The Vermont Cynic

“Give You the Ghost” saves the (musical) world

April 5, 2012


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? For music fans that lament the current state of popular music, perhaps nothing is more despised than the outbreak of Auto-Tune usage throughout the music world. From T-Pain to even Bon Iver's most recent album, auto-tuning is seemingly inescapable.  So, when I tell you that Polica is the latest ban...

Zaloom turns puppetry into art

April 5, 2012


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? I don't believe that I'm going out on a limb when I say that Paul Zaloom is not a name that resonates within the popular consciousness of the UVM community. Nor is it even largely in minds of folks living in the greater artistic collective that is Burlington. Perhaps this is because the presence of ...

Rich language of laureate Tina Chang explored at the Fleming

April 5, 2012


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? The Fleming Museum hosted Tina Chang on March 28 as part of the monthly Painted Word Series led by professor Major Jackson.  Varied speakers presented her poetry to the audience. In Tina Chang's second book of poetry, "Of Gods and Strangers," the taste of the discoveries made in Chang's poems ...

Student art highlighted in new exhibit

April 5, 2012


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? Artists from the Living/Learning Creative Expressions program presented "The Tip of the Iceberg on the Cake" gallery showcase reception at the L/L Fireplace Lounge March 27.  Christmas lights brightened the exhibit showcasing more than 140 original student pieces. Much of the art in the gall...

Guest speaks on significance of five pillars of Islam

April 4, 2012


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? The Muslim Students Association (MSA) held its first event of the semester March 29.  Founded three years ago, the club is open to any student, whether he or she identifies closely with the religion or would like to learn more about the faith.  According to club members Aya Alnamee, a fir...

Your senior roommate

April 4, 2012


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? Housemates Monica and Meryl often start their Saturdays by making breakfast together, but they aren't the typical college matchup. Junior Monica Beers lives with 75-year-old Meryl Caldwell in her downtown Burlington home as part of HomeShare Vermont, an organization that matches volunteers search...

Panelists strive to redefine feminism

April 4, 2012


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? Vermont community members gathered in the Waterman building on March 29 to discuss the issues women face when trying to balance work and family. One of the panelists was Madeleine Kunin, who served as governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991 and is releasing a book, "The New Feminist ...

Film exposes silent crisis of prisoners

April 4, 2012


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? "Cruel and Unusual" was a part of the Spring 2012 Social Justice Film Series that sought to highlight the struggles transgender women face. The UVM Center for Cultural Pluralism aired the film March 28 to bring awareness to the UVM community. Dirk Rodricks, program coordinator of the organization, ...

Future of Food’ focused on organic, natural food

April 4, 2012


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? The benefits of genetically modified foods (GMOs) and natural, organic foods is a debate that Slow Food at UVM discussed after a showing of the film "The Future of Food" on March 26. After the film, students, faculty and community members participated in a panel discussion featuring faculty and co...

Little Italy commemorated

Katie Alexander

April 3, 2012


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The Vermont Italian Club (VIC) will host a festival at the Burlington City Hall Oct. 6 commemorating the Little Italy of Burlingtons past with Italian history, food and pride. Little Italy prospered in Burlington around Battery Street and Pearl Street at the turn of the century until the urban renewal...

Students shown everyday elegance

March 28, 2012


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? Students and alumni dressed in suit jackets and cocktail dresses joined together for a five course meal and a lesson on etiquette March 25.   "An Evening of Elegance" took place in the Livak Ballroom and was sponsored by Class Council, the UVM Alumni Association, Career Services and the Emily Post Institute. Ann...

Meatout cuts the beef

March 28, 2012


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? The Green Mountain Animal Defenders (GMAD) tabled in the Davis Center to promote Meatout on March 20. "Today is Meatout, and we're here to promote a meat-free diet as it relates to the environment and from a health perspective," volunteer coordinator for GMAD Brenna Galdenzi said. Volunteers at t...

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