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Beyonce: national figure beyond her music

Beyonce: national figure beyond her music

Alexander Collingsworth
February 17, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

Articles fail to present holistic perspective

Articles fail to present holistic perspective

Guest Commentator
February 9, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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

Staff Editorial
February 1, 2017
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...

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