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Sri Lankan Tea Pickers: Plantations and the Periphery

Sri Lankan Tea Pickers: Plantations and the Periphery

Ali Barritt, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

I found myself standing on a government-owned tea plantation in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, Dec. 30, 2018. My UVM classmates and I were just outside the Janaudanagama village, where we had lived for a few days. I was one of 12 students enrolled in the winter session course Travel Writing in ...

Literary magazine receives an overhaul

Literary magazine receives an overhaul

Addie Beach, Senior Staff Writer

February 20, 2019

Amid recent controversies over budget cuts to the humanities, it can seem like the arts community at UVM is more fractured than ever. The Gist, UVM’s student-run literary and visual arts journal, aims to change this.  Formerly known as Vantage Point, The Gist publishes once a semester, with weekly m...

Troupe brings step dancing to campus

Troupe brings step dancing to campus

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

February 16, 2019

At the kick-off to this year’s Black History Month celebration at UVM, dancers used their feet, hands and mouths to make music perfectly in time with their movements. Traveling dance troupe Step Afrika visited UVM Feb. 6. The step dancing performance was hosted by the University’s Black St...

Tying the knot: married and engaged students on campus

Tying the knot: married and engaged students on campus

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

February 15, 2019

When an undergraduate Public Communication major joined Chi Alpha, an on-campus Christian fellowship, she didn’t expect to meet her husband. The average marriage age for women in the U.S is 27 years old and for men is 29, according to the November 2018 U.S. Census. That statistic doesn’t stop some s...

How to spend Valentine’s Day in Burlington

How to spend Valentine’s Day in Burlington

Culture Staff

February 14, 2019

Love is in the air. Burlington might not be known as the city of love, but despite the cold and the snow, it can still be the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you are with your partner or with your friends, you can enjoy your time together without breaking the bank. After your l...

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Students seek mental health help in winter months

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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