The Vermont Cynic

Seasonal Sadness: Winter Woes

Seasonal Sadness: Winter Woes

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

1 day ago


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It’s a Sunday afternoon, and junior Tali Friedman opens her windows to watch an early sunset. Then, she turns on her light box, a special lamp on her wall that mimics sunlight and helps her combat seasonal depression. “Winters in Vermont can be intense,” Friedman said. “Literally, with the amou...

Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Nina Loutchko, Feature Writer

January 15, 2019


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Warmer winters mean less time scraping ice off your car in the morning and fewer fears of falling on icy sidewalks while shuffling to class. But for skiers, snowboarders and anyone who enjoys the snowy season, warmer winters threaten the very thing that keeps them outside: snow. Warm temperatures an...

Burlington On Vinyl

Burlington On Vinyl

Beth Goodwin, Feature Writer

November 14, 2018


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Caroline Slack The music scene in Burlington is thriving; there are live gigs every weekend in quirky venues from house shows to ArtsRiot. Music is a huge part of the city’s creative and cultural pulse. At the core of the scene is the presence of vinyl. Burlington boasts three record stores: Burlington Records, ...

Grieving the Pittsburgh Shooting as a Jewish Student

Grieving the Pittsburgh Shooting as a Jewish Student

Alec Collins, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


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When I first heard the news about the shooting in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh in which a white nationalist murdered 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue, the first thing I felt, strangely, was annoyance. “Of course this was bound to happen sometime,” I thought to myself. “But couldn’t it...

UVM Parents Take to Facebook

UVM Parents Take to Facebook

Mike Hurley, Feature Writer

October 23, 2018


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When students feel the urge to share their concerns about college life, they might log onto the student-run meme page Make UV Groovy Again. They might wonder, though, where their parents go when they have a burning question about UVM; who they talk to when they feel like sharing any number of UV Groo...

Pub Pints and Basement Blackouts

Beth Goodwin, Feature Writer

October 13, 2018


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At my home university in Cardiff, Wales, alcohol runs in the veins of the city. It keeps the social, sporting and student scenes alive. After choosing UVM as my destination to study for a semester abroad, I expected many differences between Burlington and my hometown, one of the most prominent of th...

Disconnected.

Disconnected.

Foster Borch, Feature Writer

October 8, 2018


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Ten years ago, Harris Millis Unlimited Dining would have buzzed with casual conversations between strangers. Now, those who eat alone are kept company by their Instagram feeds. I removed myself from Instagram over a year ago after realizing I spent too much time trying to prove how amazing my life wa...

Girls Who Skate

Girls Who Skate

Kian Deshler, Assistant Feature Editor

September 29, 2018


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  The sun dipped lower into the Adirondacks, casting a golden glow on the skaters. Sophomore Ivana Djiya and junior Abby Trombley rolled up in a 2008 Subaru Outback, hopped out, dropped their boards on the sidewalk and glided straight into the bowl. Djiya, Trombley and junior Paige Van Pat...

Dungeons & Dragons

Mike Hurley, Feature Writer

September 14, 2018


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When people think of Dungeons & Dragons, their minds conjure images of dark, musty basements occupied by zealous fanboys wielding mighty cardboard swords, ancient relics gripped tightly in hands that have seen frequent battle and Cheetos dust. While this depiction, lovingly featured in shows such as “Stra...

Students navigate new cannabis laws

Caroline Slack, Feature Editor

September 6, 2018


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Recently, the laws on the books regarding cannabis in Vermont have evolved, loosening state regulations on pot. What remains unclear is how these laws have affected the lifestyle of UVM students.    In January, Gov. Phil Scott signed Act 86 into law, legalizing recreational cannabis use and the po...

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Kian Deshler, Feature Writer

August 30, 2018


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Holly Coughlan Fog nestled into the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The wind whispered over the bay, causing the slightest of ripples. Conifer trees colored the landscape a deep green. My family and I paddled across the bay near my cabin. At that moment, there was nowhere else I would rather b...

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

Mike Gasparrini, Feature Writer

May 12, 2018


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I could barely believe it. After the story I had just received, my perception of the man standing before me had changed completely.   Although I had known Bidur Rai for months as the cashier at Simpson Dining Hall, I had never asked him anything beyond, “How’s it going?” After ...

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