The Vermont Cynic

Authenticity served at Pho Hong

Authenticity served at Pho Hong

Elizabeth Roote, Feature Writer

6 days ago

Vietnamese restaurant Pho Hong has carved out a little slice of home, causing locals and college students alike to return for over 10 years. “We try to treat people like family,” Wick said. Pho Hong opened as the result of one woman’s love for cooking. Jade Le, daughter of Pho Hong’s owners, remembers it was always her mother’s dream...

Community fostered in Burlington nonprofit

Community fostered in Burlington nonprofit

Cyrus Oswald, Feature Writer

October 1, 2019

From the outside, 96 Buell St. doesn’t look very striking. One might not expect formerly incarcerated people to live in the middle of a street known for housing UVM students. However, in this tidy house, students, international volunteers and formerly incarcerated people live together. They all work to help reconcile...

No place like home: A look at UVM’s dorm party culture

No place like home: A look at UVM’s dorm party culture

Jenny Koppang, Feature Writer

September 24, 2019

The neon glow from LED strip lights illuminate a pong table, and every knock on the door throws the room into anxious anticipation of the dreaded, “RA on duty.” Vaguely recognizable faces, uncomfortable small talk with the kid who sits four rows behind you in your sociology class and mysteriously sticky floors are just a...

Expecting the unexpected: A glimpse into the class of 2023’s first few weeks

Expecting the unexpected: A glimpse into the class of 2023’s first few weeks

Lilly Page, Feature Writer

September 17, 2019

Her heart was pounding as she carried boxes into what would be her new home for the next nine months. First-year Abbie Doiron thought that finally, the moment she had been waiting for all summer had come. Sitting in her dorm room in Central Campus Residence Hall now, Doiron realized college life as a fi...

Exploring the beauty of Vermont’s state parks

Exploring the beauty of Vermont’s state parks

Nina Loutchko, Feature Writer

September 10, 2019

Tucked away behind the shadows of the state’s tallest peaks, blue waters, sandy shores and luscious greenery are the natural spectacles of Vermont State Parks. Vermont currently maintains 52 developed state parks and 21 undeveloped properties spanning from the Northeast Kingdom to the islands of Lake ...

Old Gold: New and old clothing collide

Old Gold: New and old clothing collide

Greta Rohrer, Feature Editor

September 3, 2019

Inside of Old Gold, classic rock T-shirts hang from the ceiling, party clothes line the walls and ball gowns, wigs and vintage military jackets hang together. Approaching the store located at 151 Cherry St., the window display filled with whimsically dressed mannequins only gives a small glimpse ...

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 24, 2019

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real name — a junior, was 23 when he took mental health treatment into his own hands with a do-it-your...

Burlington’s DIY Basement Shows

Burlington’s DIY Basement Shows

Zoe Schemm, Feature Writer

April 17, 2019

They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. This sentiment finds real world applicability in do-it- yourself venues, establishments with the space and equipment for live music that do not function in the same legitimate arena as official clubs or concert halls. Often taking place in s...

Between the bars: Craft beer and pinball machines meet at The Archives

Between the bars: Craft beer and pinball machines meet at The Archives

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 10, 2019

From the windows outside The Archives, lights from rows of arcade games glitter through the glass. There’s an instant sense of childhood nostalgia — but it’s presented alongside a sophisticated selection of grown-up drinks. The Archives, a bar located on 191 College St., just celebrated its t...

The spectrum of inclusivity: being queer at UVM

The spectrum of inclusivity: being queer at UVM

Greta Rohrer, Feature Writer

April 3, 2019

UVM has a “queer-friendly” reputation among state schools, advertising to prospective students a “4.5 out of 5-star ranking on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index” on the Prism Center website. As a public institution with over 10,000 undergraduate students, UVM represents a variety of ide...

No Ragrets: Love for Unconventional Tattoos

No Ragrets: Love for Unconventional Tattoos

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

March 7, 2019

Junior Max Mitiguy has 70 tattoos, a lot of them are stick and pokes that he has done on himself. But of his more than many tattoos, Mitiguy only regrets a couple: a text piece that he says isn’t cohesive with the rest of his tattoos, and one of a safety pin, a matching tattoo with an ex. Ge...

Dinner and Dialogue: Gathering for gratitude at the UVM Interfaith Center

Dinner and Dialogue: Gathering for gratitude at the UVM Interfaith Center

Greta Rohrer, Feature Writer

February 18, 2019

Separated into four tables, Dinner and Dialogue attendees discussed gratitude, spirituality and unusually warm weather over plates of lasagna. These dinners, hosted monthly at the UVM Interfaith Center, foster an environment that sparks discourse and encourages attendees to be openminded. The Interfai...

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