit...

A cappella group performs to benefit heart health

A cappella group performs to benefit heart health

Marco Cepeda, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019

The UVM a cappella group Hit Paws and nonprofit organization Team Heart joined forces the night of Jan. 19 at Southwick Hall to present a charity concert.   Matt Dooman This charity concert was initiated by first-year Lauren Eisel. Recently, Eisel was flipping through stories in the New York Ti...

“Roma” deserves the biggest screen

Hunter McKenzie, Senior Culture Columnist

January 17, 2019

I should admit that before I sat down to watch “Roma,” I knew almost nothing about it. Holly Coughlan I knew that it was a Spanish language film. I knew that it was in black and white. I also vaguely knew of the soft controversy surrounding the film’s distributor, Netflix, that made it available...

Animated “Spider-Man” swings into success


Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

January 16, 2019

I’ve seen a lot of Spider-Man movies. Probably one too many Spider-Man movies. After a while, they kind of bleed together. Sophie Spencer That being said, Tobey Maguire was not a bad Spider-Man. Neither was Andrew Garfield. Tom Holland appears to be a youthful, hilarious mix of a great Spider-Man and a great Peter Parker, with future movies ...

We should all listen to more multilingual pop music

We should all listen to more multilingual pop music

Sarah Robinson, Culture Columnist

December 7, 2018

Lili Traviato The use of Spanish in American music has, until recently, only appeared sparingly in music’s top charts.   This is despite there being 40.5 million Spanish speakers in the U.S, according to a March 2018 CNN article. Cardi B’s song “I Like It” featuring Puerto Rican rappe...

Breaking into the scene: a guide to getting started in music

Junior Ben Schnier drums in the amphitheater at last year’s Furious Festival April 21. “It’s hard being a student musician, so it’s important to ask yourself  ‘do you want to do this?’” said Drew Steinberg ’18, former manager of and guitar player in the student band Jeddy.

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

December 6, 2018

There’s so much a student can do to get involved in the music scene at UVM and in Burlington that it might be intimidating for those who don’t quite know where to begin. While the campus is well known for fostering a creative environment, getting started in the music scene isn’t always easy. H...

“Wildlife:” a sturdy directorial debut

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

December 2, 2018

Sophie Spencer Welcome to Great Falls, Montana, 1960. A wildfire rages across the forested Rockies, just at the edge of the small town caught between two eras of mid-century America. This is the set up for actor Paul Dano’s (“Little Miss Sunshine”) directorial debut, “Wildlife,”  a quiet...

Queen’s legacy is showcased in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Queen's legacy is showcased in

Jonathan Greenberg, Staff Writer

December 1, 2018

Reese Green “We Will Rock You,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Another one Bites the Dust.” All of these song were sung by Queen, the iconic rock band lead by Freddie Mercury. One of their songs just so happens to be the title of a new movie: “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film centers on Fred...

Williams gallery finishes semester with student art

Williams Hall is filled with student art on every floor. The Francis Colburn Gallery, a large room across from room 301, will be showing work done by students who attend the Integrated Arts Academy, a public magnet school in Burlington from November 26th to November 30th.

Keely Lyons, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

Rotting fruit, empty fish tanks and a pile of dirt are only some of the things that have been on display this semester in the Francis Colburn Gallery, a large room across from room 301 in Williams Hall.  Run by the art and art history department and curated by Associate Professor Mildred Beltré, the Fra...

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