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Winter weather causes power outage on Central Campus Jan. 16, several buildings were affected Hannah Kearns Assistant News Editor Students received a CatAlert at 10:26 a.m. Jan. 16 warning of a power outage of an unknown cause that impacted many buildings on Central campus, the alert read. “My professor had the idea of everyone lighting the

ture on iPhones so he could actually see everyone while Sonia Richmond said. Many students’ phones when they received calls and text messages from the CatAlert, Richmond said. “There was a loud buzzing in the room for a good couple of minutes,” she said. Richmond’s class was

taught by Dr. Kieran M. Killeen, an associate professor for the College of Education and Social Services. “UVM students are resilient,” Killeen said. The power went out just as his class was set to begin, he said. Many students used their cellphones as a source of light, and the class was able to read through the

syllabus and begin work on Dr. Paul Bierman of geology also had his class affected Thursday. His class “did introductions in the dark,” and used the exit lights to dimly illuminate the room, he said. Bierman said that in his 20 years teaching at the University, this is the

teach in the dark. Although the lights turned on within the hour, he said that his class had a great time and were all laughing for the entirety of the outage. Junior Corrine Comeau said that she was in her programming class at Billings occurred.



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printing lulls Patterson peeper preys Paper Water Tower is no longer in Williams Hannah Kearns Assistant News Editor

An incident of voyeurwomen’s restroom in Patterson Hall on Redstone Campus at approximately 12 p.m. Jan.17, according to UVM Police Services. The suspect was described as a white male of average to tall height. He is believed to be in possession of a black smartphone or a smartphone contained in a black case, UVM Police Services said. The smartphone was allegedly used to take both

photographs and videos of a female who was in the shower at the time, UVM Police Services said. There is “no further description or information available at this time,” UVM Police Services said. “I don’t think that girls feel safe showering there anymore. They probably thought something like that would never happen in their Deming said. The incident in Patterson Hall seems to be a one-time occurrence, according to Tom Bilodeau, Deputy Chief of UVM Police Services.

In the past couple of years, there has not been a case similar in magnitude to the one that occurred in Patterson Hall, Bilodeau said. The incident at Patterson Hall is very concerning according to Bilodeau. “The incident certainly produces anxiety for women in the University community,” he said. “I would say it was very unsettling and it makes me feel much less safe in my own dorm,” sophomore and Patterson resident Josey Crosby said. Sophomore Sylvia Lane,


UVM’s alternative newspaper the Water Tower may not be printing anytime in the near future, Cait O’Hara, co-editor-in-chief of the Water Tower said. The newspaper advertises itself as being read and loved by more than 2,500 UVM students and Burlington residents every week, according to the Water Tower’s website. pointed that the paper is no longer in print because

it was a very relatable news source. The humorous articles will be missed for now, and I’m hoping that the isyear Olivia Peña said. The UVM art department is no longer allowing the Water Tower to use their labs in Williams, where the editors layout the paper, O’Hara said. The Department is now saying the lab is for art students only, O’Hara said. “There are more photo classes this semester, and

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Shumlin plans to solve drug crisis Ted Levin Governor Peter Shumlin gave his annual State of the

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UVM tops Peace Corps Alex Collingsworth

Peace Corps list of top Peace Corps volunteer producing colleges last February, according to a University Communications press release. 37 out of the 2,552 students who received bachelor degrees from UVM in 2012 entered the Peace Corps. UVM has produced 819 Peace Corps volunteers since the founding of the program in 1961. Vermont ranked number one for Peace Corps volunteers per capita with 7.8 volunteers in 100,000 people, according to University Communications. There are currently 7,209 active volunteers and trainees according to the Peace Corps website. The application process can take up to ten months, according to Sierra Poske, the strategic campus recruiter for the Peace Corps at UVM. Poske served in the Peace Corps from 2009 through 2011, teaching English in Azerbaijan, a country on the border of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. After being accepted into

the Peace Corps, she underwent a three month long preservice training program. According to Poske, recruits live with a host family in the country they are sent to. They learn the language and how to interact with the people of the given culture. After three months of training, they begin their two year period of service. Poske explained how she experienced a fair amount of to Azerbaijan. experience not being able to speak the language,” she said. She remembers one major Azerbaijan and the U.S. which was how people acted when taking public transportation. In Azerbaijan, the men stood up for women on the bus and people would hold each other’s bags. According to Poske, most Peace Corps volunteers serve as English, science or math teachers while abroad. However, Peace Corps still has programs for economic community development. Poske said that the Peace Corps is always looking for people who speak French and have agricultural skills.

