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The simple power of walking

The simple power of walking

Laura Meyer, Culture Staff Writer March 26, 2021

I used to not think much about walking. It was just walking. It got you from point A to point B.  If anything, I thought walking was an inconvenience because of how long it takes to actually get to...

UVM First-year Matt Fisher sits inside the Harris-Millis common area Feb. 21. Fisher has been working on music for five years now.

‘The Neon Lounge’ showcases the best and worst of house

Connor Adams, Culture Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Student musician Matthew Fischer’s new album draws on both of house music’s most common cliches and it’s greatest strengths. Releasing an album during the waves of COVID-19 is no easy feat, especially...

Notes on coolness

Notes on coolness

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor February 19, 2021

How does one define the essence of cool? Being a member of a subversive art scene? Mastering a balanced strike between hot and cold — of promiscuity and aloofness? Following certain trends? Or turning...

How COVID-19 changed popular music

How COVID-19 changed popular music

Connor Adams, Staff Writer September 24, 2020

The coronavirus has forced music to evolve within the walls of quarantine into an anomaly exclusive to 2020. Artists have had to find new ways to produce their music in our socially-distanced world....

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...

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...

The beef with the beef industry

The beef with the beef industry

Ali Barritt, Cynic Correspondent April 14, 2018

The line at the grill is long at any dining hall on campus; there’s ample demand for beef. In fact, the US produced 99.8 billion pounds of meat in 2017, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Sophomore...

Teaching empowers

Teaching empowers

Autumn Lee, Life Columnist March 27, 2018

Conversations around education often focus on the gender imbalance among students. What I don’t hear discussed is gender representation among teachers. More than three quarters of kindergarten...

Seniors fight to maintain motivation second semester

Katie Brobst, Assistant Life Editor March 22, 2018

It’s dark, it’s still cold and everyone is wishing for sunshine. But the lack of motivation in spring semester is perhaps felt most by seniors. Senioritis is infecting upperclassmen. “I have experienced...

Practice self love with a sex toy

Practice self love with a sex toy

Autumn Lee, Life Columnist February 16, 2018

Whether single or taken this Valentine’s Day, self-love is in order. Let’s be honest: we can’t talk about love without talking about sex. It’s time to treat yourself to a sex toy. Whether...

Taking on Thailand solo

Taking on Thailand solo

February 15, 2018

Traveling alone can seem scary and intimidating, but after spending a week solo in Thailand, I’ve come to prefer it. My adventure began while studying in Wellington, New Zealand. I set my mind to...

Hit pause on college

Lily Merriam, Cynic Correspondent February 8, 2018

Over winter break I was one of 16 students travelling to Nepal that learned study abroad is not just a pursuit of education, it is a chance to become part of another culture. The three-credit travel...

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