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Grooving with the Mountain Goats

Grooving with the Mountain Goats

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 and heard the hearty strums of a guitar. On Wednesday, April 18, the Mountain Goats grac...

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 openly recount drunken evenings on the bus and people jokingly self-identify as “alcoholics.” Comments...

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

Eggplants: Cooking and Connecting with the Old World

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 United States, he was dedicated to being an American. He won’t speak Romanian around my brother...

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

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

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 out of me, but who were all probably just as awkward as me. The masking tape on the floor was the onl...

Fresh Tracks

Fresh Tracks

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 base of the mountain caught in a fierce war. The muddy earth and wilting meadows were battling...

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 post-hardcore to audiences across Europe and North America. Extensive touring hasn’t been the...

For Tom

For Tom

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 and at my Corcoran Art School summer camp, so I packed up my pint-sized duffel bag and hopped into...

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 Vermont held its third annual festival this past weekend from Sept. 21 to 23. Forty local,...

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 by our common western destination, winding through those vibrant green New Hampshire mountains without...

On Being your own Outing Club

On Being your own Outing Club

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 direction. It’s the kind of feeling that draws so many students here and leaves so many missing...

Music Making for the Masses

Music Making for the Masses

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 play a part in this gap, the disconnect between listening and playing music is surely due to the di...

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

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, while reserving a few songs for solo performances highlighting individual strengths.  Rose Street Collective,...

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