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And the living is easy

April 29, 2008

This summer, you're probably working. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't have a good time on the weekends! Here are a few idyllic one or two night vacations that won't break the bank.Truro, MACape Cod is one of the most popular New England beach getaways during the summer, and is accordingly v...

The new way to pay it forward

April 29, 2008

In today's world of terrorism, fear mongering, genocides, school shootings and countless other violent acts, the future seems bleak and pessimistic. However, there is some hope.This hope comes in the form of concrete action, and in particular, through random acts of kindness.April 24 is, according to...

Jumping the cliff

April 28, 2008

The first time I went cliff jumping was an absolutely horrendous experience.We're talking a textbook belly flop. The wedgie that killed all chances of procreating.Brain damage resulting from the amount of water rushing at about a million miles/hour up my nostrils. The guys I'd gone with, all pretty much ...

Keeping UV Groovy

April 28, 2008

In June of 2004, I, along with a fraction of admitted students that would soon be my fellow classmates, attended a session of freshman orientation. I'd heard all about the whole "Groovy UV" thing but I was never really sure what it meant; I didn't know if it was real. What made this place so "groovy?"...

Are You Safe?

March 3, 2008

With school shootings making headlines nationwide, a student from Middlebury College missing and a homicide at UVM last year, it is safe to say that campus safety is a relevant issue. But what do students, administration and statistics say about these security issues? Some students, like junior Tom ...

Madeleine Kunin: Serving The Public Good

December 16, 2007

For the past 40 years Madeleine Kunin has served the public good in politics, journalism, and in education. Governor Kunin is now a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Vermont and at Saint Michaels College. Her distinguished career is highlighted by many achievements: Kunin wa...

Riding Southern Vermont

December 13, 2007

For most Vermonters, and for those who consider themselves hardcore, when one speaks of Stratton the normal result is a cringe in disgust. This cringe in disgust is a result of the stereotype Stratton has as a mountain for affluent New Yorkers who send their children to ski school and go down the sl...

An Interview With Peter Clavelle

December 6, 2007

Burlington Mayor and Vermont gubernatorial candidate recently spoke with The Vermont Cynic on his bid for governor. He has campaigned on a progressive agenda that includes both livable wages and universal healthcare for all Vermonters.Vermont Cynic: You switched from the Progressive Party to the De...

Interview With Bernie Sanders

December 6, 2007

Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently spoke with The Vermont Cynic. With a substantial lead in the polls, Sanders has focused more on supporting John Kerry's presidential bid than his own bid for re-election.Vermont Cynic: How important is this year's election? And why is it critical for colle...

Election Season in Vermont

December 6, 2007

While there may not be much question about Vermont's two electoral votes, there are a few races in Vermont this fall that are far from decided. Governor Jim Douglas (R) battles a possible threat to his reelection from Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle. In the race for the Senate, Democratic incumbent Pa...

The East Coast’s Finest at UVM

December 6, 2007

Ahhh, winter in Vermont. This season turns many away from this fine state, but it is also this season that draws many here. When it was time for me to choose a college, the idea that I could spend my winters at a place where I could get in 30-plus days a year in riding tipped the scales in favor of...

Dorm Drop-Ins: Life on the Inside

April 4, 2007

Another freezing February weeknight has most UVMers marooned indoors ... again. We wondered: if we could peek into dorm life after classes, parties and snow/y days, what would we find? Our quest led us to sit in on hang-out sessions everywhere from Redstone to Trinity. Every dorm has its own feel to i...

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