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“A profound lack of thinking:” History professor Charlie Briggs on UVM and dismissal

Mae Nugusky, Culture Staff Writer April 9, 2021

History Professor Charlie Briggs first felt inspired to become a professor in college.  He fell in love with the idea of teaching and researching. Today, Briggs has turned into one of those beloved...

Freshman Elene Karlberg, known as UVM Condom Kid, poses surrounded by over 100 Trojan condoms March 31.

‘UVM Condom Kid’ brings peer-to-peer sex education to campus

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer April 7, 2021

Despite the misconnection that has ensued from the global pandemic, people are still driven by their primal behavior.  First-year Elene Karlberg recognized this during her time in the dorms this year...

UVM Senior Kellyn Doerr and her boyfriend Wallace Burgess, recent Syracuse University graduate, stand in front of American Flatbread March 27. Doerr and Burgess met during the pandemic through Tinder.

A look at dating culture in COVID-19

Kellyn Doerr, Culture Staff Writer April 2, 2021

I met the love of my life during a global pandemic.  My boyfriend and I met on Tinder. An app I used to love to make fun of and “swipe” on cute guys with my roommates.  We hit it off immediately...

A COVID safe guide to Passover

A COVID safe guide to Passover

Kellyn Doerr, Culture Staff Writer April 1, 2021

We’re back with yet another COVID safe Jewish holiday guide, this time around; Passover. Chag Pesach Sameach bitches.  The wonderful holiday that is Passover. This time commemorates the exodus of...

The simple power of walking

The simple power of walking

Laura Meyer, Culture Staff Writer March 26, 2021

I used to not think much about walking. It was just walking. It got you from point A to point B.  If anything, I thought walking was an inconvenience because of how long it takes to actually get to...

Students lament live at 'Lonely Hearts Club' variety show

Students lament live at ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ variety show

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer March 21, 2021

Echoing through the first floor of the Davis Center were sounds of students eagerly showcasing their talents for an audience just excited to be at a live show.  On Friday, March 12 UVM Program Board...

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Kate Germain, Culture Staff March 18, 2021

As the weather warms and UVM students make their plans for Fall 2021 housing, Sustainability students grapple with major changes in their learning community.   The UVM Department of Residential Life’s...

James Williamson, Senior Lecturer for UVM’s English Department sits in his office surrounded by books Feb. 16. Williamson is one of three other College of Arts and Sciences professors who have recently been laid off due to the budget cuts.

“On a human level, this is the most disrespectful way to go about things:” English professor reflects on time at UVM, dismissal

Cyrus Oswald, Culture Staff Writer March 17, 2021

UVM English Professor James Williamnson is one of three faculty members slated to lose his job with the University, sparking questions from community members and students who have described his unique...

Senior Eddie Travieso holds up his fist in Fruition’s Black Lives Matter bomber jacket Feb. 27.

From the Bronx to Burlington: BSU lights up the stage with ‘In the Streets’

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor March 10, 2021

Members of the UVM BIPOC community took to the catwalk to celebrate Black history and creativity. The Black Student Union hosted their annual fashion show on Feb. 27 in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple...

UVM First-year Jack Olender sits in the Davis Center and checks his Marriage Pact status March 5.

‘Marriage Pact’ algorithm pairs students with their ‘perfect match’

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer March 9, 2021

During this year of misconnection amidst isolation and COVID-19, UVM students jumped at the opportunity to meet someone new. The Marriage Pact, brought to campus by the well-known UVM Missed Connections...

UVM Senior and President of the Womxn of Color Coalition Shania Benjamin stands behind a table for the coalition on the third floor of the Davis Center Feb. 24.

Davis Center Blackout Celebrates All Things Black

Laura Clifford, Culture Staff Writer March 1, 2021

Adorned in museum-like cultural exhibits and performances, the Davis Center transformed into a rich celebration of Black History Month. On the night of Feb. 24, Campus Programs, Black Student Union,...

Students adapt to a virtual social life

Students adapt to a virtual social life

Allie O'Connor, Culture Staff Writer February 26, 2021

On a campus with strict social distancing guidelines and a rising number of positive COVID cases, making friends and forging new connections is not easy.  As large gatherings are still restricted,...

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