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Coach fired after lack of wins by jack estrin jestrin@uvm.edu

ton Free Press. as head coach of the team, the

Professors criticize university budget plan by katherine smith

missal of McBride as well as her

with at least 20 losses.


coach until a new head coach is chosen, he said. Though a search for a new

The decision was not the budget model, which included

from the Burlington Free Press.

Associate Athletic Director Jeff Schulman was announced

to the IBB online information

letic director search committee. on the contract. ished eighth out of nine teams

Former women’s basketball coach, Lori Gear McBride, is pictured at a recent game. Photo courtesy of UVM athletics.

centage as head coach of the

ber costs a certain amount,”

according to the America East site.

Fall exam schedule is reorganized by Alex Shannon amshanno@uvm.edu

few students on it.”

For the second time since December, the fall 2016 exam schedule has been changed. mining costs and funding for each school, colleges will look at their own costs to determine academic calendar. Students will be guaranteed budget and recommended it to said. nues and can determine what

uled exam periods to allow for more teaching days and time to study. OLIVER POMAZI/The Vermont Cynic The meeting was arranged changed is the block [exam] said. student is guaranteed at least

bers who teach fewer classes,

lucci said. The resolution was

time.” If a student has four or more

There is a minimum of 20

can reschedule one, according

and classes due to construction, which means there is less time said.

Registrar Keith Williams said. The exam schedule had to be


Kornbluh said.

going to reach out to them to schedule a meeting with them

man said.

us and it was encouraging.” The calendar is the same, and the registrar March 24 to

estimate.” Because of the high cost, own budgets, Kornbluh said.






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Maple syrup brings in millions for Vermont by michelle phillips mphill15@uvm.edu Maple syrup is more than just a Vermont tradition – it’s also a major moneymaker. The maple industry contributes between $317 and $330 million to Vermont’s economy each year, according to a study conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at UVM. “The study includes all economic activity that supports the maple industry,” said Jane Kolodinsky, department chair of community development and applied economics. Economic activity includes people involved in the business such as farmers, distributors and dealers, Kolodinsky said. “When you only count maple product sales, it’s about $212 to $221 million,” said Florence Becot, research specialist for the Center for Rural Studies. “But the industry has a rippling effect.” These numbers emphasize the effect maple syrup has on the economy, sophomore Matt Schildkamp said.

“It’s not surprising but when you hear the actual number,” Schildkamp said. “It’s like, wow, maple is really important.” Maple is the second-most valued crop in Vermont, according to the study. Vermont also produces 40 percent of U.S. maple syrup. A big reason so much money is generated through maple is equipment production, Becot said. “Every farm uses tractors but most tractors aren’t built in Vermont,” she said. “Equipment needed like the tubing [that collects sap] and machines that boil down the syrup are all made here because they are specialized to this area.” Additionally, only certain parts of the country have ideal temperatures for producing sap for syrup, Becot said. tures need to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day,” she said. Sap collecting is done from February to April, Becot said. Junior Raphael Desautels

considered the effects climate change could have on the maple industry. “My neighbor does sap collection and he explained to seasons and with a changing climate and temperatures,” Desautels said. “If it’s not just right The study was done by surveying Vermont maple producers recognized by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association on what they make, where they sell it, how many people they employ, what their expensthey buy equipment from. “So this [$330 million] is a conservative estimate because we didn’t get responses from every producer,” Becot said. The survey had responses from 289 maple sugar producers, she said. Between 1,500 and 3,000 producers are recognized by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association each year, according to the study.

Race affects adoption na said.

by luke mcgreivy lmcgreiv@uvm.edu

Race may play a larger role in adopting abroad than previously thought. The study, “We Didn’t Even Think about Adopting Domestically: The Role of Race and Other Factors in Shaping Parents’ Decisions to Adopt Abroad,” was published by sociology professor Nikki Khanna. It focused on 41 primarily white families from Vermont and New Jersey that adopted abroad. The results “challenged the commonly held belief that white parents adopt abroad mainly in search of white chilcally,” Khanna said. Though the majority of children adopted by these families were white, researchers found many parents will go out of their way to adopt non-white children. “Many of the parents cited wanting to increase the amount of diversity in their life, while others cited a want to help underprivileged children,” Khan-


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think of is Brad Pitt and AngeHowever, the results suggest that even when people search for a child of color, adopting parents are likely to prefer children from Asia. Many of the study participants look to China in particufor a Chinese girl, according to the study. Between 1999 and 2014, nearly 65,000 girls were adopted from China by Americans, compared to only 8,769 boys, according to data published by the State Department. This may be due to the “model minority” stereotype, Khanna said, where Asian-Americans are seen as particularly hard working and intelligent. However, despite actively seeking children of color, many parents said they would not adopt a black child, according to the study. A frequently given explana-

tion for not wanting to do so was the children are “too different.” “When asked to elaborate on this, couples often brought up feeling as if they would be unable to integrate a black child in their already existing family life or surrounding community,” Khanna said. “Others felt as if they were unable to properly teach the ties that black parents would be able to.” Parents often cited fears of an adopted black child being unable to connect with their white parents due to the difference in race, she said. “It’s interesting that there’s such a stigma against black children, especially since any child grating to the culture change,” sophomore Nelly Dawson said. Though it’s encouraging to see couples adopting children from abroad who need help, this means the domestic adoption system continues to struggle, Khanna said.


