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Students watch as campus By Camilla Broccolo Staff Writer

A group of prospective UVM students and families led by a tour guide shuffle past the construction site of the new residence hall that will be open in August 2017. This is just one of the buildings that will be included in the new housing model that UVM ResLife will be transitioning to starting next fall. “Our goal for next year is 75% first time, first year students in programmed housing,” ResLife Director Rafael Rodriguez said. “The goal for the year after that is 100 percent.” Not all is figured out yet and it is a multi-year process, Rodriguez said. Programming in residential halls already takes place in all on campus living communities at UVM to some capacity, whether it be an event that a Residential Advisor put on for their floor or a residence hall wide theme, he said. “Whether you live in Greenhouse or you just happen to live in Mason, the programmed pieces help enhance the student experience, and help them understand who they are and who we are as a community,” Rodriguez said. Many universities in the U.S. use the programmed housing model because it has proven to have many benefits for their students, he said. “Students who live in residential themed or programmed housing experiences have absolutely better outcomes in terms of satisfaction with their residential experience, their level of engagement, level of retention, and academic performance,” Rodriguez said. Wesleyan University is another university that encourages students to participate in the programmed housing model. “There are upwards of 30 program houses at Wesleyan,” Wesleyan senior Adam Mirkine said. “Considering the size of our school, which is around 3000 with graduate students, I’d say that’s a considerable amount.” Although programmed housing is optional at Wesleyan, Mirkine said it is quite popular among students due to the variety of options and the overall qualities of the living spaces, which tend to be more favorable than a classic dorm experience. thevermontcynic


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As central campus becomes an area of innovation, people consider what these changes will bring to UVM

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Senior Erin Okrant takes in the construction of the new residence halls on central campus. The new hall will be programmed housing, and first year students will be required to choose a program to live in. PHIL CARRUTHERS/The Vermont Cynic “I think it would be fair to say that about one third of the student population lives in program housing of some kind,” he said. Even though Mirkine rarely hears criticism about the programmed housing system, he does not believe that it is a path for everyone, he said. “While the program houses have a positive relationship with the greater campus community, I don’t think that a move to 100% program housing would be well received [at Wesleyan],” Mirkine said. “As someone who has personally never lived in a program house, I think being forced to live in [one] may have made me feel forced into a particular


social environment that I didn’t necessarily want to be in.” Starting next year, first-year UVM students will have the opportunity to choose their top three choices of eight different themes. “Our ultimate goal is that students will simply check off what topics or areas they’re interested in,” Rodriguez said. “Then, based on an algorithm or formula that we figure out, we can determine if we can guarantee folks any of their top choices.” Based on the theme the student has chosen they will be placed in a residence hall dedicated to that theme, he said. Each of the residence halls will have amenities and features vermontcynic

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related to the theme that will enhance the experience of living in that themed hall. For example, the outdoor themed residence hall might have a space dedicated for students to store their skis, bikes and other outdoor equipment, Rodriguez said. However, just because you are in the “outdoor experience” themed residence hall, this does not mean that you have to participate in a hike every weekend, he said. “We know that engagement levels vary greatly,” Rodriguez said. “Every community and how students engage vary greatly.”

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Mental health professionals may be more likely to take on new white patients than black patients according to a new study. The study, conducted by UVM researchers, found racial bias in mental health services. Professor Lance Smith lead the team. “We noticed that ‘Lakisha’ was more likely to receive a message to the extent of, ‘I’m sorry, I wish I could take you, but my caseload is full,’” Smith said in a Nov. 18 interview with VPR. Smith and his colleagues found the subjects were more likely to offer a second appointment in returned messages to callers named ‘Allison,’ a name typically associated with white women, than to callers named ‘Lakisha,’ a name associated with black women. ‘Allison’ received responses from counselors looking to follow-up 63 percent of the time whereas ‘Lakisha’ received these responses only 51 percent of the time, the study states. The study illustrates a gap in the way treatment is given and mental health professionals need to address this implicit racial bias in the field, Smith said. The study sought to shift thinking away from why black communities “fail” to seek mental health services to how counselors and psychologists may block patients from receiving care, according to a University Press Release. The study will will be published in The Counseling Psychologist, a publication focused on cultural competency within counseling.

Associate professor of counseling Lance Smith is pictured. PHOTO COURTESY OF UVM

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City makes moves to enhance streets BY colin Bushweller Staff writer

After years of planning, Burlington is making changes to its streets. Burlington Residents came together at City Hall for a presentation about the Great Streets Initiative by the project’s leaders on what’s happening and what’s to come with the town center’s development Nov. 16. The developers’ intentions to soon transfer their plans to designs getting David White, the director of planning and zoning, Great Streets Initiative project, said. “All of the thought-processes from all of this planning is going to become something we can construct,” he said, with a primary focus given to “economic vitality, safety, engagement and green infrastructure.” After White’s presentation, Doug Suisman delivered a presentation outlining the logistics of the development and what he envisions the result to be. Suisman founded Suisman Urban Design in 1990. Based out of Santa Monica, California, the international urban design studio is composed of architects and creative professionals who collaborate to design “urban places and public spaces” across the globe, according to its website. Suisman wants the development to be rooted in Burlington’s culture, so that the feeling of Church Street can extend to all of downtown while also being connected and linked to the lake itself, he said. “Church Street is so wonderful,” Suisman said. “We want people to think that Main Street is a great way to [get to] the lake.” Mayor Miro Weinberger emphasized the importance of creating environmental sustainability in the city’s infrastructure, so dirty water doesn’t spill into and contaminate the lake. Weinberger proposed that the new development ensures that streets and sidewalks use the minimal amount of asphalt, while still allowing for a free flow of safe and structured traffic. The decrease in asphalt would enable more natural land to be incorporated into the city’s layout, with trees, gardens and


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Urban designer and architect Doug Suisman outlines the development of the new Burlington downtown plans Nov. 16. The new expansion of the downtown district focuses on economic vitality, safety, engagement and green infrastructure. PHIL CARRUTHERS/The Vermont Cynic

natural grass consuming the sidewalks instead of “old, broken concrete,” White said. By doing this, storm water would get caught in the vegetation, filtered, and then make its way down to the lake, rather than immediately flooding into the lake, without any sort of filtering process, Suisman said.

available for vegetation along the sidewalks, he said. As of now there are 162 spaces available along the streets, Suisman said. After the development, 65 parking spots will be lost, bringing the overall number down to 97, he said. When saying this, Suisman

Burlington City Arts, briefly spoke about the city park’s redevelopment. “Lots of police visits and an uninviting atmosphere” gave way to the city’s desire to redevelop the park, Kraft said. A need to connect with Burlingtonians was also a driving factor, she said.

