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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Students crowd around a bong made out of a watermelon on the Redstone green.

UVM’s students celebrate 4/20, campus smells like weed

April 28, 2023

The crowd counted down from ten until the clock hit 4:20 p.m. on April 20. A large cloud of smoke hovered over the Redstone green, ringing in the much-celebrated day. A few Wellness runners jogged by,...

A student looks through a telescope at UVM Space Clubs stargazing night on the Livak track April 20.

A Celestial Celebration: 4/20 stargazing night cultivates community around astronomy

Kailey Shea, Culture Staff Writer April 27, 2023

After a special excursion on Redstone green, students reclined on the grass and watched the sky darken to astronomical instrumentals.  Two hundred students lounged on blankets and perched over telescopes...

Dodge wears a whistle necklace in the shape of a snail and a silver necklace from his childhood.

Cynic Fit Check: 4/20

Keagan Lafferty, Culture Staff Writer April 24, 2023

  Hundreds of students gathered on the Redstone green as the clock slowly approached 4:20 p.m. in what is likely the most exciting holiday at UVM. Anticipation—and smoke—filled the air. From...

UVM to transition away from COVID isolation dorms

Kira Schaefer and Nicole Hardy May 2, 2022

Stay up to date with the Cynic Roundup, giving you coverage on the stories you might have missed in news last week. In this edition, we take a deeper dive into Jeanne Mance's changing status as a COVID...

Students gather on the Redstone green for 4/20 festivities April 20.

Over a thousand gather at green on 4/20

Isabelle Tanner, Cynic News Reporter April 25, 2022

Over a thousand students gathered on the Redstone green at 4:20 p.m. April 20 in celebration of the longstanding tradition of smoking cannabis on 4/20, said UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau. The turnout...

Exploring recreational drug use at UVM

Exploring recreational drug use at UVM

Ellie Scott, Layout Editor April 20, 2022

Three students smoking joints on the Redstone green April 20, 2021.

Student smokers prepare for 4/20 celebration, expecting increased turnout

Paige Fisher, Culture and Podcasts Editor April 18, 2022

Students began gathering on campus annually on April 20 to smoke cannabis during the mid-‘90s. It has since been a recurring event, UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau said. Students anticipate the celebratory...

UVM police services watch over the crowd of students gathered on Redstone campus for the 4/20 celebration April 20. Theres a nice cloud out there, a first-year said, referring to the smoke raising over the crowd shortly after 4:20 p.m.

UVM cannabis consumption reaches a new high

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor August 15, 2019

UVM has been ranked the top school in the nation for cannabis consumption, according to the latest rankings from the Princeton Review. Also in the top five were the University of Rhode Island, Wesleyan...

Colorful bowls are on display at the Bern Gallery on Main Street. The Bern Gallery was opened in 2004 by Tito Bern, the company’s CEO.

The art of lighting up

Keely Lyons, Senior Staff Writer April 27, 2019

Bongs, hookahs and bowls of every color and style adorn the Bern Gallery, a local smoke shop on Main Street. Large and artful pieces that can cost up to thousands of dollars sit near the front of the...

Sporting courtesy blue 4/20 5K t-shirts, runners leave the starting line at the UVM Wellness Environment 4/20 5K for Wellness in front of the Gucciardi Fitness Center at 4:20 p.m. April 20. Just a few hundred feet away on Redstone campus, students used cannabis in celebration of the 4/20 holiday.

Community and students show up for Wellness 5K

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor April 26, 2019

Despite the rain and overcast weather, several hundred students and community members gathered on the indoor tennis courts and turf of the Patrick Gym for the fourth annual 4/20 5K for Wellness April 20....

Culture Staff Recommends: fun things to try the next time you get high

Culture Staff Recommends: fun things to try the next time you get high

Culture Staff April 25, 2019

Whether you’re toking up on your own or sharing with a group, check out what the Culture staff recommends for high time entertainment and grub.   The Joy of Painting Jonathan Greenberg Bob...

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant

Caroline Slack, Assistant Feature Editor April 24, 2019

Though psychedelics are often portrayed in popular culture as recreational drugs, psychedelics like ayahuasca have played a role in religious ceremonies and alternative medicine. Josh — not his real...

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