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“There is a buzz right now in the metal scene, for Burlington, for Metal Mondays. Touring bands will come here and go ‘This is one of the fun-est times we’ve had all tour.’”

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The lead singer of Vaporizer performs at Nectar’s March 31. Every monday, Nectar’s hosts Metal Mondays, which brings together a collection of local metal bands. Nationally and internationally touring bands will also play there. Vaporizer is considered the “core” of the Metal Mondays scene. The Brattleboro, Vt. based band Barishi also participates.

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The “secret drug” of cocaine has grown in popularity around the Burlington area and within the UVM community. Cocaine use and distribution can lead to various negative health issues as well as prison time. UVM offers treatment options for addicted residents.

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UVM not immune to cocaine Taylor Delehanty Staff Writer Cocaine, often referred to as “coke,” “blow” and “going skiing,” can be found on college campuses across the country, and UVM is not excluded. “My mom didn’t want me to go to Indiana University because a friend of hers picked up a cocaine habit there,” an anonymous male junior said. “Little did my mom know that Burlington and UVM have a much bigger drug community.” Faculty and student feelings toward the drug remain split as many UVM students said they often use the drug. “I’ve never had any bad experiences while on it. Just sunshine and happiness,” an anonymous female sophomore said. “I mean once when I was on it I made some bad decisions. But I’m not sure if it was the cocaine or alcohol.” Like us on Facebook

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Licensed psychologist Kelly Thorne, an assistant director for UVM Counseling and Psychiatry Services recently sat down with the Cynic to discuss various impacts that the drug can have. Negative side effects can be “serious” and “long-lasting” and apart from its effect on the body, the consequences for being found using or distributing the drug are equally as serious, she said. Such consequences can include jail time as well as serious counseling, police services chief Liane Tuomey said. Penalties include fines ranging from $2,000 to $250,000 depending on the amount of cocaine possessed. Prison terms can also vary in length from one year to up to 10 years, Tuomey said. “I know people who are addicted and it led them down a bad path. Luckily I knew when to stop,” an anonymous female junior said. “I knew I was just doing

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it to try it, not to make it into a lifestyle.” “I’ve always had an interest and been intrigued by coke. I’ll try anything once,” the male junior said. “I mean personally, I don’t have an addictive personality. A gram can last me more than a month.” However, while the increasing rate of recent “illicit drug use” has been found to be higher among young adults, according to a 2012 national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, students said they feel that cocaine use is rarely talked about “openly” at UVM. “I think cocaine is a drug that’s not really openly talked about,” the anonymous female junior said. “I mean people are always talking about smoking weed and drinking, but you don’t hear cocaine talked about that often. But under the

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In addition to UVM’s mandatory diversity requirement, students will soon need to fill another prerequisite. The faculty senate approved a plan to move forward with adding a university-wide sustainability requirement in their meeting April 7. The course requirment will allow students to take classes and learn about how our society impacts the environment and what we can do to help sustain it, the UVM website stated. Since 2001 the SGA has supported the addition of a university-wide sustainability requirement into the general curriculum at the University. Building off SGA’s work, an ad-hoc faculty senate committee for sustainability was established in 2012. Junior Aswini Cherukuri said she thinks the sustainability requirement is a “great idea.” “Sustainability is relevant to everyone,” Cherukuri said. “The concept of sustainability is scientific, social, economic and environmental.” Classes will allow students to recognize and assess how sustainability impacts their lives and how their actions impact sustainability, according to a resolution submitted by SGA March 23. It will enable students to have “informed conversations” about the complexity of sustainability, according to a report submitted by the ad-hoc senate committee in March. The report stated that students can also learn how to

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UVM seniors to redesign Moran Plant Joseph Tomlinson Staff Writer At 400 Pine St., in a brick jungle of local graffiti, two seniors have planned to revive the face of Burlington’s waterfront. Room 9 Redevelopment, made up of seniors Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg, plans to transform the decaying Moran Plant. The plant, former power generating station, will transform into a “multi-functional civic space.” The multi-million dollar project will work to bring together an “eclectic crew” of community members in an energy and financially sustainable manner, they said. “I hope they get it done, that would be pretty impressive,” junior Chris McCarthy said. The duo plan to turn the 25year waterfront “eyesore,” into a multi-functional, self-sustaining civic space, Cooke said. The new Moran Plant space will have food and beverage from The Farmhouse Group and Zero Gravity Craft Brewery. Art installations from Arentzen & Ohlander Glass Works and Burlington City Arts will also be featured along with

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The Moran Plant sits at 400 Pine St. April 3. Two UVM seniors have received $6.3 million from the city for their plan to rebuild the plant and turn it into a multi-user space with an art gallery and a brewery. public gardening programs through Vermont Community Gardens Network, among other community partnerships, Cooke and Crockenberg said. The central Great Room will have a capacity of 1,500 people, “which could be used for a Ted Talk, concert or farmers mar-

ket,” Cooke said. “The rooftop garden space will be great for weddings and other formal events,” he said. “A diversified economic base, which [Room 9 Redevelopment] are all about, not only builds financial capital but builds community and social

capital,” said Jane Kolodinsky, chair of community development and applied economics. “A non-profit generates value as much through its tenants as through its programs,” Crockenberg said. The construction will preserve large coal bins and a coal

trolley above the Great Room to preserve the waterfront’s industrial culture, Cook said. What are Tad and Erick most excited for in conquering this project? “Knocking a golf ball off the roof,” Crockenberg said. Room 9 Redevelopment is currently operating as a Limited Liability Company so that they can begin work immediately. As paperwork formalizes the new Moran Plant project, it will become non-profit and will owned by the city, they said. “Spring 2016 to start construction” is the duo’s goal, Crockenberg said. The Charlotte, Vt. natives have even self-designed their own majors entitled “ecological design.” Their plan was set in motion this past fall, when the city approved $6.3 million of funding toward the seniors plan at town meeting day, Cooke said. They submitted their redevelopment plans as part of the February 2013 public action investment plan hosted by the city of Burlington. This is a competitive process that is open for community members to submit project ideas for waterfront improvement, according to newmoran. org.

