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The Vermont Cynic

How rewriting history could save the planet

How rewriting history could save the planet

Lily Spechler
February 28
Filed under Opinion

AC/DC, the world famous Australian rock band, had it right when they said we were on the highway to hell. AC/DC stands for “alternating current” and “direct current,” and represents the “War of Currents” that took place in the late 1880s. Thanks to the biases of modern day textbooks,...

New technology takes fake news to multimedia level

New technology takes fake news to multimedia level

Lily Spechler
February 24
Filed under Opinion

With the velocity of information perpetually on the rise, it’s impossible to slow down long enough to discern fact from fiction. Fake news is the intentional spread of misinformation, and though the news might be fake, the repercussions are very real. For example, a Dec. 20 article pub...

It’s time to close the laptop and open a book

It’s time to close the laptop and open a book

Alexander Collingsworth
February 23
Filed under Opinion

The Netflix logo is beginning to seem diabolical. Am I watching Netflix or is Netflix watching me? It seems that these days you must make a conscious and intentional effort to turn off your screens and to pick up a book or newspaper and read it. If you’re reading this article, you ar...

Gorsuch: preserving constitutional rights

Gorsuch: preserving constitutional rights

James Simpson
February 22
Filed under Opinion

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee was called an “extreme right winger” in a Cynic article by Alexander Collingsworth. However, when looking at some of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s less famous decisions, there are many instances where he and those on the political left can find some co...

State funding for in-state students

State funding for in-state students

Staff Editorial
February 22
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

As Vermont goes through a budget transformation, President Sullivan has added UVM to the conversation of where funds should be allocated. His request this time specifies that funds be used for low income, in-state students. This is one event in a decade-long conversation surrounding inc...

Potential Dodd-Frank repeal threatens US economy

Potential Dodd-Frank repeal threatens US economy

Gaetano Martello
February 18
Filed under Opinion

President Trump has begun to shift his focus to finance. There are far less people paying attention to this issue, as his immigration policy has garnered a far more popular following, but I believe that this is what will most poignantly display Trump’s hypocrisy towards a very large portio...

Tips and tricks to avoid the campus cold this winter

Tips and tricks to avoid the campus cold this winter

Jules Lubner
February 18
Filed under Opinion

When life gives you lemons, squeeze them into a cup of hot water and then add your favorite bag o’ tea. While you wait for the flavors to combine, reach over and grab that trusty box of tissues. The inevitable has happened – you’ve caught the campus contagion. You know how the story...

Beyonce: national figure beyond her music

Beyonce: national figure beyond her music

Alexander Collingsworth
February 17
Filed under Opinion

The other day I was assaulted with news that Bey was having twins! One of my roommates profaned our group chat asking if we had heard. Beyoncé’s announcement on Instagram broke the world record for number of likes. She is not just popular. She is the most popular person in the world. I e...

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Lily Spechler
February 16
Filed under Opinion

CNBC called Elon Musk the 21st century Thomas Edison. Elon Musk is the CEO of American auto maker and energy storage company Tesla, co-founder of Solar-City, the CTO of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX; and he has a few words to ease your environ-minds with regard to our new secretary ...

UVM and Burlington are one

UVM and Burlington are one

Staff Editorial
February 15
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Upon our acceptance of UVM’s offer to join their community as Catamounts, we became a part of another community as well: Vermont’s queen city, Burlington. The college experience is so much more than just the classes we take, here we learn to be members of a community. Programs created by ...

The future in the Trump administration is not good

The future in the Trump administration is not good

Alex Collingsworth
February 11
Filed under Opinion

Here are some of my bleak predictions for our country under the Trump regime: Prediction 1: Trump has nominated the extreme right-winger Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Challenges to states’ restrictive abortion laws will backfire, leading perhaps to the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. ...

Gender dynamic affects academic pursuits

Gender dynamic affects academic pursuits

Katie Lazarus
February 10
Filed under Opinion

Has sexism become a legitimate reason for a course change? Sexism in professionalism exists at UVM and is evident through some reasons that a student had for her choice of professor. “I’ve got a male professor for a creative writing class, and I’d really like the female professor ins...

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