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As a college newspaper, we are committed to holding back the bias with the exception of our Opinion section and columns. But this time, we threw that out of our LEED-certified window. Through word of mouth, Facebook polls and interviews, we have attempted to gather a rough sample of what makes the Queen City so special. We know we may have missed some things, but we also know you know why you love this city. That’s all that matters. Enjoy the issue, Burlington. This one’s for you. Photos by Lorena Linero

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Muddy Waters Julia Moreno Cynic Correspondent With its cool atmosphere and no wonder Cynic readers voted Muddy Waters Burlington’s Best Coffee Shop. During Burlington’s long winters, Muddy Waters customers enjoy seasonal hot apple cider with Echinacea and in the summer the Muddy shake, consisting of espresso and vanilla ice

Carly Rathbun Cynic Correspondant Old Gold, voted best thrift shop in Burlington, and located on the corner of Church and Main, has been dressing every part since the early 1970s. Old Gold sells a variety of items: from moon boots to neon onezies. They are your one stop Halloween shop, no matter the season. If you can dream it, they have it. You’ll be immediately drawn in from their creative window displays and unique wood worked building. Inside boots, Native American headdresses,

every color leggings and bowties, and frilly underwear in every color to spark the sexy in you. Looking for a wig? They have that too. Walking in is an experience in itself. Their window displays change frequently and usually depict a bizarre and didn’t know existed. Their walls are decorated with crazy costumes and accessories to get your creativity churning. But too irresistible to buy. Aside from costume apparel, they also have fun, vintage and new, everyday street clothes. Old Gold is the Best of Burlington simply because there is no other place like it.

The shop offers all of the traditional espresso drinks: mochas, cappuccinos, lattes. For our friends who prefer a less robust taste but equal caffeine, Muddy offers a maté latte, with steamed soy milk and maple syrup. A little known secret about this locale is that within its hip log cabin décor, it has its very own wailing wall. On the left after you walk through the entryway, in the crevices of the stones that make up the wall, there are little rolled pieces of paper with messages, thoughts and stories written on them. But Muddy Waters is not just a coffee shop. In the evening, they serve alcoholic drinks and host live music and the occasional Jazz night. A walk downtown shows that Burlingtonites love their coffee. There is no doubt that whether it be a relaxing midweek afternoon, or a Friday night out, Muddy Waters is the place to be.

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Lower tuition hikes, enrollment Kevin Santamaria Staff Writer

revenue as well. Sullivan said this could be seen by the increase in applica-

Fewer students and lower tuition increases are both in the University’s near future. President Thomas Sullivan plans to decrease enrollment for the second year in a row while limiting tuition increases to below three percent for the 2013-2014 academic year, a proposal he outlined at the most recent board of trustees meeting in February. A decrease in enrollment and limited tuition increases could result in a loss of revenue, but Sullivan said he believes a more selective UVM will target high quality applicants that would improve UVM’s reputation as a talent magnet. According to board of trustees’ summary report, this would be the second year in a row UVM has decreased enrollment, lowering the number of undergraduates from 10,200 last year to 9,890 this year and what will be 9,800 next year. In an effort to off set any possible revenue loss from less students, Sullivan plans to use outside sources of revenue like federal grants and alumni fundraising to help balance the budget. “We hope to be able to stabilize the outside revenue from federal grants even though sequestration taking place in Washington is not going to help,” Sullivan said. “We’ve got a major fundraising, comprehensive campaign being planned, which will bring in large amounts of money to help invest in those priorities.” In the long term, Sullivan said he plans to make the University more selective and be able to drive up “greater demand,” which would then help

saw this year. Last year the number of applications totaled at 21,808, while this year the applications are at 22,336 so far, according

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the initiative. “There are plenty of other universities that have a tobacco-free campus but students smoke there anyway,” Daley said. “I think it’s just so UVM can say we are tobacco free and not necessarily change anything, just provide education about it. The only thing that (SGA) will be advocating for is that all the funds for the education program don’t come from the general funds like tuition.” Overall, students said they had mixed responses to the ban. First-year Sophie StokerLong said she thinks the ban will not make a true impact. “Lots of things are supposed to be banned at UVM,” Stoker-Long said. “We’re supposed to have a dry campus too, but just walk through Harris Millis on a Thursday night and you’ll see how effective that rule is too.” co said she would be in favor of a tobacco-free campus. “I am sick of people blowing smoke straight in my face and it is really unhealthy,” Tedesco said. “Maybe this ban would make a difference.”

Chris Lucier, vice president of enrollment management, said that by increasing selectivity the University can build a deep pool of high quality and diverse applications, both from the U.S. and abroad. The University plans to expand into new areas of recruitment across the U.S. by increasing the number of admission counselors, as well as ensure not missing opportunities in the states where most of the undergraduates come from, Lucier said. “We are also increasing our tion of prospective students from standardized test scores and other sources,” he said. The board of trustees report stated that trustee Jeanette White “expressed confusion as to why the University would want to increase the number of applications so that it could decrease the number of students being accepted.” SGA President Connor Daley said he thinks that the decrease in enrollment would

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“People do complain about class size and the quality of education,” Daley said. “Under [previous UVM president] Fogel, I think we reached the top number of students that can be in the University. “In the short-run there might be some budget issues, but in the long run students will receive a higher level of education,” he said.







Source: Committee of the Whole-- Executive Summary

UBAC to educate Legalization bill introduced

visory Council (UBAC) recommended a proposal to guide the University toward a tobaccofree campus in its yearly recommendation to the president. The University would not enforce the ban, but instead create an educational program that informs students about the health risks of tobacco use. Senior Dylan Devino said he does not think the proposed education is necessary. “I feel like people don’t follow the rules regardless,” Devino said. “For some people it may be effective but there are still those who will smoke no matter what the school tries to do about it.” This sort of initiative could take two or three years to complete, President Thomas Sullivan stated in a campus-wide email March 11. SGA President Connor Daley said the most immediate steps that will be taken are to form a committee with student representatives to hold open forums and creative a vision on gearing the University toward

Marijuana bill reaches House of Reps Nick Shigo Staff Writer

A bill has been introduced to the Vermont House of Representatives that will make the use, sale and growth of marijuana legal within certain regulations. Representatives Susan Davis, David Deen, James Masland, Tom Stevens and Teo Zagar introduced the bill, labeled H.499, to the House. medical marijuana in 2011. When the bill was passed, two dispensaries were approved for Vermont: the Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington and Patients First Inc. in Waterbury, according to an article on the The Daily Chronic website. H.499 is different from previous bills related to the use of marijuana because it creates a regulatory structure for the wholesale and retail sale of marijuana under the Department of Liquor Control with a tax of 50 dollars per

ounce of wholesale, the bill stated. The bill would also allow Vermont farmers to produce industrial hemp—a marijuana plant with less than .3 percent THC— which could be used for things such as food, cloth and other materials, according to the Chronic article. Sophomore Christina Fornaciari said she thinks the bill is a positive move for Burlingand legal reasons. “I think it’s a great move the economy and take a lot of good and functioning people off of a criminal status,” Fornaciari said. The bill permits individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to two ounces of the drug and grow up to three plants. Exceeding this number or selling marijuana outside the regulatory structure would result in criminal punishment. While the bill does allow for the use of marijuana privately, use of the drug in public, in schools and while operating a

vehicle is still prohibited and can be dealt punishments similar to alcohol consumption in the same situations. According to bill H.499, the criminalization of marijuana over the past 70 years has done nothing to reduce the drug’s use. “I think that Vermonters are ready to stop paying $50,000 per year to keep someone in jail for possession of a drug many of them have used with no ill effects,” Deen said. Skeptics of the bill don’t think that much will change as a result of the legislation. “Anyone can get weed now Thomas Hobbs said. The bill ensures the legal safety of those using marijuana as well as their physical safety to an extent. The bill only allows products to be sold at licensed dealers, allowing users to make an assumption about the quality and safety of their purchase, the bill stated.




Changes in the spaces at Davis Center fall.” Sophomore Kurt Simendinger said he thinks a

Kiley Falcone Staff Writer Take a look around the Davis Center— the interior might look a little different next year. A career services center, possible Living Well expansion and a student organization will replace spaces once occupied by Underground Copy, Growing Vermont, the UVMtv studio and the concert bureau of-

“The career service center is a place that helps all stugreat internship opportunities and potential careers,” Simendinger said. “I would love to have one in the Davis Center because it will really help students out.” The Center for Health and Wellbeing is looking into expanding its Living Well pro-

administrators. Growing Vermont, a student-run store that sells local goods, has been located in the

old UVMtv space starting June 3, according to an email sent from Allen Josey, director of operations and event services. “We haven’t yet signed on the dotted line,” said Living Well Director of Education and Outreach Kelly Thorne. “But it looks promising. Our leadership team took a walk through the space to see how it could be utilized for us, but as of right now there’s no paperwork yet.” Thorne said it is likely Living Well will use UVMtv’s former space for student programming and health and wellness events, and said Living Well’s current space is not completely conducive to the programs they would like to provide. “We’ve realized we need to separate programs from our

decided that it no longer wants to use the space, leaving it open for the time being, director of student life Pat Brown said. Underground Copy, an extension of the mail services located in Waterman, has not


A student walks into Underground Copy March 20. Underground Copy is expected to move back to Waterman this coming year.

they will be moving back to Waterman, Brown said. “So now there are two spaces right next to each other, the Underground Copy and the old bank space,” Brown said. “Because a collection of research is done seeing what would be dents, a career services satellite operations is using the old bank space and the copy space together, and they will be moving in and be ready to go by the

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Next SGA term to see new vice president, incumbent president

March 19 8:57 a.m.

