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VOL. 133 ISSUE 9

Sexual Assault

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Vice President Joe Biden (center), Sen. Patrick Leahy (right) and Dr. Gary Stein (left), discuss the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The initiative aims to defeat cancer by increasing innovation for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. KASSONDRA LITTLE/The Vermont Cynic

Biden visits UVM, promotes initiative By Kassondra Little

The vice president sat on common ground with UVM medical experts, joined by a single enemy: cancer. Vice President Joe Biden visited campus Friday to share the principles of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, as well as to acknowledge the nationally-recognized UVM Cancer Center for its efforts in the fight against the disease. The Cancer Moonshot Initiative was announced in January by President Obama. It established a one billion dollar nationwide aim to ultimately defeat cancer by increasing in-

novation for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Biden, the leader of the movement, sat on a panel of medical experts and politicians. He, along with Sen. Patrick Leahy and UVM Cancer Center Director Gary Stein, outlined the key objectives in converting cancer from a life-threatening disease to a chronic, manageable and preventable one. In his opening remarks, Leahy held back emotion as he referenced his wife Marcelle, a cancer survivor. “Cancer touches all of us,” he said. Leahy’s testament set the tone for the entire event to follow. He went on to introduce

Biden, describing him as a “catalyst” for unity among health care providers. Leahy also added, based on Biden’s proposed solutions, he has “never been so optimistic as we attack this deadly disease.” Following a standing ovation, Biden outlined the major obstacles in the efforts to treat cancer. “I’m not talking about cures; I’m laying out problems because there are answers,” he said. On the topic of research data, he said “doctors don’t share well.” Because of this, there is now a $10,000 fine for each day a study or new data is not reported and shared after completion.

Biden then discussed the difficulty in finding clinical trials. A significant aspect of the initiative will be to establish a standard site for patients to search for clinical trials in specific areas, he said. His third point then evoked a resounding applause of confirmation. “We have to have an adult conversation with drug companies about pricing,” Biden said. “We need a real serious conversation and we need it now.” Later, Sarah Lemnah, the executive director of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation of Vermont and Northern New York, added to Biden’s comments about the cost of cancer.

She discussed how difficult it is for patients to afford treatment in combination with living expenses. Biden sympathized with her and reiterated his push for practical rates. Biden’s ideas focused on encouraging increased accessibility of care in an effort to improve detection and survival rates. When Alan Howe, an associate professor of pharmacology at UVM, was asked about Biden’s visit, he said he thinks the Vice President is conveying the intellectual environment of cancer better than anyone he has observed in the political field.



Bernie Sanders attends Democratic rally on campus by Brandon Arcari

Senator Bernie Sanders drew crowds at a rally for the Democratic candidate for governor. Sanders came to show his support for Sue Minter, former secretary of transportation, in her race for governor. Minter is running with former state senator David Zuckerman as her lieutenant governor. While the rally started at noon, doors opened at 10 a.m. Saturday. The line to get in started forming at 6:30 a.m. Speakers at the rally included TJ Donovan, the current Democratic nominee for Vermont attorney general, Tim Ashe, a Vermont state senator for Chittenden County, Jim Condos, current Vermont secretary of state as well as Senator Patrick Leahy. Sanders was a key feature of the rally, raising cheers when he

entered, and a standing ovation as he took his seat. Sanders led the rest of the event, giving a speech reminiscent of his campaign and hitting all of his talking points. He also introduced the remaining speakers, starting with Condos. “[The] secretary of state’s position is not the sexiest,” Sanders said, “please welcome our Secretary of State Jim Condos.” Condos spoke about voter registration and voter fraud. “Listen folks,” he said, “it’s hard enough as it is to get people to vote once, nevermind twice.” Sanders then introduced State Treasurer Beth Pearce, who spoke about the economics of Minter’s opponent, Phil Scott, the Republican candidate for governor. Toward the main part of the rally, Sanders introduced Zuckerman, who said “Whether their

Students surround Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Democratic rally in the Davis Center Oct. 23. Sanders showed his support for Sue Minter and David Zuckerman. BRANDON ARCARI/The Vermont Cynic jobs are sexy or not, [Zuckerman and Minter] are some of the most dedicated people.” Following Zuckerman, Sanders introduced Minter, who gave a speech and thanked Sanders for his endorsement of her campaign, as well as rallied with many of Sanders’ own campaign

promises and slogans regarding climate change and the role of big money, specifically the Koch brothers, in politics. Minter said “Vermont is not for sale!” and the audience cheered. The rally ended with a speech from Leahy, which was well received by the students

and faculty who remained. Sophomore Sarah Pell said she felt the rally was “really inspirational” and enjoyed the “really good speakers” whom she said were “on point.” Similarly, sophomore Liam O’Sullivan said the rally was “engaging, not a boring talk.”



CEO of UVM Foundation to resign staff report The President and CEO of the UVM Foundation has decided to leave UVM. UVM President Tom Sullivan and John A. Hilton Jr., UVM Foundation chairman of the board, announced that current UVM Foundation President and CEO Rich Bundy will be leaving UVM in December for a position at Pennsylvania State University, according an Oct. 24 UVM press release. Bundy is leaving to become vice president for development and alumni relations at his alma mater, Penn State, the press release states. “So most folks who know me know I grew up in Penn State,” Bundy said. “It’s always been a professional goal of mine to work for my alma mater.” Bundy’s father is a retired Penn State Blue Band director, according to an Oct. 24 Penn State press release. The UVM Foundation was incorporated in 2011 to find philanthropic donors and alumni to make contributions to the University, according to the

Foundation’s website. Until a candidate is selected to replace Bundy, there will be an interim president and CEO, Bundy said. “We anticipate announcing that [person] in the next week or two,” he said. To find a permanent replacement the Foundation will hire a firm to help with the search, then the Foundation’s Board of Director’s will interview candidates, Bundy said. “The plan is to do a robust national search,” he said. Bundy will succeed Rodney Kirsch, who held the position of vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at Penn State for 20 years, according to the Penn State press release. “Rich’s energy and fresh perspective are exactly what Penn State needs as we prepare to launch our upcoming capital campaign,” said Eric Barron, President of Penn State, in the press release. The transition will be mildly disruptive to the UVM Foundation but he is not worried, Bundy said.

Richard Bundy, President and CEO of the UVM Foundation, at the announcement of Dr. Robert Larner’s $66 million donation. BRANDON ARCARI/The Vermont Cynic

“I am incredibly confident that this team will be successful,” Bundy said. “I feel incredibly honored and privileged to have been a part of this organization.” The Move Mountains campaign by the Foundation is two years ahead of schedule for its goal to raise $500 million by 2019, he said.

“I hope that UVM will continue to aspire to do great things,” Bundy said. He said he will visit UVM in 2019 to see the end of the Move Mountains campaign. The campaign has raised $383 million since it began in October 2015, according to the Oct. 24 UVM press release.