A Shelburne, Vermont sugar maple farm worker uses a machine to turn sap into syrup March 19. MICHELLE PHILLIPS/The Vermont Cynic

IBB CONT. FROM PAGE 1 “With the central administration charging them thousands of dollars for professors, even ones who are part-time, [the administration’s] reaction is ‘we better get rid of the parttime professors’,” she said. “No dean has told us that that’s their policy, but when we look at the data, we see parttime professors are teaching less than they used to,” Kornbluh said. Several faculty members spoke against IBB at a March 21 United Academics meeting. “IBB creates a penalty for units continuing to hire parttime faculty,” professor Brian Tokar said. “They have to pay the same head tax for full-time faculty even though they don’t use the same facilities as much, and it adds a budget line of ben-

es being taught every other year.” Roughly half of classes have fewer than 25 students and there no plans to build more lecture halls any time soon, Rosowsky said.

not even eligible for.” Tokar also discussed how IBB affects college courses. “We are facing systemic increases in class size, course capacities are higher and classes are being offered less frequently,” he said. “There are positives, but there are courses being cut, courses only being taught one semester and cours-

when they are really curriculum decisions,” Kornbluh said. “We have to make those decisions based on our students’ curriculum.” “We don’t want to lose our colleagues,” she said. Senior Catherine Jarvis has a similar opinion. “UVM should be intellectually driven,” Jarvis said.

We have to make those decisions based on our students’ curriculum. FELICIA KORNBLUH PRESIDENT, UNITED ACADEMICS

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Professors study bee declines by michelle phillips mphill15@uvm.edu

experience with Colony Collapse Disorder. “Two years ago one of my hives fell victim to collapse,” Boschen sad. It’s stressful for beekeepers because it can happen without warning, he said. “You just open up a hive one day and it’s totally empty, oftentimes with combs full of honey,” Boschen said. Richardson said he and Ricketts found that wild bee populations have been declining as well.

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After three members of UVM’s staff council left midterm, the council is searching for new members to help give a voice to staff members. The staff council is an advisory group that appoints non-voting members to the board of trustees, Trustees Coordinator Corinne Thompson said. The council advises the administration so staff members have a voice in University policy, according to the faculty senate website. “The roles of the staff representatives are to participate in the activities of the committee without voting,” Thompson said. “They represent their constituent group, have a voice at the table and are expected to report back to their constituent group following each meeting,” she said. In the past, the council has advocated for policies such as paid sick leave, personal days and health care coverage, according to the group’s webpage. Staff representatives serve two-year terms and usually change in July, Staff Council Administrator Meryl St. John said. However, three members

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SGA recognizes new UVM Beekeepers club A bill recognizing UVM Beekeepers was passed. The club strives to establish a beekeeping community on campus for students who are interested in all aspects of bees and beekeeping. The bee yard will be located next to University Heights, across the street from the Catholic Center. It is in the “rapid response area” on campus, meaning that UVM Rescue can reach the area within one minute. The yard will be enclosed with a fence measuring 15 PHOTO COURTESY OF LEIF RICHARDSON

About half of the 50 wild bee species in North America are in need of conservation efforts due to dwindling populations, according to the study. “It’s devastating ... I watched a bee documentary and it na Hondzinski said. First-year Maria Kerchner believes bee populations are important to maintain. “Bees are so important…[bee decline is] a really big problem, we really should pay more attention to it,” Kerchner said. Many factors contribute to the decline, including pesticide use, introduced parasites, habitat loss and climate change, Richardson said. As temperatures have risen

Council seeks seats by caroline alkire

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Bee populations are declining and UVM researchers are taking notice. Researchers in the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, including professor Taylor Ricketts and post-doctoral researcher Leif Richardson, have been examining bees’ importance to the U.S. economy and how to prevent the population decline. “It’s funny, I’ve heard about bee population decline on like Tumblr and Twitter as a joke must be a thing, but I haven’t read anything serious on it before,” junior Ryan Gyukeri said. “I know the issue more as a meme than anything else.” “Colony Collapse Disorder,” a phenomenon in which domesticated honeybees abandon their colonies, has become a well-known problem in recent years, Richardson said. First-year Charlie Boschen, vice president of the new Bee-


