The Vermont Cynic

Opioids on campus: with no consensus, a problem goes unchecked

Opioids on campus: with no consensus, a problem goes unchecked

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

Sarah came to UVM ready to start the next chapter of her life. As the daughter of a heroin addict, she knew the dangers of the drug. But to her surprise, opioids followed her to campus. The scope of the opioid problem is not clear at UVM, but the experts are in agreement that substances like heroi...

New federal changes could force UVM to change sexual assault policies

New federal changes could force UVM to change sexual assault policies

Brandon Arcari and Sawyer Loftus

January 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

Updates to federal rules on sexual assault investigations by the Department of Education could soon force UVM to change its policies. The newly-published updates, originally leaked in September, would alter the way colleges are expected to handle Title IX investigations. Title IX is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimi...

New multipurpose center’s name is announced

New multipurpose center’s name is announced

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The name of UVM’s new arena was announced before the men’s basketball game Dec. 18. Named after two donors, Rich and Deb Tarrant, it will be called Tarrant Arena, according to a Dec. 18 Burlington Free Press article. The multipurpose center, approved by the Board of Trustees Oct. 26, will include...

UVM community talks about consent

UVM community talks about consent

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

December 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Every day, students on college campuses are having discussions about consent and its role in their lives. Coming from different backgrounds, many students have varying opinions on education about consent. UVM defines consent, as a person’s willingness to engage in a specific sexual act or form of sexual conduct. When talking with students, Sarah ...

Not as stressful as ‘the talk:’ Living Well office hours

Not as stressful as ‘the talk:’ Living Well office hours

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

At sex education office hours, students line up to discuss pleasure, pain and emotional intimacy. On Thursday afternoons in the Living Well office, sexuality expert Jenna Emerson holds personalized walk-in sex-ed lessons. The idea to hold office hours came to her last spring when she noticed a high d...

Email scam demands bitcoin, makes bombthreat

Email scam demands bitcoin, makes bombthreat

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

December 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Multiple UVM community members have received an extortion scam email. CATAlert sent an email Dec. 13 warning about the scam email, which contains a “non-specific” bomb threat in exchange for bitcoin. The email stated that police services are looking into this and consider it an extortion scam. This...

Penis drawings lead to bias incidents

Penis drawings lead to bias incidents

Julianne Lesch, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Penis drawings on whiteboards in residence hall common rooms have caused commotion among residents throughout the years. These drawings are considered bias incidents and have resulted in calls to UVM police services by resident advisers as procedure. “A bias incident is anything that could be bothering...

Student campaign inspires state senator to champion assault law

Student campaign inspires state senator to champion assault law

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 12, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

Legislation that would force UVM and other universities to disclose if a student was dismissed for sexual misconduct will soon be proposed in the Vermont Statehouse. Philip Baruth, a UVM English professor and the chair of the Vermont Senate Education Committee, said that he will be championing that leg...

UVM Unbuttoned

UVM Unbuttoned

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 11, 2018


Filed under News

  The Cynic conducted a survey of the UVM student population to get a read on porn habits and masturbation within the UVM community. With nearly 200 respondents, identifying as first-years, sophomores, juniors or seniors, the majority — 78.6 percent — of respondents said they do watch porn. Of...

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

Anonymous letter calls for more humanities funding

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

An anonymous email has been sent to UVM promising rallies and riots over funding for arts and humanities. Several pictures of an email were posted Nov. 29 on a popular UVM parents Facebook page. The message has been reportedly sent by a student on behalf of other students from the humanities, arts and l...

First-year retention rate falls behind

First-year retention rate falls behind

Lee Hughes and Rachel Halpern

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

UVM has fallen behind its comparative schools in retention rate of students. Comparative schools, like Boston University, outdo UVM by four to five percent, a trend driven by a need to better connect students with academic opportunities and lower levels of school spirit, said Alexander Yin, director of...

Head in the clouds: an inside look at Juul use on campus

Head in the clouds: an inside look at Juul use on campus

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News

The first time Zoe Silverman, a first-year, hit a Juul, she was 16. When it was offered to her, she didn’t think twice. Two years later, Silverman abandoned her  own Juul before coming to UVM because it was a waste of money, she said. Students on UVM’s campus have mixed feelings over vaping,...

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