The Vermont Cynic

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...

Exposing  the sexual double standard 

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Anna Power

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus Life, Life

Despite progress towards gender equality, there are still many areas where men and women are held to different standards. One such place, even on our own campus, is the bedroom. 2013 studies by Susan Sprecher of Illinois State University have shown that “both men and women considered casua...

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...

Staying on a budget at City Market

Staying on a budget at City Market

Chris Leow

February 11, 2016


Filed under Life

The closest supermarket to campus is City Market. It carries all the essentials and also provides a wide variety of delicious produce and artisanal food products from local Vermont farmers. While it’s extremely easy to rack up a large grocery bill at City Market, there are definitely ways to k...

New safety device allows for peace of mind

New safety device allows for peace of mind

Bex Adams

February 10, 2016


Filed under Life

Guard llamas are known to keep livestock safe from predators. Perhaps we should have a llama on every street corner in Burlington as a  safety measure. However, since we are a campus and not a farm, guard llamas now take shape as a pocket-sized device and still provide safety from predators. ...

The essentials of keeping your immune system healthy

February 9, 2016


Filed under Life

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season. People are coughing in lecture halls, sneezing in the Davis Center and buying tissues in CAT Pause. The constant weather changes, stress from new courses and the busy daily rush can all put stress on our immune systems.  Amidst the chaos of a ne...

New ‘disorder’ is eating away at students

New ‘disorder’ is eating away at students

Camilla Broccolo

February 4, 2016


Filed under Life

It’s Friday night at the dining hall; there’s a line at the pasta station where students are filling up for a long night. It’s no myth that eating a well-balanced meal before drinking can be a big factor in how the night and the next day turn out. However, according to the University of Texa...

An honest narrative of a first meditation

An honest narrative of a first meditation

Hunter Colvin

February 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Life

I’ve never really meditated. Not unless you count the mini meditation I did at the end of a yoga class I took that one time. But I was too busy wiping copious amounts of sweat from, well, everywhere to really meditate. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of meditation, though.  I mean, ...

‘Star Wars’ breeds sexism

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February 2, 2016


Filed under Life

Is Princess Leia too old for her buns?So much progress has been made in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Daisy Ridley plays Rey, an aspiring pilot for the resistance who ends up kicking Kylo Ren’s ass. The film has been seen as a triumph for feminism. Finally, a film where the female lead does...

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...

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