Kevin Santamaria Staff Writer SGA’s new vice president and not-so-new president will be elected March 27-28, following debates Monday. Current President Connor Daley is running uncontested, but still outlined his future plans at the debate. He said he believes being president for two terms will allow him to complete projects that are underway. “What we need more than anything else is consistent leadership,” Daley said. “Partly the job of president is being able to connect. What students want I am actually able to communicate.” While the presidential seat is unchallenged, sophomores Aya AL-Namee and Jack Birmingham are both running for the position of vice-president. Aya AL-Namee, chair of the committee on diversity, equity and environmental ethics, said at the debate that her work in SGA during the past two years and her personal relationship with Daley qualify her for the job. “I have known Connor [Daley] for two years,” ALNamee said. “We are working towards the same goals and he can count on me.”

Birmingham, elected during the midterm elections and part of the student action committee, said he wants to bring SGA back to the students by SGA taking up popular student initiatives. Birmingham said he thinks suring” Sodexo to bring more local vendors would be something students want. “If we really are a green University, the administration would support that,” Birmingham said. A major topic of debate between the vice presidential candidates was about the proposed tobacco ban. AL-Namee said she supports the tobacco ban because it would offer support to students with tobacco-related health issues and would utilize the insurance many students already pay for. Birmingham said he was against the tobacco ban because it could mean students that chose to smoke would be harassed by the administration. He said he would rather see a compromise such as designated smoking areas. The elections for the president and vice president will be held March 27-28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Lynx (www. and results will be announced March 29.

Lauren Drasler Staff Writer

10:22 p.m. ton Hall as a result of someone cooking and ultimately burning food in the building. No one was harmed in this incident.

A report came in to Police Services stating that someone was trying to break into a car in the Gutterson parking garage. Upon investigation, it was determined that the alleged attempt at breaking in was instead a case of one student checking on his/her friend’s car while the friend was away.

6:19 p.m. A student was found using an improper parking pass in the Davis lot. Apparently an older student had bought a permit for a freshman in turn for use of the -year students are not allowed to have cars on campus which was why this case was referred to Police Services. This incident resulted in both students having to report to the Center for Student Ethics and Standards (CSES).

March 20 5:15 p.m. During a routine dorm check, cated a bong from one of the students. Hall staff contacted Police Services and the drug related item was then destroyed.

had students complain that it’s awkward to be talking about sexual health on one side of the ear shot. That’s a valid point.” If an agreement is made, Living Well will have the space on a two-year basis, Josey stated in the email. The concert bureau, located will combine with the University programming board (UPB) and will also be leaving its space open. This space along with the Growing Vermont space will open for student clubs to move into, Brown said. SGA President Connor Daley said the senate has already received one proposal that could be promising for the Growing Vermont space that would provide a central location for winter sports organizations including the ski and snowboard club, the snowboard team and the freestyle ski team. The ski and snowboard club alone has over 2,000 members and multiple administrative posts, but currently conducts business from a single cubicle Daley said that whatever SGA decides, money would not be a factor. “Our only consideration is most,” Daley said.

March 21 3:31 p.m. Resident Assistants in Harris Hall called in an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room in the building. Once police arrived and coming from, they were able to take 5.5 grams of the drug along with a scale.


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The king goes to court Senior Staff Writer

Marissa Beinhauer Staff Writer

A bill was passed allocating money for the freestyle ski team in order for them to attend nationals. UVMtv executives visited the SGA meeting and discussed their excitement to find a new spot on campus and work more closely with the SGA.

Kevin Martin, popularly known as Kornbread or Kingbread, has been brought up on drug charges in state court. Martin, 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to three felony counts of cocaine sale, one felony count of cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. Martin’s wife, who is nine months pregnant, shot to her feet and audibly gasped as Martin entered the courtroom for his arraignment Wednesday shortly before noon, shackled at the waist. “It’s okay, baby,” he assured her. the state’s request that Martin’s bail be set at $10,000, an amount he said was “not appropriate given the circumstances.” In response, Martin turned to his wife and asked, “How much money we got?” After his attorney suggested bail be set at $500, Martin said to the judge, “I’m poor man.” “We got a baby on the way,” Martin’s wife said to the judge from the gallery. ordered him held for lack of $5,000 bail. He remained in the state’s custody as of 12 p.m. Wednesday. Martin’s criminal history includes a federal conviction for the sale of cocaine in 2006,

a state felony conviction for unlawful mischief and several misdemeanor convictions, acMost recently, Martin was banned from UVM campus until 2014 following a citation for disorderly conduct in September, a September 26, 2012 Cynic article stated. Martin’s arrest on Tuesday marked the culmination of a three-week investigation by Burlington police. According to a police afcocaine on three separate occasions to an undercover police informant, who agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for “monetary compensation.” At the time of his arrest, Martin was found to be in possession of 12.1 grams of crack cocaine, 1.7 grams of powder cocaine, and 2.3 grams of marPolice also recovered two twenty dollar bills with serial numbers matching those used in one of the controlled buys when they executed a search warrant Tuesday on Martin’s home on South Prospect Street in Burlington. Students have shared mixed opinions on Martin’s arrest. Junior Samantha Lucas said she feels like his arrest was for the better. “It’s especially unsettling because he hangs out with students,” Lucas said. “If he was selling drugs then I’m happy he’s in jail.”

Fifty Years after the Feminine Mystique A Conversation with

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Fran Stoddard

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Resident Kevin Martin, also known as Kingbread, stands for his mugshot. He was ar-

First-year Scott Maynard said he has a more sympathetic view of Martin’s situation. “Kingbread is a legend around campus, it is sad to see him in prison,” Maynard said. Students also took to Twitter and Facebook by midday Wednesday to show their support as a “Free Kingbread” movement went viral. A “#FreeKingbread” graphic featuring Martin’s iconic beard was shared through both media platforms. Martin is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington April 26.


Folk meets punk Smoking ban debate hazy in Yoshi’s Island Julia Moreno Cynic Correspondent

Duo named DJs of the Month of March with their Indie beats Alyssandra Tobin Staff Writer

Yoshi’s Island is the DJ duo of Maxe Mazelis and Cristina MacKinnon. Both Nintendo fans, this pair has been named WRUV DJs of the Month for March. They have impressed commitment to the station, and surprised listeners with their eclectic mix of indie, folk, and shoegaze—a genre of wavy distortion. Tune in next time you’re having a Mario Kart tournament. The show is pm. Cynic: years, and you’ve already run for WRUV executive board positions and have interviewed They Might Be Giants. Did this semester live up to your expectations? Maxe: Well, since we are freshmen, this is our sort of radio broadcasting. Last semester we did our graveyard shift and we went through DJ training, so this is fundamentally different, broadcasting in daylight rather than at two in the morning. Cynic: What made you want to get into DJing? Cristina: We both really like music, and WRUV is the place to do stuff with that. It’s a really cool community of people, and I think we were just drawn to it. Cynic: What 3 adjectives would you use to describe your show? Maxe: Groovy, hot and fresh: Yoshi’s Island. Christina: Check it out. Cynic: Why should people listen to your show? Cristina: I think people listen to our show already because it’s called Yoshi’s Island, and I think people are really into that. Maxe: The Yoshi’s Island culture, we’ve really tapped into that. Really

though, we don’t have much of a theme behind our show, it’s really just stuff we like. If our listeners like the music than that’s great, but it’s more about just playing stuff that we’re into. Cristina: It’s cool mixing our different music tastes together, because they don’t always mesh so well. Cynic: So what’s it like working with someone with a different taste in music? Maxe: I can’t stand shoegaze, and Cristina really likes shoegaze, so there’s that. I think that’s the biggest dissimilarity. Cristina: We both like The Mountain Goats a lot. And Titus Andronicus Maxe: Indie rock, it’s a really general term, but it does encompass a lot of what we have in common. I’m not as into loud music. Cristina: Punk. Maxe: I guess, Punk. Cristina’s more into that kind of style Cristina: Yeah I’m that style, and he’s more of a folk style. Cynic: What was interviewing They Might Be Giants like? Maxe: They were promoting their new album and doing a thing with college DJs, so they scheduled a phone interview with me. I paid 20 bucks for subscription, so now I have a Skype phone number for the next couple of months. He called me on that and I recorded it, which was very cool. Actually it was very stressful, because I had to The interview was scheduled for 12:30 and I got out of class at 12, so I had to run out of class and called. I ended up in the laundry room.