ResLife will renovate Converse

By brandon arcari

ResLife has made plans to make changes to UVM’s oldest dorm. A project was presented by Richard Cate, vice president of Finance and Bob Vaughan, director of Capital Planning Management, to the board of trustees Oct. 21 which would seek to improve Converse Hall’s exterior masonry and roof, as well as many other smaller issues inside. Converse was built in 1895 and is in need of repairs. Soon to be adjacent to the newest dorms on campus, the maintenance needed is further highlighted by the multi-million dollar buildings currently under construction. The stone on the outside of the building is falling apart and repairs are needed for windows and wood inside the building, according to the resolution, titled “Residential Life [Fiscal Year] 2017 Deferred Maintenance (Converse Hall, Phase II)”. The renovations would potentially cost $2 million, which would come from a ResLife fund for maintenance and improve-

The Vermont Cynic has won first place nationally for coverage of UVM’s racial history. The Associated Collegiate Press awarded the Cynic first place for Diversity Story of the Year for their story “Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition,” which was published in February. The ACP is a non-profit education association the promotes education in journalism and annually awards student media programs from across the country. Junior Kelsey Neubauer, who was one of the principal writers of the piece, attended the 2016 ACP Convention held in Washington, D.C. to find out the results after the story was nominated earlier this year. On attending the awards ceremony, Neubauer said “well… it was a countdown, and once we hit second I was hyperventilating and crying. Once we hit [second] and [we weren’t second]. I was like holy shit. This was the story that made me want to be a journalist.” Senior Bryan O’Keefe, who




Tom Sullivan and Richard Cate begin the quarterly board of trustees meeting Oct. 21. One point of this meeting was the proposed renovations of Converse Hall. OLIVER POMAZI/The Vermont Cynic Eckler said she’s still able to feel at home. “Overall though it’s not horrible,” she said, “we make it work.” For sophomore Kristina O’Donnell, the majority of the issues are on the inside of the building. “The outside of the building seems fine to me, it’s got this old castle style that I like,” O’Donnell said. “I think there’s a lot work they should do on the inside.”

CONTINUED FROM A1 Biden’s visit and support of the UVM Cancer Center was welcomed by students and faculty. Dr. Debra Leonard, the chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, said Biden’s visit was reassurance that the work of UVM Cancer Center was important, and it was also good for Vermonters to see, because it is proof that compassionate cancer care is here. “What we do in Vermont is very unique; we are reforming health care,” Leonard said. Junior Julia Watsky, a nursing student, said, “it’s really exciting because we may be a smaller hospital, but we do so much with cancer research and therapy … I am beginning to see how involved and advanced our hospital is.” His words inspired many, like professor Howe, who left feeling rejuvenated and determined. “I just want to get back to the lab,” Howe said.

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ments, according to the resolution. “The worst part is because it is a smaller dorm and older it is often neglected by the fix-it people,” sophomore Converse resident Michaela Eckler said. There are many issues with the building that have been around since the beginning of the year, Eckler said. “We have had things that need to be replaced from the first day that still have not been fixed,” she said. Though there are issues,


also worked on the story, but did not attend the convention, said that on hearing they had won, “I didn’t expect first place at all. I honestly thought [Neubauer] was kidding” Sarah Olsen, who has since transferred to Washington State

I think this story holds us accountable. KELSEY NEUBAUER REPORTER

University, was enterprise editor at the time the article was published. “[Working on the article] was hell,” Olsen said. “Probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as a reporter.” Neubauer also said the story is not finished. “I think we have a responsibility to continue this,” she said. “I think we need more coverage of different voices … I think this story holds us accountable.” Senior Hannah Kearns, who was EIC at the time of the story’s publishing, said “I was just really proud of everyone ... It was really cool to be a part of.”

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New UVM policy requires club events hire vendors By michelle phillips

SGA President Jason Maulucci and Vice President Tyler Davis in their office Oct. 2015. SGA has created a program to promote student innovation. RYAN THORNTON/The Vermont Cynic

SGA promotes innovation By lauren schnepf

Students will soon have access to a new program promoting innovation. UVM’s new center for student innovation and ideas is set to be completed by the end of next semester, SGA President Jason Maulucci said. The new program aims to help students with entrepreneurial ideas pursue their goals, Maulucci said. “What we’re in the process of doing right now is establishing an innovation fund in which students with business of nonprofit startup ideas can come to a panel or board of students and make a pitch and apply for funding to fund their idea and turn it into a reality,” he said. The program will give students the opportunity to pursue

their business ideas regardless of what they study, Maulucci said. “Right now the concept of innovation and entrepreneurship can be siloed inside the business school and there are plenty of students outside and inside of the business school… who have ideas that can turn into impactful, successful, productive businesses,” he said. When the project comes to fruition, SGA hopes to have a committee of about 15 students who oversee the funding for the program, Maulucci said. Additionally, a board of local advisers and leaders in the business community will act as mentors for students, he said. Students are excited for the possibilities that the implementation of UVM’s new center for student innovation and ideas will bring about at the end of the

spring 2017 semester. “I think this could make starting a business as a young person much easier, instead of just assuming your idea could never be a real thing,” first-year Juls Sundberg said. Sundberg also believes this would help students network. “It would also be great experience in professional public speaking,” she said. Sophomore Bridget Dews also supports the program. “This is a great thing for the UVM community,” Dews said. There are many students who don’t know where to go if they have ideas, she said. “Lots of people have really cool ideas, but they don’t have anyone who will listen and help them develop their ideas further,” Dews said.

Clubs are now required to hire a third party vendor for any University-affiliated activity where alcohol will be served. The amendment to the Alcohol and Other Drug Use policy was made in part due to problems with alcohol violations on campus, Annie Stevens, vice provost for Student Affairs, said in an Oct. 16 email statement. “The current year changes are in response to concerns about student organizations hosting parties off campus where underage students are invited and furnished alcohol,” Stevens said. The policy will apply to any activity that is held by a University-affiliated organization, even if the event itself is not funded by UVM, said Pat Brown, director of Student Life. What exactly constitutes an “activity” is still under review, Brown said. If the organization is funding the event, members of the organization plan and approve the event and/or the event is advertised on social media or through invitations, it most likely will qualify as needing a bartender to serve alcohol, Stevens said. The policy defines an activity as “any act or event sponsored or organized by the University … or recognized student organizations.” “It seems unnecessary,”

first-year Michelle Derse-Lowry said. “If they’re not serving anyone under 21 then why do they need to hire someone.” Clubs must provide food and non-alcoholic drinks if they are going to serve alcohol, according to the policy. “It may increase the cost, but these are all good practices that should have been followed to abide by the law and keep attendees safe,” Brown said.

