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A Bit(Torrent) of Advice

March 20, 2007


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In preface to this article, piracy is illegal. Now that I've made myself clear, on to more important things. You probably have not heard of BitTorrent (unless you slogged your way to the end of my last column) and I'll give you a warning: you're going to get confused, but don't give up I assure you, the ...

Foreign Fashion

March 20, 2007


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As promised, I am about to disclose some of the most important lessons about Ital-ian fashion. I am about to hand you a key, a lovely, chic, leather trimmed key that unlocks the door to a lifetime of sophistication and grace, ?Ê la the Italians. While reading, keep in mind that I am giving you only ...

Normally Unpredictable

March 20, 2007


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This winter has consisted of record breaking storms to a drastic change of temperatures from one day to the next. The week before break went from -22 degrees to 40 in a matter of days.I was watching the weather the other day and the weather reporters finally admitted that they could not predict the weath...

Part of the Past: Eugenics and UVM

March 20, 2007


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The Vermont Eugenics Survey began at UVM during in the mid 1920s as a result of the New Deal as an attempt to "Breed Better Vermonters". Eugenics is a Social Darwinist idea created in the late nineteenth century by Sir Thomas Galton (Charles Darwin's cousin).Henry Perkins, UVM professor and chairman of ...

UVMtv Shows Great Popularity

March 20, 2007


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UVMtv has grown a lot over the past few years. When Sean Dempsey, a senior and current president of the on campus television station, got involved as a sophomore there were only two channels, both of which played movies on a continuous loop. Dempsey and two friends got the station off the ground and broug...

Defining a Vermonter

March 8, 2007


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We are at a point in history where our world is more interconnected than ever before, but also, quite peculiarly, our world is just as divided and disconnected as it has ever been. It is a sad situation, of which our beautiful, bucolic state is no exception. For a state so high in social capital, with such...

Studying Work Study

March 8, 2007


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Stereotypically, a college student's biggest decision week to week is to decide whether to buy beer or dinner on Saturday night. Students are often poor and don't always make the best fiscal choices. Like most universities UVM included offer a work study program to help ease the cost of living burden...

Frozen Fashion

March 8, 2007


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The Vermont Fashion Net-working group met to discuss Vermont's fashion sense Wednesday night at the Fletcher Free Library. Images of Burlington's oldest residents leafing through newspapers in comfy chairs may come to mind, but the issue of the night was "Vermont and the Catwalk." Yet, in a city with...

The Rocks in Your Shoes

March 8, 2007


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Every few months (or every few days, in the case of science majors), college students are faced with a trial commonly referred to (in hushed tones) as an All Nighter. There are two types of students: those who are bogged down with work, and those who procrastinate ridiculously. Both groups eventuall...

Status Sneaks Up on Burlington

March 8, 2007


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Status sits on Church Street in the shadow of Borders, across the street from the rest of the large chain clothing stores that line Burlington's prime shopping real estate. It's a small shop, about 12 feet across and 30 feet deep. Track lighting lines the ceiling and illuminates the austere wire and ...

UVM Students Solve Whodunnit

March 8, 2007


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There is a large group of semi-well dressed students lined up at the foot of three steaming, linen covered tables. The lights are low. Voices in strange and foreign accents rise out of the solemn conversational din of the hungry students ready to feast on spinach fettuccini and meatballs, large vats of...

A Breath of Fresh Air

March 8, 2007


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It was Friday night. My friend and I were out, trudging through the snow to a party downtown, bickering over a good time to pull the plug on the fun and head back up to campus. Instead of waking up leisurely, feasting on waffles and omelets and starting some work before it was officially nighttime and the e...

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