UVM is usually a good place she said. The Peace Corps has changed the way it helps out in foreign countries. Instead of going into a town and saying, “we are going to build you a well,” they teach people how to build a well for themselves. “Development work has shifted from material work to social capacity building, the training of trainers,” Poske said.

Top 10 Peace Corps producing colleges in the medium colleges and universities catagory (5,000-10,000)

1. Western Washington Univesrity 2. American University 3. The George Washington University 4. Cornell Univesrity 5. The University of Vermont 6. Boston College 7. University of Idaho 8. Georgetown University 9. The College of William and Mary College of Charleston (tied)

State House in Montpelier, Vt. Jan 8. The speech focused on the rising drug problem in the state and advocated for better health education and rehabilitation facilities, according to a New York Times article. Over the past decade in Vermont, treatment for opiate addictions has risen by more than 770 percent and fatal overdoses have doubled in the past year, according to the New York Times article. “In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us,” Shumlin said in the address. “The time has come for us to stop quietly averting our eyes from the growing heroin addiction in our front yards while we ties in our backyards,” he said. Imprisoning felons is exthe problem, Shumlin said in the address. Instead, he hopes that more of penalties. On average, the cost of keeping someone in jail for a week is $1,120 of state money, whereas treatment in a state funded rehabilitation center is around $123, said the New York Times article. A $6 bag of heroin in New York City could be sold for $40 in northern New England because of the surge in demand, according to the article. This has led to a high volume of drug dealers entering Vermont, according to Shumlin’s address. Burlington residents and UVM students have witnessed the dangers of the drug trade with the recent arrests at the Megabus stop, according to the Nov. 12 article in the Cynic. Moving the stop from the


Royall Tyler Theatre to the Davis Center and then to the parking lot behind Marsh-AustinTupper resulted in little change in criminal activity, according to the Cynic. UVM made the decision to force Megabus to move its after another drug-related arrest Oct. 28, according to the article. Although the stop has since moved back to its original location outside the Royall Tyler Theatre, the threat of continued drug dealing and gang-related activity remains, according to the Cynic article. As it is, Vermont leads the country in illicit drug use, according to VICE Media. More than $2 million worth of heroin and other opiVermont from outside states, Shumlin said. Traditionally, governors use their State of the State address to layout their campaign plans to supporters. However, Shumlin set his own tone immediately. Last year, Shumlin used his address to focus on education. Overall, the reaction to Shumlin’s address has been mixed. Some praised his one-track approach to dealing with addiction, while others have said it is a distraction from bigger issues such as healthcare, according to the New York Times.

Carse family donates plot of land in Hinesburg to UVM Ben Plotzker A 225.4 acre plot of land in Hinesburg, Vt. has been donated to UVM by the family of the late Henry H. Carse, according to a University Communications press release. According to University Communications, Carse dedicated much of his life to performing service in Vermont. He also served in the Vermont legislature, as the town moderator and the town school director. His legacy of service will be continued in the form of this natural area donated by his family. The plot of land in Hines-

burg is about 25 miles south of campus and located between Route seven and Route 116, University Communications said. This land will be conserved due to the rare plant species that exist there and to remain undeveloped under UVM’s Natural Areas Program. University Communications explained that the Carse family approached the Vermont Land Trust to protect the land for generations in the future. Bob Heiser, Champlain Valley Regional Co-Director of VLT, helped coordinate the deal. “The Carse family’s objectives of protecting the prop-

erty’s natural features, its availability for educational use and research and public access align well with Vermont Land Trust’s mission,” Heiser said. “VLT holds a perpetual conservation easement designed to protect these important features of the property.” In addition to educational opportunities the land has, it is unique in its natural diversity and wildlife habitat, Heiser said. Rick Paradis, UVM Natural Area’s Director, has overseen the program for years and donation in the 40 years of the program’s existence. “This would be our tenth natural area at UVM,” Paradis

said. cedar swamps, forest communities: talus woodlands (steep tree forests among rocky formation) and students/faculty may design basic trail systems for the public to walk on this land,” he said. This land is going to serve this school well, but it still needs to be approved by the Board of Trustees to be considered as a true UVM Natural Area, Paradis added. Paradis sees this as a learning opportunity. An ornithology class can study the birds and a landscape design course can create a trail system for the public to walk or hike on, he said.

Zac Shechtman, a junior mechanical engineering major, said he was surprised to hear of this land donation being the “This piece of land will lend many exciting opportunities for education, research, planning and best of all recreation,” Shechtman said. Paradis added that a Vermont Electric Co-Op power line goes over the northwest corner of the property. “Vermont Gas Systems plans to expand their natural gas pipeline south from the Burlington area and will follow VELCO’s right of way,” Paradis said. “Meaning that one of UVM’s Natural Areas may have a pipeline running through it.”