If they’re not serving anyone under 21 then why do they need to hire someone MICHELLE DERSE-LOWRY FIRST-YEAR

The effectiveness of the policy will be evaluated at the end of the semester, according to Andrew Meek, coordinator of UVM Fraternity & Sorority Life. “You need to have someone who is certified if you’re going to serve alcohol,” first year Julia Heffernan said. Members of the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council did not respond to requests for comment.



A look at college sexual assault reporting REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MISCONDUCT

BY anna power & marissa lanoff AMPOWER@UVM.EDU / MLANOFF@UVM.EDU

In 1987, Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room. Filled with grief, Clery’s parents took to Capitol Hill to change the laws regarding how colleges report these heinous crimes. Her parents believed that if they knew Lehigh had criminal activity, they would not have sent their daughter there in the first place. They wanted to see the creation of a law that mandated universities to report their crimes, according to Thus, the Clery Act came to fruition. To this day, sexual assault is an ongoing problem on college campuses. “Between 20 and 25 percent of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career,” Campus Safety Magazine stated. In 2015, UVM police services reported 19 rapes in total, including 16 on-campus, and three reported on a non-campus property. Though these rates are significant, many victims don’t tell anyone about their assault. According to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “rape is the most under-reported crime; 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police.” Posters of how to report sexual assault plastered the walls of all bathrooms in the Davis Center, courtesy of SGA and Students Against Sexual Violence. Confidential reporting includes revealing your assault to a CAPS counselor, Campus Victim’s Advocate Judy Rickstad or a member of clergy, SGA Vice President Tyler Davis said. “I wanted to understand where exactly students feel failed by the [reporting] system,” Davis said. “So, we put out an easy-toread document where students could decide which means of reporting suit their needs best.” According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest national network, “Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor; effects that are not always easy to deal with.” “Justice can mean different things to different people, and reporting a crime to law enforcement is an individual decision,” according to RAINN’s website. The SGA/SASA educational poster helps survivors go through the reporting process in a way they feel most comfortable, whether that means going down the avenue of a counselor or that of law and investigation. The Clery Act states that institutions of higher education are required in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas, according to Following the report of a










crime, there are only 60 days to respond to the incident and move forward, Rickstad said. “So, the first things I check into is: are they safe in the moment?,” she said. “Have they had any physical exam, if they have been assaulted, sometimes it has happened months ago, but it can also happen over the weekend ... so it’s important to see.”

I wanted to understand where exactly students feel failed by the [reporting] system.

TYLER DAVIS VICE PRESIDENT Most people on campus are mandated reporters, Rickstad said. Responsible employees include UVM police services, a chair, director or dean of an academic unit, faculty members and personnel with oversight responsibilities for students and coaches, according to UVM’s sexual harassment and misconduct policy. “There is an obligation that they report the assault, whether it’s sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence,” Rickstad said. Survivors of sexual assault who decide to tell a professor or a resident adviser often do not know that they are required to report it. “We want to avoid this kind of triggering by educating students about confidential versus non confidential reporting,” Davis said. Some students choose to tell their stories, while others opt not to. “I don’t usually have them tell the story unless they want to,” she said. “Like sometimes, I







his week’s lesson is in simplicity. The Intervale Food Hub delivered another beautiful basket: Bright green Brussel sprouts, crunchy carrots, crisp spinach, sweet pears and fresh-from-theground potatoes. But I was strapped for time this week with midterms hitting hard. I decided to sizzle some veggies on a tray. Sometimes, simple is the way to go.




am the first person they talk to and so they do want to tell their story, which is fine with me. I don’t want to revictimize them by having them tell the story repeatedly.” The informational posters were placed in bathroom stalls and above urinals. “We wanted to put this in an intimate setting because of the nature of the information,” Davis said. “Students may not want to be staring at [the poster] if it


were in the hallway.” “I would say our campus handles sexual assaults properly, due to the fact that the rest of the student body is quick to receive information about a sexual misconduct,” junior Melanie Johnson said. “The CATS report is helpful and it’s reassuring that law enforcement here is taken seriously.”

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How to prep for a winter of VT skiing BY cAMILLA BROCCOLO

prices. There are a lot of resources to help make this process easier. “Ski and Snowboard Club Officers put in tons of work to make this as simple and easy as possible,” Greacen said. “Head in [the Ski and Snowboard Club Haus] any day before the sales deadline Nov. 4 and you can buy them at the lowest possible price.” “On Nov. 16, all the resorts will come to campus for ‘Pass Pickup Night’ where they take your picture and give you your pass right then and there,” Greacen said. “All you have to do then is get out and shred.”


In a few weeks, the temperatures will drop and the streets will be covered with snow. And if you visit the mountains soon, you will see the first signs of winter coming. Along with the winter season comes ski season. And at this time, some are dreaming about the first ride up on the gondola, fresh snow and the first run down the mountain. Here’s a few tips for new skiers from senior Scott Greacen, president of the Ski and Snowboard Club.

JOIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB: Along with a discount on ski passes, a free t-shirt and bus rides to the mountains on the weekend, a Ski and Snowboard club membership has a whole lot to offer. “We send trips to Jackson Hole during winter break, Whistler during spring break and Mont Tremblant in the spring,” Greacen said. “We host huge Rail Jams on campus, film premiers, a student edit contest in the spring, barbeques and even ‘Learn to Ski & Ride’ days to bring more people into the community at super affordable costs,” he said.


Students gather in the UVM SSC Clubhaus to sign up and purchase season passes Oct. 24. Students can get a discounted pass until Nov. 4. PHIL CARRUTHERS/The Vermont Cynic

CHOOSE A MOUNTAIN: Vermont is nicknamed the Green Mountain State and has a reputation for some of the best skiing on the East Coast. There is a plethora of options for where to buy passes and spend your winter days skiing, which can become daunting for those unfamiliar with Vermont’s mountains. “There is no one best moun-

tain in Vermont, nor is there one pass that can get you to all of them. “So, you’ll have to make some choices,” Greacen said. “The most important thing when buying a pass is to have you and all of your friends go to the same resort.” Each mountain varies in price, terrain and crowd, he said. “Even the iciest or wettest days can be made amazing with the right crew and a powder day

Program to pioneer body talks BY KATE VESELY KVESELY@UVM.EDU

Being a college student means tackling a multitude of stressors, from assignments and extra curriculars, to social commitments and employment. But for many, body image and weight gain are being added to this list, creating an increased risk for developing eating disorders on campus. To combat such unhealthy behaviors, LivingWell created The Body Project. The Body Project is a fourweek long workshop that works to prevent eating disorders in women and promote healthy self-image. Students discuss the “thin ideal” and what it means to be thin, as well as where the “thin ideal” originated from and who benefits from it, according to Annie Valentine, health educator at LivingWell. “[The ‘thin ideal’] is affecting our population in a lot of different ways,” Valentine said. “It can end up causing a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress [and] a lot of isolation.” According to a study done by New Dawn Treatment Centers, which aids those suffering from eating disorders, 25 percent of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging and nearly 91 percent of female college students use dieting as a weight-control mechanism. “Being cognizant of what’s

happening to ourselves and our friends helps us to be better friends, better sisters, better human beings and better in that we are becoming more mindful,” Valentine said. First-year Phoebe Schwartz agrees with Valentine on the workshop’s importance. “Every girl ever has had problems with their body type,”

Every girl ever has had problems with their body type. So I feel like everyone has some kind of connection to [this program]. PHOEBE SHWARTZ FIRST-YEAR Schwartz said. “So I feel like everyone has some kind of personal connection to [this program].” Although the workshop is just for women at this time, Valentine predicts there soon will be one available for other genders. The workshops are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 16, 30 and Dec. 7. To RSVP, contact Annie Valentine at annie.valentine@ or 802-656-0505.


is only so fun unless you have people to hi-five at the end,” Greacen said.