Church Street is so wonderful. We want people to think that Main Street is a great way to [get to] the lake. DOUG SUISMAN FOUNDER, SUISMAN URBAN DESIGN

“Make [the city] like a sponge,” he said. There will be minor drawbacks to this redevelopment, Suisman said. For example, Suisman’s plan calls for a transition from sideways parking to parallel parking, so more space will be made

stressed its minimal impact, when weighed against the benefits. There are plenty of other parking spots available in garages, which are mere minutes away from the street spots, he said. After Suisman’s presentation, Doreen Kraft, director of

As the director of BCA, Kraft’s role in the development was largely focused on gaging interest from residents of Burlington on what they want the park to be, she said. To do this, BCA obtained a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,

Kraft said. The purpose: to visualize what Burlington’s downtown park could look like if redeveloped. In order to garner public opinion on this topic, the grant money was used to conduct surveys, allowing residents to easily express their hopes and opinions on what sort of transformation they’d like to see at the park, she said. The public expressed their interest in creating a safer environment, mainly at the park, but they also indicated that they would like to see changes in the layout and vegetation of the park, Kraft said. She spoke about their plans to restructure the vegetation, so that the park’s atmosphere is more lively, in addition to possibly removing the fountain at the center of it. While it has a nice touch, it is only used roughly three months of the year, and therefore makes it impractical to have, especially given all of the space it consumes, Kraft said.

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Food choices impact chronic pain symptoms by kassondra little staff writer

A beaming Kimberly Evans, UVM Medical Center nutritionist, set up a table of food for her presentation in front of a crowd of eager attendants in Davis Auditorium Nov. 15. Along with 27 other institutions, UVM is a part of a nationwide movement known as the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, which enhances patient well-being along with nutrition and culinary literacy. Evans said she aims to educate students on the benefits of cooking for themselves to encourage healthier living. “The kitchen is the heart of the home,” she said. “If one is confident in the kitchen, [he or she] will be confident in life. For Evans, not only is cooking about self-awareness and confidence, but about using certain foods to enhance every aspect of health, she said. Research done on participants afflicted by diabetes has proved that those who cook at least one more meal at home from scratch have better overall health, she said. “The movement is about gaining knowledge about healthy foods and learning how to use them,” Evans said. The average American diet consists of a large amount of foods high in sugars trans fats and sodium. This is known among the nutritionist community as the “SAD diet,” or the Standard American Diet, she said. The average American household spends more money on refined grains, sugary foods and red meat than anything else, according to a study by the USDA; the numbers are much higher than what they recommend. In an effort to demonstrate

how diet can improve chronic pain through the consumption of anti-inflammatory foods, Evans introduced her audience to the benefits of kale, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, lemon, oats, farro, blueberries and salt. Evans emphasized that it is never too late to be healthy. Senior psychology major Jordan Leabman said that eating healthy is particularly important because it’s something humans actually have control over. “A simple decision of what to eat for breakfast or what to grab as a snack can change your entire day,” she said. Leabman said as a psychology major, a lot of her classes focus on the impact small, personal decisions like food choice make on every day mental health. “You don’t really think about it,” she said, “but even I notice that my day has gone better or worse based on some of the foods I choose to eat.” Leabman said it is interesting, but not surprising, that nutritional choices can better or worsen chronic pain in people as well. In response to the flood of specific questions of particular foods and nutritional practices like vegetarianism, Evans said she “meets people where they are,” showcasing the flexibility possible with nutritional health. This event was part of a series of lectures on anti-drug pain management. “Good food can make great medicine,” Evans said in closing. The next event will be in January, focusing on how sleep influences pain and the following in March, regarding acupuncture.

UVM Medical Center nutritionist Kimberly Evans is pictured. Evans aims to make healthy eating easier for her patients. PHOTO


HOUSING continued from A1 Some programs like the Wellness Environment, which is already expanding throughout campus, have certain expectations you are expected to adhere to. “In WE, staying in the program has nothing to do with the level of your engagement,” Rodriguez said. “It has everything to do with what behaviors and whether or not you choose to meet the expectations around these certain behaviors; that’s what dictates whether you stay in the community.” “We have this across campus already,” he said. “In any hall that you live in, if you engage in behavior that is detrimental to the community you can easily be removed; it already happens.” So far, this shift to 100 percent programmed housing has received positive feedback from other campus organizations. “I think any initiative that helps create a strong sense of community on our campus is a good idea,” said Jay LaShombe, assistant director of UVM admissions. “I truly believe that the national attention, that specifically the incredible WE program is receiving, will help raise the profile of UVM.” Prospective students and parents are also expressing interest in the new housing model. “In my experience with speaking with parents, the consensus that I get is that they’re very excited about their student living in programmed housing,” LaShombe said. “I have often

Central campus in the 1960s, before many of the academic buildings there today were built. PHOTO COURTESY OF UVM SPECIAL


heard parents say that they wished these sorts of programs were available when they were students.” Prospective students also share the excitement of the new programmed housing model. Jenna Bordeau, an incoming student in f the class of 2021, applied early action with UVM as her top choice and has already made the decision to attend UVM in the fall. “The [change in] dorm choices doesn’t hugely impact me because I’m hoping to be in the Honors College,” Bordeau said, “but I like the themed idea too. Dorm [styles] definitely play a factor in my college choice.” Marnie Adelkopt, a high school senior from Westport, Connecticut, said the programmed housing initiative

probably won’t affect her decision too much. “It seems pretty cool and a good way to meet people your first year,” Adelkopt said. Sophia Livecchi, another high school senior, has yet to decide on where she will be attending college, but said she would highly consider UVM if she is admitted. The new housing model is something that would positively affect Livecchi’s decision of attending, even though she said housing is not something that would keep her from going to a school she loves, she said. “It’s such a cool idea,” Livecchi said. “[It’s] something I would be super interested in, especially since I love the outdoors.”



Clean Energy Fund to get a financial facelift By michelle phillips ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

The Clean Energy Fund is being restructured to have students more involved in choosing what projects the money goes toward. The CEF is funded by a $10 contribution included in the cost of tuition. It started in 2008 and is meant to help reduce UVM’s own greenhouse gas emissions, as well as educate students through clean energy related projects and programming, according to an evaluation report done by Professor Richard Watts. Watts conducted an study of the fund in September 2015 by request of the Office of Sustainability. The goal of the study was to determine what’s working and what’s not, University Controller Claire Burlingham said. The CEF collected $1.6 million between the years of 2008 and 2015, and spent $1.2 million. Of those expenditures, 39 percent was spent on infrastructure projects like the solar panels on Spear Street. Nineteen percent has been spent on education. Twenty percent was spent on research studies and another 20 percent was spent on program operations, according to the report. Program operations includes paying interns, graduate

Assistant research professor Richard Watts is pictured. According to a report by Watts, the Clean Energy Fund was set up to reduce UVM’s emissions, as well as educate students on clean energy. PHOTO COURTESY OF VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO

student stipends and other administrative costs, according to the report. Burlingham and the Office of Sustainability take issue with this percentage, however, and claim that the Office of Sustainability spent 10 percent or less of the funds on program operations. In his report, Watts found that research projects funded by the CEF were sometimes chosen by untrained undergraduates, were sometimes not formally proposed and there would be long gaps between selection and implementation.

The selection process was unclear and ambiguous overall, the report stated. In response to this claim, an administrative team formed to restructure the fund will prioritize transparency in choosing infrastructure and research projects. “We want campus-wide engagement ... and communication with students, faculty and staff,” Burlingham said. “We’re very aware that students’ money is funding these projects and they should be the primary beneficiaries of whatever the fund funds.”

There will be a series of committees that help choose graduate and undergraduate research projects funded by the CEF. The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council, led by Burlingham, will make sure students are aware of the research opportunities available to them through the CEF. An Honors College undergraduate research advisory committee will have a part in selecting appropriate projects. A subcommittee on infrastructure will assess the feasibility of implementing physical structures of campus.

