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

My brains battle with my vagina

My brain’s battle with my vagina

Cameron Provorny, Culture Staff Writer December 9, 2021

I am 20 years old, in my second year of college, and over a year and a half into my relationship. I lie to the people around me, I lie to myself. I say I’ve had sex before. My gynecologist was the...

My unique Thanksgiving traditions

My unique Thanksgiving traditions

Natalia Stamatatos, Culture Staff Writer November 29, 2021

I always felt jealous of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner growing up as the daughter of an immigrant. I saw the turkey roasting in the oven and the cranberry sauce simmering on the stove on television...

Ditch fast fashion, the world depends on it

Ditch fast fashion, the world depends on it

Eamon Dunn, Culture Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Climate anxiety seems to tax almost everyone, but many people are failing to take action when it comes to their closets. Born into a society dominated by consumerism, many young people care deeply about...

Game of Thrones prequel deserves a chance

“Game of Thrones” prequel deserves a chance

Becca Olshan, Culture Staff Writer October 28, 2021

“Game of Thrones” had a notoriously bad ending, and I seriously question the taste in television of those who think otherwise For the first time since 2018, there’s hope for redemption. That light...

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...

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...

Mask on? Mask off?: Navigating unclear cultural expectations post-pandemic

Mask on? Mask off?: Navigating unclear cultural expectations post-pandemic

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor May 20, 2021

The past year seemed to be one day played out on a continuous loop.  After the lockdown procedures last March, the shock and disruption of the pandemic wore off, a “new normal” set in and we accepted...

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...

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