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decided to leave voluntarily, she said. “Dr. Leslye Kornegay accepted a position at another institution earlier this year, while Wendy Coy and Cathy Rahill volunteered to step down,” St. John said. “The staff council checks with representatives every spring to see if they’d like to be reappointed for an additional year or if they’d like to resign.” In many cases, staff step down from their roles because of an increased workload, which their necessary duties, she said. New representatives for committees are chosen based on suggestions from council members, depending on which committee they are joining, according to the council’s webpage. “Each constituent group has their own process for appointing representatives and they determine the process that works best for reporting back to their constituents,” Thompson said. Who is being considered is not yet open to the public, St. John said. “We’re still in the nomination period, and we keep those applications private,” she said. The deadline for nominations was March 28, and the new representatives will be selected by April 1, she said.

in the 20th century, bees have disappeared from the warmest places in the south but have not moved into the new, warmer habitat available in the north, he said. Their range has decreased instead of shifting north, as some other animal populations have done, Richardson said. Bees’ economic and monetary value to the food system is in the billions, according to a study by Ricketts and colleagues. “Staple foods like corn and wheat are wind pollinated but the foods that make eating fun – tomatoes, melons, squashes, peppers etc. – rely on pollinators,” Richardson said. Richardson has a few ideas

on how to prevent bee population loss, such as reducing pesticide use, greenhouse gas emission and slowing urbanization. Focusing on building the best possible habitats for pollinators is another solution, said Toby Alexander, Vermont State Biologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. “What we’ve done is try to identify plants that are of high value to pollinators – trees, shrubs and forage that provide nectar and pollen,” Alexander said. “Also nesting areas like snags, lay debris, brush piles… We’re creating a habitat that is most suitable to pollinators.”

New dean is selected for the College of Education

approximately 10 hives, said UVM Beekeepers President Peter Chlebowski, a junior. The club has three hives so far and plans to start beekeeping this semester.

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CRIMELog by luke mcgreivy lmcgreiv@uvm.edu

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This summer will bring a new face to the College of Education and Social Services. Scott Thomas has been appointed as the new dean of the college, according to a March 24 email from President Tom Sullivan and Provost David Rosowsky. He is currently the dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. Thomas has also held positions at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Arizona and the University of Georgia. He received both his bachelor’s in sociology and his doctorate in education policy, leadership and research methods from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His scholarly work has been funded by research grants totaling over $5 million, according to the email. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Higher Education, the “oldest since 2011, according to his Curriculum Vitae. Thomas also co-edited the book series “International

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Studies in Higher Education” since 2004. Thomas serves as the president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, which promotes member collaboration through research, publications and conferences, according to its website. He is replacing Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin, who has served as interim dean of the College of Education and Social Services since July 2015. Gerstl-Pepin assumed the position after former dean Fayneese Miller took a position as president of Hamline University in Minnesota. Thomas will begin his term effective July 1.

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Is Sanders’ fiscal policy feasable? Point: Endorse Sen. Sanders and support fiscal equality Sarang Murthy



he focal points of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign are economic issues such as income and wealth inequality, the minimum wage, the burden of student debt and universal healthcare. There are strong economic arguments in favor of his progressive proposals. The promise of the American dream has long been grounded in the belief that the economy will perpetually grow equally for every American. Robert Gordon, professor of economics at Northwestern University, argues in “The Rise and Fall of American Growth” that this dream may be growth today has started to slack, having risen steadily since the second industrial revolution. He owes this to four main factors, or headwinds as he calls them: rising inequality, slowing pace of education, rapidly changing demographics and a dwindling tax coffer. Gordon argues that income inequality over the last 35 years has been incredibly high. Today, incomes for the top 1 percent are 38 times higher than the bottom 90 percent. People today work longer hours for lower wages, even as productivity has increased steadily. The U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate among any developed country. Sanders demands that the super-wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes. He wants to reverse trade policies like NAFTA and CAFTA that have driven down wages and lost millions of jobs. He plans on increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020 and calls for a robust jobs program that would rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure while employing millions of people. The second headwind, as described by Gordon, is that the pace of growth of those attaining higher education is slowing; not as many skilled workers are contributing through occupations that are highly productive. Sanders wants to put an end to a system where millions of bright young people cannot afford to go to college and those that do so are faced with mountainous debt. Sanders intends on making public colleges and universities tuition-free. To fund this, there would be a 0.5 percent tax on stock, 0.1 percent tax on bonds and a 0.005 percent tax on derivatives trades. This plan demands that Wall Street contribute to our society in a positive way – after all, we bailed them out. The next headwind is changing demographics. As the population ages, the number of those who are claiming Social Security and Medigeneration is funding this growth and as the divide between these groups grows, the burden will only intensify. Sanders believes health care is

a right, not a privilege. Every person should have access to the health care they need regardless of their income. He proposes “Medicare for All” whereby a family making $50,000 would only pay $1,100 in health care income taxes. Insurance premiums would be eliminated, saving the median American household $3,855 to $5,173 per year. entitlement programs will run out of money in the next 15 years. The only of which will result in disposable income. Today’s Social Security Act caps the amount of income subject to the payroll tax at $118,500 a year. This means that someone making $10 million pays the same amount as someone making $118,500.

