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A few grumblings from Finals Week

Opinion Staff
May 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion

A few weeks ago on Facebook, the Cynic asked for submissions about the little annoyances our Catamounts face every day: "Finals week stressing you out? Got gripes with your professors (to our profs– students driving you up the wall)? Are you fed up with May snow flurries, chatty library patrons,...

A note to first years

Lily Spechler
May 9, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Welcome, Freshman, and hurry up, your time is nearly up. Literally. Blink twice and it’s gone so let’s get this straight. You only get one shot at being a college student. So you better make every mistake you can before you go. If you have an inkling you want to be a dancer? Do it. Show up to t...

How the meat industry contributes to water scarcity

How the meat industry contributes to water scarcity

Lily Spechler
May 5, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Imagine an America in which you are insecure about your source of freshwater, like so many people are around the world. To be specific, 783 million people do not have freshwater access, according to the United Nations. Now, imagine a world where you choose to be a responsible consumer and live a hea...

UVM ignores Converse residential concerns

UVM ignores Converse residential concerns

Mo Quigg
May 4, 2017
Filed under Opinion

If you have a car on campus, you must know how convenient it is that UVM provides parking lots for each dorm, especially given the hefty price students are made to pay for them. If you live in Converse, however, you are granted no such luxury. In fact, Converse students have been suffering a...

The importance of multiple truths

The importance of multiple truths

Staff Editorial
May 3, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Everyone at UVM– from residents all the way up through administrators in Student Affairs– needs to be talking more about what does and does not work in Residential Life. These conversations have been happening for a while. Folks in the residential life sphere as well as those higher up in the Univers...

ResLife prioritizes the safety of residents

ResLife prioritizes the safety of residents

Letter to the Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Recently, the issue of police presence in the residence halls has received much attention. Despite numerous interviews and discussions, coverage has failed to capture the complexity and challenges involved in ensuring the health and safety of our students. Genuinely, I am appre...

A few words of wisdom to the incoming class of 2021

A few words of wisdom to the incoming class of 2021

Alexander Collingsworth
April 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Dear Incoming first-years, Nice job. You got accepted. You will soon discover that this school wants your money and not much else. You got fooled. At some point, somehow, describing you as “fresh” was somehow offensive. I get the “men” part. Maybe let’s call you “freshfolks,...

Embracing Trump’s greener change of heart

Embracing Trump’s greener change of heart

Lily Spechler
April 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In a world of trouble, many feel that President Donald Trump will soon be facing the most defining decision of his young presidency. The time has come for Trump to decide between staying in or withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement. A U.S. withdrawal would be nothing short of a ‘nuclear...

Equal treatment for organizations

Equal treatment for organizations

Staff Editorial
April 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

First, let’s be clear: the action of the individual who stole the Black Lives Matter flag was hateful and racist. In our editorial last week, we were not nearly clear enough about this. In fact, race and racism are not explicitly mentioned until the 12th paragraph. Yes, we speak abou...

Join the rally for workers’ rights on May 1

Join the rally for workers’ rights on May 1

Guest Commentator
April 25, 2017
Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

UVM students have seen protest after protest happen over social issues that seem to be separate from the Vermont community. We have been out in the streets to support women, Muslim citizens, citizens of color, scientists, environmental justice, indigenous people’s rights, immigrants’ rights an...

Financial services and earnings of refugees

Financial services and earnings of refugees

Gabriella Marchesi and Sarang Murthy
April 21, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Access to Financial Services Access to low rate credit may be a hinderance to anyone with very little credit history. Raising equity or debt capital may also not be the easiest for such individuals looking to start small businesses. Some organizations in Vermont offer financial services ...

Writing While Black

Writing While Black

Kim Henry, Senior Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Staff Editorial

I did not realize it until last night, but I’ve been working toward this moment since the day I read the Cynic’s “Kake Walk” article last year.   On Thursday, April 13, I walked across the Davis Center green toward the Cynic office. I had no grand intentions in mind-- I just wanted to ...