Major push for Summer U Tuition rate growing Jill Vaglica Staff Writer UVM wants students to participate in its Summer U program, demonstrated by the advertisements that have been posted around campus. To entice students, UVM is offering 30 percent tuition savings for the 2014 Summer U program, according to University Communications. “I’m taking an EMT course this summer, and I know they’re waving around this whole 30 percent off thing, but they don’t advertise how much it costs. I’m out-of-state, so the course still costs about $7000,” first-year Cody Callahan said. This year, there has been an approximate 300 to 400 student increase, President Tom Sullivan said. Sullivan said this year’s program will be the strongest yet, making Burlington a very different place to be in the summer. “We’re trying to make this as efficient as possible, not just classes for students, but all kinds of other camps and educational and cultural opportunities” he said. Summer U was advertised throughout the Davis Center this semester. Last month, the Cynic surveyed students to find out how they felt about the recent advertisements. 56.52 percent of studentssaid they liked the advertisements and 39.09 percent of

those students said the advertisements made them want to take part in Summer U, according to the survey. Some students thought the advertisements were were helpful in “drawing attention to the summer schedule.” 43.48 percent of surveyed students said that the advertisements were “too excessive.” “They were excessive and obnoxious. The stairs were so annoying,” sophomore Brian Thompson said. Sullivan said the push to strengthen the Summer U program is in part because he has been considering instituting a trimester schedule at the University. “We are making progress on what I call the three semester curriculum and a very substantial, significant improvement on increasing the opportunities for students in summer school” he said. However, Brian Reed, associate provost for curricular affairs, assured students that as it was in the past, summer courses provide an option for

students and that it is not a requirement. “It is possible that we might pilot a three-semester academic calendar with one or two programs at some point in the future, will allow certain curricula to capitalize on the summer season to provide learning experiences that are not possible at other times of the year,” Reed said. Summer U can allow students to get ahead on credits, focus on one or two classes to boost their GPAs, lighten fall course loads or graduate early, providing incentive for students to enroll, Sullivan said. An increase in enrollment to Summer U has led the administration to consider a three-semester curriculum. Summer U offers more than 500 online, on-campus and travel courses for undergraduates, visiting undergraduate students, graduate students and professional students, according to the program’s website.

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Soon members of the UVM graduate program may see a change in their tuition fees. For more than 50 years, the state of Vermont has required UVM to charge in-state graduate students no more than 40 percent of the out-of-state tuition rate. The Vermont House recently passed a bill that will nullify a tuition break given to in-state resident graduate students. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by the governor, the change will allow the University to lower out-ofstate tuition for graduate level courses. This will happen without also having to discount class prices for in-state students, according to VTdigger.org. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by the governor, the change will allow the University to lower out-ofstate tuition for graduate level courses. President Tom Sullvian explained that by lowering tuition for out-of-state students, there will be a much more “robust application pool.” This will happen without also having to discount class prices for in-state students, according to VTdigger.org. UVM has 1,357 non-medical graduate students, and half

are out-of-state students. UVM needs “more flexibility” in the difference between in and out-of-state tuition, said Cynthia Belliveau, dean of continuing and distance education. Belliveau said that by doing this the University can market its online courses more competitively. “Our intent by having more discretion within the 40 percent rule with regard to graduate students is to lower the cost of tuition for out-of-state graduate students,” Sullivan said. “So that we can be much more competitive in the national market in recruiting graduate students,” he said. Belliveau said the tuition break will remain the same for undergraduate students and will not be affected by the bill. However, “pricing the new graduate and distance education courses we want to offer out of the market — which is highly competitive — for outof-state students,” Belliveau said. This will likely be on UVM in-state graduate students’ radar, who would also like to pay lower prices for online courses.


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UVM to fundraise across the board Alexander Collingsworth Staff Writer Despite the current state of the economy, the UVM Foundation has found many ways to help support the University through the “Comprehensive Campaign.” The last campaign raised more than $275 million for the University and the current campaign is expected to raise “significantly more,” said Richard Bundy, president and CEO of the Foundation. “A comprehensive campaign means that nearly every corner of the campus will be impacted,” Bundy said. President Tom Sullivan explained that the three main components of the campaign are scholarships, endowed professorships and building projects. “Those are investments in our human capital, where great faculty and students come together,” Sullivan said About $100 million of funds raised will go toward two major projects: the building of the STEM complex and a new multipurpose events center, Bundy said. The Foundation is the “fundraising arm of the University,” he said.

The majority of money will come from alumni donors, while some is from student’s parents, faculty and staff members. “We use a variety of means to raise these funds — everything from appeals to social media to direct mail, e-mail and phone solicitations,” Bundy said. One way that the Foundation raises money is through Chatty Cats, an on-campus job made up of students. The Chatty Cats help raise funds for scholarships and financial aid that can make attending UVM possible for many students. “Our job at Chatty Cats is to work on the smaller time donors,” senior employee Brian Sloan said. Sloan said he enjoys being a part of the effort that helps provide students with scholarships and other opportunites. “It’s about improving UVM’s reputation,” he said. The current campaign is still in its advance phase, called the “quiet phase.” Started in July of 2011, the campaign will be made public in October of 2015, Bundy said. The campaign is set to last through the summer of 2019, he said.

COCAINE Drug has lasting consequences for users ...continued from page 1 surface, a lot of people are doing it.” The anonymous male junior agreed, saying cocaine is “continually growing” to become one of the “most popular” drugs at UVM, which he said possesses a large drug culture. “I just think that many of the students are very open to doing drugs, we have a very big drug culture,” he said. “It ain’t cheap to go here, so many students have the money to do it.” Other students said constantly being exposed to the drug has led them to experiment with it, however they said that this has often led them to feeling judged by friends. “People who are weary of drugs judge me hardcore because it is considered a hardcore drug I guess,” the female sophomore said. The male junior said he agreed. “Some people only see cocaine in the media so seeing people actually do it in front of them is a bit jarring,” he said. As the popularity of the drug is on the rise, more dealers seem to be coming to the Green Mountain state to sell their product. For the months of January and February, Burlington police conducted an investigation into residents who were believed to be selling crack cocaine in the

Burlington area, according to the Feb. 13 press release. The investigation led to the arrest of multiple local dealers. “It’s considered a worse drug that’s clearly bad for you and will get you in more trouble than other things,” the female sophomore said. Thorne and other faculty members expressed concern for students’ use of the addictive drug. Effects can include euphoria, increased energy and talkativeness, however this can be paired with dangerous increases in heart rate and blood pressure, Thorne said. Some students agreed saying that the drug makes them feel as though they have had “too much coffee,” while others expanded on their experiences. “I feel like I really wanna dance, I’m really happy and I’m usually a lot happier because I got it for free,” the female sophomore said. “When I’m on it I really want to go out and do things, whatever that may end up being.” Contribution from Hannah Kearns and Taylor Feuss.

