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Nothing is written in the stars

Nothing is written in the stars

Mills Sparksman

7 hours ago

The bad news: Mercury is in retrograde, according to this year’s Farmer’s Almanac. The good news: it doesn’t matter. In recent years, astrology has gained a new life in memes on social media. We use it to explain the ups and downs of our lives, but we’re playing a dangerous game. The app Co-S...

The spookiest costume is gender roles

The spookiest costume is gender roles

Tori Scala

October 30, 2019

Halloween is approaching fast, and to everyone stressing about what costumes to wear, please chill out. This upcoming Halloween, girls and guys should dress the way they want, rather than how society tells them to. In college, Halloween is more than just a one-night holiday. It is two consecutive w...

When “you time” takes a toll on time

When “you time” takes a toll on time

Izzy Abraham

October 25, 2019

Mindfulness is entering the mainstream as trendy, cute and healthy, but being mindful can be a chore to those with busy routines. It’s no wonder that because of this, most people monetize the invaluable benefits of mindfulness. Not only are people brushing over the value of mindfulness, but many ...

Give public transit back to the public

Give public transit back to the public

Chris Harrell

October 24, 2019

Any good, self-respecting Catamount carries three items with them when they leave their house: an autographed picture of Rally Cat, a flask full of Vermont maple syrup and their CATcard. I’m kidding about the first two, of course, but even if you don’t live in a dorm or eat at the dining halls, you...

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

Anna Rees

October 17, 2019

Some might say the transition from rural Wales to the U.S. wouldn’t come with many adjustments, but you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve been here for just over a month and it’s fair to say my visit in Trumpyland has been an experience. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve got their similarities; w...

Don’t pretend to be broke if it hurts others

Don’t pretend to be broke if it hurts others

Mills Sparkman

October 17, 2019

There’s a big division on campus that no one talks about. It’s not in-state or out-of-state, it’s not Yerba Mate versus kombucha, it’s fake broke versus actually broke. Someone who’s fake broke has beer money but can’t Venmo you back for the time you bought them groceries. They go out eve...

Students, take back your data

Students, take back your data

Staff Editorial

October 16, 2019

Since 2018, UVM has softly rolled out its new advising software called Navigate, but how much say have students had in this process? Zero. According to the University’s own webpage detailing the project’s history, there is no indication students were a part of the leadership team for this projec...

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Meg Trogolo

October 10, 2019

An evangelical preacher stands in a high-traffic area of campus, spewing homophobic language and surrounded by angry students. Sadly, this is not an unexpected sight at UVM. Evangelicals have set up shop on UVM campus at least four times in the past four years, according to Cynic articles from Octo...

Engage to fight back against hateful speech

Engage to fight back against hateful speech

Christa Guzman

October 10, 2019

It was a crisp, fall day on UVM’s campus. It was hard to ignore the crowd starting to form in front of the Davis Center. On Oct. 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., a preacher spewed racist, misogynistic and homophobic statements on Andrew Harris Commons. The man was identified as Keith Darrell, who is part ...

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Unpopular Opinion: Summer should just chill

Tori Scala

October 8, 2019

This summer, I experienced a “hot girl summer,” literally. I was sweaty, sticky, muggy, sunburnt and got sand in places it doesn’t belong. Whenever spring fades away and the heat is here to stay, I always get excited. For one week I tolerated all of these qualities summer has to offer, and then...

Closer to classes, far from community

Closer to classes, far from community

Tori Scala

September 27, 2019

Do you wish you could go back in time and tell your younger self to try something different? If I could, I would have told myself not to live in Central Campus Residence Hall as a first-year. I remember touring UVM in 2017, knowing that I wanted to live in CCRH. The residence hall was built in 20...

How to find comfort in being uncomfortable: breathe

How to find comfort in being uncomfortable: breathe

Valerie Davis

September 21, 2019

Breathe. Just breathe.Ever since the first day of classes as a first-year just four weeks ago, these three words have been crucial to almost every aspect of my life. Since arriving at UVM, my life has become completely different. I have no choice but to step outside of my comfort zone and seek out ne...

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