The Vermont Cynic

Fair trade aims for justice

Erin Focone

April 10, 2012


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The Peace and Justice Center held a fair trade festival at Burlington City Hall on Sept. 29 to educate the community about the importance of supporting fair trade. Fair trade is an alternative way of trading based on the principles of economic and social justice. The event was lined with tables...

Find your hidden abs

April 7, 2012


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This is not your typical how to get six-pack abs article.Instead of trying to convince you that the newest exercise fad is the ultimate solution for developing a six-pack, I plan to bring it back to the basics.The most important thing to take away from this article is the that abs are made in the kitc...

Scan your finger: gym access granted

Erin Focone

April 5, 2012


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Biometric finger scanners might be the new solution for students who frequently forget or lose their CATcards. Tim Lewis, associate director for campus recreation, thought of the idea when trying to find a way that would grant students access into buildings without having their CATcards. Because...

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...

“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 ...

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...

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