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The Vermont Cynic

Articles fail to present holistic perspective

Articles fail to present holistic perspective

Guest Commentator
February 9
Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

Two recent articles in the Cynic, “The Right to Choose in Trump’s America” and “Abortion in Trump’s America,” focus on abortion. Although the authors of each article effectively deal with this critically important issue, the first article contains information that needs clarifica...

Super Bowl LI mirrors the country

Super Bowl LI mirrors the country

Staff Editorial
February 8
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

On the first Sunday in February, Americans set aside their differences and come together to enjoy the spirit of the game. Even Democrats and Republicans, the most polarized groups in America, unite for one event: the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots won in overtime in an astonishing co...

UVM spent $1.6 million marketing the University

Letter to the Editor
February 3
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Last August I walked across campus and saw for the first time the banners hanging from lampposts: “Doing All Things with Purpose, Genuine Ingenuity, An Academic Ecosystem.” Such are the slogans—generic, insipid, and utterly uninspiring—those banners display, and it dismayed me to reali...

A public threat: phantom flush

A public threat: phantom flush

Ariana Arden
February 2
Filed under Opinion

Over the years, many threats to our lives have been labeled public enemy number one: alcohol, drugs, inner-city crime, Hawaiian shirts — but today I’d like to talk to you about the new and true public enemy number one, America needs to be concerned with: automatic flush toilets. We’ve...

The deafening truth about millennial tunes

The deafening truth about millennial tunes

Lily Spechler
February 2
Filed under Opinion

It’s no wonder millennials are so uninformed. We can’t hear a damn thing. Doctors warn that the access to loud music through earphones will lead to a generation with hearing loss. One billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of personal audio devices and damaging level...

Pack the Gut challenge fights gender bias

Pack the Gut challenge fights gender bias

Letter to the Editor
February 1
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Have you gone to a hockey, soccer or a basketball game at UVM? Have you ever gone to a professional or World Cup game? Now that I have your attention, what was your immediate assumption as you considered the question? Were you thinking about a men’s or a women’s game? Wh...

The environment belongs to us all

The environment belongs to us all

Staff Editorial
February 1
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

The mission of the Rubenstein school is to bring people and the environment together. For over 30 years, it has produced graduates that go out to create a world where this is possible. Not for some, for all. The school provides training, not only for environmental education, but for community d...

Adjusting the attitude toward liberal arts education

Adjusting the attitude toward liberal arts education

Alexander Collingsworth
January 26
Filed under Opinion

I've learned a few things in college. I’ve gotten pretty good at executing turns on my bicycle with no hands. I’m definitely better at taking shots. I was already pretty good at rolling doobies. My joints are pretty terrific. The best, really. Tremendous. Just beautiful. I’m taki...

The Affordable Care Act: a moral obligation

The Affordable Care Act: a moral obligation

Gaetano Martello
January 26
Filed under Opinion

With the new Trump administration settling in, there has been a lot of talk about what is first on the agenda. The consensus seems to be that the plan is, first and foremost, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (I refuse to call it Obamacare, as it was a nickname given to it by...

Realistic repercussions of leaving the UN

Nick Vidal, Junior Political Science and Russian Major at UVM
January 25
Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

Let’s clear a few things up here. The United Nations isn’t an obstacle to American “sovereignty.” The idea that the United States would somehow be more powerful or independent were it to relinquish its commitments to the UN is misguided, frightening, and deeply problematic. Not only ...

Women stand for the true America

Women stand for the true America

Staff Editorial
January 25
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Half a million people gathered in our nation’s capitol. There was no service on the blocks they occupied. It was Jan. 21 — a day that will be remembered in history as the day people came together, both physically and metaphorically, to march for humanity, in all its diversity and intersec...

Liberalism’s true legacy

January 19
Filed under Opinion

We now know that fake news, real Russians and dank memes are all to blame for Clinton losing the election. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Democrats failing to provide a compelling message other than “She’s not Trump.” We should attribute Clinton’s failure in the pr...

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