Group to better food and farms Ben Plotzker

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Past Peeping Toms on campus A look at other times peeping toms have made headlines in the Cynic

Trinity campus voyeur pleads guilty- Sept. 27, 2008 Peeping Tom reported on Trinity- Oct. 28, 2008 First-year films girls in bathroom- March 3, 2008 Peeping Tom spotted on campus- Sept. 27, 2010 Mystery groper grabs again- Feb. 21, 2011 Mystery groper stops groping- April 4, 2011 Amp up campus secruity-

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Stowe pizza ranked for the best slice Allison Rogers

When food lovers think of authentic, melt in your mouth pizza, they may recommended pizzerias in New York. Images of classic Italianstyle places and local hidden gems tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge. New York can’t have all of the glory for authentic pizzerias. According to Travel and Leisure magazine, the restaurant Piecasso in Stowe, Vt. was ranked as one of the best places in the country to grab a slice. Piecasso opened in December of 2000 by owner Eduardo Rovetto. Rovetto brought his love of Sicilian cooking from his home in upstate New York to Vermont. What makes Piecasso Pizzeria one of the greatest places to get a slice of pizza in New England? According to George Sparker, Piecasso’s general manager, the family-owned restaurant appeals to all ages and makes an extra effort to make the customers


feel at home. “We’re very much like a family,” Sparker said. “We put time and energy into community projects and local organizations. Everysis.” As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you can see

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workers hand shaping and artistically forming pizza crust, preparing fresh seafood and pouring local Vermont microbrews. A few times a week, Piecasso also holds live music from local Vermont rock, blues, funk and jazz bands starting at 9 p.m.

The pizzeria is on Mountain Road in Stowe, a short drive from many Vermont ski resorts, making it a convenient stop for skiers and snowboarders. “It’s the one place I beg my family to take me when I’m home,” junior Julianne Hachman said. “There’s no

place in Burlington just as good!” The restaurant features authentic Italian antipastis, fresh tossed salads, a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options, build your own pizzas, specialty pizzas, Sicilian style pastas and much more. The custom pizza slices contain names such as “Heart Stopper,” which contains double the cheese, double the pepperoni and double the sausage. The “Tree Hugger” pizza, their most popular vegetarian item, which is topped with fresh spinach, basil, tomatoes, garlic, onions and local mozzarella. At Piecasso, the workers place importance on buying fresh produce and ingredients from farmers and local New England businesses. These local Vermont farms include Taylor Farm in Londonberry, Butter and Cheese farm in Websterville, Deer Run Farm in Manville and Vermont Smoke and Cure business in Barre. “I think it goes without saying that a restaurant should buy locally and organically,” Sparker said. “It’s you care for your customers.”

Junior runs clothing drive Tommy Gambino


Danielle Goglia Eat smart to be smart this semester. As studying becomes more intense, don’t rely on There are many alterna-

Blueberries A study at Tufts University suggests that consumption of blueberries may improve memory, learning capacity and motor skills. It suggests that blueberries may be the number one brain food due to their powerful antioxidants.

Fish According to research from Rhode Island Hospital’s Disease and Memory may be associated with larger brain volume in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus regions. These regions are important for memory and thinking.

Vitamin E found in nuts may help prevent brain aging and keep you sharp on your toes for your whole life. Eat an ounce of walnuts, Brazilian nuts or hazelnuts each day to keep you from going nuts!

Avocado Rich in fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fat, this fruit plays a role in lowering cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, replacing saturated fat and trans fat found in animal products with monounsaturated fat may help lower “bad” cholesterol.

Whole Grains reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating oatmeal, whole grain bread and brown rice may help lower cholesterol and lead to healthy blood nourish the brain and increase brain activity.

The third annual winter clothing drive, sponsored by the UVM Catholic Center, is a program at UVM that started due to the ambition of one student. Junior Sarah Richardson came to UVM from a small Catholic school in Massachussets. didn’t think twice before contacting the UVM Catholic Center to set up the clothing fundraiser. “I wanted to do something to give back to the Burlington community,” Richardson said. “I think it is important to help those who are less fortunate, no matter what the cause is,” she said. Richardson is also the Vice President of the UVM club Volunteers in Action. “I believe that those who are fortunate have a responsibility to give back and help those less fortunate in any way that they can,” Richardson said. All clothing collected in the drive will be donated to Burlington’s Salvation Army located on Main Street, in order to help those in need during the winter. a variety of services including food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation and more. The Burlington area is home to other organizations similar to the Salvation Army. Goodwill, located in Shel-


Why clothing drives? Clothing drive donations are sold at the Salvation Army’s store to help fund hunger relief, adult rehabilitation, veteran affairs service and an end to human trafficking. burne Road, is one of these organizations. Goodwill Industries is an international company, however each individual branch focuses only on its needs of the local community. Goodwill also accepts donations of all kinds however this than Salvation Army. Goodwill Industries


Northern New England “provides innovative services that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work,” according to their website. The company has an 80year history and in the past year served over 30,000 individuals through job training, career counseling, brain injury programs and other community support services for those with disabilities. “I think organizations like Salvation Army and Goodwill provide great services to the community,” Richardson said. “These types of organizations have great missions to help meet the needs of their community which is something I respect and love to participate in.”