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President Thomas Sullivan listens to a presentation about the proposed new sustainability requirement in Waterman April 7. The SGA has supported a University-wide sustainability requirement since 2001.

SUSTAINABILITY ...continued from page 1 “think critically” about sustainability across a “diversity of cultural values” on both local and global scales. Both students and faculty said they feel the addition of a sustainability requirement will be beneficial to the UVM community. “I feel like our campus could do more to promote sustainable living,” sophomore Kristine Corey said. “The water bottle ban was a great start, but there are a lot of other ways students can help the environment,” Corey said. The committee has devel-

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oped a series of “learning outcomes” that will incorporate sustainability into the existing curriculum at the University, sustainability co-chair Laura Hill-Bermingham said. President of the faculty senate and professor of linguistics Julie Roberts said it’s important to educate “good global citizens.” Roberts said that gaining knowledge of sustainability and environmental impact is important in meeting that goal. “I think it is critical to implement this requirement,” she said. “It isn’t an easy task, but with careful planning, I do believe it can be done.”

Hill-Bermingham said she believes there is a misconception among students on campus that the new sustainability initiative will require all students to take an additional course. She explained that this is only one of the three methods by which students can meet the new requirement. Students can meet the requirement through various coursework in their existing curriculums and other co-curricular activities, such as the Eco-Reps program, Hill-Birmingham said.

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Vermont hears Deaf History Week Katie Hickey Staff Writer Although April 6 marked the end of Deaf History Week, the performance of the last event did not go unheard. UVM’s American Sign Language Program hosted the week’s events which included final performer John Maucere, a deaf actor, filmmaker and advocate. Maucere spoke to the UVM community as part of his national tour entitled “The John Maucere Show.” “He was animated, and helped me feel included even though I am not in the deaf community,” first-year Diandra Chamberlain said. Maucere was accompanied by fellow guest speaker Ashley Fiolek. Fiolek, among her various television appearances, is a professional motorcyclist. She is also the first deaf person to win the American Motorcylcist Association Championship, according to the UVM website. She spoke about the challenges that she overcame as

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Performer John Maucere puts on a show in the Davis Center April 6 for UVM’s Deaf Awareness Month. both a woman and a member of the deaf community. She had to overcome all of this as she was actively performing in motorcycle competitions.

“Work hard and your dreams can come true, whether you’re hearing or deaf,” she said. Event coordinator Keri Ogrizovich said the perfor-

Find UVM’s real beauty Charlotte Fisher Staff Writer Three girls are on a mission to bring self-love to UVM. UVM’s Real Beauty Campaign is an ongoing project that strives to empower the University community to embrace and appreciate their bodies, according to their Facebook page. “The campaign and people involved have helped me realize that I should and can love myself,” senior Tess Romano said. Seniors Maddie Camerlengo, Tess Romano and junior Bre Bielecki are all committee members and the backbone of the campaign. “I am very much dedicated to my own journey toward selfacceptance,” Bielecki said. “I am extremely passionate about body positivity and self-love.” The project started in the fall of 2012 by Michelle Leung, a senior at the time. “Growing up [Leung] was never really told she was beautiful,” Camerlengo said. “When she got to UVM she wanted to set aside time and effort to empower, specifically women, to embrace their bodies and embrace the attitude of self-love,” she said. The group’s “main presence” is through their Facebook page, Camerlengo said. She is the director of operations for the campaign. The page is updated year round with articles, blogs and pictures that all promote a healthy body image. The group also holds events throughout the year and participated in the Black Student

mance’s purpose was to illustrate “an idea of deaf culture, deaf history, breaking down barriers and how we rise above them.” “Our goal was to bring

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Senior Tess Romano (left) and junior Bre Bielecki (center) speak about UVM’s Real Beauty Campaign by the Davis Center April 1. Union’s fashion show in February. Real Beauty did it’s own “special walk” where they encouraged people to wear whichever clothes made them feel beautiful. “We asked the audience to participate and we had almost 50 people,” Camerlengo said. “People jumped up and showcased their individual style. It was amazing!” The beauty campaign has also held several photo shoots in which they shot photos of students and had them write down what they consider to “be beautiful.” The images were posted around the Davis Center with the student opinions displayed underneath. “My favorite part about being part of the campaign is the fact that everyone supports and accepts one another for who they are,” Romano said. The campaign has contin-

“The campaign and people involved have helped me realize that I should and can love myself.” Tess Romano Senior ued to grow and has shifted its focus from just women to include all gender identities, Camerlengo said. “I think it’s great,” firstyear Lucy DeMatties said. “It’s very uplifting.” “The campaign takes whatever form it takes, we are just there to direct it,” Camerlengo said. Group members said they hope the campaign will continue to progress in the future. There will be a general meeting April 16 at 8:30 p.m. outside Living Well in the Davis Center.

[American Sign Language] students and the deaf community together and educate people and meet role models,” Ogrizovich said. Both speakers described personal challenges, etiquette and some of the stereotypes that face the deaf community. Through a series of comedic sketches, Maucere illustrated that the most mundane places, such as restrooms and elevators, can pose communication barriers between the hearing and the deaf. However, Maucere emphasized that communication is “not just about hearing, but about connecting.” Maucere and Fioleck also advocated the importance of learning American Sign Language. “Deaf people are thrilled to know when hearing people can learn the language,” Maucere said. “I light up [when I see them] it is so helpful.” Maucere has been featured on shows such as “Law and Order,” “Switched at Birth” and “Southland.” He was also featured in his own film “No Ordinary Hero: A Superdeafy Movie.”

