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Lucy Rock: WRUV was my favorite part of the week

May 14, 2020

Lucy Rock

By Lucy Rock, WRUV

Walking into the WRUV station before my show was my favorite part of the week. No matter what I was working on that day, I was walking into a space where I could put on my own music and give it whatever context I wanted to.

I used my show to tell babysitting stories, promote my friend’s bands, and play tracks that could change my mood in seconds. I wanted to be able to share songs that made me listen to music differently and play music that made the traffic on Main Street easier to sit through. I loved the odd callers I would answer the station phone to and the music I was only able to discover because it was sent to the station by lesser-known artists.

WRUV is filled with a variety of students and community members who all have different worlds of music and are excited to share them. I loved being a part of this group, and having a show made me appreciate the music I listen to in a new way.

Brandon Arcari: Walking into The Vermont Cynic newsroom on the first day of classes changed my life

May 13, 2020


By Brandon Arcari, The Vermont Cynic

The Cynic was a really instrumental part of my college career. I remember it being the one thing that I was looking for the most during the club fair my first year, and being completely unable to find the table. Instead, I simply wound up knocking on the door and wandering in during the first day of classes.

I had been the news editor at my high school paper, and knew I wanted to continue working in journalism at UVM. Several hours later, I realized I’d missed dinner plans with my roommate, and wound up going to Brennans for the first time with several new friends, all at least a year ahead of me, who cared enough to watch over this nervous first-year with no idea what he was doing. With them, I formed friendships that have lasted me through my college experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Cynic for facilitating that.

Looking back on it, I’m proud of what I accomplished during my time at the Cynic, and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future. As a Cynic alum, I also have to thank everyone involved during my time at the Cynic, from the editors-in-chief I’ve worked under, to the exec board that I worked with when I served as news editor, (and that one time I stood in for the news editor on deadline my first year) to the writers, photographers, illustrators, page designers, copy staff and ad reps. Every one of them helped me to get where I am now, and I’ll never be able to thank every single person involved enough.

I appreciate every single person who welcomed me into their section, and especially those who went before and taught me, so that I could help others. Thank you all.


Brandon Arcari, far left, and the rest of The Vermont Cynic executive board in August 2018.

Emily Connolly: WRUV helped me push my own boundaries & connect with a community

May 13, 2020

image0By Emily Connolly, WRUV

During my time at UVM, I had the pleasure of hosting “The Ghoul Kids Club”, which was a talk show that aired Friday afternoons before moving to various weeknights at 8 p.m. Our discussions ranged from the paranormal, to strange stories, to hobbies, and to the experiences of people in the UVM and greater Burlington community. I loved every minute of it and will miss the calls and chat messages and fun times we had on the air.

WRUV gave me a space and time that was my own, and it really helped me push my own boundaries and connect with a phenomenal community of like-minded DJs with the raddest tunes and a deep love for the station.

One of my fondest memories will always be our Fall Pledge Drive Radiothon, which featured 10 uninterrupted hours of music, interviews, and live WRUV DJs celebrating our station; it was a moment that I felt some of my deepest appreciation for our DJ and listener community.

I will always be inspired by WRUV—even my thesis was radio-related!! I hope to drop on back in the booth whenever I’m in the area, but until then, I’ll keep that dial locked on our better alternative 🙂


Frederick Eisenbiegler: UVMtv made me who I am today

May 13, 2020

By Frederick Eisenbiegler, UVMtv

FrederickAs cliché as it seems, I don’t think I’d be the person I am today without UVMTV.

When I first joined the club I was a scared sophomore who only came because of a show that grabbed me, but when I went to that first meeting I found so much more. I found likeminded people who were open and accepting of me. I found students from every walk of life who were just as scared, but equally as supportive, and most importantly I found people I’d like to call my family.

Over the past three years I’ve seen so many people come and go, so many wonderful and creative shows, but ultimately I still see that love and support I saw on my very first day. I have faith that the new executive board and the new members will continue to carry on this wonderful little club’s legacy into next year and years beyond.


Frederick Eisenbiegler, second from right, and the rest of the 2019-2020 UVMtv executive board.

Zack Isleib: Forming WRUV friendships with some of the coolest and strangest people Burlington has to offer

May 13, 2020

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By Zack Isleib, WRUV

I can’t believe it’s already over. I have been a DJ since freshman year, waay back in 2016. Time flies.

