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Practice self love with a sex toy

Practice self love with a sex toy

Autumn Lee, Life Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Whether single or taken this Valentine’s Day, self-love is in order. Let’s be honest: we can’t talk about love without talking about sex. It’s time to treat yourself to a sex toy. Whether you’re a sex shop regular or new to the game, the season of love is always a great time to explore sexualit...

Taking on Thailand solo

Taking on Thailand solo

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Traveling alone can seem scary and intimidating, but after spending a week solo in Thailand, I’ve come to prefer it. My adventure began while studying in Wellington, New Zealand. I set my mind to traveling alone to a place I’d always dreamed of visiting: Thailand. I was nervous before my solo ...

Words and images blend in art

Words and images blend in art

Addie Beach, Assistant Arts Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

Two figures sat on plastic folding chairs. Behind them, a brightly colored image was projected in the dark room. On Feb. 6, award-winning UVM professors Jane Kent and Major Jackson gathered to discuss their collaborative project, which aims to blend text and image. Jackson, a poet, and Kent, a visua...

Sunrise ski aims to empower women

Sunrise ski aims to empower women

Erin Powell, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Editor's Picks, Life

Hoards of students hit the slopes each weekends, but a group of UVM women don’t just shred  for fun — they ski for Planned Parenthood. Chicks on Sticks is an all-female ski group that was started in 2017 by senior Emily Listow. It aims to create an inclusive and fun environment for women who ski a...

Showing gratitude to a legendary ski filmmaker

Bridget Higdon, Arts Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

I was 6 years old when I took my first ski lesson, and since then, you can always find me doing the snow dance. I was heartily saddened two weeks ago when I read about the death of prolific ski filmmaker Warren Miller.  I grew up watching many of his films with my family every winter. Miller ...

Cartoons and politics fill new exhibit

Cartoons and politics fill new exhibit

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

February 13, 2018


Filed under Arts, Previews

On the wall is a large drawing of a human form cleaning out a litter box looking directly at the viewer, daring viewers to come inside and take a look. The figure is a self-portrait of Alison Bechdel. Her exhibit “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel,” is the latest ...

History faculty talk new publications

History faculty talk new publications

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular

Students and faculty mingled around a long wooden table. Some flipped through the pages of freshly printed hardcover books Everyone showed excitement and anticipation. On Jan. 26, students and faculty gathered at Alumni House to honor research published by professors in the history department. ...

“Phantom Thread” enchants and surprises

Hunter McKenzie, Arts Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Silk, lace, muslin, taffeta, chiffon and satin. In every instant of “Phantom Thread,” fashion pours out of the frame and couture overwhelms the eye with bold elegance. There are sleeves, crisp collars, bow ties, trimming, devilish coats and dress trains trailing behind. Fabric, and the bodies th...

Hit pause on college

Lily Merriam, Cynic Correspondent

February 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Over winter break I was one of 16 students travelling to Nepal that learned study abroad is not just a pursuit of education, it is a chance to become part of another culture. The three-credit travel study course in the department of community development and applied economics was led by Prem Timsina...

‘Becoming’ Nepali: stupas and studies

‘Becoming’ Nepali: stupas and studies

Ali Barritt, Cynic Correspondent

February 7, 2018


Filed under Life

Over winter break I was one of 16 students travelling to Nepal that learned study abroad is not just a pursuit of education, it is a chance to become part of another culture. The three-credit travel study course in the department of community development and applied economics was led by Prem Timsina...

Group fights to restore venue

Allie O'Connor, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Arts, Previews

“Hope,” is graffitied in large silvery letters against the dull brick and dirty, broken windows of Memorial Auditorium. It’s bright colors catch the eye on Main Street. Faded blocks of purple, silver and white, layered with streaks and signatures of red color the spray-painted letters. ...

Lack of trash cans frustrates campus

Lack of trash cans frustrates campus

Isabella Alessandrini, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, Life

The UVM waste supervisor can count all the outdoor trash cans on campus on one hand. He wants to get rid of all of them, he said. Corey Berman is the waste and recycling program supervisor and made the conscious decision to abolish outdoor trash cans at UVM when he first started work in 2005. ...

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