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Student Life to review Sig Phi Staff Report The Sigma Phi fraternity was put on further social probation following a fundraising event cosponsored by SHORE Derek Schueler’s foundation. The event, which included a boat cruise on Lake Champlain, was held a month after Schueler’s death in August and lington Community Sailing, junior Nick Chappel and member of Sigma Phi, said. The group was on social probation for the entire 20122013 academic year and is currently still on it this semester ternity GPA, which led to them being placed on academic probation, Chappel said. Following the fundraiser, fraternity president John Wohlgemuth met with Director of Student Life Patrick Brown to discuss the nature of the event Oct. 10. “He basically said ‘I understand, just next time you do something like that talk to me beforehand’,” Chappel said. Shortly after the meeting Wohlgemuth received an email from Brown stating the group’s probation would be extended into the 2014 spring semester. “Although the event was ostensibly charitable in nature, it included alcohol and
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UA pushes for Sodexo workers’ benefits Jill Vaglica Staff Writer The possibility that Sodexo food service workers at UVM and at schools across the state stirred up support from UVM’s faculty union and led the University administration to intervene, according to a campuswide memo sent by President Tom Sullivan on Friday. To avoid providing for employees’ health care, retirement, life insurance, sick leave and vacation time, Sodexo has full time employee. Previously, on a quarterly basis, as university’s dining services operate minimally during the summer.
impacts, whether positive or negative. As a result, Sodexo employees will not experience changes
nition does not take the summer recess into account, allowing many of UVM’s food service workers to lose their full-time status. UVM students and the Burlington community are concerned about the treatment of employees, and UVM is currently seeking legal counsel in confronting the issue, Sullivan’s letter said. His letter continued to state that the administration is currently reviewing its obligations, rights, and discretion under the contract with Sodexo. In the email, Sullivan assured Sodexo employees that the decision would be based on a clearer understanding of the availability and affordability of health care options for Sodexo employees and other potential
ployment status and associatOn Oct. 26, United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont, presented its petition calling on President Sullivan to enworking conditions for UVM’s Sodexo food workers to the board of trustees. United Academics is partnering with UVM Students Stand Up, the Vermont Fair Food Campaign, United Professions/AFT, and numerous
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opportunity for the brothers,” Brown said in the email. “DurSigma Phi event (cosponsored by SHORE) and that it was in fact a social event.” the boat did not go to Sigma Phi, Chappel said. A total of 125 tickets were sold for $20 each, 12 of which were purchased by Sigma Phi members. The rest were sold to Schueler’s friends, family and the UVM and Burlington community, Chappel said. Although the group was punished for hosting a social event while under social probation, UVM is among only
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Popular Facebook page UVM Confessions shut down over the weekend after being found in violation of the University’s trademark policy, causing its formerly anonymous administrators to come forward with their identities. On Saturday seniors Robin Yang, Luke Rossi and Inessa Manuelyan revealed themselves as the students behind UVM Confessions, a Facebook page that had more than 5,000 followers, in a post that stated the page was shutting down to avoid getting into “legal trouble.” “Two days ago, Nick [Negrette, assistant dean of students for retention] messaged me and said ‘please take it down immediately,’” Yang said. “[UVM] called up their lawyer and told me they were going to put me through Student Ethics.” The use of “UVM” in the title violated the University’s trademark policy, explained Negrete in an email. In addition, UVM has a University Operating Procedure for University Sponsored Media. UVM clearly did not sponsor the page, but with the use of its name it “gave a false perception” that it was a University sanctioned, he wrote. More concerning to Negrette, however, was the nature of some posts that expressed stalking-like behavior and self-harm. “One particular instance included 19 people contacting Police Services over someone’s posting about suicidal ideation,” he wrote. “Additionally, Counseling & Psychiatry Services were called numerous times, as well as Residential Life members.” In all instances, no one was hurt. Yang, who created the page last January after noticing that other colleges had similar pages, said she was surprised both at its popularity, and the fact that administrators felt some of its posts were extreme enough to warrant action. it but I had a friend message me saying that her friend got expelled for creating a page and refusing to take it down, which scared me,” she said.