If you are an upperclassman and live off-campus, clear your summer plans for 2014 and stay Lakeside. Different people can have different needs for maximizing their summer vacation. But for many, especially many UVM students, the key to having the best summer lies right here in Burlington. “All I need is a blow up raft, beer, a lake and my best friends,” junior Matt Carroll said. Burlington is nestled right next to Lake Champlain and can become a hotbed of excitement when the weather makes it above 60 degrees. The known summer hang out spot in our city is North Beach — one of the main beaching areas of Lake Champlain, according to tripadvisor. North Beach contains dozens of hiking paths and cliffs to overlook, watch the sunset and even attempt to cliff jump from. “I was really scared to [jump],” junior Ellery Garland said. “When I finally did it, it was the greatest feeling in the whole world.”

Besides North Beach, there are plenty of other hidden local gems that are great places to cool off during the summer heat. Bristol Falls, the Waterbury reservoir and Lone Rock Point are just a few examples of some local swimming holes that are continuously loved by Vermonters, according to swimmingholes.org. “A good amount of students from the colleges leave to go home in the summer, making Burlington feel a bit cozier,” said senior Alia BarbanoGeorge, a Burlington native. During the summer, you can turn down any street in downtown Burlington and find a congregation of students drinking, laughing and just relaxing outside on their porches. “Porch life is the best life,” junior Justin Weinberger said. Church Street during the summer months is always buzzing with excitement, students seem to agree. “During the summer, Church Street is at its finest,” senior Kayleigh Neu said. “Music every night, restaurants move all the seating outdoors and you can run into all your friends from school too,” Newu said. If you are trying to fill your summer schedule with good friends, good music, good food and good laughs, spend a summer in beautiful Burlington.


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McKay shows off a unique cabaret Sam Heller Staff Writer “And now, fresh out of rehab, please welcome Nellie McKay,” said Steve MacQueen, the artistic director of the Flynn Center. McKay then took the stage for the first of her two shows at the Flynn Center April 4. “I’m sorry I’m late. Traffic was a bitch,” she said as she sat at the piano and launched into a slow, downtempo jazz standard. McKay’s occasional, “lighthearted vulgarity” contrasted with the music, which the Lane Series’ website described as “cabaretnaif.” “Cabaret” is an entertainment, typically of music or dance, performed for a smaller audience and “naif” means naïve, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. However, McKay did not limit herself to just cabaret songs. She moved from jazz and indie-pop to creole and reggae. Consistent with the cabaret setting, McKay was accompanied by only a piano and a ukulele. Rather than having any other instruments with her onstage, McKay would simply sing the guitar and saxo-

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Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs at the Flynn Center April 4. A former stand-up comedian, McKay has released five albums and has acted on Broadway. She is a PETA supporter and women’s rights activist. McKay’s music has often been described as “cabaret-naif.” phone solos for a number of songs, which elicited laughter and applause from the crowd. McKay said that she only “loosely” plans her sets beforehand, and stopped playing midway through some of her songs so that she could play other ones.

“Oh, let’s do something else,” McKay said. “I keep doing the songs I didn’t plan on doing.” As a vocal women’s rights activist and PETA supporter, McKay incorporated many of her own original protest songs into the set. “This next song is about

boycotting Russian vodka until they lift their draconian anti-gay laws,” McKay said, as she began to sing “Vodka,” a bilingual protest rap, displaying her ability to speak fluent Russian. McKay left the stage at the end of the set, but at her audience’s request she came

back on and played two encores. “It was fabulous,” Jordan Gullickson said. Gullickson acted in the performance of “Venus in Fur” shown at the Flynn last month. The Cynic’s interview with Nellie McKay can be found at vermontcynic.com.

Cynic picks Tibetan art written in sand at Fleming DJ Maxe offers selection of tracks Becca Friedlander Staff Writer Imagine spending weeks working on a project, slaving over every imperfection, then throwing it all away the second it was finished. Every year, the Tibetan monks do this as they create sand mandalas, intricate designs composed of thousands of sand grains of different colors. From April 9 through April 16, the Fleming Museum will host a pair of monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y. to create such a work of art here on campus. “It’s just so interesting because it’s all completed and then there’s just this gasp of everybody watching as they just [sweep] it up and [push] it away,” Christina Fearo said. Fearo is curator of education and public programs at the Fleming Museum. The sand mandala takes a week to complete and will be constructed on the Fleming Museum’s marble court. Though the artwork can vary in design, this one will be a depiction of the Buddha of Compassion. Fearon said that these

works of art bring peace and harmony to the area where it’s being constructed. When the monks sweep it all up they put it in a container and bring it to a body of water. “We’ll be bringing it to Lake Champlain and just throwing it in,” she said. “Part of that is emphasizing the spirit of impermanence and non-attachment that’s so important in Buddhism,” Fearon said. The community is encouraged to come to watch the monks build the sand mandala during Fleming Museum hours. Hours can be found on the museums website, until April 16, when the project will be completed and destroyed. “I definitely want to see it,” first-year Kara Santiago said. A reason for the program is the high level of interest in the Fleming Museum’s collection, “Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art.” The exhibit explores themes in “identity and self expression” through traditional Tibetan techniques and a few more modern ones, according to the museum website.