BUY A PASS: Being a student skier when has its perks for those on a budget. Buying a mountain pass in time is one of the most important parts of getting out there. But it also can be one of the most confusing parts because of the many options and varying

Skiers old and new are encouraged by the club to get out and get their shred on, since there are opportunities for every skill set. “I don’t think you can find a better community of people than the winter sports community in Burlington,” Greacen said. “We truly appreciate the good days because we’ve seen the bad ones.” “We encourage everyone to get to the mountains regardless of ability, what terrain you like to ride or the number or wooden planks attached to your feet,” Greacen said. “Above all, we have more hifives per capita than any other state in the country.”



Indie pop group to return with new sounds By healy fallon

This November will see the return of a group with a reputation for unique, yet accessible music. Frankie Cosmos will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at ArtsRiot. After missing the band’s performance at ArtsRiot Nov. 2015, senior Melissa Moldovan is looking forward to seeing the band live she said. “[Greta Kline] seems pretty cool,” Moldovan said, “like down to earth and charming. I’d be her friend.” Frankie Cosmos is comprised of singer-songwriter Greta Kline and a four-person band made up of Aaron Maine, David Maine, Gabrielle Smith and Hunter Davidsohn. The group emerged out of the NYC alternative music circuit with songs originally written in private as simple home recordings, Kline said. Frankie Cosmos released their first studio album, “Zentropy,” in 2014. The group acquired a record deal with Bayonet Records in 2015 and released an album, “Fit Me.” Their most recent album, “Next Thing,” was released in April. Kline is the daughter of actor Kevin Kline, and began her musical training at a young age. She was trained in classical piano for 10 years, Kline said, and picked up the violin at four years old. At 17, she adopted the stage name of Frankie Cosmos, Kline

Frankie Cosmos, an alternative four-person band from New York City, will perform at ArtsRiot in the South End Nov. 10. The band is currently on tour for their second studio album, “Next Thing”. Photo courtesy of Frankie Cosmos said. She said she greatly appreciates publicly performing songs that were made in a much more private setting. “It feels amazing,” Kline said. “I’m self-indulgent about what I write, and it’s awesome that it affects people.” An important philosophy of Kline’s songwriting is “the ‘nothing and everything matters’ idea,” she said. Local cartoonist James Kochalka is someone who follows this concept, and

is one of Kline’s artistic inspirations. “I want to do what he’s

gaged, considerate audience can make or break a performance,

I’m self-indulgent about what I write, and it’s awesome that it affects people. GRETA KLINE FRANKIE COSMOS

doing with comics with music,” she said. Good acoustics and an en-

Singer to warm up local venue By liz dybas

Kline said. The group is accustomed to smaller, more intimate venues,

‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up despite great cast

One artist will arrive in Burlington to warm souls with their music just in time for winter to set in. Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin is kicking off his tour, “Good Old War,” Nov. 1 at Higher Ground. Radin expressed his excitement for the tour. “I’ve played in Burlington three or four times in the past,” he said. “I’m very excited to be back for the first show of the tour.” Born in Ohio, Radin said he moved to New York to pursue his music career in his late 20s. “I got into music pretty late,” he said. “One day I picked up a guitar and realized I could play a few chords just like Bob Dylan. I never thought I could do it, but it made me realize the beauty in simplicity. The Beatles are another one of my musical inspirations.” Since the start of his career, Radin has been writing and recording music. His creative process usually starts with a melody that he can’t get out of his head, Radin said. “Usually my best ideas come late at night when I’m fiddling around with my guitar,” he said. “I’ll have certain sounds that form a melody, but never full words. They’re pretty

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Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin is pictured. He’s playing at Nov. 1 at Higher Ground. Photo Courtesy of Joshua Radin meaningless; as I work more on the melody, lyrics seem to take their place. Most of my songs are written as letters to people [who] I’m too shy to actually tell them.” With six studio albums, some of Radin’s compositions have been featured on TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scrubs” and “House.” His single, “I’d Rather Be With You,” the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008. The song was inspired by heartbreak, Radin said. “I had just had my heart bro-

ken, and this song was written for my ex as a Valentine’s Day gift,” he said. “I recorded it on my laptop, burned a CD and left it on her doorstep. She said she liked the song, but sadly did not take me back.” Radin writes lyrics based on honesty and truth, and believes his fans are drawn to this aspect of his music. However, he would not take on more heartbreak for the sake of a successful career. “I would rather have a happy heart than lots of hits,” he said.

she said, making the past few months of their tour, which have taken them across the country, a new and interesting experience. Along with more space to play in, “it’s cool how the audience actually knows the lyrics of the songs, ” Kline said. The group will be preceded by two acts, Big Thief and Paper Castles. After ArtsRiot, Frankie Cosmos will continue on to Binghamton, New York.

erhaps an attempt to reimagine the story of the awkward genius in “Good Will Hunting,” “The Accountant” presents its own oddball math whiz, but falls soundly into the mediocre category. Ben Affleck takes on role similar to Matt Damon’s mathematically-gifted janitor in “Good Will Hunting.” However, the film lacks the heart and optimism of the 1997 classic. The plot revolves around an autistic savant who cannot connect with anyone other than his father and brother. Despite being a mathematical genius, he fails to develop any semblance of social skills, resulting in an isolated life. However, he uses his methodic, detail-oriented mind to conduct clandestine accounting work for the world’s most dangerous criminals in return for massive payments. Affleck also uses his intelligence to undermine the illegal activities of those who violate his moral code. Affleck delivers a dedicated,

if bland portrayal of an autistic mathematical intellectual. The plot relies on predictable reveals to entertain the viewer, lacking proper substance or structure. Unexplainable gaps in the storyline are glossed over with no explanation. The weak plot limps along, propped up by a host of talented actors including Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. Perhaps the most redeeming facet of the film is its focus on familial relationships, particularly between father and son. Affleck’s character is isolated without the ability to recognize social cues. However, his dedicated father teaches him coping skills to overcome his disability. Similarly, his little brother supports him throughout his childhood and they develop a fierce loyalty. More than any other theme, the idea of family resonates throughout the film. “The Accountant” is far from a perfect movie. In fact, it is pretty forgettable and despite a stacked cast it lacks anything noteworthy. That said, the genuine message about the importance of family and the perseverance of the autistic protagonist help salvage the film. Colin Kamphuis is a senior politcal science major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.



