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Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

23 hours ago


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Seasonal Sadness: Winter Woes

Seasonal Sadness: Winter Woes

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

February 15, 2019


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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...

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