Finally, a public forum will be open to students, faculty and staff, to allow them to have a part in selecting which research projects are funded, Burlingham said. “We’re really excited to get the wider university community involved and think this new structure will work well,” she said. “[The first public forum] will hopefully take place in February or March, and once we really start to implement this structure the goal is to have one a semester.” The CEF will continue its structure of education spending. Watts’ report found that the Energy Action Seminar, other guest lectures and symposium were well attended. Paying for eight outreach interns, developing curriculum and supporting the Aero electric car race team were seen as successful use of the funds, the report states. Sophomore Rhean Uppal said she personally benefits from the CEF. “I get to have free dinners at Brennan’s on Fridays and sit and talk with CEOs and other clean energy leaders, the people that give lectures in our [Energy Action Seminar] classes,” Uppal said. The report suggests the CEF spend its balance of $425,000, put funds into renewable energy investments, and broaden the fund to be a sustainability fund.



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President-elect Trump starts cabinet picks By marissa lanoff senior staff writer

On Election Day, Donald J. Trump walked away as our president-elect in the race to 270 electoral votes, contrary to nearly every pollster’s predictions. The shock and uncertainty at the prospect of a Trump presidency has yet to dissipate for some, such as the many still participating in speak-outs and events around Burlington. On UVM’s campus, professors and students alike are still processing the news of their new president. “I was not only surprised, I was devastated. A national government led entirely by him and today’s national conservatives will mean destruction for the planet,” said Felicia Kornbluh, professor of history and gender, sexuality and women’s studies. Pablo Bose, professor of urban and cultural geography and political economy, said that even many of Trump’s advisers were shocked by his win. “[Now] it all depends on who he appoints as the heads of different agencies.” In the three weeks since the election, Trump has already offered cabinet positions effective Jan. 20. Myron Ebell, one of the likely choices for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, has come under flack by environmental protection groups for

being a known climate change denier, according to Politico. “[Ebell] has been referred to as the leading climate-denierin-chief,” Bose said. “He feels that [climate change] has been extremely exaggerated.” Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are both current candidates for secretary of state, while Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is being considered for secretary of defense, according to Politico. Another one of Trump’s potential cabinet selections is Stephen Bannon, executive chair of the Breitbart News Network, which has been referred to as a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,” by a Nov 15 New York Times column. The New York Times Editorial Board, who endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton, wrote in a Nov. 15 op-ed that Bannon opposes “immigration, feminism, multiculturalism, Jews, Muslims, and other vulnerable groups.” “[Trump] is a racist, a nativist, a bully, a casual anti-Semite and walking advertisement for GSWS program ideas like compulsory heterosexuality and compulsory able-bodiedness,” Kornbluh said. “He is also intellectually lazy, making a mockery of the values of free and rigorous inquiry we hold dear in the University.” Some compare Donald


Trump and his campaign strategies to former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler circa 1933, but Bose said that it is important to

remember this is not the case. “We have to remember he is constrained by American democratic institutions,” he said.

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Mosaic Center continues inclusive tradition By sacha Yanulavich Staff Writer

According to the Voluntary System of Accountability, 19 percent of students at UVM identify as students of color. The Mosaic Center for Students of Color, formerly the African, Latina, Asian and Native American Student Center, exists to provide support for these students and make them feel welcome on-campus. MCSC began at UVM in 1973 as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, but the organization’s goals were not the same as they are today. Originally, the office’s mission was to train University staff members to make campus more inclusive on an institutional level, instead of focusing on students of color in the community. It was not until 1996 that the student-fixated ALANA Center that UVM is familiar with came about. Today, MCSC provides a wide variety of programs and services, such as student advising, leadership retreats and a class. Program administrators are involved institutionally as well, including director Beverly Colston. “We want to make sure students have a path they can take and that they are supported within the administration,” Colston said.

Members of the UVM Mosaic Center outside of their new location in L/L. The Mosaic Center provides support for students of color on campus. ZACH GRAHAM/The Vermont Cynic The MCSC recently moved from their Redstone location to a new space in the Living and Learning Center E Building on Athletic campus.. The new center will include a kitchen —expected to be completed by the end of the semester—computer lab, meditation space and a study lounge. MCSC’S goal with these new expansions, as well as a more central location, is to become more accessible to a greater number of students.

The name change is not without significance either. Questions on what name would be appropriate for the center have been going on for decades, Colston said. “There are many identities that ALANA does not include,” she said. “Language is limiting and we’re always looking for the right terms for what we represent.” First-year Monique Martin said MCSC gives students of color a home away from home.

“At a predominantly white institution, it’s easy to experience culture shock,” she said. “[MCSC] makes it easier to adjust.” Sophomore Haydee Miranda lives in the ALANA L/L community, and said it isn’t just for students of color. “It offers a medium for any who live there to build competency and understanding of cultures,” she said. With this new outlook, MCSC is hoping to serve differ-

ent parts of the community better, notably bi- and multi-racial students. Supporting and advocating for undocumented students and students with undocumented family members will also be a greater focus in the coming months. When describing the vision for the MCSC, Colston smiled and said, “We want to do anything that can be imagined to help our students of color thrive.”

Healthy sleeping routine will help students in college michaela paul MPAUL@UVM.EDU


he sound of an alarm clock chirping before sunrise is startling; students may have hit the pillow only a few hours earlier. Perhaps Netflix was a distraction, maybe the night before had been spent cramming for exams, possibly some chose to take a night off from doing school work to go out and some may be suffering from insomnia. It is finals season and sleeping is sparse for many. According to the study “Causes and Consequences of Sleepiness” by Hershner and Chervin from the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Michigan, 50 percent of college students experience being tired throughout the day and 70 percent report not getting a sufficient amount of sleep at night. It is critical that all students make an effort to improve quantity and quality of sleep. College students must get seven to eight hours of sleep a night in order to strengthen immune systems, reduce stress, increase alertness and improve memory and concentration, according to UVM’s Center for Health & Wellbeing. If the pattern of sleepless nights continues for a prolonged period, it can potentially lead to chronic health issues like de-


pression, high blood pressure, weight gain, heart disease and stroke, UVM alumna Charlotte Paul, registered nurse said. “It can also extend the duration of a short term sickness like the cold or flu,” Paul said, “causing students to miss more

classes and assignments.” Paul experienced this when attending UVM, she said. She made it a priority to sleep a full 8 hours, but her peers lacking sleep were sick for long periods of time, while she recovered from colds at a faster rate, Paul

said. Some individuals occasionally have a difficult time falling asleep due to factors such as stress, while other individuals suffer from a persistent lack of sleep for months on end due to disorders, the National Sleep

Foundation states. The Foundation is an organization focused on providing sleep education and advocacy to the global public through their website and journal “Sleep Health.” Sleep disorders are relatively common and frustrating, resulting in many sleepless nights, despite efforts to shut those eyes and reach dreamland, the foundation states. Some sleep disorders include: Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep for at least three nights a week for three or months. Narcolepsy: Inherited condition in which excessive sleepiness results in a lack of muscle control. Sleep Apnea: Breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep due to the collapse of the soft tissue of the upper airway. Restless Legs Syndrome: A movement disorder associated with the overwhelming urge to move legs. Thus, according to all of the above-mentioned experts, make sure to take action, either by turning off Netflix, staying in every once in awhile, sleeping before big exams or seeking professional help if the above-mentioned signs of sleep disorders sound familiar. Michaela Paul is a senior biology major. She has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2016.