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WRUV DJ duo Cristina MacKinnon (left) and Maxe Mazelis speak during their interview in the WRUV station March 19.

For those who feel like they’re having déjà vu, the threat of a tobacco ban is not news. The difference between this year’s tobacco ban and last year’s tobacco ban is very real. According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, as of January 2013, more than 1,129 schools have banned tobacco and/or marijuana use nationwide. With each email update it seems more likely that our own groovy UV is the next to follow in their footsteps. Even though University President Thomas Sullivan has said the idea of a tobacco ban is very much in its early stages, many smokers feel the alarm ringing. tobacco ban are obvious. There is no denying that tobacco is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, with an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including about 49,000 deaths related to secondhand smoke according to the National Cancer Institute. According to a survey done last year, 26 percent of smokers on campus didn’t smoke until they started school at UVM. This prompted last year’s ban, and has most likely prompted this year’s as well. When faced with these statistics, Jack Birmingham, SGA vice presidential It seems that people are overlooking the obvious fact that 74 percent of smokers on campus started before they came to UVM. With this kind of statistic, Birmingham said he feels that these smokers could feel out of place or a ban could even discourage them from applying to UVM. If the tobacco ban had been in place before these 74 percent attended UVM, and there wasn’t a place for them to smoke when they came, they could have been punished for something that wasn’t illegal and incredibly hard to quit. As a former smoker, Birmingham said he knew behind smoker’s rights. “If you get into the habit of it, it’s just really hard to stop. It makes it hard to function in your day to day life,” Birmingham said. But would eliminating tobacco mean less cigarette butts littered on the ground, less secondhand smoke, and probably even less tobacco use overall? “If you think the littering is bad now that we have the butt dispensers, it will only get worse when the ban is implemented because the dispensers will likely disappear, causing more littering,” he said.

PHOEBE SHEEHAN The Vermont Cynic

Sophomore Jerry Derenzo smokes a cigarette outside of Bailey/ Howe March 20. Sullivan is considering a tobacco-free campus. As for secondhand smoke, Birmingham claims the lines are blurry. “A lot of that damage was happening a long time ago,” he said. Birmingham believes we couldn’t possibly attribute these deaths to recent smoking, but that with the raised awareness we now have about smoking, secondhand smoking deaths are on a decline.

“If a smoker wants to run the health risks from smoking, then I have no place to tell them otherwise, but as soon as they endanger myself to potential health risk of lung cancer or rotting teeth, then I have a problem ” Kelsey Vivian


On the opposite side of Kelsey Vivian, who avidly believes in the ban. “If a smoker wants to run the health risks from smoking, then I have no

place to tell them otherwise, but as soon as they endanger myself to potential health risks of lung cancer or rotting teeth, then I have a problem” Vivian said. As a singer, Viian said her vocal chords are in danger when a smoker decides it is “inconvenient” to walk 25 feet from a building to smoke. “If it comes to a ban, then yes, I support it. Smokers had their chance to compromise but it’s obviously not working. They can harm themselves on their own time, but not me,” she said. Educational sessions dealing with the dangers of smoking are currently outcome will likely be seen soon. In the meantime students wait and form their opinions. “I did not voluntarily choose to destroy my body and it’s not fair if I do become sick because of someone else’s inconsideration,” Vivian said.



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Let Burlington release your endorphins

Results from a 2011 Gallup poll named Burlington one of the nation’s happiest cities, one small act of kindness suggests the city may just be happier than ever I turned to see an older man in line behind me with generous, concerned eyes. I was expecting him to ask


I was on the clock. I through the Atrium to make it to class on time. It was the Friday afternoon of a taxing week. Naturally, I looked and felt like death was upon me. The only thing that kept me going was the sun shining and the thought of a weekend within reach. I squirmed while I waited in the checkout line. I couldn’t help but be grateful this week was almost over— so much had gone wrong and so little had gone right. I grew impatient and frustrated as I reminisced. My life was an anxietysandwich in which irrational thoughts and copious amounts stress were the main ingredients, and piled high. I was brought back to reality by an unfamiliar voice and a gentle touch on the shoulder that said, “excuse me young lady.”

or a napkin, but it turned out I was wrong. “Has anyone done something nice for you today?” he said. I was caught off guard as thoughts scrambled in my head. I had never been asked something like that before. I also had no idea where he was going with this bit of information. a grip on myself as I hesitantly answered in a nervous driven high-pitched tone, “No, I don’t think so.” What happened next was unbelievable. He bought me lunch. This man—this genuine, kind, random man—turned my week around in a matter of 30 seconds. I insisted on paying him back but he insisted on paying it forward. “Now that I did something kind for you, you need to do something kind for someone else. Keep it going,” he said. This one, small act of kindness had such an impact on my day and my outlook. My negative thoughts instantly vanished and I

suddenly became aware of everything I was thankful for. I was happier than I had been in a very long time. This is precisely the reminder I needed about how lucky I am to go to school in such a great city. Burlington, Vermont is easily the best place to live, but it is also the best place to go to college. In 2011, a Gallup Poll declared Burlington among the “happiest small cities in the country,” WPTZ reported. Small acts of kindness, like the one I witnessed, make it very easy to see the beauty of Burlington. On top of all the good samaritans

increased focus and self-esteem. But the most important thing about Vermont’s stress on “buying local” is the support system we create for ourselves. Vermont’s sustainable mindset not only teaches its citizens to support its local economy, but also to stand by their neighbors. It is evi-

dent that this tactic works. Burlington is accepting of new ideas and styles while judgments are rare. A community like Burlington, where each member supports, cares and accepts one another, is my view of an ideal society. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who call this place home.

the city, the culture of Burlington has a big impact on the attitudes of its citizens. Burlington’s culture is based on a healthy, athletic lifestyle. The year round activity, whether it be skiing, biking, sailing or jogging, produces endorphins and other mood enhancing chemicals in our brains to make us gleam. Additionally, Burlington encourages locallygrown food. The intake of the locally grown vegetation supports a healthy balanced diet, which has many

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Eco Reps Column sustainability and ultimately the UVM campus as a whole. “The ENVS 187 course provides an ongoing connection between students and


Make a difference and take ENVS187 At UVM, students have the opportunity to make a difference in more ways than one. From the water bottle ban and the spork program, to the bike users group and composting on campus, these sustainable projects have all been driven by student ideas. Offered every spring, the service learning Campus Sustainably course ENVS187, provides students with another opportunity to make a difference in University practices. Pooja Kanwar, co-teacher of Campus Sustainability, stressed, “This engagement and voluntary effort proves to yield results in a reasonable, and often impressive, time frame.” ENVS187 has been offered since 2005 through the Environmental Program and sustainability of campus operations. The work that students put forth in this class

supporting a culture of collaboration toward common goals,” said Tarah Rowse, coteacher of the course. Past classes have worked on tracking UVM’s sustainoperations sections of STARS and synthesizing operations data into media presentaability’s website. This year, the course is taking a more direct approach. At the end of the semester our class will present our the form of academic poster. Our audience will consist of operations managers and known as the “suits.” It is here that we will have the opportunity to make a real difference. We will be able to tell the higher-ups what we think UVM is doing right and what we believe could use some improvement when it comes to campus sustainability. Not only will we tell the suits our thoughts, but we also have the chance to make a lasting change on the UVM community. We will provide with tangible products of value that the staff can use in the future.


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Hanging on by a rope tow T-Bar Films wants to put three ski areas back on the map Devin Karambelas Managing Editor Have you skied Cochran’s lately? Hard’ack? Northeast Slopes? Elliot and Tyler WilkinsonRay didn’t think so. But through their production company T-Bar Films, the brothers are documenting the stories of three small ski hills— Cochran’s in Richmond, Hard’ack in St. Alban’s and Northeast Slopes in East Corinth— to capture the allure of the slopes less travelled, and remind people that they’re still here. “Even most Vermonters don’t know these places are still around, they think they’re something of the past. Especially when they’re up against the PR machines of the big resorts,” Elliot said. “But we’re trying to bring attention to everyone.” To show how these T-bar-only ski hills— there’s no chair lift— still manage to hang on even in the wake of the Stowes and Sugarbushes of the world, Tyler put toin late September to solicit support for the documentary with a goal of $5,000. As it turned out, they weren’t the only ones who thought this was a project that needed to get done. “We reached our goal within a week,” Tyler said. With 234 backers and over now grown beyond what Elliot and Tyler said they thought was possible. With sponsors that include Burton, the Alpine Shop, Ski Vermont and Select Design as

well as a grant from the New England Ski Museum, T-bar Films has evolved from a two avid skier’s idea to a community project. Which is a lot like how the

set them up to continue to operate.” Then there is also the chance the project could become too successful. With a strong social media

said. “You can only do something like this if people are passionate about it and willing to do it for free, and that’s the same with these small ski areas,” Elliot said. “They don’t function within normal economic parameters. They’re only here because people want them to be here.”

gone global, the brothers joked that the publicity of small ski areas could make them too popular. “We’ve thought about it but I don’t think the ski hills realize that. If more people realize they exist it will be good for the continuation of these places, but it’s going to change the character a little bit for sure,” Elliot said.