Counter-point: Let’s be real, Ryan would be a better choice Joseph Brown



ith an uninspiring set of candidates for the Republican Party’s lineup, and one man whose hands are far too small to afford him my endorsement, the man for the job is Paul Ryan, whose ascendancy to the nomination will be contingent upon an unlikely set of circumstances: 1) Trump does not reach the 1,237 delegate count, 2) The convention is brokered, and a nominee must be chosen, 3) They choose Paul Ryan and 4) Paul Ryan accepts the nomination. It’s a long shot, but the party needs a facelift, and – nobody tell Trump about this – actual policy.

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Sanders has a plan where all income over $250,000 would be subject to the payroll tax. According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, making this change would impact only the top 1.5 percent of wage earners. If productivity growth per median income earner is estimated to be the same as the last 25 years, we are looking at a rate of just 1.2 percent a year. Adjusting for the four economic headwinds, Gordon calculates that rate to be reduced dramatically to a meager 0.3 percent. With nearly no scope for growth, our economic future looks bleak. It is only a Sanders presidency that can address these headwinds effectively Through his “political revolution,” progressives will occupy both the House and the Senate. Rest assured, America will truly have a “future to believe in” in Bernie Sanders. Sarang Murthy is a junior economics major. He has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2016.

he can provide that. For those whose recollection of 2012 is scant, his “Ryan Plan,” despite the repeated insistence of its “draconian” nature, would have balanced the budget by 2040. Onto Bernie Sanders: Sarang cites economist Robert Gordon, who asserts that “inequality, slowing pace of education, changes in demographics and a dwindling tax coffer” are to blame for slowed growth. rectly under the policy domain of the Sanders campaign, but while Gordon relies on data from economists Saez and Piketty, they themselves acknowledge in their paper, entitled “The Evolution of Top Incomes: A Historical and International Perspective,” that “Casual examination of the series constructed suggests income concentration and growth are not systematically related.” Onto policy: Sanders is against free trade, NAFTA, for starters, and cites the 1994 trade bill as the culprit

in the decline of manufacturing jobs. The problem with his reasoning is that manufacturing jobs have been on the decline since almost immediately after World War II, and NAFTA had little impact on that trend. Sanders supports a “Medicare for all” plan, a single-payer-style healthcare system. But he seems to have fabricated much of his savings projections. Kenneth Thorpe, who was originally in charge of crafting Vermont’s single-payer plan, notes several glaring discrepancies in Sanders’ plan: While Sanders asserts that his plan would save $324 billion in prescription drug costs, Thorpe notes that “In 2014 private health plans paid a total of $132 billion on prescription drugs and nationally we spent $305 billion,” which would mean Sanders’ plan is also a scheme to make money, which is impossible. (Sanders later dropped that savings projection to $241 billion after this was pointed out.) Sanders also asserts that eliminating elective plastic surgery procedures would save $160 billion, but, as Thorpe notes, these expenditures total only $12 billion per year. He seems to create $148 billion in savings with one signature overenthusiastic hand gesture. There are many more obvious issues with Sanders’ plan, but the Ryan alternative is the Patients’ Choice Act, which would bring the healthcare market back in the private sector, where it has not been for decades. On college education, Sanders desires tuition-free public universities. He endorses no plan to control the rising costs of education, and only changes who fronts the bill: naturally, Wall Street, with a tax of 0.5 percent fee on stock trades, 0.1 percent fee on bonds and a 0.005 percent fee on derivatives. These small estimates, though, betray what could be prohibitively expensive – and not just for Wall Street, but for everyone. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, remarks that Sander’s Wall Street tax runs the massive risk of relocating investment abroad. According to Edwards: “Sanders needs to realize we live in a global economy, so raising taxes on mobile activity like stock trading just makes the tax base vanish — we would shoot ourselves in the foot.” The issue of affordable education aside, it simply couldn’t be done without prohibitive economic damage. Ryan himself said back January the prospects of his candidacy due to a brokered convention are slim; but that was long ago, and the dreadful notion of Trump reaching the general election will hopefully apply pressure on his intransigence to run. Republicans should pin their faith on Ryan.

Joseph Brown is a senior political science major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2012.





Burlington’s top spots for a pizza slice BEST GOURMET PIZZA:

Chris Leow

Pizzeria Verita


Don’t get me wrong, I love American Flatbread, but Pizzeria Verita has the absolute best gourmet


izza has evolved from its humble beginnings to a new culture all its own. Burlington is home to a variety of great slices ranging from perfectly greasy New York style, to a clay oven-roasted gourmet pie. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there is a perfect pizza for every situation:

Neapolitan pizzas with an array of local meats, fresh cheeses and vegetables. My favorites are the Melanzana, with roasted eggplant, and the Cherry Amore which is topped with dried cherries, arugula and honey. It’s on the expensive side, but absolutely worth it. I frequently name this as the best pizza I have ever eaten.




Junior’s Downtown

Mr. Mikes is a Burlington gem. It offers big slices for a decent price and the pizza hits the spot when you want something greasy late at night. The ambience is nothing special, but the employees are friendly and carry themselves with a lighthearted attitude. This pizza makes the perfect snack before you head to the next bar, and the price is right too. They also accept CatScratch, which is super convenient. Having grown up here, I can tell you this is where the locals go.

