The Vermont Cynic

Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Junior Dia Brown poses in the UVM FabLab, Nov. 20. The FabLab makes rapid-prototyping tools available to UVM students and faculty.

Emma Shapera, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Despite the STEM community making up most of UVM’s majors, there was no National Society for Black Engineers at the University until last year. Junior Dia Brown, the club’s president and founder, launched the club at UVM in August 2018. “When I found out in my first year there wasn’t a ...

Citizens try to save Burly’s tree canopy

 The Branch Out Burlington! sign stands in front of a backdrop of trees on the UVM Horticulture farm, Nov. 15. The organization grows and plants trees throughout Burlington.

Emma Adams, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Burlington is defined by its lush green foliage. However, local arborists say the signature  trunks and leaves of Vermont need citizen help.  Branch Out Burlington! is an organization that seeks to nurture and expand the city’s leafy canopy. Volunteers help plant and maintain the health of ...

Trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween at Horse Barn

Trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween at Horse Barn

Maryann Makosiej, Staff Writer

November 9, 2019

A sea of trick-or-treaters went stall to stall collecting candy from student handlers and their costume-clad horses.  The Halloween Barn event was held on Monday, October 28 at the UVM Horse Barn. It was a student-run, faculty-supported effort led by the Animal and Veterinary Science department. Adult...

OLLI lets older dogs learn new tricks

Postdoctoral associate Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani identifies different parts of the saffron plant, Oct. 31. Judith Allard ‘67 G ‘69, who is holding the saffron, is one enrollee of UVM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

When typical college students enroll in a class, the doom of an impending exam looms on the horizon. Often, it’s impossible to relax and enjoy the content of the class. While this is not a reality for most UVM students, it is for some older adults who are committed to continuing to learn. ...

Hand-poked tattoos rise in popularity

A heart and devil adorn the leg of junior Garet Ewing, Nov. 1. Ewing has 20 tattoos in total, and only three of them are not stick and pokes.

Kellyn Doerr, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

Dip, poke and repeat. Tons of people are going under the needle to get new ink, and it’s not in the traditional method of tattooing with a gun. People have been practicing this art for thousands of years. The art has even been traced back to ancient Egypt, Rome and the Victorian era, accordi...

Students bring awareness to assault

Students walk from Waterman building to the Living/Learning Center Fireplace Lounge, Oct. 26. The walk was the third annual SlutWalk, which calls attention to domestic violence, sexual assault and gender inequality.

Isabella Ross, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

Dressed in however they chose,  protestors left Waterman Oct. 28 to demonstrate that clothing, or lack thereof, does not equal consent. UVM SlutWalk was started by  Brianna Ball ‘18 in 2017. It has been run for the past two years by senior Riri Stuart-Thompson, a member of the Womyn of Color c...

No tricks, only treats for VT families

No tricks, only treats for VT families

Jenny Koppang, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

In this most eerie season, Burlington parents can attest that trick-or-treating in a college town is decidedly not the spookiest part of Halloween.  With this holiday comes hoards of college-aged witches and ghouls partaking in family- unfriendly festivities, though these rowdy shenanigans are not...

Ghostly guide to UVM’s haunted halls

Converse Residence Hall stands against the weather as rain begins to fall, Oct. 23. Converse is considered to be haunted by some students.

Kate Germain, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Bronze leaves swirl and nights grow longer, making UVM a whole lot spookier. UVM is no exception to the haunted essence of Burlington in the fall. Many students are eerily aware of the most unsettling spots on campus, and they have something to say about it.  ROYALL TYLER THEATRE Royall Ty...

Sladers live sustainably together

Senior Clay Maroney (Left) and junior Courtney Smith (Right) perform at Slade Cooperative’s “Coffee Haus,” Oct. 10. Slade, an off-campus housing option for students, was founded as a way for student activists to form a community based in sustainability.

Christa Guzman, Staff Writer

October 19, 2019

String lights illuminated the walls and people huddled into any free space they could find as musicians, poets, storytellers and beyond took the stage. Students flock to the Slade Coffee Haus every other Thursday night for an open mic. Slade Ecological Co-op, an off campus housing option for stude...

Prism Center turns 20 years old

Planning Committee member Sanford Friedman ‘73 and his partner Jerry Hipps converse with other attendees of the Prism Center’s 20th anniversary celebration, Oct. 4. For the first time, the celebration, which took place in the Alumni House, was fully funded by the University.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

Speeches and solidarity filled the Alumni House during the Prism Center’s 20th anniversary celebration. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, the Prism Center held its 20th anniversary party on Oct. 4 in the Alumni House. Students and faculty gathered to c...

Hey UVM, welcome to my dorm

A teddy bear sits in the swing in first-year Phoebe Kaparian’s dorm room, Sept. 24. Kasparian’s inspiration behind her decorations was flowers and nature, she said.

Kellyn Doerr, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

The luxurious twin XL provided by Residential Life is no longer just a place to watch Netflix with your tinder date or have mental breakdowns. With way too many Amazon Prime orders and quite a few Target runs on your mom’s credit card, many college students today have found their room can be a dazzl...

Student podcasters bring NYC to BTV

(Left to right): Seniors Rafael Peralta and Kevin Borges talk about their podcast, No Cap, in the Davis Center atrium, Sept. 19. Although advertised as mostly jokes, No Cap tries to find a balance between humor and serious topics.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

September 28, 2019

Three friends and roommates from the Bronx, New York, gather around a mic once a week to let loose. No Cap is a podcast created by senior engineering majors Keven Borges, Rafael Peralta and Antonio Jackson. No Cap began in February 2019 after the Black Student Union Fashion Show at UVM. It’s a weekly podcast...

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