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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Need a fan? We’ll get you one.

A collage of 30 emails that were exchanged between a UVM student and the University of Vermont during the student's attempt to make their living situation better.

Sawyer Loftus, Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

On July 1, the Vermont Cynic published an article detailing the conditions students who remain in emergency housing are living through.  These students are not on campus by choice.  They had no alternatives. Regardless of price, or any obstacle, the University of Vermont must care for these s...

Letter to the Editor: What does it feel like to be away from home in the time of a pandemic? 

Letter to the Editor: What does it feel like to be away from home in the time of a pandemic? 

Letter to the Editor

June 25, 2020

Letter to the Editor Shuvan Shrestha ’21  The most vulnerable UVM student group right now are UVM students living on-campus, most of whom are international students, unable to go home, alone by themselves, not the students UVM hopes to bring back in the fall. I mean, who does not want to be home ...

Letter to the Editor: Read the room

Letter to the Editor: Read the room

Letter to the Editor

June 16, 2020

Letter to the Editor Sean Brewer '21 I was the only Black person in all of my classes last semester. That simple sentence was to give you a basic understanding of the enforced isolation Black and Brown students are often placed in at this university. But, to give context to my perspective I attend...

To Chris,

Erika Lewy and Olivia Bowman go through a weekly critique of the Cynic with faculty adviser Chris Evans 2017.

May 8, 2020

This summer, our faculty adviser of 14 years will be moving on to bigger and better things. And there isn't much else to say other than that we love him. Chris, It’s hard to imagine the school year starting with anything other than a barbecue at your house. It’s hard to imagine anyone else running our we...

LTE: Explaining UVM finance from Executive Director of News and Public Affairs

Williams Hall stands on College Row, March 5. The building has stood on UVM's campus since 1896.

Enrique Corredera

May 6, 2020

Letter to the Editor: An opinion piece you published recently, “Why UVM needs a student union,” contains numerous errors and shows a fundamental lack of understanding about how the university operates. The piece, for example, alludes to “profits” the university generates. The university...

Why UVM needs a student union

Why UVM needs a student union

Ari Kotler, Opinion Columnist

May 2, 2020

As a student, you have rights. Society needs educated workers. It needs to produce scientists and doctors, writers and anthropologists, teachers and social workers. To do that, it needs students who will do the work needed to fill those roles.  The type of work we students do is intellectual work...

It’s okay to be self-centered during COVID-19

It's okay to be self-centered during COVID-19

Sophie Oehler, Opinion Columnist

May 2, 2020

The past several weeks have been nothing short of a fever dream.  If in January, you had told me that in a couple short months I would be restricted to the confines of my house, while oil prices dropped below $0, and actor John Krasinski, formally of The Office, held a virtual prom on Tik Tok danc...

Voting restrictions show a backslide in democracy

Voting restrictions show a backslide in democracy

Matt Heineman, Opinion Columnist

May 1, 2020

Since President Donald Trump’s election, some political experts have wondered whether the quality of American democracy is in decline or close to being irrevocably damaged. American democracy is in fact dying, and those who do not support Trump should prepare to take more drastic measures and pre...

Cynic Dispatch: coming together brings hope in Massachusetts

A homemade mask rests on a table in Massachusetts, Apr. 14.

Meg Trogolo, Opinion Columnist

April 27, 2020

I’m currently staying at my parents’ house in Massachusetts. Most afternoons, I do my online coursework to the sound of my mom’s sewing machine in another room, as she makes masks out of old sheets and fabric scraps for workers at our local grocery store. One of my best friends, who’s also from M...

Birding combines curiosity and patience

A Hammond's Flycatcher in a tree, New York City. December 18, 2017.

Jordan Spindel, Opinion Columnist

April 24, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to upend our way of life, many people are looking to the outdoors as a way to distract themselves from the relative boredom of our new reality. Although I too have been feeling this boredom, I’ve decided to spend more time doing something I love that connects me to the outdoors...

Pokemon Go brought us outside, Animal Crossing will keep us in

Pokemon Go brought us outside, Animal Crossing will keep us in

Emily Johnston

April 24, 2020

The release of video games in the current era can have a worldwide impact on human behavior. On July 6, 2016, Pokemon Go was released, and for the entire summer, youths across the world went outside to catch pokemon. During the new coronavirus outbreak, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on ...

Outdoor yoga brings a breath of fresh air

Outdoor yoga brings a breath of fresh air

Tori Scala, Opinion Columnist

April 23, 2020

Dear COVID-19, This may sound completely crazy, but I would like to thank you. This virus has caused immense suffering and pain on a large scale, but as I sit here reflecting on my time during quarantine, I realize it has done some good for my overall wellbeing.  Before the pandemic, I could not recall...

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