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Report shows increase in hate crimes incident, said Jes Kraus, the portunity. Kraus that hate crimes, or those that include assault, vandalism or some violation of state or federal law are handled by Police Services. Bias incidents, or those incidents that contribute to an “unequal climate” on campus but may not be technically un-
Ted Levin Staff Writer Despite UVM’s efforts to make the student body more diverse, a 2012 public safety report released by Police Services revealed that the frequency of hate crimes both on and off-campus has increased. Since 2010, the reported number of hate crimes, what Police Services considers those motivated by bigotry or prejudice toward a person’s personal or perceived race, has risen from zero to four over a two-year span with many more likely going unreported, the report showed. While only one of these reinvolved race, Beverly Colston, director of the ALANA student center, said this is troubling for all students regardless of ethnicity. “People want to feel like they belong to this community and they’re valued members,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a welcoming, inclusive community.” While Colston said she could not point to precise statistics, she believes she has charged incidents among undergraduate students in various degrees of severity. “A lot of the time it can be instances of people using the N-word or overhearing other people talking that way,” she said. Senior Mache Chase, the president of UVM’s Black Student Union, said she has also
usually in conjunction with the
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President of UVM’s Black Student Union Mache Chase works in the Davis Center Oct. 29. Chase has noticed more bias incidents over the past three years. Police services revealed hate crimes have increased. noticed more bias incidents over the past three years. “Students of color do not report the incidents anymore because we fail to see a change or a follow-up on how those who commit crimes are reprimanded,” Chase said. One possible explanation for the rise in hate crime may be an unintended effect of the past few years, Colston said. The class of 2017 was reported to be the most diverse in UVM’s history, with about fying as ALANA (Asian-Amer-
Manure makes heat Ethan Rogers Staff Writer Imagine if manure and compostable organic material could heat a greenhouse and produce nutrients for the Crockenberg and Tad Cooke have made this idea into a reality. Born and raised in Vermont and friends since childhood, Cooke and Crockenberg were students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ self-designed major program, when they had the idea for a project they call “the pile.” The two seniors built a bioreactor that produces heat and CO2, and while the concept is based on simple principles, it is deceptively complex, Crockenberg said. The pile consists of layers of cow manure and hay embedded with temperature probes, Crockenberg said. It is also negatively aerated, meaning that it draws in air through the pile into the greenhouse, he said. The goal of the pile is to provide CO2 and heat to tomatoes growing inside the greenhouse. This would mean that no fossil fuels would be needed to heat the house in the winter. But the energy has to come from somewhere. That is where the manure comes in. By providing the organic
material for the microbes to feast on, the cow manure is the source of heat and nutrients for the plants. “The pile takes in manure and other organic wastes as an energy source,” Cooke said. “It kills two birds with one stone. The farmers can dispose of manure and heat the greenhouse.” Cooke and Crockenberg said they then closely monitor data from the temperature probes and re-pile the manure as needed. “The hard part is building out how much of everything it needs,” Cooke said. “Once that’s done, it could be easily built and applied to other projects.” Cooke and Crockenberg hope to get more funding to continue their work on the pile, but as seniors they are also thinking about their futures after UVM. They want to take the pile to other local farms and further develop its design. “We plan to stay in the area. Also we just got the Moran project funded,” Cooke said. The Moran plan pitched by Crockenberg and Cooke in April will include anaerobic digestion, solar powered techvegetable production, gourmet mushrooms, a restaurant, nano-brewery and access to the future skate park and marina, a May Cynic article stated.
ican, Latino, African-American and Native American) or multi-racial, according to UVM Admissions. But while UVM may have more diversity, Chase said she believes it will fail in retaining some of those students if its community cannot address the problems of bias. Additionally, the 2000 census showed that 92.27 percent of the Burlington populawhile in the 2010 census the percentage dropped to 88.94. As the student and Burlington population grow more
diverse, it will likely be important that students become aware of what a bias incident looks like and what the protocol for handling it is. A 2011 Campus Climate survey conducted by the University’s Center for Rural Studies showed that three out of 10 students were aware of the protocol for reporting bias incidents, which Police Services considers to include all hate crimes. But what can be especially
Standards. “Let’s say someone writes some sort of awful racial epithet on a whiteboard,” Kraus said. “This is a type of incident where, if it happens once, is not thought to be severe enough to rise to the level of a policy violation. To date, the only stuff we tracked were those incidents severe enough.” The University has taken steps to promote a more inclusive community, he said, Action has invested in software that will now keep track of all reported bias incidents for a thorough set of data, he said. In addition, diversity training is now mandatory for all new UVM employees. Recenty 400 work-study students participated in a 2-hour seminar. a rule that all undergraduate students must take six credits in a diversity-related subject in order to graduate.
of a hate crime versus a bias
Leaky buildings get costly Ben Plotzker Staff Writer With winter weather looming, Vermonters have been tightening up their homes to reduce energy costs. ny, has programs for residents to perform audits by licensed professionals who perform a blower door test to measure the cubic feet of air displaced from a leaky home. doing energy work for over 20 forms these tests weekly. The blower door test is performed to make sure no appliances are giving off carbon monoxide and taking a baseline pressure. All interior doors are opened and windows are closed and locked. The next step is to set up a doorframe covered in a sheet where the blower door will be placed. The front or back door
Make sure the storm windows are shut properly. Make sure the outside storm window is up all the way and the inner one is down fully.
in. The blower (or large fan) is placed in the bottom center of the frame and air is pushed outside. A monitor connected to the fan assesses the air loss. In 2010, during an infrared scan report of UVM buildings Bullis was able to analyze the heat loss of many UVM buildings and energy consumption. He looked at everything from cabinet heaters running in Harris Millis in an already heated hallway, to the showerheads in Chittenden-Buckham-Wills that used twice the amount of water than necessary a minute, he said. At the end of the report a savings calculation is made. Approximately $258,000 can be saved at UVM if recommendations by Bullis were made and could save over 1,420 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. Behavior of students and faculty will depend on the energy savings. Increasing energy costs have increased interest in energy audits and therefore have been saving electrical
Off campus if you have a cellar, check the windows and door to the outside. Let the landlord know if there are repairs needed.
generation and oil transporta“Living in the Greenhouse
Heights, Aiken and the DC are built with this in mind, whereas the older buildings are not designed in a way that saves any energy.” When the fan is running, a thermal imaging camera is used as a visual to see where air is leaking through walls, recessed lights, electrical outlets, windows/doors, etc. “The blower door is the tool approach tightening up your home,” Bullis said. “A lot of homes in Vermont were not designed to withstand the cold the necessary steps to lowering heating bills, as well as cooling in the summer.” A mix of insulation or new appliances can be used to effectively reduce the energy bill.
If you are too warm and can’t properly control the heat, partially cover the radiator with a towel or blanket instead of opening a window.
