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Meet Amy Sercel: The anti-diet dietician

Dietician Amy Sercel sits in her LivingWell office during her drop-in hours, March 5. Sercel helps students approach health through a non-diet approach.

Kate Germain, Staff Writer

March 18, 2020

Dietician Amy Sercel ‘14 doesn’t believe in calorie counting,  “My goal is to help people use their internal cues to guide their eating habits,” she said. Sercel is an on-campus dietician. She offers drop-in office hours at Living Well in the Davis Center to work with students on their ...

Sexual assault awareness group seeks new members

Keith Smith, adviser for One in Four and the Men’s Outreach Coordinator at UVM Counseling and Psychiatry Services, sits in his office, Dec. 5. The men’s group has experienced membership decline this semester.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

December 17, 2019

A group of men dedicated to raising awareness around sexual assault was de-recognized by SGA and struggles to fill its ranks on campus. One in Four is a men’s group that supports sexual assault awareness and teaching prevention strategies, particularly to other men. The group began on campus in 2012 foll...

Sex education expert offers non-judgemental advice

Sex education expert Jenna Emerson poses in her office in Living Well with models of vaginas and sperm, Aug. 28. One reason Emerson’s office hours are popular is her work in comedy. Her live comedy show “Sex with Jenna” links her two professions.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff writer

September 4, 2019

Honesty, humor and inclusivity are pillars of  Jenna Emerson’s practice. Posters covered her office as she spoke about her path to professionalism.  Living Well’s sex education expert Jenna Emerson first became interested in sexuality education while taking a gender and sexuality class as an u...

Ambassadors advise smokers

A popular place to smoke on campus is outside Williams Hall. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is attempting to limit on-campus smoking by hiring student cigarette ambassadors to engage with students smoking on campus and post informational signs.

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Smokers on campus can now expect to interact with the new cigarette ambassador program while taking a drag. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is attempting to limit student cigarette use by engaging with smokers on campus and posting informational signs, said Parker Holloway, program coordinator f...

Students talk meditation on campus

“I love to stop at the Interfaith Center and walk the labyrinth as a meditation if I have time on my walk to class,” first-year Sienna DeVoe-Talluto said.

Marjorie McWilliams, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019

The walls of most dorms are covered with posters, candles are at risk of confiscation and the shouts of the next door neighbors playing Super Smash Bros make meditation seem like an impossible routine to develop in the college years. Despite this, students and faculty at UVM find ways to reap the ...

Students seek mental health help in winter months

The Jacob’s House is home to UVM’s Counselling and Psychiatry Services where students can set up appointments with counsellors for their mental health needs.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent of New England’s population, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health. D...

UVM community talks about consent

UVM community talks about consent

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

December 15, 2018

Every day, students on college campuses are having discussions about consent and its role in their lives. Coming from different backgrounds, many students have varying opinions on education about consent. UVM defines consent, as a person’s willingness to engage in a specific sexual act or form of sexual conduct. When talking with students, Sarah ...

Not as stressful as ‘the talk:’ Living Well office hours

On Thursday afternoons in the Living Well office, sexuality exert Jenna Emerson holds personalized walk-in sex-ed lessons where students can discuss anything from quirting and masturbation to refining Tinder profiles or professing love. Emerson started these office hours last spring when she noticed a high demand for one-on-one meetings to discuss students' love and sex lives.

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018

At sex education office hours, students line up to discuss pleasure, pain and emotional intimacy. On Thursday afternoons in the Living Well office, sexuality expert Jenna Emerson holds personalized walk-in sex-ed lessons. The idea to hold office hours came to her last spring when she noticed a high d...

Peer discussions promote positive sex

Peer discussions promote positive sex

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018

Disco music played over speakers as colorful lights spun around the room, an appropriate setting for a party rather than a sex ed group.  Stephan Toljan The Good Stuff is a peer-led group focused on educating students about sex through conversation and discussion. The group was started when senior Ja...

Best of UVM

Best of UVM

Culture Staff

May 10, 2018

The Culture staff curated a list of places we wish we knew about during our first few weeks at UVM. Once you’re unpacked and settled in, take time to wander campus and check them all out.   Best Dining Hall: Redstone - Located in Simpson Hall, Redstone Unlimited Dining offers several differ...

Van decorated to combat addiction stigma

Greta Brown, Staff Writer

May 2, 2017

While some were getting high with friends April 20, others celebrated by decorating an old van with positive images to support recovering addicts.   Junior Rory Butler lost a friend to a heroin overdose in January and decided to bring attention to the issue with his “UVM Recovery Van...

Mental help spikes

Mental help spikes

Erika B. Lewy

December 6, 2016

The increase in students requesting mental health services at UVM — particularly during finals —may actually be a very good sign, several university officials said. As the stigma around getting support for mental health issues dissipates, students are more likely to seek help, said Jon Port...

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