UVM ranked on College Prowler’s coldest list Allison Rogers

UVM was ranked number 20 for having one of the coldest winters, according to a recent College Prowler poll. Two other Vermont colleges made the top 25 for this category. The schools featured include Middlebury College and Champlain College ranking 25 and 22 respectively. According to the College Prowler website, the ranking is based on student reviews of weather on campus, average high and low temperatures during summers and winters and the average summer and winter precipitation amounts. “I’m surprised Burlington isn’t the coldest,” sophomore Adam Hadley said. The number one coldest school was Minnesota State at Moorhead. The average winter temperature in Moorhead is less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit according to the Weather Channel’s website. “In Minnesota, it’s so cold that you cough every time you go outside,” junior and Minne“You can’t forget gloves because your hands go numb in less than a minute. Burlington is balmy in comparison,” he said. According to the Vermont climate overview on UVM’s website, winter temperatures average is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. “With so many students


The Catamount statue stands covered in snow outside the Bailey/Howe Jan. 19. Burlington was ranked by multiple sources as one of the coldest college towns in the nation. The average temperatures in Burlington during the winter months are around 20 degrees fahrenheit. coming to UVM to ski and snow board, I would have expected us to have more record breaking lows,” junior Emil Toledano said. The 2014 winter in Burlington is expected to be milder than normal according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The annual weather summary spanning from November 2013 to October 2014 predicts

that the coldest periods will be in mid-December, late January and late February. The Almanac predicts that the snowiest periods may be behind us/ Early November, early to mid-December, late December and early February were the predicted time periods for the greatest amount of snowfall.

The six coldest schools 1. Minnesota State

1. McGill University

Moorehead, Minn.

Montreal, Quebec

1. Concorida College Moorehead, Minn.

1. University of Ottowa Ottowa, Ontario

1. College of Saint Benedict Moorehead, Minn.

1. St. Olaf College Northfield, Minn. According to

New UVM club impacts disabled children in Burlington Rich St. Amand Cynic Correspondent

lay for Life. Last year the club

Advocates for Exceptional Children Today is a new UVM club with a big cause. “The club began in 2010, to advocate for children with disabilities,” senior Shelby Sprung said. The club ensured that all playgrounds in the Burlington area are handicap accessible through the principles of universal design. Originally, the lack of active members in the club prohibited the SGA. This hindered their initiative to fundraise for the program through the school. Sprung and the other members worked hard to recruit new members and did not give up. To attract more members, the club expanded its goals. This was made possible with the help of the club’s faculty advisor Jennifer Hurley. Hurley is also the early childhood special education program director at UVM. She is in charge of both graduate and undergraduate programs. The special education department recently received a grant for $1,250,000. Hurley played a role in orchestrating the grant. “Students under the grant focus on supporting children with disabilities including


Members of the Advocates for Exceptional Children Today (AFECT) pose for a photograph. They work to advance the rights of disabled children, including making local playgrounds hadicapped accessible. children experiencing poverty, homelessness, English language learning and newly arrived refugees and immigrants,” Sprung said. The grantees are required to volunteer at a project called the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Hurley and Sprung both decided that the best way to acquire more members for club AFECT would be through vol-

unteer work at COTS. “With the backing of the grant and the stipulation in order to receive the grant all students had to join AFECT,” Deanna Lieberman, senior vice president of AFECT, said. “This jump started our membership and it only grew as people invited friends to come with them and join. We went from a club of about six people to around 40,” she said.

Through COTS, AFECT worked with the special education department. Both groups participated in activities with children who resided at the shelter. The activities were preplanned and included holiday crafts and various outdoor activities. Along with the ongoing volunteer work at COTS, club AFECT has been involved with Re-

team to participate, but still raised over $2,500. The club also participated in April’s Autism Awareness month. To promote awareness of Autism, club AFECT handed out stickers and candy to students. “We plan on taking a much larger role in the community now that we have the backing of more people and the support of SGA,” Lieberman said. In the future, the club plans to join the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. The club plans to join the campaign by encouraging people to stop using the word “retard.” They plan to gather a band of students to pledge termination in using the word and people. Once again the club plans to participate in April’s Autism Awareness month, this time collaborating with Autism Speaks in order to better spread knowledge with a large “To anyone who wants to join AFECT, I would say it’s a group of friends who get to give back to their community,” Lieberman said. “You can be as involved as you want and it’s a fantastic experience.”


