The Vermont Cynic

Try a digital device detox

Alexandra Shannon, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under Life

As a young adult with my whole life ahead of me, but I might be wasting it staring at my phone. An average person spends five years and three months on social media in their lifetime, according to ComScore, a media statistics company. I would often get frustrated with friends for looking down at their phones while we...

Pets with jobs: comfort, therapy and service animals on campus

Pets with jobs: comfort, therapy and service animals on campus

Anna Power, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Life

Requiring a tedious balance between classes, social life, extracurriculars and sometimes jobs all while far away from home, college is often a stressful environment. One way students can cope with severe stress/disabilities is by having a comfort animal. Comfort pets are, “animals, trained o...

Rape Aggression Defense Training

Rape Aggression Defense Training

February 28, 2018


Filed under Life, Multimedia, Videos

The UVM Police Department is holding free Rape Defense Training classes for women on campus. This series teaches women verbal and physical techniques to protect themselves against threats. Participants said they felt empowered and strong during these exercises.

Out with the Rooster and in with the Dog

Out with the Rooster and in with the Dog

Enola Mercer, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Culture, Life

The promise of Asian cuisine and a new community waiting on the top floor of the Davis Center offered fun and comfort to students of Asian descent. The Asian American Student Union hosted the 2018 Lunar New Year celebration  in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the Davis Center. Though the official s...

BSU celebrates Black History Month

BSU celebrates Black History Month

Katie Brobst, Assistant Life Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Life

When sophomore Harmony Edosomwan came to UVM last year, she found a community in the Black Student Union. “I went to every single meeting last year and wanted to run for president to shift us in a new direction: a little more politicized,” said Edosomwan, now president of BSU. The BSU was f...

Weed extract catches on

Weed extract catches on

Alexandra Shannon, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under Life

Forget back-alley drug deals and sketchy smoke shops to get cannabis, in Burlington, cannabidiol can be found in coffee shops and grocery stores. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical component of weed, according to the World Health Organization. It can offer anxiety-reducing and antidepressant effe...

Practice self love with a sex toy

Practice self love with a sex toy

Autumn Lee, Life Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Whether single or taken this Valentine’s Day, self-love is in order. Let’s be honest: we can’t talk about love without talking about sex. It’s time to treat yourself to a sex toy. Whether you’re a sex shop regular or new to the game, the season of love is always a great time to explore sexualit...

Taking on Thailand solo

Taking on Thailand solo

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Traveling alone can seem scary and intimidating, but after spending a week solo in Thailand, I’ve come to prefer it. My adventure began while studying in Wellington, New Zealand. I set my mind to traveling alone to a place I’d always dreamed of visiting: Thailand. I was nervous before my solo ...

Sunrise ski aims to empower women

Sunrise ski aims to empower women

Erin Powell, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Editor's Picks, Life

Hoards of students hit the slopes each weekends, but a group of UVM women don’t just shred  for fun — they ski for Planned Parenthood. Chicks on Sticks is an all-female ski group that was started in 2017 by senior Emily Listow. It aims to create an inclusive and fun environment for women who ski a...

Hit pause on college

Lily Merriam, Cynic Correspondent

February 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Life

Over winter break I was one of 16 students travelling to Nepal that learned study abroad is not just a pursuit of education, it is a chance to become part of another culture. The three-credit travel study course in the department of community development and applied economics was led by Prem Timsina...

‘Becoming’ Nepali: stupas and studies

‘Becoming’ Nepali: stupas and studies

Ali Barritt, Cynic Correspondent

February 7, 2018


Filed under Life

Over winter break I was one of 16 students travelling to Nepal that learned study abroad is not just a pursuit of education, it is a chance to become part of another culture. The three-credit travel study course in the department of community development and applied economics was led by Prem Timsina...

Lack of trash cans frustrates campus

Lack of trash cans frustrates campus

Isabella Alessandrini, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, Life

The UVM waste supervisor can count all the outdoor trash cans on campus on one hand. He wants to get rid of all of them, he said. Corey Berman is the waste and recycling program supervisor and made the conscious decision to abolish outdoor trash cans at UVM when he first started work in 2005. ...

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