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Sullivan’s costly home Mansion repairs creep to $1.325 million

By Keegan Fairfield Senior Staff Writer

Kevin Martin, also known by many as Kornbread or Kingbread, was charged with disorderly conduct outside the Wills Hall area on main campus. A student called Police Services because Martin was making threatening remarks to him, Lt. Larry Magnant said. After interviewing the student, Police Services decided that he would be criminally charged.

“Any time you start working on a 100-yearold house, you expect costs.” Richard Cate

“Maybe instead of calling campus police in reaction to someone we do not understand, we should just say hello.” Evan Cuttitta

Vice president for finance Richard Cate, vice president for finance and administration and University treasurer, cited handicapped access improvements as well as code and safety issues as the primary reasons for the added costs.

NEWS 1-5 — Sushi deli brings more fish to UVM

‘Kornbread’ caught yelling at students By Becky Hayes News Editor

The president’s residence has been a work in progress, but now the cost for repairs is rising. The improvements to the Englesby House are projected to amount to $1.325 million, officials stated. The project was originally quoted at $875,000.

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Construction workers renovate the Englesby Presidential Mansion Sept. 26. The repairs are estimated to amount to over $1 million.

ARTS 6-8 ‘Beauty Queens’ proves ugly read

SPECTACLE 9 — A look through the lens

LIFE 10-11 Relaxation required

DISTRACTIONS 12-13 An amusing autumn

They found Martin in front of the Davis Center and gave him a court citation for disorderly conduct. Sophomore Evan Cuttitta said he witnessed the man he knows as Kornbread yelling some profanity at three students outside Chittenden and Buckham Halls before one of the students called the police. “As a tall man with a disheveled beard, screaming the lyrics of some rap song while waving his arms, I understand why someone may feel uncomfortable around him,” he said. Cuttitta said he has met Kornbread at a house downtown and he did not seem strange or harmful, but rather friendly. “Maybe instead of calling campus police in reaction to someone we do not understand, we should just say hello,” he said.

Sophomore See CRIME on page 2

OPINION 14-15 Defining the term social justice

SPORTS 17-20 Rugby evens record




Crime log By Lauren Drasler Staff Writer

Sept. 19 9:19 a.m. A large vinyl FallFest poster was reported stolen from the Davis Center. The poster was about 40 inches by 60 inches and was tied with wire to the staircase in the atrium. The assistant director of student life reported the theft. Although the report came in on Sept. 19, the last time the poster was known to still be hanging was 3 p.m. the day before.

9:14 p.m. A student reported that a person was found sleeping in a storage room in the Royall Tyler Theatre. The student said that they woke the sleeping man, and, after being awoken, the person ran off. The man is not thought to be a student. Periodic checks are being made by Police Services to ensure that this person does not return.

9:15 p.m. There was a report of a suspicious person outside the University Marché. The report stated that this person was making vulgar comments as people were walking past. Upon an officer’s arrival, the person could not be located.

September 20 2:11 a.m. Two people who are not UVM students were visiting a friend who is a student when they attempted to steal a laptop from a dorm room in the Living/ Learning Center. One person was charged with burglary and the other with trespassing.

3:52 p.m. A student reported that their skateboard had been stolen from Wright Hall. The individual reported that they had left the skateboard in a hallway. When they returned to get it, it was gone. The skateboard and person responsible for the theft have not yet been found.

6:44 p.m. There was a late report of a bike that had been stolen outside the Living/Learning Center. The bike was reported stolen after it had been missing for a few days. Police Services said the think the student noticed their bike was missing, looked for it for a few days, and then reported it stolen. This case is still open as the person who stole the bike has not yet been identified.

8:49 p.m. Hall staff reported that they could smell marijuana in University Heights South. However, upon an officer’s arrival, it was determined that students in the dorm room where the odor was coming from were only burning candles.

‘UVM Start’ to help get student startups cash

Program will assist future entrepreneurs By Nick Shigo Cynic Correspondent

Student entrepreneurs will soon have the backing they need to get their businesses off the ground. A new platform called UVM Start connects student entrepreneurs with UVM alumni to provide them with the necessary capital and advice for starting their own businesses; it will be launched Oct. 18. The program is similar to crowdsourcing websites such as that allow members to ask for contributions to business and creative projects, but the program differs in several key ways, said Tucker Severson, graduate representative for UVM Start. “With Kickstarter, students can get lost in the noise,” Severson said. “With a UVM-only program, you can get donations from people directly interested in entrepreneurship coming out of UVM.” UVM Start is exclusive to UVM students and alumni who donate funds, he said. The program was adapted from a similar program hosted by Middlebury College. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get taste of what it’s like to start a company,” Severson said. To apply for the program, students give a summary of their project online and a team led by senior

Liz Bernier reads the information and decides if the project is a good fit for the program. If it is, the process for acquiring funds begins. “We are pretty excited to get the platform started and get students connected to alumni,” Bernier said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to get a taste of what its like to start a company.” Tucker Severson

Graduate representative, UVM Start Some proposed projects include an all-natural, tea infused chocolate bar, and an improved bike rack design, said Andrew Stickney of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. The program runs two sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring, in which students can submit projects, Stickney said. Submissions may be social, consumer-focused, or science and technology based. After the team screens the

project and judges its potential, it passes the information through the website to any of the 100,000 living UVM alumni who may be interested in helping fund the project, he said. Students won’t be alone through the process and projects will be reviewed and revised along the way, Stickney said. By connecting students with alumni partners, UVM Start hopes to give students the advice and mentorship that they need to turn their ideas into viable business plans. The organizers of the program hope that one day it will be studentrun and self-sustaining. “This is really a way to boost entrepreneurship on campus and give students the tools they need to succeed in the business world,” Stickney said. Senior Cyril Brunner is both a member of a student team as well as director of student teams for UVM Start and said he likes the duality of both having a project and helping others with their projects. “It provides a great opportunity to create a business,” Brunner said. “Students don’t think it’s something they can do, and I feel like there will be a lot of people interested in both the funding and expertise it provides.”

Check out next week’s issue of the Cynic for a profile of one student company.




Greeks see more interest Pearson thinks Sorority life sees registration rise 29 percent

By Marissa Beinhauer Cynic Correspondent The fourth floor of the Davis Center was buzzing Sept. 21 when hundreds of female students met the five sororities for UVM Greek Life’s formal recruitment. Sorority registration is up 29 percent from last year, said Kim Monteaux, UVM’s Greek Life adviser. The average chapter size of each sorority in 2011 was 70 girls, and this year, two sororities have more than 80 members each, she said. Monteaux credits the above average numbers to more students who value philanthropy, community service and finding a home away from home. Monteaux said sorority recruitment involves informing prospective members of the values and commitments of the five different sororities on campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Pi Beta Phi. Some current sorority members, like senior Julia Keeler, were in Burlington all summer working on the recruitment process and communicating the benefits of joining a chapter. Keeler credits the sororities’ dedication toward recruitment and social media as significant factors in the increased interest. “Things have changed because of Facebook and Twitter,” she said. “It was easier to get the word out which led to more girls wanting to do it.” By meeting sorority members on a number of clubs, sports teams and through a variety of majors, potential new members have more personal conversations and are able to view Greek Life in a more positive light than before, Keeler said. “The increase definitely gives the potential to make campus more diverse which is really great,” she said. The smaller size of sororities at UVM compared with other colleges has proven to be a considerable draw toward the University’s chapters, Keeler said. First-year Geneva Morley be-


Rep. for energy efficiency By Stephanie Beland Cynic Correspondent


Potential sorority members gather as part of UVM Greek Life’s formal recruitment on the fourth floor of the Davis Center Sept. 21. came interested in UVM’s Greek Life for this reason. “I knew how big the school was and I wasn’t ready to join competitive sports,” Morley said. “This is a good way to meet a close group of people in a non-competitive way.” Keeler asserts that establishing these relationships, the sisterhood, is easier with a smaller number of girls because they encourage group activities that involve all the members.

“I know all my sisters very well and I love them all very much,” she said. “That’s hard to do with 300 women. It’s unique that we have 30-100 and that we are able to do things all together.” First-year Lucy Mower said she enjoyed going through UVM’s recruitment process. “UVM’s chapters are definitely not as stressful as other schools,” Mower said. “UVM isn’t as competitive or intense and is a lot more open.”