Jenke: the art of building community Jacob Holzman Assistant Arts Editor How does one start a community, or even a culture? Well, it seems something quite close to that is going down at Burlington’s own Jenke Arts Collective, located at 19 Church St. The space was founded by 28-year-old Tommy Alexander and 27-year-old Matthew Mantone. It opened halfway through dio and then grew recently into concerts and other community events. “The goal from the very


Residents Tommy Alexander and Matthew Mantone explain the future of the Jenke Arts gallery in downtown Burlington Jan. 17.

something to people for free or for cheap, for musicians in the scene,” Mantone said. “We love music, we love arts – it pays for itself.” The two of them work together to ensure Jenke’s success as a cheap and accessible means of entering the local artistic culture. Alexander handles the studio aspect since he has expertise with music and recording. He has managed Burlington acts such as hip-hop group Bless the Child and also plays in his own groups, such as folk duo Quiet Lion. Meanwhile, Mantone takes

care of the schedule and planning with the Collective, making sure that the potential for community outreach and culture is perfected. Every day of the week, something – whether it’s a yoga class, self-defense instruction, hoop dancing lessons or a concert – is happening at Jenke. “[We wanted to] be able to people - something to do during the winter to keep spirits up,” Alexander said. To Jenke’s founders, the space can be summed up in one word: golden. The atmosphere is calm and welcoming, and the center’s purpose is to foster growth within the Burlington art scene, Alexander and Mantone said. gained the help of local craftsmen and artists towards renovation and events. Through connections in local industries, Alexander and Mantone managed to transform all dimensions of the space, turning it into a location for shows and courses. this was an ugly space,” Mantone said. “[However] over the course of a year, we transformed this into something which is arguably a very beautiful space.”

Jenke Arts held a free concert, which showcased local experimental band Quiet Battles on Jan. 17 . The show was preceded by a band-provided tea service, as the group got their equipment completely set up. As an example of the “golden” tone of Jenke Arts, the concert held up quite well. “It was a nice, very laidlow Hunt. “[It was] an awesome atmosphere and very relaxing; I feel like it’s got a great location and has a ton of potential,” she said. Mantone intends for the space to be not only a great place for students to be able to have fun at, but to have an easy opportunity to play within the music scene themselves. “Coming to events is a great way for people on campus – artists, musicians – to link out to the community,” Mantone said. “We have so many artists that are part of our crew…this has been a real hub for people to network,” he said. As for now, Jenke’s recording studio is closed for business until after construction on their space is complete. The main focus is, at the moment, towards the Jenke Arts event schedule, with its classes and concerts.

Local Vermont artists tear into national tours Sarah Stickle

Justin Levinson There is quite a bit of growth going on in the Burlington music world. Two acts – Justin Levinson and the DuPont Brothers – are taking forth upon tours leaving their nest of Vermont to hit the road. Born in Vergennes, Justin Levinson has spent most of his life in Vermont. By day, he does work for people with developmental disabilities and by night he’s a waiter. While many musicians have similar lifestyles, Justin sets himself apart by touring the U.S. and Canada with other acts such as Howie Day and Aaron Carter. But how did he get there? Shortly after graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. in 2007, Justin played a slot at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. Following the show he met Matt Rafal, the man who would become his manager. Justin then signed with Supreme Entertainment Artists in 2007, and has since gone on to build his reputation as an upand-coming artist in the national indie-pop scene. Justin supports his travels, recording and marketing expenses with his two jobs in Ver-

mont as well as gig money and royalties from radio play. His real breakthrough came when his single, “Waiting For Someone to Love Me” was picked up by Sirius Radio’s coffeehouse station. The station began to play it three times per day and kept it in their rotation for nearly four years. So, where is this local headed next? “I would like to continue doing what I’m doing now,” Levinson said. He expressed interest in spending more time on the road and having more licensing opportunities. Levinson is happy where he is in his career, he said. Eventually, he would like to write songs for other up-andcoming artists, he said. Levinson will begin a U.S. tour with Teddy Geiger Jan. 22. He will perform in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and more. For more information, visit