“You can only do something like this if people are passionate about it and willing to do it for free, and that’s the same with these small ski areas.”

hills are still worth preserving, even beyond their accessibility and cheap (or free) season passes. After all, the bare-bones ski hills of the Northeast represent the very history of today’s $5.8 billion ski industry, as the National Ski Areas Association estimates. And yet while the largely untapped terrain of these rope-tow areas might be part of their appeal, without corporate support their relative obscurity could also lead to their demise. “It’s a constant battle and the small ones are by no means secure,” Tyler said. “If we can renew some interest beyond the corporate people running them, we can

N.H., announced it could no longer stay in business after eight years because the mountain had amassed more than $1 million in debt, according to a letter posted on Whaleback’s website. With the demise of the small ski hill looking more and more imminent, Tyler and Elliot said

Cochran’s general manager ready been helpful for the ski hill.

time to support the areas that are still standing. When the documentary wraps up at the end of this month, the brothers said they hope to release it in the fall and enter it into several U.S. mountain festivals. The documentary is also likely to premiere at several locations across the Northeast and Europe.

central location in Richmond— about a 15 minute drive from Burlington— and is well known for its racing and elementary school programs, Paul said that without support from locals, Cochran’s might be in a very different place. “Without the community involvement we would just be a hill with snow on it,” Paul said. “People have no idea how much it takes to run a mountain, even one as small as we are.” Despite the challenges Cochran’s faces each season, now exacerbated by a recent slew of light winters (“if we didn’t have

and maybe even re-open a few other ski hills, they said its real purpose stands for something larger even than the mountains themselves. “People talk about how the strength of community is in decline all across America and even in Vermont, which is a place historically known for it,” Elliot said. “Having a place where people can volunteer and contribute their expertise is really important. “I can’t think of a better place than a ski area to provide that kind of experience,” he said.

Elliot Wilkinson-Ray Filmmaker The brothers said they hope

snowmaking we would be closed for sure,” Paul said), the ski hill is still viable. With no debt and a new event coordinator, Paul said Cochran’s is likely to be around for a long time. But other places have not fared as well. Earlier this month,


Number of trails at Hard’ack Hill

12 Number of trails at Northeast Slopes


Cost to ski at Hard’ack Hill


Cost to ski at Cochrans

8 Number of trails at Cochrans

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Snow gathers at Cochran’s ski mountain March 22. Cochran’s is one of a few small ski mountains in Vermont that are low cost to visitors in comparison to larger mountains.

ARTS An inside look: Higher Ground Aidan Dolbashian Senior Staff Writer It’s still hours before show time, but the Higher Ground Ballroom is humming with activity. While one man tinkers with the stage lighting, two others adjust sound equipment. A table is being set up with band merchandise over in the corner as the bartender cleans up his station and prepares for the night ahead. On this particular night, Higher Ground is featuring two shows that occupy widely different areas of the musical spectrum. Electronic artist Robotic Pirate Monkey will DJ a set in the Ballroom while the eighth Spectacle of Sin, featuring an array of metal bands, takes place in the Showcase Lounge. These two characteristics, a dedicated work ethic and an appreciation for musical diversity, are what make Higher Ground an unparalleled staple in the Burlington music scene today. To get an inside look as to how the venue has come into its own over the years, the Cynic sat down with Higher Ground co-owner Kevin Statesir in an interview that sheds light onto the past, present, and future of this concert hotspot. Vermont Cynic: How did Higher Ground get started? Kevin Statesir: Higher Ground, for me, has been a lifetime dream. I started looking at some buildings, probably in 1997, and after about the third or fourth one, people started telling me there were two other guys looking around at the same buildings. It turned out that one of them I knew from working with Phish, and that was Alex Crothers, who is my partner today. I asked him what he was trying to do and he said that he wanted to book bands, so I said ‘great, I want to run a venue.’ So we just combined our two efforts. South Burlington didn’t want it at the time, Burlington didn’t want it, but I met this guy in Winooski, and he said that Winooski needed something. So I said, let’s call it a coffee house, we’ll have folk singers and stuff, but we’ll probably have some other rock music too. So that’s kind of the beginning of it. We started in Winooski, and we were there for about six years and then we moved here. VC: What prompted the move from Winooski to South Burlington? KS: It was a closing acDevelopment Corporation that had attracted us to Winooski changed over in our cided that they were going

to knock down this old strip mall that we were in. So I went to the city council at one point and we really played up the personal, human side of it to them. Then we got really good lawyers, and we got a settlement that gave us something to at least try to do it again. was like a dream come true, but to be able to do it again was like a dream come true twice. VC: How important is a music scene to a city like Burlington? KS: I think music transcends many cultural barriers and it brings people together. We’ve also often thought of Higher Ground as being a community center as well. I think back to 9-11. There driving and so we lost a couple of shows, but about a week later, I think we had Wilco. All these people that we knew came and they were like ‘I haven’t been outside of the house since 9-11, and I’m so happy to be here with my friends.’ Suddenly we were a gathering place for people who had been extremely affected by this great national tragedy. So what is it to Burlington? Well, it’s kind of that. It’s music, but it’s also a sense of community. VC: What’s the most rewarding thing about running a place like Higher Ground? KS: That’s a great question. Neither my partner nor I are getting rich doing this. People see movies like “Studio 54” with people throwing money in the air and stuff like that. Anything we’re throwing in the air we probably owe to the beer company or the band, or something like that. We are able to make a living from it, but that’s not why I did it. I just wanted to do something where I would enjoy going to work everyday. That being said, it’s not because it’s easy. We’ve had evacuations, we’ve had the electricity go out in the middle of a show, we’ve had bands do acoustic sets in them. We’ve had to improvise so many times and that’s a testament to the people who work for us. VC: Looking to the future, do you see Higher Ground maintaining the niche it has created for itself in the Burlington Area? KS: The thing is with a business like this, no success is ensured. The dedication of the people here and the belief that we need to continue keeps us going. I’m hoping that we can continue to be the place that gets to have every kind of music and event possible. If we’re that, then we have far exceeded what we ever expected to be.

Two-person student team curates community art project ‘Alive’ in DC Madeleine Gibson Assistant Arts Editor Inspired by the gallery “Run” showcased at local restaurant Penny Cluse, two Davis Center curators have brought a community art project of their own to campus. From March 19 to April 12, “Alive” will animate the Livak Fireplace Lounge and Gallery walls. A two-person student team, juniors Maya Curtis and Blair Borax, are behind the exhibition, in which students and faculty have expressed what makes them feel alive. Unlike a solo show, the multiple “Alive” artists involved are restricted to one 8x8 plywood squares were cut and made available to pick up on the condition that participants express their notions of the word alive and re“Run,” the exhibit’s predecessor, functioned within similar parameters but pro-

vided many more artists with smaller wooden canvases to express the word run. At the time, “run” had the most dictionary. “So far we have 15 artists up, which I am a little disappointed about, but we are expecting more,” Borax said. it again, give it more time, cut more pieces, do a wider call and probably use a different word.” represent a variety of skill level and medium. Markers, ers adorn each square. Borax spoke fondly of custodian staff member J.P Martin, who frequently submits to the Davis Center’s collaborative calls to artists. From afar, Martin’s “Alive” piece is reminiscent of Keith Haring’s 80s subway art, with bold red and mustard yellow acrylic shapes outlined in thick black paint. The phrase “You make me feel alive” presents a warm-

ing introduction for the pieces that follow it. An environmental studies and studio art double major, Borax is not new to the concept of community-driven, public art. The second exhibit she helped curate was a collection of doodles from students’ school notes and private thoughts. rax calculated the average amount of paper consumed in the Bailey Howe and then collected the 3,177 pieces of crumpled wood pulp to display in the library’s glass lobby. “This [gallery] is not a think it’s important to get the student body involved. Especially in the Davis Center where their mission is related to social justice and environmental sustainability,” Borax said. it’s equally important to level with a public who aren’t all art critics, to makes this space inclusive.”


Excision performs at Memorial Auditorium March 21. Excision is an electronic dance music artist.

Excision executes forceful show Michael Messina Cynic Correspondent

In the music world, the past couple of years have been exciting for electronic music fans. DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Tiesto have been selling out arenas and stadiums all over the world, and EDM (electronic dance music) only seems to be gaining popularity. The genre’s popularity was demonstrated March 21 at Memorial Auditorium as hundreds of enthusiastic fans greeted the abrasive dub step act Excision and his Execution Tour. The show kicked off with openers Vaski and Paper Diamond, who both put on strong performances, though they had little chance of outshining the heavy weight headliner. Though the DJ work and sound system were impressive, it was the stage production that stole the show for Excision.

