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Grooving with the Mountain Goats

CAROLINE SLACK, B-Side.
Caroline Slack, Features Editor April 29, 2018

Four men in suits ran on stage, looking like a band of dads  hurrying from a business meeting to this gig. For a second I wondered what I was getting myself into. Then I felt the pulse of the bass...

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...

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Illistrations: Egg Plant
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...

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

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

Fresh Tracks

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

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.
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...

On Being your own Outing Club

Algonquin Peak, Adirondack Park, NY.
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...

Music Making for the Masses

MAX MCCURDY. B-Side. Del Water Gap performing in Burlington.
Max Mccurdy March 9, 2017

It is genuinely hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy listening to music. It’s quite a bit easier to find someone who doesn’t play music. While factors such as lack of interest or time might...

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

MAX MCCURDY. B-Side. Rose Street Collective at the Skinny Pancake on February 3rd.
Frances King February 14, 2017

Snapping their fingers under lights of purple, blue, and yellow hues, Julia Spelman, Lilly Dukich and Erika Polner spend the majority of a Friday night set perfecting harmonies as a powerful vocal trio,...

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