WRUV DJ Maxe Mazelis has a radio show entitled “LUNCH,” which airs every Saturday from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m. His show features a variety of rock music. Here are his picks:

Song: I Didn’t Know That Artist: The Books Album: The Way Out (Temporary Residence)

Song: Rhythm of Devotion Artist: Sisyphus Album: Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty)

Song: I Will Truck Artist: Dirty Projectors Album: The Getty Address (Western Vinyl)

Song: 333 Artist: Pere Ubu Album: St. Arkansas (Cooking Vinyl)

Song: Johnny’s Odyssey Artist: Macklemarco Album: Salad Days (Captured Tracks)


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Seven Sounds gets set Brown delivers to Dana Burns Staff Writer Seven bands, seven poets and various other artists are converging on campus April 12. A student-organized poetry gathering, the Furious Constables, will welcome the public to an event to showcase the works of UVM’s talented students, faculty and staff. The Seven Sounds Festival will feature performances by seven local bands and seven poets, as well as the work of dozens of UVM artists. The event is being held on National Grilled Cheese Day, so in honor of the holiday, UVM Feel Good will be joing in to serve sandwiches as well. Feel Good is a club whose profits are donated in an effort to end world hunger. “Seven Sounds began as a floating, vagrant idea landing into the brain of my resting head upon my lofted metal bed in room 125 of Harris Millis in October of 2012,” sophomore organizer Kevin Bloom said. Since then, the entirely student-run and organized event has garnered the help of more than 50 volunteers. The local bands that will perform include Y Naught?,

Bison, Behold & Lo, Victory Morning and Guthrie Galileo. The event will be headlined by recent UVM Battle of the Bands competitors Squimley and The Woolens and Bible Camp Sleepovers. Squimley and The Woolens, who just completed a month-long residency at the Monkey House, will perform music from their new album, “10,000 Fire Jellyfish.” Bible Camp Sleepovers, the Vermont-based group fronted by sophomore Erin Cassles-Brown, has opened for acts such as Future Islands and Typhoon. They can also be seen performing at local venues such as Radio Bean and ArtsRiot. Sophomore Charlie Hill said he will display his original glasswork mosaics, alongside other pieces by numerous UVM artists. “The festival will be focused on creating not-forprofit, positive change,” Bloom said. Prints will be made of each artist’s work, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to a charity of the artist’s choice, he said. “Dan Fogel, UVM’s 25th president and Charlie Cunningham, the master guru behind the Marketplace falafel, will be reading po-

“The festival will be focused on creating not-for-profit, positive change.” Kevin Bloom Sophomore etry,” Bloom said. The event will also feature poetry readings by a number of other students and faculty. Poets include sophomores Maxx Vick and Cleo Rohn, as well as economics professor Grace Matiru. Other poets include Sam Lagor and Ben Parsons. UVM’s Fashion Club has even collaborated with Burlington non-profit Dress for Success to hold a fashion show using recycled materials. Student designers will use donations deemed unfit to create entirely new pieces. The event will take place at the University Heights Ampitheatre from 2:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, aims to bring exposure to student and faculty talent and make art and music accessible to the UVM community.

MANDALA Sand Painting April 9 - 16, 2014 Over a period of one week, two Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Namgyal Monastery will meticulously create a sand mandala of the Buddha of Compassion in the Museum’s Marble Court.

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sold-out Ballroom Jon Zinter Staff Writer Hip-hop fans and partygoers alike all seemed to know where to go April 3. Hip-hop artist Danny Brown returned to Higher Ground for a sold out show in support of his new album “Old,” released in 2013 under Fools Gold Records. On the second stop of the “Old Danny Brown” tour, the rapper broke out songs from “Old” and his second album, “XXX,” along with a few surprise singles such as “Molly Ringwald.” “He’s inspiringly magnetic on stage and his music is meant to be heard live. That shit was nuts,” firstyear Josh Ross said. The first half of the concert showcased Brown’s trademark “high-energy style” and “high-pitched voice.” Decked out in a Mickey Mouse button-up shirt that dropped down to his knees, Brown delivered his new collaboration single with Darq E. Freaker, “Blueberry.” During the performace Brown called himself a hipster, noting his taste for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. On “Side B (Dope Song),” Brown rapped about wanting to write about something other than his past as a drug dealer in Detroit. “Thirty-one years old so I done been through all that dizzirt / Came up off the porch, straight serving off the cizzurb / Long time ago, I don’t do that shit no more /

This the last time I’mma tell you, wanna hear it? Here it goes!” Brown rapped. After that, the buttondown came off, and through his rose-tinted glasses he could see the violently waving ocean of people that was the Higher Ground Ballroom. Fans crowd-surfed and one even made his way onstage, only to be quickly escorted back to the crowd. “I couldn’t really get a good view, and trying to trek through the middle was tough, so I went to the side and told the guard that Danny Brown wanted me to come on at 11:11 p.m., and he believed me,” first-year Dom Chatot said. “When I went on stage I gave a dap to his co-singer and pointed to the crowd. Then the guards told me to get off the stage,” he said. The second half of the show consisted of other songs such as “Bruiser Brigade,” “Monopoly” and “Blunt After Blunt,” which everyone in the crowd seemed to know the lyrics to. Brown closed out the set with two hits from “Old,” “Kush Coma” and “Dip.” “His beats were bumpin’ so hard and I was just whilin’ out to his lyrics,” Ross said. Brown came back on and sat down in the front of the stage for an extra personal “Lonely” encore. He then called it a night, leaving the venue to continue on to the next stop of many on the “Old Danny Brown” tour.

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Every week begins on “Metal Monday” Jacob Holzman Assistant Arts Editor To Matthew Hagen, co-founder of Metal Mondays at Nectar’s, being able to see the venue previously known for birthing the band Phish get recognized as a metal venue is “pretty rad.” Hagen, along with co-founder Jake Devries, started Metal Mondays in 2011. The weekly metal showcase has since been a “social experiment gone right,” Hagen said. “I mean, you have to start with a core for it to grow outward, and if anything, we started with just a residency and then this core just formed naturally, organically,” he said. To Devries and other musicians in the metal scene, the event has acted as “part of the center” of the Vermont metal world, and caused Burlington to be a “dot” on the scene’s overall radar. “There is a buzz right now, in the metal scene, for Burlington, for Metal Mondays,” he said. “Nationally and internationally touring bands will come here and go, ‘this is one of the fun-est times we’ve had all tour.’” “They go right to their booking agents, and go, ‘Let’s go back here,’ and they tell all the other bands, ‘Hey, go here,’” Devries said. The Brattleboro, Vt. based jazz-metal fusion band, Barishi, has been playing in the Vermont metal scene since 2010, according to their Facebook page. They have performed at Radio Bean as well as Nectar’s Metal Mondays multiple times, and have since become friends with Hagen and Devries.

