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

An Explain the Asterisk walkout at the Waterman building April 27.

What does it mean to Explain the Asterisk?

Camille Sweet, Features Staff Writer December 9, 2022

Content warning: mention of sexual assault At UVM, there is no difference between the appearance of an academic transcript for a sexual predator and that of someone who was caught plagiarizing, said...

Photo Illustration:  In a survey of 324 UVM students conducted by the Cynic, 62% said their roommate has requested that they leave their room for the sake of privacy to engage in a sexual act.

Sexiling: The unspoken college tradition

Maxine Thornton, Features Staff Writer December 7, 2022

A sock on the doorknob, a forewarning text, a locked door. What do these signals all have in common? Your roommate needs the room. The Urban Dictionary defines sexiling as when college age students...

The Old North End as seen from a drone Nov. 27.

Student population adds to BTV housing crisis, UVM’s plans to relieve pressure in progress

Camille Sweet, Features Staff Writer December 1, 2022

UVM students have put strain on the Burlington housing market because they, as a group, are able to afford more costly rent prices, said Michael Monte, executive director of the Champlain Housing Trust. The...

Green Mountain Compost processes compost at their facility in Williston Nov. 3. UVM Dining Halls and Residence Halls send their food waste to the company.

From your plate to a pile of dirt: UVM’s composting program

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer November 10, 2022

When members of the UVM community dispose of their food waste, they have three options. The compost bin, meant for food scraps and paper napkins, is one of them.  While everyday students dispose of...

The UVM Police Department at 284 East Ave. Nov. 3. The University has implemented tools, such as the LiveSafe app, Blue Light units and the CatAlert system, for students to stay safe on campus.

Students express concern over safety at UVM

Liliana Mefford, Features Staff Writer November 9, 2022

Editor’s note: The last name of one student interviewed for this piece has been changed to a pseudonym for reasons relating to safety concerns. While UVM’s administration has been working to advance...

_(left to right) Officer Gabe Frigo, President Mollie Clyde and Treasurer Sophie Gessman, a junior, Oct. 26. Frigo and Clyde will be graduating this spring, leaving younger club members to take over leadership of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics club.

The sky’s the limit: UVM’s astronautics club rebuilds from COVID-19

Faith Jesmain, Features Staff Writer November 4, 2022

Rebounding from a pandemic, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics club shoots for the stars as it plans to revive the club through a project where students will build a rocket glider. The...

A sign supporting Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment Oct. 21. The purpose of the ballot measure is to ensure reproductive autonomy for everyone in Vermont.

The future of reproductive autonomy in Vermont

Camille Sweet, Feature Staff Writer November 1, 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year, Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment gained traction with its potential to protect Vermonters’ reproductive autonomy.  The RLA...

Kristina Shanahan ‘22 and Alyssa Holmes ‘22 return to the Gutterson Fieldhouse playing for the Montreal Force against the Boston Pride Oct. 23.

UVM hockey alums make pro debut in preseason game on Catamount ice

Elizabeth Roote, Features Editor October 27, 2022

Fans with hand-made signs cheered on the Montreal Force from the stands of the Gutterson Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 to support the professional debut of both the team and many of its individual players,...

Phillip uses their art to connect with young artists, promote important messages and inspire others.

Meet Liza-Marie Phillip: The face behind the art of Burlington Pride

Maxine Thornton, Features Staff Writer October 19, 2022

Anyone who happened to be at Burlington Pride last month likely noticed the gaggle of friendly-looking monsters on the official pride festival t-shirts. The creator of these characters is Liza-Marie...

Members of Alianza Latinx President and Historian Miguel Figueroa; Scarlett Espinoza, vice president and treasurer; Secretary and Publicist Fernanda Acevedo (left to right) running Alianza Latinx’s Lotería game in the L/L Fireplace Lounge Oct. 6.

Latine students celebrate culture in Alianza Latinx

Delaney Roy, Assistant Features Editor October 13, 2022

In addition to hosting regular meetings, Alianza Latinx brings students together twice a year for its biggest annual events, filling the Grand Maple Ballroom with food, dancing and joy. Alianza Latinx,...

Photo illustration: Adjusting to college can be difficult for first-years, but resources like Living Well and CAPS can help with the adjustment.

First-years report feelings of loneliness in college transition

Ava Pick, Features Staff Writer October 6, 2022

UVM’s Class of 2026 is the most academically qualified in the University’s history, according to a May 4 UVM Today article. However, many students have still reported facing challenges in the transition...

A plaque dedicated to Cesar Murillo 91 in the Mosaic Center Student Leadership Group office in the Living/Learning Center Sept. 23.

“Viva Cesar:” Remembering Cesar Augusto Murillo’s legacy of activism

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer September 30, 2022

From roller-skating through the streets of New York to the dancing that earned him the nickname “Lawn Mower,” Cesar Augusto Murillo ‘91 is remembered for his fun and outgoing personality.  However,...

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