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Top world stories Taylor Delehanty Staff Writer
Syria cuts weapons
Syria submitted a formal declaration of its chemical weapons program and stated that it plans to destroy the weapons three days ahead of the scheduled deadline. weapons program includes at least 45 sites. When Syria decited 23 sites. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has stated dential and they will not discuss the contents of the Syrian document. (Source: NPR)
and American troops placed at Afghan military and pocould result. (Source: The New York Times)
Questions for NSA, Merkel
The NSA’s spying on German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone has been proven to have started earlier than was previously thought: in 2002. She has held the position has had good relations with President Obama throughout
combat trainers and troops. They will focus more on military managers in the area. This new plan comes from the fear that the U.S. Congress and European parliaments billion a year. Unless NATO
Students, faculty union rally for Sodexo workers
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the public statement to the board of trustees on Saturday. “We call upon the administration to follow through and menting the cuts and to do it in not be considered second-class citizens. They are an integral part of our University commuAUSTIN GRANT The Vermont Cynic
er for the Vermont Fair Food livan will choose to not to cut
questioned as to why it didn’t the administration stated that she was not currently being monitored and wouldn’t be in the future. (Source: The New York Times)
NATO lessens attack plan 40 killed in Baghdad they are planning a lesser postwar mission in Afghanistan than they had originally de-
“People need to understand
President Thomas Sullivan and Provost David Rosowsky discuss
The article also points out that these restrictions are violations of federal law under the National Labor Relations Act.
she said. “The administration
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employees and students to discuss the issue. “This isn’t going to go away until work-
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not allowed to discuss these cuts amongst themselves or
ploded within 40 minutes of each other. Forty civilians were killed and 100 more were injured. All but a couple of the bombing targets were bus stations and public markets. (Source: The New York Times)
lowed to accept outside literature informing them of their
movement. “This is also an issue of UVM standing by the workers who run its food system. This is really important because if we teach food systems think-
even if that means dropping the contract with the company. of the largest food service corporations in the world and still is planning to cut the wages
ployees in the dark and needs “The university also has a responsibility to protect the should drop its contract with
that are inconsistent with what
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dent of the Inter Fraternity Council said. “[Because] UVM doesn’t have a set rule on what a social
Sophomore Michelle Sloss said disagrees with the punishment due to the nature of the event.
to say whatever they want and accuse whoever they want on
but as I see it social probation is a way to keep the organization from causing any harm to other organizations or stu-
lose I’m going to say we need
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CRIME LOG Lauren Drasler Staff Writer
Oct 19 1:09 a.m. Hall staff in Harris/Millis Hall called in an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room in the building. Police Services arrived and were able to locate the source of the odor though only some
Three students were spotted attempting to get onto the roof of a building located at 86 South Williams Street. An observer called to police reported the incident to Police Services. When police arget down and complied without incident.
results were not available before print time. Check online at the Cynic’s website for updated information.
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A student reported that their prescription pills had been stolen out of their dorm room in McCann Hall. The room had been
Hall staff in Hunt Hall called in an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room in the build-
appeared to be disturbed. No one
na grinder and a pipe from students in the room. No marijuana was taken in this incident.
amount of the drug were taken from students.
Members of the fraternity met with Brown and other members of the administration Tuesday to discuss the group’s probation and plan to meet
11:51 a.m. A person walking in Centennial Woods came across a dog that appeared lost near the woods. The person brought the owner was contacted. The dog was then returned safely to its home.
8:07 p.m. A bong was recovered by hall staff in the Living/Learning Center during a health and safety inspection. The individuals that found the bong turned destroyed.
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Resurrected: Thread isn’t finished yet Francesca Parnham Life Editor When local arts, culture and news publication Thread Magazine disappeared from racks in the Davis Center last spring, the Cynic caught up with edihad been a stocking issue, or if Thread was dead. But this past September Sarle re-launched the former bi-monthly print magazine, known for long-form style features and glossy photo spreads, into a web-based operation, and after this past weekend’s wellattended fundraiser at the BCA, Thread is back and ready to uti“We are publishing a lot more content now,” Sarle said. “We are reallocating our print resources to cover more material in a much more timely manner.” Thread used to hold all of the best features for print in its bi-monthly issues. With the new website, when Sarle and other contributors write an article, they can publish it online immediately. So far, the website has featured an array of stories covering everything from a proEmerge Vermont to “beer journalism.” Editor’s Note: The Cynic’s own Life co-editor Johnny Sudekum wrote an article Sept. 21 reviewing local singer/songwriter Myra Flynn’s new album “Half Pigeon.” “Nobody loves a print publication more than I do; it was so fun! But for right now we are going to hold off,” Sarle said. “A special print edition is in the cards for the future.” A UVM graduate, Sarle developed the idea for Thread in August 2011, and has since collaborated on stories with fellow UVM alum and former Cynic opinion editor Zach Despart, who now writes for the Addison Independent. Owing to declining ad sales and Sarle’s admission into Co-
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Thread editor Ben Sarle poses for a photo. Sarle is a UVM graduate and developed the idea for Thread in August 2011. Sarle relaunched the former bi-monthly magazine this September. With the new website, Sarle can publish his articles online immediately. lumbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he contemplated pausing printing after Issue 8 and taking a one-year hiatus to move to New York City. But while Sarle may have been ready to leave Burlington, friends and avid readers of Thread weren’t on the same page. In his Letter from the Editor posted Sept. 21 on Thread’s website, he wrote that he had been “inundated” with story pitches and advertising inquiries. “It’s a combination of switching our platform and re-emerging in the market. Burlington is such a supportive community,” he said. “Businesses were stoked to get the word out.” Case in point: This past weekend, Church Street’s BCA hosted a fundraising party with
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Thread where 50 percent of the donations went to the magazine, and the other half went to the BCA’s arts scholarship fund. With the band Pours headlining and sponsorship from community partners like Manhattan’s Pizza, Guild Fine Meats, Cursive Coffee and Sweet Lady Jane, the event reached capacity. “It was less about trying to make money and more about trying to get the word out,” he said, though he estimated Thread walked away with a few hundred dollars. With more community partnerships in the works, Sarle said Thread is currently in talks with Signal Kitchen. The magazine in its latest iteration is fast living up to its reputation as a “community newspaper,” a concept
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its niche among young Burlington professionals. “It’s fostered by the feedback we get. I think back to our different than what we are doing now, and it’s because of the leadership that recognizes our audience,” he said. And while most of Thread’s writers are media industry professionals who contribute on
the side, Sarle said it’s relatively easy to pitch stories. Currently the magazine is edited and worked on at Sarle’s house, but he said he hopes to open a small “There’s nothing better than going out and people recognizing you, and then giving you positive feedback about the magazine,” he said. “It’s for the people.”