Repairs will improve code and safety regulations

...continued from page 1 “We need to make what we believe to be essential, and in many cases life-safety, improvements that will put the project ... over the original $875,000 budget,” Cate stated in an Aug. 10 memorandum to the Board of Trustees. According to the memo, the extra $450,000 will come from private gift funds. Cate said the additional repairs didn’t come as much of a surprise since the house was built almost a century ago. “Any time you start working on a 100-year-old house, you expect costs,” he said, noting that the project won’t exceed the original estimate of $1.4 million. Cate said his initial proposal included almost $700,000 to fix drainage issues in the basement, but the Board opted against that provision in the interest of minimizing expenses. “However, anything that might be adversely affected by water has been removed and the new boilers are elevated,” Cate

climate change If something doesn’t change soon, Vermont legislators say the Green Mountain State could have the climate of Tennessee by the year 2070. Burlington Rep. Chris Pearson co-founded the Climate Caucus, a group of 22 legislators focused on climate change, and is currently working to involve the community to jump-start fixing the damaged climate. This group of representatives plans and passes bills for energy efficient projects and climate change, Pearson said. He said he believes that climate change is man-made and that it will take people to undo the problem. “The Climate Caucus is a relatively new group with new and innovative ideas,” Pearson said. Climate change has always been an issue close to the hearts of Vermonters, he said. As an environmentally conscientious capital, Montpelier has overlooked climate issues numerous times. About one-third of the representatives in Montpelier have shown interest in the Climate Caucus, and different governmental branches such as the health committee and transportation committee have been willing to use their resources to help,

he said. Pearson said climate issues are often disregarded because Vermont does not have the money — right now climate is toward the bottom of the priority list. Pearson, a UVM alumnus, said he is ready to see change that will benefit the future and encourages students to do the same. “Students have a rich history of making things happen without waiting on adults,” he said. “If just a few students were to get together and write letters to Montpelier about interest in putting more money toward the climate, a movement would begin.” Some ideas the caucus is trying to bring up are a focus on more parking lots and solar panels. Pearson explained that parking lots would save carbon output to the environment. “I see this as an evolution,” he said. “The progressive party brings up issues others ignore.” Junior Thomas Cafarella said that representatives in Montpelier should look at climate change policies as a long-term goal instead of a short-term aim. “Eventually [the climate] will change and the sooner it is looked at, the more directions there will be,” Cafarella said.

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Englesby House: Breakdown of additional costs

$300,000: Code and safety issues: includes

reinforcing failing brickwork as well as updating mechanical and electrical systems.

$60,000: Interior work: replacing the house’s structurally unstable kitchen cabinets and installing privacy window treatments, failing plaster on the third floor.

$90,000 Necessary improvement: Federally

mandated handicap accessibility requirements Provided by Richard Cate, vice president for finance and administration

stated in an email. Despite the added work, Cate said he expects the house to be

ready for President Sullivan and his wife Leslie to move into sometime in November.

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MPA gets accreditation UVM ranked 92 of Master’s program approved fall 2012 By Phoebe Sheehan Cynic Correspondent UVM’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has finally received accreditation after a five-year process of planning and self-review. The National Society of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration awarded the program accreditation this year, ending a faculty-led procedure that involved strategic planning, data collection and an on-site evaluation given in spring 2012. “As a faculty, we have been working toward this goal for years,” MPA director Christopher Koliba said. “We had to take a critical look at our own course offerings and make minor adjustments along the way.” The MPA is a 36-credit hour program offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that attracts students interested in working in the public and nonprofit sectors of Vermont.

The MPA program, established in 1986, was recognized for the first time in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report rankings.

“As a faculty, we have been working toward this goal for years.” Christopher Koliba MPA director

“For UVM, a thriving MPA program provides a concrete way for us to live out our land-grant

mission,” Koliba said. “It means that we will attract students who are looking for a program with the seal of quality that accompanies accreditation.” According to data provided by the MPA’s website, most of the program’s alumni go on to work in nonprofits, state government and education administration, with many specializing in health care, law and community development. Graduate student Jessica Ricketson, a student in the MPA program who has written grant proposals and researched watershed issues affecting Lake Champlain, said she was impressed with the efforts taken by faculty and students to achieve accreditation. “Now that we have accreditation, it is just one more means for past, present and future graduates to receive recognition in a program that prepares them for progressive public service,” Ricketson said.

S.T.A.R.T team keeps busy Officials cite students for underage drinking By Stephanie Santos Cynic Correspondent The Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team (S.T.A.R.T.), a law enforcement task force, came in contact with 130 people, gave out 15 citations for underage drinking and confiscated six fake identifications Sept. 7, officials stated in a release. Approximately five officials from various law enforcement agencies patrolled the Burlington area, focusing on the residential “Hill Section” downtown, between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. S.T.A.R.T team members

patrolled the areas where issues with noise and underage drinking are common, the release stated. Several bars and liquor stores were also proactively patrolled. The task force was back in action Sept. 15, resulting in approximately 44 contacts. In total, 13 citations were given out and four fake identifications were confiscated, a Vermont Department of Liquor Control press release stated. Additional S.T.A.R.T related missions are to be expected in the future, according to the release.

On Sept. 15, the S.T.A.R.T. task force gave out 13 citations and confiscated 4 fake identifications in Burlington

Stolen docs returned to library Historical articles recovered by Bailey/Howe staffers after special collections scam artist arrested, charged By Kevin Santamaria Staff Writer After unexpected trips to New York and Washington, D.C., several historical documents were returned to their rightful home in Bailey/Howe. Historian and collector Barry Landau gained access to and eventually stole from the library’s Special Collections last summer by promoting himself as an acclaimed presidential historian, said Jeffrey D. Marshall, director of research collections and University archivist. “We don’t know exactly what techniques he and his associates may have used to steal from us, but clearly he has had a lot of experience,” Marshall said. Some of the documents included autographs from Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft, according to a previous Cynic article. “We recovered the documents that were used as evidence and were clearly identifiable as ours,”

Marshall said. Because Special Collections does not have a catalog for every document in the collection, which holds over one million documents, there is no way to know if every single item was retrieved, he said.

“We don’t know exactly what techniques he and his associates may have used to steal from us, but clearly he has had a lot of experience.” Jeffrey D. Marshall Director of research collections The more valuable items have been returned, while some less valuable documents that National Archives is investigating — such as

menus, tickets and business cards —are still being held, Marshall said. After being contacted by National Archives in mid-August, Marshall was able to personally retrieve the stolen documents earlier this month when he flew to Washington, D.C. “The National Archives, working with the FBI, took the lead in sorting and identifying documents from many libraries that were recovered from Mr. Landau,” Marshall said. Landau has since been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of theft of historical documents from four different institutions, according to a National Archives press release. Ever since the documents have been stolen, Special Collections no longer allows book bags to be brought in and requires a form of identification before entering. Security cameras have also been installed, Marshall said.

top 100 colleges By Lauren Giery Cynic Correspondent UVM’s not out for the count quite yet. The University shifted down the list, but still ranks in the top 100 best universities in the country, according to the U.S.News & World Report. Considered to be a “more selective school” by the magazine, UVM earned a spot at number 92 out of the top 287 universities nationwide, 10 spots lower than last year. UVM Spokesman Enrique Corredera told the Burlington Free Press in a written statement that the University was pleased with the results of the rankings. Corredera stated in the article that the University was not concerned with small fluctuations in data, which can appear as significant changes in rank, but rather on more substantial methods of evaluating a school. He cited the example that UVM was ranked 92 this year, 82 in 2011 and 94 in 2010. “Our focus … is on continuously improving the University’s academic quality and delivering an outstanding student experience,” he stated in the article. The University was also ranked at 40 among the top 172 public uni-

versities in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. U.S.News & World Report has been publishing reports on America’s best colleges annually since 1985. These reports rank national universities and their grad schools in various categories. Educational experts use a formula when ranking colleges, taking into account indicators such as academic quality and the university’s education standards, according to the U.S.News & World Report website. Some of these indicators include graduation rates, freshman retention and student to faculty ratios. “I don’t think the ranking system is a good representation of UVM as a whole,” first-year Joy Levine said. “It’s just a number, and this is still a great school.” Some students, like first-year Maggie McCarthy, said they don’t know why UVM would move down the list. “I don’t put too much stock in these things,” McCarthy said. Sophomore Jeffrey Sweedler agreed. “As long as we’re in the top 100, it’s all good,” Sweedler said.

Google’s Street View team to canvass city By Devin Karambelas Assistant News Editor Some Burlington businesses are about to get a boost courtesy of Google. Google Map Street View’s team of contractors will be coming to Burlington Oct. 19-21 to capture the inside of local restaurants, businesses and hotels, according to Jim Hilker, a photographer for Street View.

“With a tour of all buildings on campus, colleges can use it as a tool for recruitment.” Jim Hilker Photographer for Street View Since it was introduced in 2007, Google Map Street View technology has given Web users the ability to be somewhere without having to actually be present by providing 360-degree panoramic tours of exterior and interior spaces. “For the business, it does a number of important things, but first and foremost is the way in which it helps local ‘spend-ready’ people make their decision on where to go,” he said. “They can now look inside a business, pick a nice table in a restaurant or find a piece of art they’ve been looking for.” The process is simple: a Google contractor takes a series of 360 degree panoramic images at specific points in a business, beginning

outside and progressing throughout the establishment, Hilker said. Users can then “walk” through the building and zoom in closer to browse products, signs, displays and art. As an added bonus, the businesses can feature a link to the Street View tour on their website and Facebook page, thereby giving customers the ultimate previewing experience. Interested businesses may register for participation at www. So far, Burlington’s Google Map Street View features mostly restaurants and hotels including Handy’s Lunch, Junior’s Downtown, the Ice House restaurant and bar and the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. As of May, Street View technology has even created a tour for a college in New York and has plans to feature tours of six other New York state universities this year. “With a tour of all buildings on campus, colleges can use it as a tool for recruitment,” Hilker said. “And it’s affordable. For less than $10,000 a college can have us photograph everything.” This feature could become a staple on college websites as many universities try to recruit international students, Hilker said. With the new technology, customers with smartphones will be able to tour an establishment when it is displayed on a GPS. It is this function that will make Google Map Street View such a critical game changer for how Burlington businesses do business, Hilker said. “Since Google is the number one search engine in the world, it is important for businesses to do whatever they can to enhance their search listing and Google presence,” he said.




