The Vermont Cynic

The NSA is watching us and we should be afraid

Simon Bupp-Chickering

1 day ago

Filed under Opinion

We were warned, but we didn’t listen. In 2013 Edward Snowden exposed how the National Security Agency was surveilling U.S. citizens under the guise of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other counterterrorism measures. Intended to allow intelligence agencies to prevent terrorism, the law result...

U.S. should mirror German education

Henry Mitchell

2 days ago

Filed under Opinion

Free college education. Ok, now that I have your attention, I’m going to talk to you about tradition. We’ll get back to the college thing in a second. On Feb. 9, Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted German Ambassador Peter Wittig in Burlington to discuss how Germany governs differently from the U.S. While Sanders tried to encour...

From the editor’s desk

Cynic Staff

3 days ago

Filed under Opinion

Cynic Staff Since “Assault in ‘Safe Spaces’” was published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Cynic, we have heard serious concerns about the reporting and editing of the piece. We are deeply sorry to those who were hurt by the story. We did not intend to portray sexual assault as anything less than a serious issue. It i...

So you want to be an activist….

So you want to be an activist….

3 days ago

When we heard about the work that several departments and students are doing to address food insecuri...

LTE: Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM

4 days ago

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Reflections on Blue Penis Gate and the WE Program at UVM As a faculty member who taught human health and disease at UVM for two decades I was both amused and horrified by the saga of Blue Penis Gate at the new WE residence hall. Since UVM is a center of learning, let's ask the obvious: what is a penis? The product of 50 million years of mamm...

LTE: Responding to the latest UA articles

Letter to the Editor

February 16, 2018

Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Cynic editors, Thank you for supporting “faculty efforts to raise salaries” and for the two pieces in this week’s Cynic related to United Academics. Both pieces try to summarize UA’s position by pointing to a few numbers in an ad, without any discussion of the hour and a half long forum that the ad invited th...

New ResLife plan fails students

New ResLife plan fails students

February 15, 2018

Complaints about rooming situations are common on college campuses, but students are especially disgruntled t...

Mental health on campus

Mental health on campus

Staff Editorial

February 14, 2018

Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

Last semester, a first-year illustrator on staff, Cole Thornton, was struggling with the transition to...

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Celebrities are unqualified for presidency

Isabella Abraham

February 8, 2018

Filed under Opinion

College students today recognize Donald Trump (and maybe Oprah Winfrey) as some of the first out-of-...

Faculty union ad deceives students

Faculty union ad deceives students

February 7, 2018

Let’s get one thing straight: for what they do, some of the best professors at UVM make nowhere near ...

Ode to a government shutdown

Henry Mitchell

February 3, 2018

Filed under Opinion

‘Twas the day before Trump’s next year; there was a chore:Pass a bill, allow the government to spend more;But while Republicans wanted a big wall,Democrats just wanted DACA, that was all! To pass the bill, Congress couldn’t stay in groups;Democrats should get their DACA, Trump his troops. ...

Drone warfare is unprincipled

Drone warfare is unprincipled

February 2, 2018

At 10:45 a.m. March 17, 2011 in North Waziristan, a northern region of Pakistan, the first of at least t...

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