Junior’s has been around Vermont a long time. They offer basic pizza slices as well as calzones, grinders, salads and wings: all your classic here, but they know how to do basics well and the portions are a good size. There’s lots of seating to kick back for a bit and enjoy your slice as well. The barbecue chicken pizza is superb, if you’re into that.


Chris Leow is a junior medical laboratory science major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.


Allow room for silence in a noise-dependent world MARISSA LANOFF MLANOFF@UVM.EDU



Creative study spots on campus “I like studying on the



bowl during midterms, and you’re looking for a table to sprawl all your notes for that organic chemistry test you have tomorrow. It seems like you had the same idea as every other student on campus, and so there isn’t a free table in sight. You can’t go to the library because it “literally gives you hives.” Luckily for you, there are other perfect study spaces on campus not many people know about.

Davis Center The Davis Center is always a good option for those days when it feels like it’s 20 below zero and you don’t want to trek downtown to study, but there chairs in the atrium. “Everything I need is there,” junior Jerry Aviles said. “An aux cable if I want to listen to music, adapters if I want to connect my laptop to the projector, and windows to look outside which is beautiful with the snow in the winter.”

ter because of the comfortable chairs, where I can snuggle up and read or write a paper,” sophomore Ali Gottsegen said. “It’s often not that busy and for the most part it is quiet, but gan said. Billings Library If you have all of your classes on Central Campus, a great alternative to avoid the construction and chaos of the Bailey/Howe Library is Billings Library. “It’s really quiet,” junior Emma Archibald said. “I feel more intelligent when I sit in there because the building is so beautiful and prestigious looking.” The historic library has a limited amount of study space, so it’s best to go early if you want a seat. Bailey/Howe study rooms The library can be intimrily quiet. Luckily, there are study rooms students can book throughout the year, which are perfect for those late night

study sessions and group projects. You can book a room at the computer at the front desk of Bailey/Howe, or online at the library’s website. You can book one room for two or more people, up to two weeks in advance. Chikago Landing Center Also known



fect nook to hide away from the It’s right next to the Marketplace, which means easy access to snacks. Also, it’s a great location for people watching. Dana Medical Library The Dana Medical Library is another somewhat hidden gem of study spaces. The medical library is located in the Medical Education Center, behind Rowell Hall. “Whenever I’m there I feel prestigious,” junior Kevin O’Connor said. “It’s also super quiet and the desks have lights and outlets, which is dope.” Camilla Broccolo is a sophomore public communication major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.

ou’re at a dinner party, just work with me here, and everyone takes turns putting in their 2 cents regarding the subject at hand, perhaps politics, or maybe a new movie. Hell, the weather is always on the table, too. And then it strikes. A moment of nothingness. You, and seemingly everyone around you, has run out of words. You’ve squeezed everything you could out of a simple topic and here comes the moment you were dreading. People begin making eye contact with one another, smiling and sighing. An “awkward silence,” deconversation has run dry and all parties are left in a state of momentary panic. In a six-year study that constantly observed the behaviors of 580 undergraduate students, Bruce Fell, a lecturer at Charles Sturt University wrote that “it can be reasonably argued that their need for noise and their struggle with silence is a learnt behavior.” I mean, we even use music or TV to help us fall asleep. Bill McKibben, author of “The Age of Missing Information,” a book that discusses the difference between a mind tainted by sensory overload and one that is out in nature, unmarred by the presence of the media, commented on the lasting effects of long periods of television. “TV was like a third parent, a source of ideas and information and impressions, and not

such a bad parent- always with time to spare, always eager to please, often funny,” McKibben wrote. So we can see why we as a society grip on so tightly to technology, afraid of even a second away from constant stimulation.

What if we reframed silence into something beautiful? Think of the good old-fashioned, “silence is golden” rule from the posters plastered on elementary school classroom walls. What if we reframed silence into something beautiful? What if we began to view silence as a moment of purity, void of noise pollution? Imagine one blissful moment without meaningless conversation. This would give us all license to stop trying so hard. It would alleviate us from that period of uneasiness in space with unintelligible nonsense. On any given day, our ears start the day off with loud alarms, then music blaring from headphones, the constant everyday chit-chat between friends, the voices of our professors as they lecture the day away, and even the tip tapping of typing on our laptops - a moment of sheer silence can be really powerful. dividuals, we need to learn how to turn in, tune in and drop out. is a sophomore psychology major. She is currently the Life editor.




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Sorority holds fundraiser to combat cancer by ANNA power ampower@uvm.edu

Cupcakes, brownies, cookies

Tickets were $5 in advance

Illustration by SAM WOOLFOLK

Jude partner,” according to the

When you join a Greek organization, you become a part of something greater, which inspires you to be the best version of yourself. EMILY ANDRULAT PRESIDENT OF TRI DELTA


Don’t write off condoms before giving them a chance SARAH HEFT SHEFT@UVM.EDU

I was so thoroughly amused by the image of a glow-inthe-dark penis that I took three.