Sushi deal brings more fish to campus Davis Center Marketplace expands Japanese cuisine on campus By Lauren Giery Cynic Correspondent Fear not, sushi lovers: Tsunami Sushi, the newest staple at The Marketplace, has plans to expand to more on-campus dining locations. When The Marketplace’s former sushi partner Sakura Bana was unable to continue working with them this fall, Tsunami Sushi took over for the start of the semester, said Cathleen Barrows, the operations manager for Davis Dining Services.

“Feedback from customers has been positive. Many are developing favorites in the menu and have quickly become loyal customers.” Cathleen Barrows operations manager at Davis Dining Services Sakura Bana closed their restaurant on Church Street in December of 2011 and Sodexo continued business with them until the end of their contract, said Paul Bahan, director of marketing at Sodexo.


Junior Megan Noonan consumes sushi from The Marketplace in the Mount Mansfield Room Sept. 14. Tsunami Sushi is the newest addition to the Davis Center Marketplace and began serving it this fall. “At that time we looked to another partner that we already have proven relationships in other campus locations that could better meet our expanding needs in terms of variety and desire to grow our volume,” Bahan said. Sodexo liked the Tsunami team because they had a wider menu of diverse sushi selections

and are focused on using Vermont products when they are available, Bahan said. “Tsunami is committed to utilizing local produce, as the season permits, the primary local produce items available for their needs being carrots and cucumbers,” he said. “They are also committed to sourcing sustain-

able seafood products by 2014 in alignment with our overall goals.” Tsunami Sushi is a locally owned and operated franchise providing a variety of handcrafted, authentic sushi, Barrows said. “Feedback from customers has been positive,” she said. “Many are developing favorites in the menu and have quickly be-

come loyal customers.” After their success in The Marketplace, Tsunami Sushi began to add additional vendors around campus. Currently, Tsunami Sushi is also available in The Atrium, a café in the Given Medical Center and the Waterman Café, Barrows said. Within the last three weeks, Tsunami Sushi has made small changes reflecting the requests of their customers. “They have added sushi made with brown rice,” said Barrows, “a request voiced by a number of our customers.” Junior Ben Barker said he is glad to see sushi being served at more locations around campus. “I eat proportionally more sushi than I should when I’m at UVM,” Barker said. “It’s easy and it’s everywhere.” Sophomore Savannah Godby, a Tsunami Sushi regular, said she is excited that the franchise will be served at more on-campus locations. “Tsunami Sushi definitely has the best sushi on campus,” she said. With that kind of response, Tsunami Sushi might have an even bigger presence on campus in the near future, Barrows said. “Expansion is definitely the plan,” Barrows said. “Next stop: The University Marche.”




This Week in Live Music

Dug Nap hosts local Poe Jam

BCA creates unique venue By Sasha Kedzie Cynic Correspondent The Poe Jam is an open mic night held every other Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. on the second floor of the Burlington City Arts (BCA) center. Local visual artist and songwriter Dug Nap hosts the jam. Everything from spoken word poetry to music is fair game for those willing to step up to the mic. People with all levels of performing experience have the opportunity to perform at the jam. Nap makes sure to promote a positive and inclusive atmosphere. “I try to be really supportive of people trying [new] things,” Nap said. “I get a kick out of trying to encourage people to try some extemporaneous stuff.” The Poe Jam came into existence because of Nap’s involvement in the arts. When the open mic night that Nap used to attend closed down, he didn’t want the tradition to end. Nap was able to use his connections as an artist to

work with the BCA center to organize the Poe Jam. Twenty or so chairs, a desk and a microphone is all that is needed for the jam to take place.

Everything from spoken word poetry to music is fair game for those willing to step up to the mic. Attendance varies from 10 to 45 people depending on the night, and UVM students often make appearances. First-year Dana Klasky said that she came to Poe Jam after a poster in the Davis Center piqued her curiosity. Unlike many other open mic nights that are held in bars, Poe Jam’s location in the BCA center gives it a sense of artistic intimacy, making it a truly unique nook for all things music and poetry.

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Bassist Jamie Bright plays with Scott Mangan and Mildred Moody at Nectar’s. Bright will perform as usual with the band this month, and his other band, Climbing Up Walls, will be a headliner at the event.


Friday, Sept. 28, Swale’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Radio Bean, 7 p.m. Whether Swale is celebrating their front couple’s wedding anniversary or their anniversary as a band, this show is going to be nothing short of a riot. Affectionately known in my mind for their mash-up of “Bitches Ain’t Shit” (Dr. Dre/Ben Folds) and “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath), Swale is one of the best rock bands on the Burlington scene. Comprised of an electric guitar, drums, a keyboard and three vocalists, Swale knows how to please any crowd.

Saturday, Sept. 29, Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade with Funkwagon, Climbing up Walls, and the Human Canvas at Nectar’s, 9 p.m., $5 with a mask/$7 without, 21+ Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade is one of Burlington’s favorite series. This month will slay you, featuring the usual Human Canvas with DJ Frank Grymes, as well as special guests Funkwagon and Climbing up Walls. Funkwagon is a 10-piece band founded by gospel bred singer Aaron Burroughs. “I like to think of it as church with a smoker’s section – and a bar,” Burroughs said of the band. Climbing up Walls is a new addition to the Burlington music scene featuring well-known musicians Joshua Cleaver (Second Agenda), Jamie Bright (Mildred Moody, Silent Mind) and Cody Sargent (Grippo Funk Band, Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, Cody Sargent Trio).

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Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade founder Scott Mangan sound checks before one of the masquerades held at Nectar’s. All in all, with a fantastic lineup and a benefit show supporting Local Motion this month, Nectar’s is the place to be on Saturday.

Sunday, Sept. 30, Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray at Radio Bean, 7:30 p.m. Based in Chicago, Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray have made a habit of stopping in Burlington, much to our town’s delight. Featuring an eclectic mix of instruments including – but not limited to – guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion, glockenspiel and lap steel, this duo has a bigger sound than most listeners dare to imagine. Strength in voice and instrumental ability drives their songwriting excellence. Catch them in their first Burlington appearance following the release of their new album “We’re From Here,” released earlier this month.

Monday, Oct. 1, Family Night Open Jam at the 1/2 Lounge, 10 p.m. The 1/2 Lounge is one of Burlington’s quiet local hot spots that UVMers tend to discover later in college or in grad school. Hidden behind a pushed back doorway between Red Square and the Red Onion on Church Street, the 1/2 Lounge is one of Burlington’s most low-key bars. On Monday nights they’ve been hosting endlessly popular open jam

sessions with some of Burlington’s best, including Scott Mangan, Alex Budney, Zack DuPont and Cody Sargent. The ½ Lounge encourages a rotating cast of musicians to take the stage. Folks are welcome to come and perform a short set on their own, sit in with the band, or just hang out and listen.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Ben Harper at the Flynn Theater, 8 p.m. Ben Harper is a singer/ songwriter on the national scene who is best known for “Walk Away,” “Another Lonely Day” and “Diamonds on the Inside.” A two-time Grammy recipient and Rolling Stone’s 2003 Artist of the Year, Harper is not only excellent, but accomplished. Tickets are expensive, starting at around $40, but Harper is known for his incredible ability to capture an audience and truly entertain. Catch him in this intimate solo performance while you can.

Thursday, Oct. 4, Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, 11 p.m. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band will still rock your socks off this Thursday and every Thursday. Remember that 11 p.m. probably means closer to midnight. Start the weekend early with some dancing and good old soul.




