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The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

A student studies in the Davis Center atrium.

Students deal with post-spring break stress

Caroline Hess, Features Staff Writer April 1, 2022

The return from spring break marks the beginning of the final stretch to the end of the semester. Days off this semester include Town Meeting Day and President’s Day, according to the 2021-22 Academic...

The Living Well office is located on the first floor of the Davis Center.

Living Well space re-opens

Sabine Foerg, Features Staff Writer October 20, 2021

In a whirlwind return to in-person campus events and packed lecture halls, students can find peace in the calm, welcoming space of Living Well. Living Well reclaimed its space on the bottom floor of...

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.

Meet Amy Sercel: The anti-diet dietician

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....

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.

Sexual assault awareness group seeks new members

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...

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.

Sex education expert offers non-judgemental advice

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...

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.

Ambassadors advise smokers

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...

“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.

Students talk meditation on campus

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...

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.

Students seek mental health help in winter months

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...

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....

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.

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

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...

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...

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...

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