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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...

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 Julian Kafka eats meat because it tastes good and it’s widely available, he said. Would ...

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 through high school teachers are women, according to a September 2014 New York Times article. Sitting in ...

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 it, since junior year actually,” senior Zach White said. “I think it’s generally accep...

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 you’re a sex shop regular or new to the game, the season of love is always a great time to explore sexualit...

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 traveling alone to a place I’d always dreamed of visiting: Thailand. I was nervous before my solo ...

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 study course in the department of community development and applied economics was led by Prem Timsina...

Perfecting the wine swirl

courtesy of Dedalus Wine Bar

Alexandra Shannon, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018

With an elegant swish of a thin stemmed glass, the wine’s scent floats into the air. And as long as it doesn’t “smell like a wet basement,” it’s a good wine. This proper swirling technique was one bit of wine knowledge I gained from my evening at Dedalus wine bar. Tucked away on artsy ...

Don’t sweat it, coolness is a social construct

Don't sweat it, coolness is a social construct

Katie Brobst, Assistant Life Editor

January 25, 2018

When I was in kindergarten, the cool kids wore bell bottoms and were growing out their baby bangs. But the definition of cool grew more complicated as I got older. Now, coolness is measured by how many personal electronics you have and whether or not your ears are pierced. The Oxford English D...

‘Spilling the Tea’ on 2017’s slang

Bernadette Higgs, Staff Writer

January 22, 2018

If there’s one place to look for 2017’s slew of new slang words, it’s a college campus. After more than a year and a half at UVM and a few sly visits to Urban Dictionary, I compiled a list of slang I’ve heard around campus. Surrounded by pop culture and up to date students, I often heard words and phrases ...

Mid-Atlantic defines students’ idea of home

Mid-Atlantic defines students' idea of home

Lindsay Freed, Life Columnist

November 30, 2017

For many people, college is the first time they’ve spent an extended time at an extended distance from family, old friends and familiar environment. This is particularly true for the average UVM student, who often comes from a state other than Vermont, as 80 percent of undergraduates are out-of...

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