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Intolerance Puts Pastner Out to Pasture

November 11, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: I would simply like to express my support for Professor Stephen Pastner. As a freshman three years ago, I enrolled in what sounded like an interesting class-"Crisis Cults and Revitalizations Movements." Although I am not an Anthropology major, Professor Pastner made the entire anthrop...

Student Responsibility a Safe Measure

November 8, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

In the recent wake of violent and scary events on campus, the police services and others have issued warnings and concerns about safety on campus. As safety on this campus can only be controlled so much because of the lack of gates and other blocking equipment on campus, the real responsibility is on the...

The Real Bad Boys

November 8, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Friday, 9:30 p.m. A familiar scene, at least of late, unfolds before my eyes. In the back window of the Wing-Davis-Wilks parking lot, I see two students with heavy-looking backpacks walking into the Davis circle when a cop suddenly appears and stops the kids. After a brief argument, the students' wi...

All We Need Is A Democratic World: Full of Promise and Void of Racism

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Are the self-identified campus "reactionaries" simply a collection of ignorant people? Or are they purposely using ad hominem arguments and knowingly coating their malice with euphemism? Can Mr. Henderson and Mr. Kantor really be so obtuse as to think that Palestinian and African American resistanc...

Palestinians Built Up By U.S., Then Shot Down

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Recently, Greg Rudolph invited us to compare the South African apartheid regime to that of Israel. Gaza and the West Bank have over 3,300,000 Palestinians, and living among them are 383,000 Israeli colonists. The Israeli government encourages the "settlements" by confiscating lands from the Palesti...

NSCS Wants To Set It Straight

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: As the executive board of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, we would like to take this opportunity to respond publicly to the allegations made in the Oct. 29 letter to the editor "True Honor Society?" We were shocked and appalled by the statements that were made by Chris La...

To understand the Middle East, you must understand history

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Welcome to the wonderful world of FaReid Ibrahim, where logic and ethics don't get in the way of argument and polemics. He wrote a fantasy article a few weeks ago, which I disparaged (quite effectively, I think). Now, he returns to the pages of the Cynic, with more slander and half-truths about Israel....

Column on Leftists Not Right

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: In his recent article, Russell Henderson sought to criticize the movement against the war on Iraq, and especially the manifestation this movement took recently with the protest at City Hall. However, in doing so, he managed to attack many of the issues that that the 'right' in this ...

Marxism is Alive and Well: Cambridge, Berkeley and Burlington

November 4, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Brace yourselves for this one. Marxism is dead. Sure, it holds out in a few bastions; Cambridge, Berkeley and yes, Burlington have yet to learn of its demise. Thankfully, however, its practical application is all but over. The failings of Cuban socialism are embodied in the well-publicized community...

True Honor Society?

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor: I would like to bring to the attention of the community how I was discriminated against by an "honor" society at our campus. I am talking about the UVM chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I have been a member since my sophomore year and when I decided to run for a lea...

Freedom to Be

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

After last week's situation in which State Representative David Zuckerman criticized the Vermont Cynic for my column endorsing Democratic candidate Dr. Anthony Gierzynski for State Representative, I decided to remind Zuckerman why this country has the freedom of the press. A free press is one of th...

Israel a Scapegoat for the Ills of Others

October 28, 2002
Filed under Archives, Opinion

Faried Ibrahim, in his recent rant "Not everyone's Promised Land," has fallen into several traditional anti-Israel positions that are based on fallacies, half-truths and general ignorance. His techniques include blaming the Israelis for Palestinian misdeeds, changing the definition of words to fit hi...

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