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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

Microbiology major junior Hannah Balda works in Dr. Dev Majumdar’s COVID-19 Vaccine Lab on Feb. 4. She began research three weeks ago.

Students contribute to COVID-19 research

Caroline Hess, Features Staff Writer February 10, 2022

Undergraduate students strive to understand COVID-19 vaccines in a UVM lab under Larner College of Medicine surgery professor Dr. Dev Majumdar. Students of each graduating class work in the lab. Split...

 People of Color Outdoors’ leaders, senior Julia Bolton, senior Benny Berkenkotter and first-year Amenya Jean, pose behind a tree on Jan. 28.

Student-run club breaks down financial barriers to outdoor recreation for BIPOC

Meryl Callaway, Features Staff Writer February 3, 2022

People of Color Outdoors aims to eliminate financial barriers in the outdoor sports industry and create an inclusive environment for people of color.  The student-run organization coordinates outdoor...

Censorship continues to be pushed in public libraries, but not in Vermont

Censorship continues to be pushed in public libraries, but not in Vermont

Lucy Kelly, Features Staff Writer January 27, 2022

While an unprecedented number of challenges to library books has been recorded by the American Library Association, Vermont seems to be an exception to this, UVM’s Dean of Libraries Bryn Geffert said. Across...

Sisters Emily and Abby Portman stand behind the counter of their very own Poppy Cafe & Market on Jan. 13. The cafe is located at 88 Oak St.

Three unique eateries share one location in the Old North End

Tulley Hescock, Features Staff Writer January 19, 2022

Community, identity and sandwiches come together in the Old North End at Poppy Cafe & Market, owned by sisters Abby and Emily Portman.  The cafe is located in a cooperatively owned building at...

Various sex toys are displayed on a shelf in Earth and Salt located off of Maple street Dec. 3.

Local sex shop prioritizes inclusivity and holistic pleasure

Delaney Roy, Features Staff Writer December 8, 2021

Earth and Salt, located at 47 Maple St in Burlington, seeks to bridge perceived gaps between the Burlington community, sex positivity and inclusivity. The brick-and-mortar shop opened its doors in August....

Junior Grace Kreitler and junior Casey McKay hold up a quilt in the Davis Center Dec. 3.

Student-run thrift shop provides accessible art and clothing

Meryl Callaway, Features Staff Writer December 3, 2021

Vermont Students Toward Environmental Protection is the student-run organization behind the weekly pop-up thrift shop in the Davis Center. VSTEP sells clothes donated by UVM students at the Davis Center....

Local healthcare nonprofits provide specialized care for LGBTQ+ community

Local healthcare nonprofits provide specialized care for LGBTQ+ community

Lucy Kelly, Features Staff Writer November 18, 2021

LGBTQ+ healthcare nonprofits in Vermont offer different, specialized care compared to traditional medical practices. The nonprofits provide services such as HIV/AIDS services, hormone therapy and gender-affirming...

Student housing can be found on School Street Nov. 5.

New Americans compete with UVM students for affordable housing

Julia Dell'Amore, Features Staff Writer November 11, 2021

As UVM students compete with immigrants and refugees for the same types of housing, housing accessibility for new Americans in the city is threatened, Chittenden District Senator Christopher Pearson said.  Fifty-eight...

Hyper visibility from the eyes of students of color

Hyper visibility from the eyes of students of color

Tushar Asthana, Features Staff Writer October 27, 2021

I wore a mask far earlier than COVID-19, and the one I created for myself fills me with guilt.  I protect myself by pretending to be someone else. I walk around campus every day thinking about who...

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Blackboard fails to renew contract with UVM

Delaney Roy, Features Staff Writer October 26, 2021

This article was updated Oct. 27 at 12:07 p.m. to correct a typo This article was updated Nov. 1 at 5:48 p.m. to correct a transcription issue  UVM began using Blackboard in 2008, but this relationship...

The Living Well office is located on the first floor of the Davis Center.

Living Well space re-opens

Sabine Foerg, Features Staff Writer October 20, 2021

In a whirlwind return to in-person campus events and packed lecture halls, students can find peace in the calm, welcoming space of Living Well. Living Well reclaimed its space on the bottom floor of...

Campus dining halls list their menu items on the UVM Sodexo My Way website and include the nutrition facts for each item served during that meal time.

How “freshman 15” may contribute to diet culture on campus

Liz Chadwick, Features Staff Writer October 14, 2021

The “freshman 15” is a familiar phrase to many first-years. This rhetoric may challenge students going through an already difficult transition into college, according to UVM dietitians.  The phrase...

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