The stage was set up with gigantic screens arranged in the shape of something resembling a spaceship. A projector placed next to the soundboard sent psychedelic images onto the screens that were timed to the music. The behemoth stage set up (known as “the Executioner”) had a variety of tricks including lasers and smoke machines that shot out into the audience, not to mention an outstanding light show that never stopped. In the cock pit of this labyrinth was none other than Jeff Abel, aka Excision, himself. The crowd was its own spectacle. The crowd ranged from middle schoolers to college undergrads to worried parents keeping a watchful eye on their kids. The excitement in the crowd was palpable. “EDM is amazing!” said Lamoille High school student Oakley Lisson. “It’s going to blow your mind!”

Adrian Sackheim, one of the promoters for the EDM booking and promoting collective 2K Deep that presented the Excision show, said he had been up since 6 a.m. working on the performance. He said it takes tens of thousands of dollars to promote and put on shows on the scale of Excision. Sackheim also talked about his excitement for the growing EDM fan base, saying “It’s getting big.” Looking to the future, Sackheim said that 2K Deep will look to bring more exiting EDM groups to Burlington soon. As the night came to a close, Excision shouted to the crowd “Are you ready for one more fucking song?” The crowd answered with a resounding “yes”, and Excision ended the night with his most ear-splitting song, sending the crowd into one last dance frenzy.

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Alumnus, local musician and Burlington Records Employee Shane Kerr goofs around as he shares his thoughts about Burlington during his interview downtown March 24.

“I don’t think I can see myself living anywhere else. If I ever were to have kids, I think this is the only place where I would want to do that.”

Burlington has character

All across the city you’ll find a variety of people that give Burlington its unique flair JACOB LUMBRA

Part of what makes the best of Burlington are the people who inhabit it. From the locals to the visitors and the ence of individuals that makes Burlington the vibrant city it is. To capture this unique dynamic, the Cynic took to the streets this past Sunday and asked three people (well, really four) why they love Burlington. The following is a sample of who you a moment to stop, talk and listen. Chris Hansen and Sherry Mead, visiting from South Stocksboro, were spending their day in Burlington in preparation to see local drumming group Burlington Taiko at the Flynn. The two say they moved to VerHampshire. For them, visits to Burlington usually consist of entertainment. They said The Flynn is a great


Williston resident Cindy Carpenter speaks at the waterfront March 24.

source for an eclectic array of arts and entertainment in this region, serving such cultural explorers as themselves and the company they bring with them to explore the city. “Every now and then we bring guests up to Burlington to have a look around, see the sights and stop to have dinner,” the couple said. “We are fond of Leunig’s.” Shane Kerr and his playful personality — seen in his photo above — are a small part of what gives Burlington its personality, too. Kerr isn’t just a resident of Burlington, but also an employee at Burlington Records, a UVM graduate and a local musician. While he said he loves Burlington, his residency here will soon come to an end. “If anything I would want to be moving here, but the only reason I want to leave is because I’ve been here Hampshire and the farthest I’ve gone is Vermont. I’m 24, I’m supposed to be traveling.”

Kerr has been taking advantage of his time here by hanging out with friends, playing music, and biking (he said Burlington is the biker’s ideal city). He is a member of the bands Ronin Shogunate and Evil Pit Bastards, and plays with Shit Knife In Belt and Talk Show Ghosts. On the places he frequents most: “I don’t like bars very much, but Ender,” he said. “I like to dance, but I rarely go out to dance or to drink beer. For the most part, though, I hang out in houses — sometimes out of houses, if it’s nice.” We found Cindy Carpenter from Williston relaxing on the wooden swings at the Burlington waterfront and taking in the scenic view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Carpenter is a senior at a nearby high school Central Valley Union. For Carpenter, Burlington represents more than just a proximal city— it’s the most cosmopolitan part of the state.

-Cindy Carpenter

Carpenter said. “We have the Majestic Ten, and that’s about it. I think Burlatmosphere and personality.” So, what brought Carpenter out to Burlington today? “I kind of wanted to be by the lake today. It’s calming after a stressful week,” she said. She also enjoys the shopping Church Street has to offer, including fun vintage stores like Downtown Threads and Old Gold. She said that generally, downtown Burlington is a place where young and older people can hang out and essentially do nothing, and in the end it’s okay. Although she is headed to Maine next year for college, she left us with coming back. I don’t think I can see myself living anywhere else. If I ever were to have kids I think this is the only place where I would want to do that.”

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Best concert venue



Too close to call

Dillon Baker Arts Editor

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Nectar’s has long been a mainstay in the Burlington concert scene. Founded in 1975, Nectar’s has been providing the Burlington area with food, beer, and most importantly, music for the past 38 years. Nectar’s hosts a musical guest every day of the week, holding true to their slogan: “fresh music served daily.” They host a wide variety of musical acts. Simply take a gander at their upcoming schedule and you’ll see just how varied this venue can be. Upcoming acts include Suncooked, an Americana in-

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Dollars & Cents, a Radiohead tribute band and Mission South, a blues band featuring a UVM alum. Nectar’s is perhaps most famous for being the starting point of the now nationally famous UVM alum band Phish, who were regulars at Nectar’s at the beginning of their long career. Food is also an integral part of the Nectar’s experience, including a late night fry window open every weekend for late-night munchies. Visit www.liveatnectars. com for more information.

“This would be like trying to vote which family member’s house I’d rather eat Thanksgiving dinner at. They’re all a little weird in their own way and that’s why I love them. Keep it weird and keep growing Burlington.” -Bob Wagner ALEXA ALGIOS The Vermont Cynic

Best band Dupont


Best bar Three Needs Best art gallery Fleming Musuem

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Dillon Baker Arts Editor Boasting a collection of over 25,000 objects and nine annual special exhibitions, it’s no wonder that UVM’s Fleming Museum was voted the best art gallery in Burlington. in 1931, and since then has been an integral part of the UVM cultural community. A wide variety of art and artifacts, dating back to the beginning of human history, are on display in their permanent exhibits. Highlights include work from American artist Winslow Homer, Northern Renaissance

artist Albrecht Durer and even a preserved mummy from Ancient Egypt. The Fleming is currently hosting four temporary exhibitions: “Oceanic Art and the Performance of Life,” “Contemporary Voices from Vermont,” “High Trash,” and the recently installed “Andy Warhol’s Athletes.” “Andy Warhol’s Athletes” features 10 portraits of athletes by famous pop-artist Andy Warhol. The series includes athletes such as O.J. Simpson, Kareem AbdulJabbar and Pelé. Admission to the The Fleming Museum is $3 for students, $5 for adults and $10 for families. more information.

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Six Vermont bands you shouldn’t miss SARAH STICKLE

Josh Panda and the Hot Damned A staple on the scene, Josh Panda is known for his gospel vocal style, stellar dance moves, and the incredible band he always employs. Panda is a charismatic front man with the vocal and writing talent to match his enormous presence. While he might belong in a church on the Bible Belt, we’re sure glad to have him here. Catch Panda play as an intimate duo with Brett Lanier every Wednesday at the Skinny Pancake and look out for the all too rare full-band show in Burlington. The DuPont Brothers Band Zack DuPont has been playing in the Burlington area for years and is one of the most successful musicians in the area. Recently joined by his brother Sam, their last Nectar’s show merited more screaming than Justin Bieber gets from 13-yearold girls. Don’t take that reference the wrong way though; the DuPont Brothers are full of intricate melodies, thought-provoking lyrics and an inherent aptitude for vocal collaboration that sets them apart from many other dynamic duos. With a dynamite band consisting of Pat Melvin, Tim Sharbaugh and Peter Katz, The DuPont Brothers are ready to crush contemporary folk on a national scale. The DuPont Brothers are planning on releasing their debut EP at Signal Kitchen on May 25 with Myra Flynn. Problem Child A well-kept secret in the Burlington music scene outside of 242 Main, Problem Child

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Musician Kat Wright sings as part of an acoustic set at Brennan’s March 21. She regularly plays with the Indomitable Soul Band. is



pop/ ences like early Green Day and Blink-182. Well-rehearsed with a great stage presence and tunes that are just catchy enough to be fun for everyone, but not so catchy that they’re exiled from the hardcore/punk scene, these guys are a credit to high school bands everywhere. Problem Child will play on May 6th at Nectar’s with La Fin Absolute du Monde and Steel & Crow. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band The name says it all. Fronted by singer Kat Wright, this ninepiece soul band will blow you away any day of the week. Inand old time folk can be found in Kat’s ultimately bluesy voice. Covering everything from the Beatles to songs that are too old to trace to a writer, the band has recently dipped into writing original tunes. Their latest YouTube hit “All About You” boasts nearly 6,000 hits and

their Thursday night residency at Radio Bean is always packed. Hearing this band live is a college experience that every UVM student needs to have. Gregory Douglass An indie musician with an impressive following for someone living in Vermont, Gregory Douglass boasts a pop music career as well as numerous other arts-related occupations including recording arts, production and advising other musicians on their careers. With just over 800,000 views on his YouTube channel, Douglass has a career and talent that most musicians would die for. Doing most of his touring out of state, Douglass has been recognized internationally and nationally by NPR, collaborating with the likes of Grace Potter and Anais Mitchell. He has been compared to Florence and the Machine as well as David Gray. The Lynguistic Civilians Perhaps Vermont’s premier