The DuPont Brothers The DuPont Brothers are another Vermont act that is currently embarking on a national tour. The band has been together for almost a year now, and the brothers call it the best musical year they’ve had to date. “I think we’re learning we

have to tour to pay our rent. … The truth is my full time job has been bettering myself as a musician as much as I can,” Sam DuPont said. In time when management and label representation are the DuPont Brothers are bringing back the professionalism that the do-it-yourself title once demanded. “Interest, materials, road. That’s how it went,” Zack DuPont said. “We’re giving the artist a decent, respected, professional name and taking that professionalism to the table so that we can be taken seriously,” Sam said. From sold out local shows, with their full band, to several tours as a duo, the brothers have made more progress in the last eight months than some bands do in a lifetime. The brothers attribute much of their growth to Zack’s organizational abilities and the joy that comes from playing their music together. “The reward is in doing what you love and in dedicating yourself to it,” Sam said. The DuPont Brothers hit the road as a duo Jan. 10 and will perform in North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and more. They celebrate their homecoming with shows at Nectar’s in Burlington every Wednesday for the month of February.

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The DuPont Brothers play a show. They are a local act that has been together for almost a year and are about to go on a national tour.

Upcoming tour dates for Justin Levinson and the DuPont Brothers. Justin Levinson Jan. 22 Farmingham, Mass. Jan. 23 Springfield, Mass. Jan. 24 Boston, Mass. Jan. 25 Philadelphia, Pa. Jan. 26 Hamden, Conn. Jan. 28 Teaneck, N.J. Jan. 29 Vienna, Va.

DuPont Brothers Jan. 22 Birmingham, Ala. Jan. 23 Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 24 Chattanooga, Tenn. Jan. 25 Knoxville, Tenn. Jan. 26 Lexington, Ky. Jan. 28 Worthington, Ohio Jan. 29 Pittsburgh, Pa.

The DuPont Brothers will also be playing every Wednesday in February at Nectar’s.




Dr. Dog talks on old friends and new tricks there’s not that much reminiscing going on and we’re always working on a project too so it’s not like “remember that time?” That’ll happen too but it’s not the basis of why we’re friends. VC: So there are a wide range of instruments used in your music. What are your in-

Becca Friedlander Indie rock band Dr. Dog is coming to Higher Ground Jan. 28. They have played together for over a decade and are now touring in support of their most recent album, “B-Room,” which came out in Oct. 2013. Members include Scott McMicken, Toby Leaman, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller, Eric Slick and Dimitri Manos. McMicken and Leaman are the founding members of the group having formed it while growing up together in Pennsylvania. The Vermont Cynic was able to catch up with lyricist and bassist Toby Leaman to talk about the process of creating the new album and the evolution of the band. Vermont Cynic (VC): What should we know about your latest album, B-Room? Toby Leaman (TL): Well, I can tell you the thing that sticks out the most, at least for us, is that the process is really We’ve never really tried to make an album as live as this one was. VC: Do you feel that the mood for the album? TL: a great example because in that song even the vocals are live. the feel of that song was it end-


Members of the indie rock band Dr. Dog pose for a photograph. They will be performing at Higher Ground Jan. 28. They are promoting their most recent album and sat down with the Cynic for an interview. ed up taking half a day to do. When something doesn’t take long to do, usually that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s a good thing. VC: What’s your favorite

TL: we’re way more focused and better. dividually, that lyrically I just know what I’m trying to say

TL: If I was going to put a song on right now, I would probably put on Cuckoo. That’s another one of the live ones where it all came together really quick. It was a nobrainer. VC: How do you think your music has evolved and where do you see it going next?

to say and it isn’t just a bunch of words that sound nice together or just a big concept buried in nonsense. And we’re also a lot stronger in the sense that we know Even in 2002, Scott and I had been writing songs for almost a decade so we had been

Shorty does not come up short Graham Wright

When it comes to hornshy away from New Orleans native Trombone Shorty. Shorty’s passion, creativity and dedication to the music and culture of New Orleans has driven his musical success and style to great heights. Shorty and the New Orleans Avenue’s performance at Higher Ground on Tuesday was a showcase for the dynamic style. As both an entertainer and a musician, he has developed this style over the course of more than a decade of performances. In the show, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews displayed extensive abilities with both the trombone and the trumpet. The two are brass instrusets of skills, and are not typically played at the same time. However, Shorty was still nical solos from the trombone to the trumpet in the next, all without skipping a beat. The notes that erupted from his horns were loud and blaring, yet precise. The melodies they created maneuvered throughout a relentless stream of funk gener-

at it for a long time. I obviously don’t want to write the same song over and over again. I don’t get lost when writing anymore. VC: What’s it like playing and touring with someone you’ve known for so long? TL: I don’t know anything point, Zach’s been in the band for twelve years. All throughout our twenties Scott and I were on the road, so the friends I have are from before our twenties. We’re together so much so