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“I think back to our first couple of issues and it’s so different from what we are doing now, and it’s because of the leadership that recognizes our audience.”
free APS units, or advanced power strips used to decrease energy usage by shutting off automatically, to Eco-Reps who, in turn, are organizing an energy campaign and power strip study
on campus. These APS units, or Advanced Power Strips, decrease energy usage by turning off automatically. The campaign, “Is There a Phantom in Your Room?” was created as a way to target wasteful energy habits among students. One behavior in particular is unplugging electronics cantly decreases the amount of “phantom energy” given off, consequently saving energy and money. A pre-screening was conducted last week as Eco-Reps began randomly selecting students on Central Campus in an attempt to get volunteers to participate in the campaign. This week, Eco-Reps returned to the students who were eligible to volunteer and installed meters which track the energy usage of students’ current power strips.
In two weeks’ time, APS units will be installed to replace students’ current power strips. the energy usage of the two power strips will be compared. This study is intended to reduce energy costs on Central Campus by reducing phantom energy, provide APS units to students, and ultimately track, ciency of these APS units. In addition to the energy campaign, Eco-Reps have also enacted six additional campaigns, all unique and student run, put in place to promote a more sustainable University These campaigns include topics such as reuse, composting, recycling, transportation, water, and food. For more information students can contact the Eco-Reps working within their residential complex.
Flynn hosts unorthodox ‘The Graduate’ “[The format] meant the actors had to work extra hard and I think it worked by the end.”
Tom Tidnam Staff Writer The L.A. Theatre Works production of “The Graduate” at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 23 took a somewhat novel approach toIts theatrical format did away with traditional sets, as the cast instead performed in the style of a radio play solely performed acousticly. Actors performed separately from each other, with some taking on multiple parts, speaking into microphones and live sound effects were enacted on stage. The unconventional format could have run the risk of not allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the story being told, but the familiarity of the original story to an overwhelming majority of the audience was evident. This was displayed by a show of hands when artistic director Brian Kite —who himself cited it as one of his all-time favorites— inquired as to how many in attendance had seen the origi-
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The L.A. Theater Works producion performs “The Graduate” at the Flynn Center Oct. 23. The cast took a theatrical format by eliminating traditional sets and performed in the style of a radio play.
enough to make up for this.
been ranked as the no. 17 best
on the 1963 novel by Charles Webb, was and is something of a cultural phenomenon, ranked by many as one of their favorite
Film Institute’s Top 100 list. A stage adaptation of both Webb’s novel and Calder Willingham and Buck Henry’s screenplay proved to be both
a great opportunity and somewhat of a challenge for Terry Johnson, who shepherded its original Broadway run. The chosen format of a live radio show only heightened the pressure on the script to recreate
the sparkling and witty dialogue of the original, with emphasis placed away from set, costume design and props. The story and dialogue were played for laughs for the most -
choly air of the original put aside in favor of a more straightforward comedic tone. This can be attributed in part again to the nature of the format, which required its performers to perform in a more heightened manner than may have been expected. This approach, while perhaps not as immersive as a more conventional production, helped provide the evening with a sense of spontaneity and immediacy, and its success was evident in the consistent laughter from the audience. Overall, the combination of an unconventional theatrical format and familiar material seemed to work for the audience. “I felt that the physical limitations of the format were hard to get past,” sophomore Garrett Garcia said. “But it meant that the actors had to work extra hard and I think it worked beimmersed in the story.”
