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Sanders’ Tie-Dyed Primary

Sanders’ Tie-Dyed Primary

Maggie Richardson

February 16, 2016

     The first thing I notice as I cross the parking lot are the men in suits. It’s thirty degrees—a clear day in Rindge, New Hampshire—but the men in suits don’t seem to notice. They have ear pieces that crawl out of their stiff collars like skin tone worms and one of them is wearing a bl...

Meandering Stowe’s Main Street & Beyond

Meandering Stowe’s Main Street & Beyond

Maggie Richardson

February 8, 2016

        Sometimes, you just need to take the day and get out of town. After a long week of running from Colchester to College Street, walking down a different Vermont Main comes as a much-needed change of pace. On a relatively balmy, brilliantly beautiful January afternoon my friend Eva and I hea...

Cricket Blue Haunts with Ethereal Folk

Cricket Blue Haunts with Ethereal Folk

Frances King

February 6, 2016

    Cricket Blue makes exactly the kind of music you would expect when you hear their name.     The folk duo is comprised of Middlebury College alumni Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith, who play what they have deemed “botanical, spooky, umbilically-resonant folk.” With soft vocal harmonies and ca...

Extra Spice in the Old North End

Extra Spice in the Old North End

November 8, 2015

“I’ll do medium spice, just to be safe,” said the server at Central Market Taste of Asia on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington’s North End. I tried again. “No, I really do want it hot. I liked the curry you made me last time.” “Are you sure?” she asked. “It has chilies i...

Comedy Finds a Home in Burlington

Comedy Finds a Home in Burlington

Eva Bartels

November 7, 2015

Nathan Hartswick eagerly joined me at my table at Muddy Waters one Thursday afternoon, after weeks of trying to meet. We were finally able to sit down and discuss the opening of his new Burlington establishment, the Vermont Comedy Club. I looked forward to hearing about the new place and all the c...

DIY Humanitarianism Hits UVM

November 5, 2015

No matter what day of the week, walk through the Davis Center atrium or past the library steps and you’re likely to be asked for a moment of your time by a group of activists. In an atmosphere where everybody cares, it’s tricky finding the right fit for your world saving ambitions. One UVMer, thoug...

Indie Films Showcase Labor and Love at Vermont Filmmaker’s Showcase

Caroline Shea

November 5, 2015

“Indie filmmaking has never had it so good,” John Summa told me. We were sitting in his Old Mill office, surrounded by stacks of towering books. Summa, an Economics professor at UVM, wrote one of the films featured at the Vermont International Film Festival’s Vermont Filmmaker’s Showcase. His...

Burlington’s Haunted History

Caroline Shea

November 5, 2015

Halloween season is in full swing and it’s not unusual to see ghosts prowling the streets, usually sporting bedsheets and various party paraphernalia. However, collegiate mischief is not the only spooky thing afoot in Burlington. “Surprisingly, Burlington has more haunted restaurants in one place than many other cities I've visited,” said Thea Lewis, an exper...

Witches Get Snitches

October 20, 2015

Where can you play the most lighthearted, full-contact sport on campus? Only through club quidditch, the most unique sports craze to sweep college campuses in the last decade.Quidditch, originally a fictional sport from the “Harry Potter” series — played with flying broomsticks — was adapted f...

“Bald Bill” Henshaw: Inside the Mind of a Body Artist

Caroline Shea

October 17, 2015

My parents started placing bets on what my first tattoo would be after I left for college. I’m still leaving them hanging. Bill Henshaw, affectionately known as “Bald Bill” by his friends and coworkers, guesses he’s a little bit ahead of me. He’s been tattooed by over 100 tattoo artists and ...

The Internet at Signal Kitchen

October 11, 2015

If you have never heard of Odd Future or Tyler the Creator, then you’ve missed some truly artful hip hop. Tyler, specifically, has been brought into the spotlight for his satirical crudeness. His tracks are either rowdy and full of hyperbolic violence towards women and himself, or serious reflection...

Lit Club at the Light Club

Cleo Rohn

October 11, 2015

Walk into the Light Club Lamp Shop on any night and you’ll be greeted with an immediate sense of serenity. The intimate space, with its dark wooden bar counter and lamp-lined walls, stays quieter on most nights than its adjacent older siblings, ¡Duino! (Duende) and Radio Bean. But on Monday nights...

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