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

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,”...

The ski buses lining up outside Patrick Gym Feb. 11. The Ski & Snowboard Club offers free transportation to the ski slopes between Jan. 21 and April 9.

The snow must go on: How UVM SSC gets you to the mountain

Liliana Mefford, Features Staff Writer February 21, 2023

The start of the spring semester at UVM marks the moment thousands of students have anxiously been waiting for all year: ski and snowboard season. Each winter, many UVM students find community through...

Hamilton Hall Feb 9. Nearly 450 students were charged for damages to residence halls on Redstone campus in fall 2022.

“Unlike anything we’ve seen before”: Unassigned damage at UVM

Maxine Thornton, Features Staff Writer February 9, 2023

When nearly 450 students on Redstone campus checked their fall semester bill, they saw a charge labeled “unassigned damages.”  The charges ranged from $4 to $20 and were dependent on the severity...

Co-Opting Oppression: A call to action to learn more

Co-Opting Oppression: A call to action to learn more

Tushar Asthana, Features Staff Writer February 2, 2023

On this campus, as a student of color, it feels like being oppressed has almost started to become a celebrated identity facet by our white counterparts. They seem to need to put themselves down, blaming...

Sophomore Lyza Sirois, who lives on campus in Living/Learning, with their cat, Willie. The approval process for an ESA can be difficult.

“It was a necessity and not just something that I wanted:” Emotional Support Animals provide relief for students on campus

Delaney Roy, Features Editor January 26, 2023

Daily interactions with a pet are proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to an April 20, 2015 Counseling Today article. Under the Fair Housing Act, UVM allows students with documentation...

An Explain the Asterisk walkout at the Waterman building April 27.

What does it mean to Explain the Asterisk?

Camille Sweet, Features Staff Writer December 9, 2022

Content warning: mention of sexual assault At UVM, there is no difference between the appearance of an academic transcript for a sexual predator and that of someone who was caught plagiarizing, said...

Photo Illustration:  In a survey of 324 UVM students conducted by the Cynic, 62% said their roommate has requested that they leave their room for the sake of privacy to engage in a sexual act.

Sexiling: The unspoken college tradition

Maxine Thornton, Features Staff Writer December 7, 2022

A sock on the doorknob, a forewarning text, a locked door. What do these signals all have in common? Your roommate needs the room. The Urban Dictionary defines sexiling as when college age students...

The Old North End as seen from a drone Nov. 27.

Student population adds to BTV housing crisis, UVM’s plans to relieve pressure in progress

Camille Sweet, Features Staff Writer December 1, 2022

UVM students have put strain on the Burlington housing market because they, as a group, are able to afford more costly rent prices, said Michael Monte, executive director of the Champlain Housing Trust. The...

Green Mountain Compost processes compost at their facility in Williston Nov. 3. UVM Dining Halls and Residence Halls send their food waste to the company.

From your plate to a pile of dirt: UVM’s composting program

Callia Gilligan, Features Staff Writer November 10, 2022

When members of the UVM community dispose of their food waste, they have three options. The compost bin, meant for food scraps and paper napkins, is one of them.  While everyday students dispose of...

The UVM Police Department at 284 East Ave. Nov. 3. The University has implemented tools, such as the LiveSafe app, Blue Light units and the CatAlert system, for students to stay safe on campus.

Students express concern over safety at UVM

Liliana Mefford, Features Staff Writer November 9, 2022

Editor’s note: The last name of one student interviewed for this piece has been changed to a pseudonym for reasons relating to safety concerns. While UVM’s administration has been working to advance...

_(left to right) Officer Gabe Frigo, President Mollie Clyde and Treasurer Sophie Gessman, a junior, Oct. 26. Frigo and Clyde will be graduating this spring, leaving younger club members to take over leadership of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics club.

The sky’s the limit: UVM’s astronautics club rebuilds from COVID-19

Faith Jesmain, Features Staff Writer November 4, 2022

Rebounding from a pandemic, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics club shoots for the stars as it plans to revive the club through a project where students will build a rocket glider. The...

A sign supporting Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment Oct. 21. The purpose of the ballot measure is to ensure reproductive autonomy for everyone in Vermont.

The future of reproductive autonomy in Vermont

Camille Sweet, Feature Staff Writer November 1, 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year, Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment gained traction with its potential to protect Vermonters’ reproductive autonomy.  The RLA...

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