Either way you should be having sex on UVM's dime.

Sarah Heft is a sophomore gender, sexuality, and women’s studies major. She has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2016.




Tips to survive fall 2016 course registration By Eileen O’Connor


Prepare, prepare, prepare! Your adviser is an invaluable resource – take time to meet them and ask for advice. Your CATS Report is course requirements.


Copy & paste your way to success. A better option than typing a bunch of numbers in the wee hours of the morning? Having all your CRNs ready to go, so all you have to do is copy and paste.


Get some sleep.


Be realistic.


Pick out backup courses.

Registration opens at 7 a.m., a mythical hour for most college students. Don’t risk sleeping through your alarm(s) by staying up late.

Signing up for 8:30 a.m. classes every day may sound like a great idea now, but if you’re not a morning person, you’ll regret this idea mid-semester. The same goes for loading up on credits. It’s better to take on a manageable workload than endure a semester of constant stress.

There’s no guarantee you’ll land the perfect schedule, year or sophomore. Make a second schedule, just in case case.


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Prioritize. Course registration is an exercise in Darwinism like no tion opens at exactly 7 a.m., and ends approximately three minutes later. If you haven’t hit the “add class” button by then, you’re probably out of luck.


Don’t panic.

If you don’t get into the classes you wanted, it’s not the end of the world. You can always email the professor to ask for an override code or to be put on a waitlist. Plus, a spot may open up before the next semester starts.

10 classes you should take Chaucer (ENGS 133)

Ethics of Eating (PHIL 010)


Design Thinking (AS 095)

Issues in Women’s Health (HLTH 140)

in fall 2016

Newswriting Across the Media (CDAE 121)

Unseen Worlds: Microbes and You (MMG 002)

D1: Geography/Race and Ethnicity in the US (GEOG 060)

D1: Constitution Law: Civil Rights in America (POLS 129)

WWI in Global Perspective (HST 195D)

Natural History of Centennial Woods (ENVS 195)

1,896 100 majors UVM Information from UVM Admissions

Professor: Jennifer Sisk Prerequisites: 3 credit hours in English Credits: 3

Professor: Yevgeniy Korsunskiy Prerequisites: none Credits: 3

Professor: Chris Evans Prerequisites: ENGS 001 or 050 Credits: 3

Professor: Pablo Bose Prerequisites: none Credits: 3

Professors: Andrew Buchanan and Nicole Phelps Prerequisites: 3 credit hours in history Credits: 3

Professor: Tyler Doggett Prerequisites: none Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 001 or SOC below 100 Credits: 3

Professor: Doug Johnson Prerequisites: none Credits: 3

Professor: Alec Ewald Prerequisites: POLS 021 Credits: 3

Professor: Teage O’Connor Prerequisites: ENVS 001, 002 or NR 001, 002 or ENSC 001 Course: 3


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All-male a capella group the Top Cats performs at Billing Library Mar 19. The group has become one of the most recognized clubs on campus and performs at UVM throughout the year. SABRINA HOOD/The Vermont Cynic

Top Cats ground music in friendship By maddy freitas-pimentel mmfreita@uvm.edu

One student club has been offering up energetic vocals for more than three decades. The Top Cats are self-de-

Members of the Top Cats said they are grateful for the friendships a capella has brought them.

bits of happiness to people with

said. The group says they try to bring their close-knit friendship into their shows and performances. “We are primarily a singing

McSalis said. The group was founded in

skits and the funny things we

and only all-male a capella group. “We make little differences

sophomore Noah Paradis said. The Top Cats rehearse for

week and have already learned which Paradis said were all arranged by Top Cats members. “After working really hard in rehearsal to get the songs

said. “I don’t think we would wear rolled up tuxedos and bare feet that’s the vibe here. A UVM audience is extremely receptive

Ragnar Clarke said. The Top Cats play a wide porary to barber shop. “We try to keep a nice even balance of genre and energy Traveling



The group also recently reable for download on iTunes and Spotify. The EP was produced by tures songs like the group’s

The Top Cats said they are also close with the other a cawebsite. The Top Cats will perform other schools have much more rivalry between groups. “We see each other in social settings a lot and play concerts

honor their graduating seniors at an upcoming senior show April 16 show in the Ira Allen Chapel.

have come to realize a capella

their website.

‘Cloverfield’ sequel strays from the original Siobhan o’flaherty


10 Cloverfield Lane


franchise has hit the-

ation to escape and her fear of what may or may not be occurring outside the claustrophobic bunker. Trachtenberg masterfully mixes

pense and apocalyptic fantasy with a psychological twist.

psychological thriller to create a For those hoping for a sim-

who has had previous roles innot originally conceptualized as who wakes up bewildered after a violent car crash in an underground bunker with two strange men.

has been saved from a doomsraphy and contrasts stylistically and they may be the only survivors.

out role of a survivor with little emotional depth.

tive forward. taining and thrilling in some cli-

Winstead is inventive and unshe tries to reconcile her disbut ultimately plays the worn-

piction of a delusional man who can be both calm and collected but prone to violent outbursts is gripping and propels the narra-

commended for both its unique plot and for mixing genres.