ated by his backing band the New Orleans Ave. His crew consists of one bassist, one guitarist, a drummer and both a baritone and tenor saxophone. Together, they produced a genre-destroying sound that maintained the heaviness of rock n’ roll while constantly mixing in jazz and funk. Baritone sax player, Dan Oestreicher, and electric guitar player, Pete Murano, were both able to keep up with Shorty. They used their instruments to engage the at-capacity Higher Ground audience in complex musical journeys

throughout their performance. Whenever he wasn’t playing one of his horns, Trombone Shorty was either singing or acting as the conductor. passion for the music that he creates and the pride in his hometown of New Orleans. His intense energy and musical blends have allowed Trombone Shorty to establish jazz as a mainstream genre. With an extensive and still developing set of musical skills, Shorty and the New Orleans Avenue continue to bring a sound that is all their own to the musical stage.

you really want people to know about your music? TL: I mean, there’s value to it. worth listening to and there’s quality to it but so far as some overarching theme or genre or even something philosophical. I mean as I said its constantly morphing and changing, at least in my head. How we sell it is just to keep doing it.

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New Orleans native, Trombone Shorty, poses for a photo. Shorty and New Orleans Avenue performed at Higher Ground Jan. 14.

TL: I’ve always thought the band is sort of a band that is in service to whatever song we are working on and not necessarily beholden to a genre or style. Obviously we’re in this sort of pop and rock sort of zone, that’s where we feel most comfortable, but that’s not where we always draw inspiration from. I don’t want to listen to music that’s the same kind of music I make. It’s not satisfying. It hits kind of close to home. I wouldn’t want to listen to something that I know I can’t do. VC: Does the music have

For many of us not into the idea of spending our time tumbling down a mountainside with our feet strapped to a plastic slab, winter means only one thing: the arrival of midseason television. These new and returning shows are sure to get you through those short days and long nights when you feel 1) “True Detective,” HBO, Sundays at 9 p.m.: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as detectives and former friends tracking down a serial killer they thought they had already caught. Maybe we don’t need another show about serial among the best. Each season will follow a “American Horror Story,” making for an intriguing and original premise. Episode three airs Jan. 26. 2) “Sherlock” series three, PBS, Sundays at 10 p.m.: Sherlock and Watson return in the third installment of this

beloved British miniseries. The modern-day reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth has become an instant classic. should you need a refresher. 3) “Looking,” HBO, Sundays at 10:30 p.m.: This new series stars Broadway vet and video game developer living in San Francisco. Centering on his friends and their mishaps in life and love, some critics have declared it “the gay ‘Girls’”. This may or may not be accurate, but give it a chance to come into its own before show of note to premiere since “The L Word,” and that’s important. 4) “Kroll Show” season two, Comedy Central, Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.: Possibly one of the funniest programs currently on television is this sketch series by comedian Nick Kroll. Other comedians, like John Mulaney and Jenny Slate, promise to make appearances and continue some of the wonderful season one sketches. Holly Trantham is a senior studies major. She has been writing for the Cynic since spring of 2013.

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How do you feel about the recent accusations of embezzlement on campus?

Community at a price say that living on campus is

Seth Wade To live or not to live – on campus, that is. For some this choice carries

choice. UVM has a great opportu-

may have no other option but to live on campus. There are exceptions to this. I myself am an out-of-state

to this policy; if the University enough to get one of my parents to move to Burlington so I

live on campus. the importance of community,

an excellent way to encourage such. The policy has just intenDon’t assume that living on campus is worth $10,000 for

that comes from living on camvital college experience. While those reasons are no-

college experience, a brief au-

I was one of the lucky ones; my parents were willing to sac-


passionately argue otherwise. That’s not to say it’s UVM’s

$35,200. UVM has consistently expensive public universities in the U.S.

If one were to compare that

Sammie Ibrahim

another $20,000. Given the al-

“It is highly unfair, especially with tuition rising. The administration needs to be more transparent about the business end...It is a function of the American university: It’s too much about profit and focus on the student is lost. I heard that the school does summer building projects to use up extra money in the budget. Why not use that money for departments that are struggling?” - Mary Kate Scanlon, senior “Embezzlement here is bad, but not nearly as bad as in Serbia. It’s a shame because Serbia’s been doing a good job of routing out corruption lately. -Erin Kerr, senior “Pretty pissed off. We pay the school enough money...How are we supposed to feel writing a check if one of the people we “trust” handles our money this way? That money was tuition flat, no aid for five students.” - Kate O’Hara, junior

ethics. have a slightly less communirection. $20,000 extra for on campus? While it is arguable if living on campus is even worth that much, the fact of the matter is


policies. Maliki has consistent-

bring stability to the country. In fact, it may further innal to Sunnis that the U.S. is

as they have been systematical-

place more emphasis on pressuring Mr. Maliki to work more

“It’s horrifying that someone would steal not only from the school, but from students paying their tuition. I’ve been charged with late fees when my tuition is an hour late; all the administration seems to keep track of is whether or not money is paid, rather than tracking where it is going. Priorities are flawed.” - Amy Sercel, senior “Ya know, she makes cheese. Like, whatever... If she pleaded gulity and the accusations are correct I guess I feel good about that.” - Annalena Barrett, sophomore