“Metal Mondays is awesome,” the band’s drummer, Dylan Blake, said. “The sound and crowd [are] always so good, and it’s cool to play on a professional stage. I really dig playing at that place.” Blake said the “high activity” and “openness” at a Metal Mondays show is part of what makes Burlington like a “second home,” for him. “It’s a cool scene, because I feel like Burlington folks are really into music in general and they have, for the most part, a really open mind which is good for us because they play some weird-er shit sometimes,” Blake said. Junior Jacob Schneider said he believes that the metal scene is one that is growing, both under the surface and in the community’s mainstream. “There’s always the underground scene to go to but sometimes those shows can be a bit stagnant and bring the same people over and over again,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with that but I do believe there’s a bigger audience out there.” However, Metal Mondays is not the centerpiece of Vermont music. Junior Trey Schibli, singer and songwriter for local band Argonaut & Wasp, said he knows this by looking at the scene as a whole. “I have heard about the scene quite a bit,” he said. “I would say that I don’t think that’s where the scene is all concentrated by any means. I haven’t stepped foot in it though, so I don’t know how extensive it is.” Devries is also the bassist for Burlington-based metal band Vaporizer, who was recently on tour with the band Vattnet Viskar. “I feel like there are a few bands that totally kill it [in the scene], like Vaporizer especially,” Blake

“There are probably hundreds of Metal Mondays across the globe. But if we were to have a ‘Royal Rumble’ of all the Metal Mondays, we would crush, no doubt in my mind.” -Matthew Hagen, co-founder of Metal Mondays said. “I love that band, they’re one of my biggest influences.” Hagen said he considers Vaporizer to be part of the “core” of the Metal Mondays band roster. “There’s been a few mainstays here at Metal Monday, bands that will always be the core, and they’re a big part of the core,” he said. Heading into the future, Hagen said that the duo plans to remain “consistent,” with their eyes out for new growth opportunities. “If you just keep working on something, and you recognize that something is in place to grow and get better, then my personal philosophy is to just keep doing it, and when things fall into place, capitalize, take advantage of that,” he said. In particular, the co-founders said they will be working on getting “bigger” shows together, as well as harnessing the Metal Monday brand. “There’s probably hundreds of Metal Mondays across the globe, but if we were to have a ‘Royal Rumble’ of all the Metal Mondays, we would crush, no doubt in my mind,” Hagen said.

Top: The lead singer of Vaporizer performs at Nectar’s March 31. Every Monday, Nectar’s hosts Metal Mondays, which brings together local bands. Bottom Left: A resident plays a game of billiards at Nectar’s March 31. Bottom Right: The lead singer of Vaporizer performs at Nectar’s March 31. PHOTOS BY JONATHAN POLSON


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Statue needs new location STAFF EDITORIAL Last week, the Cynic published an article about the University’s lack of recognition for its first black graduate in 1838. Since then, President Sullivan sent an email to the University acknowledging Andrew Harris’ contributions and appointed a committee to further recognize him. Despite these efforts, there is a greater issue at hand. There is an overall absence of historical memory and value at UVM. The University does not demonstrate an appreciation for its historical relevance on campus and in the state. The Cynic would like to see an improvement starting with General Lafayette. Lafayette was a Revolutionary War hero from France. Upon his return to the United States after the war, he was congratulated and visited every state. During this journey he placed the cornerstone for only one University building, the new Old Mill building at UVM. As a result, in 1883 UVM displayed a statue of General Lafayette in the middle of the campus green. The statue graced the presence of the green for around 40 years until an alumni donation in 1921 caused the administra-

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tion to relocate the statue of Lafayette. The statue of Ira Allen has since replaced that of Lafayette. The Lafayette memorial now faces the beginning of Colchester Avenue by South Prospect Street. It is often covered by trees and simply faces the traffic of a busy intersection. This is not an appropriate place for a statue of a historical figure like General Lafayette. The downgrading of the Lafayette memorial location reflects the ongoing trend at UVM. The Cynic would like to see the statue of General Lafayette moved to a more central location on campus. Therefore students can appreciate the significance and contributions of General Lafayette. This would also prove an improved appreciation on the part of the administration for the rich history that UVM has. President Sullivan and his established committee also need to honor Andrew Harris in a greater manner than one University-wide email. We hope to see efforts from the administration to further recognize Andrew Harris, General Lafayette and the many other historical figures that have contributed to UVM’s legacy.

U.S. pundits and policy makers alike have recently dubbed Russian president Vladimir Putin the 21st century’s rendition of Adolf Hitler. Masquerading as a savior to Russians living outside the mainland, Putin is pulling the wool over the eyes of the West all during a territory grab. Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton commented on Russia’s recent actions in Crimea, during a speech she gave at the University of California. “If this sounds familiar, it’s [because it’s] what Hitler did back in the ‘30s,” Clinton said. “Hitler kept saying that they’re [ethnic Germans not living in Germany] not being treated

right. I must go and protect my people.” If unchecked, some say, Putin will further expand Russian territory into Ukraine through both coercion and force. By no means am I attempting to write on the motives of the Russian president. That would take too much time and be much too inaccurate. However, what I can do is draw upon the current state of the international arena to make a general assumption about the next actions of Putin. While also providing a set of guidelines for when one can expect Russia to act militarily. The first major argument against the theory that Putin will attempt to annex the whole of Ukraine is the inherent difference between Ukrainian and Crimean foreign policy. While the Crimean Peninsula is leaning east, Ukraine is reaching for European Union inclusion. This is an act normally ac-

companied by North Atlantic Treaty Organization protection. Acting against the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization would produce a direct conflict with the West — an extreme escalation that would bring unwanted economic and military repercussions. Furthermore, Ukraine does not have the same ethnic makeup of Crimea. It is much less “Russian.” This prevents Putin from using the guise of being a savior to ethnic Russians. Third, and most importantly, Ukraine doesn’t want to be part of Russia. As opposed to Crimean citizens, who voted in favor of joining Russia, Ukrainian citizens do not share the same desire. This would make any takeover of Ukraine by Russia a hostile occupation, triggering massive Western scrutiny and staggering consequences. Putin has expressed a de-

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sire to expand Russian borders back to their Soviet-era size. With this he understands that any action intended to do so must fall within the following confines. He must possess the upper economic or political hand, a window of opportunity must present itself and non-violent justifications must exist to counter potentially violent acts. His actions must not trigger meaningful international penalties. But they also must be large enough to be worth the political, economic and military commitments necessary to succeed. When these conditions are present, expect to see a heightened Russian military threat. When they are not, expect Putin to reinforce his regime through other policies. Ty Williams is a junior history and political science double major. He has been writing for the Cynic since spring 2014.