The Cynical Listener Earth”. Now, 12 years later, have The Strokes returned to their former glory? But in a way that’s alright. “Comedown Machine” is a great, consistently surprising album that abandons the jagged, angst-ridden intensity of The TIM BUTLER

The return of The Strokes... kind of Almost halfway through “Comedown Machine,” The Strokes’ latest album, lead singer Julian Casablancas time/I’m watching you pass by/I’ve tried too long to get back there/but you’re not on time anymore/so please run away.” It’s a hidden line that speaks volumes as to what the world wants from the now legendary New York quintet, as opposed to what The Strokes actually want from themselves. “Is This It” was truly the big bang that appeared on its cover back in 2001, and the albums that followed ranged from near classics, “Room on Fire”, to scattered, beautiful messes, “First Impressions of

favor of shimmering synthesizers, looping guitars and downright funky grooves. This change in style is not a bad thing. “Comedown Machine” is focused, cohesive and substantial, something I couldn’t say for “Angles.” It’s unlike anything The Strokes’ have ever done. It is through this album that they have rediscovered the soul and intensity that ran through the bums. The sounds and styles have changed, but the band has not. Opener “Tap Out” kicks off with a three second fakeout of guitar distortion before submerging into synthesized, sugary pop. “Welcome to Japan” is a bizarre, beautiful and at times even hilarious diversion full of ridiculous observations (“What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?”). There are echoes of Strokes-gone-by—lead single ly titled halfway-point on the

album, “50/50,” both offer blistering, distorted rock. But the truly wonderful scenes this record has tucked away inside of it. The closing track “Call It Fate, Call It Karma” is a fedescription. Just listen and drift away somewhere. In 2001, Casablancas was asked why he became a rockstar. “It’s that feeling when you hear it...That feeling, whether you’re in a car, at a party or completely and totally alone, at home, or in bed... and you hear this song and it just hits strong— that’s what we aim for. Sometimes a song can be your best friend,” he said. On “Chances,” arguably the best song on the album, scendent feeling once more. After heartbreakingly admitting to a lover that he’s moving on, Casablancas breaks down, hits the highest note on the entire record, and pleads, “Little girl...I don’t know anymore.” It’s a beautiful, authentic moment of honesty and vulnerability amidst an album full of literally almost everything else. The Strokes have not come back with “Comedown Machine”—they never left.

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Kat Wright performs at Brennan’s March 21. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band plays at Radio Bean on Thursdays. hip-hop band, The Lynguistic Civilians are wordsmiths with innovative arrangements that blend classic horn lines with contemporary beats and sound effects. Flitting between blues, pop and rap, the Lynguistic Civilians ly Snoop Dog, and Young MC to name a few. The Lynguistic Civilians will

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Vermont’s own heritage is slowly melting away. The corporate world that Vermonters and UVMers have met with such resistance is hitting us where we’re most vulnerable — on the slopes. Ski resorts are becoming larger and more developed, and it’s happening at the expense of the little local mountains, on which many Vermonters took They can be seen throughout the state— off of I-89 or on the side of a ramshackle road like East Corinth’s 25C, where

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cell phone service. But these little ski hills are disappearing, and it’s because of the massive machines — both snow generating and public relations monopolizing — that larger resorts have created through corporatization. That’s not to say these larger resorts don’t deserve our business. They often have more and better-conditioned trails, contribute heavily to local economies and even give a helping hand to the little guys through lending equipment and staff. So why should you care? Well for one, the atmosphere of the small ski hill is unparalleled. We like small local shops, music venues and bars because we identify with the community collaboration that these businesses necessitate. We come to know employees as families, and fellow customers as friends. It’s about identity in a world that is increasingly homogenized. The same applies to ski hills — sometimes it’s just more fun to ride a small, local mountain with real woodsy trails and laid back Vermonters than a tourist-ridden one with endless lines at the chair lift. These mountains are dying because more and more people most likely driving past a few of these hidden havens on the way. So here’s the Cynic’s plea: support the little local ski hills just as you do any other local business. Most of them have day passes as low as $5— or they’re free! — and you’re not going to be in a line for more than a few minutes. Unfortunately for those Upper Valley Vermonters, the dream has died at Whaleback and it could be on its deathbed at the Lyndon Outing Club. With your help, there’s hope for the other local hills still remaining. With the winter season over, keep the small hills in mind for next year. Grab some friends, pack a car and hit the nearest slope. On that scale, you’re not just supporting a mountain, but a community.


Deceptions of city security


Welcome to Burlington, one of the most socially progressive places in the country. Settled between the Adirondacks of New York and Vermont’s Green Mountains, this tiny city is just about what you would expect: peaceful, picturesque and welcoming. Just one warning: don’t put your stuff down. A little known fact is that Burlington has a high property crime rate, which consists of offenses like burglary, larcenytheft, motor vehicle theft and arson. In 2010 alone, there were a total of 1,461 property crimes in Burlington. That equates to a rate of 3,444 crimes per 100,000 people. In comparison, Boston had a property crime rate of 3,202 per 100k, and New York City had a far lower rate: 1,674 per 100k residents. Additionally, the state of Vermont as a whole had a property crime rate of 2,282 crimes per 100k people. While not the highest by a long shot, Burlington’s property crime is certainly much higher than one would expect, given the low population density. tion seems really counter-intuitive. How could a city with so much social tolerance and environmental concern lack such basic morality? The answer is

that only certain parts of the city actually embody this utopian image. After dealing with so many exemplary people here, my natural instinct is to trust everybody. Unfortunately, like the rest of the world, Burlington has dishonest people, too. After meeting more people, it becomes obvious that the stereotype of the morally alligned Vermonter falls short — it certainly cannot be applied to everyone.

After meeting more people, it becomes obvious that the stereotype of the morally alligned Vermonter falls short — it certainly cannot be applied to everyone. Away from the UVM campus, the Church Street Marketplace and the waterfront, things are not so picture perfect. There are many places that are not well kept and in others there are people who shout things at pedestrians. Upon exploring the city, it becomes clear that not everyone is a friendly, eco-conscious Vermonter. After research a little about Burlington, I discovered something shocking: a 2009 study found the city to have a poverty rate of 31.8 percent. The national rate for 2012 was 16 percent, about half of what it is here. On top of that, poverty has increased nationwide over the past three years, so the current

poverty rate in Burlington is likely higher than 31.8 percent. As eye-opening as this seems, an analysis of the situation shows this to be less surprising. The poverty rate acturate. While there is no cause-andeffect relationship between poverty and theft, there is a strong correlation between the two. The poorest cities in the nation, such as Detroit or Cleveland, also have some of the highest crime rates. Property neglect is also correlated with poverty, explaining some of the poorly maintained buildings around the city. But before you decide to buy a gun and shut yourself in at night, remember that Burlington is also one of the safest cites in the country. Unlike Detroit, we have few violent crimes. There have been many years in Burlington without a single murder or manslaughter. Violent crime here is much lower than in big cities. In my opinion, property crime is far less severe than violent crime. You should feel safe to roam about the Queen City. The moral of the story is that you should think twice about where you leave your things. Burlington is a wonderful place with plenty to do, but it can really ruin your day as it did mine a couple of times, when your stuff from a seemingly safe area. With caution, you can enjoy everything good and avoid the bad.

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Improving resident relations CAROLINE DECUNZO

It’s no secret that different stages in life are coupled with different day-to-day activities. Sure, we may enjoy painting or singing in the shower from birth until death, but some other pastimes are more stringently associated with a certain decade. Proof of this can be seen in the lifestyle choices of a typical 20 year-old living in an off campus apartment versus the choices of the 40-somethings living next door with their two kids. Here comes the clash of UVM and residential Burlington. This clash can be examined best through the lens of personal liberties and freedoms. There is a philosophy regarding these freedoms that says, in short, I want to, so long as it does not collide with your face. I cannot imagine that the majority of students living off campus would identify with this philosophy and I would not ask them to. In college, Thursday through Saturday is generally fair game

for partying. And with a student body as lively as UVM’s, it’s understandable how the streets and certain houses can get a little too rowdy. The repercussions for the families residing in Burlington are sleepless nights, while the student penalties typically result in parties getting shut down and It’s easy to see that both parties situation.

