The Vermont Cynic

Prioritizing priority registration

May 3, 2010


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It's 6:55 a.m. when sophomore Bayan Suleiman rolls out of bed and sits in front of her computer on the morning of her scheduled class registration.She types in her CRN numbers and watches the clock intently until it turns the magical time: 7 a.m. She clicks submit only to find that she did not get into...

Details about detox

April 26, 2010


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Before you set foot on Burlington's sidewalks for another thrilling weekend night, remember that there are a few things not worth experiencing —  like being transported to Fletcher Allen and ACT One detoxification center downtown. "Intoxicated students usually arrive with the police at ACT...

Locavores Crave Meat

April 19, 2010


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Allegations of animal cruelty and fires have resulted in a shortage of slaughterhouses in Vermont, leaving the local food movement craving for meat.Recently, the Bushways Slaughterhouse in Grand Isle was shut down due to animal cruelty.  The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee said...

Administration assails pirates

April 12, 2010


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A history of piracyOne day in April 1999, UVM received a copyright violation fax from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first of its kind at UVM, in response to a students sharing music online.More than 10 years later, piracy has become a solid fixture in Internet culture. Peer-to-peer...

Summer brings heat, but not from the police

April 5, 2010


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Some might expect to find their stuff stolen while out of town for summer break, but statistics from the Burlington Police Department (BPD) show that when students return to off-campus housing for the school year, criminals are much more eager to pounce.Crime rates over the summer decrease despite the...

Impartial instruction or subjective schooling

March 29, 2010


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At a school known for both its liberal students and professors, some students question whether their tuition money is paying for the facts or a professor's opinion.Pablo Bose, a professor in the geography department, said he thinks it's a healthy mix of both."I don't believe in the idea of objectivity,"...

Beat gets louder in New Zealanders’ latest album

March 22, 2010


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On March 5, Clark Derbes' "A Family Gathering: Sculptures and Relatives" debuted at JDK Design Studio.His latest work features wooden sculptures, ink paintings and gouaches on birch panels by the Burlington artist.At the front of the exhibit, one is immediately welcomed by free standing, carved birc...

Divine Dairy: UVM undergrads have a cow

March 22, 2010


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A short distance from Harris-Millis, UVM students smell like cows. Literally.These smelly students are involved in the CREAM program at UVM, where students run a dairy herd of about 30 cows and produce milk that is sold to local distributors.CREAM is an acronym for the Cooperative for Real Education...

Is your weekend making you sick?

March 15, 2010


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On any given weekend, students attend parties in cramped apartments and basements. But games like beer pong and offhand sexual trysts could have greater consequences than a hangover and some regret. From sharing cups to hooking up, parties are a common place to spread germs and catch an illness. "At...

Burlington or Girlington?

March 1, 2010


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McKenna, Ruth, Emily, Kate, Brittany, Danie, Stephanie, Amanda, Alyssa, Nicole, Sarah, Arielle, Allison, Casey, Emily, Katie, Hannah, Suzanne and Jake. This is how the attendance roster of a Communication Methods lab being held this semester reads. Notice anything? In this lab, part of a class that is...

Crossing borders

February 23, 2010


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When deciding upon a place to go abroad, whether for a semester or a year, most students choose their destination with extra care.Students from other countries do the same when they come to the States.  So, why UVM?"What usually happens, particularly in the past several years, students who have...

Life of a Mascot

February 16, 2010


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Rally Cat, to most students, brings to mind images of a friendly, oversized Catamount, slapping high fives to kids and messing up the hair of college students who eagerly attend hockey games and show their school spirit.The official University of Vermont school mascot is the Catamount. The Catamount...

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