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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 ...

Lily Spechler
April 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I think it’s about time we talk about the birds and the bees. Especially the bees. Bees account for a third of everything we eat globally; 84 percent of the crops grown for human consumption, around 400 different types of plants, need bees and other insects to pollinate them, according to...

We must carry the flag on our backs and in our hearts

We must carry the flag on our backs and in our hearts

Staff Editorial
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The Black Lives Matter flag became an emblem whose impact radiated beyond UVM’s campus and across Vermont state boundaries. It was a symbol: the student body of a predominantly white university stood behind a movement to end slayings of black men and women in America. The flag that was s...

Colleges must stand for free speech

Colleges must stand for free speech

Kate Lipman
April 16, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Middlebury College recently received author Charles Murray to speak at an event hosted by a student group and co-sponsored by the school’s political science department. I had never heard of Murray before the event became a national news story; he is a conservative author and social scient...

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

Letter to the Editor
April 15, 2017
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The University of Vermont recently received its second gold STARS award. STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a system for universities worldwide to track and compare their sustainability efforts. STARS reports are broken down into six s...

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

Alexander Collingsworth and Jim Simpson
April 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

AC: Believe me, I grasp the irony that two men are debating abortion. Pro-lifers take the philosophical stance that life is sacred. Pro-choice advocates argue that women should have control over their own bodies, empowering them socially and economically. In a sense, these are both mora...

Housing and local employment for refugees

Housing and local employment for refugees

Gabriella Marchesi and Sarang Murthy
April 13, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Housing The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program handles all refugees’ housing needs from the time they arrive in Vermont. A housing manager secures an affordable apartment for the family, assists in setting up the apartment and utilities and supplies basic household furnishings. To ensure...

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