Characters fleshed out
This week in Video
Cynic Video caught up with Local Burlington rap group, The Lynguistic Civilians, during their CD release party at Nectar’s last month. Check out the footage online at www.vermontcynic.com/video or www.youtube.com/CynicVideo. Photos and video by Natalie Williams
“Catherine,” this week’s episode of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” proved to be another excellent installment of a show that’s starting to get a handle on the emotional depth of its characters. It was much less focused on the research at the epicenter of the show and rather explored the emotional lives of the three protagonists. Virginia, Bill and his wife, Libby, all end up in some level of despair by the episode’s end. Virginia experiences what many a divorced mother must go through—her son is fed up with her long work hours and wants to run away and live with his deadbeat father. Libby must deal with her miscarriage while Bill predictably shuts down. The performances in the episode were all spectacular. I’ve been impressed all season with Caitlin Fitzgerald’s performance as Libby, a stereotypical 1950s housewife with a rather uncommon emotional honesty. Here her misery for both her lost baby and Bill’s inability to comfort or commiserate with her—to act like a husband, the only thing she really wants—is the most heartbreaking part of
a relatively melancholy episode. Bill, of course, responds in the only way he is capable: leaving the room to tend to the pragmatics of the situation. He even goes through performing the surgery himself with only minimal hints at his mental and emotional state. It’s only when Virginia tries to push him to lay off the research for a few days that he breaks down, forcing her eyes shut so she doesn’t see him crying. Here we’re presented with a man who’s so profoundly insecure that he must see even expressing grief over the death of his unborn daughter as a sign of weakness. The series so far has made the oncoming progress of the time period, namely women’s issues and the sexual revolution, a major theme, and I think here it’s adding yet another facet to that: repressive expectations of manhood. Virginia’s scenes with her son manage to be almost as devastating as Bill and Libby’s heartbreak without feeling trivial. My only issue is that I don’t know what the show is trying to say about Ethan. He has the least conviction of all the characters, with serious violent patterns and a pathetic sense of self-pity, but he seems to be almost well meaning when handling the situation with Virginia’s son. I hope he doesn’t eventually direct his vindictiveness to the children. It didn’t move forward the research much at all, but “Catherine” was the strongest human story the show has told so far.
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‘Vincent’ puts Van Gogh’s life on stage Becca Friedlander Staff Writer On Thursday, the story of tormented artist Vincent Van Gogh came to Burlington in a play, “Vincent,” written by renowned actor and writer Leonard Nimoy. Vincent Van Gogh was a mid-19th century artist known for his impressionist paintings, particularly “Starry Night” and mental health issues that culminated in cutting off his own ear and delivering it to a prostitute named Rachel. Van Gogh’s story is told through the eyes of his younger brother Theo, and uses a collection of letters and stories to portray the artist. James Briggs, who portrays Theo in the show, is the only actor in the play. Briggs has studied both law and theater, recently returning to the stage after working as an attorney in Boston. “It’s a challenging role because its one person on stage and it’s such an important role,” Briggs said. While the play features a lonely Theo speaking about his brother, Vincent’s story consists of many famous characters. Though it is well known that many people in his town hated Van Gogh, he found solace in the company of his peers. Some of these include fellow artists such as Paul Gaugin, whose friendship with Vincent is highly noted
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Jason Briggs performs in the play “Vincent” at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Oct. 25. Briggs portrays Van Gogh’s younger brother Theo and is the only actor in the play. Van Gogh’s paintings are displayed throughout the show in the order he painted them. in the play, as well as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Camille Pissaro, Georges Seurat and Émile Bernard. Briggs portrays the frequent highs and lows of Vincent’s life through Theo’s myriad of emotions, sometimes softly explaining his brother’s madness and
other times shouting passionately into the audience. Throughout the show, Van Gogh’s paintings are displayed in the order he painted them, helping Theo show his emotional journey to the audience, giving them a sense of who the artist truly was.
Leonard Nimoy not only wrote the play, but originally performed it himself, most noNimoy branched out into the world of theater after his famous role as Spock on the famous television series “Star Trek.” His play “Vincent” would later also
inspire him to write an episode on Van Gogh for the television series “In Search Of…” “I have a responsibility to carry the torch forward for him,” Briggs said. The play, performed in the Main Street Landing Performance Arts Center, will run until Oct. 27.
Growing up Rockefeller
Though Nick Carraway, protagonist in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby”, utters a now famous belief about the rich—“They are different from you and me,”— Eileen Rockefeller Growald does not see it that way as she writes in her memoir “Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself.” Rockefeller puts her life story on paper as therapy for being ostracized due to having been born into a famous, wealthy family that built their fortune originally on Standard Oil. She parts a curtain into her fascinating world of luxury, touring us through her multiple homes with ease and familiarity. She delves into her experiences and reveals to the reader that she has struggled just as much as anyone, if only in a way that many may have trouble relating to. You don’t have to look far in order to see that the themes of family and of self-identity make the memoir relatable. Rockefeller reveals her pain as the youngest child of parents who were often too busy hosting parties to personally raise her. Finding oneself is an integral
part of life, a journey that Rockefeller shares with everyone. The memoir conveys how she grew into her own person, while embracing her responsibilities as American royalty in spite of them as well. This memoir is remarkable, particularly because it shows that being a Rockefeller is not pair of shoes but also about wearing them, and walking in them, with a distinct manner of The author inspires us by stepping out of her own shadow of power and reputation—she demonstrates that, although we might be born with certain obligations, it is important to not let Rockefeller, while acknowledging her individuality, proves that her life has been like any other, with unique adversities through a journey of self-discovery.
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Five recent tracks to jam to heady guitar-stomping romps bombarding the harmonized refrain, “Her eyes, they seem cast and fatherless.” A brilliant song on a brilliant album.
A hell of a lot of dark, dank, dirty fun and that is all you really want from a Schoolboy Q song.