Matt & Kim take on Higher Ground Brooklyn duo bring rambunctious, upbeat style to Burlington By Jake Stalnaker Cynic Correspondent Matt and Kim burst onto the music scene in 2006 with their self-titled album. The duo from Brooklyn brought a rambunctious and upbeat style that quickly caught the ear of many indie listeners. By 2009, their sophomore album “Grand” had produced many smash hits – most notably the incessantly cheery anthem “Daylight” – and brought the duo into the national spotlight. The couple’s third album brought them success in the charts, peaking at 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200, according to their website In anticipation of their show at Higher Ground next Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Cynic sat down with front man Matt Johnson to talk about their upcoming album “Lightning,” out a day before the big show, and much more. The Vermont Cynic (VC): Your self-titled debut album is one of my favorite LPs of all time. Since then you’ve blown up to nationwide recognition with your subsequent releases. Between recording and touring, have you had time to sit back and enjoy the ride? Matt Johnson (MJ): When I was growing up playing in bands, I never thought I would be playing in any sort of famous band, so it’s all still surreal. There is obviously lots of

stress but when you look out at an audience in, say, a music festival in Japan, where they may not even understand the lyrics that we are singing, and yet there’s still this great energy there, it’s all well worth it. VC: You were raised right here in Vermont. How do you think that has shaped the way you have approached music? MJ: I think it’s shaped my entire perspective on everything. And I think where I was, in southern Vermont, you had to discover things for yourself because you were so isolated. And that isolation influenced me and my brother as we sought out new types of music and new styles. VC: There are only a few songs where Kim’s vocals are used. Is it hard to convince her to sing? MJ: She doesn’t mind singing, but she doesn’t like to sing and play drums live; she would rather just beat the hell out of the drums and not let a microphone get in her way. VC: The single that’s been released from the new album is “Let’s Go.” Do you anticipate that being the breakout song on this album? MJ: Don’t get me wrong – I really like “Let’s Go,” and we did put that out there to give people a taste of the new album, but as of now, “It’s Alright” is our favorite song. VC: I’ve read that you have

an unorthodox way of writing lyrics. Could you explain that to our readers a little further? MJ: The bottom line is that it’s unorthodox because it is completely collaborative. A lot of times there is one person who is the mastermind behind the lyrics, but with us we write every song together almost line for line. VC: How does playing a show in Burlington compare to playing big time venues? MJ: I feel that there is something really special in playing in towns that don’t get to have every tour come through there. There was such an incredible energy in the crowd here; I remember we got so excited the first time we were playing Higher Ground that we actually physically moved the entire stage, we were jumping around so much. VC: On that note, your shows are some of the highest energy and just all-around fun concerts I’ve been to. I don’t think I saw Kim stop smiling for a second either time I saw you two play. Do you ever think you’ll stop having that pure love for playing live music? MJ: Feeling the energy of the audience is the remedy for whatever funk you may be in. If it ever stops being fun then we would stop doing it, but for now we are going to continue doing what we love.

Female writers highlighted

Flynn Center gallery hosts annual Book Festival By Madeleine Gibson Senior Staff Writer As part of the eighth annual Burlington Book Festival, Alison Bechdel, Madeleine Kunin and Tanya Lee Stone sat in on the Vermont Women Writers Panel to talk about their experiences as women in the publishing and writing world on Sept. 23. The Flynn Center’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery was crowded with writers and readers ready to receive insight into the writing world of Vermont’s most celebrated female authors. The three women represented a breadth of experience and creative diversity with graphic memoirs, feminist political works and children’s illustrations between them. The conversation began with responses to the VIDAWomen in Literary Arts’ 2010 and 2011 discovery that across the board, the world’s most respected literary outlets publish significantly fewer women than men. Pie charts on the VIDA website highlight a ratio of 832 female to 2,285 overall male writers in The Times Literary Supplement and 117 women to 504 men in the London Review of Books. “The bias […] exists in all of the arts,” said Kunin, author of “The New Feminist Agenda: Defending the

Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family.” Prior to her election as Vermont’s first female governor, Kunin recalled being told that a position she had interviewed for after finishing the Columbia College of Journalism was best suited for a man. While interviewing for another position at the Providence Journal, Kunin said she felt oddly apologetic when the employer told her that the last time they hired a women, she was raped in the parking lot. “I’ve reaped the benefits of pioneers like you,” Bechdel said to Kunin. “I was brought up in the second wave of feminism in the 80s […], published by feminist presses and now mainstream houses.” Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” received an Eisner award in 2007 for Best Reality-Based Work and was named book of the year by Time magazine. “A lot of what my book is about is how my mother didn’t get to be the writer she wanted to be, so I’m sort of doing that for her,” Bechdel said of her book “Are You My Mother?” Tanya Lee Stone agreed that the discrimination against women in writing is overwhelming, but that she was able to navigate through

its negativity with an early career in publishing. “What we three have in common is that we have not felt the personal effects [of discrimination], because we are here,” said Stone, an award-winning writer of children’s books, young adult fiction and nonfiction. “We are succeeding at it. My books are about women who were told no [...they are meant] to empower young women.” “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?!,” a picture book about Elizabeth Blackwell, and “Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers,” will be out in 2013, with minority heroes and heroines at their core. The panel was opened to questions halfway through, eliciting advice from the three women. The most popular suggestion was overwhelmingly to keep writing and remain confident. Bechdel said that rejection is inevitable and even worth writing about sometimes. “All writing is rewriting,” Kunin said. “Nothing is bound to happen if you don’t write. Something will happen if you do.” Longtime admirers and curious newcomers to these three talented writers can find their publications at Burlington’s Phoenix Books.


Musical duo Matt and Kim pose for a photo. The pair is set to play at Higher Ground Oct. 3 and are set to release a third album soon.




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DJ Shadow 8 p.m. $27 Higher Ground Ballroom

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Brother Ali 8:30 p.m. $15 Higher Ground Ballroom

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Book review

‘Beauty Queens’ proves ugly read By Roxy Powell Cynic Correspondent Author Libba Bray became widely popular with her first published work, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Since the trilogy concluded in 2007, Bray has published three more novels – “Going Bovine” in 2009, “Beauty Queens” in 2011 and “The Diviners” in 2012, none of which have had the success of her first three books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Gemma Doyle Trilogy and picked up a copy of “Beauty Queens” while on a camping trip this summer. The dust jacket drew me in. I was eager to read a story about beauty pageant contestants stranded on a deserted island. I was sure that the novel would be a bitingly satirical look into the lives of beauty queens, but I was disappointed. While Bray begins the novel on the right foot by parodying the shallow nature of beauty pageant con-

testants, the novel becomes progressively more strange and confusing.

Parodies are expected to be exaggeratory, but this book took it too far. Parodies are expected to be exaggeratory, but this book took it too far. With everything from a transgender teen heartthrob in disguise to a crashed ship of TV star pirate assassins, the line of parody was certainly crossed into something far too outlandish. The novel digresses from a well-thought-out satire to an utter mess. While I wholeheartedly recommend reading The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, I would not suggest picking up “Beauty Queens.”




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UVM Concert Bureau presented Fallfest held in Patrick Gym Sept. 22. Among the performers were Danny Boy (top), Schoolboy Q (bottom right) and headliner A$AP Rocky (bottom left and middle right). The concert was held as part of the LONGLIVEA$AP Tour. PHOTOS BY Ross Wade




Bill McKibben stirs up change Global warming examined By Sarah Kerson Cynic Correspondent The atmosphere currently contains 392 parts per million of carbon dioxide a level. Bill McKibben, a renowned environmental journalist and founder of 350. org, hopes to change that. McKibben addressed a crowd of about 100 people at the Burlington Book Festival Sept. 22. He read from a draft of a book he said he intends to publish in the fall of next year and discussed the significance of climate change and the fossil fuel industry. In partnership with, an environmental action website started by McKibben and his students at Middlebury College, he is launching a new project called “Do The Math Tour” to take on the fossil fuel industry. The 25-day, 25-city tour will premiere at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel on Oct. 13. McKibben intends for the tour to be performancebased and involve video and musical elements. “We hope to really get people on college campuses everywhere and communities everywhere to understand the role – the irresponsible role – that the fossil fuel industry is playing in causing this predicament,” he said. gets its name from the parts per million of carbon dioxide the environment can sustain – 350 or fewer. According to McKibben, the fossil fuel industry has the capacity to burn five times the amount of carbon that the planet can handle. “It’s the most irresponsible thing that humans have ever done,” he said. “It’s a very small number of humans who are doing it in order to make a very large amount of money.” First-year Jolie Navatka thought McKibben raised important points about the environment.

“I think he’s right,” Navatka said. “We really need to act very quickly on the environmental crisis we’re going through,” she said. “It affects everyone; it’s very relevant.” Andy Simon, a staff coordinator for Vermont’s chapter of 350. org, emphasized the importance of young people’s involvement in the environmentalist movement.

“We hope to really get people on college campuses everywhere to understand the role . . . that the fossil fuel industry is playing in causing this predicament.” Bill McKibben Environmental journalist “It’s time for students to take up this fight and do what they can to save their future,” he said. McKibben agreed, citing his work with students on “Young people have led the fight against climate change right from the beginning and around the world,” he said. Though the book festival was not focused on environmental issues, McKibben recognized the connection between environmentalism and the arts. “There’s a pretty strong overlap between people who read books and people who care about issues like climate change,” he said. “If we’re going to take action on climate change, we’re going to need people in it not just with their heads but with their hearts.”

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Sandwich cookies, milk and alternative milks wait to be consumed at Mellow Mondays held in the Living Well Center, Sept. 17. Every Monday the center provides information on leading a healthy life.

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Mellow Mondays: remedy for stress By Lydia Horne Cynic Correspondent Mellow Mondays is a program by the Living Well center that offers free relaxation techniques to students. Each Monday from 3-4 p.m. the workshop gives information about making healthy life choices, focusing on a student’s need for sleep and meditation. Mellow Mondays was created with the intention of helping students acclimate to the school routine after a busy weekend. It has two alternating workshops that help benefit the student.

