The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Sheas illi for the hot beverage column

Culture staff recommends: hot bevs

Culture Staff, Culture Staff Writer November 16, 2023

The first snowflakes have fallen on campus, and the air is getting cool, crisp and quite dry. To soothe your winter blues and settle your seasonally sore throat, the culture staff is recommending hot bevs.  Matcha...

Mollys illi for the outdoor spaces column

Walkable and bikeable natural areas in Burlington

Maggie O'Shea, Culture Staff Writer November 10, 2023

It can be frustrating to be in a city surrounded by mountains, and yet experience much difficulty accessing them to hike and get outdoors.  Especially as a person without a car, it’s very tough to...

Students play with kendamas on the Andrew Harris green.

Kendama craze: UVM’s newest obsession

Will Hamilton, Culture Staff Writer November 9, 2023

While the frisbee has long been king in the sprawling lawns of UVM, an unlikely competitor has emerged this fall to challenge its grasp as the go-to activity between classes: the kendama. Kendamas are...

Billy Watkins plays a game of pool with friends in the Davis Center Oct. 19.

The Davis Center pool tables: an ultimate student pastime

Carolyn Kelly November 3, 2023

If you’ve walked through the first floor of the Davis Center, you may have noticed that its four pool tables are usually buzzing with people.  As one of the many pulls of the Davis Center, these...

Colorful clothing on campus: The students not going neutral for fall

Grace Wang, Culture Staff Writer October 21, 2022

On any given fall day on UVM’s lovely campus, you can swim in the sea of beige, black, white, brown and forest green fits adorning students. Alongside falling leaves and hot cider, the toned-down palette...

Dungeons & Dragons slays students’ stress

Dungeons & Dragons slays students’ stress

Kailey Shea, Culture Staff Writer October 17, 2022

As the average college student does, I prefer to relax by going on imaginary quests with my friends, drop-kicking gnomes and dueling giant top hat-wearing frogs along the way.  I had never considered...

Sophomore Ashna Hille wears a “rock star”-level outfit for a Fit Check Sept. 19.

Cynic Fit Check: Ashna Hille

Maggie Swanborn, Culture Staff Writer October 5, 2022

Ashna Hille is a sophomore from Natick, Mass. She recently transferred to UVM and is double majoring in music technology and business, and health and society.  THE CYNIC: How would you describe...

Rapper Yung Gravy performs at Patrick Gym for FallFest Sept. 30.

Yung Gravy revives FallFest, flings food at students

Kailey Shea, Culture Staff Writer October 3, 2022

Editor’s note: This story was updated Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to correctly contextualize a quote from a band member. Yung Gravy led UVM students in a moment of silence for the extinct catamount species...

School is officially in full swing, and so is screen time

School is officially in full swing, and so is screen time

Sam Jefferson, Culture Staff Writer September 27, 2022

Inevitably, the return to class with the onset of the fall semester comes with many changes to daily life—including an uptick in UVM students' screen time.  In a survey conducted by the Cynic, many...

Class of 2026 is making long-distance work

Class of 2026 is making long-distance work

Maya Surrenti, Culture Staff Writer September 26, 2022

Don’t hate me for this, but my high school boyfriend and I decided to attend the same college. Quite frankly, I don’t think I would’ve survived a long-distance relationship. I believed many other...

Kitchen Therapy

Kitchen Therapy

Dominic Minadeo, Culture Staff Writer August 31, 2022

After a year of slicing turkey and boiling beets for my job as a cook, I clocked in for the last time at the Vermont National Country Club kitchen.  I changed into my chef coat. I chopped and washed...

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