The Vermont Cynic

A look into the past: Billings

A historic black-and-white photo from UVM Special collections shows students smoking and studying in the apse in Billings Library. Today, the apse is a space dedicated to telling the history of the building.

Stephan Toljan, Photo Editor

February 5, 2020

The Billings Library students are familiar with is not the only one that exists. In fact, there are two “Billings” Libraries. One sits on UVM’s main campus and a second stands in Billings, Montana. Both are named after the same family, but different members. The UVM building is named after Fre...

UVM’s Librarians: Who are they?

Library Instruction Coordinator Daisy Benson volunteered in a library throughout high school before working in a library during graduate school.
“I realized I really like the different ways I can work with people in a library,” Benson said.

Sabrina Fiore, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

Structurally, UVM’s libraries are buildings with countless bookshelves. Less visibly, the people inside keep the libraries’ hearts beating. Librarians are behind the bookshelves and desks of UVM’s campus libraries, and they contribute to the UVM community in diverse ways beyond finding and shelving books.        ...

Women in politics: UVM alumna earns her position in Vermont government at 23

Women in politics: UVM alumna earns her position in Vermont government at 23

Tulley Hescock, Feature Writer

January 22, 2020

The winding driveway up Rogers Road seems to be heading straight for a dead end until you see the “Lucy Rogers 2018” campaign sign sticking out of the snow. Inside her family’s white farmhouse, Lucy Rogers ‘18 sipped tea she brought back from her trip to China. Her dog laid by their wood stove while her father...

Things you can fit a condom on

Things you can fit a condom on

Stephan Toljan and Kate Vanni

December 13, 2019

Malaysian condom company Karex made 5 billion condoms in 2016, accounting for roughly 15 percent of the world’s condom market, according to an August 2016 Forbes article. With this photo feature, we put to the test the myth that large, irregular objects can fit into normal sized condoms. The colored condom...

Classics struggles to not fall into ruins

Classics struggles to not fall into ruins

Lilly Page, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

It’s 9:40 a.m., and students in classics professor Mark Usher’s “Classics Then and Now” are excitedly chatting about a book they read, “The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius.” This book was adapted from Latin by the professor standing in front of them. As Usher claps his hands and discusses...

Cats in the snow: Burlington winter weather breaks records

Snow melts on the roof of Royall Tyler Theatre as students on the ground below walk to and from class, Nov. 13.

Caroline Slack, Feature Writer

November 19, 2019

UVM’s campus is blanketed in a layer of snow, and students have started trudging to class in parkas and snow boots. Burlington temperatures dipped to a record-breaking 11 degrees Fahrenheit at 6 a.m. Nov. 13. The previous low for Nov. 13 was 15 degrees in 1986, according to a Nov. 13 Burlington ...

A look into the past: Old Mill

Cars drive on College Street as Lake Champlain reflects the last rays of the sun, all seen from the belfry of Old Mill, Oct. 24. The journey up to the top of the building starts with a locked door, and after many steps, ends with walking up through the floor of the belfry.

Stephan Toljan, Photo Editor

November 14, 2019

When asked if she knew what Old Mill looked like before 1880, sophomore Sinéad Murray said, “I don’t.” Murray, by nature of her political science major, spends a lot of time in Old Mill, the home of the political science department. Every UVM student is familiar with the image of Old Mill. T...

Exploring the effectiveness of WE required course

Exploring the effectiveness of WE required course

Chelsea Seabold, Feature Writer

November 5, 2019

Bleary-eyed students shuffled into a lecture hall, clutching coffee mugs and iClickers as they prepared for their first class of the day, Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies. According to the Wellness Environment’s page on the UVM website, all students living in WE are required to take Healthy Brai...

Exploring the local food in UVM’s dining halls

Exploring the local food in UVM's dining halls

George Weed, Feature Writer

October 22, 2019

A small truck steered around the corner and backed into the loading dock. In its refrigerated compartment, 1,500 pounds of diced potatoes sat alongside cases of local produce. This week’s shipment arrived at UVM from Intervale Food Hub, a Burlington-based food distributor. According to the Food Hub...

Authenticity served at Pho Hong

Authenticity served at Pho Hong

Elizabeth Roote, Feature Writer

October 8, 2019

Vietnamese restaurant Pho Hong has carved out a little slice of home, causing locals and college students alike to return for over 10 years. Pho Hong, on 325 N. Winooski Ave., opened in February 2008. John Wick has been the restaurant's front-end manager for 10 years. For him, the appeal of Pho Hon...

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...

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