I’d like to thank WRUV for providing me with a passionate community to express myself freely and form lifelong friendships with some of the coolest and strangest people Burlington has to offer! These past four years at WRUV have allowed me to creatively explore and learn more about the world through music, and I hope that whoever was listening felt inspired, relaxed, confused, or any thought-stimulating emotion.

90.1 will always be Preset 1 on the radio dash, and I will be forever grateful.

Zack 3



Bridget Higdon: Finding family at The Vermont Cynic

May 13, 2020

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By Bridget Higdon, The Vermont Cynic

On the second Wednesday of my first-year, I walked across campus to Waterman building for the first Cynic general meeting of the fall semester. Hannah Kearns was the editor-in-chief then. She stood at the front of the room radiating enthusiasm. She had a big laugh, and her dark curly hair bounced over her shoulder.

At that first meeting, I joined the Arts section. Molly Duff was the editor, and she held section meetings at her apartment on College Street. She usually had a plate of brownies on her coffee table, and we would spend the hour circled up in her living room tossing story ideas back and forth.

After President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Neubauer assigned myself and another first-year Arts writer to write a full-page column on how the art world was reacting to the new president. I remember being flattered that I had been chosen for this assignment, and I immediately felt like a valued member of the organization.

I was lucky enough to work with several Cynic leaders who knew the importance of those “I see you” moments. They knew the power in recognizing people’s individual talents and trusting them to do good work. It was this encouragement from my peers that motivated me to work hard.

One of the things I’ve always loved best about the Cynic is that it places value in student-to-student, generational teaching. Almost everything I know about journalism I learned from my editors, who learned from their editors. And on, and on. How to edit a photo, design a page, craft a lede, ask a hard question, lead a team – all of this I learned from my peers.

As I committed myself further to the Cynic and moved up the leadership chain, I made both great friends and gained valuable experience. I had opportunities to go places and to meet people I would not have gotten to otherwise. I interviewed the band The Head and the Heart before they became a household name. I met the editor of The Paris Review at the College Media Convention on New York City. I attended a workshop led by journalist Gail Sheehy. I toured the New York Times bureau in Washington D.C.

My experience at the Cynic led to my internship with the Vermont Authors Project and to my stint of freelancing with Seven Days. The Cynic led to the full-time job I will start in this June, as a digital reporter at a group of newspapers in Vermont.

When I became editor-in-chief, and held my first general meeting in September 2019, I remember being conscious that the first-years in the room might remember me four years from now just as I remember Hannah Kearns. I stood at the front of the room knowing that I had the power to help make their time at the Cynic, and at UVM, enriching and memorable.

I am beyond grateful for my time at the Cynic. I am proud of all that I was able to accomplish as editor-in-chief and that I was able to live up to the potential my successors saw in me. I am proud to have continued that important tradition of not only teaching new skills, but supporting and valuing individual talents.

I am sad to go, but I am excited to join the community of Cynic alumni. I know that I am in good company.

UVM Media Seniors Week: Kind words for our departing DJs, journalists & TV personalities

May 12, 2020

And now, some notes of thanks to our graduating seniors from our non-seniors ….

UVM Student Media is, as the name implies, media both by and for UVM students. In this post, the media leadership team for the 2020-2021 school year share their thoughts about the importance of our newly minted graduates to each of their organizations.



Katie Masterson
Station Manager


Here at WRUV we value creativity, community and dedication. With this class of graduating seniors I am celebrating all of the wonderful additions they made to our airwaves, our staff and our University. I have had the pleasure of befriending our seniors and in some cases working closely with them. I believe they will do amazing things for this world, and I cannot wait to hear about all of them.

I wish them all of the experiences they’ve wanted to have, the joy of finding work they love and the excitement of finding a new place to impact. Once a WRUV DJ always a WRUV DJ. Congratulations and thank you for your music, personality and kindness that you have given WRUV and its community.

SawyerSawyer Loftus
The Vermont Cynic

Dear Cynic seniors,

You made it! Although this semester is definitely not the semester you imagined for closure to your undergraduate experience, it’s safe to say Cynic seniors went out doing the things we do best. This past year, we had seniors in all different sections, from sports to layout and more.

