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Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Ben & Jerry’s widens milk horizons

Chris Leow

March 2, 2016


Filed under Life

Vermont’s ice cream icons, Ben and Jerry, want everyone to be able to enjoy their delicious ice cream flavors. After much prompting from fans and months of development, Ben & Jerry’s has finally revealed the highly anticipated dairy-free ice cream pints for consumers who are vegan or can’t t...

Hypocrisy among youth vote

Hypocrisy among youth vote

Bex Adams

March 1, 2016


Filed under Life

College students love to root for candidates, plaster bumper stickers on their laptops and bash whichever candidate they deem most likely to cause the world to end, but registering to vote and voting are getting more rare in our generation. I bought a shirt with Bernie Sanders’ face on it before I...

Ecuador trip sparks activism at UVM

Ecuador trip sparks activism at UVM

Jackie Flynn

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Life

After returning from a study abroad trip to Ecuador, two students are sharing  what they learned with the campus community. Sophomore environmental studies majors Emma Trainor and Margaret Gish plan to start a club at UVM aiming to promote environmental alternatives they learned during their time abroad. The environ...

One impromptu winter vacation in Florida

One impromptu winter vacation in Florida

Eva Bartels

February 24, 2016


Filed under Life

The first time I was in Florida was a 2001 family Disney trip. At this point, I was around 5 years old and unaware of the aggressively raging “club” scene of Miami or the rampant racism found everywhere else in the state. Now that I’m older and more aware of these parts of Florida’s culture,...

Barbie is no longer one-size-fits-all

Barbie is no longer one-size-fits-all

Camilla Broccolo

February 19, 2016


Filed under Life

After almost 60 years, Barbie is receiving a makeover. New dolls are being manufactured to look more like “real people.” Women and girls of the past six generations have grown up either playing with or at least knowing about Barbie. Barbie first made her debut in 1959 at the American Toy Fa...

Author gives perspective about women, sex in Bible

Bex Adams

February 17, 2016


Filed under Life

An activist visited a local bookstore Feb. 11 to offer a new perspective on women and sex in the Bible.  Phoenix Books presented author Matthew O’Neil to discuss his book “What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t) Say about Sex: The How, When, Why, and With Whom of Scriptural Prohibitions and ...

The myth, the legend, the hymen

February 17, 2016


Filed under Life

The hymen is probably the most misunderstood part of the female body. You may have had your first experience with your hymen when you were 12 and wanted to try tampons. You might have mentioned this venture to a friend who responded with something like, “My mom won’t let me use tampons because she wan...

Meandering Stowe’s Main Street & Beyond

Meandering Stowe’s Main Street & Beyond

Maggie Richardson

February 8, 2016


Filed under Features

        Sometimes, you just need to take the day and get out of town. After a long week of running from Colchester to College Street, walking down a different Vermont Main comes as a much-needed change of pace. On a relatively balmy, brilliantly beautiful January afternoon my friend Eva and I hea...

Cricket Blue Haunts with Ethereal Folk

Cricket Blue Haunts with Ethereal Folk

Frances King

February 6, 2016


Filed under Features

    Cricket Blue makes exactly the kind of music you would expect when you hear their name.     The folk duo is comprised of Middlebury College alumni Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith, who play what they have deemed “botanical, spooky, umbilically-resonant folk.” With soft vocal harmonies and ca...

VOX plans to raise public acceptance

VOX plans to raise public acceptance

Emilee Conroe

January 27, 2016


Filed under Life

Sexual health and reproductive rights are frequently debated in government, with party lines drawing a massive divide on how and if the government should intervene. Planned Parenthood has provided reliable health care for the past 100 years and is one of America’s most “trusted providers of ...

Periods just entered the twenty-first century

Periods just entered the twenty-first century

January 26, 2016


Filed under Life

In the fifth grade, I was handed a parcel wrapped in purple floral cellophane. Its contents?  A mini deodorant, panty-liners, two maxi pads and two tampons. I was officially a woman. With a pad as my shield and a tampon as my sword, I was ready to combat the next 40 years of menstruation. For the nex...

UVM welcomes new all-inclusive chapter

UVM welcomes new all-inclusive chapter

December 11, 2015


Filed under Life

Junior Sheila Cruz said that on her first day of college, she only counted five people of color on campus.“I didn’t want to just be another statistic, the token half-Latina, half-African American girl,” said Cruz, Theta Delta Sigma President.This feeling was what drew her to join Theta Delta S...

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