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Expecting the unexpected: A glimpse into the class of 2023’s first few weeks

Expecting the unexpected: A glimpse into the class of 2023's first few weeks

Lilly Page, Feature Writer

September 17, 2019

Her heart was pounding as she carried boxes into what would be her new home for the next nine months. First-year Abbie Doiron thought that finally, the moment she had been waiting for all summer had come. Sitting in her dorm room in Central Campus Residence Hall now, Doiron realized college life as a fi...

Exploring the beauty of Vermont’s state parks

A small stream leads to a cove at the Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester, VT. The park offers sweeping views of Lake Champlain from its cliffs and a number of trails to explore.

Nina Loutchko, Feature Writer

September 10, 2019

Tucked away behind the shadows of the state’s tallest peaks, blue waters, sandy shores and luscious greenery are the natural spectacles of Vermont State Parks. Vermont currently maintains 52 developed state parks and 21 undeveloped properties spanning from the Northeast Kingdom to the islands of Lake ...

Old Gold: New and old clothing collide

A gold bangle for $18 graces the wrist of a mannequin in Old Gold, a vintage clothing shop on Cherry Street, Aug. 27.

Greta Rohrer, Feature Editor

September 3, 2019

Inside of Old Gold, classic rock T-shirts hang from the ceiling, party clothes line the walls and ball gowns, wigs and vintage military jackets hang together. Approaching the store located at 151 Cherry St., the window display filled with whimsically dressed mannequins only gives a small glimpse ...

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 24, 2019

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real name — a junior, was 23 when he took mental health treatment into his own hands with a do-it-your...

Burlington’s DIY Basement Shows

Burlington's DIY Basement Shows

Zoe Schemm, Feature Writer

April 17, 2019

They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. This sentiment finds real world applicability in do-it- yourself venues, establishments with the space and equipment for live music that do not function in the same legitimate arena as official clubs or concert halls. Often taking place in s...

Between the bars: Craft beer and pinball machines meet at The Archives

Between the bars: Craft beer and pinball machines meet at The Archives

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

April 10, 2019

From the windows outside The Archives, lights from rows of arcade games glitter through the glass. There’s an instant sense of childhood nostalgia — but it’s presented alongside a sophisticated selection of grown-up drinks. The Archives, a bar located on 191 College St., just celebrated its t...

The spectrum of inclusivity: being queer at UVM

The spectrum of inclusivity: being queer at UVM

Greta Rohrer, Feature Writer

April 3, 2019

UVM has a “queer-friendly” reputation among state schools, advertising to prospective students a “4.5 out of 5-star ranking on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index” on the Prism Center website. As a public institution with over 10,000 undergraduate students, UVM represents a variety of ide...

No Ragrets: Love for Unconventional Tattoos

No Ragrets: Love for Unconventional Tattoos

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

March 7, 2019

Junior Max Mitiguy has 70 tattoos, a lot of them are stick and pokes that he has done on himself. But of his more than many tattoos, Mitiguy only regrets a couple: a text piece that he says isn’t cohesive with the rest of his tattoos, and one of a safety pin, a matching tattoo with an ex. Ge...

Dinner and Dialogue: Gathering for gratitude at the UVM Interfaith Center

Dinner and Dialogue: Gathering for gratitude at the UVM Interfaith Center

Greta Rohrer, Feature Writer

February 18, 2019

Separated into four tables, Dinner and Dialogue attendees discussed gratitude, spirituality and unusually warm weather over plates of lasagna. These dinners, hosted monthly at the UVM Interfaith Center, foster an environment that sparks discourse and encourages attendees to be openminded. The Interfai...

Seasonal Sadness: Winter Woes

Junior Tali Friedman uses “light boxes” that emit bright light which simulates daytime sunlight levels to combat feelings of depression that come during the winter months. Thirty minutes of exposure to light therapy on a daily basis can provide symptom relief to many sufferers.

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor

February 15, 2019

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and junior Tali Friedman opens her windows to watch an early sunset. Then, she turns on her light box, a special lamp on her wall that mimics sunlight and helps her combat seasonal depression. “Winters in Vermont can be intense,” Friedman said. “Literally, with the amou...

Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Climate change threatens Vermont skiing

Nina Loutchko, Feature Writer

January 15, 2019

Warmer winters mean less time scraping ice off your car in the morning and fewer fears of falling on icy sidewalks while shuffling to class. But for skiers, snowboarders and anyone who enjoys the snowy season, warmer winters threaten the very thing that keeps them outside: snow. Warm temperatures an...

Burlington On Vinyl

Burlington On Vinyl

Beth Goodwin, Feature Writer

November 14, 2018

Caroline Slack The music scene in Burlington is thriving; there are live gigs every weekend in quirky venues from house shows to ArtsRiot. Music is a huge part of the city’s creative and cultural pulse. At the core of the scene is the presence of vinyl. Burlington boasts three record stores: Burlington Records, ...

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