The Vermont Cynic

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?”

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...

Williams Hall stands on College Row, March 5. The building has stood on UVM's campus since 1896.

A look into the past: Williams Hall

Stephan Toljan, Photo Editor March 19, 2020

In 1896, 43 years after the last fire in Old Mill, UVM decided it was time to build the first fireproof building on a college campus in the U.S. The result: Williams Science Hall. The building...

Cheese Louise leaves University Place

Cheese Louise leaves University Place

Elizabeth Roote, Staff Writer March 4, 2020

Since October 2019, food truck Cheese Louise, characterized by its hand-painted menus and easy-going employees, has been an on-campus hit – and it’s not supposed to be here. Cheese Louise first opened...

The Statehouse chambers stand empty during a recess, Feb. 13. The chambers seat all 151 members of the House, as well as extra seating for members of the public and media.

Women in politics: Vermont native represents hometown district at 24

Tulley Hescock, Staff Writer February 26, 2020

Felisha Leffler wore a pin  that said “Young People Make a Better Vermont,” a sentiment she carries with her every day as a 24-year-old Vermont House Representative. Leffler grew up in Enosburg,...

Publishing company monopolizes libraries' budget

Publishing company monopolizes libraries’ budget

Sabrina Fiore, Staff Writer February 19, 2020

During the UVM SGA meeting Jan. 21, Dean of Libraries Bryn Geffert stood before the room and explained his dilemma. UVM libraries’ contract with Elsevier, a scientific literature publishing company,...

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