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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

As the sun rises in the eastern sky illuminating the Green Mountains, a hiker begins their descent down from the peak of Camel’s Hump Sept. 20.

6:37 a.m., 4,081 feet

Greta Rohrer, Features Editor September 25, 2020

On Sept. 20, the entrance of Burrows Trailhead, enveloped under vibrant branches and leaves, remained colorless in the 4:45a.m. darkness, approximately two hours before sunrise.  Moonlight gleamed...

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene

COVID-19 impacts BTV bar scene

Rebecca Holt, Staff Writer September 14, 2020

On Aug. 20th, the City of Burlington instituted new policies limiting gathering sizes and alcohol sales to prevent the spread of COVID-19, right before University of Vermont students flooded back into...

Noel Ruby-Williams sits on a porch in the home of the children she nannies for in Montpelier, Vermont.

Leader, activist and caregiver: Meet Noel Riby-Williams

Kate Vanni, Layout and Illustrations Editor September 4, 2020

A smile crept over Noel Riby-Williams’ face as the three kids she nannies tapped on the window and peeked through the blinds, watching her throughout the interview. Sitting on the porch, Riby-Williams,...

Stebbins and Bluemles campaign signs sit next to each other on Locust Terrace, a street they both live on. Aug 3.

Emerge Vermont helps to bring more women’s voices to the ballot

Tulley Hescock, Staff Writer August 4, 2020

This year, neighbors, opponents and close friends, Gabrielle Stebbins and Tiff Bluemle join 36 other Emerge Vermont alums on the upcoming ballot for state representative.  The democratic women running...

Alex Excaja-Heiss proudly holds up a poster he made for transgender rights July 15.

UVM junior named one of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping the Future of Media and Activism”

Lilly Page, Staff Writer July 16, 2020

Around the age of 14 Alex Escaja-Heiss boarded a plane, when he got off, he had been changed by a single moment during the flight.   On the flight, he had watched a film called “My Prairie Home”,...

Where do people come from and how do they end up where they are?

“Where do people come from and how do they end up where they are?”

Rebecca Holt, Staff Writer April 30, 2020

Around halfway through writing her book “Old Canaan in a New World: Native Americans and the Lost Tribes of Israel,” Professor Fenton said she struggled to answer the perennial question for people...

UVM voices offer advice on staying active in isolation

UVM voices offer advice on staying active in isolation

Henry Perretta, Staff Writer April 24, 2020

Weeks have passed since students skied down the Green Mountains, skateboarded on Athletic campus, walked to class and dominated Burlington's terrain. Wherever students find themselves now, we hope they...

Onyx Ink:  An all female-operated tattoo studio in Burlington

Onyx Ink: An all female-operated tattoo studio in Burlington

Elizabeth Roote, Staff Writer April 16, 2020

Between the potted plants to the vibrant art covering the walls, it’s hard not to feel at home at Onyx Ink Tattoo Studio. Onyx Ink’s owner, Alisha Dykema, opened the studio in 2018. Locate on the...

A look into Chicks on Sticks 5:00 a.m. ski trips

A look into Chicks on Sticks’ 5:00 a.m. ski trips

Payton Kurrle, Staff Writer April 9, 2020

At around 5:00 a.m. March 4, a white van pulled into the parking lot of Gutterson Fieldhouse.  Junior Finn Brokaw, a group leader of Power through Powder, got out of the van and opened the back, revealing...


State Rep. Rebecca White grew up in Wilder, Vermont and attended the University of Vermont at the age of sixteen on a VSAC scholarship for low-income, first generation Vermonters.

Women in Politics: Rebecca White graduated UVM at 20 and joined Vermont government at 22

Tulley Hescock, Staff Writer April 2, 2020

Vermont State Rep. Rebecca White ‘15  stood behind the podium at the UVM debate house, reminiscing over the hours she spent practicing public speaking, used now in committee.  White grew up in Wilder,...

Top fold of the front page of the Vermont Cynic from May 19, 1917. The Cynic reported that the first ever orientation-like event for Vermont high school women had been held at UVM.

Cynic History: Reporting on the women’s suffrage movement at UVM

Bridget Higdon, Editor-in-Chief April 1, 2020

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Cynic searched its archives for stories that reported on how the movement took shape at UVM.  We found...

English, geology, philosophy, physics and aliens

English, geology, philosophy, physics and aliens

Rebecca Holt, Staff Writer March 25, 2020

A class of nearly 240 students leaned intently towards the muffled rhythmic beating of a radio telescope recording, a radio used to detect frequencies from extraterrestrial life.  Geochemistry...

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