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Meet Dia Brown: engineer and leader

Junior Dia Brown poses in the UVM FabLab, Nov. 20. The FabLab makes rapid-prototyping tools available to UVM students and faculty.

Emma Shapera, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Despite the STEM community making up most of UVM’s majors, there was no National Society for Black Engineers at the University until last year. Junior Dia Brown, the club’s president and founder, launched the club at UVM in August 2018. “When I found out in my first year there wasn’t a ...

“Parasite” is not a typical horror film

Evan Peck, Culture Columnist

November 25, 2019

The Kim family watches an intense thunderstorm light up the night sky as they get drunk inside the Park family mansion. Nobody knows they are there. That is, until the Parks show up.  Fast-paced wit, colorful shots and heart-stopping twists are a couple of the elements that make Parasite such an enjoyab...

Culture Staff Playlist

Culture Staff Playlist

Culture Staff

November 22, 2019

Here's what the Culture staff has been listening to recently. Listen on Spotify.   Frank Ocean / In My Room Qveen Herby / THAT Bih Molly with Charles / Strawberry Father John Misty / Real Love Baby WILLOW / Female Energy, Part 2 Dylan LeBlanc / Cautionary Tale Raleigh Ritchie / Stay Inside Sugar Pine...

Hit Paws a cappella gets cozy at Pajama Jams

 Members of the co-ed a cappella group, Hit Paws, perform in their pajamas in Fleming Museum, Nov. 15. The club is one of five a cappella groups on campus and is one of three gender-inclusive groups.

Kate Germain, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The members of Hit Paws sang in harmonious chorus while bouncing around stage in their coziest pajamas.  Hit Paws, a UVM a cappella group, performed a concert Nov. 15 in Fleming 101.  UVM currently has four a cappella groups: Zest, Hit Paws, The Cat’s Meow, and The Top Cats. As the tempe...

Citizens try to save Burly’s tree canopy

 The Branch Out Burlington! sign stands in front of a backdrop of trees on the UVM Horticulture farm, Nov. 15. The organization grows and plants trees throughout Burlington.

Emma Adams, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Burlington is defined by its lush green foliage. However, local arborists say the signature  trunks and leaves of Vermont need citizen help.  Branch Out Burlington! is an organization that seeks to nurture and expand the city’s leafy canopy. Volunteers help plant and maintain the health of ...

Famous works of art hidden in Fleming

: “Babysitter” by Norman Rockwell basks underneath a spotlight in Fleming Museum’s Gallery of European and American art, Nov. 10.

Keely Lyons, Staff Writer

November 16, 2019

Proudly facing Colchester Avenue with its rows of arched windows, columns and brick facade, Fleming Museum welcomes visitors to view an eclectic and prolific collection of art and artifacts. First opened in 1931, Fleming is home to more than 24,000 objects that span widely across cultures and time peri...

CDAE Film Festival attendance lower than expected

 (Image Source: NETFLIX): The film “The Devil We Know” was screened Nov. 7 as a part of the CDAE film festival. Eight people attended the movie, and only three stayed through the entire showing.

Cyrus Oswald, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

The CDAE department is, in chair Jane Kolodinsky’s words, “the biggest department no one has ever heard of.” Their Whistleblower Film Festival looked to change this.  From Nov. 4-7, the Community Development and Applied Economics department put on the Whistleblower Film Festival,  in part...

Rapper sheds light on decolonization

 Mona Haydar speaks in front of an assembled crowd, Nov. 4. Haydar was invited to speak by the Muslim Student Association.

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

A woman with bright brown eyes, electric pink lipstick and a white hijab made her way through rows of chairs, smiling widely. Around 6 p.m. Nov. 4, the president of the Mulim Student Association, sophomore Lena Ginawi, handed Mona Haydar the microphone. A Syrian American artist from Flint, Mic...

Comedian Steven Wright to perform at the Flynn

Comedian Steven Wright to perform at the Flynn

Sophia Venturo

November 13, 2019

The comedian’s voice seeped out of the phone in a low, vibrating register to talk about his return to the Burlington comedy scene.  Stand-up comedian Steven Wright will perform at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 15,  as the second stop on a two-week tour along the East C...

The Chubby Muffin: Skinny Pancake’s Old North End sister

 A case of baked goods and Yerba Mate sits on a counter in the restaurant. In addition to sandwiches, the Chubby Muffin also sells muffins and scones.

Jean Macbride, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

The Chubby Muffin was packed with people ordering sandwiches. Two Labrador retrievers sat outside waiting for their owner, who was chowing down on a sandwich. The books on the wall and the buzz of people chatting made the Chubby Muffin a cozy place to have breakfast. Located on Oak Street, ...

Trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween at Horse Barn

Trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween at Horse Barn

Maryann Makosiej, Staff Writer

November 9, 2019

A sea of trick-or-treaters went stall to stall collecting candy from student handlers and their costume-clad horses.  The Halloween Barn event was held on Monday, October 28 at the UVM Horse Barn. It was a student-run, faculty-supported effort led by the Animal and Veterinary Science department. Adult...

First-years adjust to life on campus

First-years adjust to life on campus

Alicia Wolfram

November 9, 2019

As the leaves change and the temperature drops, first-year students at UVM continue to adjust to their new social life on a college campus. The first couple of months as a college student are full of change and trial and error.  Finding the right friends as a first-year while simultaneously trying to ...

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