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Western feminism has it wrong

Western feminism has it wrong

James Simpson
March 30, 2017
Filed under Opinion

There have been tremendous strides made in the realm of gender equality and women’s rights over the past several decades in the western world. Today, men and women are equal under the law. American women are among the freest, most well educated and most self-determining women on the planet...

Pondering over the post-grad job market

Pondering over the post-grad job market

Alexander Collingsworth
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Graduate seeking employment: will work for free. As a college graduate, it seems, my job prospects are fairly limited. I’m wondering if I can collect unemployment benefits immediately upon graduation. Yes, many places are hiring. Chipotle is always looking for people who can tolerate a...

Chris Petrillo for SGA President

Chris Petrillo for SGA President

Staff Editorial
March 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

In at least the past ten years, the Cynic has not endorsed a candidate for SGA president. This year, we are endorsing Chris Petrillo. After two years and a historic administration, it is again time for UVM students to choose one person to represent them. Chris Petrillo is the best person to do so. ...

Campus should allow for Second Amendment rights

Campus should allow for Second Amendment rights

James Simpson
March 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

We have seen in our nation’s past the deadly failures of gun-free policies. Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Aurora movie theater, Pulse nightclub, and Virginia Tech were all areas in which the carrying of firearms was prohibited, and mass carnage ensued. Since those intent on inflicting...

Trump’s claims frame refugees as terrorists

Trump’s claims frame refugees as terrorists

Lily Spechler
March 23, 2017
Filed under Opinion

"This is a nation-wide soul search,” my father’s friend Dmitri said regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. Dmitri is the son of Greek refugees, political asylum seekers, who fled Greece in hopes of a better life in America. The question is, are we still a nation that opens our arms to...

First sleep out to end youth homelessness

First sleep out to end youth homelessness

Letter to the Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, On Saturday, March 25th, Volunteers In Action is helping to bring the Sleep Out movement to the UVM campus for the first time. Throughout the world, Sleep Out events are building awareness and support for local community organizations working to end homelessness. On the even...

Don’t let rhetoric divide us further

Don’t let rhetoric divide us further

Staff Editorial
March 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

This week, Vermont and the UVM community saw the first community-altering event of Trump’s federal immigration policy. Friends and community members stand in jail cells, while their friends, some of whom are UVM students, worry about them. They have committed no violent crimes and they w...

Positive thinking promotes health and wellness

Positive thinking promotes health and wellness

Lily Spechler
March 11, 2017
Filed under Opinion

According to Buddha, “all that we are is a result of what we have thought.” When we experience negative emotions over and over again, we are affected on a physical level. Anxious thoughts are rooted in fear, whether it be fear of the future of fear of the past. When we feel fear, ...

Burlington schools should increase budget

Burlington schools should increase budget

Gabriella Marchesi
March 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It is an ongoing debate in communities nationwide: increase school budgets — and therefore the quality of education — or lower taxes? This debate has caused a lot of friction in the Burlington School District. For example, in 2014, the budget failed because taxpayers were unwilling to acce...

Netflix: is it watching you instead?

Netflix: is it watching you instead?

Alexander Collingsworth
March 9, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I have previously suggested that Netflix is watching you. Each time you watch a movie, you are producing data about your preferences that Netflix can use to recommend movies you might like. But what else could they use this information for? If you use Siri all the time, Apple knows ...

Reading days must be reinstated

Reading days must be reinstated

Staff Editorial
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

When reading days were removed at the end of the fall 2015 semester, they were done so without consultation from students and student leaders on this campus. These student leaders are the same leaders who work tirelessly and often without pay with solely the best interests of the campus student b...

Eco-Reps promote green UVM

Letter to the Editor
March 7, 2017
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The cover article titled "How Green is UVM?” published Feb. 22, has deeply resonated with me. While I agree that 20 percent Real Food is not where we should stop, the transition cannot happen overnight and exceeding 19% last year was a significant accomplishment. However, I...

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