Farmers market finds new home in the Davis Center By camilla broccolo staff writer

The smell of fresh baked goods, coffee and spicy scallion pancakes wafted through the hallways of the first floor of the Davis Center on Saturday this Fall. The Burlington Winter Farmers Market has moved to the Davis Center while its old home, Memorial Auditorium, goes through renovations this year. People filtered through the hallways lined with vendors selling everything from vegetables and freshly baked bread to plants and pottery crafted by local artisans. This is the first time the Farmers Market was hosted in the Davis Center. “More than 5,000 people came to the first farmers market,” Maureen Cartier-Tanguay, senior conference coordinator, said. “We had about 62 vendors come and sell their products, and a band that played in the Chikago Landing.” Vendors shared their appreciation for the new space, saying the new location has been an easy transition for their customers as well. “We like it here,” vendor Thomas McCurdy of Ardelia Farms & Co. said. “There’s heat and lots of bathrooms and free parking. Our customers seem to like it, too.” The market brings a diverse

The Burlington Winter Farmers Market began at the UVM Davis Center Nov. 12. More than 5,000 people came out to shop from the 62 vendors selling local products. PHIL CARRUTHERS/The Vermont Cynic crowd every week, but for the most part the vendors stay the same, Cartier-Tanguay said. Students now have the opportunity to have the market on campus. “My favorite stand is the pretzel man,” senior Melissa Ureña said “I don’t know his name, but his bacon cheddar

pretzel changed my life.” A significant number of the vendors are UVM alumnus, Cartier-Tanguay said. “One of our biggest vendors is actually Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, who is also a farmer,” she said. The new location of the market makes it more accessi-

ble to students and the rest of the UVM community, bringing alumni back to campus and more business to the vendors. “I do like the fact that its location changed to being on-campus,” Ureña said, “but the first time it felt a little crowded and hard to get from one place to another and really get to all of the

stands.” “The pretzels here are great,” said senior Carly Martin, who works for university event services. “It’s great for students because they really don’t even have to go outside to get here,” McCurdy said.



Journaling will help to create a more organized life Hunter Colvin HCOLVIN@UVM.EDU


like to think I’m a fairly organized person — my mother might disagree judging by how many times she’s threatened to throw out everything in my room — but overall, not too bad. I usually use a planner to scribble down my assignments, but I decided to go more in depth with my recordings. So, I used a bullet journal for a week to see if I could get my life in order. A bullet journal is an indepth planner that tracks everything you did, everything you wanted to do and everything you plan on doing. In the journal I used, there are even symbols to help you sort everything out. An “x” means a task is completed. An arrow means the task was migrated or moved to another day. A hash mark is a note. An open circle is an event. I started out really well. I updated my journal periodically throughout the day. I used the symbols and even color-coded them. It all felt really nice. Granted, it took me about an hour to set up the first day. Less because it was time consuming and more because I’m not great at calligraphy, so trying to rec-

reate all the Pinterest journals I had found online was a nightmare. It was also a lot of work to write everything down. The whole point of a bullet journal is to write literally everything down. From your chores and homework to your meals. I definitely got less into it as the week progressed. I still used the symbols, but I wasn’t color-coding anymore. I also found myself writing less and less as the days went on. My bullet journal was starting to resemble the sparse and hastily scribbled nature of my normal planner — Maybe that was the problem. I’ve used a planner since my first year of high school and it works for me. I write down everything I need to do that day or week and then fit what I want to do around that. For someone who doesn’t have an ingrained system of organization — or semi-organization, in my case — a bullet journal would probably be super helpful. It will take you from zero to organizational hero real quick. But my laziness and trusty old blue planner prevented me from truly enjoying the bullet journal experience. Hunter Colvin is a senior history major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.





New construction benefits student life I t’s easy to feel on top of the world after senior year of high school. Coming from the top of the totem pole, so comfortable and confident in your environment, to a community so new and untouched can be a weird transition. At the same time, leaving high school in the past and jumping into the unchartered territory of university life may be exactly what you craved for so long: the opportunity to start anew can be so appealing that you enter college and forget why you went there in the first place. The first semester of your

first-year is both thrilling and unfamiliar. Being thrust into such a diverse environment made up of students from a multitude of backgrounds with an array of interests, combined with the nature of undergraduate life itself, can be a lot to handle. The community you are a part of and the environment you live in during this pivotal period in your life will have a defining impact on your college career as a whole. The amount of money and care the University is putting into the new first-year residence

hall on Central campus showcases just how much it cares about the experience of its newest students. Though ResLife’s plan to enforce programmed housing for incoming first-years is extreme without the input of students, the new campus environment being fostered by UVM’s vast construction efforts will have more of an impact on students than anything else. Having such a state-of-theart space so close to academic halls, with a built-in dining hall and walkway to Bailey/Howe Library, will change the experi-

ence of every first-year student who comes to UVM. Winter temperatures can plummet to excruciating lows; having the ability to roll out of bed and head to the library in your pajamas, without facing exposure from the brutal Vermont air will give first-year students the tools they need to succeed in an environment geared toward their success. We applaud the University for effectively using its construction resources to build a community that is both beautiful and serves to aid its most vulnerable students.

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National tragedy necessitates a strong voice


he last week has been among the most trying of my life (albeit a short one, so far). I have spent much of my time throughout the past week thinking back to an interaction that I had here in San Antonio on Election Day. There was an hour and a half until polls closed, and I was out knocking on doors on the west side of San Antonio making sure that people got a chance to vote. As I was walking down a cul de sac I watched a group of 10 or so children, all seemingly under the age of eight or nine, play in the street. Some of them were tossing around a ball, others on bikes or just chasing each other around giggling. It was refreshing and calming to see this group play, given all the stress and sleep deprivation. As I knocked on one of the doors at the end of this cul de sac, a young Latina mother came to the door. I said hello. Her daughter , curious as to who I was, left the group in the street and stood near me as I spoke with her mom. I asked the mother if she had had a chance to vote. Before she could respond, her daughter, who must have been no more than five years old, stomped her foot on the ground and said, “I hate Trump! He is a bully!” Her mother laughed, and so did I. She said she hadn’t

voted yet but promised that she would be leaving the house to do so soon. Part of me felt good ;  another vote in the bag!  However, I couldn’t help but feel heartbroken by that little girl’s reaction. When I was four or five years old, presidential politics was the last thing I had to worry about; that’s how it should be. Yet this little girl knew in her core that the Republican nominee was a bigot and a bully. That’s the result of a year-and a-half long campaign based on racism and division. She will now grow up with that same man as her president. Since August, I have been working 80+ hours a week in Texas on a congressional campaign in a district that makes up 40 percent of the Mexican-American border. It is nearly the size of New York state by area, and is 70 percent Latinx. Before that, I worked similar hours on a campaign in Vermont. On Nov. 9, I watched with horror as America elected a white nationalist and sexual predator as president. As a straight white man, I can only imagine how others felt as they watched the election be won by a man who threatened to deport their parents, or ban members of their entire religion, or strip them of the right to control their own body.