Siobhan O’Flaherty is a senior sociology major. She has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2016.




W E D N E S DAY, M AR C H 30, 20 1 6

Students propose new club for artists By erin lucey enlucey@uvm.edu

Absence can sometimes be intentional in art, like in the use of white space. Other times, it’s nothing more than missing content. Three students are attemptsity’s art scene by starting an art club for students of all backgrounds. Senior Rachael Nutt, sophomore Addie Zinner and junior Ryan Gyukeri are hoping to for students who study, create and/or appreciate art,” as stated in the Art Club’s mission statement. “We kind of want this to be a place where people can be dorky about art and stuff,” said Gyukeri, the club’s treasurer. Nutt, the founder and president, was inspired by associate professor Helmstutler Di Dio lacked an organized art club. Most students are surprised said. “That’s been our leading been like, ‘You weren’t already here?’” She said the club will ofthirds crafts, one-third talking,” the “talking” being workshops members of the department and community members.

Senior Rachael Nutt (left), sophomore Addie Zinner and junior Ryan Gyukeri discuss their efforts to form an art club in Williams Hall March 23. They hope to offer the community a place for art creation, appreciation and conversation. ERIN LUCEY/The Vermont Cynic we take pride in in Burlington, so it would be cool to reach out to them,” Nutt said. ing March 23, membership is dents,” Nutt said. Members, like junior Sophie White, are already thinking about what the club will bring to campus. “It would be nice to reach out to those who don’t want to

do [art] classes, or especially those who can’t,” White said. “You don’t need to be good–art The Art Club is currently undergoing SGA’s process for said. This would afford them “The process of becoming a

going and answer any questions a president, a treasurer and eight other members. Clubs to a wide range of students. Junior Niki Brown, SGA chair of club affairs, works with clubs during the recognition process. Brown said she meets with

brand, brand new,” Nutt said. “In order to get funding, we

a SGA-recognized club.” “We’ll see what works and what doesn’t,” Nutt said, “and

the Art Club this semester will be an instructional portrait session led by senior Claire Spies, she said.

Artist interprets America Natasha geffen



rt is often up for inter-

unbounded in space or time. Erik Hougen, a young artist describes his new exhibition as period.” a year ago or 20 years ago, and it could be the story that takes lifetimes,” Hougen said. Hougen’s exhibition, “Criminal,” is on display in the Colburn Gallery on the second rectly opposite the entrance, which Hougen said was meant into the exhibition.” Originally from North Dakota, Hougen’s photography captures human emotions through open country landscapes from his childhood and characters whose faces are hard to make out. What makes his artwork so interesting is not just the photography itself, but the materials he incorporates into his work. Arts and art history profes-

Prints from artist Erik Hougen’s exhibition “Criminal” on display in Colburn Gallery March 28. RYAN THORNTON/The Vermont Cynic sor Jane Kent, who specializes to share his knowledge and experiences with her classes and demonstrate the process of digital silkscreening. “I print a computer generatcreate an image on a silkscreen that had been coated with light His work also uses paint, watercolor and photographs he has found alongside his own work. “Criminal” was inspired by inally saw in his work. barren landscapes and the blurry or out-of-focus photographs construct a story, “with the word ‘criminal’ as the frame or



School of Arts and Sciences | School of Engineering his work in their own way, lap with his own interpretations of his photographs. describing his work. Hougen describes his photographs as a depiction of “an America that is familiar, yet one

own meanings to his work. “Criminal” will be on display in the Colburn Gallery until April 4.


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Women’s lacrosse loses at Virtue By Claire Messersmith



women’s lacrosse team opened

mont scored again seven minA large fan turnout pro-

gy during warmups and early to spare. sion-wise.” maybe a minute possession time

were unable to compensate for said.

Albany was able to win the March 26 America East Conference game 18-6 against the Catamounts. PATRICK LANGLOIS/The Vermont Cynic

Athletic director finalist selected By jack estrin jestrin@uvm.edu

man served as assistant director

An alumnus and longtime rector position.

advisory committee.

nalist for the athletic director position. JEFF SCHULMAN ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

views on campus.”

Catamounts for four years as a

cluding President Tom Sullivan. terward.





