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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

Juniors Adalia Williams, Max Kriff and Cam Tagatac are the student producers of “What’s Up Church Street.”

New UVMtv series portrays drunken ‘realism’

Shayla Blair, Culture Staff Writer October 15, 2021

Fall semester is officially in full swing and Thursday night marks the descent of undergrads on downtown Burlington’s nightlife.  UVMtv created a new series, “What’s Up Church Street,” produced...

Signs advertise apartments for rent on College Street.

Rising rent costs put students’ health at risk

Sophia Venturo and Quinn Johnson October 12, 2021

For upperclassmen, fall semester in Burlington is marked by competitive apartment hunting, but this year’s frenzy may pose extra challenges due to low vacancies and high prices. After years of gradual...

Finding intimacy after a year of disconnection

Finding intimacy after a year of disconnection

Eamon Dunn, Culture Staff Writer October 7, 2021

If you found love during the pandemic, I’m happy for you, but please block me on social media. Giving up on love seemed acceptable in the midst of a pandemic. On top of restricted interactions and...

Students rush past Royall Tyler Theatre on their way to class. UVM has recently fallen behind other school in relation to its retention rate, which is 86.6 percent, between a classs first and second fall semesters.

Theater groups return to the stage after hiatus

Natalia Stamatatos, Culture Staff Writer October 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic halted artists’ ability to practice and perform, but student theater groups are making a comeback this fall. In 2019, the University Players split into two groups: the original...

Eight phones sit on a table open to Yik Yak Oct. 3.

Yik Yak is back

Avery Delisle, Culture Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Seemingly overnight, the once popular social media app Yik Yak came roaring back to life.  Popular in early 2014 — in the era of mustaches, washi tape and Vine — Yik Yak was among one of the more...

Fan or friend: How parasocial relationships became commonplace

Fan or friend: How parasocial relationships became commonplace

Molly Dever, Culture Staff Writer October 1, 2021

You’ve probably seen the phrase “parasocial relationship” if you’ve spent time on the internet in the past few weeks. This term describes the psychological relationship that pop culture fans...

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Jam scene returns to Burlington

Max Gerlach, Culture Staff Writer September 30, 2021

Alongside the nostalgic crunching of fallen leaves and the soft whistling wind, this autumn hosts another exciting sound. From basements, to bars, to backyards, Burlington’s live music is back and...

The ‘Twilight Saga’s’ 10 year grip on pop culture

The ‘Twilight Saga’s’ 10 year grip on pop culture

Shayla Blair, Culture Staff Writer September 23, 2021

There are certain movies that society deems timeless classics. “Twilight” is neither timeless nor classic, but that might be why we love it so much.   The first installment in the four-book series...

A Philadelphia Pride flag, which represents intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community and a legacy of activism, flies over Burlington Pride Sept. 5.

Burlington Pride rejects ‘rainbow capitalism’

Laura Clifford, Culture Staff Writer September 13, 2021

Looming rain clouds couldn’t dull the bursting excitement of Burlington’s annual Pride Parade and Festival.  Organized by Pride Center VT, hundreds of students and community members clad in rainbow...

Palladino standing on the edge of a small cliff overlooking a mountain range.

Student hikes Appalachian Trail in 97 days

Cyrus Oswald, Culture Staff Writer September 9, 2021

Many UVM students spend their summers in Burlington or their hometowns, working summer jobs or internships. Sophomore Ben Palladino decided, instead, to hike 2,190 miles.  Palladino completed the entirety...

Senior Liv Marshall stands on the steps of the Howe Library Sept. 1.

Cynic Fit Check: Back to school edition

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor September 6, 2021

We all know the first week of school is a fashion show. Here’s what UVM students wore to bid summer farewell and greet fall. Sophomore Mara Wyman  “I literally ordered all of this online,”...

Culture Staff Recommends: Burlington Hot Spots

Culture Staff Recommends: Burlington Hot Spots

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer August 31, 2021

As summer winds down and the start of classes creeps closer and closer, UVM students from across the country will begin their pilgrimage back to campus.  UVM first-years and transfers may have difficulty...

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