What I have felt has been sadness that our country chose bigotry and division over an inclusive vision for our future. Anger that our president-elect says that my brother, born in the U.S. with a Mexican father, wouldn’t be qualified to serve as a federal judge because of his heritage. Frustration that so many young people didn’t vote when we had the power to decide this election. Fear about what the next four years could look like. In addition to this little girl, there were other interactions that I will never forget from this campaign. There were the dozens who told us that they had been denied the right to vote because of Texas’ draconian election laws , ones that were clearly intended to disenfranchise minorities and low-income Texans. There was the emptiness of watching as one of our volunteers cried about Trump’s victory, saying America had awarded the presidency to a racist bully. That volunteer, a disabled Latino man who, despite playing by the rules and being a hard and honest worker, had become homeless after being robbed and beaten because he was unable to fully pay his medical bills.

As I have tried to think about what is next, both for me personally and for our country as a whole, I can only hope we can honor these experiences and fight for progress and decency. America deserves, and is, better than Donald Trump and his cabal of misogynistic, anti-Semitic and white supremacist advisors. I have been inspired to see so

it is that for change to come we must come together to take action, in addition to raising our voices. At the most basic level that means voting, but as my high school social studies teacher Tim Kipp often said, “your contribution to democracy does not end at the ballot box, it begins at the ballot box.” It is what you do beyond voting that makes a

What I have felt has been sadness that our country chose bigotry and division over an inclusive vision for our future. many other young people speak up and speak out for a more inclusive and just America. As one of my coworkers said, “We lost an election, but we did not lose our voices.” We will need all of our voices, coming together over the next four years and beyond to ensure America lives up to the ideals of economic, social, racial and environmental justice, despite Mr. Trump’s attempts to move us in the opposite direction. But if there is one lesson that I’d share from my experience working on campaigns for much of the last two and a half years,

difference. So please, get involved with your community and organize folks around the causes that you believe in. Knock on doors and make phone calls to bring that message directly to voters. Support candidates and organizations you believe in when you can afford to — and yes, $5 does help. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others have taught us, that has been, and will always continue to be, what it takes to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.



Howard Dean is the wrong pick for the DNC Alexander collingsworth ACOLLING@UVM.EDU


scream. You scream. We all scream for Howard Dean. Or maybe at him. If you don’t know what the “Dean Scream” is, I highly encourage you to google it and watch the video; over and over again, and then watch Dave Chappelle’s rendition of it. Dean, who served as governor of Vermont for 12 years, was the front-runner in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary until he opened his mouth and issued a sound so jarring that it caused millions of birds to fly themselves into buildings, dogs to howl and satellites to fall from the sky. It also ruined his presidential bid. Before that, Dean had raised more money than all other candidates that year, including the Democratic nominee John Kerry. Dean realized the potential of internet fundraising. Obama would use the internet fundraising in 2008 to break fundraising records, and last year Sen. Bernie Sanders was able to compete with Clinton’s mega-donors by amassing an army of supporters who made small contributions averaging $27. Dean then became chairman of the DNC in 2005. He presided over the Democrats’ coup in the 2006 midterms, when they captured both the House of Representatives and the Senate.


In fact, it was Dean’s “50-state Strategy,” where Democratic candidates sought to take seats in deep red states, that helped the Dems to victory that year. Dean is now in contention to become chair of a shellshocked Democratic party that needs to figure out what it represents and how it can win elections. As chair of the DNC, he may be able to engineer a stunning counterattack against the Republicans once more. Dean is also the wrong pick to be the DNC chair. As my roommate told me, “Howard Dean would be a great pick … if they want to kill the

party.” Although he has a proven track record, Dean is part of the old guard of the Democratic party. He endorsed Clinton over Sanders, his Vermont compatriot, a betrayal of his state and his principles. Dean, who once supported single payer healthcare, came out against Bernie’s single-payer plan. It might have had something to do with the fact that he works for a Washington lobbying firm called Dentons which represents big pharma. Dean has gone through the revolving door, and I say, let him keep spinning. The Democrats need new blood, new ideas

and new leadership. Bernie has endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. Ellison at this time is a strong contender to become the chair of the party, having gotten the support of Bernie, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and even centrist Sen. Chuck Schumer. Dean said the DNC chair should be a full time job, and a sitting member of Congress like Ellison, or former chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, cannot dedicate all their time to that job, in a Nov. 15 interview with NPR. He called for unity within the party and said we should avoid

“a bloodbath between Clinton and Bernie supporters.” I disagree. Now is the time to fight it out and figure out how we can win. Now is the time to exorcise those corporate elements from the party, like Howard Dean. Besides Dean, the Democrats should consider new leadership in the House and Senate. Schumer, assuming the place of the retiring Sen. Harry Reid, represents corporate interests. Blackstone, the massive investment firm, is one of his top donors. Weapons maker Lockheed Martin is another. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a limousine liberal who accomplished very little when she was the Speaker of the House. Pelosi raises money from a vast list of donors that include Alphabet and Facebook. If the Democrats want to walk the walk they need to stop accepting contributions from large corporate interests. Bernie Sanders proved that you don’t need big donors to finance a campaign. The Democratic party should focus on raising money from its base, not from wealthy liberals and powerful special interests. Divorcing themselves from these big monied interests is vital if they want to represent themselves as the party of the people. As Howard Dean once said: Eeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!

Alexander Collingsworth is a senior English and history double major. He has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2016.

Obscene amount of parking tickets exposes UVM’s misuse of power Sean MCCullen




VM has a troubling way of raising funds. No I am not talking about its high tuition rates, the cost of living in the dorms, the cost of the meal plan, the price of non-unlimited foods on-campus or the fees residents pay for “damages” or “noise violations.” I am referring to the University’s plethora of parking violations, and the petty tickets that are issued for leaving one’s car on-campus. Anyone who has bought a parking pass knows they cost a fair amount, but this does not end there, UVM has found ways to ensure they can extort as much money from students as possible. The number of tickets being issued would be reasonable if the places for parking were actually coherently labeled. Take, for instance, the lot behind Wing Davis Wilkes complex, which is next to the Redstone Apartments lot, which are both unlabeled as to which they belong. Besides this confusion, many students do not use their cars on











a regular basis, so the possibility that they will gather a large sum of tickets, or even a towing, without their knowledge is all the more likely. This is also very troubling: UVM seems all the more willing to tell you when your tuition is not fully paid, when you have damage fees or alcohol violations, but it never tells you that you are getting ticketed. It seems UVM is more interested in extracting as much money as possible from those who do not know they have a parking violation because of the way the system is set up. The way that UVM has conducted itself in this matter is frankly deplorable. Students have received threats of preventing registration for classes

if they are not paid in time. This is done through billing your student account with the amount of the ticket, which prevents registration if not paid in full. This is a method of strong-arming people into paying parking tickets, and reflects UVM’s inability to actually levy these kinds of tickets legitimately. In this sense the University is attempting to be as tyrannical as possible with the frankly little amount of power it actually has, seeing as without the ability to to charge this to your account, the only course of action they have is to tow the vehicle, which can only be done if they know where it is. If you try to get the tickets

dismissed, the process is long and elaborate. In the end, however, it is worth it, because the costs of these tickets can quite expensive. The people who work in the Parking Services Office are genuinely nice and try to help, but this does not make up for the University’s overall demeanor when it comes to its parking practices. This extortion will not end anytime in the near future, because the payoff UVM receives from this practice cannot be minimal due to the abundance of charges present in UVM life. However, for any of you who get ticketed the most I can recommend for you is to do all you can to contest these tickets. Contest them for as long as you

can in order to pay as little as you can. In the meantime, it would at least be nice for the parking lots to be labeled in a manner that demonstrates the financial severity of parking incorrectly, whether it be by investing in neon sign that explains the full extent of the policy, or just making their signage clearer. I also suggest you recall UVM’s behavior in this matter when they request you donate as an alumni.