W E D N E S DAY, M AR C H 30, 20 1 6


Athletes face tough choice Shane town STOWN@UVM.EDU


f asked where a professional athlete derives most of their yearly income, most people would say, “From their team’s salary, of course.” For the majority of players, this is correct. But in every sport, there is an elite group atop the endorsement totem pole that makes enough money from external deals to dwarf the salary-capped paycheck supplied by the team. It just so happens that this select group usually overlaps with the group of players we follow and care about the most. website titled “You won’t believe how Nike lost Steph to Under Armour,” has caused a lot of buzz around the Jane Austen-esque economic love triangle. The article outlined how Stephen Curry, who once had a deal with Nike and had opportunities to work out a new contract with them in 2013, was undervalued by the company and eventually chose to go where he could be a bigger Armour. This article, paired with the momentous growth of Under Armour athletes in recent years, should be more than mildly intimidating to repre-

sentatives of the “swoosh.” Under Armour passed Adidas in 2014 to become the world’s second-most popular sports apparel brand, which has historically been a monopolized industry. In addition to Curry, they also have Cam Newton and Jordan Spieth on their team. Their roster may not be as deep as Nike’s, but they have the big three of their respective

perous the endorsement world has become, it is mystifying that more top-level talent (probably hampered down by economic ego) doesn’t accept pay cuts to join forces with other top-level players. The only question becomes one of allegiance. A player is supposed to have complete and total dedication to the pursuit of victory for his or her team and this gets muddled

A player is supposed to have complete and total dedication to the pursuit of victory for his or her team and this gets muddled when a player's primary employer is a shoe contract. sports for the time being. Also of note is the estimated potential value of a player like Curry going forward. He was recently valued by Business Insider at $14 billion for Under Armour. The terms of his contract remain undisclosed, but it’s rumored to be more lucrative than Kevin Durant’s deal with Nike which garners $30 million a year. Many of these deals run for more than a decade and involve negotiations north of $150 million for top-tier players, not to mention the barrage of other endorsements these players have. With how immensely pros-

when a player’s primary employer is a shoe contract. This equates to more time spent “promoting the brand,” and a dichotomy is created between individual success and team success, which is a relationship that should remain symbiotic. If Cam Newton didn’t have a fat contract with Under Armour, maybe he would have disregarded his “brand,” and been more willing to dive in after that fumble in the Super Bowl. Who knows.

Shane Town is a senior English major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2014.


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Men's Basketball at Nevada

Hempstead, NY March 22

Reno, NV March 23





Women’s Lacrosse vs Albany

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Men’s lacrosse junior Ian MacKay scored four goals and tallied a career-high tying seven points in the Cats’ 11-9 win over UMass Lowell at Virtue Field March 26.

RECORDS Men’s Basketball 22-13 Men’s Lacrosse 4-5

Women’s Lacrosse 3-6

March Madness update: just four teams still standing john suozzo JSUOZZO@UVM. EDU


arch Madness is albelievable upsets and

ment is no exception. There were many surprises in the early rounds, none more shocking than initial wins by Middle Tennessee State University and Stephen F. Austin University. The Michigan State Spartans, coming off of a Big Ten Conference championship, lost set to the 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. This was only the eighth victory in the history of the NCAA Tournament of a 15-seed over a 2-seed. The Spartans, who many analysts believed deserved a No. 1 placement in the tournaafter having the second-best betting odds at 5-to-1 to win the national championship. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, a 14-seed, took an early lead to third-seeded West round of the East region. Stephen F. Austin had previous tournament success for a mid-major program, winning a game as a 12-seed in 2014 in

appearances. The Lumberjacks took this experience into their opening weekend matchups, beating a swaggering West Virginia University team with ease, 70-56, They then held a lead against the sixth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish for most of the second weekend in reach. Stephen F. Austin held a possession, when Notre Dame drove the length of the court and scored off an offensive rebound with two seconds remaining, ending the Lumberjacks’ season. The tournament also had some great comebacks in the opening weekend. Northern Iowa University held a 12-point lead over Texas A&M with 35 seconds remaining, a near impossible task for A&M to overcome. Even the game’s announcers believed that the result was a given. However, due to a bombardment of easy layups off of a series of turnovers from Northern Iowa, A&M was able to tie the game as time expired. They then moved into overtime, where A&M eventually outlasted Northern Iowa in one of the biggest collapses in tournament history. Another big story in this year’s tournament is the Syra-

cuse Orange’s run to the Final

they defeated 11-seed Gonzaga University, and came back from

round of their conference tourtheir last six games leading up to Selection Sunday. They were not predicted by many to even the cut of 68 teams in the tournament. Syracuse was given a 10seed in the Midwest region by the committee, and defeated seventh-seeded University of Dayton and 15-seed Middle Tennessee State University in the opening weekend. Syracuse advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round, where

of Virginia, which punched their tickets to the Final Four. Even though Syracuse faced weak opponents on their road to the Final Four, with the exception of Virginia, they should be commended for beating the teams on their schedule. “It came out of nowhere, you couldn’t have expected Syracuse year Alex Touitou said. Touitou said he only had the Orange advancing in a joke

played this weekend in Houston, Texas April 2, and the national championship will take place April 4. The Villanova Wildcats will take on the Oklahoma Sooners the Year favorite Buddy Hield. The second game will feature the North Carolina Tar Heels, make the Final Four, who will take on the Syracuse Orange. John Suozzo is a sophomore history major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.

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