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The Vermont Cynic

Blazing the route for democracy

April 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

As April 20 approaches, thousands of people will publicly smoke marijuana.It is time for this annual display of civil disobedience to become a sustained political movement for social and economic justice. Marijuana is not ille...

On punk rock

April 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

What do a 19th century German philosopher and a musical genre focused on defiance and a “do it yourself” attitude have in common? Well, first off, they were both wrongly co-opted by the far right.Nietzsche was the official philosopher of...

Metrosexual group wants to join LGBT

Daltrey Burris

April 14, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion

BURLINGTON, VT— In the last few days, an unlikely group had expressed its outrage toward the LGBTQA association, short for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and ally. The group, which was formed to provide support a...

Why religion should be discussed

Joey Oteng

April 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

In new company, the rules of etiquette most often dictate that there are three topics inappropriate for polite discourse – religion, politics and money. Access news coverage from any reputable source and stories are dominate...

Gary Derr, revealed

Daltrey Burris

April 7, 2015

Filed under Modest Proposals, Opinion

“Eureka!” The words resounded harshly against the sterile, eggshell-colored walls of the laboratory. Gary Derr shoved various half-empty alembics to the side and scribbled feverishly into the scrap ledgers of his UVM br...

Racism can be subtle, too

Gaetano Martello

April 7, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Many people are aware of the recent scandal at University of Oklahoma, where members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were secretly videotaped singing racist chants. This caused a lot of controversy, but more importantly, people se...

Rethink diversity courses

Joey Oteng

March 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

Diversity is defined simply as difference, variety or a range of things. There are few things that unite the various academic departments at UVM. All students must take two “diversity” courses. The courses are partitioned into “ra...

The problem of inequality

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

There is nothing in the free market system to prevent the further accumulation of wealth among the extremely wealthy and the social inequality it produces.On the contrary, the democratic institutions of the United States have been ...

On the ‘Fifty Shades’ movement

February 24, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

This weekend, while tuned in to National Public Radio, I listened to a discussion regarding the immense cinematic success of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.As of this writing, the movie has grossed around $400 million worldwide, ...

The lessons of cancer

Joey Oteng

February 17, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

What are you living for? It’s a moving question that could lead to various answers. Some would say a loved one while others would mention their goals of improving the world. More often than not, the answer would be absent or entai...

Podcast reports a murder

February 3, 2015

Filed under Opinion Editorials

Where were you on Thursday six weeks ago?“I was probably in Boston still,” first-year Melina Heroux said.“Six weeks would be two weeks before vacation, which means we were right in the beginning of finals week ... I was prob...

Mayor and police standoff

January 13, 2015

Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

More than 25,000 police gathered for the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos in New York City on Dec. 27.While the sheer number of officers that attended the funeral was newsworthy, the funeral made headlines for a moment that cam...

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