Anybody who has kept up with the indie rock scene as of late is probably sick and tired of hearing about Arcade Fire’s up-
“Jackie” – Iceage
“Normal Person” – JACOB HOLZMAN
“Y.A.L.A.” – M.I.A. “Y.A.L.A.,” which stands for “You Always Live Again,” is a track off of M.I.A.’s predictably polarizing November album release, “Matangi.” With a sleek, squealing synth background and rattling percussion perfect for bouncing in the club, this song is ripe for rocking on a party stereo. The song plays on the phrase “Y.O.L.O.,” and M.I.A. comments at the end with her usual swagger: “Y.O.L.O. / I don’t even know anymore / If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?”
“She Ain’t Speakin’ Now” – Of Montreal Deep on Of Montreal’s recent fantastic return-to-form, “lousy with sylvianbriar,” “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now” is a folky ballad-esque cut, bubbling with picked mandolin and strummed acoustic guitar.
Well, this song is evidence of why it receives all the hype: a booming atomic bomb of celeb-frustration in a four-minute barn-burner from a usually stoic and stone-faced band.
PIT)” – Schoolboy Q Holy cow. This beat, man. Schoolboy Q may not be the top dog of Top Dawg Entertainment’s lyricism category, but he does make a dang meaty amount of, well, banging. This song is like pirate cannons shooting at a gangsta tillery guns on battleships and Schoolboy Q plays Battleship with the beat. A hell of a lot of dark, dank, dirty fun and that is all you really want from a Schoolboy song.
Proprietors of the spectacularly writhing “You’re Nothing” LP released earlier this year, Danish post-punk band Iceage have released a 7” of two covers, one of which is this Sinèad O’Connor re-imagining. What the band has done in this cover is, in essence, taken a slow-burning gloom-pop song and amped it up with adrenaline, nihilism and brute force. The song lacks a true climax, but this lends to its purpose – it is a song about a story without resolution, so there can be no “resolving” of the song. The bass is loud, the guitars are brittle, the drums are loud as hell and the vocals impassioned to the point of almost falling apart — this is one rampaging buildup you want to hear.
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Halloweek has begun. College students all over the country are dedicating this week to the celebration of Halloween, an excuse to drink during weekdays and drink more on the weekend. While many of you will inevitably trek down the hill to a house party or the bars, the Cynic would like to offer a few warnings and suggestions for what is bound to be a week of barelyremembered memories. First, when you’re choosing your costume, take a minute to think about what that costume actually is. Many people these days drop $50 on a costume that sells itself as a cultural caricature. You know them all: the “Native American,” the “Indian princess,” and the “Mexican,” to name a few. In other words, many people are dressing up, for a joke, as someone else. If this alone wasn’t bad enough, these are one-dimensional, stereotypical costumes. The “other” has become exotic to the point of enjoyment and this is fully apparent as you walk through a costume party. When these costumes are used, the acceptance of inauthentic, pigeonholed identities is perpetuated. You never know who you are offending and what effect that your costume may have on someone’s life. Tradition is not an excuse, the fact that UVM is not the most racially diverse school is not an excuse and “it’s a joke” is the words of all. So just be careful when choosing your costumes. Second, as this is typically a big time for alcohol consumption, make sure you limit yours. There will be many police ofyou stay safe and if you’re too drunk that means you’re going to get a ticket or spend the night in the drunk tank. Also, ending up on the Cynic’s Crime Log does not look good to a future employer. Be safe, be smart and make good choices. Last, if you plan on engaging in any activity of the sexual nature, just be careful. Halloween has a tendency to bring out revealing costumes—male and female—and whoever it is has the full right and privilege to wear it. When you mix alcohol with any sexual intentions, you’re walking a thin line. How a man or woman is dressed is no excuse for anything non-consensual. And consent does not exist with blurred judgment. Remember that. With all of this in mind, have fun and happy Halloweek.
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Gaming culture gets real main a potent element. But videogames do one thing so beautiful that it’s unmatched even in modern times: they allow the player to play out an existence outside of their own. You could be a fantastical sorceress from Middle Earth, a captain of a space vessel, a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, a soldier a futuristic U.S. army, or even a piñata.
As a millennial wrought around the dawn of Pokémon, Sims, and Mario-themed videogames, it was hard not to play videogames. The new generation of consoles emerged, featuring the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. With exciting worlds and entertaining games just a controller away, I was quickly swept up into videogaming culture. However, as any videogame fanatic can tell you, a prevailing stigma existed. There was a certain game-shame that haunted us gamers, produced by the media and parental culture alike. Studies came forth showing a link between violent videogames and violent behavior in children. Wisdoms that gaming would rot the brain or create lazy teens became proverbs for most parents. The stereotype of the gamer developed: lazy, full of angst, and most likely overweight and male. In fact, Jack Thompson, one of the many prominent antivideogame activists, often predicted that the culprits of then modern crime were teenage boys who practice their heinous acts through videogames. I’ll grant that playing videogames isn’t perfect: gender
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There was a certain game-shame that haunted us gamers, prdouced by the media and parental culture alike. The worlds of videogames are endless, and people love acting out their desires, dreams, or goals through vivid simulation. Granite, some play Grand Theft Auto games for the delight of slaughter, but there are also some who play it for its biting social satire and game dynamics. And, like any other institution, videogames are evolving. All major videogame consoles now boast a manipulative controller for active gameplay, such as the PlayStation Move, the Xbox Kinect, and the Wii remote. Videogame culture itself has come to include more health-focused, family friendly games, with Wii Fit and Wii Sports serving as a staple in some family households. This
only illustrates the ability of positive and solid entertainment that video-gaming can produce, and in fact counter many of the negative connotations around videogames. Indeed, the stereotype of the average gamer is evolving. They are not all male; according to the Entertainment Software Association, 40 percent of gamers are women. Not all videogames are gory escapes; since 2007, the family entertainment genre is the fastest growing market in the videogame industry, as reported by the ESA. With the breakdown of the negative connotation around gaming that occurred after the nineties and early 2000s, researchers are free to research such potential positives. A new study, conducted by the University of California and published revealed that videogames improve older adults’ cognitive functions and aids treatment for neurological disorders such depression. Millennial video-gamers need no longer fear. As more and more individuals embrace videogames, gamers are not as incessantly reproached. Slowly these people are welcomed to the forefront of “modern appropriateness,” shedding their engrained game-shame in the prorecognizing the potential positives of videogames, just as videogames are evolving to be more inclusive. And, when it comes down to it, video-gaming’s ability to allow players to play out an external existence should unite us more than drive us apart.