With a student body as lively as UVM’s, it’s understandable how the streets and certain houses can get a little too rowdy. Actions taken to prevent this mixing of residents and students vary. One alternative already in place at UVM is the Redstone Lofts. Looking past its architectural criticism and plumbing issues, the Lofts’ on-campus locaBurlington families alike. Having a housing option located on campus but not owned by the University allows students to have freedoms they would experience living in a house off campus, while living the traditional “college” lifestyle

without disturbing the lives of other Burlington residents. Another practice that is not implemented in Burlington but has been tried elsewhere is to build a suburb for student housing on undeveloped land away from residential family areas. For environmental reasons, I wouldn’t advocate the building of apartments for student use, but perhaps pre-existing houses could be purchased and allocated for students. That is not to say that these solutions are without their own problems. Any action of the university or of a private entity to enact restrictions on where students can live is bound to provide for student disagreement. But even with this considerstudents to live in an area that is predominantly dominated by off campus students. The likelihood of this happening is slim due to the massive amount of funding projects like this necessitate. Currently, SGA does work with the city to help lower noise ordinances. But as of right now, this is the strongest step taken on the issue. I think the best solution right now is for both students and residents to be more aware of each other and of their lifestyle differences.

Quick Opinion “I’d like to see a Burlington where every vertical surface is painted in vibrant colors and every public toilet is flushed by its previous user.” Jacob Lumbra “My fantasy Burlington would include a chair lift that would take students all over campus. And that all cross-walks would be narrated with the voice of Judy Dench.” Bianca Mohn

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When asked by Justice Kagan how gay marriage harms traditional marriage, lawyer Charles Cooper offers this morally based principle of marriage as he defends the ban in California.


Turns out, faith isn’t the answer The meaning of sex Dear Editor, I am writing in response to an editorial made by Fr. Jon Schnobrich in your March 21 edition, entitled “Faith is the answer,” which was itself a response to an earlier editorial by a student struggling with issues of faith. I haven’t personally read the student’s original column, so I’m not privy to the details of her predicament, but this should prove largely irrelevant here as I will not be addressing the content of the original letter, only the content of Schnobrich’s response. In response to the Father’s response I must say: faith really is not the answer – that’s ridiculous. Let’s take a relatively innocuous belief once held in Catholicism to illustrate the shortcomings of faith and leave the whole child molestation, gay-hating, condoms-are-worse-thanAIDS, sexual repressive nasty bits aside for today. Every school child knows that the sun is the center of the solar system, and that the Earth and all the other planets revolve around it, making an orbit every year and so on in what is called the ‘heliocentric model’ of the solar system. The old model detailing how the solar system was once thought to be arranged is the ‘geocentric model’, so called because it — intuitively, but wrongly so — placed the Earth at the center of the solar system. This to ancient astronomers appeared perfectly reasonable

given their limited data and technology, relative to modern day. The geocentric model was taken as fact for centuries until a little-known astronomer named Copernicus came by in the 1500’s and presented the more accurate heliocentric model which explained some orbital aberrations astronomers were seeing with their new-fangled “telescopes,” and was quickly adopted over a couple of centuries or so, despite heavy opposition by the Church, and is now regarded as general knowledge. Do you know when the Caththe heliocentric model as true? 1992. No, I’m not kidding. It was 1992. While giving Galileo Galilei a pardon 350 years after his forced to admit that the heliocentric model was valid. Better late than never I suppose. Except not. It is this strong denial of proved fact that is essential to the faith of which Fr. Schnobrich speaks. To have faith, or to have belief in a “Faith,” such to believe something without evidence. And to believe without evidence is in essence to just make a conjecture. The vast majority of what religion claims has either absolutely no evidentiary support or is fundamentally untestable. In fact if there were strong evidence for the claims of religion, such as the existence of a God or gods, then that would be part of science, not religion. That’s how science works –

it takes the best evidence produced from experiment and constructs theories to best explain the phenomena tested. When the claims being made by a religion contradict all known fundamental principles of how the universe works, one must ask how these claims are being derived. Are these people somehow more privy to the underpinnings of the universe than all the vetted, experiment-based evidence to the contrary; or are they fundamentally just making conjecture? I would have to say the latter. And just as the former Pope may make the conjecture that his omnipotent-deity-buddywho-talks-to-him-personallyconcerning-the-moral-direction-of-all-mankind would like that he step down from his infallible position, I too make the conjecture that the new infallible Pope will contradict the old infallible Pope and in at least some small way and thus bring that whole “papal infallibility” thing into question... And also he’s really a white unicorn named Zappy who farts out ham sandwiches to homeless people. See how conjecture doesn’t make something true? And if you can see that, then the reason why faith is not the answer to anything but ignorance should also be clear. If not, may the Pope’s omnipotent deity buddy help you. Sincerely, Rev. Anthony Yasi Universal Life Church

Dear Editor, In response to your article about the Catholic Center “Tackling Sex”, I have a few opinions… Sexuality used to mean adulthood and responsibility. Childhood ceased to exist when one became a sexual being. Yet modern psychology tells us that we are always sexual beings. What sexuality means to us changes over the course of our lifetime and throughout cultural constructs of sexuality. While we are at the age of adulthood, we are not at the state of adulthood. In our college years, we are capable of sexual feelings, thoughts and acts, but we are not yet capable of the emotional capacity of these feelings and acts. Brain research also tells us that we are still developing, and won’t have a fully formed adult brain until we reach the age of 25. Granted, most college students are still in their teens when they enter their freshman year, and even so, the average graduating age is between 21 and 23 years old. We’ve still got a few years to develop even after our formal schooling. In this limbo stage between childhood and adulthood, we phases of life. It is especially true for our sexuality. Man, woman, transgendered, homosexual or heterosexual, all explore their identities as sexual beings. We like to think that sexuality is a black and white area, and in this environment, we only come up with more questions and realize how

grey this area actually is. It is not “hurting, feeling empty, or unloved” which Fr. Schnobrich likes to think, we don’t know what we feel or what we want until we test the waters. I’m not saying that the Catholic center is wrong for promoting stable, healthy relationships. But they should realize that it’s the idealized life for this population. An idealized life is not a comparable life, because everyone’s ideal is different. Yes, everyone wants to be happy and feel loved, but not evto feel that way. They make it seem that the end goal is to get married, have children, live in the suburbs and be perfect. Aren’t we past the 1950s? Even in that era, it was still full of its own problems with teen pregnancy, women’s rights, and civil unrest for equality. My real life, and everyone else’s I bet, are much more interesting than the ideal life. I bet I will get the dismissal that “She’s just another college emptiness inside her with sex.” It’s because I am older and I have been in love that I can to tell you how wrong you are. How disillusioned am I to your sermon on a loving relationship when I’ve loved and lost already? In the case of sexuality, we are powerless against the culinability to be in stable, loving relationships. Sincerely, Erica Smith Class of 2013




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Middle Ages and tech Distractions: Gadgets 1066 to 1485 Fun with electronics By Hope Olszewski, Staff Writer

Illustrations by Laurel Saldinger Across 5. We always seem to lose these when our phones need them the most 8. Opposite of iPhone 9. Not a phone and not a computer 10. Wireless technology used to transmit data over small areas 11. What PC stands for 12. Latest Mac operating system 14. Connector practically all electronics have 15. Pen used to draw on electronic surfaces 17. Sony manufactured gaming system 18. You see this in the hand of almost every young person 19. Type of computer most people use nowadays

Computer FAQ

By Josh Barry, Cynic Correspondent Is your computer not working as it should? Do you want to try and lean what is really going on when you call tech support? Well here are a few basic tips that will teach you how to troubleshoot when you are in a jam. Q: Does turning your computer off and on again really make a difference? A: The short answer is yes. Often, programs will bog down your computer’s memory with stored information and this causes your computer to move different “items” around. This moving takes time and restarting gives your computer a clean slate and allows it to start fresh. It is a good idea to restart your computer every few days.

Down 1. Captures moments in time 2. What a lot of our professors’ use 3. Type of computer that stays in one place 4. The use of this made CDs go out of style 6. Technology that allows only the listener to hear 7. You need this to Skype 12. Manufacturers of Xbox 13. Company synonymous with Steve Jobs 16. Not a regular phone

Never Mind by Madison Harris

A: There are many reasons as to why a computer could slow down, as we said above it could be something as simple as needing to reboot your computer or something as bad as having a hardware issue in your PC. If you restart your computer and it is still running slow, make sure all your programs are up to date and if it is still not working right, bring it to the professionals and let them troubleshoot the problem to see if there is a more serious issue.

Never Mind by Madison Harris This will clear some of the saved settings out of your computer that may have been keeping the computer from working properly. To do this just shut your computer down and when you turn it back on, hold down Cmd-Option-P-R all at the same time. It will reboot again and you are ready to start using it. Q: Everyone says don’t use Internet Explorer. Why? A: Internet Explorer comes on every PC when you buy it and hackers know that. Because of that, they exploit its security issues to try and get your information. Scary right? Because of this it is recommended that you use Firefox, Opera, Safari or Google Chrome instead. They are safer and they are less prone to hacks.