Sean McCullen is a senior political science, history and economics triple major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2016.



Coping with the five stages of coming home for break Lily Spechler LSPECHLE@UVM.EDU


veryone who has ever been on a long car ride alone knows that it can be a very dynamic experience. For those embarking on a solo trip for the first time this Thanksgiving break and are having stress acne just thinking about it, take a deep breath and repeat a mantra. Repeating a mantra can reinforce the good, and dispel the bad. I have outlined the common phases people go through over the course of a long road trip, along with a suggested mantra.

Phase 1: Elation This phase marks the start of your trip: when everything is perfect. You cue up the car playlist with triumph, sure as ever that each and every song you selected for the drive is going to be absolutely epic. First stop of the trip is the nearest Dunkin. You smile at the cashier, who hands you your addiction, and you pee for the last time, sure as ever that you’ve cleared your bladder for good. In this moment, you are Beyonce. You are invincible. You text your mom with the ETA, which you know to be a true fact. There is no doubt in your mind that this trip is going to be seamless. Mantra to repeat: “Nothing is permanent. Nothing is permanent. Nothing is permanent.”

Phase 2: Jamming For the past two hours, you know nothing of the world that has passed by your peripherals. You are the music and the music is you. You’re rocking out hard at this point. Every time you pass a car you rock harder, knowing how chill you must look from the other driver’s perspective. In this moment you are a laid back person who has no worries, and certainly no regrets, and you realize you’re actually an incredible dancer from the waist up, not to mention an incredible singer. During this phase you would even venture to classify yourself as “flawless.” Mantra to repeat: “I am light. I am light. I am light.”

Phase 3: Substance abuse At this point, you begin to do a little math. You say to yourself, “If I slug two Five Hour Energy drinks at once, will this bring me 10 hours of energy?” You envision yourself with another cup of coffee inside you, liking the way it makes your eyes twitch. You contemplate purchasing a black and mild cigar, which you have never once in your life smoked. You start to scan your car for ... anything, really. All you find is an M&M on the floor laden with cat fur, which you eat immediately without a second thought. Mantra: “I am in control of my body and mind. I am in control of my body and mind.

I am in control of my body and mind.”

Phase 4: Road rage Suddenly you have absolutely no idea why anyone would ever be driving 65 mph in a 65 mph zone. You know that you are driving at the exact same speed as the person in front of you, but you know that you can do it better and you intend to prove it. You hate everyone including yourself, and at this point your playlist sucks so you turn on the radio but the radio sucks so you turn back to your playlist and you loathe yourself for ever thinking you would be in the mood to listen to Maroon 5 at a time like this. Mantra: “The universe is ever-expanding as it should. The universe is ever-expanding as it should. The universe is ever-expanding as it should.”

Phase 5: Traffic At this point you “can’t even,” and you say this aloud multiple times, while still continuing to drive. Your bladder is full, and your ETA is ever expanding like the universe. GPS is a fraud. You have no faith in the system and you hate everything and everyone that has ever lied to you. You sit there brooding, analyzing every bad decision you have ever made that has led you to this point. You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and don’t recognize the monster you have become.


Mantra: I’m sorry. At this point, there are honestly no mantras that will save you. The truth is, driving home alone is the worst. Good luck and happy

Thanksgiving. Lily Spechler is a senior natural resources major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2016.


Electoral College undermines the democratic process


ear Editor,

The framers of the U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process. During the debate, some delegates felt a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s favorite son, and none would emerge with sufficient popular majority to govern the country. Other delegates felt that giving Congress the power to select the president would deny the people their right to choose. After all, the people voted for their representatives to the federal legislature. The compromise was to set up an Electoral College system that allowed voters to vote for electors, who would then cast their votes for candidates, a system described in Article II, section 1 of the Constitution. Each state is allocated a number of electors equal to the number of its U.S. senators (always two) plus the number of its U.S. representatives (which may change each decade according to the size of each state’s popu-

lation as determined in the Census). Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the state becomes that state’s electors — so that, whichever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a state wins all the electors of that state. The debate has started again as to whether the Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president while others believe the Electoral College should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers so it is that compromise can solve this problem. The solution is to change the electoral votes to electoral points and reward each candidate a percentage of points based on the percentage of popular votes received in each state. This would eliminate the “winner take all” system, thus allowing for all the votes to count. A voter is more apt to believe their vote counted when a percentage of popular votes are taken into account rather

president popular


than the “all or nothing” system currently in existence. Further, this new system would integrate the desire for a popular vote for president with the need for the individual states to determine

who actually gets elected. As for political primaries the number of delegates awarded in each state should be determined by the percentage of votes won by each candidate.

Sincerely, Joe Bialek Cleveland, Ohio



Student literary group hosts poetry reading By addie beach Staff Writer

Among the glowing lamps and flickering candles, with lyrics and language echoing off the walls, nights at the Lamp Shop feel like an artistic salon of decades past. UVM’s Vantage Point staff hosted an open-mic poetry session at the Lamp Shop Nov. 14. The event was part of the Lit Club poetry reading series that takes place every Monday night. Vantage Point is UVM’s visual and literary creative arts magazine. The magazine is published once a semester, and is led by co-Editors-in-Chief Ali Wood and Caroline Shea. “Vantage Point is having a bit of a renaissance right now,” Shea said. “We are entering a new era because more people are getting involved.” The magazine publishes student art and writing that is submitted throughout the school year. “We love submissions that test and break boundaries,” Wood said. Vantage Point is trying to make itself more well-known on campus by getting people more involved in poetry and art, Shea said. Monday night at the Lamp Shop was part of Vantage Point’s new self-promotion. Five members of the magazine’s staff

English professor Eve Alexandra reads an original poem at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington Sept. 5. UVM’s Vantage Point magazine hosted an open-mic poetry session at the club Nov. 28. MARIEL WAMSLEY/The Vermont Cynic

made up the featured group of poets, each stepping up to the microphone to read two or three pieces of their own writing. Seated haphazardly at small tables around the room, an audience of all ages applauded each reader when they finished. “The combination of the

Vantage Point is having a bit of a renassiance right now. CAROLINE SHEA VANTAGE POINT EDITOR-IN CHIEF

venue’s eclectic ambience and the power of the lyrically therapeutic words shared made for a memorable night,” first-year Rebecca Morrow said. Senior Addison Bale started the Lit Club at the Lamp Shop over a year ago, Wood said. Bale has hosted the event every Mon-

day since then. Bale has a whole network of local poets whom he contacts to be part of the event, Wood said. The night typically consists of performances by featured poets and open-mic walk-ins. “With everything going on at the moment, it’s great that this [open-mic] is here for us to share our words with each other,” Bale said. “This is a place where we can reveal the words that we keep in our pockets or scribbled in the back of a notebook.” Because he is graduating this semester, Bale is handing over the reins of hosting to two local poets from the group the Pomeroy Poets, Wood said. She and Shea will also become more involved. “The Lamp Shop is valuable to the community,” Shea said, “and we want Vantage Point to be a similarly creative place for UVM.” Vantage Point’s newest issue was published Nov. 16 and contains the work of students from last semester. The magazine can be found by the Davis Center entrance, in Henderson’s and in the Cyber Cafe.