Solange sets the table: take a seat Kim Henry


A Seat at the Table


ow often does a genuinely personal, political and narrative album come along? It takes a truly talented artist to compose a record that gives the listener a feeling of actual dialogue–a coherent communication of life, struggle and philosophy from musician to audience. That is what Solange Knowles has done with her new album, “A Seat at the Table.” The first song I heard off the record was titled “Don’t Touch My Hair;” immediately I knew the album would be an essential. Let me explain. Many people are familiar with “the nod:” the moment shared by black men at work or on the street – a subtle “I see you.” Black women have a similar tradition. As a black girl growing up in Maine with “natural” hair, if I ever passed a sister on the street rocking dreads, bantu knots or an afro like me, there was an instant connection–a smile, a look of acknowledgement or sometimes an “I love your hair!” It was a connection that contrasted the strange “otherness”


felt on a daily basis: the strangers walking up to us, hands outstretched expectantly, asking, “is that real?” or “can I touch it?” meaning, of course, “can I touch you?” but few people see it that way. And then Solange whispers through my headphones, “don’t.” Solange has crafted an album that perfectly embodies

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the phrase, “the personal is the political,” both through her lyrics and the intimate tone of her songs, half Erykah Badu, half ‘70’s R&B. Kicking off the album with “Rise” and “Weary,” both slow and intentional songs, it almost feels like Solange is sitting on your couch humming to herself at the end of the night. These songs, however, are1 22190cCynicAds_FINAL.pdf

not simple, with complex harmony playing a major role in each track. Still, no matter how they are layered, each song maintains soft-edged cadence of a 2 a.m. confessional. The confessional feeling comes as much from the album’s subject matter as the music. Though it does tackle the roots and effects of racism, “A Seat 2:57 at the 10/7/16 PM Table” is not an

argument; it feels more like an album of legacy. That legacy is communicated through the standout of the album: a series of spoken interludes which punctuate the album and tenderly transition between songs. In these, we get to hear soundbites of speakers like rapper Master P, who contributed significantly to the album. The soundbites also include gems from Matthew and Tina Knowles, Solange’s parents. These interludes ground the sense of history and scope in the album. They give the feeling of dinner-table advising sessions, mentorship from an older generation, especially as Solange’s father speaks about his experience when U.S. schools were first integrated. The ability to create an album that feels simultaneously like a historical monument and a diary entry is rare, and Solange’s album does just that in a humble and powerful way. Even in the album’s cover art, Solange hints at the bold statement we’re about to hear; naked, hair still being crimped, Solange stares unapologetically directly into the camera. “A Seat at the Table” is equal parts soul and craft, and I, for one, feel lucky to be allowed without pretense into the mind of such an artist. Kim Henry is a sophomore English major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2016.




Biden, Sanders and other local appearances


his has been a big week at UVM. Not only did the Vice President of the United States step foot on-campus, but so did several big-name Vermont politicians, including the one and only Senator Bernie Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden was a part of a roundtable discussion Friday alongside Sen. Patrick Leahy that centered on the “Cancer Moonshot Initiative.” This initiative aims to ultimately defeat cancer by increasing innovation for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Although the event was ticketed and by invitation only, there were several students present, including some from RallyThon, SGA and student organization leaders. The mood in the room was

most certainly vibrant; and the excitement and anticipation to share a space with the vice president was undeniable. Just a couple of days later, Sanders visited campus to campaign for several Democratic candidates on Vermont’s local ballot, including candidates for governor and lieutenant governor - Sue Minter and David Zuckerman, respectively. This event was still ticketed, but was open to the public, and people were waiting in line hours to enter before the event was scheduled to begin. The energy in the room was tremendous as people cheered on the candidates. We’re extremely lucky to attend a University where we are given these opportunities, and are also fortunate to be a part of a community which is, in gen-

eral, more politically active and socially aware than other college campuses. The Cynic urges you to take advantage of opportunities like these, and remain an active and vocal part of the political process, whatever that may mean to you. Staff editorials officially reflect the views of the Vermont Cynic. Signed opinion pieces and columns do not necessarily do so. these actions are into The Cynic accepts letters in response to anything you see printed as well as any issues of interest in the community. Please limit letters to 350 words. The Cynic reserves the right to edit letters for length and grammar. Please send letters to


A brief breakdown of Trump’s persona in the debates jake geller



hat a pity, truly. The lives of all Americans hang in the balance of a real-life reality TV show. Before I say anything, I must make an apology. Sorry Teresa Giudice, flipping a table just isn’t newsworthy anymore. As Trump himself would say, “Sad. What a washed-up loser.” I have a vision for the future filled with “lock her up” chants and murder conspiracy innuendos, as well as 3 a.m. Twitter attacks directed at beauty pageant contestants. My mistake, I was looking at yesterday’s news. Sad. If this is the present, what may the future hold, I wonder? Let’s discuss the presidential debates of 2016: three 90-minute exercises in resilience, of the variety that may well prove to be equivalent to waterboarding for some. A good place to start may be posture. This sounds rather random, but there is a rhythm to the madness. You see, when you stand with your chest held high, you’re kind of doing what apes do. You know, the tried-andtrue, “Monkey see, monkey do.” It’s a technique to show dominance, typically in a pursuit of power, or to win over a mate. We all know body language can present you as meek and unassuming, as confident and assured, or conversely as lazy, based on how you sit, or how much you stand up straight, for instance. You can also showcase your animalistic furor, or even your... if you are up to it...your “submission?” Hmm... I don’t confess to knowing too much about that last detail, so to each to his or her own. Anyway, getting back to the point here, Trump had quite the


body language the second debate, which I’m going to guess is also probably the first time any presidential debate started without a handshake at all, which is noteworthy, in-and-ofitself. I wonder why the candidates didn’t shake hands? During the second debate, Trump held his hands together in front, stood up tall and lingered by Hillary Clinton like a vagrant outside a liquor store. Can you get fined for perversely loitering by a woman? Well, I

Tacs, just in case I start kissing her... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” I personally think of the Tom Cruise character from the movie “Magnolia,” who gives lectures on how to pick up women by denigrating them, but he also just so happens to not feel loved by his daddy, and loses his composure in an interview when asked about his father. It reminds me of when Trump threw a tantrum on the debate stage, because Clinton