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Marketing director for the Center of Health and Wellbeing The first is Naptime, run by Amy Boyd, director of health and wellness. The program offers information about the significance of sleep and actually gives students a quiet space to rest. Boyd provides sleeping bags and cookies to participants and reads from Harry Potter in an effort to make a comfortable environment. First-year Jeff Renaud expects that he will attend a Living Well program this semester. “College is such a stressful time and it would be helpful to take some time out of my week for me,” Renaud said. The second workshop is Operation Gratitude. Annie Cressey, a health educator for the center, said she started the event with the intention of looking at how gratitude can increase our happiness and our emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Students can expect to write

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Director of health and wellness Amy Boyd reads from Harry Potter as part of Mellow Mondays held in the Living Well center Sept. 17. thank-you notes to people who have inspired them. Jennifer Shasberger, marketing director for the Center of Health and Wellbeing, explains the rationale for Mellow Mondays. “When we’re thinking about our emotional and mental health, that concept of being mellow is really about being comfortable with yourself and finding the benefits,” Shasberger said. The program stresses being relaxed and comfortable to build the foundation for mental, physical and spiritual health. “That’s why we’re calling it Mellow Mondays, because it’s

about that link to relaxation,” Shasberger said. Senior Sarah Bryan is eager to take advantage of the programs offered at Living Well, especially seeing how the office was moved to a more convenient location last year. “I visited Living Well last year to learn about Mindful Meditation. I found it really beneficial,” Bryan said. All of its programming reflects the center’s seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual. For more information, check out LivingWell on Facebook.




Unique menu comes to Burlington New restaurant promises to deliver variety of cultural cuisine By Johnny Sudekum Staff Writer In less than a month, Esperanto, a restaurant from Saratoga Springs, will open its second location in Burlington to bring what head chef, Will Pouch, calls tasty and affordable food. After 17 years of business in serving fast but fresh food, Pouch, the co-founder of Esperanto, saw the timing fit to spread his cuisine. “We’ve wanted to open up another business for a while now,” Pouch said. “The time was just right and Burlington was our first choice.” With a menu ranging from veggie burritos to Thai chicken curry, Esperanto offers cuisine from different regions of the world to which Pouch has traveled to. Despite the variety, their trademark dish continues to be their “dough boys,” a creation consisting of sliced, sauteed chicken breast, cheese and scallions, rolled up into pizza dough. “I went to Chile for the first time and had an empanada and wished that I could have something this good, this fast in the U.S.,” Pouch said. For those who are vegetarians, Esperanto serves a variety of dishes without meat including the “dough girl,” a chickenless version of their trademark dish. “I love [dough girls] a lot — enough to get one every weekend,” sophomore Skye

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Residents walk past the planned location of Esperanto restaurant downtown Sept. 21. The restaurant is set to open in less than one month. D’Aquila said of the Esperanto in Saratoga. Thus far Esperanto has served more than one million dough boys, evidence that customers are satisfied. “Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to retain our customers,” Pouch said. Brad Gabero, Esperanto’s head chef for the Burlington location, explained that they are looking to add something different to Burlington’s already thriving food culture.

Gabero said that they are conveniently located across the street from Burlington’s weekly farmers’ market, as they plan to incorporate as many locally grown products as possible into their specials menu. “We try to cater as much to locals as we do to college kids,” Gabero said. “A Big Mac costs four or five bucks and a dough boy is fresh, unique and only costs $3.75.” They also plan to adjust to

Class offers fast meal ideas Allison Zlotnick, first-year student at UVM, did not attend the class but found the idea interesting. “I would love to participate in a course that would bring new foods to my dinner plate,” Zlotnick said. “I would like to expand my palate and a cooking class would be a great opportunity to try new foods.” One student expressed concern about the financial aspect of the classes. “I think it’d be cool to learn about ways to cook healthy meals, but the classes seem too expensive,” first-year Ariana Bulgarelli said. Healthy Living offers multiple cooking classes throughout the week. Demonstration classes are usually less expensive than hands-on experiences. Healthy Living also regularly samples the recipes made in class throughout the store. Healthy Living will be giving out free food and free samples outside the store on Sept. 30. For more information about future classes, visit www.healthylivingmarket. com/learning-center.

her paintings of Easter Island to the restaurant. Students of UVM who have passed through the restaurant’s Saratoga location already bring support to Esperanto as they look forward to its opening in Burlington. “[Esperanto] is definitely a recommended place to go,” sophomore Sam Barry said. “All of their food is so fresh and unique.”

Health & Fitness Column Mayo Clinic, a cup (8 oz.) of generic brewed coffee can range anywhere from 95-200 mg of caffeine, depending on who is making it. An 8.4 oz. Red Bull, a standard single can, contains only 76-80 mg of caffeine.

Students nab new recipes By Demetra Szatkowski Contributor People from all over Burlington gathered on Sept. 19 at Healthy Living Market Cafe to gather ideas for nutritious dinners in a class called “Quick, Easy, Affordable and Delicious.” The class was a demonstration led by instructor Gerda Lederer. Lederer showed the class how to create different recipes, including fire-roasted tomato soup, homemade pizza, Mexican wraps and curried vegetables, and then offered samples of the end results. “I like demonstrating flexible meals, ideas that can be modified to fit any type of diet,” she said. “People normally think healthy eating is out of their price range, but that’s not our attitude. We really have food for everyone.” Students were given a handout with all of the recipes included, plus additional tips for a quick and easy pantry. “All the food was delicious,” Tony Dominick, a member of the cooking class, said. “It was a good learning experience for me.”

their surroundings by cutting items from their menu such as their falafel, to round out rather than compete with surrounding restaurants. “We believe if you support folks, they’ll support you,” said Pouch. While the staff of Esperanto strive to serve unique food, they also hope to make the overall experience as appealing as the food. Already they have connected with artist Alexis Herzog to contribute


To drink or not to drink This article will debunk myths surrounding the caffeine content in commonly consumed beverages. Find out which caffeinated drinks will keep you awake for an all-nighter and which ones only pack a tiny punch. Myth: “Red Bull has way more caffeine than coffee does.” Fact: According to the

Myth: “A shot of espresso is more caffeinated than a cup of coffee.” Fact: According to Coffee. org, a single espresso shot (1 oz.) has about one-third the caffeine that a cup of coffee does. The Mayo Clinic echoes this message, stating that a single shot of espresso has 4075 mg of caffeine. So, although a shot of espresso is much more concentrated than a cup of coffee, you would have to drink around three shots of espresso to consume the equivalent amount of caffeine you would drink in a cup of coffee. Myth: “A cup of tea has more caffeine than a cup of coffee.” Fact: Tea does not contain nearly as much caffeine as coffee. A cup of coffee contains anywhere from 95-200 mg of caffeine, while a cup of black tea contains only 14-61 mg and

green tea just 24-40 mg. Of course, caffeine content will vary depending on the amount of coffee grounds or tea leaves used and the length of brewing time. Myth: “A dark roast coffee is more caffeinated than a light roast.” Fact: This one is a little more complicated and of all the caffeine myths it is probably the most legitimate. As you roast coffee beans longer, they become darker. They also increase in size, while at the same time losing weight due to water loss. Thus, once you level off a scoop of dark roast coffee — which is what most of us do — you would end up with a less caffeinated cup of coffee than if you were to use a light roast. Therefore, the only way a dark roast cup of coffee would be more caffeinated than its light roast counterpart would be if you were to measure out the coffee grounds by weight before brewing. You can find this information and more at WeeklyRoast. com.




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A year after our campus was first wrapped up in the fight of the 99 percent versus the one percent, is Burlington still occupied? If the Occupy movement is still in full swing, they are hiding it well. A planned event in City Hall Park by Occupy Burlington did not happen this past week, causing many to scratch their heads and wonder if the impassioned protesters had drank too much of the Kool-Aid and forgot about their own rally. Surely a group that infiltrated campus on an almost weekly basis last fall and occupied City Hall Park for months could not suddenly vanish. In the fall of 2011, hundreds of protesters gathered for an Occupy General Assembly in City Hall Park. The protests, at one point, got so heated that Gogol Bordello’s front man, Eugene Hutz, came and performed a small show on top of the park fountain. Yet, in reality, the global Occupy movement has been winding down. Ninety-nine percenters promised to rally and protest until the problem of economic equality was on the agenda and solved. Instead, it looks like they have settled for Obama and Romney’s campaign promises and economic solutions. We at the Cynic have noticed it is quiet around campus, and we mean really quiet. Where have all the rallying cries gone? All of the campus protests have been grayer than a Charlie Chaplin film. The passion for this movement has lost its presence in Burlington and, nationally, the crusade that made headlines daily a year ago has quieted to a murmur. Maybe the discrepancies about the organizing stem from the fact that the movement is penned as leaderless, or from the broad scope that is their platform. It is difficult to sustain a revolutionizing movement without a voice or direction. No matter who wins in November, we hope that our student body will show interest in the decisions being made at the top level deciding our future. Want to start today? Start reading the news, buy a megaphone and head out to Bailey/ Howe. Draw a small crowd and keep your fellow students engaged. We will all be better for it. But let us know first … so we can write about it.

