The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Stigma around masturbation manifests in different ways for men and women.

The stigma surrounding masturbation

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer December 14, 2023

The act of masturbation is often done in secret and is seldom talked about, said Jenna Emerson, a sexuality educator at the Center for Health and Wellbeing.  Masturbation is typically one’s first...

Photo Illustration: “The robot animal was on its knees. It implied that it was sucking the human’s dick.”

Sex and scholastics: destigmatizing sexual literature

Ciara Lordan, Features Staff Writer December 13, 2023

Sex has long been a common theme in works of literature across many genres and styles.  With classes covering wide varieties of literary works, pieces with sexual material are seemingly unavoidable,...

Dance force performs for their 2023 spring showcase April. 15.

Dance like no one’s watching: A look at UVM’s dance opportunities

Ciara Lordan, Features Staff Writer November 28, 2023

Editor’s note: This story was updated November 28 at 6:00 p.m. to remove an incorrectly labeled photo that did not depict any of the dance groups mentioned. With busy schedules and social calendars,...

The Army ROTC program at UVM is the oldest in the country, beginning in 1913.

ROTC members find themselves navigating a complex generational divide

Nora Sissenich, Features Staff Writer November 16, 2023

Respect and pride in the U.S. military have long been seen as core American values. But many ROTC members fear that the “thank you for your service” culture they were taught to believe in may be shifting.  Sophomore...

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Where’s my package?

Kennedy Connors, Features Staff Writer November 14, 2023

It’s an all too familiar email: “Hello! You have received a package Box: Medium via Postal Service (USPS). Please stop by the complex’s front desk with your ID.” The highly anticipated message...

WRUV 90.1 FM began as a student club in the early ‘50s.

WRUV 90.1 FM: Connecting UVM students and the Burlington community through music

Lindsay Foxwell, Features Staff Writer November 2, 2023

Editor's note: This story was updated November 3 at 12:43 p.m. to correct statements made by Llanos. Walking through the Davis Center tunnel, the music booming through the speakers is difficult to ignore....

Mollys illi for girl the dinner column

The rise of “Girl Dinner” 

Julia Streger, Features Staff Writer October 26, 2023

A snacking style called “girl dinner” emerged on TikTok this summer, popularizing one-dish-wonder meals. Olivia Maher, a Burlington-based showrunner’s assistant living in Los Angeles, who was...

Sophomore Rory Salzano’s sleeve of self-done stick-and-pokes.

Ink or infection? A deep dive into dorm body modifications

Madeleine Upston, Features Staff Writer October 23, 2023

There's only one thing cooler than having a tattoo: having a tattoo on a college campus.  However, with tuition high and wages low, many UVM students are rejecting traditional body art methods and...

COTS operates as a year-round shelter in the Burlington area.

The Burlington housing crisis: assisting those who have been affected

Memrie Harness, Features Staff Writer October 17, 2023

Most Burlington residents are familiar with the difficulty of the housing market, especially in recent years.  While for students this is typically a matter of affordable rent and a race to find a...

Students fill a crowded basement for a local concert.

Moshing while femme: Gender in the mosh pit

Hannah Kennedy, Features Staff Writer October 11, 2023

At the end of every week, students scramble to find exciting plans and events to keep their weekends busy. For some students, however, the weekend is already dedicated to one thing: moshing. Moshing,...

UPB’s Pub Quiz in Brennan’s Nov. 12, 2018

The history and legacy of Brennan’s Pub

Rhiannon Hubbard, Features Staff Writer October 6, 2023

Since the beginning, Brennan’s Pub has remained a comfortable space that values sustainability and serves as a hub for the UVM community.  When the Davis Center was built in 2007, the space adopted...

Camera located in the lobby of Central Campus Residence Hall Sept 19.

The role of security cameras in UVM residence halls

Kennedy Connors, Features Staff Writer October 4, 2023

For most first-years, move-in weekend was filled with new friendships, dining hall ice cream and relentless icebreakers. Something new students weren't expecting was a residence hall break in. First-year...

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