The Vermont Cynic

Disconnected.

Disconnected.

Foster Borch, Feature Writer

October 8, 2018

Ten years ago, Harris Millis Unlimited Dining would have buzzed with casual conversations between strangers. Now, those who eat alone are kept company by their Instagram feeds. I removed myself from Instagram over a year ago after realizing I spent too much time trying to prove how amazing my life wa...

Girls Who Skate

Girls Who Skate

Kian Deshler, Assistant Feature Editor

September 29, 2018

  The sun dipped lower into the Adirondacks, casting a golden glow on the skaters. Sophomore Ivana Djiya and junior Abby Trombley rolled up in a 2008 Subaru Outback, hopped out, dropped their boards on the sidewalk and glided straight into the bowl. Djiya, Trombley and junior Paige Van Pat...

Dungeons & Dragons

Mike Hurley, Feature Writer

September 14, 2018

When people think of Dungeons & Dragons, their minds conjure images of dark, musty basements occupied by zealous fanboys wielding mighty cardboard swords, ancient relics gripped tightly in hands that have seen frequent battle and Cheetos dust. While this depiction, lovingly featured in shows such as “Stra...

Students navigate new cannabis laws

Caroline Slack, Feature Editor

September 6, 2018

Recently, the laws on the books regarding cannabis in Vermont have evolved, loosening state regulations on pot. What remains unclear is how these laws have affected the lifestyle of UVM students.    In January, Gov. Phil Scott signed Act 86 into law, legalizing recreational cannabis use and the po...

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Kian Deshler, Feature Writer

August 30, 2018

Holly Coughlan Fog nestled into the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The wind whispered over the bay, causing the slightest of ripples. Conifer trees colored the landscape a deep green. My family and I paddled across the bay near my cabin. At that moment, there was nowhere else I would rather b...

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

UVM Dining by Day, Culture by Night

Mike Gasparrini, Feature Writer

May 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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