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Just say no to cheap clothes


You are standing in a store at The University Mall. Fluorescent lights bathe the merchandise in a dingy yellow; Carly Rae Jepsen rattles through the shabby speakers. All around you are neon signs boasting shirts for $10 and socks for $3. Honing your primal instincts, you pounce on a blue T-shirt. It’s a pretty cool shirt — not that you need another one — but for only $10 who cares? We buy so many clothes these days. According to Elizabeth Cline’s book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” Americans spend an average of $1,100 on clothes per year, most of which is spent on cheap, trendy clothes. We know that inexpensive clothes do not last and that they are made of low quality materials. We know that to have such a low price, workers – espe-

cially children – were grossly underpaid. We know that textile production is destroying the environment. But do we really care? Clearly not. The demand for man-made fibers, such as polyester, has doubled in the last 15 years according to data from Technical Textile Markets. Synthetic fabrics require more energy to produce, release more toxic emissions and particulate matter and produce acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, which can trigger respiratory disease. In spite of millions of horrifying statistics on environmental deterioration, child labor and other scandals that are readily available on the Internet, all seems to be forgotten when we open the doors to the mall. Too many have fallen for the addictive cycle of wastefully buying new clothes and throwing old ones away. Recycling of Low Grade Clothing Waste, a report by Oakdene Hollins, reveals that only 21 percent of annual clothing purchases stay in the buyer’s possession. In other words, 79 percent of the clothes we buy end up in landfills and secondhand stores such as the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army in Brooklyn, N.Y. alone processes an average of

five tons of clothing a day. There needs to be a greater consciousness of what type of clothes we buy, where they come from and how they are made. If an item is under $50, chances are that corners were cut, whether it is in chemically laden materials or underpaid workers. But what is a broke college student to do about all this? Buying clothes is difficult, especially since clothes have become more polarized in price – cheap is now cheaper, expensive is now even more costly. My advice is to buy less, and invest in items that will last at least three years. Your overflowing closet will thank you, and you will value your clothes more because they are good quality. Eco-friendly clothes are also a great option, from recycled materials to organic fabrics. We cannot continue this consumerist, destructive cycle. Trends come and go so quickly that it is impossible to keep up. So why bother? Say no to that $10 T-shirt and save your money for a nicer item down the road.

Bianca Mohn is a sophomore business administration major. She has been writing for The Cynic since fall 2011.

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Defining the term social justice Sperry’s unreliable?


Assuming that you don’t live under some impermeable rock at UVM, you’ve probably heard or read about Vermont’s favorite buzzword: social justice. Indeed, you may be aware of this term’s existence, and you may be under the reasonable impression that social justice is synonymous with “good,” but, ultimately, its meaning remains questionable and vague among students. For the amount of times that academics chant this term, they don’t bother to couple it with any semblance of an explanation. In fact, many first-years probably attended a seminar on social justice during orientation, after which they still found themselves puzzled. Mind you, this was the first time I had ever heard of this buzzword, and, to my dismay, I was never met with an appropriate definition for this term. I sat through a tirade of invective regarding the alleged evils of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and a commendation of the goodness and social justicedemonstrating actions of Gandhi — and I thought that goodness and social justice were synonymous — only to learn that “social justice isn’t diversity.” This was the only definition the social justice worker gave to provide the term with meaning. But that’s precisely the case. It’s certainly easier to explain what social justice isn’t than what it actually is, because liberals say it means almost everything, or, more precisely, everything they support. The fact that the social justice advocates took several hours to attempt to explain what the term means shows that this term has

no parameters, no boundaries. Did your middle school social studies teacher take three hours to explain capitalism to you? Certainly not. Capitalism comes complete with boundaries and parameters. Whether or not you like capitalism, you probably have a grasp on its semantics. But, social justice can range far in meaning, from the importance of simply being a good person to the redistribution of wealth, if that wasn’t already the case. I suspect that it was.

It’s certainly easier to explain what social justice isn’t than what it actually is, because liberals say it means everything, or, more precisely, everything they support This is one of the reasons that the term social justice is so crooked. Its flagrant dishonesty stems from the fact that liberals can inform you of the importance of social justice, and, deceptively, place their ideology tacitly under its ever-expanding definition. And if you don’t bite the bait, you’ll be labeled a bigot or, as they say, “part of the problem.” On a day when liberals are feeling honest about social justice, they might tell you that, in order to support it, you must also support programs or ideas like affirmative action, gay marriage, gun control or a high minimum wage — hereinafter referred to as “economic justice.” In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary records social justice as a synonym for “distributive justice,” which, essentially, lists property, income and commodities as rights, just in case you didn’t see those things in the Bill of Rights. Social justice has come to embody the core tenets of modern liberalism. Its logic presents itself like this: social justice is good. Social justice embodies

progressive ideology. If you disagree with social justice, you not only reject progressivism, you reject goodness and are, therefore, evil. It is also apparent that social justice is a misnomer. Injustice can only exist in situations where humans intentionally create it. Might liberals claim that unemployment is unjust? If proprietors of businesses cannot afford to hire more or pay more, are they also “part of the problem”? Are the consumers who refuse to create more demand for products also impediments to social justice? Not only is social justice dangerous to political discourse and debate, but it is also hazardous to the rule of law. There are many injustices that have been committed in the name of social justice. The Crown Heights Riots, for example, which were instigated by “social justice advocate” Al Sharpton — though we on the Right prefer the term “race-baiting advocate”— resulted in the death of several innocent Jews. Or perhaps we should refer to the Arab Spring, which liberals laud as an excellent example of social justice. Yet, to date, it has proved itself only to be a “spring” of senseless violence and oppressive Islamist rule. These are only a few of the countless horrors committed in the name of social justice. It shows that if social justice can transcend the power of law — real justice — then law can be interpreted on an individual, selective basis. Social justice is incompatible with political debate and discourse, as it seeks to make obsolete these essential components of democracy. If liberals find it necessary to sell their ideology under an amorphous rubric, perhaps they ought to redesign their ideology, and ethics, to fit a form more honest and open to the American public. There is not, nor was there ever, anything just about social justice. Joseph Brown is a first year political science major and has been writing for the Cynic since fall 2012.

Englesby, a drain on the funds?


The Englesby House is celebrating its 100th birthday early. At least that is the way it seems with all of the private donations flooding into the coffers of the 1913 structure’s renovation fund. While new kitchen cabinets, a replastered third floor and brand-spanking-new privacy windows may not be on everyone’s wish list, the Board of Trustees are nonetheless grateful for the gifts. Because it might just be these “private gifts” keeping the Board generally unscathed by the fiasco that is the Englesby House renovation project.

For those unfamiliar, the Englesby House is the traditional residence of the University president. During former President Fogel’s administration, the house sat vacant, slowly deteriorating while he collected a $1,800 a month housing stipend. Now it is time for President Sullivan to move in, and the Board is scrambling to fix problems it has ignored for nearly a decade. Without these generous private donations, as much as $735,000 worth of the repairs — now totaling $1.3 million — would be coming out of UVM’s pocket, creating much more virulent cries for improved money management. But concerns still remain — the most glaring of which is the ever-flooding Englesby basement. Runoff from excessive rain flows down the hill the house sits on, pooling in the backyard and basement. Vice President of Finance Richard Cate described Englesby’s outdated drainage system

as “by far the largest problem” facing the structure in a 2011 Cynic article. So you would assume that project would be well on its way to completion, right? Wrong. After two rounds of allocating funds, the Board has yet to give the go-ahead for $700,000 to improve the faulty drainage. Maybe they are waiting for the hill to erode first. Erosion, after all, is free. If you are going to fix something, fix all of it. At this point the Board needs to suck it up and pull the Band-Aid off. The drainage problem isn’t going away. Anyone who has watched enough TLC knows housing projects run over budget. Worse than running over budget now, however, would be revisiting this issue next year when President Sullivan grows tired of wading through his basement. The Board can put the funds on their Christmas list. Jeff Ayers is a senior english major. He has been writing for The Cynic since fall 2009.

Dear Editor, While wasting time on the UVM memes Facebook page, I came across a “Condescending Wonka” meme about Sperry Top-Siders. The meme, which pointed out the fact that Sperry’s are supposed to be boat shoes, not only made me laugh, it made me think about the shoes. I can’t help but wonder why Sperry’s are as popular as they are. I received a pair of Sperry’s for my birthday this year. My best friend had been raving about them and I was curious to see what they were like. However, I soon found that they aren’t all they are cracked up to be. My friend swore up and down that her Sperry’s were the most comfortable shoes she had ever owned. The thing that she left out was that Sperry’s will destroy your feet before they become comfortable. About 40 minutes into the maiden voyage of my Sperry’s, they started to torture me. It

started with the blisters on the back of the heel that are pretty much customary with any new pair of shoes. Then I developed blisters on the top of my foot where the shoes rubbed against my skin. By the end of those 40 minutes, I was hobbling. I have had my Sperry’s for three months now and I still can’t walk more than 50 feet in them. Don’t get me wrong, they are very comfortable as long as you don’t move. Walking is overrated, isn’t it? I just don’t understand how these little torture devices became so popular. I’ve been told that I just need to build up scar tissue in the places that they give me blisters. I don’t feel the need to scar myself for a pair of shoes. People put themselves in pain for the sake of fashion but in the case of these shoes, is it worth it? Sincerely, Roxanne Powell Class of 2014