If this is the president, what may the future hold, I wonder? would say that is the definition of stalking. I wouldn’t be surprised, frankly, if some viewers expected the man to make a Bill Cosby-esque move. The anticipation, of course, leads one to think, what’s the worst that could happen? Try to absorb that. This can’t possibly be the same man who said, and I quote, “I’ve got to use some Tic

mentioned the fact that he got started with a multi-million dollar loan from his father, which shattered his illusion of being a self-made man. Sad. Not to mention The Donald’s stunning lack of empathy. A man asks the candidates if they can be devoted presidents, and what does he respond with? Well, more or less the same line he’s said before: that all Afri-

can-Americans and Latinos live in the inner cities, that they’re living in hell, teeming with groping, slippery tongues, footsie, and handcuffs. Oh wait, I’m thinking of Donald’s office, or is it his bedroom? The questioner here was an African-American man, and for Trump to tell him he’s probably living in hell, and has nothing to lose, that’s insulting, just a tad, though you could say it’s standard Fox News. Now, Clinton said a sentiment a lot of people can surely relate to: that “it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” And how does The Donald respond to this one? Well, he says, because she is the devil, he would put her in jail. Ouch. There was a lot of applause on that one. That hurts. Oh, the nuclear level of hate in this election. After all, Hillary Clinton couldn’t find anything positive to say about Donald, so she cited his kids as being good people, but at least one of them compared undocumented im-

migrants to Skittles candy that people just don’t want, so there’s that. Did one of them retweet a white nationalist too? I wouldn’t be shocked. Locker room talk. The one kind of talk where it’s all in good fun to use the word f****t and rate women’s bodies from one to 10. A great American pastime (sarcasm intended). I never knew so-called “locker room talk” could go as far as one admitting to sexual assault, from my time in locker rooms, but this is 2016, so who knows anymore. With that recent “sex tape,” how ironic is it that The Donald ascends with mockery of the bumbling Jeb Bush for his stunningly “low energy” and stumbles off his pedestal, by telling his cousin, Billy “Bushy” Bush, of his exploits in a furniture store (I can’t say I approve of the nickname). Both Bushes fell to the mighty orangutan, the groper extraordinaire, the carnival barker, the voice of the “basket of deplorables!” One lost a nomination; the other may have lost his career. Who knew being a Bush was akin to being a Kamikaze pilot, reaping destruction in your wake, but then imploding yourself. Getting back to Trump, I’d like to point out some intriguing juxtapositions. He is an overweight, balding man who bullies women for their weight and appearance. He has low stamina, as can be seen by his sniffling during the debates, and belittles others for their “low energy.” Is he anything but a “whiny little bitch” (in the words of Bill Maher) who feels so small and insignificant that he has to launch twitter tirades against those that question his puny net worth? One might consider that; John Oliver once said, “Make Donald Drumpf Again!” Jake Geller is a first-year business major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2016.



Survivor story of the UVM meal plans ariana arden AARDEN@UVM.EDU


’ve been living off-campus this year as a junior, which has been both a blessing and a curse. I have to walk further to classes, but I don’t have to listen to my neighbors having sex all the time. I have to pay for my groceries and cook a lot, but at least I don’t have to eat Sodexo food. And at least I don’t have to deal with a rip-off of a meal plan. I ran into this issue last year around winter break, and I’ve been mulling it over ever since. The meal plans, especially the points plan at UVM, are a rip off. Last fall, my friends really wanted to switch to points because the food at points places is better than the Grundle every night. Frankly I agree with that, but as far as I can see, my only choice was eat the mediocre food or be hungry every day. I know plenty of people who have points plans and get along fine, but as far as I can see I would be starving and I was not interested in that. Let’s briefly look at the numbers to see why. The points dining plan at UVM costs $1,972 per semester. It includes 1,400 dining points plus 25 meal swipes. The basic unlimited dining plan also costs $1,972 per semester, but includes unlimited dining access along with 100 or 325 points. It also includes



guest meals, but I’ll come back to that later. It seems strange to me that both plans are equivalent. But let’s break down the points plan by day. There are 15 weeks in a semester, so that means about 93 points per week plus one or two meals. That means about 13 points per day. Think about that. $13 per day to feed yourself buying overpriced, prepared foods from Sodexo. That’s not a lot. For perspective, last year I lived in Converse Hall. Since Cook Commons was closed for dinner, we were allowed a meal equivalent swipe at the Marketplace in the Davis Center. We were given a $14 equivalent

which was more for one meal than the points plan allows for each day. You may begin to see why I figured I’d be starving. How were people expected to spread $13 over three meals if I sometimes barely found it adequate for one?

The meal plans, especially the point plan at UVM, are a rip off. Also, the year before, I briefly lived on Trinity campus, where we got $6 for breakfast, $8 for lunch and $10 for dinner at Northside cafe through meal

equivalent swipes. $24 versus $13? And what if I ever had a guest? For the unlimited plan, there are guest swipes allowed, but there is nothing like that on points. I would have to feed them from my own meager supply of $13 a day and lose food. God forbid they stay for a few days, and I’d have to feed them repeatedly. And God forbid I would ever get terrible food. We all know the food here can be questionable sometimes. If I bought something for lunch that was un-stomachable, could I spare the points to buy something else? When you’re in a dining hall and that happens, you can always just get another plate.

I remember hearing a rationale about that breakdown. The theory was that students were expected to buy staple foods, such as bread, pasta and peanut butter, from places like the Marché and make meals in their dorms. But the whole reason that the school requires those living in dorms to have meal plans is because “our residential facilities are not equipped to provide individual meal preparation,” according to the UVM Dining website. It seems like the college is directly contradicting itself. I knew a lot of people who were on points plans last year, and they obviously survived, but they ended up buying a lot of food from grocery stores. They didn’t seem to mind, but it bothered me a lot. They were already paying close to $2,000 to the school to provide meals for them; they should not have been paying additionally out of their pockets for food. The people like me on unlimited were getting mediocre food for sure, but at least we were full and satisfied after every meal, and we were paying the exact same amount. How do those things add up? Looking at the whole thing today, I’m glad I can make my own food choices now, but I still think the University should really look more at its meal plans and the contradictions they are portraying. And I have to ask all the points plan people out there… Aren’t you hungry? Ariana Arden is a junior English major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.

