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Team shows humanity in tragedy

Team shows humanity in tragedy

January 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, a shooter entered Fort Lauderdale International Airport, murdered five innocent people and injured six others. Thirty-six more people faced injuries as a result of the panic that followed, including three members of UVM’s swimming and diving team. [media-credi...

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

December 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On Sunday, the University held its first annual diversity training specifically focused on white, midwestern American cultural differences by bringing a team of 10 professional traveling lecturers. Training took place in the Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom, Billings Library and several small...

Santa invests in “clean coal” this Christmas

Santa invests in “clean coal” this Christmas

Lily Spechler
December 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s that time of year again: Christmas cheer is in the air. However, it seems we’ve got some bad, bad hombres in this country and as a result we all might be getting coal in our stockings. Thankfully, though, this coal is ... clean? There are two myths I would like to debunk: since we...

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

Meditation will help ease stress and anxiety

December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Chances are you dear Cynic readers are just about Trumped out, and would rather not read another thing about Trump and his latest shenanigans. Instead, I want to talk to about the benefits of meditation. I think we could all use some help staying sane in these trying times, especially with ...

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

Mental health: UVM’s crowning jewel

December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Our education goes far beyond what we learn in the classroom. Though the ultimate goal of an undergrad is to earn a degree, there is so much more to gain from a college experience than enhanced knowledge, especially at UVM. College is about the trials and tribulations of learning to overc...

Electoral College undermines the democratic process

Electoral College undermines the democratic process

December 2, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The framers of the U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process. During the debate, some delegates felt a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s favorite son, and none would emerge with...

Coping with the five stages of coming home for break

Coping with the five stages of coming home for break

Lily Spechler
December 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Everyone who has ever been on a long car ride alone knows that it can be a very dynamic experience. For those embarking on a solo trip for the first time this Thanksgiving break and are having stress acne just thinking about it, take a deep breath and repeat a mantra. Repeating a mantra can ...

Obscene amount of parking tickets exposes UVM’s misuse of power

Obscene amount of parking tickets exposes UVM’s misuse of power

December 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

UVM has a troubling way of raising funds. No I am not talking about its high tuition rates, the cost of living in the dorms, the cost of the meal plan, the price of non-unlimited foods on-campus or the fees residents pay for “damages” or “noise violations.” I am referring to the Un...

Howard Dean is the wrong pick for the DNC

Howard Dean is the wrong pick for the DNC

December 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

I scream. You scream. We all scream for Howard Dean. Or maybe at him. If you don’t know what the “Dean Scream” is, I highly encourage you to google it and watch the video; over and over again, and then watch Dave Chappelle’s rendition of it. [media-credit name="Lily Keats" align...

National tragedy necessitates a strong voice

National tragedy necessitates a strong voice

Lachlan Francis
November 30, 2016
Filed under Guest Commentary, Opinion

The last week has been among the most trying of my life (albeit a short one, so far). I have spent much of my time throughout the past week thinking back to an interaction that I had here in San Antonio on Election Day. There was an hour and a half until polls closed, and I was out knocking on doo...

New construction benefits student life

November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

It's easy to feel on top of the world after senior year of high school. Coming from the top of the totem pole, so comfortable and confident in your environment, to a community so new and untouched can be a weird transition. At the same time, leaving high school in the past and jumping into ...

Thanksgiving Survival Guide from GSWS Students

November 21, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, For many, this has been a tough week. Walking the streets of Burlington, countless numbers of people can be seen wearing the grief on their faces, heads are hung low, people seem to be embracing their loved ones tighter and every conversation heard in passing is a new take on what is caus...

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