Wake up and help the environment Dear Editor,

]This morning I had the pleasure of attending a book talk by writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. This event was part of the Burlington Book Festival, and though this particular event lasted only 30 minutes, there is so much to be said. McKibben came to us first and foremost as a writer. As an aspiring writer, I feel this lens of thought provided a much deeper understanding for me than it would have otherwise had McKibben chose to only address his involvement with McKibben has written a number of books, as well as articles in the New York Times and Rolling Stone. One example McKibben emphasized stood out to me more than the general or usual concepts of climate change, and this was that in order to keep temperature from rising at most 2 degrees Celsius, there is a certain, very large number of gigatons of carbon we as a species can release. McKibben acknowledges that a 1 degree Celsius temperature change has already

melted 75 percent of Arctic ice in the past 40 years, but that our options are very limited at this point. A graver statistic is that the fossil fuel industry has five times this amount of combustible carbon stored in reserves, which they will burn if nothing stands in its way. When I look across the UVM campus, I delight in the efforts of students to recycle, utilize the eco-ware program or take quicker showers. Yet, if these millions of gigatons of carbon are released by the industry, these efforts will be futile. This was a sobering lecture for me, and it highlighted the necessity for more widespread action from the campus as a whole. As a university which prides itself on environmental efforts and more importantly, caring, I feel we have the capability as individuals and as a community to help. I would love to see a greater awareness of these grim facts, for I believe the actions of every individual count. Sincerely, Caroline DeCunzo Class of 2016

Quick Opinion

Emily Mack

Pretty sure the new second-string NFL referees are really just Footlocker employees who already owned a black and white striped shirt. Learn the game. Illustration by Andrew Becker






Vt. unbeaten in last five

ALEX EDELMAN The Vermont Cynic

Vermont is tested by a Quinnipiac defender in a home opener loss Sept. 9. The Cats have lost eight straight and are in last place of AE.

Catamounts fall, remain winless By Colin Hekimian Staff Writer The field hockey team traveled to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Sept. 21. No. 25 Massachusetts beat the Catamounts 10-1, leaving Vermont out 0-8. The Minutewomen scored nine unanswered goals until sophomore Ashley McDonald scored her first career goal on a breakaway on the right side 61 minutes into the game. Junior Stephanie Zygmunt made five saves for the Catamounts. while junior Lindsay Whittaker made her season debut, playing the last 15:52 of the game. Vermont was outshot 26-3 in the loss, as Massachusetts held a 14-5 edge in penalty corners. Thando Zono of Massachusetts scored two goals

and added two assists as the Minutewomen improved to 4-5 on the season. They scored three times in the first 5:33, and had a 6-0 lead by halftime. After playing seven of their first eight games on the road, the Catamounts will be headed home. Four of the next five games will be played at home, with a game against Siena on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Saints are 0-4 this season, and the Catamounts are 11-1 all-time against the Saints. On Sept. 16, Vermont lost to St. Francis 4-0 and on Sept. 15, the Catamounts lost to Lock Haven University 4-1. The Catamounts begin America East play Sept. 29, when they host the Maine Black Bears, and will look to salvage their season and vie for an America East playoff bid.

By Julia Dwyer Assistant Sports Editor The men’s soccer team has extended their undefeated streak to five games following a win and a draw in their past two matches. Vermont traveled to Hempstead, N.Y. to play Hofstra University in a non-conference game, Sept. 19. Senior forward D.J. Edler and junior goaltender Conor Leland proved to be valuable players in the match: Edler earned two goals and Leland made five saves. “The upperclassmen, the older guys, executed the game plan to perfection,” said Vermont head coach Jesse Cormier in a University of Vermont Athletics Press Conference. “They were fantastic. They were great leaders tonight.” UVM senior Joe Losier began the scoring in the 32nd minute with a penalty kick, and Vermont kept the 1-0 lead going into halftime. In the second half, junior rookie Jonny Bonner tallied up his first career goal for the Catamounts in the 73rd minute off of an assist from Losier. Bonner’s goal hit the mark from eight yards out. In the 79th minute, first-year Teddy Gula crossed the ball to Edler who sank the shot to earn his first goal of the game. Hofstra prevented a shutout in the 84th minute with a goal from Maid Memic 10 yards out. The Catamounts answered back as Edler tallied another goal in the 88th minute. Edler’s goal was the final one of the game, which ended Hofstra 4-1 in favor of Vermont. “The guys responded by playing together — they made the commitment to do the things that can make us successful and it showed tonight,” Cormier said. “This is a big win for us.” The Catamounts took the field in Hamden, Conn. to face Quinnipiac University in another non-conference game on Sept. 22. Quinnipiac nabbed an early lead with a goal from Phillip Surprise in the 10th minute. Vermont answered back shortly after. In the 18th minute, Bonner tied the game off of a penalty kick and again in the 31st

ALEX EDELMANThe Vermont Cynic

Junior midfielder Noah Johnson handles the ball in a game against Niagara Sept. 9. The Catamounts are currently sporting a five game unbeaten streak as they sit in fourth place of America East. minute, Vermont scored as Edler netted an unassisted goal. Vermont held the 2-1 lead going into halftime. In the 77th minute, Vermont lost the one-goal advantage when Quinnipiac’s William Daniels tied up the game at 2-2. Neither team could manage a game-winning goal to earn the win before the final whistle. “I feel like we deserved to win the match; maybe with a wee bit of luck we could have,” Bonner said. The game went into two extra periods of overtime, but after 110 minutes of play, the game ended in a draw.

“The guys did a very good job of battling back to grab the lead, but it is disappointing we gave up a late goal.” Cormier said after the match. “We respect Quinnipiac and the effort they showed in the match. Overall, we are pleased with a solid performance.” The Catamounts will be back on the field on Sept. 29 when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to play the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the America East Opener.

Vermont evens record in loss to rival Norwich By Taylor Feuss Staff Writer The men of UVM’s club rugby team lost against instate rivals, the Norwich Cadets, Sept. 22 in their second match of the season. The loss came in the last two minutes of play in a game that saw seven different lead changes. UVM’s Tommy Barkovic scored on Vermont’s first drive. The Cats also earned a conversion to get ahead 7-0, yet 10 minutes later Norwich tied the score 7-7. Twenty minutes in, Matt Potter took back control for Vermont, earning the Catamounts another five points off a try, leaving UVM up 12-7. “It was a disappointing end result, but we showed that we could play some great rugby,”

Potter said after the game. As the minutes ran in the first half, possession continued to flip-flop between the teams. The tackles intensified, as did the shouting from both sides. With just two minutes left in the first half, Norwich broke through to score another try, bringing the score at the end of the half back up to another tie of 12-12. With the start of the second half, the teams entered into another scrum, from which the Cadets earned possession. Norwich dashed up the left side of the pitch closing in on Vermont’s try-zone. Luckily the run was interrupted by a tackle; however, once the second drive began, Norwich scored both a try and a conversion to inch themselves

ahead another seven points. UVM battled back with solid passing as Vermont’s Troy Norman made passes ending up in the hands of Potter, who scored another try for the Catamounts. The try brought the Cats back into a tie with the Cadets. The Catamounts continued to push against the Norwich defense. Five minutes after his prior try, Potter scored yet again, giving UVM back their lead of 2419 After minutes of back and forth possession, Norwich broke away and made a run down the middle to the UVM zone, scoring five to match Vermont, and managed to earn the extra two on the conversion to barely slide past. Less than five minutes later,

the teams went into another scrum, with Norman earning possession for Vermont. Norman was tackled and brought to the ground, where the players entered into a “ruck,” a phase after a player is tackled where other members from both teams close in around the ball to gain possession. After a long struggle, the ball came out again in the hands of Norman, who continued to make complete passes. The ball ended up with Catamount Jon Gamble, who managed to get the ball to teammate Ben Kaufman, who then scored what would be the last try for Vermont. With an unsuccessful conversion attempt, the score was brought to 29-26 in favor of Vermont. Nearing the end, the win

appeared to be in the hands of UVM until the last two minutes, when Norwich earned themselves another seven points on a try and a conversion. Vermont made last attempts to bring themselves back; however, time ran out, leaving the score at 33-29. “It was a tough outcome but I was very proud of everyone on the field — we really played some solid rugby,” said captain Justin Whipple. “We’re going to practice hard this week, fix a few things and carry it into Coast Guard this week.” Vermont makes their third appearance when they head out on the road to face Coast Guard this Saturday.




SportsCenter’s finest: ranking the anchors 4. John Anderson

WILL ANDREYCAK Despite my occasional outbursts over the lack of quality on SportsCenter – someone please point me to a content analysis of what proportion of the time Tim Tebow was talked about this preseason – I cannot live without ESPN’s signature program. Crucial to the enjoyment of an hour of SportsCenter are the anchors who host the show. Everyone has their personal favorite, and debating something like whether Jay Harris is the most underrated anchor on ESPN is something most true sports fans have certainly done at one point or another. The following is a ranking of the top five contemporary SportsCenter anchors based on the careful and empirical investigation of my opinion. A debate such as this is not for casual sports fans — to them this may seem trivial, a waste of time even. But for the most devoted sports fans, the debate over who best delivers sporting news is a vital part of our discourse.

5. Linda Cohen

The second most senior anchor on this list, Cohen has been a SportsCenter staple for the last two decades. Starting in 1992, Cohen’s warm persona and interviewing skills have established her as one of the most well-liked anchors of our generation. Cohen has also paved the way for many of the female anchors currently working at ESPN and in sports journalism in general. You know that when you tune into an episode of SportsCenter anchored by Linda Cohen, you will get a quality performance each and every time.

