The Vermont Cynic

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Reclaiming Identities of Addiction

Kian Deshler, Staff Writer April 12, 2018

Language is a powerful form of representation, and one that is largely absent on this campus for our students in recovery. Professors banter about the consumption of alcoholic beverages in class, students...

Illistrations: Egg Plant

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Brigitte Riordan, Staff Writer March 13, 2018

Food is culture. I am a first-generation Romanian-American, but I don’t know much about Romanian food. My father fled the country in the height of Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and once he moved to the...

Bettina Cataldi, B-Side.

Burlington’s Hierarchy of Needs

Bettina Cataldi, Staff Writer February 28, 2018

Bagels, attention and therapy. Those are what I’d consider my three most potent needs to be. When Glenn Walter, owner of Three Needs Taproom & Brewery in downtown Burlington, saw the sign that...

Caroline Slack, B-Side. Aja Briana at Vermont Custom Tattoo.

Girl Got a (Tattoo) Gun

Caroline Slack, Staff Writer February 19, 2018

Vermont Custom Tattoo and Piercing is tucked a flight of stairs above Cosmic Grind Coffee at 104 Church Street Marketplace, Suite 2A. You might just miss it if it weren’t for a plastic sign on the...

Max McCurdy, B-Side. Rathaus on a Saturday night.

Assault in ‘safe spaces:’ Women in the DIY music scene speak out

Libby Camp February 12, 2018

The first DIY show I went to was a hardcore show in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was hosted in a Veterans of Foreign Wars center. There were kids that looked like they could beat the shit...

James Gaudreault. B-Side. Skiers starting down Jester.

Fresh Tracks

James Gaudreault February 5, 2018

While winter slept stubbornly through the early days of December, my friend and I spent our Saturday scraping the icy slopes of Sugarbush. We arrived late in the morning and found the elements at the...

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A Lifetime of Donuts

Max McCurdy, Assistant Photo Editor December 23, 2017

I vividly remember the first time I dreamed of visiting the Koffee Kup factory. It was winter of 2015, I was a sophomore and lived in Sichel Hall, a part of the distant Back Five on Trinity Campus. Sometime...

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

A Conversation with Rick from Pile

Nick Vidal October 10, 2017

2017 has been big year for Pile. Since the March release of their latest studio LP “A Hairshirt of Purpose,” the Boston band has been busy delivering their unique brand of frenetic and asymmetrical...


For Tom

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor October 9, 2017

The air was hot and thick as I stumbled outside of my Northwest Washington, D.C. home and into the golden morning light of a mid-July day. At nine years old, I had big ambitions on my summer swim team...

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Bettina Cataldi, Writer October 6, 2017

On a quest for locals to bear the last days of Burlington’s Indian summer, the solution was clear: bubbling brews, festive hats and games easy enough for those under the influence to win prizes. Oktoberfest...

Chasing West

Chasing West

James Gaudreault, Writer September 26, 2017

My friends and I departed on a Friday afternoon during the peak of summer, leaving behind our homes and any concerns for the time of day. We’d entered into a losing race with the setting sun, united...

Algonquin Peak, Adirondack Park, NY.

On Being your own Outing Club

Maggie Richardson September 6, 2017

As I near the start of my senior year, every so often I stop to look around this little college town in that starry-eyed way I did as a first-year: in awe of mountains, water and vast open spaces in every...

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