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

Sticky notes spelling out “Ballz” displayed in a CCRH window.

Window wars: The controversy surrounding dorm window displays

Ciara Lordan, Features Staff Writer September 27, 2023

With the fall semester underway, residence halls are springing back to life as students create their own sense of home away from home.  Decorating floor-to-ceiling, some on-campus residents are leaving...

The Huertas Project promotes food sovereignty in migrant farmer groups.

Backyard to table: The Huertas Project and cultivating food sovereignty 

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer September 22, 2023

Latinx migrant farmers working in Vermont’s dairies face difficulty accessing local and culturally familiar food. The Huertas Project is run through UVM and works with migrant farmers on rural dairy...

Broccoli Bar provides vegan options for students on campus.

Savoring Success: How UVM is changing on-campus dining

Liliana Mefford, Assistant Features Editor September 13, 2023

When UVM students arrived back on campus this fall, they were greeted with a slew of changes to their on-campus dining options. For the 2023-24 school year, UVM is introducing a number of changes to...

Winooski River flooding by Chace Mill July 11.

Life After the Flood: A Vermont Disaster

Maxine Thornton, Features Editor September 8, 2023

On July 10, Vermont residents found themselves experiencing the heaviest rainfall the state has seen since 1927. Rainfall in Montpelier hit an all-time high of 12.06 inches, according to the National...

Narcan nasal spray, which can be found in the harm reduction corner of Living Well April 19.

UVM’s harm reduction resources

Memrie Harness, Features Staff Writer April 27, 2023

In a college setting, obtaining drugs is possible for those who desire them. While completely preventing usage is unrealistic, harm reduction tactics save lives.  In order to keep the student body...

Students hammocking on the Fleming green in response to the change to warm weather April 13.

Here Comes The Sun: UVM weather and students’ mental health

Rhiannon Hubbard, Features Staff Writer April 20, 2023

In the past week, there has been a change across campus that has not gone unnoticed by students at UVM: the weather.  “I think [the recent change in weather in Burlington] came at a very much needed...

A detail photo of a CATS Bus April 7. Five thousand five hundred students use the CATS Buses per day on average.

Meet the UVM CATS Bus drivers

Liliana Mefford, Assistant Features Editor April 13, 2023

Editor's note: This story was updated April 17 at 6:34 p.m. to correct a stylistic error. Transporting thousands of UVM students across campus each day, the faces of the UVM CATS Bus drivers are familiar...

Simeon Marsalis ‘13 during his time at UVM, where he started writing fiction. His 2018 novel, titled “As Lie is to Grin,” references his experience on UVM’s predominantly white campus and the accompanying disassociation.

Reckoning with our past: A conversation with author and UVM alum Simeon Marsalis

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer April 6, 2023

Simeon Marsalis ‘13 is an author and a professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. However, he was once a student at the University of Vermont, an experience he drew on heavily in his 2017...

Summit Sisters at the Davis Center circle March 24. Left to right: Sophomore Amelia Veleber, secretary; junior Nicole Cohen, president; junior Giovanna Angiolini, treasurer; and sophomore Annabelle Paushter, social media manager.

Despite limitations, outing clubs aim to get more students outdoors

Maxine Thornton, Features Editor March 30, 2023

Boasting the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. So, it is no surprise that UVM has garnered a parallel reputation. UVM offers 22 outdoor-related...

A University Heights common room with a spiral staircase March 8. Students have been noting discrepancies between different residential halls and campuses in light of ResLife’s new room selection system.

“100% there are discrepancies between campuses:” Students express mixed feelings over UVM housing

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer March 23, 2023

Editor's Note: This story was updated April 12 at 3:13 p.m. to reflect new information provided by ResLife about the fall 2023 housing selection process for incoming sophomores. As the housing selection...

Friday Breakfast, a weekly student event at the Mosaic Center, March 3.

BIPOC student orgs provide community for students on campus

Rhiannon Hubbard, Features Staff Writer March 9, 2023

The legacy of BIPOC student unions on campus signifies the strength and presence of the BIPOC community at UVM. For decades, unions such as the Black Student Union, Asian Student Union and Alianza de...

DJ Steve Goodkind of 105.9-FM “The Radiator,” a project of Big Heavy World to preserve Vermont music, in the recording studio Feb. 24.

Local nonprofit works to reinstate historic Burlington music venue

Julia Streger, Features Staff Writer March 2, 2023

A familiar weekend tradition for UVM students, DIY-style basement concerts provide a lively end to the week.  “You’re all working together for a common goal and to create a good atmosphere,”...

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