The Vermont Cynic

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

Mike Gasparrini, Feature Writer

May 12, 2018


Filed under Features

I could barely believe it. After the story I had just received, my perception of the man standing before me had changed completely.   Although I had known Bidur Rai for months as the cashier at Simpson Dining Hall, I had never asked him anything beyond, “How’s it going?” After ...

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Caroline Slack, Features Editor

April 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Reviews

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this gig. For a second I wondered what I was getting myself into. Then I felt the pulse of the bass and heard the hearty strums of a guitar. On Wednesday, April 18, the Mountain Goats grac...

Creating magic with scent: a look into Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary

Kailey Bates, Video Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Features, Multimedia, Video, Videos

Brothers Aaron and Sam Wisniewski are the founders of "Alice and the Magician," a cocktail apothecary that creates powerful elixirs and mists that spark imagination and elicit scent memories. In this video, they serve up their magical cocktails at Stella Mae's Anniversary Bash and talk about the process....

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Kian Deshler, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Features

Language is a powerful form of representation, and one that is largely absent on this campus for our students in recovery. Professors banter about the consumption of alcoholic beverages in class, students openly recount drunken evenings on the bus and people jokingly self-identify as “alcoholics.” Comments...

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Brigitte Riordan, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Food

Food is culture. I am a first-generation Romanian-American, but I don’t know much about Romanian food. My father fled the country in the height of Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and once he moved to the United States, he was dedicated to being an American. He won’t speak Romanian around my brother...

Burlington’s Hierarchy of Needs

Burlington’s Hierarchy of Needs

Bettina Cataldi, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Food

Bagels, attention and therapy. Those are what I’d consider my three most potent needs to be. When Glenn Walter, owner of Three Needs Taproom & Brewery in downtown Burlington, saw the sign that is currently hanging above Three Needs in a dream, he hadn’t anticipated the significance of those...

Girl Got a (Tattoo) Gun

Girl Got a (Tattoo) Gun

Caroline Slack, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


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Vermont Custom Tattoo and Piercing is tucked a flight of stairs above Cosmic Grind Coffee at 104 Church Street Marketplace, Suite 2A. You might just miss it if it weren’t for a plastic sign on the brick walk outside. The shop makes the most of a small space, with orange and teal-painted walls adorned...

Assault in ‘safe spaces:’ Women in the DIY music scene speak out

Assault in ‘safe spaces:’ Women in the DIY music scene speak out

Libby Camp

February 12, 2018


Filed under Features

The first DIY show I went to was a hardcore show in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was hosted in a Veterans of Foreign Wars center. There were kids that looked like they could beat the shit out of me, but who were all probably just as awkward as me. The masking tape on the floor was the onl...

Fresh Tracks

Fresh Tracks

James Gaudreault

February 5, 2018


Filed under Features

While winter slept stubbornly through the early days of December, my friend and I spent our Saturday scraping the icy slopes of Sugarbush. We arrived late in the morning and found the elements at the base of the mountain caught in a fierce war. The muddy earth and wilting meadows were battling...

A Lifetime of Donuts

A Lifetime of Donuts

Max McCurdy, Assistant Photo Editor

December 23, 2017


Filed under Features, Food

I vividly remember the first time I dreamed of visiting the Koffee Kup factory. It was winter of 2015, I was a sophomore and lived in Sichel Hall, a part of the distant Back Five on Trinity Campus. Sometime around midnight, I was on the lawn in front of Sichel with my roommate and his girlfriend,...

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

Nick Vidal

October 10, 2017


Filed under Features

2017 has been big year for Pile. Since the March release of their latest studio LP “A Hairshirt of Purpose,” the Boston band has been busy delivering their unique brand of frenetic and asymmetrical post-hardcore to audiences across Europe and North America. Extensive touring hasn’t been the...

For Tom

For Tom

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Features

The air was hot and thick as I stumbled outside of my Northwest Washington, D.C. home and into the golden morning light of a mid-July day. At nine years old, I had big ambitions on my summer swim team and at my Corcoran Art School summer camp, so I packed up my pint-sized duffel bag and hopped into...

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