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Former Catamount on nation’s schooling crisis

The Grand Burlington Doodle Brigade by John Nesbit

A college senior’s worst nightmare is realizing that graduation is right around the corner. It’s a topic my family especially likes to bring up from time to time. So of course while I was home for Thanksgiving break, I not only ate tons of turkey and potatoes, but they got me thinking about my future. I knew I had options, but I did not know where to begin. Luckily, UVM holds a job fair each semester with more than 150 employers, and I signed up to attend. While reviewing the list of possibilities, I came across three that really interested me. One of these options was City Year, and when I arrived at the fair, I went to their table first. As soon as I made eye contact with the representative, I was welcomed to the table and began signing up for the application process. To me, it seemed effortless and comforting. At that point I knew I wanted to work with these people and this organization next year — I did not even go to the other two tables that had appealed to me earlier! Afterward, I went back home and researched what City Year was all about. I found that City Year’s mission is to help address the issues that challenge our nation’s education system.

The program, which is part of AmeriCorps, works in over 240 schools in 25 cities across the U.S., as well as in London, Birmingham and South Africa. City Year’s main goal is to ensure that 80 percent of the students in the schools that City Year serves reach 10th grade on time and are on track to graduate. City Year serves communities where the dropout challenge is most concentrated, ultimately serving in the cities that account for two-thirds of the nation’s urban dropouts. Members provide the students with extra academic, emotional and social support. They work as tutors, mentors and leaders by focusing on students’ ABC’s: attendance, behavior and course work. The idea of helping students definitely grabbed my attention, but what made me pursue City Year was learning that I would be working with a diverse group of college and high school graduates ranging from 18 to 25 years-old. Many think the people who work for City Year are only interested in becoming teachers or educators after their year of service, but City Year attracts a well-rounded group, many of whom continue on to work in many different career fields. Written by Lauren Schlanger, class of 2014

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Camp Morning Wood by Scott Womer

Campus voices If Burlington were a condiment or lunch meat, what would it be? “Salt. In the right portions, it’s exactly what you’re craving. But too much of it will ruin your kidneys.” - Junior Evan Cuttitta “Tofu. It thinks it is meat but isn’t, nor will it ever be — like Burlington thinking it’s a city. It also presents itself as sustainable but is secretly really processed and green-washy” - Sophomore Samuel Ghazey “Kale.” - Junior Matthew Fedder

Clarity for clarity’s sake by Professor Mahoney Dear Editor, In your March 26 article, “SGA asks for clearer course descriptions,” both the text and the caption to the accompanying photo identified me as “vice president” of the faculty union. This was quite flattering, but not quite accurate — although I am a member of the Executive Council of United Academics, the vice-president is John Forbes (Department of Theatre; for more details, please consult the United Academics website at: http:// www.unitedacademics.org/ about/who_is_serving/) A more serious mistake was the reported statement that it had been three years since any representatives from United Academics had attended a SGA meeting. As I had pointed out in public at this March 18th SGA meeting, I had already attended the Nov. 12 SGA meeting at the invitation of Connor Daley and the speaker of the senate, Kevin Conlon, and had addressed a number of the questions and concerns raised at the March meeting as well. You and your readers may

be interested in knowing that Denise Youngblood, president of United Academics, had as the first item on the agenda of the March 26 United Academics Executive Council an extensive report and discussion regarding the SGA request to improve student academic experience. We will be urging our members to post extended course descriptions for the courses that they will be teaching next semester, and in time for this week’s registration period. As I recall having said at the March 18 SGA meeting, none of us are perfect — professors included — and all of us can benefit from working together. We may not always agree, but if we listen to one another attentively, we may find that our goals are similar, even if the paths to reaching them may differ. Sincerely, Dennis Mahoney Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder Green and Gold Professor of German and Member-atLarge, United Academics Executive Council


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Five things to do with your summer 1. Get a job Work hard, play hard is a common theme for college students, so why should that stop when summer arrives? A summer job is a great way to make money and it’s also a resume builder. Even better, getting a job is made easy thanks to on campus resources like the Career Center. Drop by the Career Center Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. They are happy to help with everything from resume building to looking at job options, according to their website. “I’ll be working at the North Face on Church Street this summer, and I’m living in Burlington to enjoy the Vermont summer and get away from home,” junior Colin Montgomery said.

2. Try something new With the warm weather, long days and no homework, summer is the perfect time to take up a new hobby. There are tons of things to try. Playing a new sport or taking up jogging can be great ways to keep busy and get outdoors. “This summer, I’m taking a firefighting course to help better my community,” firstyear Rachel Curcio said. This free time may not exist in your life forever. Take advantage of the down time by opening up your mind and having some new experiences. This is something you’ll be thankful for down the road, according to onlinecollegecourses.com.

3. Travel Ever wanted to see South America, or road trip across the country? Well now is the perfect time! Three months of summer can provide plenty of time to visit any place in the world. With service trips or summer travel courses, you don’t always have to break the bank. UVM summer courses can take you to China to learn business, Florida to work with elephants or London to learn about contemporary theater, according to the UVM website. Summer can also provice the opportunity to visit friends and family that may or may not be close by. “I’m working in Maryland this summer but I’m definitely trying visit friends and family in other states as much as possible,” sophomore Erin Connor said.

4. Take summer classes

5. Don’t do anything

In case you haven’t already heard it from Summer U, summer courses can be an easy way to gain credit and boost your GPA. Whether you’re behind on credits or just trying to get ahead, summer courses can be quick and easy. Focusing on only one or two courses at a time can also help keep you focused and on top of schoolwork. “I’m taking physics over the summer at UVM because I think it should be easier without a full course load,” senior Sarah Lawson said. If time or money is a restraint for you, online courses or community college courses are also great options, and give you the freedom to keep a job or live outside of Burlington.