Anderson was a mainstay in the 11 a.m. SportsCenter for years before he was moved to the 6 p.m. block with Jay Harris earlier this year. Anderson is incredibly versatile, as he can shine as both the lead personality and the secondary anchor on any given broadcast. A perfect example can be seen when we look at his tenure in the 11 a.m. block. Whenever he hosted with Scott Van Pelt – we will get to him later – the charisma between the two was undeniable. In fact, the duo of Van Pelt and Anderson ranks as my personal favorite anchor team of all time. Van Pelt is certainly the alpha dog, but he wouldn’t be if it weren’t for Anderson, whose intellectual wit and ability to convey the weight of important events makes him one of the most popular anchors ever.

3. Chris Berman

I know he doesn’t host SportsCenter very often, but the face of ESPN cannot be kept off of this list. If I made a list ranking the top five personalities across all the ESPN programs, Berman would be number one, easily. The fact is, no one in the history of mankind has read highlights better than Chris Berman. Anyone who watches Sunday night SportsCenter knows exactly what I am talking about. During The Blitz, Berman and co-host Tom Jackson flawlessly narrate highlights of nearly every game. Could you imagine anyone else besides Berman slipping in a “Whoop!” as Adrian Peterson stops on a dime and causes a defending cornerback’s knees to buckle beneath him? Sadly, the clock is ticking on the greatest ever as he has said he will not continue working into his 60s. That gives us about three years to treasure the greatest that ever was and ever will be.

2. Scott Van Pelt

1. Neil Everett

Scott Van Pelt may be the most well-liked anchor by the majority of America, but to me the best contemporary SportsCenter anchor is – without a shred of doubt in my mind – Neil Everett.

Not only is there no other anchor I’d rather watch, but there is no other anchor I would rather sit down and talk sports with over a few beers than Neill Everett Everett was picked to anchor the newly formed West Coast

Anyone who tries to come

By Josh Aronson Staff Writer

up with power rankings of contemporary SportsCenter anchors will have SVP in their top two, and most will put him as one. Van Pelt not only stars as an unbiased journalist during his primetime SportsCenter block at 11 p.m., but he also puts on one of the best radio programs in the country, where he demonstrates his overwhelming knowledge of sports and skill at subjective argument. In my opinion, the fact that Van Pelt has proven that he possesses such an acute knowledge of sports makes him all the more credible as an anchor. Being able to transition from an opinionated radio host to an unbiased news anchor on a daily basis must be extremely difficult and Van Pelt does it flawlessly. No matter who he hosts with, it seems as if he literally pulls the charisma out of them. Just look at some of the people Van Pelt has consistently hosted with — the careers of Steve Levy and Jon Anderson have been aided by their work with Van pelt. At age 43, Van Pelt has a long, long career ahead of him which is great for ESPN and great for sports fans everywhere

SportsCenter in Los Angeles in 2009, and the success of that branch is largely due to Everett. The 1 a.m. West Coast show has a modern feel that is in tune with the latest pop-culture and Everett embodies this theme. In a word, Everett is cool. His signature one-liners are original and fresh, and the charisma he emits when the camera is on him jumps off your television screen and into your living room. No one on the network can narrate the opening montage of SportsCenter better than Everett. Too many anchors have lame conclusions to these montages. For example, Robert Flores’ conclusion is “SportsCenter, we’re working it.” I literally cringe whenever I hear that.

Everett on the other hand has the best one-liner of all time as he concludes the opening montage with the famous two part phrase, “SportsCenter” before pausing and yelling almost unintelligibly, “Right Now!” Not only is there no other anchor I’d rather watch, but there is no other anchor I would rather sit down and talk sports with over a few beers than Neil Everett. And to me, what better barometer is there?

The weekly recap

Boss of the week: Torrey Smith

Baltimore Ravens WR After receiving the news that his 19-year-old brother was killed in a motorcycle accident, Smith recorded a career-high day Sunday night versus the Patriots. Smith finished the game with six catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 Ravens’ victory. Smith looks to back up this performance Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.

Quote of the week

If the NHL continues to insist on their demands, then it will take a full year. That’s because we are not going to cave in. Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It’s an absolute reality

- Washington Capitals star forward Alex Overchkin on the current NHL lockout

Goat of the week:

NFL Replacement Refs Replacement refs have been scrutinized the first three weeks of the NFL season. Things took a turn for the worst when, Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks stole a victory from the Green Bay Packers. The refs awarded a Hail Mary pass to Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate who barely managed to have a hand on the ball after shoving a Packers’ safety to the ground. The play was reviewed and upheld. The twittersphere erupted in disbelief as the refs gave the Seahawks their second win of the year, while leaving the Packers with more losses in 2012 then they had all of last year. Hopefully this is enough to spark more talks between the NFL and the real officials to end the lockout in order to keep the integrity of the league.



NFL Picks Week 4 San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets On their way to their 2-1 record, the Jets and 49ers have looked dramatically different. The Jet offense can best be described as inconsistent, whether that is ingame or between games. After trouncing Buffalo in week one and getting routed by Pittsburgh in week two, the Jets outlasted Miami to get victory number two. It took a bad-guessed timeout in overtime attempting to ice Jet kicker Nick Folk. The timeout nullified what would have been a Miami blocked field goal and allowed Folk to make the 33-yard game winning kick. Week three for San Francisco is a week most 49er fans would like to forget. The 49er defense allowed Minnesota Viking quarterback Christian Ponder to throw for two touchdowns and run for another in a 24-13 Viking win. Alex Smith and the 49er offense never got started, scoring only three points in the first half and ending the game with three turnovers and two punts. The biggest news for the Jets going into the week has to be the seasonending injury to star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis suffered an ACL injury in Sunday’s loss. Without the shutdown cornerbacks, the Jet defense will be stretched against San Francisco’s balanced offense. Despite being at Met Life Stadium, I see the 49ers pulling this one out.

The Picks: Jeremy: SF, Mike: SF, Will: SF, Jake: SF, Josh: SF, Colin: SF

Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys Jay Cutler or Tony Romo? In so many ways the easiest way to decide who wins is to simply compare the quarterbacks. Both are middle of the pack N F L quarterbacks, b o t h are historically inconsistent and both play in big time football markets. The Bears miss Matt Forte. Despite his best efforts, Bush is not the explosive back Forte is, and, without a running game, even more pressure is put on Cutler. Romo has been acceptable at the quarterback position and has developed a strong relationship with receivers Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree. Running back Demarco Murray has looked good, but against Chicago’s sixth

ranked defense, his effectiveness may be compromised. Both teams are in the bottom half of the league on offense, but both defenses have looked strong to start the seas o n . C u t ler will struggle against Dallas’ second ranked pass defense, but will that be enough? This game may come down to a battle of place kickers and field position. In that battle I like Robbie Gould and Chicago. I expect this game to come down to a field goal or less and for Chicago to pull this one out at Cowboys Stadium.

The Picks: Jeremy: CHI, Mike: DAL, Will: DAL, Jake: DAL, Josh: DAL, Colin: DAL


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New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles In a big time NFC East showdown, Eli Manning and the New York Giants travel down to Philadelphia to take on Michael Vick and the Eagles. Both teams enter 2-1 and though the home team must be favored, at this point I’m not sure any team can stop the Giants. In a game that nearly everyone thought would be a close, hard-fought game against Carolina, and with the Giants missing three key offensive weapons, what happened instead is that the Giants blew out the Panthers and got breakout performances from previously unknown players. Andre Brown ran for 113, Ramses Barden pulled in 138 yards and Martellus Bennett caught 73 yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia must not only prepare for a dynamic offense, but also improve their protection of Michael Vick. It seems like on every play Vick is hurried or hit. Even for a mobile quarterback, there still needs to be time for him to make his reads and make a decision. The Eagles were shut out of the first half in their 27-6 loss to the surprise 3-0 Arizona Cardinals, getting their six points on field goals in the third quarter. When the final whistle sounds it will be for a Giant win.

The Picks: Jeremy: NYG, Mike: NYG, Will: NYG, Jake: NYG, Josh: PHI, Colin: NYG

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

I certainly would not have predicted the Saints would still be looking for their first win. In week four, they are known for an inconsistent defense, but Drew Brees and the offense still put up points. The Saints got out to an early lead against the Chiefs in their week three overtime loss, but crumbled down the stretch. Chiefs’ running back Jamal Charles ran for 233 yards and, more importantly shut out the Saints in the final quarter and overtime. After Green Bay’s Monday night loss to Seattle, the Packers may be asking which team was more damaged by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. After a controversial Hail Mary catch and/or interception, Green Bay droped to 1-2 and is out for blood. At home Green Bay will be determined to forget their latest loss and impress in front of the home fans. Both fan bases demand a victory, but both teams can’t win. This one will come down to desire — the Lambeau home crowd should motivate the Packers to a much-needed win. Sorry New Orleans, here comes 0-4.

The Picks: Jeremy: GB, Mike: GB, Will: NO, Jake: GB, Josh: GB, Colin: GB




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