The Vermont Cynic

Lingering effects of a nickname

Drew Cooper, Cynic Correspondent

March 2, 2017

Despite the somewhat meandering nature of this column, I intend to keep my word and discuss the intricacies of mental health as I understand it. As my first article was an introduction, it’s fitting that my sophomore piece be an introduction to myself: this is a brief history of Drewpy. To ma...

A Day of Silence

A Day of Silence

Hunter Colvin, Senior Staff Writer

February 19, 2017

I like to talk. A lot. So when someone suggested I try being silent for an entire day, I wasn’t sure how well I would do. Sure, there are days I spend lying in bed doing homework, i.e. watching Netflix, when I don’t talk to anyone — but that’s because nobody is around, not because I’m de...

Exploring Burlington’s Thrift Store Scene

Exploring Burlington's Thrift Store Scene

Hunter Colvin, Senior Staff Writer

February 19, 2017

Just because I love shopping doesn’t mean my wallet loves it. So, I decided to look into some local thrift shops to see if I could give my wallet a well-deserved break. Second Time Around specializes in high-end, gently worn clothing, shoes and accessories for women. It isn’t the cheapest thrif...

Planned Parenthood secured my support

Planned Parenthood secured my support

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2017

With national talks about Planned Parenthood lately, I decided I should head over there and see what all the fuss is about. It had been a while since I was tested for STI’s and figured what better way to support Planned Parenthood than by becoming a patient myself. I scheduled an appointment for an annual exa...

Get Trump out of the bedroom

Get Trump out of the bedroom

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2017

I hate to admit it, but I have thought about Donald Trump while having sex. Not because he makes me weak in the knees, but because his anti-women policies can very well put myself and many others in unfortunate situations. I try to talk myself down from these fears, but all of them are legitimate concerns...

Inclusive panties promote happy periods

Inclusive panties promote happy periods

Sarah Heft, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2017

As someone who menstruates, I am always looking for the next device that will make riding the red tide a little less terrible. As of right now, I am a fan of menstrual cups and cloth pads or pantiliners. This past period, however, I discovered something that I believe will change the way we all v...

Zen scholar lectures on mindfulness

September 29, 2016

On the first official day of fall, light trickled into the high arched windows of Ira Allen Chapel. The modest crowd gathered there had come to see Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the United States, talk about his practice. Kabat-Zinn, known for making mindfulness p...

When it’s okay to be corny

When it’s okay to be corny

Charlotte Fisher

September 28, 2016

Have your cake and your veggies, too. Another week, another farm-fresh basket from the Intervale Food Hub. The ingredients that called to me this week were the sweet corn, huge leeks, buttery oyster mushrooms and golden potatoes. You know your ingredients are fresh when they have dirt on them. ...

A journey up the pinnacle

A journey up the pinnacle

Camilla Broccolo

September 28, 2016

Once fall rolls around, the leaf peepers come to town and some UVM-ers hit the mountains. “[My favorite part of hiking in the fall is] the colors of the leaves, because it’s summer year round where I come from,” senior Meghan Egan said. “The temperature is also nice because I’m not dying from h...

Where to get your music fix in Burlington

Camilla Broccolo

September 22, 2016

Remember those summer days? The warm sun hitting your face, wind blowing and you’re swaying to the amazing live music. The classic image of any person at a summer concert. As sad as it is, outdoor concert and festival season is officially over and the great tunes are moving indoors. The musi...

Fresh ingredients for the perfect summer salad

Charlotte Fisher

September 21, 2016

Tuesday afternoon with a bag in hand I arrived to pick up my first basket of the semester from the Intervale Food Hub. The day before I had received a newsletter that detailed what I should expect to find inside. I was pleased to find a basket sitting perched on a table labeled “Fisher.” Ins...

Not your mother’s brand of feminism

Not your mother’s brand of feminism

September 21, 2016

The summer before 11th grade I went to summer camp, like I had been doing year after year for the past seven years. Except this summer was different. I had one counselor who handed me a copy of Jessica Valenti’s “Full Frontal Feminism.”   This book started me on a journey to find my...

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