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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 effects or a warm drink that awakens the senses before an early morning class is blurred. Coffee cont...

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 holiday; I start counting down days way in advance. What I really like about this holiday is...

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 get enough of Bailey/Howe Library. There are so many amazing things about a place filled with books. The Cyber Caf...

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 stereotype. Senior Natalie Mitchell admitted to thinking this way early in college. She thou...

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 to control acne, to manage moods, regulate periods and yes, have baby-free sex. 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, my dad turned to my mom, upset I was listening to music he deemed “too sexy” and disrespectful to...

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 the first week of classes to be that difficult. The sweat and mania of move-in weekend has ended a...

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 cinnamon, though it’s only available in Japan. But what actually is this bright green powder, ...

Superfoods provide many delicious benefits

Michaela Paul, Staff Writer

April 16, 2017

Superfoods may not make someone fly or become invisible, but they can certainly improve one’s overall health and wellbeing. According to Ethan Smith, a senior dietetics, food and nutrition major, a superfood is defined as a whole food product that contains phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are n...

Future students of color: I was once where you are

Naydeline Mejia, Cynic Correspondent

April 13, 2017

Dear prospective student, I saw you today, having lunch with your mother in Cook dining hall, silently. Today is Admitted Student Visit Day, so it wasn’t unusual that I ran into you when I did. Or was it? I feel as though the universe may have placed me there at that moment. The stars ali...

Niche local bar makes eating out fun and affordable

Niche local bar makes eating out fun and affordable

Chris Leow, Senior Staff Writer

April 12, 2017

I’ve probably walked or driven by Drifter’s Cafe & Bar over a hundred times since it opened last June and never thought to venture inside; that was my loss. Located at 156 North Winooski Avenue, it has a funky but unassuming exterior. This, however, provides the perfect cover for one of Burling...

Reflecting on March, Women’s Month

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Izzy Siedman, Assistant Life Editor

April 12, 2017

As March winds down, we all start crossing our fingers for temperatures above freezing, but it’s not time to put away your pussyhats quite yet. In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. Since this designation, it has been recognized as a time to commemorate and study t...

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