Trying to get to class without really trying? Run-walk lily spechler LSPECHLE@UVM.EDU


f you are a college student that has been running late on one occasion or another, you have experienced the runwalk — you know, not quite a walk, but not quite a run, either. The run-walk is the most awkward mode of transportation. It’s important to note that there are a few different types of run-walks. The worst type of run-walk is when you’re trying to make it to the crosswalk after the timer has already started. This occurs when you’re about 200 feet from the crosswalk. You know that if you run, you can easily make it, but you’re also far enough away that it would also be completely reasonable to wait. You don’t want to wait though, because that will mean at least two full minutes of waiting before the light changes again. So you decide to runwalk. From start to finish, you never feel quite right about this run-walk because by the time you are already about a quarter of the way through the crosswalk, the timer runs out and the light is green. But everyone knows you already committed to run-

walk. So now not only are you run-walking, but you are apologetically looking to the cars for approval. You find no one. Another brutal type of runwalk is when you already know that you’re late for class. This run-walk can be broken down into two forms. The first is the switch-off run-walk. This is when you simply cannot decide if you want to run or walk. So you start to run, and then change your mind, and walk. Then you remember that you can’t walk, or you’ll be late for class. So you start running again, only to stop because you physically can’t; you are a chill, laidback college student, which is probably the reason you are late in the first place. And everyone knows that being a chill, laid back college student is inversely related to physical fitness. So now you’re walking again, until your anxiety takes over. And you start to run again. And now you’re so sweaty from the combination of anxiety and lack of physical fitness that you look up the sky and vow that you’re going to make it to the gym. But you won’t, because you clearly have no time management, hence the lateness, and the vicious cycle continues. The second type is the consistent run-walk. This run-walk occurs when you know you’re

late, but you’re either wearing an outfit that won’t allow for an all-out run, or are carrying a backpack the size of a boulder, or the common combination of the two. You are in social hell the entire time, because you keep seeing people that you know and want to say hey to you on the way to class, and you’re not exactly running so you still look available to chat. So you have to just smile and keep your headphones locked in your ears as you awkwardly pass the person who is trying to make conversation with you. But you’re not quite fast enough to do that, so you’re just a few steps in front of them, internally freaking out while trying to remain chill. Things are most interesting when coffee is added to the mix. Run-walking should really be avoided at all costs. It isn’t fun for anyone: run-walkers, spectators, cars, friends who are just trying to chat. Set your alarms early, wake up earlier, smoke less weed — do whatever it takes to make sure that you have the time to commit to walking. Honestly, no one wants to see that. Lily Spechler is a senior natural resources major. She has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2016.




Men’s basketball roster adds players By stu laperle

Kian Dalyrimple, Guard

Payton henson, forward

Payton henson Siloam Springs, AR

Josh Hearlihy Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Lamb Rochester, NY

Head coach John Becker said Henson’s greatest attribute is his ability to stretch the court and get to the basket. “He can score at all three levels,” Becker said. “He’s a really smart player, very dependable, and I think he’s got a chance to be really really good.” Henson was teammates with Hearlihy during his two-year tenure at Tulane University. The Arkansas native was a key contributor for the Green Wave, averaging 18 minutes per game off the bench as a sophomore and racking up seven double digit scoring efforts over both season, according to UVM athletics. Henson played high school hoops at Siloam Springs in Arkansas and set the school record with 2,239 career points, according to UVM athletics.

Kian Dalyrimple dix hills, ny

Dalyrimple is one of the youngest players in the American East conference at 17-years old. He enters the season with a “chip on his shoulder,” though he said he is trying not to focus on his age, but rather improving his game everyday. “I want to prove myself,” Dalyrimple said. “I know I can have a great career here and do a lot of big things for the school and Vermont. I have to keep working and keep being patient with myself, but never get complacent.” The New York native is a talented shooter who can rebound and hit shots from behind the three point line. As a senior at Half Hollow Hills West on Long Island, Dalyrimple sunk 73 triples and averaged over 18 points per game, according to UVM athletics.

Josh hearlihy, guard/forward

Ben Shungu, guard

Coming out of Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, California, Hearlihy was a coveted recruit on the West Coast. He attended Northfield Mount Hermon where he averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds per game and helped the Hoggers capture a Prep National Championship, according to UVM athletics. Hearlihy is one of many NMH products that have joined the Catamounts in recent years. Head Coach John Becker said Hearlihy is able to play almost any position on the floor. “He’s less of a scorer and more of a glue guy and a facilitator so I think [he’ll] be a huge part of our success this year,” Becker said. Hearlihy signed with the University of Utah, however after deciding to attend Prep school, the Utes withdrew their offer. He took his talents to Tulane University in 2013, where the Los-Angeles native spent two seasons. After sitting out the 20152016 season, Hearlihy will be making his Catamount debut Oct. 29 against the University of Quebec at Montreal.

When discussing recent high school basketball talent in Vermont, Ben Shungu tops the list. The two-time Burlington Free Press Mr. Basketball selection and three-time state champion at Rice Memorial High School has proved he can be a dominating force on the court. But Shungu said he isn’t letting the accolades get to his head. “Every day there is something to improve, and every day you got to work hard,” he said. “I came to college with the mindset of ‘you’re an underdog again so you have to work your way up to get your respect.” In his senior year at Rice, Shungu averaged 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game, according to UVM athletics. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Shungu says staying focused and adjusting to the new system will be essential to adjusting to the collegiate level of play. “College is better competition, so I’m just following our veterans and the advice they’re giving us.”

Ben Shungu Burlington, VT

Anthony lamb, Forward

Josh Speidel, Forward

Despite the usual learning curve that every first-year has the overcome, Coach Becker believes Anthony Lamb has the talent to make an impact on the team immediately. “Anthony has stood out as the most ready to play first-year. He’s a talented, extremely hard working, intelligent player and [the game] will start to slow down for him,” Becker said. Before UVM, Lamb was a standout at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, New York. The two-time Greater Rochester Player of the Year and New York State Mr. Basketball finalist averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds during his senior season with the Trojans, according to UVM athletics.

Sixteen months after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car crash, Josh Speidel has joined his teammates at UVM. The NCAA granted the 6-foot-7 forward a waiver to participate with the team this season without using a year of eligibility. The Indiana native was one of the premier high school basketball players in the state, and Head Coach Becker told The Republic that Speidel was “the best player I’ve ever recruited.” Speidel said his biggest goal is to one day step on the court and play for the Catamounts. “Until that time, I’ll support my team in any way I can,” he said.

Josh Speidel columbus, IN

Photos courtesy of UVM Athletics

Basketball team set for the season under new coach By locria courtright

After an offseason full of change and the addition of several newcomers, the Cats are ready to rebound from last year’s disappointing season. With an entirely new coaching staff, led by new head coach Chris Day, the program looks to turn things around after four straight seasons of less than 10 wins, according to UVM athletics. Day helped turn Division III Widener University, a team that had just one winning season in 17 seasons before he took over as head coach in 2000, into a respectable program at that level. Now, Day gets the chance to do that at the Division I level. “We built a program for Widener University, literally from twelve feet deep up,” he said. “We got them a playoff-caliber team; now I get to do that [at the Division I level] here.” Thanks in part to his three captains, redshirt junior guard Kristina White, junior guard Sydney Smith and junior guard Katie Lavelle, the players have bought into Day’s new system. “[They’ve bought in] really quick, there’s no pushback, no ‘oh, we did it this way before,’” Day said.

“I was actually shocked at the take-charge approach to get things organized, and it really started with the leadership, our three captains.” Smith said that this buying-in has also led to greater team chemistry. “[At practice], people have this sense of urgency that they want to get better and they want to win,” Smith said. One thing Day and his team wants to work on is turnovers.