Local artists capture Vermont through photographs By Healy FAllon Staff Writer

A local gallery is showcasing a series of photographs with two things in common: an entire state, and the culture within it. The series “Eyes That Can See” is on display now at the New City Galerie on Church Street, and features work by 57 photographers. The show is curated by Monika Rivard, a graduate of the California College of the Arts and a former artist-in-residence at the New City Galerie. The shared theme of the show is the state of Vermont as seen through photographs of people and places taken here. The photographers range in age from 12 to 79 years old. Some had never printed photos or been part of an art show, while others are professional photographers and instructors, Rivard said. Rivard herself did not include her own work in the show. Her photography was shown previously at the Gallery from July to December last year. “The voice of 57 people is much more louder, and more powerful, and more beautiful than mine alone,” she said. Rivard accepted the work of almost everyone who applied. “I wanted to create a portrait of this state through the voices of many people,” she said. Joseph Pensak, organizing director and head curator at the Galerie, said part of what made the show special was the self-

Burlington community members soak in the local art at New City Galerie on Church Street. The “Eyes That Can See” exhibit will run until Jan. 24. PHOTO COURTESY OF MONIKA RIVARD lessness behind it. “Monika deliberately did not include her own work,” Pensak said, “because she wanted the spotlight to be on everyone else’s work.” Rivard cites the style of John Szarkowski, the photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan from the 1960s to 1991, as a major influence on her curation of the show. At the time, Szarkowski brought artists into the MoMa who were making personal and humane photographs, she said. “I’m very influenced by his

work, and I have a deep respect for the history of photography,” Rivard said. “That was the most romantic period of photography

Kerouac, an author known as a member of the Beat Generation in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. Kerouac wrote the introduction

I wanted to create a portrait of this state through the voices of many people. MONIKA RIVARD ‘EYES THAT CAN SEE’ CURATOR

for me — there was something so honest and genuine.” The title of the show was pulled from the words of Jack

to a book titled The Americans by Robert Frank, a photographer of the same period. In the last line of this intro-

duction, Kerouac writes, “you got eyes.” Rivard said she sees Kerouac’s quote as important to understanding the special quality behind good photography. The series is full of artists with eyes that can see and capture magic on camera, Rivard said. The show is a “thank you” from Rivard to Vermont and the New City Galerie for giving her opportunities to further her work as a photographer when she first moved to the state, she said. The series runs until Jan. 24.



Look for the Cynic’s coverage of UVM hockey’s trip to Northern Ireland in next week’s issue.

Hockey scores in


The UVM men’s hockey team tours, practices, and plays in Belfast, Ireland in the Friendship Four Tournament. The Catamounts would go on to win the tournament, beating Quinnipiac University 5-1. PHOTO COURTESY OF UVM ATHLETICS



Goaltending leads men’s hockey past Maine By Locria Courtright STAFF WRITER

Despite a sluggish start, Catamount men’s hockey were able to find their way to victory on a Friday night at home. First-year goaltender Stefanos Lekkas stopped 36 shots, and senior forward Rob Darrar scored twice as the Catamounts prevailed 6-2 over the University of Maine Black Bears Nov. 18 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Neither team scored in the first period, thanks largely to Lekkas, as the Catamount goaltender stopped all 17 shots he saw in the period. Maine goaltender Rob McGovern did his part for the Black Bears, stopping seven first-period shots. The Catamounts struck first, scoring less than a minute into the second period. First-year Ross Colton pressured Maine defender Keith Muehlbauer into a turnover in the neutral zone, giving Colton a breakaway. Colton then decked McGovern and slipped the puck past him to put Vermont up 1-0. About five minutes later, the Catamounts struck again, as Darrar fired a one-timer from the top of the circle past a surprised McGovern to push the lead to 2-0. He added a second goal around five minutes after that, converting on a breakaway to extend the lead to 3-0. Four minutes later, the Catamounts grabbed another goal, this one on the power play. With

UVM students celebrate after the men’s hockey team scores against Dartmouth Nov. 15. The Catamounts beat the Big Green 5-2. OLIVER POMAZI/The Vermont Cynic

Brendan Robbins in the box for hooking, senior defender Rob Hamilton took a shot from the point that beat a screened McGovern to make it 4-0 Vermont. Maine pulled one back in the last minute of the period, as Rob Michel’s point shot beat Lekkas stick-side to cut the lead to 4-1 after two periods. Vermont grabbed the first goal of the final period, as firstyear Derek Lodermeier pounced on a rebound from a Chris Muscoby shot for his first collegiate

Basketball players win All-Tournament honors By ZACH FALLS STAFF WRITER

The Vermont Women’s Basketball team hosted the annual TD Bank Classic holiday tournament at Patrick Gym this past week. The team kicked off the weekend with a convincing victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology, winning Friday night by a score of 64-42. Junior guard Sydney Smith and first-year forward Hanna Crymble led the Catamounts with 12 points each, according to UVM athletics. With the win, Vermont moved to the final of the tournament to face Milwaukee Panthers, after they beat LIU Brooklyn 89-50. The women next faced a tough Milwaukee team Saturday, suffering a 68-44 defeat, and again Sydney Smith and Hanna Crymble led the Catamounts with 11 points and 7 points respectively, according to UVM athletics. The loss dropped Vermont to a 2-4 record, while Milwaukee improved to 4-1 on the season. Although Vermont did lose the championship game of this year’s TD Bank Classic Tournament, Smith and Crymble were both honored with an All-Tournament Team selection for their

impressive individual displays. Both players have been used to collecting honors in the past. Smith was part of both the America East All-Rookie Team and the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015, according to UVM athletics. The TD Bank Classic tournament seems to bring out the best in her, as she also reached season highs of 30 points, 11 rebounds, and seven three-pointers in the TD Bank Classic game against Quinnipiac University last season, according to UVM athletics. While Crymble’s collegiate career just started, her high school career was filled with honors. According to her UVM athletics profile, Crymble won All-Conference honors in backto-back seasons from 2013-15 at Champlin Park High School. There, she also collected 775 points in three seasons and captained the squad for two seasons. Smith and Crymble will look to continue their good form when the Women’s Basketball take on the College of the Holy Cross Wed. Nov. 30 at the Patrick Gym, before traveling to Philadelphia, PA Dec. 4 to face Temple University.

goal, restoring the four-goal cushion. With the score now 5-1, Maine head coach Red Gendron pulled McGovern, replacing him with Stephen Mundinger. The Black Bears would pull one back midway through the third, as Patrick Holway stuffed one past Lekkas on a rebound to make it 5-2. With about five minutes to go and two Catamounts in the penalty box, Gendron pulled Mundinger to give his team a three-man advantage.