With the real world approaching, these are our last few years of summer vacation. Visit friends, watch TV, play video games and eat homemade cooking, because soon weekends and Christmas might be your only free time. Even if not doing anything the whole summer is impossible, take a few days off to enjoy your free time. “Between travel and volunteering, I’m hoping to spend a few boat days on the lake,” first-year Aimee Rice said. Taking this time to let your brain relax and destress may also help boost your grades next semester, according to collegelife.about.com. Words by Laurel Saldinger Illustrations by Alison Staffin


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First-year dominates the Hockey East Cam Panepinto Assistant Sports Editor He earned a spot on the men’s hockey team’s first line alongside seniors, led the team with 19 goals and was a staple in the Catamount’s playoff run. The best part is that he, Mario Puskarich, is only a firstyear. Just one season into his collegiate career, Puskarich quickly became a large part of the team’s game each night. “Mario has an NHL caliber shot. It’s on and off his stick right away,” first-year forward Brendan Bradley said. “Anytime you have a freshman such as Mario playing like one of the best players in the country, it’s a big boost to the team,” Bradley said. He has even won the prestigious 2014 Hockey East Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first Catamount to ever win the honor since joining the league in 2005, according to UVM athletics. Puskarich talked about hisjourney to becoming a large part of the team early in his career. “You want to step in and have an important role,” he said. “I kind of got off to a slow

Mario Puskarich #21 First-year

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start so I didn’t know how the year would go, but I’m happy with the way it ended.” Before coming to UVM, Puskarich played for Canada’s Langley Rivermen in the British Columbia Hockey League for two seasons. Despite his success in the Canadian league, he said he had to “adapt his game” to play in UVM’s Hockey East. “It’s the best conference in all of Division I hockey,” he said. “You can’t just rely on your skill and I think you see that every night with every single team being able to win.” Puskarich was continually used in clutch situations.

Major: Business Favorite NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins Favorite NHL player: Sidney Crosby Fun Facts: Always takes a nap after the team’s pre-game meal on game day

This includes his overtime goal against UMass Lowell March 15, which kept the Catamount’s season alive. When asked if he hopes to follow in his teammate’s footsteps and earn an NHL contract, Puskarich said, “Definitely, once my four years are over here that’s something that I would like. That’s every hockey player’s dream.” Despite being eliminated from their third NCAA tournament appearance in six years March 28, Puskarich said he and his returning teammates look to continue their success next season.

Three gym classes to take Emma Oyomba Staff Writer

Volleyball Students can take volleyball for one credit and have fun while doing it. Patricia McLaughlin started teaching at UVM 15 years ago and now teaches the course. McLaughlin has taught other physical education classes such as archery, jogging and walking for fitness, tennis and other wellness classes. The intermediate level class typically has 20-24 students and lasts 50 minutes, she said. “My criteria is that they want to learn and that they aren’t afraid of activity, moving to the ball and being spiked at,” McLaughlin said. The class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, the class works on skills such as setting the ball, spiking and blocking according to McLaughlin. On Thursdays, the students play volleyball for the entire class period. Students work on strategy and implementing the skills they talked about during their meeting on Tuesday.

Rock Climbing Stephen Michael Charest, teaches four different sections of the class, two on Mondays and two on Wednesdays With four different sections to choose from, students who want to learn to rock climb have various times in which

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First-year Mario Puskarich skates into the offensive zone in a game Nov. 1 against Notre Dame who joined the Hockey East this season.

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Two students prepare to block the volleyball during their physical education class April 3. The course is held in Patrick Gymnasium. they can take the class. The class sizes are small with about 12 students per class. The class takes place at Petra Cliffs in Burlington, and students must provide their own form of transportation Charest said. To accommodate these needs, Charest said this class would be better suited for a student of sophomore, junior or senior standing. “Basic climbing techniques” and “holds” are taught in the class. Students can also learn how to become familiar with climbing etiquette and safety practices. This includes how to belay and communicate with students while they are climbing.

Lifeguard Training Cara Hancy teaches the one-credit lifeguard training course that meets on Thursdays in the Patrick Gym from 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The class is split between the pool and the classroom. Pool time lasts from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then switches to the classroom in Patrick Gym for the rest of class. However, there is an extra fee of $259 to take the class. This fee includes supplies needed and certification testing to be able to climb. This one-credit course is a way for students to not only gain a credit in the classroom Charest said, but to get your lifeguard certification.

This time of year everyone from loyal fans to corporate businessmen and hopeful moms fill out their brackets usually to the tune of “I can’t believe (insert team here) lost last night. It completely ruined my bracket!” If you haven’t figured it out by now, everything that could go wrong in your Division I men’s college basketball tournament bracket, will go wrong. With that being said, there are still plenty of reasons to fill a bracket out. The big news this season was Warren Buffet’s promise of $1 billion in prize money to be given to whomever holds a flawless bracket. Even with billion dollar stakes as encouragement, a perfect bracket is almost statistically impossible. After day two and 25 games, none remained. The very first game of the tournament proved to be a devastating upset for the Ohio State Buckeyes as they fell to the University of Dayton, one of the tournament’s biggest surprises. “If you want to win your bracket, don’t watch college basketball. This is the second

year I have entered a bracket [challenge] and I’m two for two,” junior Sam Scrivani said. While a select few will relish their correct picks, and maybe come away with some money, most will have to find ways to cope with the picks they wish they could take back. “My Final Four is out,” junior Connor Nolan said. “It was one of the darkest March Madness experiences I’ve ever had.” “But I will be back next year with a vengeance and [Warren] Buffet’s wallet is gonna be in my scope. Anyways, Florida is going to take the win. I’d bet The Cynic budget on it,” he said. In some typical, dramatic Final Four action, the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ Aaron Harrison, just off a gamewinning three pointer to beat Michigan, found himself again in the spotlight. Down two points with five seconds left, the young gun hit a big three point shot to take the Wildcats to the championship. This year’s tournament Final Four teams consist of the University of Connecticut Huskies, the Florida Gators, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Kentucky Wildcats. The games will take place in Arlington, Texas April 7. For fans who want to watch UConn face off against Kentucky, nosebleed seats start at $500 a piece. I’d consider that a safe investment if you still happen to have a perfect bracket.


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