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18. Paranormal investigation is the focus of Syfy show ______ Hunters. 19. Author Washington ______ is known for his tales of a Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle. Down 1. The Crucible by Arthur Miller focused on these 17th century hearings. 3. The Pumpkin King of Halloween Town 6. Despite the name, these horror movie parodies are not meant to scare. 7. All Hallows’ Eve is the Christian triduum 8. Linus van Pelt believes in 9. Red and orange striped confection 10. A Halloween game in12. The Grim Reaper is often depicted as one with a scythe. 15. Irish Halloween bread
Halloween fun facts by Jenna Bushor Samhainophobia means to have a fear of Halloween.
On Oct. 15, 2013, Tim Mathison from California broke the record for world’s largest pumpkin weighing in at 2,032 pounds. Stephen Clarke holds the Guinness world record for fastest time to carve a single ton of pumpkins at three hours, 33 minutes and 49 seconds.
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Rugg, Voelkel shine in exhibition game Colin Hekimian Assistant Sports Editor UVM faced off against the St. Michael’s Purple Knights in an exhibition game this past Saturday. The Catamounts topped the Purple Knights 79-72. Vermont spread out the scoring in this game with six players tallying double-digit points. The game was eventaully won in free throw attempts. After maintaining a large lead for much of the game, UVM began missing free throws and started turning the ball over, giving St. Mike’s a chance to come back. Near the end of the game it seemed plausible that St. Michaels’s could win the game. The senior Burlington native Clancy Rugg led the team in scoring with 13 points and added 5 rebounds. Rugg was able to get to the line 10 times and made 7 of his free throws. Senior forward Brian Voelkel had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Sophomore Ethan O’Day and junior Hector Harold provided very valuable minutes off the bench. O’Day had 12 points and Harold had 10 points and six rebounds. The two players combined for 22 points on 50 percent shooting. First-year Dre Wills played solid defense, protecting the rim by blocking three shots in his brief 15 minutes of play. Vermont scored 23 points
from the line out of 31 attempts. St. Mike’s was only 12-19 from the line. UVM gave away the ball 14 times, resulting in 11 points off turnovers. St. Michaels attempted multiple three-point shots compared to the Catamounts’ more conventional offensive approach. The Purple Knight’s infatuation with the 3-pointer is evident based on their points in the paint total. Only 14 of their 72 points came in the paint compared to Vermont’s 34. The Purple Knights launched 30 3-pointers, making about half of them compared to UVM’s 10 attempts. Dom Ditlefsen was hot from 3-point range, hitting 4-6 to add to his 14 point total. St. Michaels’ leading scorer, junior James Cambronne was extremely active in this game. He had 17 points, 4 3-pointers St. Michael’s weakness was in securing the boards—Vermont outrebounded them by 15, resulting in 17 second-chance points. St. Michaels was able to come back because of Vermont’s second half shooting woes. After making 58.62 percent Vermont’s offense struggled to convert points in the second half when they shot 34.6 percent. Vermont had a 17-point lead
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Vermont senior forward Luke Apfeld shoots over a St. Mike’s defender in an exhibition victory Oct. 26.
four minutes into the second half before St. Michaels mounted their unsuccessful comeback attempt. With 3 minutes to go and Vermont leading 76-60, the Catamounts would allow St. Michaels to go on a 12-3 run. Purple Knights’ Mike Holton Jr. hit a 3-pointer after a timeout, giving St. Michaels some much-needed energy. Later, a UVM turnover led to
another Purple Knights 3-pointer. The Catamounts turned it over yet again, and St. Michaels hit another 3-pointer bringing the score to 76-60 with 1:45 to go. Voelkel then missed 2 free throws, giving the Purple Knights a chance to come back. Purple Knight Mike Thompson missed his 2 free throws as well but they managed to get an offensive rebound and a layup to
bring the score to 76-62. Rugg then hit two free throws to put the game out of reach for St. Mikes, securing the win for Vermont. UVM plays its last preseason game of the year on November 3 against Concordia. The regular season begins November 9. UVM was picked Preseason poll with a projected total of 62 points.
NFL Picks Week 10 But the Patriots were able to turn it around by capitalizing on a Caleb Sturgis missed 46-yard This weekend, they’ll face off against the Steelers and I expect to see Tom Brady come out
Steelers vs Patriots The New England Patriots, with a current record of 6 and 2, second half performance to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 last Sunday. was picked off and a continued lack of offensive rhythm ensued.
aimed at the heart of the Steelers defense. Again, New England took another hit to their lineup with the loss of their right tackle, Sebastian Vollmer. Without Vollmer, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and a questionable Aqib Talib, the Patriots’ list of defensive weapons is stretched thin. Keys to the game: Steelers and the veteran Big Ben Roethlisberger will look to hit the Pats defense hard and keep them on their heels.
