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Students seek mental health help in winter months

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent of New England’s population, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health. D...

Students celebrate religion through song

Students celebrate religion through song

Juliet Malkowski, Staff Writer

February 10, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

In the center of the room, an individual raises their voice and begins to sing. Eventually, all members are singing, eyes closed, drumming on the desk and creating a song that overtakes the room.  The Niggun Collective Club,  started by sophomore Navah Fried and senior Alec Collins, is a gathering o...

Pokeworks: Hawaiian cuisine comes to Church Street

Pokeworks: Hawaiian cuisine comes to Church Street

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

February 9, 2019


Filed under Culture, Life

Light wood, white walls and calm music all lend themselves to a relaxed and beachy atmosphere in this new addition to Burlington’s restaurants. Pokeworks, which opened Jan. 9 on Church Street, is the perfect escape from the frigid winter temperatures and blustery winds.  Pokeworks specializes...

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Culture, Reviews

I woke up early Jan. 18 to Spotify alerting me to the news I had been waiting for all month: one of my favorite artists had finally released her first album. Needless to say, I spent all morning and all week listening to Maggie Roger’s “Heard It in A Past Life” on repeat.  Roger’s ...

Professor explores race and inspiration in new book

Professor explores race and inspiration in new book

Sarah Robinson, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Arts, Culture

The author took her place behind the podium to face a crowd of friends, colleagues, students and strangers. The applause died down, and the author smiled. “I’ll try not to cry,” she said.  English professor Emily Bernard is the author of “Black is The Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s T...

Improv performance shows off humor and creativity

Improv performance shows off humor and creativity

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

February 2, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Standing in front of an audience and confronting the expectation to be funny on the fly are challenges improv actors must confront each performance. Name Pending, UVM’s first and only improv troupe, performed Jan. 22 as part of the University’s Winter Week of Welcome. At a Name Pending improv show, a group o...

“Ballad of Buster Scruggs” displays creativity over cohesion

Keely Lyons, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts, Culture, Reviews

In the opening scene of the Coen brothers’ newest film, a ragged and worn book titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” lies centered on a nondescript wooden floor as Western guitars and horns play in the background. A wrinkled hand opens the cover as the names of some of Hollywood’s biggest hit...

Rail Jam transforms Davis Center green

Rail Jam transforms Davis Center green

Jack Eccleston, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Culture, Life

Hundreds of UVM students braved the Burlington cold to check out the local skiing and snowboarding talent on display at this year’s Winter Rail Jam. The event, organized by UVM Ski and Snowboard Club in conjunction with Jay Peak Parks and UVM Program Board, kicked off 7 p.m. Jan. 25  outside of th...

Brave the cold, learn to fish

Brave the cold, learn to fish

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


Filed under Culture, Headliners, Life, Photo Gallery

The snow and ice in Vermont can seem to stretch on for miles, but community members and UVM students didn’t let the season stop them from getting outside. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Free Ice Fishing Day Festival took place from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 on the ice outside of Knight Poin...

A cappella group performs to benefit heart health

A cappella group performs to benefit heart health

Marco Cepeda, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts, Culture

The UVM a cappella group Hit Paws and nonprofit organization Team Heart joined forces the night of Jan. 19 at Southwick Hall to present a charity concert.   Matt Dooman This charity concert was initiated by first-year Lauren Eisel. Recently, Eisel was flipping through stories in the New York Ti...

Local opportunities to enjoy a snowy Vermont day

Local opportunities to enjoy a snowy Vermont day

Bridget Higdon, Culture Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Culture, Life

The Green Mountain state is looking pretty white right about now, and it’s only going to get snowier. Take a drive down Route 89 and you’ll see a white-capped Camel’s Hump, snow-covered barns and tree branches encased in ice.  Sam Litra Vermont is without a doubt my favorite place ...

Cheap Thrills: the best thrift stores in Burlington

Cheap Thrills: the best thrift stores in Burlington

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019


Filed under Culture, Life

With spring semester just beginning, it’s hard enough to pay for expensive textbooks, much less find new clothes that won’t break the bank. That’s why, one chilly Tuesday afternoon, I decided to search Church Street for the best bargains and clothing selections. Here’s what I found.  ...

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