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Perfecting the wine swirl

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...

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...

‘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...

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,...

Caffeine consumption on campus has pros and cons

Kailey Bates, Life Columnist November 8, 2017

Some love it, some hate it, and some absolutely need — coffee. One of the most popular beverages on a college campus, coffee straddles the line between being a legal drug with possibly harmful side...

Speaking in favor of sexy feminist costumes

Speaking in favor of sexy feminist costumes

Autumn Lee, Staff Writer November 1, 2017

Women in leotards, bunny ears and fishnets, freezing. Men, legs covered, dressed in something humorous or maybe as a superhero. This is Halloween weekend on a college campus. Halloween is my favorite...

Library Lookout

Katie Brobst, Assistant Life Editor October 19, 2017

Some students go to the library to quickly print homework between classes. Others show up at 8 a.m. sharp and have to be shoved out by the closing staff. As a member of the second group I can never...

Sororities are not stereotype

Sororities are not stereotype

Autumn Lee, Staff Writer October 19, 2017

When it comes to sorority girls, a lot of images come to mind — bleach-blonde hair, matching Greek letter t-shirts and lots of partying. Recently, I’ve been trying to challenge my thoughts on this...

The pill is one option of many

The pill is one option of many

Sarah Heft, Staff Writer October 7, 2017

What do pills, patches, shots, implants, and rings all have in common? They’re all forms of hormonal birth control women use everyday and for a variety of reasons. Some women use hormonal birth control...

Music builds and breaks female stereotypes

Music builds and breaks female stereotypes

Autumn Lee, Cynic Correspondent September 28, 2017

Seven years old, in the back seat of my family’s Dodge Stratus, headphones blasting, “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” I was thinking to myself I could be the next big pop star. As I sang out loud,...

Savoring the last sunshine & sleep in syllabus week

Katie Brobst, Life Assistant Editor September 8, 2017

Syllabus week has come and gone. There was a unique atmosphere on UVM’s campus. Whether you are dragging your feet to class or are more than ready to finally start the semester, no one expects...

Matcha maintains trend of popularity

Chris Leow, Senior Staff Writer April 17, 2017

Matcha tea has become extremely popular in recent years, appearing in everything from candy, cupcakes, smoothies and lattes. Ben & Jerry’s even has a Matcha-flavored ice cream with caramel and...

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