We have four kids that can shoot that are 6-foot2. CHRIS DAY BASKETBALL COACH

The Catamounts averaged 19.0 turnovers per game last season, according to UVM athletics, and Day’s goal is to average less than 15 turnovers per game this year. “A lot of the philosophy that he’s shared with us is based on being confident when you have the ball in your hands,” Smith said. “But also working on the

fundamentals, it’s as simple as being able to pivot and make good passes.” Day feels that the team’s biggest strength is their versatility and post play. “We have four kids that can shoot the [three-point shot] that are 6-foot-2,” he said. “So that’s going to really open up things for the penetration.” However Day feels his team still can improve from the threepoint line. The Catamounts shot 27.6 percent from behind the three point line last season, according to UVM athletics. Day is most excited by the hope that his new system, which relies more on a motion offense, will fall into place. “When you’re talking about what we’re taking over, to have that click, that’s going to be a pretty cool feeling,” he said. “And we want it to click Nov. 5 against Saint Michael’s College.” The improved team chemistry, along with the mix of experienced players and newcomers, have Smith excited for the season. “I think that we have a lot of experienced players, but also our first-years are here and they’re talented,” Smith said.

Junior guard Sydney Smith dribbles toward the basket against UNH Jan. 27. Smith is expected to play a key role in this season. Photo Courtesy of UVM Athletics



Club baseball team ready for playoffs By zach falls

A UVM Club Baseball player takes batting practice during an indoor practice. The team will begin their championship run when playoffs start Oct. 29. OLIVER POMAZI / The Vermont Cynic

With Major League Baseball in the thick of its playoffs, UVM’s very own club baseball team is in the middle of a playoff run themselves. The Catamounts currently sit at the top of the Northwest Division within the New England Club Baseball Association standings. Since joining the league in 2010, Vermont has made the NECBA playoffs every year, with championship game appearances in 2010 and 2014, according to NECBA records. Following its quarterfinal loss to Bridgton Academy in 2015, UVM club baseball has had an overall record of 58-20, spanning a total of six seasons, according to NECBA records. “Some of these guys could play Division 1 baseball,” head coach Jim Carter said. Carter said that the team as a whole has been doing exceptionally well both on offense and defense. On Oct. 15, in a weekend series with the University of New Hampshire, the team suffered its first loss of the season 3-1, according to NECBA records. “We probably should have won the first game and lost the second game,” Carter said. The team bounced back in game two, with an 8-7 walk-off victory. Going into the last inning, the Cats rallied to post six runs to secure the win.

“Beating a solid team like UNH in that kind of fashion says a lot about the determination and fight in our guys,” Connor said. “We are playing good baseball, getting quality innings from everybody in the lineup, and are looking to carry that momentum with us as we move into playoffs.” “The sport itself hasn’t always solely been club status here,” Carter said.

The sport itself hasn’t always been club status here. Baseball is a proud tradition at UVM. JIM CARTER CLUB BASEBALL COACH “Baseball is a proud tradition at UVM.” The history of UVM baseball dates back to 1882, when the team was established as the University’s first varsity sport, according to UVM athletics. Today, UVM baseball has only a club team. The varsity team was eliminated Feb. 20, 2009, according to UVM athletics. The team has enjoyed great success since it was established in 2010 under Carter as head

coach, Carter said. Known to his players as “Skip,” Carter has been a part of UVM baseball since 2000, starting as an assistant under former head coach Bill Currier. “Skip has been around UVM baseball as long as I can remember,” said Connor, current team president. Once the varsity program was cut in 2009, Friends of UVM Baseball was formed. This group of 18 individuals began the “Bring it Back” movement, hoping to gain public support in an effort to re-establish baseball as a varsity program at UVM. Among these 18 individuals are Carter and associate athletic director Ed Hockenbury. The group meets once a month to discuss actions to help further their cause, while also working to help the current club team with funding, Carter said. “A reasonable number would be $2 million to $5 million,” he said when asked about the amount of money needed in order to establish a varsity program. With a 9-1 record, Vermont has clinched a spot in the league’s playoffs, which begin Oct. 29. As for the future of the program, with Hockenburry and new athletic director Jeff Schulman, Carter is optimistic about baseball returning as a varsity sport. “I would say the door is open for discussion,” Carter said.

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Season set for a historic ending john suozzo



he 2016 World Series will mark the end of one of the largest championship droughts in baseball. The Chicago Cubs will face off against the Cleveland Indians in this year’s installment of the World Series. The fanbases of the Cubs and the Indians have long been tortured. The Cubs have not won a World Series championship since 1908 – 108 years ago – while Cleveland has not won one since 1948. Combined, these teams have gone 176 seasons without taking home a championship. But as of recently, these fanbases have had more reasons to be optimistic, regardless of their team’s past history. The Cubs won an MLB-leading 103 games this season, giving them the best record in the league. The Cubs were led by an abundance of young talent, such as outfielder Kris Bryant, second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. These young players, and a group of accomplished veterans, were brought to Chicago by new general manager Theo Epstein, who turned the Cubs from perennial losers to World Series contenders in his five years with the team. Epstein is no stranger to

turning struggling teams into championship contenders, as he was the architect of the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who won their first championship in 86 years under his leadership. The Indians are also looking to break a long streak of playoff futility this season after not winning a World Series title in the last 68 seasons. This streak was representative of the sports landscape in Cleveland, where no major Cleveland sports team had won a championship since 1964 until the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship in June.

every pitch. Cubs fans have become known for their phrase “wait ‘til next year,” often uttered after the final game of the season as a concession of defeat and beleaguered optimism for over the last century. The Cubs hadn’t even reached a World Series since 1945. The Cubs have gone 71 years without an opportunity to bring a title back home to the Windy City. Think about all the generations of Cubs fans who not only have never seen them win a championship, but have never

But as one drought is guaranteed to end in 2016, the other will be guaranteed to continue for at least one more season. The Indians have been led by stellar pitching throughout the playoffs, as they have held two of the most potent offenses in the MLB in check in their first two series. Led by relief pitcher Andrew Miller, who has been nearly unhittable in the playoffs, the Indians have relied on pitching and defense to get them to the World Series. Now that these two troubled franchises have finally reached the World Series, the arbitrary nature of the sport kicks in. Both of these fanbases are naturally excited that their team is in position to win the World Series, but the fear of a heartbreaking loss looms over

even seen their beloved team have the chance to. On one night in the coming week, one of these two teams will end their championship drought. Fans will celebrate a victory that was decades in the making, and the team will be seen as heroes to their city. But as one drought is guaranteed to end in 2016, the other will be guaranteed to continue for at least one more season. They’ll do the only thing they can: wait ‘til next year. John Suozzo is a sophomore history and political science double major. He has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2015.


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