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The Vermont Cynic

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 Sticky Situation

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Annalisa Madonia
A dorm mini fridge covered in various stickers and magnets

As an avid sticker collector ever since the second grade, I have always been intrigued by all of the different stickers found around campus. Stickers in public have been used for decades for numerous reasons, but often go unnoticed or are seen as a nuisance. They can be used to label, advertise different brands or simply as a form of self expression for the person showing them off. 

Stickers can also be a good way for people to promote causes that are important to them without directly having to say it out loud. I believe that you can tell a lot from a person based on their water bottle or laptop sticker collection as it gives you a deep dive into the person’s belief system or what they like to do in their free time. I urge you the next time you see a sticker to not just glance over it, but to appreciate its meaning and what it could tell you about the person displaying it with pride.

A water bottle serves as a vessel for self-expression through stickers as it is brought by its user almost everywhere (Annalisa Madonia)
A sign across from the Davis Center features stickers that are new and old (Annalisa Madonia)
Laptops are a common way for people to show off their stickers and the causes they believe in (Annalisa Madonia)
The main street crosswalk sign not only has stickers, but drawings and posters as well (Annalisa Madonia)
A pole displays a sticker that states, “Survivors are magic,” as the CATS Bus rides by (Annalisa Madonia)
Stickers accompany a fingerpost that points to different areas on campus (Annalisa Madonia)
A CatCard scanner on Williams Hall has a kind message stuck to it (Annalisa Madonia)
The Davis Center bus stop has an array of stickers for pedestrians waiting for the bus to read (Annalisa Madonia)
A lamppost near the Davis Center Tunnel contains a Palestine flag and a name tag (Annalisa Madonia)



 

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About the Contributor
Annalisa Madonia, Co-Photo Editor
(She/her)  Annalisa Madonia is a sophomore majoring in public communication with minors in food systems, applied design and nutrition and food sciences. She joined the Cynic as a staff photographer before taking on the role of photo editor. In her free time, she loves to combine her passion for baking and photography with food photography. Email [email protected] to get in contact with Annalisa.