However, this didn’t work, as a pass from Chase Pearson missed Holway at the point and rolled down the ice and into the vacant Maine net for an own goal. The goal was credited to senior forward Mario Puskarich and ended the game at 6-2. Head coach Kevin Sneddon credited Lekkas for keeping his team in the game. “We owe a lot of thanks to Stef for the first period,” Sneddon said. “I thought we came out a bit slow.”

Darrar believes Lekkas’s saves helped energize the attack. “Stef made a few great saves,” Darrar said. “He’s playing great and that brings some energy for our forwards.” Following their triumph in the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the No. 14 Catamounts take a week off, returning home Dec. 9 for a battle against the No. 7 Boston University Terriers.



European soccer leagues provide intrigue eribert volaj EVOLAJ@UVM.EDU

Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain all won their domestic leagues as expected, but they are finding it harder to dominate this time around. and it looks like they might very well challenge for the title. The Red-Bull-owned team is undefeated after 12 games, and is playing some of the best soccer in Europe. Young players, like Naby Keïta, Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg, have been nothing short of incredible so far, playing key roles in Leipzig’s wins over top teams like Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern, on the other hand, has struggled under new man-

ager Carlo Ancelotti, who has not been able to bring the best out of the ridiculous amount of talent at his disposal. Perhaps the most surprising league of all, however, is the French Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain’s domination reached its peak last season, as they won the league with a 31-point distance to second-placed Lyon. This season, they find themselves in third place, one point behind Nice and tied with Monaco. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure has left the Parisians a little short in front of the goal, with Edinson Cavani being the only out-and-out striker in the team. Nice and Monaco have both relied heavily on their youth this season, with both teams regularly fielding lineups whose average age falls below the league’s average of 25.8 years old, according to Transfermarkt. They will hope that their youngsters can keep performing, in order to mount a serious title challenge against Paris and their superstars. While it is easy to pick out two or three title challengers for each league, the Premier League seems to have about four to six contenders for the title. Even though last year’s winners Leicester City have spent their early weeks near the relegation zone, the really big names are all either at the top or somewhere near it.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea is currently at the top of the table with 31 points. The Blues are on a seven-game winning streak, which started with their switch to a 3-4-3 formation. Only one point away from them are Liverpool and Manchester City, two very different teams with the very same goal: the Pr e mie r League title. Ars e n a l follows in fourth place with 28 points, four more than London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and eight more than Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Even though they’re still in their respective title races, don’t be surprised if last season’s champions make way for new winners all across Europe this season. Eribert Volaj is a junior business major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.


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arring Leicester City’s shocking Premier League title win, last season saw all the top contenders win their respective major leagues. Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all won their domestic leagues as expected, but they are finding it harder to dominate this time around. Real Madrid, Barcelona’s eternal rival, is undefeated in La Liga after 13 weeks, and has moved atop of the table six points ahead of Barcelona and Sevilla. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head next weekend, fighting not only for the title, but also for the top goal-scorer award. Ronaldo’s recent run of form has seen him go top with 10 goals. Meanwhile the Argentine follows with nine. Juventus is still on the lead in the Italian Serie A, but a recent 3-1 loss to Genoa will have the reigning champions worried. Roma and Milan have both been impressive this season, and have made sure to keep Juventus within their reach. Following their most recent wins, they are both only four points

away from Juventus. What makes this Serie A season even more interesting is the resurgence of two unexpected teams. Lazio and Atalanta both sit at 28 points, only five behind leaders Juventus and one behind Roma and Milan. While their usual rivals are challenging Barcelona and Juventus, Bayern Munich is battling against the most unexpected contender. RB Leipzig is playing their first ever top division season,





Fantasy football: what to watch By nick sullivan STAFF WRITER

WHO I LIKE QB, Drew Brees (NO) – Brees continues to dominate as a standout fantasy starting quarterback, not just because of his ability to throw well, but because he is able to throw the ball to any target. He connected with eight different receivers last week, and an upcoming matchup against the porous Detroit defense is a solid start. RB, Ezekiel Elliot (DAL) – Can any defense stop this guy? The first-year is already in Rookie of the Year talks, and he’ll look to continue his incredible season averaging over 20 carries and a score per game this week against the Vikings. WR, Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) – After an unexpected quiet turnout in Chicago, OBJ quickly turned around in Cleveland and torched their corners and safeties. He should have no problem doing that again to an injury-riddled, inexperienced Pittsburgh backfield. TE, Jordan Reed (WAS) – The Redskins continue to fight a tough battle in the NFC East, but Cousins’ ability to find Jordan Reed in the end zone has played out very well for fantasy owners. Reed faces Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals next week, but don’t worry too much.



QB, Philip Rivers (SD) – I don’t like this matchup against the Bucs not because I don’t trust Philip Rivers, but rather because I don’t trust his team to have the ball in their hands enough. Tampa Bay has been outstanding on offense and know how to run out the clock. They’re good at defending the pass so look for more involvement from Melvin Gordon.

WR, Anquan Boldin (DET) – It’s interesting that Boldin has managed to score four times in the past six games, all while doing this under the fantasy radar. He doesn’t score a lot of points, but he’s available in 77 percent of leagues and could be a sneaky start against a terrible New Orleans defense.

RB, Todd Gurley (LA) – After a stellar 2015 season, Gurley just could not live up to this year’s hype. Let’s face it, Gurley is cold now. Things shouldn’t change for him against a strong New England team good at defending the run. WR, Marvin Jones (DET) – A red-hot start at the beginning of the season made a lot of owners excited, but since then, Jones just hasn’t been able to produce similar numbers. It’s clear that Matt Stafford is more often looking for Boldin or Tate in the end zone. WR, DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) – Hopkins is easily the most talented member of this Houston offense, but Osweiler’s underwhelming ability to throw the football has hurt Hopkins’ fantasy value. He’s on pace for 550 yards less than his past two season averages, and he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 5.

WR, Malcolm Mitchell (NE) – With Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett expected to miss some time, Mitchell, available in 98 percent of leagues, could use their absences to his advantage. After making his first career NFL grab three weeks ago, he’s managed to find the end zone three times. He’s a reliable flex against mediocre Los Angeles coverage. WR, Taylor Gabriel (ATL) – If you don’t have Julio Jones, don’t sleep on Gabriel! He’s averaging four receptions per game, and has scored four touchdowns in four games. He’s available in 97 percent of leagues, so stash him on your bench for playoff bench depth.


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Men’s Hockey vs Quinnipiac Belfast, NI Nov. 26



W 67-65 Men’s Basketball vs Yale HOME Nov. 26



Women’s Hockey vs Clarkson

Women’s Basktball vs Milwaukee

HOME Nov. 26

HOME Nov. 26

THIS WEEK Women’s Basketball vs Holy Cross

Men’s Basketball at South Carolina

HOME Nov. 30 7 p.m.

Columbia, SC Dec. 1 6:30 p.m.

Track and Field vs Hartford

Women’s Hockey at Northeastern

HOME Dec. 3 12 p.m.

Boston, MA Dec. 3 2:00 p.m.


Men’s hockey won the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, defeating No. 3 Quinnipiac 5-1 in the final.

RECORDS Men’s Basketball 6-2 Men’s Hockey 9-3-2 Women’s Basketball 2-4

Women’s Hockey 4-6-4 Women’s Swimming and Diving 5-0

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