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a look through the lens

As part of the Best of Burlington issue, the Cynic decided to take a look at some of Burlington’s landmarks. Ridin’ High skate shop (above) is located on Battery and Pearl Streets. Burlington is a biker’s haven and has plenty of paths to prove it (left). A building sits on stilts above Lake Champlain (middle). A student takes an iPhone photo of the sunset on top of the Williams fire escape (right middle), a location frequented by students on nice evenings. Creemees (bottom) are a popular treat for Vermonters. PHOTOS BY Natalie Williams


Globetrotters meet Patrick Vt. ‘charges’ the gold Staff Writer

Senior Staff Writer

Get your popcorn ready – The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Patrick Gymnasium this Thursday. These athletic showmen incorporate music, humor, and dance on the basketball court to create an enjoyable atmosphere for all. Featuring numerous former college basketball players, including two who competed in the 2011 College Slam Dunk contest – Jet Williams and Darnell ‘Spider’ Wilks – there is a wonderful blend of basketball talent and entertainment value. Founded in 1927, the Globetrotters once featured some of the world’s best basketball talent before the NBA. A total of 113 players played for both the Globetrotters and in the NBA. Most famously was Wilt Chamberlain, the 100-point man. More recently, Devean George of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks as well as Jamario Moon of the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers played for the Globetrotters. Each member on the roster

On Saturday, Vermont’s power soccer team won the second annual Zach Stamis’ Memorial Cup held in Patrick Gym. The event is a tribute to Zach Stamis, a former Vermont student and team member who passed away during the summer of 2011. “The event is our way of honoring [Stamis] and showing people the sport that we love”, Goyette said. petitive sport that is designed chair users. Team member and Vermont senior Zach Schmoll describesthe sport as a “hybrid of hockey and basketball.” “It is the fastest growing adaptive sport in the world,” team member Scott Goyette said. “It’s the only competitive team sport available to people who use power wheelchairs.” Coached by adaptive sports expert Sandy Craige, the Vermont Chargers made a new addition to their coaching staff this year. The team had the pleasure of adding UVM men’s soccer head coach Jesse Cormier to the staff. Cormier has helped the team work on their fundamentals during afternoon skillbuilding sessions. “Jesse’s great. He’s so high energy,” Schmoll said. “He keeps us engaged and if we start losing focus he’s very attentive to that.” Players include those with spinal cord injuries, multiple

court. Ball-handlers like Ant and dunk contest participants and Hi-Lite, and novelty value like Tiny and Too Tall. In fact, the current roster includes the tallest player in Globetrotter history, Tiny, standing 7-8 as well as the shortest, Too Tall, measuring a mere 5-2. Led by Special K, who is

COURTESY OF HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. Guard TNT Maddox lunges for the ball during a Globetrotters game.

mic’d up and communicates with the crowd throughout, there is never a dull moment when the Globetrotters are in the arena. He is the pilot in this ordeal, and always brings you to saw the Globetrotter’s in Burlington last year, you witnessed referee clowning, backboard sit-

dunks. Tickets for the show are still on sale for students now. This opportunity might be just what the doctor ordered for those looking to rid themselves of the bitter taste of the Catamounts heartbreaking loss to Albany last week.

sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. The game is played with teams of four-on-four. Three offensive players make passes and maneuver the 13-inch ball using a guard on the front of their chair, while the fourth team member guards the goal. Three teams participated in the tournament along with Vermont: the Boston Breakers, the Massachusetts Hospital School Chariots and the North Passage Power Club. Vermont began its day against the MHS Chariots before taking on the Breakers at noon. “We tried our best to create a great experience for everyone involved, Schmoll said. “We’re grateful to the University of Vermont and the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association for helping us make this happen.” After an afternoon break, the Chargers played the Power Cats prior to the championship game against the MHS Chariots. The Chargers came out as the champions in the end, winning 5-1. Earlier that day when the Chargers faced off against the Chariots they only came out one point ahead. “The major difference was down and executed,” Schmoll said. “We certainly made mistakes, and we have work to do, but that last game was probably our best of the day.” The team will represent Vermont at the power soccer national championship this summer in Phoenix, Ariz.

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European football crosses the pond I had undoubtedly been missing during those early mornings in proper introduction into this pints and Geordie characters to watch the much-anticipated Chelsea vs. Newcastle match.


meant to me what I suppose it The term alone arose heart-

I was not going to be cornered Green Street Hooligan–style -

or watching the Patriots durJONATHAN POLSON The Vermont Cynic

Cats drop in standings

coached on the sidelines.

Women’s Lacrosse falls to Stony Brook in America East league opener, loss hurts Catamounts’ record Colin Hekimian Assistant Sports Editor The

last season at home.

were son according to the America East preseason poll announced earlier this month. No.15 Stony


sophomore Taylor Pederson were both selected to com-

contests in net and enters the save percentage.

Hampshire and Binghamton University rounded out the poll. crosse team is currently 5-6 in their regular season and 0-1

the poll predicted. By the end

per game places her second in -




which she was a two-time team captain. “Mary is a welcome addition

season and yet it was the rough-

I was in a crowded bar in

sitting right next to me that really stole the show. It was evident that their

brother lived and my mum was complaining about how dramatic the players were being as we

was etched into the landscape

Marco Materazzi in the chest. The crowd erupted and I was cite me.


gan. It was initially a means to -

marks the longest stretch away



ball that has a distinct notion something in a much greater

I liked the stories best: the time. The Catamounts begin a

tinue to have a double meaning

It is a livelihood that con-

that is sometimes squandered in American sports. It became a solo tradition and the whole world

season. The stretch includes third on the team in both points

at Towson University where she



with a 9-8 record. In America last season.

I distinctly remember my

they allowed me to experience

while Albany and Boston Uni-


language and meaning behind these two expressions blurred

points list. sica Roach is second in points

The game was contentious

the power would stay on so we ter.


New York is now tied

Binghamton and New Hampshire. The Catamounts went the America East tournament.


important play. be long until this problem subsided.

the alley I stumbled upon was really the true introduction into the maddening and absurdly

across the pond to study in now have both.


a two-year captain and standout at Towson. Mary brings a the game and her connections will help us with our recruiting contributing those qualities to

Stony Brook Seawolves 19-5 in

Ben Crenca




NFL consumes the media in off-season Hightlights of off-peak action steal fan’s attention and preview the 2013 player draft


With more than 150 days until the next game, the NFL continues to prove why it is the $9 billion industry it is, and the best-run professional sport in the country. Since the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, the NFL has dominated headlines with free agency and the NFL draft. Each is scheduled a month apart, making the offseason not quite an “off” season. During the time when the NHL, NBA, and college basketball are all playing games the NFL not only holds their own in the media, but also dominates it. The Miami Heat are in the midst of the second longest win streak in NBA history, and the NFL lures attention away from mainstream media with a player signing or trade. Simply put, the NFL engulfs the media and this offseason has proved nothing different. Below is my take on the highlights of the offseason and give a quick preview to the NFL Draft. Free Agency Best signings: Wes Welker,

DEN; Steven Jackson, ATL; Mike Wallace, MIA The most surprising move of free agency so far is Wes Welker landing in Denver, playing with Peyton Manning. After a standoff with the Patriots and Welker’s agent over a disputed $2 million, Welker bolted for Denver. Denver’s revamped passing attack with Welker in the slot makes them the early favorite in the AFC. Since the Atlanta Falcons cut Michael Turner, Steven Jackson became the natural replacement for the Falcons. He thrives in the power running scheme and has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past 8 years. Jackson can put Atlanta over the hump in the NFC and open up play action for Matt Ryan. If the Dolphins want to compete in the AFC East they need a deep threat for Ryan Tannehill. They seemingly solved this problem with the signing of Mike Wallace to a 5-year $60 million contract. Wallace is one of the biggest home-run threats in football and can provide some much-needed help to a Dolphins receiver corp. that had a total of 3 touchdowns last season. Worst signings: Paul Kruger, CLE; Danny Amendola, NE While Paul Kruger led the Ravens last season with 14.5 sacks, he has not yet proved that he can be an every down linebacker. The Browns gave Kruger a

5-year $40 million contract for a 2 down player. While he proved to be very effective rushing the passer, Kruger must improve on his run-defense in order prove he is worth this big payday. Danny Amendola at times can be one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, last season he had huge games against the 49ers and the redskins where he recorded 11 catches for 102 yards, and 15 catches for 160 yards respectively. While he has his big days, he is also one of the most injury prone players in the game. Last season was cut short with a broken collarbone and with his ability hardly ever in doubt, if the Patriots want to get their money’s worth, Amendola will have to stay off the injury report. NFL Draft The 2013 NFL Draft is one of the deepest classes in the past 5 years. Many NFL general managround. While the top of the draft last years with Andrew Luck of the class has people buzzing. Here are some names to look out for: Tyrann Mathieu: Since getting kicked out of LSU, Mathieu has been one of the biggest question marks in the

draft. His talent is undeniable, however his work ethic is very much questioned. After failing multiple drug tests, NFL teams will be very hesitant to pull the trigger on drafting Mathieu, but it only takes one. Teams to look out for are the Raiders, Patriots, and Texans in later rounds. Matt Barkley:

Any USC quarterback in the draft is bound to get a serious look. Barkley had a sub-par senior year, which was cut short with a shoulder injury. Many NFL general managers are impressed with what he brings to the table above the shoulders. Some think he wont back it past the Arizona Cardinals with the seventh pick, but anything can happen on draft day.

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