With the pullout of U.S. economic life. of

2011, the violence in the

ensure that upcoming parliamentary elections in April are

CONTROVERSIAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK pact in the region. American kept a small number of Ameriinto one large regional battleintelligence gathering. ites. While the recent recapture the highest levels of violence prise to many Americans, violence or the threat of violence

The U.S. bears some rescience major. She has been

unrest. For one, the U.S. has forces, but this alone will not





How to dress to survive winter With two more months of the freezing Vermont winter left, the Cynic looked around to find some cold weather essentials. From flannels to bean boots, our mascot Rally has a large winter wardrobe. You can help him decide how to protect himself from the icy flurries by selecting clothing of your choice from those below.


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Catamounts improve their national ranking Taylor Malinosky


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don said. the premier goal of the night. ond and third periods, we told


them,” he said. third period senior forward night. a wrist shot on the high glove ner. -

minutes left in regulation.


will be against Boston Univer-


East series Jan. 24.

at 4:00 p.m. The game is set to be tele-

who was in the middle of the

Downhill ski and snowboard event helps find a cure Cam Panepinto Cynic Correspondent


Around the globe 382 miltional Diabetes Federation.

The donors who are raise at

Depending on their donalevels. -

have their logo featured on the event’s website, t-shirts and posters. -

must be weighed and mea-


Previous participants of the “Downhill for Diabetes” ski and snowboard event pose for a photo. The plan to have even more this

said. “And her blood levels even


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Those who raise $50 rein Killington, Vt. on Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


diabetes, the event provides




Athletic Director receives new salary Julia Dwyer A $35,000 pay raise has been added to the Athletic Director’s paycheck in a three year extended contract. In the new contract, which runs through June 30, 2016, Corran’s annual base salary will increase to $235,000. Corran has been with UVM athletics since 2003 and since then, his earnings have seen a 68 percent increase. Tom Gustafson, UVM’s vice president for Administration and University Relations, oversaw the contract process for Corran. Gustafson cites the main reason for Corran’s salary increase as motivated by a comparison with other athletic directors within the America East and Hockey East leauges that the Catamounts participate in. The salary is comparable to the median of other athletic directors, Gustafson said. One example to base this comparison is the University of Maine’s athletic program. Maine recently hired Karlton Creech to a three-year contract with a base salary pay of $175,000 to begin Feb. 10. Maine is currently ranked nineth in America East standings and fourth for Hockey East. The university currently More in line with Corran’s


annual salary is UMass Lowell’s athletic director, Dana Skinner. Skinner has served as Atheltic Director since 1995 and earns an annual salary of $213,808. UMass is currently ranked third in America East standings and sixth in Hockey East. Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, rakes in $1,026,942 annually. At the top-mark of yearly salaries, Notre Dame boasts teams. Notre Dame is currently ranked eighth in Hockey East action and their athletic proincluding football and basketball teams. The Catamounts under Corran’s reign are ranked sixth in America East and seventh in Hockey East.

Gustafson spoke highly of Corran’s accolades calling him in the same interview, “one of the best ADs in America.” Since being hired in 2003, Corran has overseen the hiring of coaches such as Kevin Sneddon of men’s hockey, Mike Lonergan and Jon Becker of men’s basketball and Sharon Dawley and Lori McBride of women’s basketball. Additionally, Corran led UVM hockey from the Eastern College Athletic Conference to its current league, Hockey East. “I’m very appreciative of the fact UVM wants to see me here for at least another three years to help move some of the other projects along a little further,” Corran said in an interview with the Burlington Free Press. “I felt we’ve made some progress here and there’s certainly more to be done,” he said. Corran has also helped with renovations to a number of athletic facilities, including Moulton-Winder Field home to

Annual Salaries 1. Notre Dame Athletic Director (Jack Swarbrick) $1,026,942 2. UVM Athletic Director (Dr. Robert Corran) $235,500 3.UMass Lowell Athletic Director (Dana Skinner) $214,000 4.UMaine Athletic Director (Karlton Creech) $175,000 5.UVM Professor in CAS (average salary) $110,407


to mens and women’s lacrosse and soccer teams. Corran headed UVM’s fundraising program for athletics known as the Victory Club. Since Corran’s agreement to the contract, UVM has made no public announcement about his contract extension.

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