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Sex signals speak volumes

February 15, 2012


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February, traditionally cold and snowy, provides perfect snuggling weather. Pair it with Valentine's Day and it seems like the perfect time to talk about having sex.   It can feel really awkward to talk about some aspects of sex, especially when it is a potentially new experience. However, it can...

Steamy evening sends sparks flying

February 15, 2012


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Artificial rose petals and condoms scattered across two long tables in the Waterman Memorial Lounge set the mood for Hillel's annual speed dating event on Feb. 9. Dozens of participants moved around the tables to spend two minutes with another person. After each rotation, a question was posed as an...

The Art on Burton’ displays reformation of snowboarding

February 9, 2012


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  Creative contributions from Burton artists and designers are on display at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe until April 15.  "The Art on Burton" highlights the ability of the Vermont-based company's gear, designers and riders to constantly reinvent the image of snowboarding. A large por...

Musicians step back a century

February 9, 2012


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Four musicians, four instruments and the work of four composers united on Feb. 1 in the Recital Hall for an event titled Music from Paris of the '20s. Sponsored by the Department of English Music and Literature Series, the concert was a collaboration between English professor Tom Simone and concert mus...

Ingrid Michaelson releases impressive fifth album

February 9, 2012


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  Ingrid Michaelson is a genius.  Plain and simple, the girl has it all: the voice, the writing, the musicianship and the incredible arrangement abilities. When a listener expects a quality level equal or greater to that of her 2007 release "Girls and Boys," it is a disappointment when the album...

Rusko takes on Higher Ground

February 9, 2012


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Rusko will be performing at Higher Ground's Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 12.  Rusko, the stage name of Christopher Mercer, is a widely known English dubstep record producer and DJ.  Rusko stepped onto the dubstep scene through an event called "Sub Dub" in Leeds, England.  He moved to Lond...

Old ideas, new energy

February 9, 2012


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  As far as I know, Leonard Cohen hasn't released anything remotely like a folk album since 1979's "Recent Heather." Enough build-up — I like "Old Ideas," though I can't get over the maybe-tasteless-maybe-tongue-in-cheek cover art. Where to begin? The rate at which Cohen's voice grows de...

Thought Catalog editor, writer tells all

February 8, 2012


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Ryan O'Connell, a writer and editor on the website Thought Catalog came to UVM Feb. 8. The week before, The Vermont Cynic got a chance to chat with him about writing, being a twenty something, and shame.The Vermont Cynic: Can you tell me a bit about how you became involved with writing for Thought Catalo...

Vegan dishes turn up heat

February 8, 2012


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  Vegans and non-vegans alike gathered at the cooking demonstration "Go Vegan!" held at Healthy Living Market on Jan. 31. The class demonstrated that vegan meals could be successfully pre-pared for any meal of the day, including snacks.  A variety of vegan meals and snacks were prepared by Heal...

Beekeeper links coffee and honey

February 8, 2012


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  Bees, Trees and Coffee Beans was a seminar organized at the Main Street Landing Film House on Feb. 5.  The seminar was sponsored by the local tree enthusiast club Branch Out Burlington and featured an appearance by Vt beekeeper Bill Mares who offered his ideas on utilizing both coffee far...

Penguins plunge into Champlain deep

February 8, 2012


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The freezing winter air did not discourage the hundreds of Vermont residents that leapt into the icy water of Lake Champlain for the Penguin Plunge on Feb. 4. Special Olympics Vermont's annual fundraiser raises money to support the 1,005 athletes that they serve in the state, according to its websit...

New novel dives deep in emotion

February 2, 2012


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Before "The Fault in our Stars" even begins, John Green asks his readers not to look too far into his story. He reminds us that we are reading fiction, and that attempting to find facts "attacks the very idea that made-up stories can matter." Green's admonishment is twofold. He asks us not only to remember ...

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