Our seniors are some of the greatest assets the paper has. We often rely on their experiences that others weren’t around to see. Additionally, we have several four-year seniors, including our outgoing Editor in Chief Bridget Higdon. Bridget and all other seniors will be greatly missed, but we know that wherever you go you’ll take your Cynic experience with you! Congrats!

DaisyDaisy Powers
Station Manager

To Erick Eisenbiegler: Thank you for always being on top of everything going on in the club, and being one of the only people who truly cared and looked into how YouTube analytics worked to get our shows out there and seen. Your contribution to the club and your dedication and selfless attitude toward your club members will never be forgotten, and will be greatly missed. We know that you will do great things moving forward, and you should believe that yourself as well. Thank you Erick, and congratulations!

To Jordan Schiller: We want to tell you that you were an incredible station manager. You cared for the club, its members, and kept us all on track. You motivated us to accomplish great things, and you were so incredibly organized, I don’t know how you could keep track of so much. We are so thankful for all of the love and effort you put into this club, and we are going to miss you so much. You were an amazing leader, a great friend, and you are going to be an awesome teacher. Thank you so much for everything, and congratulations Jordan!

Starting tomorrow, our graduating seniors will begin sharing their experiences in their own words and with their own images. Personalities shall be experienced.

Thanks to UVM Student Media’s top leadership, 2019-2020

May 11, 2020
Bridget Katie Jordan Senior Plaque

From left: Cynic Editor-in-Chief Bridget Higdon, WRUV Station Manager Katie Masterson and UVMtv Station Manager Jordan Schiller.

At the end of every academic year—well, every year but this one—UVM Student Media folks gather in a Burlington restaurant to thank seniors for all they’ve done and to celebrate their accomplishments. We can’t gather this year, but we can celebrate.

All this week, we’ll use this space to thank our seniors for the work they’ve done. And we’ll do it by starting with the top leadership of each of the three organizations: WRUV-FM, UVMtv and The Vermont Cynic.

As adviser to each of the organizations, what I see first-hand in each of these leaders is commitment beyond compare. They represent their organizations to the outside world, demonstrate leadership on campus and beyond, and strive to create a sense of family within their organizations, which range in size from two dozen to more than 100. Depending on the week, each of these three leaders might work 10, 20 or 40 hours on behalf of their fellow students and the public that consumes their media. They might tire, but they do not stop.

So here then are this year’s student leaders:

JordanJordan Schiller, the station manager at UVMtv, has been with the station for all four years of his college career, appearing both on camera and behind the lens, with all of his work culminating in his taking on the top leadership role in his senior year. The UVMtv studio serves as the anchor to the video-focused residential learning community in Sichel Hall on UVM’s Trinity Campus. During his tenure, Jordan has worked to raise the station’s profile, solidify finances and grow the leadership team.

bridgetBridget Higdon, editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, has focused on creating a real sense of family in the newsroom and to make it a place where staffers know just how much they matter. As a result, staff retention this year has been among the best ever: People stay because they feel they belong. Along the way, Bridget has shown a stellar commitment to both hard-hitting news and engaging features, aiming to tell the story of the University of Vermont.

Both Jordan and Bridget are graduating this year, and their absence will be felt.

katieKatie Masterson, the station manager at WRUV-FM, is a junior, and she’s just been elected to a second one-year term. This is so good for the station broadcasting out of the Davis Center. Among Katie’s many accomplishments are shepherding WRUV through the complex process of getting the station into line with federal code and while simultaneously stoking her DJs’ enthusiasm for all things radio, from music shows to a greater sense of community. She and her executive board even got people excited about spending time restoring vinyl. They’re just that good.

Leading organizations with the diverse cast of characters belonging to The Cynic, WRUV and UVMtv is not for the faint of heart. These three have done it impressively, and each has created a path for their successors to follow.

Watch this space for senior greatness!

May 8, 2020


With the end of the school year upon us but students unable to gather for the annual seniors awards dinner, we’re going to use this blog this week to celebrate our new grads all the way through UVM seniors week, May 11 to 15, so watch this space!

All sorts of fun celebration-style things are on the way …

Thanks to our conference volunteers

April 26, 2020

As you might have seen via our social media channels, COVID-19 did, in fact, prevent the first Vermont College Media Conference from taking place last week. We’d like to thank everyone who helped to put this event together. The folks involved with UVM student media still hope to make it happen next year, so please do stay tuned.