Scoreboard: Taylor 14-15 Julia 13-16 Rory Jake 21-8 16-13 Colin 18-11 Owen 13-16 Stu 17-12
Brady cannot waste time in getting his offense going and will have to be on heightened alert without Vollmer or Wilfork’s experienced protection. I’ve got the Pats winning this one with a focus on Stevan Ridley and the running game. If Talib is cleared to play, it’s a foregone conclusion Pats have this one in the bag.
The Pick New England: Nick, Taylor, Stu, Julia, Jake, Colin, Owen and Rory
Saints vs Jets Drew Brees and the Saints have been playing phenomenal football as of late, coming in at 6-1. Leaving the Buffalo Bills in their wake, the Saints move on to play the Jets this Sunday at the MetLife Stadium. New York is somewhat similar to the Bills in that they like to run the football with their young quarterback, Geno Smith. The Drew Brees - Jimmy Graham combo has shown to be extremely effective. Graham played a limited role against the Bills but still came away with 2 touchdown catches. The Jets have been fun to watch this year with Smith’s exciting running aspect. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to hold the ball too long and has
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been sacked a total of 25 times coming into week 8. Keys to the game: Smith and Gang Green will need to be consistent if they have any hope of stopping the Saints. Saints should win this because of the disparity on the Jets offense. I expect the Saints to continue their romp, leaving behind a disheartened and collective New York City fanbase that has to come to grips with losing records from both of their teams.
The Pick New Orleans: Nick, Taylor, Stu, Julia, Jake, Colin, Owen and Rory
Bengals vs Dolphins The Cowboys put an end to the Eagles quarterback controversy quickly. They allowed only 80 yards on 29 Nick Foles heaves, and then Matt Barkley was picked off thrice in one quarter.
They’ll face a stiffer test against the Lions and a healthy Calvin Johnson. Cowboy Joseph Randle was effective as the lead back in Demarco Murray’s absence, though Phillip Tanner poached a goal line touchdown. Much to my fantasy team’s demise. So much is made about the Cowboys’ passing attack but they can sprinkle in the ground game. Same goes for the Lions, whose use of their running backs in the passing game is a sort of extended run game for them. Two similar teams here, especially in the pass rush. I’m betting on the home team here, but don’t have much conviction in this pick.
The Picks Cincinnatti: Taylor, Stu, Julia, Jake, Colin, owen and rory Miami: Nick
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50th season of Vermont excellence
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Senior forward Matt White competes in a face-off against the Acadia Axemen on Sunday Oct. 6. Vermont beat the Axemen 4-1
First-year forward Bernard Yeboah carries the ball in a game against UMass Lowell on Oct 25. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Cats hockey builds off of greatness of past seasons
Soccer thrives through a half-century at Vermont Taylor Malionsky Staff Writer
Stu Laperle Assistant Sports Editor
The UVM men’s soccer program celebrated its 50th anniversary this past season. The program has come a long way since long-time coach and 1996 UVM’s Hall of Fame special inductee Harold “Hal” Greig made the program a reality in 1964.
UVM men’s hockey program. This is an overall accomplishment for the University, but it also highlights the legacy and prestige that has been built by these teams over a half-century of competition. Over the 50 years that UVM men’s hockey has competed at the Division 1 varsity level, there have only been four coaches
who remained with the team for 19 seasons. Mike Gilligan,
Famers—Jeff Taft, Bill Willey, Peter Baldwin, Jack Semler, and John Hilton. “Hal was a tremendous teacher, able to relate to his players very well,” J. Edward Donnelly, former UVM’s Director of Athletics said. “Hal was able to establish a great rapport and still was stern enough to keep the players respect.” Greig’s legacy still thrives today as the annual men’s soccer coaches’ award is named in his tribute, the Hal Greig Award, which goes to a player who does the most for the program. In the 1983 season, football was no longer played at the varsity level at UVM and soccer became the fall sport to at-
accumulated the best winning percentage of all UVM coaches. Kevin Sneddon, who has retained the head coach position for the past ten years. has provided a great foundation for many former players even
tioned that the level of competition in the Hockey East is condivision as well.” “[Hockey East] is like no other league that I had played in, in the sense that every night you have to be sharp or you can look pretty bad. It is very cool to play with and against players that have very bright futures and to learn from their games,” senior
all games, but our heart and determination gave us a decided advantage when we needed it,” Francis “Skip” Gilbert, 1993 UVM Hall of Fame inductee said.” “Each of my seasons at UVM will be forever imprinted into my memory. In my junior year we made a tremendous run
About 14 UVM alumni have gone on from the program to
onship, which is a loss that still hurts, but what a great overall experience,” Gilbert said. -
Tim Thomas and American Aaron Miller, who were all Olympians for their respective countries. Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg both reached large-scale notoriety while raising the
rable,” Gilbert said.
“When I was in the recruiting process I learned a lot about the tradition and legacy that UVM had which absolutely helped ing and appealing to come to UVM knowing that it has strong tradition and is a well respected program thanks to the legacy built by the teams before ours.” lot to appreciate from his time spent at the program. the whole community join around you, and they want to see you succeed,” Brickley said. “Our team is always playing for something more than ourselves, and it’s always that sweater that we put on each night.”
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